Based on 28 key metrics – ranging from emotional health and income levels to sports participation and volunteerism – Utah came out on top in a comparison of all 50 states and the District of Columbia in 2016’s Happiest States in America, according to WalletHub.com.
Utah was ranked #1 in several areas, including lowest divorce rate (15.97% compared to the District of Columbia which has the highest rate at 31%). Utah also topped the charts with the lowest rate of heart attacks (2.7% which is 2.7 times lower than in West Virginia, where the rate is highest at 7.4%) and as the state with the highest volunteer rate (45.2% compared to Louisiana with the lowest at 18.2%).
In other comparisons, Hawaii has the lowest number of depressed citizens (Oregon has the nation’s highest); the District of Columbia is doing something right with the lowest suicide rate per 100,000 residents in the U. S. (Montana has the highest); and North Dakota has the lowest long-term unemployment rate compared to the number of citizens looking for work in the District of Columbia.
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Hmmmmm, we wonder if WalletHub also took into consideration amazing scenery, great weather (except in June, July and August), really nice people and comfortable, affordable vacation resort rentals in their analysis? If you are looking for your “happy place” while vacationing in Southern Utah, you’ll find it at St. George Resort Rentals or Five Seasons Vacation condominiums. Register today online at stgeorgeresortrentals.com or laspalmasresortcondos.com. Come stay with us for a week or a month and let us put a smile on your face!
St. George and neighboring communities could easily be called “the volunteer capitol” of the nation’s #1 state for volunteer service! All across Southern Utah an army of men, women, college students and teenagers in high school share their time, talents and experience to benefit hospitals, schools, libraries, support organizations such as the Utah Shakespearean Festival, Tuacahn Center for the Performing Arts, Huntsman World Senior Games, St. George Marathon, Utah Summer Games, Dixie State University Theater, St. George Lions Dixie Roundup Rodeo and countless other happenings in this part of Utah. In Utah’s five county region volunteers assist as ushers, musicians, tutors, mentors, as well as in costume design and repair, landscape planting, answering phones, and fundraising.
Men and women of all ages distribute t-shirts, register participants, park cars, make quilts and other craft items to sell in gift shops; donate cookies, fudge and popcorn balls, take baby pictures, judge competitions, restack library books, scoop ice cream, set up and take down, assemble packets and organize information … and serve in a whole host of other activities to help where and how they can to make their community a better place to live and raise a family. The service of generous and hardworking volunteers makes a difference in the quality of life here in Southern Utah!
If service is what you are looking for when vacationing in Southern Utah, you’ll find it at your comfortable, affordable vacation home-away-from-home at St. George Resort Rentals or Five Seasons Vacation condominiums. Register today online at stgeorgeresortrentals.com or laspalmasresortcondos.com. You’re going to like us … a lot!
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!
Many of our St. George Resort Rental guests, both new and returning, come and stay with us just to take in a number of the happenings throughout the year out at Tuacahn Ampitheatre, one of St. George’s most unique locations! If you have never been to Tuacahn you are truly missing out! It is a definite must see, must go site when coming to stay with us in St. George, Utah!
Tuacahn’s Concert Series for 2015 are just about underway! They continually bring in some fun groups to perform out at Tuacahn’s beautiful ampitheatre! There really is no better place to go for a performance then at Tuacahn – not only are you able to enjoy the concert or performance outdoors, but you are also surrounded by the most beautiful landscapes and most breathtaking views! It really is a unique experience all in itself. There is not a bad seat in the house!
Here is the 2015 Concert Series schedule at Tuacahn:
- March 9 – Chris Proctor
- March 20 – Abbamania
- March 21 – The Bretts
- March 27 – The Pink Floyd Experience
- April 10 &11 – Greatest Show on Dirt – Professional Bull Riders
- May 1 & 2 – Brian Regan
- November 13 – Fab Four
For additional information on the particular concert or performance, along with ticket price,s and how to purchase tickets, visit this link here: 2015 Concerts »
See a concert that you want to come and go to while staying with us at St. George Resort Rentals? No problem! Follow the link on this page to check availability on all of our vacation rentals here in St. George, Utah!
What gets you in the Christmas Spirit? Seeing all the holiday decorations and lights? What about visiting locations with live Nativities? Holiday parties? Christmas shopping for family and friends? Turning on your favorite holiday music to sing along with? St. George is filled with the Christmas Spirit, St. George Resort Rentals is here to share the inside scoop with you!
Visiting St. George? Well please let us help you find something to help you get the “holiday cheer” that everyone needs even on vacation!
Who doesn’t love to see Christmas lights all over? There are numerous places to go in and around town to see all the beautiful lights displayed:
There are even a couple places where you can experience an incredible evening remembering what the season is all about, by going to see a Live Nativity.
Christmas music can be so catchy and contagious when you hear it playing. One thing that is really neat here in St. George, Utah is each year around the holidays, local St. George musicians have combined their many talents and have created multiple holiday CD’s with everyone’s favorite Christmas music. The music is incredible. You will want to listen to it on repeat for the month of December. Really, it is that good. The CD’s can be purchased around town and online and all of the proceeds go to help out the local Dixie Care & Share and The Dove Center. I promise…the music is wonderful! You can preview and purchase the CD here: http://www.stgeorgechristmas.com/
While you are out and about you can do me a favor as well…drop into the Bear Paw Café off Main Street and have a hot cocoa. You can thank me later.
