ST. GEORGE — Situated on an outcropping of volcanic rock, the Inn on the Cliff and Cliffside Restaurant overhang a bluff above downtown St. George, offering a unique ambiance and one-of-a-kind view. At nighttime guests are enfolded into a celestial canopy overlooking sparkling city lights, and by day they are mesmerized by a vast red rock landscape that is practically cinematic.
Inn on the Cliff
A favorite locale for many, the Inn’s predecessor, Sullivan’s Rococo Steakhouse & Inn closed in 2008 after 32 years of service. The buildings, located at 511 S. Airport Road in St. George, then sat dormant until contractor Tom Heers and his wife, Dorothy Heers, stumbled upon a Craigslist advertisement for them in January 2013.
“I came home one day and Tom said, ‘honey, I know what we are going to do,'” Dorothy Heers said. “So we drove up here to check it out and fell in love with the incredible architecture. It was a great Craigslist find.”
The Heers immediately began making negotiations to purchase the property and within months, the inn and restaurant were acquired and renovations began.
The Heers’ style selections for the 27 rooms within the Inn on the Cliff aimed to preserve the natural beauty of the view spanning from the panoramic windows and private decks, stretching across the basin surrounded by red and white sandstone to the cliffs of Zion National Park. Earthy tones of warm-brown, beige and burnt-orange throughout the rooms accent the russet colors of the desert landscape.
“We chose a soft contemporary feel rather than stark contemporary,” Dorothy Heers said. “We want our guests to feel like they are at home.”
Guests are welcome to swim in the brand-new pool that sits on the edge of the cliff, or settle into the Inn’s hot tub to catch a view of the stars and the city at night.
Click here for a full list of the Inn on the Cliff’s amenities.
The lunch and dinner menus for the Cliffside Restaurant were created by Utah Valley University Director of Culinary Arts Peter Sproul who hired a UVU culinary school graduate and award-winning chef Vance Lott, who added his own little twist to the menu.
“We really knew nothing about running a restaurant and then we met with Peter Sproul — a New York City chef — who just took us under his wing,” Dorothy Heers said.
The Cliffside Restaurant offers contemporary American entrées with robust flavor and an artistic presentation. All entrées, desserts, appetizers, soups, salads and sauces are prepared from scratch – even the French fries and the barbecue sauce.
One of the most popular entrées is the chili-glazed salmon which is pan roasted and glazed with mango salsa, and paired with a coconut rice pilaf and zesty lemon sauce. For dessert, the restaurant suggests a warm peach-raspberry oatmeal crumble with Utah peach and raspberry cobbler topped with homemade oatmeal granola crumbs with a scoop of ice cream.
Whatever item from the menu entices the Cliffside Restaurant’s guests, it’s the view that brings them to the Cliffside Restaurant in the first place and the food that keeps them coming back.
To view the full menu click here.
A D V E R T O R I A L
- Inn on the Cliff | Website
- Address: 511 S. Airport Road
- Telephone: Restaurant – 435-319-6005 | Inn – 435-216-5864
- Cliffside Restaurant hours: Lunch – Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Dinner – Monday-Thursday 5-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 5-10 p.m. | Closed on Sunday
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