I love Utah County.
Yes, you read that right.
Some people might think this is going to be a satirical piece, but the truth is, while I didn’t love living in Utah, I did come to love the area.
Do I want to live there? no. But I love to visit.
So when my friend, Hilary, and I started planning a small blogger’s retreat, I was excited when we felt it made sense to hold it in Lehi, which is in Utah County.
Lehi also happens to be one of my favorite cities in Utah County, so win-win.
We stayed at the Home2 Suites by Hilton, which is right next to Thanksgiving Point. You might remember my Home2 Suites Lehi review from last year, and it’s still every bit as amazing as I remembered it.
I think it’s such a great hotel for families and business people. The breakfast is AMAZING. I have never been to a hotel that offers such a wide variety of yummy foods. I mean, I’ve paid for breakfasts at hotels that aren’t even this good.
And the sheets on the bed? I felt like I died and went to heaven. I honestly have never slept in a more comfortable bed. I told Forrest I wouldn’t mind if he bought me those sheets for my birthday (and they actually do sell them on their website).
Something I loved about thsi HOme2 Suites is that it’s a part of the Weekender’s Travel Club, which, if you visit Utah often (or Mesquite or Jackson Hole), you HAVE to sign up. It’s a completely free “club”, which guarantees you’ll get the lowest prices on the hotels in their group. They are working to add even more, but it’s a great a loyalty program for those who need it. We go to a Utah a lot, so I know we will be.
You probably know this by now, but I love good food. And I really feel like Utah County has so many great options. I’m always excited to see what new restaurant has popped up since we last went (such as Fat Daddy’s Pizzeria).
And I’m never disappointed. While most of the restaurants I love are in Provo, Lehi has tons of new places – specifically in the fast casual area. Around our hotel, they had everything you could imagine – including my beloved Zupas (which is arguably what I miss most about living in Utah).
During the retreat, we were wined and dined (minus the wined ) by BonCom at the Harvest Restaurant at Thanksgiving Point.
So. Good. We started with some delicious bread and butter and then a round of appetizers. The shrimp nachos were to DIE for. I kind of wished I’d just ordered an extra round of those.
But my main dish was just as delectable – a juicy pork chop, mashed potatoes, and vegetables. I was almost too full at that point, so I brought it back to the hotel for Forrest, but let me tell you – so good. We also got to hear about the upcoming Christmas program from the Church, which I’m super thrilled about.
Lots to do
We never were lacking for something to do when we lived in Provo. There was always something going on, or we could go to the rec center. The same can be said for all of Utah County!
Whether you want to hit up the Nickelcade in Orem, go on a beautiful hike in the mountains, or something in between, you can always find something to do. Check Groupon!
When we moved back to Denver, we were a bit shocked at the first event we went to. It was a street festival, which, in Utah, was usually a pretty safe bet.
Not so much here. Lots of pot smoking and alcohol.
I never worried about stuff like that when we went to a fair or outdoor movie in Provo. It just was family friendly, and I appreciated that.
Utah County has quickly become a mecca for businesses. Some even call it the “Silicon Slopes”. There are a lot of tech businesses popping up, and there are a lot of small businesses as well.
We got to meet with the people at Owlet during our retreat, which was great. They are currently located in Utah but are moving up to Lehi (they might already be there). You all know how much I adore Owlet, so it was fun to finally meet some of the people there. It’s just one example of one of the great businesses there.
Close to the Mountains
I love the mountains, and it was definitely one of my favorite parts of living where we did – the mountains were literally right behind our neighborhood.
Being close to the mountains isn’t just beautiful, but it also provides you with a lot to do – hiking, biking, fishing…the sky is the limit!
Close to Salt Lake
I’ll be the first to admit I do not want to live in Salt Lake. However, when we lived in Provo, I loved that we lived just close enough that we could enjoy what the city has to offer. There is the Salt Lake City Temple and Temple Square, the Conference Center, and, of course, lots of great food, museums, and other things to do. However, at the end of the day, we were able to go back to our little apartment back in Provo…which I just preferred over the “big” city.
One of my favorite parts of Salt Lake is City Creek – such a fun place to go! I didn’t get a chance to spend too much time there during the retreat, but we did go to Texas de Brazil, which is a Brazillian Churrasco. I’ve been to other ones before, but this one was great. I especially loved the salad bar and all their delicious drinks.
They also had a nice selection of non-alcoholic “fun” drinks…which is always appreciated 🙂
So whether you are coming to Utah for a staycation, a business conference, or for some other reason, you are in for a treat. Utah (specifically Utah County) is rapidly changing, and it really is a fun place to be!
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A special thank you to some of our key sponsors for the conference:
Home2 Suites Hilton
Get Away Today – LOVE this company. Not only do they offer the BEST prices on Disneyland, Disney World, and other Southern California vacations, but they are just so darn fun. They hosted a really fun activity for us one night with cookies, silly games, and lots of prizes. Amber from Amber Simmons even won a trip to Disneyland. Totally jealous about that. Definitely book your next vacation through them (and use the code ClarksCondensed to get $10 off any package!).
Country Financial – this is a great company! We got to learn all about their fun app – ChorePal – which is GREAT for those of us with children. It’s a free app, and I highly recommend downloading if you need help getting your children to do their chores!
Dressing Your Truth – We were treated to a fun presentation from Carol Tuttle, the creator of Dressing Your Truth and author of many wonderful books. She taught us all about her successful career, being a mother, etc. I’ve always been a bit skeptical about Dressing Your Truth, but
Owlet – Owlet provided us with a great lunch from Sweeto Burrito. We also got to hear from one of their co-founders – Kurt – who gave us some more insight to the mission behind Owlet. I’m very grateful for their drive to make this product, and I can’t wait to see more of the good they do for the babies of the world!