Park City Travel Tips from Modern Family Star Ty Burrell
For the actor and comedian, the Utah town is all about the great outdoors—and everything from breakfast to drinks at his own restaurant on Main Street
Comedian and Modern Family star Ty Burrell first came to Utah in the ‘90s to act in the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Today Burrell’s family is based in Salt Lake City, and he is a co-owner of The Eating Establishment, located on Park City’s historic Main Street.
“Utah is famous for its winters, but my family, and, it seems like a lot of families these days, just can’t wait to get out in Utah in the summers too,” says Burrell. “My family loves to camp and hike on the trails,” he says. The Mid-Mountain Trail offers a 7.5-mile hike that starts at Deer Valley, taking Jenni’s Trail over to Flat Cable and Sweeney’s Switchbacks. When he’s solo, angling is where it’s at for the actor. “The fly-fishing around Park City is some of the very best in the country,” he says. “I can be found tangled up in a tree along the Provo River or any of the creeks that define the canyons along the Wasatch Front.”
The outdoor offerings around Park City can be overwhelming for first-time visitors. White Pine Touring is a great in-town go-to for advice for hikes and outdoor essentials. The store stocks a wide range of camping, rock climbing, and biking gear for purchase or rental.
“My business partners and I have done our best to reinvent The Eating Establishment with a spruced-up bar serving craft cocktails based on the cocktail program at our Salt Lake City bar, Bar X,” says Burrell. “It has a highly expanded beer list, a comfort-food menu, and a ‘breakfast all day and night’ vibe.”
“One under-the-radar place to stay is the Washington School House Hotel just above Main Street,” says Burrell. The 12-room boutique hotel epitomizes private luxury with well-appointed rooms and a private chef, all in a converted limestone schoolhouse built in 1889. “It’s beautiful and the staff is Utah-friendly.”