|In Little Denmark, the influence of Scandinavian pioneers sent by Brigham Young to settle the area surrounds you. Masterful Scandinavian woodworking and stained glass skills are reflected in many of the marvelous local bed and breakfast inns. Festivals such as the Scandinavian Festival In Ephraim and the Mormon Miracle Pageant at the Mormon Temple in Manti offer a rich local flavor. Artisan studios and gift shops are waiting for your visit to downtowns filled with buildings listed on the National Historic Register. |
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Founded in 1859 as North Bend as a site for gathering wild hay, the town was later renamed Fairview because you could see fields of grain for 30 miles. Fairview once had a stone fort with 10-foot walls to protect the settlers from Indians.
(16 East 100 South: 435-427-9307)
Dave and Jenni Smith create aesthetically pleasing
utilitarian pottery, blacksmithing, candles, soaps and more in
traditional fashion. Stop and meet these outstanding artisans whose
studio is located in the historic Fairview Dairy Association building
Museum of History and Art
(85 North 100 East: 435-427-9216)
Our historic building is a museum of diverse
collections including historic artifacts, folk art, Avard Fairbanks
sculptures, Wassmer collection of paintings and sculptures, regional
artists, Columbian mammoth, native cultures, family and regional
histories and a unique gift shop. Our Blackhawk Indian War exhibit is a
heritage delight and we offer a booklet with which you can take your own
trip to this historic event's important sites
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Mt. Pleasant 84647
Originally settled in 1852 as Hambleton Settlement, Indians drove the original settlers from the town and burned the community to the ground. Mt. Pleasant's settlers were largely Scandinavian and British.
(565 West Main Street: 435-462-2887)
Using traditional skills and construction methods with
native lumber, we produce heirloom quality copies of "Mormon Pine
Furniture. Our shop is open Monday-Saturday. The curious and the
serious buyer are both welcome and we offer tours. We also offer a
selection of gift items including hand turned rolling pins and hand
(72 South 500 West: 435-462-9281)
Native Wines is a heritage, estate and wild fruit
winery specializing in premium barrel fermented, unsulphited, unfiltered
fruit wines and meads made as the pioneers did over 100 years ago.
Native Wines operates a tasting and retail sales room in a quaint old
stone building. Open every Saturday and by appointment.
(36 West Main: 435-462-0301)
Last year, Paul Hart moved his violin making business
from the big city into a restored turn-of-the-century pharmacy located
in Mt. Pleasant's Historic District. He couldn't be happier and
welcomes visitors to drop in and see a century-old craft being practiced
along Utah's Heritage Highway.
County Heritage Highway Information Center
(South Highway 89 at the City Park:
For more than two decades, local residents have worked
to preserve this 1890's Denver and Rio Grande Railroad depot and it is
finally ready for guests. Stop here to tour the depot and pick up
information on Sanpete County and the entire Utah Heritage
Highway. You are also invited to our bluegrass and country music
festivals, chuck wagon dinners under the stars and our first Mountain Man
Rendezvous on Independence Day weekend.
(850 S. Highway 89: 435-462-9330)
Heritage surrounds you from the moment you sit down.
From the carefully recreated Scandinavian woodwork to buffets every
Wednesday offering ethnic specialties often reflecting the local
heritage, you are in for a treat. You may also choose a fantastic
Chuck wagon tour where you can explore the breathtaking scenery the
Sanpete Valley and sit down to a mouthwatering meal of BBQ ribs with all
Pleasant Pioneer Relic Home
(100 South State Street: 435-462-2456) Call ahead and we will meet
Come see our collection of portraits, pictures and
artifacts depicting the history of Mt. Pleasant. We are housed in
the home of Mt. Pleasant's first mayor.
Denmark Heritage Tours (435-462-2502)
Sanpete County has a rich history to share with its
heritage guests. Call us today for our "Getting Together With
Yesterday", a lovely book with illustrations and background
information of our many historic buildings. Order a copy of our
county's historic driving tour on cassette. We have also produced
two award-winning videos, "The Blackhawk War- Cultures in
Conflict" and "History at Manti Temple Hill."
(22 West Main: 435-462-3783)
Lynn Cimino-Hurt's tiny studio in Mt. Pleasant's
Historic District will be a delightful discovery for anyone interested
in unique, high quality jewelry. Lynn's strong arts background is
evident in each and every treasure you will find.
(30 West Main Street: 435-462-3288)
One of several shops and studios located in the Mt.
