As October approaches, we find ourselves preparing not only for the cold, but for the Holiday season! Is there anything better than this time of year? Halloween is just around the corner, followed closely by Thanksgiving, Christmas, and a brand new year! What a magnificent time to pause and reflect on the paths we’ve chosen during 2015.
We encourage you to meditate, review, revamp, and prepare for your New Year’s resolutions. You don’t have to wait until 2016 to begin that new hobby you’ve been wanting to pick up, or start a book club, or go back to the gym for the first time since March. You can start bettering yourself now. We should always strive to better ourselves. It’s a daily thing.
The gardens at the Castle have become a favorite meditation spot for many of our guests as well as our staff. If you haven’t yet, grab a hot chocolate, or favorite tea, and relax in the swing by the fish pond, or the gazebo by the waterfalls. Bring a journal or that book you’ve been dying to finish all year. Give yourself a moment to recover from a busy summer and clear your mind. We’d love to see you!
Today I’ve been thinking a lot about the creativity it takes to decorate our Castle guest rooms. It’s amazing what one change can do–whether it’s pulling a curtain to the side in a different way, replacing a bulky dining table with a more delicate table, changing the comforter, or adding a few extra candles. Our new owner and several of our staff members have been working tirelessly to make the Castle as beautiful as it can possibly be! And let me tell you–they’ve done a terrific job!
It’s a lot like life. Just the smallest changes to our daily routine can make the hugest difference in the overall quality of our existence. It could be trying out a new look, replacing some of our bulky belongings with newer ones or even getting rid of them completely to make more space, changing our attitude, or adding a few extra smiles to our interactions with others. The changes made in one of my favorite rooms, Edinburgh, this past week have inspired me to think about these things.
Come stay in Edinburgh this August at our special discounted price and refresh those resolutions you made in January. Can you believe it’s been 8 months?! If you’re anything like me, you could use a night to relax, reevaluate, and refine your goals! Monday-Thursday Edinburgh is only $119 from now until the end of August. Take advantage and treat yourself to a royal night away.
Please call to request this special. Many of our romance and bath packages are on special this month as well! We’d love to see you!
Hi friends! We are giving away free late check-outs! Book a room for two or more nights in August and claim yours now! Nobody likes packing up early in the morning to leave their hotel room by 11am, so go ahead, sleep until noon and hang out until 1pm! We can’t wait to see you!
With any luck, the stockings are unhung and the trees have been put away. Life is returning to normal after the busy holiday season. Now is a great time to take a night just for you. Here at the Castle you can rest and recover in our soothing jetted tubs, in front of a cozy fire. Pop some popcorn and sip warm hot chocolate while enjoying one of our movie selections. We will spoil you with a gourmet breakfast you don’t have to cook for yourself, and take care of the cleanup! Give us a call, and then check in to a night devoted to just you!
Right now through February, we are offering $20 off of one night, and $50 off of two!! Call or check the special page of our website for details.
I bet you thought days of locally grown fresh produce, meats and cheeses, and yummy baked goods where long over for the year. Not So! The Downtown Alliance is proud to bring back its Winter Farmers Market. Now through April 26th, the market will be open every other Saturday from 10am -2pm, including this Saturday the 23rd. This event is held at the Rio Grande Depot, and features more then 50 local vendors! What a great way to beat the cold headed our way!
Did you know some of the area ski resorts are already open!? Brighton Ski Resort and Solitude Ski Resort are already up and running! Other resorts like Alta, Snowbird, and many more will be opening in the next two weeks. Are you ready!? Something to keep in mind as you pull out your skis and snowboards, we are located only about 30 minutes from most of the ski resorts in the canyons, and also in Park City. We are a great location for out of town guests, or have a ski staycation! With large Jacuzzi bathtubs in every room to soak sore muscles, and cozy fireplaces to chase away the chill of the day, it is definitely a great way to unwind after a day in the powder. Then enjoy a big complimentary gourmet breakfast. and fuel up before hitting the slopes again! We will be offering specials throughout the winter season so keep us in mind!
For a complete list of ski resorts in our area, with opening dates and links to resort websites, check out SkiSaltLake.com!
