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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

Deer Valley #1 Ski Resort in North America for 2018

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Sep 27, 2017

Deer Valley® has been ranked #1 Ski Resort in North America for 2018 by SKI Magazine Readers - Deer Valley® Resort has once again garnered the number one spot for North American ski resorts by the readers of SKI Magazine. With more than 25,000 reviews submitted, the resort is thrilled to launch the 2017-2018 winter ski season with the announcement of this time-honored, industry-respected accolade.

SKI Magazine paired down its survey to 10 categories this year, and in addition to the #1 overall best ski resort in North America, Deer Valley® Resort earned a #1 ranking in grooming, service, lodging and kid-friendly environment.

“We strive for nothing less than providing the best ski vacation experience to our guests,” said Bob Wheaton, President and Chief Operating Officer of Deer Valley® Resort. “To have that validation given through SKI Magazine’s readers’ poll means everything to us. We want everyone visiting our slopes to experience firsthand the many elements that contribute to the ‘Deer Valley® Difference’.”

If you have not had time yet to check out the the Parks and Recreation in Utah, clear your calendar as they are amazing. From breathtaking mountains to expansive deserts, Utah has some of the most diverse landscape in the United States. Featuring The Mighty 5® National Parks, over 40 state parks, and countless lakes and reservoirs, Utah has it all when it comes to hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, camping, fishing, boating, river rafting, and more. We have listed out below the national monuments, national parks, state parks, sports teams and museums in Utah to help you plan your next adventure.

NATIONAL MONUMENTS: Bears Ears National Monument, Dinosaur National Monument, Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area – Lake Powell, Golden Spike National Historic Site, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Navajo National Monument, Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Timpanogos Cave National Monument and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.

NATIONAL PARKS: Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Capitol Reef National Park and Zion National Park.

STATE PARKS: Antelope Island State Park, Bear Lake State Park, Deer Creek State Park, Goblin Valley State Park, Great Salt Lake State Park, Heritage Park State Park, Jordanelle State Park, Rockport State Park and the Utah Lake State Park.

FAMILY FUN & SPORTS: Kids from 1 to 99 will find fun and excitement in Utah. From the Clark Planetarium, Utah’s go-to location for those of all ages who wish to discover space and science, to the ever-fun Lagoon with the thrilling 116° inverted drop on the Cannibal roller coaster, to the fascinating Natural History Museum with over 1.5 million artifacts—there is something for everyone in Utah. When it comes to sports, Utah rallies behind the NBA’s Utah Jazz, the ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies, the MLS’ Real Salt Lake, the MiLB’s Salt Lake Bees, and many more.

MUSEUMS: Clark Planetarium, Discovery Gateway, Hill Aerospace Museum, Museum of Ancient Life, Natural History Museum, The Leonardo, Utah Museum of Fine Arts: UMFA FAMILY FUN, Cowabunga Bay, Heber Valley Railroad, Hogle Zoo, Lagoon, Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, Salomon Center, Seven Peaks and the Resort Water Park Topgolf.

PROFESSIONAL SPORTS: Utah Jazz, Ogden Raptors, Orem Owlz, Real Salt Lake, Salt Lake Bees and the Utah Grizzlies.

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!

Good Food In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Sep 06, 2017

We have always enjoyed the wide variety of food in Park City, everything from Monday night $5 burgers to high-end private yurt dinners. Jenny Wilden recently posted A Foodie's Guide to Historic Park City and we think it is packed full of great links to local restaurants. Historic Main Street is the epicenter of this fun, foodie culture, and whether you’re craving the town’s best avocado toast, a rib-eye steak, or just a handcrafted cocktail, you’ll find it here. Get your buzz on at Pink Elephant Coffee, a locally owned café tucked above Prospect, a hip clothing boutique on Historic Main Street. A block off Main Street, newcomer Harvest specializes in trendy, healthy favorites, like paleo banana bread and smashed avocado toast. For an alternative to coffee, try their steaming Golden Mylk, a fusion of turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, pepper, and coconut milk. Firewood is one of Main Street’s hottest new restaurants—literally. Everything’s cooked on open-flame grills with chef-selected wood like cedar and cherry to enhance the flavors. When you’re looking to save money or feed a crowd, there’s no better place than Davanza’s on Park Avenue. For on-the-go dining, head to Riverhorse Provisions, a grocery café that’s the baby sister of Riverhorse on Main, one of Park City’s oldest and most venerated restaurants. When you’re craving something sweet, visit award-winning American eatery, Handle for Park City’s best desserts. For daytime desires, grab funky-flavored tiny donuts at Peace Love and Little Donuts on Lower Main Street. Twisted Fern is pictured in our blog this week.

