Guidebook for Draper

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Guidebook for Draper

Food Scene

Kneaders is a Utah legend. Their menu boasts the most delicious artisan sandwiches, pastries, and specialty breads. My favorite is the Pumpkin Spice Bread which will make you wish it were Fall all year long. My family loves to get the "All You Can Eat French Toast" which dances on your tongue in a torrent of perfectly married cinnamon and spice. Located right at the base of the mountain, you will want to go every morning for breakfast. And lunch. And maybe a few dinners in there, too.
Kneaders Bakery & Cafe
177 13800 South
Kneaders is a Utah legend. Their menu boasts the most delicious artisan sandwiches, pastries, and specialty breads. My favorite is the Pumpkin Spice Bread which will make you wish it were Fall all year long. My family loves to get the "All You Can Eat French Toast" which dances on your tongue in a torrent of perfectly married cinnamon and spice. Located right at the base of the mountain, you will want to go every morning for breakfast. And lunch. And maybe a few dinners in there, too.
The fish is as fresh as you'll find at four thousand feet above sea level (flown in daily), and you'll find Takashi Gibo behind the sushi bar most nights of the week. Beautiful cuts of sashimi are a must as is a tour of the kitchen menu (Don't miss the aptly names "Ridiculously Tender Flank Steak"), but Takashi's inventive and sublime rolls are the main event. Such creative concoctions as "Strawberry Fields" and the "Stg. Pepper" are subtly done and contrast with the overdone rolls cluttering the American sushi landscape.
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Takashi
18 West Market Street
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The fish is as fresh as you'll find at four thousand feet above sea level (flown in daily), and you'll find Takashi Gibo behind the sushi bar most nights of the week. Beautiful cuts of sashimi are a must as is a tour of the kitchen menu (Don't miss the aptly names "Ridiculously Tender Flank Steak"), but Takashi's inventive and sublime rolls are the main event. Such creative concoctions as "Strawberry Fields" and the "Stg. Pepper" are subtly done and contrast with the overdone rolls cluttering the American sushi landscape.
The world-famous home of "Killer Mexican Food," Red Iguana lives up to the hype. The hot spot run by the Cardenas family serves up Oaxaca cuisine in a wild environment, lined with punky bric-a-brac. The late, Great Ramon Cardenas was a lover of music, and the walls feature signatures and autographed shrines to Carlos Santana, Los Lobos, ZZ Top, and Alejandro Escovedo to name just a few. Red Iguana is still a stop for rock'n'rollers passing through (Lady Gaga once famously ordered ninety tacos for her crew as takeout on the way out of town), and the food... Mmmm. Red Iguana has the requisite burritos, tacos, and enchiladas, but venture further on the massive menu and you'll find authentic Meccan soups, lovley preparations, and a selection of different moles made the hard way, every day, by Red Iguana's dedicated crew.
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Red Iguana
736 West North Temple
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The world-famous home of "Killer Mexican Food," Red Iguana lives up to the hype. The hot spot run by the Cardenas family serves up Oaxaca cuisine in a wild environment, lined with punky bric-a-brac. The late, Great Ramon Cardenas was a lover of music, and the walls feature signatures and autographed shrines to Carlos Santana, Los Lobos, ZZ Top, and Alejandro Escovedo to name just a few. Red Iguana is still a stop for rock'n'rollers passing through (Lady Gaga once famously ordered ninety tacos for her crew as takeout on the way out of town), and the food... Mmmm. Red Iguana has the requisite burritos, tacos, and enchiladas, but venture further on the massive menu and you'll find authentic Meccan soups, lovley preparations, and a selection of different moles made the hard way, every day, by Red Iguana's dedicated crew.
Walk into the woods for a dining adventure. You'll bundle up at Solitude Mountain Resort's base area, strap on snowshoes, and take a walk through the snowy woods as the last sun of the day dwindles to twilight. A the end of the path lies the snow covered Solitude Yurt. Shake off the snow, hang your coat and wrap your fingers around the hot cider that greets your arrival. It's time to dine. The one-seating-a-night experience is a feast in all the appropriate ways. A parade of chef-chosen delights come from the rickety kitchen and are created in full view of your communal table. Strangers become friends in the warm confines of the round Mongolian-style yurt. For your stumble back to reality, headlamps and a friendly guide lead the way back to the resort.
