The Foodie Hat: Dairy Keen in Heber City

If you are ever in Park City – spend an extra 20 minutes and drive to Heber City. Park your car. Get out and run into line at Dairy Keen. Order yourself a burger, German Chocolate shake, onion rings, French fries with “Utah fry sauce”.

Then, find a spot outside (either outside on the patio or in one of the train cars) and remind yourself to not “count” today’s meal. That would just ruin the fun. It’s seriously the best burgers I have had in a long time. Colton loved all of the attention and Kelsey and I loved all of the food.

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The Travel Hat: The St. Regis Deer Valley

It was our family’s New Years resolution to “travel more”. And I would say that Ryan and I are making good on that promise. I was visiting The St. Regis Deer Valley Resort last year (for work) when I called my mother-in-law and said, “this resort is for you!” (if you know my in-laws, you know this mountain resort is right up their ally).

Fast forward to this year, and my in-laws and I took the kids to Deer Valley to celebrate my mother-in-law’s 60th birthday and to indulge ourselves in the royal treatment. In case you’re wondering, Deer Valley is a private community right outside of Park City, Utah. It’s gorgeous. Secluded. And resides against the Wasatch Mountains.

Ryan and I did feel a little “Downton Abbey-ish” at this resort. For instance, our Butler was waiting for us upon arrival at the front desk. He greeted us all by name and walked us to our suites to point out all of the room features. His name was Alexander Mattinson, head butler for the resort and lead butler for the North America St. Regis Training Program.

As we were walking down the hall to our suites, my mother-in-law turned to him and asked, “What did you do before you worked for St. Regis?” “Oh”, he replied, “I worked for the royal family at Buckingham Palace”. Turns out, he worked as carriage driver, store manager for the Royal Mews and valet to the crown equerry. Yep, this is how our experience started out. It was a five-star family vacation that I’ll never forget.

Throughout the week, I’ll post more pictures and stories from our trip. It was truly a memorable vacation with my family that I will always cherish.

St. Regis Deer ValleyThis is the resort; beautiful, isn’t she?

St. Regis Deer Valley

St. Regis Deer Valley

The pool area where we spent an entire afternoon. We couldn’t keep Kelsey out the pool. Travel tip: Bring your children’s swim floaties. Thank me later.

St. Regis Deer ValleyI used to have the same initials as St. Regis – before I got married that is. To me, whenever I see the initials “SR” I get extra excited.

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St. Regis Deer ValleyEvery night from 7-9pm you can roast s’mores at the fire pits. I had been craving s’mores since my last pregnancy so to me – it was heaven! You literally walk right up and the s’mores tray is already set out for you.St. Regis Deer Valley

St. Regis Deer Valley

St. Regis Deer ValleyThis the “Funicular”. It’s an indoor gondola-type car. You park at the base of the resort, then you ride the Funicular up the mountain and into the resort. It’s one of two ways you can arrive. Kelsey loved it. And that view?

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St. Regis Deer Valley

This is a photo right outside the “fire garden”. It’s a little area where you can sit and watch multiple fire pits while gazing over the horizon.

St. Regis Deer Valley You have to “click” on this photo to enlarge it in order to see its true beauty.

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St. Regis Deer ValleyDo we look like parents or what in this photo? This was our first official vacation as a party of four. Here’s to many more family trips in our future.