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Shop With A Cop

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Dec 05, 2017

Thank you to everyone who came to the Annual Shop With A Cop event on Saturday! This is a wonderful event that the local Police Department puts on every year for our Park City area families in need, and the Wife and I have been proud to be a part of the event and fundraising for many years. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties Park City has taken this event as one of their favorite and most involved events of the year for the last 6 years. In 2013 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties Park City raised $1,300.00; with each year going up and up in giving. This year we raised an amazing $13, 379.00 -  in five years we have grown our contributions by 1000%!

Seventy of our Agents/office staff/and the Owner made cash donations to assist the Police Department this year with 31 Berkshire Staff and Agents volunteering to wrap the gifts and help the officers with the children as they shopped.

Many of our agents and staff brought their children to help and to learn the meaning of Christmas. Roger, the manager at Walmart, and his staff bent over backwards to help with event - they are amazing partners. Park City Police Officer, Rob McKinney, is the Chairperson for the FOP Park City Lodge #3 and if you have questions for the Police or are interested in helping in next year's event make sure to reach out. This year the Shop With A Cop event assisted 65 families and we are so proud to be apart of this amazing event!

December is a time to celebrate the holidays with family and friends and it also marks the true beginning of ski season. While it’s always fun to hit the slopes, especially around Christmas, there are other ways to enjoy the month of December in Park City.  With an abundance of off-slope activities to choose from, you’ll end your Park City vacation with enough memories to last a lifetime. Here are a few ideas for you to explore while trying to decide what to do in Park City this December - click here to read the complete article by Visit Park City.

Welcome To Utah

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Nov 29, 2017

Welcome to Utah! Our stunning state is known for its world-class skiing and snowboarding resorts, spectacular red rock deserts, and as one of the nation’s best states for business. Host of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Utah boasts a panorama of recreation and culture. From professional sports teams such as the Utah Jazz and Real Salt Lake, performance powerhouses such as the Utah Symphony, Ballet West, and Utah Opera, exceptional art galleries and concert venues, to award-winning restaurants and a lively nightlife scene… Utah showcases a limitless variety of activities and entertainment. Check out the entire Welcome to Utah video by clicking here.

Salt Lake City International Airport is Utah’s gateway to the world. Ranked as one of the nation’s best for on time departures and arrivals and one of the lowest in percentage of flights cancelled. Salt Lake City’s airport is just 15 minutes from most Salt Lake neighborhoods and 40 minutes from Park City.

In the summer, Utah has it all when it comes to hiking, golf, mountain biking, backpacking, camping, fishing, boating, river rafting, rock climbing, and more. Home to the Mighty Five® National Parks, over 40 state parks, countless lakes and reservoirs, and some of the most scenic public and private golf courses in the country, many of which are championship-designated, there is something for everyone during the summer in Utah. Park City alone boasts over 400 continuous miles of trails which span two resorts and has been awarded the highest International Mountain Biking Association’s Gold-Level Ride Center designation.

In the winter, locals and visitors alike enjoy “The Greatest Snow on Earth” at Utah’s 14 world-class ski resorts. From Park City Mountain, the largest ski and snowboard resort in the United States, to Deer Valley® Resort which has been ranked the #1 Resort by Ski Magazine 6 times, to Snowbird which features 3,240 vertical feet between the base and the summit, Utah has a resort for everyone. Whether it’s downhill skiing or cross country, snowshoeing or snowmobiling, an incredible winter adventure is just minutes away.

From the Wasatch Front cities of Ogden, Bountiful, Salt Lake, and South Jordan, to the Wasatch Back communities of Park City, Heber, and Kamas, there is a place for everyone in Utah. Live here, work here, play here. Contact your Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties professional for the current market information on our exceptional state.

The Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties Welcome to Park City guide is now available for your review, call with any questions and have a great rest of the week.

Happy Thanksgiving

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Nov 22, 2017

Judy and I wish you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving! We are grateful for the amazing community of Park City as we have called this lovely town home for over 15 years and look forward to another holiday season. With all the wonderful snow we have been getting the snowboard is out and I will see you on the mountain - Ramon.

Thanksgiving Day is Opening Day at Park City Mountain #FIRST30 Make Every Day Count. Start your ski season with the #FIRST30 days of winter at Park City Mountain. The #FIRST30 is packed full of events, deals, giveaways and 2 major concerts. Kick off the 2017-2018 ski season here in Park City! Lifts will be turning from 9am – 4pm, but start off the day at 8am with complimentary donuts and hot chocolate, while supplies last, and the party gets rolling with DJ Velvet spinning tunes at the base of PayDay Lift.

Welcome to Sandy and Draper - What were once farming and mining communities, Sandy and Draper are located at the base of the Wasatch Mountains and boast an array of activities and community focused neighborhoods.

Sandy and Draper feature large lots, multi-story estates, mid-century modern homes, and ranch-style ramblers. Home to the Sandy Amphitheater, Draper Rodeo, South Towne Expo Center, Rio Tinto Soccer Stadium, Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, Salt Lake County Equestrian Park, over 100 miles of hiking and mountain biking, and many public golf courses, Sandy and Draper are a short distance to the best that Salt Lake City has to offer. In the winter, residences are a quick drive to ‘The Greatest Snow on Earth’ at Snowbird, Alta, Brighton, and Solitude. With sweeping views of the Wasatch Mountains, Sandy and Draper are places people want to live.

Live here, work here, play here - We can provide you with the most current market information on these exceptional areas.

Welcome to Moose Country

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Nov 08, 2017

The Wife and I love the Moose of Park City, to see them in nature is spectacular. Moose are the largest member of the deer family in Utah and can be found in the mountains of the northern and northeastern portion of the state. Moose prefer forest habitats, especially those locations with a mixture of wooded areas and open areas near lakes or wetlands. Some moose make short migrations between summer and winter habitats and usually occur singly or in small groups. Moose are herbivores that prefer to feed on aquatic vegetation and new woody growth during the spring and summer. During the winter, when preferred food items are not available, moose switch to a diet of bark and twigs from evergreen and deciduous trees. (Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)

Gomez Team MooseAdults weigh 800-1,200lbs. Bulls stand 6 ft. tall at the shoulder. Only the bulls have antlers. Moose are excellent swimmers, and routinely seek food in marshes and streams. Their hair is hollow which helps them float. A moose can run up to 35 miles per hour! Moose are active both day and night, but peak activity occurs near dawn and dusk.

Wild Aware Utah has provided safety tips when encountering Moose that we wanted to share:

Preventing Conflicts

  • Moose cows with calves can be aggressive in the spring.
  • Bull moose may be especially aggressive during the fall breeding season.
  • Do not approach or feed a moose.
  • Keep dogs leashed and under control at all times. Moose can be very aggressive around them. It is against Utah law to allow dogs to chase or harass wildlife.
If you encounter a Moose
  • On a trail, give the moose a lot of space and watch it’s behavior.
  • Back off if a moose exhibits any signs of aggression, such as the hair standing up on their neck, snout licking, or ears back.
  • Stay calm. Do not run away. Talk, make your presence known and slowly back off in the direction you came.
  • If a moose charges you or chases you hide behind something solid such as a tree.
  • If a moose knocks you down, curl into a ball, protect your head and lie still until the moose retreats.
ROAD SAFETY: SLOW DOWN!

