Changes underway at The Sky Lodge
June 11, 2010
The Sky Lodge is doing its part to attract people to Main Street this summer.
As competition grows between Kimball Junction and Historic Park City for shoppers, diners and partiers, The Sky Lodge is taking measures this week re-introduce itself as a "hang out" spot.
Hotel executives started the website OldTownBuzz.com earlier this year to provide a social media site where all businesses in the district could post what they had going on. The hope is to attract visitors by making it easier for them to plan an evening.
Bill Ekblad, director of sales and marketing for The Sky Lodge, said his property has realized that when one business along Main Street has a big event, others benefit as well from spillover crowds. Therefore, anyone having a good night helps others have a good night.
Right now, at the top of the Old Town Buzz calendar is a special event hosted by The Sky Lodge’s Easy Street Steak and Seafood restaurant. All day today, June 12, Easy Street will be debuting "The Backyard."
For some time, the restaurant has provided a relaxing patio area for diners to hang out with a drink, wait for a table, or even dine outdoors in agreeable weather.
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The Sky Lodge is taking that amenity a step further this summer by providing several outdoor games and couches. The restaurant welcomes people to come play horseshoes, ping pong, darts and even try a bean-bag toss.
There’s no fee to play; the hotel hopes people will come and lounge. The grand opening of The Backyard will get rolling around 10 a.m. and should go until at least 10 p.m., Ekblad said.
Saturday’s party atmosphere is to introduce the area and then hopefully people will come back all summer long, he explained.
Easy Street is also hosting free poker tournaments every Monday night from 8 p.m. to a little after midnight, he said.
In accordance with Utah law, there’s no entry fee and no winnings. But players can accrue points toward earning a sponsorship from Budweiser to attend real tournaments in Las Vegas, he added.
Next Friday, June 18, The Sky Lodge’s fourth-floor bar will reopen as Sky Blue. The lounge area had previously been Sky Club and was for members only. It offered a sanctuary away from busy Main Street, he said. But the popularity of the excellent views it offers prompted the hotel to open it to the public.
The bar has been redecorated and offers clients a 1,500-square-foot deck that overlooks Old Town, he said.
Later this summer the area formerly home to the Easy Street Bakery will reopen as an "adventure center." Some outdoor services of the spa will be offered such as mountain yoga and staff will also help guests line up bike rentals and outdoor guided tours.
Baked goods will still be available in the restaurant, but the old space will become a starting point for Park City adventures, Ekblad said.
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