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At Summit Sotheby’s International Realty, we represent some the most magnificent properties in the state of Utah. The lifestyle here on the Silicon Slopes is one of clean air, breathtaking landscapes, and hundreds of recreational opportunities right out our back door. Watch for this commercial which is part of our campaign that will be running all through the Deer Valley Music Festival.

And featured in this video you will find my listing at Stag Lodge, a brilliant ski-in/ski-out property right on Last Chance ski run at Deer Valley Resort. Click here for more details.

Summit Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to sponsor the 2017 Deer Valley Music Festival. Enjoy the world-class talent from our own Utah Symphony, paired with the best in classic rock, country, show tunes, pop, jazz, and of course, chamber and classical music galore. The festival includes 16 concerts over a five-week period, including 12 “main stage” concerts at Deer Valley Resort’s Snow Park Outdoor Amphitheater in Park City and four chamber concerts at St. Mary’s Church in Salt Lake City. The Deer Valley Music Festival will open at the beginning of July with a patriotic concert, featuring Broadway and opera singer Lisa Vroman with the Utah Symphony Orchestra.

Other highlights scheduled to perform with the symphony throughout the summer include: Leslie Odom Jr., the Beach Boys and Ben Folds Five. “America’s band” The Beach Boys — synonymous with sun, surf and endless California sunshine – will perform their good-vibe music with the Utah Symphony on July 8th. Boasting three dozen U.S. Top 40 hits (the most by any American rock group), The Beach Boys’ chart-topping hits include “Surfin’,” “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Kokomo,” “Help Me Rhonda” and “California Girls.”

Halloween, 2016

Every Halloween, the same.

The costumed crowd begins to form.
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Pulsing, pushing, the swarm overtakes the street.

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The animals, adorned and incentivized.

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The humans, well-accessorized.

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As dusk settles, a weariness takes hold.

Uphill they trudge with their prizes.

Towards home.

Oh, Halloween

Presuming you’re not so dim as to choose a racist costume or to go running around terrorizing people with a chainsaw (“This is Miami, he has a gun”) there is nothing not to love about Halloween. The weather is usually beautiful, the last of the leaves are about to fall, and everything is properly autumn. Soups because we’ve waited all winter. I made beef stew Saturday and pot roast yesterday and there’s not a meat in my fridge I won’t hesitate to braise because it’s finally cold overnight. We’re wearing sweaters again! Of course we have to take them off by noon but no one cares because there is a Tim Burton movie to watch when we get home.

I don’t think there’s a town in Utah that celebrates Halloween quite like Park City. Oh I know there are the pay-$20-get-lunged-at haunted houses throughout the valley, and the theme park Lagoon stays open late and has ghouls running around, and if I weren’t so old and tired I might venture over to some dance club or local theatre with my bag of toast, spray bottle, and lighter for a midnight showing of Rocky Horror Picture Show. (Just kidding, you can’t bring your own anymore. In my day you brought your own toast.)

Here in Park City, Main Street shuts down for the afternoon so that entire costumed families can show off their holiday spirit. We call it “Howl-o-ween” because there is a “dog parade” but really it’s just bedlam, but just the sort of bedlam you know Park City can guarantee

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NEW FRIENDS NEW FRIENDS NEW FRIENDS NEW FRIE

Seeing more than one legit Chewbacca costume isn’t unusual. Despite prohibitive laws, there are open containers a-plenty.

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^^^HOW IT’S DONE^^^

All the bars and restaurants are participating in some way. Someone is usually playing spooky music and once they tried to stage a Thriller flash mob but everyone had been drinking and nobody knew the steps anyways. Typical.

It’s also the last big holiday before we get buried in snow, so many people decorate their houses for the event. Assuming we didn’t get a freak storm of course, which is always possible. My favorite street for this is Daly Ave. You’re in Old Town, so the houses are old and spooky anyways, plus they’re close together and you get a lot of bang for your walking buck. And the kids luck out as well; they can trick-or-treat on Main at all the shops plus they can trick-or-treat the houses once it gets dark.

This is the time of year when chilly stuff is fun and optional, and the only big stress is when to turn the sprinklers off for the season and if you bought enough fun-size candy to not give out. No family ordeals, no pressure for big meals or parties or events.

Just black clothes, candy, and Christopher Lee reading “The Raven”. My kind of holiday.

*Featured photo taken by our rockstar photographers at Summit Sotheby’s International Realty. Then entire tour for that year’s parade can be seen here.

Park City Farmers Market

Every Wednesday, during and after the Open House Tour is the Park City Farmers Market. But Tour day is so tiring that I know if I go to the Farmers Market afterwards I will have zero reserve, buy All The Things and have more salad than can fit in my fridge. But, if I get a coffee around 4 PM I can finagle just enough brainpower to get in, buy some corn and get the Sam Hill out of there. For those with a less strenuous Wednesday, it’s loads of fun and you could actually do all your grocery shopping there.

Where: the parking lot at the Canyons Village of Park City Resort, Wednesdays from 12-6 PM.

What. A. Dump.
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As you can imagine, there is all manner of Farmers Market fare here. Vegetables, garden plants, cheese, popcorn, tinctures and jewelry.
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Beef tent? You got it. Fresh mozzarella and butter. Chocolate sauce. Seafood. Baked goods. You got that too.
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New game: take a shot every time you see the word “artisan.” Die tragically.
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Apparel, shirts, shoes. The hat guy probably sells out every week.
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Lobster trailer? Check. FarmersMarket-12

Local bread and wood-fired pizza food truck? Obviously.
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Tie dye tent? Of course! FarmersMarket-18

And no farmers market would be complete without an Airstream. FarmersMarket-19

Here in Park City, we do not disappoint.

(But seriously, wear sunscreen and do not play that drinking game because you will totally die.)

Parking in Park City

So this weekend is one of the many summer activities that shut down Main Street in our mountain ski town of Park City, Utah. The Independence Day parade, the Tour of Utah bike race, the Arts Festival, the weekly Park Silly Market. It’s a good time for a refresher course on how to park in Park City but full disclosure: you’re better to just Uber/taxi/bus in for the 4th. TRUST ME.

1. FREE BUS
The Park City transit system is free. F R E E. Hop on, hop off, take 10 times a day, whatever. Free. (Big selling point for property by the way, “on the bus route” is more attractive than not.) You can just send your kids/spouse/friends/self out the door and off to whatever adventure you like. Case in point: this creeper shot I took of three youth fishing enthusiasts about to get on the bus. ACTUAL fishing poles, you guys, like how great is that. Do not tell me this isn’t Mayberry because I cannot be convinced.
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