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!
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!
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.