A Goldmine of Fun! Who knew all this was in Flagstaff, Arizona?

Flagstaff, Arizona: I was awestruck at all there is to see and do in Flagstaff. I think readers of this blog will be intrigued to learn about all the fun things there are to see and do in Flagstaff and the surrounding area as well—the Grand Canyon is just 80 miles northwest of Flagstaff, and Phoenix is a little over 2 hours south.

Flagstaff Monument Sign with push/pull female touristsFlagstaff Arizona Monument Sign © Stacey Wittig 

At a recent conference in Santa Fe with the writing organization I belong to (International Food, Wine and Travel Writers Association), I had the pleasure of attending a presentation by two stellar representatives from Flagstaff, Arizona.

Meg Roederer is the Communications Specialist at Discover Flagstaff and was such a pleasure to meet and work with. She is very proud of their web site www.DiscoverFlagstaff.com which has a wealth of information for visitors to the area.

Also presenting was Caleb Schiff, who is the owner of a popular pizza restaurant called Pizzicletta. And he recently opened a second outpost inside the Dark Sky Brewery! I enjoyed hearing his story of how he fell in love with making pizza in Italy, and so a chef was truly born. And Flagstaff is the perfect spot to enjoy pizza. Caleb has two authentic wood-burning ovens from Italy, making delicious Neapolitan-style pizza!

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Here is what I learned about Flagstaff. Did you know...

It’s A Winter Wonderland
They have an average of 100 inches of snowfall each year in downtown. There are also 7 different areas for wintertime snow, ski, and recreational activities. The seven areas include:

Did you know….skiers and snowboarders can ride the bus for free to Arizona Snowbowl! Arizona Snowbowl offers skiing, snowboarding and ski bikes but no sledding.

The City of Seven Wonders
Guest can check this off their bucket list with a visit to The Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon National Park is breathtaking and it is only 80 miles from Flagstaff. The Grand Canyon is often described as Earth’s greatest geological showcase and is quite impressive to see in person. Other magical National parks include: Wupatki National Park, Oak Creek Canyon, Sunset Crater Volcano (bring your camera for sure), San Francisco Peaks, Coconino National Forest and Walnut Canyon.

To The Moon Alice!
2019 is the 50th Anniversary since Neil Armstrong stepped foot on the moon on July 20, 1969. Flagstaff has served as a training ground for astronauts and scientists for every mission to the moon. In celebration of one of humankind’s greatest achievements, restaurants have special lunar-themed menu items, like lunar-themed art exhibits, and special tours at The Lowell Observatory, United States Geological Survey, and cinder field training sites. You can also take your photo in the astronaut suit at the Visitors Center to celebrate Flagstaff’s Lunar Legacy! Visitors can also stargaze here and see the instrument that helped Clyde Tombaugh discover Pluto. Peer through telescopes set up daily and nightly and tour the observatory, see multimedia shows, interactive exhibits and live presentations.

USA Route 66 logo painted on the road in Flagstaff, ArizonaUSA Route 66 runs right through Flagstaff, AZ © Stacey Wittig

Route 66 Runs Right Thru Town!
In Flagstaff, you can still cruise Route 66 and look back in time at iconic buildings with their neon signs illuminated. There are several historic hotels still lining Route 66 in Flagstaff and the world-famous Museum Club that turned from a Route 66 roadhouse and taxidermy shop into a country-western nightclub where you can go to line dance and hear live music today. Now there is even more to explore with a new Walk This Talk Route 66 Self-Guided Tour experience. The first stop on the audio tour begins just outside the entry doors on the north side of the Flagstaff Visitor Center and provides an overview of the tour and its path through Southside, which terminates at the intersection of Mikes Pike and Milton Road. The program is introduced by Hollywood actor and Flagstaff’s own, Ted Danson, with the actual tour stops voiced by local writer Rose Houk. To begin the tour, call the toll-free number 928-218-2926 for a walk down memory lane.

