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303 E. 2nd Street (Route 66), Winslow, ArizonaMap
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What a surprise! Driving across country, from NY to CAm in three days with three kids isn't exactly easy. After a 15 hour second day we found ourselves needing to stop for the night somewhere in Arizona with no reservation. The town of Winslow looked a little scary at 11:30pm. The highway motels were all full. One place showed up on an internet search: La Posada. As we turned the corner, fairy lights twinkled... it was literally glowing and welcoming us with a path of bubbling natural fountains, cactus, heavenly smelling flowers and little lanterns. We couldn't believe our luck! They had one room left! La Posada is the last Great Railroad hotel, built in 1929 by the Santa Fe Railway. This is a place where art and history come together to create something magical. The Spanish hacienda feels more like a warm home, with nooks and crannies that curious kids like mine love to explore. One whole room is filled with old games and funky, hand crafted over-size chess boards. Other rooms are for arts and crafts displays that invite you to stop, sit, and experience. There are sunken gardens and rose gardens and, to the delight of my kids... a straw bale maze! While waiting for our incredible Spanish breakfast, the kids played croquet on the lawn, as the trains went by. I couldn't help feeling that this was a place of intense memories. Just as I was sitting at the table thinking about that, one of my children asked if I thought the hotel was haunted! In the night we heard all sorts of strange sounds-- but they were all soothing, like weary travelers from past generations all settling in for the night. All I know is this is a place to return to, full of things to still discover and stories to be told.
Tips for Families
Make this a stop along Route 66 on the way to or from LA. It's really something special and totally affordable. Suites are large, and most have cast iron tubs that will rejuvenate the spirit. There's so much for kids to learn here... if only you take the time to really stop and absorb it. That's the biggest tip here: take your time at La Posada.
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