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The Coolest Town In America

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Oct 03, 2018

Park City was named top 20 cities by Matador Network in The Coolest Towns in America 2018. With a population of 8,299 Park City’s 1800s western aesthetic attests to the town’s roots as a major mining center. Park City Resort opened in 1963 with a gondola running right from the town. Another big change came in 1981 when the Sundance Film Festival, started a couple years earlier in Salt Lake City, moved its location to Park City.

A few decades later, Park City has evolved into the coolest town in Utah, offering plenty of world-class restaurants and shops to meet the demand of skiers and the thousands of annual Sundance attendees. Even after the festival ends in early February, Park City has plenty to do. In winter, the Park City Mountain resort is now much larger while the upscale Deer Valley Resort is a five-minute drive up the road. Summer activities include everything from whitewater rafting to horseback riding, with much fairer temperatures than the desert landscape a few hours south.

Looking for some dining options - Park City Dine Around Brings High-Brow Fare at Low Prices by Salt Lake Magazine. Take advantage of Park City’s decadent food culture without the associated resort town pricing. The Park City Area Restaurant Association (PCARA) is hosting the sixth annual “Dine About” from Monday, October 1 through Sunday, October 14, so locals and fall visitors alike can experience some of the best cuisine Park City has to offer.

Two dozen participating restaurants will be offering diners seasonal menus with two-course lunches and three-course dinners at a great value: lunches are either $10 or $15, and dinners are $20 or $40. Dine Around restaurants include everything from fine Main Street’s fine dining establishments to resort après institutions to the town’s brew pubs. Café Terigo, Café Trio Park City, Chimayo, Deer Valley Grocery Café, Element Kitchen & Bakery, Firewood on Main, Flanagan’s on Main, Fletcher’s Park City, Grappa, Handle, Purple Sage, Red Rock Junction, Red Tail Grill, Riverhorse on Main, Riverhorse Provisions, Shabu, Silver Star Café, Squatters, Sushi Blue, The Brass Tag, tupelo, Twisted Fern, Versante and Wasatch Brew Pub will all be serving up special menus for Dine About. Visit the PCARA website for full event details, and use the special Dine Around code “STAYPC” for lodging discounts during the event when you visit the Stay Park City website.

Utah Business recently shared, Utah Is The Best State For Doing Business. Utah ranks number one in the US for job growth, enjoys consistently low unemployment rates, and a strong workforce. What’s at the heart of this success? Small business. The US Small Business Administration reports that Utah is home to over 277,000 small businesses that make up 99.3 percent of Utah companies and 57.3 percent of total employees in the state. Here are four areas that have been fundamental to Utah’s economic success:

A Strong & Educated Workforce - “Nothing is more important to businesses than having access to a qualified workforce,” says Val Hale, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. “That is why so many companies choose to invest in education.” Utah’s public education systems, both K-12 and higher education, have a strong partnership with our business community.

Taxes & Regulation - Utah’s economy continues to benefit from our flat five percent personal and corporate tax rate, which is one of the lowest in the nation. Low taxes are important to small business but equally important is a stable tax rate. Utah small businesses have benefited from the predictability of the state’s flat tax throughout the 20 years since the rate was established. Additionally, the Governor’s office, state legislature, and the Salt Lake Chamber are always looking at ways to evaluate and eliminate unnecessary regulations.

Incentives - Incentivizing business creation and sustainable growth is key to Utah’s thriving small business ecosystem. Several state programs assist new and existing businesses: one is the business expansion and retention (BEAR) grants for small businesses in rural parts of the state. The Utah Science, Technology and Research (USTAR) initiative specifically assists start-up and early-stage tech companies, as well. The state also offers financial incentives for business relocation and expansion. This incentive program is built on three pillars that make it both effective and sustainable: 1) the business expansion must be competitive, 2) the incentives must be post-performance, and 3) the incentive must be a tax rebate once the jobs have been created and the corporate taxes are paid.

