Here are all of the quintessential Utah experiences we just couldn't fit in our 2013 Best of the Beehive issue. Go ahead, print this out and consider it your own personal bucket list.
FASHION & BEAUTY
Bring a spa home with you
Dolphin Pools & Spas carries Bullfrog Spas, which offer just the right massage and aesthetic to match your pad. They're 100 percent wood free and some of the most energy-efficient you can get. And Dolphin's experts can thoroughly explain the JetPak technology. 4678 S. Highland Dr., SLC, 801-277-8700, dolphin-pools.com
Get an old-fashioned shave
Visit Ray's Barber Shop, a nostalgic joint with none expert barnes who provide customized haircuts for men, women and kids, as well as warm lather shaves for the guys. Since 2005, owner Ray Francom has taken pride in making his shop a pampering retreat for men. 1328 S. 2100 East, SLC, 801-583-7297, raysbarbershopslc.com
Have “Dinner at the Farm” at Rockhill Creamery
Come meet the “Girls of Rockhill”—a small herd of Brown Swiss cows who produce the milk to make Rockhill's award-winning cheese, visit the aging cave and enjoy some great cheese before enjoying wood-fired pizza from Jack and Julie Carlisle of Jack’s Wood Fired Oven. It's an inimitably Utahn bucolic experience. 563 S. State St.,Richmond, 435-258-1278, rockhillcheese.com.
Eat at Red Iguana
Nearly every year, Red Iguana is the top pick of readers in our Dining Awards Readers' Choice Awards. It also holds a place in our Dining Awards Hall of Fame. The restaurant has been in the Salt Lake City community for nearly 30 years. It was started by Ramon and Maria Cardenas and immediately won the diners over. Now, run by the Cardenas' children, traditional recipes are still being served from the restaurant's kitchen. Of course, Red Iguana's popularity doesn't stop with its restaurant at 736 W. North Temple, a second location, Red Iguana 2, is open at 866 W. South Temple, SLC. 801-322-1489, rediguana.com.
Climb the giant tires at Copperton Park
Check out Bingham Canyon Mine, the largest man-made excavation in the world, and then picnic at nearby Copperton Park. Relax under a tree while your kids scale those massive mining truck tires on the playground. Aw heck, you climb them, too. 8731 W. 10305 South, Copperton, 385-468-7275
Visit Ogden's Dinosaur Park
Utah was once a dinosaur stomping ground. Triceratops, parasaurolophus and the Utahraptor (larger than the velociraptor) were the primary residents. Now, all that's left are their bones. But at Ogden's George S. Eccle's Dinosaur Park, you can see these prehistoric creatures as full-sized sculptures. More than 100 sculptures are along the park's trails. 1544 E. Park Boulevard, Ogden, 801-393-3466, dinosaurpark.org
Boggle at Kennecott Mine
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder (go with us here). And while Kennecott's Bingham Canyon Mine might look like a scab on the Oquirrh Mountains from the Wasatch Front, from space it looks pretty cool, in a crop circle kind of way. In any event, if you want your Utah passport stamped, you've got to experience it and those big ore trucks. (Closed for renovations during the 2013 season). 12800 S. Bacchus Hwy. (U-111), 801-204-2025, kennecott.com
Watch SB Dance
Brigham Young and Joseph Smith called on Mormons to eschew tobacco, booze, coffee and sexual creativity, but, thank Our Heavenly Father, the church's founders enthusiastically endorsed music and dancing. Utah has more dancing feet per capita than any other city. Still, we're not sure Brig and Joe would have been all that crazy about SB Dance. Stephen Brown's performance artists wrestle with humanity's Big Questions and don't let a little nudity or weirdness get in the way of a good time. Rose Wagner Performance Center, 38 W. 300 South, SLC, 801-583-8428, SBdance.com
See a play art Utah Shakespeare Festival
As the Bard said, “All the world's a stage, even Cedar City, Utah,” or something to that effect. The proof is the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the state's Tony Award-winning production in Cedar. If “The Tempest” or “Love's Labour's Lost” doesn't turn your crank, the program also includes the musical “The Marvelous Wonderettes.” June 24–Oc. 19, 800-PLAYTIX, bard.org
Visit the Folk Art Museum
In the middle of Liberty Park is a largely unknown museum, the Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts, that preserves the state's folk arts collection. The museum displays the works of American Indians and the dozens of immigrant groups that have begun new lives in Utah but clung to their traditions. One of the more unusual parts of the collection pays homage to the self-sufficiency of rural life through hand-made saddles, spurs, halters and bridles to decorative art often made of recycled items that express the human need to create beauty. Liberty Park, SLC, 801-533-5760, utahfolkarts.org
Take a Gallery Stroll
Utah's art scene has been growing exponentially and pushing boundaries the last few years, with the continuing evolution of the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Utah Museum of Fine Arts and (dare we say it?) the increasingly edgy Brigham Young University's Museum of Art. But the best way to immerse yourself in the art scene is through the Salt Lake's monthly Gallery Stroll where you'll experience the spectrum of creativity from landscapes to literally off-the-wall contemporary art at the newly established CUAC. gallerystroll.org
With all of the good comes some bad as well. Here are the Wasatch Faults we couldn't fit in the mag:
Howling at the moon
Rural Utah lawmakers decided all wolves must die—even though, as the symbol of the wild, they were extirpated in the state a century ago. They planned to give a Salt Lake-based anti-wolf group another $300,000 to in taxpayer money—with no state oversight—to lobby the federal government against reintroduction.
Pollution abatement test?
A landslide at the Bingham Mine in April cut Kennecott Copper's production by half. Presumably the governor will check to see if his favorite campaign donors' pollution levels dropped a like amount.
The good, old normal
LDS Church-owned, KSL, already renown for refusing to air Saturday Night Live, turned its nose up last fall at The New Normal, saying it has nothing to do with the sitcom's gay adoption theme. It's just too darn randy in general.
The Trib's unintentional nostalgia column
From her desk at The Salt Lake Tribune, Peg McEntee thoroughly trashes Gov. Gary Herbert's inauguration speech for general lameness only to learn she had downloaded a copy of Herbert's speech from a different year. The amazing part is that anyone was able to stay awake through either speech long enough to tell the difference.
The further decline of TV news
Under new ownership, KTVX fires the state's most dogged TV reporter, Chris Vanocur, who won a Peabody Award for breaking the 2002 Olympic corruption story. Vanocur's sin was being one of the higher paid employees at the station.
Salt Lake City is the "Most Superficial City," according to a national study conducted by WhatsYourPrice.com. Utilizing Google Analytics, the site ranked cities according to how long members browse another person's profile. Utah is the fourth-happiest state, according to Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, and Salt Lake City is the nation's gayest city, according to The Advocate. But Thomson Healthcare from National Center for Health Statistics and Bureau of Census says Utah is the most depressed state, while the United Health Foundation calls Utah the seventh healthiest state. Utah is also the reddest state, according to Gallup, and disputed by no one.
Where's the punchline?
The lack of broad comedy at the Lege 2013 will make life difficult for Saturday's Voyeur : "This session has been much more subdued," said Sen. Curt Bramble, R-Provo, who is in his 13th session. "We haven’t had the emotionally charged blow-ups we’ve had in the past, either on the budget or on policy discussions." Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, had another word for this year's session: "I’ve thought a lot about that, if boring was the right word to use. In terms of having the big controversial scandals…sorry, we couldn’t provide that this year."