Fall Into Fun at the Festival

September 14, 2015


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The seasons are changing in Cedar City, and we are looking forward to another gloriously crisp Southern Utah autumn.  Make this fall fabulous and see what Festival City, USA has in store for you.

Get into the spirit of the season with the world’s most famous vampire Dracula. The Utah Shakespeare Festival presents this mesmerizing drama for the first time, and audiences are enthralled by the seductive horror.  The festival will also be performing two light-hearted comedies: Charley’s Aunt and Two Gentleman of Verona. Involving romance, deception, and plenty of cross dressing, these plays are leaving audiences in stiches. The fall season has been extended through the end of October, and you don’t want to miss it.

Fall Plays 2015

Other Southern Utah fall favorites include a scenic drive up on Cedar Mountain to see the fall colors , Cedar Livestock & Heritage Festival,  holiday shopping in Cedar’s Historic Downtown, and getting a pumpkin spice latte and pastry at the Grind Coffee Shop.

Just because summer is ending doesn’t mean your fun has to. Let us at the Abbey Inn help you plan your fall getaway.

Check out our Fall Shakespeare Package Deal and reserve today!

Brian Head 5k Extreme Obstacle Course Race

August 2, 2015


Why run any old 5k when could be scaling walls, crawling through mud, and more? Brian Head is hosting their first annual 5k Extreme Obstacles Course Race “Grub, Sweat, and Beers!”  Test your limits at Utah’s Highest Mountain Resort.

Grub, Sweat, and Beers

When: August 29 @ 8 am

What: Fundraiser race to benefit Melody of Life Foundation to fight Multiple Sclerosis. After the race, enjoy live music, great food, and local brews.

Who: Teams or individuals

How: Sign Up online @ http://www.brianhead.com/Grub-Sweat-Beers-5k-Extreme

Cost: $40 online, $45 day of registration

Also, bring the whole family to experience Brian Head’s cool new summer activities: play on the zip line, bungee trampoline, rock climbing wall, summer tubing, and more.

Brian Head Summer Activities

Also, check out the Cedar City Abbey Inn Deal for this event.

Waterfalls In Southern Utah

June 9, 2015

Hiking is a favorite past time in Southern Utah, and with such a variety of landscapes to enjoy, adventurers can experience something new on each excursion. We want to help you find the right hike for whatever you are seeking (slot canyons, majestic scenery, arches, waterfalls, or more), so we will be sharing a series of posts that detail some of the lesser-known hikes according to their unique features. These hikes have become local favorites and are far less crowded than the national parks. Enjoy!

Trails with Waterfalls

Kanarville Falls Slot Canyon

Difficulty: Moderate

Time: 4 hours round trip

Distance: 4.4 miles (from parking)

Perfect for a hot Southern Utah day, this hike follows a river through Kanarra Creek slot canyon. Hikers will wade through the shaded creek, so come prepared with appropriate shoes and clothing. After scaling a makeshift ladder at the first waterfall, adventurous hikers emerge out of the cool canyon to a peaceful playground including natural water slides. This hike is great for kids and adults, but be careful on the ladder and slippery rocks.

Video: Courtesy of Utah.com


Cascade Falls Trail

This short and easy trail rewards hikers with a natural water fall that flows directly from Navajo lake through a lava tube or sink hole and out the side of a cliff. Hikers will also enjoy spectacular views of Zion National Park from a different perspective than most tourists experience.

Difficulty: Easy

Distance: 0.08 miles

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Photos: Courtesy of Utah Geological Survey

Hidden Haven

Difficulty: Moderate

Average Time: 1 hour or <

Distance: 1 mile round trip

Not only is this trail popular in the summer, but adventurers seek it out in the winter in order to climb the frozen pillar created by the waterfall. This trail will guide hikers through a wildlife study area, complete with picnic tables and rest areas. The trail is lined with vegetation and concludes with a granite rock fall and a 20 foot waterfall


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Photos: Courtesy of Dow Williams

Discover the Hidden Gems of Southern Utah

April 22, 2015

Welcome Cedar City

When people think of Southern Utah, they envision red rock, sprawling national parks, and magnificent live theater. While we are happy to share information about these well known attractions,  we love to visit with our guests and give them the locals’ insights on day activities, dining, and shopping. Give us a call, and we’ll personally help you plan your next visit to Cedar City and Southern Utah, but here are a few tips to get you started.

