Burly Burger in South Weber

I’ve mentioned before that we tend to stick to south Davis County when we’re going out to eat. It’s the area that we’re most familiar with, and what we both grew up doing. I made a goal this year to explore restaurants in more of northern Davis County and we started the year out about as far north as we could go! If you haven’t heard about Burly Burger yet then you’ve probably been hiding under a rock because I swear we were one of the last people to go. Burly Burger has been all over social media and we’ve been wanting to try it out! I’m happy to be one of those people who have experienced its greatness so I can share it with you!

Where: Burly Burger (2572 E South Weber Dr, Ste 4, South Weber)
Cost: Plan on about $10 per person when you order a burger, fries and a drink or a shake

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I spent a lot of time drooling over the menu online before we went on our family date to Burly Burger. And even though I’d prepared ahead of time, it was still hard to pick the one thing off of that menu that I most wanted to eat that day. Every single thing on that menu sounds so delicious and watching everyone’s food come to their tables while we were there, it all looks and smells just as delicious. I knew what my husband would order before I’d decided what I was going to order.

The Swanson Burly Burger Menu

My husband ordered The Swanson, named after one of his favorite TV characters. It comes loaded with bacon and an egg and he said it was just as good as he imagined it would be. I think he also debated ordering the Mr T (pastrami burger) and The Duke (onion rings and bacon) but I don’t think the decision was too hard for him. I ordered my favorite kind of burger, one with pineapple and teriyaki sauce (The Rock) and it did not disappoint. You know you have something good going when you can’t put your burger down after you start eating because it’s too messy and there’s a big pile of napkins next to your plate after you’re finished. Our kids got chicken tenders and the lil burly burger kids meals. We also ordered Battered Fries and a basket of Onion Rings to share.

The Rock Burly Burger Menu

If you asked our toddlers what the best part of dinner was, it wouldn’t be the food, it would be the fire. They were so intrigued by the flames that would flare up every so often from the grill. It was the best dinnertime entertainment and I credit that for how well they acted at the restaurant. My husband and I were entertained by the art on the walls. In addition to their floor to ceiling chalkboard menus, Burly Burger has a large wall covered in fun quotes and decorations that are unique and interesting. I wish we’d picked a different seat so that I could have looked at it more without having to twist in my seat and be so obviously staring in the direction of other people who were eating.

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Burly Burger’s food is classic, delicious and uniquely theirs. The atmosphere of the restaurant is fun and friendly and inviting. The staff was wonderful and the owner stopped by each table to see how everyone’s food was and thank them for coming in! I hope that Burly Burger moves their restaurant to a bigger location soon because they are popular and the tables were constantly full, even when we arrived before 5pm. If they wanted to expand south, we wouldn’t complain about that either ;)

Have you tried Burly Burger yet?

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Valentine Date Nights in Davis County

This post will be updated as we become aware of more Valentine's date night worthy events going on around the community. Bookmark it and come back to check as your date night gets closer.

The fun thing about Valentine's this year is that you have the opportunity to celebrate a couple of different times. You can choose to celebrate the weekend before or after Valentine's day and then do something smaller at home as a couple on the holiday. Or you could go out mid week and celebrate on the holiday while still maintaining your weekend date night routine. Whichever way you choose to celebrate, extra date nights are always a win!

Valentine's Date Ideas

Valentine’s Date Night Ideas in Davis County

Click here for our list of romantic date night locations around Davis County. This post was written for anniversaries but these date night ideas are perfect for Valentine's day as well. You'll find great suggestions for dining out, fun activities and a few ideas that won't require you to spend a penny.

The Northern Utah Marriage Celebration is a great opportunity to reconnect and learn with your spouse. Workshops will be provided by professionals from northern Utah including topics such as intimacy, communication and staying connected, and a keynote presentation will be given by Darin Adams. This event takes place the weekend before Valentine's if you're looking to celebrate early. Click here for more details.

Farmington City is hosting their first annual Sweethearts Dance the weekend before Valentine's Day. Click here for more details.

Caffe Torino is hosting a romantic date night dinner on Valentine's. The menu includes Insalata Caprese, Chicken Marsala, Cesar Salad and Pana Cotta. Text inquiries to Michelle (801.430.8896)

One of my favorite Davis County spots is Beyond Spa. They never fail to deliver with holiday specials and they definitely didn't disappoint this year. Check out their list of seasonal specials here and pick one of the couples packages for a relaxing and romantic date night this month.

