Now that I'm older, and a dad, I've come to really appreciate the area that we live in. I've come to appreciate the safety, charm, quiet, and TREES! I love trees! I catch myself going for drives across Southern Utah, and frequently finding places that I never thought were special until now.

These are the most charming neighborhoods to live in, in Southern Utah!

Santa Clara:

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My absolute #1 on this list is Santa Clara, right downtown near Frei's Fruit Stand. They've put in planets for trees and bushes, and maintained the old trees and charm! I totally love this place. It's so charming, just like you've taken a step into Pleasantville.

Downtown St. George (Near Brigham Young Home):

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Downtown STG, near the Brigham Young Home OOZES charm! It's old, but maintained, and incredibly clean. These homes are like 150 years old. It feels like you've stepped back in time when you're in that area. We need to just name this area the "Pioneer District."

Toquerville:

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Toquerville is a place that you've maybe never even driven through. That's how it was for me, at least. I was going to a wedding and went through the city of Toquerville and had to slow down because I wanted to look at how charming this place was! What a hidden gem!

Washington City:

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Washington reminds me of the sister of Santa Clara. They're on opposite ends of St. George, but SO CUTE. You'll get blossoms, like you see above, and even cotton blowing in the wind in springtime. It's totally different from Washington Fields, and I like it that way. Very charming!

Cedar City, near SUU:

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I don't know the City of Cedar very well, but whenever I've gone to football games, or basketball games, I always drive through these neighborhoods. Every time I'm doing this, I'm keeping my head on a swivel. I'm enjoying the natural charm in these neighborhoods. They're old homes, but never looking like they're run down!

New Harmony:

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This is probably the one on the list that the fewest people have seen. You get off the freeway at New Harmony then drive about 10 more minutes and you're finally there in this quaint little town. It feels very, very small town, even though you're still pretty close to both St. George and Cedar City. They have little festivals every year, and it's a lot of fun.

Off Main Street in St. George:

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Right off Main Street in St. George, you'll come across some old houses that have been beautifully maintained, but what really speaks to me here is the trees! These trees are so old, and a lot of them are Walnut Trees. During Spring and Summertime, this area is so gorgeous. I love it.

Pine Valley:

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I mean, you can't put this list together without adding the city of Pine Valley! That old chapel there is so cute, but the entire area in general is beautiful. I love that they experience all four seasons, too. When you're in Pine Valley, it's very slow and quiet, but ABSOLUTELY incredibly charming!

Santa Clara (Near Canyon View Park):

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I was driving the other day and got lost, and found myself in this neighborhood in Santa Clara. Truthfully, I don't even know if it's considered Santa Clara or St. George. It's just East Snow Canyon High School, but very near Canyon View Park. I was in awe of these homes. It felt like somewhere your grandma would live when you were a kid. The streets were clean, yards were maintained, and just totally cute.

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Here's Where To Find The BEST RANCH DRESSING In Southern Utah!

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I'm a SLUT for Ranch Dressing! There's a huge community of us here in Southern Utah. We absolute DO NOT play around with Hidden Valley Ranch! However, Wild Coyote Ranch is pretty acceptable. But if you're looking for some INCREDIBLE Ranch Dressing in Southern Utah... Here are the places you'll find it!

Pizza Factory / Pasta Factory:

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Top of the list! Absolute number one is the ranch at Pizza Factory and Pasta Factory. It's absolutely unfair how delicious it is. It's not too thick or too thin, and always tastes fresh. It works with Bread, Salad, on pasta, literally anywhere you could even imagine! It's the best!

Wingers:

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Wingers Ranch is a thicker boy, but SO DELICIOUS! Every time I get Wingers I'm like Yo... Can I also get a pint of your ranch!? It's even better when the Wingers Amazing Sauce get's into the ranch. Plus: Have you ever dipped your popcorn in that Amazing Sauce + Ranch? SO GREAT!

Texas Roadhouse:

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I've always liked the ranch at Texas Roadhouse, but I would've never thought about adding them to this list until I started asking around. 100% of everybody that I asked put Texas Roadhouse Ranch on their list!

Slice House Pizza Co.:

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Slice House Pizza Co. is located in the Outlets at Zion where the old Roy's Pizza was. This is one of my favorite stops for Pizza. But what's even better than their pizza is their ranch. It's such an amazing compliment to their pizza and cheese sticks. ALWAYS better with Ranch!

Denny's:

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I know... You're thinking I'm crazy right? But no! Denny's ranch actually slaps! I like to dip their burgers into their ranch, but what's even better is their Seasoned Fries dipped in ranch! Your life will be forever changed!

I'm always looking for more places with AMAZING ranch, so please... If I forgot any places that have the best ranch in town, please let me know!

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These Southern Utah Parking Lots Are Straight FROM HELL!

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COSTCO:

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Costco is in a league of it's own when it comes to BAD PARKING LOTS! I don't even know of a good time to go to Costco. But it's DEFINITELY NOT on a Saturday between the hours of 12:00pm - 3:00pm.

WASHINGTON WALMART:

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Washington Walmart is WILD. It's always SO PACKED, there's shopping carts EVERYWHERE, and I never know which side the groceries are on! It drives me bananas!

ANGELICA'S MEXICAN GRILL:

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OH MAN! This one is rough! Angelica's is always so packed, but the parking lot is tiny! I usually have to park on the street a ways away, just to go enjoy some glorious tacos!

RED ROCK COMMONS:

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WOW! This one is bad. Especially over by Chick-Fil-A. People are just merging left and right without looking... There's GOT to be accidents regularly over there!

TARGET:

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Once again... Tons of people going in and out of Target, and I feel like the lanes aren't wide enough. People are always backing up without looking, people are coming in to the parking lot at 40 mph. Say your prayers before and after entering that parking lot!

MCDONALD'S ON BLUFF (AFTER DARK):

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This one is REALLY NARROW, and they've got a ONE-WAY there as well. But once the sun goes down, and it get's later... This parking lot is TRULY where nightmares come from. Once I sat in that drive-thru at midnight for over a half hour, and I couldn't even back up and leave because of how narrow it was. I was a prisoner on McDonald's Island!

FIZZ (RIVER ROAD):

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This Fizz ALWAYS has cars spilling out onto River Road, it's just SO BUSY! But with the line reaching River Road, it gets totally unsafe!

TEXAS ROADHOUSE:

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Texas Roadhouse's parking lot is always MAD PACKED, and pretty narrow... Any time I'm in there, old people are just backing out without looking. Keep your head on a swivel in that parking lot!

ALFREDO'S A:

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I love this place so much, but I get SWEATY in this parking lot! Once you're in the drive thru line, you're committed! You can't back out, you can't leave. It's bad. Plus... the food is made fresh, so you're going to be in line for a good while!

ST. GEORGE SHUTTLE:

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The St. George Shuttle is doing really well apparently, because there's NEVER anywhere to ever park there. People are just parked out on the street now! It's a mess trying to get in there!

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If Southern Utah Towns Were Schitt's Creek Characters!

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Hurricane:

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Rowland Schitt. A LOTTA BIT redneck, but everyone loves him. Very funny, very innocent. VERY HURRICANE!

Cedar City:

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If ANYBODY on the show SCREAMS Cedar City... It's Bob. I don't know what it is about him, but I wouldn't be shocked AT ALL if he was actually from Color Country!

Sun River:

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Sun River, absolutely is Johnny Rose! Very classy, older guy, always wears a suit... Probably not a swinger like SO MANY of the Sun River residents!

Little Valley:

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Little Valley. David Rose. The Few, The Proud, The Little Valleyians. They know they're the best, they know they're better than all of us. That's ALL DAVID ROSE!

Kayenta:

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Kayenta is where ALL THAT MONEY IS AT! Like... Millions! That's Moira, baby!

Washington:

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Jocelyn Schitt is Washington City! A little bit country, a little bit redneck, but SO MUCH HEART. So much love. She's like a nice warm hug.

Desert Color:

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Desert Color is the new development out by BigShots Golf. If you've ever been out there, the residents ALL want to be influencers, and they want EVERYONE to know that they are living in Desert Color. Alexis Rose!

