Boost Your Value of Your Home

Oct 16, 2018


When contemplating home upgrades or preparing your home for sale, it helps to identify the renovation projects that not only look good but will boost the value of your home at the same time. Overall, potential buyers are drawn to newer, cleaner, refreshed properties. Here are the five tried and true ways homeowners can boost the value of their home.

Freshen Up the Paint This may seem like a no-brainer, but a fresh coat of paint will always make a home feel updated and renewed. Modern, current paint colors can have a vast effect on a home’s appeal. Whites, greys, light blues, and sage-greens are in-style for 2018 and can give your home an updated feel. Contemporary, neutral paint can also give potential buyers the ability to see themselves living in the home.

Update the Windows Natural light enhances ambiance and updating windows can boost a home’s value. Homes that feature 70’s style round, half-moon, or hexagon shaped windows may cause buyers to contemplate pricey renovations or will turn them off from the home completely. Additionally, if your windows are old, drafty, or fog up due to failing seals, fixing these problems will increase the value. Updating window coverings from heavy drapery to hidden or electronic shades can go a long way in adding value and a contemporary feel to the home. Lastly, adding windows to increase natural light can improve a home’s value.

Renew Kitchens and Bathrooms  When it comes to home renovation and updates the two most important spaces in a home are the kitchen and the master bedroom/bathroom. In the master bedroom, focus on brightening the room and creating a fresh, inviting feel. Clean, modern paint colors and neutral fresh carpet or renewed hardwood floors can make a huge difference. In the master bathroom, potential buyers are trending toward light and bright features such as subway tile, marble, and clean lines over dark woods and granites. In the kitchen, making minor changes such as painting the cabinets in a modern color, updating the tile, or replacing old-fashioned, brass light fixtures and hardware with more current styles and contemporary pieces can increase the value of a home.

Add Smart Technology Features As we move farther into the age of technology, home trends are following suit. Many potential buyers see a lot of value in smart technology features such as electronic window shades, smart thermostats, slim TVs, and more. That being said, one electronic feature that used be popular but has been falling out of trend is pre-wired sound systems. With wireless speaker systems on the rise, buyers are bringing their systems into their new homes or upgrading as needed.

Revive Curb Appeal First impressions can make a big impression. Enhance landscaping, clean up the walkway to the front door, and repair or seal driveway cracks. A fresh coat of paint including window frames and the front door can make an older home feel new again. If paint is not in the budget, power washing the outside of the house, so long as it doesn’t strip the paint, and the front walkway or driveway can also refresh the appearance. Lastly, updating the porch sconces and lighting can make a home look more current and inviting.

Whether you are looking to spend a little or a lot, there are many ways to add value to your home. However, for any major physical changes to the home, its best to hire a designer to help make sure the improvements are truly up-to-date and generic enough to appeal to a wide audience. For recommendations on designers or for more advice on ways to boost the value of your home, reach out to your Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties agent as they truly are the experts on homes in our community.

Published in Park City Home Magazine 3/5/18

Own Your Own Wintertime Fun!

Oct 11, 2018

US News Ranks Utah the 3rd Best State for Education!

Oct 11, 2018

Utah ranked #3

The quality of a community’s schools is central to any family’s aspirations. Public education has largely been a local matter for school boards and states that allocate most of their funding. Yet for the past several decades, the federal government has entered the field in important and often disputed ways. With the No Child Left Behind Act, President George W. Bush put in place requirements that schools demonstrate “adequate yearly progress” based on standardized student testing. The law was replaced during the Obama administration with the Every Student Succeeds Act. Many states also coordinated with the federal government in Common Core standards for basic curriculum. Now Republicans are promoting another direction based on charter schools, privately run schools operated with public oversight and funding, and school choice, enabling parents to decide which public or private schools their children attend with public funding.

Massachusetts ranks as the No. 1 state in education, by all these measures; New Jersey is No. 2. Several other Eastern Seaboard states stand out: New Hampshire, Vermont, Maryland and Virginia. And some Midwestern and Western states also rank in the top 10 in education: Nebraska, Iowa, Utah and Washington. Eight of the states that rank in the top 10 in education also rank in the top 10 overall in the Best States rankings.


Utah October Events

Oct 08, 2018


3/3 - 10/21: Real Salt Lake, Sandy

Sundays, 6/3 - 10/28: 9th West Farmer's Market, Salt Lake City

Sundays, 6/3 - 10/28: Wheeler Farm Sunday Market, Salt Lake City

Wednesdays, 6/6 - 10/10: Park City Farmers Market, Park City

Fridays and Saturdays, 7/27 - 10/27: Murray Park Farmers Market, Murray

Saturdays, 5/12 - 10/20 - Cache Valley Gardeners Market, Logan

Saturdays, 6/2 - 10/27: Provo Farmers Market, Provo

Saturdays, 6/6 - 10/20: Downtown Farmers Market at Pioneer Park, Salt Lake City

Saturday and Sunday, 8/18 - 10/21: Oktoberfest, Snowbird

8/30 - 11/24: Utah Utes Football, Salt Lake City

9/1 - 11/24: BYU Cougar Football, Provo

9/14 - 10/30: Lagoon's Frightmares, Farmington

10/5 - 10/30: Thriller - Odyssey Dance Theatre, Traveling throughout Utah

9/28 - 10/14: 2018 Downtown Dine O'Round, Salt Lake City

10/1 - 10/14: Park City Dine About 2018, Park City

10/4 - 10/29: The Pumpkin Train, Heber City

10/6 - 11/3: Halloween Activities, Thanksgiving Point

10/16: Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Salt Lake City

10/17: Jimmy Buffett: Son of a Son of a Sailor Tour, Salt Lake City

10/19 - 4/29: Utah Jazz, Salt Lake City

10/21 - 4/7: Utah Grizzlies, West Valley City

10/20: Thomas Rhett Life Changes Tour 2018, Salt Lake City

10/29: Josh Groban with Idina Menzel, Salt Lake City

10/31: 2018 Halloween and Dog Parade, Park City

Park City, Utah #5- not to late to hit the trails

Oct 08, 2018

These are the 10 Best Mountain Biking Trails in North America! Spoiler: Park City came in at #5

