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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February 7, 2013

Bathroom Renovation Update

I’m sure you’ve been waiting with baited breath for new images of our remodeled bathrooms.  We are still in the thick of things, but here is our most up-to-date image.  We’ve very excited!

We’ve got brand new wallpaper and light fixtures.  Here’s a close-up of the wall.

Of course the photos do not do the rooms justice, so you will have to come see them yourselves once they are done.  I will be posting some more pictures soon.

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February 3, 2013

Bag Jump at Brian Head

If you are a dare devil at heart but lack the necessary skills and coordination, this may be a good option for you!

Bag Jump Video

Other than looking like a nut, this is the cost of said bag jump:

1 Jump= $6            3 Jumps=$12       5 Jumps=$18        All day= $20

Season Pass to Bag Jump (for resort season pass holders)=$79

Season Pass to Bag Jump (for non resort pass holders)=$99.

Jump is open on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.

Go ahead.  You know you want to try it.

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January 16, 2013

Most Scenic Snowmobile Trails in Southern Utah

Winter at Cedar Breaks

Home to the best snow on earth, Utah also boasts of some of the most beautiful scenery on earth, especially in Southern Utah.  Many people visit Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park in the summer, but some of the most stunning views are created by the contrast of bright white snow with the fiery red rock and the crystal blue skies.

With groomed trails and unique scenery, Cedar Mountain is one of Utah’s premier snowmobile complexes.  Below, we have listed the most scenic trails on Cedar Mountain according to Utah.com.  Visit www.utah.com/snowmobile/cedar_mtn.htm for more trails on Cedar Mountain.

High Mountain Trail
This wide, well-groomed trail located high in the Cedar Mountains provides riders with excellent views into Cedar Breaks National Monument. Early American Indians once referred to this enormous red rock amphitheater as the circle of painted cliffs. This is a great trail for riders of all abilities and one of the most scenic in the complex.

Cedar Breaks Trail
The wide, well-groomed Cedar Breaks Trail is an ideal ride for snowmobilers wanting to experience the grandeur of Cedar Breaks National Monument. The trail enters the monument and provides winter access to many scenic overlooks. Easy access to this trail is through the Mammoth Summit Trailhead located just off Highway 143, and via the Midway Trailhead located adjacent to Highway 14.

Lars Fork Trail
The Lars Fork Trail is among the most scenic of the trails in the region. With mild grades, this is a good trail for riders of all abilities, providing access to several scenic pullouts that overlook the Virgin River Valley and Zion National Park.

Please note that some view points in Cedar Breaks National Monument are accessible only by walking, cross-country skis, or snow shoes.  Please do not take a snowmobile off of the designated trail.

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January 5, 2013

Bathroom Renovations

The time has come for us to say goodbye to 2012 and to our hotel bathrooms.   We are remodeling all of our hotel bathrooms with new everything!  We are so excited that we couldn’t wait to show the progress we’ve been making.

This is before.

This is during the demo

And this is where we are right now…

Thanks to the hard work of our maintenance men Bob and Chris, this project is moving right along.  Thanks guys!

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December 28, 2012

Meet Our Staff

We love and appreciate our Abbey Inn staff.  Each member is integral to making your stay a great one!  We would like to introduce you to them and get their favorite aspects of Southern Utah to share with you.

Here is Danny.  He works at the front desk.  Our guests have commented on his friendly demeanor, helpful suggestions, and exceptional customer service.  We are very lucky to work with him.  Here is what he had to share with our guests.

Favorite Activity in Southern Utah?

“My favorite activity in Southern Utah is going 4 wheeling up Cedar Canyon.”

Favorite Cedar City Restaurant and dish?

“My favorite restaurant in Cedar City is Lupita’s Mexican Food, and I love their king-size burritos.”

Helpful Local Insights?

“Never stay for just one day.  There is too much to see and do.  Make sure you take the time to really enjoy the beautiful red rock of Southern Utah.”

