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Food in Southern Utah is very diverse. From American to Italian foods around the world and back again. The Red Fort Cuisine of India is becoming the talk of the town with its recent opening in September of 2018. Toasty aromas of curry spices, ginger and a slight hint of coconut greet hungry guests. The service is efficient, friendly and professional. Certainly making it the perfect stop after working up an appetite adventuring with ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours.

The Red Fort Delhi, IndiaThe main gate on Independence day at Red Fort Delhi, India

The restaurant name refers to a Red Fort in Delhi, India. The name Red Fort is the English translation from “Hindustani Lal Qila” Referring to its sandstone walls and corridors. The Mughal Dynasty built the Red Fort and lived in it until the late 19th century. It is now home to local art, events, and fascinating museums. Every year on August 15th, India celebrates their independence from the United Kingdom. The night before, Prime Minister Narenda Modi delivers an “Address to the Nation.” Then posts a tri-color flag at the main gate of the Red Fort in Delhi. Followed by singing their national anthem, watching parades and pageants showcasing the feat of their triumph.

Location & Hours

At a glance, it might be a little more hidden than most eateries in St. George. Just south of exit 8 on I-15, it’s tucked behind the Red Rock commons shopping plaza. The Red Fort Cuisine of India is across the street from Courtyard by Marriott Saint George and up from the TownePlace Suites by Marriott. Directions can be found on their website or easily maneuvered in Google Maps.  The Red Fort Cuisine of India is open Monday-Saturday, closed Sundays. They are open from 3 PM to 10 PM for the perfect late lunch and dinner. Plus, if you’re not up for going out and are wanting to stay in the comfort of your hotel give them a ring and enjoy delicious takeout.

Unique Atmosphere

The restaurant environment is similar to the food that is served. Warm, ambient lighting with culture-specific decorations. Namely arches, golden elephants, plants and vibrant colors. In addition, the service staff, waiters, hosts, and even the table bussers are dressed in typical Indian clothing. Unlike most American restaurants where you leave with a doggy bag and feel 20 pounds heavier, the food is served in well-proportioned amounts.  Hammered silver-like dishes are brought to your table, with the rice in its own dish to the side. The seating is comfortable and well spaced.

On the Menu

Appealing to all walks of food life, they offer gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian dishes. Not a fan of spicy food? Here that’s not a big deal, you can order any meal at mild, medium, hot or very hot spice levels. I for one, love curry. The “Chicken Coconut Kurma” with mild heat had great presentation and even better taste! Thirsty? Another menu favorite is the “Mango Lassi,” a typical Indian drink consisting of fresh mangoes and homemade yogurt blended together. There are two other flavors as well, Strawberry and Rose. They also offer a careful selection of beers and wines. The menu was a bit overwhelming at first because they use correct Indian cuisine terminology. Luckily they do describe the dish’s contents and preparation under each name. Phew!

Above all, Red Fort’s Indian comfort food is the best pit stop after experiencing adventure with ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours. The majority of those visiting the Red Fort Cuisine of India say that it is the most genuine Indian cuisine of Southern Utah.

 

Written By: Kathryn Bowler

 

Paradise Village at Zion, a master planned vacation resort community, was voted 2016 Best in State and is located in Santa Clara UT. It is home to some of the most beautiful vacation rentals, second homes and even primary residents in the area! These aren’t just your regular resort style homes though, enjoy arcade games, Jacuzzi’s, views and even green space. You will only be minutes from Tuacahn and about a 45-minute drive from Zion National Park!

Paradise Aesthetic and Amenities

Firstly, the views are unreal at the Paradise Village at Zion community. The majestic mountains of Snow Canyon State Park, Red Cliffs preserve and Red Mountain surround this incredible 25.5-acre area property as well as the lush ground on the property. Each home is equipped with modern technology, comfortable beds, and beautiful decor. All the homes are immaculate inside and out.

Not to mention the vast amenities. Most of the homes come equipped what a hot tub on the balcony or backyard and some even have a private swimming pool. Onsite there are also several pickleball courts, a sand volleyball court, a wonderful palm tree-lined pool area, a very large spa-like hot tub, and clubhouse with a fitness center and lounging areas. There is even a grocery store down the road from the property. All the amenities combined provide a supple resort-like relaxation. Currently, they are working on the finishing stages of a private water park and lazy river. All of this is included with your own private resort style home.

An accommodation for everyone.

