Thursday, June 29, 2017

Why Rock Canyon in Utah Is One of the Best Hikes

Jutting out from the Wasatch Mountains, Rock Canyon in Utah is one of the most popular attractions of the Provo area. Outdoor enthusiasts of multiple interests take advantage of the hiking, climbing, and camping spots found within the canyon, year in and year out. We could leave it at that (which that alone might be enough to prompt a visit) or we could tell you why Rock Canyon in Utah is one of the best hikes you’ll find in the state. So strap on your backpack, dust off your hiking shoes and get ready to find out what makes this destination so popular.

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Hiking Rock Canyon Utah

Rock Canyon is located in Provo, UT, and is impossible to miss from the city. The expansive Wasatch Mountains provide a beautiful backdrop to Provo, too. Rock Canyon contains several hikes: The Rock Canyon Trail, the Squaw Peak Hike, and the Y Mountain Trail, each varying in length and difficulty. Here’s a quick look at the trails, and what to expect!

Rock Canyon Trail

This is the most popular of the canyon’s trails, an out-and-back trail that clocks in at 5.6 miles. You can expect an elevation change of 1,630 feet, so get ready to break a sweat. The trail is open year-round and is dog-friendly. If you’re looking for a nice balance between a trying trek and an easy stroll, Rock Canyon Trail is a great choice.

Squaw Peak Trail

If you want the best view of the surrounding area, then head to Squaw Peak Trail! This hike is notably more intense than the Rock Canyon Trail, though. Rated as hard (as compared to “moderate” for Rock Canyon), the trail features over 2,700 feet of elevation change and measures 7.1 miles. However, the view from the top is worth the trip, and it rewards with a stunning look at Provo and the surrounding mountains.

“Y” Mountain Trail

The “Y” Mountain earned its name for the giant letter “Y” installed there, which was supposed to be accompanied by “B” and “U” for Provo’s Brigham Young University. Thanks to the giant marker, you’ll have no trouble locating it. What the trail lacks in length, it makes up for in height. It’s only 2.4 miles long, but the elevation change in that short distance measures just over 3,300 feet. The Y Mountain Trail is a popular choice for not only hikers but trail runners too.

Stay at Hines Mansion Bed and Breakfast

Hines Mansion Bed and Breakfast is located less than five miles away from Rock Canyon Utah. After a long day (or weekend) on the trail, there’s no better place to unwind than with us. Relax in our inviting rooms that feature an array of amenities, including two-person jetted tubs, king-sized beds and more. Contact us today to reserve your Provo visit. We’d love to host you while you explore!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Where Are the Most Exciting Places in Provo to Zipline?

The beautiful landscape surrounding the city of Provo beckons the thrill of a zipline. And, there are a few great places near Provo to zipline. So, whether you're here for a weekend getaway or a family vacation, planning a zipline adventure should be near the top of your list! Novice or expert adrenaline junkie, you're sure to enjoy the thrill of going to Provo to zipline.

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The Best Places in Provo to Zipline

Provo ziplines are some of the most fun in the nation, and each offers a distinct experience and gorgeous, scenic views. If you've never been ziplining, there’s not a better place to start than with a Provo zipline adventure!

Adventure Zipline Utah/Max Zipline/Provo Canyon Adventures

Nestled in the Wasatch Mountains, this 5-zipline tour takes you above the canopy in full view of Mt. Timpanogos and the famous Provo River. There’s a short walk between each of the ziplines, nothing very strenuous, and the incredible views of the mountains, river, and wildlife are well worth it! The staff is excellent (you’ll have two guides for your adventure), and this is a great course for beginners. The company also offers horseback rides, stand-up paddleboarding down the Provo river, and ATV Ranger tours. Tour time is approximately one hour.

High Country Adventure’s Sundance Zipline

If you’re a real thrill seeker, this is probably the course for you. If you do all five spans (you can also choose to do three), the course is two miles long, and you’ll be reaching speeds of about 65 mph! This course also has a total vertical drop of 2,100 feet, the most of any zipline in the US. One other unique thing about this course is the parallel ziplines, so you can zip along next to your friend! It’s neat to experience this side-by-side. The company also offers rafting and kayaking. Tour time is approximately 2-3 hours, depending on the tour.

CLAS Ropes Course

This zip-tour has six ziplines along and across the Provo River. Along the way, there are different challenges to participate in (such as a bean bag toss while zipping to each platform)! And this does not have to be a strictly ziplining experience! If you have a large group and are looking to do some bonding, there’s no better way to do that than at this ropes course! With team-building games, a low ropes course (with balancing challenges), and a high ropes course, they can meet the needs of any group! The high ropes course has a 400 ft. zipline, as well as a climbing wall and a giant swing!

Tips Before You Enjoy a Provo Zipline Adventure

  • Make your reservation in advance! The tours will do their best to be accommodating, but reservations are the way to go. Along those lines, be on time, as your tour may not be able to wait for you.

