This Valentines Day why not turn to the Land of Milk and Honey for sweet inspiration with your loved one. A Yarden Blanc de
Blancs and Brut Rose is a great addition into your holiday choice.
The sparkling wines of Yarden are produced from vineyards in
the volcanic, rocky soil of the Golan Heights, which overlook the Galilee.
Yarden urges Valentine’s Day celebrants this year to try two of Israel’s top
sparkling wines – the Yarden Blanc de Blancs and the Brute Rose – to add a
flavorful and historic taste to the holiday.
“It’s always wonderful to enjoy sparkling wines on
Valentine’s Day, but drinking the distinctive sparkling wines of the ancient
Land of Israel brings a whole new – and historic – flavor to the holiday
experience,” said Dorit Ben Simon, international marketing manager for Yarden
Inc., the U.S. importer of the Galil Mountain and Golan Heights wineries.
The Yarden Blanc de Blancs is made entirely from chardonnay
grapes from the northern Golan, according to the traditional method. The grapes
are whole-cluster pressed, and the wine is aged for a minimum of four years
with the tirage yeast. The wine, showing notes of delicate tropical fruit,
floral and citrus, is balanced with nuances of toasted bread and minerals. This
elegant, crisp and dry wine will age gracefully for up to 10 years from
harvest, and pairs well with rich and/or salty food such as cold terrine of
goose liver, toast points topped with avocado puree and caviar.
The Yarden Brute Rose is made from 70 percent chardonnay and
30 percent pinot noir grapes, also from the northern Golan. The wine is made
strictly by the champagne method, including pressing of whole clusters and
secondary fermentation in the bottle. Disgorging began after five years of
bottle aging on the tirage yeast. This sparkling wine is crisp and elegant,
displaying an aromatic fusion of bright strawberry, citrus and pear fruit
notes, balanced with characters of flowers, apple pie, baguette, and roasted
nuts. The wine will age gracefully for up to 10 years from harvest. It pairs
well with cured meats, tuna tartare, fish tacos, roast chicken, pumpkin ravioli
or even a flaky raspberry pie. Enjoy on your day of sparking love!
The Exclusive Multicourse Menu is Available from January 29 to February 28, 2018
Happy New Year! In celebration of Chinese New Year 2018, Hakkasan, will welcome guests with a limited-edition signature menu created by Hakkasan chefs from London, USA, the Middle East, and Asia and at Hakkasan Las Vegas, the exclusive menu will be available from January 29 to February 28, 2018 in celebration of the Lunar New Year on Friday, February 16.
“Chinese New Year is an incredibly important time for Hakkasan and our guests," says Executive Head Chef Tong." Each year we look for new ways to celebrate in the restaurants around the world through food and traditions. This year, I wanted to bring together our chefs as this time of year traditionally brings together family and friends. I am very proud of them and what we have achieved together with this menu. Here’s to a happy and prosperous 2018!”
Priced at $118 per person, guests will enjoy dishes using ingredients believed to bring good luck and prosperity for the coming year. As oysters traditionally symbolize good fortune, starters include the Szechuan Oyster with lotus root and crispy rice in mantau with other small eat dishes like Braised Beef Tongue and Caramelized Walnut with asparagus and mint and Crispy Scallop in sweet plum sauce with mango in a golden cup.
The special menu's main dishes include Baked Chilean Sea Bass with kumquat glaze, as eating fish at Chinese New Year is said to bring increased prosperity, and Abalone Fried Rice in bean curd wrap with Chinese sausage, and shiitake mushroom – this dish contains fai cai (fat choy), an ingredient which in Chinese means to ‘get rich and grow wealth’. Additional main entrees include Wok-Fry Native Lobster in superior stock with edamame and caviar and Rhug Estate Organic Lamb in seaweed soy with celery and enoki mushroom.
To finish, guests are invited to indulge in the Golden Fortune dessert with ginger caramel, roasted macadamia nuts, and lemongrass. On the beverage side, Hakkasan Group Head of Bar Eder Neto the Happy Daisy to mark the festival. The special cocktail is comprised of Tanqueray No.10 gin, Chartreuse Yellow, lemon, spiced mandarin jam, egg white, and soda water.
