All posts by Jessica Garrett

Jessica Rose Garrett earned a Master's Degree in Art History from Columbia University. After living in New York City, she returned to Utah with a passion for city life and desire to explore all Salt Lake has to offer. Whether you live in Salt Lake, Logan, or Boise, or happen to be passing through, read about her suggestions for the perfect anniversary or staycation here on the Anniversary Inn blog and make your "time on the town" memorable.

A Classic Friday Night Staycation in Logan

“It’s Friday night!” Who doesn’t love to hear this exclamation?! With the work week behind you and the weekend ahead, Friday may be the best day of the week. So, why not celebrate Friday night in classic style with a football game and a drive in? Take you and your sweetheart back in time to your old college days when you were the “big man on campus” and the world was your oyster. Fortunately, whether or not you were actually that “big man on campus”, Logan’s main feature – Utah State University – allows you to still enjoy all that university life has to offer.

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Announcing our Proposal Story Winner!

Congratulations to Tiffanie and Shawn Hadley – the winners of this quarter’s proposal story contest! Tiffanie and Shawn get to enjoy a night at any one of Anniversary Inn’s four locations on us! Thank you both for an exciting proposal story. Read about how Tiffanie’s jaunt in a corn maze brought her to a werewolf that stole her heart. It’s great! Their story here: A Haunted Engagement.

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Looking for a free night’s stay at the Anniversary Inn of your choice? Submit your proposal story, along with a few photos, to anniversaryinnproposalstory@gmail.com

Enjoy a few more proposal stories from our blog:
A Fortune Filled Proposal
Boating  and Banners: a Proposal at Lake Powell
May Day! The Multiple Attempt Proposal
An Intimate Proposal
Surprise Proposal at the Top of the Empire State Building

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Surprise Proposal at the Top of the Empire State Building

This fabulous story was submitted to us from Amanda and Nate. They both recorded the proposal experience and, lucky for us, we get to hear both sides.

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I had been dating Amanda for only 6 months and I knew that she was the one for me.  I was 30 years old and in past relationships I always had reservations regarding marriage that stuck out in my mind.  With Amanda I never felt those reservations.  She is the total package.  I found myself in complete and utter amazement during our courtship.  She has a zest for life that I have never encountered.  Her smile lights up my day and makes me forget about all my troubles.   Amanda is always thinking about my well being and pushing me to meet my goals.  I knew that we would make a great team

After meeting with Amanda’s mother, Judy, to ask for Amanda’s hand, Nate began the planning process. Amanda was planning a trip to her favorite place in the work – New York City. What better place to propose?! In classic style, Nate chose to ask Amanda to marry him on the top of the Empire State Building. Continue reading

Boise’s Two-Story Anniversary Suites

Planning an extensive anniversary celebration has its place. Sometimes that place is at the beginning of your marriage when energy trumps experience and “going out on a limb” seems exciting and not risky. Sometimes that place is well into a marriage when you need to spice things up by planning a surprise, out-of-the-norm celebration. Still, after a long week (or month … or year), a place to rest and relax away from kids, work, and obligations is novelty enough to make for the best solution for anniversary planning. Why settle for an average hotel room, when you can just as easily book a suite at the Anniversary Inn? Raise the stakes and reserve a two-story, diamond suite to make the night of relaxation feel extra special. The Anniversary Inn at Boise has a few to choose from, and – trust me – you won’t walk away disappointed.

The Romeo and Juliet Suite
This suite recalls the timeless, tragic tale of two star-crossed lovers – it even includes a balcony. A jacuzzi and sitting area for two sit on the bottom level while the king-sized bed is up the stairs. Between the deep red carpet and winding staircase, you are bound to feel extra special staying the night.

The Sleeping Beauty’s Castle Suite
For fairytale lovers, this suite cannot be beat. It features a drawbridge and moat the separate the main sitting area from the luxurious bathroom that includes a jacuzzi tub and waterfall shower. Climb the stairs and you’ll find a queen sized, round bed fit for royalty. The entire suite is bursting with enchantment.

The Treasure Island Suite
Ahoy! This entire suite is designed after a classic ship equipped with a plank and captain’s quarters. Wood paneling and deep blue painted walls will make you feel like you are actually aboard a romantic vesle. Soothe yourself in the jacuzzi tub and coconut shower or relax in the king sized bed located upstairs. Need some fresh air? This is one of the few suites with its own private balcony, so take advantage!

