Glamping at Conestoga Ranch in Utah

Glamping at Conestoga Ranch in Utah. Near the border of Idaho by Bear Lake.

Camping is not my general idea of a good time.  Thinking about the bugs that will be crawling in and around the tent as well as the rocky ground and horrible sleep you get… it just doesn’t sound fun.  So when I heard we were going “Glamping” that perked my interests.  I hadn’t ever been Glamping before so I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I had heard about “Glamping” from those “House Wives” shows on tv but wasn’t sure how similar the experience would be.lvvTw7LdTbe8v+hMlzQuKg

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My friend Megan got married so she invited a group of her closest friends to come to her wedding reception brunch and glamping for the weekend to celebrate.  I am not much of a camper so I decided I’d give it a go since she’s one of my dearest friends.

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I’ve lived in Utah most of my life and been to Bear lake one other time as a child.  Bear Lake is lake bordering Utah and Idaho which many locals from Utah drift to in the Summer for a nice beach day to cool down, boat, fish, and ultimately just get away from the city and heat for the weekend.

Conestoga Ranch is where we stayed.  From the moment we arrived, we all giggled when we saw the “Old School” wagons which for the next 3 days we’d call home.  The  Resort was extremely clean and welcoming upon arrival.  They were very kind offering free bikes to ride (with consent forms signed) and golf carts to help us with our luggage to the tents and wagons. (Note: You can’t take the golf carts for your own personal joy ride… I asked…lol).

Once we unpacked the car we went to our wagon, we chose the one that slept 6, however, there are other wagons that sleep more or less.

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The man showing us around said they have only the very best beds and sheets that are usually meant for fine hotels.  He wasn’t wrong, I haven’t slept so soundly as I did on those beds.  We had 4 bunk beds as well as I believe a queen/king for the other 2 people to share fitting 6 people quite comfy in a wagon.

Megan and her new Husband Brian shared a huge tent for just the two of them. They are living that luxury married life now, lol. Their tent made us all envious.  From the clawfoot tub to the luxurious fireplace, they had all the amenities fit for glamping royalty.

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At the time of check-in, we noticed Conestoga Ranch was offering $10 yoga so I signed up.  The view at sunset made the class worth it, but the instructor was also fabulous so that didn’t hurt.

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Firepits at sunset were started and put out later at night by the staff so that was nice to not have to worry about anything just bringing out the smores (which they also provided us upon check-in).  Anything you need, the staff was a phone call away to providing it for us. That was pretty nice.

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There was a full building designated to bathrooms and showers, they were brand new and beautiful.  It was nice they had so many you never had to wait in line.  The showers were hot and after a cold water beach day it was luxury…most of us took really long showers merely because it was so relaxing, they even provide towels and soap should you leave yours at home.

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They have roping set up if you want to practice your skills outside the bathrooms, which I gave a try, but wasn’t very good at.

The Campfire Grill Restaurant where we ate was delicious.  The chef made me a truffle cheeseburger I’ll never forget.  We also ate breakfast there, I recommend the banana brulé oatmeal, it was delish!  The brunch was delicious as well, it was buffet style and the staff was very attentive.

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All in all, I’d say glamping is more my speed. I live for the adventure, but I also like to have electricity and heat.  I’d recommend you check out Conestoga Ranch if you are ever in Bear Lake, it was one of the best trips I’ve taken to date.

 

Traveling to Moab, Utah 2018

We traveled to Moab, Utah for 2 days.  A couple of my friends decided they wanted to run the half marathon in Moab, Utah.  We had planned a trip around them running this as a part going away trip for my friend Brittany.  May I just tell you, this was one of the best trips I’ve taken.  The scenery was majestic and the company was even better.

We decided after looking at hotels (considerably pricey) to forgo that and rent an Airbnb. The house was a condo they frequently rent out and it was fabulous. It went for about $150 a night and that between 7 people goes a long way, plus we could all be together and not in separate rooms.  It was like a giant sleepover.

Here is what we did in our 2 days in Moab:

DAY 1:

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At the Arches National Park sign

We arrived late Friday night so we just slept once arriving. We got up early Saturday morning, a couple of the girls went to run the marathon while the rest of us went to Arches National Park.  The fee per car at this National Park was $25 to drive in, good for 7 days.  The Utah State Parks charge $15 per car, just a FYI.  While driving to the Delicate Arch we saw many other famous rocks.

First we saw Balancing Rock.

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Balancing Rock

We then drove past the Window. From there we drove directly to the Delicate Arch. The hike was listed as Moderate. It was mostly flat, with a few areas you had to step up onto rocks, as well as a few steep inclines. It was very doable. The total hike was 3 miles round trip. It takes roughly 2.5 hours, however once we were at the Delicate Arch we sat and just took it in for a few hours. While hiking we found another window. From this arch (window) you can see the main Delicate Arch.

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From inside the Window Arch looking towards Delicate Arch

This window is a steep incline to get into, just a heads up. TOTALLY WORTH IT!

Next the Delicate Arche is just around the corner from here. About a 5 minute walk.

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An Arch at the Arch

There was about 100 people waiting for their picture at the Arch so you basically have to wait in line or just jump in where you can.

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ALO Yoga Attire with Nikes

Later that day we went to eat after the girls finished their marathon at a place called Peace Tree Cafe.  The food was made fresh and was delicious, they even stamped their logo on the hamburger buns, it was cute.  Brit wanted to go see the Dead Horse Point at sunset so we jumped in the car. I’d say its 30-45 min away from the Arches National Park entrance.  We didn’t do a hike, we just went the scenic route on this one. There was 2 lookout points we made a stop at.

The first one:

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Second stop further up the canyon: Dead Horse Point

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Dead Horse Point

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Let me just say these pictures didn’t do it justice. (swoon)

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Day 2:

We woke up to a lovely brunch cooked by Nicole. We had planned a day full of hikes, however the weather decided differently on our plans. It was quite a snow storm when we woke up so we waited some of it out before ultimately deciding to go to a hiking/lookout point to see if it was worth the hike.

We drove back to Canyonlands National Park to see the Mesa Arch.  The hike was ranked ‘Easy’ and it about .6 miles round trip. We can all thank Caitlin for all of her extra clothes she randomly had in her car. We had not planned for a winter hike, but apparently she had.  I borrowed her boots and thank goodness I did!!  This could have been a cake walk hike minus the snow that made things a little slippery.

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MESA Arch

 

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After this shot we hiked back out and headed home. This was a short trip, but filled with so many magnificent views and memories.  Thanks for reading! Please like and follow my blog for more adventures to come! XO-G.

We took a Go Pro with us to capture the memories. Thanks to Nicole for filming and Jeremy for editing. Check it out!

Video of us dancing at Mesa Arch: