What are you in the mood for this weekend? Action? Adventure? Romance? Relaxation? It’s all within a short drive from your front door — and we don’t mean to the local video store.
Here are a few “quick retreats” that will allow Wasatch Fronters the chance to escape for just a few hours or a few days. Read on to learn more about these attractions and events. We’ll also give you phone numbers and Web site information to help you plan your retreat.
BEAR RIVER LODGE
Christmas Meadows, Utah
If you follow the Mirror Lake Scenic Byway south from Evanston, Wy., you’ll see the Uinta Mountains of the Wasatch National Forest straight ahead. As you approach the entrance to the Wasatch National Forest you’ll notice the blue-green waters of the Bear River at the bottom of a ravine. The landscape is rich with a mix of pines and aspens and all sorts of wildlife, including moose, deer, foxes, coyotes and on rare occasion bear and elk.
In this beautiful setting is the Bear River Lodge, which is in all respects a quick retreat for all seasons.
During the warm summer months, Bear River Lodge visitors enjoy hiking, picnicking, fishing in the resort’s stocked fishing ponds, horseback riding, ATV trail riding, mountain biking, backpacking, sightseeing and all of the other opportunities within the Uinta Mountain range.
As autumn approaches visitors still enjoy the summer month activities, only with the added bonus of having a backdrop of dazzling fall foliage. Hunting opportunities also attract many visitors during the fall.
Winter, which begins in mid-October here and lasts through the end of March, brings new outdoor recreation opportunities. The Bear River Lodge keeps a fleet of new Polaris and Ski Doo snowmobiles for visitors. Expert guides are available to take guests through the Wasatch National Forest for an extreme riding experience. Helmets, snowsuits and boots are available.
If guests opt for a more tame experience, a 35-mile ride on the Mirror Lake Highway is open to snowmobiles from the lodge and winds through the Wasatch National Forest. Both one-person and two-person snowmobiles are available.
In addition to snowmobiling, guests can enjoy cross country skiing, snowshoeing, sightseeing or simply relaxing in one of the resort’s hot tubs.
Bear River Lodge is also home to the Burly Bear Grill, where visitors can dine and watch television on the big screen TV. Adjoining the Burly Bear Grill is a gift shop and small convenience store.
The Bear River Lodge is ideal for a large family reunion or a small anniversary getaway — in any season.
The cabins at the Bear River Lodge, which are exceptionally clean and warmly decorated, are all no smoking and no pets.
Different sizes of cabins are available.
Small cabins come with a king bed and a futon that folds out into a queen bed. They also have a bathroom with shower, fridge, microwave and gas log fireplace.
The medium cabins have walkout patios with a view of the Bear River, a bedroom with king bed and large jetted tub, bathroom with a shower, and two queen sofa sleepers in the open living room area. The medium-sized cabins also have full kitchens with dining area and a gas log fireplace.
The large cabins have the feel of a true mountainland getaway. These cabins have main and upper level bedrooms with king beds and private bathrooms for each. The main level bedroom also has a private jetted tub. The airy living room has vaulted ceilings, two sofa sleepers and gas log fireplace.
Large cabins also have a deck with a view, full kitchens and dining area.
Cabins range in price from $129 to $299. The trip to Bear River Lodge from Provo takes about two hours.
Call 1-800-559-1121 or visit www.bearriverlodge.com for more information.
Inn on the Creek
The Inn on the Creek, just 40 minutes from Provo, is the ideal place for a quick, romantic getaway. The European feel of the resort fits with the Swiss motif of Midway, Utah, where it is located. And the peacefulness also complements the rural atmosphere of this mountain location.
The Inn on the Creek has been undergoing a $1 million renovation, which is mostly completed. The new grand marble entrance leads up to secluded Inn rooms, all with different themes.
“One of our most requested rooms is the Safari Room,” says Tanya Merrill, who manages the inn with her husband, Brent.
The inn’s accommodations range from inn rooms with one bed to five-bedroom chalets that are ideal for families of all sizes. All of the eight rooms in the Inn are beautifully decorated, with heavy drapery, elegant duvets and rich colors of carpet and wall coverings. The 36 chalets just outside the Inn are also high class, as is the overall setting and feel.
