The Jubilee of Trees, held annually on the 3rd Thursday of November, kicks off the holiday season here in Southern Utah. This incredibly beautiful, eagerly anticipated, festive, fun-filled and family friendly holiday tradition, supports patient care and programs at Dixie Regional Medical Center. In its 35th year, the theme of “Growing Up Together” reflects the amazing and life-changing advances in medical care and treatment available, both locally and regionally, right here at home in Southern Utah.
The Jubilee of Trees offers something for everyone!
The Bar J Wranglers, from Jackson Hole, WY, will deliver pure harmony, musicianship and hilariously funny ranch humor on Wednesday, November 16. Tickets are $25 per person. Doors open at 6 p.m.
On Friday, November 18 the Jubilee’s Gala Dinner and Auction will give attendees the opportunity to be first-in-line to purchase one of more than 25 one-of-a-kind, uniquely exquisite or holiday inspired fully decorated Christmas trees. Tickets vary in price based on seating.
On Saturday at noon, children of all ages are invited to enjoy the Teddy Bear Picnic. This popular event features timeless holiday fun at a cost of only $15 per person. In the evening, Jubilee patrons will enjoy a “Night of Utah Stars,” featuring popular local entertainer Eric Dodge and friends. This evening is free with your general admission ticket with on stage entertainment from 6 – 8 p.m.
The Jubilee fashion show luncheon will begin at noon on Monday, November 21 with fashions and models selected from the local community.
After a day – or evening – viewing spectacular Christmas trees, wreaths and ginger bread houses, enjoying continuous entertainment and whispering in Santa’s ear, you will also want to know you have a beautifully decorated home-away-from-home waiting where you can “nestle, all snug in your bed” on a winter vacation in southwestern Utah. So register online today at stgeorgeresortrentals.com for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums. We’ll be waiting for you!
The new Thunder Junction All Abilities Park, located at the confluence of Dixie Drive and Tonaquint Drive, is designed specifically for children with disabilities who now no longer have to sit on the sidelines. This special 2.5 acre accessible-to-everyone theme park took 3-years and $5 million to complete and includes sensory-rich dinosaur themed play equipment, double wide slides, ramps and wheelchair-accessible soft floors. Thunder Junction also features a make believe 20-foot volcano, a half-scale train which provides a 2,700 foot ride around the park, and colorful tile murals made up of the hands of children of all ages who helped build the park.
This “most unique” park in the state of Utah recently became a reality through a partnership in which the City of St. George spent $3 million and the community – including businesses, non-profit organizations, clubs and individuals – donated more than $2 million to provide the incredible social, physical, and emotional benefits of play to all children, whether they live life with or without disabilities.
If you have little ones along during your time in St. George, a trip to the park will be fun and memorable. What will also be memorable will be a week or month in your comfortable vacation home-away-from-home, so register online today at stgeorgeresortrentals.com for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.
“Show me one thing of beauty in the whole area and I’ll stay,” said pioneer bride Wilhemina Cannon to her husband David. Longing for the green trees and rolling grassy hills of her childhood home, Wilhemina was not happy in the barren, stark and harsh desert of southern Utah, and had made up her mind. She would not – could not – endure another miserably hot, insect infested, bone dry summer in this desolate place.
No question! Geology, temperatures, and the problems associated with too much or too little water have shaped Utah’s Washington County, described in the History of Washington County: From Isolation to Destination by Douglas A. Alder and Karl F. Brooks as “a region of colorful rocks, spectacular scenery and great contrasts in rainfall, vegetation, animal life and geologic features.”
In any direction, you’ll see evidence of ancient land movement and erosion creating such distinctive landmarks as Pine Valley Mountain and the above-ground Hurricane Fault line which runs about 50 miles through the county (most visibly along the I-15 freeway and on both sides of the highway leading to the City of Hurricane).
