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A Sundance Side Trip

Sundance Resort

Courtesy of the Sundance Resort

To many, the word “Sundance” conjures images of movie stars and hipster film buffs donning designer mountain threads and attending the annual winter Sundance Film Festival. But for those in the know, there is much to do in this quaint resort town located just an hour away from downtown Salt Lake.

A Little history:
The Sundance Resort, located near the town of Provo on Mount Timpanogos, was founded back in 1969, when actor Robert Redford bought the 6,000-acre piece of land. Once the property was purchased, Redford made the decision (against the will of his investors) to maintain the integrity of the place. Being a well-known movie star, Redford had artistic aspirations for the land as well. This meant establishing a center that was not only environmentally preserved but one that would also be accessible to creative minds. And thus, Sundance was born.

Did you know?
An old Scottish family inhabited the Sundance property for nearly a century before Robert Redford purchased it in 1969.

Where to Stay:
Sundance is vastly different from most popular ski-town resorts. Choose from one of the spacious rooms or suites with a mountain decor that is elegant and seemingly effortless. Or opt for mountain home or loft, both of which provide space for a larger family or group along with a full kitchen and living area. After choosing your lodging, you can then customize your stay with Sundance’s top-notch concierge. From transportation and dining to activities and spa treatments, the Sundance team will plan every aspect of your stay.

Favorite place to stay:
Cuckoos Nest. The beautiful mountain lodge has stunning views of the resort as well as a lap pool, a sprawling deck, a fireplace and authentic wood and stone furnishings. Need more space? There is an additional guesthouse that can accommodate even the largest of groups.

Where to Eat:
The Tree Room, Sundance’s premier on-site restaurant, has been raved about in countless magazines and popular lists ever since it opened. Reserve a table for dinner and expect a romantic atmosphere with scattered candles and exquisite food. The Foundry Grill is another great choice and perfect for any meal of the day. Be sure to get a table on the outdoor patio when the weather turns warm.

Favorite Dish
: Morgan Valley Lamb Osso Bucco. And for those with a sweet tooth, try the Warm Chocolate Truffle Cake, which is served with banana ice cream and walnut brittle.

What to Do:
Whoever dubbed summer the “off-season” was wrong. Sundance is a wonderful place to explore. You can choose to fill your days with exciting outdoor adventures, such as biking, hiking, horseback riding, fly fishing and river rafting. Or take a more relaxed approach by spending time at the spa, taking a scenic ride up the chairlift or admiring the art exhibits at the Sundance Art Gallery. The choices are endless; the only problem is finding the time to do it all,

Favorite spa treatment:
Sundance Stone Massage. The Spa refers to this signature massage as a journey, which uses the Native American ideology of “Four Winds” for balance and rejuvenation.

Get Your Creative Juices Flowing:

Sign up for one of the many classes offered at the Sundance Art Shack. There are daily workshops for those interested in drawing, pottery, jewelry, photography and printmaking. Be sure to pay a visit to the Glassblowing Studio to see artists turn the hot orange liquid into stunning works of art. During your stay, there will be a variety of events to deepen your artistic senses. You can see a film at the Sundance Screening room or a performance at the Sundance Summer Theatre. There are authors who come to speak and converse and musicians who come to play at the Eccles Stage.

Favorite class: Pottery. Let the talented Sundance instructors show you how to mold a slab of clay using your own wheel. The finished product will be sent to you immediately after firing.

How to Get There:
Fly into Salt Lake International Airport and get onto I-80 going east. From there, take a right to go south on I-215 and then veer onto I-15 south toward the town of Provo. Take exit #272, and follow the road to Hwy 189. Turn left onto Scenic Route #92 just seven miles later, and you’ll find Sundance two miles up on your left.

The Sundance Resort, 8841 North Alpine Loop Road, Provo, Utah, 877-831-6224

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