Spending Your Spring Break in Wonderful Rexburg

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Imagine this: you have no responsibilities for a week, but you’re stuck here in Rexburg.  That’s okay, there’s still plenty of stuff that you can do, and this week, we’re going to help you plan out the perfect Rexburg spring break.  

First things first, you don’t have any responsibilities, so no need to set an alarm.  You can sleep as long as you want.  If you wake up and spend some time on your phone and then decide you’re still tired, just go ahead and roll over and go back to sleep.  You can sleep as long as you want and nobody is there to tell you what to do- that’s the joys of being here in Rexburg, alone for the week.

The next thing you need to make sure you have is an active Netflix account, since you’re going to want to watch a ton of shows and movies throughout the week.  And if you’re sleeping all day, you’re going to need something to do during the rest of the day.  If you need a good show to binge watch, think about watching The Office, Parks and Recreation, How I Met Your Mother, or Friends, because sitcoms are just the best and so easy to binge watch.  And when Netflix asks, “Are you still watching?” don’t feel too judged, Netflix is just looking out for you a little.  

What are you going to do once you’re hungry?  You can go to your pantry and look at your empty shelf, or you can go and get some food at Taco Bell or at McDonalds.  Doesn’t a McChicken sound so good right now?  Just make sure you buy the cheaper items on the menu so you can continue to buy food throughout the week.

Now, let’s say you need to go to the store and buy some groceries before all of the college students show up to go raid the Walmart for everything.  You probably want to go shopping no later than Wednesday because you want to be able to have the store to yourself, plus they’ll have everything in stock unlike on Friday or Saturday.  Go get all of the frozen pizzas and claim all of the space in the freezer while all of your roommates are gone.  Go to the Dollar Tree and splurge a little, buy some games or something to entertain you while you’re alone for these few days.

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flashlights and maybe even see someone breathe fire!  And if you go to the caves, then you’ll have something you can tell people you did over your spring break.  Plus if you get some coo pictures like these, then you’ll have proof that you actually left your apartment during spring break.

So if you’re looking for something to do while spending your wonderful spring break here in good ol’ Rexburg just make sure you have an active Netflix account and you’re ready to eat some mediocre fast food and you’ll have a wonderful week in between your semesters!

 

 

Restaurants Around Rexburg

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Rexburg may be a small town, but there are many different options for food around town. Here are a few of the go-to spots around Rexburg.

Taqueria El Rancho

Located at 312 W 4th S, Taqueria El Rancho isn’t your typical Mexican restaurant. It’s actually an old school bus that has a kitchen and benches along the windows. It’s authentic Mexican food and the food is very reasonably priced. They have all sorts of options, from tacos and nachos to chile rellenos and burritos, and so many more options. The Taco Bus is located conveniently two blocks away from BYU-Idaho campus, right past Tuscany Place and Rockland Apartments.

Frontier Pies

Located at 460 W 4th S, Frontier Pies offers American cuisine and many different pies, hence the name. It has a rustic feel and they offer so many different types of food that they have something for everyone. I went just last week and I got a San Francisco Club, which was a double decker sandwich on sourdough. My roommate got a chicken fried steak and my friend got nachos, therefore there was something for everyone. They also have a lot of pie options, including Apple, Banana Crème and of course, Chocolate.

The Hickory

Located at 155 W Main St., The Hickory is a barbecue joint that offers so much more than just barbecue. The Hickory is the IMG_1547closest thing to southern food I’ve eaten out here in Rexburg, and it’s amazing. They have the best macaroni and cheese I have ever had and they have very generous portions. If you are looking for some good comfort food here in Rexburg, The Hickory is the place to go. They have all of the comfort foods you could think of- mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese and biscuits.

Pizza Pie Cafe

Located at 240 N 2nd E, Pizza Pie Cafe is a buffet style restaurant that serves pizza, pasta and salads. They offer some different types of pizza, including one that includes potatoes on it, typical Idaho. They also have some different types of dessert pizzas, including an Oreo pizza, an Apple Pie pizza and a Cookie Dough pizza. Pizza Pie also often has nights where they have deals so sign up for their text messages to get their deals!

