“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.
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!
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.
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.
It’s a beautiful time of year in Logan, Utah. These are the months that allow us to forget all the snowed in winter days of last year. So it’s time to make the most of it! If you are celebrating your anniversary this summer or fall, we have just the celebration itinerary for you! Still, who needs an anniversary as an excuse to celebrate? Be spontaneous! And follow these simple steps for a romantic weekend spent in luxury characteristic of a time gone by.
Step #1 – Go for a drive
Logan Canyon in route to Bear Lake is one of the most scenic in Utah. Its steepness encourages a slower drive which, in turn, allows you to take in the surroundings and relax in the presence of your sweetie. Think you know everything about your spouse or partner? Bring along a book of questions (similar tothis one). You may learn a thing or two! Or, pick a few favorite soundtracks, roll down the windows, and enjoy a peaceful ride.
Step #2 – Arrive at Pickleville Playhouse
Once you exit the canyon, turn right on Bear Lake Blvd. You will quickly see Pickleville Playhouse on your right (map).Pickleville is a local gem, offering classic theater productions that are becoming harder and harder to come by. This season, they are showingBeauty and the Beast – a timeless tale of finding love, even in the most unlikely of places. Buy ticketshere! But, hurry quick, the show ends August 30th.
Step #3 – Drive back to Logan for a romantic evening at the Anniversary Inn
Book a night at the Anniversary Inn. After your drive, you will be excited to arrive at a luxurious, comfortable suite. I recommend theMansion Suite. This suite features elegant decor reminiscent of a day gone by – you will feel like Belle herself! Though the aura of the suite will make you feel that you’ve stepped back in time, we don’t scrimp on modern day luxuries such as a jetted tub big enough for two that is place right below a cozy fireplace (turned off May 15 – October 15). The suite also features not one, but two televisions – one for the bed and one for the tub. As always, your stay comes with complimentary sparkling cider and cheesecake – a perfect way to end your night. Your stay will be followed up with complimentary breakfast as well. You will leave feeling pampered and rejuvenated. So what are you waiting for?Book today!
A staycation is defined as: “a vacation (…) spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.” Ultimately, a staycation is an affordable way to vacation as it allows you to experience the sensations of being on vacation – relaxing, adventuring, etc. – without requiring the bill that usually comes along with it. Added bonus? Staycations encourage you to explore the city you live in, to see it with new eyes. So what’s stopping you? After reading the itinerary below, you will have no reason to hesitate.
Hike Bridal Veil Falls:
Start out the morning early (don’t worry, you’ll have time to relax later) and head down to Provo, Utah. Get off on the 800 North Exit (Exit 272) in Orem and head west. Drive for about 4 miles and you will see signs indicating the direction for Provo Canyon. Bridal Veils Park is located about 3.5 miles up the canyon with plenty of parking. Take a short walk down the Provo River Parkway from the park to find the base of the trail to Bridal Veil Falls. Take the short but steep hike to the base of the falls and be rewarded with a beautiful view of the cascading falls accompanied by a refreshing mist to cool you off after the climb. If you are an experienced hiker, continue on to the top of the falls. Beware, the climb is very steep and should only be attempted if you are an advanced hiker. My most important piece of advice is to arrive early. This hike is very popular and tends to get crowded throughout the day. If you want to explore the surrounding area, go for it! You can find more details and the history of Bridal Veils here. Planning your staycation during wintertime? No problem, the veils create a beautiful ice sculpture that is worth seeing (or climbing if you are experienced in ice climbing).
Dine at Pizzeria 712:
After your hike, you are bound to be famished! Bringing a picnic is always an option, but remember, you’re on STAYCATION! This means you should spend time out, enjoying the local area. I recommend checking out Pizzeria 712. Pizzeria 712 is a local gem to say the least. The chefs use only locally grown, seasonal ingredients to make their pizza creations which are placed in a classic, wood-burning stove, cooked to perfection. The crust will change your life.
The atmosphere at Pizzeria 712 is casual – you can even observe your pizza being made while chatting with the chefs! They are open for lunch from 11:30-2:30 (a perfect window for your post-hike lunch) and dinner from 5:00-11:00. Check out their lunch and dinner menus. Their pizzas are reasonably priced, so order a few and share them amongst your group so everyone gets to try a taste of something original. If it’s just the two of you, order a salad and two pizzas and you will leave happy. Pizzeria 712 has received numerous accolades throughout Utah and the country (see more reviews here), so come see what all the buzz is about!
Relax the afternoon away:
This is an important part of the staycation – relax! You woke up early to hike, ate a hefty, well-deserved lunch, and now you’re ready for a nap. So indulge already! You would if you were on vacation, so this weekend should be no different. After a relaxing afternoon spent napping, or reading, or watching your favorite TV show, get spruced up for a night on the town. Pick your favorite Salt Lake City Restaurant (think Em’s Restaurant for a romantic evening or the Rio Grande Cafe for a family outing) and head out on the town.
Now, this is the point where you send the kids home (if you haven’t done so already) and spend a romantic evening together at the Anniversary Inn. What better place to spend the remaining hours of your staycation than at the Bridal Veil Falls Suite at our 5th South location?
Enjoy a movie together or take a tub in our jetted jacuzzi to soothe your sore hiking muscles. Or, better yet, just lay in bed enjoying the painted murals of Bridal Veil Falls and reminisce about the day over a piece of complimentary cheesecake accompanied by sparkling apple cider. Most of all, enjoy the evening, you’ve earned it!