Park City has many great non-profits and we wanted to share a little about one of our favorites - KPCW, a volunteer supported organization whose mission is to educate, inform, entertain and provide access to a diverse community with quality local, national and international programming.  As our community radio station, we count on KPCW to provide quality programming and local news that's important to Wasatch Back listeners, including local weather, traffic, trail, and ski reports; city and county government proceedings; and lost and found—which has reunited countless pets with their grateful owners. On August 22nd, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties was proud to support KPCW with a Community Grant Challenge during the Summer Pledge Drive and has raised over $10,000 largely contributed by our philanthropic agents.

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

Monday Nights All Month: Heber Valley RR Night Train

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

8/12 - 10/15: Oktoberfest 2017, Snowbird

9/1 - 9/2: Midway Swiss Days Festival, Midway

9/1 - 9/4: Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championship, Midway

9/7 - 9/17: 2017 Utah State Fair, Salt Lake City

9/13 - 9/16: Wasatch Plein Air Art Competition, Midway Town Hall

9/15 - 9/17: 2017 Autumn Aloft Hot Air Balloon Festival, Park City

9/22 - 10/8: Thriller by Odyssey Dance Theatre, Park City

9/23: Harvest Market, Sundance

9/28 - 9/30: Holes by Louis Sachar, Timpanogas Theater, Heber City

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.

 

 

Hiking In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Aug 16, 2017

Ramon and ZorroSunday afternoon we went hiking with our dog Zorro and followed that with fish n chips, burger and a beer at The Boneyard in Park City - ahh the good life....

Now is a great time to be taking to the trails in Park City. The hills surrounding Park City offer more than 150 miles of public trails ideal for hiking. From scenic strolls to adrenaline-raising terrain, Park City is a great hiking destination. For more details and links to printable maps from Mountaintrails.org

Here are a few of our favorite trails:

Round Valley: (Beginner to Intermediate) This hiking and biking complex is located on the eastern edge of Park City, near US-40 on Kearns Blvd. The trails are well-marked and some trail intersections include trail maps. View Round Valley Trail Map

Masonic Hill/April Mountain: Located in the heart of Park City with over 450 acres of open space and 15 miles of trails. Click here to view map.

Glenwild Loop 8.5 miles. Located across I-80 from Kimball Junction, this trail is great for hiking and trail running. Learn more.

Looking for something to do in Utah this weekend, well we have listed out some of the amazing events that are happening state-wide.

CountDown LIVE at Bountiful "Music in the Park" August 18 - Bountiful City Park - Bountiful City’s “Music in the Park” is featuring CountDown Band Friday, August 18th, starting at 7pm. Concert will be held at the Main Stage at the Bountiful City Park: 400 North and 200 West. Don’t miss this amazing show! Free

Salzsee European Auto Show 2017 August 19 -Solitude Mountain Resort - The Salzsee European Auto Show will not only be memorable but may become an event that you, your family and friends will want to participate in for years to come. Salzsee, German for Salt Lake, is Utah’s elite European car show. Spectators Free

Slip and Soar Summer 2017 - Send Off - August 19 - Olympic Park - Park City - Celebrate summer with an afternoon (or evening) full of slip ‘n slide on the water ramps at the Spence Eccles Olympic Freestyle Pool. Enjoy live music and all the slipping and sliding you can handle, plus food and cold beverages will be available for sale. Spectators Free

28th Annual Great Salt Lake Truck Show August 18 - August 19 - Thanksgiving Point - Lehi - The Great Salt Lake Truck Show is a non-profit organization that benefits the National Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho. Any and all donations are welcome. Free

Utah Beer Festival 2017 August 19 - August 20 - Utah State Fair Park - Salt Lake City Weekly’s annual beer festival is back for its 8th year, Aug 19-20, 2017! This year’s event now covers two days and includes beer, food, music and fun! $5 - $75

Reggae Rise Up Festival August 19 - August 20 - The Rivers Edge - Heber City - Music, Vendors, Adult Games, Crafts, Relaxing Stations and more! This year’s lineup features Slightly Stoopid, Citizen Cope, Iration, Stick Figure, J Boog, The Movement, The Holdup, Conkarah, Iya Terra, Jungle Man Sam, Tribe of I, Makisi, & more! $35 - $45

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.

