St. George  offers many places to stay and eat. Motel prices stay about the same year-round, although they may drop if business is slow in summer. Considering the popularity of this destination, prices are reasonable. Golfers should ask about golf-and-lodging packages.
You'll find most lodgings along the busy I-15 business route of St. George Boulevard (Exit 8) and Bluff Street (Exit 6). As for food, you'll find almost every fast-food place known to humanity just off the interstate on St. George Boulevard.
Many of St. George's less expensive lodging choices are chains operating at Exit 8 off I-15. Near downtown, there are some decent locally owned choices. The Chalet Motel (664 E. St. George Blvd., 435/628-6272, $40 and up) offers fridges and microwaves, some efficiency kitchens in larger rooms, and a pool.
Dixie Palms Motel (185 E. St. George Blvd., 435/673-3531, $40) is a classic old-fashioned courtyard motel on the main strip right downtown, with an outdoor pool and fridges and microwaves in the rooms. It's a top pick for budget travelers.
In the downtown area, the Spanish-style Best Western Travel Inn (316 E. St. George Blvd., 435/673-3541 or 800/528-1234, www.bwtravelinn.com , $69 and up) is a relatively small motel with an outdoor pool and an indoor spa. It's a good mid-range choice.
Also quite comfortable is the Ambassador Inn (1481 S. Sunland Dr., 435/673-7900 or 877/373-7900, $70 and up), located at the south end of town near the convention center, east of Exit 6 off I-15.
Near the freeway, La Quinta (91 East 2680 South, 435/674-2664 or 888/788-2457, www.laqstgeorge.com , $85 and up) is a comfortable place to crash on the edge of town.
Close to downtown is one of St. George's best: the Best Western Coral Hills (125 E. St. George Blvd., 435/673-4844 or 800/542-7733, www.coralhills.com , $77 and up), a very attractive property with indoor and outdoor pools and two spas, an exercise room, and a complimentary continental breakfast.
Look for more motels at Exit 6 off I-15. The Holiday Inn Resort Hotel & Convention Center (850 S. Bluff St., 435/628-4235 or 800/457-9800, www.histgeorgeutah.com , $81 and up) is a large complex with a "Holidome" complete with indoor and outdoor pools, whirlpool, recreation/fitness facilities, tennis court, and putting green. The on-site restaurant is good.
At the Best Western Abbey Inn (1129 S. Bluff St., 888/222-3946 or 435/652-1234, www.bwabbeyinn.com , $80 and up), all rooms have microwaves and refrigerators. There's a small outdoor pool, an indoor spa, recreation/fitness facilities, and a free hot breakfast.
A couple of B&Bs are good alternatives to the more generic lodgings that dominate St. George. Just across from Brigham Young's winter home, the
Seven Wives Inn Bed & Breakfast (217 North 100 West, 435/628-3737 or 800/600-3737, www.sevenwivesinn.com , $109 and up) offers rooms in two historic homes (including one that served as a safe house for polygamists after the practice was banned in the 1880s) and a cute cottage. All guest rooms have private baths and are decorated with antiques. Children are welcome and pets are permitted in the cottage. There's an outdoor pool, in-room massage, and good weekday business rates ($70) are offered.
You'll find an entire compound of pioneer-era homes at the Greene Gate Village Historic Bed & Breakfast Inn (76 W. Tabernacle St., 435/628-6999 or 800/350-6999, www.greengatevillage.com , $99 and up). Nine beautifully restored homes offer a variety of lodging options—groups or families can rent an entire home. Many rooms come with kitchens and private baths, some with private whirlpools. There's also a pool shared by all guests. Children are welcome.
A particularly nice standard motel is the Crystal Inn (1450 S. Hilton Inn Dr., 435/688-7477 or 800/662-2525, www.crystalinns.com , $119, Internet specials as low as $70) is located on a golf course and has beautiful public areas and nicely appointed guest rooms. Facilities include a pool, a sauna, and private tennis courts.
Golfers (and those who want a bit of poshness) should seriously consider the Inn at Entrada (2588 West Sinagua Trail, 435/634-7100, www.innatentrada.com , $179 and up), located near Snow Canyon State Park . A stay at the inn is the easiest way to gain access to the resort community's top-notch golf course. It's a lovely setting, lodging is in "casitas," and there's a spa and restaurant on site.
The best camping in the area is at Snow Canyon State Park (1002 Snow Canyon Dr., 435/628-2255, http://stateparks.utah.gov , reserve at 800/322-3770 or www.reserveamerica.com , $8 reservation fee, $16-20). Sites are in a pretty canyon and include showers; reservations are necessary in spring. From downtown St. George, go 12 miles north on Highway 18, then turn left and continue two miles.
Quail Creek State Park (472 North 5300 West, 435/879-2378, www.stateparks.utah.gov , $10 day use, $15 camping) is on a reservoir and is a good option if you have a boat.
The BLM's Red Cliffs Recreation Site (435/688-3200, $8) is a little more scenic and has trails. Both are north of town off I-15; Exit 16 when coming from the south, Exit 23 when approaching from the north.
If you need a place to park an RV for the night, McArthur's Temple View RV Resort (975 S. Main St., 435/673-6400 or 800/776-6410, $31 tent, $42 RV) is right in town near the temple district, but has little shade.