My daughter recently got married. Friends and family—including two ex-husbands and my 92-year-old father—came from all over the country to celebrate. A perfect Utah day, a happy occasion, a loving community (and a canine ring bearer) all made the day a memory to cherish.
It was the best.
Really the best.
“Best of” lists are a staple of magazine journalism. Some are Consumer Reports-like lists of crowd-tested items and services—the best coffeemaker, the best dry cleaner, the best hammock. But the best best-of lists are more like advice. They tell you where to have the best experiences. Salt Lake magazine’s annual Best of the Beehive (or as we call it, BOB) lists places to shop, eat, drink, hike and play.
Because the best things in life are experiences, not things. (Obviously, we’re considering eating a chocolate chip cookie an experience, not a thing.) Our chocolate chip cookie contest required judges to think about what made up a good chocolate chip cookie—the texture, the chip itself, the flavor.
This year, we’ve organized our BOB listings geographically instead of by subject because we decided that gives a clearer picture of different communities, and Salt Lake magazine is all about community.
Other stories in this issue—Ashley Szanter’s look at the sleep epidemic in Utah, Stephen Dark’s dive into the city’s handling of opioids and sex workers, Christie Marcy’s close-up look at Salt Lake’s local music scene—explore other aspects of life as we know it in Utah. Because Salt Lake magazine’s purpose is to create communities by connecting them and introducing them to each other and encouraging everyone to experience our city to the max.
We all have our best personal moments, like a daughter’s wedding.
We want you to have the best experiences in Utah.