Posts Tagged ‘Salt Lake City’

Utah’s Professional Sports Scene

November 19th, 2014 by BBIU

Utah’s professional sports scene is alive and well. Though most major media consider Utah a “small” sports market,  Utah is not without its share of professional sports teams. In addition, Utah has a multitude of loyal and spirited supporters.

Utah Jazz, Salt Lake City's own

Utah Jazz logo

The Utah Jazz, of the National Basketball Association, has been a fixture in Utah sports since it moved to Salt Lake City in 1979 from New Orleans. Home court is the Energy Solutions Arena, or ESA, where loyal fans are plentiful.

Real Salt Lake's Rio Tinto Stadium-premium sports facility

View from “The RioT”

Major League Soccer is represented by Real Salt Lake (RSL), established in 2005 in a league expansion. Home pitch is Rio Tinto Stadium, or “The RioT”, in suburban Sandy. RSL’s fans are some of the league’s “best” and sellout crowds are the norm. Due to Utah’s tremendous love for the game of soccer, or “football” as purists call it, beginning in the 2015 season, the Real Monarchs will begin play. This USL Pro League team will play at the RioT for now, but plans to build a new stadium in Salt Lake City are underway. This league is similar to baseball’s AAA League, where player development can take place, and emerging “stars” can be spotted and promoted to the senior side. Season ticket sales for the new club are already brisk.

Ogden Raptor home ballpark, Lindquist Field

Ogden Raptor home ballpark, Lindquist Field

Speaking of AAA baseball, The Salt Lake Bees are an affiliate of Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Angels. Playing in the Pacific Coast League, home field is Smith’s Ballpark in Salt Lake City. Franchise play began in 1994 when the team was moved from Portland, OR. After several name changes, the team became the Bees, a nod to the minor league team that played in SLC from 1915 -1926.
Baseball fans can also enjoy “America’s game” in Ogden where the Ogden Raptors call Lindquist Field home. Lindquist is noted to have one of the best views in professional baseball… The Raptors are members of minor league baseball’s Pioneer League, and are a “farm or rookie team” for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Orem Owls are also members of the Pioneer League, and are an affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels. They play at Brent Brown Ballpark on the campus of Utah Valley University.
For those who prefer play on the ice, the Utah Grizzles fill the bill. Member of the ECHL, a mid-level professional sports league, the Grizzlies are an affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Anaheim Ducks and the American Hockey Leagues’ Norfolk Admirals. Home Ice is the Maverick Center in suburban West Valley City.
For those fans of Arena Football, stay tuned. The Utah franchise, the Blaze, was not active in 2014, and the 2015 season is still in question. League spokesmen, though, expect a return of the team in the near future. When active, the team played at the ESA.
When making plans to attend any Utah professional sports game or match, include a stay at a Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah member inn. Many inns are just a few miles from the field.  Your innkeeper may even have some insights about players, best viewing spots, or ticket availability.

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.

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.

Introducing SVEA – Boutique Lodging for the Smart Traveler

May 1st, 2013 by BBIU

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 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.

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.

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