Old fashioned hospitality with modern amenities
The Homestead Resort, Midway Utah, is a homey alternative to your typical hotel. The rooms are situated in several cottage style buildings, connected by scenic walkways and arranged on the grounds with a feel of an old fashioned community.
But don't let that make you feel like you will be staying in an old fashioned place. All of the rooms have private baths, TVs, coffee makers, hair dryers and ironing boards as you would expect. Some have private patios or balconies, in room VCR/DVD players. There are several windows, making you feel like you are staying in a friend's guest house.
I treated my husband to a night at the resort for his birthday and our room came with a very cuddly stuffed rabbit on one of the beds. (If you take a look at the photos on their web site, the rabbit is in some of the pictures, so I guess he comes in all the rooms.) There was a sign attached saying the rabbit was just to keep you company in the room, but you could buy a relative in the gift shop to take home with you.
I booked the room online and there was an option of a standard or a deluxe. Not knowing what to do, I called the reception desk and asked. They said the deluxe rooms were a little bigger. I opted for the standard room and it was plenty roomy.
Besides the cozy rooms, the resort has a number of activities either on the grounds or nearby for spending your days having some unique fun.
Fitness and Pampering
The resort includes both an indoor and outdoor pools, mineral baths, a full service Aveda Concept spa (pamper yourself with a massage, sauna or a rejuvenating body wrap) and a fitness room with treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bike and weight training equipment.
The most unique activity venue is the Crater - a 55-foot deep crater full of hot (90 to 98 degree) mineral water. The water hole has a cap on it—a 55 foot dome shaped limestone rock with an opening at the top. Take a swim or go scuba diving in the mineral water and rejuvenate yourself. They also offer scuba certification if you want to go that route.
The day I spent there it was snowing outside and the water was 98 degrees. We dove (with scuba gear) down for a little while, and then came to the top to rest. While floating on the surface a few snowflakes snuck through the opening at the top. It was a unique thing to be floating in 98 degree water and having snowflakes land on our faces. Pretty cool!
The water is pretty clear, but due to the high temperature, there are no fish living in the pool. We did happen upon a sea turtle that had me going for a few minutes, until I touched it and it moved as one solid object, the way a plastic turtle will do.
Other on-Grounds Activities
On grounds is a golf course, open to golfing April 1st through October 31st. During the winter, the course is groomed for cross country skiing. (Another winter time activity is horse-drawn sleigh rides.) There are lighted tennis courts, and areas and equipment for playing horseshoes, volleyball, basketball, tetherball, croquet, and shuffleboard. The Adventure Center is a cozy gathering place with billiards and ping pong tables, a library and board and video games for guest use. You can also arrange lessons (golfing, skiing, fly fishing…) rental equipment (skis, scuba gear…) or guided tours.
The resort is just minutes from Park City where you will find some of Utah 's best ski resorts, dining and shopping opportunities (where you can find several shops or art galleries with great handmade crafts or southwest art and jewelry.) A little closer is Soldier Hollow (the cross country skiing venue during the 2002 Olympics) The surrounding mountains are full of trails for snowshoeing or snowmobiling in the winter or, in the summer months, for hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding. And the nearby Provo River is a blue ribbon fishing river where you can try your hand at fly fishing.