Pleasant historic district, Tucker's Emporium represents the best of
rural ingenuity. Lois Tucker has dedicated the front of her
turn-of-the-century store as an outlet for local artisans while selling
western and children's clothing in the rear.
(122 North 100 West: 435-462-0259)
Dennis Papworth attended the Chownard Art Institute
and has been a professional artist for the past fifteen years.
Stop by his studio to see his paintings and soapstone carvings.
(146 W. Main: 435-462-2644)
What better place to shop of that antique treasure
than in the middle of Mt. Pleasant's famous historic district!
(200 West 100 South: 435-462-2411 Ext. 10 or 22)
The wonderful Danish architecture and stained glass
windows are worth the trip alone. Originally a Presbyterian
boarding school, this historic campus has a marvelous small museum and a
collection of Ansel Adams photographs.
(152 West Main Street: 435-462-3880)
Located in two turn-of-the-century buildings on the
Mt. Pleasant Historic Main Street, we offer crafts made by Utah
crafters. We also carry fabrics, quilts and a quilting
machine. We frame pictures and have a large selection of craft
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Known at various times as Allred Settlement, Spring Town and Little Denmark, Spring City is the second oldest community in Sanpete County. Renowned for it's many architecturally significant historic buildings, the entire town is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
1894 Osborne Hotel
(216 S. Main St.: 720-284-2314 or 435-462-9338)
The 1894 Osborne Hotel, a bed and breakfast, is listed
on the national register in the quaint historic district of Spring City.
We provide a peaceful, rural retreat, with homelike hospitality while
our guests explore the natural beauties, wonders, and attractions of
Sanpete valley. Complimentary bikes are offered to
guests (or rental to others) for the mountains or a leisurely tour of
the town's 50 plus
A small gift shop, with crafts, vintage and lavender
products is also on the premises.
(278 S. Main Street: 435-462-2708)
thrown, wood fired stoneware pottery that is intended for the home and
kitchen! The shop is always open. If you are lucky or call ahead, you may
catch Joseph at the potter's wheel. Call or write for a free newsletter
with local events and news of the pottery. Also check our website for sale
dates and updated news.
Garden Bed & Breakfast Inn
(11650 Canal Canyon Road: 435-462-9285 or toll free 1-877-537-2337)
This Bed & Breakfast is located on ancient Indian hunting
grounds where the deer still play! Take a hike to the mountain or relax in
the hammock as you enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature. After a day of
touring, snuggle up in our comfy beds while watching a favorite movie!
(11550 Pigeon Hollow Rd: 435-462-0282 or 888-606-9463)
When you come to Wind Walker you step back into a
magical time. The feel is serene isolation. yet there are some great shops
and golf courses within a few miles of the ranch. We are a ranch with
horses and cowboys, nature and dirt roads, miles and miles of incredible
views, community, great food and laughter. Then on the other hand we have
many things to pamper you like jetted tubs, luxurious rooms, massages,
cookies and bath salts. Wind Walker is the perfect place for individuals,
families friends, group meetings, retreats and workshops.
Station Art Gallery
(490 North Main, P.O. Box 163:
is well known for his excellence in watercolor artwork. His paintings are
in high demand and are in many universities and museums throughout the
Western United States. Recently he took the time to restore his father in
law's old gas station as an art gallery to house the artwork that he and
his sons produce. However his gallery is only open by appointment
Udall Bennion - Artist
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Fountain Green 84632
Originally a campground for Mormon colonists immigrating to the Sanpete Valley, the town was settled in 1859. Big Springs, Silver Creek and large artesian wells all help justify the town's name. Fountain Green has long been a local center of agriculture and historically was famous for its cooperatively owned Spanish Merino sheep herd.
Birch Creek Bluegrass Festival
(74 S. State Street:435-445-3378)
Utah's only bluegrass festival featuring 13 bands over
a 2-day period. Camping available on site featuring Norbest turkey
barbeque, activities for kids and musical workshops. Nigh time
jams and more.
Hansen Family Ranch
(685 W. 200 N: 866-211-4691)
Experience ranch style living in the great outdoors with this working
sheep operation that changes locations in Central Utah's mountains,
deserts and valleys. Sleeping accommodations, meals, and horses included.
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Originally known as Mego and Sanpitch, names of local Native Americans, the town was established in 1859 and renamed Moroni for the Book of Mormon prophet and angel. Moroni is also home to Moroni Feed Company, one of the world's most successful turkey cooperatives.
