And why, you might ask, would I be thinking about summer vacation now? Have you looked out the window? The snow is as high as that elephant's eye and I need something warmer to think about! This is getting ridiculous.
Yeah. It's been like that for over a month and along with the snow, came unrelenting cold. Coldest month of February EVER (it's officially a record) for the people's republic of Connecticut. I've already had the roofs (roves?) shoveled once and might have to pay to have it done again, oy. On the other hand, I'm not sure I care anymore. It's supposed to be near forty degrees today (FORTY! we've only had one or two days over freezing since mid-January!) so fingers crossed for some melting. Guess what the weather is for tonight….yeah. More FOOKING snow!
So, summer sounds pretty good at this point. I have June filling up on the calendar with some lovely classes at Vavstuga in Massachusetts, but need some time with that only granddaughter, so I will be Utah bound for the month of July. There is a long story in there, but we'll leave it that I decided to see how I would do away from home for a whole month. Unfortunately, finding a place to stay in Park City in the summer wasn't easy, but it worked out that I will be staying in the same condo at the Newpark Hotel that I used at Thanksgiving. Contract signed this morning….now all I need is some cheap seats on Jet Blue!
The condo is in a great area called Redstone, "out near the highway" as they say. Or is it Redgate? Whatever. It's a great mix of shopping center, residences, dining, entertainment….and borders a lovely natural preserve, with hiking and biking trails. The access road that goes along beside the highway, leads right to my son's neighborhood….very convenient. Staying at the Newpark Hotel (kitchen in unit) means I don't have to eat out unless I want to, and it's a short walk to either Smith's Supermarket or Whole Foods. There are lots of other stores, from upscale clothing to a new yarn shop and Best Buy. Even a liquor store. State run, of course. (Did you know it's state law in Utah that liquor stores cannot sell corkscrews? Hunh.) There's also a Michael's crafts (a good one, actually), a fabulous place called World Market, bike and ski rentals, and even a movie theater. Across the street is Olympic Park and a Tanger Outlet Center. I'll need a U-Haul to get home.
The unit I'll be calling home for a month is huge. My first night there last November I got lost. Seriously. I went the wrong way to the bathroom and ended up in the kitchen! There are two bedrooms, with the second one being a "lockout" unit for ski rental purposes. I think I figured the place could sleep eight, in a pinch, with two huge beds and two leather sleep sofas.
Now, there's enough to keep me busy for a few weeks right in the area around the hotel (also an indoor/outdoor pool, by the way) but Main Street in Park City is a treasure trove of little shops and restaurants. And side trips to SLC, Midway, Ogden, Sundance, the National Parks….the list goes on! And, of course, that granddaughter!
Carina is ten going on eleven (she'll be eleven by the time I get there), loves crafts (this might be the trip I teach her to knit or weave!), is a fantastic skier and fantastic soccer player. And dancer. And all-around great kid. We had lots of fun at Thanksgiving.
So, as soon as Jet Blue has a sale, I'll be all set! Plenty of room for a guest or two if you're interested!
Stay tuned for the latest saga in my weaving adventures…..this one was a squeaker.