We’re Outlaws By Nature!
Celebrating Sundance Resort, Stein Eriksen Lodge, & Sundance Film Festival
This week we are thrilled to introduce you to the Sundance Mountain Resort and Stein Eriksen Lodge, both in the neighborhood of Park City, Utah. Come show us your “Independant Spirit” as we celebrate 50 years of art and conservation, as envisioned by legendary actor, Robert Redford.
We borrowed our theme this week, “Outlaws by Nature” in the spirit of The Sundance Kid, because we believe this perfectly captures the incredible beauty and independent streak of this community’s artists and artisans.
Oscar Wilde once wrote, “The Americans are certainly great hero-worshippers and often take their heroes from the criminal classes.” Do YOU have a hero who in some ways was an outlaw? If so, come and tell us about that! Thousands of people mourned the deaths of Bonnie & Clyde. Jesse James’ possessions were auctioned off for a fortune and the story of Billy the Kid was romanticized throughout the world.
Who will you be? Ma Barker, Robin Hood, or maybe Al Capone? How about Butch Cassidy or the Sundance Kid in the flesh?!? Maybe, you are their muse, their moll, their sidekick, or the lawman who brought them down. We plan on having some fun with our theme this week, and to make sure you are all in the spirit of things, BOTH of our hosts this week are offering a two night stay with breakfast for the member(s) of our gang who they feel have brought their best outlaw vibe to the party!
Just for the record, we are NOT suggesting that you come as Sundance’s cocktail this week – even WE have boundaries!
The “First Five at 3:55” (the first five planners to log in at 3:55pm) will receive gifts from our hosts just for logging in a little bit ahead of time – so “double the fun” on that score, too!
As usual, Kelly McAlister with Maui Jim will be with us to grant another deserving guest a pair of her fabulous sunglasses to hide behind when you become notorious!
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I’ve been working at Sundance for 11 years and work with both corporate groups and am over all of the weddings. I grew up going to Sundance and I feel lucky every day I get to look at such a magical view from my office and share the mountain with others. I love helping create memorable experiences for others in my favorite place.
When I’m not working you can usually find me at my silversmithing bench making jewelry for my small business, hanging out with my family, hiking/skiing or at a concert. I can’t wait for the day we can see live music again.
I got a puppy about 5 months ago and recently moved in with my brother and his puppy, so that has certainly taken up a lot of my time lately. It’s been a fun but crazy adventure to say the least!
7700 Stein Way
Park City, UT 84060
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Jim grew up on a farm in Lodi, California, wanting to be an architect.
He attended Arizona State University, somewhere along the way something went awry… he began his hospitality career at the Marriott Camelback Inn in Scottsdale, Arizona while going to school.
Jim has enjoyed a 31-year run in the luxury hotel and resort industry working at premier properties and companies such as Four Seasons and Montage. Currently, he’s responsible for leading the Group Sales effort and team for the Stein Collection properties: Stein Eriksen Lodge, the Chateaux Deer Valley and the Chateaux and Stein Eriksen Residential properties.
Jim enjoys the outdoors, being a happy hour pontoon captain, skiing, biking, camping, cooking, and home improvement.
Fun Fact: Jim has held a General Contractor license in CA since 2000.
Sundance Mountain Resort
Inspired by the Ute tribes that first inhabited this canyon and continuing through the early 20th century as the Stewarts, a family of Scottish immigrants, homesteaded the area.
Sundance is celebrating 50 years as an arts community, a recreational community, a community of people who appreciate the beauty of nature and feel the responsibility to preserve it.
“The first year, I couldn’t get a loan from the bank. The waiters didn’t show up, so the owners had to wait on tables… And the tree in the Tree Room died. But, we endured.
To us, Sundance is and always will be a dream. What you see, smell, taste and feel here is a dream being carefully nurtured.
It is an area whose pledge is to people. What we offer in the form of art and culture, spirit and service, is homegrown and available to all. We hope you like it.”
MEETING SPACE, EXPANDED
When there’s this much natural light and beauty surrounded meeting spaces, why limit your guests? Enjoy this walk-through video of the Redford Conference Center, as well as videos, galleries and info about the resorts other unique spaces: The Screening Room, the Rehearsal Hall, plus numerous other venues that each have their own rustically cool vibe.
A DRINK BACK IN TIME AT THE OWL BAR
Once frequented by Butch Cassidy, this restored 1890’s bar was moved from Thermopolis, Wyoming to Sundance. Meet here for creative cocktails, beer and wine as well as an inventive, seasonal menu. Other dining and drinking venues include The Foundry Grill, The Tree Room (yes, a tree grows through the middle of it), the Sundance Deli, Creekside Cafe, and Bearclaw Cabin (oh, and a food truck, too!).
