Swig St. GeorgeWho doesn’t love the perfect chilled beverage to enjoy on a hot summer’s day? I think you are right, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t! Well if you are visiting us at Five Seasons Vacation Rentals here in St. George, Utah then you are in luck for some of the best and most refreshing drinks available!! I am not kidding! St. George locals know what good summer treats really are!

So, I am sure most of you have heard the rave about one of our St. George local hotspots, ’SWIG.’ Well either way be sure to stop in and grab a nice cold beverage with a twist of sorts to choose from. However, you can’t leave without a sugar cookie either. Did I mention that they so conveniently have a drive thru!? Yes, they do! So be sure and grab me a ‘Dirty Dr. Pepper’ and a sugar cookie for filling you in on this amazing goodness. You’re welcome.
Here is SWIG’s Menu

Next, on my list is another favorite of mine, 25 Main. It too is an extremely popular place to not only grab a delicious bite to eat, but to just stop on in for an incredible cupcake that will pretty much leave you wanting another. I’ll be honest with you…they are so YUMMY. If I decide to keep it to a one cup-cake minimum I also like to indulge in getting an Italian Soda! Now, if you want to give kudos for filling you in on all this good stuff, you now know what I like. Here is the menu and cupcake schedule at 25 Main.

Lastly, who doesn’t love a good smoothie? Well Orange Peel knocks it out of the park with their menu of Smoothies and Bubble Tea! You really can’t make a bad choice here, they have popular blends on their menu or you can go wild and create your very own custom smoothie! I get something different every time…I’m never disappointed, always so cool and refreshing!
Here is Orange Peel’s Menu

So here are some of my favorite local hotspots to get you the perfect summer treat so you can beat the St. George heat! So next time you come to stay with us be sure to make a stop to these fun St. George local hotspots!

Sand Hollow State Park
Want to feel the sand between your toes? Is the Coast too far? Well, if you can’t make it to the coast and are visiting St. George, Utah, then you are in luck! Sand Hollow State Park is a beautiful place to hang out on the red sandy shorelines. There are a lot of fun recreational activities that are available there! Some of our favorite things to do while visiting Sand Hollow for the day include:

  • Cliff Jumping
  • Laying out and soaking up the sunshine
  • Boating; wakeboarding, tubing, skiing
  • Take UTV, 4 wheelers, or dirt bikes up to the dunes
  • Paddle Boarding
  • Fishing
  • Take Pictures
  • Playing in the sand
  • Floating in the water
  • Sitting in a lounger reading a good book
  • Kayaking/Canoeing
  • Swimming

There is really something for everyone to enjoy! Plus, when you come to stay with Five Seasons Vacation Rentals this summer, you will most definitely want to be close to water! So, load up and make a day of it out at Sand Hollow State Park. Arrive by sunrise to get in the best fishing, enjoy the afternoon sunshine playing in the water, and take in the beautiful landscapes as you await the spectacular colors of the sunset in the sand. It really doesn’t get much better!

For more information on rentals at the Beach at Sand Hollow Concession: 801-473-4615

Sand Hollow State Park website: http://stateparks.utah.gov/park/sand-hollow-state-park

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Are you familiar with the Huntsman World Senior Games held mid October every year here in St. George, Utah? Well, if your answer is no, then you HAVE to check out this incredible documentary that was put together to give you a small taste of what the Senior Games are ALL about. It really is extremely inspiring, encouraging, and motivating for anyone! If you are an athlete or just love to meet new people this is definitely something you should look into participating in. Guaranteed you will love it and want to come back year after year to just be a part of it all.

“We’re taking you inside the Senior Games, a multi-sport Olympic-style event for athletes over 50. We’ll meet some of the many inspirational athletes, who haven’t let age get in the way of their passion and see how they live life to its fullest.”- HWSG

 For more information on registration and other specifics regarding the Huntsman World Senior Games, please visit www.seniorgames.net 

St. George Resort Rentals has enjoyed having guests from all over the world come and stay in our affordable and luxurious St. George Vacation Rentals while they are here participating in the games. We have guests that have been coming for years! We love getting to meet the athletes, hear their stories, and especially see them get medals!

 Since we love our Huntsman World Senior Games guests so much we are offering a special for staying with St. George Resort Rentals during the 2014 Games.

• Book online at www.laspalmasresortcondos.com.com and receive 10% off your stay when booking a minimum of 5 nights (during the dates of Sunday, October 5 thru Sunday, October 19 ONLY) – use Promo Code: GAMES10

family-activities-st-georgePlanning a vacation to St. George? First thing, be sure to reserve one of our comfortable St. George Condo Rentals or one of our private St. George Vacation Homes that will be perfect for your family and your budget.

Working on a few things for your itinerary? Trying to figure out a few places that will be a lot of fun for the kids can sometimes be difficult or a little overwhelming if you have never visited St. George, Utah before. Guess what? Five Seasons Vacation Rentals is here to help you out.

Here are 7 of our favorite places we’re sure your kids (and you too) will definitely enjoy!

