Wednesday, November 2, 2011

UTAH

BOX ELDER COUNTY
Brigham City
Sights & Sites
Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge – 2155 West Forest Street; 435-723-5887; fws.gov/BEARRIVER; established in 1928; encompasses Bear River & delta where flows into northern part Great Salt Lake in eastern Box Elder County; various habitats, such as open water, mudflats, wetlands & uplands; hosts Ms migratory birds each year including species such as bald eagle & tundra swan; over 41K acres freshwater wetlands; James V. Hansen Wildlife Education Center features interactive exhibits about birds & wetlands; 1/2-mile accessible walking trail; 1-way 12 mile auto route through Refuge.



CARBON & DUCHESNE COUNTIES
Sights & Sites
Nine Mile Canyon – full 78-mile route, formerly SR-53 through Gate Canyon, connects Myton & Wellington; utah.com/nine-mile-canyon or castlecountry.com/Nine-Mile-Canyon; known for its extensive rock art, most of it created by Fremont culture & Ute people; see this website for self-guided tour – climb-utah.com/Misc/ninemile.htm.



DAGGETT COUNTY
Manila
Sights & Sites
Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area – 25 West Highway 43 (Manila); 435-784-3445 or 800-477-5558; utah.com/nationalsites/flaming_gorge.htm



DAVIS COUNTY
Syracuse
Sights & Sites
Antelope Island State Park – 4528 West 1700 South; 801-773-2941; stateparks.utah.gov/parks/antelope-island; largest island in Great Salt Lake; accessed via 7.2-mile causeway; unique scenery & wildlife.



EMERY COUNTY
Green River
Sights & Sites
John Wesley Powell River History Museum – 1765 East Main Street; 435-564-3427; jwprhm.com.



GARFIELD, KANE & SAN JUAN COUNTIES
Blanding
Sights & Sites
Edge of Cedars State Park – 660 West 400 North; 435-678-2238; stateparks.utah.gov/parks/edge-of-the-cedars.

Bluff
Hotels
Recapture Lodge – 220 East Main Street; 435-672-2281; recapturelodge.com; geared for archaeologists.
Restaurants
San Juan River Kitchen – 281 East Main Street; 435-672-9956; sanjuanriverkitchen.com; organic food provided from restaurant garden.
Sights & Sites
Cave Towers – SR 95 (16 miles east of Natural Bridges National Monument and 20 miles west of SR 95’s intersection with US Highway 191, with turn-off.7 miles east of Mule Canyon exit); 7 large Anasazi stone towers built around 1200 CE.

Boulder
Hotels
Boulder Mountain Lodge – 20 North Utah Highway 12; 435-335-7460; boulder-utah.com; upscale roadside hotel next to lake; 10-minute walk from Anasazi State Park Museum; right on scenic back-country Burr Trail route from Boulder to Bullfrog.
Restaurants
Hell’s Backbone Grill & Farm – 20 North Utah Highway 12 (at Boulder Mountain Lodge); 435-335-7464; hellsbackbonegrill.com/farm; destination restaurant.

Bryce Canyon
Hotels
Ruby’s Inn – 26 South Main Street; 435-834-5341 or 866-866-6616; rubysinn.com; closest hotel to Bryce Canyon National Park entrance.
Sights & Sites
Bryce Canyon National Park – Tropic; 435-834-5322; nps.gov/brca; night sky sanctuary; make sure to see “Dusty Rocks,” 10-story rocks create otherworldly sight; catch them, in particular, at dawn from Sunrise Point, then hike Rim Trail for views from above.

Canyon Point
Hotels
Amangiri – 1 Kayenta Road; 435-675-3999 or 877-695-3999; amanresorts.com; unpaved road leads to iron farm gate and call box; 5-mile descent leads past lone cabin and into shallow rock bowl; ultra-modern resort; on 600-acre expanse, close to Arizona border and Lake Powell; sweeping views over colorful, stratified rock towards Grand Staircase (Escalante National Monument); blends into landscape with natural hues, materials, and textures; built around main swimming pool, Pavilion embraces dramatic stone escarpment; 2 accommodation wings lead from Pavilion into desert; 16 suites located in Desert Wing and 18 suites and Aman Spa in Mesa Wing.

