Best Things to do in the fall in Utah

Fall in Utah is simply breathtaking. There are so many fun things to do in the fall, with the color changes and the chill in the air, you will want to experience all the wonder mother nature has in store, as well as take in a few fun fall inspired events this time of year.

 

Here are few or our favorites:

Take a drive:

 

Alpine Loop- is own of the most picturesque drives in Utah. The loop connects American Fork Canyon and Provo Canyon and will provide you with an abundance of color.

 

Big Cottonwood Canyon- Another scenic byway that will take you a journey of fall color changes.

 

Sundance- take a left after the tunnel as you drive from Provo to Heber. There are signs along the way.

Fall Hikes:

 

Please check links for difficulty levels.

 

Bell Canyon Reservoir– pick this hike up right in Sandy and don’t stop until you get to the lake. The colors are amazing in the fall.

 

Stair Gulch– In Big Cottonwood Canyon, the colors line the trail as you climb up the gulch.

 

Trail to Desolation Lake – behold the honey gold aspens and the pretty lake just up yonder. The hike is not a short one, so it is also a great workout.

 

For the kids

 

Gardner Village Witches– Few things say fall like the Witch display at Gardner Village. This event really is fun for all ages but younger kids really get a kick out of seeing all the creative witch displays around the village. And it is free to roam around.

 

Boo Lights– Hogle Zoo does an amazing job of creating Halloween themed light displays throughout the zoo. From a graveyard to the land of spiders, kids will enjoy all the sights…and sounds.

 

The Crazy Corn Maze- Just like the name implies, be prepared to enter a corn maze of fun with many twists and turns over 8 acres of corn.

Stress Management for Home Buyers

Everything about moving can be stressful. We have a few tips to help you manage stress during the process. From the selling or buying of a home to the packing and unpacking, there are moments of excitement and moments of anxiety so having your ducks in a row so to speak will help make the later moments minimal.

Start Small– this will allow you to see progress along the way and hopefully keep you motivated without the tasks seeming to daunting. Whether that is packing up all the bathroom drawers only leaving items that you may need up until moving day, to picking a section of basement or garage to make some headway.

 

Allow for plenty of time– trying to rush through the moving process will do nothing but put added stress on the situation. Pre-planning for moving trucks etc., will help you also feel more prepared. Try not to leave anything to the last minute.

Try to stay organized– sorting and labeling boxes is the key to having a less stressful unpacking experience. This includes keeping all documents you may need in an easy to access place. Upfront planning is essential to coordinating all the ‘moving’ parts.

 

Hire professional movers-if you can fit it into your budget, having professionals come and pack the truck, haul the items, and unpack the truck in your new space is a lot less work for you. In addition, it will not only save your back from heavy lifting but will give you peace of mind knowing all your stuff is in one place.

Ask for help– if you need it, ask! Family and friends are a great resource if you are feeling overwhelmed by the move. Having an extra set of hands or two, can help tremendously.

 

Meet your new neighbors– who knows, they may even be nice enough to come help you unpack.

 

Rest– be sure to rest when you need too. Try and get as much sleep as possible and drink plenty of fluids. This will help you both mentally and physically.

 

 

The Best Utah Blogs & Podcasts

Tuning into a local podcast and/or browsing a local blog, is a great way to not only get familiar with all things Salt Lake City, but to also get a virtual introduction to people you may never meet, places you didn’t know existed and maybe even connect you to a new topic you hadn’t thought of. These sources of information are typically free and a great resource for both Utah transplants and natives.

Podcasts Worth a Listen

 

I am Salt Lake– The husband and wife duo, Chris and Krissie Holifield host this local podcast covering topics from local restaurant owners to recovering drug addicts and drug dealers.

 

Slcdunk– For all the Utah Jazz fans out there and sports enthusiasts, SLCdunk talks news, gossip and trade rumors.

 

The New Utah Podcast– Created by four people that talk about the history of Utah, some of its unique qualities and the states undyeable beauty.

Blogs Worth Reading and /or subscribing to

 

Gastronomic Salt Lake City– For the latest food news happening around the state, subscribe to the oldest online food magazine in Utah, run by a former Salt Lake Tribune critic.  From menu watches to restaurant openings and closings, this site will keep you in the foodie loop.

 

Salt Lake Chamber– The Salt Lake Chamber is your source for time sensitive business news and interesting stories of both their members and the community. Stay in the loop with policy updates and important city announcements as well.

 

Building Salt Lake- Taylor Anderson and Luke Garrott, cover the urban development news across the Wasatch Front, and with the current pace Utah is growing, we suspect it is a full-time job.

 

Things to do in Downtown Salt Lake

Founded in 1847 by the Mormon pioneers, and still the home of the headquarters for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and one of only two major urban areas in the Great Basin, Salt Lake City has lots to see and do. The downtown area has been up and coming for several years now and continues to grow up. But don’t take my word for it, check some of these places out.

Things to do:

http://thegallivancenter.com/
See what is happening at the Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake. From concerts to food events, and the yearly Craft Lake City DIY event, there is always something happening at the Gallivan. And check out ice skating all winter long at the ice rink starting in November. And every Thursday for all the businesses in the area, there are a collection of food trucks where you can swing by for lunch.

https://saltlakefilmsociety.org/
If you don’t want to be outside, why not catch a film at the Broadway Center Cinema. As part of the Salt Lake Film Society, the Broadway features some of the best independent films all year, and during the Sundance Film Festival, you can catch many of the Sundance films there as well.

https://www.slcfarmersmarket.org/
Just down the road from the cinema, at Pioneer Park during the summer and at the Rio Grande Depot during the winter, check out the downtown farmers market.
Every Saturday from June to October, swing by Pioneer Park in the AM for fresh produce, local meat, eggs, and other locally made sauces, spreads, baked goods, and culinary accouterments. The market moves indoors to the Rio Grande Depot from November to April where you can still find great local products.  