Heed warning signs.If you have an encounter with aggressive wildlife, please alert the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) office near you. If the encounter or sighting occurs after hours or on the weekend, please call your local police department or county sheriff’s office, who can contact a conservation officer to handle the situation. Click here for more information.

Third Quarter Market Overview

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Oct 24, 2017

This comprehensive third quarter market report provides an overview of the Summit and Wasatch County real estate market. We believe our clients should have access to information that facilitates thoughtful real estate decisions. The Park City market remains highly segmented. Our town, its neighborhoods, and outlying areas differ significantly in terms of price, home type, features, and amenities. For example, while Park Meadows and Upper Deer Valley share the same zip code, average home prices in these two neighborhoods vary significantly.

Our predictions: Overall, compared to this time last year, we have seen a significant increase in the number of resort properties sold in Deer Valley as well as single family homes sold in the Heber Valley. As Vail Resorts® continues their commitment to Park City Mountain, especially in the upgrades throughout the Canyons Village, as well as Deer Valley® Resort’s #1 Ski Resort ranking from Ski Magazine, we believe these factors will support strong winter sales. Throughout the Wasatch Back the number of properties sold has increased approximately 17% compared to this time last year with an approximate 8% increase in average price. Finally, we expect additional new developments to come to market in 2018 in the Jordanelle, Heber, and Canyons areas. Now, more than ever, is the time to call Park City and the surrounding areas home. Data interpretation, judgment, and historical context are key elements to making informed decisions, let us know how we can help.

Park City Proper - The heart of Park City spans from the world-class Deer Valley® Resort to the iconic white barn, McPolin Farm. Park City Proper includes the neighborhoods: Old Town, Thaynes Canyon, Deer Valley, Aerie, Prospector, and Park Meadows.

Snyderville Basin begins at the iconic white barn, McPolin Farm, off Highway 224 and includes the neighborhoods: The Canyons, The Colony, Sun Peak, Bear Hollow, Silver Springs, Old Ranch Road, Kimball, Pinebrook, Summit Park, Jeremy Ranch, Glenwild, Silver Creek, Trailside Park, Silver Creek, Promontory, and Quinn’s Junction.

Jordanelle is the picturesque area surrounding the Jordanelle Reservoir. Just minutes from Park City this area includes communities such as Hideout Canyon, Tuhaye, Victory Ranch, Soaring Hawk, and more.

 

 

Open space and farmland encompass the scenic Heber Valley. This area features remarkable views of Mount Timpanogos and countless recreational opportunities. The Heber Valley includes the neighborhoods of Midway, Charleston, Provo Canyon, Heber, Daniel, and Timberlakes.

East Summit County - Known as the “Gateway to the Uintas,” the charming Kamas Valley within East Summit County boasts endless outdoor activities. The East Summit County area includes the neighborhoods of Woodland, Francis, Kamas, Marion, Oakley, Weber Canyon, Peoa, Browns Canyon, Wanship, Hoytsville, Coalville, Echo, and Henefer.

If you have any questions about the reports above feel free to reach out anytime. Have a great week - Ramon and Judy Gomez

Alpine Distilling In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Oct 18, 2017

Alpine Distilling is an award winning distillery in Park City located at 7132 N. Silver Creek Road. Robert Sergent, Owner and Distiller, is a Bourbon Steward, 4th Generation Distiller and one of 8 Of The Best American Single Malt Whiskies in the country with the only single malt whiskey in the world to win GOLD at the International SIP Awards this year. Their Travelers Rest 88 was so popular it has already sold out with maybe a few bottles remaining at various Utah State Liquor Stores. All of the Alpine products are available at their Silver Creek location, at Utah State Liquor Stores and on-line at www.forwhiskeylovers.com

We have known the Sergent family for years and I remember a Christmas not too long ago at our house where Rob told us he was moving on from his VP role with Johnson & Johnson to create delicious hand crafted spirits. Rob's Preserve Liqueur  was awarded Platinum at the International SIP Awards as the Best Liqueur in the World with a portion of every sale going to the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter in Park City. Alpine Distilling has also been awarded and recognized internationally as they were invited by the Department of Agriculture to represent the United States in Hong Kong  last year and wouldn't you know it Alpine's Preserve Liqueur made Top 10 out of 20,000 entries!

Here is the Alpine line-up:

Preserve is a 100% corn spirit that is certified Kosher and 20% alcohol by volume.  The Utah state flower, the Sego Lily, is the bottle shape – look at the bottle from the bottom up.

SIP Awards – Platinum Medal 

Wine Luxe – Top Ten; Hong Kong Wine & Spirits Expo

 

Lafayette Spiced Bourbon Whiskey - A classic Kentucky Bourbon mashbill of 75% corn, 21% rye and 4% cut to 80 proof, Alpine adds Apricot, Primrose and Cinnamon for the Lafayette spice profile

SIP Awards: Gold-Medal

 

 

Persistent Vodka - 100% corn which is 10x distilled, using a Column Still and then a Bain Marie Pot Still, to control time on copper.

SIP Awards – Silver Medal

 

 

 

 

Traveler’s Rest American Single Malt Whiskey at Barrel Proof has SOLD OUT.  Gold Medal Winning  Traveler’s Rest Single Malt 88 Proof (with a secondary French Oak aging) is only available at Utah State liquor stores.

 

 

Spur blended whiskey – a blend of two Gold-medal winners - Alpine's French Oak aged single malt has a wonderful banana, mocha note finish with a vanilla spice; and their Bourbon brings the corn sweetness and American Oak brown flavors with very subtle rye spice.

Alpine Distilling is located at 7132 N. Silver Creek Road in Park City.

 

OCTOBER EVENTS

Mondays thru Saturdays: Midway Creamery Hay Maze and Pumpkin Patch, Midway

Mondays, until 10/23: Happy Valley Farmers Market, Springville

Mondays, until 10/30: Light Up the Night Halloween Parade, Thanksgiving Point

Wednesdays, until 10/25: Sugar House Farmer's Market, Salt Lake City

Wednesdays, until 10/25: Park City Farmer's Market, Park City

All Month Long: Homestead Resort Annual Scarecrow Festival, Midway

Thursdays, until 10/26: Bountiful City Farmers Market, Bountiful

Fridays, until 10/27: Happy Valley Farmers Market, Orem

Saturdays, until 10/28: Trick-or-Treat Parade, Thanksgiving Point

Saturdays, until 10/21: Cache Valley Gardener's Market, Logan

Saturdays in October: Trick or Treat Parade, Thanksgiving Point

Thusdays - Saturdays: Haunted Wagon Train, Heber City

Weekends in October: Frightmares, Lagoon

All October: McCoard's Provo Corn Maze, Provo

Now - 10/22: Haunted Aquarium, Draper

10/19 - 10/22: Aladdin, Salt Lake City

10/20: Haunted Night at the Museum: Viking Ghost Ship, Salt Lake City

10/21 - 10/21: Fall Harvest Festival, Wellsville

10/24: Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Salt Lake City

10/27: Halloween Party, Snowbird

10/31: Howl-O-Ween! on Historic Main Street, Park City

Thursday - Saturdays: Daily Pumpkin Train, Heber City

Scenic Drives Around Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Oct 10, 2017

