<link>http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/rss/</link> <description>Recent Posts</description> <pubDate>Sun, 25 Feb 2018 03:24:47 GMT</pubDate> <item> <title>The Salt Lake Food Scene http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2018/15/The-Salt-Lake-Food-Scene/8430/ Sure, Salt Lake might have been known for casseroles, green jello, and caffeine-free soda historically, but boy have times changed. Salt Lake’s culinary scene is blossoming like a desert rose, and we have awards to prove it. From some of the best traditional Mexican food in the nation, to shockingly good sushi, to food trucks of every flavor, Salt Lake’s food scene has something right up your alley. Get planning your next foodie pilgrimage to Salt Lake.&nbsp; Thu, 15 Feb 2018 07:00:00 GMT http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2018/15/The-Salt-Lake-Food-Scene/8430/ The Salt Lake Beer Scene http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2018/12/The-Salt-Lake-Beer-Scene/8429/ Green Jello salad. Tumbleweeds. Covered wagons, bonnets, and freshly churned butter. Donnie and Marie. Yuge families. You can’t get a drink in Salt Lake… Yeah, here in Salt Lake, we’re pretty used to (and fond of) classic Salt Lake stereotypes. That said, if you’re really tuning in to the stereo these days, you know that Salt Lake has dusted off old stigmas, and is becoming one of the gems of the West. From the burgeoning food, beer, and distilling scene, to the booming tech industry that brings in scenesters and discretionary spenders like… ahem, bees to honey, Salt Lake is blossoming into more than a ski destination. Fact is that Salt Lake is Utah’s urban gateway to “The Greatest Snow on Earth,” and there’s a hell of a lot of fun to be had here. You might be surprised to hear it, but Salt Lake City is a micro-brew mecca. Due to Utah’s interesting beer and liquor laws, brewers are limited to producing 3.2% alcohol content beer for grocery stores and beer and restaurant taps. High-point beers are distributed in bottles, but the majority of Utah brewers are crafting ridiculously tasty session beers before session beers became a ‘thing.’ That’s right, Salt Lake brewers are the hipsters of the craft brew scene. In wise words, Jason Stock, Brewmaster at Squatters—Salt Lake’s second oldest brewery—“we can’t hide behind bruiser beers here in Salt Lake. We had to learn how to make a delicious beer that doesn’t hide behind the alcohol.” Chances are, some of our local beers and spirits are showing up in your local watering holes and stores. Salt Lake beer scene is bubbling—stereotypes be damned.&nbsp; Mon, 12 Feb 2018 07:00:00 GMT http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2018/12/The-Salt-Lake-Beer-Scene/8429/ Salt Lake - Stereotypes Be Damned http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/28/Salt-Lake---Stereotypes-Be-Damned/8427/ Salt Lake is known for many things, but what you might not know is that our beautiful corner of the West is a burgeoning urban City with unparalleled beauty, gastronomy, and culture. Salt Lake will surprise you. The streets are buzzing with a new, vibrant energy, and there’s no better time to visit Salt Lake. From&nbsp;top-shelf performing arts, to the&nbsp;craft brew scene, to a&nbsp;food scene that is making national buzz, Salt Lake is damning stereotypes and you’re going to dig it. Watch the video, and get planning your next trip to Salt Lake. Check out the&nbsp;Connect Pass&nbsp;to see the best attractions in town, and don’t miss out on Salt Lake’s amazing public transportation network—free travel downtown, and only a 15-minute light-rail commute to downtown from the Salt Lake International Airport. Oh, and in case you didn’t know, Salt Lake is Utah’s urban gateway to “The Greatest Snow on Earth.” Thu, 28 Dec 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/28/Salt-Lake---Stereotypes-Be-Damned/8427/ NY Post Lists Salt Lake as Second Most Hip City in America http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/6/NY-Post-Lists-Salt-Lake-as-Second-Most-Hip-City-in-America/8426/ “Move over, Brooklyn and Oakland, Calif. — the most hipster-infested cities in America are actually in the middle of nowhere.” OK, so here in Salt Lake, we’re somewhat used to being considered to be ‘out in the middle of nowhere,’ but what we aren’t used to, is for a New York publication naming us as ‘one of the hippest towns in the US.’ The stigma of tumble weeds and arcane alcohol laws are a thing of the past—Salt Lake is now officially hip AF. Truth is, it’s no surprise to locals. Aside from having some of the highest college grad rates in the nation, Salt Lake is also becoming a burgeoning tech hub—have you heard of the Silicon Slopes? The streets of downtown Salt Lake are teeming with an inordinate amount of well-dressed and busy millennials and boomers, the housing market is hot, and it’s no secret that our craft beers and liquors adorn the top shelves of east coast bars. Fact is, Salt Lake will surprise you. While we’re acutely aware that ‘hipness’ is in the eye of the beholder, we’ll take the New York Post’s kudos with aplomb.Read the full article&nbsp;here.&nbsp; Wed, 06 Dec 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/6/NY-Post-Lists-Salt-Lake-as-Second-Most-Hip-City-in-America/8426/ Salt Lake&apos;s Best Holiday Events http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/22/Salt-Lake-s-Best-Holiday-Events/8425/ ‘Tis the season, and while the temps are dropping, the lights, events, and holiday cheer is bubbling up in Salt Lake. Whether you’re looking for family fun or more elevated evening diversions, Salt Lake has something in store. As the urban gateway to Utah, and the Greatest Snow on Earth, Salt Lake offers a true city experience at the footsteps of some of the world’s greatest scenery and outdoor offerings. Complete with a bustling downtown, and a host of burgeoning neighborhoods, Salt Lake serves up something for everyone on your list. Take a look at this list events, and try not to get overwhelmed at the options. From shopping to dining, to off-Broadway performances to some of the best Christmas lights in the nation at Temple Square, you’ll be surprised at everything happening in Salt Lake. Christmas in Color Utah’s biggest, brightest holiday light show is slated to open its gates on Nov. 24, 2017 at The Provo Towne Centre Mall and Salt Lake County Equestrian Park in South Jordan.&nbsp;Christmas in Color&nbsp;will light up these two venues with a mile-long, drive-through light show that sharply synchronizes the choreography of 1.5 million LED lights with upbeat holiday music. Christmas Lights at Temple Square This season’s festive&nbsp;lights at Temple Square&nbsp;are turned on for the&nbsp;first night on Friday, November 24, 2017, the day after Thanksgiving. Come to Temple Square to see the Christmas lights every night at dusk for the entire holiday season, until January 2, 2018. The Nutcracker at Ballet West &nbsp; No holiday season is complete without the festive cheer of&nbsp;The Nutcracker,&nbsp;and this year’s characters will pirouette, leap, and soar like you’ve never imagined. Join Ballet West for the grand unveiling of fantastical new sets, costumes, and special effects, framing Willam Christensen’s historic and renowned choreography and Tchaikovsky’s famous score. December 2nd- 30th. City Creek Center &nbsp; Dont' miss the&nbsp;holiday attractions at City Creek Center.&nbsp; You will find Santa in his lantern cottage near the Food Court. Enjoy the virtual line so you can shop and dine instead of waiting in line!&nbsp; Also, don’t miss the choreographed America First Fountain Show at the top of every hour and feature shows with three holiday songs at 7 PM and 9 PM near Nordstrom. The Last Hurrah at The Gateway Replacing Eve, as Salt Lake’s premier New Year’s event,&nbsp;The Last Hurrah&nbsp;at The Gateway will celebrate the new year with everything from Main Stage music acts, a Speakeasy Lounge, and full, interactive Gameroom. With plenty of options for everyone in your family or group, The Last Hurrah isn’t to be missed. Christmas Carol at&nbsp;Hale Center Theater Nationally Acclaimed. Hale Center Theater’s 34th annual production.