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The world’s largest sporting event is held right here in little old St. George, UT.  Every October for a period of two weeks, the locals step aside to allow nearly 11,000 senior athletes to take over the golf courses, tennis and pickleball courts and almost every other sporting venue in the community, as well as our restaurants, movie theaters and public thoroughfares.  This year, from October 5 to 17, senior men and women (over age 50) from all over the world will converge on this corner of southern Utah to test their skills in more than 40 sporting events, also including track and field, swimming, bridge, volleyball, basketball, cowboy action shooting, mountain biking, running, horseshoes, bowling, badminton, archery, softball and many others. 

Headquartered in Southern Utah, and managed by a small paid staff and more than 2500 volunteers, the HUNTSMAN WORLD SENIOR GAMES has since 1987, become a world-renowned event among serious athletes from Japan to Russia and from Alaska to Australia. Scores of countries have participated in the GAMES, where peace among nations is fostered through friendly competition.

In addition to athletic events, the Games promote health by providing life saving health screenings for such serious health issues as cancer-breast and prostate, glaucoma, diabetes, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, and decreased bone density. Volunteer medical and nursing students assist with the screenings and generous sponsors provide diagnostic equipment and services.

To be sure there is “fun, lots of fun” included in this outstanding event, there are also concerts, dances, and awards socials for each sport, bringing athletes and guests together in a social atmosphere where they share in, and congratulate each other, for their achievements, whether or not they win a medal.

If you are coming to St. George for the games … or for any other reason during the first three weeks in October, be sure to plan waaaaaay ahead because every motel room from Cedar City to Mesquite, NV is likely to be filled with those eager to compete.  So, register today at stgeorgeresortrentals.com for your room with a view at the St. George Resort Rentals or laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.

Every year since 1990, the southern Utah community of Santa Clara celebrates its heritage with an event residents call Swiss Days – named for those hearty members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who were converted in Switzerland but began their immigration to the United States in 1861 to settle in Santa Clara, Utah.

This hometown celebration of history and fun kicks off on September 24 with a 5k run/walk and a pancake breakfast, followed by a Swiss Days Parade on Santa Clara Drive beginning at the historic Jacob Hamblin home and ending at Town Hall.  This year’s parade is likely to include Santa Clara Princess Royalty, antique cars, a Grand Marshall, a nod to local businesses and schools, live animals, family or organizational floats, and everything in between!

The 3-days of festivities, from Thursday, September 24 through Saturday, September 26, will also include food booths, merchandise for sale, continuous hometown entertainment, a Friday night concert; and, historic displays of family heritage and the growth of the town all at Town Hall.  At nearby Heritage Square there will be pioneer craft demonstrations and children’s activities; and the Red Rock Car Show at Canyon View Park. 

You don’t need to be Swiss to enjoy Swiss Days but you do need to register online for comfortable accommodations at 5 Seasons Vacation condominiums or St. George Resort Rental, your home-away-from-home while vacationing in southern Utah.  Register today at stgeorgeresortrentals.com for your room with a view at the St. George Resort Rentals or laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums

When we say Rodeo in southwestern Utah, we’re not talking about a high-end California shopping experience … we’re referring to the action and excitement of the competitive sport involving cowboys and cowgirls, bucking broncos, bull-riding and mutton busting.  The PRCA-approved 81st annual St. George Lions Dixie Round-up Rodeo, held every year during the second week in September in the historic Sun Bowl.

The Dixie Roundup begins this year on Thursday, September 17 with “Kids Night” where children under the age of 11 are admitted free-of-charge when accompanied by an adult.   General admission for all three nights is $10, for children under age 11 (except on Kids Night) tickets are $5 each and reserved seating is $15 (call 435-673-3301 to reserve seats with your credit card).  If you get a thrill from the roar of the crowd, are enthralled by the test the skill and speed of cowboys, cowgirls or rodeo clowns; or, you enjoy an incredibly tasty burger, the Dixie Round-up Rodeo is your place to be! 

