Dwelling It Up at The St. Regis Deer Valley

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Park Metropolis might not instantly come to thoughts as a summer season vacation spot, however we had been in search of a fast, handy getaway and we love mountain cities, so we chosen it for our escape.

We additionally needed to loosen up and be pampered so The St. Regis Deer Valley match the invoice completely. The lodge is ideally located on 12 slope-side acres in Park Metropolis’s unique Deer Crest gated neighborhood, above the historic mountain city, only one mile from Park Metropolis’s Most important Road and a simple 45 minute drive from Salt Lake Metropolis Worldwide Airport on I-80.

This grand lodge sits excessive atop a hill like a fairy story citadel overlooking its kingdom. When you arrive, you’re feeling like you’re in a magical place.  The placement is so steep, there’s a decrease entrance and an higher entrance, related by the one funicular at a North American resort.

St Regis Deer Valley funicular Funicular

We arrive on the decrease entrance and have the fun of experiencing the dramatic trip up by funicular.  We’re met by our butler, Toni, who fingers us refreshing drinks and takes us on a short tour of the property on the way in which to our suite.  We cross by means of the foyer with its grand bronze-cast hearth that harkens again to the Gilded Age and even in July, there’s a hearth burning.

St Regis Deer Valley lobby fireplace

Foyer

The St. Regis Deer Valley is a grand lodge and but has the intimate ambiance of a personal ski lodge. Toni tells us that visitors really feel so at residence right here that within the winter they arrive right down to the foyer library in bathrobes to have espresso, learn a ebook, or play board video games. 

St Regis Deer Valley lobby library

Foyer Library. Picture courtesy of The St. Regis Deer Valley

We booked a Luxurious Suite to get the added advantages of 24/7 butler service and 900-square-feet of residing house.  After we arrived in our suite, our baggage had already been delivered.  We’re right here with our little canine “Gucci” and had been pleasantly shocked with a basket stuffed with facilities and treats for him, together with a personalised bandana embroidered together with his title.  Toni took a few of our garments to be pressed and we settled in for our luxurious keep. St. Regis Butler Service has been a treasured hallmark of the St. Regis expertise since 1904 when the Astor household based the model.  Our key card even says, “Welcome to the Home of Astor.”

St. Regis welcome amenity for dogs

Gucci’s welcome facilities

The luxurious suites are the very definition of refined mountain residing providing all of the comforts of a nice residence, and effortlessly combining indoor magnificence with out of doors journey. An environment of welcoming rest is achieved with heat earth tones, cozy throws, and electrical fireplaces in the lounge and bed room.  We even have two balconies, one off the residing space and one within the bed room, with perpetually unobstructed views of the breathtaking mountain surroundings. I depend a minimum of a dozen ski runs that I can see, so it should be equally as beautiful within the wintertime.

St Regis Deer Valley Luxury Suite livingroom

Luxurious Suite residing space

We’ve got a full kitchen with high-end home equipment: Wolf® range, SubZero® fridge, Bosch® dishwasher, and Nespresso® espresso maker in addition to totally stocked cupboards with nice dinnerware and a variety of cooking gear. The central kitchen counter presents bar seating for informal eating. Adjoining to the open kitchen, the parlor makes an inviting lounging and leisure middle with a L-shaped couch, hearth, and media middle.

St Regis Deer Valley Luxury Suite bedroom

Luxurious Suite bed room

The massive grasp toilet is accessed by a large entrance with plantation shutters from the bed room and encompasses a deep soaking tub with views of the mountains, a glass-enclosed bathe, and marble countertop with twin sinks.

St Regis Deer Valley Luxury Suite bathroom
Luxurious Suite toilet

What higher approach to rejoice our arrival than with a personal Champagne Sabering? Rituals and traditions are integral to the St. Regis model. Sommelier Mitchell Paine, tells us that the artwork of sabrage dates again to the battles of Napoleon Bonaparte, who famously opened champagne together with his saber in each victory and defeat. Napoleon stated, “Champagne: in victory, one deserves it; in defeat, one wants it.”

Every day Resort Rituals additionally embody the nightly S’mores Custom which invitations visitors to design their very own decadent treats across the Astor Terrace hearth pit, utilizing confections from the Resort’s Pastry Cooks.  A nightly Champagne Sabering Custom is held each night at nightfall which provides visitors the chance to study the historical past of and witness the dramatic opening of a bottle of champagne with an actual saber whereas having fun with a complimentary style of the libation—an ideal begin to a night.

Champagne SaberingSommelier Mitchell Paine

Champagne SaberingChampagne Sabering

St. Regis is among the most storied lodge manufacturers in historical past, based by John Jacob Astor IV, one of many richest males of his time, born in 1864 and died within the sinking of the Titanic April 15, 1912 after ensuring his pregnant spouse was safely on a lifeboat. The unique St. Regis lodge opened on Fifth Avenue in New York Metropolis in 1904 in the course of the “Gilded Age” by the Astors who had been the leaders of the brand new social class with matriarch Caroline Astor on the helm of excessive society.

St. Regis ushered in a brand new period of lavish events, balls, and suppers – events beforehand confined to the non-public properties of the elite – and thus turned the subsequent social mecca for years to come back. Caroline Astor was extremely thought to be the Queen of New York excessive society in the course of the Gilded Age.  The lodge was constructed to entertain 400 notable visitors that represented New York’s elite on the top of that period. John Jacob Astor IV created an expertise past expectation, incorporating understated magnificence, nice consideration to element, and a design that evokes the sensation of a residential residence.  Butler service was not one thing lodges would provide, so the Astors introduced in butlers to take care of their visitors similar to they might be in a rich individual’s residence. The St. Regis model efficiently carries out this imaginative and prescient to today.

St. Regis makes positive each property world wide is really the perfect handle in each location. They at present function about 50 lodges, with 10 within the U.S.

St Regis Deer Valley Wine VaultWine Vault

The St. Regis Deer Valley encompasses a Wine Vault — an intimate non-public eating expertise the place wine connoisseurs indulge their ardour for the best vintages, enhanced with personalized menus by the RIME culinary workforce. We had been capable of get a glimpse of the Wine Vault on our manner in to dinner at RIME. Visitors collect within the Wine Vault eating room for intimate non-public events, receptions, Winemaker Dinners and unique St. Regis Aficionado experiences. With a powerful assortment of over 10,000 bottles, and that includes greater than 750 totally different labels, the wine record has been awarded Wine Spectator’s “Better of Award of Excellence” for a lot of consecutive years.

St Regis Deer Valley RIME restaurantRIME

Along with the Resort’s award-winning Wine Vault, The St. Regis Deer Valley presents dynamic eating venues, every with its personal distinctive menu and ambiance.  RIME, the Resort’s signature restaurant, presents pristinely ready recent seafood and sustainably sourced prime cuts, in elegantly rustic indoor and out of doors settings; Brasserie 7452 is a bistro-style lounge surrounding a three-sided hearth; Mountain Terrace is good for an al fresco lunch, cocktails or a romantic dinner beneath the celebrities; and the St. Regis Bar encompasses a vibrant triptych mural that pays tribute to the mining historical past of Park Metropolis, with supple leather-based seating and menus to go with libations.

St Regis Deer Valley Vegan menuAmuse Bouche

RIME serves conventional American eating as conceptualized by Government Chef Alex Malmborg. The restaurant is understood for its wonderful steaks and seafood, however we had been pleasantly shocked to find that in addition they provide a full vegan menu every day.

Our Vegan tasting menu consisted of seven programs, every course bursting with taste: Amuse Bouche Gazpacho; Chilled corn soup with heirloom tomatoes and basil; Compressed watermelon salad; Black Truffle lettuce wraps; Grilled eggplant with braised artichokes, tomato chutney and basil pistou; Risotto with white asparagus; and Blueberry coconut tart and an espresso martini for dessert!  It was unimaginable and confirmed off how artistic Chef Alex is (to not point out some nice wine pairing by the sommelier).

St Regis Deer Valley Vegan menuRisotto with white asparagus

St Regis Deer Valley Vegan dessertBlueberry coconut tart

St Regis Deer Valley Sommelier and ChefSommelier Mitchell Paine and Government Chef Alex Malmborg

St Regis Deer Valley Christmas trees in JulyAlong with fires burning within the fireplaces, Christmas Bushes twinkle exterior all yr lengthy.