Glendale
Sights & Sites
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument – Bench Road; 435-644-1200; blm.gov/ut/st/en/fo/grand_staircase-escalante.html; austere & vast landscape embraces spectacular historic & scientific resource array; high, remote & rugged region; multi-hued cliffs & plateaus; last place in continental US to be mapped; 3 distinct regions: Grand Staircase, Kaiparowits Plateau & Canyons of Escalante; encompasses 1.9M acres.

Kanab
Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument – 735 West Main Street; 435-644-1200; utah.com/grand-staircase-escalante; phenomenal; 3K square miles Utah backcountry extending well beyond visible horizon from road, whether traveling along All-American Highway, Scenic Byway 12, or on Highway 89; 1.9-million acres colorful sandstone cliffs soaring above narrow slot canyons; picturesque washes & seemingly endless slickrock; prehistoric village sites & abandoned old Western movie sets; Grand Staircase–Escalante occupies transitional “step” zone between Bryce Canyon & high Paunsaugunt Plateau through brightly colored cliffs, Zion National Park & Grand Canyon in Arizona; monument divides into 2 distinct areas, Grand Staircase & Escalante River Canyon & tributaries, separated by what could be viewed as 3rd area: Kaiparowits Plateau; Escalante Canyons section & Escalante River tributaries are most popular monument area, especially among hikers: active waterfalls, arches, riparian oases, sculpted slickrock & narrow canyons such as Peek-a-boo & Spooky Gulch; Grand Staircase area is more remote & less visited, but spectacular & contains most extensive slot canyon network in Utah.
Old Paria – Highway 89 (in middle of Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument); movie set is gone, but hike to River to see ghost town is worth it; turn right by river, not left, to get there quicker.
Paria Mountains – 18 miles from Kanab on Highway 89 (found beside dirt road that connects to Highway 89 just before Paria River.

Lake Powell (includes Bullfrog Basin & Page)
Services
Trips Under Sun – Page; 970-485-1822; tripsunderthesun.com; can be pricey.
Sights & Sites
Bullfrog Visitor Center – Bullfrog Basin (north of Bullfrog Marina on Highway 276); 435-684-7423; utah.com/lakepowell.
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area – Carl Hayden Visitor Center (Page); 928-608-6200; nps.gov/glca/index.htm; encompasses over 1.2M acres; water-based & backcountry recreation; recreation area stretches for 100s of miles from Lees Ferry (Arizona) to Orange Cliffs (southern Utah); scenic vistas, geologic wonders & vast panorama human history.

Monument Valley
Hotels
View Hotel – in park; 435-727-5555; monumentvalleyview.com; Navajo-owned and operated.



GRAND COUNTY
Moab
Hotels
Sorrel River Ranch – Utah Highway 128; 435-259-4642 or 877-317-8244; sorrelriver.com; working horse ranch with western-themed rooms; spa.
Restaurants
Jailhouse Cafe – 101 North Main Street; 435-259-3900; moabhappenings.com/restaurants.htm; only serves breakfast.
Pasta Jay's – 4 South Main Street; 435-259-2900; pastajays.com; huge salads.
Wicked Brew – 132 North Main Street; 435-259-0021; wickedbrewmoab.com; coffee and baked goods; drive-thru.
Shopping
Moab Rock Shop – 600 North Main; 435-259-7312; moabrockshop.com.
Sights & Sites
Arches National Park – Arches Entrance Road; 435-719-2299; nps.gov/arch; over 2K natural stone arches, in addition to 100s soaring pinnacles, massive fins & giant balanced rocks; wonderful for hiking, especially at sunset.
Canyonlands National Park – 2282 Southwest Resource Boulevard; 435-719-2313; nps.gov/cany/index.htm; amazing arches offer photo ops that are staples of desktop wallpaper.
Hole in Rock – 11037 South Highway 191; 435-686-2250; theholeintherock.com; unique home, carved out of huge rock in Utah’s Canyonlands; historic 5K' square home, former trading post, and current unusual gift shop.

