I’ve always considered myself a NYC girl at heart because A) I love the bright lights and the constant buzz of energy, and B) I never learned how to drive so I simply would not survive in the suburbs. When I started joining Matt and his family (and happy to call them my in-laws now!) in Utah for the holidays when we were but a wee couple, this city girl was completely thrown. Cows in a field just down the block? Mountains all around us? Three Walmarts within a 15 minute drive radius??
At first, I couldn’t make sense of it all – so this is life outside New York?? On previous visits, I would resign myself to house arrest (although 2 weeks spent eating, sleeping, and cuddling with dogs to your heart’s content isn’t really terrible at all) and foolishly thought there wasn’t much to do out there. But oh how I was mistaken. This winter, I set out to make the most of our time and discovered a completely new and beautiful side of Utah.
Locations Shown Above: Eva’s Bakery | Arte Haus Collectif | 3 Cups Coffee | Beyond Glaze Donuts | From Scratch Pizza | Vive Juicery | Bonneville Salt Flats | Ruby Snap Cookies | Cactus & Tropicals | La Barba Coffee | Big Cottonwood Canyon | Chile Tepin
Outfit Details from Above: Furla Bag | Stuart Weitzman Boots | DVF Turtleneck (the best turtleneck you will ever buy) | Theory Sweater | Paige Jeans | Matisse Booties | Autumn Cashmere Sweater | Janessa Leone Hat | Canada Goose Parka (this one is a godsend in the winter!) | J. Crew Army Jacket | Sorel Boots | 3.1 Phillip Lim Sweater | Co Sweater Coat (on sale!)
We had originally planned to visit for only 1.5 weeks but enjoyed our time there so much that we extended the trip by another 1.5 weeks. That’s right, we doubled our vacation! Hence some repeating outfits here and there if you can forgive me heh.
Looking back on all of the photos, I regret that I couldn’t better capture the beauty of Cottonwood Canyon, the Bonneville Salt Flats, or any of these other places. All I can say is, each time we drove into a new location (aka Matt drove and I rode shotgun), I couldn’t help but let out an audible gasp. It was that breathtaking.
Even so, there is so much we didn’t get to accomplish. With more time, we would have explored Park City, spent a weekend at a ski resort, visited the Midway Ice Castles, and the list goes on. Not to mention, all of the national parks such as Zion, Arches, or Bryce Canyon, although a trip to those might be better suited for warmer weather perhaps. But all the more reason to visit again! 🙂
Have you ever been to Utah? If not, where in Utah would you like to visit most?
As always, thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed!