PARK CITY 2008



every summer we take our girls up to park city for the week--we love getting out of the heat and up into the mountains. we also love exploiting our travel connections for our personal enjoyment, and park city has never failed us yet.


this year we got a chance to upgrade mid-trip to the stein eriksen lodge which was all THAT and a bag of proverbial chips--since our camera was on the fritz, to see some pretty sweet photos of the place, clickity HERE


now, this next part is what my mother would call the "vain and pretentious" part of blogging--i call it the "i want my kids to look back and remember how great they had it this trip" part. it's just a video snippet i took of our wicked fly 3,000 sq. feet (yeah, you heard that right--when the bellman brought us in, russ and i had to pick our chins up off our chests and pretend like this was how we rolled ALL THE TIME. little did he know that we were just white trash with connections from southern yeeeewtahhh.) accommodations. we were pretty stoked. so, in order to not view our vanity, skip this. (reverse psychology? YOU decide.......)








the girls love taking the free trolley up and down main street and stopping into the marriott time-share office there to look at their live owl. what i don't like is how they are trying to talk me into a presentation the whole time, even as i am yelling, "MY HUSBAND WORKS FOR MARRIOTT! DON'T WASTE YOUR BREATH!"


other things the girls loved: watching "lost" (yeah, we can't even go up there without lugging it along), riding up to the top of the mountain on the main street chair lift, seeing 'space chimps', and swimming at the stein pool where our cabana boy--and YES, i am FULLY SERIOUS this time!--named jason basically attended to their every little whim and fancy. the guy was 24 years old and he played those little girls like a violin--in fact, i'd say he's just about the best i've seen at a job like that. everytime we'd turn around he'd be there with a fresh towel, or chilled water bottles, or pool toys for the kids, or fruit-kabobs on a platter. it was pretty uptown, and katie thought he was the cat's pajamas. the rbc was just a little bit annoyed because he knew it would just mean more $$$ out of his pocket come tip time. but we could not have asked for more--we loved every (well, except for SOME) minute of it!

**stay tuned later this week for russ's MAN FANTASY: FULFILLED post......got your attention? get your minds out of the gutter, it's the family-friendly clean version. but it made his whole decade!

23 comments:

b. said...

Ok....this puts our Westgate to she-ame!
I wanna cabana boy.

Vanessa said...

Rockin' crib! And your girls are cute, too!

devri said...

That's eye candy for the livin'

Kristen said...

Wow! I need a vacation...a REAL vacation! Trips to visit family just don't cut it!

Tanja said...

You're girls are the cutest!

Can I roll with you and Russ? That place rocks!!

Man fantasy....I am all ears! Can't wait to hear this one!

Krista said...

nice diggs! We love PC!

Angie said...

So glad you enjoyed STein too! Tell Russ he's way to cheap and next time he needs to pamper your butt at the "STein Suite"!! Haha! Great video! I've never seen a room like that one in all the years I've been frequenting Stein. Looked beautiful and your kids seemed so excited!

Petunia said...

OMG! I finally get to hear that deep sexy voice I've been reading about! I'm so glad I had the sound turned on! tee-hee!

And wow--what a beautiful suite! It's not pretentious--blog readers are nosy and we like to see stuff like that. Looks like you had a great vacation!

Pedaling said...

can't wait to hear the man fantasy: fullfilled post.
love all the vain and self centered talk, pics and video, keep them coming so i'm not the only self absorbed one out in bloggy land.

rachel said...

It is fun to live the lifestyle of the rich and the famous if only for a moment:) One of my favorite things about living here is going up there. I want to go up during sundance and stalk all the famous people sometime...

Ida said...

It's so cool to put a voice to your blog. I love it all the kitchen with snacks only and diet Dr pepper or the ginormous everything.

Adam and Kristina said...

The Stein Eriksen Lodge is handsdown, the nicest hotel I have ever stayed in and ever will. Oh, and if you happen to ever get a massage there, please know that by telling the massuese you would like a little more pressure, that ups it to a deep tissue massage, and tacks on $25.

Holly H. said...

Park City is a great place! We go up there every year for a ski trip. The kids love it so much and I love skiing on the Deer Valley Slopes, but it costs a small fortune. I think we paid almost $200 a day for the four of us last year. What???

Anyway, darling pics of your family! Glad you had a great time!

Trina said...

Now that's how you do a vacation. Love the pics!

Kami said...

I love the "flippin" tour. What a fun place to stay. Glad you guys had fun!

tammy said...

Sweet! We used to go to Park City every summer too when I was growing up. I have a cabana boy for my pool, and it gets old after awhile. He starts wanting things in return.

Amy said...

Love the whole Park City vacay! I was even lucky to be able to steal some of the sacred time... thanks for joining us for dinner... it was about the best ever! You should have done it though!

Jori said...

Man, you Cloves really know how to live.:) One of these days I will get my buns up there. I need a big dose of Mindi.

steveandsteph said...

Um! That place is huge! At first I was just going to say, that kitchen is bigger and nicer than my own, but dude, the ENTIRE (what do you even call that?-It's more than a hotel room!) thing is bigger than my whole house-wayyyy nicer too! Dude, your kids TOTALLY have it good! A far cry from the Motel Six's I stayed in as a kid!:)

Melissa said...

Park City is awesome, I was just there this weekend, my parents have a house in Deer Valley. It is beautiful and so nice to enjoy a little cooler temps. Too bad I didn't run into you and your cute fam!

Rusti said...

Here is where I realize I need more friends to take advantage of.

Physcokity said...

It's love! I heard How Soon Is Now by Love Spit Love on your playlist and it's confirmed I heart Mindi! and her taste in music :D

No Cool Story said...

Oooh Ahhhh! SO Niiiiiice :)
I love that, pretending "like this was how we rolled ALL THE TIME" HAHAHAHA!
That room looked like a house.

Does the fantasy involve that Princess Leia outfit?