NAKED TICKLE FIGHT
(it’s been on their menu for over 15 years!)
- 1 ½ oz Spiced Rum
- ¾ oz Coconut Rum
- 3 oz Pineapple Juice
- Splash of Cranberry Juice
Shake and serve in a wine glass. they like to serve it in one of their hand blown recycled glasses!
IN CONCERT WITH NATURE
Look at the Sundance Mountain Resort website, and you’ll be overwhelmed by the number of activities and events, all centered around the beautiful surroundings of the resort. From car concerts, to mountain biking, author series, film showings to fly fishing, zip tours, kids camp, skiing/snowboarding to the Bluebird Cafe concert series. Any time of the year, guests will revel in the social scene here at Sundance. And did we mention this little thing called the film festival?
Stein Eriksen Lodge
Nestled amid the alpine serenity of Deer Valley and identified worldwide as a preeminent luxury ski hotel, Stein Eriksen Lodge is an authentic European lodge offering an elegant blend of contemporary sophistication and nostalgic grace. Inspired by the Olympic legend and his Norwegian heritage, this traditional ski lodge was the first luxury property in Park City and is Utah’s only Forbes Five-Star hotel and spa. Adorned with oversized leather chairs, crackling fireplaces, and a welcoming ambience, the Lodge provides guests the ultimate in comfort and location.
Being Utah’s only Forbes Five-Star hotel and spa, guests experience the best ski-in/ski-out access, award-winning dining, indulgent spa treatments, and entertaining après, making Stein Eriksen Lodge a premier year-round resort. Here, you are sure to experience only the finest.
Nearly a half-century ago, Stein Eriksen stood atop Bald Mountain with Edgar Stern and had a vision to create the world’s best ski resort and, along with it, the world’s best ski hotel. That same inspiration he felt then eventually turned this idyllic spot into the Deer Valley we all know and cherish today. And the spirit that Stein established years ago has served for decades as the legacy behind Stein Eriksen Lodge. They’ve built a reputation on offering the finest luxury lodging accommodations in the world, and on embodying the dedication and passion that built this area.
MULLED WINE FROM STEIN ERIKSEN LODGE
What better way to warm up after being on the slopes (or sitting in front of your computer screen) than an aromatic, soul-soothing cup of mulled wine? This recipes comes to us straight from the lodge. Enjoy!
- 1 ½ - 750ml bottles red wine
- 24 oz - water
- 8 oz - orange juice
- 1 ½ lemons
- 6 oranges
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 cloves
- 2 star anise
- ¾ cup sugar
Cut lemons and orange in half and stir into the pot. Combine all ingredients and bring to a simmer. Strain and cool down before serving. Garnish with an orange slice (or a cute little plastic ski with your logo on it).
LUXURIOUS TO THE MAX
Stein Eriksen guests are afforded the same legendary services that have prevailed for the past 38 years – award-winning spa, culinary excellence, luxurious accommodations, and a gracious staff offering their renowned Forbes 5-Star services while creating a safe, healthy, and memorable experience for which Stein Eriksen Lodge has long been known.
OUTLAWS BY NATURE
We’re coming into this week with both barrels blazing, darlings. Check out the links below to see what ’outlaws by nature’ really means:
The history of Park City, Utah
Mobster movie playlist from Spotify. Or, if you’re Jonesin’ for a mountains and tumbleweeds kind of feel, Wild Western Music playlist will do jest fine, lil darlin’.
Take a tour of Robert Redford’s house in Sundance. Because, well, Robert Redford.
Gangsters, Mobsters & Outlaws of the 20th Century. Go on, you know you want to. Those RFPs can wait.
How to Be an Old West Gunfighter. It’s a video by Smithsonian, so it’s legit. We promise.
When you feel like packin’ heat yourself.
Did you know that Al Pacino wasn’t the first choice to play Michael Corleone in The Godfather? Nope. This, and 14 other little known facts about The Godfather movie.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - the real history.
And, the Hollywood-ized history that has stuck in the minds of women from 1969 on.
Kelly McAlister, Maui Jim
Kelly McAlister of Maui Jim will be with us on the calls each week as judge and jury to see which planner really goes all-in with the theme. So engage, be creative, and have fun... and you may be the winner!
She’ll be doing some gifting that will surely lift your shelter-in-place spirits!