This slower-paced ’hood offers the best of both worlds: quick access to downtown and its’ adjacent neighborhoods plus quick access to the mountain resorts and their wonderful, magical snow.
From the fancy to the funky, you’ll find the eats you’re craving in Cottonwood Heights. Cafe Trio (triodining.com) serves up contemporary Italian cuisine, while Market Street Grill (marketstreetgrill.com) is a Salt Lake mainstay that makes its name with fresh fish. At the base of Big Cottonwood Canyon, folks flock to Porcupine Pub & Grille (porcupinepub.com) for drinks, burgers and appetizers. Carmine’s (carmines.restaurant) is the domain of Chef Carmine, from Naples who authentic Neopolitan cuisine in a re ned atmosphere with a full bar and wine list of Italian varietals. Try Blue Lemon (bluelemon.com) for pastries, sandwiches and the beloved sweet potato fries. Two sushi restaurants, Sushi Yah (sushiyah.com) and Happy Sumo (happysumosushi.com) will satisfy your raw passion. It’s Tofu (801-566-9103) goes beyond tofu to a full menu of Korean dishes.
Beyond the skiing, Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons and their respective resorts offer mountain biking, climbing, fishing, disc golf, hiking and other activities all year round.
Because of its proximity to the canyons, the area is dense with purveyors of outdoor equipment. Arcs Ski & Board (skinsee.com) is known for excellent service and top-notch gear. Or dig for gems in the pre-owned-equipment at Play it Again Sports (playitagainsports.com).
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Consider taking a more homey route to your vacation. House and condo rentals—especially in Cottonwood Heights, with easy mountain and town access—are a cheap way to get more space, usually with off-season specials. Check out vacasa.com.