(Blog Picture - Old Town Cellars in Park City)

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Our Favorite Town

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jun 14, 2017

Our favorite town is no stranger to awards and accolades. So this week we thought we would share a few of the publications that rank Park City among the top cities and towns in American (and even the world). There may not be a perfect place, but if you ask us (and apparently editors and travelers across the globe) Park City is pretty close.

Conde Nast Traveler - #1 Friendliest Cities: Park City is a "friendlier and more casual" mountain town, where even at the height of winter ski season or the Sundance Film Festival in January, "the locals were extremely friendly and welcoming." World & U.S. - #1 Park City, Utah & The Best Small City in the U.S #6 Park City, Utah

An iconic mountain town frequented by ski buffs and Sundance festees, Park City was this year voted one of Traveler’s friendliest cities in the world—and for good reason. Though most popular in the winter, Park City shines in all seasons: For spring, summer, and fall hiking and mountain biking, the city has nearly 400 miles of maintained trails. Mark off time for a stroll (or two) down picturesque Main Street, and don’t miss nearby Utah Olympic Park, which comprises a museum but is still used as an Olympic training facility today.

L.A. Times 17 Destinations for 2017 - #8 Park City is 45 minutes from the Salt Lake City airport. It has an old-fashioned Main Street. And it has the biggest ski resort in the country: Park City Mountain Resort, which combined with Canyons Resort in 2015, setting off changes all over town.

Chef John Murcko’s Firewood Restaurant opened in December at 306 Main St. At 314 Main, visitors can browse landscape photos at David Beavis Gallery. At 509 Main, get caffeine from Pink Elephant Coffee Roasters. At 738 Main, get a sugar fix at Peace, Love & Little Donuts. At 890 Main, taste wine at Old Town Cellars, a private-label winery. (All opened in 2016.)

Trip Advisor Top Destinations on the Rise #2 Only 35 minutes from the SLC Airport, Park City's rugged beauty is complemented by over 100 restaurants and bars, open air concerts, numerous spas and health clubs, plays, independent film screenings, a series of world-class events and festivals, and as many kinds of lodging as there are people.

Travel & Leisure - America’s Favorite Towns #1 Outdoor bliss meets artistic street cred: America’s winning town offers snow, sunshine, and a good chance of celeb-spotting. Readers gave the city near-perfect marks for its weather and for its festivals—thanks in part, no doubt, to winter’s Sundance Film Festival. Since Utah has relaxed its liquor laws over the years, Park City also scored well with readers for wine. Choose from the extensive wine list at Glitretind, at Stein Eriksen Lodge, or the long list of bottles at the new Main Street hotspot Tupelo, whose artisanal menu includes such delights as Rocky Mountain Elk Bolognese.

America’s Favorite Mountain Towns - No. 1: Park City, Utah - 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. Off the slopes, everyone converges on historic Main Street, flanked by a mix of adventure outfitters, galleries, and restaurants—including Tupelo, chef Matt Harris’s ode to elevated Rocky Mountain cuisine. Sundance Film Festival brings in the A-Listers, who feel at home in the town’s luxe hotels, like Stein Eriksen Lodge, a Norwegian-style chalet.

Sunset Magazine - 2016 Best Adventure Town - Ski towns have long been about much more than a day on the slopes. Park City, Utah, just happens to be more fun than many others; the winner for best adventure town has a gently sloping Main Street lined with shops and farm-driven eats.

The state of Utah is also a great place - For the 10th year in a row, Utah earns the top spot for states with the best economic outlook, followed by Indiana, North Carolina, North Dakota and Tennessee, according to a recent American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) report, Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index. The annual publication is celebrating its 10th edition with the launch of a new website that gives users the ability to compare and contrast economic trends of the last decade, featuring a new tool showing how particular policy adjustments can change the economic outlook ranking of an individual state.

State lawmakers have relied upon Rich States, Poor States as a guide for measuring the economic competitiveness of their states since 2008. The publication is authored by Dr. Arthur B. Laffer, a member of Ronald Reagan’s Economic Policy Advisory Board, Stephen Moore, distinguished visiting fellow at The Heritage Foundation, and Jonathan Williams, ALEC Chief Economist and Vice President of the ALEC Center for State Fiscal Reform.

“For an unprecedented ten years, since the very founding of Rich States, Poor States, Utah has reigned as number one in terms of economic outlook. This is largely due to the state’s many responsible fiscal policies, including an efficient and lean state government, a low overall tax burden and the state’s right-to-work status,” said Jonathan Williams. “In addition, the public sector pension reforms of 2010 have undoubtedly benefitted Utah in the rankings. Congratulations to the Utah legislators who consistently show their dedication to protecting hard-earned taxpayer dollars and promoting a strong state economy."