5. Flying Dog

Park City, Utah

Flying Dog is a scenic, fairly non-technical IMBA-designated Epic Ride. It’s perfect for groups with intermediate mountain bikers, as well as experts, who can enjoy cruising down the fast, buffed out dirt and over bridges that cross ponds and streams. The shortest route is a 10-mile ride with a 1,500 vertical feet elevation change, so be prepared. Options include a 10-mile easier ride, a 16-mile moderate ride and a 23-mile ride with 3,000 feet of climbing.


Trail Safety 101: What to do when you meet a moose!

Sep 30, 2018

Trail Safety 101: When You Meet a Moose

How to avoid angering one of Park City’s most frequently seen wild animals.

By Michaela Wagner 9/19/2017 at 11:53am

If you’ve spent any time of Park City’s trails, you’ve probably spotted a moose or two. Around these parts, moose are even known to wander into town to take a stroll down Main Street (much to the delight of out-of-town visitors) or attack local gardens. Presumably, most people who live here know how to handle themselves around these notoriously irritable animals, but it’s always worth mentioning again for those of us who just can’t seem to help wanting to get closer.

If You Meet a Moose

  • Give the moose plenty of space and DO NOT approach it. Keep at least 50 feet between yourself and the moose while you walk past slowly. From a distance, a moose may simply be content to watch you warily or move away, but if you get closer, your presence might agitate it.
  • Make sure your dog is leashed and under control. The moose will likely decide you and/or your dog is a threat if your pup is running around and barking. Moose will not hesitate to kick a dog, which can be lethal.
  • Don’t get between a mama moose and her calves. If you happen upon a female, be extra careful to assess the scene in case she has little ones nearby. Baby moose are vulnerable to a number of predators, including cougars and bears, so mothers won’t hesitate to aggressively defend their young.

Reasons a Moose Might Charge & Signs of Aggression

Just like other animals, moose have their way of telling you they’re feeling threatened. An angry moose will likely pin its ears back, lower its head, or raise the hackles along its shoulders. If the moose starts moving towards you, it’s a crystal clear message for you to run and get under cover if possible. Usually, if you stay well away from them, moose will simply run away or eye you suspiciously as you pass. A stressed, cornered, or harassed moose, however, might decide to charge. Bull moose are more aggressive and particularly dangerous in September and October during the mating season while cows get prickly during the late spring during calving season.

If A Moose Charges

Should a moose decide to charge you, your only option is to run and take cover. Moose can reach speeds of 30+ m.p.h. so you probably won’t outrun it for long, but at least you’re not going to trigger a predatory response. Your best bet is to try find some kind of cover or climb up a tree if you have time. If the moose catches up and knocks you down, curl into a ball, cover your head as much as you can, and don’t move until the moose leaves. Getting up might make the moose think you’re a renewed threat.

Remember, if you provoke a moose, you’re setting yourself up for a loss since they’re much bigger and more dangerous than you. Best to make some noise, stay away, and let it go about its day.

Eat and drink your way through the fall in Park City and the surrounding areas

Sep 17, 2018

Brunch, feast, and shot-ski through the shoulder season.

By Michaela Wagner 8/24/2018 at 10:22am

Ah. Autumn. Park City’s  sleepy season is sneakily brimming with scrumptious events. We’re talking everything from high altitude brunch and farm-to-table eats to shot-skis and full-blown festivals. Save the date for these sparkling events and get ready to eat and drink your way into winter.

Salt Lake City Food & Wine Festival

September 11 -16, various times & events

Take a trip down the canyon for six full days of foodie events at the Salt Lake City Food & Wine Festival. Sip Japanese whiskeys (Sept. 12), dig into brunch and a cooking class at the Park City Culinary Institute (Sept. 15), or pair your beer with fresh seafood as the Bucket O’ Crawfish takes over Shades of Pale Brewery (Sept. 16). If you love food and drinks, there’s no way better to spend your week. Peruse the full schedule of events here.

Harvest Dinner

Saturday, September 15 @ 6 - 10 p.m.

Join the family-owned and operated Mountain Song Farms for a special evening celebrating the season with a rustic meal paired with music and gorgeous scenery. Featuring ingredients sourced from the farm and other local food purveyors, the meal will be created by Park City restaurant Tupelo. In addition to dinner, tickets to the event also include locally sourced wine, beer, and craft cocktails provided by Top Shelf, Alpine Distilling, Old Town Cellars, and Park City Brewery. Check out the Mountain Song Farms website for tickets and details.

Brunch at Altitude

Saturday, September 22 @ 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Hosted by yours truly, the inaugural Brunch at Altitude at Summit Watch Plaza is a celebration of the season and our favorite meal: brunch! Come savor delectable bites, grab a drink and cheer on local mixologists as they go head-to-head in the Bloody Mary Smackdown. The entire clan can partake in family-friendly activities, yard games (corn hole, anyone?), music, and more! Don’t forget to bid on an item during the silent auction to support the Peace House, a local non-profit dedicated to fighting domestic violence. Grab VIP tickets for extra special gifts, swag, and promotions. More details and tickets here.

