Things to do in Salt Lake City
Dining: We actually have lots of great restaurants here! You might try White Horse Spirits & Kitchen for a gastropub with tasty cocktails, Eva for Mediterranean small plates, Mazza for Middle Eastern cuisine, Red Iguana for Mexican, Publik Kitchen for breakfast/coffee, or Ruth’s Diner for a fun old school diner located in one of the canyons. For a fancier meal, Log Haven is a lovely, scenic restaurant in one of the canyons, and Pallet is an excellent spot in downtown SLC. If you would like other recommendations, just reach out, and we’d be happy to share some of our other favorite spots!
Attractions: The Tracy Aviary is a great spot, not only because of its awesome name, but also because you can see super cool birds there. It’s located in Liberty Park, which is also a nice spot for a stroll. If you’re in a museum mood, consider checking out the Museum of Natural History, located on the University of Utah’s campus. You can also pop next door to Red Butte Garden if botanical gardens are your thing. And there’s a great path called the Bonneville Shoreline Trail that passes right by both and winds along the foothills with some lovely views of the valley.
On the topic of hiking, there are many wonderful trails just a 10-30 minute drive from downtown SLC! Some of our favorites so far are actually in Big Cottonwood Canyon, not too far from Solitude Mountain Resort. Lake Mary and Lake Catherine (just a few minutes from Solitude) are great, and Lake Blanche is wonderful for a more intense hike. Bells Canyon to Lower Falls is a great hike to a waterfall, and if you’re looking for more of a casual stroll to enjoy nature, the wildflowers in Albion Meadows are lovely. Having said that, we haven’t found a hike we didn’t like here yet, so we are sure you will enjoy whatever path you end up on. And be sure to let us know if you spot any moose!
Things to do in Solitude
Dining: Solitude has two restaurants on-site. You can dine at Honeycomb Grill (a sit-down restaurant), or you can grab some pizza, sandwiches, soup, breakfast, or ice cream to go at the Stone Haus Pizza & Creamery. If you would like to head off-site, you might consider checking out Silver Fork just a couple minutes down the road, or if you don’t mind a 25-minute drive, you can head over to Park City, where you will have a plethora of options at your fingertips.
If you want to get groceries, you will have to leave the canyon and go to either Park City or back to SLC. So if you would like to stock up on anything for your condo, we recommend picking it up in Salt Lake before you head into the canyon. The market at Solitude does have a handful of items available for purchase if you find yourself in need, but the selection is limited.
Attractions: As mentioned above, there is lots of great hiking in Big Cottonwood Canyon! The hikes to Lake Mary and Lake Catherine are just minutes away, and they’re wonderful. For a more casual stroll, you can check out Willow Heights to Willow Lake, or for something more intense, Lake Blanche. There is also some hiking you can do straight from Solitude Village — or from the top of the ski lift if you’re game for a little extra elevation! Here is a map and some trail descriptions you can consult, or you can always check in with the lovely folks at the Powderhorn Adventure Center who would be happy to help you out.
There are several events of note happening our wedding weekend. First, the Wildflower Festival will be taking place at Brighton and Solitude on Saturday and Sunday! You can find information about guided walks and hikes here. Solitude will also be hosting outdoor morning yoga at 10 a.m. on Saturday, and there will be live music in the village from 3-5 on Sunday. Check out their calendar for more information.
Finally, Solitude has a well-respected disc golf course that starts at 9,000 ft and heads down the mountain. You can rent discs from the Powderhorn Adventure Center, but be warned — we heard from some regulars that it can take 4-6 hours to complete the whole course!
Things to do in Park City
The road to Park City from Solitude Resort is exquisite, if not for the faint of heart! If you have a few hours to kill, consider driving this route through Guardsman Pass and spend some time exploring Park City. We recommend strolling up and down Main Street, where there are lots of great shops, art galleries, bars, and restaurants. We are especially fond of High West Distillery (703 Park Avenue, just off of Main Street), both for whiskey and food. And if you’d like some fancy chocolate, hop in your car and drive the couple minutes over to Ritual Chocolate for some coffee and a treat.
For the adventurous folks, there is plenty of fun to be had in Park City. You might check out the alpine slide, zip line, or alpine coaster at Park City Mountain Resort, or if you want to channel your inner Olympian, stop by Utah Olympic Park. You can ride in a bobsled, tube down the Nordic jump, do some extreme ziplining, or watch the Flying Ace All-Stars Freestyle show, where Olympians and National Team skiiers and snowboarders do jumps and flips into an Olympic pool.
If you want other tips or have additional questions for us, feel free to reach out anytime. Here’s to a fun-filled, adventurous weekend in Utah!