A Park City Playground

As I mentioned last post, Em and I took a girls trip to Park City last weekend.  Luckily her flight connected in TX so we got to start the weekend off on our flight into Salt Lake City.  We picked up a rental car after convincing the man at the desk that we were able to drive in snow and we didn’t need a 4-wheel drive (for an extra $200!).  Thanks to Em’s excellent internet searching skills we found a taco place featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, called Lone Star Taqueria.  It was a tiny little building that looked like it belonged in Austin, not Utah.  However the food was delicious and cheap.  Definitely worth a stop if you find yourself in that area of the world!  We then toured around Temple Square where the LDS church is headquartered.  We didn’t too too much exploring as we were averting the gaze of all the missionaries wandering around, but we did walk around the outside of the temple and saw a great nativity display.

The nativity with the temple in the background

The nativity with the temple in the background

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We loaded back into the car for the trek to Park City.  We checked into our weekend home away from home, the Waldorf Astoria, and settled into our room for some down time.  Em’s friend (who hooked us up with a great deal on the room) took a break from work and came to visit for a while.  That night we had plans to check out a highly recommended restaurant.  Sadly, we walked up to the restaurant only to learn they were closed all weekend for renovations.  Booo!  We settled on another restaurant nearby that was also recommended and it was delicious.  We were wiped after dinner so called it a night and passed out.

The view driving into the Wasatch Mountain Range

The view driving into the Wasatch Mountain Range

My Über comfy bed with just a comfy blanket

My Über comfy bed with just a comfy blanket

 

We loved the fireplace!

We loved the fireplace!

Delicious dinner!

Delicious dinner!

So happy to spend some time together!!

So happy to spend some time together!!

Saturday morning we woke up to a blanket of white stuff covering the buildings, trees and walkways.  It was snowing!!  I was instantly in a great mood seeing all the snow already on the ground and more falling from the sky.  We decided to try the hotel restaurant for breakfast and it was an excellent choice!  I had the most delicious French Toast Souffle served in a mini cast iron pot with a side of warm Nutella.  I’m drooling now just thinking about it.  After breakfast we caught the hotel shuttle to Main Street for some shopping.  The shuttle driver was kind enough to drop us off at the top of the street (its on an incline) and sent us off with bottled water and chapstick.  We did some good shopping, picking up several cute items, but keeping within a budget.  After shopping it was time for a rest while watching some college football.

The view from our room Saturday morning

The view from our room Saturday morning

The hotel restaurant - we like the rustic chic theme they had going

The hotel restaurant – we like the rustic chic theme they had going

The gloriously delicious and sinful French Toast Souffle (it was made with pieces of croissant and banana y'all…seriously, I can't say enough great stuff about this thing)

The gloriously delicious and sinful French Toast Souffle (it was made with pieces of croissant and banana y’all…seriously, I can’t say enough great stuff about this thing)

Looking up Main Street

Looking up Main Street

Em made a friend

Em made a friend

Looking up to some of the ski runs from Main Street

Looking up to some of the ski runs from Main Street

Late Saturday afternoon, Em’s friend Hannah, and her husband picked us up from the Waldorf and took us on a driving tour of Park City.  They showed us some of the big fancy resorts, pointed out a variety of interest sites and drove us to Sundance.  It is a resort established and owned by Robert Redford (known as Bob to his friends, we learned that night).  It was very different from Park City as it was more rustic and tucked into the mountain range.  We had dinner and drinks at the Owl Bar – think log cabin with a roaring fire.  It was cool and cozy with pretty tasty food.  After dinner we trudged through the snow up to the Screening Room.  During the fall and early winter they show some of Bob’s movies on Friday or Saturday nights for free.  That week it was The Company You Keep.  I hadn’t seen the movie before and it was really good.  However, I was a bit bummed that we were one week too early for A River Runs Through It.  Thankfully Hannah’s husband drove us back to Park City safely through some pretty heavy snow.

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Sundance General Store

Sundance General Store

My attempt at a nighttime photo with my crummy camera

My attempt at a nighttime photo with my crummy camera

The moon peeking through the clouds was so beautiful

The moon peeking through the clouds was so beautiful

Sunday morning Em and I rolled out of bed and ate breakfast at the Waldorf again.  I decided on trying something different and it wasn’t such an excellent choice.  It just couldn’t live up to the soufflé.  After breakfast it was time to meet up with Hannah for our spa appointment.  That sounds fancier than it was.  We just got pedicures, however they were pretty luxurious.  Unfortunately my pedicurist (is that a word?) got a little over zealous filing my nail down and ended up filing away a good chunk of my toe.  That afternoon we spent some girl time with the 3 of us shopping at the outlet mall.  We never had lunch so around 4 in the afternoon we ate a late lunch/early dinner before dropping Hannah off at home and driving back to the hotel.  The early evening hours were spent lying on our beds, tucked under the blankets and watching football.  Later in the evening we were hungry for a snack so made our way to the fire pit by the pool to make s’mores.  After dropping a marshmallow into the flames and catching another on fire, I finally made a successful s’more.  Em isn’t keen on marshmallows so we went into the restaurant to seek out a sweet snack for her.  A hot chocolate (the best I’ve ever had, mind you), cheesecake and basket of bugnes later we were on quite the sugar high.  We had plenty sweet dreams that night!!

S'mores by a fire in the freezing cold? Excellent!

S’mores by a fire in the freezing cold? Excellent!

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The hot chocolate - Em's hand is there to give some perspective on how huge this mug/bowl was

The hot chocolate – Em’s hand is there to give some perspective on how huge this mug/bowl was

Hooray for sweets!!

Hooray for sweets!!

Yummmm

Yummmm

Monday arrived and it was time to head back home.  We ate one last breakfast at the hotel and this time I made the right decision.  Yep, I got the soufflé.  I know, I’ve mentioned it like ten times in this post, but seriously, I’m obsessed.  I’m planning to recreate it at home.  Anyhow, we packed up our goodies, checked out and drove back to the airport.  We shared a flight back to Texas where Em continued on her way home.  It was such a fabulous weekend away.  I had a great time reconnecting with a wonderful friend.  We’ve already started planning our 2014 Friend-cation!