The Wife and I love to take the car out and drive whenever we have free time. In Park City Scenic Drives- Some of the best scenic drives or road bike rides in Utah are within a few miles of Park City. Our mountain passes and scenic byways will take you to some of the most breathtaking places in the West. Here are a few of our favorite scenic drives from Park City, of which, many are perfect for road biking as well. We have one suggestion, don't forget your camera as you'll take home many memorable photos of wildlife, wildflower, and incredible mountain vistas. Information about the scenic drives is from www.visitparkcity.com

GUARDSMAN PASS - If you are looking for a short drive (just 14 miles) from Park City, you can't beat Guardsman Pass, which, for a longer drive connects Park City to Brighton and Salt Lake or to Midway and Wasatch Mountain State Park. The road surface is paved much of the way, but the middle portion is maintained gravel, but you can drive the route in a family car. To get there, take SR-224 to Deer Valley Drive and turn east; continue on to the roundabout and exit on Marsac Ave and continue on up Ontario Canyon to Guardsman Pass. This road (SR-190/224) travels through forests and valleys to the summit area between Big Cottonwood Canyon and the Park City Resort area, and is a popular wildlife and wildflower viewing area.  Drive Time depends on how much time you plan to spend enjoying the spectacular scenery or round-trip route.

PROVO CANYON - The start of the Provo Canyon scenic drive is just a short 20 minutes from Park City. The Provo River is a fly-fisherman's paradise, which runs adjacent to this scenic byway with vertical cliffs of limestone defining the canyon walls. For an opportunity to view looming peaks, catch boaters and wind and kits surfers at Deer Creek Reservoir, and experience Bridal Veil Falls, look no further than Provo Canyon Scenic Byway. The Falls are well worth a stop, plunging 607 feet over limestone terraces where you can admire them from a roadside overlook or turn off at Nunns Park for a closer view. Continue your journey up to Sundance Resort and then onto the Alpine Scenic Loop for a return trip to Heber and then back to Park City.

ALPINE SCENIC LOOP - The Alpine Loop Scenic Byway is a 27-mile journey through fantastic mountain landscapes, with sites along the way including Mount Timpanogos and Robert Redford's Sundance Resort, including a short detour to Cascade Springs. This is one of the most scenic drives in Utah and is an incredible place to go as the fall colors start to peak. You can continue your trip down Provo Canyon until you reach UT-92 W (Alpine Loop Drive) and continue past Sundance and travel along the spectacular Mount Timpanogos. You can follow the highway down toward Highland if you want to visit the Timpanogos Caves, or continue down the paved road toCascade Springs. At the springs, some 5.5 million gallons of water bubble up each day and spill over travertine ledges into sparkling pools full of flora and fish. From here, the road turns back to gravel where you'll travel 7.5 miles back down to Midway and Heber, from where you can return to Park City. Plan on a full day for this trip as there will be many spectacular sites along the way.  VIEW MAP Drive Time: 2.5 to 3.5 hours depending on stops along the way. 

MIRROR LAKE HIGHWAY - The Mirror Lake Scenic Byway cuts through Utah's highest mountain range from the town of Kamas up into the national forest before descending to placid Mirror Lake. The start of the the Mirror Lake Highway scenic drive is located 16 miles east of Park City in the town of Kamas.  Take SR-248 (Kearns Blvd.) east to Kamas and then left on SR-32 two blocks to SR-150 (Scenic Byway). Mirror Lake is about an hour drive from Park City. Return the same way or continue on to Evanston, WY and return via I-80 westbound. Many small lakes, falls, camping sites, trail-heads and wildlife are along this beautiful route. There are no retail services within the forest area so it's best to shop and gas up before you begin your drive. Fee area.  Drive Time: 1.5 to 3 hrs.

Interested in more drives - check out Utah.com Fall in Utah for some of their must-drive scenic routes through the months of October and November. Grab your chai-pumpkin-spiced-latte drink thing, a sweater, and your camera. It's going to be awesome.

Now is a great time to buy! 1306 Preserve Drive in Park City is 10 acres and located in Phase 3 of the Preserve....this scenic community is located where many dream of living...only 11 minutes to Park City's great ski resorts and Old Town...yet only about 35 minutes to Salt Lake City International Airport...yes you can have it all...privacy, wildlife, views to kill for, acreage, location and that true Mountain Living in a ski resort town. This lot is south facing and has a flat building site for ease of construction and lower construction costs. House plans are also available by Habitations Home Plans of Ogden Ut. Plus the added bonus of a Geotechnical report. Call us today to find out more.

OCTOBER EVENTS

Mondays thru Saturdays: Midway Creamery Hay Maze and Pumpkin Patch, Midway

Mondays, until 10/23: Happy Valley Farmers Market, Springville

Mondays, until 10/30: Light Up the Night Halloween Parade, Thanksgiving Point

Tuesdays, until 10/17: 2017 Tuesday Harvest Market, Salt Lake City

Wednesdays, until 10/25: Sugar House Farmer's Market, Salt Lake City

Wednesdays, until 10/25: Park City Farmer's Market, Park City

All Month Long: Homestead Resort Annual Scarecrow Festival, Midway

Thursdays, until 10/26: Bountiful City Farmers Market, Bountiful

Fridays, until 10/27: Happy Valley Farmers Market, Orem

Saturdays, until 10/28: Trick-or-Treat Parade, Thanksgiving Point

Saturdays, until 10/21: Cache Valley Gardener's Market, Logan

Saturdays in October: Trick or Treat Parade, Thanksgiving Point

Thusdays - Saturdays: Haunted Wagon Train, Heber City

Saturdays and Sundays, until 10/15: Oktoberfest 2017, Snowbird

Weekends in October: Frightmares, Lagoon

All October: McCoard's Provo Corn Maze, Provo

Now - 10/15: Dine About, Park City

10/13 - 10/22: Haunted Aquarium, Draper

10/14: Monster Mash & Dash, Kaysville

10/14: The Color Run Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City

10/14: Park City Sunrise Rotary Shot Ski, Park City

10/19 - 10/22: Aladdin, Salt Lake City

10/20: Haunted Night at the Museum: Viking Ghost Ship, Salt Lake City

10/21 - 10/21: Fall Harvest Festival, Wellsville

10/24: Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Salt Lake City

10/27: Halloween Party, Snowbird

10/31: Howl-O-Ween! on Historic Main Street, Park City

Thursday - Saturdays: Daily Pumpkin Train, Heber City

 

Open House & October Events

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Oct 03, 2017

We are hosting an Open House today from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm at 7430 Buckboard Drive Park City, UT 84098.

Come and enjoy Ramon's Famous Jack Daniels BBQ Meatballs and an exceptional theater room demonstration.

Bring your family & friends to this home that has been beautifully remodeled & upgraded throughout. New Ponderosa Pine Wood floors, Orite Granite Fireplace and Breakfast bar, Fresco Plaster, all new Bosch appliances, recessed lighting in dining room, new office, new carpet, new 8 ft doors on Main Level....speaking of Main Level...Master, office, living room dining, hearth room and kitchen all on the main floor...Traditional mountain living with 3-car garage, large floor to ceiling windows Private yet has views! Driveway half plumbed for radiant heat. Balconies galore....the inside of this home is 90% new...and yes a separate entrance for the mother in law apartment!.... Bedrooms: 7 and Bathrooms: 4 Full, 1 3/4, 1 Half with 5,379 sq. ft. on 0.96 acres. Year Built: 1994 Remodeled 2017

This week we wanted to share Eight Tips For Staging Your Home. We are also available to assist in this process and work with great companies that share a professional touch.