During the celebrations, authentic Chinese lion dancers will perform at Hakkasan Las Vegas on Friday, February 16. These high energy, mesmerizing performances offer symbolic expressions of luck, prosperity and good fortune.
As part of the festivities, Hakkasan will also continue their annual wishing tree tradition by inviting guests to write their wishes on red ribbons that will be hung around the restaurants. This custom is said to have begun hundreds of years ago in Lam Tsuen, Hong Kong. During Chinese New Year, villagers would travel for miles to visit the sacred Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees (two ancient banyan trees) and hang notes on the branches using red ribbon. These notes contained wishes for the year ahead and it was believed that the wishes that were successfully hung on the trees would come true.
There is a new club in town and can be found at Shake Shack. The Griddled Chick’n Club,
a griddled all-natural chicken breast with Niman Ranch smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato and buttermilk herb mayo on a potato bun, lands at
Shake Shacks on
Jan. 26 for a limited time. In Las Vegas you can find it at Downtown Summerlin, The District at Green Valley Ranch, Strip-side at New York-New York Hotel & Casino, and the newly opened North Premium Outlets.
“The Club Sandwich has always been an iconic and beloved American classic,” said
Shake Shack Culinary Director Mark Rosati. “We’re excited to share Shake Shack’s version, highlighting our new griddled chicken breast, with our fans.”
The Griddled Chick’n Club is crafted from an all-natural cage-free chicken breast—no hormones or antibiotics ever—
marinated and topped with Niman Ranch applewood-smoked bacon, green leaf lettuce, Roma tomato and Shack-made buttermilk herb mayo on a potato bun.
Can’t wait until Jan. 26?
Get early access via the Shack App. From Jan. 23 through Jan. 25, fans can order the Griddled Chick’n Club exclusively on the Shack App – available on iOS and Android.
Finally! famed LA celebrity Roy Choi will add a new Korean flair to Las Vegas dining scene in the fall of 2018 with the debut of a Koreatown-inspired concept. This new dynamic destination will be located at the reimagined Monte Carlo as it morphs into Park MGM.
Chef Roy Choi
“I cannot wait to share what we have in store for Las Vegas at Park MGM,” said Choi. “This restaurant will be full of soul and culture that is influenced by the energy of Koreatown in Los Angeles, my hometown.”
You can expect this new venue to be celebration of L.A.’s Koreatown district featuring spaces that feel comfortable and familiar and an environment for guests to enjoy his distinctive cuisine.
MGM Resorts International Senior Vice President of Food and Beverage Ari Kastrati said, “Roy Choi and Sydell Group transformed Koreatown with new experiences that area had never before seen. It’s very exciting to get that dream team back together to create an unforgettable experience at Park MGM.”
For years Chef Choi has been known as the pioneer of the food truck movement and bringing quality cuisine to all neighborhoods and people in LA. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential People by TIME Magazine in 2016. “We are building this place to celebrate the fans and families that have supported us, and to welcome new friends around the world to the culture, personalities, and amazing food experiences born on the streets of L.A.” He added.
Stay tuned for more on this extraordinary new addition to the culinary all-stars of Las Vegas.
Out with the old and in with the new seems to be a Vegas theme for
restaurants that transition to include an updated look and invigorated
menu items. Lately there has been a bevy of transitions and new comers
to the restaurant scene in Las Vegas including a Food network star
throwing his chef’s hat into the Las Vegas ring of fire of restaurants.
Starting with a look at the new, we met with Chef Robert Irvine for a
menu preview of Robert Irvine’s Public House at the Tropicana Hotel and
Casino, along with a much awaited makeover of a Vegas Icon Hotel and
brewery Ellis Island. New, improved and exciting is what keeps things
heating up as the temperatures soar into the desert summer months and
there is so much to keep hungry palates pulsating.
Starting with a several grand entrances and engagements to get the
buzz bubbling in restaurant news, Chef Robert Irvine, swept into town
with a dynamic performance of rappelling 22 stories off the Tropicana to
make everyone aware this man means business when it come to bringing
“it” to Las Vegas. The former host of Dinner Impossible and Restaurant
Impossible is steering his time and attention in bringing his expertise
and culinary star to the Las Vegas Strip.