&nbsp;Once again, Christmas Present and his ghostly friends remind the curmudgeon Scrooge that true wealth is in friendship and family, that true joy is in giving, and that true business is in doing good. Adapted by Wilkins and Bradford. Relive Charles Dickens' masterpiece. Hogle Zoo Lights ZooLights! will be brighter and more sparkling than ever as this festive, family-fun light event returns for its 11th&nbsp;anniversary year.&nbsp;Over 200 lighted animal and holiday-themed displays will glisten in the December night as you make your way throughout Zoo grounds. Enjoy dinner in the Beastro, warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or check out our vast array of tasty treats!Grand America Holiday Window Stroll The event showcases 14 unique, whimsical displays located&nbsp;The Grand America’s retail windows. Each hand-crafted window display truly captures the imagination and the joy of the holiday season for all to enjoy. Attendees will receive a map to guide their explorations, as well as a seasonal cookie at the end of the stroll.Downtown Alliance Jingle Bus All aboard the&nbsp;Downtown Jingle Bus! Beginning Friday, November 24th through December 30th, downtown holiday season visitors can hop-on and off the holiday themed ride circulating between The Gateway, Temple Square, City Creek Center Gallivan Plaza &amp; Capitol Theatre.&nbsp; Wed, 22 Nov 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/22/Salt-Lake-s-Best-Holiday-Events/8425/ Ski City—Where the Beer Flows Like Wine and Ski Passes are Free in January http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/16/Ski-City-Where-the-Beer-Flows-Like-Wine-and-Ski-Passes-are-Free-in-January/8424/ Look no further for a reason to visit Salt Lake this January—we’re giving away free day passes with&nbsp;booked hotel nights. Make a New Year’s resolution to stay in Ski City this year, and see what you’ve been missing. Ski the best snow on earth all day, and revel in the evening diversions of a burgeoning urban environment. If you are looking for ultimate ski deals this winter then look no further than Salt Lake, America's Ski City.&nbsp;Salt Lake has redefined “après ski” and offers amazing ski experiences every day at its four world-class “bucket list” resorts (Alta, Snowbird, Brighton and Solitude).&nbsp; And staying in Utah’s Urban Gateway to the Greatest Snow on Earth ™ this January means you can experience the Ski City resorts for FREE!&nbsp;Book lodging&nbsp;in any participating Salt Lake area hotel during the month of January 1-31, 2018 and receive up to two (2) Ski City Super Passes for each room night booked. Book Now as this is a limited offer.&nbsp; &nbsp; Thu, 16 Nov 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/16/Ski-City-Where-the-Beer-Flows-Like-Wine-and-Ski-Passes-are-Free-in-January/8424/ Central City http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/14/Central-City/8423/ The aptly named Central City is right in the thick of things, nestled between Salt Lake’s downtown district and the University area up the hill. While it’s hard to be more centrally situated than this, very few streets in Central City actually feel busy. Yes, you’ll find fresh new residential high-rises and shopping centers to satiate just about any commercial need, primarily along 400 South. But duck onto any side-street, and your journey becomes a leisurely exploration of tree-lined streets, unapologetically colorful little houses, hidden single-lane alleys, and a whole heap of delightful places to eat and drink. This neighborhood is a mash-up of city grit, Victorian charm, and locally owned shops that practically dare you not to love them. (You will.) Central City’s placement along multiple key public transit veins makes it a snap to get around. But as you get to know the immediate neighborhood, it’s a place you want to linger in a little more. Here are a few of our favorite spots to while away a few very Central City hours.&nbsp; 1. Salt Lake City Public Library Wander, read, shop, or bask in the rooftop view A darling of the Salt Lake landscape and a source of tremendous local pride, the stunning Salt Lake City Public Library rises from its meticulously landscaped grounds in a crescent-shaped swirl of architectural awesomeness. Naturally, the library houses a vast collection of books and media, but it’s also a simply rad hangout. Floor-to-ceiling windows and an incredible rooftop deck offer some of the best views in town. And locally owned shops line the ground-floor atrium, giving library visitors interesting wares to admire, sip on, bite into, or take home. 2. Pig &amp; A Jelly Jar You ain’t seen comfort food till now. This breakfast-all-day hotspot has all the quirk and charisma you’d expect in Central City, right down to the outdoor patio, which is fenced by interesting metal sculptures and oddball found objects. The chef and owner, a southern transplant, has designed a playful menu beloved by carnivores and vegetarians alike. (Their chicken and waffles are as good as they look, but the veggie burger is also a surprising smash-hit.)&nbsp; 3. Manoli’s Keep coming back till you’ve made it through the whole menu. A relatively new fixture in the Central scene, Manoli’s has taken center stage with its incredible Mediterranean small-plates menu and stunning yet unpretentious atmosphere. Plates are served Greek mezze-style, which means you’d better bring a group of friends to try—and share—an array of mind-blowing bites paired with just the right wines.&nbsp; 4. Trolley Square A city classic, where old vaulted ceilings meet trendy new boutiques. For decades in the early 1900s, streetcars whizzed around Salt Lake, and the barns of Trolley Square served as their headquarters. Eventually, long after the trolley-car era, this cluster of turn-of-the-century buildings still bustle and buzz with life. There are a few high-end chain stores inside—but there are also plenty of locally owned mainstays like Desert Edge Brewery, Weller Book Works, Tabula Rasa Social Stationers, and a slew of clothing boutiques. 5. Passion Flour Patisserie Blowing the minds of vegans and omnivores alike. You might think high-end French pastries and cakes can’t be made vegan while also shattering your tastebuds’ expectations. But step into Passion Flour, and you’ll be stunned. The owner/chef is prestigiously trained—and she has an incredible knack for nailing croissants, mousses, tartes, and Chantilly cakes, all with entirely plant-based ingredients. Curious? You should be. 6. Dick n’ Dixie’s For a plain-old good time. This neighborhood bar is perfectly situated to either stay the evening, enjoy a drink before a show across the street at Urban Lounge, or have a nightcap after a delectable dinner at Rye. It’s an un-fussy, bustling pub atmosphere with several TVs playing headliner sports and billiards in back. Words: Beth Lopez Images: Austen Diamond Tue, 14 Nov 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/14/Central-City/8423/ Salt of Sound - Bad Brad Wheeler http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/6/Salt-of-Sound---Bad-Brad-Wheeler/8422/ “Bad” Brad Wheeler—as he’s affectionately known in Salt Lake—is a Utah mainstay, and 6-feet and 5-inches of harmonica playing, mind-speaking, goodness. Formerly Salt Lake’s most iconic public radio DJ, Brad takes you on a tour of the City’s eclectic music scene. It might surprise you, but Salt Lake pulls some big acts, and its people like Brad who have kept the scene alive over the years. Take a ride with Brad, discover some new venues and new music, and a thriving urban scene in Salt Lake. Mon, 06 Nov 