5 Things (Other Than Skiing) You Should do in Park City

If you’re familiar with Park City, you know there are two things this winter town has in spades: skiing, and luxury lifestyle (wining, dining and leisure). While skiing is a great source of recreation, don’t be fooled into thinking that’s the only thing you can do while in town. Take a look at this list to get inspiration for your next don’t-feel-like-hitting-the-slopes day.


Photo courtesy of The Spur

Check Out our Favorite Dining Destinations

In Park City you certainly have your pick of gastronomie. Back in December, though, we heard from some our fantastic Park City agents about their all-time favorite restaurants and pubs in and around the city. Some of their choices included Boneyard & Wine Dive, High West Distillery, The Spur Bar & Grill, No Name Saloon & Grill, and Fletcher’s. You can take a closer look at their very thorough reviews here.

Go Sledding at Woodward Park City

Woodward is one of the newest additions to the area, and you really can’t miss it as you drive into town. We covered the absolute wealth of activities and recreation they offer in a recent blog post, but we really do have to recommend the sledding.

Park City Magazine describes Woodward as the following:

“This brand-new action sports facility is what dreams are made of for kids and kids at heart. There are skate ramps, trampolines, a spring floor, and pump tracks inside; outside, you’ll find progression parks, freestyle zones, tubing, BMX jumps, parkour, and more. Daily access passes and monthly memberships are available.”

Photo Courtesy of Park City Powder Cats

Park City Powder Cats

We recognize that this is kind of ski-related, but the “how” of getting there is an experience all of its own. Park City Powder Cats eliminates the lift lines, and the “overused” conditions of most commercial resort areas by taking you far, far off the beaten path in a machine called a “snowcat.” The ride up for this day-long excursion is amazing, and the powder you find that tops of the untouched mountains is sublime.

They do add this caveat, however:

“For safety reasons, guests at PC Powder Cats must be advanced or expert skiers and riders. That means you can ride an ungroomed black diamond run in any conditions (powder, slush, ice, crust, etc.). We do not have groomed terrain.”


Image Courtesy of Alpine Distilling

Make Your Own Gin

This two-hour long experience is one that you’ll never forget. Extend your stay with a complimentary 30-minute tour of its production facilities in Silver Creek, and if you’d like to do a tasting, it’s a dainty $15 extra.

According to the website, the $150 personal distilling package includes the following:

“An Alpine Distilling employee will help you will craft your own Gin from botanicals sourced from around the world and using a gluten-free, 100% Corn base. You will leave with your own custom spirit in one 375ml bottle. Price is for one distilling station. Reservations required.”

Climb Up a Frozen Waterfall

This is exactly what TLC warned us not to do in their 1994 hit single, but in Park City it’s worth a little rule breaking to enjoy this special experience. And the best part? You don’t have to be a pro – or even an intermediate climber. All novices are welcome to learn “front-pointing, flat-footing, effective tool swinging, various ice tool placements, efficient movement, maximization of resting opportunities, how to “read” ice, and ways to minimize risk.”

You can register for this activity online through Utah Mountain Adventures, and this course is “typically held on the lower curtains of the world-class Stairway to Heaven formation in Provo Canyon, easily accessible by a 20-minute hike.”

To see more activities that you can take advantage of, right in Park City, check out this awesome article that we drew some of our inspiration from.

Posted on March 9, 2020 at 10:34 pm
Matthew Sidford | Posted in Uncategorized |

Three New Developments Coming to Park City

During the winter months, Park City is bustling with outdoor recreation and wildlife, and is a paragon of healthy living and luxury. So, when it comes to new developments in the area, you already know the standards are set very, very high.

With three new projects well under way, we’d like to take a moment to walk you through some of these exciting locales on the off chance your might not have heard about them. Without further ado, let’s pumped for the newcomers on the scene!

The Mayflower Rendering Courtesy of Extell Development

The Mayflower

If you haven’t heard of The Mayflower (the resort, not the English ship from the 1600s) The Park Record has been covering this development since 2019. Utah Business also had some thorough insights as things continue moving forward, and are some of our favorite juicy details about this development:

“Most notably, a brand-new resort will transform the hills overlooking the Jordanelle reservoir. On the opposite side of the same mountain that hosts Deer Valley, the Mayflower resort will cover nearly 6,000 acres—almost three times the size of Deer Valley—and contain the world’s largest ski beach. (What’s a ski beach, you ask? An oxymoron, etymologically-speaking. But they’ll have the biggest.)

