●The Lodge at Bryce Canyon (877) 386-4383, (435) 834-8700. 114 rooms. Open Apr-Oct. Restaurant (B-L-D; $$). Built in the 1920s by Gilbert Stanley Underwood--the same architect who designed Yosemite’s Ahwahnee Lodge and Yellowstone’s Old Faithful Lodge--this atmospheric park lodge is furnished with replicas of its original hickory-wood pieces. A row of rocking chairs on the long front porch invite resting. Rooms are in two-story motel-style buildings and in cabins. The lodge dining room has a rustic-yet-refined dining room, in the style of the 1930s, and serves a tasty menu. When I ate there recently I dined on a strawberry and greens salad with goat cheese, beef short ribs braised for 6 hours in chipotle barbecue sauce, and a gorgeous fresh fruit tart with cream Anglaise.
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