Arizona Journals

Arizona in February

A February 2003 trip to Arizona by APLA-Rover

Quote: R&R trip with Flagstaff and Tuscon as a base for 3 nights each, friends one night and the first and last night in Phoenix. Travelled to many points of interest along the way.

Arizona in February

Overview

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Higlights included a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon and a Jeep Tour to Red Rock Country in Sedona. The Desert Museum outside Tucson is a must see. Jerome, Montezumas Castle, Bisbee, and Tubac are also well worth a visit. Quick Tips: Take the underground mine tour as soon as you arrive in Bisbee so that if the current tour is full you can then book a later one and spend the time visiting the town and come back for your tour. Otherwise you may not get a tour. Check 'extras' for rental cars before booking. A rental from Phoenix became with taxes, concession, and license fees etc., but no extra insurance coverage. Have a warm jacket for the evenings and around the Canyon at this time ...Read More

Fairfield Inn Marriott I-10 / Butterfield Office Park

Hotel | "Fairfield Inn Tucson South"

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Large room with Queen bed, Sofa, sitting area, fridge, microwave, hair dryer and iron/ironing board. Included a breakfast of cereals, breads/pastries juice and tea/coffee and fruit.

The hotel is near a train line and there were quite a few trains blowing ther whistle thru the night. Other than that, it was fine.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 24, 2003

Fairfield Inn Marriott I-10 / Butterfield Office Park
4850 South Hotel Drive
Tucson, Arizona 85714
520-747-7474

Courtyard by Marriott Phoenix North

Hotel | "Courtyard Phoenix North"

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Queen size beds, no smoking rooms. Iron and ironing board, no hair dryer. Acceptable accomodation but I think you can get better value in the area.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 24, 2003

Courtyard by Marriott Phoenix North
9631 N BLACK CANYON
Phoenix, Arizona 85021
602-944-7373

Fairfield Inn by Marriott Flagstaff

Hotel | "Fairfield Inn Flagstaff"

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Queen size beds, Standard hotel room with hair dryer and iron/ironing board. Included a breakfast with juice, tea/coffee, dry cereals, fruit and a variety of cold cereals and breads and pastries.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 24, 2003

Fairfield Inn by Marriott Flagstaff
2005 SOUTH MILTON ROAD
Flagstaff, Arizona 86001
928-773-1300

Red Rooster Cafe

Restaurant | "Red Rooster/Jerome"

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The portions we saw served were large. Service was good. We both had a meatloaf sandwich which was huge but lacked any flavour. It needed a good dose of spices. Sure not like mother made. Nothing fancy but filling.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 24, 2003

Red Rooster Cafe
363 Main Street
Jerome, Arizona 86331
(928) 634-7087

Beaver Street Brewery and Whistle Stop Cafe

Restaurant | "Beaver Street Brewery/Flagstaff"

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The 'small' caesar salad would easily have fed 2 people. The wood fired pizza was very tasty. The brocolli cheddar chowder was hearty and tasty. Home-Brewed beers were very good. When it gets busy it gets noisier. Good friendly atmosphere.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 24, 2003

Beaver Street Brewery and Whistle Stop Cafe
11 South Beaver St
Flagstaff, Arizona 86001
+1 928 779 0079

Golden Dragon Bowl

Restaurant | "Golden Dragon Bowl/Flagstaff"

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The Mu Shu Pork was very good, The pancakes were huge; we ordered 4 extra and 2 would have been lots. The 'Pot Stickers' and 'Kung Pau Shrimp' were very tasty.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 24, 2003

Golden Dragon Bowl
2730 E Lakin Dr
Flagstaff 86004
(928) 527-3238

The Jerome Palace Haunted Hamburger

Restaurant | "Haunted Hamburger/Jerome "

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Known for its hamburgers, which are huge. You garnish them yourself from a condiment bar inside the restaurant, which has all the fixings you would want. Very busy even in February. Burgers were very tasty and we had the steak fires which were also good. If you can get a table outside on the balcony or inside near the window, the view of the Verde Valley towards Cottonwood and Sedona is very nice. Service was very good. Lot of locals eat here.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 24, 2003