  • Dress appropriately. Consider that the mountains may be cooler than the town, and keep in mind that they will operate during the rain as well. Wear close-toed shoes (don’t want those sandals falling off your feet!) and pants or shorts (not skirts!). Layering might be a good idea.

  • Tip your guide!

  • Check out the other adventures these companies have to offer and enjoy spending a beautiful day outdoors.

Zip On Into the Hines Mansion Bed and Breakfast

Once you’ve had your fill of fun awesome Provo zipline fun, we’d love to have you as our guest at the Hines Mansion Bed and Breakfast in downtown Provo. The Victorian elegance of our inn, our nine unique guest suites, and our delicious gourmet breakfast will refresh and rejuvenate you for wherever your travels take you. And for more insider information on our area, be sure to download our complimentary Vacation Guide. We hope to see you in Utah soon!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Mini Golf in Provo Is One of the Best Ways to Have Fun with the Family

When it comes to family fun, few activities are as classic or entertaining as mini golf! No previous experience on the course is required, making it perfect for everyone.  There are plenty of places for mini golf in Provo. So, the next time you’re looking for a fun family outing, choose mini golf in Provo!

Of course, there's plenty of other fun things to do here in Provo! That's why, here at Hines Mansion, we've put together a comprehensive, totally free Vacation Guide to help you make the most of your visit to Provo. You're going to love it here!

Mini Golf in Provo and the Area

Laser Assault & Shankz Blacklight Miniature Golf

You’ll find an exciting, two-floor laser tag course here, but Laser Assault is also home to Shankz Blacklight Miniature Golf! Mini golf is already fun, but playing an indoor blacklight course is even better. To get the full Laser Assault experience, combine both laser tag and mini golf, for under $20, depending on how long you play. Laser Assault is located at 264 North 100 West in Provo.

Mulligan’s Golf and Games

Located in South Jordan, UT, Mulligan’s Golf and Games features two outdoor mini golf courses, both as well-designed and kept as their two regular 9-hole courses! Mini golf at Mulligan’s Golf and Games is budget-friendly: children and adult admission prices are well under $10, depending on the time of day. Plus, you can you get your golf fix on The Ridge or The Meadow courses, or try out the crazy soccer-golf hybrid known as Foot Golf

Boondocks Food & Fun

North of Provo is Draper, where you'll find Boondocks Food & Fun! There’s a lot to do here, like go carts, bumper boats, laser tag, and yes, mini golf. Play your way through one or both of Boondocks two mini golf courses, featuring a giant volcano obstacle, waterfalls, and more! Plus, a round of mini golf here is only $7.50, a deal that’s hard to beat.

Other Family Friendly Attractions

In addition to mini golf in Provo, there are a lot of other great family activities and attractions in the city. Here are some of our favorites!

Provo Pioneer Village

Step back into Provo’s past when you visit the Provo Pioneer Village! Explore the lives of the settlers who founded Provo when you visit the General Store, school, settlers gardens, blacksmithing demonstrations, and more.

The Soap Factory in Provo

Don’t let the name fool you - the Soap Factory is one of Provo’s best attractions! Learn about the history of this household item, make your own soaps, scrubs, and lotions, and more.

Provo Towne Centre

Home to dozens of stores, great dining options, and a movie theater, the Provo Towne Centre has something for the whole family! Whether you’re outfitting everyone with new shoes or catching the latest summer blockbuster, you’ll find it Provo Towne Centre.

Award-Winning Provo Accommodations at Hines Mansion Bed & Breakfast

Provo’s Hines Mansion Bed & Breakfast is one of the best places to stay in Utah Valley, and it’s not hard to see why. Conveniently located in downtown Provo, and only minutes from the area’s most popular attractions, Hines Mansion Bed & Breakfast offers guests beautiful rooms in a historic building. Our rooms feature king- and queen-size beds, jetted tubs big enough for two, aesthetically pleasing decor, and more. Escape for a weekend with us, and explore Provo and the surrounding area, where you’ll find great shopping, excellent hiking trails, and much more. Contact us today, online or by calling (801) 374-8400, for bookings, availability and more - we can’t wait to see you!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

What Story Will You Hear at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival?

There are some events that bring entertainment, some that bring culture, and some that benefit the community in important ways. The Timpanogos Storytelling Festival does all that and more. The festival happens in Lehi, UT, and celebrates the art of storytelling while promoting language and literacy in schools. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday after Labor Day, the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival comes to tell a story you’ll enjoy hearing. Some of the most famous storytellers in the West come to the festival, meaning you’d better have your imagination fired up and ready to go.

There’s plenty to do here in Provo, UT! When you plan your vacation here, be sure to download the free Vacation Guide from the historic Hines Mansion. We want you to have the very best time here in Provo. That’s why you can trust our suggestions for incredible things to do while you’re here!

