Museums continue to pop up all around St. George.
Museums in the area abound with history, education, natural wonders and art in St. Goerge. Here is a list with links and descriptions to many in the area. The list below each contains a hyperlink to its respective site, and the approximate distance from BEST WESTERN Coral Hills.
- Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum - 0 blocks, FREE to the public, area artifacts and stories
- St. George Art Museum - 2 blocks, Minimal cost, well operated and very relaxing
- St. George Children’s Museum - 3 blocks, the Newest addition to a great collection, well worth a visit especially for young children with a lot of energy. Many hands on exhibits.
- Dixie State University Sears Art Gallery - 7 blocks, A great rotating gallery of art and history exhibits, minimal cost if any
- Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum - 2 miles, full body game animal mounts from across the globe and a vast collection of insects for your young entomologist (study of insects)
- Washington City Museum - 3 miles, Pioneer era artifacts
- Dinosaur Tracks at Johnsons Farm - 3 miles, showcases footprints of a kind raptor only known to exist in this area
- Samuel R. Knight Santa Clara History Museum - 5 miles, in the basement of the city offices.
- Western Sky Aviation Warbird Museum - 6 miles, a great collection of full and operational war planes.
- Hurricane Pioneer Museum - 16 miles, local pioneer artifacts
- Wells Fargo Silver Reef Museum - 10 miles, well operated, artifacts, restored buildings of an old mining ghost towm
- Pilot Peak DUP Museum - Enterprise, Utah, local pioneer artifacts
- Zion Human History Museum - 42 miles, natural history
St. George Art Museum
For a comprehensive list with addresses and phone numbers for area museums in and near Washington County click here.
If we were to add another the next should be a location for a film and movies showcasing the development of the film industry and the many movies made in the Southern Utah area. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, a multiple of John Wayne westerns, and SciFi movies such as Galaxy Quest and others. Much of the feature film The Fly Boys was filmed in St. George proper just blocks away from the Best Western Coral Hills property.
Jubilee of Trees returns for its 10th year!
ST. GEORGE – From humble beginnings in 1981, to generating $6 million over the last 10 years, the Jubilee of Trees has become the largest showcase of custom-designed Christmas trees and wreaths between Salt Lake City and Las Vegas and a powerhouse fundraiser for Intermountain Healthcare’s Dixie Regional Medical Center. The 2013 Jubilee opens this week, with its fundraising theme of “In the Blink of an Eye,” because that’s how life changes. The goal aims to bring Trauma II Services, especially for severe head, spinal and other neurological injuries, to Intermountain Healthcare’s Dixie Regional Medical Center.
The Jubilee of Trees, St. George, Utah | Image courtesy of Dixie Regional Medical Center
The Foundation of Dixie Regional Medical Center is equally grateful for the dedication of its volunteers and proudly announces the 2013 leadership of the annual Jubilee of Trees fundraising event. The leadership—collectively known as the Jubilee of Trees Executive Council—places its heart, soul and elbow grease into heading the five-day event to generate philanthropy in support of healthcare advancements at Dixie Regional Medical Center. The Jubilee is the largest showcase of designer trees between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City, and one of the southwestern Utah’s most beloved holiday venues. Read more: KCSG Television – 2013 Jubilee of Trees
If your are in town during the Jubilee of Trees ask for “Jubilee of Trees Discount” which is available off the regular rate. Thank you for helping to support such a wonderful and worth while event as we usher in the holiday season.
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from the staff at BEST WESTERN Coral Hills!
Click above to go to the Jubilee of Trees home page.
Daylight Savings Time Ends once again!
It’s time to spend all that daylight savings we have been holding onto and sleep for an extra hour! Except in Arizona.
Do you have a hard time remembering whether to go forward or backward on the clock every time this daylight savings changes? There are only two simple things you need to remember. The first is to commit to memory the short saying: “Spring Forward, Fall Back”. In the spring we move the clocks forward one hour. In the fall we move our clocks back one hour. The second item is to actually remember to set your clocks back prior to going to bed Saturday…then you won’t have to wake up at 2am to make the time at the official moment.
Spending Halloween in St. George, Utah 2013 and not certain what to do?
Here are some ideas to make your stay a little more enjoyable for all your little pumpkins in the family.
October 5 – 26
Field of Screams 8:00pm- Last ticket sold at 11:00pm: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday ONLY, Click HERE for a bunch more information.
Corn Maze: Click here for more information
Saturday, October 12 @ 5-7 pm
Zombie Fun Run: Also in Moab, Utah October 26th. This is not your average 5K run, you will need to survive in order to win. Satellite intel shows that the infestation has become more out of control than originally thought. Run, jump, climb, and evade at all costs. We don’t know who you can trust. Check out the F.A.Q. page for more details on the event and remember to stay ALIVE. This promises to be the funnest 5k run that you will race in. Let the APOCALYPSE begin. Click for more information
Saturday, October 26
Free Comic Book Day Halloween Fest: 11:00am-6:00pm Celebrate Halloween Fest 2013 this year comic book style. Comics Plus will be hosting Free Comic Book Day as well as a food fundraising event for Dixie Care & Share On Saturday, October 26th. On this day, special Halloween comics will be given away FREE by Comics Plus, no purchase necessary. And while you are here, join in on the spirit of the event by dropping off non-perishable food items in our donation boxes for Dixie Care & Share. Halloween Fest will be a fun event for all ages. Funtime Inflatables will be here with a bounce house, Epic Adventures will have face painters and your favorite costumed super heroes. Maverik and YO2 Yogurt will be here with snacks, hot dogs, drinks and giveaways. Free Comics, Free Food, prizes and fun, bring out the whole family for our spooktacular event. Contact: David Roland Admission: FREE
October 26 – Nov 1
Thriller at Tuacahn: Click for times: If Odyssey Dance Theatre’s “Thriller” isn’t part of your yearly Halloween tradition, it should be. The spooky spectacular combines technical aspects of dance while paying homage to the stars of All Hallows’ Eve. Throughout the two-hour program, “Thriller” highlights all the heroes of the season, including Frankenstein’s monster and his bride, skeletons, mummies and werewolves. But among the ghouls, you’ll find other unlikely heroes of Halloween, such as Bubbles the Clown and the “Giggle Girl,” who sings and maniacally laughs her way through songs such as “I Saw Mommy Killing Santa Claus.”
Monday, October 28
Fall Festival & Pumpkin Alley @ Tonaquint Nature Center: 5-7pm:Try your best at our dartless balloon pop game, cast your line into the Swampy Pond or see how many “bats” you can throw into the Witch’s Brew. We will have multiple carnival games outside for kids to play for prizes. Zelda the Fortune Teller will be sharing secrets of the future all evening. You can also visit Dr. Jekyll and his mad laboratory. Kids can get their faces painted at the Black Cat Parlor ran by the gals from Hairitage before sitting down and making a fun holiday themed craft. Get your pre-decorated pumpkin to the Nature Center before 6:30 pm and be eligible for prizes. There are 4 different age categories. General Admission: FREE Crafts: $1 each Monster Boogers: 25 cents/bag
The Pumpkin Festival7:00pm-9:00pm: Professional Carved Pumpkins, Pumpkin Carving Hints and Tips, Wick’a Dee Witch, and more FREE With Farm Admission CLICK HERE for more information
Wednesday, October 30
Boo-Nanza @ Sand Hollow Aquatic Center 6:30-9pm: Join the spooky fun at the SHAC for haunted canoe rides, Halloween games and root beer floats. At 7:00 pm the lights will be dimmed for the evening’s dive-in movie - “Hotel Transylvania “ General Admission: $8/family
Thursday, October 31
Halloween Carnival @ SG Recreation Center 4:30-6:30pm: Attention Kids!! Get your costumes and start your trick-or-treating early. After playing all the Halloween games, take a turn in the bounce house or sit down and create a Halloween craft. You can bring your carved pumpkin to the event and enter our contest for prizes. All pumpkins must be submitted by 5:15pm; judging is at 5:30pm. You must be present to win. General Admission: FREE
Monster Mash …Annual Halloween Celebration! Time: 4pm – 7pm: Crafts-Center Court, Trick-or-Treating-through out mall: Red Cliffs Mall is hosting the annual Fall Family Festival featuring family-friendly activities. Bring your children to the mall for an afternoon of fun, including make-and-take crafts. The mall will also host the annual Trick-or-Treating for kids throught the center as well as free hot-dogs and refreshments from radio station Mix 103.1, hosted by DJ’s Bryan & Cindy. Kids ages 2-12 are welcome and encouraged to wear costumes.