1. Focus On The Curb Appeal -The first thing that potential buyers will see is the outside of your house. The lawn, landscaping, front porch, front door, and driveway are the first impression your home is going to make, so spruce up the lawn, plant some flowers, paint the front door, reseal the driveway, whatever it takes to make a good first impression.

2. Time For Some Deep Cleaning - This is crucial in home staging and is more than just picking up and vacuuming. Clean the spaces in the home that haven’t been cleaned for a very long time (or ever), including baseboards, vent covers, ceiling fans, and the fireplace.

3. Brush On A Fresh Coat Of Paint - A fresh coat of paint in main rooms or throughout the house can bring a home back to life. Renew the space with neutral, crowd pleasing colors. This can also help potential buyers envision themselves living in the home.

4. Give Each Room A Purpose - A spare room can make fantastic guest bedroom, home office, or gym. Each room should be transformed into a usable space where the buyers can envision what they can do with the room.

5. Update The Kitchen Fixtures - Luckily, minor changes in the kitchen can make the space feel more modern and updated. Consider replacing old light fixtures with modern ones or swap outdated hardware.

6. Brighten The Bathrooms - Light colors or white make things appear fresher, cleaner, newer, and more spacious. Brighten up your bathroom with a fresh coat of paint or with new white towels, shower curtain, and bathmat to give your bathroom a clean and relaxed feel.

7. Bring In The Light - Curtains are beautiful, but they can darken and date a room. Potential buyers want to see the home in all it's glory; so pull up the blinds, open the curtains, and make sure the windows are spotless to let as much light in as possible.

8. Highlight The Positives - Every house has its own stand-out features, whether its unique woodwork, great flow, or a stunning backyard, boost the appeal of your home by playing up the positives.

OCTOBER EVENTS

Mondays thru Saturdays: Midway Creamery Hay Maze and Pumpkin Patch, Midway

Mondays, until 10/23: Happy Valley Farmers Market, Springville

Mondays, until 10/30: Light Up the Night Halloween Parade, Thanksgiving Point

Tuesdays, until 10/17: 2017 Tuesday Harvest Market, Salt Lake City

Wednesdays, until 10/25: Sugar House Farmer's Market, Salt Lake City

Wednesdays, until 10/25: Park City Farmer's Market, Park City

All Month Long: Homestead Resort Annual Scarecrow Festival, Midway

Thursdays, until 10/26: Bountiful City Farmers Market, Bountiful

Fridays, until 10/27: Happy Valley Farmers Market, Orem

Saturdays, until 10/28: Trick-or-Treat Parade, Thanksgiving Point

Saturdays, until 10/21: Cache Valley Gardener's Market, Logan

Saturdays in October: Trick or Treat Parade, Thanksgiving Point

Thusdays - Saturdays: Haunted Wagon Train, Heber City

Saturdays and Sundays, until 10/15: Oktoberfest 2017, Snowbird

Weekends in October: Frightmares, Lagoon

All October: McCoard's Provo Corn Maze, Provo

Now - 10/8: Thriller by Odyssey Dance Theatre, Park City & Salt Lake City

Now - 10/8: Thriller - Odyssey Dance Theatre, Park City

Now - 10/15: Dine About, Park City

10/5 - 10/7: The Pumpkin Train, Heber City

10/7: 8th Annual Harvest Fest, Kamas

10/13 - 10/22: Haunted Aquarium, Draper

10/14: Monster Mash & Dash, Kaysville

10/14: The Color Run Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City

10/14: Park City Sunrise Rotary Shot Ski, Park City

10/19 - 10/22: Aladdin, Salt Lake City

10/20: Haunted Night at the Museum: Viking Ghost Ship, Salt Lake City

10/21 - 10/21: Fall Harvest Festival, Wellsville

10/24: Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Salt Lake City

10/27: Halloween Party, Snowbird

10/31: Howl-O-Ween! on Historic Main Street, Park City

Thursday - Saturdays: Daily Pumpkin Train, Heber City

Welcome To Utah

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Sep 20, 2017

Usually our blogs are about Park City, but this week I would like to share a little about Salt Lake City. As one of the nation’s fastest growing areas, Salt Lake City and the surrounding communities are central hubs for business, travel, and recreation. Renowned for “The Greatest Snow on Earth,the Wasatch Front has something for everyone. Bordered on the west by the Great Salt Lake and to the east by the Rocky Mountains, the Salt Lake Valley offers a limitless variety of activities and entertainment.

The city’s surroundings provide a beautiful panorama full of outdoor recreation such as hiking, camping, biking, fishing, boating, rock climbing, world-class skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing, and so much more. As for the arts, Salt Lake City is home to performance powerhouses such as the Utah Symphony and Ballet West. The Wasatch Front has no shortage of culture, concerts, sporting events, historical attractions, and festivals. With outstanding restaurants and a thriving nightlife, there is always something to do in Salt Lake City and its surrounding areas.

Today, Salt Lake City offers everything from professional sports to concerts and theater to a lively nightlife scene to many kid-approved attractions. Best of all, the city’s backyard offers limitless year-round activities and recreations. Salt Lake City ranks in the top 10 of numerous lists including livability, safety, health, affordability, business, and employment opportunities. Steady, strong economic growth and stability coupled with innovative entrepreneurship has captured the attention of the Silicon Valley tech industry and has predicted Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas to be the next Tech Mecca as “Silicon Slopes” continues to grow and innovate.

Shifting gears back into the mountains, East Summit County is located below the majestic peaks of the Uintas, the mountain communities of Peoa, Kamas, Oakley, Woodland, Francis, Hoytsville, and Coalville boast stunning views and wild natural beauty. Popular with outdoor enthusiasts and ranchers, these townships offer a wide range of real estate options including farmstead estates, large lots to build your dream home on, and small subdivisons with a quiet neighborhood feel. Just a short distance to Park City and Salt Lake City, these towns have a preserved sense of nature and community without the hustle and bustle of a larger city.

From fishing, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and camping these areas provide a range of outdoor pursuits. In addition to their scenic charm, each town offers its own array of community activities including the Oakley Rodeo, Summit County Fair, outdoor summer concert series, and Kamas’ Fiesta Days. Known as the “Gateway to the Uintas” Kamas, Francis, and Woodland offer pristine mountain living with the Uinta Mountains—and their 880,000 acres of trails, streams, lakes, and mountain terrain—just out your backdoor.

We love Park City, and the Wife and I are here to answer any questions you may have about our local market as well as the surrounding areas of this great state.

Autumn Aloft Hot Air Balloon Festival

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Sep 13, 2017

The wife and I enjoy the Autumn Aloft balloon festival every year in Park City. This year the 2017 Autumn Aloft Hot Air balloon festival is scheduled for September 16 -17, 2017 at 2530 Kearns BLVD | North 40 Fields, Park City, Utah with field access at 7:45 am and launch time at approximately 8 am.