The Homestead Golf Course wraps around the Inn, with natural springs giving home to wildlife.
The Inn on the Creek is also a great choice for evening dining, with dishes ranging from $18 to $30. Favorites include the grilled double cut pork chop with plum sauce and mashed potatoes, or the scallop and scampi linguini with sundried tomatoes and asparagus.
“Our crab cakes are so well-liked that a radio station agreed to give us free advertising if we would give them the crab cake recipe,” Tanya says.
The restaurant is open every evening except for Tuesdays.
Continental breakfast is included with the room reservation. Private breakfasts and lunches are available for group bookings.
“We love groups!” Tanya says. “We get corporate retreats and other large gatherings here from all over the state.”
The private dining area has rich colors, fine linen tablecloths and a crackling fireplace. The large dining area looks out onto the mountains, golf course and hotsprings. A new deck, available for outdoor dining or parties, opens off of the large dining room, making room for parties of 125. The new square footage creates a perfect backdrop for a wedding party, family reunion or business meeting.
Future plans at the Inn on the Creek include winterizing the outdoor pool, adding more hot tubs, creating a spa center and adding a wine cellar right in the mountain.
The location of the Inn on the Creek puts it at the center of the action, without having a crowded or busy feel. The European getaway is just 20 minutes from Sundance, 10 minutes from the Jordanelle Gondola chair, which transports guests to Deer Valley, and less than five minutes from the site of the 2002 Olympic cross-country ski course.
Outdoor activities are just … out the door. Golfing, fishing, horseback riding, hiking and boating are all within steps of the Inn on the Creek.
This quick getaway has become a popular spot for weddings and anniversaries. Intimate fireplaces, oversized jetted tubs, hand-painted European stencils on the walls and the European-styled furnishings all contribute to the international appeal of the inn.
In fact, the Inn on the Creek hopes to capitalize on the world coming Utah for 2002 by getting international exposure.
The Norwegian ski team plans to stay at the Inn on the Creek for the 2002 Olympics. And Tanya believes as more people — Utahns as well as the rest of the world — learn about the Inn on the Creek, its magic will draw people year-round, again and again, to experience the atmosphere.
Rooms range from $130 a night to $765 per night. Call 1-800-654-0892 or www.innoncreek.com
COSMETIC PLASTIC SURGERY INSTITUTE AND DAY SPA RETREAT
With the warmth of a cozy fire and soft, natural earth tones of wood, the Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Institute & Day Spa Retreat is an ideal destination for a quick retreat or a luxurious spa experience.
The Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Institute & Day Spa Retreat combines century-old methods from France, Sweden, Russia, and the Orient with modern scientific techniques to produce some of the finest treatments available. Extensive product and treatment research has been done to ensure the quality and consistency of each of our services. All products are physician’s strength and of the highest quality, assuring beautiful results every time.
From reshaping your curves to enjoying a day or even an hour of relaxation, the Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Institute & Day Spa Retreat offers it all. Enjoy a stress relieving Swedish Massage, which gets into tight muscles helping them to relax and loosen up, or maybe a La Stone Massage.
Soothe your body with a calming Herbal Wrap followed by a steam to open up blocked pores — or how about being covered in mud to revive your skin. Salt Glows exfoliate and make your skin smooth all over.
Facials (which include a variety of masques) can tone, deep clean, purify, and revitalize your face making you look years younger. Chemical peels reduce and eliminate wrinkles, reduce blotchiness, and even out skin tones.
In addition to skin treatments, the Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Institute & Day Spa Retreat offers laser hair removal, providing long-lasting, hassle-free smooth skin. Another time-saving, worry-free solution is permanent cosmetics, which offers the convenience of worry-free beauty without the hassle of constant application, smearing or rubbing off.
Another option is Silklight Cellulite Reduction, which reduces the dimply look of cellulite, improving body contours.
This month the Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Institute & Day Spa Retreat is featuring several treatments:
• La Stone Therapy — Relax under hot basalt rocks as your body is massaged from head to toe relaxing your muscles and soothing your nerves.
• Couples Massage Class — Pamper yourself and your significant other with a five-week course on massage focusing on couples. This class is designed for couples to make time for each other, accentuate their relationship, and relax in the process. Enjoy hours and hours of massage and relaxation.