Thompson
Sights & Sites
Arches National Park – off Highway 191; 435-719-2299; nps.gov/arch/index.htm; over 2K natural sandstone arches; make sure to see Delicate Arch.



SALT LAKE COUNTY
Alta
Hotels
Alta Lodge – 10230 East Route 210; 801-277-3292 or 800-707-2582; altalodge.com; rustic (built in 1939); knotty pine rooms in original section; spare, midcentury modern in newer wing; 4 gender specific dorms; if you stay anywhere in Utah, stay here at least once; iconic.
Snowpine – 10400 East Route 201; 801-742-2000; thesnowpine.com; oldest and smallest (18 rooms), also cheapest; built by CCC in 1938; sauna and outdoor tub.

Salt Lake City
Bars & Nightclubs
Copper Onion – 111 East Broadway, # 170; 801-355-3282; thecopperonion.com; try Commodore (rye whiskey, fresh ginger, bitters, lemon, fresh orange juice) or Honey Drop (Ketel One vodka, Cointreau, Wyoming white honey, lemon and lime).
Hotels
Grand America Hotel – 555 South Main Street; 801-258-6000 or 800-304-8696; grandamerica.com; large and elegant.
Restaurants
Copper Onion – 111 East Broadway, # 170; 801-355-3282; thecopperonion.com; run by husband and wife team Ryan and Colleen Lowder; Lowder can list stints under Jean Georges and Mario Batali and time at Grand Central Oyster Bar; popular downtown spot, right next to hip movie theater; flexible menu; full bar; when weather warm, patio dining in plaza between restaurant and theater.
Forage – 370 East 900 South; 801-708-7834; foragerestaurant.com; both chefs and co-owners Bowman Brown and Viet Pham dedicated to creating some of Salt Lake City’s finest food; in old home updated with clean, modern look (comfortable, yet swank); handful of tables, decor is sparse; staff is accommodating, polished, but not stuffy; fresh, individually sourced, local fruits, meats, and vegetables.
Pago – 878 South 900 East; 801-532-0777; pagoslc.com; farm-to-table ethos in tiny space.
Spotted Dog Creamery – 2980 South State Street; 801-485-7768; spotteddogcreamery.com; ice cream.
Takashi – 18 West Market Street; 801-519-9595; takashisushi.com; sushi.
Tipica – 314 West 300 South; 801-531-8669; caputosdeli.com; casual; extension of Tony Caputo’s (below).
Shopping
Les Madeleines – 216 East 500 South; 801-355-2294; les-madeleines.com; madeleines served are known locally as “crack.”
Tony Caputo’s Market & Deli – 314 West 300 South; 801-531-8669; caputosdeli.com; homemade delicacies.
Sights & Sites
Natural History Museum of Utah – 301 Wakara Way (at Rio Tinto Center); 801-581-6927; nhmu.org; building itself architecturally dramatic; on 17 acres at Wasatch Mountains’ foothills, within city.
Salt Lake City Public Library – 210 East 400 South; 801-524-8200; slcpl.org; designed by Moshe Safdie; worth visiting (inside and out) just for architecture.
Utah Museum of Fine Arts – 410 Campus Center Drive (University of Utah, at Marcia & John Price Museum Building); 801-581-7332; collections.umfa.utah.edu; make sure to see Ralph Albert Blakelock’s Silvery Night; architecturally intriguing building.

Snowbird
Hotels
Cliff Lodge – Highway 210, Little Cottonwood Canyon; 801-933-2222 or 800-232-9542; snowbird.com.
Inn at Snowbird – Highway 210, Little Cottonwood Canyon; 801-933-2222 or 800-232-9542; snowbird.com; best of bunch.
Iron Blossom – Highway 210, Little Cottonwood Canyon; 801-933-2222 or 800-232-9542; snowbird.com.
Lodge at Snowbird – Highway 210, Little Cottonwood Canyon; 801-933-2222 or 800-232-9542; snowbird.com.



