The drive from Lava Hot Springs to Wasatch Mountain State Park perfectly fit our plan—skirting Salt Lake City and delivering us to the park 200.9 miles later. This time of year, there were only a handful of campers in the park. The weather was beautiful, and we ended up spending four nights, each day hiking trails from the campground or biking along peaceful winding country roads.
Talk about an area of contrasts—the park is located on the outskirts of the little town of Midway, south of Park City. Midway is a farming and ranching community, with a lingering Swiss influence imparted by the original European settlers. The streets are wide, the homes and businesses festooned with gingerbread and adorned with murals, and the sign at Midway City Hall reminds residents that neither pets NOR livestock is permitted on the lawn.
Twenty miles up the road is Park City, obviously hip and wealthy. There’s a distinctly Western flair, the streets are lined with high-end shops and restaurants, and I overheard someone remark, “There are two ways to be cool in Park City—you’re either a world-class athlete or filthy rich.”
We’re obviously neither, but we still enjoyed wandering the downtown area, stocking up on groceries at Whole Foods, and lunching at the High West Distillery, rated as one of the best eateries in town. The distillery is the first in Utah to be legalized since prohibition ended (but considering the tight liquor control laws in Utah, I’m not so sure the state has completely embraced prohibition’s demise).
Lunch was delicious (bourbon-coffee glazed black cod, smoked tri-tip, roasted Brussels sprouts, and sautéed kale) and we enjoyed a shot of their smoky Campfire Whiskey with our meal. (I know, whiskey at lunch is pretty decadent—but we had to try it!) I’m not a whiskey drinker, but it was amazing. Wish we had bought a bottle. For medicinal purposes only, of course.[portfolio_slideshow]