The Yurt at Solitude
Walk into the woods for a dining adventure. You'll bundle up at Solitude Mountain Resort's base area, strap on snowshoes, and take a walk through the snowy woods as the last sun of the day dwindles to twilight. A the end of the path lies the snow covered Solitude Yurt. Shake off the snow, hang your coat and wrap your fingers around the hot cider that greets your arrival. It's time to dine. The one-seating-a-night experience is a feast in all the appropriate ways. A parade of chef-chosen delights come from the rickety kitchen and are created in full view of your communal table. Strangers become friends in the warm confines of the round Mongolian-style yurt. For your stumble back to reality, headlamps and a friendly guide lead the way back to the resort.
Eat funeral potatoes at the Garage on Beck. Funeral potatoes are a Utah inside joke. The cheesy, casserole-style potatoes are often served at funerals and other large church family gatherings, but the gooey, calorie heavy tubers, often topped with crunchy corn flakes or potato chips, are downright delicious. Garage on Beck has fun with the local fare by frying them up into croquette-ish bites. Additionally, the Garage is one of the best spots for live music, and enjoying brunch on its friendly backyard-style patio is not to be missed. Also try: grandma's pot pie.
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Garage on Beck
1199 Beck Street
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Eat funeral potatoes at the Garage on Beck. Funeral potatoes are a Utah inside joke. The cheesy, casserole-style potatoes are often served at funerals and other large church family gatherings, but the gooey, calorie heavy tubers, often topped with crunchy corn flakes or potato chips, are downright delicious. Garage on Beck has fun with the local fare by frying them up into croquette-ish bites. Additionally, the Garage is one of the best spots for live music, and enjoying brunch on its friendly backyard-style patio is not to be missed. Also try: grandma's pot pie.
Wolf down a pastrami burger at Apollo Burger. Apollo Burger is a local chain of chargrilled burgers and home to the pastrami burger, a quarter pounder topped with a wad of smokey meat. Meat on meat, if you will. Although famed LA food critic Jonathan Gold traces the concoction's origin to Southern California, it has taken root here in Utah This is the burger expat Utahns hunger for.
Apollo Burger
529 12300 S
Wolf down a pastrami burger at Apollo Burger. Apollo Burger is a local chain of chargrilled burgers and home to the pastrami burger, a quarter pounder topped with a wad of smokey meat. Meat on meat, if you will. Although famed LA food critic Jonathan Gold traces the concoction's origin to Southern California, it has taken root here in Utah This is the burger expat Utahns hunger for.
Creek-side brunch at Ruth's Diner. Ruth's Diner opened in 1930 and is a classic roadside diner with a lovely and bucolic patio on the bank of Emigration Creek that draws the brunch crowd in droves every weekend. Ruth herself was a tough old broad. She lived behind the restaurant until she passed away in 1989 at the age of 94, but her legend lives on. Don't miss the mile-high biscuits and the famous chocolate pudding.
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Ruth's Diner
4160 Emigration Canyon Road
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Creek-side brunch at Ruth's Diner. Ruth's Diner opened in 1930 and is a classic roadside diner with a lovely and bucolic patio on the bank of Emigration Creek that draws the brunch crowd in droves every weekend. Ruth herself was a tough old broad. She lived behind the restaurant until she passed away in 1989 at the age of 94, but her legend lives on. Don't miss the mile-high biscuits and the famous chocolate pudding.
Order up some Lion House Rolls. The Lion House was occupied by Salt Lake's founder and perhaps most famous resident, Brigham Young. Located on the LDS Church Headquarters grounds, adjacent to another of Brigham Young's stately homes (the Beehive House), the Lion House is a reception hall and restaurant (called the Lion House Pantry). The warm, fluffy rolls, traditionally part of many Salt Lakers' Thanksgiving celebrations, are its signature menu item and a walk by the place in the morning as the rolls bake inside will have your stomach growling. The Lion House Pantry is open six days a week.
