“100 Things to Do in Salt Lake City Before You Die” is part of a series of books published by Reedy Press in St. Louis. They publish “100 Things” books for major cities around the U.S., and Salt Lake City was one of them.
The author of the Salt Lake book, Jeremy Pugh, joined Good Things Utah to describe just a few of those things to do in Salt Lake.
The book is available for pre-order at Amazon.com for preorder. The book comes out on February 15 and will be in local Barnes and Noble stores and at the Salt Lake and Utah Visitor Centers.
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WALK INTO THE WOODS FOR A DINING ADVENTURE
You’ll bundle up at Solitude Mountain Resort’s base area, strap on snowshoes, and take a walk through the snowy woods as the last sun of the day dwindles to twilight. At the end of the path lies the snow-covered Solitude Yurt. Shake off the snow, hang your coat, and wrap your fingers around the hot toddy that greets your arrival. It’s time to dine. The one-seating-a-night experience is a feast in all the appropriate ways. A parade of chef-chosen delights come from the rickety kitchen and are created in full view of your communal table. The wine flows, and strangers become friends in the warm confines of the round Mongolian-style yurt. For your stumble back to reality, head lamps and a friendly guide lead the way to bed and the promise of another day on the mountain.
- Solitude Yurt, 12000 Big Cottonwood Canyon, Entry 2, Solitude skisolitude.com/village-dining/the-yurt
EAT A FAMOUS PASTRY AT LES MADELEINES
Pastry chef Romina Rasmussen created a national food sensation when she started making kouign amann at her shop Les Madeleines more than a decade ago. The kouign amann is a flaky, sweet, savory pastry from the Brittany region of France, but the labor-intensive and butter-rich pastry wasn’t done much even in Parisian bakeries. Romina perfected her recipe and reintroduced the gooey delicacy to our mouths, even though we still can’t pronounce it right. Her efforts have brought national attention from such renowned publications as Food and Wine and Bon Appétit, and she has been featured on the Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Her shop is one of Salt Lake’s favorite lunch stops, serving beautifully crafted sandwiches, salads, and pastries in tranquility civilized surroundings. Stop in for lunch and walk out with a kouign amann for dessert.
- Les Madeleines, 216 E 500 S, Salt Lake City lesmadeleines.com
SHOP FOR TIRES, EAT A TAMALE
Victor’s Tire Shop and Custom Wheels provides the services its name indicates on Salt Lake’s west side. It’s also a restaurant serving amazing tamales and other Mexican cuisine. You order at the tire service counter and wait for your order in a hastily added on addition with a few tables, salsa bar, and soda fountain. This is not gringo Mexican. It’s the real deal, and beyond the beautiful tamales you’ll find authentic posole and other homemade delicacies.
- Victor’s Tires, 851 W 1700 S, Salt Lake City victorstires.net/Restaurant.html
DIVING IN THE DESERT? SCUBA AT FIVE THOUSAND FEET ABOVE SEA LEVEL
Landlocked Utah isn’t a place you’d think of for Scuba diving, but we’ve got two of the world’s most unique spots for underwater adventure—Bonneville Seabase and the Homestead Crater. Seabase is carved out of the salty earth above a natural warm mineral spring in Grantsville, Utah—quite literally in the desert near the shores of the Great Salt Lake. Seabase’s main diving area, called “Habitat Bay,” is stocked with tropical fish and, yikes, sharks (friendly nurse sharks). The Homestead Crater, located in Midway, is equally strange—a mineral water pool located inside a rocky caldera. In the 1990s, intrepid divers drilled into the rock to access the ninety- degree water inside and built a diving and snorkeling area. The warm, crystal-clear waters are an eerie blue, and divers can descend as far as sixty feet into the crater’s depths.
- Bonneville Seabase, 1600 UT-138, Grantsville seabase.net
- Homestead Crater, 700 Homestead Dr., Midway homesteadresort.com/utah-resort-things-to-do/homestead-crater/
ONE MINUTE OF TERROR: RIDE THE OLYMPIC BOBSLED TRACK
After I completed my one-minute blast down the oﬃcial bobsled track of the 2002 Winter Games at the Utah Olympic Park, I thought, “I’ll never do that again.” This is a true bucket list item, such as skydiving or going to the top of the Empire State Building. Do it. Once. And if you can’t muster the courage to sign the lengthy waiver, tamer activities are available at the Utah Olympic Park. In the summertime, the park has zip lines, alpine slides (a mini bobsled, if you will), summer tubing (yes, that’s a thing), and its popular show that features the athletes of the US freestyle ski aerials team flipping and flying into the pool they use for summer training.
- Utah Olympic Park, 3419 Olympic Pkwy., Park City utaholympiclegacy.org
FIND THE TWO-HEADED LAMB AT THE D.U.P MUSEUM
The Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum on Capitol Hill is a great place to learn the history of the women and families who, in many cases, literally walked across the Great Plains to settle Utah in 1847. The museum tells a gentler side of that history and gives a glimpse into what family life was like on the trek. It’s also (whaaa?) the home of a strange taxidermied two-headed lamb. Happy hunting!
- Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum, 300 Main St., Salt Lake City dupinternational.org
SEE A SILENT FILM WITH FULL ORGAN ACCOMPANIMENT
The Edison Street Events Center, historically known as the Organ Loft, is home to a full-on Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ that was once state of the art in movie soundtracks. The reception hall oﬀers periodic showings of silent film classics, accompanied by the magnificently maintained organ. The most popular of these is the annual October showings of The Phantom of the Opera.
- Edison Street Events Center, 3331 S Edison St. (145 E.), Salt Lake City edisonstreetevents.com
DIG THROUGH THE DESIGNER SECTION AT NPS
A through-the-looking-glass close-out, scratch and dent, ultimate end of the road for any item that was once sold for full price somewhere in the world, NPS (standing generically for National Product Sales) is a clearance sale, every day, but in the middle of this daily fire-sale chaos is a special designer section. These are real deals, not knockoﬀs—Coach bags, Jimmy Choo shoes, TAG Heur watches. The selection changes constantly (except for some very odd decorating items that will be there forever). You pretty much have to pick through everything, but once in a while you’ll pay insane prices for that perfect dress, watch, shoes, or umm, heirloom cuckoo clock?
- NPS, 1600 Empire Rd., Salt Lake City npsstore.com
SCORE A DEAL AT THE SUNDANCE CATALOG OUTLET STORE
C’mon. Your coﬀee table has an earmarked Sundance catalog on it, right? The catalog, featuring unique clothing, jewelry, and housewares inspired by Robert Redford’s haute western aesthetic, has an outlet store here in Salt Lake. This is a true outlet; the markdowns are legit and often steep.
- Sundance Catalog Outlet Store, 2201 S Highland Dr., Salt Lake City sundancecatalog.com