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Snowberry Inn has a new owner

April 11th, 2016 by BBIU

The Snowberry Inn in Eden, Utah, has a new owner/innkeeper – Andrea Burk.  The Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah is delighted to welcome Andrea to the world of innkeeping in Utah.
The inn is located across from the shores of the Pineview Reservoir, where summer activity abounds. Winter visitors find easy access to local ski areas, and other winter activities.

Snowberry Inn

Snowberry Inn, Eden, UT

A visit to the Snowberry website finds a great “story” of one young woman’s journey into innkeeping. Here is her story:
One could say that my innkeeper story began at a tender preschool age when I told my mom I wanted to be a maid when I grew up. Needless to say, she wasn’t too proud. To my delight, a few years down the road, we moved next door to what was soon to be the Snowberry Inn. Once it was built, I decided it was time to make some money of my own, so I started to clean rooms at the Inn. This continued into my high school years when my desire to further my education and skill set was starting to grow.
Initially, I looked into beauty school, but when I was accepted into the Culinary Arts program, I decided that was my calling. After culinary school and working several years as a baker, barista, and caterer, I was still craving more education, so I headed up to the local university to pursue a business degree in Finance.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to own my own business. Throughout the years, I have been looking for my opportunity to follow my dreams and then I received word that the Snowberry Inn was looking for the next Innkeeper. After some thought, I realized how fitting the business was for me and thus, I decided to go for it. Now, I am the new Owner/Innkeeper of the Snowberry Inn. And my mom couldn’t be more proud that I grew up to be a maid (among many, many other things).

Andrea is certainly making her Mom proud. The inn feels fresh and Andrea’s touches are evident. From the gardens to the upstairs lounge, from the comfy guest rooms to the yummy breakfasts, Andrea seems to have what it takes. Next time you are in the area, stop by, or better yet, book a getaway.

The Snowberry Inn B & B
1315 N. Hwy 158
Eden, UT 84310

Utah’s “Road to Mighty”

April 7th, 2016 by BBIU

Road to Mighty - Life elevated logo

In the last several years, Utah has promoted visitation to the FIVE National Parks that reside with in the bounds of the state. The campaign is known as “The Mighty Five”®.  2016 brings the “Road To Mighty“, a new focus on Utah’s magnificent and majestic landscapes with a variety of pre-planned “road trips”. Included are those that are near The Mighty 5®, “along the way”, or of additional interest. Visit some of Utahs 49 State Parks, various national monuments, Scenic Byways, and forests.Utah Life Elevated  The Road To Mighty is a collection of itineraries designed to expand a visitor’s experience in the vast reaches of Southern Utah. Select from “Iconic classics”, “Family Frontier” adventures, Dino and Goblins encounters, Native Spirit and Hidden Secrets adventures, river rafting and mountain biking famous Moab trails. Searching for solitude? There are even trips that allow a visitor to “escape” it all.
In addition, seven “must-do” road trips have been assembled that take a visitor along some of Utah most scenic byways, to little known State Parks, and to lesser known landscapes.
All along the way, a visitor will find a member Inn of the Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah (BBIU). Innkeepers always seem willing to share their own favorite secret spaces and places.

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.

Welcome The Hiking Inn, new BBIU Member

September 6th, 2015 by BBIU

Hiking Inn B & B

The Hiking Inn, Bed and Breakfast, Midway, UT

The Hiking Inn, in the pastoral Heber Valley of Utah’s “Wasatch Back”, is the latest addition to the Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah family.  The inn, situated on the western side of the valley just above the quaint Swiss-style village of Midway, has a wide open view of the mountains to the east.  Sunrise, as seen from the spacious decks and patios, can be a not-to-miss time of day.   Built originally as a private residence, in 2011 Lynn David purchased the home with the desire to develop a place for visitors to use as a base to enjoy the Heber Valley, Park City, and Sundance environment.
The inn boasts 5 large guest rooms, each with private bath, with walk in closet. Guests also find wifi, large TVs with DVD players, a full guest-use kitchen, game room, library, sports equipment, and fitness room. A full-service office space is also available for those who just cannot leave “work” at home. The inn is quite suitable for small meetings, with the various gathering spaces throughout.
And, for those who do want to hike (it IS the HIKING Inn, after all) , Lynn has the permits to guide guests to many areas not normally visited.  Lynn and partner Mary Wolfner love to share their favorite trails, so just ask.
Breakfast is a European style with a variety of juices, fruits, signature granola, yogurt, and fresh baked pastries.
An eclectic mixture of antique, traditional and contemporary furnishings gives the inn a welcome feel. Large deck and patio spaces have comfy furniture and fire pits, and the large flat lawn is great for a game of catch or croquet. David and Mary provide a unique alternative to standard hotel accommodation. Give them a try the next time you are thinking of visiting the “Wasatch Back”.