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Lion House Pantry
63 East South Temple
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Order up some Lion House Rolls. The Lion House was occupied by Salt Lake's founder and perhaps most famous resident, Brigham Young. Located on the LDS Church Headquarters grounds, adjacent to another of Brigham Young's stately homes (the Beehive House), the Lion House is a reception hall and restaurant (called the Lion House Pantry). The warm, fluffy rolls, traditionally part of many Salt Lakers' Thanksgiving celebrations, are its signature menu item and a walk by the place in the morning as the rolls bake inside will have your stomach growling. The Lion House Pantry is open six days a week.
Do you want Fry Sauce with that? Yes. Yes, you do. In Utah, the acquisition of fries comes with a question: "You want fry sauce with that?" To the uninitiated, the question is befuddling. What is this fry sauce? Well, it's basically ketchup and mayonnaise, sometimes with a mystery ingredient (often relish and cayenne pepper) whirled together into a creamy, pink concoction. The ketchup-to-mayo ratio varies from establishment to establishment and the particular calibration of the mix is a matter of individual taste. It's hard to say who has the best fry sauce; it is, after all, a pretty simple condiment, but I've found that Hires Big H serves up an excellent emblematic cupful. Some folks in fancy places try to sneak it onto your plate by calling it "aioli," but we know, Dude, thats just fry sauce in a ramekin.
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Hires Big H
425 700 East
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Do you want Fry Sauce with that? Yes. Yes, you do. In Utah, the acquisition of fries comes with a question: "You want fry sauce with that?" To the uninitiated, the question is befuddling. What is this fry sauce? Well, it's basically ketchup and mayonnaise, sometimes with a mystery ingredient (often relish and cayenne pepper) whirled together into a creamy, pink concoction. The ketchup-to-mayo ratio varies from establishment to establishment and the particular calibration of the mix is a matter of individual taste. It's hard to say who has the best fry sauce; it is, after all, a pretty simple condiment, but I've found that Hires Big H serves up an excellent emblematic cupful. Some folks in fancy places try to sneak it onto your plate by calling it "aioli," but we know, Dude, thats just fry sauce in a ramekin.
Pastry chef Romina Rasmussen created a national food sensation when she started making kouign amann at her shop, Les Madeleines, more than a decade ago. The kouign amann is a flaky, sweet, savory pastry from the Brittany region of France, but the labor-intensive and butter-rich pastry wasn't done much even in Parisian bakeries. Romina perfected her recipe and reintroduced the gooey delicacy to our mouths, even though we still can't pronounce it right. Her efforts have brought national attention from such renowned publications as "Food and Wine" and "Bon Appetit" and she has been featured on the Food Network's "The Best Thing I ever Ate". Her shop is one of Salt Lake's favorite lunch stops, serving beautifully crafted sandwiches, salads, and pastries in tranquilly civilized surroundings. Stop in for lunch and walk out with a kouign amann for dessert.
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Les Madeleines
216 East 500 South
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Pastry chef Romina Rasmussen created a national food sensation when she started making kouign amann at her shop, Les Madeleines, more than a decade ago. The kouign amann is a flaky, sweet, savory pastry from the Brittany region of France, but the labor-intensive and butter-rich pastry wasn't done much even in Parisian bakeries. Romina perfected her recipe and reintroduced the gooey delicacy to our mouths, even though we still can't pronounce it right. Her efforts have brought national attention from such renowned publications as "Food and Wine" and "Bon Appetit" and she has been featured on the Food Network's "The Best Thing I ever Ate". Her shop is one of Salt Lake's favorite lunch stops, serving beautifully crafted sandwiches, salads, and pastries in tranquilly civilized surroundings. Stop in for lunch and walk out with a kouign amann for dessert.
Chase down a food truck. Salt Lake's weekly gathering of food trucks at Gallivan Plaza is a central space to sample the best of SLC's food truck fare, from 11am to 2pm on Thursdays. You can also check out Roaminghunger.com/slc to locate the food truck near you and follow your favorites on Twitter and Facebook to get daily updates on where they'll be parked each day. Another truck assembly occurs at the Soho Food Park, which gathers regulars Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Heaters in the winter, umbrellas in the summer, and tables. Follow @sohofoodpark on Twitter to get a daily lineup and plan your lunch break.
