Park City, Utah Will Give You Life
When I first became a mother I was told by veteran Mom’s that taking time for yourself is important. When my kids were infants I found it difficult to separate myself from family life and always carried a feeling of “mom guilt.” Now that my kids are 5 and 7, I understand why that advice is so important. With no diapers, bottles or sleep schedules, I have a lot less “mom guilt” leaving the kids to spend time with their dad or grandparents to have some “me” time.
Destination: Park City, Utah
Back in October, I went with four friends to Park City, Utah. We stayed at the Montage in Deer Valley. Though it was off-season, and we didn’t go for skiing, there was still plenty to do! We rented a four-bedroom residence which offered a kitchen to make at-home meals or store late night snacks. We didn’t really make good use of the kitchen since we were trying to escape the daily routine of family life including cooking and dishes! The Montage offered complimentary coffee and assorted teas in the morning which was a nice, and much needed, touch.
A quick note: For those of you who have altitude sickness, Deer Park sits at almost 7000 feet so you might want to come prepared with some extra oxygen or Advil for minor headaches. I suffered my first night there, but staying hydrated helped get me back up and running the next day! Learn more about altitude sickness here.
Two excursions that we really enjoyed were our trip to Sundance and our trip to North Forty Escapes. The Montage was kind enough to offer a complementary car for us to drive out to Sundance. We did a hike to Stewart Falls which made for the perfect outdoorsy addition to our girls trip. If you decide to make your way there, bring a sweatshirt or light jacket…there are several microclimates along the hike which make you both hot and cold (be prepared)! It’s not overly strenuous but also not easy so make sure you are wearing proper shoes.
Our drive to North Forty Escapes took us through the weaving back roads of Park City. If you plan to drive yourself, be sure you have your bearings and directions..we lost cell service… you don’t want to get stuck in the middle of nowhere! When we arrived we did some clay shooting and horseback riding. It made for a fun and productive way to be together in the great outdoors. The sign for the ranch is small so be sure to keep your eyes peeled on your drive in.
No trip is complete without food! As a vegetarian, I can be picky about the places I suggest. Two dinner spots that stuck out were, Chimayo and River horse. Chimayo is a quaint restaurant which offers Mexican fare. I would recommend the wild mushroom enchiladas with a delicious spicy margarita. River horse was a more dressy upscale restaurant that offered live music and delicious food! The pot-stickers and tofu dishes were outstanding! Both were beautiful in their own ways and accommodating to food requests.
When it was all said and done, a quick weekend trip away was just what the doctor ordered. The spa at the Montage (the #1 spa in Park City) was the cherry on top! When I came home I was ready to get back to the routine and daily life of being a good wife and mom to my family.