Outdoor Activities

  • Brian Head Resort This is not just a ski resort. Brian Head’s summer season will definitely be a hit with the whole family with a zip line, climbing wall, bungee trampoline, local brews, great food, music, and so much more. Beat the heat with summer temperatures around 75 degrees.
  • Hiking Avoid the crowded national parks and take the path less traveled. Our trails range from easy walks to more challenging over-night excursions. Visitors can see natural arches, waterfalls, slot canyons, and more.
  • Cedar Ridge Golf Course Whether you are a seasoned pro or novice, you will enjoy playing against the red rock backdrop of Cedar City. Practice on the driving range, putting and chipping green before you play the 18 hole course. Beginners can take lessons from a certified PGA professional.

Family Activities

  • Cedar City Aquatic Center With an indoor leisure pool,  water play ground, water slide, lazy river, lap pool, hot tub, a family is sure to have a fun and relaxing afternoon.
  • Lake at the Hills  Spend a day at the beach without the long drive. The lake offers a sandy beach, swimming, fishing, non-motorized boating, and kayak rentals all within a five minute drive from the Abbey Inn.
  • Frontier Homestead State Park Discover what Iron County was like when settlers first came to Cedar City. The family will enjoy learning through historical exhibits, games, crafts, and demonstrations.


  • Cedar City Historic Downtown Sip on a malted milk shake at the classic Bulloch Drugstore, stroll through local art galleries, decor and clothing shops, see a movie in the Historic Downtown Theatre, or dine at some of the favorite local eateries. Historic Downtown encapsulates the charm and small town appeal of Cedar City.
  • Boulevard Home Furnishings Locally owned and designed around Cedar City heritage, the Boulevard store is a unique combination of small town personality with trusted, quality brands.
  • Providence Center Home to the famous Cedar City Light House, the Providence Center offers a variety of local and chain stores and restaurants. If you forgot something for your trip, you will find it here. And yes, there is a Starbucks in Cedar City.


  • Centro Woodfired Pizzeria Fresh, gourmet, and local ingredients artistically combined on top of a smokey, thin crust pizza. Salads, charcuterie, and gelato to finish it off.
  • Brick House Cafe Winner of Best of State Diner 2014 & 2015. Creative twists on traditional diner favorites: burgers, sandwiches, and breakfast. With such full portions, dessert is for the die-hards, but you should at least order it to go. Pies, pastries, and fudge.
  • Brody’s Mexican Restaurant Locally owned and lovingly operated, Brody’s stands out in the sea of Cedar City Mexican restaurants. Their signature dish, Molcajete, is a combination of meat and vegetables (your choices), served sizzling in a hot lava rock bowl with warm corn tortillas. Mix and match from their list of street tacos to build a delicious an affordable lunch.

We hope these recommendations help during your next stay in Cedar City. If you have any tips that you’d like us to share, please let us know.

SUU Parent Hotel Deal

February 19, 2015

SUU Students

Students are returning to Cedar City for the upcoming fall semester at Southern Utah University. This is a really fun time for us at the Abbey Inn because we get to meet these energetic scholars and welcome them to our town. We also have the pleasure of meeting their parents while they are dropping off their students (many for the first time.)

In speaking with these parents, we’ve learned that this can be a difficult transition. It’s tough to leave their child on their own in a new town, but we at the Abbey Inn invite parents to come back and visit soon! If you are new to the empty-nest syndrome, your child is feeling homesick, or you just want to surprise your student with a quick visit, let the Abbey Inn help you plan your next trip to Cedar City.

There are plenty of day activities we can suggest:

  • Shakespeare play
  • Drive up to Cedar Breaks National Monument
  • SUU athletic event
  • Ski day at Brian Head Resort
  • Shopping in Cedar City’s Historic Downtown

…and much more

Also, SUU parents receive a 15% discount on their rooms at the Cedar City Abbey Inn.

Click here for more details.

Treat your student to some one-on-one time with the person they miss most: YOU!

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Learn to Ski or Snowboard at Brian Head

February 5, 2015

Brian Head University

Have you always wanted to learn to ski and/or snow board but never found the time or motivation to do it? If so, you are not alone. Not only is it an expensive sport to get into (lift pass, lessons, gear, etc.), but it takes a lot of courage to try something new, especially when mistakes are so public and painful. It’s all too easy to find any excuse to not do it, even though you know how much fun others are having.

Well Brian Head Ski Resort wants to help you overcome your fears and excuses and finally join your family and friends on the slopes this winter. They are offering a program called Brian Head University where they guarantee that you will Learn in 3 or it’s Free. This is the first season for the program, and they have pulled out all the stops in order to convert you into a life long skier or snowboarder.

