My List of 6 Best and 5 Worst Romantic Places for Lodging in Northern Utah

I am going to make a list of my favorite places to stay and get breakfast in the morning. Just so we are clear, these are my needs and wants, when looking for a romantic stay.:

  1. My top priority is a bed that does not get so hot at night from retaining body temperature heat, that I cannot sleep on it. In the case that the bed is retaining heat, I would like a clean and comfortable alternate place to sleep. There are certain mattresses that are made which retain heat. As far as I know, most hotel owners do not know about this. It is just something about the mattresses. The mattresses that have this feature always have an extra division, which is for comfort. The mattresses are extra high and thick. In my case, a mattress which is oldfashioned and thinner, is better, although I would prefer a non-feather mattress and no-feather pillows (because I am vegan).

  2. My 2nd priority is a couch in front of a t.v. Sitting on a bed to watch a movie is so uncomfortable for me. I have a bad back and it hurts my back so much! I prefer a room with a couch so that I can sit right by my husband and watch a movie. A room with no couch in front of the t.v. will get a lower rating.

  3. Privacy and control are my next priorities. If we have to share a microwave, a T.V., a couch, a table and a dining experience with other guests (strangers), and if we cannot do these things in complete privacy, that is not romantic. If we are not in charge of temperature, but the manager or owner is, that is really annoying. Let me control my room temperature!

  4. Next, my priorities are a DVD player, a large jacuzzi tub, delicious and filling vegan breakfast, a nearby place for a vegan dinner whch includes protein and iron (vegan beans, nuts or tofu), cleanliness, spaciousness and larger table size. Since all of these are of equal importance to me, they are listed together.

The 6 Best

The Best. The Inn on the Hill, Salt Lake City (“King’s Peak”)

What was great: Mattress did not retain body heat, couch in front of t.v., privacy and control, large jacuzzi tub, great vegan breakfast, cleanliness, spaciousness, large table, fridge, microwave, DVD player

This was just really awesome. The vegan breakfast was a 10/10. The room size was large. The jacuzzi tub was large and very romantic. There were lots of free, healthy snacks that they let us have which were part of our stay. We walked to the temple and back and had a view of the temple. We had a DVD player and couch in the room. It was very romantic in appearance and in every other way. We got to control our own temperature. Service was above par by a long shot.

2nd Best. Crystal Inn, Logan (This is no longer in existence, but there is one in Brigham City) (King Jacuzzi Suite)

What was great: Mattress did not retain body heat, couch in front of t.v., privacy and control, large jacuzzi tub, great vegan breakfast, cleanliness, spaciousness, large table, fridge, microwave, DVD player

The jacuzzi tub was extremely large and very clean and nice. We could see the t.v. from the couch and the tub. There was also a bathroom with a shower/ tub combo. There was a very nice dvd player and t.v. The bed was very nice, also. It was a very good room. We swam in the pool. It was nice. The breakfast was great. Dinner, we ate at a nearby restaurant. There were no protein options for vegans (beans, nuts, tofu).

3rd Best. Snowberry Inn (Eden)

What was wrong: Not enough privacy and no control of temperature of room

This was a nice, beautiful and quaint place. The jacuzzi tub was nice, but a little bit of gel or gunk from the previous users came all over our skin when we used the tub. I think it was in the jacuzzi jets system. It was not in the tub when we got there. There was a sign that said please not to use that stuff, but the previous people had used it. It had a towel warmer, but we did not figure out how to use it right. We had a bed that was nice and comfortable. The room was tiny. We had less privacy than we are used to at a bed & breakfast. There was no shower. There was a private sink and toilet. There was no t.v. or table and chairs our room. There ws a table in the common area for the upstairs. There was a t.v., DVD player and couch in the common area upstairs. It happened that we had the entire upstairs to ourselves, so these were all ours to use, but the owner could come to this area, too. It was a public space, after all. We could not control the temperature of our own room or of the floor we were on. I wore lots of warm things to keep warm. The owner tried very hard to find a vegan meal for me at a local restaurant. I had anticipated this. We had brought our own microwave dinners. We cooked them downstairs near the lobby area. Breakfast was vegan french toast, vegan potatoes and fresh fruit. The french toast was so amazing and delicious that I asked for a recipe. The owner wrote the recipe down for me. That is really sweet. The owner was very friendly and nice. We ate downstairs in a common dining room with other guests.

