SALT LAKE CITY
Salt Lake City has grown up over the past few years and is a lot of fun. Wonderful new restaurants continue to open up throughout the city and there is a vibrant farm to table movement, along with a diverse “craft culture.” We bet you didn’t know that Salt Lake is America’s craft chocolate capital and home to a number of microbreweries, and distilleries, as well as world renowned theater.
UTAH MUSUEM OF FINE ARTS
(801) 581-7332 or ONLINE
I have lived in Utah for more than twenty six years and just visited the UMFA for the very first time last week. In my defense, the museum had been closed for the past 18 months while it underwent a major renovation. The museum is not large, but thoughtfully curated in a way that makes the art more accessible. I encountered a number of kiosks throughout the museum that posed provocative questions and gave me permission to truly view the art and interpret it for myself. The museum also makes an effort to display pieces of art created by groups typically less represented in museums i.e. women. I am looking forward to my next visit to this lovely museum and discovering more of its treasures.
The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is located on the campus of University of Utah in Salt Lake City and is open from 10am – 5pm daily (closed on Mondays). Admission is free each first Wednesday and third Saturday of the month.
THE ECCES THEATER
(801) 355-5502 or ONLINE
The Eccles Theater that opened in the fall of 2016 is getting first runs of touring productions such as Hamilton.
THE SALT LAKE ACTING COMPANY
(801) 363-7522 or ONLINE
The Salt Lake Acting Company (SLAC). Based out of an old “ward house” built in the 1890s, SLAC is located in the Marmalade District of Salt Lake, has been around for 45 years. This independent theatre company supports and helps to develop emerging artists and playwrights. The intimate theatre is an amazing place to watch one of these thought provoking and often original productions.
Who hasn’t heard of Park City? Sundance Film Festival, Stein Erikson’s famed lodge at Deer Valley and wonderful Main Street with that old wild-west feel. You are already staying in the best place for skiing, in our opinion, but an excursion to Park City is a lot of fun and a wonderful way to spend the day. Start by visiting the Museums at the Utah Olympic Park: the Alf Engen Ski Museum and the Eccles Salt Lake 2002 Olympic Museum. While there, be sure to check out the ski jumping course and bobsled track at the Utah Olympic Park. If you reserve in advance, you can even take a ride on the bobsled course. Afterwards, wander around Main Street in Park City checking out the fun shops and restaurants finishing with a tour and whiskey tasting at the High West Distillery.
UTAH OLYMPIC PARK
(435) 658-4200 or ONLINE
Start your day by visiting Utah Olympic Park and be sure to check out the ski jumping course and bobsled track. The bobsled ride is one of the Utah Olympic Park’s wonderful activities. If you reserve in advance, you can experience a ride down the Olympic bobsled track at speeds over 60 mph!!! The Olympic Park also has the Joe Quinney Winter Sports Center, which houses both the Alf Engen Ski Museum and George and Dolores Eccles 2002 Olympic Winter Games Museum.
HIGH WEST DISTILLERY
(435) 649-8300 or ONLINE
Come visit Utah’s first distillery – The High West Distillery in Park City, Utah. This saloon was established in the 1870’s and is the only gastro-distillery in the world. With tours, tastings and a extensive restaurant menu, it’ll be sure to please all of your tastebuds.
Insider Tip: They also have a location at the SLC Airport!!!
SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL
(435) 776-7878 or ONLINE
The Sundance Institute created the Sundance Film Festival in 1978 and now has grown to be the largest independent film festival in the United States today. It showcases new work from American and international filmmakers. Tickets always sell out quickly.