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Holiday Fun In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Dec 13, 2017

As the snow begins to accumulate in Park City we wanted to share some great ideas and fun activities that are going on this month in our beautiful mountain town.

Park City is filled with cheer during the holiday season! Explore the many ways you, your family, and friends can celebrate: (Article by Visit Park City)

PARK CITY HOLIDAY SPECTACULAR SING-A-LONG! - December 14, 15, 16, 17, 7:30 PM at Egyptian Theatre An annual holiday variety show at the Egyptian Theatre, the Park City Holiday Spectacular and Sing-A-Long! is a perfect way to get you and your family in the holiday spirit. The show features a choir-led sing-a-long with local talent. More information and tickets available on the Egyptian Theatre website.

SANTA COMES DOWN TOWN LIFT - December 16, 5:30 PM at Town Lift Plaza An annual holiday tradition in Park City, join the merriment as Santa and his magical sleigh come down Town Lift. It’s a sight to be seen and a fun way to celebrate with family, friends, as well as the community. Once Santa lands his sleigh, he will be available for photos by EpicMix.

KAMAS VALLEY CHRISTMAS CONCERT - December 16, 7:00 PM at Dejoria Center A free Christmas concert hosted at the Dejoria Center in Kamas, features the Wasatch Back Choir and Orchestra, Caribbean recording artist, Marj Desius, Shrink the Giant, and more.  Doors open at 6:30 PM. All ages are welcome.

SNOWFEST - December 16-31 at Park City Mountain Park City Mountain’s 16-day winter festival, Snowfest, includes a variety of live music, village entertainment and other festivities daily. Explore specifics on Park City Mountain’s event calendar.

SANTA CLAUS VISITS DEER VALLEY - December 24, 9:00 AM-1:30 PM at Deer Valley Resort Spend time Christmas Eve visiting with Santa Claus at Deer Valley Resort. Santa will visit with guests from 9:00-11:00 AM in the Snow Park Lodge area before heading to Silver Lake from 12:00-1:30 PM. Bring your camera along for a photo op!

TORCHLIGHT PARADE AT PARK CITY MOUNTAIN - December 24, 5:30 PM at Park City Base Area - A 55-year-old tradition, the Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade returns to the slopes to help ignite the holiday spirit. Bring your friends and family for holiday music at the Park City Base Area at 5:30 PM, before the parade kicks off at 6:00 PM.

CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEARS DINNER SPECIALS - Choose from a variety of Park City area restaurants to celebrate the holidays with. From black-tie soirees to 4, 5, and 7-course prix-fixe menus, you will leave with a full heart and full stomach. Explore the full list of specials on the Park City Area Restaurant’s website.

ROBERT RANDOLPH AND THE FAMILY BAND - December 28, 9:00 PM at O.P. Rockwell What better way to enjoy Christmas week than with a little Robert Randolph and the Family Band at O.P. Rockwell? Recently nominated for a 2018 Grammy Award for the Best Contemporary Blues Album, Robert Randolph and the Family Band is a show you don’t want to miss! Door opens at 8:00 PM and show starts at 9:00 PM. Tickets may be purchased in advance.

DEER VALLEY’S ANNUAL TORCHLIGHT PARADE December 30, 6:00 PM at Deer Valley Resort Held on the resort’s Big Stick ski run on Bald Eagle Mountain, Deer Valley Resort’s annual Torchlight Parade is a don’t-miss Christmas Eve event. The parade begins at dusk, around 6:00 PM, with complimentary cookies and hot cider served in Snow Park Plaza.

PARK CITY MOUNTAIN’S NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION December 31, 3:00-8:00 PM at Canyons Village Fireworks, fire pits, hot cocoa, and live music – we can’t think of a better way to kick off your New Year’s Eve celebrations. Held at Park City Mountain’s Canyons Village, the event is fun for all ages. Park at the Cabriolet Lot, or utilize Park City’s free transportation system.

NEW YEAR’S EVE CELEBRATION WITH BADFEATHER December 31, 9:00 PM at O.P. Rockwell Join Badfeather, a five-piece local band from Salt Lake City, as they help kick off the New Year at O.P. Rockwell. Badfeather blends classic rock with soul, funk, and a little country-folk boogie. Show starts at 9:00 PM and tickets may be purchased in advance.

BLACK & WHITE MASQUERADE December 31, 8:00 PM at Park City Live Ring in the New Year with Park City Live’s Black & White Masquerade. An annual event, this year’s bash features DJ Ross One from New York City.  Party kicks off at 8:00 PM and tickets may be purchased in advance.

 

Shop With A Cop

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Dec 05, 2017

Thank you to everyone who came to the Annual Shop With A Cop event on Saturday! This is a wonderful event that the local Police Department puts on every year for our Park City area families in need, and the Wife and I have been proud to be a part of the event and fundraising for many years. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties Park City has taken this event as one of their favorite and most involved events of the year for the last 6 years. In 2013 Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties Park City raised $1,300.00; with each year going up and up in giving. This year we raised an amazing $13, 379.00 -  in five years we have grown our contributions by 1000%!

Seventy of our Agents/office staff/and the Owner made cash donations to assist the Police Department this year with 31 Berkshire Staff and Agents volunteering to wrap the gifts and help the officers with the children as they shopped.

Many of our agents and staff brought their children to help and to learn the meaning of Christmas. Roger, the manager at Walmart, and his staff bent over backwards to help with event - they are amazing partners. Park City Police Officer, Rob McKinney, is the Chairperson for the FOP Park City Lodge #3 and if you have questions for the Police or are interested in helping in next year's event make sure to reach out. This year the Shop With A Cop event assisted 65 families and we are so proud to be apart of this amazing event!

December is a time to celebrate the holidays with family and friends and it also marks the true beginning of ski season. While it’s always fun to hit the slopes, especially around Christmas, there are other ways to enjoy the month of December in Park City.  With an abundance of off-slope activities to choose from, you’ll end your Park City vacation with enough memories to last a lifetime. Here are a few ideas for you to explore while trying to decide what to do in Park City this December - click here to read the complete article by Visit Park City.

Welcome To Utah

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Nov 29, 2017

Welcome to Utah! Our stunning state is known for its world-class skiing and snowboarding resorts, spectacular red rock deserts, and as one of the nation’s best states for business. Host of the 2002 Winter Olympic Games, Utah boasts a panorama of recreation and culture. From professional sports teams such as the Utah Jazz and Real Salt Lake, performance powerhouses such as the Utah Symphony, Ballet West, and Utah Opera, exceptional art galleries and concert venues, to award-winning restaurants and a lively nightlife scene… Utah showcases a limitless variety of activities and entertainment. Check out the entire Welcome to Utah video by clicking here.

Salt Lake City International Airport is Utah’s gateway to the world. Ranked as one of the nation’s best for on time departures and arrivals and one of the lowest in percentage of flights cancelled. Salt Lake City’s airport is just 15 minutes from most Salt Lake neighborhoods and 40 minutes from Park City.

In the summer, Utah has it all when it comes to hiking, golf, mountain biking, backpacking, camping, fishing, boating, river rafting, rock climbing, and more. Home to the Mighty Five® National Parks, over 40 state parks, countless lakes and reservoirs, and some of the most scenic public and private golf courses in the country, many of which are championship-designated, there is something for everyone during the summer in Utah. Park City alone boasts over 400 continuous miles of trails which span two resorts and has been awarded the highest International Mountain Biking Association’s Gold-Level Ride Center designation.

In the winter, locals and visitors alike enjoy “The Greatest Snow on Earth” at Utah’s 14 world-class ski resorts. From Park City Mountain, the largest ski and snowboard resort in the United States, to Deer Valley® Resort which has been ranked the #1 Resort by Ski Magazine 6 times, to Snowbird which features 3,240 vertical feet between the base and the summit, Utah has a resort for everyone. Whether it’s downhill skiing or cross country, snowshoeing or snowmobiling, an incredible winter adventure is just minutes away.

From the Wasatch Front cities of Ogden, Bountiful, Salt Lake, and South Jordan, to the Wasatch Back communities of Park City, Heber, and Kamas, there is a place for everyone in Utah. Live here, work here, play here. Contact your Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties professional for the current market information on our exceptional state.

The Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties Welcome to Park City guide is now available for your review, call with any questions and have a great rest of the week.

Happy Thanksgiving

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Nov 22, 2017

Judy and I wish you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving! We are grateful for the amazing community of Park City as we have called this lovely town home for over 15 years and look forward to another holiday season. With all the wonderful snow we have been getting the snowboard is out and I will see you on the mountain - Ramon.

Thanksgiving Day is Opening Day at Park City Mountain #FIRST30 Make Every Day Count. Start your ski season with the #FIRST30 days of winter at Park City Mountain. The #FIRST30 is packed full of events, deals, giveaways and 2 major concerts. Kick off the 2017-2018 ski season here in Park City! Lifts will be turning from 9am – 4pm, but start off the day at 8am with complimentary donuts and hot chocolate, while supplies last, and the party gets rolling with DJ Velvet spinning tunes at the base of PayDay Lift.

Welcome to Sandy and Draper - What were once farming and mining communities, Sandy and Draper are located at the base of the Wasatch Mountains and boast an array of activities and community focused neighborhoods.

Sandy and Draper feature large lots, multi-story estates, mid-century modern homes, and ranch-style ramblers. Home to the Sandy Amphitheater, Draper Rodeo, South Towne Expo Center, Rio Tinto Soccer Stadium, Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, Salt Lake County Equestrian Park, over 100 miles of hiking and mountain biking, and many public golf courses, Sandy and Draper are a short distance to the best that Salt Lake City has to offer. In the winter, residences are a quick drive to ‘The Greatest Snow on Earth’ at Snowbird, Alta, Brighton, and Solitude. With sweeping views of the Wasatch Mountains, Sandy and Draper are places people want to live.

Live here, work here, play here - We can provide you with the most current market information on these exceptional areas.

Bitcoins in Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Nov 15, 2017

Bitcoins are making a splash into the Park City real estate market as Buyers and Sellers are beginning to make use of the cryptocurrency. I am pleased to be working directly with Real Advantage Title to assist buyers with Bitcoin purchases. Having worked with Karen Kasperick for years we are pleased to partner with Russ Smith and his entire team to assist our clients and future clients in their Bitcoin transactions on real estate purchases in the Park City area. If you would like to purchase a property in Park City using Bitcoins, my team and I can make it happen - Call me with questions.

Bitcoin uses peer-to-peer technology to operate with no central authority or banks; managing transactions and the issuing of bitcoins is carried out collectively by the network. Bitcoin is open-source; its design is public, nobody owns or controls Bitcoin and everyone can take part. Through many of its unique properties, Bitcoin allows exciting uses that could not be covered by any previous payment system.

Read on to see The Park Records article on the most recent Bitcoin purchase in Park City by Carolyn Webber.

Russ Smith, left, and Karen Kasperick are excited at the prospect of future Bitcoin transactions after this first successful one.

When Russ Smith picked up a call and heard the words, "What do you know about Bitcoin?" he did not have a precise answer to give. About two months later, he was finalizing a deal with a client using the new currency.

Smith, state manager of the Real Advantage Title Insurance Agency in Park City, recently made one of the first real estate transactions with bitcoins in the country and likely the first in Utah. The $3.5 million transaction was also one of the largest reported real estate deals to date using bitcoins.

Bitcoin is a form of cryptocurrency created in 2009 that is tied to no banks or country. Its value is based on algorithms from computers dependent on its use in the marketplace.

"It's basically a stock that you can use via a credit card," Smith said.

While bitcoin has become popular in some corners of the internet, it is only recently being used to purchase real estate. The first recorded bitcoin purchase for real estate in the U.S. took place in California in 2014. After a few years, another deal was finalized in Texas, Smith said.

He started looking into it after receiving a phone call from Dougan Jones, executive chairman of the real estate agency Engel & Völkers. Jones had received a call from one of his listing clients telling him that he would accept bitcoin for his property in Sundance. Another seller quickly followed suit. Jones realized that he needed to find a title agency that could help with those transactions, so he called Smith.

"I asked him if he would look into it, because it is coming at us in our industry," Jones said. Jones' seller did not find a buyer with bitcoins, but the seed was planted in Smith's mind.

In the meantime, Bob Struwe, a real estate agent for High Country Properties who worked with the buyer in the recent transaction, was doing his own research on bitcoin transactions because his client wanted to use the currency for a property purchase. It turned out to be hard to convince anyone to take him seriously.

"We were running into a real problem," he said. "His ideal scenario would be if a seller would take Bitcoin, and I knew that was going to be pretty remote."

Part of the problem is that many states, including Utah, do not consider Bitcoin legal currency, so it makes deals difficult for agencies. Plus, many people do not trust the currency because of a lingering negative connotation, Smith said. The buyer did not want to be identified in this story or have the seller know because of the stigma.

"Initially, a long time ago, it was conventional wisdom that bitcoin was considered a money laundering avenue," Smith said.

Luckily, Smith knew that it was legitimate and he and Struwe began the deal.

"It was an unbelievable success," Struwe said. "For us, (Real Advantage) was amazing to work with. The first time doing anything this complicated and large, there are some problems here and there, but everyone worked together so well."

The entire transaction took only seven days.

A typical cash deal takes three weeks to 30 days, Smith said.

Part of the reason the transaction closed so quickly is because bitcoins change value just as stocks do. If the value went up or down before the deal was closed, it would have caused some hiccups.

Smith said the setup for the deal was difficult because neither the market nor the government is prepared for bitcoin. He and Karen Kasperick, senior escrew officer at Real Advantage, had to find a way to quickly convert the bitcoins so it could be put into the title agency's trust accounts as U.S. dollars.

They eventually found BitPay, the same payment service used in the Texas transaction in September.

As more transactions take place around the country, real estate firms and title agencies will find it easier to make use of bitcoins in the market, Smith said. He believes bitcoins will only grow in popularity, and Park City should be ready.

"As we see more and more of these transactions happen, people will become more comfortable with it," he said. "And that's when the constituencies will start pressuring their local government to start moving toward moving cryptocurrency mainstream."

Smith and Jones agree that making Park City ready for Bitcoin transactions would be beneficial for the tourism market, since many foreign nations are jumping on the cryptocurrency bandwagon before the U.S..

"A lot of the people that we get in Park City are from overseas," Smith said. "They're very comfortable with it. If a hotel or a lodging company or any type of tourism starts taking cryptocurrency, I think that would be huge."

Since Struwe's involvement in the deal, he has received calls from people around the world interested in purchasing properties with their bitcoins. He, Smith and Jones believe that buyers and sellers are ready, but they need to be ready as well.

"It's our obligation to know enough about it to speak intelligently and represent our client in any form of consideration," Jones said. "Since our clients are coming to us offering bitcoins and proposing to receive bitcoins, we need to come up to speed. I think it is something we have a duty to understand and educate our clients on."

Welcome to Moose Country

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Nov 08, 2017

The Wife and I love the Moose of Park City, to see them in nature is spectacular. Moose are the largest member of the deer family in Utah and can be found in the mountains of the northern and northeastern portion of the state. Moose prefer forest habitats, especially those locations with a mixture of wooded areas and open areas near lakes or wetlands. Some moose make short migrations between summer and winter habitats and usually occur singly or in small groups. Moose are herbivores that prefer to feed on aquatic vegetation and new woody growth during the spring and summer. During the winter, when preferred food items are not available, moose switch to a diet of bark and twigs from evergreen and deciduous trees. (Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)

Gomez Team MooseAdults weigh 800-1,200lbs. Bulls stand 6 ft. tall at the shoulder. Only the bulls have antlers. Moose are excellent swimmers, and routinely seek food in marshes and streams. Their hair is hollow which helps them float. A moose can run up to 35 miles per hour! Moose are active both day and night, but peak activity occurs near dawn and dusk.

Wild Aware Utah has provided safety tips when encountering Moose that we wanted to share:

Preventing Conflicts

  • Moose cows with calves can be aggressive in the spring.
  • Bull moose may be especially aggressive during the fall breeding season.
  • Do not approach or feed a moose.
  • Keep dogs leashed and under control at all times. Moose can be very aggressive around them. It is against Utah law to allow dogs to chase or harass wildlife.
If you encounter a Moose
  • On a trail, give the moose a lot of space and watch it’s behavior.
  • Back off if a moose exhibits any signs of aggression, such as the hair standing up on their neck, snout licking, or ears back.
  • Stay calm. Do not run away. Talk, make your presence known and slowly back off in the direction you came.
  • If a moose charges you or chases you hide behind something solid such as a tree.
  • If a moose knocks you down, curl into a ball, protect your head and lie still until the moose retreats.
ROAD SAFETY: SLOW DOWN!

