I am so excited to tell you about a fun trip we took last month…as a family! It was so much fun to be able to head south to some *slightly* warmer weather and spend time together as a family. I love St. George, we have gone there a few times and always want to go back! It is only about a 4 hour drive from us, so it really is the perfect getaway spot for us.
This trip we decided to stay at the My Place Hotel, St. George location. We loved the room sizes, the pool (which is heated!), and the location of it. They have an affordable breakfast option that gets delivered to your room, which was a big deciding factor as well! The girls loved the pool so much, it has a cute little palm tree fountain and some other water things that they really enjoyed. It has a great, large outdoor area that is perfect for just hanging out or having dinner.
Our room had two queen beds, and was on the 17th floor. Look at that view from our balcony!
The main level/lobby area of the hotel is beautiful. It has a historic feel, and there are so many rich, warm colors. Saylor particularly loved the oversized chandelier and fire.
We were welcome with a nice fruit platter and a fun gift bag! Saylor loved that small gesture and felt very special that she had some “gifts” waiting in our room for her. We especially loved the brunch buffet at the Lucky H Bar & Grille, and had a yummy dinner from the Coffee Shop that was equally as delicious. Don’t mind Saylor’s crazy wig, it is Halloween season, after all.
Remi is teething so she wasn’t much fun, to be honest haha! She spent most of her time in the hotel room (which thankfully was plenty big), and running the halls to try and burn off energy. Saylor loved the grand staircase and touches of Halloween (see floral arrangement), and the big bathtub! The Little America Hotel was the perfect staycation for my little family, and I see us returning in the future! If you are traveling to Utah, definitely give them a stay.
I had a fun little photoshoot outside one morning. Even the grounds of the hotel are beautiful and very well maintained. Also never getting over this view! I am already looking forward to our next staycation there 🙂
We found a room at the Westgate Resort on VRBO. Troy booked it but I think it was slightly cheaper than going through the actual resort. This resort is tucked up against the mountain, at the base of the Canyons Village. I don’t ski or snowboard so none of that means anything to me, but the resort is surrounded by runs and lifts. There are so many restaurants and shops within a 5 minute drive. Main St. is also very close!
The resort itself is pretty big, and sort of confusing, haha. The parking is underground and some is under construction, so it was slightly confusing trying to figure out where to park and what tower we were staying in. All the towers don’t connect either. The amenities were awesome, the resort has a great pool and outside area. We lost $20 from the arcade…and not even from playing. We bought a card to play, went to play, and the place was shut down and not working. Westgate couldn’t refund us, so we are currently still out $20 until the people who run the arcade get back to us. So that is annoying, but oh well.
Again, I love that we live so close to so many fun and beautiful things! Right now (meaning May), Park City is SO GORGEOUS. Everything is turning green and blooming, and it is just unreal. As Remi gets older and easier to venture out with, I can’t wait to explore the great outdoors. If you have been to PC, what are your favorite things to do there? Let me know!
my jeans, similar HERE
The Zermatt Resort is designed like a traditional Swiss-style, actually a lot of Midway is. I don’t know anything about Midway, but it is such a cute little town. It is close to Park City, and sits in the most beautiful valley. There is a popular crater there too, that you can go swimming and diving in. It is naturally warm and I hear it is awesome.
The resort is the perfect size. It isn’t too big, but not that small. The grounds are beautiful, and there are some really delicious restaurants. They have some animals, a few ponds, and a carousel that is FREE! Saylor loved that. They also have a spa that I hear is incredible. It is only about 45 minutes from where we live. It is the perfect little getaway for our family. I should add that this isn’t sponsored at all, but I wish it was! Haha, we just truly love this little gem! It is very affordable, too.
If you ever come to Salt Lake City or are local to Utah, do yourself and your family and visit Zermatt Resort!
This whole thing was Troy’s idea, shocking, I know! He was really excited when Saylor said she would get in with him, because she was unsure at first. You really are in the middle of nowhere, so you have beautiful views all around you.
The water was surprisingly clear. This one had a rope that you could hold on to and have it guide you all the way to the bottom, that is attached to an anchor. Troy thought it was about 25 feet deep at it’s deepest spot. Creepy!
You drive through the town of Meadow, UT to get there, and below is a picture of their post office. It is the teeniest, cutest town ever!
Where are your favorite hot springs? Any other ones in Utah we should know about? Have a great weekend!
It was pretty brutal, so we tried to make it as quick as possible. I was so glad Saylor cooperated for at least a solid 20 minutes so we could get some cute shots of her. By the end we were both looking like (literally) hot messes!
It was fun to get out and go somewhere I had never been before, and even though it was so hot, it was a beautiful evening! Who else thinks that red, white and blue can be year round? 🙂
My dress: Poppy & Dot
Say’s bow: Valley Gal Designs
Say’s bracelet: Littlefield Lane
#1 MUST HAVE- SUNGLASSES:
#2 MUST HAVE- PERSONAL FAN:
For Saylor. From Bed Bath & Beyond. Don’t forget to use a 20% off coupon!
For me, from Target. A cool mist is a NECESSITY! Great price, too.