Like all suites, these featured rooms include big-screen televisions, complimentary cheesecake and apple cider, and breakfast in the morning. Call today! (1.800.324.4152) Or book online and plan your restful, relaxing anniversary. It’s nice to have something to look forward to, isn’t it?

Say Goodbye to Summer with a Staycation in SLC

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Summer Twilight Concert Series @ Pioneer Park in Salt Lake City

As August winds down and the temperature starts to cool, I always ask myself, “Where did the summer go?” The months seem to fly by. One way to treat the blues that inevitably accompany the last few weeks of August, is to making “saying goodbye” to summer a momentous occasion, giving yourself something to look forward to. May I make a suggestion? Plan a staycation! It’s an easy, cost-effective way to enjoy one last weekend before school starts and the leaves begin to fall. Not to mention, a staycation requires very little planning and can be booked at the last minute. Below, I have an itinerary that will make for a perfect way to squeeze the most out of these last weeks of summer. See what you think!

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TV on the Radio Performing at the Twilight Concert Series

 

Salt Lake City has a vibrant culture of music and boasts numerous picturesque venues where artists can perform. Every summer, bands come in from all over to play at the Summer Twilight Concert Series held at Pioneer Park. Concerts are held every Thursday night and tickets are only $5. It’s a large open venue that attracts thousands of people every week. For musicphiles, it’s a real experience. Too crowded for your tastes? Grab authentic Thai food from Ekamai or an indulgent Belgian waffle from Bruges Waffles and Frites and sit across the street (tables on the street and above the restaurants) – you’ll still hear the music while being able to avoid (some of) the crowd.

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Red Butte Garden Concert Series

Red Butte Garden also hosts a summer concert series, bringing in bands that have more of a following (such as Earth, Wind, and Fire – performing this Friday, August 29th). Though tickets are more expensive, the ambiance is more organized and spacious. The best part? The backdrop. Red Butte Garden is stunning to say the least, and the soaring mountains behind it aren’t too shabby either.

If you’re looking for something a little more low-key, check out the array of options here. VisitSaltLake.com is a great resource in planning any Salt Lake City-based staycation. The Bluegrass and BBQ night at the Utah Museum of Natural History sounds especially summer-esque.

And the staycation doesn’t have to end there. Take a short jaunt over to South Temple and check in to stay a night at the Anniversary Inn. Request the Savannah Nights Suite and continue on basking in the warmth of summer. The suite includes a king-size bed, a jetted tub, television, cozy robes, and – as always – complimentary cheesecake, apple cider, and breakfast in the morning. What this suite offers that most don’t is a Turret with a table and chairs surrounded by windows where you can enjoy the beauty of the outdoors from inside the suite. I can’t think of a better place to spend either a lazy summer evening or bright summer morning – both allow you to enjoy the warmth that August brings before it makes way for cool breezes of Autumn.

An Intimate Proposal

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When my husband, Tyler, and I were dating he lived near a duck pond. We would often grab day old bread from Jimmy Johns and go feed the ducks at the pond. We had a special bench we would always sit on and laugh and talk about our future. It just became our spot and we loved going there. On the night of October 12, 2013 I knew something was up. Tyler picked me up with a new haircut and a dozen roses. I knew he had the ring we had picked out and had been wondering when he was going to propose, I quickly realized tonight was the night. Tyler drove straight to our duck pond and I knew this was it. I had butterflies in my stomach and my heart was racing. I think I was more nervous than him!

Without even thinking we both walked straight to our bench. Once there, Tyler quickly told me how much he loved me, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him. I immediately said yes! He later told me he was more nervous than he had ever been, but I would never have guessed it. It was the most perfect proposal. It was in a place that meant something to us and it was just the two of us there, which is what I had always wanted. What followed was a whirlwind of wedding plans and excitement. We were married on January 17, 2014 and couldn’t be happier. Tyler is the love of my life and I couldn’t ask for a better husband.

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Thank you for sharing your engagement story with us Danielle and Tyler! How romantic and intimate – just the two of you and the ducks to watch! We are thrilled to share your story here.

If you are interested in having your proposal story published here on the Anniversary Inn Blog, just email a brief summary of the events and a few photos to anniversaryinnproposalstory@gmail.com. Those who submit their stories are automatically entered into our contest to win a free night at one of the four Anniversary Inn locations (Boise, Logan, 5th South, SLC, and South Temple, SLC). We look forward to hearing from you!