Heed warning signs.If you have an encounter with aggressive wildlife, please alert the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) office near you. If the encounter or sighting occurs after hours or on the weekend, please call your local police department or county sheriff’s office, who can contact a conservation officer to handle the situation. Click here for more information.

Park City Quarterly Stats

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Nov 01, 2017

The Park City Board of REALTORS® has released year over year quarterly statistics for Summit and Wasatch Counties.  The overall real estate market continues to be healthy, stable, and growing at sustainable rates. 

The number of single family market transactions and the median sales price grew at 7% and 7% respectively over the past year.  The bulk of these sales occurred outside the Park City Limits as buyers searched for properties that fit their lifestyle and budget.  The condominium market transactions and median sales price grew at 10% and 10% respectively over the past year.  These sales were spread more evenly across the Summit and Wasatch markets.

Sara Werbelow, President of the Park City Board of REALTORS® commented, “The real estate market is solid.  We have sufficient inventory to meet our client’s needs.  Prices do continue to escalate, but at a reasonable pace.”

Remember that these are overall statistics and are simply a snapshot at a moment in time and may not be representative of long-term trends.  The Summit and Wasatch markets are composed of numerous diverse micro-markets.  More granular statistics are shown below.  Buyers and sellers are encouraged to contact a member of the Park City Board of REALTORS® to find answers to specific real estate related inquiries and fully understand trends in the overall market and specific areas of interest.

Year-Over-Year Single Family Home Sales

The number of sales inside the Park City Limits increased by 12% and median price increased 18%.

Highlights:

  • Park Meadows sales increased 15% and median price increased 21%.
  • Old town sales increased 15% and median price increased 11%.
  • Lower Deer Valley sales decreased 19% but median sales price increased 8%.
The number of sales in the Snyderville Basin increased 9% and median sales price increased 2%.

Highlights:

  • Sales in The Canyons increased 14% and but median price decreased 26%.
  • Sales in the Silver Springs area decreased 6% but median price increased 4%.
  • Pinebrook sales were flat but median sales price increased 13%.
  • Jeremy Ranch sales increased 27% and median sales price increased 5%.
  • Promontory Sales increased 13% and median sales price decreased 12%.
Jordanelle sales increased 15% and median price increased 34%.

Heber Valley sales decreased 9% and the median price increased 4%.

Kamas Valley sales increased 32% and the median price decreased 5%.

Highlights:

  • Kamas and Marion sales increased 135% and median price increased 7%.
  • Oakley and Weber Canyon sales increased 5% and median price decreased 10%.
  • Wanship, Hoytsville, Coalville, Echo, & Henefer sales increased 54% and median price increased 17%.
Year-Over-Year Condominium Sales

Sales inside Park City Limits increased 28% and the median price increased 21%.

Highlights:

  • Old Town sales increased 28% and the median price increased 9%.
  • Lower Deer Valley sales increased 7% and the median price dipped 3%.
  • Prospector sales decreased 4% and the median price dropped 3%.
Snyderville Basin sales decreased 9% and the median price increased 6%.

Highlights:

  • The Canyons sales decreased 13% and the median price dipped 1%.
  • Kimball sales increased 6% and the median price increased 10%.
  • Pinebrook sales decreased 16% and the median price increased 3%.
Jordanelle sales increased 17% and the median price dropped 5%.

Heber Valley sales increased 10% and the median price increased 21%.

Conclusions

Clearly each micro-market has its own character and story.  Simply reviewing the numbers is not sufficient to understand the big picture.  Individual markets can be influenced by a number of factors including specific sales that can skew the statistics.  In addition, amenities, property condition, location, and new construction impact the numbers.  The only sure way to fully understand the local real estate market is to contact a member of the Park City Board of REALTORS®.

Third Quarter Market Overview

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Oct 24, 2017

This comprehensive third quarter market report provides an overview of the Summit and Wasatch County real estate market. We believe our clients should have access to information that facilitates thoughtful real estate decisions. The Park City market remains highly segmented. Our town, its neighborhoods, and outlying areas differ significantly in terms of price, home type, features, and amenities. For example, while Park Meadows and Upper Deer Valley share the same zip code, average home prices in these two neighborhoods vary significantly.

Our predictions: Overall, compared to this time last year, we have seen a significant increase in the number of resort properties sold in Deer Valley as well as single family homes sold in the Heber Valley. As Vail Resorts® continues their commitment to Park City Mountain, especially in the upgrades throughout the Canyons Village, as well as Deer Valley® Resort’s #1 Ski Resort ranking from Ski Magazine, we believe these factors will support strong winter sales. Throughout the Wasatch Back the number of properties sold has increased approximately 17% compared to this time last year with an approximate 8% increase in average price. Finally, we expect additional new developments to come to market in 2018 in the Jordanelle, Heber, and Canyons areas. Now, more than ever, is the time to call Park City and the surrounding areas home. Data interpretation, judgment, and historical context are key elements to making informed decisions, let us know how we can help.

Park City Proper - The heart of Park City spans from the world-class Deer Valley® Resort to the iconic white barn, McPolin Farm. Park City Proper includes the neighborhoods: Old Town, Thaynes Canyon, Deer Valley, Aerie, Prospector, and Park Meadows.

Snyderville Basin begins at the iconic white barn, McPolin Farm, off Highway 224 and includes the neighborhoods: The Canyons, The Colony, Sun Peak, Bear Hollow, Silver Springs, Old Ranch Road, Kimball, Pinebrook, Summit Park, Jeremy Ranch, Glenwild, Silver Creek, Trailside Park, Silver Creek, Promontory, and Quinn’s Junction.

Jordanelle is the picturesque area surrounding the Jordanelle Reservoir. Just minutes from Park City this area includes communities such as Hideout Canyon, Tuhaye, Victory Ranch, Soaring Hawk, and more.

 

 

Open space and farmland encompass the scenic Heber Valley. This area features remarkable views of Mount Timpanogos and countless recreational opportunities. The Heber Valley includes the neighborhoods of Midway, Charleston, Provo Canyon, Heber, Daniel, and Timberlakes.

East Summit County - Known as the “Gateway to the Uintas,” the charming Kamas Valley within East Summit County boasts endless outdoor activities. The East Summit County area includes the neighborhoods of Woodland, Francis, Kamas, Marion, Oakley, Weber Canyon, Peoa, Browns Canyon, Wanship, Hoytsville, Coalville, Echo, and Henefer.

If you have any questions about the reports above feel free to reach out anytime. Have a great week - Ramon and Judy Gomez

Alpine Distilling In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Oct 18, 2017

Alpine Distilling is an award winning distillery in Park City located at 7132 N. Silver Creek Road. Robert Sergent, Owner and Distiller, is a Bourbon Steward, 4th Generation Distiller and one of 8 Of The Best American Single Malt Whiskies in the country with the only single malt whiskey in the world to win GOLD at the International SIP Awards this year. Their Travelers Rest 88 was so popular it has already sold out with maybe a few bottles remaining at various Utah State Liquor Stores. All of the Alpine products are available at their Silver Creek location, at Utah State Liquor Stores and on-line at www.forwhiskeylovers.com

We have known the Sergent family for years and I remember a Christmas not too long ago at our house where Rob told us he was moving on from his VP role with Johnson & Johnson to create delicious hand crafted spirits. Rob's Preserve Liqueur  was awarded Platinum at the International SIP Awards as the Best Liqueur in the World with a portion of every sale going to the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter in Park City. Alpine Distilling has also been awarded and recognized internationally as they were invited by the Department of Agriculture to represent the United States in Hong Kong  last year and wouldn't you know it Alpine's Preserve Liqueur made Top 10 out of 20,000 entries!

Here is the Alpine line-up:

Preserve is a 100% corn spirit that is certified Kosher and 20% alcohol by volume.  The Utah state flower, the Sego Lily, is the bottle shape – look at the bottle from the bottom up.