SUMMIT COUNTY
Park City (includes Canyons & Deer Valley)
Bars & Nightclubs
Downstairs – 625 Main Street; 435-615-7200; downstairspc.com; throbbing disco owned by Danny Masterson, former That ‘70s Show actor.
High West Distillery & Saloon – 703 Park Avenue; 435-649-8300; highwest.com; ski-in gastropub; small batch, home-brewed vodkas & whiskeys; American bar food.
No Name Saloon – 447 Main Street; 435-649-6667; nonamesaloon.net; classic, Western town ski bar; moosehead on wall.
Shabu – 442 Main Street; 435-645-7253; shabuparkcity.com; great cocktails; try Green Dragon (green tea, sake & lemon).
Tavern – 201 Heber Avenue (at Main & Sky); 435-658-2500; parkcityrestaurants.com/tavern; oldest bar; since 1907.
Hotels
Lodges at Deer Valley – 2900 Deer Valley Drive East; 435-645-6528; deervalley.com/lodging/details/the_lodges/25; half mile from slopes; upscale, lodge-style hotel featuring rustic-chic lobby with 3-story fireplace; 1.3 miles from dining & shops on Main Street; warmly decorated rooms have free Wi-Fi & flat-screen TVs, plus microwaves, mini-fridges & coffeemakers; upgraded rooms add sitting areas; airy 1-, 2- & 3-bedroom condos feature kitchens, washer/dryers & gas fireplaces; parking, hot breakfast (seasonal) & local & ski resort shuttle service are complimentary; casual restaurant/bar, heated outdoor pool, hot tub & gym.
Main & Sky – 201 Heber Avenue; 435-658-2500; skyparkcity.com; sophisticated hotel; 3-minute walk from nearest ski lifts, 7 minutes on foot from Egyptian Theatre & mile from Deer Valley ski resort; 2-bedroom suites feature balconies, separate living rooms with flat-screens, plus wet bars, free Wi-Fi, fireplaces & Bose sound systems; some suites add decks with hot tubs; 1-3 bedroom apartments add full kitchens & dining rooms; penthouse has a 2.5K' sq deck; resort fee covers breakfast & ski resort transfers; rustic eatery & bar, spa, gym, indoor pool & hot tub.
Montage Deer Valley – 9100 Marsac Avenue; 435-604-1300; montagehotels.com/deervalley/en; great spa; 154 rooms with gas fireplaces, great bathrooms & private balconies; 800' up mountain; 3 restaurants.
Stein Erickson Lodge Deer Valley – 7700 Stein Way; 435-649-3700; steinlodge.com; standing mid-mountain in Silver Lake Village, with white stone fireplaces & log gazebos; some rooms have whirlpool tubs.
Trail’s End Lodge – 2100 Deer Valley Drive South; 435-776-3300; deervalley.com/Lodging/Details/Trails_End_Lodge_Pine_Inn/38; convenient ski-in/ski-out location on Success ski run allows guests to enjoy world-class skiing directly from their accommodations; 1-4 bedroom residences feature upscale kitchens, comfortable living areas, floor to ceiling stone fireplaces & private outdoor hot tubs; breakfast in Aspen Room, as well as après-ski.
Treasure Mountain Inn – 255 Main Street; 435-655-4501; treasuremountaininn.com; lower budget option that is affordable but quirky; clean & eco-friendly; extremely nice so check website.
Waldorf Astoria Park City – 2100 Frostwood Drive (Canyons); 435-647-5500; waldorfastoriaparkcity.com; 174 luxurious guest rooms; many with high-end kitchens, outdoor decks & travertine-tiled bathrooms.
Washington School Inn – 543 Park Avenue; 435-649-3800; washingtonschoolhouse.com; elegant, 15-room, bed-&-breakfast set in 1889 schoolhouse; 1.1 miles from Park City Mountain Resort & 1.5 miles from Deer Valley Resort; chic, antiques-filled rooms feature heated bathroom floors, flat-screen TVs, iPod docks & free WiFi; suites add extras like marble bathrooms, reclaimed wood floors or spiral iron staircases; amenities include outdoor heated pool, loaner iPods & iPads & ski lounge with fireplace, as well as complimentary breakfast & après-ski snacks.
Restaurants
Billy Blanco’s – 8208 Gorgoza Pines Road (located off Jeremy Ranch exit as enter town on I-80 from Salt Lake City); 435-575-0846; billyblancos.com; classic-car-themed Mexican restaurant; local scene; try taco sampler or Mango Avocado Salad with blackened Mahi-Mahi; some of best margaritas in town.
Burgers & Bourbon – 9100 Marsac Avenue (at Montage Deer Valley); 435-604-1300; montagehotels.com/deervalley/dining/burgers-bourbon; best burger in Park City; ski-in/ski-out lunch spot with patio fire pit; epic views & free valet; great mountain cobb salad.
