Nothing like thunderstorms to make you appreciate your interior surroundings. Allen and I had planned the perfect afternoon and overnight getaway: pack a gourmet picnic, enjoy the free Wednesday concert at Deer Valley Resort then spend a fantastic evening at the 5 diamond/5 star Stein Eriksen Lodge. Does it get any better? I think not. Mother Nature had other ideas. Despite the prosciutto wrapped melon that I painstakingly wrapped, the home made olive tapenade, the artisan cheeses, the baguette, not to mention the homemade candied almonds, we were going to be soaked if we insisted on the original plan. If I’m not traveling for work I hardly leave the haven I call home (more on that later), and this was a big deal. But, since we had to suck it up at the Stein Eriksen Lodge in Deer Valley, we thought we’d make the best of it.
The service is spectacular, hands down. The bellman cheerfully carried the bags to our room and gave us a brief tour on the way. I don’t think I’ve ever been so genuinely and enthusiastically greeted… ever. Along the way to our room, he pointed out hotel features and points of interest. By the time we got to the room, we felt so warm about our stay. The bellman reached out to open the door for us… but had no keys. They had fallen out en route. He didn’t miss a beat. He opened our room with his master key and then delivered new keys to us before we were done ogling the magnificent views.
Since the weather wasn’t cooperating with our perfectly planned day, we improvised. Save the picnic for later. Kathie, who was supposed to join us at the concert, met us at Stein’s instead for a fabulous meal at Glittretind. This has always been one of my favorite Sunday brunches, but dinner was new. The service was impeccable, but was surpassed by the food. I could write pages (feel free to ask me), but as the menu is fresh and seasonal, it is always changing. Just know you can’t go wrong.
The morning after — it’s still raining. The planned hike and postponed picnic aren’t looking good. To counterbalance the dismal weather, we toured the spa. Suffice it to say that I know where I’m going for my next massage. Ok, don’t suffice. It’s two levels of sheer luxury. Voted number one in the country by Condé Nast — this walk through showed me why. Spacious, luxurious locker rooms, plunge pools, steam rooms, saunas, semi private lockers and every treatment you can imagine. I’ve got a birthday coming up… Anyone???