Friday, August 12, 2016

Have the Best Time at Crandall Historical Printing Museum

Few inventions have left the impact on history as that of the printing press. As revolutionary as powered flight, space exploration, and the light bulb, the printing press was a jolt of electricity to the world of literacy and communication. Here in Provo, you can learn all about the fascinating history of printing at the Crandall Historical Printing Museum, the world’s best museum of its kind! Located less than a mile away from Hines Mansion Bed & Breakfast, you’ll love visiting this great museum when you stay with us.

The Crandall Historical Printing Museum

When German printer Johannes Gutenberg first printed the Bible on his printing press, he immediately bridged the gap between the educated clergy and the uneducated commoners. Until then, Scripture was not available to the average person, resulting in misinterpretation and more. However, Gutenberg’s press altered the course of history, placing not only the Bible in people’s hands, but as time went on and news presses were developed, literature, educational material, news, and much more. The Crandall Historical Printing Museum preserves the history of the printing press and educates visitors through tours, working presses, and more!

The Presses

There are three presses housed at the Museum: a Gutenberg Press, an English Common Press, and an Acorn Hand Press, representing the 1400s, 1700s, and 1800s respectively. According to the Museum website, the first two presses use wooden printing blocks, whereas the Acorn Hand Press uses metal. These presses are still functioning, and the staff will show you how they work. In fact, you’ll even be able to lend a hand in using the Gutenberg Press to print a Bible!

The Museum Shop sells hand pressed copies of the Declaration of Independence, and replicas of the 1830 Book of Mormon, allowing you to take home documents printed on the presses!


The Crandall Historical Printing Museum is open for tours by appointment only. To schedule a tour (up to 25 people), call the staff at (801) 377-7777, or contact them online. Be sure to follow the Museum on Facebook for regular updates, too!

The Museum is located at 275 East Center Street, Provo, UT 84606.

Nearby Provo Museums

Provo is home to several other great museums, including some that are free!

BYU Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum

BYU Museum of Art

BYU Museum of Paleontology

BYU Museum of Peoples and Cultures

Provo Pioneer Village

Soap Factory Provo

Explore More Provo History at When You Stay at Hines Mansion Bed & Breakfast

The Crandall Historical Printing Museum, the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, the Provo Pioneer Village, and more - there’s a lot of history here in Provo! However, there’s one historical place that you don’t want to miss (and it happens to be the most inviting, too): Hines Mansion Bed & Breakfast. Built in 1895, Hines Mansion is one of Provo’s most beautiful buildings, and provides guests with a relaxing, unforgettable stay. Our guest rooms feature the comfort and privacy that you can expect from an award-winning B&B. Enjoy queen-size beds, jetted whirlpool tubs, and more, including a gourmet breakfast! Download our free Provo vacation guide, then contact us at (801) 374-8400 to book your stay with us today.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

This is why You will Love the Provo River Parkway Trail

Exercise is a necessary part of a healthy lifestyle, but it’s not always the most enjoyable. Crowded gyms, the treadmill in your basement, and too many repetitions on your neighborhood running route can put a serious damper on a good workout. In Provo, however, that’s not a problem, thanks to all the local trails, parks, and mountains of Utah County. The next time you want to break a sweat or need a breath of fresh air, head to the Provo River Parkway Trail, and enjoy 15 miles of Utah scenery. By shoes or wheels, it's one of the best ways to see Provo!

The Provo River Parkway Trail

The Provo River Parkway Trail starts at Utah Lake State Park in the western part of Provo and follows the Provo River to Vivian Park in Provo Canyon. Take it section by section, or tackle the whole trail at once!

The trail runs through Provo, and according to the City of Provo’s website, is easily accessible, most commonly at the Geneva Rd Trailhead or the Lakeshore Trailhead.

One of the best (and most obvious) features of the trail is that it’s paved. Rollerblading and biking are two of most popular activities on the trail. No rough terrain here - just a smooth, paved, trail, ideal for taking kids out on a bike ride, or training for your next 5k race. Plus, who doesn’t want to enjoy a beautiful day on an easy trail, surrounded by Utah beauty?

More Provo Adventures Nearby!

The Provo River Parkway Trail is a great way to explore Provo, but it’s not the only one! Here are a few exciting nearby activities:

Provo River Tubing

The Provo River is as fun as it is beautiful, and the best way to see it is tubing. There are several local companies that offer tube rentals on Provo River, like Runoff River Adventures. It’s a perfect choice for your next family or group outing!

Provo Canyon

The Provo River Parkway Trail might come to an end in Provo Canyon, but from there, the adventure only just begins. Access to multiple hiking trails can be found in the canyon, including the trek to Mount Timpanogos. One of Utah’s most popular climbs, Timpanogos stands nearly 12,000 feet tall and offers unbeatable views from the top. Not an avid hiker? Provo Canyon parks offer recreation for everyone.  Canyon Glen Park and Nunns Park, for example, are perfect places to relax. Canyon Glen Park has an amphitheatre and volleyball court (among many other things), and Nunns Park offers camping, fishing, biking, and more. Read our blog for more information!

Award-Winning Provo Accommodations: Hines Mansion Bed & Breakfast

Don’t visit Provo and settle for anything less than the best lodging in town - stay at Hines Mansion Bed & Breakfast, and enjoy accommodations as memorable as the beauty that surrounds the city. Our hospitality, combined with the inviting atmosphere and amenities of our nine guest rooms, makes Hines Mansion the clear choice for your next getaway. Visit Provo, and you’ll what makes this city so special. Download our free Provo vacation guide for all the best things to do and places to eat! Contact us today, online or by calling (801) 374-8400, and book your stay at Provo’s beautiful Hines Mansion.