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/6/Salt-of-Sound---Bad-Brad-Wheeler/8422/ Tracy Aviary http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/23/Tracy-Aviary/8421/ Under the towering trees of centrally located Liberty Park you might hear the surprising sounds of hoots, shrieks, caws, and cries. There’s no reason to be alarmed, that’s simply the resident flock of birds that dwell within the Tracy Aviary. For almost 80 years, the aviary has delighted passionate bird nerds and those ignorant about avian life alike. You don’t have to be a bird watcher to enjoy the attractions of the Aviary, so pick a day and set off on an adventure to meet Salt Lake’s feathered friends. Tracy Aviary is open 363 days a year and features over 400 birds from 135 species ranging from exotic to backyard bird varieties. A variety of programs for members and the general public are also offered. Check out upcoming events and be sure to view a current schedule to plan your visit. From the Pelican Encounter, to Bird Walks, to the incredible Bird Show, there’s always something interesting to see at the Aviary. Want to witness an Apolomado Falcon in full flight? Feel the need to watch a silly Roseate Spoonbill strut his stuff? All this and much more wide eyed wonder can be found at the daily bird shows; check the website for a current schedule, as this is sure to be a highlight of any visit to the park. The huge diversity of species that reside in the aviary will inspire awe. The paths that wind through the southwest corner of Liberty park encompass the habitats of pelicans, Hawks, Hornbills, North American Eagles, Sandhill Cranes, Trumpeter Swans, and more. My personal favorite was a visit to Owl Forest to meet the denizens of the night. I had no idea that such a diversity of owls rule the dark just blocks from my home in Salt Lake City. The bobbing heads of the burrowing owls, the quiet majesty of the Great Horned Owl, and the interesting coloration of the Barn Owls cannot be missed. Since owls are so difficult to spot in the wild, the aviary offers a rare close-up look at these mysterious creatures. Another captivating exhibit houses the Kea parrots of New Zealand. In the wild, Keas can actually be found in high in the mountains and are the globe’s only alpine parrot. Unsuspecting backpackers may often discover curious and intelligent Keas attempting to locate snacks in their unattended gear. The Aviary keeps their resident Keas very busy with puzzles, toys, and a rotating schedule of activities. Be sure to swing by the Kea’s exhibit to see what these playful green parrots are up to. The Aviary is most proud of their three newly hatched Chilean Flamingo chicks who were born in August. I can’t say I blame them, as the chicks are adorable and growing so fast. The flamingos can be found nesting and resting underneath a whimsical set of pink solar trees. These charismatic birds are fascinating to watch and the adoring public recently participated in a contest to name the three new chicks. The chicks were artificially incubated in the South American Pavilion under the watchful eyes of staff and a veterinarian because too many wild predators presented a threat to the eggs. After hatching, the grey fluffy chicks were introduced to their parents in the Flamingo Pond. As they have grown larger, the chicks have been spending more time with each other, and less time with the parents. In the wild, chicks will be left alone together in a group called a cresh while parents leave the nest to locate food. Watching Bubbles, Bean, and Lonnie interact will surely put a smile on your face. These chicks are the first young flamingos to be born in the Aviary in four years! The Southern Ground Hornbills are another arresting species to stop and observe. A mated pair resides at the Aviary, strutting around their enclosure and playing with a variety of toys and objects. Because they are smart and curious, the hornbills require a lot of enrichment provided by the willing staff. Their beautiful markings and striking bills will catch your eye. No visit to the Aviary could be complete without a peek at Andy the Andean Condor. The huge size and startling features of Andy inspire patrons to spend a few moments learning about the habits and behaviors of this rare vulture. You may even be lucky enough to catch Andy on his daily walk around the Aviary. Andean Condors are the largest flying birds on the planet and can live longer than 70 years! The size of Andy will indeed startle you, and he serves as an ambassador to this threatened species. Andy towers over the average toddler and viewing him along his daily walk will be a memorable experience for children. Tracy Aviary is open year round, but it’s is even fun to visit in the autumn and winter, as many birds remain outdoors and there are fewer crowds. If you grow cold, shelter and very warm temperatures can be enjoyed while bird watching in the South American Pavilion or the Treasures of the Rainforest exhibit. Bird enthusiasts and those curious about animals alike will enjoy the huge variety of feathered friends at Tracy Aviary. Words: Lexi Dowdall Images: Austen Diamond Mon, 23 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/23/Tracy-Aviary/8421/ The Natural History Museum of Utah http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/18/The-Natural-History-Museum-of-Utah/8420/ Along the burnished foothills of the Salt Lake Valley, tucked alongside the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, lies a sinuous and arresting building clad in copper. Appearing to meld with the landscape, its russet walls mimic the hues and rugged terrain of the red buttes that tower above its rooftop. The architecture of the The Natural History Museum of Utah is nearly as astonishing as the vast array of over 1.2 million treasures housed inside.Your journey begins the moment you climb the hill to the museum’s parking area. Soak in the views of the wide Salt Lake Valley and prepare to transport yourself back in time. Walking to the entrance is a trip in itself. The passage of time is depicted along markers as you approach the main entrance, providing context for the vast breadth of the earth’s ages. To conceptualize the brief blip of time that humans have existed on earth helps to frame the wonders contained within the museum’s glimmering walls. Nine permanent exhibitions within NHMU provide enough wonder for an afternoon stroll or an entire day of discovery. The museum also curates 1 rotating exhibition hall, which has unlocked secrets surrounding a diversity of subjects from horses, to chocolate, to the power of poison, to the current exhibit: Vikings—Beyond the Legend. Thanks to a partnership with the Swedish History Museum, patrons can gain insight into the daily lives of the intrepid Viking people. With over 500 objects that have never been showcased before in the USA, you can expect a memorable experience! The thoughtful design of NHMU’s building is reason enough to pay a visit. (Don’t believe me? Insider declared NHMU the most beautiful building in the state of Utah.) The main hall captures the essence of the towering walls of canyon country in Southern Utah with the added bonus of breathtaking views of the Salt Lake Valley. The flow of the museum experience will seamlessly take you up 4 floors with a rewarding visit to the weather stations perched on the rooftop deck. I remember visiting the old NHMU as a young child, located in a decrepit building along President’s Circle on the University of Utah campus. When the museum relocated to the foothills of Red Butte in 2011, the collection on display tripled in size and found new life in a space as inspiring as Utah’s singular natural landscape. Take a moment to watch volunteers and scientists process bones before heading into a lofty galleria stuffed full of roaming dinosaurs. The wall of ceratopsian skulls depicting their phylogeny is a