“Mayflower “could have up to 1,560 residential units, 800 hotel rooms, 95,000 square feet of workforce housing, and 250,000 square feet of commercial space,” per Salt Lake Tribune reportage, though the project has its share of controversy. On the plus side, it functions as a recreational military facility, with 100 rooms reserved for military members to use at a discount.”

There is a touch of controversy surrounding this project – mostly due to it’s location in the foothills of Jordanelle – so if you’re interesting in reading up on that, feel free to check out either of the articles we sited above.

 // Courtesy of St Regis

The St. Regis (Expansion)

As described by Marriot, The St. Regis at Deer Valley strives to “create an atmosphere of exquisite, immersive experiences — with obsessive attention paid to every detail and desire — that transport you to a world of extravagant discretion. Our mountainside resort hotel in Park City, Utah redefines luxury with subtle sophistication and thoughtful accommodations.”

The fact that it is expanding means that there will be more of this fantastic resort community to love. CPE (Commercial Property Executive) published an article that details the cost of the St. Regis expansion, as well as some of the added features.

Sonnenblick-Eichner Co. has arranged $60 million in financing for St. Regis Deer Valley, a AAA Five Diamond year-round destination resort in the Deer Valley ski area in Park City, Utah…

“…Deer Valley was purchased last August, before it was a St. Regis, by affiliates of KSL Capital Partners and Henry Crown & Co.

“Those two entities had just weeks prior finished combining Intrawest Resorts Holdings Inc., Mammoth Resorts and Squaw Valley Ski Holdings into one company, which owns 12 four-season mountain resorts with 6 millions skier visits and 20,000 skiable acres, along with “significant land available” for future development.”

We are waiting with baited breath to see the unveiling of what promises to be a sumptuous addition to an already stunning resort.

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Courtesy of Pendry Residences

Pendry Residences Park City

Much like the Mayflower, The Pendry is a complete new-comer on the Park City scene. With a budget of $165 million, this resort promises “152 guestrooms and suites―condos too. Restaurants, spa, and a fitness center round out the package.” There isn’t much more to know just yet about what the aesthetic will be, and there haven’t yet been any renderings released to the public, so only time will tell which features will become favorites among the guests.

Posted on March 5, 2020 at 9:15 pm
Matthew Sidford | Posted in Uncategorized |

An Exclusive Peek Inside 7518 Sage Meadow Drive

As we frequently mention, Windermere Utah is really, really good at selling luxury real estate. So, when an opportunity comes along for an open house in one of these bad boys, we want to make sure you know about it in time to get a first-hand look at life in the lap of luxury. Potential buyers and seekers of aesthetic perfection, it is our utmost joy to present to you today…

7518 Sage Meadow Dr

7518 Sage Meadow Dr Windermere Real Estate Utah

When you’re buying a home listed for 2.8 million dollars, you expect everything to be pristine and have undeniable functionality. This 5 bedroom, 6 bathroom beauty will not disappoint in any respect.

7518 Sage Meadow Dr Windermere Real Estate Utah

This fresh, modern, new construction is located in Promontory Sunset Ridge. The main level includes an expansive kitchen and great room, complete with a fireplace. All of that beautiful space opens to a gorgeous outdoor entertaining patio with a large gas outdoor firepit and unobstructed views of Deer Valley and Vail’s Park City Ski Runs.

7518 Sage Meadow Dr Windermere Real Estate Utah

From the main level you can descend to the lower level family room which includes everything from a wet bar, to a separate media room, to a bunk room suite and tons of extra storage. It is all prewired for and ready for the smart home provider of your choice.

The two master suites on the main level along with a third bedroom suite are absolutely divine. Park right inside into the impressive three car garage and enter into the main level to a beautiful dropping off point with lockers for all your outdoor gear.

7518 Sage Meadow Dr Windermere Real Estate Utah

With the unique beautiful outdoor metal retailing walls, real stone and cedar siding, you can enjoy life to the fullest no matter the time of year, in a home that truly stands out. Warm drinks by the fire in the winter? Perfectly chilled cocktails overlooking the spring wildlife in the warmer weather? It’s up to you, and it all sounds amazing.

7518 Sage Meadow Dr Windermere Real Estate Utah

Think of how many sunsets you and your loved ones would be able to enjoy from this perfectly elegant living area. Boundless views, a gorgeous fire, and style in spades!

7518 Sage Meadow Dr Windermere Real Estate Utah

All bathroom flooring and the lower level has in floor radiant heating. The main and upper levels have forced air and central A/C. The ensuites this home offers will make each and every guest feel like they’re the kings and queens in their own private oasis.

This bathroom needs no description. The style and radiance speaks for itself.

So who is selling this gorgeous home?

