I have started this column so many times. Would it matter to anyone how Park City Mountain Resort of now, was saved and changed in the late ’70s? Did the people who worked so well together back then and have since passed away, have special, secret ways of doing business? Did they take those tools with them to their graves? I have no idea. But what I do know…more.
“52 Weeks in Park City – What I Like Best About Our Town”
Week beginning on Monday Subject
7/21/14 Walking the dogs on McCloud Creek
7/28/14 Local’s night at Art’s Fest
8/4/14 Celebrating Swiss Day at Adolph’s (8/1)
8/11/14 Watching the Tour of Utah come through PC
8/18/14 Free Concerts at DV (Wednesday’s)
8/25/14 Taco Tuesday’s at Windy Ridge
9/1/14 Miner’s Day
9/8/14 Having a beer at Wasatch Brew Pub
9/15/14 Autumn Aloft
9/22/14 PCSEF Golf Tournament at Park Meadows
9/29/14 Reading the Sunday edition of the NYT while sipping coffee on the deck
10/6/14 Arts stroll
10/13/14 Park City Film Series
10/20/14 Hiking at DV
10/27/14 Hiking at PCMR
11/3/14 Fall Colors
11/10/14 Reading the question of the day in the Park Record
11/17/14 The leaves are gone and we are ready for winter
11/24/14 First Snow of the year
12/1/14 Opening day at DV
12/8/14 Opening Day at PCMR
12/15/14 Watching World Cup races at Adolph’s
12/22/14 Morning cappuccinos at Bumps N Grinds at PCMR
12/29/14 Cross Country skiing in Round Valley
1/5/15 Cross Country skiing on the City course
1/12/15 Round Valley at sunrise
1/19/15 Opening day at the Sundance Festival
1/26/15 Closing day at the Sundance Festival
2/2/15 Snow shoeing in Round Valley
2/9/15 Running in the winter in Round Valley
2/23/15 Leslie Thatcher on KPCW
3/2/15 Buying Red Bicycle bread at the park City Market
3/9/15 Riding the City bus
3/16/15 Skiing with Heidi Volker at DV
3/23/15 First tracks on a powder day
3/30/15 Larry Warren at PCMR
4/6/15 S#*t the season is almost over
4/13/15 Closing day at DV
4/20/15 Closing Day at PCMR
4/27/15 Spring skiing in the Wasatch
5/4/15 Rick Broth’s reports
5/11/15 Mud season in the Wasatch
5/18/15 Mountain biking Round Valley
5/25/15 Breakfast on Main Street
6/1/15 Fly fishing on McCloud Creek
6/8/15 Running in the summer in Round Valley
6/15/15 Farmer’s market
6/22/15 “Savior The Summit” on Main Street
6/29/15 4th of July
7/6/15 4th of July fireworks from Adolph’s deck
7/13/15 Park Silly Market
7/20/15 Friday & Saturday Concerts at DV
Old school is the new cool. The truth of that adage is readily apparent to anyone who has ventured into an Ace Hotel, or just into the lumberjack-homesteader aesthetic of cities from Brooklyn to Portland.
But in old-town Park City—a place that’s most often associated with glitzy recent-vintage resorts like the Montage and the St. Regis, and that star-studded film festival that descends every winter—the phrase takes on new meaning. That’s because it’s the motto of the coolest little hotel in the city. The Washington School House is literally an old school, one built in 1889 to educate the children of the miners extracting copper and silver wealth from the surrounding mountains.
The schoolhouse served various functions over the decades—a dance hall for the Veterans of Foreign Wars, a bed-and-breakfast—but was physically transformed into its current iteration in 2011, after new owners invested significant money in a gut renovation (down to the studs). And now it’s hitting its stride with service, warmth and hospitality. It’s the kind of place where everyone knows your name, and no one calls you sir or ma’am. They probably also know what you like to eat and drink. (I stayed as a guest of the hotel.)
The hotel’s 12 rooms (from $295 in late and early summer, but considerably more during prime time) are understated and elegant, with judiciously deployed antiques and art, as well as intentionally old-school devices like wall-mounted fans. It’s all enlivened with contemporary, raised-eyebrow touches, like chandeliers made of light bulbs. The beds are sumptuous piles of feathers, pillows and thick Pratesi linens; the floors are beautiful reclaimed oak barn wood; and the bathrooms are small seas of marble, fully kitted out with deluge showers and Molton Brown bath products.
Admittedly, the Washington School House doesn’t have quite the same skiing, hiking and biking convenience as Park City’s bigger mountainside hotels. But it’s an easy walk to the Park City Mountain Resort’s Town Lift, and the hotel’s 24-hour concierges can easily orchestrate the short rides elsewhere—one of the beauties of Park City is that three resort mountains are nearby, with endless skiing and summer options (and so is the major airport in Salt Lake City).
But what it loses in mountain access, it gains in historic charm and nearly effortless walks to Park City’s best restaurants, museums and bars—all of which are especially appealing during the long days and warm air of summer. It’s less than five minutes to the perennially lively No Name Saloon, the more sedate (and delicious) Silver and the justifiably famous High West distillery, where the grub is as good as the signature high-altitude craft whiskey.
And if you want a cocoon from the scene, the Washington School House excels at that. The rooftop pool and Jacuzzi are reliably peaceful—I had them to myself when I went up on a hot day in July—and the dining room and après-ski fireside lounge are open only to hotel guests. The hearty breakfasts there were arguably the best meals I ate in Park City, and they chef will do a sophisticated, intimate dinner with a day’s notice. Both are served in a convivial living room with 16-foot ceilings, a roaring fireplace, a 10-foot mirror from an opera house in the south of France and a custom white-lacquered antler chandelier festooned with crystals.
