Travel Series – Utah: Part 2
By Kiara Bean, Editor-in-Chief
As I promised in the last issue, this time, I will start with some tips to satisfy your appetite while staying in St. George, Utah.
I will begin with a restaurant that offers many options for a tasty breakfast. Kneader’s Bakery & Café offers a wide variety of breakfast omelets, sandwiches, breakfast croissants, breakfast plates with waffles, pancakes, or cinnamon rolls, and many other mouth-watering dishes. Keep this restaurant in mind because this is also the perfect place to get desert (or a sugary afternoon snack). My family’s top three dessert picks were Hot Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding, Chocolate Mousse Dome, and Chocolate Éclair’s, in no particular order; all were equally amazing. If you are a pie or cheesecake lover, they have many choices to choose from, including Turtle Brownie Cheesecake and Chocolate Cream Pie. For fruit pie lovers, they have many fruit pies to pick from. Some of my favorites were Rustic Apple Pie and Coconut Cream Pie.
There are many places in St. George where you can get very delicious main entrees. One of our favorites was Bella Marie’s Pizzeria. Despite the name, this restaurant offers much more than just pizza. Visitors can also enjoy different kinds of pasta, seafood, various chicken dishes, Italian sandwiches, and salads. My two favorite meals were Chicken Marsala (breaded chicken with sauteed mushrooms and chives doused in marsala sauce) and Bella Marie’s Farm Harvest pizza (we chose the Sicilian (thick) crust). This pizza comes loaded with meat (meatballs, Italian sausage, and pepperoni) and vegetables (mushrooms, eggplant, bell peppers, onions, and olives).
During the hot days, we went to cool down at Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream. They offer a variety of ice cream flavors, including Chocolate Malt with Caramel and Chocolate Peanut Butter Brownie, but also Peach, Lemon Meringue, and Blueberry Cobbler. For those who know me, it would be easy to guess that my favorites were the fruit flavored ice creams, with Strawberry, Chocolate Raspberry Truffle, and Black Cherry ranking in the top three.
After spending a wonderful time in St. George, we traveled just over fifty miles north to our next stop: Cedar City. The name would suggest that cedars are the main trees in the city; however, this is not the case. When the LDS pioneers moved to the area in the mid-1800s, they mistook the trees for cedars, hence the name. In fact, they are actually juniper trees, but they kept the name of the city anyway. Readers who want to learn more about the history of the settlers in Cedar City can visit Frontier Homestead State Park Museum, where they can see original artifacts from the early pioneer days.
Compared to St. George, which is usually very hot, Cedar City, because of its elevation, is much cooler. At 5,846 feet, Cedar City’s summer temperatures are about 90 degrees Fahrenheit during the day in July, but in December-January, the average low at night is 18 degrees Fahrenheit. The city gets snow through the winter months, with a yearly average snowfall of about fifty inches (a little more than four feet).
Cedar City has a population of a little over 38,000 people, but during the summer months, many visitors come to experience the annual Shakespearean Festival. The festival is held in Adam’s Memorial Theater on the Southern Utah University campus, which is a replica of the Old Globe Theater in London. Visitors can choose from a variety of Shakespearean and contemporary plays performed throughout the summer and early autumn months. My family and I attended the performance of “The Comedy of Errors.” It was highly entertaining.
During the Shakespearean days, there is also a fair that happens downtown. People dress up in old Elizabethan-style clothes and sell their “wares” out of easy-up tents. Among the items being sold are swords, knives, leather and cloth clothing, old-style jewelry, artwork, and various knick-knacks. They also have food trucks, live performances, inflatable slides and bounce houses, and henna tattoo artists. I bought a very nice, antique-like, stone necklace for myself as a souvenir and a memory of the Shakespearean Festival.
Just like St. George, Cedar City also has many old historic buildings. Most of them are built from red bricks and iron, and the front of some are decorated with beautiful columns. Many of the buildings were designed in the Neoclassical style. It was very nice to walk around downtown and relax because the pace of life is very slow there.
For my restaurant pick, you must be willing to drive about ten miles west from downtown Cedar City into the great unknown. But it’s totally worth it. Bowman’s Cowboy Kitchen offers some good Western fare at a very reasonable price. Our favorite meals were Cowboy Poutine (French fries, cheese, and sliced chicken fried steak, all doused in gravy), Chuckwagon meatloaf, and Spanish Trail Pasta (Penne pasta served with bell peppers, mushrooms, spinach, zucchini, and onions, all covered in alfredo sauce and served with a side of garlic toast; this meal can either be served vegetarian or with grilled chicken). All entrees come with your choice of soup or salad, which makes you pretty full for sure. For dessert, we had Crème Brulee Bread Pudding and ice cream sundaes.
There are also many beautiful hikes in Cedar City and the vicinity, and I will take you on those trails in our next issue.
1. Frontier Homestead State Park Museum
2. Post Office in Downtown Cedar City
3. Adam’s Memorial Theater, SUU
4. Old Main, the first SUU building, built in 1898
5. A park in Cedar City
6. The first two SUU buildings
7. A variety of trees in a park in Cedar City
8. The stage in Adam’s Memorial Theater, SUU
9. Carter Carillon with 25 magnificent bells, SUU
10. Main Street Park, Cedar City
11. Cedar City Utah Temple