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After You Say "I Do"

Honeymoon in Some of Utah's Finest Resorts

Sarah Ryther-Francom

May 1, 2008

You’ve said your “I dos” and the exciting rush of the wedding is over. Now is the time to get away before the real adventure of marriage begins. With breathtaking red rock formations to exhilarating snow-filled mountains, Utah’s unique landscape offers a newlywed couple a myriad of choices of where to honeymoon. According to the Utah Office of Tourism, there are many getaways throughout Utah that are often overlooked by honeymooners. Three resorts quickly come to the mind of Clayton Scrivner of the Utah Office of Tourism: one tucked away in the Wasatch Mountains, another offering ultimate adventure and the third providing a sanctuary of rejuvenation. Stein Eriksen Lodge – Park City Nestled within the Wasatch Mountains, Stein Eriksen Lodge combines luxury and elegance to form an ideal experience for the honeymooning couple. The lodge offers a plethora of wellness treatments, including healing wraps, deep tissue massages and chic pedicures. For fitness fanatics, the site also includes an outdoor pool and a state-of-the-art fitness facility. Only steps away from the lobby is the award-winning Glitretind Restaurant, offering a menu that tempts even the most discriminating palate. Dinner options include tenderloin of Rocky Mountain elk, orange duck or braised Kobe short ribs. The lodge’s location in the Rocky Mountain peaks offers guests immediate access to some of the world’s best powder. Activities include top-notch skiing, snowboarding and other winter-inspired sports at Deer Valley Resort. During summer months, guests can enjoy hiking many of the area’s pristine trails or taking on the challenging biking terrain. In a combination of European elegance and pure mountain bliss, Stein Eriksen Lodge takes luxury to the next level. Boulder Mountain Lodge - Boulder Positioned in the middle of Utah’s most dynamic and remote sandstone canyon country, Boulder Mountain Lodge offers the honeymooning couple an unforgettable, energy-filled experience. The lodge is located only a short drive away from some of America’s most scenic and powerful wonders, including the Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument, Bryce Canyon and Capitol Reef national parks. The area’s jaw-dropping beauty also makes for a rejuvenating hideaway, creating a soothing space for newlyweds to reflect and simply enjoy one another. Guest rooms offer an unparalleled view of a 15-acre lake and bird sanctuary that surround the lodge, adding to the natural atmosphere. Only steps away from the hotel is the award-winning restaurant, Hell’s Backbone Grill. With a wide area-inspired menu, this restaurant is sure to keep guests coming back for more mouth-watering selections, including Chile rubbed filet mignon, pan-seared duck breast and cornmeal-molasses and pecan skillet trout. Offering a combination of real adventure and secluded romance, the Boulder Mountain Lodge is a true getaway for the active newlywed couple. Red Mountain Spa – St. George Framed by towering cliffs and red rock formations, Red Mountain Spa offers a relaxing and rejuvenating oasis, the perfect follow-up to a busy engagement and wedding day. This resort offers an array of quality activities for fitness enthusiasts, including indoor and outdoor pools and a number of trails designed for walking, hiking, biking and climbing. At the same time, guests are treated to lavish comforts, including decadent couples massages, skin care treatments and more. “Red Mountain Spa offers a daily schedule full of great activities, to give the honeymooning couple a healthy start to their life together,” said Tracey Welsh, general manager at Red Mountain Spa. The resort includes a fresh and all-natural menu selection, with main entrées, such as fire roasted poblano chili relleno, coriander crusted chicken and molasses seared North American elk, enticing guests each evening. Without ever leaving the spa, the couple is sure to experience an inclusive experience of activity and relaxation at the Red Mountain Spa.
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