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Newpark – The New Side of Park City

August 25, 2009

Park City, Utah is already one of the world’s finest mountain destinations for both winter and summer fun.  With the quintessential western mining town feel of Main Street,  the # 1 rated North American ski resort – Deer Valley, the always popular Park City Mountain Resort, and the ever-expanding resort of The Canyons, few resort towns have more to offer.  When you consider that all of this is only 30 minutes from a major metro airport in Salt Lake City, its easy to see why Park City is one of North America’s favorite ski destinations.

What most people do not know, however, is that Park City continues to expand.  The latest attraction – Newpark Resort and Redstone Village, billed as  “The New Side of Park City.”  Located at the entrance to Park City, right off of the exit from Interstate 80, Newpark is often overlooked by visitors on their way into Park City.  Locals and those “in the know” however, recognize this as one more jewel in the Park City crown.

Last week, I was enjoying one of the free outdoor concerts that Newpark offers  every Thursday night during the summer, when it occurred to me just what a great local secret this area is.  Starting with the Redstone shopping village, visitors can enjoy a beautiful pedestrian village with a variety of shops  with local character, a full-service movie theater, and plenty of terrific dining options.  My family loves to combine a movie at the Redstone Cinema and ice cream next door at the Cold Stone Creamery.  We also love the sushi at Hapa Grill.

Thursday Summer Concert at Newpark

Thursday Summer Concert at Newpark

Adjacent to Redstone is an extension of the pedestrian-friendly shopping village known as Newpark.  This quickly developing center is anchored by a new bowling alley and family entertainment center on one end, and an outdoor concert venue on the other.  While much of the shops in-between are still being built, the potential of the development was clearly on display as we sat and watched the sun-set over the Mountains.  As we listened to the band, our kids ran along the bike path that wraps around the Swaner Nature Preserve, a beautiful 1,200  acres of open space that guarantees open, unobstructed views from most vantage points.   To learn more about the wildlife in the preserve, we stop by the Swaner Eco Center a family friendly exploratorium that showcases the beautiful preserve, provides a bird watcher’s dream boardwalk and observation tower  and the latest in eco-friendly practices and technology.   For dinner, we grab some of Park City’s finest thin-crust pizza at Maxwell’s, which has earned a cult-like following among the locals for its famous pizza and Italian style dishes, not to mention its sweet hi-definition flat screens that make it a terrific sports bar.

Newpark Townhome as low as $175/night

Newpark Townhome as low as $175/night

Visitors wanting to enjoy Newpark, can rent studio, one or two bedroom suites in the Newpark Resort starting at $99 per night, or  rent a Two Bedroom Townhome with its own private hot tub overlooking the preserve for as low as $175 per night.   Newpark has  some of the most affordable lodging available in Park City.  In addition, to the attractions in Newpark itself,  staying there provides some of the most convenient lodging for visitors to The Canyons, as well as The Utah Olympic Park.   Many skiers wanting to ski both Park City resorts and take day trips to Utah’s famous Snowbird and Alta resorts also like the location for its close proximity to  Interstate 80, making those resorts only 35 minutes away.

To book your lodging at Newpark Resort, visit  www.vacationroost.com, or call 1-888-33Roost.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. September 3, 2009 5:00 pm

    As the general manager of Newpark Resort & Hotel I couldn’t agree more :-) – however as a 4-year resident of Park City, I can whole-hearted say that the Newpark Town Center and Redstone are wonderful locations! I actually purchased my home within walking distance so that my family and I can make the most of the year-round activites, shopping, dinning and etertainment options that both properties provide – which also makes Newpark the most ideal vacation destination for nearly any traveler. Welcome and Enjoy!

  2. February 6, 2010 5:55 pm

    With all the amazing deals right now, it’s hard to justify staying all the way out at newpark. Probably worth making some calls around Park City to see how much more it would be to stay in town. My guess is probably not much more.

  3. February 8, 2010 8:55 am

    Thought readers may want an update…so much has changed at Newpark since my last post. To begin, Newpark continues to be the “entertainment destination” of Park City.