The lounge downstairs has wheeled barn doors, which my friends and I slid open out of curiosity sometime around midnight. Behind it was a night manager, seemingly waiting for us to reveal him so he could offer us tea or nightcaps. That sums up the Washington Square House: small enough to feel like it’s your own, but ambitious enough to anticipate guests’ every desire.
PARK CITY, Utah, Jun 05, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) — Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, the real estate brokerage network operated by HSF Affiliates LLC, today announced that Prudential Utah Real Estate has joined the network and is operating as Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties.
The brokerage is the first in Utah to affiliate with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, a brand that now counts more than 29,000 agents and 800 offices in 39 states since its launch in September 2013.
Stephen Roney, Utah Properties Chairman and CEO, said Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices will help his company grow. “I could not think of a better branding opportunity for our brokerage and agents,” he explained. “The brand is inspired by Berkshire Hathaway Inc., one of the world’s most trusted and respected corporations, and it’s built on a strong financial foundation. I believe top agents appreciate the value and potential of our brand and will want to represent it.”
Roney said that Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices will appeal to clients of all types in his Salt Lake City, Davis County, Weber County, Park City, Deer Valley and Heber City markets. The brand will attract foreign consumers as well. “Our Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices name will be recognized by international buyers who are considering Utah and its world-class resorts for a vacation home,” he added. “We believe foreign buyers will engage with our top agents because they will know the brand is a powerhouse that stands for quality, integrity, trust and stability.”
With their transition, Utah Properties agents gain access to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices’ Global Network Platform – a robust suite of real estate tools and resources – plus professional education, business consultation, marketing support and the exclusive Luxury Collection program for high-end listings. “With help from new and effective technology we will strengthen our No. 1 position in the marketplace,” said Tom Roney, brokerage senior vice president. “Our talented agents have everything it takes to ensure their clients’ premium service experience.”
Utah Properties professionals will commemorate their brand transition June 28 by attending the St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights concert series kickoff at Deer Valley Resort. Utah Properties is a major sponsor of the entire 2014 concert series, whose proceeds benefit the Park City Institute and its student-outreach programs.
“We are proud to welcome Steve and his terrific Utah Properties team to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices,” said Earl Lee, CEO of HSF Affiliates. “The brokerage is a perennial market leader and fine corporate citizen. It will represent our brand well in the Beehive State.”
About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties
Utah Properties represents buyers and sellers across the Wasatch Front and Wasatch Back with industry leading agents and offices in Salt Lake City, Davis County, Weber County, Park City, Deer Valley and Heber City. Visit www.bhhsutah.com .
About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, based in Irvine, CA, is a brand-new real estate brokerage network built for a new era in residential real estate. The network, among the few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name, brings to the real estate market a definitive mark of trust, integrity, stability and longevity. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices in early 2014 was named “Real Estate Agency Brand of the Year” by consumers in the 26th annual Harris Poll EquiTrend® study of the largest real estate networks. Visit www.berkshirehathawayhs.com .
Irvine, CA-based HSF Affiliates LLC operates Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Prudential Real Estate and Real Living Real Estate franchise networks. The company is a joint venture of which HomeServices of America, Inc., the nation’s second-largest, full-service residential brokerage firm, is a majority owner. HomeServices of America is an affiliate of world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices received the highest numerical Equity Score among real estate brands included in the 2014 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Study. Visitwww.berkshirehathawayhs.com for details.
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The scene: Long devoid of the brothels and saloons that gave it the pre-Vegas nickname “Sin City,” Park City is better known today for its trio of ski resorts that helped host the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, and the countless seven-figure homes sprawling across their slopes. Home to the paparazzi-studded Sundance Film Festival, its Main Street lined with pricy art galleries and high-end restaurants, there is little remaining evidence that that Park City was once a rough-around-the-edges Old West silver mining town.
The High West Distillery & Saloon, opened in 2007 as the first new distillery in Utah in over a century, is an atmospheric throwback that evokes Park City’s cowboy days. It combines two historic buildings just a block off Main Street, including one of the town’s few surviving two-story Victorian “pyramid” homes, a former livery stable turned garage that retains its vintage façade with garage signage. The two buildings have been connected with a glassed-in corridor that proudly displays the gleaming copper still and tanks that are the heart and soul of High West, which also claims to be the nation’s only “ski-in, ski-out” distillery.
The trails of Park City Mountain Resort drop down to the street nearby and it’s a short walk to the “town lift” on Main Street. In the seven years since it opened, “craft” – often just a glorified synonym for small – distilleries have sprouted all across the country, but many have added little to the world of quality spirits. In contrast, High West’s whiskies, bourbons and ryes have been widely acclaimed, and the signature Rendezvous Rye received 94 points from The Wine Advocate’s Robert Parker and took Double Gold in the prestigious San Francisco Spirits Competition.
High West is also a full-service restaurant with surprisingly good food, and a beloved favorite of both locals and visitors. The interior consists of two main dining rooms, one in each building, two bars and a more intimate and quieter upstairs space in the old home. The garage building contains the larger, louder and bustling dining room with a mining-inspired Old West feel, wooden walls with lamps made from mason jars, sturdy wooden tables edged in industrial steel, simple metal chairs, exposed rafters, rough wooden floors and tables set
More than twenty participants in the Sochi, Russia Olympics and Paralympics participated in Saturday’s parade and festivities on Park City’s Historic Main Street this past Saturday (April 5th, 2014). Park City and Summit County is home to a total sixty-three of these athletes. Many of these athletes grew up skiing, riding, sliding, training, and competing on Park City’ s local venues. Stein Eriksen, a Gold Medalist himself in 1952, was the parade’s Grand Marshal and from what I could see thousands of people, made up of both Park City locals and visiting guests, turned out to say thank you to the athletes for making America proud.