Included in this $199 package deal you will receive:

  • 3 Terrain Based Group Lessons on days of your choice (they recommend you reserve your spot 72 hours prior)
  • 3 Lift Passes
  • 3 Days of Rentals

And if you “Graduate” from Brian Head University you will receive:

  • Free season pass for the remainder of the 2014-2015 season
  • 50% off season pass for 2015-2016 season
  • 25% off season pass for 2016-2017 season
  • 20% off season pass for 2017-2018 season

For more details and to make your reservation go to www.brianhead.com

Also, mention Brian Head University while reserving your room at the Abbey Inn and receive 15% off your room.


Discount Brian Head lift tickets

The Abbey Inn of Cedar City is offering an amazing ski package this year!

Brian Head packages as low as $140 which includes:

– Two Queen or One King Sized Room
– Two Adult Full Day Lift Passes
– Additional Adult or Child Lift Passes may be Purchased

*Call 1-800-325-5411 to make your package reservation today!

CLICK HERE for more information about our packages!

Vacation home rentals in Cedar City, UT

Did you know that the Abbey Inn of Cedar City also has three vacation home rentals?  These homes are adjacent to the hotel and include all of the hotel amenities along with a FULL HOT BREAKFAST! These vacation homes are the perfect solution for a large party visiting the National Parks, Shakespeare Festival, or the Utah Summer Games. To find out more and to reserve your vacation home rental CLICK HERE

Soap Used to Save Lives


Have you ever wondered what happens to the millions of bars of soap that hotels discard every day? Like so many other useful things, it is often thrown in the garbage and sent to our landfills where it sits indefinitely. At the same time, there are millions of people who are living without basic hygiene, and the resulting illnesses claim more than 1.7 million lives each year.

Fortunately, the Global Soap Project has created a way to eliminate these two problems with one solution, and we at the Abbey Inn are proud to partner with them in this endeavor. We collect used soap and send it to the GSP plant in Las Vegas where it is purified and reprocessed into new bars. In the last six months, we have collected and donated about 200 pounds of used soap.

The new soap bars are shipped to 32 different countries to help vulnerable populations like disaster victims, refugees, the homeless, and mothers and children living in extreme poverty. There, it saves lives and helps prevent illnesses such as pneumonia and diarrhea.


Simple hand washing with soap is something we take for granted, and we are thankful for the Global Soap Project for giving us a way to offer this basic necessity to others.

When you are staying at the Abbey Inn or any other participating hotel, you can help by cleaning your used soap and removing any debris. See www.globalsoap.org to help the cause of spreading health.

Utah Shakespeare Festival Tips

Utah Shakespeare Festival Tips

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Over the years, we at the Abbey Inn have learned a few things about Cedar City during the Shakespeare Festival: how to avoid crowds, how to get the most bang for your buck, and how to fill your vacation with life-long memories.    Here are some tips  to help you plan your “Shakesperience.”  Let us know any ideas that you have.

For Your Convenience & Comfort

  • Double check your dates before booking your tickets. (Tickets are non-refundable and cost $5/ticket to change dates.)
  • Dress in layers (The Adam’s theater is outdoors, and a sprinkle of rain happens occasionally.  Also, the AC in the Randall Jones and Auditorium can make the indoor theaters pretty chilly.  If you get too hot, you can always take off a layer.)
  • Let us make your dinner reservations. (Evening play orientation starts at 6 pm, the Green Show at 7, and the plays at 8.  If you wish to eat at 5, you will want a reservation to get ahead of the crowds.)
  • Stay at the Abbey Inn, of course! (#1 hotel on TripAdvisor.com, close to dining, shopping, and about a 10 minute walk to the festival.)

Get a Good Deal

  • Plan to visit at the end of August and during the fall. (Fewer crowds and less expensive rooms and tickets.)
  • Come in groups of at least 5 rooms and 12 people. (The festival and the Abbey Inn offer group discounts.)
  • Stay in one of the Abbey’s vacation homes (You can cook your own meals and accommodate more people for less.)
  • Ask us about a current “last minute deal.”

Have More Fun

  • Visit the national parks & monuments (You don’t need to be “outdoorsy” to enjoy the beauty of Southern Utah.  Get an annual pass, and you can come as often as you like and visit other parks across the country.)
  • Shop Cedar City’s Historic Downtown (Unique decor and clothing stores, a classic drugstore with soda bar, a cozy coffee and bookshop, restaurants, etc.)
  •  Golf and Massage (Play a round of golf among the red rocks of Cedar City and relax with a soothing massage before your plays.  We are happy to reserve a tee time and a massage for you.)
  • Southern Utah University (Take family pictures on the lovely campus, tour the Braithwaite Art Gallery, see music and dance concerts, or cheer at a game.)
  • Frontier Homestead Museum (Learn about Cedar City heritage)