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snow canyon state park in winter

Most people who know St. George, UT think hot, hot, hot … so it’s probably a “best kept secret” this corner of the state can be pretty cool – temperature wise – in the winter months. Of course, if you are coming to St. George from Chicago, Wyoming or Seattle, you may not agree but for those of us who live here …. brrrrr!!!

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Farmers markets are one of those community events which reflect the old saying, “everything old is new again” and the St. George area has two really good ones – both held on Saturday morning  (weather permitting) – worth mentioning.

The Downtown Farmers Market is held every Saturday Saturday from mid-May to the end of October, 8 a.m. to noon in the parking lot of Ancestor Square, located on the northwest corner of St. George Blvd. and Main Street.

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The Jubilee of Trees

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!

From late March to mid-May, the southern Utah desert comes alive with color when wildflowers dot the landscape making such places as Snow Canyon State Park, Zion National Park and the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve a tourists’ delight!  Here in Washington County, at the unique confluence of three ecosystems – the Mojave and Great Basin deserts and the Colorado Plateau – a plethora of early season flowers include spectacle pod, desert marigolds. Fiddleneck, elegant lupine, Palmer penstemon, firecracker penstemon, sego lily, yellow evening primrose, pale evening primrose, globemallow, desert 4 O’clock, purple sage, indigo bush and desert willow. Blooms on prickly pear cactus and purple torch plants come later in the season, but are usually worth the wait.

When viewing wildflowers in our high desert, you are encouraged to stay on well-established trails, even when picture taking since the desert soil is itself, a living organism critical to the ecosystem.  And, please don’t pick the flowers.  Leave them for others to enjoy. 

When taking in the beauty of our wildflowers, be sure to bring along your camera – and it can’t be said too often – always be certain to bring bottled water, a hat and sunscreen!

You are certain to also enjoy the beautiful, comfortable and affordable home-away-from-home available at St. George Resort Rentals or Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.  Whether you are looking for a week or a month to getaway to Southern Utah, you can register online at stgeorgeresortrentals.com for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.  Register today.  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!

Holiday destination travel has become more and more popular in recent years. St. George, Utah happens to be a perfect location to escape to over the holidays to try something different out. St. George can be your home away from home in one of our many clean, affordable, and comfortable private homes or luxurious condos in St. George, Utah. Our vacation rentals provide everything that you could possibly need while staying with us at St. George Resort Rentals and then some. We promise you will not go without…

Due to the popularity with vacationing for the holidays instead of staying at home, reservations tend to book a little quicker around Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year. So don’t hesitate to make a change in your family tradition and book your holiday vacation destination with St. George Resort Rentals today. Make travel and adventure part of your family tradition and head over here to St. George, Utah for some holiday fun in the sun.

Our wonderful community of St. George, Utah provides restaurants galore, endless adventure, mild winter weather, and lots of holiday fun to add in the mix! It doesn’t matter whom you are spending the holidays with or how many… St. George Resort Rentals can accommodate for anyone and any size of group or family! So if you find yourself already dredging the holiday cold…look no place other than with us! We will get you set up for the best holiday vacation you have had in years!

What began in 1985 with $1000 in seed money – but in its first year raised $11,000 thanks to the support of the community – grew to become the largest holiday fundraiser between Provo, UT and Las Vegas, NV. In its 30 year history, the Jubilee of Trees has raised millions in support of programs and services at the 245-bed Dixie Regional Medical Center through the sale of exquisitely decorated Christmas trees, wreaths, gingerbread houses, baked goods and handmade items. The Jubilee – this year held from Wednesday, November 18 through Monday, November 23 – includes a live concert, a Teddy Bear picnic for the kids, a fashion show, a gala dinner and auction, breathtakingly beautiful holiday decor created by amazingly talented craftsmen (and women) and ongoing entertainment throughout the event.

The Jubilee of Trees opens with the Bar J Wrangler’s Bells and Boots concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Official tree viewing takes place Thursday through Monday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, except Friday when the doors close to the public at 4 p.m. in preparation for the gala dinner and auction. Tickets for the Jubilee of Trees are $5 for adults, $1 for children 15 and younger. Individual concert and special event prices vary. Visit DixieRegional.org/JubileeofTrees for more information.

If you need a beautifully decorated condo where you can “nestle, all snug in your bed” on a winter vacation in southwestern Utah, register online today at www.stgeorgeresortrentals.com for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or www.laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.

shakespeare-festival

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. 

historic-st-georgeHave you ever wondered about the history of St. George, Utah or about some of Dixie’s pioneer leaders? Wondered why St. George is referred to as Dixie?  Or who helped settle St. George, Utah? Those may be a few of the questions you have thought about. If a little history happens to spark your interest, we can recommend a unique, fun, and extremely informative tour that is put on during the summer in St. George.

St. George Live” is a tour to learn about some of Dixie’s prominent pioneer leaders back when St. George, Utah was first being settled in 1861. While going on this particular tour, you will see some of Dixie’s very own ‘come alive’ and share stories about what life was like over a century ago! It is a great family-friendly tour where you can have lots of fun and even learn…what more could you ask for, right?

The “St. George Live” tour runs during the summer starting in June and goes through August. You can catch one of the tours on any Tuesday through Saturday at 10am. The “St. George Live” tour starts and leaves from the St. George Museum right off of Main Street.

St. George Live tour information:

  • Children 11 & under are FREE
  • $3.00 per person 12 & over
  • Tour starts at the St. George Art Museum
  • Tours begin at 10am on Tuesday-Saturday (June-August)
  • For additional questions please call 435-627-4525

Be sure to pencil this unique “St. George Live” tour in on your next visit here to good ‘ol St. George, Utah!

brian-head-spring-skiing

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!

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