Hoppy Hour

Saturday, September 29 @ 6 - 10 p.m. Did you know one of the key ingredients in beer grows wild all around Park City? Throughout the summer, the Summit Land Conservancy leads guided hikes in Park City’s preserved open spaces to collect the hops. Even if you didn’t tag along for hops hunting, you can still reap the benefits at the annual Hoppy Hour party at Wasatch Brew Pub as they release the “Clothing Hoptional” brew made from the harvest. The $20 entry fee gets you appetizers, two drinks, and entry into an opportunity drawing. Get your tickets here.

3rd Annual World’s Longest Shot Ski

Saturday, October 13 @ 2 p.m.

Park City’s rivalry with Breckenridge, CO continues as the competition heats up, yet again, for the glory of holding the world’s longest shot ski record. This year, Sunrise Rotary has teamed up with Park City’s iconic High West Distillery to offer all participants a shot of Rendezvous Rye whiskey (in lieu of the traditional Wasatch beer-filled nip). For $25 you get a spot on the shot ski, a souvenir glass, and a token for a High West specialty drink at one of the after-party locations. Grab your friends and join in on the party while working (okay, reveling) for a good cause; all proceeds go to Sunrise Rotary Club’s Grant Program benefitting 20 community organizations. The shot ski tends to sell out, so get your tickets early and be a part of history.

Looks like it’s shaping up to be a pretty delicious autumn season!

Here are 5 dog friendly patios around Park City

Sep 10, 2018

Bring your doggy to dinner at these Park City eateries where canine companions—and not just service animals—are allowed.

By Melissa Fields 6/18/2018 at 10:00am Published in the June 2018 issue of Park City Magazine

Collie’s Sports Bar & Grill

738 Main St, 435.649.0888,

A casual hangout serving great burgers, icy-cold beers, and the best-ever pulled pork nachos.

Deer Valley Grocery Café

1375 Deer Valley Dr S, 435.615.2300,

Affordable, fantastic fare served on a sunny deck overlooking the Deer Valley SUP ponds.

Lespri Prime Steak Sushi Bar

1765 Sidewinder Dr, 435.649.5900,

Indulge in fabulous steak and sushi on this tucked-away patio with flowers, fire pits, and live music.

Silver Star Café

1825 Three Kings Dr, 435.655.3456,

This award-winning eatery is located at the Silver Star trailhead with views of both mountains and the golf course. 

Twisted Fern

1300 Snow Creek Dr, 435.731.8238,

Super-fresh, creative fare is the rule at this charming, locally beloved bistro.

Celebrate summer’s last hurrah with a jam-packed 48 hours in Park City

Sep 05, 2018

This itinerary will make you wonder why fall in the mountains was ever referred to as the off season.

Edited by Melissa Fields 8/23/2018 at 3:21pm

Though this glorious Park City summer is coming to a close and the area’s main claim to fame—snow—is still on its brief hiatus, calling fall the “off-season” is simply a misnomer. You could spend a week up here in September and October and still not make a dent in all the things to do, eat, and see. But since weeklong vacations are a rarity for most of us, following is an itinerary for an idyllic 48 hours in Utah’s most famous mountain town; one that, while nowhere near comprehensive, hits many of the highlights, both well-known and more obscure.


5 p.m. - Check in to the Washington School House Hotel

The Washington School House Hotel

Built in 1889 as a working school to service families flocking to Park City during the 19th century’s silver mining boom, this historic building has been meticulously restored and luxuriously appointed in a way that’s anything but old fashioned. (Rates start at $480 per night in the summer.) The hotel’s elegant main dining/gathering space—replete with original art, antiques, and a signature white-lacquered antler chandelier—host’s daily afternoon snack time (running from 5 to about 6:30 p.m.), which always includes something savory and sweet, such as ample charcuterie boards and chocolate Rice Crispie treats.

7 p.m. - Take in a live show Mosey down to Main Street for a cocktail and soak up some wicked riffs and vocals at The Spur Bar & Grill (live music nightly). Big name acts also make their way to these here hills. So, if that autumn sojourn happens to align perfectly with, for example, Jason Mraz’s September 3 show at Deer Valley’s Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater, pack a picnic and hop a free city bus to the gorgeous on-slope setting. The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Center for the Performing Arts and The Mary G. Steiner Egyptian Theatre also host shows of note this fall: the Egyptian’s classic Charles Dickens tale Oliver!, September 7–16; and The New Chinese Acrobats’ circus spectacular on October 26 (The Eccles Center).

Shabu’s Poke Salad

9 p.m. - Late supper at Shabu More than 200 eateries dot the Park City landscape but few offer the attention to detail, knowledgeable staff, consistently fantastic fare, and funky vibe found at the Asian-fusion Shabu, owned and operated by brothers and long-time locals Bob and Kevin Valaika. Menu standouts include the blistered green beans, the poke salad, the samurai scallops, the ramen soup, and anything off the sushi menu. Shabu’s wine and saketini list reflects and enhances the creative menu.

11 p.m. - Sip a nightcap at Butcher’s Chop House & Bar

If the night is brisk (as they often deliciously are in the mountains), sip a craft cocktail or glass of red wine inside Butcher’s cozy and very adult lounge. And if the weather’s balmy, relax under the sta rs outside on the back patio before heading back to the Washington School House Hotel to slip between the Pratesi linens and drift off to sleep.


8 a.m. - Break your fast in-house

Breakfast is served at the Washington School House Hotel

A fresh, full, made-to-order breakfast is included with every stay at the Washington School House Hotel. Choose from house-made granola, omelettes, eggs any style, fresh juices and fruit, and French press coffee.

