Where to Stay:
There’s a hotel in Salt Lake City to suit your needs no matter what they may be. If you’re looking for ostentatious, over-the-top opulence, look no further than The Grand America Hotel. Despite its size, this 24-story, 775-room behemoth exudes luxury down to the smallest detail. From the oversized suites decked in the finest linens to the in-room VIP dining options (try the cordial nightcap with artisan chocolates), you’re sure to awake each morning feeling pampered and refreshed (555 S. Main St., 800-621-4505, www.grandamerica.com). If the Grand America is a bit too grand for your liking, the Peery Hotel in downtown Salt Lake might be more your speed. Though still elegantly appointed, at only 73 rooms, the size of the hotel—and the nightly rate—may be easier for guests to swallow. This updated local landmark retains the quaint charm of the original Victorian building, designed in the early 1900s by European architect Charles B. Onderdonk (110 W. Broadway, 800-331-0073, www.peeryhotel.com). Or if you want an even more intimate experience, the Inn on the Hill offers secluded comfort while still being within walking distance to downtown. This historic manor houses 14 rooms, each uniquely decorated and named for Utah’s wildlife parks and natural wonders (225 N. State St., 801-328-1466, www.inn-on-the-hill.com).
Where to Eat:
Log Haven is just what it sounds like. Tucked away amidst the landscape’s gorgeous greenery, this upscale, international eatery envelopes its diners with warm woods and cozy spaces. Originally built in 1920 by Salt Lake steel baron L.F. Rains as an anniversary gift to his wife, the log cabin was completely refurbished in 1994 and has been serving up some of the city’s best eclectic food ever since (6451 E. Millcreek Canyon Rd., 801-272-8255, www.log-haven.com). While Log Haven is quintessential Salt Lake City, Mediterranean favorite Martine feels more like a romantic, New York City bistro. Situated in a sophisticated brownstone, the restaurant’s menu often centers around tapas-style small dishes that are best shared (22 E. 100 South, 801-363-9328). If the cold weather has you in the mood for something warm and filling, this city has some great Italian restaurants that are sure to hit the spot. Cucina Toscana is praised across the board for its mouthwatering, authentic Tuscan offerings and co-owner Valter Nassi’s accommodating style (307 W. Pierpont Ave., 801-328-3463, www.cucina-toscana.com). Fresco Italian Café is another adorable alternative, but the most delightful part—its garden patio seating—is better for summer months (1513 S. 1500 East, 801-486-1300, www.frescoitaliancafe.com). When ski season is still in session, go instead to Fresco’s sister restaurant, Café Trio. Open for both lunch and dinner, the casual spot serves up moderately priced, deliciously prepared Italian food in a chic setting, along with a flat-priced wine list to encourage patrons to try some of their more unique selections (680 S. 900 East, 801-533-8746, www.triodining.com).
What to Do:
Utah is a great place to get back to nature. This outdoor-lover’s Mecca has it all, whether you want to ski the slopes or seek even more daring opportunities. For the latter, look to Exum Utah Mountain Adventures. These aren’t the typical snowmobile tours or run-of-the-mill hikes; this is serious action for serious adrenaline junkies. Students can learn rock or ice climbing, canyoneering, mountaineering, back-country skiing, and avalanche education. All you need to bring are warm clothes—and your courage (2070 E. 3900 South #B, 801-550-3986, www.exum.ofutah.com). Traditional skiers have their pick of slopes, but for high-altitude thrills combined with truly luxurious lodging, The Canyons has you covered. Located just outside downtown Park City, Utah’s largest mountain resort features three hotels, full conference facilities, and a health club and spa, not to mention some of the best skiing the region has to offer. If you’d rather skip the snow and go straight for the Apres Ski drinking and story-sharing, the Grand Summit Hotel—the high-end hotel in the resort—has three bars and lounges to thaw out in and unwind (4000 The Canyons Resort Dr., Park City, 888-CANYONS, www.thecanyons.com).