Enterprise:

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Enterprise is Twyla! A sweetheart, a little bit country, just nice! That's ALL ENTERPRISE... minus the corn!

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LOOK OUT! Utah Ranks #1in Nation At THIS Deadly Act!

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According to a new study done by Forbes, Utah has ranked #1 in the entire United States for one deadly thing... ROAD RAGE!

Utah was most likely in the nation to be report being honked at in frustration (76%). While 58% of people in Utah report being flipped off by someone else behind the wheel.

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Utah drivers were also 2nd in the nation in saying they've been tailgated while driving (73%). Shockingly, only 47% of people surveyed admitted to having someone speed up to block them from changing lanes! I feel like we've all had that happen to us!

Of all the Utahn's surveyed, about 1/4 people admit to knowing someone that was injured or killed due to road rage.

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The states coming in after Utah were...

2. Missouri

3. Colorado

4. Oklahoma

5. New Mexico

6. Nevada

7. Maryland

8. Indiana

9. Washington

10. Delaware

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Of everyone in the nation surveyed, over 22% of people reported to witnessing an actual accident at the hands of road rage!

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Ranking The HOTTEST Mayors In St. George History

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Look... I appreciate history. Especially the history of my hometown, St. George, Utah. Another thing I can appreciate... HOTTNESS! I will now be ranking the Hottest Mayors in the history of St. George, Utah.

If you also appreciate history and hottness, this list is for YOU!

(In no particular order)

1. Thomas Judd

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He's a virgo, a father of 10, and a Bugle player in the Navajo Indian War. As if that's not enough to get him on this list... he also had a sexy British accent! Thomas was born in Chestershire, England, before making his way to St. George when he was 19 years old. You may recognize his name from his VERY St. George Famous store/restaurant that's still around today! Thomas Judd's Store Co., known simply as "Judd's".

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#2. Karl Brooks

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Karl was a REAL St. Georgian! Born here, passed here. But what gets him on the list of HOTTNESS is a couple things. 1. THOSE BABY BLUES! Check out those peepers, man! I'm a sucker for blue eyes, and he had great ones! 2. What's hotter than helping our community? Not much. Karl was Mayor for 12 years (1982-1994) and the city EXPLODED with him at the helm! St. George went from 7-square miles to 60-square miles and 10,000 in population to 50,000 in population!

#3. Bill Barlocker

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What puts Bill on this list? Don't ask stupid questions! LOOK AT THOSE TEETH! This photo was taken in what? the 60's? Teeth in the 60's were usually like the Spice Girls: They're all different colors, and doing their own thing! Also... That hairline! I'm actually jealous of it. Guaranteed this dude never went bald. The teeth and hairline get Bill on this list with zero questions asked!

#4. Joseph Young

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Did his photo give you a jump-scare? Me too. And that's HOT! He looks like he just hid a body somewhere on Pine Valley, but those eyes are piercing! Another great hairline, great eyes, full-on Amish beard, and those cheekbones? COME ON JOSEPH! Save some scary but sexy features for the rest of us. If you see Joseph in your dreams, it's either the best dream you've ever had, or the worst nightmare you've ever had, and there's no in-between.

#5.  Anthony Ivins

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Before ANYTHING else... The dude is just hot. I'm jealous of the beard. I'm jealous of his hairline, and i'm jealous of his overall swag. He was born in New Jersey, made the trek across the plains as a 1-year old baby! That's SHOCKING that he even survived. That's HOT. Seven years later, he and his family made the trek to St. George to be one of the first families to ever live here. Plus... The city of Ivins is named after him! 100% HOT!

#6. Current Mayor: Michele Randall

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She's the FIRST female Mayor in St. George history. THAT'S HOT! I'm a sucker for firsts, and that's a big one! Plus... the obvious! She's a babe and we all know it. But the biggest reason she's on this list has been her fight with cancer. She had her own battle with Breast Cancer and she's come out on top! My own mother had her battle in 2020, and Michele was there for her. It was VERY COOL and I've loved her ever since. She's also used her platform to encourage women to get their annual mammograms! And that's definitely HOT!

Photo cred:

Washington County Historical Society. https://wchsutah.org/towns/st-george-mayors.php

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