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Originally published in Salt Lake magazine

Revival in the Desert: Art, Architecture and Design Unstuff-ify Scottsdale

Scottsdale Arizona is Phoenix’s posh neighbor, dotted with gated communities, resorts, spas and fancy hotels. While Arizona in general remains best known for retirees, snowbirds and a particular brand of Don’t Tread on Me conservativism, a new generation is taking up residence in the area,...
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Originally published in Range magazine

Shopping Trip: Springdale

SHAKING OFF WINTER IN JACKSON HOLE can be slow. Spring tends to be muddy, overstay its welcome and, at times, rudely act like winter. Ignore these slights and distract yourself by planning a trip to a less-moody climate, like Springdale, Utah’s, for example. There are...
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Originally published in Lonely Planet

Best in the U.S. – No. 10 Southeastern Utah

Within the otherworldly deserts of Southeastern Utah, a local finds a thrill of a different kind. After spending weeks in Salt Lake City, I began to yearn for “the shift,” something I’ve found only in the red-rock landscapes of Southeastern Utah. It’s a phenomenon that...
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Originally published in Range magazine

Shopping Trip: NYC

New York. They say that if you can make it in here, you can make it anywhere. But how hard can it be? The streets are numbered, there is fantastic food and drink around every corner, fabulous clothing and home and hearth stores and it’s...
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Originally published in SKI magazine

No. 16 – Park City, Utah: The biggest resort in the United States. Trail map required.

Riddle: How do you eat an elephant? This Zen koan is helpful when visiting the largest resort in the U.S., which, last season, shrugged off the vestiges of its former two halves (Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons) and began to feel at peace with...
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Originally published in Salt Lake magazine

Good Vibrations: Laguna Beach’s Dreamy Scene Awaits

Laguna Beach, California, is track one, side one of The Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds. It is the silhouette of a tousle-haired blond emerging from the surf, with a board under his arm as the sun sets. It is crashing waves, calling California gulls and barking sea lions...
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Originally published in Salt Lake magazine

Land of Ghosts: Cedar Mesa and Bears Ears Hide Sacred Mysteries

In Utah’s southeasternmost reaches lies a land of secrets thinly veiled—a vast wilderness where once an ancient people thrived. An expedition onto Cedar Mesa in San Juan County and into the newly proclaimed Bears Ears National Monument brings back childhood thrills of searching, seeking and...
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Originally published in Lonely Planet

Salt Lake City’s 10 best watering holes

Long associated with temperance and quirky liquor laws, Utah has rolled back the most draconian of regulations, and now there’s a zeal for craft cocktails and micro-beers in places like Salt Lake City. From devilishly delicious cocktails to cutting-edge craft beers, Salt Lake’s once-repressed drinking...
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Originally published in Desert Companion magazine

Crashing Sundance

Every January, Park City and Salt Lake City host the Sundance Film Festival. Started as the US/Utah Film Festival in 1978, it’s since grown into a must-go for anyone who is anyone (and anyone who wants to be anyone) in the indie film biz. During...