Patty Horie Windermere Real Estate Utah
Patty Horie — Windermere Real Estate UtahAgent

This incredibly talented realtor is who you’ll want to talk to in order to get more information about this home. Her bio states:

I have been a Realtor in Park City, Summit County and surrounding areas since 2005 and have lived in the area since 2000. Being a director on the board of the Wasatch Back MLS keeps me on the pulse of new technology and at the forefront of the industry.  Since 2013, I have served as the Chairman of the Park City Board of Realtors Professional Development Committee. Being a recipient of the Park City Professional Achievement Award every year since 2007 and along with being awarded the 2017 Park City Meritorious Service Award is a testimony of my hard work and dedication to my clients and the business of Real Estate. I understand a home purchase or sale is a significant event in my clients’ lives and that it is my duty to work hard and smart to make it as stress free and smooth as possible.


Looking for more pictures and information? We’ve got you covered; take a look here.

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Posted on January 28, 2020 at 9:56 pm
Matthew Sidford | Posted in Park City, Uncategorized | Tagged , , ,

Premier Properties That Will Leave You Speechless

Luxury homes are special for so many reasons. Apart from being super beautiful, and representing a lifestyle that so many of us yearn for, selling them is one of Windermere Utah’s specialties. With our ties to Luxury Portfolio International, and Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, each of our luxury properties has the exposure guaranteed, and the marketing process perfected.

Because it’s Friday, and we’re heading into a blustery, overcast weekend, we thought it’d be fun to introduce you to some of our favorite Premier properties.


491 Echo Spur, Park City UT
4 Bedrooms // 6 Bathrooms // 4,692 Square Ft

Architecturally, this home is an absolute jaw-dropper. Designed by the Jaffa Group, and constructed by Gardner & Boswell Construction, this is a home that has quality stitched into every square inch. Completely automated by Nest & Creston, and secured by Lifestyle Electronics you are surrounded by exemplary comfort and security.
An open concept flows seamlessly from the kitchen, to the dining area and on into the main floor living space. Wood flooring, pristine surfaces, large windows and warm tones infuse an organic feeling into this free-breathing space.
Other things to love about this property include the 70″ TV with surround sound, white oak flooring, all of the furnishings (with just a couple of exclusions) from Design King, a custom wine rack, a full fitness studio complete with ceiling fans and fully-wired surround sound, and pet friendly accommodations like a raised dog wash on the top floor, as well as a pet door and a Pet Zone “grass” pad which is heated, plumbed and drained.
Read more about this property here, and here.

4544 S Abinadi Road, Millcreek UT
3 Bedrooms // 4 Bathrooms // 8,108 Square Ft

Stepping through these mesmerizing mirrored doors, you enter into a crystalline paradise; a Lloyd Platt designed and Gary Thorne constructed home with all the luxurious touches that one could desire, coupled with unreal views of both Mount Olympus and the Salt Lake Valley to the Great Salt Lake. Truly a marvel of construction, the floor to ceiling windows allow for unobstructed views.
This property boasts three sumptuous bedrooms – all with spacious, adjoining, full bathrooms. While the living and dining room areas can definitely handle a crowd, these bedrooms are an oasis of peace and tranquility. Expansive views, walk-out access to the outdoors and copious storage space make each bedroom private and comfortable for family and guests.
We invite you to learn more about this incredible property by viewing further details here. You can also feel free to reach out to this home’s listing agent, Tyler Parrish. You can learn more about him and find his contact information by following this link.


9895 N Summit View Drive, Park City UT
7 Bedrooms // 9 Bathrooms // 10,250 Square Ft

Exclusively located in the gated community of Deer Crest at Deer Valley Resort, this ski in/ski out home has features that even the most selective buyer will love. Six inviting and warm bedrooms house family and guests in comfort and style, while sweeping panoramic views of the Jordanelle Reservoir and Deer Valley impress from dawn until dusk. Conveniently located just minutes from historic Park City Main Street, as well as the elegant St. Regis hotel, and only 45 minutes from Salt Lake International airport, everything you need and everywhere you want to go is right at hand. This home features a welcoming great room with a soaring fireplace to keep your winter months merry and bright, a gourmet kitchen with an additional fireplace and a charming breakfast nook. The main level master bedroom includes an expansive en-suite and breathtaking, sprawling views. Five additional en-suites, and a lower level family room give you all the extra room you could want.
You can learn more about this property by clicking here.