Robert Irvine’s Public House will be showcasing his comfort classic
menu highlighting items like buttermilk fried chicken, fork and knife
burger and good old chicken wings with Robert Irvine’s bbq sauce and
moonshine glaze. As Chef Irvine states, “This will be comfort food with a
The change up will be in the familiar mixed with the freshest and
most sustainable ingredients to the plate while also paying tribute to
the men and women in the military with specials and discounts for those
who have served to keep our liberties and freedoms in place. Irvine’s
genuine interest in helping people through his TV shows, charitable
organizations that embrace healthy living and the nutritional needs of
our military is clearly demonstrated in a persona that doesn’t let
anything stand in his way of bringing the best to the culinary epicenter
of the nation. The new Robert Irvine’s Public is now open at the
Tropicana hotel and casino
Around the corner from the Tropicana is a Las Vegas institution for
gaming and dining that doesn’t devour every dime to cover the cost of a
cocktail or a bet at the tables. The family owned Ellis Island Casino
Hotel and Brewery has been a Vegas institution for over four decades
with the addition of the brewery in 1998 but is now facing a
construction make over in bringing a little more swagger and shine to
this Sin city icon. Beginning early July, the construction begins on the
$10 million two-story dining, entertainment and gaming facility.
The much anticipated make over is now going to be deemed the Front
Yard. “This is an exciting addition to the property that will offer
something new and engaging to the guests while retaining the inviting,
family-oriented feeling that Ellis Island is known for,” says Christina
Ellis, Director of Marketing for Ellis Island. The Front Yard will have a
unique garden atrium area for drinking and dining that provides a
lighter and brighter atmosphere to the front of the house. Also
featuring a two story restaurant where live entertainment will be
available to guests as they sip their fresh seasonal beers from the
adjacent micro- brewery and soon to be distillery for house made vodka.
An elevated bar bite menu will be offered alongside the famous Ellis
Island old school steak special.Upgraded rooms completely remodeled with
modern and sophisticated silver accents, leather sofas and premium
bedding are to be completed by the end of 2018. “This is a big project
for us and we are very proud of this,” owner Gary Ellis said at a recent
press conference. “This is taking it to a whole other level.” The
casino will continue to offer hundreds of gaming opportunities in the
midst of the construction. For more information on go to
Away from the famed Las Vegas strip there is another world of great
restaurants and hotels. Recently we had the occasion to stop by one of
our favorite upscale hotels in Summerlin Las Vegas, the J W Marriott
resort and casino. Inside is their newest restaurant venue, Hawthorn
Grill and it is sure to put some invigoration into the dining scene with
its massive and expensive remodel of the former Ceres and the Carmel
For its tranquil gardens and lush pool setting with large palm trees
and cascading waterfalls, this lovely hotel respite is conveniently
close to hiking trails at the famous tourist area of Red Rock and world
class golfing greens at nearby TPC. With such attractive offerings, the
JW Marriott is keeping pace with the demands of excellent and
sophisticated dining highlighting their stellar reputation for ambience
and elegance. Hawthorn Grill is conveniently located in the Spa Tower on
the south side of the resort and boasts,“more than 18,000 square feet
with seating for more than 370 guests in the main dining room, many
overlooking bubbling fountains and lush landscaping with an, outdoor
patio, and an chic ultra-lounge area.”
entrance into the restaurant glimmers with an opulent wine cellar,
showcasing more than 170 bottles and 30 wines by the glass. With a
stunning lounge and bar area, diners have the ability to choose many
cozy banquettes and booths facing tranquil pools and waterfalls that
offer colored lighting for evening ambience.
Joesph Swan whose culinary lineage includes working with some of the
best in the industry including a stint with celebrity Chef Michael Symon
and a long residency with Chef Alex Stratta.
