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.
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 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 celebrating two years of marriage. We also really needed time alone together from work and daily grind so we were so excited to explore Utah! Ready for the blog post?!
We flew out of MIA airport on United Airlines, 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, 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 harmless, 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 and 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 explains they’ve been having a gas pump issue and we get to drive off in a BMW X3! Who doesn’t love a free upgrade?!
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!
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 and being more beneficial for us.
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 it 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!
The next day, we had 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 and mainly known for their alpenglobes. Our photographer had recommended this restaurant to us which we will go into detail in the blogpost 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 tasteful! This was a sweet experience and highly recommended if you’re with your significant other or group of friends or family.