Park City, Utah…. I had heard about the place but was never really interested in planning a vacation to there since I thought of it as more of a winter destination; and as an island girl I am a little adversed to the cold. However, some years back we bought a Hilton Grand Vacations timeshare and of course they have a resort in Park City. First, I thought…. well… maybe it’s about time to hit the slopes (talking about getting out of your comfort zone, right?) but when I started researching I found out that Fall is a great time to visit Utah too, especially Park City.
I got very excited when I learned about their Balloon Festival. I knew from a previous Plano Balloon Festival (our city Balloon Festival) that my kids are crazy for hot air balloons and as my mom was also in town, I knew I had just found the perfect fall getaway for my family. Lock and load… room booked and plane tickets reserved and off we go!
So, we got a warm welcome as we arrived Sunrise Lodge by Hilton Grand Vacations. If you are an owner, you get to have a free valet parking as a bonus. Beautiful property in a charming mountainside village of the Canyons Resort. You know, if you are a family of 4 or 5 then the space offered by a 2 bedroom suite will just be far way better than to squeeze into a hotel room. This is one reason for buying into a timeshare.
View from room… so refreshing and relaxing:)
On our first night, we went to Newpark Town Center for a balloon Glow. There were a lot of other families with kids and my kids bolted off and left us to make lots of new friends. Yup… they’re not shy at all:)
There was a DJ spinning and my kids had the best time dancing with their new friends. Check out my boy dancing here Our very own Bruno Mars
Mom, Dad and Lola joined as well.
WOW…. what a great night to start the festival!!!
We went to bed that night all excited to see the display of the hot air balloons in the morning; we were preparing for an unforgettable sight!!!
We woke up early the next day to watch the grand launch.
Tip: Bring your jackets because it’s cold in Park City during the wee hours. Come super early and hike up one of the mountains near the field. I bet you will get a picture perfect shot.
WOW…. it was a beautiful sight indeed. Everyone was happy and having tremendous fun:) What I love most about it? It is NOT that a huge event but nice that you get the chance to walk amongst the balloon teams, talk to the locals and the hot air balloon pilots. The event was intimate which you seldom get this kind of events.
Few things we learned about hot air balloon:
- Before the hot air is pumped into the balloon, a fan is used to blow cold (outside) air into the envelope (The actual fabric balloon which holds the air).
- Balloons operate through the basic principles: warmer air rises in cooler air. As air is heated inside the balloon, it rises. As the air cools down inside the balloon, it descends. Kids thought it cool:)
- Hot air balloon is a type of aircraft. So, hot air balloon pilots should be FAA Certified and should hold a current Pilot Certificate.
- Hot air balloon, where air travel really began!!!
On the evening of the first day of the festival, there was a Candlestick lighting on Main Street. It’s made up of 8-10 balloon baskets all roaring by lighting their burners and setting the historic Main Street aglow. It was enjoyable and the kids actually get the chance to light the burners.
We had other activities planned for the remaining days in Park City but that will be for another blog on another day. I’ll end this post by saying we had a beautiful surprise when we woke up the next morning:) I got to see the balloons in the distance while I was drinking my coffee by the balcony. Absolutely priceless. This made my day!
Here are few videos I took … Enjoy:)
Take off of the Hot Air Balloons
Have you been to any balloon festivals? What was your favorite part? Share your thoughts and experiences.
Thanks for reading…
What a fun festival! I love the frog balloon!
It was fun… definitely, wont be our last:)
Never been to a balloon festival, but it looks gorgeous! Love your capture of the full moon as well and how great that you’re kids aren’t shy 🙂
sounds like a great time…Riding a hot air balloon is definitely on my bucket list (though $250 a ride isn’t..ouch!)
Love that frog and the Stage Coach one looks awesome. Amazing what humans can create!
Seems so beautiful there, I don’t know how I have missed Utah but I need to get there.
I’m making a note on this festival, i have heard tremendous things about it and you have reinforced it. That frog balloon is simply one of the cutest ever!
Wow! Just wow!
Yeah…super wow!!! Thanks for reading 🙂
I have always watned to go to a hot air balloon festival and still have yet to go to one. This one looks like a lot of fun and a much smaller scale, which is more my style.
It’s super fun!!! My first time was in Connecticut and I was hooked:) It’s lovely to see the balloons going up, up and away:) One day… I’ll be up there.
I hear Park City is magnificent. Love the colorful balloon pictures.
Yeah… such a lovely little city!!! We fell in love:) Hope you get to visit… Happy travels. xoxo
Wow i had no idea you could do this in Park City! When i think of it, i also think of the Slopes! but now we have a reason to visit when there is no skiing! thanks!
Yeah, ou can this city on your list for Fall or Summer getaway:) Thanks for stopping by… Happy travels. xoxo
Looks like your family had a great time! and yes that view of balloons rising with the crisp morning view looks fab.
also good to know about park city holding this kinda festival- as we had the similar festival in new mexico on our mind to visit along with white sands nm. thanks for sharing 🙂
The one in Albuquerque is the biggest; sure it’s fantastic, yeah? The Park City one is FAB… gotta be IN the whole Hot Air Balloon process – from start to finish and it’s nice they encourage everyone to be involved:) We Love it!!! Thanks for dropping by… xoxo
I visited PARK city back in the winter of 2008 and loved it. Yet in summer it looks even more beautiful, love the colours here. Maybe its time i return for a visit.
YES, definitely time to go back:) Make it to the Festival… they’ve the Park Silly Sunday on the weekend of the festival… fun:) Have to write another blog soon;)
I keep hearing good things about Park City, but I didn’t know about the balloon festival. I’ve seen them in Temecula and Indio in California and, of course, there’s Cappadocia, which I haven’t made it out to yet!
Aaaaah…. the Cappadocia:) That one is probably where I wanna ride the hot air balloon or maybe not… the one is Switzerland must be AMAZING!!! hahaha BUT Park City during Fall is beautiful… I have to go during winter one day.
Love how this was kind of educational (learning how all these balloons worked), outdoorsy and such fun! It really appeals to me- i think our family would love it.
Yeah, we love it and I think families with kids is going to love it too. My kids wanna ride but told them that maybe next time when they’re a lil older:) For now, getting inside the basket and lighting the burner will do:) hahaha