Located just north of Salt Lake City alongside the Great Salt Lake, Davis County, Utah, is known as one of the state’s most popular playgrounds for families, with Lagoon Amusement Park, water slides, Utah’s largest funplex, and even a world-class aquarium. But for those looking for a more relaxing weekend away from the kids—yours or anyone else’s—Davis County still has plenty to offer adults. From luxurious hotels to live theater and fine dining, couples will find lots of options to spend a romantic weekend away—only about a 20-minute drive from downtown Salt Lake City.
Where to Stay
Located in Farmington just off of I-15, Hyatt Place Salt Lake City/Farmington/Station Park is a modern hotel that features casual comfort in a sophisticated setting. It’s part of Station Park, a pedestrian-friendly outdoor mall that features more than 175 different shops and restaurants to explore. The hotel offers 108 rooms and suites, many with excellent views of the surrounding mountains. All guests receive complimentary breakfast, and room service is available 24 hours a day to satisfy those late-night munchies. Enjoy a workout at the 24-hour gym on site, or take a dip in the heated pool or large hot tub.
Exploring the Area
If you really want to start the day on a relaxing note, head to the Sanctuary Day Spa and Salon, within walking distance of the hotel in Station Park. The spa is known for its excellent customer service, and peaceful atmosphere. You’ll find a full array of massage and skin therapies aimed to rejuvenate and revitalize.
You won’t have to walk far for your next adventure at Station Park—ice skating. During the winter, an outdoor ice rink is set up on the property, allowing you to get in a little exercise and enjoy the views of the mountains.
Want a little more adventure? The nearby Antelope Island State Park is a year-round destination for those who love the outdoors. In the winter months, visitors have some additional advantages—no bugs, no crowds, an easier view of wildlife galore, clearer night skies for stargazing, and great views of the snowy landscapes. If you want to push yourself, hike to 6,596-foot summit of Frary Peak. Of course, if this weekend is more about relaxing, the half-mile trek to Buffalo Point is also a beautiful hike that features some incredible views of the Great Salt Lake as well. The park entrance is open from sunrise to sunset, and the visitor center is open daily except on select holidays— so check their website. You can get an early start to see wildlife in the morning—or make it a late-in-the-day activity and enjoy the sunset. As long as you bundle up, staying after sunset is rewarding since Antelope Island is adark-sky park, meaning you can get an amazing views of the stars – especially on the west side of the island where the mountain peaks block the mainland’s light pollution.
Of course, you can’t talk about a weekend getaway in Utah without mentioning skiing. There are nine world-class ski resorts within one hour of Farmington, so you can easily get some winter thrills in. Snowbasin Resort is the closest, located just outside the county about a 30-minute drive north from Farmington. It was the home of the downhill, combined and Super-G competitions in the 2002 Winter Olympics, and it features more than 3,000 acres that accommodate all levels of skiers.
For those interested in more tranquil winter pursuits, you can also explore Davis County’s 500+ mile trail system for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Their trails have tons of options for all ability levels, for those who like human-powered transportation. Bring your own equipment to your getaway or rent snow gear from Ski-n-See in Bountiful.
After a day of exploring the outdoors, come inside to the relaxed contemporary atmosphere of Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar, which is back at Station Park not far from your hotel. The impressive restaurant features floor-to-ceiling windows, a fireplace, and an exhibition kitchen to watch the chefs at work. Order something from the bar, and then have your pick from the extensive menu featuring American casual cuisine, including steak, seafood, pasta, a large selection of salads, and artisan pizzas.
After dinner, you can catch a movie at Cinemark Farmington, a six-screen multiplex within walking distance of the restaurant. Or make a short drive to Centerville, Utah, to catch a live show at the CenterPoint Theatre. Located at the Davis Center for the Performing Arts, CenterPoint features the Barlow Main Stage, a 550-seat capacity space that is used for musicals and large-scale productions. Expect to see shows like The Little Mermaid, Camelot, and Ragtime, which were all part of a recent season. The Leishman Performance Hall seats between 50 and 100, and it’s known for producing youth plays and musicals on a smaller scale, like the Best Christmas Pageant Ever and You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Whatever is being performed, you’re bound to be impressed.
Written by Jeff Banowetz for RootsRated Media in partnership with Utah Office of Tourism.