It’s that time of year where the smell of fall is in the air—dancing around the outer edges of summer’s last days. Hints of color are starting to dot the mountains that surround Salt Lake. Brisk mountain mornings become warm late-summer afternoons which lead to chilly evenings made ideal by a fire. Fall in the Wasatch Mountains is nature at its most glorious.
If you haven’t ever visited Solitude Mountain Resort during the parts of the year that aren’t ski season (or even if you have), now is certainly the perfect time to head to the mountains for a staycation weekend bonding with nature surrounded by resort hospitality.
Staycation at Solitude
You’ll stay in Solitude’s charming, European-style village located at the second entrance in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Condos from 1-3 bedrooms are available for rental in addition to a more traditional hotel offering at The Inn at Solitude. Settle in, open up the patio doors and enjoy the crisp mountain breeze.
Whether you’re looking for complete relaxation involving Club Solitude’s amenities—available to all guests in the village—like the heated pool, hot tubs and dry sauna or more family-friendly activities in the form of the game room or nightly movies in the theater, everyone will appreciate the wide variety of entertainment options.
For those seeking more active adventure during the day—like our close encounter with a bull moose while hiking a nearby trail—or disk golf, biking and mountain scootering, Solitude can accommodate your style.
Fall Dining at Solitude
Once your appetite for adventure has been met, satiate your stomach with options to meet every guest’s gastronomic needs. Long-time Utah restauranteur and chef Greg Neville has recently taken the helm of Solitude’s dining program and delicious is what’s on the menu.
For an informal, filling meal, look no further than the center of the village where you’ll find Stone Haus Pizzeria and Creamery open Friday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Handmade gourmet pizzas ($11.95-$23.95) and calzones ($13.95)—the likes of you might not expect to find at 8,175 feet—round out a menu of hearty sandwiches, salads, beer and more to keep everyone happy and fed. For dessert, check out the selection of hand-packed ice cream. Everything is available to enjoy on-site inside or on the patio tables or for takeaway.
For a more upscale meal, head over to Honeycomb Grill with a fantastic view of the Wasatch Mountains from either inside tables or the spectacular deck dining area and enjoy contemporary American fare.
Serving weekend brunch, lunch and dinner, the menu features fantastic appetizers, wood-oven fired hearth breads and pizzas, pasta dishes, seafood, steaks and decadent desserts.
Warm up your meal with a hearth bread laden with caramelized onions, roasted tomatoes, olives and melted mozzarella ($9) that is sharable around the table or the wood-oven baked fontina ($12) which comes out hot and bubbling. Mushrooms sautéed in garlic and rosemary top the cheese—all of which can be spread onto grilled toasts for a rustic bite that will make you appreciate your elegant mountain retreat even more.
A less hearty but equally delightful appetizer is the classic carpaccio ($10). Paper-thin slices of meat are dotted with capers, shaved parmesan, extra virgin olive oil and lemon for a tangy start to a meal.
Honeycomb offers an extensive beer, wine and cocktail program along with kids menus for family-centric dining.
Honeycomb Grill is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays. Call 801-536-5787 for reservations.
Summer lifts at Solitude are scheduled to close on October 5, 2014 so there is still time to book your weekend staycation to appreciate fall in the heart of the Wasatch at Solitude Mountain Resort.