The event festivities are free to spectators and are scheduled to take place at multiple locations around the Park City area. Autumn Aloft is a visual delight for spectators rather than an opportunity for balloon rides for event attendees. But, tethered rides may be available on a first come, first serve basis but are not guaranteed. Saturday and Sunday's launch events will take place on the North 40 Playing Fields directly behind Park City's Treasure Mountain Middle school.

Ample parking is provided at the Eccles and Park City High School parking facilities. Additional off-site parking will be available at the China Bridge parking lots in Historic Park City with free public transportation available. A map of the event venue can be viewed here and a map of parking areas can be found here.

With colder weather around the corner, it is time to start thinking about curling, that's right - curling. The Park City Curling Club was started over 10 years ago by Greg and Debbie Basrak and I have had the pleasure of playing with my team for many years. The Park City Curling Club is open to all people who are interested in the sport of curling and who like to have a lot of fun.

Curling is played within a curling rink on a playing surface ice called a ‘sheet’ with granite stones. The goal of the game is, after all 16 stones are played (8 by each team), to have a stone of your team’s closest to the center of the house, called the ‘tee’ (see rink below). This is accomplished by sending your stone to rest in scoring position by utilizing one of many shots. The team with the closest stone to the ‘tee’, inside the house, scores a point, or more if they also have the second closest stone and so on. Each round is called an ‘end’ and consists of two stones delivered by each player on each four-player team. The stones are delivered from the hack on one side of the sheet to the house on the opposite side. This consists of the player pushing off from the hack with the stone and releasing it with a spin, or ‘curl’.

We will start our Fall Session on October 23, 2017, so please check out the Park City curling club website or reach out to me directly at ramon@rgomezjr.com if you are interested in playing - Good Curling!

The Kamas Lifestyle

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Aug 30, 2017

KamasKamas, Utah is considered the gateway to the Uinta Mountain Range. This high country town has a population of around 2,000 people and a ranch mentality carried over from the earlier settlements. Today the town defines itself by vast tracts of open space, access to recreation and family friendliness. Stay for a flick or local dining, including Mirror Lake Diner, Gateway Grille, Hi-Mountain, Summit Inn Pizza, and El Jalisciense. You will find a variety of local businesses to outfit your next outdoor adventure or offer advice on great campsites or adventures in the vast Uinta Mountains and High Uintas Wilderness. Find out more about the town of Kamas by giving us a call and check out Visit Utah - Life Elevated.

Kamas2315 N Deer Mountain Boulevard Kamas, UT - This meticulously maintained and updated 4 Bedroom 3 full Bathroom Deer Mountain Property offers un-paralleled Deer Valley Resort, Timpanogos and the Jordanelle Reservoir views from the second deck while maintaining personalized custom touches of the perfect Park City getaway. The inviting open floor plan allows ease and comfort of main level living. The lower level boasts 9 foot ceilings, family room, natural hardwood floors, a rustic wet bar, pool table area as well as exercise room and a generously sized steam room. An absolute must see 10-minutes outside Old Historic downtown Park City, this diamond in Deer Mountain is truly one of a kind. (4,422 sq. ft. on 0.22 acres Year Built: 2003) Click here to view additional images.

Kamas148 Sky Lane, Kamas UT - Looking for horse/toy property? You and your horses can move right into this 4,852 sq ft custom built log home with 6 bedrooms, 2.46 acres with nice mountain & valley views. A warm and inviting floor plan includes a large kitchen with custom hickory cabinetry, master bedroom located conveniently on the first floor. Relax on the large covered deck while watching your horses in one of the three pastures. A four stall barn with tack room and feed area plus metal shed has a separate drive to barn areas for trucks & trailer access. Click here to view additional images.

Looking for something to do tonight or tomorrow night, here are a few events:

Lady Antebellum August 30 USANA Ampitheatre - West Valley City Lady Antebellum comes to USANA on August 30th for their “You Look Good” World Tour! $32.75 - $66.25

Utes vs North Dakota August 31 at the Rice-Eccles Stadium - Salt Lake All single game ticket prices are subject to Demand Based pricing adjustments. The ticket office will adjust the prices for individual home games based on demand for the game.

Asteria: A Cirque Style Show August 31 Rose Wagner Center - Salt Lake Asteria, daughter of the Sun and Moon, has fallen from the sky. Follow her in her journey home through the elements, depicted through cirque-style acrobatics, hand balancing, contortion, and original Aeris-designed aerial apparatuses and costumes. Come enjoy this adventure with the whole family! $7 - $20

 

 

Deer Valley Update

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Aug 23, 2017

Deer-Valley-Resort-2This week we are starting our blog with a Special Announcement from Bob Wheaton.

I want to be the first to let you know the latest news. The newly formed entity controlled by affiliates of KSL Capital Partners, LLC (“KSL”) and Henry Crown and Company (“HCC”) that in July joined Intrawest Resorts, Mammoth Resorts and Squaw Valley Ski Holdings has entered into an agreement with Deer Valley® to acquire the resort.

Over the last 36 years, Deer Valley has developed into one of the highest quality ski resorts in the country. This transaction puts the resort in a strong position to continue to grow as part of a portfolio of 12 other outstanding resorts. We are excited about the new opportunities this will create for our staff, our guests and the Park City community.

I know there will be questions about the purchase and why we entered into this agreement. For this reason, we have included a link to the press releasethat was sent to media as well as a list of your anticipated questions and answers.

Please know that KSL and HCC are committed to Deer Valley’s brand, providing exceptional service to our guests, as well as to the staff. They truly value the efforts and dedication from staff members in building this amazing, preeminent mountain resort.

I plan to stay on as President/General Manager serving in my current role at Deer Valley Resort with no anticipated changes, and I sincerely hope you share in my excitement as we enter this new phase in the evolution and growth of Deer Valley Resort.

Sincerely,

Bob Wheaton, President/General Manager

We will be having an Open House today at 1333 Snow Berry Street in the Glenwild Golf Community from 10 am to 1 pm.

A must see, this exquisitely finished home has unobstructed views. Sit out at the fire pit as you enjoy the mountain views and sunsets or slide over to the hot tub located on the precipice of this lot. The dueling staircases are just one of the several highlights of the expansive great room/kitchen/dining area all with views worth savoring. Radiant flooring heat will keep you toasty warm in the winter while sitting in front of the massive stone fireplace and the 8 inch wood planks provide an added warmth to this home. The master bedroom is on the main floor with its own sitting are, steam shower and views from your bed of the mountains. Come and see us today.

Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Full, 3 3/4, 1 Half 8,118 sq. ft. on 2.69 acres Year Built: 2009

 

 

Home MagazineThe most recent edition of Park City Home  has a great article by Beth Rinehart of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices regarding Millennials.

It has become a reality: The fun-loving, selfie-taking, phone-hooked generation known as ‘Millennials’ can afford homes. While some people may still think of them as young kids, they’re all grown up—and they are becoming homeowners. Millennials — those born post 1980 through the early 2000s — are moving out of their childhood homes and forming their own households. Millennials now make up 42 percent of all homebuyers and 56 percent of the nation’s first-time homebuyers. They are a dominant force in the housing market, and according to a recent Pew Research Center report, have surpassed the baby boomers as the largest living generation.

Many Millennials experienced, firsthand, the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression. During the downturn, many of them graduated from college, entered the job market, and discovered that finding a job proved to be exceedingly difficult. Although the housing bubble contributed to the decline of the stock market in the late 2000s, studies have shown that currently Millennials are the most enthusiastic generation in relation to real estate, and they are turning away from stocks, because they believe real estate is a more profitable investment.  

