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The windows glow warmly as you pull up to the cheery red-and-white house. It’s all very over-the-river-and-through-the-woods, and Old Town Guest House innkeeper Deb Lovci wouldn’t have it any other way. Lovci moved here from Colorado 25 years ago and purchased the 100-plus-year-old miner’s shack that became her B&B. “I had always wanted to renovate a place—I think of it as one of those bucket-list things everyone should do,” she says. “My idea was to create a place to stay where the focus is on being in the mountains.”

The floors are creaky, the rooms small, and the bed linens far from Italian, but Lovci’s clientele doesn’t care about Forbes rankings and bell service. They come for the homemade and oh-so-ample breakfasts; the easy access to both Main Street and the mountains; and the way the proprietor makes every guest feel like they’ve been given the keys to the city.

Some of the ready wisdom Lovci shares with her guests includes which runs to ski at which times of day, the best on-mountain lunch spots, and her favorite Main Street haunts (Atticus and Dolly’s Bookstore). 

Oh, and Lovci also happens to be a Ski Utah Interconnect Tour guide. “I think of myself as one-half ski guide, one-half den mother,” she says of the nurturing hand she brings to both Interconnect clients and overnight guests. It’s an approach that has won her fans both far and wide: in its March 2015 issue, Outside magazine dubbed Lovci its “Guide of the Year.”

Old Town Guest House, 1011 Empire Ave, 435.649.2642, oldtownguesthouse.com

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