Last weekend my husband, Steve, and I escaped to Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. We had babysitters set up so that we could be child-free the entire weekend, and in the days leading up to it we were both giddy with anticipation. It’s a mere 30-minute drive from our house in Salt Lake City, but I couldn’t have been more excited if we were traveling across the globe.
We checked in Friday evening at The Lodges and I could not believe how huge our one-bedroom suite was. It was bigger than our whole house! One glance and I was ready to move in permanently.
We got dressed up for a night on the town, and after dinner we ended up at the swanky St. Regis for drinks before heading back to our room to cozy up by the warm fireplace.
The next morning I relished sleeping in for the first time in two years. No alarms, no baby up before dawn. It felt glorious.
Since our suite came with a fully stocked (and awesome) kitchen, we decided to make breakfast. The special occasion called for a step up from our usual stack of pancakes with a side of bacon and so I made eggs benedict, complete with homemade hollandaise. Served with mimosas, of course.
Mid afternoon we were finally ready to change out of our pjs and venture outside to enjoy the beautiful weather. We could not have picked a more perfect weekend. It was sunny and warm, not at all what I’d expect from a mountain ski resort in late October. It just goes to show that with Utah, you never know.
We hiked around Deer Valley, getting some exercise and taking in the views from the bare ski slopes. Since it’s currently between peak seasons we practically had the whole resort to ourselves, encountering only a few people on the mountain and not a single other person at The Lodges. It was like they were open just for us.
After our hike we did some window shopping on Park City’s main street before ending up at High West for dinner, a small-batch whiskey and vodka distillery and restaurant. And what a dinner it was! From the whiskey lemonades, to the whiskey cider braised short ribs, to the homemade s’more— it was all perfect.
All too soon, Sunday morning came and it was time to (begrudgingly) pack up. But not before we could enjoy a lovely breakfast outside on the deck at Grocery Cafe, soaking up as much sunshine and relaxation as we could before leaving Park City.
It was a most perfect weekend, and a great way to celebrate our anniversary. A huge thank you to Deer Valley for having us and making this getaway possible. We can’t wait to come back!
Disclosure: Deer Valley hosted us for the weekend and treated us to breakfast at Grocery Cafe. Our meal at High West was provided by The Park City Restaurant Association. All opinions are my own, as always.