In just a few weeks, Southern Utah is set to host the 2022 IRONMAN® World Championship. This incredible event will put top athletes to the test on a challenging course located in St. George. 

Planning to travel to the area to compete or watch the race as a spectator? If you haven’t already, now is the time to book your Southern Utah vacation rentals for race weekend. With thousands of athletes, spectators, and volunteers coming to the region for the May 7 race, rentals are filling up fast. Staying in a nearby Hildale resort will put you just a 45-minute drive from the starting line, and allow you to escape busy St. George, with its race weekend crowds and traffic.

After you’ve booked one of the best Southern Utah vacation rentals, it’s time to start planning the rest of your trip. One big detail you’ll want to consider? Where you plan to eat during your stay. Whether you’re looking for some pre-race fuel or a post-race celebration, keep reading to learn a few options for where to dine during the 2022 IRONMAN® World Championship while staying in Hildale.

Berry Knoll Pizza

When it comes to post-race celebrations, nothing beats digging into a hot, fresh pizza. Berry Knoll Pizza, located just over the state line from Hildale, Utah in Colorado City, Arizona, this mom and pop pizza joint keeps things simple with a selection of pizza and calzones, a long list of popular ingredients, as well as tasty appetizers like baked pretzels, wings, and nachos. 

Don’t forget to save room for dessert—you can choose from a selection of old-fashioned, hand-dipped ice creams, or their famous Churro Donut, topped with cinnamon sugar or caramel and whipped cream.

Edge of the World Brewery

Just across the street from Berry Knoll Pizza, you’ll find Edge of the World Brewery. As the name suggests, you’ll take in stunning views of the surrounding red rock desert while enjoying one of their own homemade craft beers. Their selection of beers changes with the season; this spring, you can try unique flavor combos like Lemon Sage Saison and Boysenberry Sour.

This listing might be a bit misleading; you won’t find food on the menu at Edge of the World Brewery. But it’s the perfect place to relax and toast a great weekend after enjoying your pizza right across the street!

Brother’s Bistro

For a quick lunch or some filling comfort food, head to Brother’s Bistro. This simple restaurant offers a variety of sandwiches, wraps, salads, and appetizers. Dig into a teriyaki wrap, a zesty chicken sandwich, or a Greek salad, and order some class french fries, onion rings, or jalapeno poppers to share.

Sweet Sage Coffee Co.

Can’t make it through your weekend without your caffeine fix? In Colorado City, you’ll find Sweet Sage Coffee Co. This charming coffee shop is the perfect place to relax and enjoy your favorite hot beverage. You can even grab a bag of their coffee beans to take home as a souvenir!

Besides coffee, you’ll also find a variety of breakfast and lunch options, like avocado toast and a Monte Cristo sandwich. This is a great spot to grab a sit-down breakfast to start your day off on the right foot!

Espresso Creek Coffee

Looking to grab a quick pick-me-up on your way to St. George to scope out the race site? Your one-bed or two-bed suite features a Keurig perfect for brewing up a hot cup o’ Joe. But if you’d rather have an espresso drink, an iced coffee, or maybe a sweet treat, you can drive through this coffee stand instead.

Espresso Creek Coffee is just a short drive away from your Southern Utah vacation rental. It offers a variety of hot and cold espresso and coffee beverages, as well as tea, simple sandwiches, and sweet treats like cookies and pie. They are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Essential Coffee Co.

Just across the state line is another drive-thru coffee venue. Similar to the last, Essential Coffee Co. offers a variety of coffee and espresso drinks and a rotating menu of snacks.

Those looking for a healthier pre-race pick-me-up can choose from a variety of smoothie and fresh juice options, as well as natural sweetener alternatives and even essential oils to flavor your coffee. Alongside their drink menu, Essential Coffee Co. also offers an assortment of pastries and breakfast sandwiches that make it easy to grab a snack or meal on the go. Essential Coffee Co. is open from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays.

Booking Your Stay at the Best Southern Utah Vacation Rentals

Planning to compete in the 2022 IRONMAN® World Championship, or attending the race as a spectator? Escape the crowds and traffic set to descend on St. George, and stay in peaceful Hildale, Utah instead. Home to the best Southern Utah vacation rentals, you’ll enjoy quick and easy access to St. George and nearby Zion National Park. 

While the town might be a tranquil alternative to busier St. George and Springdale, it still offers a variety of restaurants to choose from, as well as activities to enjoy if you choose to extend your stay after the race—like visiting the new Water Canyon Winery!

There’s still time to book your stay at Water Canyon Resort. Choose between our one-bed and two-bed studios, both of which offer luxurious accommodations and modern decor. Kitchenettes, with microwaves, mini-fridges, and Keurig coffee machines make it easy to prep some pre-race snacks, while laptop-friendly workspaces allow you to catch up on work or chat with friends during your stay.

There’s still time to book your race weekend accommodations for the 2022 IRONMAN® World Championship. Book today to guarantee your stay for the race, or to start planning a summer getaway at our beautiful Hildale resort!