So, I recently had the pleasure of staying in the Bear Hollow neighborhood, just past Kimball Junction in Park City. If you know the area, you know that Kimball Junction is just off of the Highway (I-80), about 15 minutes from downtown Park City. To most people that haven’t spent much time in the area, this may not sound ideal. Everyone seems to want to be on or near Main Street. I get it- that’s what you’ve seen, heard and read about and it makes sense. But, what you don’t realize is that you could save yourself a bundle on lodging just 15 minutes away from the core. And, even better, you can do so without compromising proximity to amazing restaurants, shopping and activities.
Bear Hollow, as I mentioned above, is just past Kimball Junction. For those that don’t know, Kimball Junction is a shopping area that has expanded exponentially in the past few years. A 5 minute drive from your condo/ vacation home/ hotel, you will find everything from Whole Foods to Walmart. Some favorites include the Tanger Outlet Mall (Pac Sun, Banana Republic, Lucky Jeans, BCBC, Adidas, Abercrombie & Fitch, etc.), Loco Lizard Mexican Restaurant, the Newpark Rec Center, Maxwell’s Restaurant, Jupiter Bowl (similar to Lucky Strike, with private alleys available for rent as well) and a multitude of boutique restaurants and shops. Canyons Resort (my favorite) is a 5 minute drive and Park City Mtn. Resort is about 10 minutes down the road.
Of course, you will want to hit historic Main Street at least once during your stay. But, it’s a short drive and well worth the money that you will save. And, that’s just more cash in your pocket to enjoy all that Park City has to offer, even if you do spend it all on Main Street!
- Noelle Michaud, Destination Expert