Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sampling Utah

Since we don't know if we will always be living in Utah, we've been doing our best to explore while we're here (plus it's just a fun way to live. I really think the more you explore the place you live, the more chance you have to find things to fall in love with). Now that we've been here a little over a year, here are a few of the things we've done:

Ate lavender ice cream and sipped lavender lemonade at Lavender Days
Watched the grand champions at the Sheep Dog Festival
Shopped at Swiss Days in Midway
Hiked to Stewart Falls
Raced down the Alpine Slide
Stayed with the Randalls at their cabin in Kamas
Went on a moonlit tramride at Sundance
Hiked to Delicate Arch and spent a weekend in Moab
Admired Christmas Lights and Temple Square
Sledding at Gorgoza Park Sledding Resort in Park City
Saw a touring broadway production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Took a road trip to Las Vegas and stayed in a posh hotel
Covered ourselves with Paint at the Holi Festival
Took two trips to the family cabin at Lake Tahoe (without Larry both times)
Took Creed to the Dinosaur Museum and Children's Park at Thanksgiving Point
Roasted Hot Dogs in Big Cottonwood Canyon
Kite and Balloon Stampede on Antelope Island
Dipped our toes in the Great Salt Lake
Payson Onion Days Festival
Had Ice Cream at The Big Red Barn in Santaquin (and apple cider slush that makes my heart pitter-patter)
9th and 9th Street Festival
Spent many an afternoon using our memberships at the Hogle Zoo and Gateway Children's Museum so we could ride the train and visit the baby giraffe
Toured Red Butte Gardens (and we really recommend their Halloween event for little kids)
Ate fried food at the Utah State Fair (which is nothing like the Ohio State Fair)
Sampled all the raspberry shakes we could while spending the weekend at Bear Lake
Hiked at Zion's National Park

Sampled tons of new restaurants (new to us anyway)
Koko Kitchen
Five Guys
Smash Burger
Crown Burger
Emigration Market
Pat's Barbecue
Ruth's Diner
Lonestar Taqueria
The Soup Kitchen
The Beehive Tea Room
Big City Soup
Tulie Bakery
Mini's Cupcakes
Les Madeleines Bakery
Bruges Waffles and Frites

There are still a lot of things I want to see and do so we'll see what we can fit into the next year while we have a newborn. Here are a few things on my list:

Spiral Jetty
Fossil hunting
Homestead Crater
This is the place
Wheeler Farm
Treehouse Museum
Dinner on the Heber Creeper
Weekend at Zions
Camping in Goblin Valley
Shakespeare festival in Cedar City
Trip to yellowstone

Pizzeria 712 in Orem
Communal in Provo

What am I missing? What's on your list?


Anna said...

As far as restaurants, you really should try Gloria's Little Italy in Provo--best pesto I've ever had.

As for events, I always enjoy going to a summer concert in the park at temple square, the broadway one this year was amazing.

Doggie B said...

When you are in Provo you should check out Stumpy Burger on Center St. And if you are a Thai fan, I love Thai Drift on 1600 N in Orem. Get the massaman curry!

Lisa R. Lewis said...

Lets go to Eggs in the City asap. Then lets go go for a long weekend in Logan and go to Tonys Grove (when the weather is better) it's so beautiful. You will love it.

Please take me to the spiral jetty with you and all other fun things you happen to do :)

Also, I'm still game for dropping all OUR kids (weird, I'll have a child) off at Aprils and going to a play in Cedar City :) She can handle it....

wandering nana said...

We moved from Utah 3 years ago so not sure if they still do this....
The first 2 weeks in December "This is the Place" Park is open at night. They celebrate Pioneer type Christmas. They have a sleigh pulled by horses. They have activities in each building that reflects what pioneer children did. Our grandkids loved it. (stringing popcorn, christmas carols, writing letter to Santa-which you tear up and throw in the fire and it is taken to Santa, etc.)

MaryRuth said...

I grew up in Utah and didn't know that half of these things existed... I'll have to save this one for when I go back to visit.

Thanks for the list!!!