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Hines Mansion Bed and Breakfast Review

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

The Hines Mansion Bed and Breakfast located in the heart of Provo, UT is one of the most enchanting historic B&B’s I’ve ever had the pleasure of staying.  This 115-year old mansion has ten uniquely appointed rooms, the one I stayed in was called, “The Lodge” and is rumored to have once played host to Butch Cassidy.

Upon my arrival I was treated to a cold bottle of sparkling pear cider along with freshly baked cookies…which was such a nice touch.  I also experienced the lovely scent of freshly cut roses, which I noticed in several locations in the parlor.

The Hines Mansion is believed to have been designed by Utah architect Richard Karl August Kletting, who also designed the Utah State Capitol building. According to historic records, the Mansion was built as a showplace during Provo’s recovery from a major boom-and-bust period in the area’s early economic history.

In addition to the lovely accommodations, you’ll be treated to a first-class breakfast fit enough for mansion nobility.  During my stay I enjoyed whole wheat pecan pancakes, yogurt, fresh fruit, bacon and juice & coffee.

There are so many interesting nooks and crannies in the Hines Mansion it gives one pause as to the stories it could tell. Check it out for yourself and tell them Mike sent ya.

For a tour of the place, check out the video below.

Desert Thistle Bed and Breakfast Review

Friday, June 18th, 2010

The Desert Thistle bed and breakfast located just outside Zion National park was certainty an unexpected pleasure for this seasoned traveler.  The proprietors, Maureen & Warner Edgel  are the most hospitable hosts you’ll ever come across.  Maureen is originally from Scotland, Warner hails from Los Angles, both seemingly born to cater to the needs of others as you will certainly feel at home when staying at the Desert Thistle.

Each room is distinctly appointed with luxurious linens, flat screen TVs and fine furniture.  There are five rooms to choose from, along with some common areas including a lovely living area and sun porch, where breakfast is served.  Speaking of breakfast…expect much more than the continental variety.  During my stay Maureen served up a delicious scrambled egg dish, with the meatiest bacon I’ve ever eaten.  Fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, coffee and OJ also accompanied the repast.

While in Zion, you’ll want to stay a minimum of two nights, it’s simply too spectacular to rush through.  There is so much to do inside and just outside the park.  There are many nice restaurants to chose from as well, while I was there I had a good meal at Oscar’s Cafe (Had the Mahi Tacos), the service however was just so-so.

If you’re looking for a clean, comfortable, hospitable B&B and you’re in the Zion National Park area, you simple must look up the Desert Thistle Bed and Breakfast.  Tell them Mike sent you.  Check out the video below for a tour of the Desert Thistle B&B.