Michael and I have a surprise to tell you all about! The most handsome, playful and sweet four-legged little boy rocked our world 2 months ago. We flew to Utah, bought a French Bulldog, named him Finley and fell absolutely, irrefutably and unconditionally in love.
Here’s the thing. We love Finley. He’s perfect (Proud mom brag #1, check!), but we also really loved our vacation in Utah. We flew in and out of Salt Lake City, but you guys know by now that we escaped the concrete jungle quickly. We headed up in elevation and spent two nights in Park City. We drank wine by firelight and skied for two days. I use the term “ski” loosely here. Michael skied; I plowed my way down at a snail’s pace trying not to bust my face.
From Park City we drove east to Moab where we hiked Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. The red rock formations against the blue skies were unforgettable.
The whole trip was unforgettable actually, which has us planning a trip back out to Utah. While we were in Park City, we saw signs for Heber Valley. I googled “Heber Valley Things to do” and was happy with the results; so many outdoorsy and activities for the adventurous, or the adventurous at heart. The tricky part is trying to plan a vacation when you are not 100% sure when to go, but the beautiful truth about Utah is that it is a great vacation destination year round. Our vacation itineraries for each season could be completely different, but all of the options are all in Heber Valley, Utah.
Heber Valley is only 15 minutes from Park City, so if we go in Heber Valley during the winter we can expect snow. That is perfect for this Florida girl who welcomes the cold (but only for a few days at a time)! And, since I have the attention span of a 6 year old, we can ski a few days, but then mix it up with snow shoeing, snow mobile rides, snow tubing and fire side chats at the Zermatt Resort. Heber Valley has a creamery that makes cheese too. I feel like wine and cheese would be on our itinerary – seems likes an “us” thing to do.
If we return to Utah in the Spring (Should I mention here how jealous of “spring” I am? Florida’s spring is like 3 days long!) I know we will hike and ride horses, those are shoe-ins. I also found a different experience when looking into the Heber Valley Railroad. Even though we are big on driving around ourselves, they have scenic train rides that would probably be the most fun for us. But, the neat aspect of this is that there is likely a train for everyone – your daughter, your son, your husband, everyone! There is even a “cheese train.” I wonder if we can add wine to this ride.
Summer in Heber would keep us the busiest. With cooler temperatures and over 200 miles of trails, we would never go inside. The options seem endless because they are right up our alley: hiking Cascade Springs, kayaking the Provo River and doing paddle board yoga at Homestead Crater. I kind of think the wine and cheese would be on this agenda as well in the form of a picnic.
Even though I am the busiest at work in the Fall, I do not want to miss planning for this season. I picture leaves changing color, a crispness in the air, boots and scarves. Yes, I can be very basic at times! I cannot lie, this girl would definitely break out the two scarves I own and wear them daily! I also picture a midday walk through Wasatch Mountain State Park or a drive to see the changing leaves along the Alpine Loop Scenic Backway, Provo Canyon Scenic Byway or through Strawberry Valley.
I really never knew how versatile and diverse Utah was until going in March. I kind of just thought it was a barren state with a few big rocks. Oh my gosh, I was wrong! You can golf, hike, shop, relax, adventure, eat (and drink wine!) and more! You can hike in the summer the same slopes that you ski on in the winter. You can see a different view if you drive the same road in April than in October. I am really excited to get back out west.
But, do you want to know the absolute best part of planning this trip though? Finely will be riding shotgun with us as we go! Mike will always be my favorite guy, but he now has a four-legged little boy following closely (proud puppy mom brag #2, check!).
Note: While this is a sponsored post, all opinions and thoughts are ours. We have not visited Heber Valley, but truly hope to, despite of (or maybe because of) writing on their behalf!