SIP Awards – Platinum Medal 

Wine Luxe – Top Ten; Hong Kong Wine & Spirits Expo

 

Lafayette Spiced Bourbon Whiskey - A classic Kentucky Bourbon mashbill of 75% corn, 21% rye and 4% cut to 80 proof, Alpine adds Apricot, Primrose and Cinnamon for the Lafayette spice profile

SIP Awards: Gold-Medal

 

 

Persistent Vodka - 100% corn which is 10x distilled, using a Column Still and then a Bain Marie Pot Still, to control time on copper.

SIP Awards – Silver Medal

 

 

 

 

Traveler’s Rest American Single Malt Whiskey at Barrel Proof has SOLD OUT.  Gold Medal Winning  Traveler’s Rest Single Malt 88 Proof (with a secondary French Oak aging) is only available at Utah State liquor stores.

 

 

Spur blended whiskey – a blend of two Gold-medal winners - Alpine's French Oak aged single malt has a wonderful banana, mocha note finish with a vanilla spice; and their Bourbon brings the corn sweetness and American Oak brown flavors with very subtle rye spice.

Alpine Distilling is located at 7132 N. Silver Creek Road in Park City.

 

OCTOBER EVENTS

Mondays thru Saturdays: Midway Creamery Hay Maze and Pumpkin Patch, Midway

Mondays, until 10/23: Happy Valley Farmers Market, Springville

Mondays, until 10/30: Light Up the Night Halloween Parade, Thanksgiving Point

Wednesdays, until 10/25: Sugar House Farmer's Market, Salt Lake City

Wednesdays, until 10/25: Park City Farmer's Market, Park City

All Month Long: Homestead Resort Annual Scarecrow Festival, Midway

Thursdays, until 10/26: Bountiful City Farmers Market, Bountiful

Fridays, until 10/27: Happy Valley Farmers Market, Orem

Saturdays, until 10/28: Trick-or-Treat Parade, Thanksgiving Point

Saturdays, until 10/21: Cache Valley Gardener's Market, Logan

Saturdays in October: Trick or Treat Parade, Thanksgiving Point

Thusdays - Saturdays: Haunted Wagon Train, Heber City

Weekends in October: Frightmares, Lagoon

All October: McCoard's Provo Corn Maze, Provo

Now - 10/22: Haunted Aquarium, Draper

10/19 - 10/22: Aladdin, Salt Lake City

10/20: Haunted Night at the Museum: Viking Ghost Ship, Salt Lake City

10/21 - 10/21: Fall Harvest Festival, Wellsville

10/24: Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Salt Lake City

10/27: Halloween Party, Snowbird

10/31: Howl-O-Ween! on Historic Main Street, Park City

Thursday - Saturdays: Daily Pumpkin Train, Heber City

Scenic Drives Around Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Oct 10, 2017

The Wife and I love to take the car out and drive whenever we have free time. In Park City Scenic Drives- Some of the best scenic drives or road bike rides in Utah are within a few miles of Park City. Our mountain passes and scenic byways will take you to some of the most breathtaking places in the West. Here are a few of our favorite scenic drives from Park City, of which, many are perfect for road biking as well. We have one suggestion, don't forget your camera as you'll take home many memorable photos of wildlife, wildflower, and incredible mountain vistas. Information about the scenic drives is from www.visitparkcity.com

GUARDSMAN PASS - If you are looking for a short drive (just 14 miles) from Park City, you can't beat Guardsman Pass, which, for a longer drive connects Park City to Brighton and Salt Lake or to Midway and Wasatch Mountain State Park. The road surface is paved much of the way, but the middle portion is maintained gravel, but you can drive the route in a family car. To get there, take SR-224 to Deer Valley Drive and turn east; continue on to the roundabout and exit on Marsac Ave and continue on up Ontario Canyon to Guardsman Pass. This road (SR-190/224) travels through forests and valleys to the summit area between Big Cottonwood Canyon and the Park City Resort area, and is a popular wildlife and wildflower viewing area.  Drive Time depends on how much time you plan to spend enjoying the spectacular scenery or round-trip route.

PROVO CANYON - The start of the Provo Canyon scenic drive is just a short 20 minutes from Park City. The Provo River is a fly-fisherman's paradise, which runs adjacent to this scenic byway with vertical cliffs of limestone defining the canyon walls. For an opportunity to view looming peaks, catch boaters and wind and kits surfers at Deer Creek Reservoir, and experience Bridal Veil Falls, look no further than Provo Canyon Scenic Byway. The Falls are well worth a stop, plunging 607 feet over limestone terraces where you can admire them from a roadside overlook or turn off at Nunns Park for a closer view. Continue your journey up to Sundance Resort and then onto the Alpine Scenic Loop for a return trip to Heber and then back to Park City.

ALPINE SCENIC LOOP - The Alpine Loop Scenic Byway is a 27-mile journey through fantastic mountain landscapes, with sites along the way including Mount Timpanogos and Robert Redford's Sundance Resort, including a short detour to Cascade Springs. This is one of the most scenic drives in Utah and is an incredible place to go as the fall colors start to peak. You can continue your trip down Provo Canyon until you reach UT-92 W (Alpine Loop Drive) and continue past Sundance and travel along the spectacular Mount Timpanogos. You can follow the highway down toward Highland if you want to visit the Timpanogos Caves, or continue down the paved road toCascade Springs. At the springs, some 5.5 million gallons of water bubble up each day and spill over travertine ledges into sparkling pools full of flora and fish. From here, the road turns back to gravel where you'll travel 7.5 miles back down to Midway and Heber, from where you can return to Park City. Plan on a full day for this trip as there will be many spectacular sites along the way.  VIEW MAP Drive Time: 2.5 to 3.5 hours depending on stops along the way. 

MIRROR LAKE HIGHWAY - The Mirror Lake Scenic Byway cuts through Utah's highest mountain range from the town of Kamas up into the national forest before descending to placid Mirror Lake. The start of the the Mirror Lake Highway scenic drive is located 16 miles east of Park City in the town of Kamas.  Take SR-248 (Kearns Blvd.) east to Kamas and then left on SR-32 two blocks to SR-150 (Scenic Byway). Mirror Lake is about an hour drive from Park City. Return the same way or continue on to Evanston, WY and return via I-80 westbound. Many small lakes, falls, camping sites, trail-heads and wildlife are along this beautiful route. There are no retail services within the forest area so it's best to shop and gas up before you begin your drive. Fee area.  Drive Time: 1.5 to 3 hrs.

Interested in more drives - check out Utah.com Fall in Utah for some of their must-drive scenic routes through the months of October and November. Grab your chai-pumpkin-spiced-latte drink thing, a sweater, and your camera. It's going to be awesome.

Now is a great time to buy! 1306 Preserve Drive in Park City is 10 acres and located in Phase 3 of the Preserve....this scenic community is located where many dream of living...only 11 minutes to Park City's great ski resorts and Old Town...yet only about 35 minutes to Salt Lake City International Airport...yes you can have it all...privacy, wildlife, views to kill for, acreage, location and that true Mountain Living in a ski resort town. This lot is south facing and has a flat building site for ease of construction and lower construction costs. House plans are also available by Habitations Home Plans of Ogden Ut. Plus the added bonus of a Geotechnical report. Call us today to find out more.