4th Best. Comfort Suites, Ogden (and attached restaurant, Cactus Reds) 🌵 

What was wrong: No couch in front of t.v.

This was a comfortable and good place to stay. It had a fridge and microwave. It had a shower with a small tub. We could control our own temperature. There was cable t.v. We loved the attached restaurant, Cactus Reds. The breakfast was big and was great, with enough of vegan options for proteins and other nutrients.

5th Best. Alaskan Inn, Ogden Canyon (The Orca Cabin, Misty Fjords Cabin)

What was wrong: No couch in front of t.v.

These cabins were great. We had a jetted jacuzzi whirlpool tub, dvd player and flat screen t.v., nice bed, refrigerator and shower. We got a great vegan breakfast in the morning for me and the meat one for my husband. We ate them outside on our mini patios. The view is great. Dinner nearby at restaurants is great.

6th Best. Ben Lomond Hotel, Ogden (upstairs, jacuzzi suite)

What was wrong: No couch in front of t.v.

We loved the hotel. We ate nearby in Ogden. The jacuzzi tub was large. We could watch the t.v. from the tub. There was no dvd player. The bed and room were very comfortable and spacious. There was a couch in a separate room which I nursed a baby in (we brought a new baby along). It was a comfortable couch, too. The view of Ogden from up high was spectacular. We could control the room temperature ourselves. The restaurants in the same building did not have vegan food and besides that, were cost prohibitive (expensive)! We had breakfast downstairs. It was good.

The 5 Worst

5th worst. Anniversary Inn, Logan (“Lost in Space” room)

What was wrong: No couch in front of t.v.

This room was cool looking but, oh, so cramped. Everything was tight, tight, tight. There was a table with chairs, a bathroom, a shower and a jacuzzi tub. There was a very tiny tube t.v. above the bed so you have to look up high to see it. There was a dvd player. The breakfast was very small. It left us very hungry as soon as we were finished eating. We went on a tour and saw the other rooms. We decided to get a bigger and better room next time. I recommend the tour. It is a good idea. Tours were 1-3 p.m. most weekdays.

4th worst. Little America Hotel, Salt Lake City

What was wrong: There was no jacuzzi tub, couch, t.v. or breakfast. The attached restaurant had a muffin which cost $8. That is ridiculous. We had no dinner because it was too expensive. No dinner is not romantic. I do not think this place had free breakfast.

This was luxurious but did not include all of my priorities. It had a nice view. It was spacious and clean.

3rd worst. Best Western, Uintah

What was wrong: Mattress retains body heat

This place as nice, but the bed got too hot at night. It is a thermal memory bed that retains the heat from the people. I slept on a nice hair and footrest combo., which was large and better than the floor. It had a microwave and fridge. The food was nice. It had cable t.v.

2nd worst. Castle Creek Inn, Cottonwood Heights (Romeo & Juliet Suite)

What was wrong: Mattress retains body heat

I had to sleep on the floor. The bed retains thermal heat of the persons sleeping on it. I do not like a hot bed. I don’t even heat up my water bed. I tood some blankets and my pillows and slept on the floor (which was a clean floor). My husband does not enjoy, either, having his wife sleep on the floor and away from him for an anniversary. There was a jacuzzi tub shich was nice. The bathroom was so tiny (like the ones on a train). We could not control the temperature in our room. I turned the fireplace on to get warmer. Then they turned the a/c up. It was a battle. It had a t.v. with roku but the bandwidth was too small, so for every 20 minutes of movie watchingk we got 30 minutes of “loading, loading….” That was very frustrating.  I honestly do not remember the breakfast.

