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January 31, 2006

Sundance Film Festival: Stay in Sugarhouse

Filed under: Travel,Utah — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Exit 126 on the I-80 freeway is only about twenty minutes away from Park City.

Exit 126: Sugarhouse

There, you will find the quaint neighborhood of Sugarhouse and a couple of hotels guaranteed to be MUCH cheaper than the condos in Park City. The reason Mike and I are able to visit Park City so often is because we live in Sugarhouse, just a few miles from the greatest snow on earth.

Homestead Studio Suites

If you prefer the consistency of a nationwide chain, you can stay at Homestead Studio Suites. It is close to the freeway entrance, so all you need to do is jump in your rental car and drive less than your daily commute to The Sundance Film Festival. The rooms include a kitchen and wireless high-speed Internet access.

Where: Homestead Studio Suites Hotels – Sugarhouse 1220 E. 2100 S. Salt Lake City, UT 84106 Google Map Phone: 801-474-0771

Sugarhouse Village Suite Inn

If you prefer the more homey atmosphere of a locally run inn, then Sugarhouse Village Suite Inn would probably be your choice. Across the street from Sugarhouse Park, it is also just a street away from I-80, so the commute is minimal. These units also have kitchens.

Where: Sugarhouse Village – All Suite Inn 1339 East 2100 South Salt Lake City, UT 84105 Google Map Phone: 1-888-577-8483

Sugarhouse has a lot of offer the Sundance Film Festival attendee for a much more reasonable price. There is the Sundance Catalog Outlet Store right next to Wild Oats. Additionally, there are a few venues in the Salt Lake area, so Sugarhouse is the happy medium between Salt Lake and Park City. Staying in Sugarhouse might be so inexpensive that you can stay a couple of extra days and enjoy the ski resorts without the crowds.

January 30, 2006

Park City: Butcher’s Chop House

Filed under: Food,Places To Visit,Utah — Laura Moncur @ 4:03 pm

Butchers in Park City, Utah

I love to sit outside in the summer at Butcher’s Chop House. It’s usually a little chilly in the evenings, even in the summer, but the propane heaters and the French Onion Soup keep me warm. They even let you bring your dog if he’s well-behaved (ours is not). From the patio, you can watch the hikers and mountain bikers ride the Town Lift up the mountain. It’s a relaxing activity after a hard day riding.

Butchers in Park City, Utah If you come to Park City for the Sundance Film Festival, however, the patio area will be covered in a thick blanket of snow. I can’t tell you how disappointed I was to see my usual table under that snow. It looked like cream-cheese frosting on my chair.

The food of course, is just as excellent in the winter as it is in the summer and the delicious scent of meat emanates from the doors. I usually make a meal of appetizers, so I can’t say that I’ve actually had any of their entrees there. The prices are extremely reasonable and the portions are large. You can see their website and menu here:

Butcher’s Chop House is an excellent place for dinner or lunch. If you are lucky enough to come during the summer, ask for the patio, it’s the best seat in the house.

Where: 751 Main Street, Park City, UT 84060 Google Map Phone: 435-647-0040

January 27, 2006

Park City: Cisero’s Ristorante

Filed under: Food,Places To Visit,Utah — Laura Moncur @ 6:08 pm

Cisero's Ristorante in Park City, UtahAfter paying for expensive food everywhere from San Francisco to downtown Salt Lake, I’m always amazed when really good food is so affordable. It’s one of the reasons I love Cisero’s Ristorante in Park City. It’s an Italian restaurant with the cannoli in Utah. You have to leave the state to get a better cannoli. Of course the creamy marscarpone and flaky pastry is for dessert. I would love to always just skip to dessert, but sometimes after a long day working your body in the outdoors, you need “real” food. I always order the Capellini Pomodoro. It’s my favorite and the serving is so generous that I could easily share it with another person and still feel full.

Cisero's Restaurant in Park City, Utah

Click here to see the full sized Cisero's MenuMost of the time, if Mike and I take a trip up to Park City, it’s because we want to eat at Cisero’s. There have been quiet off-season nights when we were the only ones in the place and enjoyed ourselves in privacy. Winter escapades at Cisero’s tend to be loud and noisy evenings filled with happy skiiers and excited vacationers. I love to go there both times of the year because it’s always a good time for a cannoli.

Where: 306 Main Street, Park City, UT 84060-5102 Google Map Phone: 435-649-5044

January 26, 2006

Park City: Moose on the Loose

Filed under: Travel,Utah — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

If you type the phrase “Park City Moose” into Google, you’ll get tons of results for the Hungry Moose Pub & Grill. I’ve never eaten there and this is not what I’m going to talk about, but I found it amusing that there is hardly anything on the web about this.

