Monday: Nevada to Fillmore to Salt Lake City
Sam had work in Utah last week, so we made a trip of it! This was my first time ever exploring Utah and I was surprised by how much there is to do...geographically it makes sense yet somehow my mind always skips over Utah and goes straight for the surrounding states: Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming, Nevada and Cali...
BUT now that I've gone and seen it, this western state has earned it's place in my mental map.
Our road trip started from Nevada, then we made a stop in Fillmore, UT (for Sam to work). Fillmore is a small town and original territorial Capital of Utah in the 1800's. It's got some history, especially surrounding the Ute Indians for which the state is named. If you're ever passing through, Cluff's Car Hop Cafe is the perfect stop for lunch - super cute and you're bound to find something you like (also easy on the wallet)!
From Fillmore we drove 2 hours to Salt Lake City and we didn't get the chance, but if you're ever making that drive in the spring - stop into Lehi, UT along the way to see the tulips at Thanksgiving Point - apparently people come from across the country to see it, and I can imagine how beautiful it must be after seeing all of the tulips in SLC!
We arrived to SLC, checked into the first of two airbnb's we would stay in and then hit the streets to see the sights and look for dinner. After lingering around the GORGEOUS tulips forever, we literally had to jog (though what's a jog for Sam is a run for me) a few blocks to Chile-Tepin before it closed!
Sam and I split the Molcajete for two: carne asada, chicken, shrimp, nopales, tomatillo sauce, roasted onions and jalapeños. It was SO good! And it looked as good as it tasted - a couple one table over had to ask what we ordered because it comes out in this large sizzling and beautiful display of a bowl, complete with a Mexican Flag on top. It was also basically four meals, even though Sam and I together ate five tacos that night. We had leftovers and ate it for lunch the next day!
Here's more of our next two days in Salt Lake City:
Tuesday morning we ended up moving to a new Airbnb. When I say Sam and I got zero sleep, I mean we slept no hours in the airbnb Monday night because they had an old furnace that sounded as if someone was banging a hammer on a tin roof...all. night. long. Other than that we loved the place, and would have stayed, but we needed sleep! So we booked a new airbnb and moved over that morning around 10 and took a nice long two hour nap before doing anything!
When we woke up, we strolled through nearby Memory Grove Park, which was close to the Capital, had plenty of trail along the stream cutting through and a lot of space where people were enjoying picnics and having photo's done for weddings and engagements - very quaint.
I needed some sugar so we made our way to Gourmandise The Bakery, which I'd received as a recommendation (I'll share all of the rec's I received later in the post)! We tried the Raspberry Tart, Baba au Rum and the Chocolate Mousse Cake and Sam and I both agreed that the Raspberry Tart was our favorite! Chocolate Mousse came in second and the Baba au Rum came in third, although presentation wise it was probably first! They were all good though.
We did a lot of walking around the city, saw Bar X-Beer Bar that Ty Burrell from Modern Family owns. Saw Main Street. Walked through the impressively landscaped City Creek Center where one could window shop or blow a ton of money - either way. Admired more of the tulips in Temple Square that were absolutely mesmerizing! However, you don't want to linger too long (or you at least want to take in the pretty flowers with a resting B-face) so that nobody tries to convert you to Mormonism while you stand there. The second tactic worked pretty well for me - nobody even said hi!
I hope you took that light-heartedly if you're Mormon, I'm only halfway joking, but we can still be friends! Anyway, after we did a ton of walking around and we'd still only had two hours of sleep we decided to have a comfy night in our new Airbnb and have Este Pizza delivered! The pizza was HUGE (leftovers=wallet win), and so very good! This was another one that was recommended and I'm glad we went with it. We built our own pizza but everything on the menu sounded great.
Wednesday morning we ate some leftover pizza for breakfast - because we wouldn't want to waste such delicious food. Then we headed to Bonneville Shoreline Trail for a day hike! The weather was absolutely gorgeous and the views from this trail were very panoramic with the hills surrounding and overlooking downtown Salt Lake City.
Sam and I did a moderate four mile hike, but as I shared on my Instagram post that day, you can make it longer or shorter if you'd like.
We only went four miles but we took our time and enjoyed it! Next time we would bring a picnic lunch because the hillside seems perfect for that, especially with the view. And because we were starving by the time we made our way down! We grabbed some Jimmy John's sandwiches, took a nap afterward and then did a little more hiking around Memory Grove Park that evening - the trails around Memory Grove actually connect to the hike that we did earlier in the day, that is actually connected to a whole system of trails. It's really neat - and it's no wonder everyone in the area seemed so active!
Lots of Love for Recomendations
I've really loved getting recommendations from you all for my travels! It's awesome and way more fun trying something that I know people already like, especially somewhere that I've never been, and so many of you know so well!
We tried two of the Salt Lake City food recommendations (Gourmandise and Este Pizza) and they were both great, so I hope you guys will keep those recommendations coming for future travels! I wanted to try more of them, but we were also trying to keep food costs down and we ate leftovers where we could - pizzzzzzza for days, which I'm always okay with.
If you're traveling to Salt Lake City anytime soon, here are all of the recommendations that I received 🙂
- Red Iguana
- Taqueria 27
- For a super nice dinner, Valters
- Shopping at City Creek (saw it - big, lots of shops, good landscaping)
- If you like Modern Family, Ty Burrell owns the bar Beer Garden/Bar X which is fun. (saw it - didn't go in but it looks fun)
- Nielsens Frozen Custard is always a fave.
- Order a Cali burrito at Hectors.
- Porcupine Grill nachos.
- Setabellos! For pizza!
- 9th and 9th is a fun area to shop and walk around get gelato and Nono pizza
- Go to temple square see the pretty flowers (saw it - gorgeous!)
- If you can make it to the mountains do it! (does Bonneville Shoreline Trail count as the mountains for SLC?)
- The rose establishment and Eva bakery for coffee shops.
- Sweet Lake Biscuits
- Hub & Spoke
- Rye Diner for a hearty brunch
- Finca for a fine dining
- The Broadway theater for independent films
- If you like gourmet hot dogs J-Dogs on Main Street
- Chanon Thai for hole in the wall authentic Thai
- Beer Bar for local craft beers!
- Also you can't beat Este pizzeria! (ate here - yes, yummy!)
- Gourmandise! One of my fav cafe's here! (ate here - quaint)