AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD
On Park City’s historic Main Street, the town’s preserved silvermining past makes it a charming landmark for visitors and locals alike. And while the whole district is bustling, Lower Main Street is uniquely home to amazing shops, delicious restaurants, art galleries and even overnight lodging. Lower Main is defined as anything below Heber Avenue, and its Town Lift Plaza is the neighborhood’s winter hub for skiers accessing the mountain from Main Street. At day’s end, skiers ride the Quittin’ Time run back to town to easily reach Main Street. “Guests can also ski down for lunch or shopping with the option to dine in or outside — unlike Upper Main,” said Ruby Gillin, a Park City native and Park City Sport manager. “We have a bridge over Main Street and a skier bridge over Park Avenue, which makes going from skiing to après even easier.” While quieter than Upper Main Street, there’s plenty to do. “Lower Main is home to some of Park City’s best art galleries, boutiques and restaurants,” said Jen Schumacher, owner of Lower Main’s TROVE Gallery. “We also have a great coffee shop, a CBD shop, the always-popular Burton snowboard store, and several ski and bike shops that sell as well as rent their products.” Plus, it’s easy to reach when coming from other parts of town, said Schumacher, “Lower Main is easily accessible by the first Main Street entrance when heading up Deer Valley Drive or Park Avenue, and with two underground parking garages there’s always a place to park.”
Skip climbing the hill and shop Lower Main for home goods, clothing and more. Whether you’re a Park City regular or a newbie, you’ll love visiting local-run shops like Park City Sport, which is celebrating its 40th season in Park City. “We offer a wide variety of ski and snowboard rentals to accommodate beginners and advanced skiers,” said Gillin. “We have a local feel and a family-friendly atmosphere.” Stop by Grace Clothiers to shop for men’s and women’s clothing and home goods. Or visit Chammomile, Park City’s newest women’s boutique for clothing, footwear, handbags and fragrances. Owner and buyer Camilla Schmitt said she loves helping customers find items that make them happy, and she sources her unique products from Great Britain, Denmark, France, Italy, Spain and the U.S. Shop woman-owned Hemped Park City to purchase 100% organically grown, non-GMO CBD products for people and pets.
Lower Main’s artistic hub boasts venues for one-of-a-kind artwork. Visit TROVE Gallery to
discover works by nationally known and local artists. “Our gallery has always been a place of welcome for both the seasoned art collector and first-time buyers, or those who just want to spend some time surrounded by the beauty of art,” noted Schumacher, who enjoys sharing the creations with other art aficionados. “As the gallery owners, my partner Scott and I have the privilege of doing what we love every day,” said Schumacher. “Developing relationships with our artists and clients is the biggest perk.” For more fine art, walk up the street from TROVE to Summit Gallery. “We offer unique fine art from all over the country,” said owner Megan McIntire. “We fuse traditional and modern styles to offer a selection that is sure to inspire, and with fresh artwork arriving weekly there’s always something new to discover.” Summit Gallery opened on Lower Main five years ago, and McIntire has loved watching the neighborhood develop since then. “There are a large number of locally owned stores and restaurants on Lower Main,” she said, “and it offers many unique, small businesses that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.” If you’re looking to gallery hop, attend the monthly Park City Gallery Stroll. “There are several amazing galleries on Lower Main that participate in the Gallery Stroll,” said McIntire. “It’s a fun, free event from 6-9 p.m. on the last Friday of each month.”
Start your Lower Main dining exploration at Atticus Coffee & Teahouse, a cozy, local-run gem that serves hearty breakfast dishes with its caffeinated brews. Next door, feast on casual fare at Collie’s Sports Bar & Grill. Catch any game on the 20 TVs with views from every seat. And don’t miss Collie’s house-smoked barbecue and burgers. On Lower Main’s Town Lift Plaza, find Brazilian-American cuisine at The Bridge Cafe & Grill, which opens for breakfast before the ski lifts spin and continues service until well after après. In fact, ski right from The Bridge onto Park City Mountain’s Town Lift. During après, toast with Brazil’s national cocktail, the caipirinha. Once the sun goes down, make a dinner reservation at Buona Vita. Opened in 2010, the eatery serves authentic Italian cuisine in a warm, inviting space. Craving steak and live music? Indulge at Prime Steakhouse & Piano Bar, which serves only Midwestern custom-aged beef broiled in an 1800-degree broiler to seal in the flavors.
Beyond shopping and dining, there are winter events galore. “Winter is always lively on Lower Main,” shared Schumacher. “We participate in the city’s annual Snow Globe Stroll, and you can look for Santa coming down the Town Lift on December 17.” The free Snow Globe Stroll runs until early January and showcases life-sized snow globes depicting winter scenes. Santa’s annual Town Lift stop is beloved by families, and this free event features complimentary treats, photos with Santa and live music presented by Mountain Town Music. Gillin also loves Lower Main’s winter events. “This season we also have the World Cup parade and concert,” she said. This early February event kicks off Deer Valley’s freestyle skiing World Cup festivities with an evening parade, concert and fireworks in Historic Park City.
PLACE TO REST
If you want an easy walk back to your base camp after exploring Lower Main, there’s even a hotel. “We are also home to Marriott’s Summit Watch,” said Schumacher, “which makes a stay in Park City so special, as you are situated right on Main Street.” This mountain-view ski retreat features modern lodging with amenities: an indoor-outdoor pool, a relaxing spa and spacious villa-style rooms that fit a family.