3485 E Eastoaks Drive
4 Bedrooms // 4 Bathrooms // 3,605 Square Ft

(List price is $25,000 Under recent 3rd party appraisal!) – Don’t miss your chance for this amazing opportunity! Originally built in 1962 by renowned Architect Ron Molen… and wow, did he have some great style. Sadly, this home was tired after all these years and needed some love.. That is, until D3CADE Homes and Halpin Investments got their hands on it! Where do we even start with this place? Curb appeal – Well, someone pitched the roof and we just couldn’t let that happen to the architecture here so we tore off a perfectly good roof and restored it back to the original flat elevation. Every square inch of this property has been meticulously revitalized to ensure the character and original vibe was not compromised. It actually has gone as far as re-desiging back to that 60’s feel.
Once inside, it’s apparent the attention to detail on the design and revival that took place. Book-matched walnut cabinetry, tile imported from Japan, a cooktop system known as the PITT built directly into the counters (who even thinks this stuff up), tile and fixture selections that make you wonder where you have been the last 5 years when it comes to good design and a speak-easy inspired hidden wet bar that makes it’s way into a covered patio, pre-wired for a surround sound and outdoor TV space for your enjoying pleasure. The master closet features a built-in makeup vanity along with an island which will make it easy to finish customizing your built-in layout here. The list goes on and on, to the point where this listing service won’t allow me to add much more. I think it is best you come visit the property yourself to get the full feel.
You can learn more about this property by clicking here.

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Posted on January 24, 2020 at 10:32 pm
Matthew Sidford | Posted in Featured Homes, Uncategorized | Tagged , , ,

Cocktails, Delicious Bites, and Atmosphere, These Park City Hangouts Have It All

It’s no secret that Park City’s dining and entertainment scenes are, in a word, superb. Whether you’re on the hunt for a sumptuous après-ski, or need a restaurant that can handle a big family in order to celebrate a special occasion, there are tons of great places for you to choose from.

But what about those nights when you’re not really in the mood for a big meal, and just want to enjoy some drinks among friends? Here are our favorite Park City hangouts are.


Sliders, photo courtesy of Boneyard and Wine Dive

In an open poll of Windermere agents, Boneyard was the highest ranking vote. Advertising their wood fired grill, fine comfort foods, 10 jumbo screen TVs, summer rooftop dining and over 100 draft & bottled beers, Boneyard makes for the perfect place to kick back and relax after a long day.

Definitely check out their website to put your eyes on some of their other delicious offerings.


High West Distillery

High West Distillery has an extremely rich history dating back to 1870. “High West began with humble roots, opening a small, 250-gallon still and Saloon in an historic livery stable and garage. What was once a small operation in downtown Park City has grown to be an internationally-recognized brand with four unique locations.  In 2015, High West opened their distillery in Wanship, Utah, which acts as a space for educational whiskey tasting, pairings and tours, and houses a 1600-gallon copper pot still,” reads their website.

High West is a great place to meet early and grab a specialty cocktail or ski down mid-day for lunch and warming up. It has a great “Western” vibe and the food and service are excellent. From the drinks to the burgers, High West is the cream of the crop!

With multiple ways to enjoy their offerings, be sure to click here to learn more about where you can get your own High West experience.


Photo courtesy of The Spur

The Spur is another crowd favorite, with a great music scene and comfortable vibe. Not as rustic, but still definitely still a part of Park City’s fabric, if you’re looking for some great live music and incredible food, this is definitely where you’ll want to find yourself on a Friday night.

If you’re up for being immediately hungry, take a look at their online menu. You can find it here. They also have a full list of cocktails, so you can plan your next night out before you arrive.


Photo courtesy of No Name Saloon & Grill

With a completely original flair and originally called “THE ALAMO,” No Name has 17 flat screen TVs and can handle a crowd. Whether it’s game day, Saturday or you’re just looking for a place to relax after a long day, No Name is the OG Park City bar scene for you.

You really can’t get more old school Park City than the No Name. It’s got the best vibe in town. It is set in an old historic building, the décor is a little wild west meets flea market. It’s a great place to belly up, people watch, or catch the game.


Last, but certainly not least on our list, is Fletchers, specifically downstairs.

Fletchers downstairs is a great spot for an after dinner drink when you want a quiet atmosphere to catch up with old friends. The lounge area offers warm and cozy seating, the food is excellent, and the service is always over the top. It’s very different from the other places listed, but another great location to grab a cocktail on a cold winter night.

Not only is the scene at Fletcher’s polished and relaxing, you’ll also love the story of how it all began. Taken from their about page, here’s the inspirational story of Fletcher’s beginning:

Once upon a time, there was a dog. Fletcher wasn’t always his name. He was abused and abandoned; shot with a gun, for shame. His lucky day came at last when he was rescued from a shelter by a girl named Sue. Sadness slipped away, and a good life began. Fletcher’s heart is so big. He wants everyone to be as happy as he is.