9 a.m. - Hit the trail

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Park City, riddled with more than 400 miles of trails, has emerged as a nationally recognized mountain biking mecca. For an epic, 26-mile singletrack tour through Deer Valley and the sprawling Park City Mountain, start pedaling north on the Mid Mountain Trail at Deer Valley’s Silver Lake Village. Ride the mostly rolling miles to your final descent along the Holly’s or Ambush trails into Canyons Village. Here for the leaves, check out all the best places to leaf peep this fall.

Mountain biking at Deer Valley

1 p.m. - Refuel at the Red Tail Grill

The Red Tail Grill offers more simply satisfying pub-style fare. Take a seat on the wide patio and order an overflowing platter of calamari rings or the smoked Utah trout flatbread with a frosty locally brewed beer—you’ve earned it.

3 p.m. - Poolside chill time

Head back to the Washington School House Hotel, slip on your swim suit and retire to the upper-level pool and hot tub where the friendly and attentive staff will deliver wine, cocktails, and beer at your request.

5:30 p.m. - Cocktails and dinner at The Nelson Cottage

The lovingly restored N elson Cottage by High West Distillery offers a prix-fixe dinner with a menu of the chef’s choosing in a communal dining setting on Saturday evening.

An optional whiskey pairing (which is a MUST do) is offered to complement each course. (An ever-changing list of wines available by the bottle or glass or a small selection of international beers is also available.)


9 a.m. - Play nine holes at Park City’s newest course, Canyons Golf

Canyons Golf, an 18-hole course at Park City Mountain’s Canyons Village

Though most of the holes here are par 3s, don’t underestimate the lack of yardage for less-than-challenging play. Winding fairways and angled greens provide plenty of difficulty on Park City’s newest track. And don’t worry about being too tired after your ride to walk this mountainous course—carts are required with all rounds of play.

Noon - Brunch at Tupelo Park City

Tupelo’s ethereal chicken and biscuits


For a twist on the traditional Sunday mainstay, make reservations for brunch at one of Park City’s newest--and best--restaurants, Tupelo. The Sunday daytime menu here spans familiar favorites like Eggs Benedict and omelettes but all are presented with Chef Matt Harris’ signature southern flair. For our money, the best dish on the menu is chicken and biscuits: a perfectly crispy fried chicken breast served on the best biscuit we’ve ever had the pleasure of chewing, a sunnyside egg, and velvety gravy.

2 p.m. - Gallery hop on Historic Main Street

A stroll through Park City’s historic Main Street is just what the doctor ordered after an action packed fall weekend in the mountains. More than 200 shops, galleries, and restaurants pack this quaint and appealing thoroughfare. Just try to resist taking a little piece of Park City home with you. Maybe a ski jacket? Appropriate when you visit Park City again in a couple of months after the snow flies.

Not bad for a weekend getaway, right? Stay tuned with all the latest events this fall and winter via our events calendar.

10 reasons to live (the dream) in Park City

Aug 31, 2018

TravelI cover luxury travel, adventure sports and various ways to drive fast

"Quality of life."

That's the short answer to why we moved from Los Angeles to Park City, Utah, in 2016.

The long answer is that I wanted my kids to grow up in a small community, ideally a ski town. I also wanted them to go to quality public schools, to have a range of winter sports available to them and to experience all four seasons. Selfishly, I wanted to ski up to 100 days per year and live within a sprawling network of mountain biking trails. Bottom line, though, I wanted to reduce my living costs and have a house big enough to host a large family and store all my toys.

In other words: quality of life.

Why would someone want to move to Park City, Utah? The answer to this should be self evident. But since you asked, here are 10 good reasons:

1. Some of the Best Ski Resorts in the World: At 7,000 feet above sea level, Park City has a year-round population of about 25,000 and is home to two ski resorts: Deer Valley Resort and Park City Mountain Resort. The former was voted the #1 ski resort in North America by SKI Magazine (2018) and is exclusive to skiers. The latter has the most skiable terrain (7,300 acres) in the United States and is open to snowboarders.

2. More Amazing Ski Resorts: There are many more world-class ski resorts within an hour's drive: Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude, Snowbasin, and Powder Mountain to name a few. Not to mention Powderbird Helicopter Skiing, which picks up in town.

Just your local Olympic training centerPARK CITY CHAMBER/BUREAU

3. Education: The public school system is the best in the state, and Park City High School ranks in the top 2% nationally. Park City public schools let out at 12:30pm on Fridays so students can go skiing or participate in other sports. There is also Winter Sports School, a charter high school that operates on a reverse schedule to accommodate winter competition and travel. If private school is preferred, Park City Day School goes from kindergarten to eighth grade and has been under the leadership of Ian Crossland for the past year.

A 45-minute drive from Salt Lake but a world awayPARK CITY CHAMBER/BUREAU

4. Convenience: Salt Lake City International Airport is a 30- to 45-minute drive from town (no traffic), from where a flight to LA or San Francisco is about 1.5 hours. To accommodate growth, the Utah Department of Transportation has been widening highways, resurfacing roads and expanding traffic circles on a huge scale this year, all of which is well ahead of any congestion issues.

Putting the slopes in Silicon SlopesPARK CITY CHAMBER/BUREAU

5. Business Opportunities: The Beehive state is booming. The Salt Lake/Provo/Park City triangle, dubbed Silicon Slopes, is an emerging tech powerhouse. This is supported by two universities (the University of Utah and BYU) as well as big tech companies (Adobe, Microsoft) and several startup unicorns (Banjo, Domo, Qualtrics).

We've got your water sportsPARK CITY CHAMBER/BUREAU

6. All Four Seasons: Summers are actually better than winters. High temperatures average about 80 degrees F with low humidity. In early June, the aspen trees and wild flowers explode into bloom. Soon the mountainous landscape becomes a tapestry of rich greens that seem to glow as the sun sets after 9:00 pm on the summer solstice. Just 25 minutes away is the Jordanelle Reservoir, which supports boating, paddleboarding, wake surfing, fishing or just relaxing on a pontoon boat for the day. Lest I forget, Park City is home to seven golf courses.