(16700 North 2650 East: 435-436-8191)
Turkey ranching continues to be an important part of
Little Denmark. People worldwide recognize the Norbest turkey
label, but few know that most of the Norbest turkeys are from Sanpete
County. Take a side trip to their processing plant and buy your
own bird from their outlet.
(416 E. Main: 435-436-8251)
You may also want to stop by the Moroni Feed Company's
diner on Main Street where you can try a local tradition, a Sanpete
barbecued turkey sandwich.....or your tastes may lean to a turkey pizza.
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Settled in 1854, Ephraim was once Sanpete County's most important fort built for protection from Indians during the Black Hawk War. At one time, 90% of the population was Danish. Ephraim is the home of historic Snow College and a wonderfully restored Mormon cooperative mercantile.
(96 Main Street: 435-283-6654)
Located in a meticulously restored Zion Cooperative
Mercantile Association store, more than eighty artisans participate in
their own cooperative and proudly display their wares.
(69 North Main Street: 435-283-5157)
The Bishop's Storehouse, originally founded in 1906,
served as a place settlers could find the necessities of life.
Reestablished in 1996, the Store House brings you fine gifts, floral,
furniture and all you need for home decorating. We hope these
"necessities" bring you pleasure for years to come.
Utah Art Center
(86 North Main Street: 435-283-5110)
Once a granary, this classic limestone building now
houses an impressive collection of Utah art with many works by local
artists of Danish heritage. Don't miss the chance to stop, admire
an architectural masterpiece and buy your own piece of heritage art.
Homestead Bed and Breakfast
(135 West 100 North: 435-283-6367)
Like smoke rising from an old brick chimney against a
frosty sky, a stay at the old Ephraim Homestead Bed and Breakfast warms
the soul. Come, live in the past.
(135 West 100 North: 435-283-6367) Contact at Ephraim Homestead Bed
Ephraim crafter McKay Andreasen creates unique and
rustic, one-of-a-kind items using old barn wood, old windows and tree
limbs. Don't miss his window mirrors, Christmas ornaments, walking
sticks and wooden loaves of bread.
(123 North 460 East: 435-283-4195)
(East at Ephraim's stoplight 4 blocks to cul-de-sac on
the north side of the road) Kathy is primarily a plain air painter using
local landscape and architecture. She paints with watercolor,
oils, pastels, acrylics and batik! Visitors are welcome to drop in
the studio/gallery anytime.
Pioneer Memorial Park
(46 West 100 North: 435-283-6835)
A cultural totem pole marks the entrance to the
Ephraim Pioneer Memorial Park. Across the "city creek"
which as provided life-giving water for Ephraim, are two pioneer cabins
and a historic "relic" house as well as a famous peace
treaty-signing site. Local historian-storyteller Susannah
Nilsson will provide stories and a tour of these sites by appointment
Blauer Dried Floral Arrangements
(295 North 300 East: 435-283-4588)
Geaneen raises her own flowers and herbs to create
breathtaking dried floral arrangements. If you call ahead, she
will be happy to demonstrate how she makes an arrangement and take your
order if you desire. If you miss her, Geaneen's arrangements can
be seen in Ephraim at the Storehouse or the Sanpete Sampler.
House Bed & Breakfast
(244 South Main: 435-283-8286)
house built by Willard Pherson in 1895. Furnished with antiques and
reproductions to give you the feeling of yesteryear but the comfort of
today. Three dormered bedrooms upstairs and one down. With your stay
you will enjoy a full home cooked breakfast. Reasonably priced from $65. a
Owners Teri & Glen Morris
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Settled in 1849, Manti is the oldest community in Sanpete County and was established by Brigham Young at the invitation of Chief Walkara. The community is named after a location in the Book of Mormon and is the site of the Manti Temple, built from local stone between 1877 and 1888.
Donate to the restoration fund
Manti's Old Town Hall
Construction on Manti's Historic City Hall was begun
in 1875. The early pioneer ethics of only paying for what they could
afford affected the completion of the building. The first usable room
was finished in 1882 and housed the Manti City Council. The rest of the
building was finished as they could afford it. It was used as the Manti
city offices until 1986. It then stood idle until June 2002 when a
community group joined forces to restore it. The restoration was
financed with donations and grants and the work was done with over 4,400
hours of volunteer labor. It is listed on the National Historic
of Jesus Christ-Latter Day Saints Mormon Temple
Located at the north entrance to Manti overlooking the
community, the temple is the dominant architectural wonder of Little
Denmark. The visitor center is staffed with trained volunteers who
will share the story of the Mormons and the temple. Each spring
the site hosts the Mormon Miracle Pageant, which draws tens of thousands
to this lovely farming town.
