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The Aman Spa at Amangiri
1 Kayenta Rd., Canyon Point
Every treatment at this stunning spa in the middle of the Colorado Plateau starts with a smudging ceremony—a nod to the Navajo, who have lived here for centuries. The swirling smoke clears your head, helping to set the intention for the rest of the experience. Next you get a custom-blended aromatherapy shower, and only after that does the facial begin. The Amangiri Signature is a classic cleansing facial, while the Zone Facial uses targeted pressure-point massage for toxin elimination, and the Hot & Cold Stone Facial, which includes a neck and shoulder massage, is supremely relaxing. Each treatment ends with an incredible crystal sound bath.
Amangiri
1 Kayenta Rd., Canyon Point
Located in the remote canyonlands of Utah, Amangiri has some of the best sunsets we’ve seen anywhere—and for good reason: The sky constantly changes as the sun shifts across the desert, bathing the already-dramatic buttes and mesas in pink and purple light. The resort itself is built into the landscape, and though the architecture is sleek and modern (the corresponding interiors are classic examples of the Aman’s brand of neutral, pared-down luxury), it all essentially blends into the rock. The surrounding desert offers plenty of activities, from rafting to horseback riding to hiking—even private plane rides over Lake Powell. If the food were just a little bit better, it would be one of the more perfect stays in the United States (and there aren’t really any other options nearby).
Deer Valley
Nestled in the Wasatch Mountain range, Deer Valley Resort consistently tops lists for its customer service. In skiing parlance, that translates to on-site ski valets to help you unload your gear, immaculately groomed slopes, and well-appointed lodges. (Stop for lunch at Royal Street Café at Silver Lake Lodge—it's far cry from the cafeteria-style dining you're used to mid-mountain.) What's nice about Deer Valley is there's a little something for everyone, making it a great mountain for families—there are easy cruisers like Bluebell and Lucky Jack, plus some solid steeps like Daly Bowl and Lady Morgan. Deer Valley is one of the last skiers-only holdouts, so like neighboring Alta, no snowboarders are permitted. Photos courtesy of Deer Valley Resort
Ritual Chocolate
1105 Iron Horse Dr., Park City
Charming chocolatiers Robert Stout and Anna Davies decided to try their hand at the whole “bean-to-bar” thing back in 2010 and have been going strong ever since. They make their own single-origin chocolate (in flavors like Fleur de Sel and a Mid-Mountain blend) using just two ingredients: carefully selected cacao and cane sugar. They’re primarily focused on working with purveyors who practice sustainable farming and ensuring fair wages are paid to the farmers. The bars (which include sweet pairing notes on the inside of the wrapper) are made, hand-wrapped, packed, and stamped out of their Park City storefront. The café serves a killer s’more hot chocolate, too.
Prospect
509 Main St., Park City
A skate shop in a ski town doesn’t sound so novel but Prospect is far from run-of-the-mill. Here, you’ll find an interesting high-low edit: Socks by Stance (there’s some for ladies too), hoodies from WeSc, slick Nixon watches. Tucked into the back corner is Billy's Barber Shop, an Orange Country import, that features an antique barber chair and traditional lather machine to boot. Swing by to clean up with a hot shave (or haircut if you've gone full-on mountain man) before dinner on Main. Upstairs, there are pressed juices and elixirs by Land Juicery, as well as coffee from Pink Elephant.
Park City
The big news in Park City this year is that the town's namesake resort was purchased by Vail, which could be good or bad news depending on who you talk to. Vail already owned the formerly-named Canyons, Park City's northern sister, and the acquisition gave them the opportunity to install a brand-new, eight-person gondola connecting the two resorts from peak to peak and expanding the ski-able terrain to an (astonishing) combined 7,300 acres. Über-convenient for people staying near Main Street, you can actually access Park City from right downtown, making the entire town virtually ski-in, ski-out. A mountain this huge is guaranteed to have a wide range of terrain, but considering the unbelievable number of groomed runs, the sweet spot here is for intermediate skiers. Needless to say, it's also great for littles who've graduated from the magic carpet. Tip: If you're planning on multiple ski trips this year, consider investing in the Epic Pass, Vail Resorts' multi-mountain pass, which gives you unlimited access to Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Whistler-Blackcomb, and plenty more for a fixed price.
Root’d
596 Main St., Park City
Owner Melissa Barry knows that mountain home design needn’t be limited to Pendleton blankets, buffalo plaid, and faux-fur throws. Here, her more modern take includes an airier palette (French mid-century arm chairs and Notte bed linens). Don't worry, you'll still find a few tasteful nods to alpine living: a coffee table must-have The Stylish Life: Skiing, hair-on-hide throw pillows, and a hard-carved wooden stag head. Barry's edit feels tasteful, not gimmicky. Upstairs doubles as a showroom for larger interior design projects.
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