“Millennials are showing especially strong increases in job confidence and income gains, a necessary precursor for increased housing demand from first-time homebuyers,” says Doug Duncan, senior vice president and chief economist at Fannie Mae, in a CNBC report by Diana Olick.

This strong sense of financial gain and confidence in the real estate market bodes well for the continuing trend of Millennials settling down and purchasing homes.

What Millennials Want As Millennials become homeowners, it’s important for sellers (and investors) to know what they are looking for in a home.

“Millennials want simplicity and convenience,” says Will Cooper, President of Business Development at Berkshire Hathaway Utah Properties, and the father of four Millennials. “Turn-key homes that are close to work and their friends. Millennials are typically climbing the career ladder, have high student loan debt, and can’t afford to make updates on their homes.”

Since most Millennial homebuyers have tight budgets due to college costs and constricted salary increases, the majority of their savings goes toward purchasing their homes. Updated kitchens and bathrooms provide a vast advantage for budget-conscious Millennials. Most Millennial buyers are happy to make some updates to their homes, but they realize the kitchen and bathrooms are the most expensive to renovate.

There are a few “must haves” on most Millennial homebuyers’ lists; at the top are location, open and multifunctional spaces, low maintenance properties and technologically efficient, green, sustainable homes. They follow current trends, in that they prefer open floor plans and space for entertaining, as opposed to sectioned-off kitchen, living, and dining rooms.

If there’s one room they are looking for, it’s a home office. With an increasing number of companies moving out of corporate offices and into work-from-home spaces, having a dedicated work area is important for Millennials.

Additional sought-after items include: smart home features, energy efficiency and low or no homeowner association dues. Because they use cell phones constantly, most Millennials see value in the ability to control their homes with their phones. Home value may increase or diminish, based on cell signals inside the home or available internet providers.

The manner in which Millennials search for homes is also changing; the majority search for homes on their phones, tablets or computers. Online photos essential in capturing the interest of a Millennial. Without professional photos showing the home in its best light, many Millennials will move on before ever stepping foot in the door. But, once they’re interested in a home, they rely on the expertise of their local Realtor® to decipher often inaccurate, or incomplete, information found on the internet.

Due to the “reality TV effect,” they are more likely to notice and comment on whether or not a home has been staged or decorated. Millennials expect a home to look as though it could be featured in the “after” shots of a HGTV program.

So if you want your home to appeal to the Millennial generation—with their cellphone in one hand and a venti-no-foam-extra-shot-almond-milk latte in the other — think contemporary, think technological, think green, and think: Designer Home Show ready.

If you missed our last blog, we have attached the 2017 Second Quarter Wasatch Back Market overview again. Click here to see the digital online version.

 

 

Best Small Town In America

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Aug 08, 2017

Michaela WagnerThe Country's First Fully Electric Bike-Share Program opened in Park City, Utah on July 19th. Our town wanted less traffic and better air quality and hopes its new fleet will mitigate traffic congestion and promote environmental sustainability. Park City believes the answer is e-bikes, an all-electric bike-share program. While some cities in the US, such as Baltimore, Maryland, and Birmingham, Alabama, have integrated pedal-assist bikes into their existing bike-share programs, Park City has become the first to create a fleet consisting entirely of e-bikes. 88 e-bikes are available and can be picked up at 9 different stations located in Old Town, Kimball Junction, and Canyons Transit Center. Image at top captured by: Michaela Wagner
Park City makes the list at #8 on 23 Best Small Town Main Streets in America. Summer Sundays are practically made for the Park Silly Sunday Market where live music, craft artisans, and delicious food vendors abound. Loaded bloody mary in hand, explore the festival by foot on historic Main Street for a day that will linger in your memories fondly for years to come. If you're not in town for the market, the strip still bleeds with mountain town charm. Grab some grub on the year-round heated rooftop patio at No Name Saloon and then navigate your way through art galleries, cafes and boutiques. Shouting distance from Main Street is the famed Washington School House that still feels secluded from the bustling downtown thanks to its spectacular mountain views.

AUGUST EVENTS

Wednesdays All Month: Park City Farmer’s Market

Sundays All Month: Park Silly Market

Saturday Evenings All Month: Outdoor Concert Series at the Homestead in Midway

Now-8/13: Beethoven Festival of Park City

Now-8/18: Wasatch State Park Tagged Fish Contest

Now-8/27: Summer Series at Quarry Village

Now-8/12: Summit County Fair

8/9-8/12: John Mayall at the Egyptian Theatre

8/11-8/12: Intermountain Mustang and Ford Auto Stampede

8/12: Jordanelle Triathlon

8/19: Mid Mountain Marathon

8/25-9/4: Park City Showcase of Homes

8/26: Five for Fighting– St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights Deer Valley Series

8/26: Summit Land Conservancy Blue Sky Bash

9/1-9/2: Midway Swiss Days Festival

9/1-9/4: Soldier Hollow Classic Sheep Dog Championship - Midway

 

A Stunning Mountain Location

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Aug 02, 2017

Deseret News recently shared this article, Park City named one of the 'most stunning' mountain locations in the nation - Oyster.com, a hotel and travel information website, just ranked the “most stunning” mountain travel spots across the country. And Park City made the list.The list showed off popular and “stunning mountain destinations” that aren’t near major cities.

Rather, the list displays places travelers will need to visit on their own. “Not all of us have the pleasure of living in major U.S. cities like Seattle, Denver, and Los Angeles, where mountain views are a part of the daily routine,” the list’s description reads. “Most of us will have to travel to get our fill of these scenic natural creations, which were formed as a result of Earth's tectonic plates smashing together.” Park City sits toward the middle of the list. Oyster.com celebrates the city’s proximity to the Salt Lake City International Airport and “its legendary powder skiing.”

“While you're in town, head for Main Street, which is lined with 19th-century buildings that were built during the silver mining boom. Park City residents also support the arts with indoor and outdoor music venues, while the town hosts the Sundance Film Festival each January,” the Park City description reads.

Travel and Leisure previously gave Park City the No. 1 spot for top mountain towns.The survey results were based off reader responses, which answered questions about travelers’ favorite spots. Readers were also asked to rank locations on affordability, restaurants and public parks.

Readers most enjoyed the city’s galleries, restaurants and theaters. Park City ranked ahead of Taos and Asheville on that list. “When the local mines closed, Park City, Utah, turned its ambitions above ground — to its 7,000 acres of Olympic-level ski terrain — helping it transition into one of the country’s premier resort destinations, and this year’s favorite mountain town,” according to Travel and Leisure.

In unrelated rankings, Park City also topped a USA Today list for its s’mores.

Remember the 48th Annual Kimball Arts Festival is this weekend on historic Main Street in Park City, Utah Friday, August 4 through Sunday, August 6. With more than 225 artists representing 33 states and more than 30 live musical acts performing on three stages, this three day event is full of family fun for all as it focuses on art, cuisine and music. Bring your whole family and fill your weekend with diverse activities at an affordable cost. There is more to do than just look at art. From kids' art activities to beer gardens, we promise you'll be well entertained. Read the Salt Lake Tribune's Top 5 reasons to attend the 48th annual Kimball Arts Fest for great ideas.

