It is outage season in the world of boiler businesses which means Audley is on the road nearly every day each week. Now that the kiddos are so much older and require less of my time, he really encourages me to take off at least once a year for a girlfriend’s getaway and a little down time to help maintain my sanity. Last weekend I was able to take off and enjoy a little Momma vacay in Arizona with my friend, Yvonne. She is quite familiar with the area as she owns a condo in Flagstaff, so I knew it would an exciting, jam packed weekend. We were quite limited on time with just over 48 hours to enjoy ourselves so Yvonne wanted to make sure wanted to make sure I enjoyed a real taste of Arizona.
So, what can you do with such a short amount of time in an amazing area?
Let me share some of our fun with you!
1. Dine at Black Bart’s Steakhouse, Saloon and Musical Review in Flagstaff. Dinner out at Black Barts was so much fun! This eclectic restaurant is staffed with a lot of talent who might drop what they are doing without notice and jump on stage to sing for you. With performances of show tunes from old Broadway to recent Disney favorites you might even find yourself singing along!
The food was good (my Prime Rib was cooked perfectly), but the atmosphere is what makes Black Barts worth the stop!
A couple of other great restaurant suggestions would include the fabulous Horseman Lodge Steakhouse in Flagstaff (features local fare, including some amazing Elk Chops) and El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano in Sedona.
2. Wake up before dawn and watch the sunrise as you travel through the desert to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.
Skip the initial first view of the canyon (you’re charged to see it) and travel to Navajo Point for a truly gorgeous sight!
Check out the shops (especially the Kolb Studio… the home and photography studio of historic Canyon photographers and film makers, Emery and Ellsworth Kolb ) and then hike the Angel Light Trail.
Just remember while it’s a fairly easy hike down, plan to double your time on the hike back up, and be sure to pack light!
Utilize the free shuttle around the southern rim and visit different viewing points around the canyon. Also chat up the NP rangers for a bit of history and to answer your questions about the park.
3. Take a ride down Route 66 for a few unique shops and sights.
4. Soak up the many views of Arizona’s ever-changing landscape. From Prairies to mountain tops the scenery around Flagstaff is amazing!
We drove up to the Arizona Snow Bowl skiing area to see these gorgeous views!
And I do believe Arizona has enjoyed a much prettier autumn than we have in the Carolinas.
5. Visit the unique Indian cliff dwellings built into rock at Montezuma’s Castle.
Why build in the rocks?
Protection from flooding, predators and MOSQUITOS! Those pesky little insects like to stay low, so living high in the cliffs protected the native Americans from their annoying bites!
6. Head off to the Sedona desert for a hike at Bell Rock and marvel at the breathtaking formations surrounding you!
And on your way out, stop for some fun shopping with local artisans in Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. Sylvie & Bruno is a wonderful stop for locally designed jewelry (I picked up a couple of gorgeous turquoise pieces) and if you love photography you must visit the Eclectic Image Gallery. Owned by the husband and wife team of Elaine and Duane Morgan, you will be enthralled (and a wee bit jealous) by their photographic eye for local beauty.
7. Take an evening horseback ride at the historic Hitchin’ Post Stables in Flagstaff.
Dale was an awesome trail guide, and Sally was a fun horse to ride!
8. Leave a little early (and even drive off of your designated path) as you head to Phoenix to catch your flight out, and marvel at the swirly cactus on the way.
While a long trips out west would be so much more fun, it is so easy to take in this fabulous destination and feel like you really got a taste of Arizona, even in 48 hours.
FYI… If you plan to visit Arizona and especially its parks, purchase a National Park pass. It’s good for a year and will save you a lot of money in the long run.
Also, If you fly into Phoenix and decide to take the Arizona Shuttle to Flagstaff… Don’t.
Just pay to rent a car. It’ll save you so much trouble and your sanity as well.
Happy Weekend Y’all!