Archive for the ‘Events’ Category

Quilts as Utah’s Pioneer Heritage

September 7th, 2015 by BBIU

Quilts have been a part of Utah’s heritage since the very first days of the pioneers. As they travelled west, they brought the age-old technique of quilting to provide both needed warm covers, and in time, as works of art.
According to Wikipedia,
“A quilt is a type of blanket, traditionally composed of three layers of fiber: a woven cloth top, a layer of batting or wadding, and a woven back, combined using the technique of quilting. A quilt is distinguishable from other types of blanket because it is pieced together with several pieces of cloth. “Quilting” refers to the technique of joining at least two fabric layers by stitches or ties…
In the early days of United States colonies, “It was essential for most families to use and preserve textiles efficiently. Saving or salvaging small scraps of fabric was a part of life for all households. Small pieces of fabric were joined together, to make larger pieces, in units called “blocks”. Creativity could be expressed in the block designs, or simple “utility quilts”, with minimal decorative value, could be produced. ”
Quilts have long been a solution to what to do with the fabric from worn out clothing. By cutting and sewing the pieces together, quilts used pieces of cloth that might otherwise have been discarded.
Often reflecting cultural influences, quilts were frequently made to commemorate major life events, such as marriages and births.
Today, making quilts continues primarily as an art form, with festivals, competitions, and shows dedicated to quilts and quilting.

Panguitch Quilt Walk- Quilts were critical to survival

Panguitch Quilt Walk

Utah has some of the best quilt shows around, many reflecting the pioneer heritage as part of heritage festivals.
Of particular note is the Panguitch Quilt Walk Festival in June. It remembers the hardships of a group of early settlers who travelled across the mountain to another community in search of supplies. The deep snow hindered progress until they realized that they could spread quilts on the top of the snow and could “walk” on top of them. This feat is celebrated each year in an annual festival.
Quilt shows can be found throughout the year. A very short list appears here. In January, find the St. George Annual Quilt retreat and the Winter Fest in Logan. In Delta,
the Snow Goose Quilt Show in February takes place along with Snow Goose Festival.
Brigham City’s June Heritage Days includes a quilt fest.
July and August seems to be the time for the most activity. Sites include the Springville Museum of Art, Alpine Quilt Show, the Castle Country Quilter’s Show and the Western Legends Quilt Show in Kanab.
September has Farmington’s Art & Quilt Show and Layton Quilt Fest
In addition to festivals, exhibitions, and competitions, many Pioneer Museums feature quilts. Often on display are the utilitarian ones used for normal day to day living as well as “art” quilts made for special occasions or as decoration.

When planning a visit to a quilt show, check Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah for a nearby Member Inn.

Balloons…Balloons… Balloons… A Hot Air Balloon is a Sight to Behold

July 26th, 2014 by BBIU

Utah is home to some of the best balloon festivals in the West.

Panguitch Balloon Festival

Sunrise Ascension at the Panguitch Balloon Festival

Beginning in January, The Bluff International Balloon Festival brings 30-some pilots to the red rocks of south eastern Utah.

In June, balloon enthusiasts will find festivals at the Springville Art City Days, the Sevier County “Eyes to The Sky” festival in Salina, and the Panguitch Valley Balloon Rally.
Check with a nearby BBIU member inn Innkeeper for accommodations. The Red Brick Inn of Panguitch, and Salt Lake Metro area members are good choices.

July brings Provo’s America’s Freedom Festival International Competition.  Salt Lake/Wasatch Front inns are a short drive down I-80

August 8 & 9, 2014, the Sandy Hot Air Balloon Festival will take place.
The Castle Creek Inn is closest BBIU Member to the festival site.

August 15-17 The Ogden Valley Balloon Festival will be held, hosted by Nordic Valley. This invitation-only event will showcase 29 balloons.  The Valley House Inn in Huntsville is close.

September 19-21 brings back to Park City its much-loved Autumn Aloft. After some 20 years, the event will host 15 invited balloons.  BBIU members in Park City or in the greater Wasatch Back area are great choice for accommodations.

