I’ve been living in Utah for seven years, and I had never heard about the Homestead Crater. Measuring 65 feet deep and with temperature of 90-95F year round, the crater is a must see. The water is not as hot as in Lava Hot Springs and you don’t need to be concerned about dehydration. You can swim around the 400 feet wide cavern, or just relax in the soaking area, it’s totally up to you. The dome has a custom-built deck, so the guests can better enjoy the mineral water.
The nice feature is that you don’t have to repel through the top to enjoy the natural geothermal hot pool as in the early 90’s the Homestead property decided to create a 110 foot long tunnel to make the crater more accessible.
What are the chances to find a western town in the middle of Utah? Well, just near the Wasatch mountains there is a cute little city called Heber that holds lots of surprises. At first you can think that there’s nothing else to see there than a beautiful landscape, but is actually one of those places that will blow out your mind.
We could start by speaking about the Crater at the Homestead, that is one of the most incredible things I’ve seen in this amazing state I call home, but that is already featured in another post . So, let’s talk about the Heber Old Town.
Established in 1849, the Heber Old Town is a place for those who enjoys trying good food, art and craft. Surrounded by charming farmlands, the place was once called Heber Creeper Railway Village. The rustic atmosphere and the roadhouse environment gives you the feeling of going back on time.
As a craft lover, I took a time to appreciate the red painted woods and the old architecture as you can get so much inspiration just by looking to its peculiar buildings.
Nothing fills out a mother’s heart more than when we see our kids having a good time. The day was bright with a gorgeous blue sky and Marie was very excited about spending some time in a warm swimming pool. Because the water there can be too hot for the little ones we had only one pool where our baby could get in without the risk of burning out her delicated skin.
While in the pool, we had to keep a water bottom near by as advised and make sure that us and baby Marie were being hydrated all the time. It’s , also, advised that you dont stay in it for very long but, take some time out of the pool, walk around and then come back as the natural water temperature there is between 1020 to 112º.
The greatest thing is that if you go during weekdays you are allowed to leave and come back whenever you want as long you do it in the same day of the admission purchase.
So, we went in the morning and stayed until around 1 pm. As it was almost time for Marie’s nap, we decided to leave the hot springs to go to Cafe Rio and then we went back to the hotel.
There is nothing that I love more than spending time with my family, specially when we can go out and see the beauty in this world. We had such a good time together in our small vacation of fours days to Idaho. The first two days we stayed in Pocatello, which is just 30 minutes away from the amazing Lava Hot Springs.
Although we tried to stay within Lava Hot Springs, as a small city they don’t have many great options when it comes to accommodations. The old big houses, turned into hotels, have overpriced rooms and most of them have no good amenities such as breakfast inclusion, pool , safe or cribs when you’re traveling with kids.
So we opted for Pocatello, which is not either a big city, but it has everything you need as if it was. Kohl’s, Target, Cafe Rio, Ulta, Walmart, etc and a vast options of hotels such as Red Lion, Hampton, Holiday Inn, Best Western, Ramada and La Quinta are just a few.
I confess I am very skeptical about trying new restaurants but, a trip without the risks of a Gastronomic Tourism is not a trip. We went out for a small vacation of four days only to Idaho, and we stopped by my in-laws to see Twin Falls, which is, by the way,one of the most amazing places I’ve seen.
Of course, we had to try the Clover Leaf Creamery, highly recommended by my father-in-law, who took us there and I can say is a specialist in ice cream or he used to be before stopping ingesting sugar. Well, we weren’t disappointed.The place is amazing!
The vintage look will make you to want to come back but, it’s , of course, the ice cream that catches you up. Made with all natural ingredients you can trust that you will have the most delicious ice cream of your life. I had the coconut with chocolate. Believe me the chocolate is to die for.