Most importantly are the homes themselves! Paradise Village, part of Utah’s Best Vacation Rentals, is the place for vacation rentals, a second home or even a primary residence. They offer a variety of sizes of homes in the community. They are sure to have just the size vacation home you are looking for right here in Southern Utah. Southern Utahs Best Vacation rentals have homes from 1-bedroom to 9-bedroom. The smallest home offered is a 1 bed/1 bath spacious Casita, that comfortably sleeps two guests. If you’ve got up to 24 in your group, the 6 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, a double-decked house will be perfect. With the largest home having 9 bedrooms I am sure they could accommodate almost any size party! Paradise Village is the place for any occasion.

Location, Location, Location!

Paradise Village is on the outskirts of Saint George about 10 minutes northwest in the city of Santa Clara, UT. A 5-mile radius accesses historical downtown Santa Clara, Snow Canyon State Park, and the world-renowned  Tuacahn Amphitheater. Tuacahn amphitheater is a fantastic venue to be able to take in a Broadway show with the red rock beauty surrounding you. There is also backyard access to bike paths, underground lava tubes near and numerous hiking trails.  Take a short 5-minute walk and you are at Gubler Park. Gubler Park has Baseball fields, playgrounds, pickleball courts, and even a splash pad! Not to mention its only about a 45-minute to Zion National Park. Due to the location of this property, you are in solitude but still close to everything.

How to book a stay?

Above all, Utah’s Best Vacation Rentals provides all the pricing, sizing and booking abilities you will need for your next getaway! Booking online is simple and fast. Not tech savvy? Give them a call to book and ask any questions. ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours is proud to say we are partners with some of the best vacation rentals in Southern Utah. Furthermore, don’t forget to mention your stay at Paradise Village and receive discounts on Tuacahn tickets as well as a discount on your next adventure tour with ATV and Jeep Adventure Tours.

Senior Guide Rob Olson

Rob Olson

Adventure Tour Senior Guide, Rob is originally from Seattle, Washington. Hanging up his raincoat, he came to Southern Utah to retire from UPS and care for his mother. Not to mention the 360 days of sunshine and fun! He revel’s in sharing an excellent level of service and focus, in addition to his adventuresome track record. Besides guiding in the sand dunes, Rob spend’s his time studying the universe, golfing, hiking and SIM racing. He also loves to occasionally dine-in at Cappeletti’s, a local 4 star Italian restaurant. After working with AJAT for almost 4 years now, he wants every one of his guests to leave with a lifetime memory of visiting southern Utah.

 

John Couture

Adventure Tour Guide John Couture

While John was trekking across the United States from Connecticut, he stumbled upon the ambiance and more relaxed pace of life we harbor here in Southern Utah. Previous to joining our crew as Guide and Mechanic, he worked as a service technician for a company in Connecticut and a natural gas company in Colorado. John’s favorite part about Sand Mountain is the open trail, especially in the spring and fall. Outside of making sure our machines are up to par, he enjoys tending to his family’s vegetable garden, day-tripping on his motorcycle and travelling the beautiful USA. John owns his own off-road machines as well and loves to ride in the wilderness and go rock crawling. Too him, the best part about touring with ATV & Jeep is that our guests get to see areas they wouldn’t see normally on a hike.

 

Cary Glade

Adventure Tour Guide Cary Glade

Cary was raised in Utah’s capital Salt Lake City. After serving in and retiring from the United States of America Air Force, he came to live in a land of unlimited adventures. Also a place where family and friends love to come visit and play. Cary explains the best thing about being a part of the AJAT family is the diverse and unique people that adventure with him. He too owns a few Can Am ATV’s and a Side-by-side that allow him to further explore Southern Utah. Even when Cary isn’t out guiding, you bet he’s discovering new trails on Sand Mountain. To him, the perfect outdoor adventure time falls between the equinox’s. Cary has been an adventure Tour Guide for over 2 years now and believes that our excursions are a “Once in a lifetime experience!”

 

Tammy GladeAdventure Tour Guide Tammy Glade

We are beyond lucky to have Tammy providing wonderful memories for our guests alongside her husband, Cary. Tammy grew up in Fredonia Arizona. Now she continues raising her family in Southern Utah. She loves showing off our beautifully unique surroundings. Particularly with new people from all around the world. Tammy loves Saint George because of its colors and wonderful year round weather. Our adventure tours, from her standpoint, are the best and safest way to get to know Sand Mountain. In addition, Tammy’s favorite part of Sand mountain just so happens to be going to the Flintstone house. A special spot that mother nature created, where our Full-day Adventures often stop for lunch. 

 

David Cox

Adventure Tour Guide David Cox

David grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada. He and his family decided to move north after his retirement from law enforcement. David has been riding ATV’s since the age of ten years old. Since then he has set his heart on adventuring alongside the temperate fall weather here. David’s other interests besides equipping our guests with unforgettable moments, are hiking and mountain biking. He also does a phenomenal job guiding our Off-road Van Excursions. Spotlighting ancient history, dinosaur tracks and pioneer heritage. Besides the fact that “we get paid to play,” Dave’s favorite part of sand mountain are the Navajo sandstone rock formations.

