salt-lakeyWe picked beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah as the site for this year’s event for a reason— it’s a great place to visit with plenty to see and do outside the conference calendar. There’s a little something for everyone here, and we put together a few ideas for how you can get even more out of your trip:

Dining:

The Lion House Pantry features classic comfort food and home-style cooking in Brigham Young’s former personal residence. A ten minute walk or short drive from the hotel, Lion House is both an eatery and a historic attraction!

Visit the Lion House Pantry website

If you love Mexican food, La Fountain is an inexpensive place two blocks from the Convention Center with an extensive menu.

Visit the La Fountain website

Just down the street from the Convention Center, Brio Italian offers fresh, authentic Italian cuisine, including favorites like Bruschetta, Lasagna, Ravioli, and Carbonara. They also have Gluten Free selections and a Light Menu for those with specific dietary needs.

Visit the Brio Italian website

Half a mile from the hotel, Judge Cafe & Grill offers sandwiches, soups, and pasta salads. There’s also a limited number of coupons available through Yelp that get you a 20% discount voucher to Jvdge.

Visit the Judge Cafe Grill website

Pig and a Jelly Jar offers top notch breakfast and lunch a ten minute drive from the Convention Center, with dishes like Chicken and Waffles, Ham Hash, Eggs Benedict, Pulled Pork Sandwich, burgers. A $10-for-$5 coupon is available through Yelp.

Get coupon: Pig and Jelly Jar coupon

The Rodizio Grill offers a full Brazilian Steakhouse Experience where you can sample unlimited sirloin, chicken, pork, and more. Just a ten minute drive from the Convention Center, and if you like to plan ahead you can pick up one of four different Groupons for the downtown Salt Lake location.

Get groupon deal: Rodizio Grill Groupon

Shopping:

There are an incredible number of shops and stores around the Salt Palace thanks to the City Creek Shopping Center. With hot spots like Coach, Michael Kors, Pandora, Tiffany’s Macy’s, Nordstrom, West Elm, Anthropologie, L’Occitane, and more, it’s easy to squeeze in some retail therapy into your time in Salt Lake City.

Visit the Shop Creek Center website

Attractions:

Temple Square is very close to the Convention Center and boasts beautiful architecture, equally beautiful botanical gardens, and plant of Salt Lake area history. There are also regular events, including free, casual concerts at the Brigham Young Historic Park. July 14th The 4 Hims will be doing their barbershop quartet show that’s equal parts music and comedy. You can also see the Mormon Tabernacle Choir at their free weekly rehearsals on Thursdays at 7:30 PM.

Visit the Temple Square website.

The nearby Gallivan Center is just a short talk away and hosts the Lunch Brunch Concert Series every weekday noon-1PM. Sample some of these great local musicians and enjoy an opportunity to people-watch. On Thursdays SLC’s food trucks circle their wagons and offer up an exciting array of cutting edge cuisines at Gallivan, too.

View the the Gallivan Center events calendar.

The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art takes just a $5 suggested donation to get in and has a variety of modern art pieces in their collection, with an emphasis on local and regional artists you might not be able to see anywhere else…yet!

Visit the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art website.

Just twenty minutes from downtown, Red Butte Gardens and Arboretum offers a spectacular array of local and regional plants, shrubs, and blossoms, as well as a concert venue that regularly gets artists like Hank Williams, Jr., Patty Griffin, and Brian Wilson.

Visit the Red Butte Garden website

A one-hour drive from the Convention Center is Antelope Island, one of the best places to see the lake for which Salt Lake City is named. Hike, mountain bike, or explore by horseback ride. You might catch a glimpse of the island’s free-roaming bison, mule deer, bighorn sheep, antelope, and other animals indigenous to the region.

Visit the Antelope Island website.