The mere mention of Deer Valley and the ears of any skier or alpine enthusiast perks up. It is akin to Mecca or the Vatican to persons of faith. This gold standard of ski resorts is ours for the day and where Ashley will ski and snowmobile within its magnificent, savagely beautiful and luxurious confines.
After days on the slopes and adventuring off the mountain, Ashley takes time out to get to the core of this majestic old West town, visiting McMillen Fine Art gallery, the Old Town Cellars winery, and fashion boutique Mary Janes, before joining chef John Murcko in his kitchen at the white-hot Firewood, and wrapping the whole day up with an inventive cocktail at the beautiful O.P. Rockwell.
The largest ski resort in the nation, Park City Mountain Resort represents the pinnacle of the ski resort experience. Its peak to peak private guided tour on the mountain is touted as the ultimate ski adventure experience and today Ashley will venture out to test these accolades for herself. To calm her nerves after such strenuous activities, she returns to Deer Valley to spa and après-ski at the recently finished and stunningly beautiful Stein Eriksen Residences, the latest and greatest resort to open in Park City. Not a bad way to say goodbye to the wondrous and magical mountains of Utah and Park City.
There are only three fruits native to North America the blueberry, the concord grape, and the cranberry. A whopping 98% of the world’s cranberries come from the United States with the 2nd largest grower being the state of Massachusetts. Ashley slips into a pair of waders to “wet harvest” cranberries at 4th generation family bog, Edgewood Bogs; before enjoying the “fruits of her labor” with a couple of homemade cranberry treats, made with Edgewood’s frozen retail brand, Cape Cod Select.
Grado Labs has been designing, manufacturing and distributing some of the industry’s most renowned headphones from a modest Brooklyn townhouse since 1953. Spanning three generations, the Grado Family does not advertise or sell at big sellers like Best Buy. Rather, their booming business grew from innovation, quality, and word of mouth; and still today, the Grado’s wouldn’t have it any other way. Ashley gets into the groove with a lesson in building a pair of Grado headphones in the family’s Brooklyn lab.
Dandelion Chocolate is a small batch “bean to bar” factory in San Francisco’s mission district. Although their cacao beans are sourced from farms around the globe, Dandelion carefully vets each and every farm for fair working conditions, and superior beans which are then sorted, processed, wrapped and delivered worldwide from their U.S. factory.