International Trade - You may have read recent headlines that trade is killing the US, that is not the case in Utah. Utah is a trade surplus state to the tune of $4 billion annually and has doubled its exports over the past decade with a goal to double exports again over the next ten years. This is a credit to the 3,500 plus companies that export, nearly 85 percent of which are small businesses.

Snow And Food In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Mar 08, 2017

Kid-Friendly-Rest-LargeWe feel the best way to find out about Park City, other than reading our blog, is to talk to a local. Park City locals have been rated some of the friendliest people in the country by a few different national magazines and they are always available to help. Before you go in search of a local Parkite for advice read the rest of this blog and we will see you next week.

We came across a great article by RootsRated - 9 TIPS FROM LOCALS ON HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR PARK CITY WINTER VACATION and they state Park City, Utah, is arguably most famous for hosting the Sundance Film Festival and the 2002 Winter Olympics. But beyond its rich history, this mining town turned ski mecca has plenty else to offer winter visitors. Don’t believe me? Take it from locals who live, work, and play in this mountain town— there’s more to Park City than celebrity sightings. We talked to locals who make Park City home year-round, and they helped us come up with 9 tips to make your winter getaway even better. The article covers the important things such as - skip the rental car, have a drink, check out the food scene, try all the winter sports, experience the Olympic Park, talking with the locals and reading the Park Record.

While we are on the topic of outdoor activities in Park City - Ski Utah posted - Seven Stunning Utah Chairlift Rides - Utah's 14 resorts offer some incredible skiing. From moguls and groomers to chutes and drops, you'll be hard pressed to find more accessible and diverse terrain anywhere. If that's not enough, the lifts you use to get to all that fantastic skiing offer some of the most spectacular views around. You can read the entire article in the news section on our website.

We can't resist sharing articles when Park City is in the news and even The Seattle Times included our lovely town in 5 places to visit in the U.S. in 2017 - Park City is 45 minutes from the Salt Lake City airport. It has an old-fashioned Main Street and the biggest ski resort in the country: Park City Mountain Resort, which combined with Canyons Resort in 2015, setting off changes all over town.

One of my favorite things about Park City are all the restaurant choices. Meisha Lawson wrote a great article about the Kid-Friendly Dining Options In Park City. It’s no secret that there are a lot of places to get good food in Park City, it’s a little harder to tell which ones are kid-friendly. Park City is a pretty casual town, but you’ll find a mix of casual to upscale dining. Her are some of her recommendations: Red Banjo Pizza Park City’s oldest restaurant. Davanza’s is a local favorite, Vinto is on lower Main Street, The Bridge Café and Grill is right next to Town Lift so a great place to start your day and grab breakfast or lunch, Back Door Delicatessen is right on the corner of Swede Alley and Heber Avenue near the 4-way stop. The Eating Establishment is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Wasatch Brew Pub is the first brewpub to open in the state of Utah. And, it’s also very kid friendly and Bandits’ Grill & Bar meets all of your BBQ needs.

UPCOMING MARCH EVENTS IN PARK CITY

All Month Park City Film Series

All Month Park City Mountain Spring Concert Series

All Month Heber Valley Railroad Monday Night Train

3/9 Elephant Revival at Park City Live

3/9-3/12 Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone at the Egyptian Theatre

3/11-3/12 Timpanogas Archery Competition at the Wasatch County Events Center

3/11 Ashlee K Thomas Band at Park City Mountain

3/11 Jeff Corwin at the Eccles Center

3/18 Ballet West at the Eccles Center

3/23-4/2 Annie at the Egyptian Theatre

3/24 Golf at Soldier Hollow in Midway(weather permitting)

3/25 Taj Mahal at the Eccles Center

 

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Eating in Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Jan 25, 2017

