Salt Lake City is a nice enough place and if traveling in the area, it deserves a look. It's certainly a serviceable town for the beautiful nature that surrounds it. It is hard to argue with free attractions and we enjoyed a few of them but at the end of the day, we came here at least partially to try the beers being brewed in a city restricting their alcohol level to 3.2%. I would not go back to Salt Lake for more of the Temple Square, but I would not mind returning to Squatters Pub Brewery!
Fondest memory: The Huckleberry House was the cutest place and unbeknownst to us, just what we were looking for on our long drive from The Tetons of Wyoming to the city of the Latter Day Saints in Utah. An early start from camp meant yet another cereal bar in the car with no hot beverage. We had worked our way around this meager and unsatisfying breakfast by having a second later in the morning while camping at Grand Teton National Park. After a dawn photo shoot, the second breakfast was something hot and a coffee usually accompanied it. Being on the road, whipping up pancakes on this day was not an option and we had not passed many other opportunities on this lonely stretch of Route 89 between Jackson and Montpelier, ID where we now found ourselves driving through. That is until this cute little house popped up out of nowhere. It looked like one of those quaint touristy shops that sells scented soap and potpourri to grannies on tour buses but it said coffee on the sign and whoever had done the decorating knew how to convey cozy and come on in. (concluded below in Fondest Memory)
Fondest memory: We entered to the scent of you guessed it, potpourri and scented soap yet the little house was so cute and inviting. It was a place we could imagine living though I personally would have preferred it being in Jackson closer to my Tetons and Snake River Brewing. The owner came out and greeted us warmly; we asked rather impishly if she did indeed serve coffee and we were led to a rear perhaps afterthought room which had been set up as a sort of cafe. It wasn't just coffee, she had an espresso machine and quickly whipped up the java we so craved along with a huckleberry smoothie. It would have been a nice place to read a book on this cold morning but the owner had obviously been penned up with no one to talk to and bent our ear a bit. She was curious what brought us to what had become her little town and told us all about how she had moved to her husband's hometown for love despite the cold and the town's penchant for gossip. I'm sure she was sad to see us leave and to be honest, it would have been easy to stay for another cup, a round of gossip that was likely coming, and a few more tidbits of life in a small town, USA. But the Latter Day Saints were calling and now when they asked “why have just one?” it was not necessarily referring to wives, it could be beer. They had a brewpub and after touring the house that Brigham Young built, I would surely have more than one, beer that is.
This was right next door to the Hilton Garden Inn. Its up stairs to the right when you enter through the building. It's in the same building as two other local restaurants. I found loads of informtion here as usual. I always suggest travelers visit them. So many brochures and booklets available illustrating all the local sights to see. Please check them out!
748 West Heritage Park Blvd., Ste 201, Layton, UT 84041
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Davis Visitor Center
Salt Lake City has the reputation of being kind of a bland, no smoking, no skateboarding, no alcohol drinking, white bread kind of place. That may be so - since I don't smoke, drink or skateboard, I've never tested those restrictions.
But other than the obvious presence of the Mormon church sites, there are three other positive things that I think of when I think of Salt Lake City.
1) The 2002 Winter Olympics (although there has been some discussion about the way they got the bid) and the excellent winter sports opportunities.
2) Art and Architecture - the city has many visually exciting buildings spaced out (not crowded together) against a backdrop of spectacular mountains so that each can be appreciated.
3) Music - from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on up.
Fondest memory: Most of my time in SLC was spent taking a course or in the Family History Library. So I didn't have a chance to see much of the city or attend any concerts. On my first day here, I did walk by Abravanel Hall which is home to the Utah Symphony and part of the Salt Lake County Center for the Arts and have a chance to admire the architecture.
Abravanel Hall opened September 1979 (it was named in May of 1993 for Maurice Abravanel, conductor of the Utah Symphony) and was expanded just before my visit in 1998. It is strictly a concert hall and has no proscenium. It was designed by Dr. Cyril M. Harris to have perfect accoustics.
At the time of the Olympics, the Olympic Tower, by Dale Chihuly was displayed in front of this building. It is constructed of steel and 1,119 pieces of red glass parts and measures 27' by 10' in diameter, and from the pictures looks to me like a giant red bottle brush with a concave middle.
If you want to see the Olympic Tower, it is on permanent loan to Salt Lake County Center for the Arts for exhibition in the lobby.
Visit AlForno's, great Italian food in a relaxed atmosphere. The best formal dining can be had at the New Yorker. It is a private club, but as an out of state visitor you can purchase a temporary card.
Fondest memory: The ability to be in the mountains hiking or snowshoeing within the hour is great.
There are a couple of classic movies filmed about salt lake city and it's people - they are hilarious you must catch them
Ruben and Ed
Call Brewvies cinema/pub - if they are running maybe you can watch them in style on one of their couches while eating pizza and drinking beer.
Fondest memory: monday night at the dead goat saloon!
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