Posts Tagged ‘National Parks’

The Utah Symphony’s Mighty 5® Tour

July 20th, 2014 by BBIU

Utah's "Mighty 5" National Parks

Utah’s “Mighty 5″ National Parks

The Utah Symphony based in Salt Lake City takes “the show on the road” with a tour of Utah’s red rock country, home to the state’s five National Parks – Utah’s “Mighty 5®”.  Iconic scenery is the backdrop for this epic event.  Four free classical music concerts are scheduled for August 11 – 17, 2014, with the full symphony orchestra participating.  Various outdoor venues will be the setting for Music Director Thierry Fischer conducting and guest vocalist Celena Shafer.   For additional information, complete schedule and tickets – The Utah Symphony’s Mighty 5 Tour.

When attending any of the concerts, make it a “getaway” with a stay at a member inn of The Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah (BBIU). Member inns can be found near each location.

Tuesday, August 12, at 8 PM, Teasdale Community Park will host.  The Muley Twist Inn is IN Teasdale, so it is a just a short jaunt to the park. Nearby is Capitol Reef NP, just a few miles from Teasdale.
Thursday, August 14, 8 PM, the event will be held at The Red Cliffs Lodge.  Near Canyonlands and Arches National Parks, the closest member inn is in Castle Valley.  The Castle Valley Inn is off of Scenic Hwy. 128, the same road on which Red Cliffs Lodge is located.  In nearby Moab, find the Sunflower Hill  and Cali Cochitta Inns.
Friday, August 15, at 8 PM, Ruby’s Bryce Canyon Rim hosts.  Just a few miles from Bryce Canyon NP, the town of Tropic is where guests can find the Buffalo Sage B & B.
Saturday, August, at 8 PM, the final presentation takes place at the O C Tanner Amphitheater in Springdale.  With Zion NP as the backdrop, the towns of Springdale and Rockville are perfect locations to be close to the event.  In Rockville, find the Desert Thistle and Bunkhouse at Zion inns.  In Springdale, find the Red Rock Inn, Harvest House B & B, Zion Canyon Lodge, Novel House B & B, Canyon Vista Lodge, Under the Eaves at Zion.  Also in nearby St. George are the Seven Wives Inn and Green Gate Village Historic Inn.

Be sure to ask the innkeeper for additional “thing to do and see”.  They are often very willing to share their own favorite treks and hidden places.

2014 Tour of Utah – August 4-10 – Showcasing Utah at it’s Best

July 17th, 2014 by BBIU

Tour of Utah  August 4-10, 2014

Tour of Utah
August 4-10, 2014

The Larry H Miller Tour of Utah is a one of only five UCI-sanctioned, multi-stage, North American pro cycling events to be held in 2014. Known as “America’s Toughest Stage Race”,  the first major international cycling event following the Tour de France, it has begun to attract world wide attention.  Sixteen professional teams have entered.  Six will be UCI Pro Teams, three UCI Pro Continental Teams, and seven US-based Continental Teams.  Two “developmental” teams will race, showcasing the up and coming stars of the future.  This year’s edition will be the longest stage race in North America with over 753 miles and a total of 57,863 feet of vertical gain over the seven days of racing.

The race has seven stages, varying from urban city street loops, to massive climbs, and even a few miles of “dirt” road. The first stage begins in Cedar City and the last ends in Park City.  Routes go through, or past, National Parks, National Monuments, Scenic Highways, picturesque canyons, country lanes, and city streets.    See the Tour of Utah web page for details of each stage, the riders, and other info.

One of the best aspects of the race ??  The admission is FREE… Just decide where you like to be to view a stage, find a place along the road or street, and settle in for a brief, but exciting, scene as more than 150 riders “fly” past.   Several BBIU member inns are right on the race route, so a front porch view is certainly a possibility. Each stage location/route has BBIU member inns along the way. Check out BBIU’s Pinterest page for more info.  Or The Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah site for all member inns and their information.

And be sure to “ask an innkeeper”.  They will often have a favorite viewing spot that they’d be willing to share.

