Lisa Church


  • Moab, Utah, USA

Lisa Church is a correspondent who lives in Moab, Utah, and covers the area for Forbes Travel Guide. She is a freelance writer and photographer and also the editor of The Times-Independent, which has served as Moab’s local newspaper for more than 100 years. With roots in the South and the Midwest, Church has made her home in Moab for the past 17 years. Her work has appeared in a variety of newspapers and magazines, including The Salt Lake Tribune, High Country News and Mother Jones.

  • On September 30, 2013
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    What kinds of massages are offered at The Spa at Sorrel River Ranch?

    The Spa at Sorrel River Ranch in Moab offers a full complement of massages that incorporate a variety of treatment modalities. Soothe sore muscles with a Swedish-style massage featuring light or medium pressure. A deep-tissue massage is a great way to relieve tension after an active day hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking or river rafting. And if you’ve never tried one, the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star spa offers a wonderfully relaxing massage that incorporates warm river stones. Hand and foot massages that feature a variety of exfoliates or special scrubs are also available, as are facial treatments that hydrate, exfoliate and relax. Nearly every massage treatment offered can be turned into a couples massage. All the body wraps and scrubs — such as the signature bourbon-and-sugar scrub — include a 50-minute hydrating massage.
  • On September 30, 2013
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    Where is Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa located?

    The drive to Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa, which is located off Highway 128 near Moab, Utah, is one of the most scenic in the entire Southwest. The two-lane State Highway 128 follows the banks of the Colorado River, winding through picturesque red rock formations and sometimes hugging the cliff sides in the more narrow stretches of the road. Along the way, wide pullouts offer drivers the opportunity to stop for photographs or simply take in the breathtaking scenery that makes Canyon Country in southeast Utah such a popular outdoor destination for visitors.
    The Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star resort and spa is located approximately 20 miles northeast of Moab at Mile 17 on Highway 128.
  • On September 23, 2013
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    What is the dress code at The River Grill Restaurant?

    As with most restaurants in the Moab area, there is no formal dress code at The River Grill Restaurant at Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa. Casual dress is permitted at the Forbes Travel Guide recommended restaurant, however, the beautifully plated gourmet fare by chef Richard Potts may inspire you to slip on the heels or suit jacket and dress up a bit. Many patrons do just that, and the dining room and deck areas have a casually luxurious atmosphere on most any evening.
    The rich setting and spectacular Canyon Country scenery make The River Grill a perfect place for an intimate, romantic dinner with the one you love.
  • On September 23, 2013
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    Where is The River Grill Restaurant located?

    The River Grill Restaurant at Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa near Moab, Utah, is located on the upper level in the  resort’s main lodge building. The Forbes Travel Guide recommended restaurant offers an unparalleled dining experience in Southeast Utah, with a large indoor dining area as well as coveted al fresco dining opportunities on the outdoor deck, which features beautiful views of the Colorado River and the nearby La Sal Mountains.
    For resort guests, the main lodge and The River Grill are only a short distance away from the resort’s cabins and suites. Diners coming from the Moab area will drive approximately 20 miles on State Highway 128 to reach the property.
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  • On November 15, 2012
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    What are the best cultural events in Moab?

    Moab is known for its adventure sports and activities, but the town is also home to several well-known cultural events held throughout the year.
    The Moab Music Festival, held annually in late August and early September, brings world-class classical musicians to perform in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings. The festival’s signature Grotto Concerts take place in a natural grotto along the Colorado River several miles downstream from Moab. Concertgoers, musicians and even a grand piano are transported by jet boat to the site for an afternoon of music followed by a reception with gourmet food and wine.
    The three-day Moab Folk Festival, held the first weekend in November, features traditional and contemporary folk artists performing at indoor and outdoor venues.
    In the fall, the PleinAir Moab art festival brings artists from throughout the region and the U.S. to paint in the outdoors. During the event, artists can be found working on the streets downtown, along trails and streams, and in canyons and parks throughout the area. The event culminates in an art auction.
  • On November 15, 2012
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    What is the best thing to bring home from Moab?

    After your trip to Moab, Utah, you’ll probably be heading home with a new sense of accomplishment from having successfully paddled down the Colorado River or hiked up Intrepid. But if you’re seeking a more tangible souvenir, we suggest you peruse the handmade jewelry crafted by local and regional artisans available at several shops throughout downtown. Moab is also home to a wide variety of art galleries featuring original photography, sculptures and paintings by Moab artists.
    Or stop by Lin Ottinger’s rock and fossil shop on North Main Street if you want to take home rock or dinosaur bone souvenirs that were collected in the area.
    The downtown shops also offer a wide variety of souvenir clothing, hats, bumper stickers and postcards.
  • On November 15, 2012
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    What are the best Moab food experiences?

    Many people come to Moab seeking outdoor adventures like hiking or rafting. That kind of workout leaves you hungry for some hearty food and fortunately there are many places in Moab that offer satisfying fare. Here are the best food experiences in Moab:
    1. Chili cheeseburger. For everyday dining, Milt’s Stop & Eat is a must. First opened in 1954, this traditional diner serves up classic and specialty burgers and other diner fare, but their signature is Milt’s  chili cheeseburger. 
    2. A Love Muffin. The Main Street bakery gets its name from its creative and delicious muffins, with flavorings like ginger, chocolate and bacon and blueberries. Its other specialty is massive sandwiches ideal for any time of day; favorites include the banh mi and the sausage breakfast sandwich.
    3. The Mother of All Burritos. Miguel’s Baja Grill offers tasty Mexican food in an open-air dining room. Miguel’s is known for its MOAB (mother of all burritos), fish tacos and excellent mole.
    4. Wake Me Up Wakame. You’ll find a great breakfast and lunch experience at Eklecticafe, where the décor perfectly matches the name. It serves some of the best coffee in town as well as the signature Wakame huevos rancheros, homemade quiche and a different decadent cheesecake every day. It’s open from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily.
    5. Gourmet quesadillas. Keep your eyes open for the bright yellow Quesadilla Mobilla truck. Owners Carrie and Steven specialize in making fresh, filling and original quesadillas like one filled with apples, cranberries and cinnamon; spicy sweet potatoes or the Enchanted Chicken. Many visitors consider this the best place to dine in all of Moab.
  • On November 15, 2012
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    Where is the best nightlife in Moab?

    Several bars and restaurants in Moab offer live music and dancing, primarily on weekends. For a more intimate experience, visit the Vista Lounge at Buck’s Grill House, or the Blu Pig, where local and regional musicians perform throughout the week. Blues and R&B are often on tap at the Blu Pig, while the Vista Lounge features an eclectic array of music.
    Frankie D’s Bar & Grill often features live entertainment ranging from rock to disco and hip-hop to blues. The Rio Sports Bar typically offers dancing to a DJ’s mixes or live bands on weekends. Finally, for an authentic Moab experience, visit world-famous Woody’s Tavern, where live music and brews have been a staple since 1962.