Due to her brave journey, I tried to make her stay most enjoyable. We cram-packed all the touristy Utah type things in that were possible during their 5 days in town. Luckily, with my work schedule, I had all of the 5 days off without taking vacation due to a Utah holiday (Pioneer Day) and with working 4, 10 hr shifts per week, I left work Thursday and didn't have to return until Wednesday.
Day one: They took the morning direct flight from Memphis to SLC and arrived around 9:30am. We got their bags and went to my home. Once they got the grand tour of our humble abode I showed them our neighborhood and we had a fabulous little lunch down the street at Paradise Bakery. After doing a little shopping we went back home to where we picked up David.
We set out for the most beautiful drive to Sundance.
Along the way we stopped at Heber Valley Artisan Cheese for snacks. David was excited to discover a whole store dedicated to making cheese - you can even watch them making it through glass windows inside. As most of you know, David has a great love for all things cheesy.
Me, My grandmother, and my mom
We took the long, more scenic route to Sundance. I say more scenic because both are breathtaking. One takes about 40 minutes, the other a little over an hour. On the way we went through one of the cutest little towns, Midway Utah. We're looking forward to visiting this town again and were pleased to discover it so near.
After Midway we drove along Deer Creek Reservoir and in to the those Mountains.
Once there we had a picnic dinner in the wooded mountains.
After dinner we attended the Blue Bird Cafe Series show for the night. It was incredible. Perfect atmosphere, great weather, just a very relaxing night. They had 3 singer/songwriters from Nashville in town to perform. Each of them took turns telling stories and singing songs they had written. Two had guitars and one had a keyboard.
This may make me sound old, but it was great to not have any loud music with people jumping up and screaming. Everyone cuddled up in blankets, sat back, relaxed, enjoying the show amidst the mountains.
Lori McKenna, Tom Douglas & Allen Shamblin were all fabulous. It was neat to hear how they were inspired to write certain songs and hear stories of them writing with artists. Each had songs recorded by big names including Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Lady Antebellum (Run), Randy Travis, Allen Jackson, Miranda Lambert (Tom Douglas and Allen Shamblin actually co-wrote the house that build me and won a grammy), Patty Loveless, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, ect. They were funny and entertaining.
We're excited to have discovered this series and we hope to go to all of these next summer.
The next day we went to the Farmer's Market, to lunch, and the ofcourse to Millcreek for a flat, scenic hike before getting ready for dinner.
Park City has what they call Silly Market on Main Street every Sunday in the summer. It is kind of like an arts and crafts fair along the street.
Their last day in town we had breakfast at Silver Fork Lodge. Silver Fork is one of our favorite local breakfast places. They have a great patio with mountain views.