 

 

 

 

Introducing SVEA – Boutique Lodging for the Smart Traveler

May 1st, 2013 by BBIU

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The Professional Association of Innkeepers International, better known al PAII, has mounted a campaign to dispel the notion that ALL B& B’s and inns are “old Victorians dripping in lace and doilies”. Their “Doily-free inn” idea is a fun way for a modern inn to co-exist with those more traditional types of inns.
Many of the most exclusive and luxurious places to stay are actually B & B’s. They may be called Inns, County Inns, Boutique Lodging, but at the heart of it, they are lodging properties who do provide breakfast included in the stay, as well as traditional personal service and hospitality. There is often a strong focus on service for the business traveller, and some of the best lodging choices for folks who travel on business are B &B’s. And, depending on the part of the country, an option can be anything from a teepee or luxurious ranch cabin to a modern “uptown” loft. While a traditional Victorian is still often the building style in which an inn is located, the interior is often open and airy with modern furnishings, and not a doily in sight.

One such inn that has “re-imagined” itself is the former Parrish Place B & B in Salt Lake City. It is now known as “SVEA- Boutique lodging for the smart traveler”. Wanting to focus on her Swedish heritage, owners Karin & Jeff Gauvin have “reinvented” the inn.
In the Historic Cannon Mansion, in Sugarhouse just 4 miles from downtown Salt Lake, the inn is Historic, yet modern…There is a fresh new look, but the same warm service is present. The four guest rooms, all with private bath, are lighter and brighter. The Swedish term used is “lagom – not too much or too little, but just right, so your experience is your own”.

Svea's  - Lodging for the smart traveler....new look... historic, yet modern

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Focus is on the business traveler, and those who choose to use Salt Lake City as the base for their travels throughout Utah, and the surrounding states. It’s just 4 or so hours to each of Utah’s FIVE National Parks, plus all of the National Forests, Monuments, and state parks in Utah. It is also just 4 or so hours to the Yellowstone NP, Jackson Hole, Sun Valley, Great Basin NP, and numerous other locations visitors come to the west to experience.

Because business travelers are a specialty, Svea provides flat rate room pricing, free wi-fi, computer and printing, and a frequent stay program providing a $50 gift card for each 5 night stay on business.  And for repeat business guests… storage availability for trade products and non-essential personal items.

And, says the website, “free of charge, we will add some dry Swedish humor/sarcasm – our way of making you feel welcome.”
Svea is located at 720 Ashton Ave. in Salt Lake City, For reservations or more information, check the websiteemail or 801-832-097.

If a visit to a more traditional B & B is your choice, check out the other terrific member inns of the Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah (BBIU) that are located in Salt Lake City.

Utah’s National Parks – The Mighty 5 Fee-Free Days

April 21st, 2013 by BBIU

The Utah Office of Tourism recently rolled out it’s Summer Campaign focusing on “The Mighty 5” – the FIVE National Parks that are located within Utah’s borders. They are Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, in the southeastern part of Utah near Moab. Capitol Reef National Park, in the south central region near Torrey. And Zion and Bryce Canyons National Parks, in the southwestern area of the state. Nearby cities include, St. George, Springdale and Rockville, and Cedar City.Bryce Sunset

This week, April 22-26, 2013 is National Park Week, and one of several FREE entry days provided throughout the year.
The next fee-free day is the National Park Service (NPS) Birthday, August 25, 2013; then National Public Lands Day, September 28, 2013; and finally Veterans Day Weekend, November 9-11, 2013.

For those who are not able to visit on fee-free days, consider the $80 Annual Pass. Especially if you are planning to visit to several parks or monuments in one trip, this is a great deal. The pass allows access to all national parks and monuments, national wildlife refuges, national forests, national historic sites, and many other Federal lands – more than 2000 in number.
Seniors, those who are U S Citizens and are age 62 and over, can purchase the Senior “lifetime” pass for $10. This pass provides access to all of the areas mentioned above and may provide a discount on some fees charged for some amenities and services, such as swimming, boating, and so forth.
There is also a free Annul Pass available to U.S. military members and dependents in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard and also, Reserve and National Guard members.

The iconography of timeA recent National Park Service report notes that in 2011, Utah’s five National Parks totaled nearly 9.3 million in visitors.
Many of these visitors have discovered the Members Inns of the Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah. In addition to being located close to the Parks, the innkeepers are a great source of information about the Parks. They are also often willing to share their own favorite viewing spots, scenic drives or hikes, and little-known areas to visit. A “locals view” is often the best!

