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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Spring at the Homestead Resort

Staycation: that's still a thing, right? It is for me. I love where I live, and though I'd like to travel more, I recognize that the beauty of where I live is breathtaking. What's in my backyard is not to be missed.

Last fall I was invited to visit the Homestead Resort in Midway. Have you been there? Though I've lived in Utah for almost 20 years, it was my first visit, and I liked it a lot.

Shel Silverstein visited?

Just a short drive up the canyon from where I live in Provo, it's far enough away (and on the other side of a mountain) that I feel like it's a legit getaway. The room I stayed in felt more like a cottage than a hotel room. Exploring the grounds on a crisp, cool day was refreshing, and when I went for a run I found myself in beautiful Wasatch Mountain State Park.

A standout from my stay was being in the Homestead Crater. Over 10,000 years old, the crater is a geothermal spring; in other words, naturally heated mineral water (90-96 degrees F). For about an hour or so I floated (with a life jacket) in this warm water, people gently swimming around me, scuba training happening below, natural light from the opening at the top of the crater falling around us. The warm water actually felt a bit like a massage after my run, and I found myself spending quite a bit of my time there stretching while I was floating. Being in the crater is a one-of-a-kind experience, and requires a reservation, so be sure to plan on that while you're there.

The Homestead has some great things going on right now, perfect for curing your Spring Fever.*

Easter at the Homestead

Have plans for Easter Brunch? The Homestead's Easter Brunch menu includes an omelet station and salad station, in addition to the main courses and sweets available. March 27 is right around the corner so make your reservation today by calling (435) 654-1102.

Utah Resident Discount Through March

If you're a local, like me, take advantage of $40 off your stay through the month of March. Just a week or so left, but the fresh air and scenery are worth it.

"Miss it, Noonan!"

Rumor has it, Crater Springs Golf Course might be open by the end of this month! This is earlier than the usual open date of April 15. Stay tuned, you might be able to get out there sooner than later. (And if not, don't forget: Crater.)

I can't wait to get back there again. I could use that warm water in the crater right about now.

You can find Homestead Resort on facebook, twitter, instagram, and pinterest.

*cowbell not included

Disclosure: This year I'm a brand ambassador for the Homestead Resort, so I'll be letting you know what I think about the place every now and then. It's cool-- you can trust me. 

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