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Capitol Reef, Utah
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Time to get away to Capitol Reef

A little piece of heaven is waiting and it’s just 3 hours away from Salt Lake.

Last week we visited wonderful Capitol Reef, took the scenic highway with it’s stunning vistas, hiked to marvelous destinations and relaxed at Capitol Reef Resort in their beautiful and super comfortable rooms.

Capitol Reef, Utah

Did you know you can even stay in a teepee complete with king size bed, flat screen TV, sitting area, and full a private bathroom just a few feet away? We stayed in a comfortable and well decorated room but next time we go it will be a teepee!

A delicious pioneer breakfast buffet is included if you choose that option and the service was great.

Capitol Reef, Utah

For dinner we visited Café Diablo, I highly recommend it. The food was so incredibly delicious that you have to make sure you experience it. Café Diablo is under the ownership of a friendly former cowboy from Philadelphia who loved Utah so much he made it his home. He greeted us dressed in shirt and tie, made excellent recommendations, took our order and served us our wonderful meals. This unique restaurant even grows it’s own organic greens, everything is fresh and tastes out of this world.

Cafe Diablo, Capitol Reef, Utah

Make sure you try the avocado chips, deep fried avocado that has been breaded and cooked to perfection.  The dip is a cheese sauce that perfectly compliments the avocado.

Cafe Diablo, Capitol Reef, Utah

Take a moment to see the local art that hangs throughout the cafe. I loved this hand carved wood piece.

Art at Cafe Diablo, Capitol Reef, Utah

Don’t forget to visit the little town of Fruita nearby, it’s charming and full of history.

Capitol Reef, Utah

As we drove in, we were greeted by a heard of deer, a flock of wild turkey and the friendliest of people. Stop by the visitor center for a short video presentation, walk through the fruit orchards and pick some fruit to take home. We were there too early in the season but the trees were blossoming and it was beautiful.

The little country store sells really yummy ice cream that we had to try, as well as gifts and souvenirs. Make sure you stop by the barn across the street to pet the horses and drive to the original one room school house, peek inside, it’s sweet.

Fruita, at Capitol Reef, Utah

On that same road just a skip away you can see petroglyphs left by the Fremont culture, which existed in areas of Utah from approximately AD 600 to 1300.

Frita, Capitol Reef, Utah

Join us in celebrating 100 years of national parks and plan a getaway to this piece of heaven on earth!

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Deals, Family Adventures & Travel

5 Tips for Booking a Holiday Flight

We are excited to introduce you to a new friend, Emily Holt, who shares some seriously awesome deals on flights from Salt Lake City to all over the world.  Check out her guest post today about holiday flights and see our Instagram today, @ SaltSkyUtah to enter to win a $50.00 Alaska Airlines Card along with $25 gift card to Target to buy all your travel treats.

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Hi friends! I run @flightsfromhome on Instagram—where I share my favorite flight deals from Salt Lake City. This photograph (below) is of my little girl and me in Cambodia this year. We went to Cambodia on a whim because I found a great deal on airfare. In fact, that’s how most of our trips begin—with a sale on a flight. That being said, I watch flights, and I can’t book all the flights, so I figure, whateva whateva, share the travel love with you guys. And that leads us to the Instagram page. I’ll find ‘em, you book ‘em … or don’t, and just enjoy the cool airline price posts.

With the holidays coming up, I wanted to tackle some important holiday travel questions, like does the TSA categorize cranberry sauce as a liquid? Yes. Yes they do. And, more importantly, how are you going to get the best deal on your holiday flight? So, here are my five tips for booking holiday flight:

  1. Be Realistic. Holiday flights are generally more expensive—so if you plan to travel over the holidays, don’t expect absolute rock bottom prices. Prices fluctuate year-to-year, so if you paid something last year don’t expect that to be the price you will pay this year—some of you may be pleasantly surprised by prices, others might be disappointed, but hey, it is what it is.
  2. Be Flexible. This goes without saying, but the more flexible you are, the more luck you’ll have on finding a lower fare. Typically, you will find that flights are actually cheaper if you are willing to fly on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, or New Year’s Day. Want to leave the evening before Thanksgiving? So does everyone else. That is why that fare is likely going to be the most expensive. When planning your flights, try leaving the weekdays after the holiday and enjoy some of those leftovers a little longer.
  3. Book Early. Although you may score a deal right before the holiday, often fares just continue to rise as the holiday approaches. So book early. Check flights a few times a week for a couple weeks and when you see the fare drop (or maybe it never drops), it’s probably a good idea to book. I personally like using www.google.com/flights for this because I think it gives you an overall good idea of the fare prices and its calendar search matrix is really user friendly. If you think you found a great deal in Google Flights, ALWAYS double check this deal at www.momondo.com. This website pulls a lot of alternative booking agencies that might provide a lower price.
  4. Travel Internationally. While fares to your parents’ house might seem very expensive, international travel is often really cheap. So think about ditching the family and trading in the turkey for a little Pad Thai (sorry Mom and Dad, but Thailand is calling my name) … Just send them a postcard and they will probably understand.
  5. Utilize Airlines’ Cancellation Policies. So you see a fare that you want to book, but you’re not sure if the dates will actually work for your holiday travel? Book the fare then figure out the details. Most airlines (when booking directly with the airline) provide a 24-hour cancellation window to either hold the fare or cancel without penalty. Always double check the airline policy before booking if you think you may cancel and read the fine print, and if you think only one person in your reservation may cancel, book them on a separate reservation because usually you have to cancel the whole reservation (learned this one the hard way once).