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Gallivan Center
239 Main Street
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Chase down a food truck. Salt Lake's weekly gathering of food trucks at Gallivan Plaza is a central space to sample the best of SLC's food truck fare, from 11am to 2pm on Thursdays. You can also check out Roaminghunger.com/slc to locate the food truck near you and follow your favorites on Twitter and Facebook to get daily updates on where they'll be parked each day. Another truck assembly occurs at the Soho Food Park, which gathers regulars Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Heaters in the winter, umbrellas in the summer, and tables. Follow @sohofoodpark on Twitter to get a daily lineup and plan your lunch break.
The Cotton Bottom Inn is a great dive at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon. In summer, the patio is filled with leather-clad bikers, and in the winter booted skiers and boarders crowd in after the lifts close each day. Its famous garlic burger is a strange creature served on a a doughy hoagie roll, featuring American cheese with four garlic-powder-soaked patties, pickles, and a pepperoncini on the side.
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Cotton Bottom Inn
6200 Holladay Boulevard east
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The Cotton Bottom Inn is a great dive at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon. In summer, the patio is filled with leather-clad bikers, and in the winter booted skiers and boarders crowd in after the lifts close each day. Its famous garlic burger is a strange creature served on a a doughy hoagie roll, featuring American cheese with four garlic-powder-soaked patties, pickles, and a pepperoncini on the side.

Arts & Culture

Take your tea at the Grand America. Utah's grandest hotel, The Grand America, lives up to its name. Ornate almost to a fault, the Grand serves up its British-style tea service every afternoon for two seatings, at 1:00 and 3:30. Professor Henry Higgins himself would have no quarrel with the down-to-details event, complete with all proper English accouterments and fussy service. He might quibble about the servers' accents, however. Pick up a sweet to go at the exquisite pastry shop La Bonne Vie.
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The Grand America Hotel
555 Main Street
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Take your tea at the Grand America. Utah's grandest hotel, The Grand America, lives up to its name. Ornate almost to a fault, the Grand serves up its British-style tea service every afternoon for two seatings, at 1:00 and 3:30. Professor Henry Higgins himself would have no quarrel with the down-to-details event, complete with all proper English accouterments and fussy service. He might quibble about the servers' accents, however. Pick up a sweet to go at the exquisite pastry shop La Bonne Vie.

Entertainment & Activities

Yodel along at Snowbird's Oktoberfest! The annual Oktoberfest at Snowbird Resort is a great chance to get up into the mountains before the snow flies. Starting in September, owing to the cooling temperatures in the high-mountain setting, the festival features the requisite oom-pah-pah bands, lederhosen, and of course beer (even if you don't drink it's fun to see!). Snowbird's summertime activities, zip lines, alpine slide, and alpine coaster are open for business as is the iconic Snowbird Tram. It's a nice way to wind summer down, sit in the sun, eat a bratwurst and shop the trinkets in the vendor's area.
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Snowbird Resort
9385 Snowbird Center Trail
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Yodel along at Snowbird's Oktoberfest! The annual Oktoberfest at Snowbird Resort is a great chance to get up into the mountains before the snow flies. Starting in September, owing to the cooling temperatures in the high-mountain setting, the festival features the requisite oom-pah-pah bands, lederhosen, and of course beer (even if you don't drink it's fun to see!). Snowbird's summertime activities, zip lines, alpine slide, and alpine coaster are open for business as is the iconic Snowbird Tram. It's a nice way to wind summer down, sit in the sun, eat a bratwurst and shop the trinkets in the vendor's area.
Spend the day at Lagoon. The wooden roller coaster, known simply as "the roller coaster," is the foundation of an excellent un-themed amusement park thirty minutes north of Salt Lake. The rickety old coaster hearkens back to Lagoon's turn of the century origins, but the modern park features all manner of whirligigs and geegaws to fling you and your crew about every which way. The sprawling one-hundred-plus-acre park also includes a water park (bring your swimsuit), a zoo (accessed by a goofy train that runs around its namesake lagoon), and a Pioneer Village, complete with authentic pioneer buildings and a daily shootout show at high noon.
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Lagoon Amusement Park
375 Lagoon Drive
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Spend the day at Lagoon. The wooden roller coaster, known simply as "the roller coaster," is the foundation of an excellent un-themed amusement park thirty minutes north of Salt Lake. The rickety old coaster hearkens back to Lagoon's turn of the century origins, but the modern park features all manner of whirligigs and geegaws to fling you and your crew about every which way. The sprawling one-hundred-plus-acre park also includes a water park (bring your swimsuit), a zoo (accessed by a goofy train that runs around its namesake lagoon), and a Pioneer Village, complete with authentic pioneer buildings and a daily shootout show at high noon.
