Thursday, May 25, 2017

What are the Best Things to Do in Orem?

The neighbor city to Provo, the City of Orem, is just as close to many of the same great attractions as Provo. Therefore, a visit to Provo is likely to include some of the best things to do in Orem, as well. From hiking to thrilling experiences to shopping and dining, Orem doesn’t lack for great ways to spend your vacation. So, what will you do first? Here are the best things to do in Orem.

For more experiences and vacation memories, download the free Vacation Guide from historic Hines Mansion. Our expertise comes from being locals, so we know the best ways to make the most of your time in Provo. With our recommendations, you’re guaranteed to have a wonderful time here in the Utah Valley.

Plan on These Great Things to Do in Orem

Hiking Near Orem

If you’re able, one of the most rewarding activities in the Orem and Provo area is hiking. The Wasatch Mountains watch over the valley and give you the chance to explore the rugged terrain, beautiful views, and enjoy the fresh mountain air. Near Orem, the Mt. Timpanogos trail, though a difficult trail, is one of the most rewarding trails in the area. An easier trail that is also very rewarding is the Bridal Veil Falls trail. A 607-foot double cataract waterfall highlights an easy hike, plus the Bridal Veil Falls Park makes a great picnic spot.

For the Adrenaline Junkie

Thanks to the tumultuous terrain and natural features of the Wasatch Mountains, there are plenty of opportunities for an adrenaline rush near Orem. Adventure companies like Adventure Zipline and High Country Adventure offer zipline rides through the mountains, a thrilling activity you won’t soon forget. For a wetter adrenaline rush, whitewater rafting on the Provo River is a popular option. Through High Country Adventure and Midway Adventure Co., rafting trips ranging from easy to moderate are available for your enjoyment.   

Shopping and Dining

There are many great options for shopping and dining in the Orem and Provo area. Start out shopping at the Shops at Riverwoods in Provo for high-quality retailers, specialty stores, and boutiques. Then, move on to these other great shops. For the ideal cafe experience, head over to Joe’s Cafe in Orem for great breakfast, brunch, and lunch. For a South American flare, Asado Argentinian Grill will help you expand your horizons. And, if you’re looking for Asian food, Chinese, Thai, Indian, and Japanese cuisines are all represented in Orem. Downtown Provo features some wonderful restaurants, including some prolific Italian eateries.

It’s Just the Beginning!

This is just the tip of the iceberg of great things to do in Orem and Provo. There’s plenty more where these came from. So, how will you make the most of your time in the Provo area? Here at the historic Hines Mansion, we can help you craft the best Provo visit you’ve ever had. Download our free Vacation Guide for the inside scoop on the rest of the great things to do here. And, as you’re planning your vacation, be sure to browse our beautiful rooms for your stay in Provo. We are eager to accommodate you, so contact us today to book your stay!

Friday, May 19, 2017

A Sundance Moonlight Ride is the Perfect Date Idea

As the sun goes down around the Wasatch Mountains in Utah, vivid hues of pink, purple, and indigo kiss the sky like the brush strokes of an artist. Dusky mountain peaks jut out against the horizon holding up the twinkling light of the stars. And hung in the middle of it all, Earth’s moon, serenely aglow, softens the darkness of night. And you, sit in a lift like a carousel in the sky with your love on the Sundance Moonlight Ride--your perfectly planned date. Sound magical? Hop on a Sundance Moonlight Ride and see for yourself!

Here in Provo, UT, there’s plenty of ways to enjoy the company of your significant other. Whether you’re hiking up a mountain or out to dinner at one of our fine restaurants in town, there are some great ways to make the most of Provo. You’ll find those and more in the free Vacation Guide from Hines Mansion!

Float Through the Stars on the Sundance Moonlight Ride

The Wasatch Mountains are mysterious and beautiful, increasing the allure of your romantic evening on the Sundance Moonlight Ride. You and your date will float along under the moonlit skyscape, each ride taking 45 minutes. The ride starts at Ray’s Lift at Sundance Resort and costs $17 per adult and $15 per child (6-12). Two-packs and four-packs are available at $28 and $52, respectively.

Ride Schedule and Directions

June 9-10 | July 7-8 | August 7-8 | September 7- 9 | October 5- 7

Time: 8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Directions from Hines Mansion to Sundance Resort.

Great Provo Date Ideas

All around the Utah Valley, the Wasatch Mountains like Provo Peak overlook the city of Provo. Hiking these mountains is a popular choice with trails of all difficulties presenting a range of challenges for those seeking a gorgeous view and incredible experience outdoors. If you’re the adrenaline junkie type of couple, then zipline adventures in the area will entice you, as well! There are also horseback rides available from various ranches in the area for those who want to see the countryside. And, for a dining experience to remember, the Italian culinary scene in Provo is notable. There are also great places to get a steak, too. You’ll love your shopping and dining experience in Provo! Plus, at Hines Mansion, our gourmet breakfast will get your day started right!

Plan a Romantic Getaway to Provo

You may be excited for a ride on the Sundance Moonlight Ride, but a stay at the historic Hines Mansions will be the real highlight of your escape. Our beautiful rooms are the perfect setting for your romantic getaway. So, browse our availability and see for yourself how incredible your escape can be! We are eager to host you, so contact us today to book your stay! And, if you need more ideas for things to do while you’re here, be sure to download our free Vacation Guide today!

Friday, May 12, 2017

What Will You Do at Nunns Park in Provo Canyon?