Red rock formations are everywhere in and around St. George, described by author Juanita Brooks as a place where “… the good Lord took everything left over from the creation, dumped it here, then set it on fire.” We have evidence of huge lava flows at the base of Pine Valley Mountain and several extinct volcanoes, clearly visible along Hwy. 18. To the east of the Hurricane Cliffs are the colorful mesas and plateaus of Zion National Park, with its famed steep-walled and narrow canyons carved by low volume streams with intermittent flow but carrying loads of abrasive silt and sand. The St. George area also has the lowest elevations and the historic high temperature in the state (118 degrees on one July day in 2009).
In its 30th year as the state’s most popular showcase for amateur athletics, the Utah Summer Games with Olympic-style opening and closing ceremonies, scheduled during the two weeks of June 2 – 19, in Cedar City – an easy 50 mile drive up the I-15 freeway – is ready to welcome an anticipated 9600 participants in 37 events. This well-organized and eagerly anticipated annual, citywide spectacle hosts competitions in such sports as tennis, swimming, pickleball, racquetball, track and field, soccer, equestrian, moto trials, water polo, ultimate Frisbee, Tae Kwon Do, disc golf and other physical contests, while 50,000 spectators cheer on their favorite athletes and 1000 volunteers work hard to make sure everything runs smoothly.
There’s no competition when it comes to finding the ideal accommodations for your Southern Utah vacation. So, register online for the games at utahsummergames.org and for a comfortable, affordable vacation home-away-from-home at St. George Resort Rentals at stgeorgeresortrentals.com or laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums. We look forward to making yours a memorable vacation here in our beautiful
The Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival, on the campus of Southern Utah University, will kick off its 54th season of “entertaining, enriching and educating audiences” in the all-new $36 million Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts with a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 7, 2016.
The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts (to be known simply as The Beverley) will incorporate visual arts, live theatre, and dynamic arts education to dramatically enrich the cultural life of Cedar City, the region and beyond. The Beverly, located at the corner of University Street and 300 West in Cedar City, will be a year-round destination for thousands of patrons of the arts, including those attending any or all of the eight summer shows.
The Beverley will include USF’s new outdoor theatre, The Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre, which will feel very similar to the now retired Adams Theatre but with updated amenities and modern accessibilities, including an elevator and increased ADA seating.
The Festival’s other new Eileen & Allen Anes Studio Theatre is a flexible, black box space, with seating capacity to about 200 people. The Festival’s indoor Randall L. Jones Theatre is still immediately next to the new Southern Utah Museum of Art.
A large covered plaza welcomes patrons and includes a state-of-the art museum which features 5,300 square feet of exhibition space composed of four galleries. The Beverley offers many large public gathering spaces, which will be used for receptions and special events. The Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre has a covered terrace on the lower level of the theatre and a rooftop garden on the back deck of the second level. Landscaping for the Center includes a sculpture grove, tree-lined walkway, a Greenshow stage and enhanced seminar grove.
Named for the long-time arts and education champion, the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts is made possible of the Sorenson Legacy Foundation which had given millions of dollars to this project and other programs at Southern Utah University. In addition to the Sorensons’ contributions, the over $36 million center is being made possible thanks to the generosity of hundreds of benefactors. A gift of $5 million for the New Shakespeare Theatre and Festival outreach programs was received from the Ralph and Betty Engelstad Famiy Foundation of Las Vegas, Nev. The George S. and Dolores Dore’ Eccles Foundation also committed $4 million toward the project. Additionally, the State of Utah, Iron Country and Cedar City have all energetically supported this effort to create this newest center for the arts in Southern Utah.
In 1962 the Festival attracted 3,276 visitors. Today the audience is over 100,000 and expected to increase during the 2016 season with the impressive new facilities and the nationally acclaimed professional productions. Enthusiastic patrons come from around the globe to attend the Festival’s professional performances, including drama, comedy, Shakespeare, contemporary theatre and more. It is interactive free green shows each evening, backstage tours, give-and-take seminars in a beautiful outdoor grove with experts, artists and actors … and its all within an easy drive to the beauty of three national parks and breath taking scenery. No wonder it is called a festival!
The Utah Shakespeare Festival is a definite “must see” on your list of “things to see and do” in southern Utah, so now’s the time to reserve a beautiful, comfortable and affordable vacation home-away-from-home. Register online for a week or a month at St. George Resort Rentals at www.stgeorgeresortrentals.com or www.laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums. We look forward to seeing you.
Kite flying brings families together, welcomes spring, and, in the case of the 17th Annual Dixie Power Kite Festival, held again this year at SunRiver in St. George, gives children an exciting reward for their efforts to develop reading as a habit for learning and fun.
Held this year on Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at SunRiver St. George, the Kite Festival has a long history as a family-oriented event with a goal of having “everyone participate regardless of experience, training, financial means or physical ability.” Toward that goal – and a secondary goal of “promoting reading as a fundamental basis of education for every elementary age child” – the Dixie Power Kite Festival will provide a high-quality kite or age appropriate book to children who qualify through their reading efforts. If you have your own favorite kite, there will be plenty of blue sky in which to fly it!
This family-friendly one-day event has no fees for parking, admission, entertainment or fireworks – and there is no cost to ride the shuttle. In addition to kite flying, other activities include free games and fees of $1-$2 for such goings-on as bouncy toys, small trains and other rides. And, there will also be plenty of reasonably-priced but yummy food available from an assortment of local vendors.
One of many highlights throughout a day of continuous entertainment will be performances by the recent winners of “Dixie’s Got Talent” from 6 – 7 p.m.
There’s lots to see and do at the Kite Festival and other springtime events here in Southern Utah. For more information about the Dixie Power Kite Festival, see dixiepowerkitefestival.com. To reserve your beautiful, comfortable and affordable vacation rental under our crystal clear blue sky and overlooking the spectacular red hills of Dixie, find us online at stgeorgeresortrentals.com for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums. We’ll be waiting for you!
Alfred Lord Tennyson, poet laureate of Great Britain and Ireland said, “In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.” But, in the spring, the heart of a young man (or woman) also turns to gardening. That’s why, since 2006 here in Southern Utah, thousands of lovers of the soil can be found at the 15th Annual Spring Home and Garden Expo, Southern Utah’s largest and most complete showcase of all-things-garden and landscape. On the weekend of March 18-19 at the Dixie Center in St. George, you’ll find more than 100 vendors with amazing ideas, information, inspiration and home, gardening and landscape experts who can help you create the backyard of your dreams.
You’ll find everything from landscape rock designs, gorgeous tile outlays, the latest faucet heads for your kitchen sink, hot tubs, and even vibrating pillows … in short, ideas and products available to make the interior and the exterior of your home beautiful. Learn to prune your trees, mulch your soil, create magnificent flower beds or find out more about low maintenance synthetic grass.
But, if you’re thinking about taking a break from yard work back home to enjoy a week or a month vacationing in Southern Utah, you’ll want to check out our beautiful, affordable and comfortable vacation resort rentals. Find St. George Resort Rentals online at stgeorgeresortrentals.com or laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.
Looking for a pleasant day trip while visiting in St. George? Try Cedar City, an easy 50-mile drive up the I-15 freeway. Different in many ways from nearby St. George, Cedar City’s elevation is much higher, the population is much smaller and the weather is much cooler, but the people are just as nice and there’s plenty to see and do.
Also known as the “festival city” as the home of the renowned, Emmy award winning Utah Shakespearean Festival, a visit to Cedar City would not be complete without a walkabout on the campus of Southern Utah University where The Bard’s works come to life throughout the summer theater season. Even if there is nothing on stage, the grounds are amazing, including a completely new theater complex opening in the summer of 2016.
The Iron Gate Winery, a one-of-a-kind business in southern Utah located at 102 N. 200 West, offers tastings, tours of the wine production area, and sales of world-class wines made in Cedar City from grapes sourced from some of the finest California, Oregon and Washington vineyards. The first and only winery and tasting room anywhere in this part of the state is open during the spring and summer each Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. while in the fall and winter months, the winery is open the same hours but only Thursday through Saturday.
