For those of us who want to stay close to home this winter season, we are lucky to live in such a vast and exquisite state. Locals have always known that Utah offers a number of breathtaking destinations, bucket-list adventures and luxury retreats that provide an opportunity to scratch the travel itch instead of scratching vacation plans.

Boulder Mountain Lodge | National Geographic, The New York Times, Fodor’s Travel and “The Today Show” are just a few of the media outlets that have boasted about Boulder Mountain Lodge and its equally famous next-door neighbor, Hell’s Backbone Grill. Despite being located in a tiny town of just 200 residents, both the restaurant and the resort are world renowned. Situated near Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Boulder Mountain Lodge is the perfect base for enjoying some of the country’s most stunning landscapes and scrumptious food, most of which is organically grown onsite and prepared by two of the best chefs in America. Both businesses are dedicated to sustainability and boutique experiences.

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Zion Villa | No matter how many times you’ve “done Zion,” unless you’ve stayed at Zion Villa’s True North, you haven’t experienced the park’s true glory. One of the few residential homes located inside park boundaries, Zion Villa offers jaw-dropping 360-degree views of red rock monuments and over 10 acres of private sanctuary-like grounds where visitors can meditate, practice yoga, or meander through the walking labyrinth. No detail has been overlooked by owners Hank and Mariangela Landau—inside or out. You’ll also enjoy thoughtful touches like an expansive selection of books, instruments for composing music, patios with plenty of seating, a fire ring, wood-burning chiminea and a hot tub that offers majestic views of Zion’s Tabernacle Dome. There’s space for up to 12 people and just out the front door you can explore places you won’t find mentioned in a tourist brochure, including nearby caves with 6,000 year old petroglyphs. Hank’s gracious hosting is matched only by Buddha’s and Sabu’s—the two yellow labs who will welcome you to the property.

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Moab’s Sunflower Hill | Old-timey relaxation meets modern-day luxury at Moab’s Sunflower Hill. Here you’ll find rocking chairs on the wrap-around front porch, an expansive flower garden and a fruit orchard responsible for each morning’s homemade breakfast menu. Complement all that with upscale amenities like sumptuous guest rooms, personalized concierge service and fresh-baked cookies served every afternoon. Situated on a quiet residential street, this quaint bed-and-breakfast inn features two lovingly restored buildings—the historic Ranch House and spacious Garden Cottage—and is located just a short walk from downtown Moab. Th e outdoor living spaces, lush gardens, and refreshing pool make Sunflower Hill a true oasis in the desert.

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Wilderness Ridge Trail | Have you always wanted to explore Capitol Reef National Park, but were put off at the idea of carrying heavy gear for dozens of miles? Now, it’s no prob-llama. Wilderness Ridge Trail Llamas off ers guided day hikes, overnight camping treks, and even custom adventures, all with a personal llama to transport your equipment. All you carry is the leash! Itineraries for day hikes are anywhere from one to ten miles, while multi-day treks cover anywhere from 8 to 27 miles over the course of two to six days. For those looking to be their own backcountry guide, llamas are available for rent too.

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Hotel Park City | Who says you need a full tank of gas to experience a getaway? Hotel Park City offers the ultimate staycation with its subtle luxury, alpine warmth, and old-word charm. With less than 100 suites, this AAA Four Diamond resort offers an intimate setting in the heart of town. Each suite boasts a private patio or balcony, deep-soaking tub, and elegant furnishings. A heated outdoor pool, personalized concierge service, award-winning spa and restaurant add to the indulgence.

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Sheraton Park City | How about inviting friends or family out for their own Park City experience? The Sheraton Park City is a great getaway location centered in Prospector Square with local dining and retail, just up the street. Or take a complimentary shuttle ride to the ski resorts or Park City’s Main Street. The premium full service hotel offers resort style amenities including an atrium inside pool & hot tub, game room, seasonal lobby beverages, in-town shuttle services and complimentary self parking. Enjoy delicious fare at the onsite Timbers Restaurant and Lounge, or grab a morning starter at Starbucks.

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Red Cliffs Lodge | Create memories to last a lifetime at Red Cliffs Lodge. Perched on the Colorado River and framed by majestic, 2,000-foot red cliffs, you will be hard pressed to find a more beautiful setting. From the moment you step into their lobby, you will feel at home with the rustic décor and friendly staff. Comfortable suites and cabins showcase modern comforts and spectacular water views.

Enjoy a delicious meal with outstanding service at The Cowboy Grill, or take advantage of the in-room kitchenette.

In addition to the breathtaking location and impeccable service, the Lodge has a list of noteworthy amenities. Take an afternoon horseback ride, then relax in their year-round hot-tub. Plus, Red Cliffs Lodge has an on-site winery with daily wine tastings, modern fitness center and a children’s playground.

Experience Moab’s National Parks, stay at Red Cliffs Lodge

SOURCEAmy Roberts
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