Park City Travel Guide

We sent Yodeler Ashley McKinney to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Park City – The Yarrow to experience all this amazing mountain town has to offer and to make some beautiful photos. DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Park City – The Yarrow is located just five minutes from Park City’s Historic Main Street and 32 miles from Utah’s capital Salt Lake City. Charming Park City is filled with exceptional food, culture, and endless recreation. But don’t take our word for it, explore Park City through Ashley’s beautiful photography and insightful tips.

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Name? Ashley McKinney

Occupation? Freelance Photographer

Can you sum up Park City? Winter in Park City, Utah is a charming getaway reminiscent of a Christmas snow village nestled in a sea of mountains. It is a walkable city full of kind people, most of whom fell in love with the area on a visit and never left. Equipped with specialty stores and restaurants, there is something for everyone. Although they are known for their mountain sports, being the largest ski resort in the country, there are countless other activities to enjoy including bobsledding, snowshoeing, horse-drawn carriage, dog sledding, fly fishing, snowmobiling, tubing and more.

What is the best thing about Park City? One of the best things about Park City is the free bus system. Transit bus stops are located throughout Park City, travel frequently, and provide easy access to recreational areas and the historic district morning, noon, and night.

What is a perfect day in Park City? A perfect day in Park City is getting up to a mountain top to see the sunrise, breakfast at Harvest on Park Ave, Skiing Park City Mountain and taking a ride on the gondola, exploring the shops in the historic district, and having dinner at one of the various unique and delicious restaurants on Historic Main Street.

What are the people like in Park City? The people in Park City are humble, kind, and eager to get to know you. I found a lot of the people I met were transplants who fell in love with the area upon visiting. They told me that they come for the winter and stay for the summer claiming it is just as beautiful in the warmer months with a number of fun outdoor activities.

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If Park City was a person who would it be? Santa Claus with his reindeer… (although in Park City they’re elk and moose)

What is the best local event in Park City? Sundance Film Festival 

What was your experience like exploring Park City? It was a treat. I spent time exploring all day long. Every place I ate at was extremely delicious. I never ran out of things to do. In fact, I didn’t have time to do everything I wanted to! The people were so friendly and interested in my visit.

What was your experience like staying at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Park City – The Yarrow? It was delightful staying at the DoubleTree Hotel. The team made sure I was comfortable at all times from when I walked in the door to when I was turning down for the night. They made sure I had everything I needed. Having a kitchenette in my room, it was convenient being next to the local food market. I also enjoyed restaurants in walking distance, Squatters Restaurant next door is one of Yelp’s top rated breakfast spots. It was exciting to wake up and see Park City Mountain out the window just across the street. Being a photographer exploring and documenting my trip is a must, the bus stop just outside the front entrance took me throughout the city for free, which was a huge perk! Hospitality is clearly important to the team at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Park City – The Yarrow as they were super kind and accommodating providing me with everything from cab rides to ibuprofen.

What made DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Park City – The Yarrow special? Convenient, warm and family friendly are the words that come to mind when I think of the DoubleTree Park City. The location of the hotel is a short walk from a grocery store, pharmacy, restaurants, bus stops, and Park City Mountain. They house a ski-check room at the entrance so that guests can easily grab their gear on the way out and drop them off on the way in so they aren’t lugging everything to and from their rooms. The DoubleTree stands out for their outdoor heated pool and jacuzzi, warm signature chocolate chip cookies, daily warm drinks in the lobby including hot cocoa with peppermint and hot cider with cinnamon sticks, and family game options in the lobby and near the pool.

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If your best friend was visiting Park City for 24 hours what would you have them do? I would have them check their skis at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Park City – The Yarrow door, grab a hot cocoa and warm cookie and settle into their room. Drink a bottle of water because of the altitude! Walk to Squatters next door for breakfast, make sure you get their oh-so-good-bacon with your meal. Another breakfast option is to take the bus/walk to Harvest on Park Ave and get the delicious poached eggs on Avocado toast and a latte. Their fresh juice of the day is amazing too.

Get your gear on, grab your skis (and another cookie) and hop on the free bus to the mountain right outside the hotel. Ski your heart out and make sure to go to the top of the mountain! Stop at Miner’s Camp mid-mountain for a warm drink, and take Home Run down for your last run (easy, long, and beautiful to take in the views).

Grab lunch on Main Street, all the restaurants are good. Chimayo is delicious modern Mexican food with great cocktails, and The Bridge Cafe is a ski-in restaurant next to the Town Lift on Main Street. If you’re feeling bold and adventurous, head over to Olympic Park for an evening ride on the Winter Comet Bobsled! Make sure you sit in the second seat behind the driver for the least intense ride (people in the back get tossed around a bit).

For a view of Park City at night, drive up to Golden Way while the ski slopes are still lit up! Have a drink or two at No Name Saloon, grab a pizza to go at Main Street Pizza and Noodle and head back to the DoubleTree to eat and wind down in the warm pool and jacuzzi. If you’re up for another drink before bed, head to the hotel’s Vertical Lounge and have their signature snow dance cocktail.

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  • Jesse

    We love exploring with you DoubleTree! Ashley, thanks for all the beautiful photo inspiration.

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City:

Park City

Best place to eat:

Breakfast/Lunch: Harvest on Park Ave
Dinner: Riverhorse on Main
Fast Delicious Eats: Main Street Pizza and Noodle

Best place to drink:

No Name Saloon on Main Street

Best place to shop:

Dolly’s Bookstore & Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory on Main Street

Best activity:

Outdoor: Skiing for sure, and I’m told dog sledding is a blast.

Indoor: Visit various art galleries in the Historic District or see an intimate performance at the Egyptian Theatre.

Local tip:

The buses are free, you can type where you’re going on Google Maps and it will tell you the closest bus and time schedule. Cabs/Ubers can be quite pricey. The buses run until midnight!

Best place to stay:

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Park City – The Yarrow