Cruise downtown for local brews and local art
Mt. Ogden’s rugged flanks rise steeply above the town of Ogden, reminding you that ski hills and mountain thrills established this place as a high-adventure hub. But there’s more to the pretty town at the foot of the Wasatch Range than outdoor recreation. Joining the skiers, rock climbers, and kayakers are enterprising young artists and creative chefs who, collectively, have revitalized 25th Street, the downtown thoroughfare. Browse new works in refurbished historic buildings, shop affordable boutiques, and put away a Polygamy Pale Ale on a sunny brewery patio. Ogden’s surprising art scene is all yours ― until the crowds catch on.GETTING THERE From Salt Lake City, follow I-15 north for 34 miles to exit 341A, merging onto 31st St. Turn left on Wall Ave., then right on 25th St. SHOP Gallery 25 The talent level is high, but the prices are low at this artists’ co-op showcasing glittering jewelry, paintings, and ceramics. INFO: Closed Sun; 268 25th St.; 801/334-9881. Eccles Community Art Center Gleaming after a $1 million restoration, the sandstone mansion displays rotating exhibits plus local work for sale. INFO: Closed Sun; free; 2580 Jefferson Ave.; 801/392-6935.GO Union Station A magnificent 1924 train depot with artful tile work, massive ceiling beams, and murals; inside are four museums, two galleries, a restaurant, and offices. INFO: Closed Sun; 2501 Wall Ave.; 801/393-9886. Peery’s Egyptian Theater Catch a film or a performance in the hieroglyphic-painted auditorium under a ceiling that dims like the setting sun to imitate a starry sky. INFO: 2415 Washington Blvd.; 801/395-3205. EAT Peddlers Local art bedecks the exposed-brick walls in this 16-table bistro serving creative dishes that look – and taste – like masterpieces. INFO: $$; closed Sun; 111 25th; 801/394-1912. Roosters Brewing Company Seafood-loving owners dish up fish specials and local beers at this spunky brewpub. INFO: $$; 253 25th; 801/627-6171. PLAY OUTSIDE Tote your kayak ― or just a suit and towel ― to the Kayak Rodeo Park (ogdencity.com 801/629-8284), where the Weber River’s rapids and deep pools thrill paddlers and swimmers alike. From Union Station, take 25th St. east and turn left on Lincoln Ave., left on 24th St., and go over the railroad viaduct. Turn right on B Ave., right on Exchange Rd. to the park. COMING UP Ogden’s festive Historic 25th Street Farmers & Art Market (8-1 Sat Jul 12-Sep 27, 2008; Grant Ave. at 25th St.; 801/393-2295). Just-picked produce, musicians, and local artisans.