If you also enjoy comfort and a spectacular view, your place to be is 5 Seasons Vacation condominiums or St. George Resort Rental, your home-away-from-home while vacationing in southern Utah.  Register today at stgeorgeresortrentals.com for your room with a view at the St. George Resort Rentals or laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.  Yee-haw and giddyup!

There are a lot of things to love about St. George, Utah. However, one thing in particular that stands out is how convenient it is to access so many different trails that happen to be so close to the downtown area of St. George. You can easily walk minutes from downtown and be exploring in the unique red rock landscape that prominently encompasses the area.

A favorite trail to many in the area and visitors alike, is the Owen’s Loop. It begins just at the very north end of Main Street (which is not far from the Main Street and St. George Blvd. intersection) at Brooks Nature Park. Owen’s Loop follows the edge of  the northwest downtown area on the red rock bluffs above.

You can start your enjoyable little hike onto the Owen’s Loop out by seeing the ducks play at Cox Pond and then head up a slight elevated climb through some shade…the only shade on the hike! As you make your way to the top of the climb walking along the trail you can stop along the rim and take in a really great view of St. George. As you continue on the dirt path trail you will be able to see some unique rock formations and mini arches.

This trail provides some really incredible views. You can see the Pine Valley Mountains in the distance. If you stay on the full loop you can even see the Dixie Red Hills Golf Course looking down off of the rim further down the trail. If you do the full loop, it is approximately 4 miles roundtrip. The trail is not very difficult, however just be aware of where you are stepping…sometimes the rocks can get a little slick.

This can be a fun little hike on your own or with your little family. Remember, if you area already downtown and need to get outside and use up some of that stored energy, Owen’s Loop is a great place to get the wiggles out, get a little bit of adventure in, and take in some beautiful city views!

Washinto County Fair

Nothing screams summer like a county fair does! The Washington County Fair brings summer to a close as it hosts its annual fair on August 12-15 out at the Washington County Fairgrounds just outside of St. George, Utah in Hurricane. The theme of this year’s county fair is “Super Fun” as it focuses on the many superheroes we have all grown to love!

Wednesday, August 12, is the kickoff for the fair and it also happens to be family night! You can participate or watch anything from riding the zip-line to meeting ‘The Avengers’ while out at the Washington County Fair! For a full detailed scheduled of events at the Washington County fair Click Here. See the list of events and decide which night will have the most fun and entertainment for your family! Who knows…you may decide you want to hit the fair up every night! Who doesn’t love all the carnival rides and all the yummy fair food? I know I do! I will say that Saturday night is my favorite because I like to watch the famous “demolition derby” and get a few rides in at the carnival prior to catching the fireworks finale before the night is over!

Here is some helpful information on costs and how to get to the Washington County Fair!

  • ADDRESS: 5500 West 700 South, Hurricane, Utah
  • DIRECTIONS: Washington County Regional Park. Take I-15 to the Hurricane Exit (Exit 16 — SR-9). Go approximately 3 miles. Turn right across from Quail Creek Reservoir. Look for the flags!
  • COST: Parking Fee $3 per car for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
Parking Fee $5 per car for Saturday. There is NO entrance fee to fair.

Did you also know about our super, awesome summer deal that can be used during the month of August when you come and stay to go to the fair? Don’t forget to apply the promo code: SUMMER2015 and your discount will be applied! Browse on our sidebar here and be sure and get your reservation with us booked to stay during ‘fair-time’ because it is definitely going to be a “Super Fun” week (August 12-15) at the Washington County Fair this year!

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It seemed a hands down impossibility when Founder Fred Adams first suggested the idea of the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City in 1961.  His argument for success was based on two points:  first, the more than 150,000 tourists visiting this southern Utah community needed something to do in the evening after visiting the area’s spectacular national parks; and, second, because he was himself a young actor who needed somewhere to ply his trade.

The initial 2-week season, featuring a playbill including The Taming of the Shrew, Hamlet and the Merchant of Venice and performed by a small company of college students and townspeople, attracted an audience of 3,276.  It also put $2000 in the coffers in anticipation of a second season based on continued support from Southern Utah University and the residents of Cedar City.

Today, the Emmy-award winning Utah Shakespeare Festival is a year-round operation in three theaters – including the Adams Memorial Shakespearean Theater – one of the most authentic Elizabethan theatres in the world.  And, the Festival now has a $5 million dollar budget and a fulltime staff of nearly 30.

In 2005, Fred C. Adams stepped down from his role as the Festival’s executive producer to focus his full-time effort toward fulfilling a dream of an art center to house the Festival.  He is now executive director of the Festival Centre Project.

Ground was broken in 2014.  Construction on the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts is moving along quickly.  When complete, in time for the 2016 Festival season, the Center will include the current Randall L. Jones Theater, the Engelstad Shakespeare Theater (replacing the aging Adams Shakespearean Theater), the Allen Anes Studio Theater; the Southern Utah Museum of Art (with galleries and storage for SUU’s permanent art collection); Festival offices and artistic work spaces.  Outside, the Center will also feature lush gardens, walkways and statuary.

In the upcoming 2015 Festival season (the last in the Adams Theater), patrons will enjoy Henry IV: Part Two, The Taming of the Shrew and King Lear, three Shakespearean offerings in the outdoor Adams Shakespearean Theater and which will run on alternating nights from June 25 through September 5. 

On stage in the indoor Randall Jones Theater, shows will include South Pacific and Amadeus performed on alternating nights or matinees from June 25 through September 5.  The hilarious and popular Charley’s Aunt will also be performed beginning June 25 but will run through October 31.

The Bard’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Dracula based on the Gothic horror novel by Irish author Bram Stoker, will alternate on the Randall Jones stage from September 23 through October 31. 

Cedar City is an easy 50-mile drive up the I-15 freeway from St. George.

Even if you don’t think you are a fan of Shakespeare, the Festival will likely change your mind.  If not, you’ll still enjoy our beautiful accommodations waiting at St. George Resort Rentals. We look forward to serving your vacation needs whether for a week or a month. 

grafton-ghost-townGrafton, not far from Zion National Park, is said to be the most photographed ghost town in the West – and filmmakers through the years have found it to be the perfect backdrop for several movies, including 1929’s “In Old Arizona” – the first talky filmed outdoors.   But no one who has ever seen Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid will forget the memorable “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head” with Paul Newman and Katherine Ross riding a bicycle through Grafton.

The tiny town of Grafton, part of Brigham Young’s efforts to settle the Utah territory, was established in 1859 as part of the southern Utah cotton mission. The town grew quickly with some 28 families by 1864, each farming about an acre of land. Soon there were irrigation canals and orchards (some which can still be seen providing shade here in the desert).

In June 1997, a partnership was formed including descendants of early Grafton homeowners, the Utah State Historical Society and the state’s Division of State History, the Bureau of Land Management, and others, dedicated to the preservation, protection and preservation of this early settlement.

When you travel to Grafton be sure to bring water and a camera.  The picturesque site is small but there’s lots to see and photograph.  It’s on private property, but open to visitors year round.  Cross the old truss bridge in Rockville – 3 miles west of Springdale on Utah Hwy. 9, then take an immediate turn and drive 3.5 miles west along the dirt road to find the old adobe church and those few remaining structures beneath the red ridges of Zion National Park.

This is one more adventure awaiting you here in Utah’s Dixie and we have a beautiful place for you to stay.  Register online to enjoy the luxurious St. George Resort Rentals.  There’s not a ghost of a chance you will be disappointed. We look forward to serving your vacation needs whether for a week or a month.

St. George Art Festival

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Nothing says “springtime” in Southern Utah like the St. George Art Festival with its vibrant display of original works of art, live performances on two stages, an entertaining children’s area and a wide variety of food booths to satisfy any pallet.   All this is set in the community’s gathering place known as the Town Square at 50 So. Main Street (an added feature to the Festival in the Town Square is a fully-restored and very popular carousel, fountains and water features, numerous bronze art works, scattered through flower gardens, and surrounded by historic buildings).

Now in its 36th year, the St. George Art Festival, open free-of-charge for wandering and gazing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4, showcases the talent and unique creations of approximately 110 local and national artists juried from hundreds of entries from throughout the United States.

