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Salt Lake City
Birding Opps: Info for our birding friends. In and near Salt Lake City you can see these species: Northern Goshawk, Golden Eagle, Blue Grouse, Green-horned Owl, Clark’s Nutcracker, Steller’s Jay and Dusky Flycatcher.
The Wasatch Audubon (wasatchaudubon.org) tells us what to look for and where.
Visit Salt Lake (visitsaltlake.com) gives us listings for bird watching areas.
At Utah.com (utah.com/wildlife/bird_watching.htm) we learn about the migratory bird refuge, the Great Salt Lake Bird Festival and other local events.
Beverages: Utah has a state control system for alcoholic beverages.
PublicTransportation: This is your site for public transportation (rideuta.com)
Amtrak (www.amtrak.com) – Your connection to more than 500 stations in 46 states. For online information and train schedules visit www.amtrak.com or call 1-800-USA-RAIL (1-800-872-7245)
Business Information: Here is help in regard to your business: (slcgov.com/business-licensing/business-licensing-general-information-and-links m)
Day One: Your first stop is Temple Square – Daily: 9-9, 50 W North Temple, 801-240-4872.
Tours are available. Temple Square covers a 35 acre site. The Family History Library – M-F: 9-9, Sa: 9-5, 15 East South Temple Street, 801-240-4085 and the Family Search Center are the best places on earth to do your genealogy search.
High lights include the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra, homes of Brigham Young, garden tours and a church history museum.
The very popular Copper Onion – L & D: Daily, 111 East Broadway, 801-355-3282 is a good choice for lunch.
Consider a side of olives, pickles or peppers for a starter with your glass of Pinot Gris from Willow Crest.
Then we suggest the escarole salad with the rainbow trout filet or the pasta carbonara.
The Copain Pinot Noir works with either. Desert is the olive oil cake with almonds and honey-orange marmalade.
The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium – Daily: 10-6, 12033 S Lone Peak Pkwy, Draper, 801-355-3474 gives you a background of our wildlife world.
Ocean Explorer features saltwater species from all over the world, Journey To South America takes you through the rainforests of South America, Discover Utah houses some of Utah’s threatened and endangered species and at The Penguin Encounter you get a chance to interact with Gentoo penguins from the Antarctic!
Another interesting place to visit is the Gilgal Sculpture Garden – April-Sept: 8-8, Oct-Mar: 9-5, 749 E 500 S.
The Gilgal Sculpture Garden contains 12 original sculptures and over 70 stones engraved with scriptures, poems and literary texts.
It is the legacy of Thomas Child’s desire to give physical form to his deep-felt beliefs
Child went to incredible lengths to obtain huge stones weighing up to 62 tons for his sculptures. He had great respect for the natural beauty of his materials.
He traveled the state, scouring mountainsides and streambeds for “a boulder in which I could put over the idea and tell the story and still have it a stone.”
Tonight you’ll enjoy dinner at Bambara – B,L,D: Daily, 202 S Main St, 801-363-5454
Start with the crab stuffed Piquillo peppers or the smokey apple brisket toast.
Then go for the seared chicken and smoky ham hock with mac & cheese and baby green beans or the seared king salmon with crab and basil mashed potatoes and a fennel citrus salad.
Your wine is the ’11 MacCrostie Pinot Noir. Dessert is Rebecca’s fillo crisp.
Day Two: Breakfast is at Caffè Niche – B & L: Daily, D: M-Sa, 779 East 300 South, 801-433-3380
They serve organic oatmeal with honey and blueberries. The breakfast sandwich includes eggs, avocado, bacon and olive oil hollandaise and the kobe corned beef hash comes with hash browns, onions and eggs.
The Utah Museum of Fine Arts – Tu-Su: 10-5, W: till 8, 410 Campus Center Dr, 801- 581-7332 is a unique experience.
The Utah Museum of Fine Arts is Utah’s primary cultural resource for global visual arts. It is unique in its dual role as a university and as a state art museum.
It is Utah’s only visual arts institution that collects, exhibits, interprets and preserves a comprehensive collection of over 5,000 years of art from around the world.
Your next stop is Thanksgiving Point – M-Sa: 10-8, 3900 Garden Dr, Lehi, 801-768-4999
Here you’ll visit one of the world’s largest displays of mounted dinosaurs with 60 complete dinosaur skeletons in our galleries, along with more than 50 hands-on exhibits.
This is the destination to enjoy learning about our pre-historic animals, playing with toy dinosaurs in the Erosion Table, and digging for fossils in the quarry dig.
