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There’s really not much about our hometown we don’t like … so “warning” visitors away from anything here in the fastest growing community in the U. S., may seem counter-intuitive. But, to be sure you enjoy every aspect of your vacation in our community, here are five suggestions of things we think you’ll want to avoid when vacationing in St. George:

1. Dixie Regional Medical Center

The major medical referral center for northwestern Arizona, southeastern Nevada and southern Utah are Dixie Regional Medical Center, 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.”

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There is exciting news happening in St George at the Las Palmas Resort!  The Las Palmas Resort has recently agreed to purchase the Green Valley amenities and starting July 1st guests will have access to ALL the amenities.  So that means all guests at Las Palmas will no longer need to stay in a condo that has a membership required to use those amenities – all condos at Las Palmas will have unlimited access.

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In Utah, there are two major July holidays … two days to leave the stresses of the workplace behind to play in the sunshine; enjoy friends and family; or take a long nap in the hammock!  The Fourth of July, as everyone knows is the day the final wording was approved for the Declaration of Independence and the official celebration of America’s birthday.

But, for those who live outside of the Beehive State, the 24th of July is officially called Pioneer Day … which celebrates the entry of Brigham Young and the first group of Mormon pioneers into the Salt Lake Valley on July 24, 1847.  Pioneer Day is generally a day of parades, fireworks, rodeos, and other festivities in most of Utah and in parts of neighboring states with strong LDS populations, which help commemorate the event. And, be aware most government offices and many business are closed.  Although the holiday has strong links to the LDS Church, it is officially a celebration of everyone, regardless of faith and nationality, who are or consider themselves to be pioneers.

If you are vacationing in Southern Utah in July, you are invited to take part in our celebration of America’s independence or of our pioneer heritage.  Register today online for a beautiful, comfortable and affordable vacation resort rental at St. George Resort Rentals at www.stgeorgeresortrentals.com  or at www.laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.   We can’t wait to meet you … or welcome you back!

Water – or the lack of it – is of constant concern in our high desert area where the average rainfall is eight inches annually.  While our Chamber of Commerce boasts 300 days of sunshine a year, the dichotomy is most local residents routinely pray for enough rain to keep our reservoirs filled, but not so much as to cause flash flooding and loss of lives and property. 

Since pioneer days, the need to divert water from the Virgin River or Santa Clara Creek to parched land under cultivation has caused many sleepless nights for farmers, ranchers, developers and homeowners. The construction and maintenance of the Old Virgin and Jarvis Ditches, Price, Hurricane, Enterprise and Washington Fields Canals, Gunlock Lake and in modern times, Quail Creek and Sand Hollow Dams, have made the “desert blossom as the rose,” but not without a price.

On New Year’s Eve, 1989, the Quail Creek Dam broke at 11:45 p.m. to become the nation’s first natural disaster in 1990.  Sirens sounded, but most people contributed the blasts to the holiday celebration as millions of gallons of flood water scarred the desert landscape as it worked its way down the Virgin River in the darkness. Thankfully, no lives were lost but the damage to property was immense.   

In 2005, a perfect January storm dropped 11 inches of water on the dry desert in a matter of a few hours, causing the rivers to swell and several homes to be washed away.     

In September 2015, 13 local women and children lost their lives when a huge weather front caused flash flooding, washing away their vehicles.  In that same storm, another 7 were drowned in the scenic beauty of a slot canyon in Zion National Park.

These situations don’t happen often, but Mother Nature is a fickle gal.  No question, this community has a lengthy history of too much water … or not enough, so when visiting in our desert, please don’t take flash flooding or other storm warnings lightly.  Even when the sky is blue in the morning, it is always a good idea to check weather reports before setting out on your adventure.

You won’t have any concern finding a beautiful resort rental for your winter vacation in St. George.  Whether you are here for a week or a month, we will be waiting to make you comfortable against the elements at the 5 Seasons Vacation condominiums and St. George Resort Rentals.  Register online today at www.stgeorgeresortrentals.com for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or www.laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums. 

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.

Virgin River Gorge

The 25th Annual Enterprise Cornfest, as it has been for the past two and one-half decades, is one of those Norman Rockwell events small communities around the country plan for all year, eagerly anticipate and enjoy together – but even if you’re not from Enterprise, there are two really good reasons to make the 35-mile road trip to the Enterprise City Park (400 E. 400 South) on August 29!