The Hiking Inn
364 Tanner Lane
Midway, UT 84049
(314) 534-8996

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.

2014-2015 Utah Ski Season Update

November 14th, 2014 by BBIU

Several newsworthy items are up for this coming winter season. Check the individual resort websites for more details, ticket prices, dining options, and events… and always find a nearby Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah members for great lodging alternatives.Utah Ski Resorts Map
Powder Mountain – Ogden Valley – check for 42nd Anniversary specials .
Nordic Valley – Ogden Valley – New owners of Wolf Mountain have gone back to the old name, but there is a lot that is new, too.
Snowbasin – Ogden Valley – known as the 2002 Olympic Downhill venue, it is home to The Dining Discovery program of culinary experience.
Beaver Mountain in Logan Canyon locally owned and operated. Popular with locals and students at Utah State University. Check out the new cafe offerings.
Cherry Peak Resort, north of Logan, is a whole NEW resort. There is skiing, tubing and ice skating – with something for the whole family.
Wasatch Back
The Park City side of the range includes Deer Valley Resort which boasts annual top ranking in Ski publications. There is always something “new” at Deer Valley.
Biggest news for Park City Mountain Resort is that it is now “Epic” – a member of the Vail brand of resorts. Look for news on upgrades and enhancements with a Vail touch.
Canyons, another Vail Resort, has numerous upgrades in the works as well
Wasatch Front
In Big Cottonwood Canyon – Brighton Resort remains an affordable alternative for families.
Solitude Mountain Resort was recently purchased by Deer Valley, so season pass holders at either can enjoy four days at the other resort included. New lift and food service coming in 2015.
Little Cottonwood Canyon boasts the likes of Alta, celebrating its 75th Ski Season. Alta alas has agreements with Deer Valley and Snowbird Resorts.
Snowbird Resort with its famed Tram, will roll out a new restaurant/restroom/ski patrol/”hangout” on Hidden Peak in the near future.
Sundance Mountain Resort, accessed from Provo Canyon, continues to please with awesome terrain, awesome food, and jaw-dropping views from the top. A tie-in with Brian Head Resort in southern Utah is appealing.
South/Central Utah
Brian Head celebrates its 50th this season by opening new terrain and a new lift.
Eagle Point Ski Resort in Beaver UT, is another “new kid on the block”. In its first full season as Eagle Point, this resort has been around since the 70’s, and has been known as Mt Holly and Elk Meadows. One of a few “boutique” resorts, the owners plan on providing fine terrain, fine service and a great experience. remains your “go-to” site for everything Utah Skiing.
Most of the above resorts also offer terrain parks and race events, and many offer cross country trails and snowshoeing.
Be sure to check with your Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah Innkeepers for additional news, and perhaps they’ll even share info on their own favorite runs or restaurants.

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.


December 20th, 2013 by BBIU

Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah

The Members of the Bed and Breakfast inns Of Utah, Inc., wish everyone a very Happy Holiday Season, and a happy and prosperous New Year.

Hope to see you in 2014.

It’s Snowing !!!

November 17th, 2013 by BBIU

UTAH, the Home of the Greatest Snow on Earth ®
Utah has 6 ski regions and 14 resorts from which to choose. So if you prefer the “steep and deep” or world class groomers, you WILL find them in Utah.

Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah
In the North, Logan area is Beaver Mountain, just 30 minutes east on Highway #89 . A stay at The Riter Mansion in Logan or Old Rock Church in Providence will give you great access.

In the Ogden area, find Beaver Mountain, Snowbasin and Wolf Mountain. Huntsville’s Valley House Inn and The Snowberry Inn in Eden are perfect locations for your Ogden area ski vacation.

If you prefer the Salt Lake Metro area, Solitude and Brighton in Big Cottonwood Canyon, and Alta and Snowbird in Little Cottonwood Canyon await. Near Brighton is the Silver Fork Lodge for great old-time comfort and FAB food. Salt Lake Metro B & B’s are also close and offer easy access. Wildflowers B & B, Castle Creek Inn, and the Ellerbeck Mansion are all just a short drive “up the canyon” to skiing. OR try the UTA Ski BUS – and leave the driving to someone else.

In Park City, Deer Valley, Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons provide a variety of experiences.
The Old Town Guest House is the only B & B “in town”, but if you prefer a more rural visit, or wish to cross country ski or snowmobile, then the Woodland Farmhouse Inn is a terrific choice. In Midway, the Blue Boar Inn is a luxurious alternative.