#3 MUST HAVE- SUNSCREEN!!
#4 MUST HAVE- SWIM ESSENTIALS.
#4 MUST DO- AQUARIUM.
Fish and AC makes everyone happy! SeaLife Aquarium in Tempe is where you can find us a few times this summer! Added bonus, it is connected to an indoor outlet mall. Double score!
#5 MUST DO- The Children’s Museum of Phoenix.
#6 MUST DO- Indoor swim lessons at Aqua Tots.
HONORABLE MENTIONS: the Library, Ikea, Costco, Target and ChickFilA. The ones that don’t need explaining, but are always there for us!
What are some of your summer go to’s to keep cool? I would love to add your ideas to our list!
Today I’m going to talk about a few of my personal “must do’s” when going to D-Land. I am in no way a Disney expert, but I like to think I know a little more than some! 🙂
First, I recommend parking in the garage and WALKING to the park. SKIP THE TRAM! With kids and a stroller and all the stuff you bring, walking is necessary for me. On the way to the park they make you fold up your stroller, and, ain’t nobody got time for that. Honestly though, the walk is a quick 5 minute stroll and it puts you out right by bathrooms in Downtown Disney, which we always visit before entering the park!
Next, CHARACTERS. Saylor always has a few that she wants to see, and I try to convince her otherwise, haha. If she insists, my go to place is ToonTown! Maybe I shouldn’t announce that publicly though, so it stays less busy! We can always find Goofy, Pluto, and of course, Minnie and Mickey in their houses if you want to wait for them. ToonTown is tucked away and less visited than all other areas of the park, so we like going back there for a little breather. You can always find characters right when you enter the park, but those lines seem to be the longest.
My last tip for the day is the glorious FAST PASS! I’m sure you know what those are by now, but these are infinitely more beloved with having a kid. Saylor’s favorite ride for the past year has been the Buzz Lightyear right in TomorrowLand, the one across from Star Tours. The line is always at least 30 minutes and it is all outside. No thank you! The first thing we do when we enter the park is go straight there and get a fast pass! You get an assigned time to come back to the ride and bypass the majority of the line. HEAVEN SENT. Most of the time your assigned time is only about 1-2 hours later, so you have just the right amount of time to go find a character, hit up It’s A Small World, and/or grab a churro.
That is all I have for today, but I’m sure I will do another Disneyland post another time. For all your Disney lovers, what are some of your TIPS for when visiting the park?! Share your knowledge!
I was lucky enough to win a mini photoshoot with the amazing photographer Kenzie D. (@kennydawn on IG), and she told us to meet her on the north side of the capitol. Boy were we in for a treat! It was a beautiful day and the trees were in full bloom.
It is funny to move somewhere where the downtown area is somewhere you actually want to go and hang out, and not feel creeped out or scared the whole time you are there (read, downtown LA). Here are a few snapshots from the day, professional & not.
If you live in Utah, I highly recommend spending a little time walking around the capitol building and exploring downtown Salt Lake City! Let me know your favorite spots down there!
My dress (Love Winnie James)
Saylor’s dress (old H&M, similar here)
Troy’s shirt (old Old Navy, similar here)
We didn’t have much planned, aside from a sleigh ride through the Elk Refuge! Although we have been to Jackson Hole a few times, we have never done this before. I highly recommend it! And definitely do it when it is sunny and (warmer) out, as soon as that sun goes down the slightest bit or the wind kicks up, it gets FREEZING! Luckily they have blankets on each sleigh for everyone to use. Now when I say sleigh, its basically a large wagon pulled by 2 horses, so don’t get confused, haha! Saylor loved being able to see loads of “elks” and being pulled by horsies. On the refuge there are many different types of animals besides elk; bison, wolves, bald eagles…we only saw elk though. Tickets for this run about $20/adult, $15/child, and 4 years old and under are free!
*selfie with the elks, duh*
After the sleigh ride we ventured back into town and went to a nice dinner at the Million Dollar Cowboy Steakhouse. If you are familiar with Jackson Hole, you know the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, you can’t miss it. It is right in the heart of town, but the restaurant is sort of hidden. You walk in to the bar part of the place, and you have to go down stairs basically into the basement for the restaurant. This was my first time there, and because it was at a bar, I didn’t have very high expectations. Boy was I WRONG! This place is incredible. If you don’t eat meat, just disregard this whole paragraph, as that is basically all that is on their menu. Ok so this place is fancy. Like be prepared to spend more than you would than at your average Red Robin. We decided just to go all out and get some yummy appetizers and a few steaks. Best Tuna Poke and Creamed Spinach ever! I would go back there again just for those 2 starter dishes. I myself am actually not a big meat eater, and they especially had a lot of “gamey” meat, like buffalo and deer. I wish I had pictures, but I’m terrible about taking pictures and really trying to be better!
Everything seems so fresh and clean in Jackson Hole, the skies seem more blue, the air seems to smell better…it is one of my happy places. If you haven’t had the chance to go there, I highly recommend it! From the Salt Lake Valley it is only about a 4 hour drive, so it can easily be done! For those who have been there, what are your favorite things about Jackson Hole in the winter and summer time?
Lots of love,