Southern in: Salt Lake City, UT II...

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  Here in Salt Lake City, the winter season is officially upon us. The ski resorts opened up in full force last week, just in time for the Thanksgiving crowd and Temple Square is decorated with such beauty and enthusiasm, I'm imagining that it would give the North Pole a run for its money. Christmas and winter are taken on with a zeal that is almost indescribable here in America's Zion. Seriously, if Yuletide were a sport, Utah would be world champion of the extreme version. It is an absolutely magical time of year. As a southern transplant from coastal North Carolina, I’ve been transported to the winter wonderland that I've always romanticized while sitting on my mama's porch swing after Christmas dinner, wearing shirtsleeves and glad for the scent of burning leaves because...

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Southern in: Salt Lake City, UT...

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     I’ve traded fiery foliage for majestic rocky peaks, heady summer thunderstorms for white Christmases, ancient history for pioneer spirit, and sadly, sweet tea for caffeine-free soda and lemonade.      Two and a half years ago my husband Hunter and I moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. We moved to an eclectic neighborhood nested in the valley of the Wasatch Mountains and decided to plant ourselves here for a while. I'll be honest; it took a minute to stop reeling.      We find ourselves astounded daily by the magnificent natural beauty that graces this part of the world and consistently entertained (and sometimes aghast) at the cultural quirks of a place so completely foreign to the blood that flows through our veins. We are carving out an adventure here, 2,000 miles...

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