Anniversary at the Capitol

These winter months are making me stir crazy! Cabin fever is alive and well at our home, yet I can’t bring myself to brave the cold for any time span longer than it takes to get from my house to my car. Can you relate? The upside of all this cold is that being forced inside creates a romantic ambiance, a perfect setting for an anniversary. If your anniversary falls during these colder months, and you’re looking for a way to celebrate indoors, I have the perfect solution.

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Honeymooning at the Anniversary Inn

As indicated in our title, the Anniversary Inn usually attracts couples wanting to celebrate their anniversary. Well, this couple decided to venture outside the box and spend the first night of their honeymoon with us at the Anniversary Inn on 5th South in the Presidential Suite, a perfect choice for their first night together as husband and wife.


Personally, I can’t think of a better suite for honeymooners. The decor is cozy and classy, the jacuzzi tub is built comfortably for two, and the view…aw, the view! With your own personal balcony overlooking the Salt Lake City skyline, this suite cannot be beat. But, don’t take my word for it. Annie and Trent English had a ball. Here is Annie’s take on the experience: Continue reading

Have you ever heard of a “First Look” video?

Neither had I, until my sister married her sweetheart just a few weeks ago.

Wanting to stay in line with tradition, my sister’s fiance didn’t want to see her in her wedding dress until the day they were married. Then, they realized that the “First Look” moment – the moment in which a groom see’s his bride in her dress for the first time – was so precious and so fleeting, they wanted to capture it on film.

So…they did!

A few days before the wedding, my sister and her fiance drove to the Utah State Capitol building where Elsa Jensen (a dear friend) could capture their moment on film. Here it is.

Annie & Trent from Elsa Jensen on Vimeo.

I must say, it is a treasure. Their “First Look” moment is intimate and tender. I know they will watch it over and over again. I’ve watched it myself a dozen times now!

Have you ever considered creating a “First Look” video? If this kind of a keepsake is up your alley, contact Elsa Jensen, she did a magnificent job!

If you have any other novel ideas like this one, email them to We’d love to highlight them here on the blog.

We Want to Hear from YOU!


2014 was a great year at Anniversary Inn. Here on the blog, I explored our different suites while also providing you, our reader, with suggestions  on how to further explore Logan, Boise, and Salt Lake City. Whether you are celebrating your anniversary, trying to plan a staycation weekend, or just enjoy reading proposal stories, II hope this blog has been a resource for you.

As we start the new year, I’d like to welcome suggestions from you! What do you want to read about? Which areas of anniversary and staycation planning would you like to see further discussed? If you have ideas or suggestions or would like your proposal story published here, please email me at Remember, those who submit their proposal story are eligible for a drawing for a free night’s stay at any one of our Anniversary Inn locations.

Happy celebrating!


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)


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.



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.