I got a new phone for Christmas and unfortunately I can't figure out how to download my pictures to my computer so I will have to borrow some from the web for this post.
After having Christmas eve morning celebration with our kids we headed up north. Not many places can you change from not needing a coat to snow and sking in just a few hours. The best part is that when you are tired of it...you can come back to the mild weather. We spent the first night at Little America It is a nice place to stay winter and summer with lots of pine trees and trails. The court yard was all decorated kind of like this.... and there were these huge icicles hanging from the roof in the dinning room. Although I have lived in this area all my life I had never been to the snow bowl so next morning we headed there....Was disappointed we couldn't sit and watch people ski but was a nice drive and the hot coffee tasted pretty good after trekking up the hill........This was Christmas morning and the parking lots were full!
Our next stop was Winslow, Az. The town of Winslow is pretty sad but they have a shinning star there...................La Posada This is a Harvey house that has been restored and it is wonderful!The trains still run here and the woman that owns it is an artist; She paints Historical as well as contemporary. Now, I am not much of an art fan but I find her historical paintings fascinating. She has a series of President's wives........... Here is one in the ballroom above the fireplace. If you ever have the opportunity to visit here you won't be disappointed. Their dining room is always packed so be sure and make reservations if you intend to have dinner.
It had been two years since we had stayed here and it was like going for the first time with all the changes they have made. If you don't know anything about Fred Harvey I would encourage you to do some reading about him.
How fun to enjoy the snow but not full time.