Summer along the Wasatch Back has been wonderful. While we miss the many local events that were cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns, you'll find that there are still so many great ways to enjoy our beautiful mountains. We are a resilient and adaptive community and it shows. Our businesses have pivoted to meet new demands, restaurants have mastered patio dining, and we even have drive-in movies. As the cooler days of late summer arrive and the foliage becomes a kaleidoscope of colors, Park City and the Wasatch Back are the perfect backdrop for safe fun. 

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Mirror Lake Highway, Kamas

Take an easy one-mile hike from the Crystal Lake Trailhead, about 25 miles from downtown Kamas on the Mirror Lake Highway, and you'll find Wall Lake. From the parking lot, set out following the sign to Wall Lake and Notch Mountain. After a short hike, you're greeted by the lake's beautiful mountains and pristine green waters, and many of the cliffs are perfect for cliff jumping! 
Hwy-32, Francis (Directions)

Rock Cliff is on the far east end of the Jordanelle reservoir, just outside the town of Francis. This part of the reservoir is typically much quieter than the western side, where much of the boat traffic tends to congregate. You can enjoy an easy walk along either the Provo River or the Reservoir in this area, with ample opportunities to hop into the water for a cool-down. Fishermen, swimmers, paddleboarders, and kayakers will all appreciate this quieter side.

Provo Canyon (Directions & Info)

Grab a tube, kayak, or other inflatable and float the Provo River! It’s a 4.5-mile float, which is mellow and quite suitable for most. Expect a casual float of about 2 hours. If you are not interested in buying your own tubes or running your own shuttle, there are several companies that provide tubes and shuttles, including High Country Adventure and Provo Canyon Outfitters.

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1825 Three Kings Drive  |  Park City

Silver Star Cafe is an intimate, upscale rustic cafe with award-winning Roots Cuisine - a contemporary, from-scratch, diverse expression of regional foods and flavors of the American Melting Pot. Located directly behind and overlooking the Park City Golf Club, at the base of the Silver Star ski chair at Park City Mountain Resort, this restaurant is very close to the trailheads of the Spiro and Armstrong mountain biking and hiking trails.
1251 Kearns Blvd  |  Park City

Blind Dog is a family-run seafood restaurant offering the freshest and finest quality fish and sushi in town. They recently opened a new raw bar to commemorate 20 years of serving Park City. The outdoor patio is elegantly lined with covered tables that let you enjoy the refreshing mountain air over a drink from their impressive wine list or sample sushi from their affordable happy hour menu.
424 Main Street  |  Park City

Café Terigo is one of Park City’s most beloved family owned and operated eateries, serving traditional and contemporary Italian food for over three decades. By day, their patio is a great place for lunch and observing local culture. By night, the place transforms into an intimate date night under the stars. Reservations for dinner are strongly encouraged.
250 Main Street  |  Park City

Check out Wasatch Brew Pub, Park City's first brewery after prohibition. With dog-friendly outdoor seating and a classic tavern vibe, this is the perfect spot to soak up some sun while drinking a classic draft beer and enjoying their delicious food. In addition to their lunch and dinner menu, they also offer an eclectic brunch on weekends. 
825 Main Street  |  Park City

The Bridge Cafe and Grill, located at Town Lift at the bottom of Main Street, offers a fresh menu of invigorating flavors with a Brazilian twist and a huge outdoor eating space. Breakfast all day is a big specialty, with everything from acai bowls to the meanest eggs Benedict in town. The open deck is one of the largest outdoor dining spaces in Park City. Enjoy the views of the hills above Main Street.

98 S Main St  |  Heber City

One of Park City’s most acclaimed fine dining establishments, Tupelo Park City, introduces their newest concept - Afterword. Located in a historic home on Main Street in downtown Heber City, Afterword features fresh ingredients of American producers in globally-inspired dishes, all telling their own unique story.
1223 US-40  |  Heber City

Back 40 Ranch House offers grand windows overlooking lush green fields and spectacular views of Mount Timpanogos. Take it to the next level, and dine outdoors on the patio to get the full experience of mountain breezes and serene views while enjoying some of the best steak and seafood around. The owners, with roots from Texas, will welcome you into their restaurant with that southern hospitality we all know and love.
195 W Main St  |  Midway

The Corner Restaurant continues the legacy that runs deep in Midway through giving good service, making new memories over delicious food, and creating a place for family and friends to feel welcome and loved. Their lovely outdoor patios are perfect for taking in an afternoon or evening meal.

99 E Main St  |  Midway

Located in a gorgeously-renovated, historic building in downtown, the family-owned Midway Mercantile is a New American gourmet dining establishment with a delightful patio space. Currently open for dinner seven nights a week, lunch on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and brunch on weekends. Check the website for the most up-to-date hours and menus.

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@pcbladies on Instagram

Ladies, if you're looking for a fun, new activity, check out PC Bladies. A typical meetup is a 5-mile rollerblading trek announced on Instagram that culminates at the unofficial Bladies HQ, Old Town Cellars. More info @pcbladies

The Musical Time Machine

Pick a country on the map of the world, pick a decade from the 1900s to today, and get carried away by the beautiful musical collections from all over the planet. Listen here!
We're familiar in these parts with Skijoring with a horse, but with your dog?! It's true! It's a great way to get you and your pooch playing outdoors this winter. Now is a great time to start learning and training together! Before strapping into skis, get your dog used to the harness by practicing together in the backyard. Useful tips here!

