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Visit the Homestead in Midway, Utah

20 Feb

Homestead in Midway, Utah

Utah is full of surprises. One of Utah’s great surprises is a little city in the middle of the mountains called Midway. You’ll know you’ve run into Midway when you start feeling like you’ve stumbled upon an area that looks more like Switzerland than any place in the United States. Midway is quaint, beautiful, and there are a lot of fun adventures to be had here in this small town.

Last week, it being Valentine’s Day and all, my husband stole me away to a nice getaway at the Homestead in Midway. The Homestead is the perfect place to visit if you’re looking for a fun, romantic, and moderately priced staycation in Utah. Besides enjoying the gorgeous town of Midway, here are some fun things you can do at the Homestead.

Swim – Of course, they have the regular indoor pool and hot tub, but the fun doesn’t stop there. They also offer snorkeling and scuba diving in…get this…a natural cave, similar to a Mexican cenote. The water is warm, the dive is fun, and it’s a great way to enjoy a bit of scuba diving in the middle of nowhere.

Hiking/Snowshoeing – There are a lot of amazing places to hike, or snowshoe, depending on the season. You can either find an empty trail yourself, or ask the front desk what trail they recommend.

Other Activities – There are a few ski resorts that aren’t too far away, if you’re planning to make a weekend out of staying at the Homestead. If not, check out some of the cool ice sculptures around the area. If you’re visiting during the summer, consider golfing, or visiting the spa. Oh yeah.

The Homestead is the perfect little place for a fun getaway in Utah. 

Skiing in Utah!

26 Dec

Since it hasn’t stopped dumping snow for the past few days here in Utah, I thought I would dedicate a post to the wonderful winter sport–skiing. I must say, I am kind of biased to skiing in Utah, because I grew up skiing here since I was 10 years old, and I haven’t really found too many other mountains that are comparable to Utah mountains. Some, but not too many. If you’re looking to enjoy a ski trip to Utah, this is how I see it.

Snowboarders — Let’s get this out of the way from the get-go. While I enjoy both skiing and snowboarding, there is Utah terrain that is better for one, or the other. If you are into sno

wboarding, there are a couple resorts that really cater to this sport. Check out Brighton and/or the Canyons. Brighton has a fun half-pipe, cool jumps, and great terrain for boarding. Also, Brighton has crazy night deals. If you can manage the cold, and don’t mind icy terrain, check out Brighton in the evening.

Skiing– Ahhh, sweet skiing. Okay, the best way to enjoy skiing in Utah is to pick a mountain that caters to your ski level. If you are a beginner, try skiing at Sundance, Solitude, or the Canyons. Brighton is also great, but I would pick any of the other resorts over Brighton for beginning skiing, because snowboarders can be a bit intense. If you are an intermediate skier, you can get away with skiing at any resort, but I would suggest going to one of the bigger resorts with a wide diversity of terrain. Check out Deer Valley, Park City, The Canyons, Alta, or Solitude. If you have years of skiing under your belt, there is really one place for you, and that is “the bird”–aka Snowbird. Snowbird is huge and is probably the most difficult and diverse terrain out of them all, and you can ski on both sides of the mountain. Snowbird is also beautiful. If you are hardcore and planning a long ski trip, consider getting a pass that allows you to ski at both Alta and Snowbird. These are two of the most gorgeous

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resorts in Utah. You will love it!

For discount passes, it’s best to get them in the Fall. You can usually buy 2 for 1 passes at BYU. Since it’s a little late for that this year, you can also consider buying a pass wherever you rent your skis. They usually have better deals than the resorts.

Happy Snowfall! Hopefully, you’ll get some nice powder snow!