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January in Park City translates to one thing: the Sundance Film Festival. Robert Redford’s baby turns 25 this year, which means filmmakers, celebs, and movie buffs from around the world will gather to see the hottest movies in one of America’s coolest cities. Here are some don’t-miss recommendations from in-the-know locals.

Editorial and commercial photographer
Have lunch and then a massage
“Karleen’s UPTOWN FARE [8] -- it’s a great place to meet for lunch, even on the busiest days in town. It’s quirky in every way, from Karleen’s no-nonsense order taking to the very low ceilings to the great whole turkey that Karleen roasts in her home [every] morning for sandwiches that afternoon. Also, go to ALIGN SPA [4] for the most consistently great massage therapists in town. Other places have good therapists, too, but every one I’ve ever had at Align -- a dozen at last count -- has been great.”

President of Park City Lodging
Mingle with the Sundance crowd
“There is a great sports pub called COACHES SPORTS BAR &; GRILL [2] at the Park City Racquet Club. The menu is simple but tasty, and they serve brunch on the weekends. The pub is equipped with a 108-inch big-screen TV, numerous fl at-screen TVs, pool tables, and arcade games. And since the Racquet Club is a primary hub for films during the Sundance Film Festival, Coaches opens at seven a.m. and closes at midnight in order to cater to the early and late-night film-festival attendees.”

Executive director of the Mountain Trails Foundation
Catch a movie outdoors
“One of my favorite places in Park City is POISON CREEK TRAIL [IN CITY PARK] [3]. … It’s a year-round escape from the hustle and bustle of Main Street. As you wander down it, you will encounter walkers, bikers, Rollerbladers, moms with strollers, and dog walkers. [You’ll also come across] the SOUND GARDEN [3], a rustic musical sculpture that always has folks of all ages making music -- even if they have no talent. [The park is] a great place to watch a Friday-night outdoor Sundance movie or to see a concert of Park City mayor Dana Williams’s band, Motherlode.”

KPCW radio host and founder of My Inbox News
Enjoy breakfast with a view
THE EATING ESTABLISHMENT [7] on Main Street serves breakfast until four p.m. and has a wonderful staff. It’s very cozy and real and is one of the oldest restaurants on Main Street. Get a seat by the window, [because] it’s the perfect spot to experience the full Park City Main Street ambience. You’ll get a view of the EGYPTIAN THEATRE [5], original home to the Sundance Film Festival, and the RED BANJO PIZZA PARLOUR [6], one of the most unpretentious places in town. Plus, the Main Street Trolley rolls by every 15 minutes.”

Two-time Olympic downhill skier, three-time World Cup downhill champion, and two-time U.S. National downhill champion
Indulge your sweet tooth
“For chocoholics like me, the hot chocolate at RALPH’S ESPRESSO [9] in the Silver Lake Lodge is the best. For great music, the CANYONS RESORT [1] is the place to be. They have free outdoor concerts in the Resort Village all year, like the New Year’s concert and the Spring Grüv [March 27 through April 5]. And in winter, the rugged terrain [of the Canyons’] Ninety-Nine 90 -- that also refers to the elevation -- is my favorite [for skiing].”

CHRIS WESSLING is the senior editor of American Way. He visited Park City for the first time in 2008 -- and can’t wait to get back.

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Owner, A Special Request gourmet gift baskets; Park City marketing director, Wasatch Journal

Pick up a book or a cocktail
DOLLY''S BOOKSTORE has a candy counter in the front, so everything smells yummy. You can kick back in a comfy chair and read, or just peruse the books. And NO NAME SALOON AND GRILL is the best little watering hole in the town — you’re always greeted with a smile. They automatically make me a Crown Royal and soda with two lemons when they see me (it’s good to have the bartenders know you). You can’t beat it for a juicy buffalo burger either!”

Head of Winter Sports School

Explore endless options for dinner
THE STEW POT is the place to go if you’re looking for a casual restaurant and for hearty food that really hits the spot on a cold day. EASY STREET BRASSERIE offers casual dining downstairs and a full menu upstairs. And FLYING SUMO is the place for sushi; they also serve the freshest fish.”

Owner, Old Town Guest House Bed and Breakfast

Take a cross-country tour
“One of my favorite hangouts in Park City is the WHITE PINE TOURING center, our cross-country-ski area located right here in town. It’s easy to get to on the free city bus, and cross-country skiing is an activity that can be enjoyed by everyone. For $18, you can have an unlimited day of fun, burn a ton of calories, and get amazing views of the ski resorts. And during the Sundance Film Festival, [you’ll see] loads of famous people.”

Vice President of Marketing, the Canyons

Don’t leave home without the kids
O''SHUCKS BAR &; GRILL/AHH SUSHI at Quarry Village is family friendly, with pool tables, shuffleboard, and video games. Mom and Dad can order from the sushi place upstairs, while the kids can get chicken fingers. Hard to beat.”

President, Ski Utah

See Olympic history
“Anybody who comes to Park City should visit UTAH OLYMPIC PARK, where some of the events of the 2002 Winter Olympics were held. There’s also a cool ski museum at the park that recounts the history and people who have made Utah such a fantastic ski destination. [The park’s] a crazy hive of activity, and on any given day, you’ll see Olympic medalists and world-class athletes training there.”

If You Go

Align Spa
1792 Bonanza Drive
Building C, Suite 130
(435) 647-9300

The Canyons
4000 The Canyons Resort Drive
(435) 615-8060

City Park/Poison Creek Trail
1354 Park Avenue

Coaches Sports Bar &; Grill
Park City Racquet Club
1200 Little Kate Road
(435) 647-5998

Dolly’s Bookstore
510 Main Street
(435) 649-8062

Easy Street Brasserie
The Sky Lodge
201 Heber Avenue
(435) 658-2500

The Eating Establishment
317 Main Street
(435) 649-8284

Egyptian Theatre
328 Main Street
(435) 649-9371

Flying Sumo
838 Park Avenue
(435) 649-5522

No Name Saloon &; Grill
447 Main Street
(435) 649-6667

O’Shucks Bar &; Grill/Ahh Sushi
8178 Gorgoza Pines Road
(435) 658-0233

Old Town Guest House
1011 Empire Ave
(435) 649-2642

Ralph’s Espresso at Silver Lake Lodge
Deer Valley Resort
7600 Royal Street
(435) 513-0491

Red Banjo Pizza Parlour
322 Main Street
(435) 649-9901

Sound Garden
South of the Skate Park in City Park
1354 Park Avenue

A Special Request
2581 Holiday Ranch Loop Road
(435) 645-7519

The Stew Pot
1375 Deer Valley Drive North
(435) 645-7839

Uptown Fare
227 Main Street
(435) 615-1998

Utah Olympic Park
3419 Olympic Parkway
(435) 658-4200

White Pine Touring Center
1541 Thaynes Canyon Drive
(435) 649-6249