Ah, I can still feel the rush of trying to make it to all 50 states. Utah was one of the ones I had left and one of my best girl friends, Britt, said she'd tag along. I rented the cutest car (doesn't this scream girls trip?) and we were off. Let's dive into how to have the chillest weekend in SLC...
first stop: ensign peak
After being in the car for hours, it was nice to stretch our legs! This landmark is a MUST. If you want a casual walk, there's a photo view point 1/3 up the mountain. This spot is pretty dang cool, BUT if you dress for a hike, trek to the top! Your jaw will drop. (Yes we were not dressed, but determined!)
Also, be careful to check the weather beforehand. It can get pretty cold as you're hiking up. A hat and gloves would've been nice. This was in October too!
second stop: settebello pizzeria
Alright, whose ready for some pizza? Cuz we were starved! We checked out Settebello and the Margherita pizza was clutch. I'd order two pizzas or a pizza and appetizer if you're sharing with someone! We paired it with their meat and cheese platter. If I went back, I'd do two pizzas so it'd be more filling! The pizza was $13 and the platter was $15.
*TIP- the restaurant has their own parking. Do not pay for public parking! Their spots are nestled down the alley, behind the restaurant.
third stop: bar x
If y'all are tired, hit the hay! I totally wanted to, but Britt sweetly dragged me out of our hotel room and I'm so thankful she did! Bar X is super classy. They had live music and the guy was playing blues. It was pretty relaxing. Their drinks were quite fancy though, so we only had one! It had such a fun ambiance though.
fourth stop: beer bar
So, funny story. We actually planned on trying out the Beer Bar first, because it looked more chill. Lol, but we couldn't find the door! It looked as if they were attached, so we went ahead into Bar X. While inside, we noticed you could walk directly over to the Beer Bar from inside. Score! If you're from SLC, let me know if there's a real door or if you really have to go through the other bar lol!
Out of the two, I liked the Beer Bar better. It was very spacious, industrial, and had high ceilings. There was a greater selection of beer and wine as well. They have food too! If you love beer, this is YOUR place. The bartender was super helpful with finding a beer Britt would like! Pretty sure the Beer Bar prices were cheaper too.
fifth stop: sweet lake biscuits + limeade
If you have a hotel breakfast, eat that and then come here for brunch! This was my FAVORITE place we ate on the whole trip. Their food is absolutely delicious and they have $4 mimosas!!! Could've sat there all day. This is such a great space to fuel up for exploring! I ordered the Conspiracy Pancakes and Britt had the Titanic Sandwich. Both of our items were $12 or under! :)
sixth stop: great salt lake
I did not expect to love this place as much as I did. Before I thought, "it's a lake in the middle of Utah, how big can it be?" I didn't imagine being welcomed by snowy mountains. I didn't imagine the strong smell of salt. I didn't imagine an adorable harbor with crazy cool boats.
With a $3 fee per vehicle, you can't miss this spot. Take your time. Roam the beach and perimeter. Walk along the docks by the harbor. Relax and breathe deeply. Exploring this lil park was the most peaceful thing we did on the trip!
seventh stop: coffee break @ the rose establishment
This is a great last stop if you're ready to hop on the road. I ordered an Americano and Britt had an espresso shot, that came with sparkling water! If I had any homework to do over the weekend, this would have been the perfect place to do it. There was plenty of seating, rustic decor, and a whole lot of quiet!
That's all I got! I hope this helps you plan a killa trip to SLC. Drop your email below if you want blog post upgrades and exclusive travel tips!
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