OCTOBER EVENTS

Mondays thru Saturdays: Midway Creamery Hay Maze and Pumpkin Patch, Midway

Mondays, until 10/23: Happy Valley Farmers Market, Springville

Mondays, until 10/30: Light Up the Night Halloween Parade, Thanksgiving Point

Tuesdays, until 10/17: 2017 Tuesday Harvest Market, Salt Lake City

Wednesdays, until 10/25: Sugar House Farmer's Market, Salt Lake City

Wednesdays, until 10/25: Park City Farmer's Market, Park City

All Month Long: Homestead Resort Annual Scarecrow Festival, Midway

Thursdays, until 10/26: Bountiful City Farmers Market, Bountiful

Fridays, until 10/27: Happy Valley Farmers Market, Orem

Saturdays, until 10/28: Trick-or-Treat Parade, Thanksgiving Point

Saturdays, until 10/21: Cache Valley Gardener's Market, Logan

Saturdays in October: Trick or Treat Parade, Thanksgiving Point

Thusdays - Saturdays: Haunted Wagon Train, Heber City

Saturdays and Sundays, until 10/15: Oktoberfest 2017, Snowbird

Weekends in October: Frightmares, Lagoon

All October: McCoard's Provo Corn Maze, Provo

Now - 10/15: Dine About, Park City

10/13 - 10/22: Haunted Aquarium, Draper

10/14: Monster Mash & Dash, Kaysville

10/14: The Color Run Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City

10/14: Park City Sunrise Rotary Shot Ski, Park City

10/19 - 10/22: Aladdin, Salt Lake City

10/20: Haunted Night at the Museum: Viking Ghost Ship, Salt Lake City

10/21 - 10/21: Fall Harvest Festival, Wellsville

10/24: Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Salt Lake City

10/27: Halloween Party, Snowbird

10/31: Howl-O-Ween! on Historic Main Street, Park City

Thursday - Saturdays: Daily Pumpkin Train, Heber City

 

Open House & October Events

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Oct 03, 2017

We are hosting an Open House today from 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm at 7430 Buckboard Drive Park City, UT 84098.

Come and enjoy Ramon's Famous Jack Daniels BBQ Meatballs and an exceptional theater room demonstration.

Bring your family & friends to this home that has been beautifully remodeled & upgraded throughout. New Ponderosa Pine Wood floors, Orite Granite Fireplace and Breakfast bar, Fresco Plaster, all new Bosch appliances, recessed lighting in dining room, new office, new carpet, new 8 ft doors on Main Level....speaking of Main Level...Master, office, living room dining, hearth room and kitchen all on the main floor...Traditional mountain living with 3-car garage, large floor to ceiling windows Private yet has views! Driveway half plumbed for radiant heat. Balconies galore....the inside of this home is 90% new...and yes a separate entrance for the mother in law apartment!.... Bedrooms: 7 and Bathrooms: 4 Full, 1 3/4, 1 Half with 5,379 sq. ft. on 0.96 acres. Year Built: 1994 Remodeled 2017

This week we wanted to share Eight Tips For Staging Your Home. We are also available to assist in this process and work with great companies that share a professional touch.

1. Focus On The Curb Appeal -The first thing that potential buyers will see is the outside of your house. The lawn, landscaping, front porch, front door, and driveway are the first impression your home is going to make, so spruce up the lawn, plant some flowers, paint the front door, reseal the driveway, whatever it takes to make a good first impression.

2. Time For Some Deep Cleaning - This is crucial in home staging and is more than just picking up and vacuuming. Clean the spaces in the home that haven’t been cleaned for a very long time (or ever), including baseboards, vent covers, ceiling fans, and the fireplace.

3. Brush On A Fresh Coat Of Paint - A fresh coat of paint in main rooms or throughout the house can bring a home back to life. Renew the space with neutral, crowd pleasing colors. This can also help potential buyers envision themselves living in the home.

4. Give Each Room A Purpose - A spare room can make fantastic guest bedroom, home office, or gym. Each room should be transformed into a usable space where the buyers can envision what they can do with the room.

5. Update The Kitchen Fixtures - Luckily, minor changes in the kitchen can make the space feel more modern and updated. Consider replacing old light fixtures with modern ones or swap outdated hardware.

6. Brighten The Bathrooms - Light colors or white make things appear fresher, cleaner, newer, and more spacious. Brighten up your bathroom with a fresh coat of paint or with new white towels, shower curtain, and bathmat to give your bathroom a clean and relaxed feel.

7. Bring In The Light - Curtains are beautiful, but they can darken and date a room. Potential buyers want to see the home in all it's glory; so pull up the blinds, open the curtains, and make sure the windows are spotless to let as much light in as possible.

8. Highlight The Positives - Every house has its own stand-out features, whether its unique woodwork, great flow, or a stunning backyard, boost the appeal of your home by playing up the positives.

OCTOBER EVENTS

Mondays thru Saturdays: Midway Creamery Hay Maze and Pumpkin Patch, Midway

Mondays, until 10/23: Happy Valley Farmers Market, Springville

Mondays, until 10/30: Light Up the Night Halloween Parade, Thanksgiving Point

Tuesdays, until 10/17: 2017 Tuesday Harvest Market, Salt Lake City

Wednesdays, until 10/25: Sugar House Farmer's Market, Salt Lake City

Wednesdays, until 10/25: Park City Farmer's Market, Park City

All Month Long: Homestead Resort Annual Scarecrow Festival, Midway

Thursdays, until 10/26: Bountiful City Farmers Market, Bountiful

Fridays, until 10/27: Happy Valley Farmers Market, Orem

Saturdays, until 10/28: Trick-or-Treat Parade, Thanksgiving Point

Saturdays, until 10/21: Cache Valley Gardener's Market, Logan

Saturdays in October: Trick or Treat Parade, Thanksgiving Point

Thusdays - Saturdays: Haunted Wagon Train, Heber City

Saturdays and Sundays, until 10/15: Oktoberfest 2017, Snowbird

Weekends in October: Frightmares, Lagoon

All October: McCoard's Provo Corn Maze, Provo

Now - 10/8: Thriller by Odyssey Dance Theatre, Park City & Salt Lake City

Now - 10/8: Thriller - Odyssey Dance Theatre, Park City

Now - 10/15: Dine About, Park City

10/5 - 10/7: The Pumpkin Train, Heber City

10/7: 8th Annual Harvest Fest, Kamas

10/13 - 10/22: Haunted Aquarium, Draper

10/14: Monster Mash & Dash, Kaysville

10/14: The Color Run Salt Lake City, Salt Lake City

10/14: Park City Sunrise Rotary Shot Ski, Park City

10/19 - 10/22: Aladdin, Salt Lake City

10/20: Haunted Night at the Museum: Viking Ghost Ship, Salt Lake City

10/21 - 10/21: Fall Harvest Festival, Wellsville

10/24: Disney in Concert: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, Salt Lake City

10/27: Halloween Party, Snowbird

10/31: Howl-O-Ween! on Historic Main Street, Park City

Thursday - Saturdays: Daily Pumpkin Train, Heber City

Deer Valley #1 Ski Resort in North America for 2018

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Sep 27, 2017

Deer Valley® has been ranked #1 Ski Resort in North America for 2018 by SKI Magazine Readers - Deer Valley® Resort has once again garnered the number one spot for North American ski resorts by the readers of SKI Magazine. With more than 25,000 reviews submitted, the resort is thrilled to launch the 2017-2018 winter ski season with the announcement of this time-honored, industry-respected accolade.

SKI Magazine paired down its survey to 10 categories this year, and in addition to the #1 overall best ski resort in North America, Deer Valley® Resort earned a #1 ranking in grooming, service, lodging and kid-friendly environment.

“We strive for nothing less than providing the best ski vacation experience to our guests,” said Bob Wheaton, President and Chief Operating Officer of Deer Valley® Resort. “To have that validation given through SKI Magazine’s readers’ poll means everything to us. We want everyone visiting our slopes to experience firsthand the many elements that contribute to the ‘Deer Valley® Difference’.”

If you have not had time yet to check out the the Parks and Recreation in Utah, clear your calendar as they are amazing. From breathtaking mountains to expansive deserts, Utah has some of the most diverse landscape in the United States. Featuring The Mighty 5® National Parks, over 40 state parks, and countless lakes and reservoirs, Utah has it all when it comes to hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, camping, fishing, boating, river rafting, and more. We have listed out below the national monuments, national parks, state parks, sports teams and museums in Utah to help you plan your next adventure.

NATIONAL MONUMENTS: Bears Ears National Monument, Dinosaur National Monument, Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area – Lake Powell, Golden Spike National Historic Site, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Navajo National Monument, Rainbow Bridge National Monument, Timpanogos Cave National Monument and Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.

NATIONAL PARKS: Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Capitol Reef National Park and Zion National Park.

STATE PARKS: Antelope Island State Park, Bear Lake State Park, Deer Creek State Park, Goblin Valley State Park, Great Salt Lake State Park, Heritage Park State Park, Jordanelle State Park, Rockport State Park and the Utah Lake State Park.