The parks in and around Provo are some of the most laid back ways to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful mountain views that epitomize our area. Nunns Park in Provo Canyon is one of those parks. When you visit the Provo area, you’ll want to plan an afternoon here. With everything from trails to pavilions to barbecue grills, you’ll have everything you need to have a wonderful day at the park. So, what will you do at Nunns Park in Provo Canyon?

Parks are just the start of all the great things to do in and around Provo. When you download the free Vacation Guide from the historic Hines Mansion, you’ll have the key to the best visit to Provo you’ve ever had. The things to do in our guide are guaranteed to help you make incredible memories!

Things to Do at Nunns Park in Provo Canyon

There are plenty of fun ways to enjoy Nunns Park in Provo Canyon. So, when you plan a trip out to the park, you won’t run out of options for fun!

Hiking and Biking

At Nunn’s Park in Provo Canyon, there are 3.5 miles of trails for hiking and biking, perfect for a fun family hike and scenic opportunities for folks not wanting to commit to a long trail.


Pitch a tent or park your RV for just $15 a night on a first-come first-served basis. Please keep any campfires within the designated areas.

Fishing Access

Cast a line into the Provo River for a great catch and a fun time. River access in Nunns Park in Provo Canyon means you can spend the day relaxing by the river!

Scenery and Nature-Viewing

Nunns Park is a great location to view wildlife and soak up the scenery of the surrounding mountains. Find a shady spot to view the birds in the area or post up by the river to see what wanders through.


Two pavilions are available for your use at Nunns Park. Plan a picnic or use the barbecue grills to grill out. Imagine grilling up some burgers on a nice summer night!


So you don’t have to rough it in the woods, restrooms are available for your convenience.


Build a campfire and tell ghost stories under the stars. Perfect for that wonderful campfire smell, s’mores, and family bonding!

Plan a Vacation to Provo Today

Come, explore the great outdoors in and around Provo on your next vacation! Our beautiful area, wonderful parks, scenic views, and delightful cuisine await you! And, when you stay at the historic Hines Mansion, you’ll be right in the middle of all the best things to do here. Check out our free Vacation Guide for more great ideas for your visit. And, be sure to browse our available rooms to see how you can make the most of your Provo experience. We are eager to accommodate you, so contact us today to book your stay!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Grab a Slice at The Pizza Factory in Provo

Pizza, that ubiquitous, delicious pie made of the dreams of Sicilians and craved by all, is one of the most convenient and satisfying foods there is. The Pizza Factory in Provo is your source for incredible pizza in the Utah Valley that you’re sure to drool over. You’re going to love this pizza! And, if pizza isn’t your favorite, they also have a bunch of other great menu options from which to choose. The Pizza Factory in Provo is dishing out slices. Come and get it!

Provo is loaded with amazing food and cuisine you’ll want to try! Find those and the best things to do in our free Vacation Guide! Here at the historic Hines Mansion, we work hard to provide you with great ideas to make sure your visit is the best it can be.

The Pizza Factory in Provo Will Have You Drooling

The Pizza Factory in Provo really is a factory when it comes to handcrafting amazing pizza to your order. When it comes to The Pizza Factory menu, you’re the architect gifted with fresh, delicious ingredients! All their pizzas are made-to-order, so you get exactly what you want, exactly as you ordered it. So, come hungry and ready to dive in! Here are some of the best menu options The Pizza Factory in Provo has to offer.

Custom Built Pizzas

Choose your size, choose your crust, choose your sauce, then choose your toppings. The choice is truly yours! Crust options like traditional, thin crust, deep dish, and gluten free make great canvases for your pizza masterpiece. For sauce, classic red, alfredo, ranch, BBQ, creamy pesto, and classic pesto are all delicious choices! Then, the toppings. Choose from awesome meat toppings like the classics, bacon, genoa salami, chicken, pastrami, and even shrimp. All the veggie toppings you could want are also available. Is your mouth watering yet?

Specialty Pizzas

Try a specialty pizza, some of the best crust-sauce-toppings combinations The Pizza Factory in Provo offers. The Alfredo Chicken is a cheesy, delicious option. The Garlic Ranch Chicken is another white-sauce favorite. If you like pineapple on your pizza, the Hawaiian option is sure to satisfy. And, the Factory Deluxe is their take on supreme pizza. For a smokier take on pizza, try their Bar-B-Que Chicken pizza, a deep dish pie with chicken, red onions, bacon, and more.

Pasta Favorites

If you’re not in the pizza mood but still crave Italian, The Pizza Factory in Provo has got you covered! Traditional and fusion varieties of your favorites will fill you. Try their Creamy Chicken Pesto, Twice Baked Ziti, or fusion options like Szechuan Chicken pasta and Cajun Chicken and Shrimp Pasta!

Green Stuff You’ll Love

They also offer delicious salads for those wanting a lighter option. The salad bar is a great option or try one of their made to order salads: Classic Caesar, Bowtie Chicken Caesar, Poppy Seed Ranch, and Raspberry Vinaigrette salads.

Desserts to Die For

Their famous desserts will stuff you, if you’re not enough already after all that pizza. Try their Famous Factory Cookies, chocolate lava cake, smoothies, milkshakes, or “Never on Sundae,” a decadent cookie dough dessert you don’t want to skip.

Just Minutes Away from the Best Place to Stay

Stuffed? We have the best place to recuperate from all that food, right here at the historic Hines Mansion! Come, crash onto our beds, stuffed, and experience the best night of sleep you’ve had in a long time. Browse our availability and see for yourself how wonderful a stay at Hines Mansion can be. Then, contact us to reserve your room. We are eager to host you!