personal favorite. Effortlessly gliding upward to the next exhibit, admire intimidating megafauna, simulate the rise and fall of the ancient Lake Bonneville and find new appreciation for the salty lake for which our fair city is named. The museum provides interactive exhibits for all patrons; children and adults alike will enjoy creating an earthquake, smelling Utah’s native flora, and learning about the role of wind and water in shaping a landscape. Learn about the ancient peoples who creatively adapted to the tough conditions found in Utah and the Intermountain West. Over 3,000 historic Native American artifacts are beautifully displayed and provide insight into the lives of Utah’s first inhabitants. Be certain to check the museum’s event schedule often, as they host a fantastic diversity of classes and workshops. I’ve actually taught classes on how to make your own terrarium, and I can say these workshops are a fun, inexpensive way to spend an evening. From Norse Fest to a Paint Mixer Workshop or an Indian Art Market, the NHMU provides ample opportunity to cultivate a new skill or passion. One of the most striking things currently on display I discovered in the temporary Vikings—Beyond the Legend exhibition. A reconstructed Viking Boat skims eerily through midair—a discovery from a burial mound in Gokstad, Norway. This ghost ship provides a striking picture of the burial practices of the Viking people. On display until January of 2018, the Vikings exhibition vividly captures the lives and customs of this fascinating culture. One thing you may be surprised to learn, Vikings did not, in fact, wear horns on their helmet! The rest you’ll have to discover for yourself… Coming up next, you can expect great things from the newest exhibition in February, Nature’s Ultimate Machines, when the Vikings exhibit moves on. Then, in November, experience the fascinating complexity of the ancient Mayan culture. The museum is open 363 days a year and offers a fun opportunity to visit in the evening on Wednesdays. Plan your visit here and make note of the free admission dates offered by the museum. I can hardly imagine a more inspired building to serve as an educational hub for the natural history of Utah’s landscape. Visiting NHMU is always at the top of my recommendation list when friends stop in town. It’s difficult to say if I like the building or the impressive collection of dinosaurs more, but regardless, a day at NHMU is a day well spent.&nbsp; Words:&nbsp;Lexi Dowdall &nbsp;Images:&nbsp;Austen Diamond Wed, 18 Oct 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/18/The-Natural-History-Museum-of-Utah/8420/ Utah Museum of Fine Arts Unveils New Remodel http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/29/Utah-Museum-of-Fine-Arts-Unveils-New-Remodel/8419/ On a cold day in January of 2016, the&nbsp;Utah Museum of Fine Arts, located on the University of Utah campus, shuttered its doors in preparation for a massive metamorphosis. Since its lauded opening in 2001, the gallery hadn’t undergone any major changes or updates in 17 years. Now, 19 months later, the UMFA is ready to reveal itself, reimagined, to an adoring public. Over half the items now on display will be new to visitors, as the museum aims to showcase the breadth of its impressive collection, one of the largest in the Mountain West region. The museum reopened its galleries in late August of 2017 to much fanfare, parties, and free admission for all guests. The purpose of the museum’s closure was to replace the building’s vapor barrier, a crucial system that maintains appropriate humidity levels to protect the fragile works of art contained within. Museum staff realized this was also an opportunity to reenvision the collections and showcase the vast treasure trove of artifacts stored beneath the building. With nearly 20,000 items contained in the permanent collection, it was time to rethink the various galleries, tell new stories, and showcase objects of art, previously stowed in the vaults below. “We’re excited to welcome everyone back,” says Gretchen Dietrich, UMFA’s Executive Director. In closing its doors in 2016, the UMFA reconsidered the use of space and imagined ways to better engage visitors in their experience of the building and the art on display. Rethinking how visitors move through the building has resulted in cozy nooks and conversation areas for people to recharge, relax, and take a moment to absorb their surroundings. One of the most startling changes visitors will notice is the absence of the bright orange “Guava Jam” hue adorning the walls of the museum. With a new color palette in place, the curators hope to compliment the collection and create a relaxing atmosphere of contemplation for visitors. Knowing that the staff took over 2 weeks to consider 6 versions of white for the large Great Hall downstairs illustrates their commitment to a flawless visitor experience! The oldest item in the museum, a beautiful Chinese pot dating back to 2600-200 BCE, offers a stark contrast to the museum’s youngest installation, a recently completed installation by artist Spencer Finch in the Great Hall Finch took a journey along the entire shore of the Great Salt Lake with a pantone paint chip book. He identified all the colors and elevations that he experienced along the journey. Stepping into The Great Hall evokes the experience of circumnavigating the Great Salt Lake, an immersive ode to the incredible landscape that surrounds the UMFA. In the American and Regional Art Gallery, the curators have striven to better weave Utah into the story of American Art, Westward Expansion, and the Native American experience. You’ll find new stories, new conversations, and a better use of the treasures within this collection. Look for an impressive temporary exhibition in December: Go West! Art of the American Frontier from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, featuring over 90 pieces on loan from one of the nation’s most outstanding collections of western art. Upstairs, the new Arts of Africa collection emphasizes a huge diversity of African art. This hall contains a vibrant scope of pieces from 21 African cultures, encompassing beadwork, photography, woodwork, and more. Down the hall, Arts of the Pacific showcases the handiwork of Oceanic cultures, with many new items and pieces on loan from generous donors. In the Modern and Contemporary Gallery, the museum is paying special homage to pieces made by women. This rotating exhibit will first showcase works crafted by females or those who identify as females. You’ll admire the work of globally renowned female artists alongside pieces created by women of Utah. The museum aims to challenge gender biases by only presenting work created by women in the current exhibition. Check back often, as the museum plans to host many temporary and rotating exhibitions, so there will always be something new to discover at UMFA. The museum offers free admission and immersive workshops on the third Saturday of each month. For information on parking and transportation, please visit the UMFA website. With its grand reopening, UMFA is poised to invigorate the cultural scene in our state. Locals and visitors to Utah alike will find this world class museum unlocks a sense of wonder with its captivating use of space, color, and the incredible treasures it houses within. Words: Lexi Dowdall&nbsp; Images: Austen Diamond Fri, 29 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/29/Utah-Museum-of-Fine-Arts-Unveils-New-Remodel/8419/ Salt Lake’s Vegetarian Super Heroes http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/11/Salt-Lake-s-Vegetarian-Super-Heroes/8418/ While Salt Lake is known to draw some of the world’s best skiers, climbers, cyclist, and all kinds of outdoor enthusiast, most are unaware that these athletes and artists are creating eclectic and incomparable subculture reflective of the outdoor adventurers who call Salt Lake home. You might be surprised to know that Salt Lake is a bit of a&nbsp;vegan and vegetarian mecca. Healthy living isn’t just a result of mountain air—it comes with serious dedication and intent. Alex Honnold (van dweller, pro climber, and all-around nice guy) calls Salt Lake ‘base camp.’ Alex lives out of his van, as it supports his lifestyle of ‘climbing every day,’ and uses Salt Lake as a jumping-off point. Due to proximity to the outdoors, as well as quality of life, Alex credits Utahn’s way of life as ideal for high-intensity climbing. Watch this video, and see for yourself why Salt Lake is so ideal: Alex stands out from most other professional climbers due to his free-solo climbing. Free-solo climbing employs no ropes or protection—just a climber’s hands, feet, chalk bag, knowledge, preparation, and sheer determination. Alex is probably best known for free soloing El Capitan (a 3,00ft wall) in Yosemite.&nbsp;National Geographic&nbsp;described the climb as the ‘most dangerous rope-free ever.’ While most climbers take days to complete the route, Alex climbed El Cap in just under 4 hours. It was an incredible feat. Whatever your perspective on extreme sports or diet, we can all agree with Alex on the fact that Salt Lake has a special gravity. Our predominant culture is well known, but an urban and eclectic culture is climbing its way up strong and steady, thanks to athletes like Alex. Mon, 11 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/11/Salt-Lake-s-Vegetarian-Super-Heroes/8418/ Top 8 Things To Do in Downtown Salt Lake http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/6/Top-8-Things-To-Do-in-Downtown-Salt-Lake/8417/ Downtown Salt Lake City, like most cities’ downtowns, is a hub for business, arts, entertainment, dining, and nightlife. Young professionals are moving to this neighborhood in droves to be close to transit and occupy dozens of new apartment buildings and condos, a hip new restaurant or bar opens seemingly every day, Greenbikes cruise from shop to shop, and exciting events hit the city center night after night. But amid all the urban action, historic Temple Square remains the most visited attraction in the city, and views of the venerable Wasatch Mountains can be had from almost every street corner, giving downtown Salt Lake a unique feeling of rootedness and ruggedness. When it comes to planning out your day and night downtown, there’s a lot to choose from. Here are a few crowd favorites. If you're looking for the best food and drink in downtown Salt Lake, look&nbsp;here. Eccles TheaterBrand spanking new and quite a sight to see,&nbsp;this performing arts theater&nbsp;books everything from Broadway musicals to bluegrass bands to big name comedians.Be sure to take in the star-speckled ceiling after finding your seat, and head to Fireside on Regent Street for artisanal pizza and drinks after the show. &nbsp; Vivint Smart Home Arena (Utah Jazz)Home of the beloved Utah Jazz NBA team, and stage to many a mega popstar. Catch a game or a concert if you can. &nbsp; Temple SquareSalt Lake’s richest source of Mormon history.The grounds are beautifully landscaped, the towering LDS temple and surrounding architecture are stunning, and the multilingual tour guides are happy to fill you in on the unusual sights, sounds, and texts you’ll encounter in this utterly unique corner of the city.&nbsp; &nbsp; City LibraryDesigned by renowned architect Moshe Safdie, the downtown library&nbsp;is a gorgeous place to read, relax, catch up on emails, browse books and zines, see an art exhibit, and admire sweeping views of the city. &nbsp; City Creek Shopping CenterThis award-winning, state-of-the-art&nbsp;shopping mall&nbsp;has something for everyone, including waterfalls, a fish-stocked stream, and an enormous glass ceiling that opens and closes based on the weather. &nbsp; The DepotNot too small, not too big,&nbsp;The Depot&nbsp;is a super fun place to see shows. The venue books a good variety of touring bands and musicians, and it’s almost always easy to get a drink and see the stage. Note: If any of the following events are happening during your visit to downtown Salt Lake, definitely check them out: Twilight Concert Series, Craft Lake City, Utah Arts Festival, Gallery Stroll, Downtown Dine O’ Round, Utah Pride Parade, Utah Beer Festival.&nbsp;Locals’ Secrets&nbsp;The following are a few places we probably shouldn’t tell you about. Go there only if you’re a genuinely cool person who wants to chat with some Salt Lakers and take a step off the conventional visitors guide path. &nbsp;&nbsp;JuniorsThis unassuming&nbsp;neighborhood bar&nbsp;is somehow situated right in the heart of downtown. Its curious group of regulars are loyal and close-knit, yet surprisingly diverse—they span a wide range of interests, ages, and backgrounds, from local news anchors to eccentric artists to grumpy old men to tech nerds. There’s always a good conversation to be had here. &nbsp; Sears Parking Lot Taco CartsArguably the best $4 burrito in town. The setting is crap, but the food is top notch. &nbsp; Brigham Young’s Family CemeteryThe burial plot of the first president of the Mormon church, as well as several of his wives and children, is a site of spiritual reflection for some and curiosity for others, but regardless of what draws you to visit, it’s a serene and storied spot in a city that’s quickly growing and changing around it. Images: Austen Diamond Wed, 06 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/6/Top-8-Things-To-Do-in-Downtown-Salt-Lake/8417/ Downtown Salt Lake&apos;s Best Dining and Drinking http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/23/Downtown-Salt-Lake-s-Best-Dining-and-Drinking-/8416/ Downtown Salt Lake, like most cities’ downtowns, is a hub for business, arts, entertainment, dining, and nightlife. Young professionals are moving to this neighborhood in droves to be close to transit and occupy dozens of new apartment buildings and condos, a hip new restaurant or bar opens seemingly every day, Greenbikes cruise from shop to shop, and exciting events hit the city center night after night.But amid all the urban action, historic Temple Square remains the most visited attraction in the city, and views of the venerable Wasatch Mountains can be had from almost every street corner, giving downtown Salt Lake a unique feeling of rootedness and ruggedness.When it comes to planning out your day and night downtown, there’s a lot to choose from. Here are a few crowd favorites.Current/Under Current Located in a big, beautiful refurbished antique shop,&nbsp;Current Fish &amp; Oyster’s&nbsp;bold seafood creations and uncompromising freshness standards have put it squarely on the map.Next door, the sexy&nbsp;Under Current bar&nbsp;emphasizes absinthe-based cocktails (it turns out that oysters and absinthe pair quite well).Bodega/The RestUpstairs, the small, colorful “bodega” is a good place to pop in for a quick drink, though it gets lively—and crowded—on the weekends. Downstairs,&nbsp;The Rest&nbsp;is a large speakeasy-style bar with killer prohibition-era cocktails, a cozy library area, and a wonderful small plates and dinner menu (try the beer can chicken or the meat and cheese board). &nbsp; Takashi&nbsp; Almost universally agreed to be the city’s best sushi restaurant. Takashi&nbsp;doesn’t take reservations, so expect a bit of a wait, and maybe hop across the street for a nip of the brown stuff at Whiskey Street. &nbsp; BAR-X/Beer Bar This combo is a go-to for locals and out-of-towners alike.