FAMILY FUN & SPORTS: Kids from 1 to 99 will find fun and excitement in Utah. From the Clark Planetarium, Utah’s go-to location for those of all ages who wish to discover space and science, to the ever-fun Lagoon with the thrilling 116° inverted drop on the Cannibal roller coaster, to the fascinating Natural History Museum with over 1.5 million artifacts—there is something for everyone in Utah. When it comes to sports, Utah rallies behind the NBA’s Utah Jazz, the ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies, the MLS’ Real Salt Lake, the MiLB’s Salt Lake Bees, and many more.

MUSEUMS: Clark Planetarium, Discovery Gateway, Hill Aerospace Museum, Museum of Ancient Life, Natural History Museum, The Leonardo, Utah Museum of Fine Arts: UMFA FAMILY FUN, Cowabunga Bay, Heber Valley Railroad, Hogle Zoo, Lagoon, Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, Salomon Center, Seven Peaks and the Resort Water Park Topgolf.

PROFESSIONAL SPORTS: Utah Jazz, Ogden Raptors, Orem Owlz, Real Salt Lake, Salt Lake Bees and the Utah Grizzlies.

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Welcome To Utah

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Sep 20, 2017

Usually our blogs are about Park City, but this week I would like to share a little about Salt Lake City. As one of the nation’s fastest growing areas, Salt Lake City and the surrounding communities are central hubs for business, travel, and recreation. Renowned for “The Greatest Snow on Earth,the Wasatch Front has something for everyone. Bordered on the west by the Great Salt Lake and to the east by the Rocky Mountains, the Salt Lake Valley offers a limitless variety of activities and entertainment.

The city’s surroundings provide a beautiful panorama full of outdoor recreation such as hiking, camping, biking, fishing, boating, rock climbing, world-class skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing, and so much more. As for the arts, Salt Lake City is home to performance powerhouses such as the Utah Symphony and Ballet West. The Wasatch Front has no shortage of culture, concerts, sporting events, historical attractions, and festivals. With outstanding restaurants and a thriving nightlife, there is always something to do in Salt Lake City and its surrounding areas.

Today, Salt Lake City offers everything from professional sports to concerts and theater to a lively nightlife scene to many kid-approved attractions. Best of all, the city’s backyard offers limitless year-round activities and recreations. Salt Lake City ranks in the top 10 of numerous lists including livability, safety, health, affordability, business, and employment opportunities. Steady, strong economic growth and stability coupled with innovative entrepreneurship has captured the attention of the Silicon Valley tech industry and has predicted Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas to be the next Tech Mecca as “Silicon Slopes” continues to grow and innovate.

Shifting gears back into the mountains, East Summit County is located below the majestic peaks of the Uintas, the mountain communities of Peoa, Kamas, Oakley, Woodland, Francis, Hoytsville, and Coalville boast stunning views and wild natural beauty. Popular with outdoor enthusiasts and ranchers, these townships offer a wide range of real estate options including farmstead estates, large lots to build your dream home on, and small subdivisons with a quiet neighborhood feel. Just a short distance to Park City and Salt Lake City, these towns have a preserved sense of nature and community without the hustle and bustle of a larger city.

From fishing, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and camping these areas provide a range of outdoor pursuits. In addition to their scenic charm, each town offers its own array of community activities including the Oakley Rodeo, Summit County Fair, outdoor summer concert series, and Kamas’ Fiesta Days. Known as the “Gateway to the Uintas” Kamas, Francis, and Woodland offer pristine mountain living with the Uinta Mountains—and their 880,000 acres of trails, streams, lakes, and mountain terrain—just out your backdoor.

We love Park City, and the Wife and I are here to answer any questions you may have about our local market as well as the surrounding areas of this great state.

Autumn Aloft Hot Air Balloon Festival

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Sep 13, 2017

The wife and I enjoy the Autumn Aloft balloon festival every year in Park City. This year the 2017 Autumn Aloft Hot Air balloon festival is scheduled for September 16 -17, 2017 at 2530 Kearns BLVD | North 40 Fields, Park City, Utah with field access at 7:45 am and launch time at approximately 8 am.

The event festivities are free to spectators and are scheduled to take place at multiple locations around the Park City area. Autumn Aloft is a visual delight for spectators rather than an opportunity for balloon rides for event attendees. But, tethered rides may be available on a first come, first serve basis but are not guaranteed. Saturday and Sunday's launch events will take place on the North 40 Playing Fields directly behind Park City's Treasure Mountain Middle school.

Ample parking is provided at the Eccles and Park City High School parking facilities. Additional off-site parking will be available at the China Bridge parking lots in Historic Park City with free public transportation available. A map of the event venue can be viewed here and a map of parking areas can be found here.

With colder weather around the corner, it is time to start thinking about curling, that's right - curling. The Park City Curling Club was started over 10 years ago by Greg and Debbie Basrak and I have had the pleasure of playing with my team for many years. The Park City Curling Club is open to all people who are interested in the sport of curling and who like to have a lot of fun.

Curling is played within a curling rink on a playing surface ice called a ‘sheet’ with granite stones. The goal of the game is, after all 16 stones are played (8 by each team), to have a stone of your team’s closest to the center of the house, called the ‘tee’ (see rink below). This is accomplished by sending your stone to rest in scoring position by utilizing one of many shots. The team with the closest stone to the ‘tee’, inside the house, scores a point, or more if they also have the second closest stone and so on. Each round is called an ‘end’ and consists of two stones delivered by each player on each four-player team. The stones are delivered from the hack on one side of the sheet to the house on the opposite side. This consists of the player pushing off from the hack with the stone and releasing it with a spin, or ‘curl’.

We will start our Fall Session on October 23, 2017, so please check out the Park City curling club website or reach out to me directly at ramon@rgomezjr.com if you are interested in playing - Good Curling!

Good Food In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Sep 06, 2017

We have always enjoyed the wide variety of food in Park City, everything from Monday night $5 burgers to high-end private yurt dinners. Jenny Wilden recently posted A Foodie's Guide to Historic Park City and we think it is packed full of great links to local restaurants. Historic Main Street is the epicenter of this fun, foodie culture, and whether you’re craving the town’s best avocado toast, a rib-eye steak, or just a handcrafted cocktail, you’ll find it here. Get your buzz on at Pink Elephant Coffee, a locally owned café tucked above Prospect, a hip clothing boutique on Historic Main Street. A block off Main Street, newcomer Harvest specializes in trendy, healthy favorites, like paleo banana bread and smashed avocado toast. For an alternative to coffee, try their steaming Golden Mylk, a fusion of turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, pepper, and coconut milk. Firewood is one of Main Street’s hottest new restaurants—literally. Everything’s cooked on open-flame grills with chef-selected wood like cedar and cherry to enhance the flavors. When you’re looking to save money or feed a crowd, there’s no better place than Davanza’s on Park Avenue. For on-the-go dining, head to Riverhorse Provisions, a grocery café that’s the baby sister of Riverhorse on Main, one of Park City’s oldest and most venerated restaurants. When you’re craving something sweet, visit award-winning American eatery, Handle for Park City’s best desserts. For daytime desires, grab funky-flavored tiny donuts at Peace Love and Little Donuts on Lower Main Street. Twisted Fern is pictured in our blog this week.

Park City has many great non-profits and we wanted to share a little about one of our favorites - KPCW, a volunteer supported organization whose mission is to educate, inform, entertain and provide access to a diverse community with quality local, national and international programming.  As our community radio station, we count on KPCW to provide quality programming and local news that's important to Wasatch Back listeners, including local weather, traffic, trail, and ski reports; city and county government proceedings; and lost and found—which has reunited countless pets with their grateful owners. On August 22nd, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Utah Properties was proud to support KPCW with a Community Grant Challenge during the Summer Pledge Drive and has raised over $10,000 largely contributed by our philanthropic agents.

