View from your room at Red Cliffs Lodge — Photo courtesy of Red Cliffs Lodge
Whether you're visiting Utah for its five national parks, to ski the "Greatest Snow on Earth," or just to get away from it all, there are so many reasons to visit this gorgeous state.
And when you're exhausted after an exhilarating day in the great outdoors, cozy up in one of these spectacular lodges.
Upstairs sitting area, Daniels Summit Lodge - Heber City — Photo courtesy of Jennifer Boren
The state's name, derived from the native Ute tribe, meaning "people of the mountains," will find a place in your heart as you experience the western ambience at Daniels Summit Lodge. It's tucked away high in the Uinta National Forest outside Heber City, not far from Park City (and just 40 miles from the Salt Lake airport).
Pro tip: GPS navigation can be a little tricky whilst traversing this winding mountainous road. Check your mileage counter to know when to turn off!
A towering charming carved bear stands to welcome you at the entrance of this comforting lodge. And once inside, the coziness continues: a friendly stuffed animal on your bed, private fireplace and deck overlooking the wilderness all cocoon you in luxuriant getaway feels.
You won't have to brave the outdoors unless you want to. Visit the adjacent Lodge Pole Grill serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is a good-sized nice gift shop attached, too, with many books and gifts to choose from.
Indulge yourself with indoor and outdoor pools, made stylish with a nice rock waterfall feature. Head to the spa for a salt glow and massage or essential oils cocoon.
Hooked on Daniels? Ask for a Summit Club membership upon checkout to receive future discounts.
Red Cliffs Lodge - Moab, UT — Photo courtesy of Red Cliffs Lodge
In the southeastern part of the state, Moab, Utah definitely deserves a spot on your bucket list. A cute main street runs through the town, filled with cafes, shops and all sorts of recreational activities outfits - including horseback riding and rafting the Colorado River.
This corner of the state is all about the outdoor activities. The most well-known is Arches National Park, but Canyonlands National Park and Deadhorse Point are also stunning and deserve a visit.
After a long day seeing these larger-than-life sights, tumble into bed at the Red Cliffs Lodge, located north of town on the Colorado River. With its own winery on the property and great views of the river from many rooms, it's the perfect getaway.
Choose your own private cabin or a riverside split-level suite with private patio deck. Watch the rafters come down the river while sipping on one of 30 award-winning wines from the Castle Creek Winery, right on the property. Dine at the 5-star-rated Cowboy Grill, with fabulous views of the Colorado River.
Tour the Museum of Film and Western Heritage in the main building - you'll be stunned by the many movies and commercials shot very close by.
Poolside at Desert Pearl Inn - Springdale, UT — Photo courtesy of Desert Pearl Inn
Want to visit a piece of heaven on earth? Visit Zion National Park near St. George, Utah, just 2 hours from Las Vegas - for towering unique landforms and eerily beautiful vistas.
And once you've soaked in the views all day, seek your own slice of Zion (literally, "a place of peace and relaxation") at the nearby Desert Pearl Inn.
Nestled along the Virgin River, each private balcony boasts gorgeous views of the high cliff walls. The property is cozy and harmonious with its surroundings - reclaimed 100-year-old beams from the old Great Salt Lake railroad trestle are even worked into the stucco walls.
Grab an easy breakfast and Starbucks or quick lunch bite at The Periodic Table, located inside the Elements gift shop, before catching the shuttle out front to the entrance of the park. Come back hungry and dine at Highway 9, located onsite.
Enjoy relaxing in a spacious king room poolside or riverside, with private balconies and Adirondack chairs. The Italian-tiled bathrooms have two rooms, one with bath/shower and bidet, the other with closet, vanity and sink, allowing guests convenience and luxurious room to spread out.
If you're feeling truly luxuriant, indulge in in-room massages and have special occasion items (fruit baskets, cheese platters, chocolates, etc.) delivered to your room prior to your arrival.
Whatever corner of Utah is calling you, a repeat trip is probably in your future after spoiling yourself at one of these wonderful cozy lodges.