We traveled to the SIGNATURE family friendly city: Salt Lake City, Utah! I wanted to visit Thanksgiving Point during their Tulip Festival.
Can you see why?
Glowing magic of springtime flowers
Springtime dances with the expectation of new color and warmth, giving us a peek-a-boo into the happy upcoming months! One of my most-loved qualities of the spring season are bulbs! Delicate tulips are...,yes gorgeous, that's the word.
The gardens at Thanksgiving Point had over 250 thousand (!!!) tulip blooms.
We each got our hands stamped with tulips, then we were off to count all the varieties of tulips.
Walking through the endless green hills was truly a dream. When I was a little girl and I would squeeze my eyes shut and hope for "sweet dreams" at night, I would lie in bed and out of the darkness envision miles of beautiful gardens just like the gardens at Thanksgiving Point.
Flower Rainbows at every turn...
Posing for a picture super fast so they could flop down and roll down the hills!
How tempting are rolling hills of green grass?
They rolled, and rolled, and rolled. These green hills rolled out forever!
Okay, I had to try it too. And that decision left me dizzy for the.rest.of.the.day. I just stuck to the ground at the bottom as the entire world spun above me and I saw fuzzy blond heads bopping down the hill calling my name and my
Then the boys ran up and pushed repeat again and again. I just played it safe and took pictures, as usual.
After leaving the gardens, we went to the farm country at Thanksgiving Point. I've never wanted to be a country farmer, but it does have its charm...from a distance. ;)
To my boys,
If you become farmers when you grow up please bring me baskets of fresh produce & please scrub with lots of soap before hugging me.
When evening rushed into us, we finished out our day at Thanksgiving Point in the Ancient Life Museum. Because I have a household of boys, this place was a hit. I prefer shopping, but I won't complain...this time.
My big husband isn't so big after all.
The boys spent SO MUCH TIME playing in the dirt, building dino-land stuff.
A little bit of learning along the way...
Before leaving, the boys got to pick out fun treats as souvenirs!
While vacationing in cities, I PREFER to find the hidden jewels for our night's stay. It's more exciting to have a memorable, unique hotel, then a cookie-cutter room that you can find anywhere. I was very happy with discovering Hotel Monoco in Salt Lake City downtown! It had all the personality and all the charm!
The boys trying to spot our room.
The Hotel Monoco is French inspired, infused with modern fun.
Our rooms were appointed with slices of royal blues, reds, and deep purples, with unique lighting and princess beds.
Whenever we travel, the boys always race into the room and collect the complimentary pens and paper pads. Titus found it first and excitedly put them in his suitcase. Well, Kotah was entirely disappointe that he missed out. Soooo, without a word, Titus quietly wrote Kotah a note on the pad and put the pen and paper on his bed as a gift since Kotah was sad. (love those boys!)
Titus in our room, in the middle of downtown SLC!
Digging in their resort bags before bed to find their travel treasures!
Chris and I managed to get a date night in while in the city! Bambara is an upscale restaurant downtown and the food is truly exquisite!
One of our family's favorite pastimes is discovering different cities. Every city is it's own unique mini culture! For recreation, we take getaways to various downtowns and dig into the heart of that city. Salt Lake is a small, peaceful city that shines on families. We visited museums, walked the streets to see the historic architecture, and found the BEST places to dine!
Peaceful city Sugarhouse Park with the incredible mountains as a backdrop!
Red Iguana! If you visit Salt Lake, you must eat here for Mexican food that will rock your world.
City fountains in perfect downtown shopping plazas. And yes, we touched the water. It's irresistible.
While shopping we found Bear County Cookies! They even use whole wheat flour and these cookies are better than an ice cream cone...for sure.
Next time you have a pair of days set aside to relax with family,
try making a quick road trip to a nearby city!
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