Looking for a girls’ trip with soaring mountain vistas serving as the backdrop to everything from a group spa date to mindful cooking classes? The historic resort town of Park City, Utah, has a rich array of cultural and material excursions for you and your BFFs.
Tour Mines & Wines
Little-known fact: Park City was called Sin City back in its mining days. You’ll learn this and other local lore all while sipping wine when you sign up for Fox School of Wine‘s Mines & Wines Tour. Sommelier Kirsten Henry Fox pairs snacks with wines during a three-hour group tour of Park City, which leads from its historic mines to the former Red Light District.
As you’ll be strolling actual mines while armed with glasses of wine, sensible shoes are recommended. Utah has a few alcohol restrictions (liquor stores are closed on Sundays), so your guide will also give you pro tips like stocking up on Saturdays.
Alpine Serenity Spa
Unwind from the white-knuckle zip line ride at the luxurious Spa at Hotel Park City. Your team is in for deep serenity, whether you unwind in the eucalyptus steam room or take a soak in an outdoor whirlpool — all with mountains as the backdrop. Book ahead for a rejuvenating group spa experience. While at the hotel, look into other group must do’s, like the property’s yoga classes.
Shop the Main Event
Head down to Main Street, Park City, for shopping en masse. Looking for friendship bracelets? Pick up matching hammered brass statement cuffs at funky boutique Olive & Tweed. And browse chunky sweaters worthy of the most bohemian ski villa at fresh and trendy boutique Mary Jane’s. Keep an eye out for their charity shopping events so the gang can give back in style.
The Xtreme ZipRider over Park City’s Olympic Village is the best way to fly with friends. It’s billed as the steepest zip line in the world, and you’ll all soar over the ski village slopes at 60 mph. You’ll each be able to ride with a pal, which comes in handy when you need a comforting hand to grip.
Mind Your Cuisine
Take in eye-popping mountain views in a Mindful Cuisine Cooking Class hosted in a master chef’s private kitchen. Your team will learn tips and ingredients for the four-course meal you can design, which can include tasty bites like seared scallops and seasonal tarts. Better still, you’ll all enjoy the meal with slow food master chef Linda Elbert and her guest instructors.
See-and-Be-Seen Fine Dining
Book a table for the girls at the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Riverhorse restaurant and see what the international fuss is about. The menu rotates seasonally, but if it’s on the menu, the local rainbow trout with pistachio nut crust is a showstopper.
Your crew can enjoy live music in the elegant main dining room or head out to a balcony table to people-watch the resort crowds as they spill across Main Street.
Call ahead if you’re reserving a table for more than 16 (which would be the mother of all girls’ trips). The dress code is mountain casual, so your earlier shopping trip will come in handy.
The Tavernacle Social Club
If you don’t sing along to “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” was it really a girls’ trip? Make reservations for the dueling piano show at the Tavernacle Social Club, request your jam (tips help grease the wheels) and let loose with your gang’s best collective rendition. For $1 someone can cancel your song mid “just wanna,” but for another $1 you can un-cancel it. It keeps the crowd lively and the piano players well paid.