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Thursday, August 23, 2007

Sundance Is More About The Outdoors Than The Indoors

The Telegraph newspaper (Macon, GA) has this interesting article on Sundance Resort, focusing on summer activities instead of skiing. Here are excerpts:

Sundance is more about the outdoors than the indoors. Wildflower glades catch my eye. I notice old-growth pines and rock outcroppings. A sparkling stream and waterfall grab attention while wooden structures blend into the forest. Only later do I realize that 95 guest cottages are scattered across the property. Where are they? Lost in the wilderness.

The village - rustic and almost pioneer in spirit - is the center point of Sundance Resort and Sundance Preserve. While we stroll through, a group of nature photographers gathers for a workshop. Mountain bikers prepare for their ride. A chairlift carries a family with young children up the hillside. "They see panoramic views of the mountains without having to hike up the slopes," says Jessie Walthers of the Sundance Preserve.

Screenwriters, playwrights and composers benefit from the laid-back atmosphere of the village. We see signs directing actors to meeting rooms, but don't really notice groups of theater and film people. That is to say, we didn't spot any celebrities. (Resort owner Robert) Redford keeps a very low profile, the staff tells me.

Welcoming, comfortable interiors make it feel as if you are his houseguest. The fine-dining restaurant, Tree Room, is a showplace for Redford's personal collection of American Indian art and Western memorabilia. Meals here and at the Foundry Grill reflect Redford's appreciation for organically grown vegetables and naturally raised meat and fowl. Mountain cuisine on the Tree Room's menu includes oven-roasted pink trout with skillet potatoes and herb-crusted rack of lamb. It has an AAA Four-Diamond rating. Guests sip drinks in the Owl Bar. Redford transported the 1890s bar from a Wyoming establishment that was patronized by Butch Cassidy's Hole-in-the Wall Gang.


Read the entire article.

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