Why Elopement?

Why Elopement?

You’re going to see the word on our website. Elopement.

For some people, it sort of triggers a negative connotation. Why would we market ourselves that way as an excellent culinary camping tour provider?

The answer has to do with the modern wedding and how it’s conducted. It also has to do with imagining our unique trip model as a part of your new life together.

Different Wedding Scenarios

Every wedding is uniquely different, and as the bride and groom, it’s your time to decide how to proceed.

Even in older times, the quick wedding or justice of the peace situation was somewhat common. There is also the chapel in Las Vegas.

Basically, not everybody wants to have an enormous traditional wedding in their place of residence. Some people just want to get it done with, or make their wedding into a different kind of experience. That’s what we’re saying with the word ‘elopement’. It doesn’t mean that you hid from everybody and got a shotgun wedding done in secret. It just means that you doing things a bit differently, which a lot of people are choosing to do now!

New Wedding Styles

Again, the traditional wedding is a massive affair with families coming together in droves. There are a lot of people to feed and accommodate. There’s a lot of cost, and a lot of things need to come together well for the event to be a complete success. It’s stressful for some, and financially challenging for others. Sometimes, it’s both.

COVID also changed the wedding experience quite a bit. All of a sudden, fewer people were having the big get-togethers, partly because people weren’t allowed to join up in crowds maskless. Now, we’re getting over that, but some people still want those easy, small wedding experiences. Avoiding crowds is just something that some of us have gotten used to.

Honeymoons, Etc.

Even if you did have a great big awesome wedding, you can choose Canyons and Chefs for a honeymoon experience for just the two of you.

Why do so many people choose this kind of package?

The answer is in the crackling campfire, the awe-inspiring pinks and purples of a regional sunset, and the delicious wafting of cooking smells from an outdoor camp location.

By combining the outdoors and a love of food, we’ve created really unique experiences for getaways that you won’t ever forget. Check out the web site to dream and imagine what your own glamping trip can be like. We guarantee it will be memorable!

What’s For Breakfast?

What’s For Breakfast?

Camping breakfasts are some of the most fun times you’ll have on the trail.

You don’t have to go back to cowboy days to see how a traditional camping breakfast warms the heart, and the gullet. Our camping tours often have these nice spreads laid out as you get your morning cup of camping coffee, and get ready to get up and go.

What are some of the most popular components of camping breakfasts? Here are a few.

Sizzling Sausage

Sausages are one of the easiest things to cook on the trail. Unlike bacon, they don’t require quite the precision, and they get a nice golden brown over the fire. For those worried about proper cooking, there are a few options – you can precook the sausage, then warm it on the grill. You can use smaller, thinner links that cook more quickly. Or you can use a food thermometer just to check that your pork or chicken products, or whatever you’re cooking, is fully heated to a safe temperature in the middle.

Toast on the Grill

Do not by any means overlook the appealing quality of grilled toast.

We’re used to slapping two slices of bread in a toaster, but a camping fire can make even better toast. Slather some butter from your cooler, and you’re in culinary heaven.

Cereal

For the kiddos or anybody who just likes something quick and easy, pour milk over cereal and enjoy. You’ll just have to make sure you have good cleaning equipment for those bowls and spoons.

Fruit

Fruit is Mother Nature’s way of jazzing up your breakfast with natural foods high in antioxidants and fiber, as well as juices that can help hydrate you and your palate as you awaken. It’s also a good idea to wash your breakfast down with some refreshing cold water, because after all, this is the essential element that you need to survive.

Potatoes

A good roasted potato can be a great breakfast food, too! Again, you can roast these at home, wrap in foil, and then throw near the fire to get them hot and delicious.

That’s just a little about the amazing breakfast that you can put on anywhere in the great outdoors. You don’t have to seek for obscure delicacies when some of the best and brightest tastes around are right under your nose. Check out the blog for more on how we combine culinary expertise and great camping guidance for truly memorable trips.

Great Tips Designed to Help Couples Have a Great Camping Experience

Great Tips Designed to Help Couples Have a Great Camping Experience

Keeping your relationship healthy and strong is far from easy. As you and your partner age, you will have to pursue separate interests to maintain your sanity. On average, couples spend around two hours a day with each other. Ideally, you want to share the interests you have with your soulmate to make your relationship healthier. If you have recently unlocked your love for the outdoors and want to take your partner camping, you need to plan out this experience in detail. 

Your main goal should be to provide your partner with a great camping experience. If they have a good time camping with you on the first go-around, they should have no problem going back in the future. Here are some things you need to keep in mind when trying to have a great camping experience with your significant other. 

Try Glamping First

The type of camping trip you plan for you and your soulmate will depend solely on their love of the outdoors. There are a number of people who simply don’t like “roughing it” outdoors. If your partner is one of these people, you have to find a way to make the camping experience more luxurious and comfortable. Glamping is a term used to describe the marriage of glamour and camping. 

Taking your love on a glamping trip will allow you to show them the joys of nature while staying in five-star accommodations. The team at Canyons and Chefs offers private chef glamping experiences that are one of a kind. Once you and your partner experience one of these trips, you will never want to camp any other way again. 

