If you're near a traversable waterway in Utah on a sunny summer day, chances are good that you'll run someone gliding along on a stand-up paddleboard. Many of these watery wayfarers travel courtesy of board's rented out by Paddleboard in Utah's extensive network of local affiliates. The outposts unlock access to some of the best boarding sites in and around Salt Lake City; The Lodge at Stillwater welcomes guests eager to explore the Jordanelle Reservoir, while Lindon Marina serves as a jumping-off point for Utah Lake's extensive wetlands. Some, such as Gonzo Boat Rentals and Tours, pull double duty, operating shops at both Antelope Island and the Great Salt Lake State Marina. Others, such as On The Pond Fitness and Rentals, pair their rentals with fitness routines performed atop the waters of Willard Bay State Park. While most of the shops remain close to greater SLC, at least one encourages more far-ranging expeditions; situated near Cedar City along the state's southern border, DIG Paddlesports helps travelers access the inviting waters of Sand Hollow and Quail Creek State Parks.
The caring faculty at Syracuse Dance Academy helps students develop confidence and transform raw talent into stage-ready choreography during classes for ages 18 months and older. The 7,000-square-foot facility holds three separate studios—one for ballet, one specifically for children's classes, and one exclusively for tumbling. Prima ballerinas can stretch their legs on bars lining a hardwood floor that is suspended to cushion the body during graceful leaps and misguided trust falls. In the children's studio, parents gaze from observation windows during classes or pile in front of the purple-curtained stage to enjoy in-house performances. During tumbling classes for boys or girls, a pit trampoline and 50-foot rod floor help spring tumblers into the air, and the 16-foot vaulted ceiling ensures they come down before hitting the stratosphere. At the end of the year, dancers from every class sashay onto the Val A. Browning Center for Performing Arts' stage at Weber State University for the end-of-year recital that creates a professional dance atmosphere.
Dr. Justin Holt, who studied optometry at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico, conducts appointments in either English or Spanish at West Point Eye Center. There, after offering patients bottled water, he examines eyes, fits them for contact lenses, co-manages LASIK surgeries, and treats a range of ocular issues, focusing particularly on astigmatism.
When a client comes in searching for the perfect pair of frames, they browse through selections from Guess, Oakley, and Banana Republic. The frames are then sent off to the lab for a lens fitting and laser installation. When the frames arrive back at West Point Eye Center, Dr. Holt personally checks the prescription of the glasses before handing them off to the client, who takes them home along with a bottle of lens-cleaning solution, a microfiber cleaning cloth, a mini screwdriver, and a Ghirardelli chocolate. All frames and lenses come with a two-year warranty instead of the industry-standard one-year warranty, which never seems valid after you’ve set them on fire just to see what happens.
The instructors of French Kiss Fitness model their group classes after the acts of performers such as Pink, the pop star who thrilled audiences at the 2010 Grammys with a dance routine derived from circus acrobatics. Like a dark room plastered with Lou Ferrigno posters, the studio's workout style both develops and shows off muscle. Fourteen poles support physiques as they execute moves that build core strength; off the pole, students learn floor- or chair-based routines to replicate at home. Aerial classes build center strength with the help of silk ropes, dangling hoops, and a trapeze. For more traditional workouts, students can attend core-strengthening Pilates classes or yoga classes to relax the mind and body.
At Yogurt Stop, over 70 flavors of frozen yogurt come together with over 50 toppings to make delicious, customized treats. Each day, customers will find a rotation of ten flavors, such as strawberry, chocolate, cupcake, and pineapple. Then, they can coat the low-fat and non-fat treats with fruits and other toppings, or select a fruit smoothie or bubble tea.
Modeled after the famed links-style courses that hug the Scottish shoreline, Glen Eagle Golf Course’s kempt, verdant grounds span 7,065 yards of wide-open, tee-to-green terrain. Harness the prodigious power of golf’s Scotch-Irish forebears to cleave the fairways with well-struck drives, being certain to avoid pesky mounds, bunkers, and near-sighted Easter-egg hunters. While some lengthier holes—such as the 560-yard 18th—demand skillfully momentous drives, Glen Eagle’s generous five-tee layout ensures that the course is surmountable for loopers of all club-flailing prowess. The manicured course stands as a golfers’ oasis amid less-traversable geological phenomena; between divot-tearing strokes, green-stormers can drink in the gravity-defying majesty of distant mountains or lap up the murky waters of bordering wetlands, known for claiming the life-forces of wayward balls.