Chef Swan is excited at
the new prospect of bringing a freshness and vibrancy to a Summerlin
mainstay. “I want to keep the classic steakhouse idea, but add some
interesting and new items, such as tender Kurobuta pork chops and the
succulent Colorado lamb T-bone,” he said.
can also indulge in a classic Maine lobster, diver scallops and prime
short rib. Side dishes are a la carte, but can easily be shared family
style, including roasted broccolini, thick-cut onion rings, and classic
creamed spinach. A Sunday brunch buffet is also offered along with
unlimited mimosas or bloody Mary’s and with Spring weeks away this
gorgeous outdoor setting will be a draw for those who love to brunch
their Sunday into Monday.Expertly prepared dishes, ambience, and stellar
service are waiting for the Summerlin crowd and those who dare to
venture into the burbs for a bite that is sure to please. For more
information go to: hawthorngrilllv.com
Leo Tolstoy coined, “true life is lived when tiny changes
occur.” Those changes can be as subtle as changing up the everyday wine habit.
Most people are quick to reach for that glass of go-to Chardonnay as the day
turns into dusk, but how about trying something a little different in 2017? Get
away from the wine-rut and venture out into the world of Spanish white wines
and kick a little ole into the hum drum daily wine habit. You may be pleasantly
Recently, we had the
opportunity to try some very interesting wines from the Santiago Ruiz winery
located in the Rias Baixas wine region. The mineral rich soils prepare
indigenous grapes such as Albarino, Cano Blanco, Loureira and Treixadura to be
melded together by regional wine makers in producing white wines that truly
exude the terroir of this mountainous region.
Winemaker Luisa Freire selected grapes from the estate vineyards
in San Miguel de Tabagon and Tomiño, located in O Rosal area. This wine is perfectly blended with of course Albariño
(69%) then Loureiro (13%), Godello (5%), Treixadura (9%) and Caiño Blanco (4%)
to finish it off.
Santiago Ruiz O Rosal bottle presentation comes with a
charming label of a hand drawn map of the winery and the surrounding region
that was created by Ruiz’s daughter Isabel on the day of her wedding.
inside the bottle is indicative of the land and the people that work so
diligently in crafting this golden liquid. Hints of citrus, melon and apricot
on the front palate along with minerally underpinnings accent the wine’s bright
acidity making this light to medium bodied wine a pleasant daily drinking
companion. The companion bottle, Nai E. Senora, reflects feminine
characteristics along with the charming senora décor on the bottle and the
classic golden day bright color. On the nose, Nai E. Senora exudes fragrant apricot
notes intermingled with white flowers and on the palate, lime citrus notes
burst forth making this creamy wine a complementary pairing alongside lovely
octopus or shrimp cerviche.
Albarino is typically not meant to be stored for any length,
so imbibe frequently and enjoy this refreshing break from the afternoon Chardonnay
chill down. Make 2017 a year international adventure, one bottle at a time
beginning with Spain and see where you end up. Cuisineist Tasting Panel:
December 2016: 93 points
Las Vegas has had a long love affair with steakhouses for decades attracting Hollywood royalty and entertainment to its neon lights a steak perfection. In modern times, not much has changed with “celebrity chefs” opening some of the world’s best steakhouses right on the famed Las Vegas strip. Recently, one classic restaurant in Las Vegas added even more accolades to its plate. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House was recognized as one of the 100 Best Steakhouses in America for 2016 by OpenTable. Del Frisco’s has been a favorite of corporate leaders and conventioneers for many years. Its known for offering a classic steakhouse dining experience, complemented by a huge award-winning wine list. Many of the staff have taken care of returning guests with their warm and genuine hospitality.
Heirloom Tomatoes & Burrata with Aged Balsamic Reduction & Pesto
It has been long overdue since our last visit so we decided to enjoy this classic steakhouse once again. The first stop of course was the long beautiful bar that features on the best happy hours in town with a touch of class and sophistication. Taking our seats amongst men and women in business suits we could not be more impressed with the staff, clientele, cocktails and live piano lounge music. The experience started with and Old Fashioned with Knob Creek Bourbon, Muddled Cherry, Orange, Sugar & Bitters. Staying in the classic cocktail mode, the Pecan Maple Manhattan featuring Pecan Infused Smoked Maple Knob Creek Bourbon, Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters and Praline Bacon for a perfect touch. Del Frisco’s has many repeat guests and they have a secret. Knowledge of a secret menu that is! Only those with prior knowledge know to order the off-menu delights, many inspired by Del Frisco’s regulars and local celebrities. Wine a is a very big part of the Del Frisco’s experience. This historical dining venue is home to many top female sommeliers who recently created Somm Wars, a friendly three-city wine competition, which will become an annual event. In looking over the extensive wine list, our eyes locked on some of the Non-Traditional rarest vintages and bottles we have seen in quite some time.
