On our way back from California we had the opportunity to extend our vacation a little and so we are sharing our St George Utah Travel Tips.
We cannot wait to go back and visit as soon as possible as we feel like we only saw a fraction of the sites and heaven knows there’s more food to be eaten. So listen, we have a lot more exploring to do, but if you’re going this is plenty to give you a fantastic vacation.
First let’s talk about where to stay. I googled the heck out of Southern Utah and came up with a bunch of options that weren’t the right fit for our family. We wanted room to relax, a convenient location and nice ammenities. We ended up finding a perfectly situated resort called, Coral Springs. It’s in a great location because you can easily hop on the freeway and head to Zions National Park, off to hikes around Snow Canyon, in to St George for food and entertainment and the list goes on and on.
Most importantly it wasn’t a cramped little hotel room. In fact, we stayed in a 3 bedroom suite that had a full laundry room, kitchen, two bathrooms and a patio complete with dining and a fireplace.
I am kind of dying to head back during the winter and sit outside with the fireplace on and dinner on the table.
The resort has the easiest check in ever. You’re given a key code for the door and you just park your car and enter your suite. No standing in line and waiting for a room to be ready. We hit up the pool almost immediately and the kids had a blast not only swimming but watching as lizards occasionally ran up the hill behind the pool.
And the sunsets, oh my goodness they are amazing. That big sky with the dark red mountains is amazing. I missed photographing most of the sunsets as we were busy having fun but I’m telling you, visiting is a MUST.
Start your day off with a little hike. You can head to Snow Canyon or Pioneer Names trail where you can see where pioneers left their names etched in the magnificent rock. Make sure to bring water and sunscreen as it gets really hot out there.
If you want to cool off you can hit up Toquerville or Leeds where there’s water involved.
The St George LDS temple is there and is just striking in it’s bright white against all that red rock. Take a walk around and relax in the beauty.
We found great places to eat like, Chef Alfredos. The chef is from Sicily and his thick accent alone is enough to sell you on dining there. It’s tucked into a little home and it feels like you’re eating at Nona Alfredo’s. In fact, all of the recipes are from Grandma and Great Grandma which is pretty amazing.
I had the lasagna, the kids had spaghetti and Cade had the Gnocchi. The gnocchi was our absolute favorite but make sure you grab a little of the bread and dip it in the sauce. Your eyes will roll back in your head with delight. It’s fantastic!
After dinner head on over to Dutchman’s gas station. Wait, a gas station? Yes!! I promise I’m not misleading you.
Ditch the Swig craziness and and grab a peanut butter cookie from Cravings located inside of the gas station. It’s huge, and it’s peanut butter to cookie ratio is perfection.
And now, if you’re really smart, before heading back to Coral Springs hit up Tuacahn for Tarzan, Peter Pan or even Hunchback of Notre Dame which opens this summer.
To say it was a fantastic experience would be an absolute understatement. It was beautiful, majestic, moving and exciting. You will never see anything like this again. We actually got rained on for a moment but it passed quickly and stayed warm the whole time so everyone found it quite fun.
The cast did an amazing job and young Tarzan is just about as adorable as can be. The music pumps through your veins and you find yourself losing track of time as you watch the cast become animals, characters and people you’ve only seen in the movies. It’s amazing.
We have our little guy and since no one under 3 is allowed in the show we had to place him in “showcare”. I was so nervous! We’ve had babysitters but never a daycare experience. They did amazing with him.
The system to keep the kids accounted for, name tag on their backs, wrist or ankle bands and mom and dad wearing badges is awesome, but the really important part is that you have a barcode on your tag that you can scan in at a tv monitor at anytime so that you can see a four camera view of the showcare. You can do the whole nanny-cam thing so you can always see your child. It really helps put your heart at ease to just peep in on the kids at anytime.
There are a few shows you should catch too, Tarzan because it’s all kinds of amazing.
Peter Pan because you know there will be flying which will be incredible.
And of course Hunchback of Notre Dame. I can’t help but wonder if the color in that show would be amazing with the gypsy costumes.
So what can we gather? It’s all worth it. You’ve never seen anything like Southern Utah. Stay at Coral Springs. Eat a lot of food and hit up Tuacahn. You’ll have an amazing time and we promise that.