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Two Standouts from the Crowd: Great Eats in Idaho and Utah


As an inspector, I dine out almost every day, and it can be trying at times. However, great spots in Boise, Idaho, and Logan, Utah, hit all the right spots. Boise Fry Company (AAA One Diamond), Boise, Idaho When I pulled up to the Boise Fry Company, where I had never dined before, I said to myself, “Oh great. Just ... Read More »

Bed & Breakfasts: Alternative Accommodations in Utah

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View from Desert Hills B&B This post was co-written by Inspectors 15 and 33. As AAA inspectors, we inspect, evaluate and rate restaurants, attractions, hotels, motels, country inns, cabins, condominiums, casinos, cottages, dude/dudette ranches and “the bed and breakfast.” We have inspected a lot of bed and breakfasts (B&Bs) throughout Utah and have truly grown to appreciate what they have ... Read More »

Two of My Favorite Restaurants in Utah

Ogden, Utah As a AAA inspector, I dine out frequently. Of the restaurants I’ve evaluated, two in Utah stand out because I instantly remember the pleasant one-of-a-kind dining experience I had there. La Jolla Groves, Provo – Three Diamond Rated I couldn’t help but grin ear to ear the first time I walked into La Jolla. You will immediately want to ... Read More »

Fall Colors in Utah and Colorado Mountains

Beautiful Fall Foliage in Colorado Colors are starting to peek through the tree tops, so start planning your trip! The good news is due to the high elevation of the mountains, sunshine tends to keep the days warm although the nights have started to cool down. These mountainous areas are true visual delights that postcards are literally made of. Be ... Read More »

Salt Lake City, Utah – A Few Dining Home Runs

Salt Lake City, Utah Read Inspector 15’s other favorite “Home Runs” here. I don’t believe Salt Lake City comes to mind when people think about dining destinations, but there are many great chefs and restaurants in this city. Below I’ve listed a few. I get excited at the prospect of our AAA members dining at these restaurants. The first thing ... Read More »

Four of Inspector 15’s Favorite Food “Home Runs”

I enjoy watching the judges on Food Network when they eat something that makes a difference to them.  Their eyebrows lift, eyes widen and mouths silently form the words “wow” or “whoa.” Sometimes hands start to move or wag.  It’s as if they won at bingo or hit a home run. I end up with the giggles because, without planning ... Read More »

Park City, Utah: Summer View

Bald Mountain, Utah In spite of multiple trips to the Salt Lake City area, I had never ventured into the surrounding mountains.  This time around, I wasn’t going to miss the opportunity, because located an easy drive 30 miles east of Salt Lake is the mountain community of Park City.  After the Mormons settled in Utah, Army soldiers were dispatched ... Read More »

Salt Lake City’s Unexpected Art

When you think of Salt Lake City a few things may come to mind… the Mormon Church, the 2002 Winter Olympics, the Utah Jazz.  Back in the day (30 years ago, but who’s counting), I visited Salt Lake City quite often while working as a tour bus driver at Yellowstone National Park.  It was part of my job to travel ... Read More »

Grand Canyon Mule Ride

In the Grand Canyon (Nancy Jones)  I’m not an adventure traveler. So when I tell you that I went on the overnight mule ride to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, you should understand that I was way out of my comfort zone. It wasn’t my idea — it was my father-in-law’s and he thought it would be a great ... Read More »

National Parks Road Trip: Bryce Canyon to Capitol Reef

Natural Bridge, Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah This is the second in a series of posts about visiting 12 national parks in Utah and Arizona over 9 days. To beat the crowds, we woke up early to drive the 18-mile scenic road to Rainbow Point. Outlooks along the way provide hundred-mile views of Bryce Canyon and the Paunsaugunt Plateau. Buses filled the parking ... Read More »