  • Fiesta Fun – Family Fun Center: arcades, mini-golf, bumper boats, Go-karts, batting cage, driving range, soft-play area, and kiddies-karts!http://www.fiestafuncenter.com/
  • St. George Children’s Museum: interactive, fun, and themed children’s museum!http://www.sgchildrensmuseum.org/
  • Hidden Valley Park: Basketball courts, tennis courts, volleyball, trailhead, playground, splash-pad, and is a WiFi hotspot!
  • Laser Mania – Family Fun Center: Laser-tag, 4-D movie ride, A-maze-ing Golf, bumper cars, and arcade!http://www.laser-mania.com/index_sg.html
  • Sk8 Park: 15,000 sq. ft. concrete skate park with street skating elements and bowls. Park currently allows skateboards, scooters (non-motorized), in-line skates, and bikes.
  • Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum: Observe over 300 different species in their natural habitat, movies, and gift shop.
  • St. George Carousel at Town Square: Enjoy the vintage carousel downtown St. George – close to eating, shopping, museum, library, and park!

Be sure to take in at least one of these activities while you are staying in St. George, because FUN will definitely be had!

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There are as many cuisines in the world with delectable food as there are species of animals, and though it may have been placed at the bottom of Maslow’s hierarchy, it is one of the most important needs. There is so much food to taste and so many flavors provided by nature to try that the world, so to say, seems like one big platter. The city of Utah lives true to this and brings to the locals, tourists and travelers, alike, a lot of tasty food and a great fine dining experience.

If you are traveling to St. George, Utah, you can search online for the countless restaurants that specialize in various foods and cuisines from across the globe. The culinary scene in Utah is diverse. One end of the spectrum is the global delicacies you can dig into, like the pizza and pastas. On the other end of the diverse range of amazing food, stands the caviar and fine wine that Utah brings to the people with its own zing and style.

Fine dining in St. George, Utah is an experience to remember for a lifetime. You can search online or just stroll into the local tourist offices for more information based on your various choices or even the kind of ambiance you are looking for. There are many websites that offer information on restaurants, their services based on different search criteria and requirements of the person.

Cuisine from around the world that St George offers for fine dining experience is:

  • American
  • Asian
  • Barbeque
  • Brazilian
  • Chinese
  • Gourmet
  • Yogurt and ice creams
  • Japanese
  • Mediterranean
  • Mexican
  • Mongolian

One can also find a whole range of places to enjoy food for the best fine dining experience.

Once you know the kind of food you want on your plate, it makes the choice to pick a restaurant easier. You can go online, read the reviews, make a call and book a table for your people and get set for the evening of great food, time and memories at the place of your choice. St George offers enough fine dining options for the people to try no matter how many days you stay or visit the town. Each day you can have a new cuisine, a new place and a new tryst with food and enjoy the fine dining experience in the city, like nowhere else with peace, calm and good food.

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Among the numerous activities that can be found while visiting Southern Utah, the following is the top ten that tourists and residents enjoy here.

1.)    Go fishing- From rivers and lakes to reservoirs and streams, Southern Utah is a great place to do a little fishing. If bass is your fish of choice, one of the nation’s best places to catch bass and striped bass is Lake Powell, located on the border of Utah and Arizona. Other lakes and streams in the area are known for rainbow and brown trout, in addition to many other types of fish.

2.)    Take a scenic drive- With so many plateaus, canyons, and cliffs, there is no shortage of picturesque drives where every route is the scenic route. One of the most popular routes is to Cedar Mountain Plateau where visitors can experience a 360 degree view of diverse landscapes and terrain.

3.)    Visit a National Park- Southern Utah boasts some of the best national and state parks in our nation. The unique and ancient geographical features make visits to any one of the five major national parks an experience to remember. The five major national parks are:  Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park (Island in the Sky District), Canyonlands National Park (Needles District), Capitol Reef National Park , and Zion National Park.

4.)    Take a hike – Some of the best hiking trails in the world can be found in Red Rock country. Whether you are an advanced hiker or just a beginner, Southern Utah offers an experience for anyone. Almost all of the national and state parks have multiple hiking trails to explore, and each one offers a different scene with varying levels of difficulties. A popular hiking trail located in Zion National Park is the narrows. This path is great for beginners but also advanced hikers who want to continue on to the Gorge for a 16 mile hike around the top. 

5.)    Experience the local art – Interested in the arts? The city of St. George is perfect for every art enthusiast. From art museums to multiple exhibitions and shows around town, there is something for everyone’s taste in art and culture.  

6.)    Find a great biking trail – Similar to the hiking trails, most of the national and state parks have multiple bike trails for varying levels of difficulty. Depending on the type of terrain you prefer, you can find great trails at Zion National Park, Grand Staircase Escalante, and Cedar Breaks, to name a few.   

7.)    Play some golf- Numerous golf resorts span the landscape of Southern Utah, but St. George’s Red Rock Golf Trail is one of the most picturesque and unique locations to play golf. Golfers can experience any one of the 13 golf courses that are available year round.

8.)    Experience the city of St. George- Awarded one of America’s best “Wilderness Town,” St. George offers great dining and entertainment, against the background of canyons and mountains.

9.)    Visit a ghost town- Southern Utah is home to Grafton Ghost Town where “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” was filmed. Visit this town near Zion National Park to experience the true American West.

10.)  Hop in a hot air balloon- There is no better way to experience the natural beauty and geographical wonders of Southern Utah than in a hot air balloon. In a balloon hundreds of feet off of the ground, you will see rock formations in a way that is not possible from the ground or in an air plane. Most balloon rides will take you over one of many national state parks as well as other unique geographical locations such as the Gorge and portions of the Moab.