Taking our seats, Executive Chef Fernando Guerrero and General Manager Torryn Orriss joined us beaming with pride over their most recent award. Looking over the menu, many items caught our attention. Our palates ready and a bottle of wine on the table we were ready to start our culinary journey of the evening.
A perfect way to start is the Heirloom Tomatoes & Burrata with Aged Balsamic Reduction & Pesto. A classic dish with colors jumping off the plate and flavors that have your taste buds awaking with joy. Moving on, Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Cajun Lobster Sauce is rich and creamy with a perfect hint of spice to add to your gastronomic pleasure. If you desire even more lobster (as we did) add the Lobster Macaroni & Cheese to your menu selections as well.
Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Cajun Lobster Sauce
Del Frisco’s of course is known for its award-winning steaks and we just had to indulge in one of their signature specialties, the 16 oz Prime Ribeye. This steak prepared medium rare is 16 oz of pure pleasure that takes you to another dimension with every succulent bite. There is more, much more. The Prime Braised Short Rib with buttered root vegetables, chateau mashed potatoes & braising sauce is just plain falling off the bone good.
Del Frisco’s has had a fine reputation for decades. After our visit, we have to say they have not lost anything over time. In fact, they can show some of the current steak houses how to keep that classic steakhouse feel.
Las Vegas is the place to indulge in world class entertainment,
dining and gambling, but only a few hours north awaits a world of
natural beauty that will captivate any traveler.
Anniversaries create memory making celebrations and in Southern Utah
and Arizona, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate as many areas
boast decades of engaging star gazers and adventure seekers. On our
recent journey we stopped in at several historic venues that are
operated under the Forever Resorts umbrella where we learned more about
the history that put these places on the map. Forever Resorts offers
everything you could imagine from boating, lodging, and adventure in
many of the most picturesque areas of the United States and worldwide.
Aside from being a leader of exhilarating outdoor adventures, Forever
Resorts is also an authorized concessionaire of the National Park
Recently we had the opportunity to explore the natural wonders,
cuisine and lodging in our neighboring states of Utah and Arizona.
Our first stop was in Kanab Utah, also known as “Little Hollywood”,
the second leg of our trip took up a bit further north to the northern
Rim of the Grand Canyon and then on to breathtaking Bryce Canyon where
the centennial celebration of America’s National Parks system is evident
with the reported 30% increase of local and international visitors.
Sweeping vistas, mind boggling geologic formations, and night skies
filled with celestial wonders, have captured the heart and spirits of
adventure seekers for millenniums.
Las Vegas is often thought of as the place to indulge all the senses
but only hours from the Las Vegas strip lays areas of great natural
beauty that will entice every area of exploration. We opted to engage
our inner pioneer and begin with a trip into Utah, a state that boasts
some of the Nation’s most incredible terrain and 5 National Park.
Driving along through the barren desert one could only contemplate what
could possibly be worth seeing out here in this seemingly empty space,
but remarkably there is a world of wonder. Just an hour out of town is
the fabulous Valley of Fire, with its stunning red, cream and lavender
undulating rock formations, and continuing to Utah, there are more
natural wonders to experience.
Just a few hours by car, we pull into Kanab promoted as a “scenic
tourist town with a friendly western spirit where tens of thousands of
tourists stop to enjoy the “Old West” quality of life each year”. Kanab
is also home to Best Friends Sanctuary, the largest no-kill animal
sanctuary in the world and one can feel the positive energy of the area
just by that fact alone. With the stunning red rocks soaring in every
direction, we quickly understood why this place drew the Hollywood crowd
in the golden age of the American Western. Parry Lodge aka ‘Utah’s
little Hollywood, has been attracting visitors and A-Listers for 85
years. In 1931 the Parry Brothers, Whit, Chaunce and Gron turned their
home into a tourist lodge and restaurant to help house and feed the
movie companies that were seeking out this unique area for the movies
that were being made. According to the Utah Film Commission over 900
movies were filmed in the area, spanning a half of a century, ranging
from the 1939 western “Stagecoach” to the 2001 remake of “Planet of the
We had the good fortune to stay in the Joey Bishop room which seemed
appropriate since we just came in from Las Vegas. All the rooms are
endowed with the names of the Hollywood notables such as Frank Sinatra,
Dean Martin, and Lana Turner. These quaint cottage rooms were the
quarters that these stars called home. The Frank Sinatra room is the
most sought after, so make your reservation early. In fact, Sinatra paid
for the swimming pool at the Parry Lodge so he and his crew could cool
down after a hot day of filming.
