Recently, we had the opportunity to spend a family weekend in Park City, UT. It was the perfect little getaway for our family. A short 45 minute car ride away, Park City has much to offer for everyone in the family; all within steps of temporary abode.
We arrived at our Park City host rental early Friday evening after wrapping up work day. One major attraction of vacation rentals is their family appeal. You can establish yourself at your home away from home, unpack, and cook dinner with assurance that leftovers can be saved and incorporated into other meals during your visit. You save a ton of money and maintain family cohesion that eating out doesn’t allow.
Moreover, vacation rentals are typically cheaper (or comparable at least) than a hotel room yet offer a bunch more space; multiple bathrooms, full kitchens and living rooms to relax away from the kids when they sleep.
With a full home at our disposal, we planned our meals accordingly. Friday night we made chicken and bean burritos. The leftover tomatoes, cheeses, chilies, beans and such became key ingredients in a breakfast quiche I prepared and set overnight in the fridge. The next morning, hubby (he’s always the first one up) just had to turn on the oven and put in the quiche to cook. By the time everyone else awoke, the quiche was ready to be served.
Family friendly vacation rentals also typically come with a crib and a high chair, plus toys and games. This vacation rental from @parkcityhost was packed all of the above and a delightful collection of ,modern ski related decor which we absolutely adored.
We were a five minute drive from then Utah Olympic Park; a must see for anyone visiting Park City, anytime of year. While Rainier was a bit young to do most of the activities they provide, he thoroughly enjoyed watching the skiers practice their jumps into the pool. Who knows? Maybe he will find himself training there someday!
There is also a great activity center playground with a variety of pieces to accommodate various ages. We spent an hour or so with Rainier playing with other little kids on rock climbing walls and suspended mini-ropes courses. We topped off our Olympic Park visit with ice cream and then headed back to our vacation rental for lunch and nap.
While hubby cooked up lunch, I took the kids to the recreation center splash pad. The kids had fun running out some extra energy in the sun and water.
We ate lunch and then put the kids down for a nap. Mommy duty called for this one. So while I napped the kids, hubby took his trail bike out for a quick ride. He found an asphalt bike trail that led to dirt single track trails just outside the vacation rental. Such close proximity let him ride a quick 11 miles through the rolling mountains around the Olympic Park. He returned just as the kids had woken and readied for the next adventure!
We headed to main street to explore and have special Father’s Day dinner. To our surprise, we ran into Savor the Summit event just barely kicking off. You can buy advanced tickets and the restaurants set up wedding worthy table dining in the middle of Main street. Event goers enjoyed food and generously flowing cocktails with the sweeping views of the mountains and Main Street’s charm. I am not going to lie, we were a bit jealous we didn’t have tickets to go, but vowed to get a babysitter and do this weekend again next year and attending the event. Clearly, we didn’t check the right event calendars before heading to PC.
Despite the big culinary event, we were able to find a table. After dinner, we headed up the road above Montage Deer Valley to Rob’s Trail and took a family sunset stroll. The rolling mountains in the back provided a stunning backdrop for the setting sun and an awesome end to our day.
The big day meant sleepy children. With mercifully little resistance, both were down quickly. Mom and dad then got to enjoy the rooftop hot tub and a movie together. Here is where we really got to appreciate the benefits of a vacation rental. Instead of sitting in a hotel room in the dark, quietly playing on our phones, or quietly slipping out one at a time, we got to enjoy each other’s company and have some adult fun with more night time amenities than our own home boasts.
We awoke to Father’s Day and used breakfast as an opportunity to clean out the fridge, complemented with some fresh strawberries and bacon wrapped dates. Then, hubby met up with a friend for fishing. I packed the remaining toys and food and headed to fishing buddy’s house for a play date with his wife.
It was a fun weekend for adults and kids alike and just a short drive away. I consider it the perfect summer family getaway to escape the heat of the Salt Lake valley!
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Thank you to Park City Host for kindly sponsoring this post. All opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.