Most people in Salt Lake valley got their first snow last night! While it may have been a melted memory by this afternoon, it still hinted that winter is coming. Another sign that the chilly season is on its way? The Gallivan Center Ice Skating Rink will be opening next week! For those of you who don’t know, The Gallivan Center is a urban plaza in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City. The center has both indoor and outdoor spaces, reception and meeting venues, an amphitheater, and an array of beautifully designed art pieces. Special events such as festivals, concerts, and holiday celebrations make this a wonderful gathering place for locals and visitors alike. In the winter, a space is converted into a large, newly renovated ice skating rink! This year the first day to skate is November 13th. So bundle up in your hats and scarves and head down! Admission prices and hours are listed here. Lace up your skates, which are provided, and spend some time gliding through the crisp cool air with family and friends. The Sharpening Block is on hand if your skates are feeling a little dull, and the concession stand has snacks to keep you fueled, as well as hot chocolate to chase the chill away. I can’t think of a better way to spend a fall evening then that!
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Located just 5 minutes north of our Castle, there is another unique venue where you can feel as if you have stepped back in time. Historic Wheeler Farm was first established in 1853. After changing hands a few times, it was finally bought by the Wheelers, and the land became home to a beautiful victorian farm house, animals of all kinds, a working farm, the Rose Bud Dairy, a commercial ice business, seven children and two grandchildren. Today, the farm opporates as an agricultural living history museum and outdoor recreation site. It is now a great place to attend the farmers market, visit the animals, and an exciting educational experience for children.
The folks at Wheeler Farm have a lot of fun in the fall! This site is great for family day trips, with Pumpkin Days! This October festival includes a pumpkin patch, hay bale maze, and wagon rides! There is also a Festival of Scarecrows, with locally made scarecrows displayed through out Wheeler Woods. Spooky! For the pup lovers, come to Bark-Tober Fest on Oct 28th! This is Wheeler Farms First Annual Doggie Halloween Costume Contest and Party. This is a great event to bring your four footed friends, enjoy vendors, a costume contest, and a photo booth! For the older kids and adults, or just anyone with more courage then me, there are flashlight tours of the old farmhouse on Friday nights in October and through the (slightly) haunted hay bale maze on October 25th. This is a great, family friendly, not too scary event for all of your little ghosts and goblins. Check it all out before it’s to late, all this fun ends October 31st!
I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am NOT ready. The holiday trifecta is bearing down on us fast, and I am in no way prepared, especially mentally. Halloween is a little more then two weeks away, followed almost immediately by Thanksgiving, with Christmas right on its heels. Here comes the season to lose reason! Don’t wait until you are drowning in pumpkin pie and tinsel. Take some time for yourself now, before finding time for yourself will feel like your very own holiday wish. Get the getaway you need with us! Here at the Castle you will be spoiled from start to finish. Surround yourself with peace and quiet, romance and relaxation. Unwind in our tastefully and uniquely decorated rooms. Slip down to the dining room in the evening for complimentary fresh baked goodies, cold beverages and hot popcorn. Parents especially can appreciate the value of a long soak in a warm Jacuzzi bathtub, a movie watched from start to finish, and a restful nights sleep. Cozy fires chase away the fall chill, as does a nice cup of hot apple cider or hot chocolate. When you add a romance packages to your stay, sparkling cider, rose petals, chocolate and more will make any day feel like a special occasion. In the morning when you rise and shine, without the alarm of course, follow the smells of fresh coffee and sizzling bacon, pour some orange juice, and sit down to have a feast brought right to you. Fresh baked bread and fruit starts you out, and then how does hot waffles or French toast paired with some of our signature egg or potato side dishes sound? Plus, we take care of the cleanup! A night or two at the castle is a great way to recharge and refresh. We have extended our 17th anniversary special so call or check our website and get away from it all for a steal! Then get ready to receive the royal treatment!
The days are getting shorter and there is a crispness in the air, but there is still time to visit some of Salt Lake City’s amazing outdoor attractions! One of my absolute favorites is the Hogle Zoo. The kids are back in school and the summer crowds are gone. Take this time to get a closer look at all the great animals. This year, Hogle Zoo opened its Arctic exhibit and welcomed a few new guests! One new addition is a female polar bear named Rizzo. I have personally seen her playful antics, and it’s breathtaking to be that close to such a magnificent animal. Another must see is baby Zuri, an African Elephant who was actually born right here in Salt Lake’s Hogle Zoo. Everyone at the zoo is pretty proud of her! On October 26th from 9am-3pm, pack up your little animals and head to Hogle for Boo At The Zoo! This is great fun for kids 12 and under, where they can come in costume and trick or treat at over 20 candy booths! This place is a must see. There is so much to learn, and Hogle Zoo takes their impact seriously, with a great deal of focus on fundraising, conservation, and education. So whether you are traveling from out of town (staying with us of course!) or you are a Salt Lake City native, it’s worth the trip for this amazing experience.
