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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!

The St. George Marathon

 The St. George Marathon is definitely a favorite race, not only to the runners who are racing but for the spectators too! Runner’s World rates the St. George Marathon as one of the four “Marathons to Build a Vacation Around” in the world.  All of us here at Five Seasons Vacation Rentals could not agree with Runner’s World more! St. George, Utah and some of the surrounding areas here in Southern Utah are the perfect places to experience all the adventure you need to while on vacation, and we can help!

As you find one of our cozy Five Seasons Vacation Rental private homes to vacation in and call home for a little bit, adventure awaits outside your doorstep and waiting for you to get some red dirt in your shoes! St. George is not just home of the St. George Marathon, but it is home to so many other outdoor adventures as well. Runners, hikers, bikers, climbers, walkers, photographers, anyone and people of all ages…St. George is waiting for you to come make it your vacation destination!

There is such a variety of things to do in and near St. George. Fortunately, the St. George community caters to everyone…young or old, book worms or active adventure seekers, art lovers, food finders, shopping mamas, sports fans, you name it and I think St. George has you covered! Take and look and browse through our luxurious condos and private homes to see which one will best suite you and your crew on your vacation to St. George, Utah!

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

RED CLIFFS

The Red Cliffs Desert Reserve is 62,000 acres – approximately 20 miles wide and 6 miles deep – of spectacular scenery set aside by the Federal government primarily for the protection of the threatened Mojave desert tortoise.

The Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, implemented in 1996 through the Endangered Species Act, is considered a very successful Habitat Conservation Plan.  Administered by Washington County in a collaborative partnership with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), Utah Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and State of Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA), the Reserve protects the desert tortoise but also manages recreational activities and utility projects in an extraordinarily unique environment.

The Reserve is north of Ivins, Santa Clara, St. George and Washington City and can best be seen from your vehicle along the west side of the northbound I-15 freeway.  But the Reserve can also be accessed on foot, bicycle or horseback. According to their website, “When you enter the Reserve at any one of the distinctive ‘step-over’ gates, you are entering a special place – not just another mountain bike trail or horseback ride.

“At the merging of three great ecosystems, the Mojave Desert, the Great Basin, and the Colorado Plateau, the Reserve is biologically rich with a unique array of animals and plants. The Reserve contains the most northern populations of the desert tortoise, Gila monster, sidewinder rattlesnake, and chuckwalla – reptiles typically associated with hotter and more southerly deserts, like the Mojave. The conditions in the region are such that several endemic species, which occur nowhere else in the world, can be found here.”

A free visitor center is located in downtown St. George at 10 N. 100 East.  Not only can you find all the information necessary to explore this Washington County treasure, you can also learn about local wildlife, plants, ecosystems and the purpose of the HCP as well as enjoy a preview of the Reserve through impressive exhibits and presentations to small groups by the Reserve’s expert staff.  Regular visitor center hours are 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday.

And, a not-so-gentle reminder … for your own safety, make certain you are adequately prepare to explore the Reserve with proper footwear, a wide brimmed hat and plenty of water.  It can’t be stressed enough … it’s really, really hot in Washington County from mid-April until early November.

Whether its history, 360-degee vistas, or hiking, biking or horseback riding in the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve, Southern Utah has it all.  Fill out the form on this page to reserve your vacation rental!

Tonaquint-nature-center

Have you come across the Tonaquint Nature Center yet? If not, make your way over there because you are missing out on this lovely mini oasis. Tonaquint Nature Center is located just west of Southgate Golf Course and you are bound to enjoy some peace and quiet, that is unless there is an event taking place. If so, plan another day! It is what one would refer to as a little hidden gem in the middle of St. George and it is nestled right along the Santa Clara River.

  • Take in the songs of all the birds that call Tonaquint Nature Center home.
  • Observe the playful ducks and swans as they stir about in the pond.
  • Enjoy the sounds of the Santa Clara River as the water slowly ripples by, or stop and cool your feet off.
  • Try and count the numerous lizards that will cross your path in every direction.
  • Sit and enjoy a book in the amphitheatre or bring along a bag of costumes for the kids to put on an impromptu skit!
  • Take pleasure in the trails that go through the Tonaquint Nature Center. You can stay within, or venture out and enjoy the St. George trail system.

