It’s easy to look up to the Wasatch Mountains and see how close recreation is to our backdoor. But, until you take the day to really test out the ever-promoted accessibility of Salt Lake, you can’t fully appreciate the wonderful city. It’s been a really hot summer, and escaping up one of our various canyons is the perfect way to spend your weekend. With plans to grab dinner downtown and see Wicked in the evening I head up Millcreek Canyon in search of cooler weather.Dog Lake is a popular and enjoyable destination, accessible from Millcreek Canyon and Big Cottonwood. Accompanied with trusted canine I headed up the Big Water Trail a mild 5-mile round trip hike.The best part of the hike for your furry friends is Dog Lake allows swimming; a perfect place to cool off, and enjoy the beautiful mountains.Within an hour of leaving the trail head and a quick change I was downtown enjoying delicious food at Copper Onion . Their Wagyu Beef Stroganoff is one of my favorites, and the table is never disappointed with an order of shishito peppers. We rounded off the meal with chocolate pudding (who would have thought olive oil and sea salt would make such great accompaniments?) and headed to Wicked at the Capitol Theatre.If you’re heading to Salt Lake on vacation, or you are lucky enough to live here I recommend testing out the accessibility of our fair city. There are more restaurants downtown than you’ll know what to do with, and just as many shows, ballets and Jazz Games to attend. Click here for other blog posts about culinary recommendations and visit here to see all upcoming events.The leaves are starting to change in our beautiful mountains and will make for some stunning hikes this fall. Once the white stuff starts falling you can easily ski at one our four Salt Lake Resorts, Alta, Snowbird, Brighton and Solitude and head downtown for Après ski redefined.