Not everyone can take a week or more right after their wedding for a honeymoon, but even if you’re planning on a longer trip later, at Snippet & Ink we believe in spending at least a day or two enjoying your newlywed status before launching back into “real life” – even if that means a stay-cation in your hometown, or a mini-moon somewhere nearby. With that in mind, we’ve asked some of our favorite vendors to share their mini-moon ideas, and we’re kicking things off with Select member Erin Kate!
The historic mining town of Park City is the perfect spot for your mini-moon! Just 35 minutes from the Salt Lake City International Airport, it’s home to many luxury hotel resorts, restaurants to tempt your taste buds, and Main Street is home to fashionable boutiques as well as numerous art galleries. If you love the outdoors, the opportunities are pretty much endless – if you’re a skier, you haven’t skied powder until you’ve skied Utah powder. It is, after all, the greatest snow on Earth! My husband and I have lived in Salt Lake for the past ten years and spend so much time in Park City that we’ve decided to move there. Below is just a snippet of what this tiny town, snuggled in the Wasatch Mountains, has to offer.
DO & SEE
Deer Valley Ski Resort, Park City Mountain Resort, and the Canyons Resort Park City boasts three world class ski resorts to get your powder fill during winter. In summer, ride the Park City town chairlift from Main Street to the top of the mountain. Enjoy a nice hike with breathtaking views, and if you’re lucky see some wildlife. Other ideas…mountain bike rentals at White Pine Touring, or try fly-fishing with Trout Bum 2 on the Provo River.
Sundance Film Festival: You may want to plan your visit during the festival. Book your hotel early and expect to spend a bit more on lodging this time of year. I highly recommend attending a film or two. There is excellent people watching along Main Street and you may spot a celebrity or two.
Sundance Resort: A short 40-minute drive from Park City is the Sundance Resort. Founded by Robert Redford in 1969, it is located in a perfect little mountain nook set just below majestic Mount Timpanogos. Stay overnight in one of their cabins or just visit for the day. If you love the outdoors take a hike to Stewart Falls, or if you prefer to unleash your creative side take part in a wheel-thrown pottery or glassblowing class.
Utah Olympic Park: Salt Lake City and Park City were home to the 2002 Winter Olympics. Visit the park for a tour and end your day with a bobsled ride down the Olympic track!
Park Silly Sunday Market: This eco friendly, open-air market and festival is a great way to spend your summer Sunday.
Park City Food & Wine Classic: Play, wine, and dine. Need I say more.
1. Root’d: Stroll along Main Street and you’ll run in to this lovely home decor boutique. Their inventory spans metallics, woods, and textured fabrics making for a perfect combination of design elements. I love their Barr-Co bath and body products, Juliska tableware, Coral & Tusk pillows and a certain little Coral & Tusk table runner that I may just have to snatch up for my own home.
2. Hathenbruck: Stylish clothing and accessories. You’ll find brands such as Aesop, Edith Miller, Jungmaven, Shuran, Penfield, Wolverine, and Tellason. Surprise your man with an Ebbets Field Flannels ‘PC’ cap so you can borrow it once in a while too!
3. Flight Boutique: One can never have too many Wildfox tops, so soft and fun. Other favorite finds…Sorel boots, Stance socks, and locally made jewelry by Katie Waltman.
4. Sundance Resort: This quaint shop is a must. Love the outdoor themed enamel mugs by Wild & Wolf. And in case you forgot to pack for Utah’s sometimes unpredictable mountain weather – no worries – check out their Fjallraven products.
5. Publik Coffee: It’s cool. Tasty toasts in a trendy space, and great coffee too. I’m partial to their chai latte and apricot ginger jam & cream cheese on multigrain beer bread toast.
6. Handle: Recently named the best restaurant in Northern Utah, Handle is not to be missed. They specialize in small plates, my favorites being the grilled baby octopus, and the cauliflower, and I love the cheeseburger and fries. You must end the evening with their award-winning caramel pudding. It’s insanely delicious! Aside from the food I absolutely love the botanical/animal print wallpaper covering the back wall. Located just off Main Street. Reservations recommended.
7. High West Distillery: This is one of my favorites. Your beau will love it too! It’s located in an old garage and livery stable at the bottom of the Quittin’ Time ski run on Park Avenue. The food is delicious and the cocktails bold and tasty. Visit their store on your way out and take some High West Whiskey home with you.
8. St.Regis Deer Valley: A perfect end to your day is dining at the J&G Grill. Sit down and relax next to a warm fire on the outdoor patio and enjoy the lovely views. Snack on truffle rosemary popcorn and be sure to try their world-renowned Bloody Mary.
Washington School House Hotel: I wish I could just move right in to this stunning luxury boutique hotel. European antiques, crystal chandeliers, and Carrera marble…it’s so refreshing from the traditional lodgey Park City norm. I don’t blame you if you never leave your room. It’s the perfect place to spend your mini-moon!