A tour of Frontier Homestead State Park (formerly known as Iron Mission State Park) will provide visitors with up-close displays of turn-of-the-20th century pioneer artifacts, including horse-drawn vehicles and agricultural implements, a variety of craft demonstrations, rotating art exhibits, interpretive lectures, and guided tours. An iron industry exhibit displays a town bell, the only known artifact from the original foundry, as well as other items of interest including several historic cabins, a large collection of horse-drawn farm equipment, and a replicated pioneer household.
Another stop you’re certain to enjoy in nearby Cedar City is an easy one-mile hike to the Cascade Falls overlook on Cedar Mountain. While this is considered a hike nearly anyone can manage, the trail elevation is about 8900 feet in altitude … and it is accessible only in the summer months when there is no threat of snowfall.
You are also certain to enjoy a drive – generally best seen from June through October – through the Dixie National Forest and Red Canyon State Park to Cedar Breaks National Monument, a natural amphitheater, stretching 3 miles across and about 2,000 feet deep. Remember though, for those who find it difficult to breath at high elevation, the rim of the amphitheater is over 10,000 feet above sea level.
You can always return to Cedar City If you haven’t crossed everything off your to-do list, but the best thing about daytrips is coming back at the end of the day to your comfortable and affordable home-away-from-home at St. George Resort Rentals or Five Season Vacation condominiums. Register online today at stgeorgeresortrentals.com for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums. We’ll be waiting for you!
Utah’s reputation as the home of some of the world’s greatest downhill skiing began to build in the 1930’s. That reputation was officially “cast in stone” when in 1995, the International Olympic Committee selected Salt Lake City as the site for the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. And why not, since northern Utah, with an impressive cluster of amazing ski resorts, including Alta, Brighton, Snow Bird, Deer Valley, and Sundance have welcomed skiers from all over the world for decades.
While southern Utah is better known for spectacular national parks and desert-style outdoor recreation such as hiking, biking, rock climbing and camping, a quirk of Mother Nature and geography has placed Brian Head, another of the state’s great ski resorts, just 90 minutes from St. George. As a result, more and more people prove the claim that its possible to get in a comfortable morning round of golf in St. George and a great afternoon of skiing at Brian Head – all on the same winter day.
Twelve miles up the canyon from Parowan on Utah Hwy. 143 (off the I-15 freeway), Brian Head is not only the most southern of Utah’s ski resorts, it also has the designation as the highest-altitude resort in the state, with elevations ranging from 9,600 to 11,307 feet above sea level. At that elevation, great snow conditions can be guaranteed throughout most of the winter.
Skiing at Brian Head is one more exciting experience to enjoy on your winter vacation in St. George. So pack your golf clubs – and your skis – then register online today at stgeorgeresortrentals.com for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums. We’ll be waiting for you!
This picturesque 240-acre reservoir, located 15 miles northwest of St. George off U. S. Highway 91, captures water from the Santa Clara River for irrigation and flood-control purposes in a majestic red rock and black lava rock setting. Named after the nearby small community of Gunlock, the lake, created in 1970, is approximately 2 miles wide, about a half mile wide and reaches a depth of 115 feet. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy boating, windsurfing, waterskiing, personal watercrafts and great fishing for largemouth bass, black crappie, threadfin shad and channel catfish. Because boating options are few in and around our high desert Southwestern Utah community, Gunlock is popular and usually very busy. We suggest early- and late-season use when the sun is still comfortably warm. You are also advised to avoid weekends and holidays at Gunlock for a much more enjoyable experience. Be aware, there is an excellent boat ramp and port-a-potties available, but not much else. So whenever you decide to visit Gunlock Reservoir State Park, be sure to bring along your sunscreen, a broad rimmed hat and a picnic lunch, including plenty of drinking water.
No need to fish around for a great deal on a comfortable resort rental for your next Southern Utah vacation.
Whether you are here for a week or a month, we will be waiting to make you comfortable at the 5 Seasons Vacation condominiums and St. George Resort Rentals. Register online today at stgeorgeresortrentals.com for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.