St Regis Deer Valley full moon over mountainFull moon rising over the mountains, view from our Luxurious Suite

St Regis Deer Valley morning skyMorning sky at dawn, view from our Luxurious Suite

The views from our balconies have been awe-inspiring, from the complete moon rising over the mountains within the night to the dawn lighting up the sky within the morning.

The lodge’s 14,000 square-foot Remède Spa permits you to unwind and give up to hours of pampering with therapeutic physique rituals. With a full menu of luxurious, revitalizing therapies, the spa presents an beautiful setting with 11 remedy rooms and two non-public spa suites with exterior patio that includes scorching tub and waterfall.

We had been feeling a contact of the altitude so we booked the “Oxygen Inhalation Remedy” that the spa presents.  I’ve all the time questioned about it and it did assist us really feel higher.

St Regis Deer Valley spa treatment room summer The St. Regis Spa, Picture courtesy of The St. Regis Deer Valley

The resort presents limitless alternatives to be energetic with every day morning yoga and guided mountain hikes, starting from very simple to superior. The St. Regis Athletic Membership presents state-of-the-art health gear in a 3,300-square-foot facility open 24 hours every day, that includes Peloton cycles, free weights, and TechnoGym gear together with treadmills, elipticals, and upright and reclining bikes. Additionally provided are pilates studio and private coaching providers. The St. Regis Athletic Membership is complimentary for residents and visitors.  In any case that exercise, the Remède Spa offers final rest!

St Regis Deer Valley spa hot tubSpa scorching tub

One other approach to refresh is with a dip within the two-tier infinity pool or scorching tubs, basking in fabulous mountain views. A brand new pop-up poolside kitchen this summer season provides to the expertise with a menu that features Sesame Ginger Tuna Tartar Cones, Huli Huli Grilled Hen Sandwiches and naturally, hotdogs, hamburgers and milkshakes.  Refreshing libations embody Strawberry-Mint Moscow Mules and Ginger Margaritas and non-alcoholic frozen Pina Coladas and Mojitos.  Thursday evening Dive-In Motion pictures characteristic a basic or present theatrical whereas visitors lounge on inflatable rafts.

St Regis Deer Valley swimming poolTwo-tier Swimming pool

Park Metropolis Mountain Resort is the most important ski resort within the U.S. and constantly rated #1 greatest ski resort within the USA, however the summers are equally as spectacular. There may be a lot to do in Park Metropolis within the summertime that you might spend the entire season right here and never run out of issues to do. The Resort’s Concierge and signature Butler Service can prepare Blue Ribbon trout fishing, tee-times at eight championship golf programs, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking on the Jordanelle Reservoir, and the prospect to expertise a world-class bobsled run (sure, even in the summertime!) at Utah Olympic Park.

Every day Garden Video games on the Resort’s lush Grand Garden embody croquet, archery, volleyball, badminton, ladder toss, Cornhole, spike ball, KanJam, Kubb, Large Chess, Large Jenga and, on weekends, axe throwing taught by professionals.  Root Beer Float Pop-ups enable visitors to make their very own frothy concoction, and Festive Meals Vehicles on the weekends provide all kinds of fare.  Stay music is featured each Saturday and Sunday on the Astor Terrace.

Bloody Mary 101 Class at St. Regis Deer ValleyBloody Mary 101 Courses educate visitors to make the “7452 Mary,” named for the elevation of the Resort’s bar.

In 1934, famed barman Fernand Petiot perfected the recipe for a vodka-and-tomato juice cocktail, often called the Bloody Mary at The St. Regis New York’s King Cole Bar. Initially christened the “Bloody Mary”, the cocktail was renamed the “Purple Snapper” in order to not offend the lodge’s refined clientele. After nearly 90 years, the enduring Bloody Mary stays the signature cocktail of the St. Regis.

