June 9, 2013

Family Friendly Play at Shakespeare Festival

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.

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May 31, 2013

Volunteer for the Utah Summer Games


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.

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May 8, 2013

World Extreme Rock Crawling in Cedar City


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

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April 30, 2013

Meet our Staff

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.

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April 25, 2013

2013 SUU Graduation Schedule

2013 SUU Commencement Schedule

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.

SUU Commencement

Friday, May 3rd, noon. Centrum Arena (2 blocks south of the Abbey Inn)

Graduation Celebration

Friday, May 3rd, 1:30 pm, Centrum

Individual Colleges
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


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April 10, 2013

Shakespeare Goes Gershwin

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.

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April 2, 2013

After the renovation

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.

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March 24, 2013

Brian Head Easter Carnival

Spend Your Easter Weekend on the Slopes!

There are only three more weeks of skiing at Brian Head, and Easter Weekend is a really fun time to go.  Check out their activities:

March 30th-31st, 11 am-3:30 pm

  • Easter Carnival at the Navajo Lodge
  • Easter Egg Hunt behind Navajo Lodge on  Sunday, 11 am (ages 0-13)
  • White Egg Hunt (all ages).  The white egg holds a certificate for a 2013-2014 season pass.
  • Card board sled race on Saturday, 1 pm (sleds must be constructed entirely of cardboard and duct tape, but can be decorated)

Plus they are only charging regular rates instead of holiday rates.

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March 7, 2013

The Mighty 5

Make your next vacation Utah.  Even if you live here,  it’s an amazing place to visit.

Check out this video to start planning your stay.

The Mighty 5

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February 19, 2013

What the Sequestration Would Mean for National Parks

Congress is in the process of  negotiating a deal to avoid the forced cutbacks to the national budget known as sequestration.  If an agreement is not met by March 1st, these spending cuts will automatically go into effect.

This would be bad news for our country’s National Park Service and for our region’s  favorite destinations: Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon, and Cedar Breaks.

According to Kendis Gibson of ABC News, the reduction of over $100 million from the National Park Services would result in reduced hours and services such as maintenance and security. (Gibson, Kendis. “Sequestration Would Cause Significant Cuts to National Park Service.”  WJILA.COM. Allbritton Communications Co.  19 Feb. 2013. Web.)

More specifically to the Grand Circle region, Zion Nation Park would lose $383,000, Bryce Canyon $162,00, and the Grand Canyon $1.06 million.

In a memo from the National Park Services Director, Jonathan Jarvis said “We expect that a cut of this magnitude, intensified by the lateness of the implementation, will result in reductions to visitor services, hours of operation, shortening of seasons and possibly the closing of areas during periods when there is insufficient staff to ensure the protection of visitors.” (Egan, Lad. “Utah’s National Parks Prepare for Budget Cuts.”  KUTV.COM.Sinclair Broadcast Group, Feb. 19, 2012. Web.)

Hopefully,  a deal can be made to avoid such indiscriminate cuts.

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