June 19, 2014

What to Bring When Cooking Outdoors With Kids

Summer is upon us! Those months spent wading through slosh and slush, checking outside to see if we need to bring a hoodie or a -30 degree parka just to get to work are over! For those of you who don’t live where snow comes, you don’t know how lucky you have it. But for the rest of us summer is a welcome respite of warm and relaxation, where going outdoors is a must, and cooking outdoors is an absolute joy.

So if summer inspires you and your family to cook outdoors, you should learn a few tricks on how to make the experience a truly memorable one, maybe even one that will carry you through next winter. Cooking on the grill may look fun, but it takes a little more effort than just turning on your kitchen stove and going for it. Cooking outdoors can be done with a gas or a charcoal grill or even on an open campfire (only for the brave among us).

CAMPING
Photo Credit: Christopher Michel

Gather All Your Camping Supplies

There is a big difference between cooking on in backyard and cooking on a campsite. If you are just having a small barbeque on your own yard, it wouldn’t be too hard to just get your supplies inside the house. But if you are camping or on a picnic, it would be a good idea to make sure that you have all the necessary supplies before you head off to your destination.

There’s nothing more discouraging than arriving at the campground away from home — and probably far away from stores as well — only to realize that you have forgotten to bring the charcoal! Or if you forgot the excess water so you didn’t have anything at hand to put out the fire? Therefore, you should make sure to bring charcoal (enough of it) and fire extinguisher.

Most Essential Item For Cooking Outdoors With Kids

Buckets are very useful for any kind of outdoor activities. They can be used to keep your other supplies within easy reach, and when it rains all you have to do is grab the buckets (with everything inside them) and head for cover. Having buckets make for useful items especially when camping with kids, you just never know when you’ll need a seat, a place to put wet clothing, or a spot to keep capture frogs!

If you are going to cook on an open fire, you must be ready to kneel on the ground. You can make it a comfortable task by bringing along a kneeling cushion. It will not take too much space in your car and it would keep you scrape and scar free. After all if you’re camping with children you’re going to want to be focused on them not falling into the fire, as opposed to how much your knees are hurting at the moment.

Setting up a small kitchen is also a good idea when camping. All you will need is a folding table, a cooler, and a storage drawer (foldable or stackable). A utility cart will let you have a mini kitchen. The good thing about a utility cart is that it comes with wheels for easy maneuvering.

Serving trays are essentials that you shouldn’t forget to bring as well. You can also use your cutting board as a serving tray, but it is always better to bring extras because your kids can also use them to place their plates and glasses on when eating.

Best Outdoor Cooking Tools

Large bowls should also be included on your list, you would be slicing and cutting food items and there should be clean containers to put them in. Bowls are needed for the cooked meals and for collecting scraps for easy waste disposal.

A cast iron teapot is a flexible kitchen or camping accessory. The material is durable enough to withstand any temperature and you can place it directly in the open fire or you can also set it up on top of the grill. Brew tea or coffee, or you can also make dessert using your cast iron teapot.

Cleaning tools and materials should not be forgotten. It would be easy to tell yourself to leave the cleaning once you get home. But imagine the other chores that you need to do at home, and then think about adding cleaning the grill with those chores. It would be a better idea to clean your grill while still outdoors. You can make the task a bit easier by using a cleaning block. This cleaning tool is made of recycled glass that works great at clearing your grill off ashes and dirt.

My favorite of favorites is a cast iron pan, you can put them right on the fire or coals and be off to the races. They cook evenly and are just the perfect instrument when cooking outdoors. My kids most-liked dish is fajitas cooked in the old cast iron, trust me you’ll never have a fajitas like you’ll have when you’re camping because everything tastes better camping.

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June 18, 2014

Utah’s Safest Cities

Traveling can be unsettling sometimes when in a different city or unfamiliar location and being safe can be a real concern.  Recently Safewise.com release a list of the 40 safest cities in Utah.   The Best Western Coral Hills is located just two blocks for the St. George Police Department.

Congratulations to Santa Clara, Utah,  Ivins, Utah for being the #16 Safest City in Utah!  Hurricane City Utah followed at #17, and City of St. George at #38.

Utah's Top 40 Safest Cities

Utah’s Top 40 Safest Cities

16. Safe in Santa Clara/Ivins

Although the Santa Clara Police Department was just created in 2012, this brave, little department takes its position seriously, landing the cities of Santa Clara and Ivins at number 16 on our list. From humble beginnings as a fruit and produce hub, the city has since left its fruit stand ways and become a popular suburb of …the larger Southern Utah town, St. George.
Although produce carts no longer line the streets of Santa Clara, the community has stayed just as sweet. A recent $10,000,000 project that helped renovate and expand the city’s historic downtown area is evidence of Santa Clara’s growth, proudly gaining more and more residents each year. This rapid growth is further proof of the passionate community that makes Santa Clara a desirable place to be.   Violent Crimes Per 1,000: 0.23    Property Crimes Per 1,000: 6.56

17. Safe in Hurricane

Settled as part of Brigham Young’s Cotton Mission, Hurricane is an active, outdoor community that has expanded from an agricultural settlement to a top recreation destination. But this southern Utah town hasn’t traveled too far from its roots with two operational peach and apricot orchards that are still managed by the LDS Church. In addition to farming, the city is now home to well-regarded golf courses and two reservoir lakes noted for their outstanding bass fishing.

This gateway to Utah’s stunning national parks and monuments does a good job of keeping its city safe for both residents and visitors. Relying on strong relationships within the community and proactive crime prevention and awareness efforts, the Hurricane City Police Department has an impressive record, with only 21 violent crimes reported in 2012 for this town of almost 15,000.  Violent Crimes Per 1,000: 1.47   Property Crimes Per 1,000: 19.74

 38. Safe in St. George

One of the few southern Utah cities on our list, St. George embodies the picture of Utah’s red rocks and towering plateaus. A popular tourist destination, St. George is generally temperate year-round, with short, dry winters. This idyllic weather has made St. George a popular golf destination. Visitors are also attracted to St. George for its location near Zion National Park, one of Utah’s most popular and a must-see in this area.

Locals get to have this breathtaking landscape as their backyard and playground, a major draw for many St. George residents. Add to that the security of this outdoorsy community, with only two violent crime incidents per 1,000 people, and it’s easy to see that this town is a great one to call home. Take one trip to this city and watch the rocks that surround St. George glow orange during sunset—you’ll never want to leave.  Violent Crimes Per 1,000: 2.05  Property Crimes Per 1,000: 20.60

 

 

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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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