City Creek Mall

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The new City Creek Mall was opened in November 2012. It has a beautiful, retractable ceiling that is open during the summer months, and closed in the winter that makes this mall an enjoyable experience all year long. It is two stories high, spans two city blocks, and has a lovely courtyard running down the middle. Along with the amazing water fountains, the City Creek flows through the first floor of the mall, and there are almost always kids laughing and pointing at all the trout. This is a great family mall. There are many outdoor sitting areas, and a giant fireplace during the evenings.

Stores

While it is an upscale mall, there are plenty of moderately priced stores such as H&M and Sephora. The Disney store, the Microsoft store, and Anthropolige also make the list. Shoppers can find most of the typical chain stores here. The selection of food is as wide as the selection of stores. The Blue Lemon, Boscata, and the Tuscan Grill are just a few.

Location and Parking

City Creek Mall sits in a central downtown location just between South Temple and 100 South. It is directly across from the Church Office Building on Temple Square. Several of the most popular downtown sites are within walking distance of the mall. TRAX runs near City Creek, and offers free transportation to anywhere downtown. There is inexpensive, and safe underground parking. Shoppers agree that City Creek is a great addition to downtown Salt Lake, and has brought a lot of additional business to the area.

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Temple Square

There’s nothing more beautiful than walking around Temple Square to enjoy the architecture. Except for the actual Temple, there are free guides in all of the buildings eager to help visitors. Since the Temple is a sacred building for Latter Day Saints, visitors are not allowed inside. But, there are plenty of fun and free activities within walking distance. There is a beautiful mirrored pond, gorgeous gardens, and several water fountains on the Temple grounds, making this a perfect spot for lunch or a night time stroll. Because the Temple is sacred to the Mormons, Temple Square is naturally peaceful and quiet. It’s quite the spectacle all year round with free garden tours in the spring, and elaborate Christmas lights and nativity sets in the winter.

Some of the popular attractions on Temple Square are the Conference Center’s roof top garden, the Joseph Smith Memorial Building, and the Relief Society building. The Joseph Smith Memorial Building was renovated from the Utah Hotel. Now it’s home to several restaurants, including the famous Roof restaurant, the Nauvoo Cafe, and Garden Restaurants. The Relief Society Building is headquarters for the Church’s program for the adult and young women. There are many resources here to strengthen home and family. The Latter Day Saints pride themselves on being able to support a world-wide humanitarian effort. The ins and outs of this effort is on display at the Humanitarian Center. The Church History Museum is also within walking distance, and is a stunning display of early Utah pioneers, and provides information about the Mormon faith. The Family History Library is one of the world’s largest collection of family history records. So stop by to discover your family history, and find your place among your ancestors. If you don’t know where to start, plenty of free help available.

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Booking Cheap Hotels – Tips and Tricks

Did you know that many luxury hotels in Salt Lake City significantly discount their hotels on the weekend? Sound a little counterintuitive? The reason is that many of these hotels get a large portion of their bookings during the week from business conventions and meetings. They have significantly less bookings over the weekend when business men are enjoying their days off. To attract families and vacationers, they discount their hotels over the weekend. So don’t be afraid to check out some higher end hotels, you might be surprised at how cheap these hotels can be. This is perfect if you’re traveling for just a few days, or are looking for a weekend getaway.

To see what I’m talking about visit Salt Lake City‘s destination page, for the best prices on the web. Or contact me, and I can personally show you the hotels that use this strategy. Why worry about booking your hotel when someone else will do it for you? I can even throw in some free extras that you won’t find on a typical hotel booking site. Enjoy this week’s travel tips for finding the perfect Salt Lake City hotel!

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The Lion House Pantry

The Lion House Pantry

Located in the center of beautiful, downtown Salt Lake, this restaurant has historical significance. The Lion House pantry was renovated from Salt Lake’s founder Brigham Young’s home. The Lion House Pantry is a cafeteria style restaurant, with home style cooking that you won’t want to miss! Although the sitting area is a little small, you can get a delicious meal for $7-$13. The menu changes daily, and the rolls and pastries are made fresh every day. Our favorite is the fresh rolls served with each meal. They are famous for their desserts, and the Lion House offers offsite cake buffets for any occasion.

Location and Parking

This restaurant is right in the heart of Temple Square. It’s within walking distance of several of downtown’s most popular sites. TRAX runs close to the Lion House Pantry, and is free anywhere downtown. TRAX runs outside of downtown, but it costs a small fee. The Lion House Pantry is perfect for a quick stop after a night on the town. This restaurant validates covered parking in the Joseph Smith Memorial building.

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