The first reason is cooler temperatures in Enterprise, located several thousand feet higher above sea level than in St. George. It’s still warm in Enterprise, but not nearly as much so as St. George in August. The second reason to travel to Enterprise for this little event is the deliciously good sweet corn-on-the-cob, which you can buy by the ear dipped in melted butter and sprinkled liberally with salt and pepper or by the dozen if you’d prefer to take some home.

An estimated 3,000 – 5,000 people show up for the Cornfest, where in addition to fresh corn, they enjoy a vintage car show, a ½ marathon, live entertainment for the entire family from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., including a corn eating contest, giveaways and lots more. The Enterprise community is noted for its productive farms and tidy homes and gardens. Their amazing corn is grown both commercially and privately and everyone takes pride in their crop. When its time to harvest, they celebrate together and with anyone who wants to join them in this – the coolest spot – in Washington County. Admission to the Enterprise Cornfest is free.

It might sound corny, but 5 Seasons Vacation condominiums and St. George Resort Rentals is here for you. . Register online today at stgeorgeresortrentals.com  for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.

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!

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 stgeorgeresortrentals.com or laspalmasresortcondos.com

 

Zion

Do you like driving with no time-table to be kept? Love the outdoors? There is nothing better than to get out on the open back highway roads to cruise and take in all your surroundings. Don’t you agree?

Well, let us fill you in on one of our most favorite Southern Utah stretches of highway; The Zion – Mt. Carmel Highway stretch is a unique and breathtaking stretch of road to cruise nice and slow as you enjoy the majestic views all around. Obviously, if you are already vacationing with us and in Zion for the day, it is an absolute must to drive a little further to the junction where you will get to drive through the ‘tunnel’ too. Driving through the tunnel is definitely a highlight of the drive I think; the tunnel is just a little over a mile long. If you think of how it was built it is pretty mind blowing! As you take the drive, enjoy the switchbacks, take in the grandeur of Zion National Park and majestic views that are surrounding you, stop at the ‘pullouts’ along the road and snap a few pictures too while you’re at it! It is definitely one for the books that’s for sure!

However, if you aren’t already in Zion you can create your own little round-trip from St. George and back for the day. A nice round-trip would be if you left St. George headed to Springdale to the entrance of Zion National Park and since during the summer months you can’t drive through Zion National Park you have to stay on the Zion – Mt. Carmel Highway and that leads you up to the Mt. Carmel Junction (Hwy 89). You can then turn back around and take in completely different views if you head right back towards Zion National Park, or another option would be to head over on the 89 to Kanab. At the Fredonia junction, head back towards St. George. Along the course of your drive you will find various different and unique landscapes; yummy, little, and local restaurants and fun shops to stop at along the way; and most of all, you can enjoy the old back highways that were created to just ‘cruise’ along the open road and just enjoy the drive!

Ready to take a cruise? We can help! Book your reservations with us today and take advantage of our summer special running now through August! Come and enjoy an affordable and an extremely fun vacation destination to St. George, Utah! It doesn’t get any better than the warm sunshine and endless outdoor adventures! Hop in the car and cruise on down here…

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Imagine an opportunity to meet someone who lived more than a century ago. Suppose you could ask him or her about what life was like “back then,” before air-conditioning, before our modern forms of transportation … even before indoor plumbing. What would you ask?The educational and entertaining St. George LIVE! is your opportunity to query such early pioneers as Brigham Young, Erastus Snow, Orson Pratt, Jacob Hamblin, Judge John Menzies Macfarlane and other southern Utah settlers.

St. George LIVE! begins at 10 a.m. at the St. George Art Museum, located in the Pioneer Center for the Arts. On the corner of Main Street and 200 North, volunteers and buses are waiting to introduce you to some of this community’s most interesting early citizens. Every Tuesday through Saturday from Memorial Day to Labor Day, you will travel to six sites aboard an air-conditioned bus where historic figures, in authentic costumes, come alive to describe what it was like living in Dixie at the turn of the century.

You will see the Opera House, Tabernacle, Pioneer Courthouse and Brigham Young’s home, all with restrooms and water available. Guests interact with the pioneers, see a replica of the odometer which measured the walk across the Plains, participate in a water stealing trial, hear stories of the settlers and gain a new appreciation for those who came before us. Tickets are $3 per person for those 12 and older. Younger children are free when accompanied by a paying adult; and, parking is available behind the Art Museum off 250 North.

For more information or group reservations, call Angie at 435.627.4510 ext. 112, or 435.673.5818. Also visit St. George LIVE! online at www.sgcity.org/stgeorgelive. If you need reservations for the best in vacation rentals, register online today at www.stgeorgeresortrentals.com for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or www.laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.

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