Do lunch at Pago – L & D: Daily, 878 S 900 E, 801-532-0777
Definitely get an order of the BBQ beets to start. Move on to the steak salad with blue cheese, onion rings, pickled peppers, egg and balsamic vinegar or the fish and chips.
Your wine is the ’08 Domaine de Fondreche Rhone.
The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art – Tu-Sa: 11-6, F: Till 9, Sa: till 6, 205 S West Temple, 801-328-4201
The award-winning UMOCA exhibits groundbreaking artwork by local, national and international artists.
Four gallery spaces provide an opportunity for the community to explore the contemporary cultural landscape through UMOCA’s exhibitions, films, events, classes and presentations.
You can get a little exercise at the Red Butte Garden and Arboretum – Jan 2-Mar 31: 9 -5, April 1-30: 9-7:30, May 1-Aug 31: 9-9, Sept 1-30: 9-7:30, Oct 1-Dec 23: 9-5, 300 Wakara Way, 801-585-0556
Check out their schedule. They offer concerts, birding tours, horticultural lectures and tram tours plus other activities.
It’s well worth the effort to have dinner at Log Haven – D: Nightly, 6451 E Millcreek Canyon Rd, 801-272-8255
We suggest starting with the sherry roasted heirloom carrots with burrata cheese, walnut pesto and pickled onions or the juniper smoked elk carpaccio, waldorf salad and yam chips.
Enjoy a glass of Gruet Brut with them.
For your main the white miso halibut with Japanese mushroom consommé, carrots and seaweed butter or the bourbon-cider glazed Duroc pork with sweet potato hash are great selections.
The ’09 Siduri Pinot Noir is your wine. Dessert is the almond panna cotta.
Day Three: At Eva’s Boulangerie – B & L: M-Sa, 155 South Main St, 805-355-3842 you may think that you’re in France.
Eva’s breakfast specials include stuffed French toast, quiche Lorraine, croissants, French frittata, tomato and avocado toast and homemade granola.
The Leonardo – Su-W: 10-5, Th-Sa: 10-10, 209 East 500 South, 801-531-9800 is all about learning.
The Leonardo was created to honor and embody the spirit of the Renaissance Man. One of his most important skills was learning how to learn. Leonardo’s famous curiosity was a more important tool than his paintbrush.
By experimenting, questioning, and exploring the world around him, he asked questions nobody had ever asked before.
And he found answers nobody found before him. He made no distinction between art and science and saw the interconnectedness of all things.
The Leonardo seeks to reflect and respond to this new world by creating an innovative, dynamic space that builds fluency and knowledge, ignites the creative imagination of visitors of all ages, and inspires them to see and act in new and powerful ways.
You’ll enjoy a starry experience at The Clark Planetarium – Daily: 10-10, F,Sa: till 11, Su: till 7:30, 110 S 400 W, 801-456-7827
Their mission is to create and present enlightening experiences that inspire wonder in learning about space and science, and to promote greater public awareness of the science in our daily lives.
Change of pace for lunch today, we suggest going to Aristo’s – L: M-Sa, D: Nightly, 224 S 1300 E, 801-581-0888
If you don’t like garlic go to another restaurant!
Start with Hummus (pureed chickpeas, tahini, garlic, and lemon juice), Malizanosalata (roasted eggplant, white wine vinegar, garlic and onions) and the Kafteri (roasted sweet Macedonian peppers, feta cheese and cayenne pepper).
If you can, skip the gyros and the mezze. For your entrees we suggest ordering the Tsipoura (Cypriot sea bass with lemon, olive oil and sea beans or the Paidakia (broiled lamb chops that are marinated in olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, oregano and served with fries and sautéed rappini).
Your wine selection is the Ktima Gerovasiliou (Syrah, Merlot, Grenache rouge). Dessert is the warm Valrhona chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream.
The Natural History Museum of Utah – Daily: 10-5, W: till 9, 301 Wakara Way, 801-581-6927 offers you spectacular views of the Salt Lake Valley.
The Rio Tinto Center provides Utah with a natural history museum that a state rich in history and assets deserves.
A visit to the Museum allows you to explore nature and science in ten themed galleries, and to also step outdoors to experience nature as it’s revealed just outside the building.
And the Museum is passionate about studying science and engaging visitors in current research with a vision toward the future of life in their dynamic and growing region.
Until next time, best wishes and happy travels,
Dick & Dee Welge
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