Westgate Resort, Park City, Utah and ........... A Carefree Family Reunion
High up in them thar hills! Check out the nearby ski slopes.
Take the right setting, the right amenities and activites at the resort and nearby, mix for a great reunion vacation.
There comes a time to relax.
We think this may have landed from an alien space ship.
The aerated pool, landing site for ski acrobatics.
Flags still fly at the 2002 Winter Olympics Park in Park City, Utah.
Fresh from a good swim. Note the Mohawks.
Running (?) the Rope Obstacle Course up there in the air!
Close friends joined in the fun, too!
Relax? Or exercise? The pools offered both choices.
Tennis anyone? Basketball, too.
Exploring and finding some of the great Park City and Deer Valley restaurants lended a touch of elegance.
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.
Copyright 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reseved.
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Face paintings were fun, thanks to Aunt Cathy.
"Food's ready!" always draws a crowd.
Hail, hail, the gang's all here!
You can't keep a great chef out of a great kitchen!
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