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The Lodge at Blue Sky

Wanship, Utah, United States

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PROPERTY FEATURES

The Premises 

In the tiny Utah settlement of Wanship (population: 400), The Lodge at Blue Sky is a place for dudes and dudettes to saddle up: on this 3,500-acre ranch, fellow guests include rescue horses, meandering moose and falcons soaring through the skies. A creek (not a river) runs through it, and more references to Robert Redford can be found on the activity programme, which includes fly-fishing. You’ll also be able to wander over to the whiskey distillery next door, pop down to Park City for the powder and admire just how artistically the architecture blends in with its spectacular mountain backdrop.

The Lodge at Blue Sky

27649 Old Lincoln Hwy Wanship, Utah 84017United States

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SMITH EXTRA

Compliments of the House 

A resort credit of US$100, to be put towards meals, excursions or spa treatments

At the Hotel 

CHECK-OUT: Noon, but flexible, subject to availability and a varying charge. Earliest check-in, 4pm.
Rates don’t usually include breakfast (from US$16 a person).

FACILITIES

Valet parking, yoga yurt, gym, kids’ club, stables, farm, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: air-conditioning, free bottled water, tea and coffee kit, TV, DVD player and Auberge bath products.

PACKING TIPS

You’ll need some saddle-friendly styling, sturdy, suitable-for-ranch-roaming footwear and layers for those nippy desert nights. If you’re planning on hitting the Park City piste, don’t forget the salopettes.

SPA

The Edge Spa is named for its only slightly hairy setting at the edge of a precipice overlooking Alexander Creek. There’s a sauna, hammam and five treatment rooms for relaxing rituals that use natural ingredients, some of which have been grown on the ranch. Treatments can be taken in-room if you prefer.

POOL

There are two, including an infinity-edge, hot-tub-enhanced heated one with a stellar view of the local landscape. The second one’s in the Edge Spa; it’s also heated and outdoors, but this time adults only, too.

ALSO

The lodge’s communal areas are all accessible for wheelchair users, and some rooms have been specially adapted.
If you thought you were well versed in yoga practice, you might reconsider after a quick glance at the programme here: vertical vinyasa, snowshoe ’n’ yoga, adventure yoga and heli-yoga (we’re not sure either) are as run of the mill as your average downward dog at this lodge. There are also meditation classes for rehearsing those oms.

Rooms 

For the most seclusion, couples should opt for an adults-only Creek House, which are (unsurprisingly) on the banks of the Alexander Creek. Fly fishers will also love these rooms, since they come with their own rods and tackle. Families will enjoy the Two-Bedroom Signature Suites in the main lodge, which have so much space, you (probably) won’t get on each others’ nerves.

Food & Drink 

Unforgettable Features 

Yuta (see what they did there?) serves up a seasonal, modern American menu, with dishes dreamt up based on what’s growing on Gracie’s Farm and the surrounding smallholdings. Chef Galen Zamarra looked to the cultures that shaped Utah: the Chinese, Irish and Spanish all played a part in the state’s history and came from both coasts with the railroad. Sounds like a pretty delicious mix to us; expect cactus, chilli, aioli and, er, ephedra tea. Star dishes include clay-pot pigeon with sage and mushrooms, and corn soup with seared scallops. Breakfast is a made-to-order choice of dishes like pastry baskets, French or avocado toast, and pancakes. Guests can also head over to the Refectory at the High West Distillery, which is on the estate and open for lunch Wednesday to Saturday, for brunch on Sunday and for rousing supper clubs with live music every Thursday.

Liquid Bliss 

Swap stories of banditry and bank robbery (we’re kidding) after days out in the mountains over homegrown-herb-garnished whiskey cocktails (made using the distillery-next-door’s finest) and craft Utah beers. There’s live music here at weekends (and possibly some line-dancing if you ask nicely).
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Experience the Extraordinary 

There’s a whole 3,500-acre ranch out there for the lassoing: ride horseback through the sagebrush-lined trails, channel Robert Redford and get fly-fishing in those mountain streams, ride a mountain bike, set off on one of the hiking trails or shoot some sporting clays. As if there wasn’t enough to keep you happily ensconced at the ranch, the lodge is also close to the Park City Mountain Resort, a vast ski area that has some impressive vital statistics: more than 7,300 acres, 348 trails and 41 lifts make this the biggest ski and snowboard resort in the whole of the US. The hotel can also arrange cross-country skiing and snow-shoeing, along with canvas-painting classes and geocaching. For more Robert-Redford-film mimicry, sign up for a lesson in horsemanship – you’ll be a horse whisperer in no time. Further afield, hike the two and a half miles to the Fifth Water Hot Springs – a two-hour drive south from the lodge (a hop, in America) – to be rewarded with thermal pools, waterfalls and forest.

Transportation 

The Lodge at Blue Sky is a remote, natural-beauty spot in the western American state of Utah, north of Park City and east of Salt Lake City.

Planes 

Salt Lake City International Airport is the closest to the lodge; the 40-mile drive should take 40 minutes. Hotel transfers start from US$150 each way.

Automobiles 

This is the Wild West and the distances are vast: it’s definitely worth hiring a car at the airport for road-tripping ease. The drive to Park City and its ski slopes shouldn’t take longer than 25 minutes. Allow 40 minutes to reach the centre of Salt Lake City. There’s free valet parking once you reach the lodge.

Location

27649 Old Lincoln Hwy Wanship, Utah 84017United States

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