Saturday, May 31, 2014

Abandoned Arizona 2

I have been to many cities, towns, and small communities around the state of Arizona taking photos of abandoned structures and sites.  Some of the places are no longer with us, and many have worn greatly with time.  I will gladly show you some of my favorite photos.

Tin warehouse in Casa Grande (no longer there)
The Domes, Casa Grande
Assay building, Vulture Mine
Magma Hotel, Superior
"Slaughterhouse", Casa Grande
Casa Grande (hotel)
Hayden Flour Mill, Tempe
Gila Bend
Globe (near Noftsger Hill Inn)

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Southwest Shopping

When you come to Arizona, you will want to shop where the typical southwest items can be found.  Just about any of the cities and towns will offer you shops full of antiques, rustic items, and anything western to clothes, jewelry or items for your decor.  I will list some of the ones I found in Arizona.

SEDONA:  Just about anywhere in Sedona you can find novelty, antique, new age, and southwestern shops.
Center for the New Age
341 Hwy 179 
Sedona, AZ 86336 (across from Tlaquepaque)
Phone: (928) 282-2085
The building has four different shops which provide massages, healings, psychic readings, vortex information, books and crystals. In the back of one shop you can get your aura read. I found that to be an interesting experience.

Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village
336 State Route 179
Sedona, AZ 86339
Phone: (928) 282-4838
Tlaquepaque (Tia-keh-pah-keh) means "best of everything" and was built in the 1970's.  Located near Oak Creek with flourishing vegetation all around its grounds, Tlaquepaque has the look of an original Mexican town.  Inside are many interesting shops, galleries, restaurants, with cobble-stoned walkways and arched entryways with vines growing all over the stucco walls.

Uptown Sedona is located in the center of town where Highway 89A and 179 come together. Along the half-mile route you can find many diverse shops, restaurants, and cafes. Below the shopping locality run the cool waters of Oak Creek. Amongst the various assorted shops are Native American and southwest items, galleries which display local artist works, and many of the touring establishments. Be sure to park your car and take a stroll through Uptown Sedona.

MIAMI, AZ:  This small town has several antiques shops which offer many southwestern items.

404 W. Pima Street
Gila Bend, AZ 85337
(928) 683-2411
The Cactus N Stuff shop has a great variety of antiques, Arizona items, and hand-made metal western art. 

The Art and Antique Corral store in Payson caught Sharon and I's attention with its amazing display in front of the store.  What we didn't expect was all the unbelievable antiques, stones, and quirky Arizona items we found inside. The owner's dog was adorable.  She followed Sharon and I all over the store, and even out in the back where there was a couple old doors we wanted but had no room to put in Sharon's car.  I could have spent all day at this place and not seen everything.  It is a must see if you love antiques.  It sits along the highway coming into Payson from Phoenix.

These are just a few examples of the southwest/antique shops you will find around Arizona.  There are shops in Phoenix/Tucson and surrounding cities, Tombstone, Jerome, Bisbee, and just about everywhere go in this western state.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Fun, Quirky, Themed Arizona Restaurants

401 E. Pima Street
Gila Bend, AZ 85337
(928) 683-2761
Inside is a small UFO/Arizona themed gift shop and restaurant with a salad bar.  I always get the bacon cheeseburger and fries.  The burger is melt-in-your mouth tasty.  The service is friendly and the prices are inexpensive.

Hours: 6 am to 3 pm, 7 days a week
You can enjoy a great meal at the deli in the Big Bug Station in Mayer. The bread is all freshly made daily. The cook is proud of his homemade horseradish sauce which adds the right flavor to any sandwich. I shared pastrami on wheat with the horseradish sauce with my friend and it was the best I had ever eaten. I would recommend that if you find yourself in Mayer taking photos of the cemetery, be sure to stop at the Big Bug Station and give one of their sandwiches a try.

4422 W. 75th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 945-0828
The Lodge in Scottsdale is a wonderful place to have lunch and dinner. I decided to share a Sasquatch burger with my friend as you can see why by the picture.
That sucker was huge!

(Located 4 miles east of Apache Junction on Highway 88)
(480) 982-3181
In 1961, the Mining Camp Restaurant and Trading Post opened its doors to the public.  The building was constructed of large Ponderosa Pine trees found in Payson.  Today it has a mining camp look and feel to it.

When you walk in, you first see a waiting area and then the trading post.  From there you are seated at a picnic-like table with tin mine-camp plates, silverware and cups sitting in front of you.  The waitress brings your freshly baked rolls, baked beans and coleslaw.  We ordered the three-meat platter along with our beers.  The two very hot platters had ribs, chicken, ham, stuffing and baked potatoes.  The entire meal was so delicious. After the meal, we were treated to the country western sounds of the McNasty Brothers.  This is the perfect place to get that western BBQ cuisine.

The Farm at South Mountain is a wonderful mixture of a cafe, restaurant and wine bar.  Also found on the property is a healing therapy center and an antique store.  You can book an event such as a wedding or parties at the place too.  The scenery and food are fantastic! 

In Bisbee, AZ and located on the other side of the Lavender Pit Mine from historic downtown Bisbee, sits the tiny town of Lowell.  The main drag is Erie Street and it has a few abandoned stores with some shops, a restaurant and old classic vehicles parked on the side of the road.  If you want to check out this interesting place that makes you feel like you transported back to a 1950's town, then turn at the Bisbee Lumber Company and visit Lowell.  Also, be sure to get a bite to eat at the Bisbee Breakfast Club.  The food and service is wonderful.

1655 W. State Route 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336
Phone: (928) 282-6070
Red Planet Diner is one of those places you should experience while in Sedona. This odd diner caters to the UFO lover with its out-of-this-world décor. From its location you are treated to the outstanding views of Sedona’s red rocks and scenery. They also boast to having the best burgers in town. My friend and I gave this place a try and loved it.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Abandoned Places Books

For awhile now our Abandoned Places books were somehow linked together on causing a problem for purchasing paper copies and downloading a Kindle copy.  You were able to purchase a paper copy of the Desert Edition and a Kindle copy of the Appalachian Edition.  I am happy to say that Createspace fixed the problem, and you can order or download both books.  I hope you order a copy today.  We are very proud of these books.  After our VA vacation in June, we will be putting together a Chesapeake Edition.

Places in the Southwest.

Places in Appalachia.