Applebee’s

Located at 975 University Blvd, Applebee’s is a great go-to when you want some good American cuisine. Sure, Applebee’s is a chain but it is one of the bigger restaurants here in Rexburg, and I know I have gone there multiple times with my roommates to celebrate different events, especially when we don’t want to drive down to Idaho Falls. Applebee’s offers steaks, hamburgers, pastas, wings and more.

Nielsen’s Frozen Custard

Located at 115 S 2nd W, Nielsen’s offers the best frozen custard in town. They have the basic flavors of vanilla and IMG_1550chocolate and then they have a flavor of the day. They also sell burgers, fries and chicken. Nielsen’s custard is so smooth and creamy and it’s definitely the best ice cream option in town.

See the sites!

There are so many beautiful sites to see surrounding Rexburg. Some of nature’s greatest treasures are just within a few hours of Rexburg – no joke. Let’s just name off a few of the “must-sees”.

 

Yellowstone:

Yellowstone is one of the most iconic national parks in the U.S. Consider yourself lucky if you live in Rexburg, because an adventure through Yellowstone is just an hour and a half a way for you. Visiting Yellowstone is such an incredible experience, so many wonders. You will most certainly spot some buffalo during your trip and likely a few other animals such as: elk, deer, mountain goats, and possible bears. Beside the wildlife their are the gorgeous sculptures of nature that make up the whole park. The paint pots are so vibrant in color, and the geysers are spectacular. Yellowstone is a must-see for everyone.

St. Anthony Sand Dunes:

Just located twenty minutes outside of Rexburg, this magnificent 10,600 acre playground of white quartz sand  is known for great fun. There are great times to be had whether you have a dune buggy or not. Stargazing is one of my favorite things to do there in the summertime.  Some clear nights you can even see the milky way. While enjoying the view, you find yourself pretty comfortable laying on the warm sand.

Swan Valley:

This is a treasure that I found just a year ago. Swan Valley is BEAUTIFUL. Known for the palisades, it’s square ice cream, and Fall Creek Falls you are bound for a great experience when visiting Swan Valley. There is so much to do! It would be hard to fit it all in one day, luckily it’s only a 50 minute drive from Rexburg. What are you waiting for?

Jackson Hole:

           

If you live in Rexburg and you haven’t hear of Jackson Hole, you live under a rock. Jackson Hole is another beautiful must-see. Definitely a tourist town, if you are into that kind of thing: art galleries, souvenir and candy shops – the whole works.  If you aren’t into that so much, no worries, there are still a lot of adventures to be had there. There is skiing in Jackson hole, and one new awesome discovery I recently made was a sleigh ride through their national elk refuge. You literally get to be 10 feet away from thousands of elk. It’s pretty epic, and there aren’t a lot of places in the world that your get to experience something like that, now are there?

Also, my favorite restaurant in Jackson Hole is the Lift, so make sure to stop by while you are in town. You won’t be disappointed.

Grand Teton National Park:

 

Grand Teton National Park is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful places in the world. Schwabacher’s Landing, Oxbow Bend, the Grand Tetons, Mormon Row Barn – all of these places are worth it for the view.  Just located 10 miles south of Yellowstone National Park, you wouldn’t believe that all of these incredible sites are so close together. It’s nice to know that this place is just an hour and 45 minute drive from Rexburg. There’s no excuse for not visiting a paradise like this.

So really, is Rexburg all that bad? Consider it a blessing to be so close to some of the most spectacular views in the world.

Date Night

Rexburg- you either love it or you hate it. Rexburg is home to some of coldest winters as well as some awkward returned missionaries dying to get a date. These two things alone make it a mystery of why anyone would want to live here. But as crazy as it is, this quaint college town is replete with young single adults, lunging at every opportunity to go on a date. Hopefully this post will throw out some nice date ideas or warm up your heart to saying yes to one of them. I’ve listed my top 5 favorite date ideas in Rexburg.

  1. Visit Driggs

I wouldn’t recommend this as a first date idea, but if you are feeling some strong chemistry, you can’t go wrong with taking a trip up to Driggs. Mountain lakes, buffalo, hiking trails, and rivers are all home to Driggs. I promise the scenery of the Tetons will win hearts. Driggs is only about a 45-minute drive from Rexburg, an easy day trip. There are large varieties of mom and pop restaurants to discover and fun activities to do. Make sure to catch the newest movie releases at the famous Spud Drive-in.