Have You Ever Stayed In A Yurt?
Guests can enjoy a unique experience by staying in a Yurt at the Arizona Nordic Village. This overnight requires preparation----making reservations and packing things from home, including a sleeping bag. And for those looking for more traditional hotel accommodations, Flagstaff does offer more than 5,000 hotel rooms—to accommodate any vibe or budget.

They Are Pet-Friendly!
From hotels to trails, and patio-dining many spots that are welcoming to doggies, and they even have a section on their web site to guide you.

It’s A Foodie Town
With 200 restaurants, there is bound to be something for everyone. There are also great spots for music and dancing in the evening as well.

Glass of Mother Road Amber colored brew with stainless equipment in backgroundMother Road Brewing © Stacey Wittig

Craft Breweries Abound
Enjoy Flagstaff with 9 “Award Winning” brewery locations right in town. Flagstaff breweries have received national recognition from the World Beer Championships and the Great American Beer Festival. Guests can download a free Flagstaff Brewery Trail Passport and start this journey. 

How to do this without driving you may ask?
Good question! Flagstaff is home to a public bus system, The Mountain Line and a number of privately owned taxi services. One of the most popular, affordable and convenient options is to use Lyft or Uber for friendly, knowledgeable drivers at a moment’s notice. Best of all, some sections of the trail near Historic Downtown Flagstaff and Route 66 are totally walkable between breweries. For those on a bike, the Flagstaff Urban Trail is an option too!

Here is a quick peek at the breweries in town:

  • Historic Brewing Company—Located in an industrial park, this 15 handle Taproom is a find and don’t miss their cherry-vanilla porter called Piehole Porter!

  • Wanderlust Brewing Company—Specialty is Belgian and German-inspired beers and a modern twist on classics. Flagships include the 928 Local and the Pan American Stout which contains Mexican vanilla and locally roasted coffee. What!!!

  • Mother Road Brewing Company’s Downtown Brewery—Named for the Historic Route 66, Mother Road is most famous for its award-winning Tower Station IPA, an India Pale Ale with hints of tangerine and pineapple.

  • Mother Road Brewing Company’s Butler Brewery—Newest Mother Road’s location. Don’t miss their famous Tower Station IPA, Lost Highway Double Black IPA and Kolsch Style Ale.

  • Beaver Street Brewery—The first brewpub in Flagstaff opened their doors in March of 1994, and has remained a local favorite. Try their award-winning craft beers including Railhead Red, R&R Oatmeal Stout, and Red Rock Raspberry. Unique features of the venue include the Brews & Cues game room and a “hops garden.”

Dark Sky Brewing plank offering of 8 different colored brewsDark Sky Brewing Plank of 8 Brews © Stacey Wittig

  • Lumberyard Brewing Company—Located in one of the last standing buildings from Flagstaff, Arizona’s Lumber Era. Check out the brewers at work through the glass in the dining room, grab a pint of Flagstaff IPA, Knotty Extra Pale Ale or Humphrey’s Hefe and enjoy a bite to eat out on their beer garden.

  • Flagstaff Brewing Company—With its courtyard patio and casual, friendly pub atmosphere, “Flagbrew” has been delighting locals and visitors with small-batch, hand-crafted beers since 1994. One of the finest offerings is their Blackbird Porter.

  • Dark Sky Brewery—Constantly pushing the limits of creativity, Dark Sky is named for Flagstaff’s designation as the 1st International Dark Sky City. Producing hundreds of experimental recipes since its opening in 2014, the brewery strives to introduce three new craft beers each week. And, Caleb Schiff recently opened a second pizza outpost here too!

  • Grand Canyon Brewing Company—The Flagstaff taproom is their second location. It features a 5 barrel brew-house which allows their brewers to flex their creativity. A full menu with scratch food, as well as local guest taps and craft cocktails made with Grand Canyon Distillery spirits!

For More Information
For maps, guides, and lots more information about planning a visit to the area, please go to their impressive website—Discover Flagstaff! 

Credit to Stacey Wittig ©StaceyWittig, Unstoppable Stacey for all images on this page. 

Scenic image of Wupatki National Monument in Arizona, USAWupatki National Monument in Arizona USA © Stacey Wittig


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