my guide to living in p-town.

we've lived in provo for...gosh, two and a half years now! (excluding a summer in slc) although circumstance brought me here against my own will, i have really grown to love this quirky little bubble. really - any place has magic waiting to be found, you just have to make an effort to find it. there are a lot of things i don't love about provo, but i'm not stuck here forever and i was, and am, determined to find those things that i love about it! there's a lot of really amazing people, (really, some of the best) some of the greatest eats, and let's get real. it's gorgeous here! we have a few "tested and true" spots around utah county, and since we are making our debut outside of utah in just a few more weeks (!!) i thought i would document:

when you are feeling like a bike ride...

1. outdoors unlimited. they rent singles & tandems for around $5. if you don't have a bike rack or a truck - that's alright! bike all around byu campus and make a pit stop at swig on the way back. ;)

when you are feeling like a quick walk in the mountains...

2. rock canyon park. park at the bottom, walk 5 minutes on the paved path and you can hardly tell you're in provo anymore! rock canyon is home to some of our favorite sunday walks, saturday hikes, and, since we have friends that have gear, a few climbs.

when you're feeling artsy...

3. byu art museum. they'll always have at least one exhibit that will ring your bell, and it's free. yay free things!

when you're feeling romantic...

4. some of the best sunsets i have witnessed have been over utah lake. (they rival sunset in hawaii and the caribbean, really.) we love to head up about a half hour before google says the sun will set, (y mountain and squaw peak are the best spots) sit on the hood of our car, and usually a life chat with ensue. but beware of awkward byu students making out in the car next to you and do not be deterred by them!



when you're feeling like you need a little coziness in your life...

5. head over to riverwoods! there are romantic lights strung everywhere, fire pits during the winter, and 4/5 times if you go during the weekend there will be a cute little performer in the pavillion. there are some fab food options (marley's and la jolla groves are our favs) some choice shopping, (but don't go into soel boutique unless you want a few hundred dollars to magically disappear) and provo beach resort - home of indoor surfing & blue bell ice cream!

when you are feeling like a nice stroll...

6. walk center street a few times (between state and university) this is MY FAVORITE. i don't know what it is, but center street is so old-timey and charming. there are a lot of unique shops to pop into and if you're lucky, you'll catch a street performer. (also, station 22 and bruges waffles and sammy's!) 

when you want a donut...

7. run to provo bakery. run! you have to catch them earlier in the day or they'll be all snatched up - the red velvet is best.

when you're feeling sad because your complex doesn't allow pets...

8. drive over to american fork and visit the puppy barn! it's literally a store full of puppies for you to hold. at no charge. genius, right? if you're like me, you'll be puppied-out and smelly in like 30 minutes.



when you're feeling like a burger...

9. in n out. there are no other words. (although, mooyah's and five guys are good options, too.)

when you have a sweet tooth...

10. our favorite dessert spots are: the chocolate, mooyah's milkshakes, sodalicious (get the oatmeal chocolate chip and ask for it frosted!) the cocoa bean, smart cookie, the choc'late mousse, sweet tooth fairy, and of course, the creamery. get a shake!

when you're craving a wrap or a salad or sweet potato fries...

11. guru's. i know it's a provo given, but it's because it's charming and delicious! those sweet potato fries dipped in the fry sauce though....

when you're craving greasy southern food...

12. joe's cafe. it's a little hole in the wall next to a tattoo parlor, but it's jordan and i's very own hidden gem. we are so proud of it. they deep fry the potato chips and put a gallon of strawberry preserves on the waffles. & tell joe we sent ya.



if you want to see the cutest houses in provo...

13. go on a walk from 3rd north to center street, between 100 and 600 east. some of them are old and crumbly, but so many are delightful and cute - with vines growing up the sides or civil-war looking busts above the porch molding, or little white picket fences. this is the part of provo, i think, that has the most character.

if you're feeling like a photoshoot...

14. check out the einstein wall. it's on 100 west at about 150 south, and it's seriously the cutest.

when a little summery arson sounds fun...

15. utah lake and nunn's park are the best places for a bonfire, and they are both no more than a 10 minute drive from the heart of p-town! some of our best memories in provo have been laughing around a campfire, eating s'mores.

when you're feeling like catching a disease and spending less than $10 for a date...

16. nickelcade. so it's a little grimy and it smells like 14 year old hormones, whatever. it's SO FUN. i can't even count the number of times we have had date-night here, and it's always better than the last time. 



when you're feeling like being all outdoorsy...

17. float the provo river! make sure you have sturdy tubes and your rump is ready to be bruised up by a few rocks, but those views of provo canyon. man alive! they are the best.

when you need to escape for an afternoon...

18. drive up provo canyon and hit up sundance. there are some unbeatable hikes up there, the foundry grill is amaze, and it always feels like we just deserted life for a quick second. i love how close it is. (and for goodness sake, ride the chairlift while the leaves change in the fall! life changing.)

when you need a night away from provo...

19. we like to escape to salt lake for some asian star, downtown strolls, city creek shopping, banberry donuts, real games, and ruby snap cookies. i love how close salt lake is - and there's always something exciting going on! however - some of my favorite weekends have been up in park city, too. (the eating establishment and zoom are our favorites places to eat. also, s'mores at the st. regis!)

when you need a good laugh...


20. comedy sportz. we like divine comedy too, but comedy sportz has had us busting at the seams every show we've attended - something about quirky, random, genuine improv.



you've been a good time, provo. we will see ya in the fall. (and did i miss anything??)

Comments

  1. Love this. Please try Zubs in Provo. It's right behind our house and we literally walk/longboard to it at least once a week. Order their steak n stuff and really enjoy their bread. It's also a hidden gem. I've gotten so many friends hooked. You will die.

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  2. You're making me miss Provo. And I'm sad that we weren't friends when Cory and I were dating so we could have had all this fun with you guys.

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  3. [insert 25 clapping emojis]. this list is gold. as in, i just bookmarked it on my computer so that when i panic bc i can't think of something fun to do i have it on hand. YOU ARE BRILLIANT.
    how good is smart cookie, though.
    YUM.

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  4. i think the chocolate closed!!! :'( i was so sad because i loved it! but if it's open, please tell me! you're going to love sf girl, see you out there ;)

    xo, k

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  5. This is perfect! Utah really is the greatest! But for hamburgers... JCWs is my go to!

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  6. So fun! Now I want to do all the things on here that I haven't done before :) So are you guys just leaving for the summer and then coming back? Is one of you still in school?

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    1. we will both graduate in december - we each have 6 credits to finish up in the fall & then we are done :) congrats on being done, by the way! totally jealous!

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  7. i'm so jealous you have access to such epic hiking!!! and you eat some pretty yummy sweets :)

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  8. I love this lots Kayla! I need to do this for Rexburg, because I feel the same way about it ;) It's all about finding the gems I tell ya

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  9. Loved all of this! Especially the Nickelcade part! Glad I am not the only one who goes there for date night, haha!

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