We’ve all taken a million visiting friends to the same old attractions, but there’s plenty of great things to do that are off-the-beaten-path but still quintessentially Salt Lake. 

Your mother-in-law is coming to town. You regularly take Saturday mornings to work out at your favorite Pilates studio with your favorite Pilates instructor. You could skip a week, but why not invite them along?

No. 1:

When SLC resident Amanda Oechsle’s mother-in-law came for a visit from Pittsburgh, beyond the more typical local tourist hot spots like Temple Square or Red Butte Gardens, time to workout together was a high priority on their list. ClassPass is a clever and popular multi-gym fitness pass that opens up a myriad of workout options for locals as well as out-of-towners. Pilates, yoga or spin your time together.

Why not both??

As a saying I just made up goes, those that work out together feel way better going out for pizza and decadent desserts.

Best Chocolate Chip Cookie

No. 2:

After class, sans any guilt, you can stop by one of SL’s best pizzerias, like Pizza Nono at 9th and 9th. This small, kick-started pizzeria has a limited but carefully sourced menu, with a good list of wine and beer and an overflowing feeling of hospitality.

No. 3:

How about going to one of SLC’s bakeries for a warm and gooey cookie? We even held a local cookie contest where Süss Cookie Co., The Koekie Co., Cassie’s Cookies and Ruby Snap to name a few (all earned high marks). Take your pick. 

No. 4:

Hot spring anyone? Our region is dotted with several, and just an hour drive north of SL, Crystal Hot Springs in Honeyville, Utah has the highest mineral content of any national spring. With family-friendly dressing rooms and showers, it’s much like a public swimming pool with basic amenities and provides an affordable getaway.

No. 5: ta da da da!!

Conner Gray Covington

Our very own Utah Symphony has an outstanding line up for the current season, coming in November are three performances of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” Nov. 15-17, 2019. 


No. 5:

Soft-serve ice cream is anything but average at Normal, with novelty flavors that change up monthly. Try a blood orange + black sesame twist served in a taiyaki (traditional Japanese fish-shaped cake).

No. 6:  

It’s not simply just about fitness or food around SLC, no sir. I like a Gerswhin tune, how about you? Our very own Utah Symphony has an outstanding line up for the current season, coming in November are three performances of Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” If you choose to go to the more casual Unwound performance on November 16, 2019, the orchestra wears denim.

No. 7:

Sure, you could huddle around the TV to watch a movie on Netflix or check out a mainstream movie in a cushy theatre with adjustable lounge chairs, but you’ll have something to really talk about after going to SLFS’s downtown Broadway or Tower Theatre, which has a selection of cult classics, foreign, documentaries and independent films.

To learn more about the hottest spots to go in our great city, go here.