Sunday, June 12, 2011

Take It Easy...

Today Linda and I drove west on 40 to check out Winslow, as one of our advertisers is there. Holbrook, the town where we are staying, is on the famous Route 66, as is Winslow. I can imagine that back in the day these towns were thriving, vibrant towns with neat cafes and stores that made it interesting for travelers to drive this route and check out all the neat attractions. Now each of these towns are pretty barren and have seen better days.

We got to see "the corner in Winslow, Arizona" that was featured in the song made famous by Jackson Browne and the Eagles (it was written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey). I have a sentimental preference for the Jackson Browne version, not because I've seen him perform twice, but because the album that this song came from was one of the earliest albums I owned. I bought a collection of about 60 albums from a co-worker when I was 19 and this collection opened by eyes to a whole lot of artists I'd never been exposed of those being Jackson Browne.

The other day, when we were out at the Petrified Forest, we saw a group of motorcyclists that had a Route 66 emblem on their jackets.
There was a van that was following them on their journey so they must have been on a trip, covering a stretch of Route 66. What a neat ride that would be....not as great as it would have been years ago but fun anyway.

One of the nicest places in Winslow is La Posada, a historic hotel that is like a gem to this area.
Here's the description from their web site: "La Posada Hotel, the “last great railroad hotel,” offers a unique cultural experience for Southwest travelers. Built in 1929 for the Santa Fe Railway, La Posada is truly one of America’s treasures.

La Posada’s story weaves together two extraordinary visions. It begins with Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter and Fred Harvey, who hired Colter to design the hotel. It embodied her vision, from its architecture down to its finely crafted details. But La Posada closed in 1957; for the next 40 years, its future remained tenuous. Enter Allan Affeldt and his wife Tina Mion. Affeldt heard about the hotel and purchased it in 1997 after much negotiation, bringing with him a strong vision and commitment for returning La Posada to Colter’s original concept. Restoration started immediately and continues today, thanks to Affeldt’s efforts and the support of local preservationists, hotel guests, and a talented team of artisans and craftsmen."

We didn't go in today but will be calling on them over the next week. Anxious to see the inside of the hotel....the website is pretty impressive. The menu, in the Turquoise Room (in the hotel) is likewise as impressive so we might need to try that out too. Here's to more adventures !

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