CONTRIBUTED CONTENT — As a family business for over 100 years, the owners of Ruby’s Inn know that the best memories are made when traveling together. If you’re looking for one last getaway before the start of the new school year, experience an unforgettable vacation on the doorstep of Bryce Canyon National Park with hospitality that’s a destination in itself.
Since 1916, the Syrett family has made it easy for visitors from around the world – or just down the road – to explore the epic landscapes of Bryce Canyon. Accommodation options at the iconic Ruby’s Inn cater to travelers with any budget, not to mention the added value of unique retail, dining, adventure and family entertainment.
“Summer is the perfect time of year to stay at Ruby’s Inn,” said General Manager Lance Syrett. “We’re only two hours away, so you can come and go with less than a full tank of gas.”
Ruby’s Inn invites guests to book a Late Summer Getaway and save 20% per night (with a two-night minimum stay) through September 1. Nightly rates include hot breakfast each morning.
Syrett said Ruby’s Inn is a one-stop-shop for all travel needs in the Bryce Canyon area. The sprawling property offers a wide variety of accommodations, including traditional hotel rooms, rustic cabins, tent and RV campsites, and other unique options. Hungry adventurers will find a plethora of dining options ranging from burgers and pizzas at the Canyon Diner to a hearty home-cooked dinner at Cowboy’s Buffet & Steak Room.
At around 7,600 feet above sea level, Bryce Canyon provides a welcome respite from the summer heat that scorches much of southwestern Utah. Daytime highs rarely exceed 85 degrees, and hikers will enjoy miles of beautiful, uncrowded trails.
“If you fancy a good hike and it’s too hot to visit Zion or Snow Canyon, Bryce is a great place to hike,” Syrett said.
If you prefer adventures on wheels, Ruby’s Inn will serve as the starting point for the annual rendezvous Canyon 2 Canyon Bike Ride August 27. The family hike follows the Canyon 2 Canyon Trail from Inspiration Point in Bryce Canyon to Red Canyon 17 miles away.
The path is paved and mostly downhill. Registration is mandatory and costs $5 per person; children 5 and under travel free.
Bring your own bike or rent one at Ruby’s Inn Adventure Center, which offers activities for the whole family, including guided ATV tours, wagon rides, and horseback riding. There are also exciting virtual reality tours and scenic plane and helicopter flights over the park and surrounding sites.
Ruby’s Inn is one of the only places in Utah to offer high-quality Branson- and Nashville-style entertainment every night, Syrett said. Enjoy home cooking and live country music performed by the Bryce Canyon Wranglers, or marvel at the skills of local cowboys at the Bryce Canyon Country Rodeo.
Ebenezer’s Barn & Grill hosts the latest episode of their Nashville stars over Bryce Canyon dinner and series of concerts on August 19 and 20. Acclaimed songwriters Jason Deere, Mark Nesler and Tony Martin, who have written hits for some of country music’s biggest names, will take center stage.
Just a stone’s throw from one of the jewels of the national park system, what started over a century ago as tents and a place to eat has become an international attraction. The success of Ruby’s Inn contributed directly to the growing popularity of the Bryce Canyon area as Southern Utah’s best place for an unforgettable getaway.
“If you’ve never been to Bryce Canyon, find an excuse to come here,” Syrett said.
Written by ALEXA MORGAN for St. George News.
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