The Travel Guide: Salt Lake City
08/05 Lifestyle

The Travel Guide: Salt Lake City

Some of our favorite spots in the Beehive State.

Salt Lake City 

It’s the place we love to call home: Salt Lake City, Utah! After sharing our recent projects on Dream Home Makeover, we wanted to share our top recco’s of where to eat, shop, visit or stay in this beautiful city. Nestled along the Wasatch Mountain Range, our Studio McGee headquarters takes full advantage of its gorgeous location, so we love to invite others to our favorite spots—from hidden gems to well-known landmarks, new eateries to nostalgic donut shops. It’s all here in SLC!

The Travel Guide: Salt Lake City

No. 1. Stay –

The Grand America Hotel

As the largest hotel in Salt Lake City, the Grand America offers something for everyone in a classic hotel setting. For those looking to get out and explore the city, the Grand America is perfectly located in the heart of downtown. If rest and relaxation is the goal, spend a day at their luxury spa, lounge at one of the pools, or enjoy browsing their signature boutiques. And be sure to grab a bite at Laurel, even if just to enjoy the design details. 

The Travel Guide: Salt Lake City
The Travel Guide: Salt Lake City
The Travel Guide: Salt Lake City
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No. 2. Eat –

Nona Bistro

Nona is the new sister restaurant to Pizza Nono in the 9th and 9th neighborhood. Set up as a (mostly) al fresco dining experience, the outdoor setting is all charm. And with a menu made up of simple, rustic, wood-fired dishes—it’s nearly impossible to choose just one favorite.  

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HSL 

As an evolution of their Park City restaurant named Handle, HSL is an urban American eatery that’s beautifully stocked with locally sourced ingredients and thoughtful cocktails. The presentation and flavor combinations keep this restaurant at the top of our list.  

The Travel Guide: Salt Lake City
The Travel Guide: Salt Lake City
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Tulie Bakery

Finely crafted and aesthetically simple—Tulie’s Bakery speaks to everything we love! The seasonal, fresh ingredients create a menu that’s dynamic, so there’s always something delicious to look forward to.  

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Beaumont Bakery & Café

What was initially a bakery built on the decadence of the French pastry, Beaumont has since grown to include a menu of fresh seasonal salads, sandwiches and the most mouth-watering brunch menu. The bakery’s interior is like a cool bow on a very tasty package  

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Banbury Cross Donuts

A Salt Lake staple! Go for the donuts, stay for the fritters and muffins. It’s the perfect blend of classic donuts, great hospitality and a nostalgic atmosphere that sets this bakery apart.  

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A handful of other favorites –

Valter’s Osteria

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The Copper Onion 

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Finca

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Current Fish & Oyster

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Freshie’s Lobster Co.

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Pago

Takashi

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Caffé Molise

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Oquirrh

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Eva’s Bakery

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Arlo

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No. 3. Visit –

Millcreek Canyon

With quick access from the city, Millcreek Canyon offers an abundance of year-round recreational activities. With two restaurants and hiking and biking trails, there’s something for every casual or experienced adventure-seeker.  

The Travel Guide: Salt Lake City
The Travel Guide: Salt Lake City

Donut Falls Trailhead

Driving up Big Cottonwood Canyon will land you at the Donut Falls Trailhead, which is one of the McGee’s favorite spots to hike as a family. The 3.3 mile out-and-back trail is a fairly easy route with a rewarding waterfall view at the end!  

The Living Room

This short but steep 2.5-mile hike sits above the Natural History Museum in Salt Lake, and it’s absolutely worth the trek. The panoramic view—with a rock seating arrangement that gives this trail its “Living Room” name—is a beautiful payoff.  

The Travel Guide: Salt Lake City
The Travel Guide: Salt Lake City

Red Butte Garden

It’s no secret that we love flowers, so Red Butte Garden is one of our floral favorites—especially in the Spring when 500,000 blooms come to life. The botanical garden hosts concerts, private events, hiking trails, and a rose garden that’s not to be missed.  

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No. 4. Shop –

Jolley’s 

As jovial as its name, this shop truly has it all. With its collection of gifts, sweets, apparel and baby accessories…you could spend hours perusing each and every last item in this shop. The best part? You can grab a drink or pick up a floral arrangement as you browse.  

The Children’s Hour Bookstore

This playful, eclectic shop started as a bookstore 37 years ago—and it’s now also home to a wonderfully curated selection of children’s clothing, accessories, toys, gifts, and pieces for women. And the books! You’ll gladly while away hours of a quiet afternoon browsing their collection. 

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Koo de Ker

Proprietor Kyong has curated a gorgeous shop at Koo de Ker with a selection of pieces that speak to her well-traveled and detailed-oriented aesthetic. This shop nails both the high-end and affordable price points in feminine styles that are right on trend, season after season.  

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City Creek Center

For the best mall shopping experience in Salt Lake City, City Creek Center is the place. The retractable glass roof and unique indoor landscaping make this an elevated shopping experience any time of year.  

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