The St. George Art Festival, produced by the City of St. George Leisure Services Department, is no small event with more than 30,000 in attendance.  Festival-goers are families, friends and neighbors from the local community as well as visitors from around the West coming together in beautiful downtown St George every Easter weekend since 1980.

To enjoy the St. George Art Festival and all the beauty and history of southern Utah, reserve your favorite condo over and over so you have a place to call home as you discover each new adventure.  We’re St. George Resort Rentals … and we’re waiting to meet your vacation needs!

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Who doesn’t love Spring skiing/snowboarding? I don’t know anyone that doesn’t! So many of our St. George Resort Rental guests love to come and stay with us, but escape for the day to hit the Southern Utah slopes up at Brian Head Resort. Right now the snow is great and the temperatures up on the mountain are even better! Did you know that Brian Head Resort is just under an hour and a half from St. George (mostly all interstate)? It is an easy drive up to “The Greatest Snow on Earth” to Brian Head Resort!

Brian Head Resort has recently done various upgrades to the resort, the most notable being ‘Giant Steps Express.’ Giant Steps Express is the newest high-speed detachable quad chairlift. This lift replaced chair #2 and now Giant Steps Express gets you up to the top of the mountain in half the time! (Think of all the extra runs you can get in with all that extra time!)

Brian Head Resort covers just over 650 acres of Utah’s famous powder! It also is currently running 8 chairlifts and has 71 runs! Brian Head Resort is such a great place for both novice and advanced skiers and snowboarders and is an extremely family friendly resort. The resort itself connects the two mountains, Giant Steps and Navajo, together, so there are plenty of runs to explore throughout the day.

This 2014-2015 Season at Brian Head Resort is celebrating 50 years and you can get full day Monday-Friday weekday lift tickets for just $35! How awesome is that?! It will be the best $35 you spend for the day!

Not only can you head up to Brian Head to go skiing or snowboarding, but they have an incredibly fun tube hill that is located at the Navajo Tube Hill.  For more information on the resort and the tube hill visit: www.brianhead.com

Be sure to plan your next getaway to one of our inviting St. George Resort Rentals and plan an afternoon to escape up to Brian Head Resort to get in some of the best Spring skiing/snowboarding in. Be sure to have a T-shirt on hand, you probably won’t need your parka!

Fill out the form on this page to find one of our St. George Resort Rentals that will work best for you and your budget!

Veyo Pies

Veyo Pies

I hope you all celebrated National Pie Day this year because the staff of St. George Resort Rentals sure did! The best thing about this special day is you don’t have to make up an excuse ‘why’ you are going to have pie since there is a whole day dedicated to it. Not that we need an excuse to have pie…

Well, we want to tell you about our favorite place to get pie, that is definitely worth the 20 minute drive to get the best of the best. It is a real diamond in the rough. We doubt you have ever heard of Veyo, Utah, but that is the pie destination. If you do know of Veyo, Utah then you already know how amazing the pies are!

Now it is not just any pie, it is a “Veyo Pie.” Veyo Pies has been around for almost 30 years and they have such a great variety of pies to choose from, it can be difficult to choose which kind to get. Or if you want to try a few different kinds, get a couple of slices to go! It takes just about 20 minutes from St. George to get to Veyo is all, but the scenery on the drive there doesn’t get any better! You can visit their website at www.veyopies.com

So next time you come to stay at one of our St. George, Utah Vacation Rentals, be sure to head out on SR-18 (head north at the Bluff and Snow Canyon Parkway intersection) and make an afternoon of it. We promise, you will not be disappointed! There are some really great trails you can stop at along the way or just to stop and pull off the road to get a couple of snapshots if anything. You can pullout at the Chuckawalla Trailhead and take in the beautiful Snow Canyon views, check things out at the Cinder Cone trail and try to make your way to the top, or even stop and golf at the Ledges and enjoy the beautiful course! There are lots of things you could get out and do to make your way to get a taste of the famous Veyo Pies.

Since our full kitchens are so accommodating, we do recommend to get a whole pie for the rest of your vacation. It really does make for the perfect midnight snack! ENJOY!

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