    In December, Jupiter Bowl opened its doors offering locals and vacationers nightlife options not found anywhere else. “This is not your father’s bowling alley,” says Jupiter Bowl partner Michael Malone. It’s a phrase that has been used frequently by the team working to pull Summit County’s first bowling center in years together. It’s not your father’s alley because it isn’t an alley at all, says marketing director Susan Spivey. It’s an
    entertainment center with bowling as the main attraction, she said. Enjoy a fantastic meal at the Lift Grill and Lounge, a martini at the Black Diamond Bar, billiards, arcade, a Wii zone and so much more. Spivey said the layout has become popular with parents who can sip hard liquor in the Black Diamond while watching their kids at the arcade and pass quarters to them over the railing. Bowlers can have cocktails served to
    them lane-side. A special party room has four lanes for exclusive events and other parts of Jupiter Bowl can be separated with a curtain for reserved events. Whether you are a family looking for fun, corporate party or just looking for some thing entirely different, Jupiter Bowl is definitely the most lively hot spot in Park City.

    Also, Newpark just added two more dining options – Kneader’s Bakery and Café and Good Thymes Bistro.

    Kneader’s equals fresh. Everything – the soup, pastries, breads and even the sandwich meat – is made daily. The turkey is slow roasted for about nine hours every night and pulled each morning. The bakery makes 11 different artisan breads, none of which contain preservatives. But “made daily” has come to mean several things in the industry. At Kneaders, it means from scratch. Every morning over 40 pastries are made from scratch and donated to local churches at the end of the night. “The pastry counter really defines us,” said Andrew Smith, managing partner. And it changes constantly, too. The list of offerings has over 70 items, but many are seasonal. This month you can buy peppermint cake and frosted sugar cookies. Next month they may be phased out and replaced by new items. Another thing that makes the brand unique is that it’s a real café. A lot of bakeries also sell soups and sandwiches; Kneaders is a restaurant with a large selection of pies and breads you can take home. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. In fact, Smith said, locals seem to be most excited about breakfast. The Lavazza brand stocks a full coffee bar, all-you-can-eat pancakes and French toast are sold for just over $5, several types of croissant sandwiches are offered along with fruit cups and all the standard morning pastries.

    Ilese Jaffa, owner of the Good Thymes Bistro and mastermind behind the menu and interior decor, recently chose to relocate her thriving restaurant from other area in Park City to Newpark. After building a tremendous following over the past three years offering a menu that fits everybody’s needs and watching Newpark continue to be Park City’s hot spot, the relocation to Newpark was an obvious choice. After being in the food service business for 19 years, she said it was time for a more simple attack on the taste buds of Park City. With a menu that includes macaroni and cheese, meatloaf, and chicken pot-pie, simplicity is the genius behind it all. Add to that a price range that includes only a couple items above $16, and Jaffa believes she has a recipe for success.”We grew in popularity a lot faster than we expected,” she said. “It’s because of our quality and price. We have affordable food in Park City with high quality. We’ve taken the basics and put a twist to it. It’s a little more upscale than what you’d make at home, but we’re still affordable. Park City has a lot of what I call foo-foo restaurants,” she said. “Now locals and vacationers have a place to go where they’ll recognize the items on the menu. We’re very children- and family-friendly.” It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    Newpark continue to be recognized as “green” becoming Utah’s first and only LEED-ND certified green land development. LEED-ND (Leadership in Environmental & Energy Design – Neighborhood Development) is a land development rating system developed by a joint venture of the world’s leading organizations for environmental improvement: US Green Building Council, Natural Resources Defense Council and Congress for New Urbanism. Thousands of the world’s most respected government, private sector, and environmental entities are member organizations of these groups including the EPA, Sierra Club, Harvard University, Boston City, etc. LEED and LEED-ND certifications are objective, universally respected, third party ratings. LEED-ND may be the most difficult LEED designation to achieve. As of September 25.2009, there were 3,316 LEED certified buildings, but only 39 LEED-ND certified land developments worldwide, only 23 of which have exceeded Newpark’s LEED Silver certification.

    With all the dining, shopping and nightlife choices – and incredible hotel and lodging prices – it is obvious that Newpark continues to be a top choice for travelers visiting Park City. Even if you stay closer to Main, it is inevitable that you will come to Newpark and Kimball Junction for most everything thing else you do or need.

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