Neighborhoods and Activities

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jun 06, 2017

Nestled beneath the beautiful slopes of the Wasatch range and just minutes away from Park City’s Main Street and Salt Lake, the communities of Pinebrook, Jeremy Ranch, and Summit Park offer perfect single family home and condominium options for commuters and outdoor enthusiasts.

With out-the-door access to Flying Dog and other legendary Park City trail systems, these communities offer some of the best recreation in the area. As for amenities, Pinebrook is home to numerous restaurants, yoga studios, and grocery stores, which create a strong sense of community among these adjacent neighborhoods. Jeremy Ranch also offers golf via its private club and manicured full course.

In terms of real estate: Jeremy Ranch is known for spacious single family homes that are bathed in sunlight and feature dramatic views. Pinebrook consists of a wide array of entry, custom and luxury home options that make this neighborhood popular among Millennials. Just up Parley's hill from Pinebrook, Summit Park offers secluded homes encompassed by mountain wilderness and numerous trail systems that award adventurers with stunning views of the Salt Lake Valley.

For anyone looking to be within easy driving distance from Salt Lake and all the recreational options Park City has to offer, be sure to look at Pinebrook, Jeremy Ranch, and Summit Park real estate.

June marks the beginning of summer in Park City. With the opening of summer resort operations, visitors and locals can make the most of world class downhill biking, chairlift hiking, rides and mini golf at the bases. With our award-winning trail system, blue bird weather, and championship golf options, we are truly an all-season community. Not-to-miss events include the mouth-watering Savor the Summit dinner, when Park City restaurants come together to line Main Street with tables for an evening of communal fine dining that draws the whole town. Also, be sure to get your Oakley Rodeo tickets--one of our favorite events of the year.

Golf Community Sales - Summit and Wasatch counties are popular amongst golfers, and the number of vacant land and single family home sales in our golf communities gives strong evidence of this trend. With over 300 sales in the past twelve months in Glenwild, Promontory, Hideout, Tuhaye, Red Ledges, and Victory Ranch, buyer demand remains strong and will likely continue, especially during the summer months. With a wide array of price points, new build options, and ample community amenities, it's no wonder that many second home buyers are investing in these neighborhoods.

With courses now open, make the most of our local golf options and explore your living options in these highly sought after micro-market areas. Reach out for more information on our local golf communities.

 

 

June Happenings in Park City

Sundays All Month - Park Silly Sunday Market

Wednesdays All Month - Park City Farmer's Market

Thursdays All Month - Night Mountain Bike Rides with White Pine 

6/8-6/10 The Kingston Trio at the Egyptian Theatre

6/15 The Watters at the Newpark Amphitheater

6/16 Erickson Antoque Power Show, Wallsburg

6/16 Deer Valley Resort Opens for Summer Operations

6/17 Round Valley Rambler Half Marathon

6/17 Savor the Summit

6/21 Changing Lanes Experience at the Deer Valley Concert Series

6/23-6/25 Bonanza Music Festival in Heber City Featuring Ms. Lauryn Hill and Odesza

6/24 Back to the 50's Car Show, Heber City Park

6/28 The Soulistics at the Deer Valley Concert Series

6/30 Park City Gallery Stroll 

6/30 Annual Oakley Rodeo Begins

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Summer Concerts In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
May 31, 2017

One of our favorite things to do during the summer in Park City is to check out the great live music in our town. There is something for every budget and taste in music. Check out Mountain Town Music’s website for a complete schedule of Park City summer concerts.

Before we get into more detail about the music line-up there are a couple of Park City events coming up soon that you will not want to miss - Savor the Summit and The Park Silly Sunday Farmers' Market. The Park Silly Sunday Farmers’ Market starts this Sunday, June 4, and goes through September 17 from 10 am to 5 pm. There are over a hundred vendors, stages for entertainment as well as food and drinks set up along Historic Main Street. Savor The Summit is June 17th on Historic Main Street and this is Park City’s biggest outdoor dinner party offering diners a unique celebration of fabulous food, drink and live music while seated in the middle of Main Street. Park City restaurants will showcase their culinary talents in an open air community celebration. No ticket is needed, but you do need to make a reservation directly with participating restaurant of your choice.