All of us here at St. George Resort Rentals hope that all of our family, friends, and our wonderful guests have a wonderful holiday season and a very Merry Christmas! We hope to see you all real soon!
Do you love a good excuse to get all your girlfriends together and make a weekend of it for quick girlfriend’s getaway? Fortunately, St. George Resort Rentals has a plethora of vacation rentals to select from to make it the perfect fit just for your group!
When it comes to knowing what women are looking for there just happens to be two upcoming events that are just for women! It is the perfect way to get together for a girls’ weekend — have some nice R&R, do a little shopping, stay up late, eat out, get all the deals at the expos, lay by the pool and enjoy the Southern Utah sunshine, and just have tons of fun!
September 5&6: Ultimate Girls Day Out
The Ultimate Girls Day Out is a two day event that is bringing a variety of vendors (over 200) that is new this year! There will also be a fashion show, a couple ‘make it and take it’ classes, and even some great cooking demonstrations! For more information on The Ultimate Girls Day Out Expo visit: http://mariesgreatevents.com/
Ocotber 24 &25: What Women Want Expo
The What Women Want Expo has been bringing trends and great products at prices you can’t beat to St. George for years! This event alone brings thousands of women to the Dixie Center to come check out the latest and greatest on fashion, new products, or helps you find the products you can’t find anywhere else! For more information about the What Women Want Expo visit: http://thespectrum.wix.com/whatwomenwantexpo
Gather your friends or your sisters and come to St. George for your girlfriend’s getaway! St. George Resort Rentals will help you find the perfect place for your rowdy group of gals so that you can make memories to last forever! So visit us online at www.stgeorgeresortrentals.com to book your stay with us now!
Why St. George, Utah for ‘Spring Break’ you ask? Well here are just a few of the MANY reasons why so many people love to escape to St. George as a Spring Break destination:
- The weather is typically 65-70 Degrees and SUNNY!
- St. George is 90 minutes from Las Vegas; 4 hours from Salt Lake City; 6 hours from LA…what are you waiting for? Get on the road…
- There are so many fun and unique things to do that the whole family can do, so choose an adventure that fits you and your group!
- Find your home away from home and stay in a luxurious St. George Resort Rental private home or condo
Some of our favorite activities include:
- Hike/Bike/Walk in the beautiful Red Rocks of Southern Utah
- Atv/jeep tours
- Soak in all the sunshine poolside
- Dine out
- Have a Spa Day
- Scenic drives
- Visit Zion National Park
- Visit historic sites
- Swimming at the pools or the lakes
Anyone who has never been to St. George will experience it one time and want to keep coming back time and time again! So go ahead and hop on the band-wagon and come and stay in one of our luxurious Vacation Rentals St. George and enjoy Spring Break St. Geezy Style!
One of the many things we love about St. George is all of the history that our charming little city has right in the heart of downtown St. George. Locals and tourists alike have the opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful and historic buildings in the west. There is so much that can be learned when visiting any of these sites, whether one is interested in religion, architecture, woodwork, photography, or all of them, you will definitely enjoy the tours and be glad you did not skip out!
St. George was originally settled by 309 families that were called to establish the area under the direction of Brigham Young in 1861 as a cotton mission. This area was named after an Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, George A. Smith. The early settlers did in fact grow cotton to be self-sufficient during the time of the American Civil War, but never in the competitive market. One can often hear St. George being referred to as “Utah’s Dixie” for that very reason.
To this day there are multiple historic buildings here in St. George, Utah to visit and to learn more about the early St. George settlers. Here are a few notable buildings and sites that are definitely worth stopping by for a quick tour when coming to visit St. George:
St. George, Utah Temple
The St. George, Utah Temple was completed in 1877 and was specifically designed to sit in the center of town. It was the first completed temple in Utah and is currently still in operation for the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. There is a Visitors Center on the temple grounds also available to the public to visit and tour.
Brigham Young Winter House
The Brigham Young Winter Home is a historic residence that was built in 1871 and is now currently open to the public as a museum. The early settlers built the home for Brigham young, who at the time was the President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Much of the home was built using many of the common resources that are found in the area and other nearby places, such as the sandstone, wood from the Pine Valley Mountain Wilderness, and not to mention most of the furniture in the home built by Brigham Young himself. It is a beautiful home and it is popular among many local photographers for photography sessions.
St. George, Utah Tabernacle
The St. George, Utah Tabernacle is yet another popular historic building to visit downtown. The Tabernacle was originally built to be the city’s public works building, to host court hearings, hold church services, and other public events. It was completed in 1876 and was nicknamed “jewel of the desert.” It is still open today to tour and it continues to hold a number of different community events.
When visiting any or all of these buildings, enjoy all of the beautiful detail that was done by hand by the early settlers of St. George. It is incredible to see such amazing buildings still in working order after over one hundred thirty years ago.
Book your stay at one of our luxurious St. George vacation rentals, and enjoy a fantastic summer exploring one-of-a-kind St. George, Utah.