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.
The W.E. Rock Crawl and Dirt Riot is an off-road race for extreme sports lovers. These events are held across the country, and this weekend Cedar City is hosting on May 11 &12, 2013.
Where: Three Peaks Recreation Area (10 miles West of Cedar City on Lund Hwy)
Time: All Day
Cost: $25/Two day, $15/adult, $5/age 8-15, $30 family ticket/day
Save 20% by picking up a coupon at the Abbey Inn and presenting it at the gate.
For more info go to WERocklive.com
We continue the series “Meet Our Staff” with one of our super front desk employees, Sharlee. Because our staff is often asked about what to do and where to go in Cedar City, we thought we’d share some of Sharlee’s local insights.
Favorite thing to do in Cedar City: “I love to walk Main Street. My friends and I go in and out of the little shops and always stop by Bulloch Drug to get ice cream and to play the jukebox.”
Favorite Restaurant: “A Taste of Hawaii is delicious! It is an adorable little restaurant squeezed in on Main Street. The lady who owns it is really sweet and the food is so good! Maggie Moos is a fun local place to get yummy ice cream!”
So come in and say “hi” to Sharlee. She is very sweet and professional and can give lots of advice to our guests.
Congratulations to all of the 2013 SUU graduates. Students, faculty, family, and friends will be celebrating their accomplishments on May 3rd and 4th.
In order to assist our guests who will be attending, we have posted the schedule and locations below.
Friday, May 3rd, noon. Centrum Arena (2 blocks south of the Abbey Inn)
Friday, May 3rd, 1:30 pm, Centrum
College of Education
Friday May 3rd, 3 pm, Centrum Arena
College of Performing and Visual Arts
Friday May 3rd, 3 pm, Randall L. Jones Theater (300 W University Blvd)
College of Science & Engineering
Saturday May 4th, 9 am, Centrum Arena
School of Business
Saturday May 4th, 11 am, Centrum
College of Humanities & Social Sciences
Saturday May 4th, 1 pm, Centrum
Presented by the Guild of the Utah Shakespeare Festival
The Utah Shakespeare Festival presents an evening of memorable music from the legendary composer George Gershwin. Written by Festival Founder Fred C. Adams, directed by Festival Executive Director Scott Phillips, and overseen by Musical Director Brad Carroll, this show brings together a powerhouse of creative minds.
Dates: April 19-20th, 2013
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: Randall Jones Theater
Tickets: $18-$50, call 1-800-PLAYTIX, or go to www.bard.org
A dessert reception with the cast and creative team will be held after the show on stage. Tickets can be purchased for $10 or are included in Premier Seating. Space is limited, and tickets cannot be purchased online.
We have finally completed our bathroom renovations (for half of the hotel that is.) It was a lot of work, but it was worth it.
Take a look at what we’ve done.
Thank you to all of our staff who worked so hard to get these rooms completed. They are currently working on the second half of the hotel, so in the next few months, if you’d like to ensure you get a room with a new bathroom, make sure you request it upon making the reservation.