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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.

From Mining to Ghosts – More Unique Places To Visit in Utah

July 29th, 2013 by BBIU

Central Utah south of the current I-70 is known for it’s quiet alpine forests, high-peaked mountains, odd-colored volcanic rock, and quaint pioneer towns. But history has shown that the area has had numerous periods of mining activity – specifically for GOLD and SILVER. Evidence goes back to the Spanish who were exploring Utah long before any “American” began to visit the area. Most remnants have been destroyed by weather or other force, but numerous remains can still be found. Most of these are in “ghost towns”, some of which are fairly well preserved.Canyon of Gold tour. Bullion City Ghost Town, UT

Bullion City, on the east side of the Tushar Range (third highest in Utah) in the Fishlake National Forest is one such town. In the late 1800’s – gold & silver were found in Bulllion Canyon about 5 miles from Marysvale, UT south of I-70 on Historic US 89. By 1868, the Ohio Mining District was formed, it’s largest mining camp being named Bullion City. Though the population decreased as the veins were mined out, the town was continuously occupied until about 1938, when the Bully Boy Mine closed. Some 50 buildings remain, including the stamp mill, saloons, gambling hall, and boarding house and can be toured on the self-guided “Canyon of Gold” driving tour.

Frisco – another Utah Ghost Town (Much of the following information is from Legends of America.)
Not too far to the west of The Bullion City area is another area famed for it’s rich ore…this time SILVER. Fifteen miles to the west of Milford, UT, west of I-15, lie the San Francisco Mountains, a 20-kile long range which rises from the desert. In 1875 two prospectors found a rock outcropping that turned out to be solid ore. Fearing that the mineral body was not very large, they sold their claim. Unfortunately for them, by the end of the 1870’s it had produced 20,000 plus tons of very high grade silver. Nearby, the town of Frisco sprang up. As other mines became large producers, the Frisco Mining and Smelting Company expanded, constructing a smelter and 5 “beehive” charcoal kilns. As the town grew it even became the last stop of the Utah Southern Railroad extension from Milford. Though there were numerous other mining towns around, Frisco became known as the wildest. With many saloons, gambling halls and brothels, and a population of close to 6000, vice and crime were common in town. City officials finally hired a lawman from Nevada who stated that he would not build new jails or make arrests. He told the trouble-makers that they could leave town or be shot. After shooting several outlaws the first day, most just left town, and Frisco became a much quieter place.
Early in 1885, a large cave-in occurred. The cause was said to be inadequately supported tunnels in the mine. No one was lost in the cave-in, but it closed off access to the richest part of the mine. The mine began to produce again within a year, but never reached the level of production it had in the past, leading to the decline in the town. The activity in town continued to decrease, and by about 1912, the population was down to 150 people and the number of businesses was down to only 12. By the 1920’s Frisco had become a Ghost Town.

Charcoal kilns, remains in Frisco, UT, Ghost Town

Frisco charcoal kilns provided by Beaver County Travel

However, In 1982. Frisco’s charcoal kilns were placed on National Register of Historic Places and visitors are able to view the remnants of the once-infamous town.  In addition to the kilns, many of the old building still stand, and mining equipment as well as the cemetery can be seen. Open mine entrances are common. Use extreme caution around these areas.
Frisco, Utah, is just off route 21, 15 miles west of Milford.

Though The Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah has no member inns in immediate area, most visitors find that they can stay at either a Salt Lake Metro area inn or one in Cedar City, or the St. George area. A visit to either of the ghost towns is a great stop when travelling down I-15 between the two areas. OR visit one of the towns on the way to Panguitch, and the Bryce Canyon/ Scenic Highway 12 area. Remember to ask the innkeepers for their own favorite hidden spots.

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.

Valentines Day – Best celebrated at a Utah Bed and Breakfast Inn

February 2nd, 2013 by BBIU





What could be better than a special evening at a special place?   Rekindle some romance?  Take a special person on a memorable adventure?
That’s what Valentines Day is all about.

Treat yourselves to a stay at a Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah Member Inn.  Most members have “romance” packages, or other treats that are available for your sweetheart and you to enjoy.  Member inns are located throughout the state.

For a really different (and FUNNY) Valentines Day special, check out this one from the wonderful Innkeeper, Peggy, at the Red Brick Inn of Panguitch.

Valentine’s Day in Bryce Canyon???

Only if you are two polar bears in love!!!

 Besides, we are closed and enjoying a lovely desert winter in Southern California
because we are NOT polar bears.

However, I’d love to offer you a Valentine’s Day Special you can use when the icicles thaw.

Purchase at least a 2 night stay at

The Red Brick Inn of Panguitch B&B
in, you guessed it, Panguitch, Utah

Pay now and get a 25% discount anytime for the rest of the year.
That would be the “rest of the year” that we are actually open… April 1 – October 31.

  Here comes the fine print:

Some restrictions apply, mainly like availability.  We have lots of festivals and book up quickly.  You have to use the 2 nights together and the offer is just for 2 people per room.
Extra people in the room is a fun idea but will cost you $20 each, per night, and possibly some therapy.

 Offer is transferable, foldable, gluten-free, wrinkle-resistant and suitable for framing,

….  but it is NOT refundable.


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