Always be sure to ask your innkeeper for their favorite viewing spots.


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.





Cache Valley Storytelling Festival

May 15th, 2014 by BBIU

Cache Valley storytelling Festival June 4-8, 2014Cache Valley Storytelling Festival – June 4 – 7, 2014 at The Elk ridge Park, 1100 East 2500 North, North Logan, UT.

The Cache Valley StoryTelling Festival is the realization of a dream… Organizer, Wayne McKay a former entrepreneur, educator and international consultant had settled in the Cache Valley.  He spent time singing songs, telling tales, and doing voice work on occasion. He soon discovered “storytelling” as a festival and began to dream of Cache Valley as the home of a festival of its own.

This is the inaugural year of the Cache Valley Storytelling Festival. There will be a variety of storytellers appearing. Along with traditional storytellers, there will a cowboy storyteller, a Native American storyteller, a pioneer storyteller, and a mountain man storyteller. Storytelling will include anecdotes, songs, tall tales, short stories, and poems of all sorts.

On Wednesday, June 4, the “Roadside Raconteur Tour” takes visitors to historic as well as folkloric sites. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in this 8 AM – 4 PM tour. Also on Wednesday, there will be a stroll through Historic Downtown Logan with a storyteller/guide. OR enjoy a three-hour horseback ride through Logan Canyon in the Cache National Forest. A guide from the Beaver Creek Lodge guides and shares stories along the way.
Thursday, June 5, Workshops are scheduled form 9 AM to 5 PM. From 7 PM to 9 PM, the official opening ceremony will feature introductory performances of many of the storytellers.
On Friday, June , 9:30 AM – 5 PM, Story Time takes place. Storytellers will perform at a several venues at the same time. Story Exchange, and Yawn Yarns complete the day.
Saturday June 7, continues the Story Time experience with Story Exchange and Who Told! completing the day and the festival.
For more information and tickets

When visiting the Cache Valley, stay at one of the Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah North region member inns. The Riter Mansion is in Historic Downtown Logan and The Old Rock Church/ProvidenceInn is in nearby Providence.  Not too far away is the Valley House Inn in  Huntsville, and The Snowberry Inn in Eden on The Pineview Reservoir. Ask your innkeepers for stories of their own. We are sure they have at least one stashed away.

Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival

April 18th, 2014 by BBIU

Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival April 18-May 3

Thanksgiving Point Tulip Festival
April 18 – May 3, 2014

Thanksgiving Point Institute welcomes Spring with the Annual Tulip Festival.  Thousands of tulips will be on display during the Festival April 18 through May 3, 2014.  Nearly 100 different varieties of tulips are displayed throughout the Thanksgiving Point Gardens.  In addition, there is music, vendors, food, and garden tours available.  Regular Garden admission applies, with child, senior and military discounts.  Admission is free to institute members.  Hours are 8 AM to 8 PM.
Stay in a nearby Salt Lake City/Wasatch Front  or Park City/Wasatch Back Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah member Inn. Be sure to ask the innkeeper for other activities in the area. They are a wealth of knowledge and may even share their own favorites.

Chocolate in Utah – Discover the Natural and Cultural History of Chocolate

February 6th, 2014 by BBIU

The Natural History Museum of Utah (NHMU) presents Chocolate: The Exhibition February 8 through June 1, 2014Chocolate - The Exhibition at The Natural History Museum of Utah
From the tropical rainforest of ancient Maya, 16th century Europe, the Industrial Revolution, to the present day-the world has had a long love affair with chocolate. Throughout history, chocolate has been used in royal and religious ceremonies, as currency, a drink for the wealthy, a sweet treat for the masses, and a global commodity… “you’ll explore the plant, the products, and the culture of chocolate through the lenses of science, history, and popular culture”.