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Family Adventures & Travel

Fun Facts About Utah’s Famous Golden Statue

Running out of ideas of what to do with the kids this summer?  Head over to the Church History Museum in downtown S.L.  There are new displays and exhibits that the whole family is sure to enjoy.

While there make sure you stop by the Angel Moroni statue.  Here are some facts:

The statue stands an impressive 12 feet 5 inches tall.

It weighs approximately 3 thousand pounds.

A neoclassical design, molded in hammered copper and covered in 22 karat gold leaf.

The sculptor, Cyrus E. Dallin also created Paul Revere and Appeal to the Great Spirit statues in Boston, along with Brigham Young Monument on Main Street Salt Lake.

Angel Moroni

The angel Moroni faces east, this represents the Second Coming of Christ.

The trumpet he holds symbolizes the spreading of the gospel to the world and the second coming of the Savior.

Many LDS temples around the world have the angel Moroni on top of its temples but the Salt Lake temple was the very first.

The statue was placed on top  the Salt Lake temple on April 6, 1892.

You may visit a full-size replica at the Church History Museum just west of Temple Square – 45 N. West Temple Salt Lake City

A fun family activity!

 

City Creek treasure hunt
Family Adventures & Travel

Treasure Hunt at City Creek

Anything involving a map is at the top of my kids activity list so when I wanted to shop and they wanted to play… I thought, City Creek!  Did you know that City Creek has an architectural “treasure” map?  Start at the customer service desk by Macy’s where they will give you your map and follow it throughout City Creek to find animal tracks, fish, statues and more.  My kids were in heaven and it was so fun for me to see them checking off the list.

City Creek treasure hunt

As we did the hunt, we stopped for lunch, played at the play place, shopped and ran through the splash pad.  This is a must do activity to keep your kids having a great time during their summer break.

City Creek treasure hunt

Have fun!

City Creek is located in downtown Salt Lake City, 50 South Main Street.

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City Creek treasure hunt

Family Adventures & Travel

Must do… Draper Cycle Park!

If your family is just beginning to bike or is advanced, you want to check out the Draper Cycle Park.  It is located at 1485 E. Highland Drive (13600 South) in Draper, Utah.  The park is a pump track starting at little beginner babies on their Strider bikes with their own little track and also for pro riders as well.

Our family just visited and it was so much fun.  The kids loved riding the beginner tracks and also watching the adults ride as well.  When it was time to go, we had the hardest time getting them to leave so we promised to go back.

Some things you need to know:

  • It’s not shaded well so on a hot summer day it will be extra HOT.  Morning and evening are great times to visit with little kids.
  • There’s a drinking fountain but probably a good idea to go with plenty of water.
  • It is dusty.  Tracks are dirt so even if you’re just going to watch, wear the right shoes.
  • There’s a Strider Beginner track for little kids.  It’s a great place for them to practice pump tracks in a safe environment.
  • Check out the rules of the park and follow them to stay safe and keep the park awesome.
  • Follow the signs for level of difficulty.

Have so much fun!  For more summer activities check out our Ultimate Guide!

Draper Cycle Park

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Save BIG with the Dine & Stay package at the Chateaux Deer Valley
Deals, Family Adventures & Travel

Save Big with the Dine & Stay Deal at The Chateaux Deer Valley

Located: 7815 Royal Street East
Park City
Website: the-chateaux.com
Deal: Dine & Stay Package
Coupon: use code “dine”
Or click here to book

This past weekend I took my husband to celebrate his 35th birthday at The Chateaux Deer Valley.  We did the Dine & Stay  package and I just have to say… wow.  It was incredible.  This was the first time we had stayed at The Chateaux and will not be the last.  I think it’s going to have to be a birthday tradition.