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August 28 - 30  & September 4 - 7, 2020  |  Hours Vary |  $20 per person

Here at Gardner Group, we are proud to have an entry accepted in this year’s Showcase, our fifth acceptance in the past 9 years. Come and see us at House 8.

The Park City Area Home Builders Association and Zion's Bank present the finest in mountain homes and living at the 2020 Park City Area Showcase of Homes. This year's Showcase will feature 18 homes throughout the Park City and Heber Valley areas presented with COVID-19 safety precautions. Whether you prefer to grab your mask and see them in person or sit back and tour them virtually from the comfort of your home, these 18 magnificent homes will not disappoint. More info here.

TWILIGHT DRIVE-IN  |  Utah Olympic Park

August 28:  The Goonies | Talladega Nights
August 29: The Princess Bride | Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
September 5: Pulp Fiction

Park City Film presents the Twilight Drive-In at the Utah Olympic Park through August and the beginning of September. Check out the full line-up here.
September 1st - 30th  |  $30

This local 37-year tradition, the infamous Tour des Suds, will be held this year VIRTUAL and VIRUS FREE. Mountain Trails Foundation has created a new course that will showcase a brand new section of the 9K Trail along with some great, old-school single-track. Participants will have the entire month of September to ride the course and submit their finish times. More info here.
A New Socially Distanced Fest

"The organizers of the Sundance Film Festival have crafted a plan for 2021 that shortens the event and changes the dates, among other alterations, moves that are designed to allow the top marketplace for independent films in the U.S. to hold the festival with the likelihood the spread of the novel coronavirus will not have been stopped by January." Park Record article here.
Car-Free Main Street Sundays thru September 6th

Main Street Park City is a car-free, pedestrian zone every Sunday through September 6. This transformation is part of a larger effort to create a vibrant atmosphere that attracts people to come to Main Street to dine, drink, and shop. More info can be found here.
Silver King Lot, Wednesdays, 12-5 pm

Stop by and pick up fresh fruit, a bundle of organic vegetables, or locally made jams, jellies, trinkets, or jewelry to take home as a souvenir. Buying local food helps our local community, reduces carbon dioxide emissions and packing materials, and helps to make farming more profitable and selling farmland for development less attractive.

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After many months of construction, the brand-new terminal of the Salt Lake Airport is set to open on September 15th. The new terminal will provide visitors and residents with a modern, state-of-the-art travel experience, making access to and from our ski slopes even easier. A virtual fly-through of the new terminal can be viewed here.

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On August 27th, Vail Resorts announced their winter operating plan. The plan addresses season pass use, ticket sales, ski school, dining, lift operations, and a mandate that guests wear face coverings on the mountain and in all parts of resort operations, including in lift lines and riding in lifts and gondolas.

“It has been our goal to design an approach that can remain in place for all of the 2020/21 season. We do not want to be caught off guard or find ourselves needing to make reactionary changes. Striving for consistency will provide our guests, employees, and communities with as much predictability as possible this season, which we believe is worth the extra effort.” 

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Limits will now be placed on lift ticket purchases. All visitors, including pass holders, will now need to make a reservation before arriving. More information on that here

Ski lifts and gondolas have new operating procedures now as well. For proper distancing, only related parties (guests skiing or riding with one another) will be seated together on a lift chair. Otherwise the following procedures will apply to the loading of lift chairs: two singles on opposite sides of a four-person lift; two singles or two doubles on opposite sides of a six-person lift; or two singles on opposite sides of larger gondola cabins.

Dining operations will be open, and full-service, sit down restaurants will operate with reduced seating and increased spacing between tables. Large, quick-service restaurants will be reconfigured to have a cafeteria-style approach, with single-direction traffic flow. Outdoor seating will be increased and available as well. 

The company’s Labor Day deadline for pass purchases has been extended to Sept. 17, including the deadline to use pass holder credits from last season.

Read the full article at Powder.com
Improved Season Pass Coverage 
Both Vail Resorts (parent company of Park City Resort) and Alterra Mountain Company (parent company of Deer Valley®  Resort) are offering expanded season pass assurances for their respective season passes. Details for Vail's Epic Pass Coverage can be viewed here, and information for Alterra's Ikon Pass Adventure Assurance can be viewed here.

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Pending contracts continued reporting at much higher levels than last year for the sixteenth consecutive week. That’s four consecutive months. Pending sales are perhaps the best leading indicator of market demand from the buyer side. And our buy-side is strong and getting stronger. After a bottom in mid-April, in the sixteen weeks since, there have been 1,272 total pended homes compared to 780 in 2019, a 63% increase in volume. Let's start shopping soon if a new property is in your plans. Ask for the weekly stats update, so you stay on top of the news. 

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Be sure to enjoy the remainder of this gorgeous summer. Hope to see you soon!