Worst. Alaskan Inn, Ogden (“Cascade” Queen Suite)

What was wrong: Mattress retains body heat

The bed got too hot at night. It retains body heat and I do not like this. Since there was not a clean floor, there was no alternate place for me to sleep. The view and surroundings of Ogden Canyon are unbeatable. There was a shower and jacuzzi tub in one. The room was simple by way of decor. The vegan breakfast was great. I had a special-request breakfast (as always). The floor was not vaccuumed in the corners and the windowsill and lampshades were very dirty. Other than that, it was clean. There was no microwave and no dvd player. There was cable t.v. We used the lobby microwave for our microwave popcorn.

40 Year Old Utah Mormon Vegan Homeschool Mom with Large Family Trying to Get to a Healthy Weight

I have a large family. I have a large family for a Utah Mormon (not just for a city-dwelling New-York City resident or Hollywood movie star, because their definitino of a large family is not mine). I am vegan. I have been pregnant and breatfeeding for what feels like half of my life. I am 40. I wake up early, not to excercise, but to take my daughter to her early morning homeschool seminary class.

I try hard to eat right. I just barely skim the surface of having a habit of eating breakfast, lunch and dinner on time. I try to eat healthy foods, but it is tough to find time to prepare something healthy when our lives are so busy.

I try to find time to exercise. I just cannot find it. O.k., so I know where it is. It is right there when my husband gets home, gives me the chance to go to the gym, and I hear my preschooler bawling at the top of his lungs about his hunger, my husband says to ignore him, and I make him something to eat, following which my husband leaves and my was-gonna-be-tending-while-I-went-to-the-gym son throws a fit, begging me to let off on the homeschool assignments for the week so that he can play on the wii. The screaming, throwing things and bawling from the torture of the immensity of the assignments is so great that I do not go to the gym. I stay home and my husband gets back and tries go help us through the rough patch. Then I make a vegan dinner for only myself and am too exhausted (and it is too late at night) to go to the gym.

This is just one day in the life of the Utah Mormon Vegan Homeschool Mom with a Large Family who is trying to lose 30 lbs. and thus reach a healthy weight. I tell you, I am sick to death of all the blog posts and youtube videos I find with women who have 2 kids and send them to school during the day, then tell me how they lost all the baby weight in 6 weeks.  am also sick of all the “you need animal protein” lies out there, written by weight-loss gurus who are not vegan!

“Thou shalt not covet” the women who lose baby weight in under a year. Seriously, the toughest commandment out there. Arghhhhh!

I seriously cannot be the only one! I hate feeling alone. I do not expect to find someone just exactly in my situation, but a bunch of groupies close to it would be nice. A support group would help immensely. There have to be vegan homeschool moms out there with large families, and who also large bellies like mine that have not gone away when the baby is a preschooler!

If you are one and have found this post, please comment. I need a support network of women who know what I am going through! Advice about exercise would be appreciated. Thanks in advance!

PhytoEstrogens in Soy vs. Estrogen in Cow’s Milk

Are you worried that if you went vegan, the estrogen in soy would be bad for you? I have good news for those of you who ar considering veganism. The estrogen is “PhytoEstrogen,” an estrogen only absorbed by plants. I have bad news for those of you not considering veganism. The kind of estrogen your body DOES absorb is found in great quantities cow’s milk! 

I have some sad news. Those pushing you to believe things about hormones which are not true, are a group of dairy farmers. Lies in the form of propoganda are tricking you. Here is an article with the truth in it:

Soy Myths and Misinformation

Pearson: Animal Cruelty Supporter

Pearson c. 2002 Spelling Workout C

p. 5: How to cook ostrich eggs. You could make egg salad. It could make as many as 20 sandwiches. “That’s quite a meal!”

p. 40, #5: “Those trained elephants are really snart” {This is for editing. The spelling word is “smart.” My son put in “torchered” instead of “smart.” Good catch, son! He is the one that brought all this to my attention by doing that! I am pleased with him for catching and noticing that!”}

p.  41: mention of “ponies in a race” and “round up time;” photo of a person riding a bucking horse in a rodeo

p. 45: mention that prairie dogs give farmers trouble

I am vegan so this bothers me. hope PETA sees this. I tried to comment on their web site and there is a glitch, so it just kept erasing all my work (boo hoo). I hope PETA agrees that what our kids see in their textbooks, they learn from and believe to be good, right, acceptable and accurate.

