Travel Postcard: 48 hours at Sundance Film Festival

Fri Jan 23, 2009 3:47pm EST
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By Jane Clark

PARK CITY, Utah (Reuters Life!) - The Sundance Film Festival is the premiere gathering for U.S. independent film, and has become a key destination for moviemakers from around the world.

It takes place in the historic mining town of Park City, nestled in mountains about 25 miles east of Salt Lake City, for 10 days in January.

The first weekend is filled with celebrities and private parties. During the final weekend it is easier to get movie tickets and into restaurants, but making reservations is highly recommended.


6 pm -- Whether checking into a sleek modern hotel like the brand new Sky Lodge (201 Heber Avenue; 435/658-2500) or a quaint bed and breakfast such as the Blue Church Lodge (424 Park Ave; 435/649-5020) drop your bags, bundle up and head to the historic town center. Main Street retains a feel of the Old West with historic buildings where you can find everything from fur coats to fine art to Southwestern Indian jewelry and blankets.

7:30 pm -- When you are ready for dinner, warm up in front of a roaring fire at Chimayo Restaurant (368 Main, 435/649-6222), where you will find Southwestern charm. Try the pomegranate margarita made with pomegranate and a secret blend of fruit juices. The Honey and Chile Roasted Duck Enchiladas are smoky and sweet. For something lighter, there's the chef's favorite salad, Stuffed Avocado with Marinated Vegetables and a Pasilla Chili Vinaigrette. If you are a rib lover don't miss their signature crown Roast of Barbecued Sparerib. But a word to the wise, when you make your reservation, request the ribs in advance. They're popular and sell out each night.

9 pm -- Finish the evening with a film. Look at the festival program in advance and order tickets online (here). Have them sent to your home prior to leaving or to your hotel upon arrival. Be at the theater at least 15 minutes before it is scheduled to begin. Festival shuttles run regularly to theaters located in several different venues around town.

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<p>The Silver Lake Lodge at the Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah. REUTERS/Deer Valley Resort/Handout</p>