October 7, 2013

Huntsman World Senior Games 2013 – St. George, UT

HUNTSMAN WORLD SENIOR GAMES as it is known today, began in 1987 as the World Senior Games, an international senior sports competition. Founded by Daisy and John H. Morgan, Jr., the Games began with their vision of an international sports event for men and women ages 55 and better. Both agreed that the golden years were better when good health and physical fitness became a way of life, not an occasional hobby.

In 1989 Jon M. Huntsman, Chairman of the Huntsman Corporation, became the Games’ principal sponsor after recognizing that the Games not only fostered lifetime fitness, but also expanded Utah’s economic vitality. A proud supporter of the Games, the Huntsman family continues to open the Games personally, with a warm welcome to the athletes and the lighting of the torch in traditional Olympic fashion during the Opening Ceremonies.

Since its inception, the Games have been open to all men and women meeting the age requirement. The second year of the Games the age requirement was reduced from age 55 to age 50 to include more athletes and to encourage those looking at retirement to become involved in a personal fitness program or team sport.

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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

September 30, 2013

Rappelling in Southern Utah

 

Rappelling in Southern Utah

Rappelling in Southern Utah

Rappelling in Southern Utah and St. George is alive and well with a multitude of locations to choose from.

rap·pel

/ræˈpɛl, rə-/ Show Spelled [ra-pel, ruh-] Show IPA noun, verb, rap·pelled, rap·pel·ling.

noun

1.  (in mountaineering) the act or method of moving down a steep incline or past an overhang by means of a double rope secured above and placed around the body, usually under the left thigh and over the right shoulder, and paid out gradually in the descent.

verb (used without object)

2.  to descend by means of a rappel.

Origin:
1930–35; < French:  mountaineering term, literally, a recall.

 

 

Here are some videos demonstrating rappelling.

Some great, popular spots for repelling are:
Zion National Park
Snow Canyon State Park
Dixie Rock (above the city)
Virgin River Gorge
• Kolob Plateau


 


 

 

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September 19, 2013

The Fab Four at Tuacahn

The Fab Four is elevated far above every other Beatles Tribute band due to their precise attention to detail. With uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles’ songs, The Fab Four will make you think you are watching the real thing!

This incredible stage show includes three costume changes representing every era of the Beatles’ ever-changing career. This loving tribute to the Beatles has impressed audiences throughout the world, including Japan, Malaysia, France, Hong Kong, The United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico and Brazil. Hear record-perfect live performances of such classics as “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Yesterday,” “A Day In The Life,” “Penny Lane,” “Here Comes The Sun,” and “Hey Jude.”

 

The Fab Four - Tribute Band

The Fab Four – Tribute Band, Click to see “Cant Buy Me Love”,

September 12, 2013

Harley Davidson Motorcycle Shop

Harley-Davidson Motorcycles just 8 miles up the road.

Harley-Davidson Motorcycles just 8 miles up the road.

We have a full service Harley Davidson Motorcycle shop off exit 16 on the way to Zion National Park.  Even if you don’t own a bike it is a great place to check out some AWESOME looking bikes and riding gear. Enroll in the Best Western Ride Rewards program. As a H.O.G. member you’ll be automatically upgraded to Platinum Elite Status, giving you 15% bonus points on every stay. Visit members.hog.com or call 888-BW2BIKE.

Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

Harley-Davidson Motorcycles

Click on the photo above to enroll in the H.O.G.

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September 9, 2013

THRILLER returns to Tuachan, near St. George, Utah

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 Odyssey Dance Theater, Thriller

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.

Whenever you stay with the Best Western Coral Hills show your ticket stubs for the event and receive a 10% discount.

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September 4, 2013

Halloween Zombie Run!

Zombie Run! Come participate in the Halloween 5K … as if zombies could run a 5K. 

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Zombie Run 5K

What do Runners do in a Zombie Run? The survival area will be the old St. George airport.  A secure course was set up as a survival area but is has been overrun. Runners will be given a life belt containing two life-tags (flags) which the Zombies will try and steal from you.  Cross the finish line with at least one tag and consider yourself a winner…and alive. There will be obstacles to participate in or they can be bypassed. Tip: Runners who participate in obstacles will get a chance to grab new life tags if they complete the challenge. Be one of the first to cross the line with at least one tag and you’ll also win something.  C’mon what’s a race if you don’t win something for being one of the first to cross the finish line alive? Lose them both and well…you’re toast. You can still finish as a dead man though.  Join the festivities at the end, dead or alive.

Held at the old abandoned St. George Airport St. George, Utah just minutes away from Best Western Coral Hills.

Zombie Run 5K

No runners were actually harmed/bitten in the Zombie Run 5K

So, what do the Zombies do? Your goal for the duration of the race is to take lives and have fun doing it.  On the day of the race you will be transformed into a Zombie and given your area and assignment.  Some will be chaser Zombies and some will be creeper Zombies. A chaser does just that, chases the runners.  A creeper scares the runner and distracts while another creeper or chaser steals a life from the runner’s belt.  Unfortunately you may not tackle, hold or hug the participants and please absolutely not biting (sorry vampire wannabes this is a zombie run). Once the race is over come join us at the finish line for the after party.

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August 29, 2013

Tuacahn presents Thoroughly Modern Millie

CLICK above for a preview of this outstanding show!

CLICK above for a preview of this outstanding show!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuacahn presents Thoroughly Modern Millie a high-spirited musical romp that has everyone dancing the Charleston. It’s the zany new 1920’s musical that has taken Broadway by storm, winning the TONY Award for BEST MUSICAL!

Taking place in New York City in 1922, Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of young Millie Dillmount, who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. It’s a New York full of intrigue and jazz – a time when women were entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behavior were changing forever. Based on the popular movie, the stage version of THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE includes a full score of new songs and bright dance numbers.

Filled with funloving flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess that audiences will love to hate, Thoroughly Modern Millie is a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment.

Tony Award Winner for Best 
Broadway Musical 

Director and Choreographer:
Jeffry Denman

CLICK HERE for a preview of this outstanding show!

Buy tickets through Best Western Coral Hills and receive a 20% discount in areas 2, 3 or 4 and a 10% discount on your room charge.  Already bought your tickets?  Let the front desk know you came to see Tuacahn, show your tickets and you can still receive the 10% discount on your room.  The discount can be added to any other discount or offer of course.   

 

August 26, 2013

Visitors Information for St. George, Utah

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.

Old County Courthouse in St. George, Utah. Courtesy Calvin Beale

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.

August 23, 2013

FREE Admision to the Grand Canyon and all National Parks

FREE Admission to the Grand Canyon this Sunday, August 25th 2013.  In celebration of the National Park Service’s 97th birthday, all 401 national parks across the country, including will waive entrance fees on Sunday.

 

Grand Canyon Aerial View

Grand Canyon Aerial View, Photograph by David Edwards
National Geographic

FREE Admission to all National Parks,  Read more about Founders Day of the National Parks Service courtesy of St. George News.

 

Administrative History

Although first afforded Federal protection in 1893 as a Forest Reserve and later as a National Monument, Grand Canyon did not achieve National Park status until 1919, three years after the creation of the National Park Service. Today Grand Canyon National Park receives close to five million visitors each year – a far cry from the annual visitation of 44,173 which the park received in 1919.

This link takes you to the Administrative History of Grand Canyon National Park, a political and economic history of the park from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present.

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