Gardner Village Blog Your Summertime Staycation Destination
Wednesday Aug 5 2020

Get outta town! Oh... wait... That's not quite as easy as it sounds these days. Fortunately, Gardner Village puts those vacation vibes right in your own backyard. Whether you drive or make a bigger day of it with a train trip on TRAX, a visit to Gardner Village is the perfect way to enjoy a safe vacay close to home (staycay?). Let’s plan your trip and end this summer on a high note.



R. and R. — It’s often vacation priority #1. Alas, relaxation seems harder to come by these days. Pandemics aren't exactly carefree. Rest assured, Gardner Village adheres to CDC guidelines. Plus, much of your visit can be spent outdoors, walking from shop to shop and enjoying the gorgeous surroundings. However, you won’t have to worry about large crowds inside either. Our small, locally-owned shops simply aren’t built for that. These features come together to create a relaxing destination for all comfort levels.  

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Here, you’ll take the scenic route. Sure, we're just minutes from I-15, but it doesn’t feel that way. The Village is set away from main roads and surrounded by gorgeous, fully-grown trees, creating a very secluded atmosphere. Most of our shops are actually located in decades-old buildings, adding to the backdrop and offering plenty of unique scenery to enjoy.

The Cottage at Gardner Village 


What a vacay without a camera roll full of photographic evidence? Photo ops are in full supply at Gardner Village. From the grand water wheel and silo at Archibald’s Restaurant to our water tower and giant bell in center court, our iconic features add pizazz to any pose. While the various textured walls outside our shops and the thriving gardens on site turn your basic cheese moment into print-and-hang-that potential. It’s all why Gardner Village is one of the most photographed spots in the state. Of course, if you really want to create a memorable keepsake, Camera Shy is on site with both in-studio and outdoor package options.

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4. SEE & DO

Activities add to any vacay agenda, and Gardner Village is ready with numerous options. Looking for some out-of-the-ordinary adventure? Test your skill at any of the popular escape rooms at A Great Escape. Want to tour The Village in an unforgettable fashion? Saddle up with a pony ride at The Farm. Want to enjoy the sunshine and calming effect of nature? Grab some duck feed at Seven Gables Mercantile or Chocolate Covered Wagon and sit on the banks of the water to feed the friendly fowl.

The Farm 

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You know ‘where to eat’ is an important piece of any vacation plan. The answer is simple: Archibald’s Restaurant! It’s located in an old flour mill built in Utah’s pioneer era and makes a very unique place to grab a bite. Travel Tip: Start with an order of their famous friend green tomatoes! You won’t go wrong.

 Archibald's Restaurant

You’ll want to add Mystique Dining to your meal planning. After your Archibald’s lunch, you can look forward to an enchanting dinner at this unforgettable destination, which includes a five-course meal and a show by a top-rated illusionist. The dining space is limited, ensuring an intimate gathering. Seating has been adjusted to accommodate social distancing guidelines. 

 Mystique Dining


Take a taste of Utah home with you. The Chocolate Covered Wagon was featured on the Travel Channel for its incredible salt water taffy, which is pulled right in store on an old-fashioned taffy pull. Further satisfy your sweet tooth with their huge assortment of fudge, caramel apples, chocolate and more!

Chocolate Covered Wagon


New experiences make vacations extra special, so we highly recommend you add a class to your getaway plans. Try your hand at needlework with a knitting or crochet class at Willow Hill Yarn Company, satisfy your sewing and quilting desires at Pine Needles, or channel your inner Bob Ross with a paint class at The Art Cottage. Find current class information on our website and choose your own perfect adventure.

The Art Cottage 


Your day at Gardner Village might be coming to an end, but the relaxation felt here doesn’t have to end. Let the experts at CF Home Furniture and Design, Down to Earth, and Layers Bedding help you take that restful feeling home with you. After all, home is where we spend much of our time right now. Shouldn’t it be your own personal oasis?

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Let's do a little shop site seeing! 



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From scenery and snapshots to souvenirs and celebrating, your perfect end-of-summer experience is just minutes from home. We hope you’ll have a ball putting this memorable itinerary into action.


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