Westgate Resort, Park City, Utah and ........... A Carefree Family Reunion

High up in them thar hills! Check out the nearby ski slopes.

Westgate Park City Resort from the east.
Westgate Park City Resort from the east. | Source

Take the right setting, the right amenities and activites at the resort and nearby, mix for a great reunion vacation.

The scenic Heber Valley.
The scenic Heber Valley. | Source

There comes a time to relax.

Mom and Dad on vacation.
Mom and Dad on vacation. | Source

We think this may have landed from an alien space ship.

Who says art can't be fun?
Who says art can't be fun? | Source

The aerated pool, landing site for ski acrobatics.

Anyone next for ski acrobatics?
Anyone next for ski acrobatics? | Source

Flags still fly at the 2002 Winter Olympics Park in Park City, Utah.

Mom and Pop with the older twin.  As for the shirttails, remember I was on vacation.
Mom and Pop with the older twin. As for the shirttails, remember I was on vacation. | Source

Fresh from a good swim. Note the Mohawks.

Some of the ballplayers who came to Park City for a Western States championship.
Some of the ballplayers who came to Park City for a Western States championship. | Source

Running (?) the Rope Obstacle Course up there in the air!

When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on!
When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on! | Source

Close friends joined in the fun, too!

High School buddies still buddies as dads.
High School buddies still buddies as dads. | Source

Relax? Or exercise? The pools offered both choices.

There was another pool with a waterfall, too!
There was another pool with a waterfall, too! | Source

Tennis anyone? Basketball, too.

If tennis is your thing (or basketball, for that matter)  why not on a sunny day up in the mountains?
If tennis is your thing (or basketball, for that matter) why not on a sunny day up in the mountains? | Source

Exploring and finding some of the great Park City and Deer Valley restaurants lended a touch of elegance.

What a great dining experience with Don and Barbara!
What a great dining experience with Don and Barbara!

A mini-reunion of 19 family members and some of their high school classmates. What kind of challenge is that?

Three of our five children (two couldn't make it due to distance and scheduling), and 11 of their children, plus spouses, friends, and a cousin from Florida and her partner (they have relatives in Park City, Utah) all came together in late July 2012 for a mini-family-reunion at the Westgate Resort, Park City.

We have a timeshare there and had discounts for our children and grandchildren.

We arrived early so as to spend a whole week relaxing in the cooler surroundings of Park City elevation 6,900 feet above sea level. Our family members joined us mid-week and stayed through the weekend.

The setting of the resort is ideal. The city itself is a historic mining town, scene of the annual Sundance Film Festival, summer concerts, tournaments, 5 K and longer races, hiking and nature trails, as well as art shows, fine dining, cooking competitions, and all the nightlife of a sophisticated, elegant, resort city.

Just outside Park City, a mile or so from our resort is the 2002 Winter Olympics Park with wonderful activites for the whole family, including an adventurous elevated rope obstacle course, an alpine slide, a bobsled course which can be run even in summer, a practice ski jump which ends in an aerated pool, an extreme zip line to take you to the base of the hill from the top of the ski lift ride, its own lodge, and museum.

While we were at the Westgate Resort, the town of Park City was hosting a western United States baseball playoff of boys baseball teams from around the west, and several excited teams were staying at our resort when they weren't scheduled to be playing ball.

Westgate Resorts' amenities are famous and easily researched and downloaded. We had our own hostess who was attentive throughout our stay from start to finish. While each set of rooms had its own fully-equipped kitchen, several TVs, stereos, CD players, blender, microwave, ice maker, etc., we also enjoyed our own in-room jacuzzi, shower/steam room, fresh linens, towels, toiletries, and full maid service from making up the beds, to doing all the dishes for our crowd! Services were not intrusive, and the full resort staff was available to meet any special needs.

With a major supermarket just down the road, a farmers market mid-week, evening concerts and barbecues, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, saunas, ping pong, basketball, tennis, a fully equipped fitness center, as well as yoga, massage, spa and salon, game room, children's activity room staffed by a professional instructor, as well as daily craft, cooking, and challenge events, there was no need for us to create activities for any family members, even though we did plan activities such as face painting and games just to be doubly sure we had good chances for the cousins to fully enjoy interacting, as well as quiet times.

As for meals, the wealth of kitchens at our disposal coupled with the nearby supermarket, meant that each family could have their own breakfast, meet for lunch and do a cooperative effort on a shared supper for all 19 and any special guests. (Of course room service, a fine resort restaurant, and a separate Grill, were available, as well as outdoor picnic areas with their own fire pits and charcoal grilling units.) Had we been avid golfers, there were also two golf courses nearby and a championship course being built just below our resort.

