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    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  or for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.   We look forward to seeing 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  or 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 for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums. We’ll be waiting for you!

    Living here in St. George, Utah we know that many of you like to come and visit family and friends for and during the holidays. We also know that those friends and family don’t always have enough room in their home to host your whole family or group in their home during your stay. We also know that many of your first initial thoughts are to just book a hotel and it will be for “sleeping” only and you can hang out and enjoy your holiday itinerary with your friends and family at their place. Sound about right to you?

    May we fill you in on something? Booking a vacation rental with St. George Resort Rentals instead of a St. George, Utah hotel during your holiday vacation could potentially be less per night depending on the size of your group. To many of you it is surprising to hear that a beautiful and spacious condo is comparable in price to a night in a stuffy and crammed hotel room. What you may not know is that the amenities that come with the St. George Resort Rental vacation condo alone far surpass what you are getting at a hotel.

    Take a look at these St. George Resort Rentals diagrams to help you better decide on where you’re going to stay during the upcoming holidays to St. George, Utah:

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    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!

    Dixie State University has redefined itself several times over the years since it was established in 1911 as St. George Academy with 42 students enrolled. Founded by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for the purpose of providing opportunities for higher education in turn-of-the-century southern Utah, the school later became Dixie Normal College, then, in 1923 was re-named Dixie Junior College. In 1970, the designation as a junior college was dropped and the 2-year institution became Dixie College. In 2000, the southwestern Utah school became a 4-year college offering baccalaureate degrees. The name was again changed – this time to Dixie State College of Utah – and enrollment reached approximately 7000 students. Today, the school, under the direction of President Richard “Biff” Williams, is known as Dixie State University, so designated by the Utah Legislature and the Utah Board of Regents in 2013.

    Name changes at Dixie are still being considered. Sports and academic teams and mascots competed for many years as the Rebels, but in 2009 – because of the growing perception relating to slavery – the Rebels became the “Red Storm.” For several years, this team name and logo was met with negativity by longtime supporters and students who questioned its significance in southern Utah. Current university President Williams recently announced a new strategic plan for DSU which took more than a year to complete and involves input from hundreds of local residents and professionals who worked together to create a solid and comprehensive plan to guide the university into the next decade … and which also includes the creation of a new identity with a more fitting team name and logo.

    The University offers over 150 academic programs with baccalaureate degrees in Accounting, Art, Biology, Business Administration, Communications, Computer and Information Technology, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Dance, Dental Hygiene, Elementary Education, English, Finance, History, Individualized Studies, Integrated Studies, Music, Music Education, Nursing, Psychology, Physical Science Composite Teaching, Spanish, Social Sciences Composite Teaching, and Theatre, while Dixie State University continuously works to provide more. New dorms are currently under construction to provide growth for student enrollment. A Human Performance Center will break ground in the very near future. DOCUtah, a growing documentary film festival held every year in September, is seeing increasing attendance and recognition by local, national and international filmmakers – and the Sears Invitational Art Show in February displays magnificent art from painters, sculptors from all over the United States – both events under the direction of faculty and staff at Dixie State University. There is much to love about our local university and is on track to becoming the best university of its size in the nation.

    Speaking of the best, register online today at for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.

    Driving through the 500-million-year old Virgin River Gorge – with its 17-mile stretch of Interstate 15 linking Mesquite, Nevada and the southwestern Utah community of St. George – is like traveling 55-miles-an-hour through the bottom of the Grand Canyon. In a word, this heavily traveled section of interstate highway is spectacular. Not only did this marvel of engineering take many years to complete, it is also one of the most expensive segments of interstate highway ever constructed! Through it all, the Virgin River wends its way back and forth across the canyon, which is also popular for rock climbing, hiking and camping out under the stars.

    Until the I-15 corridor was completed, motorists were required, for more than a century, to swing far to the north along U. S. Highway 91 to reach their destination. In the early 1960’s, highway engineers suggested a freeway be routed through the Virgin River Gorge, much to the dismay of locals who couldn’t imagine how such a feat could possibly be done. Nevertheless, a road was blasted through the canyon (drill marks are still visible in many places), tacked to the ledges and, after several years, was finally open for commercial and economic travel in 1973.

    On your road home, you’ll find comfortable accommodations while visiting southern Utah where 5 Seasons Vacation condominiums and St. George Resort Rentals are here for you. Register online today at for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.

    DIxie Regional Medical center

    Dixie Regional Medical Center, a major medical referral center for northwestern Arizona, southeastern Nevada and southern Utah, is a nationally recognized and award-winning, 245-bed member of Intermountain Health Care, Inc., a corporation President Barack Obama identified by name and called, “a possible national model in big health care.”

    Visitors to our community can rest easy when it comes to available healthcare while vacationing in southern Utah, because among its many distinctions and recognitions, in 2014 Dixie Regional Medical Center was:

    • recognized by the Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience and received an award of excellence in cancer care, orthopedics and obstetrics
    • ranked #29 of 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Engagement by Becker’s Hospital Review and #17 in the nation on their list for heart failure readmission rates
    • Dixie State University’s choice for the Community Partnership Award, with Terri Kane (CEO at DRMC) named as their Quiet Champion of Hope 2014
    • named a Healthstrong Hospital by iVantage
    • received the American Heart Association’s “Get with the Guidelines Gold Plus Award” for heart and stroke care
    • named a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission on Hospital Accreditation
    • placed #11 in Soliant Health’s Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in America
    • began this year treating the same kind of injuries as a Level 2 Trauma Center
    • named Organization of the Month of December 2014 by the Studer Group, a national consulting group

    The local hospital is also the second largest employer in this part of the state, providing jobs for more than 2000, and with nearly 300 physicians, in every medical specialty, on staff. Of course, no one plans a vacation around the need for great healthcare, but if you need it,

    we’ve got it! We’ve also got your vacation resort rental waiting. Book online today at or


    Red Hills Desert Garden

    This amazing, nearly 5-acre interactive desert garden is so new, even many locals don’t yet know about it.  Located at 375 E. Red Hills Parkway, on the hill overlooking St. George, the Red Hills Desert Garden “promotes the education and research of conservation as well as serving as an outdoor social and recreational amenity for public enjoyment,” states Karry Rathje, Public Information Manager for the Washington County Water Conservancy District.

    Every visitor to the garden is certain to enjoy the firsthand experience of learning about plants and irrigation in the desert, including the chance to see the endangered Mojave desert tortoise and and a replica slot canyon leading to an 1150-foot stream meandering through the beautiful landscape and stocked with some of the rarest fish species on earth. If that’s not enough to whet your appetite for these amazing  encounters, the Red Hills Desert Garden also has some exciting surprises for dinosaur lovers.  Visitors will find a variety of unique fossil tracks made by the 20’ long Dilophosaurus, the 10’ long Megapnosaurus and the 25’ tall Scutellosaurus all which roamed the area approximately 200 million years ago.

    If fish, dinosaurs or desert tortoises are not your thing, the garden also includes what most gardens are expected to include … flowers!  More than 170 beautiful and water smart specimens are making the desert “blossom as the rose” and will delight visitors to the area as well as inspire local residents looking for landscape ideas to cut back on water usage.

    Whether its history, 360-degee vistas, or Utah’s one-and-only interactive desert garden, Southern Utah has it all.  Register today for a week or a month at St. George Vacation Resort Rentals to enjoy all St. George, Utah has to offer.

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