Farm – 4000 Canyons Resort Drive (at Canyons Village at Park City); 435-615-8080; facebook.com/pg/TheFarmCanyons/about/?ref=page_internal; new American fare.
Goldener Hirsch Inn – 7570 Royal Street East; 435-649-7770; goldenerhirschinn.com/deer-valley-restaurants/restaurant; with “Teutonic splendor,” Austrian-style inn offers continental menu & solid staff; après-ski fondue, Wiener schnitzel & magical desserts; expensive.
High West Distillery & Saloon – 703 Park Avenue; 435-649-8300; highwest.com; Western-inspired menu; nouveau Cowboy fare.
Mariposa – 7600 Royal Street East (at Silver Lake Lodge); 435-645-6632; deervalley.com/dining/wheretoeat/mariposa; award-winning; only open 4 months yearly, during ski season; destination restaurant.
Maxwell’s East Coast Eatery – 1456 Newpark Boulevard (Newpark Town Center); 435-647-0304; maxwellsece.com; classic pizza spot; generous bar area & comfy booths; 20" thin-crust pies.
No Name Saloon – 447 Main Street; 435-649-6667; nonamesaloon.net; classic, Western style; moosehead on wall; big burgers.
Powder – 2100 Frostwood Drive (Canyons, at Waldorf Astoria Park City); 435-647-5566; aldorfastoriaparkcity.com/dine; Michelin-star-like experience; seasonal menus with local inspirations & serves many dishes on natural stone & wood; pastry chef deserves round of applause for “Apple Pie” creation (range of different apple flavors & textures from ice cream to puff pastry & dried apple slice).
Prime Steakhouse & Piano Bar – 804 Main Street; 435-655-9739; primeparkcity.com; best steakhouse option; piano bar vibe gets you in mood to eat & drink; steaks are served on piping-hot plates.
Royal Street Café – 7600 Royal Street (at Silver Lake Lodge); 435-645-6724; deervalley.com/dining_shopping/royal_street_cafe.html; home to best ski lunch in North America, rivaling best in French Alps; make reservation so you’ll waste no time from your day of skiing; menu is light & fresh, but it’s also big on taste; fresh Dungeness Crab Tower with layers of avocado & crispy spiced wontons & Grilled Tuna Tacos.
Sammy’s Bistro – 1890 Bonanza Drive; 435-214-7570; sammysbistro.com; restaurant secret locals will share; menu is as extensive & affordable as it is good; from breakfast to lunch, dinner.
Shabu – 442 Main Street; 435-645-7253; shabuparkcity.com; try ginger & chive steamed bass or tempura calamari.
Wahso – 577 Main Street; 435-615-0300; wahso.com; Asian-French fusion; distinctively elegant with Art Deco & Victorian interior, authentic Asian screens, ebony fireplace & carvings & pictures from around world; traditional Asian ingredients with French cooking style.
Yuki Yama Sushi – 586 Main Street; 435-649-6293; yukiyamasushi.com; beyond my Nigiri staples (Albacore, Yellowtail & Salmon), try Madai Snapper & Loup de Mer (European Sea Bass); signature starter is Wagyu Beef Tataki, served with sizzling hot salt block to sear beef at table.
Zoom – 660 Main Street; 435-649-9108; zoomparkcity.com; opened by Robert Redford in former train station; refined American fare.
Services
Montage Deer Valley Spa – 9100 Marsac Avenue; 435-604-1300; montagehotels.com/spamontage/en/deervalley; great spa 800' up mountain; Roman-style wellness center.
Park City Spa – 2300 Deer Valley Drive East (at St. Regis Deer Crest); 435-940-5830; stregisdeervalley.com/park-city-spa; cavernous hot tubs, post treatment lounge looking out over waterfall.
Shopping
Cake Boutique – 511 Main Street; 435-649-1256; cakeparkcity.com; contemporary clothing for women; brands like Rag & Bone.
Flight Boutique – 562 Main Street, A; 435-604-0806; facebook.com/flightclothingboutique or flightboutique.wordpress.com; carries such brands as Elizabeth & James & Theory; nothing on 2nd floor above $100.
Sights & Sites
Comet Bobsled – 3419 Olympic Parkway (at Utah Olympic Park); 435-658-4200; utaholympiclegacy.org/activity/comet-bobsled-ride; make reservations; 80 mph speeds; up to 5Gs force.
Egyptian Theater – 328 Main Street; 435-649-9371; egyptiantheatrecompany.org; pharaoh-themed landmark in town’s center.
Kimball Art Center – 1401 Kearns Boulevard; 435-649-8882; kimballartcenter.org; region’s non-profit arts center.
Park City Film Series – 1255 Park Avenue; 435-615-8291; parkcityfilmseries.com; indie films.