Throughout this exhibit, the Museum will be hosting a variety of events for adults and families!
Highlights of the Exhibition:
Tropical Rainforest. Enter a lush, tropical rainforest and examine a replica of a cacao tree with its seed pods, the source of chocolate. Learn about the complex ecosystem that supports the healthy growth of this remarkable plant.
The Ancient Maya. See how scientists traced the origins of chocolate consumption to the ancient Maya, who are the first people known to turn the bitter seeds into a spicy drink for use in royal and religious ceremonies.
The Aztec. Explore an interactive Aztec marketplace, where valuable cacao seeds were used as money, to learn the purchasing power of a handful of beans.
Chocolate Comes to Europe. The Spanish conquest of the Americas introduced chocolate to Europe. Learn what happened when chocolate first met sugar. See how the wealthiest consumers satisfied their chocolate cravings.
Chocolate Manufacturing. Take a look at the sweet side of the Industrial Revolution—the steady stream of new inventions and creative advertising that brought chocolate bars to the masses.
Chocolate as a Global Commodity. Who grows cacao? Which country consumes the most chocolate? Explore the relationship between cacao production and trade across the world. Trace its ups and downs in the world market, and see how cacao is grown by farmers today.

Did you know?? Utah is the home of America’s oldest known chocolate.  New research suggests Ancestral Puebloan people living in a village near Blanding, Utah were consuming chocolate as early as 750 AD. Don’t miss the chance to see pottery with the earliest evidence of chocolate discovered in the United States.
Special events:
Chocolate: the Exhibition – Opening weekend February 8 10 AM in the special exhibits gallery
Chocolate tastings in the special exhibits gallery
• Hands-on activities for all ages—cocoa grinding, residue tests, and more!
• Chocolate experts on hand sharing their knowledge of the plant, the products, and the culture of chocolate.
Nothing Like Chocolate February 11, 7 PM at the SLC City Library – Film on the global chocolate industry
Wednesday Chocolate Tasting Wednesday, February 12, 2014 – 7:00pm
Taste different kinds of chocolate, learn about the process of making chocolate, and discover Utah’s amazing chocolate scene.
Chocolate: The Event February 14 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM presented by Harmons and the Natural History Museum of Utah
Harmons City Creek 135 East 100 South, Salt Lake City, UT is the site of this event. A Valentines Day indulgence…
Included will be six courses of chocolate, both savory and sweet, each paired with specially selected wines. The event will be preceded by a cocktail party featuring chocolate cocktails and local beers provide by Shades of Pale. Tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased through Harmons.
*All proceeds will be donated to the Natural History Museum of Utah.
Presidents’ Day Weekend Celebration: Feb. 15, 16, & 17 12:00-4:00
Featured activities:
• Dance performances by the University of Utah Department of Modern Dance
• Chocolate experts on hand sharing their knowledge of the plant, the products, and the culture of chocolate.

Enticing chocolate curlsUtah’s Chocolate Story Past & Present…Anthropology Collections Manager describes the prehistory of Chocolate, its use in the Mayan area The chocolate story is centuries old. Anthropology Collections Manager Glenna Nielsen-Grimm describes the prehistory of chocolate, its use in the Maya area, and the latest research which suggests Ancestral Puebloan people living in a village near Blanding, Utah were consuming chocolate as early as 750 AD.
Internationally recognized chocolate expert, Matt Caputo, tells the story of Utah’s recent surge to the forefront of the worldwide chocolate community. Utah is quickly becoming the epicenter of a culture connoisseurship involving chocolate that can fetch up to $180 a pound.
Check back with the Museum often to find upcoming special events.
The Natural History Museum of Utah/ Rio Tinto Center is located at 301 Wakara Way, SLC
Chocolate and its national tour were developed by The Field Museum, Chicago.

Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah Member inns are located throughout the Salt Lake Metro area. in addition, the Park City/Wasatch Back and Logan/Providence areas are not too far to make a convenient day trip.