• Honey/Apricot or Lavender/Geranium Masque with Facial — Relax your entire body with a purifying, revitalizing, deep-cleansing facial treatment that is designed to restore the health of your face, rejuvenate tired skin and will cleanse pores from impurities.
• Silklight Cellulite Treatment — Get ready for spring and summer with an incredible treatment that reduces the appearance of cellulite and smoothes the curves of your body.
Call (801) 762-0051 for special pricing on featured items and seasonal specials. The Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Institute & Day Spa Retreat welcomes you to their Orem facility — and to a more vibrant, healthier you.
A quick getaway doesn’t have to be any further than downtown Provo.
The full-service Provo Marriott, located at 100 North and 100 West, offers packages designed for couples and families.
The Sleep and Swim package includes a hotel room and four adult passes to Seven Peaks Water Park in Provo.
“This package has been popular with families from both in-town and out-of-town,” says John Garfield, general manager of the Provo Marriott. “It makes for a fun, quick getaway.”
Although availability of the 331 rooms varies, Garfield suggests making reservations. Calling three months in advance may be required for popular times of the year.
Another great package is the “Honeymoon Package” or “Romance Package,” which includes a room, fruit/cheese tray and sparkling cider, breakfast for two in the morning, and a late checkout of 2 p.m. This package costs $129 for a regular room; a Romance Package with a parlor suite goes for $199.
For an even quicker getaway, Provo Marriott offers Allie’s American Grille.
One page of the menu is designated as “A Taste of Utah,” and includes Smoked Utah Red Trout, Wasatch Fettuccini, and Roasted Uintah Vegetable Flat Bread, among other tasty options. The “Coast to Coast” section of the menu offers Napa Valley Chicken, New York Sirloin and Parmesan Crusted Swordfish.
Friday nights at Allie’s is the popular seafood buffet, and Saturday has recently been designated as Italian buffet night. Reservations are recommended.
“We’ve been very pleased with the response to our buffets,” Garfield says.
In addition to the evening feasts, Allie’s also offers a breakfast buffet, which is growing in popularity.
“We’re having many businesses come here to hold their business meetings over breakfast,” Garfield says.
Allie’s serves a lunch buffet on weekdays for $7.95, which includes hot entrees, salad bar and dessert.
“Whatever you like, we can whip it up for you,” Garfield says.
Allie’s new chef reigns from Australia, and Garfield says the chef is adding an international flair to the menu and dishes.
The Provo Marriott has options for everyone — families, businesses or couples.
“We’re the only full-service hotel in the area,” Garfield says.
The Marriott has an indoor pool, which is open year-round, and an outdoor pool that is open in the summer.
The Provo Marriott offers 28,000 square feet of meeting space, and conventions of all types and sizes use the rooms for conventions and trade shows.
Call 377-4700 for information and reservations.
Seven peaks water park
Seven Peaks is Utah’s largest water park, and this Provo facility caters to families, children, and water enthusiasts of all ages.
Adults love the Ramblin’ River and the chance to sit and relax. Teen-agers get a thrill while riding speed slides, especially Shotgun Falls and Cave In. Two children’s areas as well as Tykes Peak offer safe fun for younger swimmers.
In addition to the 14 slides, Seven Peaks has added the Boomerang, which opened in July 2000. This ride features a huge 30-foot half-pipe structure on a tilt that catapults patrons from one side to the other until they eventually empty out at the bottom.
More than 25 heated water attractions offer everything from thrills to relaxation.
Food and beverage stands include a full menu, and catering is available for group functions. The gift shop features swim wear and souvenirs.
Lockers and tube rentals are available for a nominal fee. On-site parking is free.
Seven Peaks, located on Seven Peaks Boulevard at the east end of Provo’s Center Street, opens May 26th. The park will be open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. until Labor Day.
All-day adult passes (ages 12 and over) are $16.50, and swimmers ages 4 to 11 are $12.50. Seniors and children ages 3 and under are free. Half-day passes (entry after 4 p.m.) are $8.50 for all ages.
Season passes are $79.95 each if purchased before March 30th ($99.95 after March 30th). Family passes (for four immediate family members) are $279 if purchased by March 30th ($350 after March 30th). Additional family members can be added to the family pass for $75.
Call (801) 373-8777 for more information.