In short, we arrived, luxuriated, saw the sights, were served and pampered, had no cousins' fights, had places to go and see, in a beautiful setting in a scenic and historic area of the Rocky Mountains of Utah., and all for far less than renting a private lodge or hotel space would have cost each family.

What's more, each family had a dramatic change of scene, a break from routine, lots of relaxed, free time to visit, reminisce, compare notes, be reacquainted with cousins, aunts and uncles, and the two of us had the joy of seeing it all come together splendidly for a cool July vacation in the mountains.

Winter time there are two first class ski areas within 10 minutes of the resort (The Canyons and Deer Valley) and seven more within an hour's drive of Westgate Park City Resort.

We consider our timeshares one of our best investments, and despite the downturn in real estate (now making its slow recovery) we feel our investment has appreciated well to our satisfaction.

If you and your significant others would like to try out any of the Westgate Family of Resorts from Orlando to Las Vegas, let me know and I will arrange your own VIP stay and tour.

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Face paintings were fun, thanks to Aunt Cathy.

When it comes to reunions, we're all tigers!
When it comes to reunions, we're all tigers! | Source

"Food's ready!" always draws a crowd.

Keep the food flowing, but spread the work and keep a reasonable schedule for the active crowd.
Keep the food flowing, but spread the work and keep a reasonable schedule for the active crowd. | Source

Hail, hail, the gang's all here!

A pause for a photo of part of the group.
A pause for a photo of part of the group. | Source

You can't keep a great chef out of a great kitchen!

Mothers and Grandmothers, as well as the entire resort staff, spare no effort to see that everyone is enjoying every moment.
Mothers and Grandmothers, as well as the entire resort staff, spare no effort to see that everyone is enjoying every moment.

How to get there:

A marker3000The Canyons Resort Drive, Park City, UT 84098 -
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On the northwest edge of Park City, Utah and just south of the 2002 Winter Olympics Park, with golf courses, ski slopes, hiking trails, a vacation?

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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Part of planning a vacaton/reunion at any resort is working with the resort staff ahead of time to insure that you will have what you need, when you will need it, and for as long as you will need it. The resort staff is available to insure that happens throughout the process, so take full advantage of their expert professional services.


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I read this as my ex-husband and his wife live there. I have skiied there many times long before it looked like your gorgeous photos. It is a lovely spot and glad to hear you had such a fun time. It is always about food..it does bring people together.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

carol7777: We thoroughly enjoyed the week, and I'm glad you enjoyed this recounting and its suggestions. If you need another outing, let me know.


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eHealer 4 years ago from Las Vegas

Beautiful photos Perspycacious, it looks like you had a wonderful time. What a great place for a reunion. Wish I was there, right now!


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flashmakeit 4 years ago from usa

Wonderful break from your routine and an exciting looking resort. I am glad you enjoyed your family and friends. Thanks for sharing the photographs and story.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

eHealer: If you were there right now, you would have over three feet of some brand new "Greatest Snow On Earth" which has fallen in the last 2-3 days! We did have a wonderful, wonderful gathering and vacation.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

flashmakeit: It's aways fun to share the fun, and this was another great opportunity to share it. I'm glad you enjoyed it.


Marcia Ours 4 years ago

Looks like a beautiful place! I can also tell all of you had a great time. Great photos! Thanks for sharing!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Marcia Ours: It was. We did. They are. You're welcome! It's hard to take a less-than-beautiful photo in such a beautiful setting, and the smiles were not "cheesy" ones, we did have a great time.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

I just noticed this, which is much appreciated: November 10th's Daily Drawing winner is Perspycacious for the Hub Westgate Resort, Park City, Utah and ........... A Carefree Family Reunion.


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Fun hub! Congratulations on winning the daily drawing the other day. :)


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Denise Handlon: Incidentally, Westgate and The Canyon Resorts are taking the necessary steps to possibly link ski resorts on the west side of the Wasatch Mountains with the other great ski resorts on the east side of the mountains, so that skiers will have access to 25 square miles of the dry powder snow Utah is so famous for. A two mile gondola lift would make the area the largest ski area in all of North America and three times the size of the Vail ski area.


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

Beautiful family and wonderful photos. Looks like you all had a relaxed and wonderful time together. Thanks so much for sharing your family with us. Take care. Theresa


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

phdast7: What is a reunion and a vacation without photos to remember them by? And when the memories of them are universally good ones, preserving a visual trigger for remembering them is all the more satisfying for the small amount of time it takes to make the photos these days. You are welcome.

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