IMG_3669Park City is a small ski town with restaurant choices that match many big cities, with more than 150 dining options there is something for everyone. The Huffington Post recently did an article on The Best Places To Eat in Park City. Here are their top nine category picks: The Taco Place: Billy Blanco’s located in Jeremy Ranch it boasts the best margaritas in town; The Burger Spot: Burgers & Bourbon located in the Montage Deer Valley (SKI Magazine rated Deer Valley Resort #1 for food in its 2017 reader survey); The Farm-to-Table Place: The Farm it’s been celebrated as one of the best in all of Utah by Salt Lake Magazine and is located in the Canyons Base of Park City Mountain Resort; The Pizza Joint: Maxwell’s East Coast Eatery and is located in Kimball Junction, which has become the geographic center of Park City; The Fine Dining Restaurant: Powder located at the Waldorf Astoria, Powder is one of a handful of Park City restaurants that offers a Michelin-star-like experience; The Steakhouse: Prime Steakhouse & Piano Bar located on Main Street with great nightlife just a few steps in either direction; The Ski Lunch Spot: Royal Street Cafe located at the Silver Lake Lodge in Deer Valley; The Locals’ Secret: Sammy’s Bistro a local's favorite that has been featured on Food Network; The Sushi Bar: Yuki Yama Sushi great for families, groups or a couple's night out.

The Park City Area Restaurant (PCARA) is a non-profit organization comprised of over 50 Park City area restaurants created to promote the uniqueness of restaurants in the Park City area. The PCARA enjoys touting cuisine with originality served up in a resort-town atmosphere that will take guests away from the mundane and believes that if someone wants great food, a carefree atmosphere and a quick escape from the ordinary, a visit to Park City for breakfast, lunch or dinner is the right choice. Check out their website to find out about the local food scene in Park City as well as unique food events.

Looking for something to do in between meals in Park City - here are some of the upcoming local events:

Sundance Film Festival - January 19 - January 29, 2017

RL GRIME January 26, 2017

BUSTA RHYMES January 27, 2017

Snowshoe Tours of the Preserve January 28 - March 4, 2017

Fox School of Wine's Weekend Wine Series January 28 - April 1, 2017

FIS Nordic Junior and U23 Ski World Championships January 30 - February 5, 2017

FIS Freestyle Ski World Cup February 1 - February 4, 2017

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Snow Is Coming

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Nov 16, 2016

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Park City Mountain Resort has pushed back its opening day for ski season to Saturday, November 26th due to warm weather. Deer Valley is keeping its opening day for the ski season of December 3rd, 2016. With snow on the horizon Forbes Travel Guide - A Non-Skier's Guide to Park City shares activities in and around our fine town outside of skiing. The article gives ideas for the vacation-starved hotel lover, curious epicureans, the culture-thirsty visitor and the reluctant outdoorsman. This article partners nicely with the fact that Conde Nast Traveler rated Park City as the 2nd friendliest city in the United States for 2016. Their readers raved about Park City—"the 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." Service is also a top priority at the resorts: One guest of the Montage Deer Valley told a story about how her children were greeted by name on arrival, given a stuffed animal, and found hot chocolate and cookies waiting for them in the room.

The Wife and I enjoy the many restaurants of Park City and our friend Chris McLaws and her company Gourmand Tours is in the news again - this time in a new article by the Chicago Tribune regarding the Park City food scene. Peggy Wolff of the Tribune says "Park City is undergoing a restaurant renaissance, which is good news for hungry skiers about to flock to this mountain town that's home to Deer Valley and Park City resorts". Trip Advisor listed its top 10 rated restaurants in Park City with Riverhorse on Main topping the list and with over 100 restaurants to choose from in the area - there is never a shortage for food around town.

Looking for something to do this week...

Endangered Landscapes: America's National Lands November 16 - November 24, 2016 at Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter

IBSF Para Bobsled and Skeleton World Cup - November 16 - November 19, 2016 at the Utah Olympic Park

Cooking Classes - Active, Hands On - November 17 - November 17, 2016

Park City Film Series - Audrie & Daisy - November 17, 2016 with the Park City Film Series

Giving Tree Festival Parade of Trees - November 18 - December 2, 2016 at local businesses throughout Park City

Kimball Clay Studio Holiday Ceramics Sale -November 18 - November 20, 2016 at the Kimball Art Center

Little Shop of Horrors - November 18 - November 26, 2016 at the Egyptian Theatre

Climbing Wall - November 20 - December 31, 2017 at the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter

 
 
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