TOOELE COUNTY
Wendover
Sights & Sites
Bonneville Salt Flats – rest stop on Interstate 80, westbound; history.utah.gov/apps/markers/detailed_results.php?markerid=3229.



UTAH COUNTY
American Fork
Sights & Sites
Timpanogos Cave National Monument – Utah 92; 801-756-5238; nps.gov/tica; US National Monument protecting cave system in Wasatch Mountains in American Fork Canyon; 1.5 mile trail to cave is steep, gaining close to 1K', but paved & fairly wide; 3 caves only viewable on guided tours when monument is open, usually from May-September; 3 caves are Hansen Cave, Middle Cave & Timpanogos Cave.

Provo
Sights & Sites
Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum – 1430 North Street (at Brigham Young University); 801-378-5051; mlbean.byu.edu; taxidermy.

Springville
Shopping
Blue Cattle Truck Trading Co. – 1555 Hobble Creek Drive; 801-491-8506; mexicanvanilla.com; imported from Veracruz, birthplace of Vanilla; all natural, gluten-free, no corn syrup & no coumarin.

Sundance
Services
Sol Fitness Adventures – Sundance Resort; 805-722-4599; solfitnessadventures.com; ask for Melanie Webb to arrange hiking in, for example, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.



WASHINGTON COUNTY
St. George (includes Ivins)
Hotels
Red Mountain Spa Resort – 1275 East Red Mountain Circle (Ivins); 435-673-4905 or 877-246-4453; redmountainresort.com.
Sights & Sites
Vermilion Cliffs National Monument – 345 East Riverside Drive; 435-688-3200; blm.gov/az/vermilion/vermilion.htm.



WAYNE COUNTY
Torrey
Sights & Sites
Capital Reef National Park – 8 miles east of town, on Utah Highway 24; 435-425-3791; nps.gov/care/index.htm; in red rock country; hidden treasure filled with cliffs, canyons, domes & bridges in Waterpocket Fold, geologic monocline (wrinkle on earth) extending almost 100 miles.



WEBER COUNTY
Ogden
Sights & Sites
Great Salt Lake Birding Trails – Northern Utah; 801-621-7595 (Wasatch Audubon); wasatchaudubon.org/mapn_birding_trails.htm; diverse area providing habitats for over 200 bird species; habitats from approximately 4.2K' elevation (Great Salt Lake) to alpine Naomi Peak (9.98K') & Mount Nebo (11.877K').

Snowbasin
Hotels
Jackson Fork Inn – Highway 39, 7345 East 900 South; 801-745-0051 or 800-609-9466; jacksonforkinn.com; reasonably-priced.
Lakeside Resort Properties – 6486 Highway 39; 801-745-3194 or 866-745-3194; lakesideresortproperties.com.

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