Great Stories and More at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival

An annual Provo tradition since 1990, the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival brings in fantastic storytellers from all over. It began as a backyard neighborhood event, and now is the biggest storytelling festival in the West. Each year, the festival gains popularity and attendance for its renowned storytelling competitions, benevolent literacy campaigns, and more! Here’s what you’ll experience.

Electric Park

September 7-8: School Events in the morning and afternoon

September 8: Bedtime Stories at 6:30 p.m.

September 9: Laughin’ Night (location 2) at 8:00 p.m.

Show Barn

September 7-8: School Events in the morning and afternoon

September 9: Shivers in the Night (Ghost Stories)

Ashton Gardens

September 7: Timpanogos Storytelling Conference from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Look Who’s Talking--Garden Festival Tents at 7:00 p.m.

September 8-9: Friday and Saturday Daytime Events--Garden Festival Tents

September 9: My Favorite Stories at the Garden Amphitheater at 8:00 p.m.

September 9: Laughin’ Night (location 1) at 8:00 p.m.

Read more on locations and events.

What You Need to Know

Event Addresses

Ashton Gardens, Thanksgiving Point

3900 Garden Dr, Lehi, UT 84043

Electric Park & Show Barn, Thanksgiving Point

3003 North Thanksgiving Way, Lehi, UT 84043


Ticket prices vary between single event tickets and weekend passes. Be sure to buy your tickets in advance to take advantage of the Early Bird Prices!

Stay in a Storybook Mansion During Your Festival Weekend

What could complete your Timpanogos Storytelling Festival experience better than a stay at the historic Hines Mansion in Provo? We’re just a short drive from the festival, and right in the middle of the best things to do in the area. You’ll love staying in a whimsical mansion where every room tells a different, unique story. Browse our availability and you’ll see exactly what we mean. Pick your room and contact us today to reserve your stay! Plus, if you need more ideas for ways to spend your time outside of the festival, be sure to download our free Vacation Guide!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Find Your Fiesta at These Mexican Restaurants in Provo UT

Provo cuisine is as varied and diverse as the views you’ll find surrounding the city. From the burgeoning Italian culinary scene to classic American to the best Mexican restaurants in Provo UT, the choice is yours. Here, we’ll feature the Mexican genre specifically and break down for you what you can expect from each one. Let the fiesta begin!

Fuel your adventure with great food at the best Mexican restaurants in Provo UT. And, for the best things to do in town, be sure to download our free Vacation Guide. Here at Hines Mansion, we want you to have the best vacation experience here in Provo.

Mexican Restaurants in Provo UT You’ll Want to Try

Brassas Mexican Grill

If you’re looking for incredible Mexican food, then Brassas is the place for you! Folks from all over come for the authentic south-of-the-border cuisine. They have the American favorites like carne asada, pollo, and carnitas in the form of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, and more. Then, they also have authentic Mexican fare like lengua and molcajete!

Los Hermanos Mexican Restaurant

For delicious, affordable Mexican food, a stop at Los Hermanos Mexican Restaurant is a must. There, you’ll have the choice between authentic Mexican cuisine and Mexican-inspired dishes you’ll love. Try their Seafood Enchilada for a fresh, cheesy flavor. Or, feel like you’re in Mexico City when you order their Street Market Tacos, street vendor-style tacos with carne asada or pollo asada, onions, tomatoes, cilantro, lime, and their special spicy guacamole.

El Gallo Giro

Authentic Mexican food is what you’ll get at this no-nonsense joint. El Gallo Giro is your stop for out-of-this-world guacamole, street tacos, and a real Mexican cuisine you’ll appreciate. In fact, many who frequent El Gallo Giro say that it’s the best authentic Mexican food in all of Utah.

El Mexsal

Nominated for the 2016 Fans’ Choice Award for Restaurants in Provo, El Mexsal is the place to find delicious Mexican and Salvadorian cuisines combined in town. With accessible dishes like taco salad, burritos, enchiladas, and more, you and yours will find that dinner at El Mexsal is money well-spent.

Taqueria El Vaquero

Looking for authentic Mexican food? Taqueria El Vaquero, or simply El Vaquero, has that in spades. From tripa to bucha to lengua as well as all of your other favorites, you’re sure to find that authentic flavor you seek. You’ll want to try their tacos, for sure. At $1.35 per taco, you’re getting a fantastic deal on great food from one of the best Mexican restaurants in Provo UT.

Bring the Fiesta Back With You

Get your fill of delicious Mexican food from any of these fine establishments and bring the fiesta back with you to the historic Hines Mansion. When you’re visiting Provo, we’ll be your host where you can kick back and relax. You’ll be just minutes away from the best things to do in town, too. So, browse our availability and see for yourself how wonderful a stay at Hines Mansion can be. We are eager to host you, so contact us today to book your stay!