A mountain biking playgroundPARK CITY CHAMBER/BUREAU

7. Mountain Biking: Park City holds the distinction of being the very first Gold Level Ride Center, deemed as such by the International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA). "It all stems from a commitment to master planning," says IMBA's VP of Programs, James Clark. "The sheer miles of trails are fantastic, but what’s important is that they function as a cohesive network, with signage and trail connections that create a model riding area." That network includes nearly 500 miles of singletrack trails that appeal to all ability levels. Plus, Deer Valley runs the lifts for mountain biking and is continually building trails to expand its world-class bike park.

Park City Municipal Golf CoursePARK CITY CHAMBER/BUREAU

8. Cost of Living: Moving from high-tax states like New York and California can reduce living costs substantially, especially given new tax laws. According to, Utah ranks middle of the pack nationally (25th) for state income taxes with a maximum rate of 5%. For combined sales tax, Utah is 29th at 6.77%. As for property taxes, the Beehive State is 40th at an average of 0.65%. However, the property tax rate in Summit County (Park City) is only 0.463%. According to some back-of-the-napkin math, you'll get three- to four-times as much house for the money compared to LA's West Side. And property values appreciated 9.9% annually as of Q1, which ranks fifth in the country according to the FHFA.

Ski right into downtown and then go back up on the Town LiftPARK CITY CHAMBER/BUREAU

9. The State of Utah: Park City is one of many gems in a state full of natural riches. Utah is home to five of the premier National Parks: Zion, Bryce Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, and Capital Reef — all within a few hours drive time. Renowned mountain biking and off-roading destination, Moab, Utah, is a five-hour drive and also offers access to rafting on the Colorado River. A little further and you can be in The Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone National Parks.

Live music in the summer is available pretty much every nightPARK CITY CHAMBER/BUREAU

10. All About the Community: When you move to Park City and meet someone who lives in Park City, it's something very powerful you have in common. More than likely you're both here for these 10 reasons and many others. There's an immediate bond. Our next-door neighbors hosted a welcome-to-Park-City party three days after we arrived and invited the surrounding neighbors. I can send a group text to locate my kids in the neighborhood and have them sent home. My wife has made lifelong friends at Park City's premier workout studio/social club, Beau Collective, through a shared passion for fitness. This is partly because the majority of Park City residents are transplants from California, Ohio, Michigan, Texas, Washington and all parts Back East. And since we all moved here for about the same reasons, it creates a community fabric that is woven together with a combination of Lycra, Gore-Tex, carbon fiber and a profound sense of joy and gratitude.

10 Reasons To Live (The Dream) In Park City, Utah?

Aug 27, 2018

Park City Farmers Market plants seeds in its new location

Aug 25, 2018

August 19, 2018

The Park City Farmers Market has passed the midway point of the season at its new location at Park City Mountain Resort Mountain Silver King Lot, and Volker Ritzinger, founder and coordinator, is pleased, regardless of some technological glitches.

"It's been super," Ritzinger said. "I am surprised that so many people are showing up here, because our Google Map location still shows the (previous location at Canyons Village), so there is still some confusion. But people are figuring it out."

The market had to move from the its 17-year home at the Canyons Village cabriolet parking lot to PCMR due to construction at the former.

Initially, Ritzinger was uneasy about the transition.

 It was crazy because I started the farmers market at Park City Mountain’s First Time Lot 22 years ago, and now we’re back...”Volker Ritzinger,Park City Farmers Market founder and coordinator
"I was nervous, because you never want to change something that has been successful and easily accessible," he said. "At Canyons, we were just off the highway."

Ritzinger tried to schedule the market at Canyons this year.

"There was just too much going on, so Vail found me another place," he said. "I have such a good relationship with Vail. They have been so good to me."

Still, moving the market to PCMR intrigued Ritzinger.

"It was crazy because I started the farmers market at Park City Mountain's First Time lot 22 years ago, and now we're back," he said.

This year's market is on track to featured nearly 100 farmers and vendors before it closes the season in October, Ritzinger said.

A familiar taste

While its location has changed, longtime Farmers Market patrons havehave seen familiar vendors this season, such as Jenson Farms, which has made the weekly trip to Park City from Draper for the past 15 years.

"I think what I like most about being up here is the environment," Theron Jenson said of Park City. "It's like a getaway; a retreat for me, that allows me to leave the hustle and bustle of the valley."

The vendor, which is known for its corn, raises all of its produce naturally, Jenson said, drawing a distinction between "natural" and "organic."

"I don't like to use the word 'organic,' because it sounds negative," he said. "So I like to say I try to grow the produce as close to nature as I can."

Jenson does use a small amount of nitrate to break down the manure he uses for fertilizer, but doesn't do any spraying.

Even the water isn't chemically treated.

"The water I use doesn't come out of Utah Lake," he said. "My water comes from a well, so it's not contaminated. So people who buy our produce know they will never ingest any chemicals."

The difference between Jenson's produce and others can be tasted, he said.

"By letting nature take its course, the flavor, especially of our potatoes, are second to none."

Monster Bubbles, inc.

A newer addition to the Park City Farmers Market is Arnold Berg's Monster Bubbles, which were seen floating across the lot two weeks ago.

Berg created his first monster bubble with a string wand in the summer of 2013 at his grandson's first birthday. The bubble man knew he had something different when, on a camping trip later that fall, his handiwork drew a crowd.

That's when he created Monster Bubbles, he said.

Berg sells a variety of string and net wands and an original bubble mixture that can be mixed with distilled water to create the large and small floating orbs.