Visit the aquarium. San Diego might have Shamu, but Loveland Aquarium boasts an exhibit full of adorable sea otters which could captivate the attention of anyone for hours on end. There is also an enormous walk through shark tank where you find yourself immersed in an underwater work as mana rays, shark, giant sea turtle and the like peacefully float above you. You can spend hours wandering the many exhibits, including an exhibit called "Utah" which features all of the marine life you are likely to encounter in Utah lakes and rivers. Included in the price of admission is a lineup of unlimited 4D shows that rotate throughout the day and a pass to "Tuki's Treehouse"-- a giant jungle gym for children. You could easily spend half the day at the aquarium. It also has a gift shop with remarkably interesting items to purchase, and a lunch bar offering sea sculpted desserts, ice cream, and sandwiches.
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Loveland Living Planet Aquarium
12033 Lone Peak Parkway
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Visit the aquarium. San Diego might have Shamu, but Loveland Aquarium boasts an exhibit full of adorable sea otters which could captivate the attention of anyone for hours on end. There is also an enormous walk through shark tank where you find yourself immersed in an underwater work as mana rays, shark, giant sea turtle and the like peacefully float above you. You can spend hours wandering the many exhibits, including an exhibit called "Utah" which features all of the marine life you are likely to encounter in Utah lakes and rivers. Included in the price of admission is a lineup of unlimited 4D shows that rotate throughout the day and a pass to "Tuki's Treehouse"-- a giant jungle gym for children. You could easily spend half the day at the aquarium. It also has a gift shop with remarkably interesting items to purchase, and a lunch bar offering sea sculpted desserts, ice cream, and sandwiches.
Go Diving in the Desert-- scuba at five thousand feet above sea level. Landlocked Utah isn't a place you'd think of for Scuba diving, but we've got two of the world's most unique spots for underwater adventure-- Bonneville Seabase and the Homestead Crater. Seabase is carved out of the salty earth above a natural warm mineral spring in Grantsville, Utah--quite literally in the desert near the shores of the Great Salt Lake. Seabase's main diving area, called "Habitat Bay" is stocked with tropical fish and, yikes, sharks (friendly nurse sharks). The Homestead Crater, located in Midway, is equally strange-- a mineral water pool located inside a rocky caldera. In the 1990s intrepid divers drilled into the rock to access the ninety-degree water inside and built a diving and snorkeling area. The warm, crystal-clear waters are an eerie blue and divers can descend as far as sixty feet into the crater's depths.
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Midway Crater
700 Homestead Drive
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Go Diving in the Desert-- scuba at five thousand feet above sea level. Landlocked Utah isn't a place you'd think of for Scuba diving, but we've got two of the world's most unique spots for underwater adventure-- Bonneville Seabase and the Homestead Crater. Seabase is carved out of the salty earth above a natural warm mineral spring in Grantsville, Utah--quite literally in the desert near the shores of the Great Salt Lake. Seabase's main diving area, called "Habitat Bay" is stocked with tropical fish and, yikes, sharks (friendly nurse sharks). The Homestead Crater, located in Midway, is equally strange-- a mineral water pool located inside a rocky caldera. In the 1990s intrepid divers drilled into the rock to access the ninety-degree water inside and built a diving and snorkeling area. The warm, crystal-clear waters are an eerie blue and divers can descend as far as sixty feet into the crater's depths.
One minutes of terror: ride the Olympic Bobsled Track. After I completed my one-minute blast down the official bobsled track of the 2002 Winter Games at the Utah Olympic Park, I though, "I'll never do that again." This is a true bucket list item, such as skydiving or going to the top of the Empire State Building. Do it. Once. And if you can't muster the courage to sign the lengthy waiver, tamer activities are available at the Utah Olympic Park. In the summertime, the park has zip lines, alpine slides (a mini bobsled, if you will), summer tubing (yes, thats a thing), and its popular show that features the athletes of the US freestyle ski aerials team flipping and flying into the pool they use for summer training.
