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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.
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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.

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.

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…

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.

Seven Wives Inn Joins BBIU

February 23rd, 2013 by BBIU

Seven Wives Inn The Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah, Inc. welcomes The Seven Wives Inn of St. George to Membership.  The inn is in St. George’s historic district and is made up of two neighboring historic homes and a cottage.  There are 13 guests rooms/suites, each with private bath.  A full gourmet breakfast is served, featuring backyard-fresh eggs, and homegrown herbs and fruits fruits, all blended into family and regional recipes.  Also ask the innkeepers for information on in-room spa/massage services.

Visit the inn’s website or contact the innkeepers at 435-628-3737 or email:


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