A Few Utah Holiday Treats

December 11th, 2013 by BBIU

Share the Holidays with events and celebrations in every corner of Utah…
In Utah’s Southwest, be sure to catch “Christmas In the Canyon” presented by the Tuachan Center for The Arts, in Ivins , UT, north west of St. George. The Festival of Lights is not to be missed – thousands of light glowing in the red rock canyon – spectacular. Also presented is a live a Nativity. Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through December 23.
Check out for details
Of course, St. George city has lots of Holiday events, too. Check out the Events Calendar

Temple Square Holiday LightsIn Salt Lake City, share in the 2013 Festival of Lights. Included are the spectacle at Temple Square, a Winter Wonderland at The new City Creek Center, The Gateway’s Celebration, plus This is The Place Heritage Park, Red Butte Gardens, Utah’s Hogel Zoo, The Gallivan Center, And MORE… For details go to

East of Salt Lake in Park City, on December 14, catch Santa riding the chairlift down into the Town LIft Plaza in Old Town. Weekends through Christmas, Park City’s Historic Main Street will host carolers, strolling “Mr. and Mrs. Santas”, musical entertainment and FREE PARKING!

East of Park City, In the pastoral Heber Valley, the Historic Heber Valley Railroad presents the North Pole Express. Hot drinks, treats, carols, and SANTA! Heber Valley Railroad's North Pole Express, Heber, UTAll aboard for this 90 minute ride that will delight the whole family.

In Utah’s North, Logan city 14th annual Parade of Gingerbread Houses is a real treat! From December 7-31, visit the businesses along Logan’s Downtown and see these yummy creations.

And when visiting ANY of these events, a stay at a Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah Member Inn adds to the experience.  The Innkeepers are knowledgeable and will often share their own special Holiday tradition  – AND treats – with you.

Celebrate Frontier Homestead State Park’s Anniversary

November 23rd, 2013 by BBIU

EXPLORE – DISCOVER – REMEMBER – the 40th anniversary exhibit of the Frontier Homestead State Park in Cedar City, UT, – details the history of the state park from its original concept through its current status as Frontier Homestead State Park. The State Park Museum tells the story of development in Iron County when in the 1850’s, Brigham Young sent Mormon missionaries here to mine and process iron.40th-Anniversary, Frontier Homestead State Park, Cedar City, celebrate Iron County history
Visit now through December 31, 2013 to help celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the establishment of the Museum.
Displays include horse-drawn vehicles used from 1850 to 1920 and a collection of pioneer artifacts. An iron industry exhibit features the only known remaining artifact from the original foundry – the town bell.
Other items of interest include several historic cabins, a large collection of horse-drawn farm equipment, and Cedar City’s oldest remaining brick home, the Hunter House.

Located at 635 North in Cedar City, UT
Museum Hours:
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon – Sat
Day Visits:
$3 Per Person

When visiting the Park, enjoy a getaway at Amid Summer’s Inn Bed & Breakfast.  Ask about other sites to visit – the innkeepers may even share their personal out-of- the-way favorites.

Antelope Island Stampede – A fun way to spend Labor Day

August 22nd, 2013 by BBIU

Antelope Island Stampede - the Labor DAy Weekend Balloon, Kite and fun fest.Many visitors to Utah are familiar with Antelope Island – that big “rock” in the eastern side of the Great Salt Lake that the plane flies over before landing at Salt Lake International Airport. Many have also visited the island and hiked, biked, camped, watched birds, or visited the Historic Fielding Garr Ranch. Many also know that the island houses a great herd of Bison. BUT did you know that the island also plays host to one of the area’s most FUN Festivals? It’s the Antelope Island Stampede – not “stampede” as in rounding up the Bison – that’s later in the year, but the Balloon, kite, and entertainment festival.

The event takes place on Labor Day weekend (August 30 – September 1, 2013 ) in the White Rock Bay Area of Antelope Island. There are hot-air balloons (launches if weather permits), professional kite flying, BMX bike stunt show and clinics, pie eating contests, kid’s activities, music and MORE.
The event is open:
Friday: August 30 – 5:00PM – 10:00PM
Saturday: August 31 -Noon – 10:00PM
Sunday: September 1 – Noon – 8:00PM

There is a $10 per vehicle state park fee to get on the island, and a $15 fee per vehicle to get into the event. If you buy in advance from Smith’sTix, tickets are only $20 plus Smith’s service charge.
See for complete schedule of event, activities, vendors and other information

Also visit the Stampede Pinterest page for great photos

Though there are no Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah members in the immediate area, Salt Lake Metro area inns are nearby.  Even when staying in a Wasatch Back or Northern Inn, a day trip to the Stampede makes a fun getaway.


