As the gateway to several of the state’s mountain resorts, Salt Lake City boasts a booming dining and nightlife scene worthy of checking out including a new beer hall and downtown theater and several restaurants with private dining space that recently joined the scene.

>>  The 185,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater opened in October. Highlights include a six-story grand lobby with retractable glass walls along Main Street; 2,500-seat Delta Performance Hall; multiuse, 150-seat Black Box theater; and Encore Bistro open for breakfast and lunch daily and dinner on performance nights with a menu customized to match the current show. artsaltlake.org

>>  Located in what was Salt Lake’s original Ford auto dealership, Current Fish & Oyster has been generating buzz since it opened in 2015, landing on OpenTable’s 100 Best Restaurants in America list for 2016. The seafood emporium can host 50 in a private upstairs dining room. currentfishandoyster.com

>> Newly opened by three chefs in the Zions Park neighborhood, TableX is all about minimalist design and delicious dishes such as Morgan Valley steak tartare, Christiansen Farm Berkshire pork and Idaho rainbow trout. The private Garden Dining Room overlooks the restaurant’s vegetable garden and accommodates up to 14 guests. tablexrestaurant.com

>> Also with private dining options, HSL is the Salt Lake branch of Handle in nearby Park City and serves seasonal and local foods from beef cheek burgers to coddled duck eggs while Stanza Italia Bistro & Wine Bar specializes in small plates, fresh pastas and wine all served in a vast modern space. hslrestaurant.com; stanzaslc.com 

>> Beer Bar is Salt Lake’s version of a late-night beer hall with more than 150 beers and a menu featuring house-made bratwursts, local breads and Belgian fries. Next door is sister nightspot BarX, first opened the year Prohibition was repealed in 1933 and totally refurbished by the current owners in 2010. beerbarslc.com 

As travel comes returns in many parts of the world, Forbes Travel Guide unveiled its 2022 Star Award winners on April 26, 2022. The United States debuted 10 hotels, three restaurants and seven spas on the Five-Star list. In U.S. Mountain West towns with peaks, 12 hotels, one restaurant, and six spas landed a Five-Star nod. 

 

In the soon-to-be released Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Mountain Meetings, I write about Mountain Activities 101. That’s not the official title of the article—it’s actually Mild to Wild—but it is a primer about the many amazing activities groups can enjoy in the mountains, from cave tours in Bend, Oregon, to a kayaking, hiking and hot springs excursion near Boulder City, Nevada. 

 

With meetings returning to normal as the COVID-19 pandemic levels out, outdoor mountain pursuits are finding more time on meeting agendas. Taking events outdoors not only boosts attendees’ comfort level as they ease back into in-person meetings, time spent in nature is proven to improve brain health and stimulate creative thinking as well.

We’ll be looking at this topic in-depth in the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Mountain Meetings. Consider this as an introduction to some of the possibilities.