Tag - Utah

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Taking Your Breath Away – One Rock Formation at a Time!
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McCammon
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Led Zeppelin + Escalante, Utah = The Grand Staircase to Heaven
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Westward Bound! Reviews to Come!

Taking Your Breath Away – One Rock Formation at a Time!

Here’s a little throwback from this summer’s adventures. I’ve compiled a video clip from some of the most awe-inspiring scenery in our great United States. Enjoy!!!

McCammon

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206 Center Street  McCammon, ID 83250; (208)254-4340; www.theharknesshotel.com

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“Historic Luxury” is the description this hotel’s website uses to describe the property…and they are not lying! The Harkness Hotel is over-the-top fabulous!!!

Nestled into the quaint little town of McCammon, Idaho, less than 200 miles from Yellowstone National Park and just under 150 miles from Salt Lake City, Utah, this glamorous hotel seems so out of place, yet so perfectly placed for an amazing remote getaway.

The hotel is located off of I-15 (Exit 47) and honestly was far and beyond the description I found on Trip Advisor…in such an amazing way. When we pulled up at almost midnight due to unexpected delays on our motorcycle journey across Yellowstone National Park, I was happy to see that the property was, indeed, very historic and also in a quiet, small town. There was parking all around the building, and I never felt worried about my motorcycle being damaged or stolen overnight.

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The rates (at least until the masses catch on to this fabulous property) are phenomenally low for the luxury you receive! I paid much more on my motorcycle trip out West for 2-star hotels than this 4- star, possibly 5-star, property. Very reasonable and so glamorous! (Now, a warning to those who cannot or do not like to climb an easy set of stairs – at this point there are no elevators, and the Harkness Hotel’s guest rooms are all upstairs. Please note though, they do have plans in the future for accessible accommodations.)

So upon a late arrival, we were greeted by the property owner who was somewhat quiet, but very warm and welcoming. He showed us the way to our room, “The Ebony,” which was done in black, white and grey tones, and had a dazzling chandelier hanging in the bedroom area. The room was spacious with its 11 foot ceiling and the surroundings just immaculate. There was a charming little sitting area complete with a small micro fridge and mini-microwave, and the bathroom was rectangular but spacious, complete with gorgeous historic tiling, a roomy glass enclosed shower and an amazing view of the mountains surrounding this sweet little town.

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So, coming off of a BMW MOA International Rally, making our way down Beartooth Pass and then through Yellowstone National Park and continuing throughout the gorgeous Idaho mountain areas, the Hotel Harkness was like landing in heaven! Glamorous, historic, clean and classy – I’m not sure that another hotel property can ever come close to to what the Harkness Hotel has to give.

I spent some time with the owner after a good night’s sleep, and he is an amazzzzzzzing designer and artist. A young husband and father of two little girls, this absolute genius has taken an historic building in his home town and turned it into an accommodation worthy of big city sparkle. He has a natural eye for the spectacular, and I feel there will be much more fabuloso coming from his amazing vision. Once he realized I appreciated his vibe, he took me on the most amazing tour of the breathtaking suites and other rooms he has created in his hotel, as well as a tour of the rugged spaces he envisions as being restaurant, wine cellar and spa areas…Whoa, whoa, whoa!!!Copper-Main-1000-x-667-living Indigo-Bedroom-1000x667 Pearl-suite-kitchen-001_1575x1050 plum-bathroom Ruby-kitchen-living1 the-gold

All I can say at this point is that if you travel through the states of Idaho or Utah, please please PLEASE consider a stop at The Harkness Hotel…it is absolutely AMAZING. And, hey….I even bought the T-shirt! It’s that good! 💋

Led Zeppelin + Escalante, Utah = The Grand Staircase to Heaven

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UTAH! It happens to be my hometown and birthplace. This state has some of the most gorgeous scenery in our country, and traveling through it on two wheels for the first time has been amazing and overwhelming for me.

As I entered into Utah from Idaho on I-15, I was absolutely elated to be back and riding a motorcycle for the first time ever in my home state…the moment crossing over garnered one of my famous mighty fist pumps! And then the traffic grew more and more thick and horribly congested. Of all the places I have driven in heavy traffic on my motorcycle, my home city proved to be the worst and most scary, as drivers of all kind here do not have an ounce of respect for motorcyclists.

After landing safely, I was treated to so many special family homecomings and gatherings where “The Fashionista” was celebrated. I feel so loved!

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Then we trekked our way through picturesque south-central Utah. Oh, WOW!

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The landing spot that night was Torrey, Utah, the gateway to Capitol Reef National Park. I enjoyed the evening watching the almost full moon rise on one horizon, and then turning around to watch the gorgeous sunset on the other…amazing!

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The next morning’s views were, again, amazing…

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So, on to the Escalante area…we traveled through the Dixie National Forest. There were casual curvy roads leading to this beautiful area where cattle are allowed to roam near and on the road.

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And the scenery was beyond amazing with the vast, far-away vistas that looked more like paintings than real life scenery.

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The Burr Trail was the next destination. Just off of scenic Highway 12 near Boulder, Utah, is this historic road where John Atlantic Burr in the late 1800s used the road to move cattle back and forth for their summer and winter grazing areas. Although paved, the road is a little rough and not quite a span of two lanes. It’s not well-traveled, so traffic was extremely rare, thankfully. The Burr Trail was one of the highlights of my epic trip out West, for sure! As I traveled through this vast land, almost with a Sci-Fi type of landscape, the Led Zeppelin song I was listening to at the time, “Stairway to Heaven,” seemed absolutely perfect for the experience. The up-close scenery is definitely worth a drive down this 30 mile (each way) road. A note to motorcyclists: 20 miles, each way, of this road is loose gravel. If you’re not experienced in driving in these conditions, you may want to consider forgoing this route.

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Somehow or another, I managed to beast my way up and down this road, which was near 60 miles round-trip, but I must admit, it was awesome. And then there was the Escalante-Grand Staircase…absolutely heavenly, and truly a “bucket-list” item to see.

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Next stop, my birthplace of St. George, Utah. After making our way through the amazing scenery of Zion National Park (video to come), there was a stop at the River Rock Roasting Company for a quick sandwich and craft brew. WOW! The small shop sits atop a canyon in LaVerkin, Utah, overlooking the Virgin River. The food, beverages and scenery are definitely worth a visit!

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And then views from St. George…

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I’ll have to admit, it was honestly a huge high to be able to ride my motorcycle through my home state for the first time ever. My visit back home to Utah was absolutely amazing, and I look forward to coming back on two wheels again soon (except for the overly careless drivers). The last jaunt through Utah was in Kanab – a cute little town that boasts being the “Little Hollywood” of Utah. Check it out…

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So, now it’s time to start heading East…be sure to keep up with the adventures here! And, thank you for riding along with me! 💋

Westward Bound! Reviews to Come!

As I cross the days off of the calendar and stay busy prepping for the big ride out West, I often find myself daydreaming about the adventures to come. In addition to the adventures of the roads themselves are the places you land for the night and the interesting roadside diners you come upon with high hopes and a growling belly. As I make my way around these locations, I will give you the lowdown as accurately as possible. Of course, it’s just my opinion!

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