Live Theater in Utah? A Fine Example is Tuachan near St. George.

June 5th, 2013 by BBIU

At the recent Utah Tourism Conference, it was noted that statistics indicate that Utah has more live theater per capita than anywhere else in the U.S. A fine example of Utah live theater is at the Tuachan Amphitheater in Ivins, UT, just northwest of St. George.Tuachan Amohitheater and Center for the Performing Arts in Ivins, UT
The Mission Statement for the organizations states: “Tuacahn Center For the Arts is a professional non-profit presenting and producing organization that inspires creativity and greatness in the human spirit by providing world class family entertainment and education.”  The Season runs from Memorial Day through October, with a special Holiday production.
A look at a bit of history tells that at the turn of the 20th century Orval Hafen found the 80 acre parcel in a box canyon situated at the base of Padre Canyon in Southwestern Utah, near St. George and built a cabin below the towering red rocks. In 1993 Doug Stewart, noted playwright and St. George resident, found that 80 acre parcel, and thought it was perfect for the development of an amphitheater.
The site was the original home of the musical UTAH! with a 1920 seat amphitheater. Tuachan Amphitheater and Center for the Arts has morphed into a full performance facility with 42,000 square feet featuring the amphitheater and a 330 seat indoor theater, a dance studio, a black-box theater, a recital hall, a costume shop and scene shop, studios and classrooms, and a gift shop.
Branching out from hosting just the original UTAH! production, presentations have expanded to include “Broadway” shows plus numerous concerts each year. Education has become an important aspect to the organization with the development of the Tuachan High School for Performing Arts
The 2013 Season will include Mary Poppins, Starlight Express, Thoroughly Modern Mille, Disney’s Mulan, and Elf, the Musical. Concerts include Thriller, The Fab Four, Jim Brickman, Heart, and Hotel California. The production of Mulan is the result of a new affiliation with Disney Theater and is the first Premier in any regional theatre. A pre-show dinner on the plaza prior to some shows completes the evening.
Box Office 800-746-9882 435-652-3300.
When visiting Tuachan, make it a real getaway by including at stay at a Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah member inn. The Green Gate Historic Village and Seven Wives Inn in St. George are just a short drive from Ivins. Ask your innkeeper for “locals tips” of what to see and do. They may even share their own favorites…

2013 Mormon Miracle Pageant, Manti, UT

May 30th, 2013 by BBIU

Manti Temple -  - site of hte Mormon Miracle PageantThe 2013 edition of The Mormon Miracle Pageant will be held June 20-22, and 25-29 in Manti, UT
The Mormon Miracle Pageant is an annual production retelling the story of Joseph Smith and his followers. Joseph Smith is considered by the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (LDS or Mormons) to be a prophet of God. The story tells how Joseph translated the Book of Mormon, a record of ancient inhabitants of the Americas which was inscribed on gold plates, and follows the struggles of Joseph Smith and his followers through persecution and their travels west to settle in the Sanpete Valley of the Utah territory. The pageant was first produced in 1967 as a local effort, based on a 1950 book The Mormon Miracle. Today, a cast of over 500 reenacts events important to the story. The Pageant is held “under the stars”, and is free. The presentation takes place at the foot of the Historic Manti Temple, with 14,000 chairs provided. Contact toll free 866-961-9040, 435-835-3000 or email Pageant committee.
Manti is located on Historic Highway #89 in Central Utah, in the beautiful Sanpete Valley. When visiting the Pageant, include an activity or two to make it a complete getaway. There are more than 1000 miles of forest trails in the central Utah area designated for ATV and OHV use. The area is famous for the 350 mile long Arapeen ORV Trail. Fairview Canyon in Sanpete County, UT  sanpete.comOr visit the Palisades State Park for golf or any for the numerous “fishin’ holes” available in nearby canyons.
For lodging when attending the Pageant, or any of the other Sanpete County recreational activities or events, contact the Historic Manti House Inn, which is across Main Street from the Temple, or The Yardley Inn & Spa, just a few block from the Pageant site. Or just north of Manti is the Scott Farm B & B in Spring City. Manti area Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah member Innkeepers are a wealth of knowledge of what to see and what to do. They may even share information on their own favorite hidden spots – the locals’ knowledge that makes any stay better.