A few years ago, Park City had a Moose on the Loose art show that was similar to the Cow Parade that was so popular in New York City. What you see here are the remnants of this art show. They are spread out all over the city now and would be confusing to a visitor who hadn’t known about the show.

My favorite of them all is the white moose on the top of the Claim Jumper restaurant. You can’t tell from this picture, but its side is covered with lights. It will run words across the side of the moose. I’ll never forget the cold and abandoned November that we went up to Park City for dinner. The moose said, “Let it snow!”

January 25, 2006

Park City: Alpine Internet Cafe

Filed under: Food,Places To Visit,Utah — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Alpine Internet Cafe

If you are cold, walking on Main Street in Park City, the best way to warm up is with a hot tea from Alpine Internet Cafe. The staff was quick to help us and we felt welcome there. I had several teas to choose from and Mike ordered the Malted Milkball.The Malted Milkball at Alpine Internet Cafe He said it tasted like a melted Whopper you could drink and I was a little jealous.

The sign said that the bathrooms are for patrons only. Last summer, when Mike and I were riding our mountain bikes around town, that sign bugged me. We had come in there to buy cold water after our trek, but the sign made me feel a little guilty for wishing there was a bathroom. I held it until I got back to my hotel. This time when I saw the sign, I didn’t care. My feet were cold and I wanted to warm them up before we continued walking up Main Street. I was just grateful to be able to wait for the staff to make my tea.

Wireless Access at the Alpine Internet CafeCompared to Hawaii, the prices for computer access didn’t seem outrageous, but compared to a couple miles west in Salt Lake, they made me cringe. If you know you’re going to need a lot of time on the computer, then you might want to take a drive to any Barnes and Noble in Salt Lake City, because you’ll pay less there.

There were lines of computers waiting for us to check our email. Since I can check my email on my phone, I didn’t really try out their computers, but it felt enticing to see so many warm computers with people at them. There were also couches and tables filled with people on their laptops. It was a great way to glean the computer dudes from the ski bunnies. They both were wearing ski boots, but the computer dudes were warm in the Alpine Internet Cafe.

The Cyber Side of Alpine Internet Cafe

Where: 738 Main Street, Park City, UT 84060 Google Maps

January 24, 2006

The Slamdance Film Festival

Filed under: Places To Visit,Utah — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

The Slamdance Film FestivalThe Sundance Film Festival attracts the big stars now, but in the early days it was a smaller film festival with very little press coverage.

It was more like the Slamdance Film Festival, which runs concurrently with Sundance in both Park City and Salt Lake City. It was founded by four men who had their films rejected by the Sundance Film Festival so long ago. They started their own festival in 1995 and now they have grown to receiving over 2000 submissions this year.

For a more detailed story about the Slamdance Film Festival:

This year, the Slamdance Film Festival runs from January 22-29 at the Treasure Mountain Inn in Park City, Utah.

Where: Treasure Mountain Inn 255 Main Street Park City, Utah Google Map

January 23, 2006

Good Karma Curries in Park City

Filed under: Food,Places To Visit,Utah — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Good Karma Curries in Park City, Utah

The busy thoroughfare in Park City, where the Sundance Film Festival is right now, is Main Street. It’s noisy and full of excited people. If you step one street down to Park Avenue, you’ll find some peace and Good Karma.

Good Karma Curries in Park City, Utah

They specialize in Indian curries and the food is delicious. Mike and I ate there last August, so there were tables set up in the open area in the back. We sat with the birds and squirrels while we ate. They were happy to eat a little of our Naan. We ate leisurely in the warm sunshine. During the winter, things are a little more cramped. I would recommend ordering your food to go and enjoying it in your hotel room or by the Town Lift.

If you are in the mood for excellent food with a spicy twist, go to Good Karma on Park Avenue when you’re visiting Park City. It’s a quiet escape from the busy noise on Main Street.

Where: 817 Park Avenue in Park City, Utah. Google Map Phone: 801-787-5907

January 20, 2006

Park City: Just Walking Is Fun

Filed under: Places To Visit,Utah — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Walking Down Park Avenue in Park City

The snow is crunching noisily under my feet. I’m not wearing the appropriate clothing. I have no long underwear under my jeans. I am wearing four inch heels instead of boots. I forgot to wear a hat or earmuffs to keep my ears from turning red and popping off my head. Miraculously, I remembered gloves. I’m cold, but I’m smiling and happy.

I am walking up Park Avenue because we parked at the Library. The Park City library is one of the venues for the Sundance Film Festival, so I wanted to get a picture of it, but I also wanted to avoid the crowds and traffic on Main Street. Once the festival starts, the library parking will be as bad as every other day, but last Monday, we were safe to park there.

