To answer the most commonly asked question regarding our trip: No, we didn’t become mormon. Lol.
Welcome back to my little corner of the internet! Today I bring you honeymoon recap part III!
For those of you that may not know, my husband and I got married in Nashville, TN on Saturday, October 12, 2019. I am anxiously awaiting my wedding photos and so to distract myself from getting toooo impatient as I wait, I wanted to write up a couple posts to document our honeymoon – something I don’t have any shortage of photos to share on!
If you missed the first half of our trip, you can see what all we’ve been up to prior to our time in Salt Lake City here (Heber City/Park City) and here (Moab).
October 17 – SLC
We (sadly) started honeymoon day 6 in Salt Lake City with me not feeling well. Once I got out of bed, we went and ate breakfast at our Bed and Breakfast, Inn on the Hill. Again, they were very considerate of my food allergies. I had fresh-made scrambled eggs, fruit, toast and a few other goodies, Curtis got a house waffle. I was hoping eating would help my cramps feel a little better but sadly it did not. We went back to our room and I immediately crawled back into bed….and didn’t leave for most of the rest of the day.
As I laid in bed, I did end up falling asleep – a nice midday nap! This is what honeymooning is for, right?!
When I woke up Curtis had run me a bath (below! how glorious is that?!) and made me some ginger tea. He is soo kind, wow. I stayed in this bath for easily an hour and a half, while my poor sweet husband, bored out of his mind, just aimlessly walked (explored!) through our Bed and Breakfast and the square that our B&B was on as I tried to nurse myself back to health.
We had dinner plans this night but ended up cancelling them for a night in since I could barely stand up without feeling nauseous. Once I was out of the bath, he ran to get me a cup of coffee and us dinner (how saintly is this boy I mean, come on?!) Upon his return, we broke open our dinner – a beaaaatiful spread from Spitz (can you tell we like Mediterranean food??) and watched Definitely, Maybe in bed and then just fell asleep. You’d think after a full day in bed I wouldn’t have been able to sleep but my period takes it out of me, so I actually slept like a rock this night despite it all.
October 18 – SLC
The following day we woke up and we totally took advantage of the fact that we had a full day to explore and that were stuck inside (well I was) all day the day before. We explored the HECK outta this city.
We began our morning like we did the day before, breakfast! Curtis got another pastry-style breakfast and I got an egg/veggie hash. It was SOOO good. I feel like no one utilizes the goodness of Bed and Breakfasts anymore unless you’re like 85…but I’m telling you, we loved both of our experiences on this trip. The “free” breakfast in the morning is way nicer than a hotel breakfast – especially if you’re me and am allergic to half of it anyway.
After breakfast, we went back to our room, changed clothes and headed into downtown Salt Lake City for some coffee at Three Pines Coffee (the same place Curtis had ventured to the day before for my coffee). We both got iced lattes again, even though it was quite chilly – I will forever drink iced drinks any and all times of the year thank you very much! Anyone with me on that??
After our coffee stop, we ventured a few blocks down the road to the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. For those of you that may not know, Joseph Smith is the “founder” of the Mormon religion. It was an interesting building – our favorite was the view from the top floor of the SLC Temple (below). So beautiful!
After we left the Joseph Smith building, we walked another block over to actually go visit Temple Square. Since we are not LDS (Mormon) we were unable to go inside the Temple – plus there was a wedding happening at the time we were there. Someone that worked in the Joseph Smith building told us that this Temple (it’s one of the most famous in the world) holds 60+ weddings almost DAILY. Like, I’m sorry but how does that even happen?? One every 15 minutes? I don’t envy the person who has to coordinate all that.
The rest of these below shots are from our little walk around the rest of Temple Square.
What a beautiful space, all nestled amongst the surrounding mountains. Utah feels like such a hidden gem.
After our little walk about the city, we stopped into a restaurant called CoreLife, very similar to Chopt, if you live in Nashville. We both ordered GLORIOUS looking salads and munched to our heart’s (and belly’s) content.
After lunch we decided it’d be fun to go visit the namesake of this town so we drove the 30 minutes or so from downtown to The Great Salt Lake State Park. It was beautiful!
We stayed here for maybe 20 minutes, it was a chilly day on a pretty lake, so there really was not much to do except just stand there and look at it – Curtis and I did figure out that we both love coming to beaches when it’s cold out, though, so that was one fun discovery! While we were here, we saw a little island out in the distance and inquired at the visitor’s center about it. We found out we could drive to it (!) so we hopped back in the car, quickly stopped by the Bed and Breakfast again to grab some warmer coats and then headed up to Antelope Island State Park. This park was also a favorite of our trip, truly all of my hopes and dreams for a naturally occurring outdoor color scheme haha – all the blues and browns. So earthy. So pretty.
Below are a collection of photos from both of our state park stops on this day. The wild bison was at Antelope State Park. How neat would it be to be a wild animal living on this island though? So freaking beautiful.
After a little over an hour at Antelope Island, we decided to head back into town and check out the restaurant that we were supposed to eat at the night before, Zest. This was one of the places on my list that I created before our trip that I really wanted to check out and I’m so happy we decided to stop by before we left.
I didn’t take any photos of our food but LET ME TELL YOU GUYS. If you are ever in SLC, you HAVE to check this place out. We both ordered cocktails that we enjoyed and vegan deviled avocados as an appetizer. I haven’t ever eaten anything like that before and I’m actually not sure I’ve ever eaten anything better than deviled avocados. Let me know if you are vegan and just randomly have any good recipes for these haha!
For dinner I ordered jackfruit tacos and Curtis got an Indian dal dish (AMAZING). The best part? It was ALL vegan! So good. Would recommend this place over and over and over again – even if you aren’t that into vegan food. I’m really happy we made the time to stop by this place before we headed back home – for one actual nice-ish date night – this was truly such a fun (and delicious!) way to end our trip.
To be honest, we both felt a little weird during this last part of our trip – Curtis affectionately named it our trip to Mormonia. I don’t mean to get all preachy on you but the Mormon religion really brings a very weird energy that we never really felt until we were immersed in it. The people were SO nice and we enjoyed our time in Salt Lake City but there was still this inexplicable heaviness we felt the whole time we were here. Given the opportunity, I’m not sure we would go back, if I’m being honest.
October 19 – SLC –> DEN –> BNA
The following morning we got up, ate (shared) my veggie and egg hash again (second day in a row – it was that good!) from our Bed and Breakfast and then headed to the airport. This final day was a full travel day for us. Our first flight was delayed by an hour or so, we eventually hopped on our flight from SLC to Denver with our oat milk lattes in hand because SLC is really with the times & has a coffee shop with oat milk IN the airport…and Curtis somehow managed to track it down (have I mentioned enough how good he is?! I think oat milk lattes are my love language tbh). Once in Denver, we had a mini layover before we hopped on our second plane to Nashville. We made it home and were picked up by one of our good friends from the airport – she also took the below video when we actually got to our new home – sorry for the terrible lighting I just thought it was too cute not to share 🙂
And now friends, we’re more than a month into “normal” life and we’re just having a ball! Although, I could totally go for a 9am wake up call instead of my daily 6:15am to get to work …… 🙂
There you have it friends, our full honeymoon recap. Hopefully the next time I “see” you I’ll be able to share some of our wedding photos because that means I’ll finally have them. I can’t wait!!