SEPTEMBER EVENTS

Monday Nights All Month: Heber Valley RR Night Train

Wednesdays All Month: Park City Farmer’s Market

Sundays All Month: Park Silly Market

Saturday Evenings All Month: Outdoor Concert Series at the Homestead in Midway

8/12 - 10/15: Oktoberfest 2017, Snowbird

9/1 - 9/2: Midway Swiss Days Festival, Midway

9/1 - 9/4: Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championship, Midway

9/7 - 9/17: 2017 Utah State Fair, Salt Lake City

9/13 - 9/16: Wasatch Plein Air Art Competition, Midway Town Hall

9/15 - 9/17: 2017 Autumn Aloft Hot Air Balloon Festival, Park City

9/22 - 10/8: Thriller by Odyssey Dance Theatre, Park City

9/23: Harvest Market, Sundance

9/28 - 9/30: Holes by Louis Sachar, Timpanogas Theater, Heber City

The Kamas Lifestyle

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Aug 30, 2017

KamasKamas, Utah is considered the gateway to the Uinta Mountain Range. This high country town has a population of around 2,000 people and a ranch mentality carried over from the earlier settlements. Today the town defines itself by vast tracts of open space, access to recreation and family friendliness. Stay for a flick or local dining, including Mirror Lake Diner, Gateway Grille, Hi-Mountain, Summit Inn Pizza, and El Jalisciense. You will find a variety of local businesses to outfit your next outdoor adventure or offer advice on great campsites or adventures in the vast Uinta Mountains and High Uintas Wilderness. Find out more about the town of Kamas by giving us a call and check out Visit Utah - Life Elevated.

Kamas2315 N Deer Mountain Boulevard Kamas, UT - This meticulously maintained and updated 4 Bedroom 3 full Bathroom Deer Mountain Property offers un-paralleled Deer Valley Resort, Timpanogos and the Jordanelle Reservoir views from the second deck while maintaining personalized custom touches of the perfect Park City getaway. The inviting open floor plan allows ease and comfort of main level living. The lower level boasts 9 foot ceilings, family room, natural hardwood floors, a rustic wet bar, pool table area as well as exercise room and a generously sized steam room. An absolute must see 10-minutes outside Old Historic downtown Park City, this diamond in Deer Mountain is truly one of a kind. (4,422 sq. ft. on 0.22 acres Year Built: 2003) Click here to view additional images.

Kamas148 Sky Lane, Kamas UT - Looking for horse/toy property? You and your horses can move right into this 4,852 sq ft custom built log home with 6 bedrooms, 2.46 acres with nice mountain & valley views. A warm and inviting floor plan includes a large kitchen with custom hickory cabinetry, master bedroom located conveniently on the first floor. Relax on the large covered deck while watching your horses in one of the three pastures. A four stall barn with tack room and feed area plus metal shed has a separate drive to barn areas for trucks & trailer access. Click here to view additional images.

Looking for something to do tonight or tomorrow night, here are a few events:

Lady Antebellum August 30 USANA Ampitheatre - West Valley City Lady Antebellum comes to USANA on August 30th for their “You Look Good” World Tour! $32.75 - $66.25

Utes vs North Dakota August 31 at the Rice-Eccles Stadium - Salt Lake All single game ticket prices are subject to Demand Based pricing adjustments. The ticket office will adjust the prices for individual home games based on demand for the game.

Asteria: A Cirque Style Show August 31 Rose Wagner Center - Salt Lake Asteria, daughter of the Sun and Moon, has fallen from the sky. Follow her in her journey home through the elements, depicted through cirque-style acrobatics, hand balancing, contortion, and original Aeris-designed aerial apparatuses and costumes. Come enjoy this adventure with the whole family! $7 - $20

 

 

Deer Valley Update

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Aug 23, 2017

Deer-Valley-Resort-2This week we are starting our blog with a Special Announcement from Bob Wheaton.

I want to be the first to let you know the latest news. The newly formed entity controlled by affiliates of KSL Capital Partners, LLC (“KSL”) and Henry Crown and Company (“HCC”) that in July joined Intrawest Resorts, Mammoth Resorts and Squaw Valley Ski Holdings has entered into an agreement with Deer Valley® to acquire the resort.

Over the last 36 years, Deer Valley has developed into one of the highest quality ski resorts in the country. This transaction puts the resort in a strong position to continue to grow as part of a portfolio of 12 other outstanding resorts. We are excited about the new opportunities this will create for our staff, our guests and the Park City community.

I know there will be questions about the purchase and why we entered into this agreement. For this reason, we have included a link to the press releasethat was sent to media as well as a list of your anticipated questions and answers.

Please know that KSL and HCC are committed to Deer Valley’s brand, providing exceptional service to our guests, as well as to the staff. They truly value the efforts and dedication from staff members in building this amazing, preeminent mountain resort.

I plan to stay on as President/General Manager serving in my current role at Deer Valley Resort with no anticipated changes, and I sincerely hope you share in my excitement as we enter this new phase in the evolution and growth of Deer Valley Resort.

Sincerely,

Bob Wheaton, President/General Manager

We will be having an Open House today at 1333 Snow Berry Street in the Glenwild Golf Community from 10 am to 1 pm.

A must see, this exquisitely finished home has unobstructed views. Sit out at the fire pit as you enjoy the mountain views and sunsets or slide over to the hot tub located on the precipice of this lot. The dueling staircases are just one of the several highlights of the expansive great room/kitchen/dining area all with views worth savoring. Radiant flooring heat will keep you toasty warm in the winter while sitting in front of the massive stone fireplace and the 8 inch wood planks provide an added warmth to this home. The master bedroom is on the main floor with its own sitting are, steam shower and views from your bed of the mountains. Come and see us today.

Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 3 Full, 3 3/4, 1 Half 8,118 sq. ft. on 2.69 acres Year Built: 2009

 

 

Home MagazineThe most recent edition of Park City Home  has a great article by Beth Rinehart of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices regarding Millennials.

It has become a reality: The fun-loving, selfie-taking, phone-hooked generation known as ‘Millennials’ can afford homes. While some people may still think of them as young kids, they’re all grown up—and they are becoming homeowners. Millennials — those born post 1980 through the early 2000s — are moving out of their childhood homes and forming their own households. Millennials now make up 42 percent of all homebuyers and 56 percent of the nation’s first-time homebuyers. They are a dominant force in the housing market, and according to a recent Pew Research Center report, have surpassed the baby boomers as the largest living generation.

Many Millennials experienced, firsthand, the greatest economic downturn since the Great Depression. During the downturn, many of them graduated from college, entered the job market, and discovered that finding a job proved to be exceedingly difficult. Although the housing bubble contributed to the decline of the stock market in the late 2000s, studies have shown that currently Millennials are the most enthusiastic generation in relation to real estate, and they are turning away from stocks, because they believe real estate is a more profitable investment.  

“Millennials are showing especially strong increases in job confidence and income gains, a necessary precursor for increased housing demand from first-time homebuyers,” says Doug Duncan, senior vice president and chief economist at Fannie Mae, in a CNBC report by Diana Olick.

This strong sense of financial gain and confidence in the real estate market bodes well for the continuing trend of Millennials settling down and purchasing homes.

What Millennials Want As Millennials become homeowners, it’s important for sellers (and investors) to know what they are looking for in a home.

“Millennials want simplicity and convenience,” says Will Cooper, President of Business Development at Berkshire Hathaway Utah Properties, and the father of four Millennials. “Turn-key homes that are close to work and their friends. Millennials are typically climbing the career ladder, have high student loan debt, and can’t afford to make updates on their homes.”

Since most Millennial homebuyers have tight budgets due to college costs and constricted salary increases, the majority of their savings goes toward purchasing their homes. Updated kitchens and bathrooms provide a vast advantage for budget-conscious Millennials. Most Millennial buyers are happy to make some updates to their homes, but they realize the kitchen and bathrooms are the most expensive to renovate.

There are a few “must haves” on most Millennial homebuyers’ lists; at the top are location, open and multifunctional spaces, low maintenance properties and technologically efficient, green, sustainable homes. They follow current trends, in that they prefer open floor plans and space for entertaining, as opposed to sectioned-off kitchen, living, and dining rooms.

If there’s one room they are looking for, it’s a home office. With an increasing number of companies moving out of corporate offices and into work-from-home spaces, having a dedicated work area is important for Millennials.

Additional sought-after items include: smart home features, energy efficiency and low or no homeowner association dues. Because they use cell phones constantly, most Millennials see value in the ability to control their homes with their phones. Home value may increase or diminish, based on cell signals inside the home or available internet providers.

