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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.