I’m shocked to see skiers. I don’t know why this shocks me, but Park City has always been a summer town for me. Mike and I go up there to ride our mountain bikes. There are active people around, but mostly, we have the place to ourselves. It’s so different in the winter. It’s packed with people in ski boots and goggles. I want to take their picture. I want to point at them and whisper to Mike, “Look, Mike, there are some more skiers.”

My personal resort is suddenly full of ski bunnies and snowboarders. I keep telling myself that Park City is a ski town. Those lifts that take me and my mountain bike up the hill were built for skiers, silly. Still, everything looks a little strange to me. I feel like I’ve been dropped into a completely different town.

We cross over to Main Street and the area explodes in great smelling food. I can smell coffee and cream and fish and beef and something being grilled over fire. My nose is tested trying to discern the different scents surrounding me. I want to eat, even though I’m not hungry. All the aromas surrounding me are tempting. I settle for some hot tea and we continue our walk up Main Street.

It’s the same walk we have taken dozens of times during the summer, but it’s different. There are excited people everywhere. The shop owners are on their best behavior. The condo sellers are so busy that they don’t have time to stand outside the door beckoning us to come in. Everything is covered in a thin veil of snow that obscures signs and makes the entire street look softer.

Washington School Inn on Park Avenue in Park City, UtahOn the walk back to the car, we take Park Avenue instead of covering Main Street again. We pass the Washington School Inn and reminisce about the last time we stayed there in August. It looks so different with the icicles hanging off the roof. The view out the window of our room would be so different today than it was in August. I wonder what the hot tub feels like after a cold day skiing. It felt wonderful after the long hours on the bike.

We pass the residential homes and see one for rent. “$1400 a month 2 bed 1 bath,” the sign reads. After looking at housing costs in San Diego, the price seems like a steal. The idea of living with this much snow and with the Sundance revelers seemed a little too much for me. I prefer the quiet solitude of my home in the valley and I gladly walk past the quaint home for rent.

By the time we get back to our car, my ears are bright red. I turn the heat on full blast and enjoy the dry warmth. Just taking a walk along the streets of Park City is fun. No money required.

January 19, 2006

Park City: Sundance Film Venues

Filed under: Travel,Utah — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

Today starts the Sundance Film Festival. There are several venues in Park City, Salt Lake City, The Sundance Resort and Ogden. Here are the addresses for all the venues.

Park City

The Park City Egyptian Theater EGYPTIAN Mary G. Steiner Egyptian Theatre 328 Main St. 266 seats

ECCLES CENTER George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Center for the Performing Arts 1750 Kearns Blvd. 1,270 seats

HOLIDAY Cinemark Holiday Village Cinemas 1776 Park Ave. 4 screens, approx. 150 seats each

PROSPECTOR SQUARE Prospector Square Theatre 2200 Sidewinder Dr. 360 seats

RACQUET CLUB Park City Racquet Club 1200 Little Kate Rd. 612 seats

YARROW Yarrow Resort Hotel 1800 Park Ave. Approx. 250 seats

LIBRARY CENTER Library Center Theatre 1225 Park Ave. 448 seats

The Library Center in Park City

Salt Lake City The Tower Theater in Salt Lake City

BROADWAY Broadway Centre Cinemas 111 E. Broadway Broadway IV: 211 seats Broadway V: 238 seats Broadway VI: 274 seats

ROSE WAGNER CENTER Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center 138 West Broadway 485 seats

TOWER Tower Theatre 876 E. 900 S. 342 seats

Sundance Resort

Sundance Screening Room North Fork, Provo Canyon 164 seats


Peery’s Egyptian Theater 2415 Washington Blvd. 822 seats

For driving directions and movie showings, see the Sundance Film Festival’s Website:

January 18, 2006

Park City: Tanger Outlet Mall

Filed under: Places To Visit,Shopping,Utah — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

The Tanger Outlet MallPark City is filled with upscale clothing stores, ski equipment shops and galleries. If you go to the outskirts of the city, however, you’ll find the Tanger Outlet Mall. It seems that every major metropolitan area has outlet shopping, this is the one for the Greater Salt Lake Area.

Tanger Outlet MooseThese factory stores, however have the Park City feel to them. The design of the buildings conforms with the codes of the city, so it feels a little more rustic than a generic outlet mall plopped onto the landscape. It seems to fit in with the atmosphere. It sports its own Park City Moose, complete with shopping bags and colorful regalia.

Click here to see the store listings and directory:

Location: 6699 North Landmark Dr. Park City, UT. Right before the I-15 freeway entrance.

Link to the site on Google Maps:

When To Shop: Avoid “Back To School” time and Christmas if you dislike crowds. It does get a little busier in the winter and during the Sundance Film Festival, but not as bad as right before the school year starts. They are open Monday – Saturday 10:00 am to 9:00 pm and Sunday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

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