Sue (same one!) and Steve Demarest share a love of healthy living, mixed cocktails, entrepreneurism, kindness, house music, reclaimed woods, mountain towns, the beauty of great restaurants, the comforts of home… and Fletcher! They were inspired by Fletcher’s example to create a restaurant and lounge dedicated to making people happy. It’s that simple.

And then food entered the story. Fresh food. Local. Natural. Highest quality. Produce from nearby farms practicing sustainable agriculture. Yes, farms! Healthy food. Grass-fed meats. Organic chicken. Expertly-handcrafted cocktails too! And a chef renowned for simple recipes masterfully prepared. Welcome Chef Scott Boberek back to Main Street, joining Fletcher’s as partner.

So, in conclusion, whether you’re looking for a refined experience, a place to catch the game with the boys, or just want a good cocktail and some fantastic food, Park City’s night life options have got you covered.


Posted on January 16, 2020 at 6:20 pm
Matthew Sidford | Posted in Uncategorized |

Sundancing Like the Locals

Sundancing Like the Locals – Park City
If you’ve been keeping up with the Park City events calendar, you know that one of the biggest and brightest events of the year is just around the corner: the Sundance Film Festival. Starting January 23rd and running until February 2nd, Sundance is a celebration of cinematography, and also happens to be the largest independent film festival in the United States.

Sundance describes itself in this way:

“Our 10-day Festival welcomes more than 124,000 attendees and spreads out across three locations: Park City, Salt Lake City, and the Sundance Mountain Resort near Provo.”

Whether you’re a veteran attendee, or you’re looking forward to your first time at a Sundance screening, we’ve put together this helpful guide to make sure you can make it to the films you want to see in the most convenient, comfortable way.


One of the most important things to remember is that each city in the Sundance event schedule is separated by a 30- to 75-minute drive, so you will want to make sure you select screening tickets in the city where you plan on spending most of your time.

Tickets went on sale for Sundance members yesterday, and will be on sale tomorrow, January 16th, for locals. Tickets will be available until they’re completely sold out. The non-local public can purchase tickets starting January 21st, so if you’re planning on attending from out of state, you’ll want to make sure to be online right at 10am (MST) to ensure you can grab your seats.

The Park City theaters that will be hosting premiers and showings are as follows:

Eccles Theatre
Egyptian Theatre
Prospector Square Theatre
The MARC Theatre
The Ray Theatre

Making Your Experience Amazing:

Pro-tip #1: Don’t drive. While Park City is charming, beautiful, elegant, and a natural wonderland, it’s not known exactly for its parking availability. (Ironic for a place called “Park” City, right?) In reality, parking during Sundance is a nightmare. We suggest you come via carpool, Uber or take advantage of the free PC Public transportation.

Pro-tip #2: Dress for the occasion. Park City is a very walkable town, and since we’ve already discussed the need for ride sharing, you’ll need to bring proper footwear (i.e. insulated and waterproof snow boots). Sorels are the preferred brand of Park City, and they even have a whole line dedicated to the city! That’s just one option, if you’re in need of something with great traction but that is still very cute.

Pro-tip #3: Have a plan. If you already have tickets, YAY YOU!! We talked about ticket sales above, but you’ll want to keep in mind the distances between cities if you’re looking to catch a certain film in a certain place. And, if you’re trying to up your chances of catching sight of one of your Hollywood favorites, we loved this article that tells you exactly who is in which film.

For any of your other event related questions, be sure to check out the Sundance website, and be sure to check out the festival map that includes more details on each venue, theatre, and even shuttle routes.

We hope you have a fantastic time at Sundance! If you’ve got any down time between events, Sundance is a phenomenal time for skiing! No one is on the slopes. Let me know if you head to Deer Valley Resort! My office is located in Silver Lake!

Posted on January 16, 2020 at 4:36 pm
Matthew Sidford | Posted in Uncategorized |

Will There Be A Recession in 2020? Here’s Matthew Gardner’s Outlook

Windermere Chief Economist, Matthew Gardner, answers the most pressing question on everyone’s minds: Will there be a recession in 2020? Here’s what he expects to see.

At Windermere Utah, we are proud to keep you up-to-date on the latest news, events, and listings. Be sure to keep checking back in here at the blog, and don’t forget to follow us on social media.

Posted on January 13, 2020 at 7:29 pm
Matthew Sidford | Posted in Community, Living, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , ,