July 2, 2014

Sand Hollow Reservoir

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Sand Hollow Reservoir State Park

 

SAND HOLLOW STATE PARK

With its warm, blue waters and red sandstone landscape, Utah’s newest state park is also one of its most popular. Boat and fish on Sand Hollow Reservoir, explore and ride the dunes of Sand Mountain

The sprawling 20,000-acre park, which rests mostly on USDI Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land, rivals Utah’s two largest state parks – Wasatch Mountain and Antelope Island. Sand Hollow already one of the most visited destinations in the Utah State Park system, with recreation opportunities for nearly every user from boaters to bikers, and OHV riders to equestrians.

A favorite destination for local off-highway vehicle (OHV) enthusiasts, Sand Mountain provides 15,000 acres of perfectly sculpted dunes. The red sand is an incredible backdrop for Sand Hollow reservoir. At nearly twice the size of nearby Quail Creek Reservoir, Sand Hollow offers boating and other water recreation in a spectacular setting.

Sand Hollow is located approximately 15 miles east of St George and seven miles east of the I-15 Hurricane Exit. Visitors should exit I-15 at Exit 16 (Highway 9), travel east for about four miles and turn right on Sand Hollow Road, travel south for about three miles and turn left at the park entrance.

Opened to the public as a state park in 2003. Park Elevation: 3,000 feet Park Acreage: 20,000 Surface Water Acreage: 1,322 Sand Mountain OHV Acreage: 6,000

I-15  to Exit 16- Hurricane and you are on your way to 3351 South Sand Hollow Road off of SR-9 in Hurricane Utah. (435) 680-0715.  Located about 20 minutes away from Best Western Coral Hills.  If you are pulling a boat the hotel has a lot of parking next door in our large dirt lot or in the back of the property if you want to avoid the dirt.

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January 24, 2014

Ski Brian Head Discount

Ski Brian Head Ski Resort…SO MUCH FUN!!!!

Ski Brian Head Resort...at a discount

Ski Brian Head Resort…at a discount

 

 

This Ski Resort is only one hour and 20 minutes from Best Western Coral Hills.  When you are done on the slopes come back to St. George for a round of golf or relax in either the indoor or outdoor hot tubs.

There is something for everyone at Brian Head from bunny hills to double black diamond, traditional snow skiing, tubing snow boarding and a great outdoor fire to rest by when you want to rest up a bit.   They have plenty of gear to rent for you, your family, and the entire neighborhood.

Every Saturday, Sunday and Holiday they have the bag jump available so you can practice all your jumps and flips safely.

On your way up or on the way down be certain to stop and drive through Kolob Canyons, part of Zion National Park, just off of I-15.

November 21, 2013

Museums in St. George, Utah

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.

  1. Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum - 0 blocks,  FREE to the public, area artifacts and stories
  2. St. George Art Museum - 2 blocks, Minimal cost, well operated and very relaxing
  3. 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.
  4. Dixie State University Sears Art Gallery - 7 blocks, A great rotating gallery of art and history exhibits, minimal cost if any 
  5. 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)
  6. Washington City Museum - 3 miles, Pioneer era artifacts
  7. Dinosaur Tracks at Johnsons Farm - 3 miles, showcases footprints of a kind raptor only known to exist in this area 
  8. Samuel R. Knight Santa Clara History Museum - 5 miles, in the basement of the city offices.
  9. Western Sky Aviation Warbird Museum - 6 miles, a great collection of full and operational war planes.
  10. Hurricane Pioneer Museum - 16 miles, local pioneer artifacts
  11. Wells Fargo Silver Reef Museum - 10 miles, well operated, artifacts, restored buildings  of an old mining ghost towm
  12. Pilot Peak DUP Museum - Enterprise, Utah, local pioneer artifacts
  13. Zion Human History Museum - 42 miles, natural history
St. George Art Museum

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.

 

November 4, 2013

Our Gazebo is back!

Our gazebo is back up at our outdoor sitting area close to the East Wing indoor section of BEST WESTERN Coral Hills.  It is a perfect place to relax and enjoy friends and the St. George sun.

After a good moment relaxing there are several things to do and see nearby to the BWCH.  We are in the St. George downtown, historic district and are within 3 blocks of 15 great restaurants, there are several museums, historic sites and shopping. when next you come to St. George check out this great area of town.

The restaurants, in no particular order, are: 1 George’s Corner, 2 Pasta Factory, 3 Pizza Factory, 4 Benja’s, 5 Painted Pony, 6 Bear Paw, 7 Piccolo Mundo, 8 Cappaletti’s, 9 Twenty-Five Main, 10 One Hot Grill, 11 Nelsons Frozen Custard, 12 Café Rio, 13 Iceberg 14 Red Ginger 15 Ocean Buffet

Museums include the St. George Art Museum, The St. George Children’s Museum, and the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers museum

There are many art studios that are sure to please the eyes and unique shops.

Activities for kids: The St. George Children’s Museum, The carrousel and splash pad at the St. George Downtown Plaza, Laser Mania with indoor laser tag an miniature golf and 4D rides, Bowling all within 3 blocks or less.

 

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A gazebo at the outdoor sitting area located next to the East Wing indoor section.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 21, 2013

Halloween in St. George, Utah 2013

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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

4th Annual Zombie Walk for Hunger 4-7pm: Celebrate Halloween 2013 this year zombie style. Comics Plus will be hosting the 4th annual St. George Zombie Walk as a food fundraising event for Dixie Care & Share On Saturday, October 26th. This year we walk for a humanitarian cause, hunger. We’re raising food donations for the great folks at Dixie Care & Share to help feed people. After all, zombies crave well-fed brains. To walk in the event, simply dig up your best undead costume and bring 3 non-perishable food items.  Free Comics, Free Food, prizes and fun, bring out the whole family for our spooktacular event. Contact: David Roland Phone: 435673322 Admission: 3 non-perishable food items Location: Comics Plus Address: 348 W. St. George Blvd., St. George  Web Site: www.comicsplus.com, Accessible to those with disabilities

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

October 28th-29th

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.

 

October 2, 2013

National Park Closures

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Highway 9 through Zion National Park is still open

National Park Closures

DON’T PANIC and don’t cancel your plans!  There is still a lot to do and see in southern Utah.  INCLUDING seeing a portion of Zion and Bryce National Parks

Yes, it is true National Parks across the country are officially closed.  However, talk to the locals and you will find there are well traveled locations to overlook into the parks that are still viewable for the general public.

There is still A LOT to do and see in southern Utah!

 

ZION NATIONAL PARK:  Highway 9 through ZION NATIONAL PARK is still open which provides views to many of the popular park features including the mile long tunnel and Checkerboard Mesa.  Also open is the giant screen movie Treasure of the Gods which presents grand views of Zion’s not readily accessible from the general areas.

CEDAR BREAKS, is the road through Cedar Breaks, also open and the views are accessible, but all buildings will be closed and unmanned.

SNOW CANYON STATE PARK, 20 minutes outside of St George, is a great spot to visit as well.

BYRCE CANYON NATIONL PARK: Best Western Ruby’s Inn offers a private shuttle and viewing location into Bryce Canyon.  Southern Utah also has several historic sites, and ghost towns worth checking out.

We recommend calling a Best Western close to each National Park to find out what additional attractions there are to visit in each area.  There are known outlooks that give access into the parks.  Those still make a trip worthwhile.

SNOW CANYON STATE PARK, St. George, BW Coral Hills 800-542-7733

ZION NP: BW Zion Park Inn 800-934-7275

BRYCE NP: BW RUBY’S INN: 435-834-5341, BW PLUS Grand Hotel: 435-834-5700

CEDAR BREAKS: BW El Rey Inn & Suites: 435-586-6518, BW Town & Country 435-586-9900

October 24, 2012

Ballet Benefit at Tuacahn

JAMES SEWELL BALLET BENEFIT PERFORMANCE

September 27, 2012

St. George Dinosaur Discovery at Johnson Farm

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In 2000, local optometrist Dr. Sheldon Johnson was leveling a hill on his property in St. George, Utah. As he removed layers of sedimentary rock, he encountered a thick level of sandstone. As he tore it up in large blocks, a fantastic object was revealed – a three-dimensionally preserved dinosaur track. It was to be the first of thousands of tracks made by dinosaurs and other animals that have now been recognized or recovered from the numerous layers of sandstone and mudstone that formed almost 200 million years ago on the shores of an ancient lake in the vicinity of St. George.

 Dr. Johnson had seen dinosaur tracks in the region, but at first he was confused. The footprint he saw was visible in both the brittle clay below and also on the bottom of the sandstone block he had overturned. Experts, including Utah State Paleontologist, Dr. Jim Kirkland, came to help identify additional tracks at the site which revealed the extensive trackways to be found here.

Realizing that these tracks would be best served if they were maintained for scientific and educational purposes, Dr. Johnson and his wife, LaVerna, worked to set aside the land and its fossils. Eventually the Johnsons donated the tracks that had been found and arranged for the land to be cared for by the City of St. George. They worked with scientists, local businesses, and government officials on the local, state, and national level to create the museum that is here today. They founded the DinosaurAh!Torium Foundation that continues to preserve this site as a creative learning environment with hands-on activities that challenge, enlighten, and entertain the minds of all who come.