The Jerome Palace Haunted Hamburger
410 N Clark Street
Jerome, Arizona 86331
(928) 634-0554

La Fontanella Italian Restaurant

Restaurant | "La Fontanella Italia/Phoenix"

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Pasta dishes approx. $13. Meat dishes around $22. They have a discount if you dine early and are out by 6:30. Fairly good wine list and several wines by the glass. The Osso Bucco was excellent. They provided a small fork for getting the marrow out of the bone for those who like that little treat. The seafood pasta was done just right. We passed on dessert. A very busy place with what appeared to be a lot of regular clientele. Reservations not required but I would recommend them on the weekend unless you are eating very early. The restaurant was nearly full when we finished around 7:30pm. Service was very attentive and the waiter didn't hesitiate an opinion when asked about a couple of dishes versus ea...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 24, 2003

La Fontanella Italian Restaurant
4231 East Indian School Road
Phoenix, Arizona 85018
+1 602 955 1213

Parana's Bistro & Hotel

Restaurant | "Parana's Bistro & Hotel/Bisbee"

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This is a trendy European style bistro bar located in the downtown core of Bisbee. The hamburger was done as requested and was tasty. Homemade French fries were very good. The chicken Caesar salad seemed like they forgot the dressing, Parmesan cheese, croutons, and a hint of lemon juice but nothing else. There's a good selection of beers. Only herbal or flavored teas are offered for hot tea. The service was good overall.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 24, 2003

Parana's Bistro & Hotel
1 Howell Ave
Bisbee
(520) 432-1832

Tosh's of Tubac

Restaurant

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Outdoor patio was very busy and crowded on a nice day for lunch. Short wait for a table. Family-run business with very good food. Service was good. The Chimichanga was almost too much for me, but I persevered. The fajitas were very good as well. However, the tortillas were small, and you could have used a couple of more. The large margarita was good, but more than I needed with lunch. Otherwise, no complaints and recommended.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 24, 2003

Tosh's of Tubac
14 Camino Otero
Tubac
(520) 398-3008

Wildflower

Restaurant | "Wildflower /Tucson"

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See their website www.tasteofbloom.com for their regular menu and related restaurants in Tucson and Scottsdale AZ. Would recommend making reservations and asking for the patio which is a little bit quieter when the place is busy. It was Valentine's Day so we had booked before we left on our vacation. The place was hopping and crowded but we were seated right on time. Service was excellent. The menu was a set three-course meal from the favorites of this restaurant and the related Bistro Zin in Tucson. Seared day boat scallops as an appetizer were to die for. The Maine lobster bisque was a hit also. The maple leaf duck is about the best duck I have ever had in a restaurant. It's a regular on the m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 24, 2003

Wildflower
7037 North Oracle Road
Tucson, Arizona 85704
+1 520 219 4230

Red Sage Restaurant

Restaurant | "Red Sage/Apache Junction"

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A busy spot with the local snowbird and retiree communities. Plain old everyday cooking with lots of comfort food like meatloaf, liver and onions, ribs, etc. A very extensive menu. Not fine dining, but good value for the buck.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on February 24, 2003

Red Sage Restaurant
8330 E Sunrise Sky Dr
Apache Junction, Arizona 85218
4806710300

Diego's Mexican Restaurant

Restaurant | "Diego's Mexican Restaurant/Queen Valley"

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Off the beaten path east of Phoenix, just east of the junction of Highway 60 and Highway 79, turn left just before the railway crossing. Diego's is listed as a must-eat in the Bridgestone/Firestone "America Discovery Drives." It's a nondescript little one-room place with good Mexican food. Don't make a special trip, but if you are going this way in your travels and enjoy Mexican food, take the extra few minutes to find it.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 28, 2003

Diego's Mexican Restaurant
620 East Queen Valley Dr
Apache Junction, Arizona 85218
(520) 463-2225

Shops & Galleries in Tubac

Attraction | "Shops & Galleries in Tubac"

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Tubac is a village of shops and galleries carrying all types of things, from Mexican pottery, jewellery, fine art and sculpture to the typical souvenir shop with a bit of everything. Be sure and travel around town as the shops are everywhere, not just on the first couple of streets as you turn into town. We purchased a piece of sculpture which we liked at Tile N Art Gallery which had very nice works on display. My wife found some lovely ladies wear as well. Be sure and have a full tank of gas in Tubac as the only gas station around is about $.15 a gallon more than Tucson prices.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 25, 2003