Second Quarter Market Review & Golf

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jul 26, 2017

The 2017 Second Quarter Wasatch Back Market Overview is here. This report provides an overview of Summit and Wasatch County real estate by elaborating on each of the current mini-markets in the area: Park City Limits, Snyderville Basin, Jordanelle, Heber Valley and East Summit County.

For the complete digital online version click here. Data interpretation, judgement and historical context are key elements in making informed decisions, let me know how I can help.

Last week I promised a golf blog, so I am providing a quick snap shot on a few of the private golf communities in the area including: Glenwild, Promontory, Red Ledges, Tuhaye and Victory Ranch.

Glenwild is a Tom Fazio course with 18 holes, yardage of 7,800, par 71, a course rating of 75.7 and has won "# 1 Private Golf" from Golf Digest every year.

Promontory Canyon is a Pete Dye course with 18 holes, yardage of 7,690, par 72, a course rating of 75.6 and is known as very playable.

Promontory Painted is a Jack Nicklaus course with 18 holes, yardage of 8,100, par 72, a course rating of 75.9 and "3rd Best New Private Course" by Golf Digest 2008.

Red Ledges is a Jack Nicklaus course with 18 holes, yardage of 7,041, par 72, a course rating of 73.2 and voted "Best New Private Course" by Golf Magazine 2009.

Tuhaye is a Mark O’Meara course with 18 holes, yardage of 7,800, par 72, a course rating of 75.9 and has bent grass from tees to greens.

Victory Ranch is a Rees Jones course with 18 holes, yardage of 7,600, par 72, a course rating of 74.9 and over 400 feet of elevation change.

Looking for something to do next weekend? The 48th Annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival takes place on Historic Main Street and serves as the primary fundraiser for the Kimball Art Center. Proceeds from the Festival enable them to provide, free of charge, year-round art exhibitions, gallery tours, monthly Art Talks and to offer art education to teachers, students and our community.

Each year, The Kimball Arts Festival hosts over 50,000 guests, 220+ jury-selected artists from over 30 states in 12 categories, 30 live musical acts and an array of cuisine offerings.

Festival Times Friday, August 4th, Local's Night*: 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Saturday, August 5th: 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Sunday, August 6th: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. *Local's Night is free to Summit County residents thanks to the support of Park City Municipal Corporation. A Valid Utah Driver’s License/ID or Utility Bill indicating a Summit County residence is required at the entry gates.

Price: $12 for Adults$6 for Kids Kids 5 & Under are Free Admission includes entrance for all three days.

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Golf Community Market Report

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jul 19, 2017

It is golf season, my favorite time of year, and this week I wanted to share our most recent golf community market report.

The golf courses are calling and many of the courses in town have special rates for locals and Utah residents. Canyons golf is offering $55 rates to Utah residents all season long. Next week I will begin to share the special features of the golf courses in the Park City area. Call me anytime and I will be happy to share my knowledge of each of the local golf courses and I hope to see you on the green.

Looking for something to do this weekend - The Park City Summer Concert Series is back for another summer! Head to the Canyons Village Stage on select Saturdays until September 2nd for free live music on select dates. Free live music starts at 4:00pm with each concert's headlining act taking the stage at 6:00pm. This year, the concert series is now moving to the Canyons Village Stage. Come kick off your sandals and get in the summer groove as these musicians perform a variety of genres including funk, reggae, and folk. The next show is Saturday, July 22nd from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm with VanLadyLove and Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors

The Cabriolet will be open until 8:30pm on these concert dates. Due to the popularity of these concerts, guests carpooling, public transportation or riding bicycles to the show is greatly appreciated! NOTE: Dogs must be leashed within the Canyons Village at all times. Blankets, picnics and chairs will not be allowed in the concert venue until 4:00pm. Guests may bring their own chair to our concerts provided that the chair is low-back. Low-back chairs must be 12" max from the ground to the front of the seat bottom and 30" max from the ground to the top of the chair in its highest position. There are no exceptions to this rule and guests bringing chairs that do not meet this requirement will be asked to take them back to their vehicles. Chairs meeting the height requirements are available for purchase at Canyon Mountain Sports.

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Theatre And Summer Concerts

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jul 12, 2017

A long time cultural beacon for Park City, the Egyptian Theatre brings musical and intellectual icons to our town in addition to being a main event host for the Sundance Film Festival.

Influenced by the discovery of King Tut's tomb, The Egyptian Theatre opened on Christmas Day, 1926. Supervised by an Egyptologist, the theatre design elements include lotus leaf motifs, scarabs, hieroglyphics and symbols of life and happiness. Today, the Mary G. Steiner Egyptian Theatre hosts a variety of theatre, comedy, musical acts, special events, community functions and more. The Egyptian Theatre continues to function as a landmark venue on Park City's Main Street while retaining the distinctive flavor of years gone by, much like Park City itself.

In an effort to support Park City's thriving performing arts culture and its cornerstone Main Street theatre, Berkshire Hathaway Utah Properties acts as a sponsor of events and operational overhead. As Legend Sponsors, we feel that operating a successful business in our town comes with the obligation to support its character and arts. To learn more about this historic theatre and its calendar of events, click here.

Salt Lake City - America's Newest Tech Hub - According to Forbes Magazine: While Utah’s explosive growth in the tech industry isn’t really a surprise for long-time residents of the state, it appears the rest of the nation is also taking note.

Forbes recently named Salt Lake City the next "tech mecca" and compared Silicon Valley to Utah's Silicon Slopes as an ever-growing but less-frenzied version of the tech scene in the Bay Area.

A few decades ago, not many would have handpicked Utah to foster a budding tech scene, but the city’s stable workforce, top-ranking tech universities, low cost of living, attractive climate, low crime rate and family-friendly atmosphere have contributed to the industry’s rapid growth.

Utah’s business-friendly climate, fostered through the region’s cultural roots of self-sufficiency and industriousness, is another reason for the state’s vibrant growth, Julie Kehoe, VP of Communications at Domo, told Forbes.

JULY HAPPENINGS

Wednesdays All Month Farmer's Market 

Sundays All Month Park Silly Market

Saturdays All Month Summer Concerts at Canyons Village

Weekends All Month Flying Ace All Starts Show at the Utah Olympic Park 

6/30-7/23 Cabaret at the Egyptian Theatre

7/15 Fire on the Water-Mayflower at the Jordanelle

7/15 Leslie Odom Jr. with the Utah Symphony at Deer Valley

7/21 Diana Krall at Deer Valley

7/27-7/29 Mary Wilson of the Supremes

7/28-7/29 Demolition Derby, Heber Valley Events Complex

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Food & Art in Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jul 05, 2017

The 13th Annual Park City Food & Wine Classic starts tomorrow, where master winemakers, culinary greats and distinguished guests gather to play, wine and dine. Enjoy hundreds of food artisans, wineries, breweries, distilleries, epicurean purveyors and local producers at the ultimate food and wine experience.With over twenty different events throughout the weekend you can curate your own personalized festival. Tickets are still available.