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

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.

2013 Utah Shakespeare Festival tickets on sale now

March 13th, 2013 by BBIU

Ticket are on sale NOW for the 2013 season of the Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival.  The Festival, beginning it’s 52nd year, is held in Cedar City, UT on the campus of Southern Utah University, at 300 West and Center St.  The festival will open June 24, with performances and events throughout the summer, closing October 19.

Four Shakespearian classics, two musicals, and the regional premier of a new play will be featured.  Check the Festival website for more information about the festival and the numerous related activities associated with it.

When visiting the Festival, consider also visiting the nearby Bryce Canyon National Park and Cedar Breaks National Monument.

Area Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah Members are located in Cedar City, Panguitch, and Tropic. Innkeepers at the inns can tell you the “secrets” of the festival, and how to find the special places in the parks that few visitors know about.

Memorial Day Weekend in Sanpete County, Utah

March 9th, 2013 by BBIU

Looking for something different to do on Memorial Day Weekend?  It’s not too early to make plans…
These two Heritage events are great for family fun, with a bit of history thrown in.
Scandinavian FestivalScandinavian Heritage Festival  in Ephraim, UT
Thursday, May 23, 2013 through Saturday, May 25, 2013

The Scandinavian Heritage Festival in Ephraim, Utah, running Thursday through Saturday prior to Memorial Day, is possibly the largest Scandinavian heritage event in the Intermountain West.
The event is held from Friday noon through Saturday at dusk. The festival grounds are on the north side of the Snow College campus and at Pioneer Park, 50 N 100 West. The grounds “will buzz with costumes, dancing, storytelling, entertainment, historical tours, craft and food booths and more.”
Location: Snow College, Pioneer Park in Ephraim
Contact: Ephraim City
Phone: 435-283-4631

Spring City,UTah Heritage Days CelebrationSpring City Heritage Day
Saturday, May 25, 2013
The big event for the Friends of Spring City is Heritage Day!
On this day, and this day only, many residents open their historic homes, which have been carefully restored, to tours for the public. Spring City is the best preserved example of an early Mormon pioneer village. Spring City is on the National Register of Historic Pioneer Towns.
Location: 150 East Center in Spring City
Contact: Alison Anderson
Phone: 435-462-5225

Call a Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah Member in Manti or Spring City for reservations and tips on how to enjoy the festivals “like a local”.

Two Museum Exhibits Worth Noting

February 27th, 2013 by BBIU

Mummies of the World at The Leonardo at Library Square

Presented by The Leonardo at Library Square
209 East 500 South SLC
February 16-May 27, 2013

As noted in the event listing “The New York Times calls it “magical and mythical.” Mummies of the World, the largest exhibition of mummies and related artifacts ever assembled, presents a collection of naturally and intentionally preserved mummies.”

Tickets $18-$22.50
Call for more information 801-531-9800
Sunday-Wednesday 10:00am to 5:00pm, Thursday-Friday 10:00am-10:00pm, Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm


Weaving a Revolution – A Celebration of Contemporary Navajo Baskets
• From: January 12, 2013 – April 28, 2013 (Recurring daily)
• Venue: Natural History Museum of Utah
• Address: 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108
• Times: Regular Museum Hours
• Admission: Included with admission to the museum
• Contact: Rhonda Greenwood
• 801-706-6202
Art and culture come together in a stunning new exhibit, “Weaving a Revolution,” at the Natural History Museum of Utah. The “Celebration of Contemporary Navajo Baskets” will feature more than 150 works of art created over the past 30 years by basket makers from the Monument Valley, Utah area. The 7,000 square-foot exhibit is open to the public with the regular price of admission and will be on display January 12 – April 28, 2013 in the Museum’s Special Exhibitions Gallery on the third floor of the Rio Tinto Center.

