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It’s not often that Colby and I make our way down to Utah County together (I go hiking in Provo Canyon all the time myself, but it’s rare for both of us to go), so when we had an open Thursday one week and my friend had a date that lived in Provo, we decided to make it a double and go try out a new escape room!
We made an appointment at a small company called Escapes in Time for their brand new themed room, The Hoarder’s Attic. Excitement was mounting but before we could find our way out of the room, we needed food. One of my favorite places in Provo, Chom Burger, wasn’t super close to our destination, but it was worth making a little detour for.
In my opinion, you can’t really beat a classic burger, crispy fries, and a creamy shake. It’s just so crave-able and satisfying and when you find a place that does it well, you can’t let it go. Chom is one of those places. They have several different types of burgers and salads, but I’m partial to the CHOM burger – a delicious all-American burger piled with lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, Chom sauce, and a second patty of course.
Pair it with fries and an overflowing grasshopper shake and you’ll never be disappointed! I’m drooling right now just thinking about it.
Escapes in Time
After devouring our burgers & fries, we headed over to Escapes in Time. An escape room is essentially a themed room that your group is “locked” inside until you decipher a series of puzzles to escape. Our gamemaster, Cody, led us into the briefing room where he explained the rules and the backstory. In this case, an old man – our grandfather – passed away, and had hidden a stash of money somewhere in his home. He left a series of clues leading to it, but we only had an hour to find it before the house was demolished due to his hoarding.
After the briefing, we followed Cody through the “time machine” – a really cool hallway decorated with glow-in-the-dark galaxy patterns – and into the room we would spend the next hour in. He handed us a walkie talkie to use in case we needed hints, and shut us in.
The first thing to do was to watch an extremely creepy video that reminded me of The Ring and figure out the clues inside the video. From there, we could follow the trail to the money and the exit.
I don’t want to post too much because I hope you’ll go try the room for yourself, but it included everything from looking through a periscope, figuring out riddles, solving math problems, and more as we tried to find puzzle pieces to complete the family photo that would reveal the final clue.
As the end of the hour drew closer, it looked like we might not get out in time, but at the last minute we solved the last piece of the puzzle and opened the hidden door to freedom! Of course, we grabbed some hoarder’s attic costumes to commemorate the occasion in a photo.
Escape rooms are one of my favorite ways to spend a date night, and of the several I’ve been to, Escapes in Time has been my favorite by far! We peeked inside a few of their other rooms before we left and the attention to detail and immersive experience is so impressive and fun. I can’t wait to go back and do another one – who wants to join me?