Where to stay

The Grand America Hotel

555 S. Main St.

(800) 304-8696

Built to impress the public coming to town for the 2002 Winter Olympics, the 24-story property includes such amenities as a children’s toy store, a French pastry shop and tea time in the lounge. Rooms from $199.

Hotel Monaco

15 W. 200 South

(800) 805-1801

Kimpton property smack-dab in the middle of downtown, with hosted wine parties each evening and free storage space for ski and snowboard equipment. Rates start at $119.

Where to eat


878 S. 900 East

(801) 532-0777

Morgan Valley Lamb, Taylor Made Beef and Beehive Cheese Co. are a few of the local purveyors found on the menu. Dinner entrees $19 to $38.


912 E. 900 South

(801) 521-4572

Chicken shawarma, lamb kebabs, hummus and roasted tomato and red lentil soup are just some of the offerings at this popular Middle Eastern eatery. Lunch dishes from $6.50.

What to do

Tower Theatre

900 S. 876 East

Matinee tickets $6.75, evening (after 6 p.m.) tickets $9.25.

Natural History Museum of Utah

301 Wakara Way

(801) 581-6927

Leave the 9th and 9th neighborhood to see the striking new building that houses the Natural History Museum of Utah. Inside, you’ll find cases of colorful Navajo baskets and intricately beaded Paiute jewelry and an entire floor devoted to dinosaur bones. Daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesdays to 9 p.m. Adults $11, ages 13-24 $9, ages 3-12 $8.



– Stephen Jermanok, special to the Washington Post