Park City, UT For The Non-Skier (Hint: Lots To Do)

19 11 2012

But what if you don’t like to ski, snowboard or slalom? Is Park City for someone who hopes the urge to exercise passes? Yes.

Even if you never venture outdoors, Park City offers a slate of attractions to pack a no carb burn itinerary. Spend time on Day 1 at the Park City Museum, a must visit for all visitors. Here splendidly detailed exhibits trace the city’s history to its origins as a tough mining town whose jail had the occupancy rate of a  swank Park City Hotel during Sundance.

Books on local history, as well on every other subject, fill the cozy, compact spaces of Dolly’s Bookshop, an independent store thriving since the 1970s. (For local color, try a thriller by Utah crime writer Michael Norman.) Color also splashes across canvases exhibited in Park City’s many galleries, its mountains and valleys a perennial attraction to painters and photographers. Rotating exhibits appear at the Kimball Arts Center, where you can also take one-day classes from resident painters, print makers and sculptors. The other arts thrive as well in several other city venues.

World-class entertainers appear at the Eccles Center for the Performing Arts, independent films flicker year round as part of the Park City Film Series, and local musicians perform at spots like Flanagan’s, The Sidecar and the Spur Bar and Grill. After gallery going tightens your calves and carrying books and prints tests your triceps, schedule a deep tissue massage at the handsome Stein Ericksen Lodge in Deer Valley. Finished and feeling limber as the athlete who never was, drop down the hill from Stein Ericksen for schnapps at the Goldener Hirsch Inn, a meticulous recreation of an actual Austrian ski hotel.

By Gerald Bartell

Perhaps because travel experiences are so ephemeral, Gerald Bartell seeks to make them permanent with words and images. Whether on Facebook or in publications like Long Weekends, AAACar&Travel or the New York Daily News, he hopes to capture the inspirations of trips to funky towns in Arizona and French restaurants in Edinburgh. Gerald lives in Manhattan and goes walking in Scotland every October. Share travel tips with him on Facebook and Twitter.

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