by Sarah J.F. Braley | February 01, 2014
Why Here?
Come west to Salt Lake City (above), where the Salt Palace Convention Center connects to the young City Creek shopping center and is less than an hour away from the outdoorsy delights of Park City and its environs. Skiing, snow-shoeing, fishing, golf and more are easy options for groups.

Bring it home
In Salt Lake City, a winter farmers market returned to downtown last November at the Rio Grande Depot. More than 50 local vendors offer up a delicious array of products, including meat, eggs, honey, jam and salsa. Among the vendors: Adam's Heirlooms, Amour Spreads, Beehive Cheese Co., Blue Spring Farm, Canyon Meadows Ranch, Chad's Produce, Chocolate Conspiracy and Eva's Bakery.
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Local Update:

• Two new overflow hotels will open this year and next. A 159-room extended-stay Hyatt House Hotel should be finished in fall 2014, and a 175-room Courtyard by Marriott will debut in spring 2015.

• The 515-room Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek recently completed a multimillion-dollar renovation; among the hotel's revamped offerings is a grand ballroom spanning more than 13,000 square feet (maximum capacity: 2,000).

Meeting Hotels: Close to the convention center are the 515-room Salt Lake Marriott Downtown at City Creek, 499-room Hilton Salt Lake City Center and 381-room Radisson Hotel Salt Lake City Downtown. Nearby are the 850-room Little America Hotel, 775-room Grand America Hotel, 362-room Sheraton City Centre Hotel Salt Lake City and 359-room Marriott Salt Lake City Center.

For a more complete listing of area hotels and meeting facilities, visit

Convention Center: Salt Palace Convention Center; exhibit space, 515,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 67; (801) 534-4777;

Airport Transit: Salt Lake City International Airport, six miles from downtown. Transfer cost by taxi, $12

Taxes: Room tax, 6.85%; sales tax, 5.75%; total tax on hotel rooms, 12.67%

Group Venue: A traveling exhibition called "do it" runs through the end of May at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, an exhibit of do-it-yourself projects and installations explained by renowned contemporary artists. Also on display through the end of April is "Trent Harris: Echo Cave," a retrospective of works by the cult filmmaker. For a culturally inspired evening that will foster a slew of fascinating conversations, the facility has a 115-seat auditorium and a boardroom for 30, while the exhibit space accommodates up to 40 people for a private reception. (801) 328-4201;

Contact: Visit Salt Lake, (801) 534-4900 or (800) 541-4955;