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 Winter Retreat Staycation

The temperatures have cooled and the lights are up; it’s officially Christmastime! The holiday season is my favorite part of the year, especially in a place like Salt Lake City where the city provides you with countless ways to celebrate Christmas. Traveling during the holidays is hectic and stressful. Why not plan a staycation right here in Salt lake City to make the holiday season special? And you don’t even have to take a flight! (for definition of “staycation” see here)

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A favorite pastime of mine (and of about a million other locals and visitors) is visiting the lights at Temple Square downtown (click here for the 2014 lights and concert series). Located at the center of the city (literally), Temple Square is great place to visit year round, but during the holidays, it is a real sight to behold. Trees are strewn with lights, candles float atop the reflecting pond, and lights flicker in beautiful decorated paper bags that align the walk ways. In the true Christmas spirit, Temple Square also hosts multiple nativity scenes. Some are traditional and others feature characters from different cultures (Asia, Africa, Pacific Islands, etc.). The entire square is a Christmas spectacle. Visiting Temple Square during Christmastime feels special, like you are visiting another city – the perfect staycation activity.

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After visiting “the lights” (as locals call them), reserve a night at the Anniversary Inn on South Temple, just a short distance from Temple Square. During this season, I recommend the Hay Loft Suite. This suite is the definition of cozy. Soak in a tub made for two and relax any holiday stress away. Then, snuggle close to your sweetheart under a pitched roof and enjoy a glass of sparkling apple cider while watching your favorite Christmas classic on the big screen. As always, the stay includes cheesecake and breakfast.

What an incredibly romantic and special evening, and you didn’t even need to leave home! Call Anniversary Inn and book your staycation today!
1.800.324.4152 (toll-free)

If the Hayloft Suite is booked, consider the Mountain Hideaway Suite – another incredibly cozy retreat.
Other Temple Square events can be seen here.

Spend Your Thanksgiving Weekend in Luxury

You’ve spend all week cleaning the home and preparing a Thanksgiving feast for family and friends. Thanksgiving day arrives and you spend it eating, talking, reminiscing, and napping. And then…Friday rolls around – you still have the entire weekend! What to do? Thanksgiving weekend provides  the perfect opportunity for you and your sweetheart to get away for a night, after the business of Thanksgiving subsides and before the chaos of December begins. All four Anniversary Inn locations provide the perfect one-night getaway. I have a few non-themed suites I’d like to recommend. Though these suites are not as ornately decorated or as adventurous as some of our other suites, after a week like this one, “low-key” may be right up your alley. Continue reading

Brody & Katie Get Married at Anniversary Inn! A Follow Up

Last month, we hosted our very first  wedding at the Anniversary Inn. It was lovely! We were so happy that Katie and Brody celebrated their special day with us and shared photos of their experience. Read about their story below and find out  why they chose Anniversary Inn. If you  are interested in hosting your wedding at Anniversary Inn, or would like to book a romantic night for you and your sweetheart, contact us today!

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Fell in Love from a Distance – Proposed in Person

I met my fiancé, Zak while he was on leave in the Army.  We had been Skype dating for months, and quickly falling in love.  We had talked about marriage, but we both felt we needed to make it official in person.

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The first of December I was running with Zak’s sister.  We ran up around the temple and I noticed a guy dressed in black sitting on a bench holding a dozen roses. He stood and walked towards me. I walked away thinking he was a “hobo.”  That’s when I heard Zak’s voice say: Continue reading