 

Where to Shop:
 
https://squareup.com/store/boozetique
Also on Broadway is Boozetique, a great little shop for all your cocktail needs. From glassware, corkscrews, and shakers to bitters, simple syrups and more, you will find all your drinking needs. 

https://www.goldenbraidbooks.com/
Down the street and around the corner a little ways, you will find Golden Braid Books, a little oasis in the busy city. Offerings include gifts and books for feeding the mind, spirit, and soul.  Find items to fix your feng shui or find that best seller you have been looking forward to reading all year.
When you’re shopped out and need a bite to eat, there are fantastic restaurants within a few minutes walk.

 

 

Where to Eat: 

http://hslrestaurant.com/
You’ve been out all day shopping or playing, or working for that matter, and you need to unwind a little. You’ll want a reservation for this one, but Chef and owner and James Beard award winner Briar Handly is doing some fantastic things here. Get the cauliflower; you will not be disappointed.

http://www.undercurrentbar.com/
After dinner, head around the corner to Under Current, an upscale neighborhood bar. They can make all the classic cocktails you might want and have a bar-tending staff that can create just about whatever you are in the mood for. If you still need a bite after dinner, they make some killer fries.

http://www.beerbarslc.com/
And speaking of fries, head on over to Beer Bar where you can find all things beer, of course, and grab some excellent Belgian style frites. With German-style beer hall tables, and a menu that consists of sausages and fries, what’s not to love. But if beer is not your thing, step through the door to the adjoining Bar X and grab yourself another cocktail.

Broom Clean and Free of Debris

What exactly does “Broom Clean and Free of Debris” mean when selling a home? For starters, this does not mean the home has been professionally cleaned by any means. Also, when sellers take down art and or photos off the walls, there are often nail holes left behind and the seller is not obligated to spackle them.

 

In addition, once furniture is removed, there can be spots on the carpet and other surprises that the buyer should anticipate potentially dealing with as there is no way to see everything when a home is occupied and there is furniture in the way.

 

Often times when a seller moves out and the home is vacant, many things that were not visible in photographs when furntiure ext. where still in the house, are now visible when empty. This can include stain on carpets, holes in walls and perhaps even issues with other types of flooring, like laminate floors with stains or damage.

 

Be prepared to either hire a professional service to clean the house to your satisfication or factor in the time to do it yourself. Expecting that it will already been done, is an unrealistic expectation and one that cathces a lot of buyers off guard.

 

“People’s perception of broom clean is very different, so buyers should plan on hiring a housecleaner so the home is clean to their liking,” Monique Higginson said. “Often sellers will leave paint or other items at the home, but those should be removed by the seller unless the buyer gives them permission to leave the items.”

 

Things to Do at Liberty Wells

One of the up and coming neighborhoods in Salt Lake City is the Liberty Wells area. Southeast of Downtown and Northwest of Sugar House, with quick access to both spots, Liberty Wells has its own little gems to check out.

Things to do:

https://www.visitsaltlake.com/listing/liberty-park/55159/

https://www.tracyaviary.org/

On the north end of Liberty Wells, you will find Liberty Park and Tracy Aviary. One of the largest parks in Salt Lake City, it is rarely empty. With a wooded path around the park, and a driveway encircling the park as well, you will find runners, cyclists, and pedestrians making their way around the park for exercise or leisure. There are also volleyball courts, playgrounds, covered pavilions and plenty of open space to enjoy. 

And right in the middle of the park, you will find Tracy Aviary. A little oasis of learning and conservation in the middle of the city.

https://www.milb.com/salt-lake

During baseball season, catch the Salt Lake Bees on one of their home game stretches. 

Grab some friends and head to the game, tickets are relatively inexpensive, and it is always a good time. And several nights during the year, after the game, stick around as fireworks are common at the park.

 

 

Where to Shop:

http://www.redkiln.org/

Down the road, you can stop into the Red Kiln Clay Studio and Gallery for a little shopping or a little pottery throwing. Pick up the perfect mug as a gift, or gift a pottery class to that budding sculptor in your life. 

http://www.dancingcranesimports.com/

On the south end of town is a little gem called Dancing Cranes Imports. Full of Asian inspired gift 

https://saltlakerunning.com/

And for all your running needs, run over to Salt Lake Running Center. If you already know what you need, the staff are friendly and helpful and can get you in and out as quickly as you want. If you are new to running and are overwhelmed by the choices, well, they can help with that too. Hop on their in-store treadmill for a biomechanical analysis to find out which shoe is right for you.

 

 

 

Where to Eat:

http://www.beltexmeats.com/

One of the newer additions to the Liberty Wells area, you will find some of the best meat products in Salt Lake City. Many of the area restaurants source their menu items from Beltex, so why shouldn’t you? Ever want to learn how to make sausage, or break down a hog? They can teach you that here.

http://amourslc.com/

The owners of Amour Cafe started making and selling artisan jams and jellies at the Downtown farmers market. They still make those fantastic jams and jellies, but now they are incorporating them in their products at their cafe. Pastries from Bubble & Brown, house-made sodas and gelato, coffee, artisan toast, and farm fresh eggs, Amour Cafe may just become your new favorite brunch place. 

https://www.traditionslc.com/

If breaking down a hog at Beltex is a little daunting, step next door to Tradition where they source many of their items from Beltex. Tradition is also one of the newer additions to the Liberty Wells area but has quickly become one of the staples of the city. Go for brunch or dinner.