Las Vegas Journals

Christmas in Las Vegas, Almost

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A December 2008 trip to Las Vegas by Wasatch

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Quote: A winter trip to Las Vegas and Zion National Park that missed Christmas Day in Las Vegas because there was a blizzard.

Super 8 Hurricane/Zion National Park

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Hotel | "OK, but Really Low Priced"

Super 8 Hurricane/Zion National Park Photo, Hurricane, Utah
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The Hurricane Super 8 is a basic motel. It meets the needs, but only adequately. Still, for $35 at Christmas(2009), breakfast included, can you go wrong?Rooms are nice sized, with a table and two chairs, TV, a coffee maker two beds, and separate bathroom and sink areas. The AC/Heat unit is on the quiet side. Lighting is good. The curtains are good. The included breakfast is minimal but OK, great if you like waffles, offering waffles, cereal, juice, toast, tea, and coffee. The strongest points of the Super 8 Hurricane are it's location and price. The location is a couple miles off I-15 in southern Utah in the center of the town of Hurricane, on a side street one block off Main...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 31, 2009

Super 8 Hurricane/Zion National Park
65 S 700 West
Hurricane, Utah 84737
(435) 635-0808

Zion National Park

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Attraction | "Zion Canyon Covered in Snow is a Rare Sight "

Zion National Park Photo, Springdale, Utah
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We’ve been to Zion during Christmas week in very different weather conditions. Once we spent the days hiking in tee shirts and shorts with temperatures in the 60s, once with a foot of snow on the ground and temperatures below freezing. At the end of the year, nice hiking temperatures are common but erratic. A foot of snow is very rare, and that is the crown jewel, for adding snow to the red, yellow, and white rocks of Zion, along with the dark green pine trees, makes for one of Mother Nature’s special gems. Not entirely due to brilliant planning, but more or less intended, we arrived at Zion under optimal conditions, approaching the park from the west late in the afternoon on cloudles...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 30, 2009

Zion National Park
Zion Boulevard
Zion National Park, Utah 84767
(435) 772-3256

JB'S Family Restaurant

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Restaurant | "More than Decent Comfort Food"

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We usually stay in Springdale when visiting Zion National Park in large part to eat dinner at the Spotted Dog, which is only open on the weekends in winter. All other restaurants in Springdale are grossly overpriced for the food quality, so, with the Spotted Dog unavailable, we opted to cut our room bill from $62 in Springdale down to $35 by staying scenic 22 miles away in Hurricane to eat at JBs. JBs is a restaurant chain reminiscent of Denny’s but with better food– great value for what you get. The salad bar is center piece of the dinning area. While not on the scale of the salad bar at Sizzler, it is pretty decent, featuring two soups of the day (cream of potato and Florentine Bee...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2009

JB'S Family Restaurant
635 W State St.
Hurricane
(435) 635-0985

Mandalay Bayside Buffet

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Restaurant | "Still One of the Best"

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The Mandalay Bay has long been one of our favorites in Las Vegas. Although the price was up a lot form our sat visit, the quality was about the same although much less a bargain at the current price, $27. The Mandalay Bay buffet features a collection of ethnic mini-buffets- Italian, Chinese, Mexican, and American. There are too many choice to try them all, but I tried. Especially out standing-- they would hold their own up against restaurant at any price-- were the sea scallops, Osso Bucco, and lamb chops. A little bit lower down in quality, but still very good dishes were the breaded shrimp, flank steak, and a passion fruit and kewee fruit no sugar dessert.Lo mein Chinese noodle...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2009

Mandalay Bayside Buffet
3950 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, Nevada
(702) 632-7402

Zion National Park

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Attraction | "A Great Time to Visit the Southwest"

Zion National Park Photo, Springdale, Utah
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There was a big blizzard on Christmas Day which delayed our Christmas trip to Dec. 29. Still, the Mandalay Bay offered rooms at $79 and Zion National Park had a rare foot of snow on the valley floor. This demanded a road trip. I’m sure everyone knows about Las Vegas, but you may not know about Zion, so let me put it like this: the best reason to visit Vegas is that it is less than a three hour drive to Zion. You can fly to Las Vegas, but you will have to drive to Zion, so you need to know some basics of the drive. First, we live 432 miles from the Mandalay Bay, a seven hour drive. Yes, you read it right. We average 60+ mph(rest room, gas, and lunch stops included) on the road and...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 16, 2009

Zion National Park
Zion Boulevard
Zion National Park, Utah 84767
(435) 772-3256