It’s official! Fall has arrived! As everyone knows, this is the time for all things pumpkin! What better way to share this changing of the season with you, then to let you all in on a little secret…the recipe for our homemade pumpkin bread! Yum! As some of you know, pretty much everything we make here at the Castle is from scratch. This bread is no different. We take the time to bake it to perfection. The smell of our pumpkin bread baking has drawn guest’s right out of their rooms and to the kitchen door. More than once I have served still warm slices of it right out of the pan! Compliment the sweet and spicy pairing with a cup of hot cocoa or apple cider. Then sit back, relax, and usher in the season of the harvest. Better yet, come usher it in with us, here at the Castle!
Castle Creek Inn Pumpkin Bread
1 1/2 Cup Pumpkin
3/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
2 Cups Sugar
2 1/3 Cup Flour
3/4 Tsp Baking Powder
3/4 Tsp Baking Soda
3/4 Tsp Salt
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tsp Nutmeg
1 Tsp Cloves
Mix pumpkin, oil, sugar, and eggs. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Stir flour mixture into pumpkin mixture until well blended. Pour into 2 loaf pans. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the oven.
The canyons are so beautiful this time of year! The leaves are changing colors and the cooler weather has begun to show itself. Almost time for scarves and hot chocolate. This has to be my most favorite time of the year! It is also the perfect time to take a drive up Little Cottonwood Canyon, with its breathtaking mountain views, and see the fall colors beginning. While your up there, check out Snowbird’s Oktoberfest. Oktoberfest attracts more than 50,000 visitors during the celebration! Over its 40-years, it has grown to become one of the largest festivals in Utah. Oktoberfest Halle features the tastes of Bavaria, with entertainment from local and national German bands and yodelers. Now that is a must see!
The event runs from August 17 – October 13, Every Saturday and Sunday, 11 am – 6pm. Oh, and admission is free!
A few weeks ago my husband and I went to the Downtown Farmers Market at Pioneer Park, which is located on 3rd South and 3rd West. It has been a few years since we frequented it and oh my has it grown. Not only can you by the best locally grown produce, but you can buy locally produced honey, breads, meats and cheeses. Nothing tastes better than extremely fresh and delicious produce.
If you are an arts and music lover, there is also something for you. A live local band preforms each Saturday from 11:30AM to 1:30PM. Not to mention all the local artist that sell anything from jewelery to beautiful photography and paintings.
The Downtown Farmers Market will continue until October 22nd. Their hours are Saturday 8AM to 2PM. and Tuesdays 4PM to Dusk.
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Right now the wildflowers are at their peak just up Little Cottonwood Canyon, which is only minutes away from Castle Creek Inn. At the top of this canyon is a place called Albion Basin and every year, at this time (mid July through mid August), the wildflowers are breath taking. One of our favorite things to do at this time of year is to take a hike up this beautiful canyon and enjoy the scenic view of the mountains and wildflowers.
Little Cottonwood Canyon is also home for two of Utah’s ski and summer resorts. At world class Snowbird, Utah’s only aerial tramway carries visitors to the roof of the Rockies for a panoramic view from 11,000-foot Hidden Peak. One mile further is Alta. Notorious for shootings in its 26 saloons during the mining days of the 1860’s and 70’s, Alta died quickly, but livened up again in 1938 as the seat of Utah’s first ski resort
Be sure to make time in your travel plans to include this gorgeous drive, you won’t be disappointed.
Aren’t Summer nights the best?! I love sitting outside, under the moon and stars, on a beautiful, cool summer’s night. What can make that even better…is to spend the evening watching a great musical at the Sandy Amphitheater. On August 9th-17th, Sandy Amphitheater will be presenting “Thoroughly Modern Millie”.
“Thoroughly Modern Millie” is a high-spirited musical romp that has everyone dancing the Charleston. It’s the zany new 1920’s musical that has taken Broadway by storm, winning the TONY Award for BEST MUSICAL! Taking place in New York City in 1922, Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of young Millie Dillmount, who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. It’s a New York full of intrigue and jazz. Filled with flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess. Check out their website for more details at www.sandyarts.com
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Did you know that Utah has one of the largest and oldest parades? It is the Days of ’47 Parade and it is held every year on the 24th of July. This is in celebration of the Mormon Pioneers entering into the Salt Lake Valley on July 24th 1847. It begins at 9 a.m. The route starts at South Temple and State Street running east to 200 East, turns south to 900 South, then turns east to Liberty Park at 600 East in Salt Lake City.
Complete the 24th of July celebration by attending The Days of ’47 Rodeo. There will be plenty of bucking broncos, fiesty cowboys and racing cowgirls beginning on July 19th through the 24th (except Sunday). This year it is back at the EnergySolutions Arena.