Red Rocks, dude ranches, canyons and spectaculars views are what you expect when visiting Sedona, Flagstaff and Phoenix; however what you will simply fall in love with is Prescott! Set in the mile high mountain setting, Prescott is part of a wonderfully fabled history. Hailed as the first Capitol of Arizona, here you will be submerged in the history of the old west. Your stay at the Hassayampa Inn is an irresistible indulgence. Located in the center of Prescott, the hotel has become part of the National Trust of Historic Hotels in America due to its historic character, architectural quality, and the preservation efforts of generations of hoteliers who have come to cherish “the grand jewel of Prescott”.
The Inn is named after the Hassayampa River which runs north of Prescott is derived from an Apache word for a “river that loses itself”. This is quite fitting for a mysterious stream that often sinks beneath earth’s surface and reappears along the way elsewhere. From the beginning of its time, the river’s namesake Inn has had the same effect on its guests who often come for a chance to lose the tensions of hectic urban life, only to emerge with their balance and bearings restored. It’s waiting for you!!!!
The Hassayampa Inn was built in 1927 as a four story, 78 room hotel and was completed in only ten months for a cost of $200,000 and $75,000 for furnishings. Designed by the distinguished Southwestern architect Henry Trost, the initial Pueblo design did not suit many of the investors who hailed from the Midwest who preferred brick over adobe. The final result is a mix of Spanish Colonial Revival architecture and Italianate exterior red brick, trimmed in white and topped by a bell tower.
When you enter through the elegant Porte cochere, the Hassayampa Inn offers a rare opportunity to step into the past. The hand painted wood beamed ceiling is unforgettable, and the 1927 vintage elevator – fabulous! The hotel’s 1985 renovation installed modern amenities, but left intact the property’s Talavera tile fireplace, Castilian walnut furniture, embossed copper panels, chandeliers and etched glass just for you to savor and enjoy.
From the era of its youth where the Hassayampa hosted guests such as Tom Mix and Will Rogers, Greta Garbo and Clark Gable, as well as General John “Blackjack” Pershing, the Hassayampa’s guest list has included a variety of notables. Famous guests of today include, Tom Selleck, Steve McQueen, Sam Elliott, Joan Rivers, Kim Basinger, Alec Baldwin, Hugh Downs, The Beach Boys, Tom and Dick Smothers, as well as politicians such as John McCain, Barry Goldwater, and George W. Bush. It is a truly special place that will dazzle your senses!
A stop not to be missed on this escorted vacation is in Wickenburg, where you will visit the Desert Caballeros Western Museum. Thriving on its Western heritage, inside this museum you’ll find an outstanding collection of Western art depicting life on the range, including works by Albert Bierstadt, Charles Russell, Thomas Moran, Frederick Remington, Maynard Dixon, and other members of the Cowboy Artists of America. The Hays “Spirit of the Cowboy” collection is an impressive display of historical cowboy gear that alone makes this museum every bit worth the stop.
I was delighted to learn that the Desert Caballeros Western Museum has introduced an exciting and innovative service to those who love western art. In association with LookClickPrint, Inc., they now are providing patrons with unprecedented access to Museum images and the ability to selectively re-create those images for their own personal enjoyment.
Visitors to the Museum Store or the LookClickPrint web site, www.lookclickprint.com may now search, select, and purchase extraordinary state-of-the-art reproductions from their permanent collection and special exhibitions. The images are available on either paper or canvas, and are offered in a variety of sizes. What a delightful remembrance of your mini-vacation with Interlude!
Take a moment to review the itinerary of this affordable getaway – Arizona is a wonderful place to relax, rewind and regroup at the end of a long hard winter. Call Interlude today and secure your late March getaway!
Prescott & Sedona (click here for itinerary)
March 14-19, 2011 or October 31 -November 4, 2010 (6 days, 5 nights)
- Escorted vacation (0% fuss, 100% vacation!)
- Tour for active adults (share a great experience!)
- Includes home pickup and return (for clients in Marion and adjacent counties)
– Interlude blog team
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