Quick Retreats


Looking for a quick and easy getaway? Perhaps you need a few hours to yourself. Or maybe you’re looking to escape with your family. A weekend getaway might just be the ticket. Some alone time with your family would give you a chance to talk over fine dining or out on the golf course. No matter which type of retreat will soothe your soul, you’ll find it in our Quick Reatreats section. Take a deep breath and read on.

Heber Valley Abounds with Fun
Neighboring Heber Valley is no secret to people in this valley. It has long been a getaway destination for Provo residents looking to go somewhere different, interesting and convenient.

From golf at the Homestead Resort or Wasatch State Park to cross country skiing at Soldier Hollow — site of the cross country events of the 2002 Olympics — every season is perfect for a weekend getaway. The local inns listed below each have golf packages available that enable golfers to make tee times up to 60 days in advance.

Heber Valley is the perfect vacation destination. It mixes variety, convenience and fun together to make a weekend getaway — or longer — a great option.

Blue Boar Inn
The Blue Boar Inn & Restaurant, nestled at the foot of Snake Creek Canyon in Midway, offers the beauty and style of Europe with the charm of natural vistas and outstanding views.

Couples are drawn to the inn because of its seclusion – allowing for getaways that enhance any relationship. Its 14 rooms – each named after a different author – offer a romantic setting. The full-service, award-winning restaurant, featuring the creations of Executive Chef Jesse Layman, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Blue Boar Inn & Restaurant has been awarded four diamonds from AAA, four stars from Mobil and was awarded a high rating from Zagat in 2002.

For more information, contact the Blue Boar Inn & Restaurant at (435) 654-1400.

Homestead Inn
Tucked up against Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, the Homestead Resort offers a spectacular setting and a wide array of activities, amenities, conference space and accommodations for vacationers and groups.

The Homestead is a four-season resort with a wealth of activities that will excite and calm you. Whether taking advantage of the 18-hole championship golf course, the only resort-owned golf course in Utah, playing a casual game of checkers or taking a guided trip through the backcountry on a snowmobile, there is something for everyone at the Homestead.

A stay at the Homestead is truly an adventure of the mind, body and soul. For more information, call (888) 327-7220 or visit www.homesteadresort.com.

Inn on the Creek
Reflecting its European heritage in architecture, décor, food, and hospitality, Inn on the Creek offers 45 exquisite oversized lodging rooms, conference and banquet facilities, award-winning cuisine and an all-season recreation playground that converts many guests into neighbors.

Inn on the Creek is central to a variety of recreation options—golfing on Utah’s top two courses, blue-ribbon fly fishing, horseback riding, scenic hot air balloon rides or shopping in Park City.

For a more relaxed pace, Inn on the Creek offers a full array of treatments at the new Visions Day Spa, including hot oil and steaming stone massages, facials, herbal body wraps, salt glows, hot oil hair treatments, and color therapy soaks.  Whether considering a destination for a management meeting, incentive trip, team building retreat, or social event, Inn on the Creek can accommodate all needs with unsurpassed service in comfortable elegance.

For more information on Inn on the Creek, visit www.innoncreek.com or call (800) 654-0892.

The Sundowner Inn
The Sundowner Inn offers a complete vacation. From romantic rooms – complete with fireplace, pillow-top bed and scenic decks – to game rooms, outdoor activities and dining options, the staff at the Sundowner caters to the needs of each guest.

The location is ideal, combining seclusion with convenience so often searched for in a getaway. The inn is located in Heber City, at the heart of Heber Valley and just 14 minutes south of Park City. Whether guests would like a dip in the heated pool, a quiet game of croquet on the lawn or a romantic evening, the Sundowner offers the best of everything. Call (435) 654-4200 for information.

­1235 Warm Springs Rd., Midway
(435) 654-1400
­700 N. Homestead Dr., Midway
(888) 327-7220
­375 Rainbow Ln., Midway
(800) 654-0892
­425 Moulton Ln., Heber City
(435) 654-4200

Can a trip to a day spa bring passion to a marriage?
Many couples remember the first several years of marriage when just a momentary glimpse of your spouse across a crowded room could ignite an insatiable longing.

However, for many, those days seem like decades ago. The challenges of raising children, dealing with finances and struggling with the impending chaos can take their toll on any married couple and family.

At the Day Spa Retreat at the Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Institute in Orem, couples can participate in spa treatments and classes to rekindle those feelings and encourage renewed romance.

The Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Institute offers a variety of surgical procedures, expertly performed by Joseph E. Berg, M.D., to encourage higher self-esteem along with restoring otherwise irreversible post-pregnancy damages to a woman’s body. The Institute offers a variety of spa treatments to combat the challenges everyday life brings to a couple’s relationship and intimacy.

