December 30, 2013

new years wishes from the BWCH

New years wishes from the staff of Best Western Coral Hills, your home-away-from-home in St. George, Utah.

Bring in the new year and stay with us while the rates are at their lowest and the weather is fair.  So fair, you can even golf!

Coming to St. George during the new year but don’t know when?  Need to give the kids a little help or incentive to come and visit, but still don’t know when?  Click on the picture below to purchase Best Western Travel Cards. The Best Western Travel Card® allows you to fit over 100* countries and territories worldwide into your wallet. Travel Cards are accepted at 4,000* properties worldwide.  If you would like to speak to someone regarding these cool cards CALL 1-877-CARD-2TVL within North America or 1-877-227-3288

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Give a gift of travel this new year.

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November 2, 2013

Time Changes, Daylight Savings Time ends…again.

Daylight Savings Time Ends once again!

Fall Back, Daylight savings

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.

daylight saving indian government

 

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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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.

November 1, 2012

Daylight Savings Time 2012…Ends

United States and Canada   Daylight Saving Time 2012 Ends on November 4, and the clocks will need to go back an hour.

Set all your clocks and watches back one hour prior to going to bed and you gain an EXTRA HOUR OF SLEEP!

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June 21, 2012

Remember Your Kids ‘n Stuff

Remember Your Children

This will be the last sign you see as you leave the Best Western Coral Hills (St. Goerge, Utah).  It reads: “PLEASE REMEMBER YOUR CELL PHONE CHARGERS, PILLOWS AND CHILDREN“. 

The most forgotten items that guests forget are their cell phone chargers and pillows.  To our knowledge, no one has ever forgotten their children but… just to be safe.  At the least, we hope it helps to start the day with light chuckle and a smile on the face.  (The reason for the smile is of course subjective.)

For guests yet to stay with us: Weclome!

For those who have stayed with us: Thank you, please come again, and let us know of anything we can improve on for next time.

Filed under: BW Coral Hills,Travel Tips — admin @ 6:00 am

May 31, 2012

TripAdvisor.com, St. George, Utah

TripAdvisor.com

Visiting St. George, UT 

St. George, Utah

St. George City

BEST WESTERN CORAL HILLS #3

YEEEAHAAAA, YAHOOO! AWESOME!
I walked into my office this morning and went about the usual beginning of day routine: talk to the night audit, the breakfast crew, check guests out, check e-mails, voice mails, and daily book keeping, and bri…ng up the various websites. And there it was, in all its splendor and glory on the TripAdvisor website in black and white…and color. The Best Western Coral Hills rose from #4 to #3 out of the 45 Southern Utah/St. George hotels!
This is not small feat. This is monumental, this is HUGE! The properties that have been holding the #1, #2 and #3 spots have done so for the past year and are fierce competitors, are great properties and each has a great staff (almost as good as ours). So to rise up to #3 is AWESOME! I fully expected to wait another year before we would get ahead. WOW, I’ve been elated all day! TripAdvisor rankings can sometimes be fickle but for now, for today at least…WE’RE NUMBER THREE, WE’RE NUMBER THREE!!!!! I am so pleased with this staff, they deserve KUDOS! I was thinking we get one of those huge hoagies and share it for lunch. To tame or lame, how would YOU recommend we thank them?

 

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May 26, 2012

S.R. 14, Cedar Breaks, Opens Memorial Day Weekend!

Today May 24th, S.R. 14 is finally opening to allow traffic through to Cedar Breaks abd Duck Creek Village.  The Southern Utah community has been looking forward to this since last October when a massive landslide wiped out 800 feet of the popular scenic roadway.

The road will not yet be paved so motorists will be traveling on road base (dirt/gravel) during this time. The road will open at 3:00pm on Thursday, May 24, and will remain open until 7:00am on Tuesday, May 29. After that time, the road will be closed during the day and opened each night from 7:00pm to 7:00am, except on Friday when the road will open at 5:00pm and remain open through the weekend until Monday at 7:00am. This will continue to be the schedule now through the month of July.

 Distant view of SR 14 in October 2011. 

Thank you UDOT for moving all of that!

Filed under: National Parks,Travel Tips — admin @ 6:00 am

May 17, 2012

Catholic Church in St. George Utah

St George Catholic Church

St George Catholic Church

The St. George Catholic Church is located at 259 West 200 North
St. George, UT 84770 only three blocks from Best Western Coral Hills. 

In 1879, Father Lawrence Scanlan established the St. John’s Catholic Church, the Silver Reef Hospital, and St. Mary’s School in Silver Reef. At the invitation of his friend, John MacFarlane, a deputy U.S. mineral surveyor at Silver Reef, Father Scanlan offered mass in the newly completed St. George Tabernacle. The St. George Tabernacle choir sang and three thousand people attended the mass. This was the first high mass celebrated in southern Utah.

For further information on the history of Catholic Church development and construction in the St. George go to the Washington County Historical Society Website.

For further information on attending mass and other church functions please visit the St. George go to www.saintgeorgecatholics.com or call (435)673-2604.

 

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