Salt Lake City, Utah

Solo travel and short break getaways are a new trend that many busy people are taking to rest and recharge. It’s great for your mind and spirit and really gives you a chance to re-energize.

Salt Lake City, Utah is a destination that is peaceful and picturesque and filled with restful experiences to do just that. 

I recently took a 3 day “break” to experience nature, calmness and serenity among the Wasatch mountains, the Great Salt Lake, take in some fresh air and explore a city I have never visited.  From walkable streets to drive-able resort towns nearby, Salt Lake City offers eclectic dining destinations, daytime destination experiences and boutique hotels. Whether you are taking a quick trip or are planning for a longer stay, this city is an ideal destination for a solo getaway or family travel.   Whether you in search of a calm and restful short getaway or a destination to feed your soul, a few days in the Salt Lake area is a must-go to area. There is plenty to do if you want to stay busy and plenty of nature with multiple activities to enjoy. It is easy o get around the city but I recommend a car rental if you plane to visit mountain towns.  Hotels have partner programs with transportation to take to planned activities in the resort areas but don’t feel pressured to constantly leave for the whole day. The city has a lot to do and the downtown area is very walkable. 

Where to Stay:


Since I came as a visitor for some relaxation, this hotel was ideal as they offer special perks that offers rest.  The Rest Program greets guests with specific needs to accommodate weary travelers for a great nights sleep. From the pillowtop mattresses and darkening curtains and purified water  to the turn down service on the night of your arrival, the added touches of the guest experience are a special treat for those where traveling for multi-night stays.  There is a kitchen area complete with a full refrigerator which offers convenience for eat-in opportunities. The location is in downtown Salt Lake City and in a walkable area to coffee shops, restaurants and shopping.  This is also a great choice for anyone needing a transition for a few days/weeks/months for business or relocation. 

If you are not traveling alone and looking for groups traveling for a longer stay, the Studio Commons program is a special booking that allows guest to stay in a private area with your bedrooms, private baths and a common kitchen with a private living and dining area.

I split the trip into 2 different hotel stays. 

Le Meridien

The convenience of moving to a second hotel was only a few steps away.  Located right next to the Elements Hotel, this hotel is ideal for the business traveler looking for an aesthetic hotel with all the services off of a 5 star hotel experience Adelaides restaurant has a New Orleans vibe and menu choice reminiscent of the South. I sampled a chef’s tasting and each dish brought flavors and spices together in a delectable taste.  The outdoor heated pool and rooftop bar, Van Ryder  shares space between both Elements and Le Meridien hotels and on a great day has a view of the surrounding mountains. 

Things to Do:

– Le Meridien offers Complimentary Access of cultural center experiences in Salt Lake City through the Unlock Art™ programme. Guests simply present their room key for free admission, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art is part of Le Méridien’s Unlock Art program. This is a must-see experience with changing artists and exhibitions rotate and often include audio elements. Self guided, the space is open and service animals are welcome.

Sound Bath experience with Maloca Sound– This meditation style experience uses sounds that both invigorate and calm. They are created through a master guru while you listen and enjoy. This was by far one of the most relaxing experiences of my entire trip.

Soldier Hollow Nordic Center- A drive up the mountains to the Midway resort town is an experience for biking, cross country skiing, tubing and hiking. A former Olympic Games venue, this resort area is full of history and exploration.  I visited when the mountains were filled with snow and the temperature was just right for tubing.   The trails were well groomed, the scenery was gorgeous and this was a family friendly activity for all ages.

Where to Eat:

Any new city is an opportunity to find eclectic and unique local cuisine. These are the restaurants I visited and would recommend to give each menu a good look! 

Pago on Main– A truly urban farm to table experience set in a neighborhood where many locals dine. The plating presentation and creative combinations of fresh seasonal ingredients offer a palate and visual experience.

Copper Onion- This is a fun downtown restaurant that has a great lunch vibe.  Whether you are in the mood for a burger or small plates,  choices range from salads to eggs benedict. The house made pasta, olives and pickles are all worth a try.

Urban Hill- Just over than a year old, this restaurant features modern architecture and the menu offers  very fresh ingredients from local farmers, ranchers, fisheries and creameries.  Don’t miss the fresh and grilled oysters. The entrees are large and the ambiance is welcoming and an ideal choice for evening dining experience.