Couple’s Escape to Southern Utah

Janine Brandt | 01.28.21

Whether you’re celebrating a milestone or just looking to reconnect, a couple’s escape is a fun and healthy way to reenergize your relationship. If you don’t have the vacation time (or the sitter) to retreat for a whole week, a weekend escape to Southern Utah may be just the trip you need to rest, relax, and be ready to return to the real world.

We know that doesn’t leave you with a lot of time. That’s why we’re saving you the planning step by offering this convenient itinerary for your weekend away! Just print it out, grab your partner, and pack your bags, because you’re headed to a couple’s escape in Southern Utah (as soon as you book your rental, of course).

We think our itinerary is pretty great – but if one of the items doesn’t suit your style, don’t worry! Just download our FREE Southern Utah Vacation Guide for enough great ideas to fill an entire lifetime of love.

Day 1

Breakfast

Start your first day with some local flavor at Mountain Peak Coffee. Grab a hot or iced coffee and snack on a homemade croissant stuffed with ham and cheese or a stack of fluffy buttermilk pancakes.

Morning

Take your relationship to new heights with an adventurous hike to Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park. One of the park’s most iconic hikes, this daring five-mile climb scales 1,500 feet through a series of thrilling rock scrambles, vertical drops, and dizzying heights. The journey is sure to be a challenge, but crushing it together is a rewarding payoff – and so is the incredible view from the summit.

Lunch

Celebrate your morning success with a yummy carbfest at Pizzano’s Pizzeria. This Brian Head staple serves up specialty pies in every flavor imaginable, as well as pastas, calzones, subs, and more. Don’t forget to grab a pint from their selection of unique local craft beers!

Afternoon

After your morning adventure, your muscles – and your mind – deserve a break. Head to  Noorish Spa to experience a full range of services designed to melt away your stress and soothe your senses. Their “Reconnect Couples Massage” allows you to share an intimate massage experience that relaxes every muscle – even the heart.

Dinner

As evening falls, head to Cedar Breaks Lodge for a night of refreshing romance. First, hit The Bar to unwind from your day as you sip on custom cocktails or a cool glass of Cabernet. When you’re feeling loose, head into The Restaurant to enjoy delectable dishes and a panoramic mountain view.

Evening

If you’re here to escape, why not get completely out of this world? After dinner, head to Cedar Breaks National Monument for an evening of intrepid stargazing at one of the country’s official International Dark Sky Parks. Standing under an expansive sky at over 10,000 feet of elevation, you’re sure to feel far away from the world – and your worries.

Day 2

Breakfast

After your long night in the heavens, sleep in late and whip up a delicious homemade breakfast in your rental. All of our accommodations have fully stocked kitchens and the local grocery stores are sure to have your favorite ingredients in stock.

Morning

Take an escape through time with a relaxed morning trip to the nearby town of Panguitch. This charming gem is full of museums, historical architecture, and an authentic wild-west feel that goes all the way back to its Mormon pioneer roots. Be sure to search for a souvenir in the boutique shops on historic Main Street!

Lunch

Take your tastebuds on an escape of their own with some authentic Thai cuisine at Sook Jai Thai. This downtown favorite serves a variety of authentic Thai dishes, from traditional choices like Pad Thai to more adventurous options like Pad Prik Gaeng, a spicy dish featuring stir-fried chili paste. The large portions are made to share, so be sure to mix-and-match.

Afternoon

No Southern Utah trip is complete without a visit to Brian Head Resort. Depending on when you visit, you’ll spend the afternoon skiing, tubing, hiking, mountain biking, or a variety of other fun activities. For a more low-key adventure, take a scenic chair ride to the topic of the mountain for several tiers of jaw-dropping beauty.

Dinner

Trade one exciting chair for another with an early dinner at the resort’s Last Steps Saloon. You’ll dig into a large menu full of rich choices like Kansas-style BBQ or a thick and juicy elk burger. Add in a festive atmosphere that features live music and local brews, and you’ve got the perfect recipe for a good time.

Cozy Up in a Couple’s Condo

Enjoy so much more than the bare necessities at BooBear’s Retreat! This cozy one-bedroom condo in downtown Brian Head offers the right amount of luxury and location for the ultimate stress-free retreat. After a long day of fun, curl up in front of your wood-burning fireplace to set the mood for warm cuddles and conversation.

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