His bubbles draw spectators of all ages when he does demonstrations, and he lets people try their hand at making bubbles at the Farmers Market as well as other outdoor events.

"I have found that while the children like the bubbles, it's the adults who have a hard time putting down the wands," he said.

Future plans

Ritzinger said this season is Park City Farmers Market's trial period with the Silver King Lot location.

"We have a one-year contract because (Park City municipal) wanted to see what type of impact we'll have," he said. "When we close in October and review how things went, we'll go from there."

The success of the Park City Farmers Market up to now is due to its staff, according to Ritzinger.

"It has to a lot with surrounding myself with good people," he said. "I've done this for so many years, and I could probably do this in my sleep. But with a new location, it was something new, and we all needed to be coordinated."

Ritzinger is also considering starting up an additional farmers market at the Tanger Outlets in Kimball Junction.

"We'll see how that goes," he said. "In the meantime, we're getting some good feedback for coming back to Park City Mountain Resort, the place where we started."


Dig into Park City’s past with 5 unique tours

Aug 22, 2018

From vintage wines to ghosts and slopes, these tours prove history isn’t just for nerds.

By Michaela Wagner 8/13/2018 at 10:57pm

If you’ve ever wandered the streets or slopes of Park City, you’ve probably stumbled across a historic relic or two. From abandoned mines and tram towers to commemorative statues, history is alive and well in Park City. What can we say? We really love celebrating our past and we’ve found plenty of ways to do it, including an annual Miner’s Day celebration that takes place every Labor Day. Whether you’re a longtime local or an out-of-towner, one of the best ways to delve into Park City’s mining past is via a tour. Forget a dull lecture, these five historic adventure-tours offer fun, interesting, and unique ways to explore Park City.

Mines and Wines Tour

Pair anything with wine and it’s a winning combination. Hence the Fox School of Wine’s signature Mines & Wines Tour. Visitors hop on a luxury minibus that shuttles them around town for a three-hour tour featuring six historic Park City locations, each of which is paired with a sippable vintage. And because it’s Park City, costumes and props are encouraged. Tour is 21+ and admission is $187/person. For details and to register, call 435.655.9463, or visit

Guided Historical Hikes at Deer Valley

Hiking is one of Park City’s main summer attractions, so it makes sense to match the activity with a historic overview. Take in the natural beauty of the area and learn something along the way with one of the guided hikes at Deer Valley. The hikes depart at 8:30 a.m. from the base of Sterling Express chairlift (next to the Silver Lake Lodge), last three to four hours, cover moderately strenuous terrain, and highlight the mining history of the area. A portion of the sales go to Friends of Ski Mountain Mining History. Tours are $10/person and reservations are required. For upcoming dates, visit the Deer Valley Resort website.

Park City Ghost Tours

The spookiest tour in town, the Park City Ghost Tour highlights the seedier side of mining history with stories of bar fights, poison, revenge, and untimely deaths. Meet the ghosts that haunt our town to this day with an hour-long walking tour on Main Street. Summer tours depart daily at 8 p.m., starting at Miner’s Park on Main Street; no reservation required. Tickets are $20/person, $10 kids (ages 16 and under). Winter tours (Nov. 1st - April 30th) start at 7 p.m. and require a 24-hour-advance reservation. Visit for additional information. 

Historic Glenwood Cemetery Tour

Tucked away at the end of Silver King Drive, the Historic Glenwood Cemetery is the final resting place of many of Park City’s earliest residents. On September 22, the Park City Museum and Glenwood Cemetery Association team up to deliver a glimpse into the lives (and deaths) of those who lived and worked in Park City through reenactments with actors stationed at a number of gravesites. Two tours will be offered from 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 12:45 - 2 p.m.; Space is limited, make your reservation hereTickets are $15/person and appropriate for ages 10+. For more information, call the Park City Museum at 435.649.7457.

Silver to Slopes Mining Tours

Undoubtedly one of the most fun ways to squeeze a bit of history into a winter vacation is via the Silver to Slopes Historic Mining Tour at Park City Mountain. During the winter, hop on this free, guided ski/snowboard tour (intermediate level required) and discover the stories behind the resort’s mining era structures. Find out more about this unique tour and preservation efforts of the Friends of Ski Mountain Mining History hereTours are offered daily starting at Park City Mountain Village at 10 a.m. near the Eagle Statue and 1 p.m. at the Trail Map near the top of Bonanza Express lift. 

This by no means makes covers all the ways to discover Park City’s history. We highly recommend popping into the Park City Museum which offers some truly fabulous exhibits (including a dungeon!), events and its own walking tour.

Utah is the first state ever to receive 3 Michelin stars!!

Jul 13, 2018

Utah Becomes First State to Receive Three Michelin Stars

Salt Lake City– After a century of rating restaurants and destinations, Michelin, publishers of the iconic Michelin Guides for travelers, has awarded Utah the very first three-star designation for a state.

“Utah is a beautiful state, a destination worth making a special trip for American and international visitors, including the French who love it,” said Philippe Orain, Editorial Director of Le Guide Vert Michelin. “I am happy and glad to give this recognition for the high quality of service, the beauty of its world class landscapes, and the concentration of three Michelin Star National Parks (the highest of the U.S. with Zion, Bryce, Arches and Canyonlands).”

The Michelin Green Guides allow travelers to quickly identify a destination’s most outstanding attractions thanks to a “star” system. The Michelin rating system for destinations is similar to their restaurant ratings. One star indicates an “interesting” attraction or destination,  two stars indicate a place “worth a detour” if travelers are already in the area, and three stars means exceptional, worth a special journey in itself.”

