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Utah Snow Trip

March 24, 2021

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Want to know a fun fact about me? I’ve never seen snow! Yes, crazy to believe at 25 years old would be my first time seeing snow! We visited Utah at the beginning of March in celebration of our 2 year wedding anniversary! We had been planning for about 2 months. We originally wanted to go at the end of the month to celebrate during our anniversary but Michael feared I wouldn’t get the magical dream experience he wanted to give me. I would be lying if I said I didn’t shed a few tears on the plane looking outside the window of the mountains filled with snow.

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Before booking our trip we knew we wanted to include God in this trip and prayed to make sure we were making the right decision to travel and financially afford it at the time. Shortly after, God answered our prayers and began faithfully providing for us! God was so good to us and saw His hand and blessings on us! This trip was so special for so many reasons. We hadn’t traveled on a plane since our honeymoon, omg! Also, it was our first snow trip together, and celebrated two years of marriage. We also really needed time alone together from work and the daily grind so we were so excited to explore Utah! Ready for the blog post?!

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We flew out of MIA airport on United Airlines and ended up switching flights in order for us to get to Utah earlier. Had a very tight layover in Houston where we shoved an airport pizza down our throats as our next plane was boarding. Landed at SLC around 30 minutes early and when we landed it was around 40 degrees which Michael loved but I wasn’t exactly ready for, but the inside of the airport was pretty warm, and it was a mission trying to get our luggage!

After we finally got our bags, I was sweating and we headed for the Alamo Rental Car Check-in which didn’t take much time at all. It was pretty quick and seamless, it was our first time renting a car from the airport so our instructions were to go down and find the Midsize SUVs and pick one the keys will be on the dashboard so we walked down and it just rows of cars, trucks, and SUVs but when we get to the Midsize there was none but one small crossover and Michael said nope LOL so we start walking back and he points out someone with a clipboard and says “He looks important”.

Long story short the guy with the clipboard was important and explained they’d been having a gas pump issue and we get to drive off in a BMW X3! Who doesn’t love a free upgrade?!

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As soon as we walked into our Airbnb, we fell in love! It was a one-bedroom, two-bathroom including a full kitchen, gas fire pit, and a full-size balcony! We made so many memories: ordered take-out chicken noodle soup, tomato soup, and grilled cheese another night, made chocolate chip cookies and hot chocolate and some Netflix and cuddling LOL.

Our Airbnb was definitely cozy and felt like home! We normally book hotels/resorts when we travel but Michael wanted the option to cook or take out some nights. To be honest, going out to eat two or three times a day can be pretty expensive so we wanted this trip to be different. I actually ended up loving the idea of staying at an Airbnb which was more beneficial for us.

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We started our drive to our first Airbnb, The Lodge at Stillwater in Heber City and while driving we were faced with the most beautiful snowy mountains, it was like you were driving straight into the mountains. The views were something out of a postcard! Once we got to our Airbnb, we began to unload the car to head up to our apartment. Some details to add is that they have a pool (which was frozen--- obviously not available for use) and 3 hot tubs! One of the amenities that sold us--- I really wanted to go inside the hot tub in freezing-degree weather!

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Once we got settled in, we got ready to go out to dinner. This was one of our first trips together that was more on the spontaneous side (which I am not LOL). Typically, we plan every detail but I wanted to just enjoy the moment.

So some of the things we did were planned and some were on the go. BUT, if you want to dine at Park City’s Main Street which can also be described as a Hallmark experience or familiar to Vail, Colorado make sure to make reservations ahead.

We learned the hard way when we were walking around in our puffer jackets in freezing cold temperatures of the mid-20s that almost all the restaurants we wanted to go to were fully booked for the night or had over an hour wait. We ended up eating at Tekila, a Mexican restaurant, which got us seated right away. The place was packed with people and super busy but the drinks and food were good! The strawberry mojito and homemade guacamole were delicious!

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Once we got settled in, we got ready to go out to dinner. This was one of our first trips together that was more on the spontaneous side (which I am not LOL). Typically, we plan every detail but I wanted to just enjoy the moment. So some of the things we did were planned and some were on the go.

BUT, if you want to dine at Park City’s Main Street which can also be described as a Hallmark experience or familiar to Vail, Colorado make sure to make reservations ahead. We learned the hard way when we were walking around in our puffer jackets in freezing cold temperatures of the mid-20s that almost all the restaurants we wanted to go to were fully booked for the night or had over an hour's wait.

