Utah Shakespeare Festival Tips
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)
There are so many ways to save on lodging during you trip to Cedar City. Here are our top recommendations. Let us know if you have any other ideas.
Avoid online travel sites (i.e. Expedia, Priceline, etc.)
By booking with us directly, you can negotiate, modify, or cancel a reservation
more easily because you eliminate the middleman.
Be ﬂexible on dates and stay on weekdays (Sunday-Thursday)
Rates vary depending on season and occupancy. To get the best deal, stay during the
Travel in groups
We offer discounted rates if you have 5 or more rooms.
Ask for a last minute upgrade
If a suite is available, you may be able to get it for a discounted rate.
Ask about a our loyalty program
We offer frequent stay programs, extended stay programs, and bounce back deals. Let us know you will be returning.
Brian Head Opening Day will December 15, 2013. All lifts are planned to open by December 15, 2013 (weather permitting).
Operating Hours (Mountain Standard Time)
10:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday
9:30 am to 4:30 pm Saturday, Sunday, and Holiday Periods
Night Skiing and Boarding will begin on Nov. 29, 2013!
Get out and enjoy Brian Head Resort at night. Night skiing and boarding has moved to the Blackfoot lift. This change allows skiers and boarders to enjoy more runs, more vertical and a lighted terrain park.
|Night Skiing (Friday – Saturday and holiday periods)
|*College Night (Thursday Night Skiing and Boarding)
|Night Skiing Upgrade (With the purchase of a day ticket)
|Night Skiing Rentals
Operating Hours (Mountain Standard Time)
4:00pm to 9:00pm Thursday through Saturday
The Abbey Inn offers affordable luxury! Stay with us in Cedar City, UT. Only a short drive to Brian Head – where you can enjoy evenings out after skiing. Go to a movie, go shopping, or pick from many amazing restaurants!
With Brian Head only a short 30 minute drive – the Abbey Inn in Cedar City is the ideal location when skiing in beautiful southern Utah. Cedar City offers many dining options, movie theaters, parks, and many other recreational activities. Stay at the Abbey Inn and receive 15% off our standard rate when skiing at Brianhead or Eagle Point. To make reservations click the reservations tab above and use the promo code SKI15.
Whether you are out of town or just not in the mood to cook, here are some great options for your Thanksgiving feast this year.
For a traditional turkey dinner
Bards Food & Drink- 1575 W 200 N, 435-865-7645
- Roasted Turkey and Honey Glazed Ham
- Traditional Sage Dressing, Cranberry Chutney, Mashed Potatoes & Gravy
- Salad Bar, Soups, Green Beans, and Candied Sweet Potatoes
- Freshly Baked Wheat & White Rolls
- Bard’s Famous Cream Pies & Traditional Pumpkin
Adults $15.99 Seniors $13.99 Children under 11 $8.99 & Children under 3 Free
The Garden House-164 S 100 W, 435-586-6100
The Garden House reservation list is full, but they are accepting walk-ins.
- Turkey, Sirloin, & Sea Food
- Stuffing, potatoes, and other traditional side
- Traditional Pies and a HUGE dessert bar.
In the mood for Mexican? You are in luck!
Brody’s Mexican- 1166 S Sage Dr, 435-531-8773
Roberto’s Taco Shop- 755 S Main St
Bruno’s Italian Deli-1744 W Royal Hunte Dr, 435-867-4477
Just want to kick it and watch the game?
Toadz Lounge – 432 N 100 W, 435-677-3000
Needs some variety?
Denny’s -255 N 1100 W, 435-867-0213
IHOP-next to the Abbey Inn, 435-867-0502
In Southern Utah, we’ve all been anticipating opening day at Brian Head Resort for the 2013-2014 ski season. This year promises to be especially exciting as the resort unveils the $3.5 million improvements. Here is a taste of what you will enjoy during your Brian Head ski vacation.
Brian Head improvements include a revamped terrain park called the Stephen Wade Auto Centers Training Grounds, a new tubing park, new night skiing option, new surface lifts, and new dining options.
The Training Grounds will have a construction theme, and it will consist of four progressive park areas where skiers can develop their skills: The Foundation, Detour, Bypass, and Bag Jump (Utah’s one and only bag jump). The park will also feature Advanced Winter Ski School Workshops. Several events will be hosted on the Training Grounds including the Season Kickoff & Rail Jam and the Triple Crown Series featuring slope style, rail jam, and a big air competition.
Night skiing will be moving the Blackfoot lift on Giant Steps mountain and the Bypass terrain park. Skiers will also be able to enjoy the bag jump at night.
Fortunately, the Abbey Inn has also been in the remodeling mode. Our winter guests will enjoy completely remodeled bathrooms, new furniture, and new carpets. And REMEMBER, we offer discounts for skiers with a lift pass. Just call 1-800-325-5411 to book your ski vacation today.
As many of you may know, we’ve recently said farewell to our Commander in Chief of 21 years, Susan Tuckett. She has retired from her position as General Manager of the Abbey Inn. The staff and guests of the Abbey Inn will miss her more than we can say, but we wish her all the best as she enters this exciting chapter of her life.
Susan grew up in Salt Lake but has lived in Cedar City for 21 year, and she considers it home. She raised her family here and developed many wonderful relationships over the years.
Here is what she had to say about Cedar City:
Favorite local restaurant?
“Rusty’s Ranch House”
Favorite activity in Southern Utah?
“Hiking Zion or camping on Cedar Mountain”
“All of the activities that encompass why Cedar City and Iron County are the best place to live and visit. ie; Neil Simon Festival, the 4th and 24th of July parades, July Jamboree, Christmas programs, Skiing/biking/hiking Brianhead, the beautiful country, the fall leaves, the amazing people who live and work here.” “…the impact that the Utah Summer Games, Utah Shakespeare Festival and National Parks have had on the City. The joy of working with the community for its success and getting to build so many friendships with those who love the city as much as I do. Building relationships with with people like Maria Twitchell of Tourism Bureau. Becky Lewis, who works so hard with our travel industry. All the staff who leads the Festival and the Games to the height they have attained.”
Thank you Susan for your commitment to our town and to the Abbey Inn. We love and miss you! We also want to say welcome to our new GM Eddy, but we’ll do a separate post for that.
The Utah Summer Games will feature 40 different events in 30 different sports. The Utah Summer Games always features a large number of soccer, basketball and track and field competitors, but are also home to some of the less-mainstream sports, such as equestrian, archery, horseshoes, pickleball and Ultimate Frisbee. More than 1,000 athletes are in Cedar City for the Utah Summer Games.
For a full list of the events and times, go to the Utah Summer Games Website
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