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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Cedar Livestock & Heritage Festival held at the Cross Hollow Events Center (11 N Cross Hollows Rd, West of Cedar City on Hwy 56) featuring a livestock parade, historic and modern sheep camps, wagons, horses, antique tractors, concerts, entertainment, a stock dog demonstration, vendors, and Dutch oven cook-off. For information call 435-586-8132 or visit , entert, a stock dog demonstration, vendors, and Dutch oven cook-off. For information call 435-586-8132 or visit http://cedarlivestockfest.com
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This is Susie, our Breakfast Supervisor. She is in charge of our “Breakfast House” and making sure our guests have a great dining experience at the Abbey. She and the rest of the breakfast staff do an amazing job.
Here are some comments that our guests gave about the breakfast:
“Can’t say enough about the wonderful breakfast! …The breakfast staff was really nice…”
“The entire staff, from the people at the desk to those handling the complimentary breakfast, were top notch. ”
If you get a chance, you can ask Susie and the other girls about some local insights to Cedar City and Southern Utah. Here are some of Susie’s favorite Cedar City secrets.
Favorite Local Restaurant:
The Garden House, especially their steak and vegetable dish. For dessert, be sure to get a slice of cheesecake.
Favorite Cedar City Event/Activity:
The July Jamboree. The whole city comes together downtown. You have to see all of the amazing classic cars.
There are so many things to do in Southern Utah. Be sure to enjoy the beautiful drive to Cedar Breaks. Try skiing at Brian Head. And make sure you schedule enough time to do multiple hikes at Zion.
Thank you, Susie for all you do for us at the Abbey Inn!
The Larry H. Mill Tour of Utah Race is coming to Cedar City on Tuesday August 6th. Many months have been spent in preparation for the highly anticipated event, and we are excited to welcome the athletes and staff. Teams from each continent will be competing in this rigorous race, and Southern Utah offers steep climbs with a gorgeous backdrop for these world-class athletes. The race will be broadcast live in 50 countries.
Stage 1 begins in Brian Head at 9,600 feet, which is the highest starting point of any other race in North America, a this season. Riders will encounter a sharp climb to Cedar Breaks National Monumewhere they will look over the natural amphitheatre comprised of red sedimentary rock sculptures called hoodoos. Next, riders will race to the highest point of the day, Markagunt Plateau, at 10,300 feet. For a reprieve, riders will enjoy a descent to placid Panguitch Lake and down through Cedar Canyon. The excitement will peak as the athlete are greeted in Cedar City and race to the finish line located in the Historic Downtown of Cedar.
The Tour of Utah was nominated for the 2013 Sport Travel Award, and we look forward to hosting such a prestigious event. We hope that many will see the challenges and beauty that can be enjoyed in Southern Utah and that future riders of all skill levels will come test their stamina in our mountains.
Here is a glimpse of the course:
Cedar Breaks National Monument
Down Town Cedar City
The Neil Simon Festival opens tonight July 10, 2013. To start this season off with a bang, the festival is offering ½ price tickets for the week of July 15-20th. All you have to do is call 435-267-0194 or 1- 866-35-SIMON (866-357-4666)and say you are staying with the Abbey Inn and saw this deal. Here is their season line-up:
Al and Willie as “Lewis and Clark” were top-billed vaudevillians for over forty years. Now they aren’t even speaking. When CBS requests them for a “History of Comedy” retrospective, a grudging reunion brings the two back together, along with a flood of memories, miseries and laughs.
45 Seconds from Broadway
From America’s master of Contemporary Broadway Comedy, here is another revealing comedy behind the scenes in the entertainment world, this time near the heart of the theatre district.45 Seconds from Broadway takes place in the legendary “Polish Tea Room” on New York’s 47th Street. Here Broadway theatre personalities washed-up and on-the-rise, gather to schmooz even as they lose. Jackie Mason-like Comedian Mickey Fox is surrounded by an eclectic cast of characters. This touching valentine to New York continues Neil Simon’s exploration of the foibles and funny in the human comedy.
Lost in Yonkers
Bella is 35-years-old, mentally challenged and living at home with her mother, stern Grandma Kurnitz . As the play opens, ne’r do-well son Eddie deposits his two young sons on the old lady’s doorstep. He is financially strapped and taking to the road as a salesman. The boys are left to contend with Grandma, with Bella and her secret romance, and with Louie, her brother, a small-time hoodlum in a strange new world called Yonkers.
Song Poems Wanted!
In the song-poem industry, people of every stripe and from all over the world submit their poems to be set to music, with the hope of fame and fortune. We see the hopes and dreams of the poets and musicians whose lives are connected through the fictional “Star Records.” run by Sharkey, who is only interested in “grinding out songs like sausages, one after the other.” Josh is hired by Sharkey to compose song-poems. But Josh is not content to crank out one meaningless song after another. He wants to create more than just junk. Christine (Sharkey’s daughter,) in order to win Josh’s attention resorts to submitting poems under a pseudonym. The lives of several other quirky but endearing would-be song-writers are explored. Song-Poems Wanted! features 30 songs, lots of laughs and a big heart. It was one of the winners of the Neil Simon Festival 1st annual New Play Contest and received a staged reading during the 2011 Season.
For the last 3 years, Cedar City host has hosted the Fire Road Cycling event, and we are excited to welcome them back this Saturday July 6th. Competitors flock to the red rocks of Southern Utah to compete in this off road race which, has some of the best views the West has to offer. This year, 25 cyclists will qualify for the Leadville 100 (the Superbowl of mountain racing.) Also, cash prizes will be awarded to the top 3 male and female athletes competing in the 100 km.
This event includes a two-day fitness expo held at Main Street Park, the finish line for the races.
For more info see www.fireroadcycling.com
The 2013 season at the Utah Shakespeare Festival begins in about two weeks. This season, the most talked-about play is the Peter and the Starcatcher.
Fresh off of Broadway and boasting 5 Tony Awards, this play is making it’s regional premiere at the Utah Shakespeare Festival this summer right before the national tour this fall. That means that this will be your last chance to see Peter and the Starcather for quite some time.
Fortunately, the festival has extended the show through the fall season in order to accommodate the large audiences that will be flocking to Cedar City.
The play is being directed by Shakespeare Festival favorite, Brian Vaughn. It tells the story of Peter Pan before Neverland. Audiences will discover how Neverland came into being, how Captain Hook lost his hand, and who the Lost Boys really are.
The story is told by 12 talented actors who play over 100 memorable characters and musicians who provide the sound effects and the musical backdrop. In line with a child’s perspective of the world, ordinary props are used in imaginative ways: a rope become an ocean wave, and a flashlight becomes a piece of magic.
If you are looking for a fun and memorable experience with your family this year, come see Peter and the
Call us at the Abbey Inn for a discount on your tickets and room.
Summer is fast approaching, and with it comes one of the most popular sporting event in the region: The Utah Summer Games! Every year the Abbey Inn welcomes athletes from all over Utah, Nevada, Idaho, and Arizona.
This year we would like to try something new in an effort to support the games which bring so much business to Cedar City. They are always in need of volunteers to hand out medals, groom the fields, direct the athletes and their families, etc. For anyone who volunteers for the games, the Abbey Inn will offer 20% off their room (not valid with other discounts.)
All you have to do is call Bob Tate at 435-865-8421, mention the Abbey Inn volunteer deal, and arrange a date and time. Then call the Abbey Inn and talk to Laura to claim discount on your room. We will call and verify your name on Bob’s list, so please call him first. Only one discount will be awarded/room.
If you love competing in the Summer Games, show your support and keep this tradition strong.