Now, back to Summer music in Park City. Here is the 2017 Park City Summer Concert Overview by Emma Prysunka

DEER VALLEY MUSIC FESTIVAL - SUMMER HOME OF THE UTAH SYMPHONY/UTAH OPERA (USUO)

When: Throughout the summer, starting in July Where: Deer Valley Resort’s Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater/various locations throughout Park City The Deer Valley Music Festival is the summer home to the Utah Symphony/Utah Opera.  Enjoy a unique variety of classical, chamber, and pops music at the Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater at Deer Valley Resort.  Where else can you see Patti Austin performing the songs of Ella Fitzgerald alongside the Utah Symphony? Deer Valley offers a variety of delicious concessions during these performances, or, if you’d rather, you may bring your own picnic basket and your favorite beverages into the venue. Explore the full summer 2017 lineup

ST. REGIS BIG STARS BRIGHT NIGHTS, A PROGRAM OF THE PARK CITY INSTITUTE When: Throughout the summer, starting July Where: Deer Valley Resort’s Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater Live performances by your favorite stars and crisp mountain air with a beautiful Park City backdrop – what could be better? This year’s Big Stars Bright Nights concert series features artists like Aloe Blacc, X Ambassadors, Melissa Etheridge and Kellie Pickler. All shows take place at Deer Valley Resort’s Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, where seating ranges from assigned lawn chairs close to the stage, to lawn seating where it is BYOB – bring your own blanket (and beer!).  Picnic baskets and outside beverages are allowed. Buy your tickets here

CANYONS VILLAGE FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES When: Saturday evenings, starting in July Where: Canyons Village, Park City Mountain Resort Grab your dancing shoes, your family, and a blanket for these summertime concerts at Canyons Village, hosted by Park City Mountain Resort.  The stage, located on the hill just above Canyons Village base area, allows for scenic views of the resort area and Snyderville Basin. This concert series highlights musical acts from across the U.S., and they always get the crowd moving.  Picnics are welcome. 

GRAND VALLEY BANK COMMUNITY CONCERT SERIES AT DEER VALLEY RESORT When: Wednesday evenings, starting in June Where: Deer Valley Resort’s Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater This free concert series, held at the picturesque Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater at Deer Valley Resort, is a consistent favorite among locals and visitors alike. Grab a picnic, your favorite beverages, and a blanket, and allow an array of local and visiting musicians serenade you as you take in the beautiful Park City sunsets. The temperature cools off once the sun sets behind the mountains, so don’t forget a few warm layers.

DEJORIA CENTER SUMMER CONCERT SERIES  When: Thursday evenings, starting in June Where: Dejoria Center, Kamas A new addition to the list of Summit County music venues, Dejoria Center is located about 15 minutes from Park City in Kamas, UT and will offer free outdoor concerts every Thursday evening. Enjoy live music on the patio, accompanied by a beautiful backdrop of both the Uinta and Wasatch mountain ranges, before grabbing a bite to eat at the recently opened State Road Tavern or Bar Josephine. Dejoria Center will host a variety of other live entertainment throughout the summer, including their "First Friday" concert series

SILVER STAR CAFE When: Throughout the summer, starting in May Where: Silver Star Café, 1825 Three Kings Drive Located just off the beaten path, Silver Star Café is a rustic, cozy café, with delicious food, wine, beer and cocktails, accompanied by a beautiful outdoor seating area and a variety of live music offerings throughout the summer. Enjoy views of the Uinta Mountains, the Park City Golf Course, and Park City Mountain Resort as you listen to talented local musicians throughout the summer. Their 2017 summer lineup is something to get excited about! 

NEWPARK AMPHITHEATER When: Thursday evenings, June through August Where: Newpark Town Center (Kimball Junction) Located in the Kimball Junction area of Park City, Newpark Town Center’s Amphitheater sits between restaurants, shopping, and with Swaner Nature Preserve serving as a most perfect backdrop.  This free venue is incredibly family friendly, and offers a great space and environment for children to play.  The lineup for this free concert series features acts from all over the U.S.  Bring a cooler with your favorite local beer and some snacks, or grab a bite at one of the many restaurants in the Newpark area after the show.

WOODENSHOE PARK IN PEOA When: Friday evenings, starting in June Where: Woodenshoe Park, Peoa Peoa, UT is a small town, located just outside of Park City in Summit County and its outdoor concert venue, located in Woodenshoe Park, plays a large role in the vibrancy and sense of community created within the town.  Every Friday night throughout the summer, members of the Peoa community and greater Summit County join together for an evening of BBQing and dancing along to live music among family, friends, and neighbors.

 

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