The editors of the guide use nine weighted criteria to evaluate a destination, and three stars were awarded to Utah mostly in recognition of local hospitality, visitors’ accessibility to hidden gems and The Mighty 5? national parks.  Usually, Michelin stars are awarded to a particular destination within a state. This is the first time the editors have awarded an entire state the prestigious three star distinction.

“This coveted Michelin recognition is a huge honor to our state.  It will attract visitors from France and all around the world — those who appreciate our spectacular landscapes and western hospitality,” said Vicki Varela, Managing Director of the Utah Office of Tourism and Film.  “This fits beautifully with our Red Emerald business strategy to attract discerning customers who will stay longer, spend more and get off the beaten path.”

Utah is included in Michelin’s Green Guide for the Southwest United States. The authors regularly visit the destinations included in the guide. They pay their admission to sites and may then introduce themselves and ask for more information about the attraction. Michelin receives  more than 1,000 letters from readers every year, providing valuable information used in selecting destinations. Michelin’s independence and legacy of identifying the very best travel destinations around the world make this recognition a remarkable honor for the state of Utah.


This is why you should be investing in Utah!

Jul 11, 2018

Why you should be investing in rental property in Utah

By Rentler  |  Posted Jun 28th, 2018 @ 8:00am

There are a lot of property investors out there. More than 28 million, to be exact. So why do most people still consider it something you only jump into when you have a lot of extra cash to throw around?

Property investment is actually one of the most stable financial decisions you can make — especially if you’re buying in an area with sustained economic growth and a steady real estate market.

After Zillow named Utah one of the hottest housing markets in 2016, the Beehive State has been on the radar of property investors worldwide. Last year, Utah ranked among the top five cities for investment properties. Here’s why:

1. There’s a booming tech industry

Dubbed “Silicon Slopes” for it’s growing startup scene and large mountain ranges, companies like Adobe, Twitter, Microsoft, and more have all put down roots in Utah. The growth prospects and aggressive state tax breaks have consistently put Utah on the map of best states to do business in. Plus, Utah is home to plenty of other billion-dollar software companies like Qualtrics, Domo and Pluralsight. And where there are jobs, there are people that need housing.

2. The population is growing — fast

Partially due to its reputation as a new tech hub, Utah is experiencing above-average growth at a steady rate. In the past five years, Utah has seen a 9 percent growth ratein population and a proportionate increase in people who rent.

Moody’s expects Utah’s job growth to be third best in the nation over the next five years, while EMSI forecasts the Beehive State to be top in the nation for employment. Thanks to this projected growth, investing in a property to rent or flip has become a pretty safe bet for positive cash flow.

3. Tourism dollars are plentiful

Southern Utah is famous for sprawling canyonlands and grandiose national parks, while Northern Utah is home to some of the best ski resorts in the U.S. Thanks to Utah’s vibrant outdoor scene, renting out property short-term is also a viable option for property investors.

According to Forbes, Provo, Utah is among the best cities for Airbnb investment this year thanks to fairly low house prices coupled with high rent prices. The average property price in Provo is $249,900 and the median monthly income from Airbnb hovers around $1,700; making the cash-on-cash return almost 5 percent.

4. There are a large number of renters

USA Today reported that nearly 80 percent of renters in Salt Lake City spend at least 30 percent of their income on rent. While that may seem low compared to cities like New York and San Francisco, that’s actually slightly higher than normal for a mid-sized city.The increase in renters is driving rent prices up and Salt Lake City is quickly becoming a place where it’s more affordable to rent than to own. If you’re a property investor, that means now is the perfect time to invest in rental properties.

5. Lower inventory = homes sell for more

Nationwide, housing inventory is down as much as 11 percent in the country’s top 100 metro markets. This demand for housing can be felt especially hard in Utah, where many homes are being sold over the list price after multiple offers.While this might scare off some potential investors looking for a great deal, it also signifies that the properties will continue to appreciate and that flipping a house or becoming a landlord can be a lucrative venture right now in Utah’s most populated cities.

Three Things Sellers should never Do

Jul 10, 2018

Selling your home is one of the largest transactions you’ll ever make, so you want to make sure you sell your home quickly, for the most money and for the best terms possible you don’t want to start off on the wrong foot. Here are three things sellers should never do.

Sell it yourself. A real estate professional has the resources and experience to help you price, show, sell your home and safely navigate it to closing. He or she can provide numerous marketing and showing services to help sell your home quickly and with as few hurdles as possible.

Pick the wrong sales professional. Interview several real estate professionals to learn how they plan to market your home, what services they provide, and what you need to do to get the highest and best offer for your home. Choose the one who is straight with you about your home’s assets and drawbacks, and who explains current market conditions so you’ll know how to price your home successfully.

Ignore your sales professional’s advice. Your Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network professional is trained to help you present your home at its best. Staging, updates, and repairs will help, but what’s most important is price. Your home’s price, location and condition should be supported by comparable homes in the area. You’ll attract the most interest if you price slightly below comparable homes, allowing room for buyers to bid up the price.

Remember, every market is different and can change quickly, so be prepared.

Peggy Marty 435-640-0794 | Tyler Richardson  435-640-3588 |

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services-Utah Properties


Park City, Utah Local Neighborhood Guide

Jul 09, 2018

The Summer/Fall 2018 Local Neighborhood Guide is now available. Check it out at

*Now available with embedded videos! 

Should you buy a home with a swimming pool?

Jul 08, 2018

It’s the heat of the summer, and you want a home with a swimming pool but before you go off the deep end, make sure the benefits outweigh the drawbacks.

Swimming pools are a strong part of the outdoor living trend. They’re fun for all ages, they promote fitness, and they give you a great place to entertain family and friends. They also add costs, increased liability and ongoing maintenance. So, to help you decide if it’s worth it, ask yourself the following questions:

Do you and your family members swim now? Would you swim more in a pool of your own?

