Happy weekend from Deer Valley, Utah!
I flew from Charlotte to Salt Lake City with my boyfriend on Thursday night. We arrived in a little after 9p and landing in Salt Lake City at sunset was beautiful. Flying over the Great Salt Lake was spectacular and the mountain scenery in Utah is amazing.
Since we got in so late, we checked into The Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. It’s less than 10 minutes from the airport and was a perfect stop over before heading into Deer Valley. Our room was so lovely and the hotel was great. I would definitely stay at The Grand America again.
We had breakfast at the hotel on Friday morning. I had an açaí bowl and scrambled eggs.
And then squeezed in a workout while he had to get some work done. The hotel had a spacious and well-equipped fitness center. I ran 25 minutes on the treadmill with some hill and sprint intervals and then did the following strength workout:
SET 1 – 3 ROUNDS
15 goblet squats (35# dumbbell)
10 single arm rows (each arm) kneeling on the bench (20# dumbbell)
15 incline push ups with feet on floor and hands on bench
10 single leg step ups (each leg) keeping lead leg planted on bench for all 10 step ups before switching (15# dumbbell each hand)
SET 2 – 3 ROUNDS
10 kettlebell sumo deadlift to high pull (30# kettlebell)
10 bicep curls (15# dumbbells)
20 kettlebell alternating back step lunges (30# kettlebell – switch hands each time you step back)
15 tricep dips
SET 3 – 2 ROUNDS
20 bench reverse crunches
10 plank up and downs (high plank to forearm plank)
10 plank alternate knee to same tricep
10 plank alternate knee to opposite elbow
We Ubered to Deer Valley midday and checked in at the St. Regis. Our room wasn’t quite ready so we had lunch on the terrace and then took a shuttle into Park City to wander around for a couple of hours.
This area is known for its winter skiing but it’s a great place to visit in the summer as well, especially for a holiday weekend like July 4! The weather is awesome – 80s, sunny and low humidity during the day and into the 50s at night – and there is a lot to do. We plan to do a few hikes on the ski mountains, shop around in Park City, have spa treatments and relax by the pool. I love being in the mountains during summertime.
Historic Main Street in Park City runs a little over a half a mile and is lined with various shops and restaurants. On Sundays during the summer they close Main Street to cars and it becomes a pedestrian district with an open-air market and street festival. We’ll be sure to check that out tomorrow, and I know it will be extra festive being July 4.
Our room was ready when we arrived back at the St. Regis. It’s spacious and includes a separate full kitchen and living area. If you were here for a ski week, it would be awesome to have this kitchen!
We have two gas burning fireplaces and two terraces with mountain views. Very cozy and comfortable.
The bathroom is spacious with a walk-in shower, a full tub and double vanity. There is a TV built into the mirror!
After getting settled into our room and cleaned up, we shuttled back into Park City (only about a 7-10 minute ride) for dinner at Firewood. I will write a separate post at the end of the trip with our Park City eats but dinner was delicious with impeccable service! The sun was setting as we made our way back to Deer Valley and I was settled into bed reading by 10p.
I am signing off to get ready to spend the day hiking! I’ll be back with a full trip recap in a few days. I hope you all have a safe and happy holiday weekend.
Do you prefer visiting the mountains in the winter or summer?
Have you ever been to Utah? We want to make a separate trip and hit places like Bryce Canyon and Zion.
What are your plans for the weekend?