One of the best places to honeymoon out west is Park City, Utah, which, even if you're not a skier, you've probably still heard of—the Sundance Film Festival is held here every January. Now I'll let you all in on a little secret: Many ski resort towns are way cheaper in the summer—and obviously all beautiful, luscious and green—making them perfect for an affordable, adventure honeymoon. I recently spent three action-packed days out West and came up with these top five things every honeymooning couple must-do in Park City.
Stay at the Waldorf Astoria. For a hotel, you can't go wrong at the rustic-luxe Waldorf Astoria, based in the Canyons Resort (it's about ten minutes from Park City town, and 30 minutes from Salt Lake City airport). The Waldorf has 159, warm, mountain-chic rooms, and suites come with full gourmet kitchens. Rates in the summer start at $169, which is an unbeatable price for a luxury, five-star hotel. The main building hugs an intimate pool, and there's a Golden Door Spa, where you can get everything from a massage to acupuncture to a class with a life coach.
Tackle the Canyons' zipline course, just up the mountain. The last line spans 2,000 feet across a gorge, and you're strapped into a harness, 250 feet up in the air. Check out my photo (below)—not going to lie, was slightly freaked out before I did this, but it was exhilarating.
Photo: Courtesy of Jacqueline Gifford
Mountain bike at the Canyons. They just expanded their trails, so there's now more than 20-miles of cross country paths. Lessons are available for total newbies, like me. It's bumpy, but conquering the mini-hills and rocky terrain gave this city girl a huge sense of accomplishment. And maybe one or two bruises.
Treat yourself to Park City's fine dining. James Beard-nominated chef John Murcko's Talisker on Main in town has an upscale, French bistro feel in terms of design. The food is haute comfort, with more of an American slant: Think elk tenderloin carpaccio, pan roasted rib pork chops with cilantro salsa verde, and lobster hushpuppies.
Enjoy a night-cap at an Old West-style bar. Park City's iconic No-Name Saloon is just up Main Street. It dates to 1903, when miners would come in to drown their sorrows. You get the kitschy, fun picture: moose heads on the walls, Harley Davidsons suspended from the ceiling, and plenty of beer.
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