Are pools popular in your area? Do you have a long, hot swimming season?

Does the pool complement the home? Or did the pool replace an amenity you might need such as a play-yard?

How old is the pool? Do any mechanical components need to be replaced? Are there any visible cracks, broken tiles, or cloudy water that could mean large expenses coming?

Where will people change their clothes and use the restroom? Will they leave tracks through the house?

Ask the seller for any maintenance and repair records they might have for the pool, and include the pool in the home inspection. Obtain recent prices from local pool companies on similar pools and see if you are overpaying for the seller’s pool, especially if it needs updating. Most pool companies are happy to oblige in order to get the maintenance, repair, or redesign business from the new owner.

Peggy Marty 435-640-0794 | Tyler Richardson  435-640-3588 |

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services-Utah Properties

Park City Mountain continues live music throughout the summer!

Jul 03, 2018

Once the Third and Fourth of July celebrations wrap up for the year, the Park City Mountain Resort concert season begins.

While Mountain Town News' free Thursday night Newpark concerts have been canceled this year due to a renovation project, the organization approached Park City Mountain to move the series to Canyons Village.

"We wanted to find a home where we could present a similar type line up that would feature smaller, up-and-coming national touring bands and artists," said Brian Richards, Mountain Town Music's community conductor of musical matters. "We're excited that Canyons will be hosting the concerts."

The free concerts will begin at 6 p.m. and guests are welcome to bring their own picnics or enjoy refreshments at the Umbrella Bar, according to a Park City Mountain press release.

The first show out of the gates will be Johnny Neel & Bryon Friedman om July 7, and the rest of the schedule is as follows:

• July 12: Arthur Lee Land

• July 26: The Coffis Brothers

• Aug. 2: Elektric Voodoo

• Aug. 16: Charley Crockett

• Aug. 23: Zander

• Aug. 30: Big Blue Ox

There will be no concerts on July 19 or Aug. 9.

In addition to the Thursday concerts, Park City Mountain Resort will present free Saturday night concerts at Canyons Village.

Like the Thursday shows, the Saturday performances will begin at 6 p.m., according to the press release.

The concerts will feature visiting artists and bands from around the country. The schedule is as follows:

• July 7: Wild Belle

• July 14: Whitey Morgan & the 78's

• July 21: Polyrhythmics

• July 28: Old Salt Union

• Aug. 4: The Band of Heathens

• Aug. 11: Aaron Lee Tasjan

• Aug. 18: MAGIC GIANT

• Sept. 1: Marc Broussard

There will be no concert on Aug. 25

Guests are welcome to bring their own picnics or enjoy refreshments at the Umbrella Bar or Murdock's Café, according to the release.

Park city Mountain Resort will host concerts throughout the summer. For information, visit

Park City’s 4th of July goes big but retains the small-town feel!

Jul 02, 2018

Scott Iwasaki | July 1, 2018

Park City takes its Fourth of July seriously.

Before the fireworks light up the sky just after dusk at Park City Mountain Resort, the day begins 14 hours earlier at 7 a.m. in City Park, said Jenny Diersen, Park City's special event and economic development program manager.

"We start things off with a traditional pancake breakfast at City Park," Diersen said. "The breakfast is a benefit for our local Boy Scouts."

An hour later, runners of all levels and ages can participate in the annual 5K Fun Run presented by the Park City Ski Team.

"The race starts at the Park City Mountain Resort base and loops around Three Kings before winding down at Cole Sport," Diersen said.

Advance registration is required, she said. Runners can register by visiting

These two events lead up to the morning's centerpiece — the Fourth of July Parade, Diersen said.

The procession will start at 11 a.m. at the top of Main Street and take a left at 9th Street and continue down Park Avenue, she said.

"We'll have around 50 to 60 floats in this year's parade," Diersen said. "We also have some great entertainers who will participate in the parade as well. We'll have bagpipers, a mariachi band and the Park City High School Marching Band."

The parade will end conveniently at the entrance of City Park, where the afternoon events will take place.

"The celebration will include rugby games, which are a huge Park City tradition," Diersen said. "We will also have the volleyball tournament that is coordinated by PC MARC."

Volleyball games will be held at City Park fields and at the fields at Treasure Mountain Junior High School, according to Diersen.

The Boy Scouts will return to run the afternoon's children's games and activities, Diersen said.

"We'll also have food and beverages and live music," she said.  Each year, the activities attract upwards of 30,000 people, and traffic can become an issue, Diersen said.

"We do request that people plan ahead about how they will get to the different events," she said. "We would like them to give themselves some extra time so they can enjoy the events."  To do so, Diersen encourages people to ride the bus.

"The Park City School District, Deer Valley and Park City Mountain have partnered with us for parking," she said. "People can park at either resort and school parking lots and take the free buses to Main Street and other areas of town that are close to the activities they want to see or participate in."

If drivers want to park at the China Bridge parking garage, the rate is $20 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Diersen said.

"The garage does fill up, and we hope people will remember that there will not be any parking allowed on Main Street, Park Avenue and Swede Alley because of the parade," she said.

Another alternative to driving is to ride bicycles.

"We will have two bicycle valets," Diersen said. "One will be at the 9th Street roundabout and the other will be in the lot across from the skate park."

Even with 30,000 people converging on Park City for the Fourth of July, the town manages to maintain a small-town feel during the celebration, and that is made possible by how the community comes together to make it happen, Diersen said.

"It's because of the community participation," she said. "All of the organizations who help us in the event, whether they are providing activities down at City Park or the Park City Ski Team organizing the 5K, love our community and that shows.

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