&nbsp;BAR-X’s dimly lit, intimate space and craft cocktails contrast with nextdoor Beer Bar’s bright, open beer-hall vibe. Hungry? Order an artisan brat or a soft pretzel. &nbsp; Pallet&nbsp; Consistently praised for its service, presentation, and high-quality ingredients,&nbsp;Pallet&nbsp;is a New American Bistro set in a comfortably upscale, ambient space. Its name is a nod to the building’s days as a loading dock for the the city’s first creamery (as well as a foodie-inspired double entendre, of course). You’ll want to take your time here, and don’t scrimp—go all out with appetizers, wine, dinner, and dessert. &nbsp; Note: For something quicker and more casual, but equally delicious, head to Caputo’s Market &amp; Deli, Siegfried’s German Deli, or Argentina’s Best Empanadas.&nbsp;Images: Austen Diamond&nbsp; Wed, 23 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/23/Downtown-Salt-Lake-s-Best-Dining-and-Drinking-/8416/ Salt Lake’s Loveland Living Planet Aquarium http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/15/Salt-Lake-s-Loveland-Living-Planet-Aquarium-/8415/ You don’t have to travel to the remote jungles of South America to experience the brilliance of flashing feathers and the cackles of exotic bird life. It may be surprising, but a fantastic array of creatures without fins or gills can be found at Salt Lake's&nbsp;Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. And of course, there are plenty of sharks, penguins, and other aquatic animals waiting your visit. Lately, the Living Planet has been busy putting the finishing touches on a large new aviary for their South American toucans in an attempt to successfully breed them. Two Keel-billed Toucans have just joined the aquarium’s resident Swainson’s Toucans in the newly-constructed aviary. Breeding toucans in captivity can be difficult, as they need at least 16 feet of vertical height to breed and nest. With its looming 24 foot walls, the new enclosure should provide the toucans ample space to breed. The Keel-billed Toucans and the Swainson’s Toucans are both part of a Species Survival Plan program overseen by the Association for Zoos and Aquariums. By crafting a new, taller aviary and participating in this program, the Living Planet is helping to enhance conservation efforts of toucan species in the wild. Watching the colorful toucans provides endless entertainment. They are charismatic with a dash of cheekiness that is irresistible to observe. With over 21 years of experience, Scott Chambers, the resident Curator of Mammals and Birds, explains how the process of successfully breeding toucans is an exercise in trial and error. The aquarium is dedicated to the success of the program, and the new aviary will give the toucans a far better shot at successfully reproducing and nesting. The toucans are just a small slice of the frenetic action contained within the South American gallery. The mammoth Electric Eel is sure to mesmerize, along with the accompanying exhibit where you can experience a small fraction of the shock an Electric Eel can deliver. YOWCH! Stingrays, free-flying birds, reptiles, and the absolutely incredible River Giants aquarium will keep you and the family busy for some time. Just know that several more exhibits await discovery! Upon arriving, take a moment to check the daily schedule for the Living Planet. Missing the stingray or penguin feeds would be a shame. From there you can chart your course through the Antarctic Adventure, Expedition: Asia, the Ocean Explorer Gallery, or the Discover Utah exhibit. &nbsp; After spending a serious amount of time admiring the Toucans and the behemoth Arapaima fish, a native Amazonian freshwater fish that can reach up to 15 feet in length, I was ready to resume wandering. &nbsp;The Discover Utah Gallery delivered info about creatures you may encounter here in Utah. The mottled shells of the slow-moving Desert Tortoises were quite the contrast to the playful shenanigans of the North American River Otters. &nbsp; After the excitement of the otters, the sea jellies of the Antarctic Adventure provided a hypnotic show. &nbsp; It is here in the Antarctic that you can take your aquarium visit to an incredible high: participating in a Penguin Encounter. For an additional fee, patrons can journey behind the scenes to interact with the Gentoo Penguins and learn more about their behavior and natural history from aquarium staff. &nbsp; I could hardly contain myself meeting these Gentoo Penguins face to face. It’s a special experience I won’t soon forget, though I highly recommend wearing sturdy shoes! No visit to the aquarium is complete without taking a moment to admire the Clouded Leopards and their neighbors, the otherworldly Binturongs in Expedition: Asia. Also known as Bear Cats, Binturongs emit a scent to mark their territory that smells exactly like buttered popcorn! &nbsp; Saving the best for last, the 40-foot long, circular shark tunnel is a surreal peek into the lives of pelagic sharks in the open ocean. Many varieties of sharks sail overhead in this enormous tank. Bonus points if you can spot the highly camouflaged Giant Pacific Octopus. &nbsp; The huge diversity of creatures on display at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium offers up an opportunity to learn more about animals living in our own backyard or halfway across the globe. Dedicated to environmental stewardship, the Living Planet is a place where exploring, discovering, and learning about earth’s ecosystems takes center stage. Words: Lexi Dowdall &nbsp; Images: Austen Diamond Tue, 15 Aug 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/15/Salt-Lake-s-Loveland-Living-Planet-Aquarium-/8415/ The Boston Globe Lauds Salt Lake http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/18/The-Boston-Globe-Lauds-Salt-Lake/8414/ Most people who visit Salt Lake are often surprised at what is happening here in our cozy corner of the West. While the Mormon culture and outdoor and red rock beauty are well known, the burgeoning urban culture in Utah’s capital city is creating a real buzz. According to The Boston Globe, Salt Lake is a “super gay, super cool hipster haven.” Check out the full article, and see how our thriving and surprising culture is just one more reason to bring your meetings to Salt Lake. &nbsp; Read the full article&nbsp;here. Tue, 18 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/18/The-Boston-Globe-Lauds-Salt-Lake/8414/ Tour of Utah 2017 http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/13/Tour-of-Utah-2017/8413/ Known as “America’s Toughest Stage Race,” the Tour of Utah is set for another exciting showing this year. See the pack wind their way through northern Utah’s most scenic roads and canyons, and finally end up in the heart of the state in downtown Salt Lake. The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is a 2.HC-rated UCI stage race, making it one of the top professional cycling events in North America. Showcasing some of the world’s most prestigious teams and cyclists for seven days in August, this event now attracts worldwide attention as the top international cycling event that follows the Tour de France. Nearly a decade since its opening circuit, the Tour of Utah, today, stands shoulder to shoulder with the most prestigious professional bicycle stage race events as Utah’s answer to the greatest cycling challenges the world has to offer. Bicycle racing offers its fans more opportunity to get close to the action than does any other professional sport. Accessibility to athletes, along with a “free admission” model, puts riders and spectators eyeball to eyeball before, during and after the event. The Tour of Utah has supported the growth of an unparalleled athletic spectacle that showcases the best of Utah’s diverse natural beauty, and the very best side of its people and culture. Without a doubt, the Tour of Utah has achieved world-class status. The event not only represents a forum for showcasing athletic perfection, but communicates a broader message: how individual attention to personal health and physical activity at every age will lead to a stronger, healthier society. Don’t miss the Tour of Utah. See Scheduling and Events info&nbsp;here. Thu, 13 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/13/Tour-of-Utah-2017/8413/ Red Butte Garden http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/10/Red-Butte-Garden/8412/ A vibrant oasis tucked into the foothills of the arid Salt Lake Valley awaits discovery.