Save BIG with the Dine & Stay package at the Chateaux Deer Valley

The Dine & Stay package includes your room, a 3 course dinner and a buffet breakfast for two.  The room was beautiful with detail that felt very “Park City” with a cozy fireplace (I think we’ll need a winter getaway too).  Then we headed to the pool that had an amazing view of the mountains.  We could have stayed there all day talking and relaxing.

Dinner was incredible!  The 3 course dinner included an appetizer, main course and dessert for each of us.  It was so much food and we had to try it all.  The hanger steak was probably the highlight of Bubba’s birthday dinner, it was heavenly.

Save BIG with the Dine & Stay package at the Chateaux Deer Valley

Save BIG with the Dine & Stay package at the Chateaux Deer ValleyDine & Stay package at The Chateaux Deer Valley

After a relaxing night sleep where no kids were invading our bed or kicking us in the face… we headed to the breakfast buffet that was, well, just as amazing as the dinner the night before.  The food was delicious and the perfect way to start our day.

There are so many other things to do at The Chateaux in the summer that we didn’t do but are going to add to our list next time like, world class mountain biking that is just steps from the hotel, golfing at a private course, horseback riding, hot air balloon rides and of course so many activities in Park City and shopping at nearby Main Street.  They have a shuttle that will take you around town so you can experience it all.

Save BIG with the Dine & Stay package at the Chateaux Deer Valley

The service was so great.  Everyone was friendly and helpful.  There are family packages available as well if you want to take the kids and they’ll eat for free…. or you can do a much needed romantic getaway.  Life gets a little busy, especially with all the kids running around so take a break and give yourselves some alone time.  You may just talk to each other more in the weekend than you have in the entire month like we did, ha ha.  EXTRA BONUS!  They will also give you a bounce back deal.  If you stay again between now and December 1, you’ll pay for the first night and only $25 to stay a 2nd night!  Yeah, we’ll be doing that too.

Deal Breakdown:

  • A one night stay without the package is $220.79 (with room, taxes & fees)
  • A 3 course dinner at the hotel came out to be about $125.00 for us.
  • Buffet breakfast for 2 would have been $42.00 per person
  • WE PAID:  $287.36 for a one night stay, a 3 course dinner for 2 & breakfast buffet.  This included all taxes and fees (not including gratuity for our 2 meals that we left).
  • Everything we did would have cost $429.79.  We saved a total of $142.43 (over 30%) and had a luxurious, romantic and relaxing getaway.  You NEED to do this!  Here’s the link to book this deal, I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.  Save BIG with the Dine & Stay package at the Chateaux Deer Valley

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Deals, Family Adventures & Travel

The Men are Braving it Again

The annual backpacking trip into the Wind Rivers of beautiful Wyoming is fast approaching.  Of course they need all sorts of supplies that for reasons unknown to me need to be purchased.

This year on the list, a new sleeping bag. This sleeping bag weighs just over 2 pounds and allows for some serious comfort high up in the mountains because it’s soft and warm.

pillowThe amazing inflatable pillow

outdoor-sleeping-pad-7108562-regularThe must have sleeping pad.

portable-parachute-hammock-deal-6625192-regularParachute Hammock

sleeping bag15 degree sleeping bag

lightThe super bright head lights

chairThe can’t go without camp chair.  This comfortable chair only weighs .6 pounds but holds up to 220 lbs!

All of the above links are at awesome discounts!

This year approximately 10 men will venture into the wilderness.  Eliza, the only brave woman in this family to endure a week in the wild will be making her 3rd trip.

Thank you, but no, I will stay home and get a pedicure.

Make your man’s day, or surprise him on Father’s day with one of these great, trusted and tried outdoor toys.  Salt Sky approved!

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Terrace-Elbow Fork Trail, Millcreek Canyon
Family Adventures & Travel

The Ultimate Summer guide to Exploring Utah

Welcome to an ongoing list of our favorite things to do in Utah during the summer!  We will continue to add to our list all summer long so bookmark this page and come back often.  Have a great time exploring and leave a comment with your favorites so we can add them to our list.  Happy playing!

5 splash pads to visit

Ice Cream Parlor at Thanksgiving Point

Sugar House Park & Hidden Hollow Trail

Albion Basin/Albion Meadows Trail

Discover Spring City

Snowbird Stay & Play

Nature Hunt & Picnic

Utah Olympic Park

Swaner Eco Center & Newpark Hotel

Terraces-Elbow Fork Trail

Visit the La Caille grounds 

Visit Moab

Sugar House:  Walk around and see why its a must explore 

Vernal:  The City of Flowers 

Heber & Midway getaway or day trip

Create in the Park: FREE family & Charity event

Save big and stay at the Chateaux Deer Valley 

5 cities to visit in Utah!
Family Adventures & Travel

5 Cities to Visit in Utah

As soon as summer hits we get motivated to play and visit as much as we can with the kids to make the most of our summer.  This year we are taking several staycations and short trips throughout Utah.  We will be adding them to our Ultimate Summer Guide to Exploring Utah, so check back often.