O.K. Corral/Tombstone Historic District

Attraction | "Tombstone -The town too tough to die"

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The old town of Tombstone is a bit hokey but it does give you a taste of what the wild west was like with the Boot Hill Graveyard, The OK Corral, The Courthouse State Park and the Bird Cage Theatre. There are horse drawn tours of town, a couple of wild west shoot-out shows and lots of shops to browse through. A couple of hours is likely lots for Tombstone.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 25, 2003

O.K. Corral/Tombstone Historic District
326 East Allen Street
Tombstone, Arizona
(520) 457-3456

Heard Museum

Attraction

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Great insight into the history and culture of the tribes of Southwestern America. A slide show in the permanent exhibit "Native peoples of the Southwest" is well worth the time to watch. The display on the Indian schools where they tried to assimilate the natives into American ways was an eye-opener. We did not get to see everything in our 1 1/2 hours. You need at least 2 to 3 hours to cover it well.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 25, 2003

Heard Museum
2301 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
(602) 252-8840

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Attraction | "Arizona Sonora Desert Museum"

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This is a must see attraction when in Arizona. About 2 miles of paths lead you thru the desert landscape with hundreds and hundreds of plants. Hundreds of animals in their natural habitats, as well as reptile and bird displays. The hummingbird aviary is fantastic. There are many gardens and nature displays about bees, pollination etc. Their are many volunteers spotted throughout the grounds giving demonstrations and providing information on the many desert features, or showing birds or animals to people. Drinking fountains along the paths to keep you hydrated in the desert sun. Get there early as it gets very busy by noon. Shops, galleries and restaurants on-site.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 25, 2003

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
2021 North Kinney Road
Tucson, Arizona 85743
(520) 883-1380

Grand Canyon

Attraction

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What can one say about it that most people haven't already heard. One of the seven wonders of the world. You can't believe it until you see it. February was a great time to see it as long as the weather was good since there were no crowds. Lots of scenic viewing points; we stopped at virtually every one. The view is continually changing as the sun moves around and the rocks appear to change colour throughout the day. We recommend a helicopter flight (or plane) over the canyon; it was spectacular and cost less than we expected. Book ahead and take it before entering the park. The shops in the park had some of the most reasonable prices for native arts and crafts we saw anywhere in our travels and the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 25, 2003

Grand Canyon
Yavapai Point
Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023
(928) 638-7888

Village of Elgin Winery (The)

Attraction | "The Village of Elgin Winery"

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We tasted four wines: Karina, a German-style white; the Reserve Dry Riesling; the Old World Cuvee, a red; and the Reserve Sangiovese. I did not make any notes, but I was not impressed by any of the four. A couple of other tasters there at the time were also not impresssed with what they tasted. There are much more enjoyable wines available in the supermarket for less money. I would still suggest that if you enjoy wine, and don't have to go too far out of your way to make the visit, then experience a tasting just to know what is happening in the world of wine in Arizona. There are two other wineries nearby which weren't open when we got there.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 3, 2003

Village of Elgin Winery (The)
471 Elgin Road
Elgin 85611
(520) 455-9309

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This is a five-story, 20 room dwelling and other ruins built into the cliffs in the 12th century. There is an interpretive center giving the story of the Sinagua native people who once lived here and suddenly left in the early 1400s. There is also a scale model of the dwellings showing the interor since you cannot enter the cliff dwellings. A self giuded trail allows a close up view of the dwellings as well. Allow an hour to visit. Admission fee is $3.00 for adults.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 28, 2003

Montezuma Castle National Monument
2800 Montezuma Castle Hwy Off Highway Southeast Of Oak Creek
Camp Verde, Arizona 86322
(928) 567-3322

Tlaquepaque

Attraction

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This is a Mexican/Spanish-style village of shops featuring very good quality merchandise. A wide variety of things is offered, including jewelry, art, sculpture, pottery, clothing, food, imported goods and souvenirs, etc.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 28, 2003