Last Friday my nephew got married in Salt Lake City, Utah! He's the first of my nephews and nieces to get married so this was a big deal for my family. I knew that Adam wouldn't be able to make it to the wedding because the BSO was recording Brahms symphonies that week, so I made all of my travel arrangements ahead of time and traveled solo.
Where to stay: Hotel Monaco
I was in Salt Lake City earlier this year for my niece's high school graduation, so I knew exactly where I wanted to stay when I returned for the wedding. Hotel Monaco is in the heart of downtown and steps away from my go-to espresso bar, Three Pines Coffee. Whenever I travel I'm always on the hunt for good coffee and will travel great lengths to find it. Luckily, Salt Lake has a bustling coffee scene so there are several good options near downtown!
I was really impressed with my last stay at Hotel Monaco so it was a no-brainer to book there again. It's pet-friendly, every room includes an in-room yoga mat, and you'll find every bed covered with luxury frette linens and a stuffed animal. It's the little things that make this boutique hotel so enjoyable to stay at! Also, I hate driving so the prime location meant that I could walk to most of the places I needed to be. 💯
Sadly, I didn't have time to take the hotel loaner bikes out for a spin or make it to the complimentary wine hour, but they're on my list for next time. I did however unroll the in-room yoga mat to get my namaste on before the wedding. It was so great to get in a little yoga practice and relaxation after the long flight.
I discovered Publik Coffee on my last trip to Salt Lake and their avocado toast was so memorable that I couldn't wait to return. Served on a slice of bread as thick as a brick, it's generously slathered in avocado that's been smashed with olive oil, sea salt, and pepper. It's dang good! Especially accompanied by one of their locally roasted espresso drinks. There are a couple of locations downtown to choose from.
I went to Three Pines more than any other spot so that's saying a lot. The owners are awesome and they serve Heart Roasters which we know from Portland, Oregon. Plus, they make their own almond milk in-house! This makes for a coffee experience that feels like home and that is something that's hard to find when traveling. If coffee's not your thing, they make a mean matcha latte. 🍵
Where to eat: Sweet Lake Biscuits & Limeade
It was a fluke that I found this place. I was driving around in my mom's rental car looking for a nail salon when I drove past and saw the word BISCUITS on the building!! I pulled over to make a note on my iphone of the name, Sweet Lake Limeade and Biscuits. Later on I mentioned this place to my other nephew who lives in Provo and we made a date to check it out.
When we arrived there was a long line outside of the restaurant (usually a good sign) so we got on the list for a table. The wait was around 45 minutes - we were in no rush so we tooled around the neighborhood until we got our table. It was a gorgeous, sunny day so we were happy to sit outside.
We chatted with the owner 'Hoss' a bit before ordering. It turns out that my sister who lives in Utah knows his mom. 😂 He and his wife have been selling limeade at area farmers markets for years. She had a dream of opening a restaurant one day, so they opened Sweet Lake about four months ago. Sweetest story, tastiest biscuits! We can't recommend this place enough. We ordered the Hoss and T-Rose off of the brunch menu but honestly, everything looked awesome.
For next time: Arte Haus Collectif - I popped by this adorable gallery and shop on my last day in town, a Sunday. Mormon culture rules in this town thus they were closed. Next time!
Pro Tip: 🚫 Shopping on Sundays in Salt Lake City
Happy Travels, friends! Let me know if you're out this way or planning a trip to Salt Lake City any time soon. 😘