Today we are heading to Fox13 The Place to share 5 cities to visit this summer (of course with more and more to come). Drum roll please!

  1. Sugar House:  ok, technically not a city but a must visit spot within Salt Lake City, click here to find out why.visit sugar house!
  2. Heber/Midway: Couldn’t pick just one because they are so close that it’s a 2 for one.  Click here to visit this city that’s far enough away to feel like a getaway but close enough to be a day trip. heber railroad
  3. Vernal:  The outdoor lovers paradise.  Click here to read about what’s a must and why it should be on your list this summer. Visit Vernal
  4. Moab: National parks, mountain biking, hikes.  Click here to read more about this must visit City. Visit Moab
  5. Provo:  This city is exploding, full of growth, new businesses and places for families to play.  Come play with us June 6 at Bicentennial Park for CREATE IN THE PARK!  Click here to read about this FREE family & charity event.  createinthepark

Where are your favorite cities to visit?  Let’s add them to the list!

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Family Adventures & Travel

Heber City & Midway, Get There!

These close cities are two of our favorite places to escape to year round. The scenery, the hikes, and the fishing are just a start. There is so much to do.

  • We love to stay at the Zermatt Resort where the kids can ride a beautiful merry-go-round. Swim in an indoor and outdoor pool that has a tunnel connecting them, the kids just love it.  There’s also mini golf and a giant chess set, not to mention beautiful lounging space to look at the night sky that seems to have exploded with stars.
  • The Heber Railroad train is super fun.  Take themed rides all year and for different holidays.  The whole family will love it.
  • The golf courses are a favorite of all the men in our family.
  • There is great horse back riding in some of the most beautiful places in Utah.
  • Charming boutiques along Main Street Heber city and remember to take home a June Pie… to. die. for.
  • The giant Midway Crater deep below the ground is a warm swimming hole, love.
  • Heber Valley Dairy has cheeses that are so good and the ice cream is a must.
  • Boating at Deer Creek & Jordanelle are local favorites.

Getaway for a weekend or just load up the kids and visit for the day… another reason that we love Heber & Midway.

The Zermatt Resort

 

Visit Vernal
Family Adventures & Travel

Vernal, the city of flowers

Vernal was just named in the top 20 cities in the US that are a must visit.  We couldn’t agree more and here’s why.

  • Our family favorite because of the Green River. Going down in rafts is incredible, the cliffs above are breathtaking and the water so clear that you can see the trout swim right up to your boat. Fishing is a must!  The Green River is now part of the National Fly Fishing Association and people come from all over the world to fish.
  • We love to stop by the Dinosaur Museum which the kids look forward to the most.  It has just been rebuilt and new.
  • National Dinosaur Park is full of dinosaur bones and an active archaeological dig site.  The kids will be in heaven.
  • Don’t miss the charming shops like Vernal Floral and The Galleries.
  • The warmth of the people of this town is simply wonderful.
  • Vernal is known as the “city of flowers” because of the thousands of flowers that line main street as you enter.  It is stunning to see.
  • McCoy Flates & Flume Trails are new mountain biking trails.  If you like biking then you can’t miss these new groups of trails.
  • Water sports galore with 3 surrounding bodies of water including Flaming gorge.
  • Camping at it’s most beautiful for those that love the outdoors.

You will most definitely want to go back after you’ve visited.  Just 3 short hours from Salt Lake makes this a getaway to be repeated.

Visit Moab
Family Adventures & Travel

Moab, a must see

We are heading there this summer. Yes, it will be hot but we don’t care, we love this place so much!

Why?

  • The biking is out of this world, though some of us go for the excellent food and the relaxation. (Milt’s Burgers & Shakes…. a must)
  • The art galleries are a favorite year-round.
  • With its two impressive national parks, Moab should be on your list of places to visit. The warmth and hospitality of this city makes it one of our favorite places.
  •  Left Hand Fork:  Hike to some awesome swimming holes!
  • River Rafting:  All levels of experience and so much fun.  You can’t visit without floating down the river.
  • Did you know that there are some hidden trails and amazing adventures that you can only do with a guide?  Well, visit Moab Adventure Center and they will show you all the hidden places that are breathtaking.
  • Off road jeeping is a crowd favorite in Moab and fun way to experience different terrain.Processed with VSCO with c7 preset

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Do you have Moab favorites?  Comment below and share them with us. Enjoy!