When visiting either of theses exhibits, make it a “stay-cation” and book one of Salt Lake City’s BBIU Member inns.

Cedar Breaks National Monument

February 19th, 2013 by BBIU

Cedar Breaks

Just one more Saturday for this terrific opportunity…February 23, 2013

Cedar Breaks Ranger-Led Snowshoe Walk, a trek to the yurt (Winter Ranger Station), exploring and learning about the park’s winter ecology along the way. Meet at the Iron County Visitor Center (581 N Main St, Cedar City) 9:00am or in Brian Head at 9:45am (meeting location will vary in Brian Head). Registration is required; call 435-586-9451 to register and reserve snowshoes for the walk.  For information call 435-586-9451 or visit

NOTE: This event is dependent upon good weather.

May 24, 2013: Cedar Breaks National Monument Summer Season Opens

Visitor facilities open and scheduled interpretive activities begin, including Ranger-led hikes, geology programs, special events, and much more! all 435-586-9451, 435-586-0787 to verify opening dates and for more detailed information.

When visiting Cedar Breaks, stay at a member inn of the Bed & Breakfast Inns of Utah.  Close by are The Red Brick Inn of Panguitch,  Amid Summers Inn in Cedar City, or just east of Bryce Canyon NP, The Buffalo Sage B & B in Tropic, UT.

March Madness Moab Style

February 16th, 2013 by BBIU

Moab Slickrock TrailMarch is the time of year when Moab, UT begins to reawaken from winter’s cold and cloudy weather.  The month is full of events to satisfy most any outdoorman’s desire.  The Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah  has several inspected and approved Member Inns in the Moab area.  They book quickly for these events, so make your lodging plans early.  Try the Sunflower Hill and Cali Cochitta inns in Moab, and The Castle Valley Inn in nearby Castle Valley.

From the DiscoverMoab‘s 2013  event calendar:

Mar 1-3

Poison Spider Bicycles Spring Thaw – A fun, long weekend with demo bikes, women’s ride, shuttles, frame giveaway and guided group rides on the Bar-M and the Mag 7 Trails. Food and parties included for $40. Preregister for free t-shirt! For more info visit or call 435-259-7882.

Mar.  9-12

Moab Skinny Tire Festival – Four days of spectacular road cycling to Dead Horse Point State Park, Arches National Park and along the Colorado River Corridor. This thirteenth annual event inspires those living with cancer and benefits various research and survivorship programs. For more info visit or call 435-260-8889.

Mar 15-16

Canyonlands Half Marathon and 5 Mile Run
Join us for the 38th annual Canyonlands Half Marathon and Five Mile Run! The scenic USATF sanctioned and certified course follows the Colorado River through a dramatic redrock canyon. Food, awards, raffle and live music await you at the finish in downtown Moab. For more info visit or call 435-259-4525.

Mar  23-24

Moab 100 & 50K – The races are held on the beautiful and rugged Monitor and Merrimac trail, 16 miles North of Moab. Racers will run 5.37 mile laps with approx. 11,000′ of climbing for the entire 100 miles, and 3,500′ for the 50K. Hot food is available during the cool night, as well as other necessities at Base Camp. Placers and finisher’s awards will be given! For more info visit or call 303-249-1112.

24 Hours of Utah Endurance Races – This year’s races (6 Hour Nighttime Fun Run, 12-Hour, Team Relays, and Solo Challenge) will be run on the beautiful Monitor and Merrimac trail 16 miles North of Moab. Racers will run 5.37-mile laps with approximately 606′ of climbing per loop. Hot food will be available during the cool night and there will be an unmanned water station approximately halfway through the loop to help runners enjoy the rugged trails and view the beautiful canyons below. Camping is available at the Base Camp area and there will be placer medals given! For more info visit or call 303-249-1112.

