Are you looking for something fun to do in Salt Lake City? Here's a few ideas of local favorites. On the list we've included some of favorite places to Eat, Shop and Play. We plan on doing more of these type posts in future weeks and would love to share your ideas. Where's your favorite local haunt?
Shopping For the Unusual Treasures:
Old Flamingo—3474 South 2300 East
The Old Flamingo is a fun and eclectic store that specializes in “making the old new again.” Home to 17 local artists, The Old Flamingo is a co-op that offers new pieces of upcycled and home accessories daily—each piece an original work of art. The artists at The Old Flamingo can also create customized pieces for you.
And don’t miss this: On Saturday, December 7, from 3-9 p.m., they are hosting a Winter Holiday Art Show at the Baldwin Radio Factory (located behind The Old Flamingo) featuring 22 local artists. There will be art, jewelry, photography, live music and more. Don’t miss this great opportunity to support our local artists and to get in some holiday shopping!
The Dog-Eared Page—4647 S. 2300 E.
No list of mine is complete without a bookstore! My current favorite is The Dog-Eared Page—a charming indie bookstore that offers new and used books. The Dog-Eared Page is kid-friendly and inviting with a friendly staff and open atmosphere. They have a great selection—chosen based on the demands of the area and to support local authors.
UnHinged—2165 S. Highland Drive
A locally owned boutique, Unhinged offers an assortment of clothing, gifts, and accessories made by local artists and collectors. They specialize in the edgy, one-of-a-kind, upcycled products and oddities and consider themselves a “secret treasure boutique with a sense of humor.”
Local Secret Eateries:
Lazy Day Café—2020 E. 3300 S.
Offering the best breakfast you’ll ever eat, The Lazy Day Café is a not-to-be-missed gem in Holladay. I’ve tried almost everything on their menu and have loved every bite! My favorites are the lemon pancakes and the baked French toast that come topped with their house-made buttermilk syrup that tastes like it came from the gods.
Hires Big H—425 S. 700 E, 835 E. Fort Union, and 2900 W. 4700 S.
The best place to get root beer and Utah's famous fry sauce is definitely Hires Big H. Known for its fresh cut fries, frosty mugs of root beer, and savory hand pressed burgers on homemade bus, Hires Big H feels like a frozen moment in time filled with nostalgia and great memories.
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Bohemian Brewery—94 East 7200 South
Staying true to their roots, The Bohemian Brewery is a favorite in our family for their rich and delicious menu and Reinheitsgebot (German Purity Law) brewed Lager beer. My personal favorite of their dishes is the Blackberry Brandy Chicken—chicken breast breaded in a peasant herb crust and topped with blackberry brandy sauce—it’s truly scrumptious!
Don’t miss their brewery tour! Tours are held on the first Wednesday of every month for only $10 and include a 12 oz. mug and a tasting!
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Nielsen's Frozen Custard—3918 S. Highland Drive
Nielsen's Frozen Custard is the place to get thick, creamy custard that makes life worth living. Nielson’s offers a variety of flavors that you can take home in a cone, cup, or pint as well as floats, shakes, and sundaes. My parents love the caramel cashew, but I’m a sucker for their holiday flavors—pumpkin and eggnog—and chocolate (although, I will happily devour all their offerings!).
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Neffs Canyon—4175 E. 4245 S.
It’s no secret that Utah is home to some great outdoor activities. One of my favorite hiking trails is the Neffs Canyon Trail located south of Millcreek Canyon. This trail almost feels like it is a local secret because it can be difficult to find the trail head (White Park in the Olympus Cove neighborhood) but once you do, the views are absolutely spectacular.
The trail is 5.5 miles and though rated as difficult is accessible for hikers of all abilities, including children, and is dog-friendly. It’s accessible year round for cross country skiing and hiking. Make sure to bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and a camera!
Ballet West is Utah’s premiere ballet company that boasts of “elegant and versatile artists” and specializes in American classical ballet. Featured on the show Breaking Pointe, Ballet West ranks among the top professional ballet companies in America and is a not-to-be-missed Utah tradition.
Coming up next is their Christmas tradition, The Nutcracker, playing from December 5 to December 31. Don’t miss the rest of their 2014-2015 season: Swan Lake (February 6-15), Aladdin (April 3-5, Almost Tango (April 10-19), and Innovations 2015 (May 15-23).
Brewvies Cinema Pub—677 S. 200 W.
For those 21 and over, Brewvies is a great date night away from the kids (and a theater free of noisy teenagers!). Brewvies plays new releases as well as local films, classics, and live performances and hosts community events and fundraisers. They specialize in local craft breweries, handmade food, and unique cocktails—all of which can be taken into and served in the theater.
Film buff or movie geek? Don’t miss out on Film Buff Night, every Monday night at 10:00, and Geekshowpodcast.com Movie Nite, the last Sunday of every month! There's also a Groupon deal found here that will get you Movie and Popcorn for 2 for $9.00.
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