 

 

Bill McKinney

Adventure Tour Guide Bill McKinneyBill and his family traveled south from Northern Utah to bask in his retirement from owning his own company and to take part in the adventuresome lifestyle here in Southern Utah. In his own side-by-side machine Bill adores taking his grandchildren out the most. Since Bill has been with AJAT, he has come to savor meeting new people. He believes that we are an awesome tour company because we are where safety and fun meet. It cannot get any better than that. Bill is very fond of riding the big sand dunes on Sand Mountain in the Fall.

 

Alan Haycock

Adventure Tour Guide Alan Haycock

Alan fell in love with Southern Utah after calling Utah County home for most of his life. He loves gliding in the sand with our guests. Before catching up on sunshine, he finished his career as a coal miner. What brought him to southern Utah was the snow, or lack of it!  He is fascinated by the Iron Oxide in the sand. Which is responsible for it’s deep orange and red hues. Alan likes living only 2 short hours from anything you can imagine doing outdoors. Other than guiding for ATV and Jeep, he enjoys smoking meat in his charcoal smoker. He is quite the grill master! The Sand Highway on Sand Mountain captures his love to have a blast exploring the desert. If you want to see “mother nature in her raw,” adventure with Alan.

Dave Holton

Adventure Tour Guide Dave HoltonBorn in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Dave came to Southern Utah for “the life.” Dave loves being a part of ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours, connecting with new people and riding through our awesome scenery. His favorite part of Sand Mountain ties between Jurassic park, wind- carved animal shaped sandstone boulders and Owl’s Nest. Where if you’re lucky, you will see a mother owl nesting. On the side, he dabbles in fishing, rock crawling and loves to travel the world. Dave shares that we provide safe and fun adventures while producing only the grandest memories.

 

Written By: Kathryn Bowler

If you are looking for a way to put some education in your next family vacation to St George, we have a few spots that are sure to be a crowd pleaser. St George is full of historical locations, geological sites, and educational museums. Listed below are some of our favorite kid-friendly educational activities to enjoy during your next visit to St George.

Historical walking tour of St George

Taking a self-guided walking tour of the Downtown area in St George is an excellent way to learn about the towns rich history. This is the perfect educational activity for the family and includes many locations where experienced tour guides can give you in depth descriptions of each building. The Chamber of Commerce in St George also provides a detailed description of each location on their printable tour map which can be found here.

Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum

The Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum is home to a vast display of animals from all over the globe. This museum is a great educational outing for any age. They have electronically guided tours, so you are able to move at your own pace. Their dedicated space for young children will engage your youth in educational hands-on activities that will make for truly memorable experiences. This museum is a non-profit and contributes to the preservation of wildlife.

Red Hills Desert Garden

If you have been to St George you have probably heard of the “Dixie Rock”, but a newer attraction recently to make its appearance just East of the famous stone is the Red Hills Desert Garden. This garden features a wide variety of desert plants and live native fish that can be viewed through plexiglass windows in their man-made slot canyon. You can experience the whole garden in less than an hour, but we suggest taking your time learning about the many exhibits there. Be sure to watch the ground, as historic tracks are nestled in the rock between the displays! For more information visit their website here.

Western Sky Aviation Warbird Museum

The western sky aviation warbird museum is a non-profit aviation museum dedicated to preserving, restoring, and displaying aircraft. Many of the planes were used in World War II or the Korean War. Most of the staff at the museum are experienced aviation experts and are happy to answer any questions you have. Many of the aircrafts are still flown today on special occasion so be sure to check with staff if there are any special events during your stay where you can see these warbirds take flight. The museum also features visiting aircrafts, so each visit could be entirely different. There is not entrance fee to the museum, but a $2 donation is suggested.

Dino Cliffs Dinosaur Tracks

The Dino Cliffs Dinosaur Tracks is a .5-mile family-friendly hike that rewards hikers with a stunning view of ancient dinosaur tracks rumored to be from the Jurassic period. This excursion is a short 15-minute drive from St George and allows for the whole family (including pets) to scramble around stunning red rock formations. Be sure to bring sunscreen as much of this hike is in direct sun.

ATV Off-Road Van Tour

This list wouldn’t be complete without including our amazing Southern Utah van excursions. These tours are extremely affordable and educational. On tour you will see petroglyphs, a gypsum mine, the historical remains of Fort Pearce, and real fossilized dinosaur tracks. The best part about visiting these locations on a tour, is you have an experienced guide who can share history and details you may have missed visiting these locations on your own. For more information on our van tours click here.