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Vacation For Two…Day Two

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I like to call day two Venus vs. Mars! After surviving the cave (Mars) it was my turn to pick our next adventure (Venus)! I realized once again, that while Mars and Venus may be in the same solar system, there are millions of light years between the two! I thought I was a pretty darn good sport about cave exploring and my honorary position as “Ranger Norine”. So, I picked one of our favorite Southern Utah towns. Santa Clara for day two. I just knew that “Mars” was going to love my adventure as much as I was! (light years people, LIGHT YEARS!)…

Santa Clara is small and oozes charm! Honestly, it is one of the most beautiful little towns! Tree lined streets, old Victorian homes, and cute little shops. Smack dab in the middle of all this charm is a darling French Bistro with a stunning little court yard (Uh-Oh look…there went Mars…shooting across the sky like a meteor with it’s tail ablaze!).  Every time we pass through, it would whisper to me “Come sit! Soak in my ambiance. It will be like you are on vacation in France!” And I would longingly whisper back… Some day soon my petit ami.  I told Mars about my wish and he readily agreed. Said he wold love to take me to “that cute little French thingy and have lunch”. (Oh look, the sun just fell out of the sky!)

The Granary is a stunningly beautiful and quaint French Bistro. Honestly, I was giddy I was so excited! (Mars didn’t appear to be sharing my enthusiasm) The majority of the restaurant is located out doors. There are several covered private patio areas and there is also the attic to the churches old winery. As we walked up to the small arched entry way, into the outer court yard, a lady was sitting by the main fountain softly playing music and singing. There are numerous fountains through out the property so the sound of trickling water is always softly heard in the background.  A huge tree and red striped patio umbrella’s offer plenty of shade. The court yard is surrounded by roses and climbing vines. Each table has a darling coffee cup in the center for their famous coffee. Guests quietly chat. No one is rushed. Everything you picture a French Bistro to be!

The Granary in Santa Clara, Utah

The food is French! Imagine that? (Mars likes to keep his rotational balance by fueling on burgers and wings!)  I did find out that Mars enjoys quiche! I never knew that! I also found out Mars prefers half a quiche to say… one slice! He exclaimed that he thought the French liked large robust meals. (This was not exactly going the way I had envisioned it.) The food was excellent and if you get a chance to stop by and eat, we highly recommend their croissants! So buttery and flaky! Mars ordered the smoked salmon quiche with a side croissant. It came with the most wonderful homemade jam. He couldn’t get enough of it! I ordered a croissant sandwich. We had to have dessert! I ordered the Raspberry Creme crepe with fresh whip cream. Okay, we need to stop right here…if you don’t go to this amazing little Bistro for any other reason, it has to be for their crepes! I consider myself to be an expert on all things dessert (it’s been a huge sacrifice for me to obtain the title but, I have suffered through the best I can!) That crepe was seriously the BEST dessert I have had in years! I should have skipped lunch and gone straight for the crepe! That’s what a true Venus would have done! (I’m such a disappointment to my planetary sister!)


Mars ordered Strawberry Shortcake… I knew that Mars, bless his heart, was having visions of my shortcake. Finally some good ol’ country cooking was headed his way! I wish I had snapped a picture of his face when his layered strawberry and cream cake was placed before him. (Ka-boom! Mars just exploded!)  It was very delicious, it just wasn’t my strawberry shortcake. Mars was a really good sport. He struggled but, he did it for me. It’s just one of the many reason’s I love him! I would HIGHLY recommend going with a girl friend or your daughter! Just a suggestion…take it or leave it! (wink)


If you get a chance after eating at The Granary head on down the street to Bodega’s furniture and pottery. It’s like going from France to Mexico in a matter of seconds. A really warm and inviting shop.

Thomas Judd's Store

After Bodega’s we headed to Old Town St. George and Judd’s General Store! If you’ve never been…GO! It’s adorable and so fun! It’s filled with all types of retro candy and soda pop! I just had to purchase some fun candies that brought back so many childhood memories. I found wax lips! (The good kind that have that wonderful bubble gum smell and taste!) Astro Pops! Bazooka gum with cartoons!  I was going nuts! Then I looked up and spotted it…on the very top shelf…a Grape Nehi! Oh NO way! Now, I realize I’m dating myself but, a GRAPE NEHI! Wow so cool!  Right across from Judd’s is the most beautiful park with a huge splash pad for kids and an old fashioned merry-go-round! It was a hot day. Almost 100 degrees! So, the park was packed with lots of “little’s” splashing around and having fun! This is a fantastic place to take the family!

Because of the heat and my inner “Godzilla” we headed home earlier than planned. It worked out perfectly because we have a lot to do to get ready for the next leg of our trip! I’m so excited to share it with you! I hope you are enjoying my travel log? If you have any questions please feel free to ask me and I’ll do my best to get back to you as soon as I can. I’ve got a new recipe coming out on Wednesday so keep your eyes peeled for that post. Have a great week and happy nesting! Thanks so much for taking time out of your life to share it with me! ~ Norine

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Nancy Miller

Monday 16th of May 2016

How Fun! I felt as if I were there with you!!!Lovely place to visit!!!

Friday 20th of May 2016

It is a beautiful place! A great place to sit and visit with a girlfriend for a few hours!


Monday 16th of May 2016

The Judd Store was originally owned by my great, great, grandfather, Thomas Judd. His family settled in St. George and had a home right next to the store. It used to be the only general mercantile of the whole area! It was in our family until the 1980's or so. I love reading your blog, so fun. Thank you for sharing.

Monday 16th of May 2016

Thank you for sharing that information. How awesome! We absolutely loved the store and the surrounding area. Such a cute place to stop and visit. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my blog. I sincerely appreciate it!

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