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December 21, 2012

Ring in the New Year in Southern Utah

Fireworks, a torch light parade, and a family new years party with food, music,dancing, games, and prizes!  Who could ask for anything more?   Oh, yeah, and it’s FREE!

Where:  Brian Head Resort Giant Steps Lodge

When: December 31, 2012

What: Parade and Fireworks at dusk, party at 8 PM

For more info, call Brian Head at 866-930-1010

Ring in the New Year at Brian Head and the Abbey Inn, Cedar City.  Get your Abbey Inn reservations by calling 800-325-5411.

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December 6, 2012

Christmas Carol on the Air

After a five year absence, the beloved Cedar City tradition A Christmas Carol  on the Air returns to the stage.  Peter Sham and Brad Carroll (the creators of the international hit Lend Me a Tenor: The Musical) bring us this fun twist on an old Christmas classic.

In this retelling of Dicken’s beloved story, the characters are putting on a holiday classic radio show; complete with sound effects, commercials, and backstage antics.  As is the tradition, Fred Adams (the founder of the Utah Shakespeare Festival) plays Ebeneezer Scrooge.  With Christmas music, hilarious mishaps, and memorable characters, this show is just what you need to get in to the spirit of Christmas.

When: December 6, 7,8, 13, 14, & 15 @ 7:30 pm

Where: Randall L. Jones Theatre

Cost:$10 for adults, $5 for children

To Get Tickets: Call 435-586-7872 or go to www.suu.edu/arts or purchase at the door.

November 20, 2012

Cedar City Restaurants Open On Thanksgiving

On Thanksgiving, if you don’t want to labor in the kitchen all day, try one (or more) of the following restaurants.

Name                                                      Address                                      Special

Bard’s Food & Drink                           1575 W 200 N                      Thanksgiving Buffet

Denny’s                                                   255 N 1100 W

Garden House                                      164 S 100 W                     Special Thanksgiving Meal

IHOP                                                        980 W 200 N

Ninja Japenses Steak House         1180 Sage Dr # A

Odd Fellows Pub                                1575 W 200 N

Sonny Boy’s Barbecue                     126 N Main St                       Special Thanksgiving Buffet

From what we have gathered, Bard’s will be serving turkey, ham, sage dressing, cranberry chutney, roasted mashed potatoes with giblet gravy, green beans in mushroom cream sauce, candied sweet potatoes, freshly baked wheat, white rolls, and breads, cream pies and pumpkin pie.  The cost is $15.99 for adults, $13.99 for seniors, $8.99 for children under 11, and children under 3 eat free.  Call 865-7645 for reservations.

The Garden House will be serving traditional Thanksgiving  food: turkey, stuffing,potatoes, salad, and pie, but they also have sea food, prime rib, rice, and a HUGE dessert bar. Call 435-586-6110 for reservations.

Sonny Boys will be serving a Traditional Thanksgiving spread with some of the Sonny Boys favorites from 11 AM-5PM.

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November 10, 2012

Veterans Day Story

On February 27,2011  the last surviving World War I veteran passed away at the age of 110 years.  His name was Frank Woodruff Buckles.

Born in 1901, Frank Buckles lived and was educated in Missouri.  He enjoyed country living until his family moved to a frontier town in Oklahoma.  There he attended high school and worked at a bank until the Great War began.

At 16 years old, Buckle claimed he was 21 years and tried enlisting in the Marine Corp and the Navy but was rejected because of his size and flat feet.  After trying the Army, he was accepted and trained in trench casualty retrieval and ambulance operations.  During the war, we served in England and France, and after Armistice Day, he drove German prisoners of war back to Germany.

During World War II, he was working for a shipping company moving cargo in the Philippines.  He was captured by the Japanese and was imprisoned for 3 1/2 years as a civilian prisoner, but was rescued in 1945.

Buckle later married, had a daughter, and moved to a farm in West Virginia where he lived and worked until his death at 110 years of age.

Thank you for your service, Frank Buckles, and thank you to all our veterans.

Last Surviving WWI Veteran

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