The best part about this particular staycation is that it can be catered to a family or couple. If you and your sweetheart want to bring the kiddos along for the hike and pizzeria, then pair off for a romantic evening, it is totally feasible. If you want the entire day to yourselves, the itinerary is equally enjoyable if planned for a duo. So get out! Go explore the local gems like Bridal Veil Falls and Pizzeria 712! And, don’t forget, Anniversary Inn has locations on South Temple and 5th South in Salt Lake as well as locations in Logan and Boise. Book today!
Let’s be honest, fishing is not for the impatient or the faint of heart. However, with the right gear in the right location, fishing can be incredibly exciting and even romantic. This year, surprise your sweetheart by planning a lazy afternoon picnic, set on the banks of a quiet river and enjoy your anniversary in the company of fishies.
First, you must plan a picnic – after all, what is an anniversary celebration without food?!
Option #1: Take-Out
Perhaps you have a favorite restaurant, one you frequent often together. Most restaurants have a “take-out” option, so call ahead and order a few dishes to share. Even higher-end, fancier restaurants will often accommodate requests for take-out. Imagine the surprise of pulling fillet mignon or pasta carbonara out of the picnic basket! Your spouse would go crazy. However, take travel time into consideration. There’s no use in spending money on food that will go bad.
Option #2: Make-It-Yourself
In my opinion, the simplest picnic is best. Plan a meal around delicious foods that also travel easily such as hummus with pitas or veggies, sandwiches, cheese and crackers, fresh fruit, cookies or brownies, etc. Don’t be deterred, a simple picnic can be easily made extravagant by adding a few specialty items like candied nuts, a fresh slice of pie from the local bakery, or slices of gourmet cheese from the deli counter. Pack this with a delicious sparkling beverage and wine-glasses and you’re on your way to a real special surprise.
Secondly, get the gear.
If you are interested in fishing long-term, go to a local fish and tackle store and invent in your own gear. If you’re in Boise or the surrounding area, check out Howard’s Tackle Shoppe on your way to the lake. The staff there is incredibly helpful and knowledgeable; they will equip you with everything you need at a decent price. If this fishing endeavor is a one-time adventure, check out your local fish and game organization (for Idaho, go here). Oftentimes, they will offer free lessons or cost-friendly ways of testing the waters without making an investment into expensive gear. June 14th is Free Fishing Day in Idaho – the one day a year when you can fish without a permit. See the schedule of events to find out where you can go to enjoy the days festivities.
Third, pick your location.
While the local fish and game activities are fun and convenient, it you’re looking for a romantic afternoon, get your hands on a fishing pole to share, rent a canoe and head out over the waters with your sweetheart for a truly romantic excursion. I recommend Lake Lowell. Just 30 minutes outside of Boise, this lake is pristine and heavily populated with animal life. It is conveniently located and never very crowded. It is considered a prime spot for spring fishing, so make the drive, it will be worth it.
Last, but not least, book a night at the Boise Anniversary Inn.
Anniversary Inn has just the suite to cap off your perfect anniversary: Fisherman’s Wharf. This Ruby Suite is enchanting. Nestle in next to your sweetheart in the cozy bed of a canoe (don’t worry, mattress is included!) and reminisce the days events surrounded by beautiful panoramic murals of Boise’s natural wildlife. It will feel like a continuation of the day on the lake…just without the flies or fish. After an afternoon spent fishing, you’ll be happy to relax and enjoy celebrating one more year with your beloved.
Anniversaries are like fine wines, they get better with age. With each coming year, the relationship you have with your companion grows deeper and sweeter. Unlike birthdays, anniversaries are celebrated without wincing at the reminder of age. The more you have, the more successful your marriage is … and the more there is to celebrate.
Still, the celebration of anniversaries can grow dull year after year if the way you celebrate this special event becomes too routine. So, spice things up this year by returning to the days when carelessness ruled and time was not an issue – become teenagers again by celebrating your anniversary at the local amusement park!
There are plenty of amusement-style centers all over Utah, but if you live in or close to Logan, Utah, we recommend the Cache Valley Fun Center. Located in North Logan, this place has it all! From roller skating to billiards, from laser tag to bowling, you two will find plenty of ways to remember what it was like to be young and reckless. They even offer Country Dancing on Monday and Wednesday nights – free instruction included.
The facility is clean and offers all these attractions at incredibly low prices (visitors give the facility 4.2/5 stars). If you and your sweetheart wanted to make an entire evening (or afternoon) of it, you could roller skate, play a game of pool, bowl, and challenge each other to a game of laser tag – all for under $20/person! After popcorn and treats, you’re spending almost that same amount going to a movie or play…but, let’s be honest, what’s the fun in celebrating an anniversary without laughter and conversation? Personally, I would love nothing more than to rally my husband in a round of laser tag. Bragging rights forever! It may take a few minutes to get into the swing of juvenile fun, but I’m sure you’ll get the hang of it soon enough. Plus, it’s a great excuse to eat greasy pizza or churros or soft, stuffed pretzels or even corn dogs! All offered at the Center’s cafe for great prices ($2.50-$16.00)
After leaving the amusement park, the fun doesn’t have to stop. Book a night at the Anniversary Inn in Logan and request the Player’s Clubhouse Suite. Along with the standard cozy bed and jacuzzi tub, this suite includes a Foosball table, putting green, and large, flat screen TV. Lose that game of bowling to your competitive spouse that won’t let it go? Challenge her to a “friendly” game of Foosball and show her who rules. At the end of the night, you two may be so exhausted from all the fun, you’ll be dying to take a tub in the large, heart-shaped jacuzzi reserved just for you. It’s your anniversary after all! With all the fun and games, there is still plenty of room for romance.
Cache Valley Fun Center hours and location