Best Outdoor Events/Concerts
Red Butte Garden
For 2012, the performers alone would have been sufficient—a terrifically eclectic lineup that spanned decades of classics from Al Green to The Shins, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Wilco and the B-52s to Bon Iver. But this venue makes great concerts even better, with the gorgeous amphitheater adding to the joys of the music. It’s even cozier and more intimate when you can settle into your patch of lawn with a picnic and turn a concert into a truly delightful evening.
300 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City, 801-585-0556, RedButteGarden.org
2. Gallivan Center
3. Twilight Concert Series
Best Jungle Gym on Wheels
The Tumble Bus
The wheels on the bus may go ’round and ’round, but on the Tumble Bus, the kids jump up and down, swing from monkey bars and vault over beams. This innovative business has converted a school bus into a gymnasium designed to give preschoolers a workout in basic gymnastics. The bus travels anywhere in Davis and Weber counties to give kids access to a gym where they can safely swing from rings, perfect their balance and get all their wiggles out.
Best Yoga Studio
Centered City Yoga
The place where people decide to practice yoga is more deeply personal than deciding where to have lunch; for some, it’s like deciding where to go to church. Centered City brings a relaxed, casual mindset to the practice, taught by skilled instructors, some of whom were trained by founder D’ana Baptiste. Classes are welcoming for beginners trying to decide if yoga is right for them, with breathing and meditation classes for all ability levels and specialty courses just for kids, men, larger bodies and more.
918 E. 900 South, Salt Lake City, 801-521-9642, CenteredCityYoga.com
2. Bikram Yoga
3. Salt Lake Power Yoga
Best Secret Soak
Crystal Hot Springs
Tucked away in the quiet northern Utah town of Honeyville lies Crystal Hot Springs, a campground resort that, according to the owners, boasts natural spring pools with the highest mineral content of any hot springs in the United States. There’s a hot spring and a cold spring pool, plus slides and regular swimming—making Crystal a just-right weekend getaway, year-round.
8215 N. Highway 38, Honeyville, 435-279-8104, CrystalHotSprings.net
Best Golf Course
In a sport with a long, rich history, it’s one of the state’s younger courses that appeals most to our readers. The public Old Mill course, designed by award-winning course architect Gene Bates, is a 6,731-yard, par-71 course. The challenging back nine will keep players of all abilities on their toes, while the elevated tees help contribute to great driving distances. And there’s nothing quite like playing through the gorgeous course while enjoying the dynamic valley views from the east bench.
6080 S. Wasatch Blvd., Salt Lake City, 385-468-1440, SLCountyGolf.slco.org/cOldMill
2. Bonneville Golf Course
3. Thanksgiving Point Golf Course
Best Guided Tour of Space
Salt Lake Astronomical Society Star Parties
It’s a big universe out there, and plenty of us have no sense of our place in it. That’s why it’s wonderful to have an organization like the Salt Lake Astronomical Society, which hosts Star Parties throughout the warmer months. SLAS members set up their telescopes and can help laypeople get a sense for the stars and planets at events held from April through October at local parks, Harmons grocery stores and the Stansbury Park Observatory near Tooele.
BRIDGE OVER BARRIERS
Best Bridge-Building Artistry
Bridge Over Barriers
An Interstate 15 overpass used to divide Salt Lake City’s Guadalupe and Jackson neighborhoods with gang graffiti. But more than seven years ago, the communities came together with the help of nonprofit NeighborWorks to start replacing the crude tags with a community mural. Completed in 2012, images of Father Time and Mother Earth now welcome visitors from either side of the street, while mosaics and paintings of community members decorate the supporting columns, symbolic of the folks holding up the neighborhood.
300 N. 700 West, Salt Lake City