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The best preserved and most numerous of the tracks today form the in-place trackway and exhibits of the St. George Dinosaur Discovery Site at Johnson Farm. Many other fossils, including bones of dinosaurs and fish, shells of small aquatic animals, and leaves and seeds of plants, have joined the footprints to enable paleontologists to reconstruct the nearly 200 million year old ecosystem preserved here with unprecedented clarity, an extreme rarity for rocks of any time period.

Since the initial discovery, hundreds of thousands of visitors, including paleontologists from all over the world, have marveled at this unique discovery.

September 13, 2012

Dixie Center Convention & Visitors Bureau

 

The Dixie Center at St. George a premier convention destination has always maintained the highest quality service while providing an outstanding value for our customers. Schedule an event at the Dixie Center and you have single-point of contact for all services. The Dixie Center offers in-house audio visual, full decorating services, high speed internet, event management and “white glove” on site catering.

The Dixie Center is designed with maximum versatility to accommodate groups from 5 to 5000. Featuring a 46,000 sq ft column free exhibit hall, 32,000 sq ft of flexible meeting room space in 19 Meeting Rooms ranging from 185 sq ft to 13,205 sq ft, 2 Board Rooms and a state of the Art Theater/Auditorium. The round atrium style Garden Room situated in our North Lobby, elegant rotunda, spacious indoor lobby and pre-function area are all ideal locations for receptions, banquets and vendor displays.

Convention Center Features

  • 47,500 square feet column free convention hall
  • 32,000 square feet in 21 functional meeting rooms
  • 5 small meeting rooms or 9 luxury suites overlooking exhibition hall (mezzanine level)
  • 3 separate pre-function area – plus indoor/out door areas to enjoy the great year round weather
  • Full production and staging capability for a wide spectrum of events and entertainment
  • Seating for up to 6,200 at special events or concerts
  • Full-service in house catering providing excellent food and beverage services
  • Concession areas in Exhibition Hall

The Dixie Center is located just 7 minutes and three miles south of the St. George Historic District and Best Western Coral Hills.

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August 30, 2012

Utah Shakespeare Festival Extends Its Season

Located only 45 minutes north of St. George enjoy Tony Award winning theater!

Cedar City, UT – Today the Utah Shakespeare Festival announced that it is extending its current season due to the overwhelming interest from Festival guests and fans in the fall plays. Les Misérables, Hamlet and Stones in His Pockets will run one additional week, through October 27. In addition, the Festival has added new Monday evening performances of Les Misérables on October 1, 8, and 15.

According to Marketing Director Kami Terry Paul, this has been one of the most popular Festival seasons in history with over thirty-five consecutive sold out performances of Les Misérables this summer. “We are right on track to have a record breaking year in ticket sales, and we haven’t even opened Hamlet or Stones in His Pockets yet,” said Paul.

Les Misérables. Based on Victor Hugo’s classic novel, Les Misérables is an epic and uplifting story about the survival of the human spirit. It focuses on the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean as he searches for meaning, love, and redemption in nineteenth century France. The musical includes some of theatre’s most memorable songs: “I Dreamed a Dream,” “On My Own,” “Bring Him Home,” and “Do You Hear the People Sing,” among many others.

Hamlet. Perhaps the greatest play in the English language, Hamlet comes to the indoor Randall Theatre this year for a new look at William Shakespeare’s vision of murder, betrayal, family, love, and loss. The Festival’s 2012 telling of this classic tale will juxtapose Shakespeare’s beautiful and powerful language against the backdrop of an aging medieval castle being renovated by its modern residents (the upper echelon of the kingdom dressed in haute couture clothing). Written at the height of Shakespeare’s career, this powerful examination of the human psyche is his most mature, and chilling, revenge tragedy.

Stones in His Pocket, an audience favorite at the Festival, will return with David Ivers and Brian Vaughn once again playing a host of characters in this tragic, comic, and ultimately surprising tale of two Everymen. At turns hilarious and somber, touching and hugely entertaining, this play centers on Jake and Charlie—and the numerous roles they play onstage and in life. This two-man, fifteen character comedy/drama won raves in 2005 at the Festival and is back by popular demand. Next spring, the show will move as a shared production to Chicago’s Northlight Theatre where it will run from March 8 through April 14, 2013.

Les Misérables, Hamlet and Stones in His Pockets will run until October 27. Additional Monday evening performances of Les Misérables run on October 1, 8, and 15.

For more information or to buy tickets call 1-800-PLAYTIX or check online at www.bard.org.

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