Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on December 21, 2008
When can celebrity endorsement hurt you? Okay, “hurt” isn’t the right word. But the Professional Travel Guide recently listed the Robert Redford-owned Sundance Resort in Provo Canyon, Utah, the number one celebrity-owned resort. And I think they might have done the Sundance a bit of a disservice.
Calling it a “5,000-acre showcase for the eco-conscious traveler”, PTG waxes beautifully poetic about the rustically chic resort located at the base of Mount Timpanogos. From the clean air and the beautiful scenery to the wildflowers in the summer and snow in the winter, the Sundance goes rungs beyond your usual resort in terms of its activities. There’s skiing, workshops with artists-in-residence, delicious mountain cuisine (with plenty of vegetarian options if that’s your pref), an indoor-outdoor theater where musicals are performed in the summertime (“Oklahoma!” anyone?), foreign films, art classes, trail rides, watersports and golf. Jeez, it sounds better than Disneyland. There’s also a small spa, a fitness center, a gift shop and meeting rooms in case you want to take along your entire office and call it a seminar.
Seriously, what could possibly make this place sound better? How about spacious, well-stocked rooms and cottages with spectacular views (except, apparently, on the first floor) and décor running “the gamut from Ralph Lauren to Native American”?
I won’t even go into the environmentally friendly aspects (it’s owned by Robert Redford which sort of makes “eco” a given), but I will tell you my favorite bit: “a full-service cowboy saloon [that] features 1890s rosewood bar decor complete with bullet holes that [are] said to have served Butch Cassidy’s Hole-in-the-Wall gang at its original location in Wyoming.” Now, that’s my kind of scenery!
So, what am I bitching about? That it made the top of the best celebrity-owned resorts list, beating out Richard Branson’s private island resort in the British Virgin Islands and Bono’s place in Ireland? Yes. “Celebrity-owned” seems far too limiting for the Sundance. I would have put it on the list of the best-sounding resorts ever. (Of course, that’s just my opinion.)