The quickest way of getting to Ogden, Utah via Highway 15 requires you to get on and off of the highway and drive through a handful of small towns with very low speed limits. Watch out for all the speed traps, as the speed jumps from 35 to 20 and back to 30 with little warning. Utah would later repay us for this lost time by allowing us to go 80 mph, on a particularly boring stretch of highway near the Idaho border.
After such a long day of driving, it was nice to have a hotel already arranged. Chris had booked us a room at the gorgeous Ben Lomond Suites, a historic hotel in the downtown. It was built in 1927, so the architecture of the hotel certainly reflects the era. We checked in at around 8:30 pm, starved and slightly cranky from the road. The inside of the hotel did not disappoint, crystal chandelier and all.
The room felt like a small apartment. There was an ample-sized living room, a full bath, and bedroom with a queen bed. The room was furnished with a mini fridge, microwave, writing desk, flat screen TVs in both rooms, and plush furniture. Oh, and most importantly, the place was clean! The carpets and upholstery were free of stains or evidence of its former tenants. And there was a jet tub!
We had a quick meal with some of our remaining road trip food, then went to bed. Both of us slept amazingly, partially because we were dead tired, and partially because the down pillow-top bed was like a soft, fluffy angel cloud that hugged us while we slept. Breakfast was hot and actually pretty delicious, far better than your typical continental breakfast. The dining area felt more like a cozy eatery than a hotel breakfast bar.
The city streets surrounding the hotel boast many other buildings from that same time period:
Peery’s Egyptian Theatre is glorious with its 1920’s Egyptian revival architecture. The theater had to be saved from the wrecking ball at one point! What is wrong with people?! Wanting to tear down these incredible history building to put up ramshackle apartment buildings and garish shopping malls. We will have to make time to see the inside someday, maybe even catch a performance there!
According to the Egyptian Theatre Foundation website, the first films shown at the theater were Wanderer of the Wasteland, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and The Covered Wagon; all of them accompanied by the Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Pipe Organ.
Another structure, the Ogden Eccles Conference Center, was built in 1997 right next to Peery’s. Fortunately, they designed it to compliment the older buildings around it.
The art deco Ogden City Municipal Building is also nearby and worth gawking at if you enjoy early 20th century architecture like we do. Apparently, it was recently renovated by the city.
We didn’t get to really venture around the town much as we headed out early for Oregon. There would still be another 12 hours of driving time to go through Utah, Idaho, and eastern Oregon. At least this time, though, we had more than a couple hours of sleep to go on.