JESSICA: Just last month, work took me to Moab, Utah, for my first visit to the red-rock state. With the sun shining, and a program that required a drive through Arches National Park, I couldn’t have been happier.
The weather wasn’t all that different from Michigan’s, believe it or not, with mornings in the 30s and a dusting of frost over the dry, rust-colored ground. (Most trails in the park stay open year round. More on visiting Arches in winter here.) But standing in the sun – in the quiet of the practically tourist-free park, it felt like perfect timing for the trip.
We holed up at the Sorrel River Ranch & Spa, a rustic, riverside property alongside the Colorado River. With rocking chairs on each patio and a claw-foot soaking tub in nearly every bathroom, it served as an ideal home base.