Though often thought of more for golf, the southern part of Utah also has some great skiing. Brian Head has recently expanded, and new resort Eagle Point, in Beaver, UT, is nearby. The Amid Summer’s Inn in Cedar City is a perfect place to stay for your southern Utah ski vacation. is the go-to site for all things skiing in Utah. Follow them on facebook and twitter for last minutes news and ski reports.

Don’t forget that snow also means cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and snowmobiling. Many Utah State Parks, county recreation areas, and mountain resorts have established trail systems. Ask your Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah member innkeeper for more information. They may even share their own favorite “powder stash”, or hidden trail with you.

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.


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.

Off the Beaten Path – Salt Lake Metro

July 19th, 2013 by BBIU

Looking for a respite from the hustle and bustle of the Salt Lake Metro area? Try this “a-bit-off-the-beaten-path” trip.

Map to Cascade Springs, off Alpine Scenic Backway, UTThe Alpine Loop Scenic Backway (Highway 92) is a 20-mile trip along the base of Mt. Timpanogos (west of the Heber Valley). The route is reached from the west through American Fork Canyon (1-15 exit at Alpine) or from The Provo Canyon Highway (#189) to the south. The Backway goes through part of the Uintah-Wasatch Nat’l Forest with twists and turns through groves of tall aspens and views of 11,750 foot high peaks of “Mt. Timp”.  Along the away, visitors can stop for a tour at the Timpanogos Cave National Monument.  Lunch and a hike or bike ride at nearby Sundance Resort, and a visit to Stewart Falls within the resort, makes a great day.

Near the summit of the Backway, veer down the mountain to an especially lush spot – Cascade SpringsCascade Springs Uinta National Forest 2Water bubbles up through limestone from deep caverns. The water then cascades down a series of mineral terraces where wildflowers, cattails, watercress, maples, oaks, willows are abundant. Brown trout find a safe home here, too, as there is no fishing allowed. More than 7 million gallons of water seep through the ground each day, eventually flowing down to the Provo Deer Creek. A series of pathways and small bridges allow visitors a choice of shorter or longer loop walks through the site.  A 7-mile long dirt road from Cascade Springs east into Midway in the Heber Valley is an optional exit route.

bridge over pools and terraces at cascade Springs, UT

Cascade Springs terraces and pools

Several options are available for lodging for this trip.  Stay in a Salt Lake Metro member of the Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah. Or if you choose to begin or end the visit in the Heber Valley, any “Wasatch Back”  member Inn is a great option.  The innkeepers are always a great source of terrific information and often will share their own favorite “hidden ” spots.


Off The Beaten Path in Northern Utah

July 12th, 2013 by BBIU

Utah is well-known for its red rocks, snow capped mountains, and iconic scenery. In most areas of the state, visitors will also find a few little-known, little-visited areas that are often as interesting as any other. Northern Utah is no exception.

Chinese Arch in Golden Spike National Historic Site, Utah.

Chinese Arch in Golden Spike NHS

In the Golden Spike National Historic Site (32 miles west of Brigham City via. Utah Hwy 83), visitors will see where the Union And Central Pacific Railroads joined their rails to complete a transcontinental rail system. One of the park tours includes a drive along the East Grade the Union Pacific built with 4 trestles and 4 fills to allow for rail construction. In an otherwise featureless landscape stands a unique formation. The 20 foot limestone Chinese Arch is named in honor of the Chinese railroad workers who were so important to the construction of the rail system.

Spiral Jetty in teh Great Salt LAke, south of Golden Spike NHS

Spiral Jetty

When visiting Golden Spike NHS, a more modern, but no less unique place to visit is the Spiral Jetty. The Jetty is reached by traveling about 15.5 miles southwest of Golden Spike on dirt roads. The Spiral Jetty is an “earthwork” by American sculptor Robert Smithson in 1970. Built of mud, precipitated salt crystals, and basalt rocks, the spiral is 1500 feet long and 15 feet wide. The structure is not always visible if lake levels are high.

In a very remote region of north western Utah lie the Sun Tunnels. explains:
“Nancy Holt, an artist exploring the human perception of time and space, earth and sky, built the Sun Tunnels as a unique art project completed in 1976. The four tunnels are concrete tubes laid out in an X shape, each drilled with holes to pattern the constellations of Draco, Perseus, Columbia, and Capricorn. They are massive – nine feet high by 18 feet long. They sit in a remote valley in the Great Basin Desert, west of the Bonneville Salt Flats.”