Here: you can view a video of the Tonaquint Nature Center for a better idea of what can be expected. Pretty certain you will enjoy it anytime of the year!

Alone or with a group, Tonaquint Nature Center is the perfect place to get out and enjoy your surroundings without feeling like you are in the heart of town. However, let’s not forget that just within the same parking area and walking distance is the Tonaquint Park. This particular park has a number of amenities within it such as a playground, covered pavilion with picnic tables, and tennis courts too!  You can find all the amenities included at the park here.

The best part is that Tonaquint Nature Center and the Tonaquint Park are just minutes away from our Resorts that are just up the road! You can easily jump in the car, or grab your bikes and hop on the trailhead and make your way down to enjoy a fun-filled afternoon at Tonaquint Nature Center!

The Tonaquint Nature Center is located at:

1851 South Dixie Drive
St. George, UT 84770
(435)634-5948

Veyo Pies

Veyo Pies

I hope you all celebrated National Pie Day this year because the staff of St. George Resort Rentals sure did! The best thing about this special day is you don’t have to make up an excuse ‘why’ you are going to have pie since there is a whole day dedicated to it. Not that we need an excuse to have pie…

Well, we want to tell you about our favorite place to get pie, that is definitely worth the 20 minute drive to get the best of the best. It is a real diamond in the rough. We doubt you have ever heard of Veyo, Utah, but that is the pie destination. If you do know of Veyo, Utah then you already know how amazing the pies are!

Now it is not just any pie, it is a “Veyo Pie.” Veyo Pies has been around for almost 30 years and they have such a great variety of pies to choose from, it can be difficult to choose which kind to get. Or if you want to try a few different kinds, get a couple of slices to go! It takes just about 20 minutes from St. George to get to Veyo is all, but the scenery on the drive there doesn’t get any better! You can visit their website at www.veyopies.com

So next time you come to stay at one of our St. George, Utah Vacation Rentals, be sure to head out on SR-18 (head north at the Bluff and Snow Canyon Parkway intersection) and make an afternoon of it. We promise, you will not be disappointed! There are some really great trails you can stop at along the way or just to stop and pull off the road to get a couple of snapshots if anything. You can pullout at the Chuckawalla Trailhead and take in the beautiful Snow Canyon views, check things out at the Cinder Cone trail and try to make your way to the top, or even stop and golf at the Ledges and enjoy the beautiful course! There are lots of things you could get out and do to make your way to get a taste of the famous Veyo Pies.

Since our full kitchens are so accommodating, we do recommend to get a whole pie for the rest of your vacation. It really does make for the perfect midnight snack! ENJOY!

Most people who live in the United States are not aware how amazing the country really is. They have no idea of how much natural beauty can be found in the country. All they get to see is the big cities and the big amusement parks when they go on a vacation. If they knew about the history of Zion’s National Park they might want to find out some more information about visiting it.

The park is located in the southwest part of the United States. Its 229 square miles are located near Springdale, Utah. The park features a canyon that runs for 15 miles. Visitors to the park will see a wide variety of both plant and animal life.

Native Americans were the first humans to inhabit the area over 8,000 years ago. Several different tribes called this area home throughout the centuries. The white man first started settling in the area in the early 1860’s when the Mormons began to relocate to the area. The area was declared a National Monument in 1909 by President William Howard Taft. It was given the name Makuntuweap National Monument. The name was changed in to Zion National Park in 1918 by the newly created National Park Service.

The name Zion was chosen by the park service because they thought it would appeal to a much larger audience at the time. An additional section of the park that was called the Kolob section became a part of the park in 1956.

Visitors to the park will be able to marvel at the canyons that have been formed through 150 million years of nature’s handiwork. She has managed to create 9 different recognizable formations in the park.

There have been many modern amenities added to the park to make it more accessible to visitors in more recent times. The Zion Canyon Scenic Drive provides visitors with a road that allows them to drive through the park. In the 1990’s the park service added a bus shuttle service to ease the traffic that had grown on the scenic drive. The buses use propane gas powered engines that are more environmentally friendly.

Some of the popular activities for visitors include hiking on the different trails and rock climbing. The pictures that can be taken in this national park are often breathtakingly beautiful. A trip to Zion National Park will allow people to see a part of the United States that most people are not aware of. It is definitely something that is worth seeing and learning about. It is also one of those areas that are regretfully overlooked during vacation planning.

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