Dartside in Layton has a Date Night Special every Saturday this month. Buy 1 get 1 50% off, must be 18+ years old.

Layton City is also hosting a Valentine's Dance for families this year. It will take place the day after the holiday. Click here for more details.

For a fun and romantic night at home, a lot of pizza places in the area make heart shaped pizzas, or you could mix up some pizza dough and make your own! Making pizza at home is always a fun date night activity. Click here for more at home diy pizza date ideas.

Another one of our very favorite at home dates is Lockbox Mysteries. Click here to read about having your own escape room date at home, either with just the two of you or with a group. You'll also find a discount code in the post!

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Gift Ideas

Valentine's gifts don't have to be the cliche stuffed animals, chocolate and flowers; unless that's what you like of course. I love to go beyond the usual and find gifts that will really mean something. With a romantic holiday like this one, I especially like to find a way to give the gift of love.

Click here for a post on how you can use your significant other's love language to pick the perfect gift this Valentine's and for your anniversary, their birthday and Christmas later this year.

I'm always a fan of gifting date night to the one you love. Pick up a gift card for one of the places on your date night bucket list or a restaurant or activity in the area that you know your spouse has been wanting to try out. You could also plan out a date, something fun like a concert and dinner or even an overnight getaway and wrap up all of the elements of your date to gift them with on Valentine's.

I mentioned Beyond Spa as a date, but it's great as a gift as well. They have a lot of great "for 1" packages and specials as well as some great services that you can purchase gift cards for. Send your significant other off for some pampering, they won't complain! Click here for all of their specials.

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We'd love to see what you end up doing for date night! Use #daviscountydates on your social media posts so we can check it out or comment below and let us know!

The Perfect Winter Adventure to Escape the Inversion

Last weekend we got to escape the inversion for a few hours and go on an adventure to Wasatch County! There was a distinct point on our drive when the inversion ended, the skies were blue and the sun was shining bright. It was a huge change from the dreary fog and inversion that we’d been experiencing in Davis County all day. If you’re looking to escape the inversion and get a little sunshine this winter, I have some fun ideas for a day trip to Midway! If you can make an overnight date of it, that’s be fun as well!

We visited Midway for the first time a few years ago and we’ve been back many times since. We love the small town feel, the views, the air, the temperature and the fun and unique things to do up there. We’re hoping to make our visit a yearly tradition during the dreary months of winter when we just need to escape, enjoy the sunshine and have some fun! Our kids aren’t old enough to do a few of the activities listed below but we hope to do them on a romantic overnight getaway or as they get a little bit older.

Winter activities in Midway Utah

6 Fun Winter Activities in Midway

The Ice Castles

This is our favorite winter activity in Midway and one that kids and adults of every age can enjoy. Each year the Ice Castles open up for a few weeks and you can walk through, slide, sit around the fire and enjoy concessions. We love to get to the castles late in the afternoon so that we can enjoy them in the daylight and stick around to see them after dark, when the lights turn on and they take on a whole new look.

Click here for more information about The Ice Castles.

Sleigh Rides to the Ice Castles

Rocky Mountain Outfitters has put together a really fun sleigh ride and Ice Castles package for families and couples to enjoy! This one way horse drawn sleigh ride lasts 15 to 20 minutes and drops you at the entrance of The Ice Castle. Your ticket price includes the sleigh ride and tickets to the castles.

the Ice Castles at Homestead Resort

Soak in the Homestead Crater

The Crater is Midway’s claim to fame. It’s a geothermal spring under a limestone dome next to The Homestead Resort. Inside is warm and the pool maintains a warm temperature while the hole at the top circulates air and lets in a little bit of sunlight. You can soak, swim or go scuba diving in the crater or take a self-guided tour of the cave like area if you’d rather not get wet.

Outdoor Ice Rink

While we were in Midway this year, I noticed a sign boasting Utah’s largest outdoor ice skating rink. I looked into the rink more and it seems like a really fun winter activity and something that we plan to add to our itinerary for next year’s trip!

Zermatt Resort in Midway Utah

Tubing at Soldier Hollow

With the ages of our kiddos and their hesitation with new activities, we weren’t able to make this happen for this year’s trip, but it’s at the top of my list for future years. The thing I love most about tubing at Soldier Hollow is that you don’t have to hike back up the hill after you reach the bottom. Soldier Hollow has a lift of sorts that you attach your tube to and ride it back to the top of the hill so you can go down again. It always looks like a lot of fun and is something that I’m really looking forward to trying out!

