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Sunday, December 26, 2010

It's all over except the shouting

This was a special Christmas for me because we were able to celebrate on Christmas Eve night. Due to schedule issues we have celebrated during the day of Christmas Eve for the last several years and it just isn't the same for me....I love the lights and candles and the fireplace and etc. Of course just having all of us together and healthy is the greatest gift of all. Our daughter and family open their gifts Christmas morning and then head over to his Mom's for the traditional Lasagna dinner and open gifts there. We have taken to going on a jaunt and this year chose a favorite place in Prescott, Az. called the Hassayampa Inn. We first headed north to the Cliff Castle Casino where hubby bribed me with a Johnny Rockets hamburger and then decided to take the VERY curvy road to Jerome (an old mining town) and then drop down into Prescott. This indeed was the long way but it had been a while since we had been in that area and we had lots of time. Stopped and snapped a couple of pictures looking back down into the valley.

It is true, you can't sit in this lobby and not take pictures...this is the ceiling they are describing

and here is an antique piano
and what is that thing to the left?

The original hotel switchboard

This was just one of the many decorated trees

They have a small intimate bar and this is one of two glass arches connecting to the other room

and this is the ceiling in the bar

Of course if the lobby and the bar are beautiful the dinning room is not to be outdone.....
There are several glass dividers and this one was next to our booth. The other thing that is special is that when you are seated they pull the table away from the booth for you be sit and then push it back to is sure easier than trying to slide in.

These tulip lights are scattered throughout the room and they put off such a soft light.

But....of course what makes dinner really special is who you share it with!

Outside is beautiful sights as well  as the courthouse is all decorated....

Even the Historic Elks theatre had a tree and the huge Elk on top lite up....
It was indeed a Merry Christmas and I hope yours was too.


Farmchick said...

This seems like such a special evening for you two. And, I have to say, this is totally my kind of place. Just gorgeous.

Lady Di Tn said...

Thanks for taking all the photos of this enchanting place. I love the ceiling ones. I am so happy you had such a Merry Christmas and to spend it with your Hubby in such a romantic setting could not have been better. Peace

Nancy said...

I'm so jealous -- what a lovely way to spend Christmas Day. I would totally be in love with that restaurant -- I love old places like that. So much history.

Thank you for taking us along. :)

Chatty Crone said...

You two are such good sweethearts - love, sandie

Mountain Mama said...

It's been quite some time since I found a new blog I was interested in adding to my list but your's captivated me!!!
I love the story about the hidden dimes in the holster. What fun! And the information about the wonderful old Inn.
I need this kind of adventure.
Thanks for sharing.

Allison said...

Love the tin ceiling!! What a beautiful place to go!

Changes in the wind said... is not a tin ceiling but a wood one..should have told you that:)