The Airbnb Haus in Park City
As I’m sifting through my post-Sundance reflections, there is one thing really giving me withdrawals. Not the $40-a-day parking, not the uphill treks through Main Street crowds on icy sidewalks, definitely not the diluted beer of Utah. No, it’s the cozy, cool, vintage Airbnb Haus. The 70s ski lodge where I spent most of my Sundance days (when I wasn’t running across Park City to make it into a film), and some of my most exciting nights.
Airbnb (for those of you who live under a rock, it’s an awesome hotel alternative where you can rent out people’s apartments anywhere around the world) created a pop-up “haus” for the most creative festival-goers to warm their toes, work on their Milk Made articles, or socialize with a drink. The aesthetics alone were enough to attract people to the Airbnb Haus. Out front, the fire pits, Alpine trees and strings of Christmas lights were all so inviting you couldn’t resist taking a peek, but once inside, the comfy couches, vintage board games and free Wi-Fi kept you there for hours. It was literally a backpacker’s paradise.
Every morning, the Haus featured a complimentary coffee bar by San Francisco-based roaster Four Barrel, giving everyone a chance to warm up and wake up after the previous night’s shenanigans. But each afternoon, the free coffee bar changed to just a free bar in general, with fun alliterated events like Trivia and Toddies, Scotch and Sketch, and Bingo and Beers, which were all exactly what they sound like. Team Milk would have won trivia (it was all about movies and Kalvin Lazarte knows everything you would ever want to know about movies plus more) but we’re convinced the winners only beat us (by 4 points!!!) with a little help from their iPad. At least we got unlimited delicious made-from-scratch hot toddies.
May it be coincidence or genius, Airbnb really knows how to prepare people for a party. They caffeinate you, they let you relax with board games and cocktails, and before you know it you’re itching to get the night started in their modern rustic cabin of fun.
The Airbnb Haus’s late night events ranged from acoustic live band karaoke, which also played on speakers outside allowing you to unknowingly embarrass yourself to passersby, to retro DJ sets by members of Belle and Sebastian for the after party of Stuart Murdoch‘s film God Help The Girl. I only wish I didn’t have to wait a whole year to hang out in the Haus again.