It’s the beginning of October here in the mountains and it couldn’t be more beautiful. It’s true, when most people think autumn and leaves, they probably aren’t thinking: Utah. But, let me assure you that “they” are missing out on one of the best seasons that this state has to offer. You’re probably assuming that I’m biased; I am. I live in Utah, but that hasn’t always been the case. In fact, I’m from New England (arguably, the ideal setting this time of year) and I lived in Aspen for about 7 years.
Having lived in a ski town for a long time, I have a soft spot in my heart for the “off-season.” It’s a rare moment that occurs but twice a year when one lives in a town like Aspen or Park City. It’s kind of a secret that we, the locals, like to keep to ourselves. It’s a time when we can find a parking spot on Main Street, dine out without a reservation and take advantage of “off-season” discounts.
Autumn is truly Park City’s best kept secret. The most fiery reds, the brightest yellows and everything in-between can be found saturating the Uinta and Wasatch mountain ranges. The weather, very typically 60’s and sunny, just begs to be enjoyed via mountain bike, hike or beer and a slice on the patio of Maxwell’s. The local paper boasts “2 for 1” deals at some of the most desirable restaurants in Park City (you know, the places where you couldn’t even get a reservation last winter?!).
I have mixed emotions about sharing this valued information. But, it’s a bit of a tragedy that Utah gets overlooked this time of year. So, I’ve decided to share the wealth. Come on out; you won’t be disappointed.