As we walked into the quaint white washed dining area, adorned with
Hollywood head shots, we remarked to the front desk agent, “If these
walls could talk”, and to our surprise he stated that the upstairs was
where the Rat Pack had their own personal bar back in the day. Although
the bar is no longer there, this indeed was the space Sinatra and his
pals were known for entertaining until the wee hours of the morning.
Although the Parry Lodge boasts an 85 year history, it has all the
modern conveniences and lovely meals to keep guest coming back again and
again. Hollywood may have left its mark here, but this lodge is a star
in its own right as it continues to shine as a place of respite and
We meandered across the street to the Iron Horse restaurant and
Saloon, which has garnered the reputation as one of the local’s favorite
mainstays, with its kitschy old western town facade and even a faux out
house. Oversized statuesque horses embellish the entrance of this
family dining establishment just as ceremonial lions would guard a
palace. This is not a traditional sit down restaurant, but more of old
fashioned dining hall, with communal seating, a salad bar and the meats
grilled to order. Guests must order at the bar, which is the only full
service bar in Kane County, and once ordered, a food runner brings your
meal straight from the open grilling area to your table with the side of
your choice. We opted for the rib eye and bison, with a side of the
house baked beans and coleslaw. We were greatly please with the perfect
medium rare on the rib eye and being the first time we tried bison, we
were pleasantly pleased with the texture and flavor of the meat.
A convivial atmosphere pervaded as more people filled the dining
area. Satiated and content, we headed back to our room at the Parry
Lodge. The bartender mentioned that tonight was the town’s fiddle
circle at the Parry Lodge and being curious to the ways of Kanab, we
wanted to find out what this locals music fest was all about. The night
sky glittered brilliantly as fiddle music fluttered from the large barn
located in the parking lot behind the hotel. The barn once housed
animals used during the movie shoots; even the Lone Ranger’s horse had a
“movie” stall in this historic building. Still bearing the nostalgia
of days gone by, the building has been preserved for community plays,
music and Parry lodge’s noted summer movie nights where the noted
Hollywood Westerns are still on the big screen. Tonight was slated for
the meeting of the town’s fiddle players. We peered in to observe the
musicians, sitting in a circle peacefully playing their blue grassy
music. Noting the communal serenity of the music makers while they
exuded the “Old West Spirit” through their lilting melodies, we ended
our evening on a blissful note.
After a soak in the old timey claw foot bathtub, and a good night’s
rest, we got an early start for our adventure in the popular slot
canyons. Only accessible by a powerful off road vehicle, we joined Brent
Johnson of the Forever Adventure Hummer Tours, for a trek into the pink
desert to the famous slot canyons of Kanab. Brent, a rugged and
knowledgeable individual, has been a guide in the area for decades, and
we knew immediately we were in for a true insiders look at the area. As
we headed down the road in the well equipped but very comfortable
Hummer, Brent filled us in on the Hollywood history of Kanab and other
FYI facts that you don’t get from a tour book. As we headed towards a
very hilly area, Brent added, “You see that blue port-a-potty located on
the right side of the road, there is a path up the hill to a rock
encrusted with dinosaur tracts.” Intrigued by the prospect at seeing
dinosaur fossils, we opted to attempt that hike at a later date. For now
we turned off the road and careened through low lying cacti, and desert
brush. For over jealous adventure seekers, be forewarned this area is
meant for regional experts who know how handle these potentially
hazardous environs with the proper off road vehicles. Venturing out into
these areas on your own, could be a very costly or potentially fatal.
Investing in a guide with Forever Resorts Adventure Tours will save you
time, energy and a big out of pocket towing expense. Brent told us
harrowing stories of hikers and off-roaders that has lost their way. As
we neared our destination, there entrenched sat a brand new pick-up,
wheels embedded into the deceptively soft sands. “It happens every day”,
said Brent with a sigh.
