My Utah Adventure – Let’s Start with the Hotels Shall We?

In February of this year, my husband and I decided it was time to start doing those things we had always talked about doing. One of which was to explore southern  Utah. I’m going to blog about my adventure in several post rather than one — to avoid a wordy post.

I have to be honest here — I’m a mall girl. I like air conditioning and new stuff!  I’m very simple. I like everything to smell like leather, cucumbers and lemongrass. My main concern about our Utah adventure was our hotels. Not real adventurous right?  Okay, I need my comfort area if I’m going to step out of my comfort zone.

We actually stayed at four different hotels. I’ll only discuss two of the four.  One of the hotels , the worst one, the one my husband chose will be dubbed several names like Bates Motel, Nightmare on Elm Street, but I will not use the real name.. That would be rude. I knew what my husband had gotten us into because Internet pictures do not lie. Let’s just say, when we arrived, I had already practiced my favorite line “I told you so”, several times. yep!

Now on to Zion a National Park.We stayed at Flanigan’s Inn. This place was wonderful. It smelled of cucumbers and lemongrass. It had that spa smell – wet cleanliness. The moment I stepped into the lobby I knew this was the place to be. 


Our suite -yes, I require suites- was outstanding. The room was well stocked with tea and coffee and a Keurig!! Unlike the previous Nightmare on Elm Street that supplied a coffee pot from 1952. The bathroom was wonderfully stocked with high end products that smelled wonderful. The room was perfection.

Now for the imperfections – only one! Well maybe not a total imperfection.. The restaurant.  The Spotted Dog Cafe – cute right? Flanigan’s Inn  has a restaurant attached to the property that has fine dining.  I was not impressed. We ordered Brie and fruit as an appetizer – it was tasteless. I love cheese and I did not love this cheese.  For my main corse I ordered pasta.  Unfortunately  The pasta was drowning in olive oil and pesto. The pasta gave a new definition to “al denta”.. I think a better term would have been “al undercooked “. “The atmosphere was absolutely beautiful but the food was AWFUL.  And by looking at the clientele – this place was probably the fanciest in town, but hey I’m from Houston and you just can’t beat our fine dining establishment. However The Spotted a Dog offered a wonderful breakfast to Flanigan’s guest for only $4.99.  You can’t beat that with a stick.

Overall my stay at Flanigan’s Inn on a scale from 1 to 10, gets a 10. Maybe I just wasn’t in the mood for pasta!

Look for my next blog on my stay at Sorrell River Ranch.