Stay Overnight at Zermatt Resort

Our first visit to Midway included an overnight stay at Zermatt Resort. If you don’t know much about Midway, the entire town as a "Swiss” theme and Zermatt is no exception. It’s a luxury hotel with restaurants, a spa, beautiful property and other fun adventures and excursions available. We loved our stay at Zermatt and would definitely stay again as a couple or with our kids! One of our favorite restaurants is in the lobby of Zermatt. Wildfire Smokehaus has amazing smoked meats, yummy fries and really good pizza! We’ve also eaten there for breakfast and loved that as much if not more than their lunch and dinner menus.

Smoke Ribs at Wildfire Smokehaus

Whether you want to adventure for the day or are looking for a fun overnight escape, Midway is one of our favorite places to hang out any time of year, but especially during the winter. Don’t let the inversion get you down, head up the canyon for some sunshine and cleaner air.

Midway Ice Castles - Adventurous Winter Date Night

Last year I made a goal to go to Midway this year, either on a romantic overnight getaway or with our kids on a mini weekend vacation. When we started planning our little family trip, we found out that the kids wouldn’t be able to participate in a few of the activities that we’d be hoping to do, and decided to make it a day adventure instead. As soon as The Ice Castles opened, we started to plan our little trip and last Friday turned out to be the perfect day for us to escape the inversion and have some fun as a family.

Where: The Ice Castles (700 Homestead Dr, Midway)
Cost: $8-10 for kids (ages 4-11) and $11-16 for adults. Kids 3 and under are free

Midway Ice Castles

We took our oldest to The Ice Castles a few years ago when he was about 9 months old and wanted to take both of our toddlers this year while they were both still free, since we knew that they wouldn’t want to stay as long. Both kids had a lot of fun and although we only stayed for about an hour, we all had a lot of fun! The castles are gorgeous and it’s amazing to think about the work and talent that goes into designing the castles and growing the ice!

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Midway is about an hour drive from Davis County on a good weather day, and a great escape from the inversion. You’ll hit a point in the canyon where the inversion just ends and the sun is shining and the skies are blue and you feel just a bit happier even though you haven’t stepped outside your car. It’s definitely worth the extra miles past Park City and the perfect little winter getaway.

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The Midway Ice Castles are located on the Homestead Resort property and are a beautiful sight from up close and far away. There are three different slides within the Ice Castles that are fun to slide down, just wear the proper clothing so you don’t get too wet and cold. There is a shorter slide that’s perfect for little kids to race on and have fun, a mid-sized slide and then one that’s for 42” or taller and is fun to ride down on a little toboggan.

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Throughout the castles you’ll find tunnels to climb through, thrones of ice to sit on, and intricate designs from the ice. As you walk along, take the time to look up, down and all around so that you don’t miss out on a single sight. There are also benches and fire bowls situated throughout the castles for people to sit and talk and in the center of the castles is a concessions stand where you can purchase hot chocolate and treats to help you stay warm. Our kids loved to see the moon in the sky as we explored the castles and as the sky got darker, we were thrilled by the lights that glowed from deep within the ice itself.

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If you haven’t had a chance to visit The Ice Castles yet this year, it’s definitely something to do and turn into a tradition that your family enjoys year after year! I know that we’ll continue going back year after year.

At Home Campout Date for Those Cold Winter Months

Last year we had an indoor camping date night in the middle of January. It was simple, and something that we did at home, but it has been one of our most memorable date night activities ever. If your stage of life is similar to ours, if you're not an outdoorsy couple, if the woods are too far away from you or if it's the middle of winter and you're missing the summer weekends when you would escape to somewhere without cell phone service, this date night might be for you. In the summer, you could do this in your backyard, but you'll want to make sure you have long lasting batteries in your baby monitors or an extension cord that reaches out to your tent so you can keep an eye on the kids.

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At Home Campout for Cold Winter Months

We got our favorite takeout to eat during our date and enjoyed homemade s’mores after we were finished. You could drink hot chocolate from your favorite hot chocolate location in the area. Another great addition to this date would be Glamping S'mores from Last Course at Station Park!

One of the best things about this date is that you can still wake up the next morning and go to work if you need to. Middle of the week dates or date nights when one of you has to work all weekend are totally doable with this kind of campout! I loved that we could do this on a Saturday night and still get up the next morning and have the entire family ready and at church by 9am. 

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