We ended up eating at Tekila, a Mexican restaurant, which got us seated right away. The place was packed with people and super busy but the drinks and food were good! The strawberry mojito and homemade guacamole were delicious!

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The following day, we booked a 2 Hour Guided Snowmobile Tour at Park City Peaks in Oakley, UT this was definitely one of the highlights of our trip, we arrived about 45 minutes before our start time as instructed. We got to pick out our helmets, signed some paperwork, and had a quick introduction to our group and the snowmobiles and before you knew it we were on a snow-covered trail heading towards the mountains!

We stayed single file with our group of about 5 snowmobiles and of course, Michael wanted to lead the pack to make sure no one slowed him down! LOL (Pray for me) We went on the trail for about 20 minutes before we got to a spot they called the race track, which was a big bowl where you can play around on the snowmobiles.

I went around once with Michael then told him to drop me off by the guide so he can get out his itching to speed! Any motorized vehicle we experience together Michael needs his own time because he is crazy but we both survived! Thank God!

The mountain paths and scenery were truly breathtaking nothing  I have ever experienced before the snow-covered trees, ground, creeks, and streams throughout the tour! Most of the tour was calm and relaxing there were a couple of hills and some kinds of jumps that were a little sketchy but overall it was amazing, it did go by pretty quickly though but no complaints from either of us.

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The next day, we slept in and had lunch reservations at Café Galleria - Midway, Utah, and booked two months in advance to dine in the alpenglobe. Café Galleria is an Italian small indoor and outdoor restaurant mainly known for its alpenglobes.  Our photographer had recommended this restaurant to us and we will go into detail in the blog post how we met her.

The alpenglobe is a romantic private enclosed panoramic space and requires a $25 deposit to book (which does not go towards your bill, is it a flat fee). So just remember to book in advance! The alpenglobes can seat up to 8 people. Our server Aldo was amazing and truly the sweetest soul! He made me the yummiest and most colorful mimosa I’ve ever had! He also got us a slice of cake to celebrate our 2-year wedding anniversary, so kind! The bruschetta trio and buffalo ravioli were so tasty! This was a sweet experience and highly recommended if you’re with your significant other or a group of friends or family.

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Once we got back, we took a nice nap and got in the hot tub together, it was definitely an experience to remember. Being inside a bubbly hot tub while it’s 40 degrees out surrounded by the snow! Doesn’t get any better than that, does it?! That night we decided to stay in and order chicken noodle soup from the Windy Ridge Cafe and it sure did hit the spot! Our last day at our Airbnb was the next morning so we stayed in that and Netflixed and cuddled with the firepit on.

The following day was our last day at the Airbnb in Heber City so we slept in and enjoyed the last moments with our Airbnb. On our way, we stopped at a Creek off the side of the highway and Bridal Veil Falls to take in the beautiful views. We had something really special planned! When we booked our anniversary trip, I thought it would be fun and memorable to do a photo shoot in the snow!

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So I began to research on Instagram for a photographer and found Katelyn Bell, I loved her work and we connected instantly! We headed south to Tibble Fork Reservoir where we were doing our photo location. It was the dreamiest snowy forest and views that bring you to awe of God’s beautiful creation. We did snow angels and snowball fights and had so many laughs and smiles. It’s no surprise we love taking pictures but these pictures would be a testament and reminder of God’s goodness and blessing over us! Come on, look at these photos!

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That night we checked into our second Airbnb at Encore Apartments in Salt Lake City. It was such a cute and modern farmhouse style. We were hungry and we stumbled upon Hall Pass which is an indoor Food Hall and tried the Lobster Roll and Pork Belly Bao Buns also the Coco Loco cocktail was so refreshing! The next day our photographer recommended we visit Bonneville's Salt Flats which we were so excited to see!

I’ve always wanted to go to the Salt Flats in Bolivia or Peru so Utah was the second best LOL Our last day we went downtown to the City Creek Center and walked around the indoor and outdoor mall which was surrounded by creeks and waterfalls. So unique and definitely what I’m not used to seeing in Florida.

For our last night, Michael booked us a dinner reservation at Flemings Steakhouse for Tomahawk Tuesday Special, my first time having a Tomahawk steak and it was a big piece of steak and delicious I must say. We had Chipotle Mac & Cheese and Mashed Potatoes. A great dinner right before we headed to the airport to fly back home!

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