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Pinewoods Resort

pinewoods cabinPinewoods Resort is a six-acre destination site just a stone’s throw from the little community of Duck Creek in Utah, tucked away in the aromatic pine forest off Utah’s Hwy 14, conveniently near Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park.  The resort offers tons of amenities and features a number of cozy, well-appointed cabins (21 units total) for singles, couples or small groups.  The resort is situated in an area of fabulously-built log homes underscoring the fact that this is a highly desirable area for second homes, vacations and get-aways.  Just 30 miles east of Interstate 15 and Cedar Creek or 10 miles west of Hwy 89, it’s easy to access and worth taking the time to see.

Our cabin consisted of a downstairs living room/kitchen/bathroom and an upstairs loft where we found our sleeping quarters.  We arrived in mid-April with snow still on the ground and sub-40-degree temperatures outdoors.  How refreshing to see the remnants of winter, although spring was now here and summer seemed to be approaching quickly in some places in the desert southwest.  For us, it was wonderful to see snow again, if only for a little while, a reminder that this is truly a unique part of the world where, after driving a short distance, you can actually experience seasonal change of weather.

Plenty of natural wood is used throughout the cabin including posts, doors, window molding, and paneled walls.  There’s nothing quite like tongue-and-grove natural cedar ceilings to make you feel like you’re in the woods.   A wood stove is prominent in the living room, but electric baseboard heat is more than adequate to make the place cozy.  The kitchen is equipped with microwave, toaster, coffee maker, refrigerator, and stove along with dishes and silverware to allow you to cook meals on your own.  The Pinewoods Resort restaurant is also a great place to get a meal.  Originally it had been the Ponderosa Steakhouse, but now the restaurant is part of the larger resort complex.  Breakfast was included in our stay and included a serve-yourself selection of cereals, bagels, Danish, French-toast, yogurts, hard-boiled eggs, and beverages.

The friendly staff at Pinewoods resort is available to make your stay a comfortable one.  They’ll give you suggestions on local DSC_0114activities—fishing, snowmobiling in winter and ATV excursions throughout the year.  They’ll outfit you with a fishing pole, snowmobile or ATV—with all the gear.  Most of Pinewoods’ visitors come from Las Vegas to beat the heat, especially in summer.  But the resort is open in winter as well, and snowmobiling is a popular activity.  Our time was enriched by a Polaris adventure where we headed out to a scenic knoll, just a half hour away.  We were treated to a 360-degree view that was spectacular.  Along the way as we sped through the Dixie National Forest, we spotted deer and pronghorn antelope.  This is a popular area for ATVs and outdoor adventures such as hunting and fishing.  Fish is plentiful in nearby lakes.  Aspen Mirror Lake is 2 miles away, Duck Creek Pond is 3 miles, Navajo Lake is just 8 miles away and Panguitch Lake is a mere 20 miles to the north.  One guest we met for breakfast regularly came from Las Vegas with his wife.  He boasted of having caught and released 30 trout the previous day.  His wife showed off a picture of an eagle swooping down over the lake to snatch a trout.

Pinewoods Resort features a recreation room and spa in the lodge and outdoor recreational opportunities as well.  There are picnic areas with tables and barbecue stations, volleyball and basketball courts, and a children’s play area, just to name a few of the many amenities.  If you plan to stay for a while, many of the units feature small kitchens where you can cook your meals and there are laundry and shower facilities here as well.

Pinewoods Resort is an excellent place to get away from it all, to experience nature first-hand, to relax, to listen to the quiet, and to restore those places that have felt depleted and worn.  This would be a perfect place to host a family reunion, seminar, retreat, or gathering of just about any type.  If you’re an event organizer, your attendees will think you are a genius for booking this venue!  Check out their very helpful website and watch the video featuring General Manager Bryan Romney, a remarkable guy who does a great job making you feel welcome and happy.

Pinewoods Resort

1460 E. Duck Creek Ridge Rd.

P.O. Box 1148

Duck Creek Village, UT 84762

Phone: (435) 682-2512

Reservations (800) 848-2525

Email: info@pinewoodsresort.com

Website: www.pinewoodsresort.com

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