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Utah Olympic Park
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One minutes of terror: ride the Olympic Bobsled Track. After I completed my one-minute blast down the official bobsled track of the 2002 Winter Games at the Utah Olympic Park, I though, "I'll never do that again." This is a true bucket list item, such as skydiving or going to the top of the Empire State Building. Do it. Once. And if you can't muster the courage to sign the lengthy waiver, tamer activities are available at the Utah Olympic Park. In the summertime, the park has zip lines, alpine slides (a mini bobsled, if you will), summer tubing (yes, thats a thing), and its popular show that features the athletes of the US freestyle ski aerials team flipping and flying into the pool they use for summer training.
Walk among the ice castles. The Midway Ice Castles are constructed each year out of soaring walls of frozen water to the delight of bundled up adults and children who walk through the maze like structure in droves every winter. The wondrous play ground is built when the cold really sets in and is naturally weather dependent. Buy tickets in advance, get a thermos of hot cocoa, and take the kids for a cold-weather adventure.
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Ice Castles
700 Homestead Dr
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Walk among the ice castles. The Midway Ice Castles are constructed each year out of soaring walls of frozen water to the delight of bundled up adults and children who walk through the maze like structure in droves every winter. The wondrous play ground is built when the cold really sets in and is naturally weather dependent. Buy tickets in advance, get a thermos of hot cocoa, and take the kids for a cold-weather adventure.

Drinks & Nightlife

See a show at Urban Lounge. This small, not-a-bad-spot-in-the-house music club is the place to see bands in Salt Lake on the way up the ladder of fame and stardom. The spartan club presents an eclectic lineup of acts, from twee indie bands to death metal wizards and hip-hop kings pretty much seven nights a week. Urban Lounge shows start late, and the bands that play there inevitably return to play the small, informal space that lets you get right up front.
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Urban Lounge
241 South 500 East
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See a show at Urban Lounge. This small, not-a-bad-spot-in-the-house music club is the place to see bands in Salt Lake on the way up the ladder of fame and stardom. The spartan club presents an eclectic lineup of acts, from twee indie bands to death metal wizards and hip-hop kings pretty much seven nights a week. Urban Lounge shows start late, and the bands that play there inevitably return to play the small, informal space that lets you get right up front.
Picnic it up at a Red Butte Show. This lovely amphitheater situated in the eastern foothills of the Salt Lake Valley is the setting for a signature Salt Lake moment: a great concert in a great setting. There isn't a bad seat in the house, and a liberal picnic policy that allows your own food and drink makes this a social scene. In fact, theres a whole culture of folks who get up there early and wait for the gates to open at 6pm to rush in and throw down the blankets. Red Butte books excellent midrange acts and the concerts run from May into September and often sell out. Beyond the amphitheater is the beautiful Red Butte Garden, a large botanical garden for strolling through before and during the show.
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Red Butte Garden
300 Wakara Way
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Picnic it up at a Red Butte Show. This lovely amphitheater situated in the eastern foothills of the Salt Lake Valley is the setting for a signature Salt Lake moment: a great concert in a great setting. There isn't a bad seat in the house, and a liberal picnic policy that allows your own food and drink makes this a social scene. In fact, theres a whole culture of folks who get up there early and wait for the gates to open at 6pm to rush in and throw down the blankets. Red Butte books excellent midrange acts and the concerts run from May into September and often sell out. Beyond the amphitheater is the beautiful Red Butte Garden, a large botanical garden for strolling through before and during the show.
"Hallelujah" along with the Utah Symphony. Come Christmastime, the Utah Symphony performs Handel's Messiah for a glorious sing along in Abravanel Hall. The jubilant event is one of the hot tickets of the holiday season. You know the chorus, right?
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Abravanel Hall
123 West South Temple
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"Hallelujah" along with the Utah Symphony. Come Christmastime, the Utah Symphony performs Handel's Messiah for a glorious sing along in Abravanel Hall. The jubilant event is one of the hot tickets of the holiday season. You know the chorus, right?