Not a mile down the road, we encountered a real life cattle round up
with cowboys, lassos and cattle dogs nipping at the heels of the herd as
they stampeded up the sandy slopes. Brent quipped, “Well, you don’t see
that every day.” It was exhilarating to see the teamwork and drama as
everyone worked in unison to keep the cows going up the steep sandy
slope, as a few errant cattle frantically sought to escape the arduous
ascent. A renegade steer jolted towards the Hummer, but the cattle dogs
and a roping cowboy put an end to his escape attempt. With a near cow
collision, we again saw the importance of safety first in any outdoor
We finally reached our destination, after a slight delay of cattle
traffic; we eagerly began our next leg of our adventure through the slot
canyon. Slot canyons are narrow canyons comprised of sandstone and
limestone that can measure several feet in width to several hundred in
width and depth. They are considered rare due to very specific climactic
and geologic characteristics that must happen in the formation of these
unique and stunning canyons. Utah is home to the largest percentage of
slot canyons in the world. As we wandered through these towering stone
walls, weathered and wavy with brilliantly colored sandstone, light
caressed the craggy ledges creating a cascade of illusion, a stream of
light that often looked like water pouring from the cracks. Memorized by
Mother Nature, we snapped as many pictures as possible to share with
others of these magical moments in this unique space.
Too soon, our journey with Natures light and color was over, and we
headed back into the Hummer. As we proceed through the back country,
Brent gave us an insider look at the Best Friends Sanctuary which is the
largest employer in Kane County. Much of the property we were going
through is owned and maintained by the Sanctuary and seeing the
extensive and well maintained enclosures for all types of animals made
us extremely grateful that such a place exists in the world.
The golden leaves of the aspen seemed to be waving good bye as we
sped away from our jaunt through Kanab, embarking on yet another lovely
leg of the journey. This year the National Park system celebrated their
centennial and we wanted to be part of the hoopla. The first national
park in the world was established in 1872 at Yellowstone and within ten
years the National Park System was formed, bringing a unified National
Park management system by presidential order on August 25, 1916. While
embarking upon the north rim of the Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon
National Park within a limited amount of time, we were in awe that such
realms of astounding natural wonder exists within a few hours from each
After a great day of exploring the area, we moved into our quarters
at the historic Forever Resorts Bryce Canyon Lodge. Opened in 1925, The
Lodge is one of our national parks’ architectural treasures. Designed
by Gilbert Stanley Underwood, who defined the rustic style architectural
sites such as Old Faithful Lodge at Yellowstone, and the Ahwanee at
Yosemite, Bryce Canyon Lodge has maintained its original structure but
with all the modern amenities that active vacationers and families
enjoy. We loved the elegant dining hall with white linens, engaged
servers, and world class cuisine. The rustic ambience of the Lodge leads
to the endearing quality of timelessness that the National Park System
has upheld for a century.
Bryce Canyon National Park was first established as a national
monument in 1923. We were fascinated and intrigued by its famous
sculpted landscape known as the hoodoos. What’s a hoodoo? It is a very
specific geologic formation that is found only in this area because a
unique process of thawing ice crystals within the sedimentary rocks over
hundreds of years. The authentic regional climate of the area provides
just the correct formula within the rocks to create these towering
statue-like monoliths rising from the floor of the canyon. Hoodoos look
like creatures rising from the canyon floor and just ask any of the
park rangers about the Native American tale that coincides with this
Our visit to the much less visited North Rim of Grand Canyon was just
a few weeks from the closure of the park for the winter season.
Although many of the park facilities including the historic lodge were
already closed we did manage a few hours to hike along the walkways that
supported astounded onlookers. As we noted from the response of
ourselves and others, Ahhhh is a universal word for “how can this even
Mother Nature has managed to continue to capture the attention of
thousands of on-lookers in a trance of tremendous awe, but we also felt
an enormous amount of gratitude for Forever Resorts in their consistent
efforts in maintaining and modernizing some of the most historic lodges
in America. Creating memories that will last a life time is the common
goal of travelers and we found a few of our own just a short drive from
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