And they have a way of pulling you aside. On S.R. 38, we dismounted frequently to meet horses standing at the fence or to check out a monument to Call’s Fort, built in 1855 by Mormon settlers as “the most northerly outpost in Utah.”
South of Brigham City is fruit country. The U.S. 89 corridor here is known as the “Fruit Highway,” with a steady rhythm of orchards, farms and stands such as Pettingill, Grammy’s, Gray’s and Tagge’s. Throughout the summer and fall seasons of harvest, the Fruit Highway becomes Utah’s top “agri-tourism” destination. Also along this stretch, in Perry, is Maddox Ranch House, the original farm-to-table restaurant, where steaks are served from cattle raised on-site, and the rolls are made with local Brigham City flour.
Deliberate Travel, Closer Looks
There are neat things all over the place for the traveler to find in this productive rural landscape if you look closely. In Tremonton is Earland’s Meats, a butcher shop for animals raised throughout the valley that advertises a mobile slaughter unit, and features bacon burgers — that is, beef burgers with bits of bacon mixed in.
South of Tremonton, state Route 13 parallels the Bear River on its way to Corinne. On a quiet street in Bear River City, we found the Lavender House, a stately home with a wrap-around porch, surrounded by gardens. Initially having a hard time deciphering what it was, we followed signs down the driveway to a self-serve gift shop. We opened the door to find a ceiling full of dried flowers and soaps and lotions all made from herbs and flowers grown on-site.