We had just a lovely weekend in Flagstaff. For any that might be unfamiliar, Flagstaff is the most thriving of Arizona’s old Route 66 communities. With a population of about 70,000, Flagstaff lies just south of Humphrey’s Peak, at 12653′ the highest mountain in Arizona. It is the home of Northern Arizona University (Go Lumberjacks!) and the Lowell Observatory, where they discovered Pluto which may. or may not, be a planet. It is 2 hours north of Phoenix and an hour south of the Grand Canyon.
At an altitude of 7000′, it is more than a mile higher than Phoenix which makes it a popular weekend getaway during the heat of summer. Temperatures “up the hill” are reliably 25* – 30* F cooler than in Phoenix. In the winter they usually have snow and there is a ski hill nearby. They had a great deal of snow earlier this season but unfortunately, for us at least, they are having an unusually warm winter so there was no snow in sight on this visit. I certainly enjoyed the 60* days and 30* nights nonetheless.
Our favorite place to stay in FLG is the Starlight Pines Bed & Breakfast. I found it online while planning our first trip there in 2005 and we have returned once or twice each year since. It is a charming home full of antiques. The owners, Richard & Michael are wonderful hosts and serve an outstanding breakfast.
For this visit we had the Dragonfly Room which is very nice, especially because of the wood-burning fireplace in the room. It was a delightful way to celebrate our anniversary, albeit a week late.