Every lodge and resort within the St. Regis portfolio has crafted its personal distinctive, domestically impressed interpretation of the model’s signature cocktail. The Bloody Mary right here at The St. Regis Deer Valley is known as “7452 Mary” named after the elevation at which the St. Regis bar sits, the basic Bloody Mary base is crafted with native 5 Wives Vodka and topped with Wasabi-Celery Espuma, rimmed with Black Lava salt, and completed with a pipette of Worcestershire and Tabasco so that you simply management the warmth.

St Regis Deer Valley barThe St. Regis Bar

The three-piece triptych behind the bar entitled “Into the Mines” by artist Philip Butler reveals miners in a mine shaft.  We’re advised that the majority St. Regis lodges show a triptych artwork piece depicting native tradition.

Park City Main Street summer morningPark Metropolis’s historic Most important Road

Most important Road – Tradition, Meals and Libations

As soon as the basecamp of a silver mining city, Park Metropolis’s Most important Road has come to characterize the center and soul of one of the crucial fashionable mountain cities within the west. It’s additionally packed tight with luxurious retailers, artwork galleries, museums, nightlife and boutique eating places to fulfill each craving.

Park Metropolis abounds with summer season occasions together with Park Foolish Sunday Market, a super-fun competition held weekly on Most important Road with dwell music, eclectic native crafts, distinctive finds, connoisseur meals and farmer’s market fare.  The August Kimball Artwork Middle Competition, one of many main artwork reveals within the nation, showcases artwork from tons of of artists together with music and meals from modern purveyors.

Riverhorse on Main dining roomPicture Courtesy of Riverhorse on Most important

The lodge’s concierge really helpful Park Metropolis’s high rated restaurant, Riverhorse On Most important, and organized for us to be taken there by the lodge automobile. Riverhorse on Most important is amongst an elite record of high eating places within the nation and is among the oldest and most distinguished eating places on Park Metropolis’s historic Most important Road. It’s a 16-year recipient of the Forbes Journey Information 4 Star Award and is lauded by restaurant critics and the eating public alike as considered one of North America’s high culinary locations. The Riverhorse perpetually rotates its menu on seasonal and artistic calls for.

St Regis Deer Valley fire pitFireplace pit on the St. Regis Deer Valley’s Mountain Terrace. Picture courtesy of The St. Regis Deer Valley.

Deer Valley concertLive performance venue with the St. Regis and funicular within the background. Picture credit score: Park Metropolis Chamber of Commerce

Two magical summer season live performance sequence are held instantly adjoining to the Resort, simply reached by way of the funicular.  The Deer Valley Music Competition and Grand Valley Financial institution Group Live performance Collection characteristic performances together with Utah Symphony’s Patriotic Pops.  You possibly can take pleasure in meals and drinks whereas listening to music wafting from the live performance on Astor Bar’s Terrace.  A personalized live performance picnic basket can all the time be ordered out of your Butler or the Concierge.

St Regis Deer Valley cocktailsCocktails

We’re toasting our memorable stick with drinks exterior on the Mountain terrace. We have been in rest mode all weekend, so we simply watch as teams of hikers and bikers do the exhausting work of crisscrossing the mountain paths, as we sit again and luxuriate in refreshing cocktails.

St Regis Deer Valley mountain terraceMountain Terrace

Each St. Regis workforce member we got here involved with had the identical outlook – they advised us that they really feel honored to work in such a beautiful setting. St Regis has hosted legendary visitors up to now like Marilyn Monroe, Ernest Hemingway, Marlene Dietrich, Salvador Dali and Alfred Hitchcock – which is becoming for an equally legendary model. The administration will not disclose present well-known visitors, however the St. Regis model was born of a particular legacy and crafted for connoisseurs who want the best experiences conceivable.

St Regis Deer Valley departureScenic Departure

After such an ideal expertise, we’re unhappy to go away, however we have now this glorious view to encourage us to plan our subsequent go to!

All pictures by Christine Grey/Luxurious Journey Journal until specified

St Regis is planning to double the variety of lodges and resorts it operates within the subsequent 5 years. In 2022 it’s going to open the The St Regis Kanai Resort, The St Regis Chicago, The St Regis Marsa Arabia Island, The Pearl (Qatar), plus a lodge in Belgrade. The St Regis San Francisco will reopen following a whole renovation.

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