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Whisper Ridge yurt

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Looking for something with a little more pizzazz than a ho-hum hotel room? A cottage fit for Goldilocks, a treehouse to make the Swiss Family Robinson proud, and yurts perched for backcountry adventure are all in short proximity to Park City and ready for your next winter getaway.

Designed by famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1950s, the three-bedroom Wright House (14 miles from Park City), located on 66 acres near Peoa, was completed by his great nephew in 2002. Rates are $450–$700 per night with a three-night minimum stay; sleeps seven.

Nestled amid huge pines and next to a mountain stream, this fairy tale–like Storybook Stone Cottage (35 miles from Park City) is within a five-minute walk of Sundance Resort. Features include heated stone floors, a streamside hot tub, an outdoor fire pit, and the charming “Bird House” with sleeping loft. Rates are $425–$685 per night with at least a two-night minimum; sleeps five.

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The Wright House

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Surrounded by 360-degree views of the Wasatch Mountains, the luxurious yurts at Whisper Ridge (north of Odgen, approximately 115 miles from Park City) have been fashioned into private suites featuring queen-size beds, five-star dining, an outdoor hot tub, and more than 60,000 acres of private terrain for backcountry skiing. Pricing starts at $930 per person and includes a full day of skiing, breakfast, lunch, dinner, beacons, guides, and yurt lodging.

Spectacular views and an abundance of wildlife are all part of the experience at the four-story Towerhouse located in Tollgate Canyon (12 miles from Park City) and conceived by former Tour de France cyclist Marty Jemison. Radiant heat and pristine canyon views highlight what Jemison calls his “high-altitude tent.” Rates start at $169 per night; sleeps four.

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Uintas’ Treehouse

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Kids will love the quirky Treehouse in the Uinta Mountains (25 miles from Park City), built on a massive Douglas fir and featuring a ship’s ladder that leads to a sleeping loft, while parents will love the comfy beds and full bathroom. Pricing starts at $175 per night; sleeps four.

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Airstream near Smith’s Ballpark

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It looks like camping but feels like a hotel in this fully restored 1976 Airstream located in downtown Salt Lake City. Situated across from Smith’s Ballpark (30 miles from Park City), where the minor-league Salt Lake Bees play April through September, this modern, minimalist studio is a funky, urban lodging alternative. Pricing starts at $76 per night; sleeps three.