Need a costume?
Here are the best stocked and most unique Halloween Costume shops in St. George:
Spirit Halloween Superstore: (435) 674-3477 250 Red Cliffs Dr, Saint George, UT 84790 in the Promenade across from the Zion Outlet Stores
Partyland: (435) 674-7655 Map 1930 West Sunset Boulevard, St. George, UT 84770 Mon-Sat 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
THRILLER returns to Tuacahn, near St. George, Utah
October 25 – Nov 1 See Calendar For Times
If Odyssey Dance Theatre’s “Thriller” isn’t part of your yearly Halloween tradition, it should be. The spooky spectacular combines technical aspects of dance while paying homage to the stars of All Hallows’ Eve.
Throughout the two-hour program, “Thriller” highlights all the heroes of the season, including Frankenstein’s monster and his bride, skeletons, mummies and werewolves. But among the ghouls, you’ll find other unlikely heroes of Halloween, such as Bubbles the Clown and the “Giggle Girl,” who sings and maniacally laughs her way through songs such as “I Saw Mommy Killing Santa Claus.”
Click HERE for a THRILLER preview!
Critics agree that Odyssey Dance Theatre is nothing short of spectacular:
“Compelling dance performed to perfection! Young, trim, slim, and athletic…Great fun!” –The Spectrum
“Odyssey’s Thriller”..a delightful “Dance Macabre”….As for humor, there were bucket loads. Laughs abounded during a “Romeo & Juliet” inspired “Frankenstein & Frankenstein” and “Jason Jam,” a work that used a lot of percussive dancing, a la “Stomp”, that spotlighted three “Friday the 13th” villains dancing with ice picks, machetes and, of all things, chain saws. The whole idea was cool…” — Scott Iwasaki, Deseret News.
Visitors Information for St. George, Utah is readily available at the front desk of Best Western Coral Hills or at the St. George Chamber of Commerce located two doors away.
FREE maps of the Downtown, Historic District are available at either location.
The Chamber of Commerce/Visitors Center is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am till 5:00 pm.
Visitors Information inside the Old County Courthouse in St. George, Utah. Courtesy Calvin Beale
On interesting bits of history regarding the courthouse:
Legend has it that the domed cupola on the Pioneer Courthouse in St. George was designed specifically for hangings, although it never was used for that gruesome purpose.
But that’s not to say the county never had a hanging.
Douglas Alder, a past president of the Washington County Historical Society and Dixie State University, said that in about 1875, a miner working north of St. George in Silver Reef was accused of killing a fellow miner. The alleged killer was arrested and jailed in the basement of the courthouse. But he wasn’t there long. Shortly after he was put in the jail, a group of the murder victim’s friends descended on the courthouse, broke out the prisoner and hung him from a nearby tree.
A common case that was heard within the walls of its upstairs courtroom in the late 19th century was theft charges against ranchers and farmers accused of releasing irrigation water too early, Alder said. Today, visitors to the historic building can watch a re-enactment of a water theft trial.
“We always find them guilty,” said Alder.
Alder tells another story about Will Brooks, a county sheriff in the early 19th century who was responsible for feeding the inmates. Alder said Brooks sometimes ignored jail procedure and took the prisoners home with him for a meal.
The basement jail space is now used for storage, while the Chamber of Commerce occupies the main floor. The former courtroom on the top floor is now used for lectures.
Join us for these fun Halloween events!
Washington County School District Foundation invites you to celebrate Halloween on the Town and raise funds for Washington County Schools. “Halloween on the Town” features Southern Utah’s first “Haunted Cave” plus the family-friendly “Spooky Town Fair.”
While the Haunted Cave will entertain the community all month long, the Spooky Town Fair will be a one-day Halloween-themed fair-style event in downtown St. George at Town Square. All profits benefit the students in the Washington County School District.
For more information, dates and details click on the links above. Then make plans to join us during the month of October as we put the FUN back into FUNdraiser!