After our two weeks in the area of Williams, Arizona and the Grand Canyon, it was time to move on. But where to? Although our plans were still cast in jello, we decide to head east.
Our first destination was Winslow, Arizona, made famous by The Eagles with their classic “Take It Easy” hit record. You know the one that says “Well, I was standing on the corner in Winslow, Arizona…” …”a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford”…
And, although we DID actually stand on the corner, and even looked at “the flatbed Ford”, our REAL surprise was La Posada, a hotel in town that we had been turned onto by a fellow RVer. “You have to check out this hotel. You won’t be disappointed.” As it turned out, his comment was an understatement. The hotel has a rich history, and is undergoing meticulous restoration to its original splendor by a handful of investor/owners. Work continues to this day and the owners live and work on-site.
The hotel , built in 1930, was originally a joint venture of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad and the Harvey Company. Although it thrived for decades, it ultimately failed and was converted by the Santa Fe railway in 1950 into an office complex for the airline’s use. The current owners acquired it in 1997 and have spent much of the time since then returning it to the work of art and architecture that was originally intended. It is truly a national treasure. We were NOT disappointed, and even had a drink in the hotel bar which, like every other aspect of La Posada, takes you back to a different era when personal travel “out west” was a new reality for the common man and woman. Even the bar menu offered those beverages that were popular in the 1930s.
Because one day was not quite enough, we decided to camp in a local State Park for a couple of days before heading east and south to Show Low, Arizona, the topic of our next post.