Today is the Park City Weekly Farmers' Market which is held each Wednesday from 12:00 - 6:00pm in the Cabriolet parking lot of the Canyons base of Park City Mountain Resort. Looking for a great deal - book your winter escape to Park City before July 31st. Book Early Save Big includes lodging at a Park City Mountain managed property, including the Grand Summit Hotel, Sundial Lodge, Silverado Lodge, Vintage on the Strand, and Resort Plaza. For each night reserved in a Park City Mountain managed property, you'll receive our hearty Alpine Breakfast Buffet for two and you'll also have the option to purchase specially priced lift tickets.

The 48th Annual Park City Kimball Arts Festival takes place on Historic Main Street and serves as the primary fundraiser for the Kimball Art Center August 4th - 6th. Each year over 50,000 guests, 220+ jury-selected artists from over 30 states in 12 categories, 30 live musical acts and an array of cuisine offerings fill this amazing festival. Tickets are $12 for Adults, $6 for Kids Kids 5 & Under are Free.

Looking to challenge yourself physically this Fall - The North Face Summer Endurance Challenge is Saturday, September 23, 2017 (Start and Finish) - The North Face Endurance Challenge Series' expansion into the “mountain” region of the United States at Park City Mountain Resort, is located 20 miles outside of Salt Lake City. This race course will not only start at the highest elevation within the North America series at 7,000 feet but it will also climb to the highest elevation of 10,000 feet. The North Face Endurance Challenge cruises along the Wasatch Back, part of the Wasatch Mountain Range in the resort destination of Park City. Athletes will navigate this world-renowned ski destination using a mix of double and single track trail, ski runs, mountain bike trails and various dirt access roads. Bring your lungs and legs and be prepared to be awestruck.

The Park City Transit System

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jun 28, 2017

Park City TransitThe Park City Convention & Visitors Bureau have shared in detail the three new elements that have been added to the Transit System in Park City this month, you will now be able to catch a bus along one of the following brand-new or expanded routes now:

Electric Xpress: On June 23, Utah’s first zero-emission, battery-electric bus fleet started traveling up and down SR224. The Xpress route provides service every 10 minutes from early morning to midnight, seven days a week. Noise from the six-bus electric fleet will be negligible (clocking in at only 57 decibels) and will reduce operating costs to just $.19 a mile: the fuel efficiency of each bus is an impressive 21.4 miles per gas gallon equivalent. By limiting stops to primary origins and destinations, the travel time between the two transit centers will be a speedy seven minutes!

The Electric Xpress visits the Kimball Junction Transit Center 1899, West Ute Boulevard

PC/SLC Connect Expansion: On June 26, bus service between Park City and Salt Lake doubled from 8-to-16 total daily runs. There are 4 morning, 1 midday, and 3 evening runs in each direction. “This route enhancement was a high priority among projects funded by the sales tax initiatives,” said Transportation Planning Manager Alfred Knotts. “Reducing trips to and from Salt Lake also ties directly into our City’s climate goals.” Route 902 buses, as they are known, will now terminate at the Kimball Junction Transit Center, rather than the Old Town Transit Center. Passengers can disembark at Kimball Junction and catch the new Electric Xpress down SR224. “The Electric Xpress will work hand in glove with the PC-SLC Connect to bring people up the mountain and into downtown Park City more frequently and rapidly,” said Public Works Director Blake Fonnesbeck. While a transfer is necessary, this shortened route helps offset the increased cost of doubling the number of routes from the Salt Lake Valley. Learn more at the Route 902 website.

Kamas Commuter Route: On June 26, the first of several transit connections from eastern Summit County rolled out. Kamas residents are now able to catch the bus adjacent to Volkers Bakery. With quick service options to Quinn's Junction, Kimball Junction Transit Center, and Park City Transit Center, the commute from Kamas will be fast, easy, and economical.

Riders who use the Kamas Commuter Route or PC/SLC Connect Expansion will also have access to a “Guaranteed Ride Home” program that provides passengers transportation in the event of an emergency or other unforeseen circumstance.

These new programs will also provide alternative solutions once the City’s parking management system comes online in early December. “As people may know, we will start charging for parking in Old Town in December,” said Parking Manager Kenzie Coulson. “But the last thing we want to do is leave people stranded or feeling like they do not have a safe alternative to get back home or to their car parked offsite. So we are making sure to put in place a whole host of options before the paid parking piece is implemented.

Things To Do This Week in Park City:

Park City Farmers Market - Wednesdays June 28 - October 18, 2017 Canyons Village Cabriolet Lot

Music on the Patio - June 28 - August 2, 2017 Park City Library

Grand Valley Bank Community Concert Series at Deer Valley… June 28, 2017 - Deer Valley Resort's Outdoor Snowpark Amphitheater

Newpark Amphitheater Summer Concert Series - Garrett Lebeau - June 29, 2017 Newpark Amphitheater

Last Friday Gallery Stroll - June 30 - December 29, 2017 Park City Gallery Association

Annual Oakley Rodeo & 4th of July Celebration - June 30 - July 4, 2017 Oakley Rodeo Grounds

Cabaret - June 30 - July 23, 2017 Egyptian Theatre

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Biking And Wine In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jun 21, 2017

Old Town Cellars in Park CityPark City is back in National Geographic again, this time in America’s 20 Best Mountain Bike Towns - To foster authentic bike culture, a town needs more than just high quality trails. These 20 mountain bike hamlets around the country (in no particular order) offer bucket-list rides, new trail development, a variety of outdoor recreation, and a fun, bike-friendly vibe. Bike on.

Park City, Utah - The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) designates destinations as “ride centers” when they offer something for every rider, from backcountry epics to beginner-friendly singletrack. Of the 37 in the world, the first gold-level status was awarded to Park City. Beyond the sheer quantity of trails—about 400 miles of singletrack—Park City’s active and productive bike community has helped link them in a highly functional, user-friendly network.

Park City’s trail options include long, flat cruises, intermediate rolling terrain, and alpine singletrack with challenging climbs and thrilling descents. There are even lengthy tours like Mid-Mountain and Wasatch Crest. Plus, Deer Valley, Canyons Resort, and Park City Mountain Resort (now one property) all offer lift-assisted riding, which makes access to the higher alpine trails even easier. Gravity aficionados flock to Canyons Bike Park for its freeride trails (the lifts also access 20 miles of cross-country trails).

The town of Park City boasts scores of bars and restaurants, affordable accommodations (for a ski town), tons of kid activities, and cultural events like concerts.

Only a few weeks away is the Park City Food and Wine Classic July 6-9, 2017. This is the event where master winemakers, culinary greats, and distinguished guests gather to play, wine, and dine in beautiful Park City, Utah. Experience more than 100 food artisans, wineries, breweries, distilleries, epicurean purveyors, and locally-made products at this ultimate food and wine experience.

Whether you are a full-fledged foodie or an emerging gourmand, you are sure to find more than one event to whet your appetite at the Classic. There is something for everyone – from food and wine tastings, to seminars and cooking demonstrations, to outdoor adventures with food & wine influences, there are tastes and temptations at every turn.

Tickets - Tickets are now on sale for all seminars and another great year of events.

Schedule - From Grand Tastings to outdoor adventures and seminars, there’s so much to do.

Beneficiary - The Park City Food and Wine Classic is proud to benefit the People’s Health Clinic, a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization providing quality healthcare to the uninsured in Summit and Wasatch counties.

Next week we dive into the Park City Transit System (Electric Buses) and other upcoming events around town.

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