The two biggest towns in Heber Valley are Heber City and Midway. Both are quaint towns steeped in rich history. Before sawmill workers in Big Cottonwood Canyon laid their eyes on this high mountain valley from a peak in the Wasatch Range in 1857, Timpanogos Utes primarily used the area as a summer hunting ground. In 1858 a group of cattlemen drove their herds north through Provo Canyon and established ranches. In 1859, a pioneer party of mainly LDS converts from Britain settled in a townsite named “London” about a mile north of present-day Heber City, which was incorporated in 1889. A decade later, in 1899, Heber City became a railroad town with Rio Grande Western completing a line from Provo.
You can experience a little of that railroad history riding the “Heber Creeper.” The scenic ride chugs along at a relaxed pace. Kids will get a kick out of Wild West train robbers Black Jack Raven and the Soldier Hollow Gang making an appearance along the route. If you want to put on some waders and cast a line in the Provo River, arrange a guide from Fish Heads Fly Shop. Grab a breakfast sandwich and latte at Bagel Den to fuel your day. For lunch, chow down on a burger on the patio at Back 40 Ranch House Grill. For dinner, devour a specialty pie at Heber Valley Pizza Company or enjoy something of Spin Café’s eclectic menu ranging from bowls to barbeque. Made in small batches, their homemade gelato is to die for! If you want to take advantage of your AAA benefits and savings, book a room at the Best Western Plus Heber Valley Hotel
Midway is a Swiss-themed town home to a 2002 Olympic venue. At Soldier Hollow you can go golfing and biking in the summer or Nordic skiing and tubing in winter. Annually on the Friday and Saturday before Labor Day, this small town attracts over 100,000 people for the Midway Swiss Days Festival celebrating the Swiss pioneers who settled in Midway and the Heber Valley. Also annually in early September, the world’s top sheepdogs and handlers compete in the annual Soldier Hollow Classic Sheepdog Championship.
Take a hay ride to see the robotic milk barn on a farm tour at Heber Valley Milk and Artisan Cheese offered daily at 11 a.m. then taste and buy cheese at their Kohler Creamery. The family-owned dairy farm has been operating for nearly 100 years.
Soak your weary muscles at Homestead Crater. The geothermal hot spring is inside a 55-foot limestone crater. It’s also the only warm water scuba diving destination in the continental United States.
Grab a latte, breakfast or lunch at Fill Er Up Coffee Station in a 1930s renovated gas station on Main Street. Café Galleria is in a historic building dating back to 1898. Sit on the patio and enjoy music while you dine. Their live music series runs May through September. In the fall and winter you can enjoy their rustic Italian lunch or dinner in one of their Alpenglobes.
Another great spot of lunch or dinner is Midway Mercantile Restaurant. Housed in a building dating back to 1974. Originally a mercantile, this restaurant serves upscale pub fare and stone heart pizzas from mainly locally sourced ingredients.
For a candle-lit fine dining experience, make a reservation at Blue Boar Inn
. You can also stay in this old-style European hunting lodge, a AAA Four Diamond-designated inn. The 12 guest rooms are named and decorated after famous authors like Chaucer, Dickens, and Emerson.
For a resort experience, stay at AAA Three Diamond-designated Zermatt Utah Resort and Spa Trademark Collection by Wyndham
. There are over 300 rooms at this resort with Swiss-inspired architecture.