One of the most popular treatments available at the Institute is a couple’s massage and couple’s massage classes. The massage classes increase knowledge of how to pamper your spouse.

The classes, taught by female instructors in a “G-rated” manner, encourage couples to communicate while learning massage techniques from a variety of cultures, from Swedish to Egyptian.

Instructors of the classes take great care in creating a comfortable, enjoyable atmosphere, complete with relaxing music, subtle-trickling waterfall fountains, aromatherapy products, Dead Sea salts and herbal mud. Couples participating in the classes are given time at the end of instruction to take advantage of the Institute’s relaxing atmosphere.

Most married couples who attend the classes find them exciting and insightful. The instruction given increases communication at home and benefits the relationship for both husband and wife. The classes are so beneficial that many couples return on a monthly basis, to learn more about each other and enjoy the renewed intimacy in their relationship.

Whether taking a class or enjoying one of the many other spa facilities, the Day Spa Retreat at the Cosmetic Plastic Surgery Institute in Orem is a perfect couple’s getaway.

498 E. 800 North, Orem
(801) 762-0051

Sundance camp full of variety
The June school bell rings and signifies the end of another year. Children are looking for fun in the sun and time with friends. Parents are looking for something to keep the children entertained while offering some educational opportunities that only the summer can bring.

The Sundance Kids Camp, held at the Sundance Resort June 9-Aug. 20, allows children to embrace the arts, nature and learn about the environment through activities that are designed each day to encompass each of these components. Just a few of the activities planned include hiking with a naturalist guide through stunning Elk Meadow, creating works of art in pottery and painting in the Art Center, performing puppet shows and cooking with a professional chef.

Sundance Kids Camp is held every Monday through Friday, from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., on a three-week rotating schedule. Children ages 3 to 5 attend from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., while older participants (6 to 12) go the entire day.

“The camp is for kids to come and enjoy the nature and beauty of Sundance and have a good time while learning something,” says Pam Wells, the manager of the Kids Camp and a certified teacher working on a master’s degree from the University of Idaho. “The Kids Camp offers children the chance to have authentic learning in a community environment that is fun and, of course, beautiful. It’s a great opportunity for children to have such an enriching experience,” says Wells.

The camp costs $35 (children from 3-5) or $45 (for 6-12) for the first day and $30 or $32 for each additional day, respectively. A complete list of activities and dates is available at the Sundance Web site, www.sundanceresort.com. For more information, call (801) 225-4107. Reservations are currently being taken.

­Sundance Resort, Provo Canyon
(801) 225-4107

Downtown is far enough away
A quick getaway doesn’t have to be any further than downtown Provo.

The full-service Marriott, located at 101 West and 100 North, 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.”

The Provo Marriott is very excited about the opening of Seven Peaks on Memorial Day weekend, Garfield says.

Reservations for the Sleep and Swim package are suggested.

Another great option at the Provo Marriott 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.

The Anniversary Package ($109) includes a hotel room, popcorn, in-room movie and a gift from the hotel.

For an even quicker getaway, Provo Marriott offers Allie’s American Grille with its award-winning menu.

Friday nights at Allie’s is the popular All-You-Can-Eat Prime Rib Buffet.

“We’ve been very pleased with the response to our buffets,” Garfield says.

In addition to the evening feasts, Allie’s also offers Provo’s most popular breakfast buffet.

“We’re having many businesses, service groups and non-profit organizations come here to hold their business meetings over breakfast,” Garfield says.

Allie’s serves an affordable, quick and back-to-work lunch buffet on weekdays, which includes all-you-can-eat pasta buffet, salad bar and drinks.

The Provo Marriott has options for everyone — families, businesses or couples.

“We’re the only full-service hotel in Utah County,” Garfield says.

The Provo Marriott has an indoor pool, which is open year-round, and an outdoor pool that is open in the summer.

The Utah Valley Marriott Conference Center offers a Complete Meeting Package (CMP), which includes hotel rooms, meeting rooms, three meals a day, and an all-day refreshment bar for groups of 15 or more.

The Marriott includes 28,000 square feet of meeting space, and conventions of all types and sizes use the rooms throughout the year.

The Provo Marriott has been approved by the International Association of Conference Centers for superior service and space.

Four tickets to Seven Peaks
One night at Provo Marriott
­(801) 377-4700 for information


Greg Bennett

Greg Bennett is an editor and writer with Bennett Communications. His primary responsibilities are with Utah Valley Magazine and the company's custom publications division. He's the father of four children and has been married to his wife, Adria, for 19 years. Contact Greg at greg.utahvalley360@gmail.com.

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