See a concert in the LDS Conference Center. The giant LDS Conference Center was built in 2000, primarily to host the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints's semiannual gatherings (simply called "conferences"), but many other musical performances are held there-- namely, the free-but-hard-to-get-a-ticket-to Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concerts. An engineering marvel, with insanely fastidious acoustics, the 1.4 million square foot center seats twenty-one thousand people and is large enough to hold two imaginary Boeing 747s side by side. The view from every seat of the house is (miraculously?) unobstructed by support pillars. You can also take a tour of the building, including the beautiful rooftop gardens.
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Conference Center
60 N Temple
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See a concert in the LDS Conference Center. The giant LDS Conference Center was built in 2000, primarily to host the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints's semiannual gatherings (simply called "conferences"), but many other musical performances are held there-- namely, the free-but-hard-to-get-a-ticket-to Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas concerts. An engineering marvel, with insanely fastidious acoustics, the 1.4 million square foot center seats twenty-one thousand people and is large enough to hold two imaginary Boeing 747s side by side. The view from every seat of the house is (miraculously?) unobstructed by support pillars. You can also take a tour of the building, including the beautiful rooftop gardens.

Parks & Nature

Spelunk Timpanogos Cave. A national monument, Timpanogos Cave has ranger-led tours that take place after a steep 1.5 mile hike and often sell out, so book early. The climb is worth it; the wondrous Timp Cave, an ancient cavern with stunning crystals called "frostwork" and the requisite stalactites and stalagmites live up to its monument status. TIP: Explore the Alpine Loop-- a scenic byway near Mount Tim and one of the best places to enjoy the fall colors in Utah.
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Timpanogos Cave National Monument
2038 Alpine Loop Rd
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Spelunk Timpanogos Cave. A national monument, Timpanogos Cave has ranger-led tours that take place after a steep 1.5 mile hike and often sell out, so book early. The climb is worth it; the wondrous Timp Cave, an ancient cavern with stunning crystals called "frostwork" and the requisite stalactites and stalagmites live up to its monument status. TIP: Explore the Alpine Loop-- a scenic byway near Mount Tim and one of the best places to enjoy the fall colors in Utah.
Scale the Heights of Mount Olympus. Call it an initiation or even self-imposed hazing, but the journey to the summit of Mount Olympus (9,026 feet) is a necessary ritual on the path of calling yourself a hiker in Salt Lake, where hiking, biking, and climbing are as endemic to life as navigating the subway is for a New Yorker. The seven mile round trip hike gains 4,196 feet in elevation, all on the exposed face of mighty Mount Olympus. The giant rock stairs and scramble at the tippy top are a final twist of the dagger into your burning legs for sure. The reward, though, is the top of the world panorama of the Central Wasatch Range and the Salt Lake Valley far, far, below.
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Mount Olympus Trailhead
5789 Wasatch Boulevard
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Scale the Heights of Mount Olympus. Call it an initiation or even self-imposed hazing, but the journey to the summit of Mount Olympus (9,026 feet) is a necessary ritual on the path of calling yourself a hiker in Salt Lake, where hiking, biking, and climbing are as endemic to life as navigating the subway is for a New Yorker. The seven mile round trip hike gains 4,196 feet in elevation, all on the exposed face of mighty Mount Olympus. The giant rock stairs and scramble at the tippy top are a final twist of the dagger into your burning legs for sure. The reward, though, is the top of the world panorama of the Central Wasatch Range and the Salt Lake Valley far, far, below.
Salt Lake City is the base of six world-famous ski resorts (Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude, Park City, and Deer Valley). All are less than thirty-five minutes from our house, and living in (or visiting) Utah and not skiing or snowboarding is like living in California and never going to the beach. We've got a skier on our license plates for goodness sake! So take a lesson. Even if you're a great skier or boarder, a lesson is a great way to tune up your technique. All six of the Salt Lake-area resorts have excellent ski school programs and affordable lessons.
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Snowbird Ski Area
9600 Little Cottonwood Canyon Road
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Salt Lake City is the base of six world-famous ski resorts (Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude, Park City, and Deer Valley). All are less than thirty-five minutes from our house, and living in (or visiting) Utah and not skiing or snowboarding is like living in California and never going to the beach. We've got a skier on our license plates for goodness sake! So take a lesson. Even if you're a great skier or boarder, a lesson is a great way to tune up your technique. All six of the Salt Lake-area resorts have excellent ski school programs and affordable lessons.