Torchlight Inn provides second home
Ryan Summerlin January 10, 2014
When Chris Munro came to Park City to ski with her two sons in 2011, she loved the town so much she decided to pick up and move from Massachusetts. After selling her restaurant and catering business, she purchased a building on Deer Valley Drive that she and her boyfriend and partner, Russell Paul, turned into a bed and breakfast, The Torchlight Inn.
The green building sits on the corner of the traffic circle on Deer Valley Drive, just across the street from the public transit center and Main Street. It contains both the comforts of a home and the amenities of a small, boutique hotel. Munro said she wanted it to be personal as well as luxurious.
"I enjoy putting myself in the place of a guest and trying to figure out what makes a guest comfortable," she said. "I researched the nicest mattresses, looked for the best sheets, towels and blankets that I could find and just tried to enhance the overall guest experience before our first visitors got here."
Munro purchased the building in March, 2012, got all the permits she needed to begin construction in October of that year and finally received a certificate of occupancy in early December, 2013. The bed and breakfast opened for business Dec. 1, and Munro said they were very successful for their first holiday season.
All six rooms at the inn were booked, each named after an Olympic Winter Games venue: Sochi, Salt Lake, Lake Placid, Lillehammer, Torino and Vancouver. They all have fireplaces for warmth and ambience as well as decks that look toward the mountains.
Visitors can also enjoy diverse options for breakfast in the morning from 7:30 a.m. through 9:30 a.m. Munro is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University’s culinary arts program in Rhode Island and said she enjoys making something "fun and different" for breakfast every morning.
"I love international cuisine, and I’m Portuguese, so I love making Portuguese food," Munro said. "I also like to make a Scottish breakfast, maybe a Portuguese omelet, all sorts of fun things. I try to incorporate a lot of different international specialties with my breakfasts."
Those who stay at the inn can also expect a roaring fire and treats like wine and cheese, chili or hot chocolate waiting for them after a day out on the mountain. They can enjoy the après ski treats on the leather couches or wooden tables by the stone-framed fireplace in the lobby of the inn or on the rooftop deck, equipped with a fireplace and a hot tub.
Munro said she wants her visitors to experience a totally stress-free vacation beginning with personal transportation from the airport. Once they arrive at the inn, Munro said she and Palmer will make dinner reservations, ski equipment rental reservations or organize lift tickets, if need be.
Paul, originally a marine engineer for IBM, is currently constructing ski lockers in the building so visitors can leave their equipment there instead of crowding or tracking snow into their rooms. There is also a Jeep Wrangler available for visitors to rent if they do not want to use the public transportation system across the street.
Munro and Paul own two Old English Bulldogs named Max and Lola, and she said as hard as it is to keep the dogs from bothering visitors, it is even harder for the visitors not to succumb to their "slobbery" charm. "Lola loves to sit in this chair and take reservations for me as they walk in," Munro said, laughing.
With the winter season in full swing and a summer season coming up, Munro is looking forward to all the new activities her visitors can experience while in town and staying at the inn.
"We live on property, so this is our home, and we like to make it feel like it’s your home as well when you come here to stay," she said.
The Torchlight Inn