&nbsp;Red Butte Garden and Arboretum&nbsp;serves as a delightful escape from the hubbub of city life, offering residents engaging workshops, over 5 miles of hiking trails, an impressive concert lineup, day camps for kids, and of course, the opportunity to stroll and relax among exotic and native plant life. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; As the largest botanical garden in the intermountain west, Red Butte is open year-round to the public. Over 100 acres of display gardens, natural trails, and expansive views await your perusal. Of particular interest is the newly opened Water Conservation Garden, unveiled to the public on May 24th, 2017. This marvel contains 29,000 plants and over 530 species perfectly adapted to the harsh climate of desert life. If you seek garden inspiration or hope to find plants that are well-suited to life without constant watering, this new attraction contains a plethora of ideas and valuable knowledge. The Conservation Garden has long been in the works and was added to the Garden’s master plan in 2008. To finally experience its circuitous path, weaving along the terraced foothills beneath the vibrant Red Butte is to find yourself immersed in the vibrancy and possibility of life in the desert. To arrive at the Conservation Garden, you can choose from several routes. Wind through the whimsical Children’s Garden and confront dragons, wild things, spitting rattlesnake fountains, or the educational Sprout House. If a more stately entrance is your style, you can opt to stroll through the Fragrance Garden. Take a moment to close your eyes and absorb the heady perfumes of fragrant flowers from near and far. If you prefer the scenic route, promenade through the pear arbors to the rose garden and relish the sounds of the water pavilion. Arriving at the foot of the new Conservation Garden, look up at the towering hills above and take a moment to prepare yourself for breathtaking 360-degree views as you climb the garden’s gentle heights. The Desert Harvest plot showcases vegetables, herbs, and fruits that flourish in dryland climates. The edible plants found in this garden were used by both Utah’s indigenous Native American Tribes and industrious (and hungry) pioneers. The Prospect Point Terrace and Pavilion offers shade and rest while highlighting spectacular views of Red Butte Canyon and the valley floor below. Take a moment here to savor the shade and the sights and sounds of the garden. If you seek to transition your own garden into a more water-wise habitat, take time to examine the diminutive and exceedingly low maintenance species in the Gravel Garden. These plants will only require water every 7-21 days and are perfect additions to a yard that has been rid of water-guzzling sod or grass. These perennials and succulents are small in size and will provide visual interest to any sort of stone or gravel beds. If you are looking to increase your ground cover, visit the Groundcover Tapestry for large, bold sweeps of water-wise plants to blanket your yard. If you are just beginning or considering making steps to convert your yard to a more desert-friendly habitat, take a moment in the Environmental Exchange exhibit. Here you will learn about water-wise alternatives to commonly used plants that require much more water. The vibrant plants here will prove that it is possible to preserve landscape beauty and an ornamental feel without watering your plants every day under the hot desert sun. For species with an unusual look, check out the Adaptive Beauty bed, which harbors specimens that utilize interesting forms, vivid colors, or surprising textures, all adaptations to conserve water. The Conservation Garden is a fantastic resource for those interested in learning more about how to master your green thumb in a dry climate. Regardless, a walk through this rich and dynamic exhibit is a rewarding and relaxing experience. Red Butte Garden offers entertainment all year long, even in the winter. With engaging classes for youngsters of all ages, it’s a fantastic way to keep kids curious about the great outdoors. Photography classes or wilderness survival courses are a big hit with 5th and 6th graders while kindergartners can spend time on an insect safari in the Bug World class. Adults will find classes on vertical gardening, preserving herbs in the fall, and even the occasional yoga class. Check the&nbsp;Red Butte website&nbsp;often, as the class and concert lineup offers something for everyone. Annual passes to the garden allow individuals and families to return often and truly experience the seasons of Red Butte and the dynamic landscape. Come back often, find your own special corner of the garden and see how the plants change and grow. Season pass holders will also be delighted to discover that many botanical gardens and arboretums across the nation offer reciprocity, so you can explore other gardens whenever you travel with your Red Butte Membership. &nbsp; And a mention of Red Butte wouldn’t be complete without bringing up the&nbsp;Red Butte Outdoor Concert Series. Nestled in one of the most idyllic (it’s rare that a performer fails to mention the beauty of the location during a show) spots in Salt Lake, Red Butte offers unparalleled concert experiences. Pack your cooler with food and booze or wine, pack a blanket, and get ready for the best time of the summer. Drawing big names like Santana, Herbie Hancock, Decemberists, and more, the Outdoor Concert season shouldn’t be missed. &nbsp; Words: Lexi Dowdall Images: Austen Diamond Mon, 10 Jul 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/10/Red-Butte-Garden/8412/ Eat, Drink Salt Lake 2017 http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/22/Eat-Drink-Salt-Lake-2017/8411/ Salt Lake hosts a number of enticing food events, but one of the newest, and one of Visit Salt Lake’s favorites, is&nbsp;Eat Drink SLC—in fact, we love this event so much we’re sponsoring it for the third year in a row. Eat Drink SLC brings some of the city’s finest restaurants, chefs, and food purveyors together with top wineries, distillers, brewers, and mixologists for an unforgettable evening of dining and drinking. The event benefits three non-profits (Tracy Aviary,&nbsp;SB Dance, and&nbsp;Race Swami) and celebrates the pastiche of Salt Lake’s food and drink scene. Each food purveyor is paired with a drink partner to keep your palate energized—there’s no chance of flavor fatigue or bouquet boredom at this event. A Setting for the Birds Eat Drink SLC will be held at Tracy Aviary, one of the event’s aforementioned beneficiaries. Located in Salt Lake’s Central City neighborhood, the aviary is nestled within historic 80-acre Liberty Park and is home to approximately 400 birds representing 135 species, many of which are considered rare or endangered. Guests are free to walk the grounds, explore the gardens, and marvel at the Andean Condor, Long-Eared Owl, and Sun Conures while sipping craft cocktails. Shaded by mulberry trees and accompanied by live music (and free-range peacocks), you’ll feel like you’ve stepped out of the city and into some kind of magical secret foodie garden. See a full list of&nbsp;Drink&nbsp;and&nbsp;Food Partners&nbsp;here. &nbsp; Event Details &nbsp; What: Eat Drink SLC When: Thursday, July 6th, 6:30-9:30 pm Where: Tracy Aviary - 589 E 1300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84105 Tickets: $90 &nbsp; *Tickets include all food and drink, as well as a complimentary wine glass. Must be 21+ to attend. Last year’s event sold out three days prior, so don’t wait too long to buy your tickets. See you there! Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/22/Eat-Drink-Salt-Lake-2017/8411/ 2017 Adventure Week in Sandy http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/14/2017-Adventure-Week-in-Sandy/8410/ Things are about to get exciting in Sandy, because&nbsp;Adventure Week&nbsp;is just around the corner. Adventure Week is seven days packed with indoor and outdoor festivals, activities, and clinics touching on various outdoor activities. Located at the footstep of the Wasatch Mountains, Sandy’s Adventure Week is ideally situated in the some of the greatest and most accessible outdoor locations in the US. Whether you’re an expert, a beginner, or a new parent looking to pass the torch, Adventure Week is the perfect catalyst for kicking off your summer. Adventure Week runs from June 17th through June 24, and will be packed with activities for all ages, and all things outdoor. Activities range from a 140-mile bike race to outdoor movies in parks, to Dad’s and Donuts, so there will definitely be something for everyone in your family or your carpool crew. Don’t sleep on the Night Photography Clinic, and learn how to tune your own rig at the women’s bike maintenance clinic. See the whole&nbsp;schedule of events and activities here, and get ready to get your Adventure on in Sandy. Wed, 14 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/14/2017-Adventure-Week-in-Sandy/8410/ USA Today Touts Salt Lake’s Local Flavors http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/8/USA-Today-Touts-Salt-Lake-s-Local-Flavors/8409/ According to a recent article in USA Today, Salt Lake has gravitational culture. Salt Lake is well known as a gateway to National Parks, outdoor adventure and The Greatest Snow on Earth, but the burgeoning food, beer,&nbsp;distilling, and LGBT culture scenes are really starting to make a buzz on the national stage. From&nbsp;craft breweries, to&nbsp;craft chocolate, Salt Lake’s local artisans are reaping national awards and accolades, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg that is Salt Lake’s growing gastronomic scene. Spend a night or two in downtown Salt Lake, or any of its eclectic neighborhoods, and you’ll see a new and exciting hub of culture and welcoming spirit here in the West. Stereotypes be damned—Salt Lake is making its mark on the national food scene. Read the full story on&nbsp;USA Today here, and get a trip to Salt Lake on your calendar. Thu, 08 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/8/USA-Today-Touts-Salt-Lake-s-Local-Flavors/8409/ Salt Lake’s One World Everybody Eats Cafe Receives James Beard Award http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/31/Salt-Lake-s-One-World-Everybody-Eats-Cafe-Receives-James-Beard-Award-/8408/ While it’s no secret that Salt Lake has a strong humanitarian and philanthropic community, we’ve added another accolade to the long list—One World Everybody Eats Cafe&nbsp;has received the 2017 James Beard Foundation Award for Humanitarian of the Year. One World Everybody Eats is a pay-what-you-can community café aimed at enhancing food security and the reduction of food waste. Patrons can pay what they want for meals, and are offered opportunities to trade volunteer time for food. Further aspects of this interesting and impressive business model include portion-size selection, seasonal food items, a staff that is paid a livable wage, and community tables—all contributing the restaurants primary goals and values. Whether you’re into delicious food that is made with love and mindfulness, or you just want to spend more time volunteering in the community, check out the One World Everybody Eats Café and be part of the solution. Fill your stomach, heart, and soul.&nbsp;See the full list of Award winners&nbsp;here. Wed, 31 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/31/Salt-Lake-s-One-World-Everybody-Eats-Cafe-Receives-James-Beard-Award-/8408/ Salt Lake is a Microbrew Mecca http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/19/Salt-Lake-is-a-Microbrew-Mecca/8407/ It’s said that the proof in the pudding is in the eating, and we’re pretty happy to hear The Pudding’s proof about Salt Lake being the #10 Beer City in the US. Due to Utah’s interesting beer and liquor laws, brewers are limited to producing 3.2% alcohol content beer for grocery stores and beer and restaurant taps. High-point beers are distributed in bottles, but the majority of Utah brewers are crafting ridiculously tasty session beers before session beers became a ‘thing.’ That’s right, Salt Lake brewers are the hipsters of the craft brew scene. In wise words, Jason Stock, Brewmaster at Squatters—Salt Lake’s second oldest brewery—“we can’t hide behind bruiser beers here in Salt Lake. We had to learn how to make a delicious beer that doesn’t hide behind the alcohol.” If you don’t believe The Pudding, come visit Salt Lake and test the taste yourselves. Chances are, some of our local beers and spirits are showing up in your local watering holes and stores. Salt Lake beer scene is bubbling—stereotypes be damned. Read the&nbsp;full The Pudding article here. Fri, 19 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/19/Salt-Lake-is-a-Microbrew-Mecca/8407/ Thrillist Loves Salt Lake&apos;s LGBT Culture http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/16/Thrillist-Loves-Salt-Lake-s-LGBT-Culture/8406/ PRIDE is only weeks away, and here in Salt Lake, we’re gathering LGBT laurels like it’s our job. Next to Pioneer Day (Utah celebrates statehood on July 24th), the PRIDE Festival is probably the biggest and most exciting event in downtown Salt Lake all year long. Here in Salt Lake we’re all about damning stereotypes, and being home to one of the US’ strongest, happiest, and out-est LGBT cultures in the nation is just the tip of the stereotype-damning iceberg. While it shouldn’t be surprising that Salt Lake is the most LGBT-friendly city in the state, most non-locals will be shocked to know that The Advocate listed Salt Lake as 8th in the Top 10 Queerest Cities in the nation in 2016, and that Salt Lake is currently ranked 7th in LGBT population in the US in a recent Gallup poll. Thrillist highlighted Salt Lake as a LGBT-friendly town, and you can read the&nbsp;full article here. For all things PRIDE-related, check out the&nbsp;Utah PRIDE Center&nbsp;for calendars, events, and happenings.&nbsp; Mark the PRIDE Festival on your calendars (May 31st-June 4th), and we’ll see you downtown. It’s going to be one a hell of a good time. Tue, 16 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/16/Thrillist-Loves-Salt-Lake-s-LGBT-Culture/8406/ NBA Playoff Buzz Hits Salt Lake http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/2/NBA-Playoff-Buzz-Hits-Salt-Lake/8405/ NBA Playoff buzz is getting loud in Salt Lake—you can even hear it all the way out in Oakland. In response to certain Warriors’ laments about the quality of Salt Lake’s nightlife, Scott Beck—Visit Salt Lake CEO—drafted a welcoming response, complete with a promise that our local bartenders and servers will do their best to keep the Warriors up real late during their time in Salt Lake.We’ve often heard that there is nothing to do in Salt Lake, and we also know that self-deprecating humor is the best—hence&nbsp;theresnothingtodoinsaltlake.com. &nbsp;That’s right, we’re here to damn the stereotypes—we dare you to test the claim about our nightlife. Salt Lake’s thriving dining, craft-brew, and distilling scene is creating a buzz that will drown out the Warriors shouts in the weeks to come—but really, we’re just glad that the playoff buzz is back in our City. Best of luck to the Jazz in their run against the Golden State Warriors. We look forward to changing the perception of Salt Lake for those who may not yet know—Salt Lake is changing quick, and you’re going to dig it. See the&nbsp;NBA Playoff schedule here, and read&nbsp;Scott Beck’s full response here. Go Jazz.&nbsp; Tue, 02 May 2017 07:00:00 GMT http://www.visitsaltlake.com/blog/post/2017/2/NBA-Playoff-Buzz-Hits-Salt-Lake/8405/