Pearson (curriculum publishing company) has no place for me to write to them or call them about the content of their textbooks or workbooks. They only have methods of contact for schools to buy large numbers of texts. It appears they only care about money. If someone from Pearson (such as a marketing director, public relations, editor, curriculum writer) gets this message, please input it into the system and tell the people who can make a change there in their books, in order to take animal cruelty out of your curricula! Thanks!

PETA, if you see this, contact Pearson. Perhaps you know how to do so. Perhaps they will fear you enough to care about what you say. Thanks!

Water Your Plants As You Do Dishes, Laundry, Baths and Showers!

I do not have this but I want it. What a great idea! When I first read Alicia Silverstone’s post about this, I thought she was hauling buckets of water from the bathtub. I thought that was ridiculous. That is not how she does it. She had this system called a Greywater System installed. Water your plants with the wastewater from baths and laundry and dishes! Check it out!

Youtube: DIY Installing a Greywater System for your garden or landscape

Vegan at the Cracker Barrel

Vegan at the Cracker Barrel seem a bit impossible? Well, I did it last night. Of course, I had to have the manager come out and arrange special things for me and discuss what things are vegan.

It turns out they cook their sprouts with ham, their pinto beans have ham in them, they cook most of their veggies and even their rice in beef broth, and much more. At least they were honest!

However, I ordered a garden salad which has a vegan dressing, a plain baked potato, corn with no margarine and a fresh seasonal fruit dish. The  at the last minute, she mentioned that one manager she knew was vegan and loved their granola (which they usually put on the yogurt). That sounded great, so I ordered that (no yogurt).

My faves were the garden salad, baked potato and granola. The granola had dried berries, oatmeal and almonds. It was delicious and seemed very healthy. The baked potato was huge and the garden salad was so yummy. I used some of the dressing that was for the salad, for my baked potato. I also added a bit of salt and a bit of pepper to it.

So you can eat vegan there. I sent them a comment on their website thanking them for being hospitable and helpful (some restaurants aren’t). I also asked them to have a “special diets” section in their menu with a “vegan” subsection. I asked them for veggie and rice options without butter or beef broth. I suggested they cook rice in vegetable broth.

I Ate the Vegan Black Bean Burger at Scrud’s Restaurant in Utah

I just ate at this place called Scrud’s in Utah and they had a great Vegan Black Bean Burger. I was told the bun is even vegan. I had tomato, lettuce, pickles and avocado on it. I had the side salad “with no cheese and no bacon.” I did not have fries. The black bean burger does not touch a grill or a fryer, but everything that does (fries, other burgers, etc.) comes in contact with LARD, FYI. Ask for a bun with no butter, too. I had to ask for one after they had brought me one with butter on it.

Anyway, it was a BIG, tasty vegan black bean burger! It did not taste dry like the one at Wendy’s. It had corn, green peppers and tomatoes chopped up in it. The beans seemed very fresh. They were not formed into a compact, had been frozen, type “patty” of beans. It is a huge chunk-bunch of fresh, delicious, moist, juicy mixture spread onto the bun. It is 10 times better than the (expensive) cheap, low quality, dry, tiny black bean burger at Wendy’s, so please go to Scrud’s instead of Wendy’s if you want to be more pleased!

Of course, if you want to encourage Wendy’s, at least try theirs once. Then tell them it is great but just costs too much for the value given. Just keep in mind that we do buy dried beans and cook them so we know they do not cost very much. We are willing to pay over $4.00 for this child-sized sandwich to test it and make other reataurants also wish to put out vegan items. However, on a regular basis, we are not going to run in, to pay over $4 for a sandwich that leaves us hungry. We are aware that beans do not cost much. I am positive Wendy’s buys dried beans in bulk to make these. Granted, I know that hiring expensive dieticians and chefs, patenting a new black bean burger and getting it PETA approved cannot be easy or cheap. I will give you that, Wendy’s.

Scrud’s is a small chain with 4 restaurant locations and it is kicking Wendy’s butt on this, though. Come on, Wendy’s. You can do better than that with all the money you have! Don’t let a tiny chain beat you in the butt and make you look, well, “cheap.”