Inn Bed & Breakfast & Gift Shop
(337 North 100 East: 435-835-8352)
The Legacy Inn is a charming Victorian-style bed and
breakfast with a fantastic view of the Manti Temple. Brass beds,
featherbeds, wood stoves, antique stained glass . Our gift shop is
bursting with treasures sure to please.
(202 East 200 North, (Mail: P.O. Box 5, 84642): 435-835-7941)
Steve Johnson's hunting, boot and fighting knives have won
national and international awards for the past twenty-five years. Since
knife making is a time consuming process and he works almost exclusively
on custom orders, it is hard to tell what Steve will be crafting if you
stop by to see him. However, guests are welcome if you call ahead.
(300 North 100 West)
This old rock home was built by one of Manti's early
Mormon leaders and houses a collection of pioneer artifacts.
(498 North 400 West: 435-835-5050)
Guests enjoy Little Denmark's relaxed rural lifestyle
in a library full of turn-of-the-century books and magazines in this
recreated Victorian home.
(190 South 200 West: 1-800-858-6634)
This 1890s Victorian home combines the best of
yesterday with the comforts of today. Make room on your schedule
to experience one of our "romance weekends" as you join us for
your role in our specially written gothic romance. Don't miss our
specialty vinegars and aprons for sale in our breakfast area.
Barnett Porcelain Dolls & Crafts
(65 North 500 West: 435-835-8481)
Nancy crafts lovely porcelain dolls, ceramics and wood
items. If you call after 6 PM on most evenings, she will show you
her work. If you miss Nancy, you can see her work at Country
Cousins on Main Street in Manti or Country Keepsakes in Salina.
Cousins Gift Shop
(27 North Main Street: 435-835-4438)
Located right along the Main drag in Little Denmark's
capitol city, Country Cousins Gift Shop is home to the work of several
outstanding local crafters
(401 North Main Street: 435-835-0161)
This historic inn was built of local stone in 1880 and
housed workers constructing the Manti Mormon Temple just across the
street. Often the resting place for presidents of the Mormon
Church, this is truly a heritage treat.
(58 N. Main Street: 435-835-1122)
You will be surprised at the quality of antiques
collected for your enjoyment in this historic little store.
(542 South Main Street: 435-835-8853)
....and more antique treasures waiting to be
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Named for the "sterling" qualities of its people, this tiny town was settled in 1873. At various times, the town was known as Pettyville, Pettytown, Leesburg and Buncetown.
(819 E. Palisade Road: 435-853-5413)
Located on a knoll above a lake constructed by
settlers to irrigate the surrounding fields, Cedar Crest has been a
pioneer resort since the late 1800s.
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First called Arrapene in honor of a friendly Ute chief, the town was known at various times as New London, Order, Cobblehaven, Skinny, Skunk and Frog Hollow. The name Mayfield was chosen because of the flowers which appear in the spring.
Old Bonnet Factory Café
(555 N. State Street: 435-528-3663)
Just five minutes off U.S. Highway 99, it's worth the
trip to just find out if they really did make bonnets in this little
farming community. The chance to top your trip off with a home
cooked meal in a small town café from a bygone era makes this a worthy
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Gunnison was established in 1862 when Brigham Young ordered settlers from Chalk Hill Point and Kearns Camp to form a single community on higher ground. The town was named for Captain John Gunnison, an explorer who was killed by local Indians in 1853.
and Melroy Peterson Rag Rugs - Gunnison Plumbing and Heating
(20 South Main: 435-528-7773)
The wonderful loomed rag rugs created by Elma and
Melroy Peterson are one of those folk art finds which make your trip
down the Utah Heritage Highway especially worthwhile. Their work
is on display at their son's plumbing shop in downtown Gunnison.
Gift Finder Cottage
(145 North Main Street: 435-528-7722)
This is truly a classy little gift shop with all kinds
of top-notch craft items. The white chocolate popcorn alone is
worth the stop.
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Originally known as "The Field", squatters settled there from Gunnison in 1869. In 1996, the town was formally organized and named Centerfield because of its central location in the Gunnison Valley.
(255 East 100 South: 435-528-3834)
We operate our family owned business in our home and
welcome guests on Tuesday evenings from 7-10 PM and on Thursdays from
3-10 PM. We do all of the ceramic processes ourselves. Our
products are featured in gift shops throughout the region.
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|This page last updated on Friday, August 04, 2006|