This mountain scene escape is only a short drive away but can instantly capture anyone's spirit. Get in touch with your western side at Robert Redford's retreat, one of our nation's most beautiful destinations.
How to get there
The winding road is part of the pleasure of this getaway. The landscape changes dramatically as you drive up Provo Canyon past Bridal Veil Falls, and by the time you arrive, you’re a world away from SLC. 8841 Alpine Loop Rd., Sundance, 801-225-4107
You can book lodging and everything else at Sundance by calling 801-225-4107.
Forget the miles of carpeted hallway. At Sundance, you have your own luxuriously-appointed rustic cabin, with or without a full kitchen. This is a real rustic cabin tucked away in the mountains. In a way, Sundance cabins are the Platonic ideal of stayaway cabin—the vacation cabin you always hope for driving through the West. You’ll walk through the woods and by the river to other activities, including dining, horseback riding and art lessons. If the weather turns on you, there’s a resort shuttle.
WHAT TO DO
Pack for fun and function
Go west, stylistically speaking. Bring your best cowboy boots and western chic—you’ll look right at home in the Tree Room and Owl Bar. You can bring your mountain bike and gear, but all you really need is a light waterproof jacket and some comfortable shoes for hiking the 10 miles of alpine trails and riding the lift up the mountain. 866-627-8313
The Foundry’s Sunday spread is famous—an amazing array of roast beef, pasta custom omelettes, pastries, waffles, sausages and pretty much everything you could want on a Sunday morning—so be sure to schedule your departure for after brunch. 866-932-2295
The Spa at Sundance
The Spa at Sundance is in sync with the rest of this counterintuitive resort—the emphasis is on inner rejuvenation, not cosmetic stopgaps. Yes, you can get your piggies done, but first wrap yourself in an organic cotton robe, soak your feet in a hand-thrown pottery bowl and take a few minutes to meditate by the fireplace. Then go for the Four Winds massage, inspired by Native American ritual. 801-223-4270
Find your inner artist at The Art Shack
Nothing is more emblematic of Sundance’s commitment to the alternative resort experience than the Art Shack. Sign up for jewelry making, drawing, painting and pottery classes. Personal instruction in a small studio erases any inhibitions. Your finished work will be mailed to you. 801-225-4107 ext. 4535
Meet old and new west at The Owl Bar
Stop in for a drink and listen to live music at the Owl Bar. The rosewood bar, originally from Ireland, was in a saloon in Thermopolis, Wyo. and frequented by Butch Cassidy and his Hole-in-the-Wall Gang. To save it from demolition, it was dismantled and reconstructed at Sundance. Now it’s the venue for the Bluebird Café music series showcasing emerging artists from the famous Nashville venue of the same name. 801-223-4222
Taste the best of the new west
Sundance takes pride in its roster of restaurants, holding to a philosophy of local and sustainable ingredients whenever possible and engaging chefs with a passion for food. The Tree Room is not to be missed. Be sure to order wine with dinner—the Sundance Wine As Art program partners with vintners who exemplify an aspect of the Sundance values of commitment to environment and celebration of independent voice and spirit. 866-627-8313
Sundance Catalog store
There’s no question Sundance offers the best shopping experience of any resort in Utah. The philosophy of artisanship presented in the Sundance Catalog is in the resort’s boutique. Embroidered blouses, handcrafted jewelry, unique fashion accessories and home furnishings elevate the usual souvenir-buying into investment shopping. 801-223-4250