  1.     Haunted Maze and Haunted Mill

October is one of the most fun months in Rexburg. The air is crisp, the weather is cool, and there is so much to do. Haunted mazes and haunted mills are a must. Girls have a secret love for being scared. They may not admit it, but they do. It is also a great excuse to get a little close.

  1.     Mini Golf

Fat cats is home to a lot of entertaining activities but one of my favorites is mini golf. Mini golf is great for all seasons, especially during the winter. It can be hard to think of date ideas during the winter. I promise it will be nice to get off the couch and away from Netflix. Mini Golf is relatively cheap and is something that doesn’t require a ton of athletic ability.

  1.     School Activities

Believe it or not, BYU-Idaho puts on some good activities. You don’t even have to leave Rexburg to go to some pretty cool concerts. Josh Turner, David Archuleta, Alex Boyed and Scotty McCrery are just a few musicians that have performed at BYU-Idaho. There are always plays, talent shows, and dances being held on campus. If you want a date that says no commitment, purely interest, ask a girl out on a classic Devo date. If you are lucky, the devotional speaker will talk about the importance of marriage.

  1. Kiwi Loco

If you love a fun place to eat frozen yogurt, then Kiwi Loco is the place for you. The employees are a ton of fun and it is a fun atmosphere to get to know your date. Kiwi Loco is always having great deals. Every Wednesday is a workout Wednesday deal, every push-up equals one percent off. Every girl loves cake batter and cheesecake pieces. She will think you are a romantic for taking her here.

There is always something fun to do here in Rexburg. These ideas are cheap, fun, and classic. You can never go wrong with these five adventures. They’re tried and true. Trust me.

How to Dress For Rexburg Weather

The weather in Rexburg can be very temperamental. What starts off as a warm sunnIMG_6959.jpgy day
can end with snow, or vice versa. Knowing what to wear day to day
in Rexburg can be tricky, especially when you can’t be sure what the weather will be like in the next hour. Each season is vastly different and it’s tough to be prepared if you don’t know what to expect. There are several things to think about for when you’re getting dressed in the morning if you live in Rexburg, Idaho.

Winter is cold. Very very cold. And windy. And snowy. So if you’re planning on going outside in a Rexburg winter, you better bundle up. Wearing a coat is often not enough, so add warm scarf, a hat, and maybe even some gloves. Having sturdy boots with good traction is a must.IMG_6986.jpg Trekking through the ice, wind and snow is so much easier when you have the proper footwear, and it makes all the difference. The last thing you want is to slip and fall into the snow. The wind can whip especially hard during the winter, so having something to cover your ears is highly recommended- earmuff, hat, thermal headband, etc.

Right now spring is very slowly appearing in Rexburg as winter reluctantly fades. Transitions between seasons can be all over the place when it comes to weather. The morning may be sweater weather, but the afternoon is sweltering. When the sun comes out it’s glorious, but it can make a warm day even warmer. So I’ll give you the sIMG_6969.jpgecret to surviving the transitional seasons in Idaho. Layers.

Layers allow you to bundle up or cool down as you need to throughout the day. It’s alway better to wear more layers that you can take off if you get hot than be stuck wearing one thing that leaves you too hot or too cold. When you’re wearing a short-sleeve shirt, a cardigan, and a jacket you have a lot more options and opportunities to make yourself comfortable.

Rexburg is a fairly wet place, especially during the spring. If it’s not snowing or raining, everything is melting and defrosting. Having proper footwear is very important. Having sturdy, preferably waterproof, boots is definitely recommended. It’s also helpful in the spring to have a raincoat, water-resistant jacket, or umbrella handy for rainy days.

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Summer in Rexburg is sunny and it can get quite warm. Though it might rain occasionally, the weather in summer is fairly mild and predictable. Ladies, I suggest wearing skirts or dresses to stay cool during the summer. Since it’s so windy in Rexburg, be careful what types of dresses and skirts you wear or you might end up showing a little more skin than you bargained for.
Dressing for the weather in Rexburg may seem overwhelming, especially now. But, don’t worry, as long as you check the weather forecast before you get dressed each day you’ll do just fine. In Rexburg, it’s a “learn as you go” environment through trial and error.