Wildflowers in Utah

April 6th, 2013 by BBIU

Though Spring is typically the best time to see wildflowers, Utah’s display can be summer-long. Often the best viewing is in mountain meadows and along rural highway fence lines. OR, as many Utah bed and breakfast inns have discovered, wildflower gardens are often a solution to having beautiful gardens in Utah’s arid climate.

wildflowers add a colorful touch to a traditional garden

Wildflowers in a lush garden

Some great places to see wildflowers:

Summer in the Albion Basin at Alta Ski area

Albion Basin Wildflowers

Albion Basin at the Alta Ski Resort, at the top of Little Cottonwood Canyon, is just east of Salt Lake City. Late July is really the best viewing time.
Along the Mirror Lake Highway #150 east of Kamas. If you are lucky, you may see a moose.
Along the roads and pathways in and around the FIVE National Parks located in Southern Utah.

Wildflowers along Highway #191 between Blanding & Bluff

Roadside Wildflowers in Southern Utah

 

Whether surrounded by lush garden greenery or among rocks in the high mountain desert, utah’s wildflowers are not to be missed. When visiting a Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah (BBIU) member inn, ask the innkeeper for information on their favorite wildflower viewing spot.

 

Arts in Utah’s “Dixie”

March 16th, 2013 by BBIU

34th Annual St. George Art Festival
St George Art Festival
Friday, March 29 and Saturday March 30
10 AM to 6 PM each day
St. George Town Square – on Main Street between Tabernacle and 100 South
This is a juried show with over 110 artists from all over the US. Included in the Festival are original works of art, live entertainment, a children’s area, and food – a Utah tradition…
For more information, visit St. George City or call 435-627-4500

Kayenta Utah Arts Foundation     Kayenta Street Painting Festival

Saturday April 13 and Sunday April 14
Sponsored by the Kayenta arts Foundation

The Third Annual 2-day “performance-art” event showcases artists, from student to professional, who produce chalk murals on the streets of the Coyote Gulch Art Village in Ivins, UT, just a short drive from St. George.

Saturday morning, visitors can see the sketches of the works and watch the student competition. Then Sunday, return to see local professional artists complete their masterworks.
For more information, please call 435-817-7449 or email kayentastreetpainting@gmail.com

To fully enjoy both of these unique fests, stay in an area B & B.  St. George, Rockville, and Springdale have member inns of the Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah (BBIU).  Make it a vacation by also visiting one of Utah’s “The Mighty 5”. That is…the Five National Parks that call Utah home. Staying in one of BBIU’s Member Inns, located near each of the five parks, allows visitors access to “local’s knowledge”, as well as a great place to stay.

Alternative Lodging options at Utah Bed and Breakfast Inns

January 17th, 2013 by BBIU

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 Are you looking for an alternative to standard Hotel lodging options?  Try a B & B…

The Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah (BBIU) is a collection of inspected and approved B & B’s and Inns that are located throughout the great State of Utah.  From the classic Victorian to the rustic farmhouse-style, all Members provide the inn-goer with an experience that cannot be found in a standard hotel setting.

Utah is widely known for it spectacular scenery, and long historic tradition.   Utah is home to five National Parks, seven National Monuments, several National recreation areas, forests, and Historic sites, as well as 40 + State Parks, wilderness areas, and other public lands.   Utah was settled in large part by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, also known as LDS or Mormons.  Numerous historic sites, towns, and  church buildings can be visited throughout the state.

If winter sports are of interest, Utah is home to 14 World-class resorts.  Summer finds mosts resorts also providing various opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.  In addition, with Utah’s varied terrain and elevation, visitors can ski one  day and golf or fish the next.  Utah’s southern regions are home to some of the west’s finest golf courses, and blue -ribbon streams abound.  ATV enthusiasts, hikers, and bikers will find hundreds and hundreds of trails, many just steps from the inn’s door.

If outdoor recreation is not your choice, Utah is also home to a variety of museums, art galleries, world-class theater, and other cultural activities. Those seeking just a relaxing or romantic get-away will find that also.

A visitor in any area of the state will find a BBIU member inn nearby.  There are urban inns, inns in the mountains, inns near the water, inns at the edge of National Parks or Monuments, and inns tucked away in secluded valleys.

Ask any BBIU innkeeper for suggestions about what to see, where to go, and what to do.  They are a wealth of  information.  Most have personally toured, hiked, skied, or played in the area and are often willing to share their “locals” knowledge.


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