Sun Tunnels, a  sculptural installation in Utah's remote west desert

Sun Tunnels

Located near the Utah/Nevada line about 45 miles north of Wendover. The road is paved for the first few miles then turns to gravel, then dirt. The Great Basin desert is uniquely beautiful in this area, with rolling hills and distant mountains, and cattle grazing in open rangeland. Plan your visit so you can see both sunrise and sunset, or visit during a solstice, when you will probably find other visitors.
Photos are provided by Alan Smith of Box Elder County Tourism
Thought the Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah has no member inns in the immediate area of these sights, guests often use a Salt Lake City inn as a base for these adventures. Also close are inns in Providence (Logan), Eden and Huntsville. The innkeepers are a great source of information about any of these, or other “out of the way” places to visit.

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.

Passing the Baton at Escalante’s Grand Staircase B&B/Inn

May 12th, 2013 by BBIU

Escalante's Grand Staircase B  & BThe 2013 Summer season at Escalante’s Grand Staircase B&B/Inn will see a new innkeeper to greet guests and visitors. Jen, along with hubby/handyman Jeff and first-grade daughter Ruby, will be the new face of the inn.

Escalante’s Grand Staircase B&B/Inn opened April 1, 1998 by Tom and Linda Mansell who were ready for a career change. After all, “how hard can it be …? It’s kind of like having family over, but being able to choose which ones to invite back”, says Tom.

The name of the inn name came from the monument itself. The Monument is “Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument” and the B&B is Escalante’s Grand Staircase B&B/Inn – a great play on works. Tom used his advertising savvy in selecting the name, figuring that when a potential guest would look for the monument they would also come up with the B&B.

Since its inception, Tom has added 8 guests rooms in two new buildings behind the historic main house. Between the guest rooms and main house are gardens, picnic tables, and places for guests to relax and visit with others to chat about the day’s activities and adventures.

Jen, who will actually be running the inn, with Tom as a “guide” and mentor, is Linda’s daughter. Tom notes that she has shown a really keen interest in taking advantage of this opportunity to continue the strong tradition of the Inn. Recently moved to the area, she and her family are fast establishing themselves in the community and are ready to take on this new venture.

Located along Utah’s Highway #12 – one of America’s Scenic Byways, Escalante is a small historic town that happens to be surrounded by spectacular scenery. Highway #12 is the connector between Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef National Parks. Escalante lies about 1/2 way, so is a perfect place to stop. Take side trips into the Grand Staircase National Monument, the Dixie National Forest, the Escalante Petrified Forest State Park, and in nearby Boulder, the Anasazi State Park.

Tom is a wealth of information on what to see and do – and he willingly shares that info with guests. He knows those hidden treats so often missed by visitors – that “locals” knowledge that always enhances a visit. Jen will follow that tradition as she find her own “special places” to share with guests.

For a travel pro’s perspective, check this article from IPA Magazine

We at the Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah welcome Jen and her family to the rewarding world of Innkeeping.

Find the Inn on 280 West Main Street in Escalante, UT. For more information or reservations, 435-826-4890 phone, or email.

When visiting the Escalante area, also check out the Canyons B & B, and for more general information, check the Escalante Chamber of Commerce.

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

Room Tva (2)

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!

Zion National Park Shuttle Available for 2013 Season

April 13th, 2013 by BBIU

Zion National Park in southwestern Utah has “opened for the season”.

One of the many scenic views in Zion National Park

A scenic stop in Zion National Park

From March 24, 2013 through November 3, 2013 access to the Zion Canyon Scenic Drive will be by shuttle bus only. The Zion Shuttle is now running with stops at most of the favorite visitor spots. Leaving from the visitor center, just inside the gates of the Park, the shuttle’s first stop is the Zion Human History Museum. Then it is on to the Canyon Junction, The Zion Lodge, The Grotto, Weeping Rock, and the Temple of Sinawava – the gateway to The Narrows. At every stop, there are opportunities for Ranger-led programs, hikes, and specular views. Visitors may get on and off as often as they like, and the shuttle is free.

Check the shuttle schedule, and the Zion map and guide for details.
When visiting Zion National Park, one of “Utah’s Mighty 5“, choose from several b & b’s that are members of the Bed and Breakfast Inns of Utah. Just outside of the Park’s West gates in Springdale are the Under the Eaves Inn at Zion National Park, The Harvest House Bed and Breakfast, Zion Canyon Bed and Breakfast, The Novel House at Zion, the Canyon Vista Lodge, and the Red Rock Inn. Just a few miles to the west is the quaint town of Rockville, and the BunkHouse at Zion and Desert Thistle Bed and Breakfast inns. Visit like a local…Ask the innkeeper at any of these inns for their favorite spots within the park.Zion National Park

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.


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