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December 2023

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Meanwhile, just across the street, the entrance to Alpine Distilling aka Park City Social Aid & Pleasure Club beckons visitors to a decidedly new side of Park City life. In a state whose quirky liquor laws are widely known, it might be surprising to learn that the country's preeminent distiller, Sara Sergent, is based here. Sit down with Sergent in her below-street-level establishment under moody lighting as the space buzzes with live music, and she'll enthusiastically offer a history lesson/science experiment/ gin making masterclass, then encourage you to combine what she's taught you about her craft with your own tastes and preferences to custom create your very own gin. ere's nothing not to love about the experience, or Sergent, for that matter; just make sure you've come with plans to check your baggage on the trip home because there's no shipping option for your private label creation. Away from the bustle of Main Street and just a short drive east to the nearby Heber Valley, I discovered the wonder of fly fishing. Here, with the assistance of experienced guide Nikki, I nabbed more than one trout from the Provo River for a quick selfie before returning him to his home, but it was enough to sell me on the sport — a zen antidote to the thrill of racing down a ski slope. (GoHeberValley.com offers links to guides and outfitters to book your own experience.) At the end of a long day, there is no better place to lay your head here than Stein Eriksen Lodge. Created to emulate the traditional European alpine lodge, this mid-mountain resort on Deer Valley is the embodiment of luxury. Spacious rooms miss no detail, and private outdoor spas beckon you to come soak and soothe weary muscles while taking in the breathtaking night sky which, due to Utah's Dark Sky Ordinance, offers a glimpse of the Milky Way with the naked eye. A couple nights of this, and you just might be tempted to be another of the many who decide to make Utah home. RIGHT The writer discovers beginner's luck fly fishing on the Provo River in Heber Valley BOTTOM Stein Eriksen Lodge's luxurious suites range from 1,200 to 4,900 square feet, with multiple fireplaces and up to five bedrooms detour destinations << FLY FISHING: COURTESY PHOTO STEIN ERIKSEN LODGE: PHOTO COURTESY OF UTAH OFFICE OF TOURISM

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