The manner in which Millennials search for homes is also changing; the majority search for homes on their phones, tablets or computers. Online photos essential in capturing the interest of a Millennial. Without professional photos showing the home in its best light, many Millennials will move on before ever stepping foot in the door. But, once they’re interested in a home, they rely on the expertise of their local Realtor® to decipher often inaccurate, or incomplete, information found on the internet.

Due to the “reality TV effect,” they are more likely to notice and comment on whether or not a home has been staged or decorated. Millennials expect a home to look as though it could be featured in the “after” shots of a HGTV program.

So if you want your home to appeal to the Millennial generation—with their cellphone in one hand and a venti-no-foam-extra-shot-almond-milk latte in the other — think contemporary, think technological, think green, and think: Designer Home Show ready.

If you missed our last blog, we have attached the 2017 Second Quarter Wasatch Back Market overview again. Click here to see the digital online version.

 

 

Hiking In Park City

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Aug 16, 2017

Ramon and ZorroSunday afternoon we went hiking with our dog Zorro and followed that with fish n chips, burger and a beer at The Boneyard in Park City - ahh the good life....

Now is a great time to be taking to the trails in Park City. The hills surrounding Park City offer more than 150 miles of public trails ideal for hiking. From scenic strolls to adrenaline-raising terrain, Park City is a great hiking destination. For more details and links to printable maps from Mountaintrails.org

Here are a few of our favorite trails:

Round Valley: (Beginner to Intermediate) This hiking and biking complex is located on the eastern edge of Park City, near US-40 on Kearns Blvd. The trails are well-marked and some trail intersections include trail maps. View Round Valley Trail Map

Masonic Hill/April Mountain: Located in the heart of Park City with over 450 acres of open space and 15 miles of trails. Click here to view map.

Glenwild Loop 8.5 miles. Located across I-80 from Kimball Junction, this trail is great for hiking and trail running. Learn more.

Looking for something to do in Utah this weekend, well we have listed out some of the amazing events that are happening state-wide.

CountDown LIVE at Bountiful "Music in the Park" August 18 - Bountiful City Park - Bountiful City’s “Music in the Park” is featuring CountDown Band Friday, August 18th, starting at 7pm. Concert will be held at the Main Stage at the Bountiful City Park: 400 North and 200 West. Don’t miss this amazing show! Free

Salzsee European Auto Show 2017 August 19 -Solitude Mountain Resort - The Salzsee European Auto Show will not only be memorable but may become an event that you, your family and friends will want to participate in for years to come. Salzsee, German for Salt Lake, is Utah’s elite European car show. Spectators Free

Slip and Soar Summer 2017 - Send Off - August 19 - Olympic Park - Park City - Celebrate summer with an afternoon (or evening) full of slip ‘n slide on the water ramps at the Spence Eccles Olympic Freestyle Pool. Enjoy live music and all the slipping and sliding you can handle, plus food and cold beverages will be available for sale. Spectators Free

28th Annual Great Salt Lake Truck Show August 18 - August 19 - Thanksgiving Point - Lehi - The Great Salt Lake Truck Show is a non-profit organization that benefits the National Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho. Any and all donations are welcome. Free

Utah Beer Festival 2017 August 19 - August 20 - Utah State Fair Park - Salt Lake City Weekly’s annual beer festival is back for its 8th year, Aug 19-20, 2017! This year’s event now covers two days and includes beer, food, music and fun! $5 - $75

Reggae Rise Up Festival August 19 - August 20 - The Rivers Edge - Heber City - Music, Vendors, Adult Games, Crafts, Relaxing Stations and more! This year’s lineup features Slightly Stoopid, Citizen Cope, Iration, Stick Figure, J Boog, The Movement, The Holdup, Conkarah, Iya Terra, Jungle Man Sam, Tribe of I, Makisi, & more! $35 - $45

Best Small Town In America

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Aug 08, 2017

Michaela WagnerThe Country's First Fully Electric Bike-Share Program opened in Park City, Utah on July 19th. Our town wanted less traffic and better air quality and hopes its new fleet will mitigate traffic congestion and promote environmental sustainability. Park City believes the answer is e-bikes, an all-electric bike-share program. While some cities in the US, such as Baltimore, Maryland, and Birmingham, Alabama, have integrated pedal-assist bikes into their existing bike-share programs, Park City has become the first to create a fleet consisting entirely of e-bikes. 88 e-bikes are available and can be picked up at 9 different stations located in Old Town, Kimball Junction, and Canyons Transit Center. Image at top captured by: Michaela Wagner
Park City makes the list at #8 on 23 Best Small Town Main Streets in America. Summer Sundays are practically made for the Park Silly Sunday Market where live music, craft artisans, and delicious food vendors abound. Loaded bloody mary in hand, explore the festival by foot on historic Main Street for a day that will linger in your memories fondly for years to come. If you're not in town for the market, the strip still bleeds with mountain town charm. Grab some grub on the year-round heated rooftop patio at No Name Saloon and then navigate your way through art galleries, cafes and boutiques. Shouting distance from Main Street is the famed Washington School House that still feels secluded from the bustling downtown thanks to its spectacular mountain views.

AUGUST EVENTS

Wednesdays All Month: Park City Farmer’s Market

Sundays All Month: Park Silly Market

Saturday Evenings All Month: Outdoor Concert Series at the Homestead in Midway

Now-8/13: Beethoven Festival of Park City

Now-8/18: Wasatch State Park Tagged Fish Contest

Now-8/27: Summer Series at Quarry Village

Now-8/12: Summit County Fair

8/9-8/12: John Mayall at the Egyptian Theatre

8/11-8/12: Intermountain Mustang and Ford Auto Stampede

8/12: Jordanelle Triathlon

8/19: Mid Mountain Marathon

8/25-9/4: Park City Showcase of Homes

8/26: Five for Fighting– St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights Deer Valley Series

8/26: Summit Land Conservancy Blue Sky Bash

9/1-9/2: Midway Swiss Days Festival

9/1-9/4: Soldier Hollow Classic Sheep Dog Championship - Midway

 

A Stunning Mountain Location

By Ramon Gomez, Jr.
Aug 02, 2017

Deseret News recently shared this article, Park City named one of the 'most stunning' mountain locations in the nation - Oyster.com, a hotel and travel information website, just ranked the “most stunning” mountain travel spots across the country. And Park City made the list.The list showed off popular and “stunning mountain destinations” that aren’t near major cities.

Rather, the list displays places travelers will need to visit on their own. “Not all of us have the pleasure of living in major U.S. cities like Seattle, Denver, and Los Angeles, where mountain views are a part of the daily routine,” the list’s description reads. “Most of us will have to travel to get our fill of these scenic natural creations, which were formed as a result of Earth's tectonic plates smashing together.” Park City sits toward the middle of the list. Oyster.com celebrates the city’s proximity to the Salt Lake City International Airport and “its legendary powder skiing.”

“While you're in town, head for Main Street, which is lined with 19th-century buildings that were built during the silver mining boom. Park City residents also support the arts with indoor and outdoor music venues, while the town hosts the Sundance Film Festival each January,” the Park City description reads.

Travel and Leisure previously gave Park City the No. 1 spot for top mountain towns.The survey results were based off reader responses, which answered questions about travelers’ favorite spots. Readers were also asked to rank locations on affordability, restaurants and public parks.

Readers most enjoyed the city’s galleries, restaurants and theaters. Park City ranked ahead of Taos and Asheville on that list. “When the local mines closed, Park City, Utah, turned its ambitions above ground — to its 7,000 acres of Olympic-level ski terrain — helping it transition into one of the country’s premier resort destinations, and this year’s favorite mountain town,” according to Travel and Leisure.

In unrelated rankings, Park City also topped a USA Today list for its s’mores.

Remember the 48th Annual Kimball Arts Festival is this weekend on historic Main Street in Park City, Utah Friday, August 4 through Sunday, August 6. With more than 225 artists representing 33 states and more than 30 live musical acts performing on three stages, this three day event is full of family fun for all as it focuses on art, cuisine and music. Bring your whole family and fill your weekend with diverse activities at an affordable cost. There is more to do than just look at art. From kids' art activities to beer gardens, we promise you'll be well entertained. Read the Salt Lake Tribune's Top 5 reasons to attend the 48th annual Kimball Arts Fest for great ideas.

 
 
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