heber city, utah

Utah is a relatively diverse state when it comes to landscapes. To the West and South you have desert, canyon lands, and majestic rock formations, to the north the Great Salt Lake and centrally the mountains reach from top to bottom. 

My family and I were lucky enough to recently spend a month in this beautiful region, with most of our time used up in the ski-areas for snowboarding season. We drove up from New Mexico, through Colorado, and up into Utah. We spent a long week in MOAB, which you can read about here. We landed in Heber City at Mountain Valley RV Resort, just south of Park City. If you can’t stay on-site near the slopes, Heber City/Midway is an easy drive for the day. 

Heber City itself is a gem of a town, small and secluded enough to feel free but close enough to big-city amenities to keep you busy. We were ecstatic to find such a nice RV resort in the valley. With just a 30 minute drive to the slopes, it’s a great place to land for families and full-time RVer’s alike. 

Like I’ve mentioned before, I love exploring smaller towns and finding local coffee shops and food. Mom-and-pop stores are my jam! If you find yourself in the Heber City / Midway / Orem / Provo area, here’s a list of personal recommendations for you to check out. 

Coffee Shops:
Everyday Coffee House in Heber City – this lovely little house-turned-shop is a great way to grab some caffeine while the kids play at the nearby park. 
The Bagel Den – this is a chain yes, but the individual owner here is very nice and works the front line ever so often. We loved stopping here on the way to the slopes for a quick egg bagel and chai. 
Chick’s Cafe in Heber City – this is a hometown staple, and a fun little diner. Don’t let it’s worn exterior fool you, the girls inside are nice and prompt. 
Cafe Galleria in Midway – by far my favorite experience; we did an alpenglobe dinner for my birthday! The food is delicious and the staff is attentive. The alpenglobes have to be reserved beforehand, but are worth it! They take them down when it gets too warm outside, so save this for a fall or winter trip. 
Back 40 Ranch House Grill – delicious! If you need a hearty meal after a long day out on the snow this is the place to go. They have a heated yurt with nice views of the “back 40” and sunset. It can get a little crowded as it is an obvious local favorite. Our kids did well in this environment.  
Little India Fine Dining – you wouldn’t think an old Culver’s building could be anything special but the family who runs this place has done wonders to it. They are serving the small community in such a big way with their delicious Turkish tea, curries, and white-tablecloth service. Everything from the kind servers to the garlic naan was great. We’re going back for sure! 
Curio Collective in Heber City – this fabulous boutique fits right into downtown Heber. Expect home goods galore and the best place to find a gift for the jewelry, crystal, and positive energy lover. 
Things to do:
Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum in Salt Lake City – we try to visit children’s museums wherever we go because our kids have major energy. The museum here in Salt Lake was very cute, and we loved the paleontology section the most! 
Hall Pass Food Court – located just a block away from the Children’s Museum; this is a great place to grab a quick bite or a drink. I wouldn’t say its completely kid-friendly but they do have lots of fun paintings and photo ops available. 
The Crater Snorkel/Swim in Midway – saved this for the last because it was one of the biggest highlights of our trip! The Crater is a natural rock formation that looks like a beehive. Within the “hive” is a natural hot springs in which you can swim, snorkel, or even scuba dive in! It’s relatively small, so only 20 people are so are allowed in at a time and reservations are a must. It was extra exciting to go from snow to hot springs in a matter of minutes. Definitely check the photo gallery I’ve attached to see our POV’s. 

If you’re feeling brave to go without a personal review here is a list of things I *wish* we could have gotten to! My bucket list is always longer than time allows, so I’m saving these for next time: 

Coffee Shops:
The Milk House at the Homestead in Midway
Heirloom Common in Midway
Current Fish and Oyster in Salt Lake City 
Heber Valley Milk & Artisan
Things to do: 
The Spa at the Zermott 
June Pie Classes 
Bonneville Salt Flats 
Utah Jazz NBA Game 

Have you visited Utah yet? What should I add to the list above? Would love to see you comment and let me know! 

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