I had a little extra time on the Saturday after Alt Summit before my plane left Salt Lake, and I decided it would be a shame to leave having never actually explored the city at all. Thanks to some tips from a friend, my roomie Erin + I took a little walk around downtown to see the City Library + grab pastries at a French café.
Les Madeleines: they have tea lattes (above, a vanilla Earl Grey) AND eclairs, so really, what more could you ask for in life? It was a great little spot to decompress after a very full weekend and chat over our goals + takeaways from the conference. Salt Lake actually reminded me a lot of Denver, with just a dash more small-town vibe, even downtown. It has lots of parks + cute little neighborhoods, so perhaps that was the similarity I was sensing.
On to the library: seriously one of the coolest libraries I’ve ever seen. Glass walls and ceilings let in a crazy amount of light, and you get amazing views of the mountains from pretty much the whole place. Now this would be a good spot to study. The floors get progressively quieter as you ascend, but the lower levels are pretty loud of a library – plenty of talking allowed.
I love how the building feels so airy and open – how all the walkways, staircases + elevators are out in the open so you can appreciate the building from wherever you are. There are so many great nooks to read or work in; I know I would probably be here all the time if I lived nearby. (If only they let you sip hot chocolate too, then it would truly be perfect!)
At the very top of the library, there’s a rooftop deck – amazing, right? It was closed for the winter but I can just imagine sitting out there in the summertime with a book + that view.
If I’m honest, I probably would have never thought to visit Salt Lake City on my own. I’m really glad that I ended up there, though, because not only is it a super cheap + super fast flight from Denver, but I enjoyed the small taste I got of this city so much. Now I’m definitely going to have to return for a longer trip!