Mar 23-31

2013 Moab Easter JeFins and Thingsep Safari

Easter Jeep Safari consists of trail rides, mostly day long trips, departing from Moab throughout this week long event. The Red Rock 4-Wheelers of Moab officially runs approximately 9 different trails every day, with “Big Saturday” culminating in the largest ever single trail ride departure happening – around 30 groups line up in down town Moab to head off in every direction for 30 different trails! For more info visit Note: This massive week-long event is one of the largest events of the year for Moab. Please make your lodging reservations as early as possible!

Also, for those of you who are NOT “outdoors-folk”, make it long weekend by visiting:

Quilting in the Red Rocks Quilt Show March 9 & 10- Hundreds of quilts and quilted items will be on display. Classes, quilt appraisals, merchants mall, door prizes and tickets for winning our opportunity quilt. The Grand Center (182 N 500 W) – Sat, 9-5; Sun, 10-4 – Free admission! For more info visit or call 435-259-6447.

And March 11,Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour – The year’s best films on Mountain Sports, Culture, and Adventure. For more info visit or call 435-259-4859.

Bear Lake Chocolate and Craft Festival

February 4th, 2013 by BBIU

7th Annual Bear Lake Chocolate and Craft Festival

Are you looking for a different WINTER time activity in northern Utah?

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Most folks are familiar with the  famous Raspberry Days Festival held each year in August…

Well, here is a festival to satisfy those winter cavings.  Located near Bear Lake, the “Caribbean of the Rockies”, the event is less than an hour’s drive from Logan on Scenic Highway #89 through the spectacular Logan Canyon.

The event takes place Friday February 15, 2013 from 3-7 PM and February 16, 2013 from 10 AM to 7 PM

The Garden City Town Hall will host the event which features local sweets, treats, and artists.

Call 801-721-2297 for more information

To make this a real “getaway”, select either the Riter Mansion in Logan or the Old Rock Church/Providence Inn in Providence for your overnight stay.  Both inns are inspected and approved Member Inns of the Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah




Panguitch Quilt Walk 2013

January 31st, 2013 by BBIU

quilt-walkThe Panguitch Quilt Walk Festival is an annual event that commemorates a life-saving trek made by early Mormon settlers of the Panguitch area in the harsh winter of 1864. The 2013 event will be June 6-8.  Activities include a chocolate fest, Pioneer Home tours, theater presentations, and of course a quilt show and classes.   Find registration and visitor information at

Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah member, Red Brick Inn, is located in town and close to all of the festival events.  Since the inn sells out quickly (only two rooms remain as of this post), contact soon.

When attending the Quiltwalk Festival, consider a stop at the beautiful Bryce Canyon National Park.  Lodging is available at nearby Buffalo Sage Inn in Tropic, just a few miles from the entrance to the Park.

Polar Plunge(s) for Special Olympics

January 28th, 2013 by BBIU

Most folks are familiar with the organization Special Olympics and the terrific work they do in supporting intellectually challenged individuals. Now you can help support this effort by “freezing” for a cause…


Special Olympics Utah is sponsoring 5 Polar Plunge events in February to help raise funds to support their mission.  When visiting any of these events, consider treating yourselves to an overnight at a Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah member inn.

February 2, the plunge is at Pineview Reservoir, east of Ogden.

Stay at nearby Snowberry Inn in Eden or Huntville’s Valley House Inn

February 9, there are 3 plunges in various parts of Utah:

Cache County’s plunge is into Hyrum’s dam waters.
Stay in Logan at the Riter Mansion or at Providence’s Old Rock Church/Providence Inn

Central Utah’s plunge is at Saratoga Springs at Pelican Bay Marina, Utah Lake
Stay at any Salt Lake City area inn

St. George in Southern Utah will host the plunge at the St. George City Pool
Stay in local St. George member inns: Green Gate Village Inn or AhBella B &B

February 16, Deer Creek Reservoir, at the southern end of the Heber Valley will be the site of the plunge.

Stay in Park City at the Woodside Inn, Old Town Guest House, or Silver Moose Ranch, in Midway at the Blue Boar Inn, or in Kamas at the Woodland Farmhouse Inn.

All inns are inspected and approved Member Inns of the Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah

For more information, check out the Utah Special Olympics website.

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