Brigham City, Utah

Bear River, White Pelican, image

Watch white pelicans at the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. | Manjith Kainickara/Wikipedia

What do steaks, chocolate, scrapbooks, and migratory birds have in common? They can all be found in Brigham City. Peta Owens-Liston, VIA's go-to writer in Utah, delved into this pioneer town 60 miles north of Salt Lake City and came away with surprising fun stops, as well as her own art creation.

Brigham City Handmade Chocolates: Idle Isle Fine Chocolates still makes their renowned “nut balls”—large, gumball size chocolates containing soft almond cream centers—and more.

Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge: In early March, some 40,000 shorebirds begin arriving. And you should,too.

Maddox Ranch House: Peta, a vegetarian, enters a popular steak house and changes the life of a waiter.

Crafts at Just Bee Scrap'n: Check out work by local artisans or, like our writer, make a card to remember.

This blog post was first published in February 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.