Go on Short Trips In The Beginning

If your partner has never been camping, then taking them on a week-long trip is a bad idea. Having unrealistic expectations for your first camping trip with your partner can lead to fights and lots of unwanted stress. This is why you need to get your soulmate comfortable with camping by starting small. Instead of going on a week-long camping trip, take your partner on an overnight excursion. 

With these shorter trips, you can avoid overwhelming your significant other. As you start to plan your first couples camping trip, be sure to ask your partner for input. 

Prepare For Meal Time

Some people think that camping involves depriving themselves of good food. In reality, there are a number of modern tools that make cooking in the wild easier than ever. Rather than leaving meal time on a camping trip to chance, you have to figure out your menu ahead of time. By doing this, you can get ingredients together and make plans to make each meal under the stars with your love. If you want to make eating on your camping trip easier, then hiring professionals to cater is a wise move. 

Do you want to plan the glamping trip of a lifetime? If so, check out the glamping experiences we have to offer. 

Sandwiches and Stuff

Sandwiches and Stuff

Sandwich rocks.

Have we got your attention?

Stay tuned because the sandwich rock is really a good example of what we try to do here at Canyons and Chefs, where we’re creating something new in the world of outdoor tour services. If you’ve never heard of “glamping” or experienced a gourmet outdoor meal, check us out – you’re in for a treat!

So what do we do?

Well…

The Earl of Sandwich

In the culinary world, the sandwich probably needs no introduction.

However, this portable meal is worth thinking about when you’re trying to innovate fine dining on the road.

Aeons ago, the first visionary slapped meat and cheese and whatever else was handy between two slices of bread, and the sandwich was born. Today it’s a billion-dollar industry, with endless permutations and ingredient lists as a major part of our daily diet – you probably have over a dozen sandwich shops within a few miles of wherever you live!

Sandwich Rocks

Sandwich rocks are a little different. Like the sandwich itself, they are ubiquitous, but in some ways, that’s where the comparisons end.

How do sandwich rocks come to be? Over time, rivers carry sediment through areas where small bits of stone coalesce on an original rock layer to form neat and interesting patterns that rock hounds can scrutinize to think about the history of a particular geological formation.

As one writer puts it at the University of Nebraska State Museum: “There are numerous times that the seas swept across our land and that sand and mud were deposited along with many layers of ash.”

What do these two things have in common? Maybe not a lot, unless you’re into culinary camping like we are!

At Canyons and Chefs, we like to haul our dutch ovens and portable cooking gear all over Arizona, Utah and the natural spaces of our region. We like to take people along, too. Our guests can check out the “goat’s favorite hikes” and enjoy some pop-up culinary experiences with fire, food and adventure for couples, or for the whole family.

These specialty trips often feature luxury outdoor living – an innovative concept that you have to experience to understand.

We also have special to trips, for example, going to a nearby site called The Wave where you can peruse special kinds of rock formations and enjoy a hearty meal.

Check out our trip calendar and more on the website, and let us know when you would like to visit. We have got special trips in store for you!

How to Make the Leap from Camping to Glamping

How to Make the Leap from Camping to Glamping

When it comes to buzz words, one that has emerged in the outdoor industry is “glamping.” Unlike camping, which is all about being one with nature and staying as minimal as possible, glamping is a way to enjoy a posh, luxurious experience, unlike anything you have ever experienced before. While glamping can be extravagant, it can also be simple, based on your preferences.

Glamping Defined

The word glamping was created by mashing “glamour” and “camping” together. Just like camping exists on a spectrum, glamping does too. You can find extremely luxurious options that rival five-star hotel rooms but in nature.

On the other end of the spectrum, which is where most glampers can be found, is when a person’s existing camping experience is upgraded so that rather than feeling like you are in the woods, you feel more like you are in the comfort of your home. With this glamping style, you can introduce someone new to camping to the great outdoors without throwing them into the trenches right away.

Camping vs. Glamping

The main factor that differentiates camping from glamping is how comfortable you are. With glamping, it can be said that you are semi-roughing it. However, there are no set rules with glamping.

Many campgrounds offer glamping sites now and, in some areas, the owner or staff even set up your campsite and provide certain luxuries. This includes things like a room in the tent for a closet to unpack your clothes or a spa-like private shower. However, just remember that each glamping experience is unique, so asking about the amenities and luxuries is a good idea to know what to expect.

If you plan your own glamping experience, you can add things like a larger tent, gourmet food, and cookware, or a better mattress. Adding stylish decorative touches is also part of the fun of glamping. For example, a string of LED twinkle lights and an elegant cocoon chair can turn your average campsite into a glamper’s dream.

There are a few tips that can help those who want to create their own glamping experience. Some of the top things to do to create your glamping campsite include:

  • Bring along cozy bedding
  • Take a source of entertainment
  • Set up special stations (i.e., drinks, food, etc.)
  • Cook gourmet meals
  • Create a comfortable living area
  • Add light to the glampsite
  • Add a few touches of home

Are You Ready for Your First Glamping Experience?

Are you ready to enjoy your first glamping experience? This may seem like a stretch for avid campers, but many have found they are hooked to this more glamorous camping style once they try it. However, for those new to camping or who are hesitant to stay all night outside, this is a great way to ease into it. Keep in mind that with glamping, you can customize the experience to your needs and preferences. You can also book a glamping experience at a park or campsite. Due to the popularity of this style of camping, more locations than ever before offer glamping experiences.