Thursday, August 31, 2017

Sonoran Tasting Tours

This is the second time our little girls group used this company for wine tastings.  The first time was in Willcox, AZ and just recently in Sonoita.  Our driver for both trips was Tony.  He was amazing and patient especially at the end when the wine clearly made us loud and goofy.  I highly recommend using this company for wine tastings in the Sonoita and Willcox areas.

On this last trip in Sonoita, we were in a large air conditioned van which had enough room for the six of us, a bridal party of four, and a couple of friends.  We had snacks and plenty of water to keep hydrated during the tastings.  Tony took us to two places in the morning, then lunch, and two more places after that.  It took the whole day.  Check their website for prices.  The price includes being picked up wherever you are staying, four wine tastings, and lunch.  Tips are separate.  We had fun partying with the other ladies and tasting various wines and cider.  Good times had by all.

My group of family and friends.

Tony our wonderful driver.

This is all the ladies Tony had in his van that day. Great group!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Sonoita Wine Trip 2017

My daughter, nieces, sister-in-law and friend went back to Sonoita for another wine tasting trip.  Again, we had a blast and got a bit tipsy.  This time we used Sonoran Tasting Tours (next post) to take us to the vineyards for the tastings.  This is a great way to travel from vineyard to vineyard and enjoy the tastings without worry of driving drunk.  We stayed at the Sonoita Inn and will post about that after the Sonoran Tasting Tours post.  For this post, I will show you which vineyards we went to and some of the pictures of each place.

Arizona Hops and Vines (one of our favorite places in Sonoita)
This little winery/farm is a welcoming spot where families and wine lovers will have a wonderful time.  They have a patio where you can sit and enjoy your wine while enjoying the amazing scenery.  They also offer you different snacks (chips, Cheetos, Doritos) for each wine.

Rancho Rossa Vineyards

Callaghan Vineyards
They have a large building and behind the bar are large barrels where each wine is resting inside. It is a wonderful place with tasty wines.

Dos Cabezas Wine Works
This winery is owned and operated by the Bostock family from the time they acquired the winery in 2006, but has been generating wines since 1995.  The vineyard started out on 80 acres of land near Willcox, AZ, and eventually moved to Sonoita where it flourishes today.

Copper Hop Ranch

Monday, August 14, 2017

For Sale: Clown Motel

This scary clown infused motel is located in Tonopah, Nevada and is for sale.  For $900,000 you can own The Clown Motel which is known as the "scariest in America".  This place is what nightmares are made of especially if you are terrified of clowns.  For about 22 years, people would stay at this motel with its endless amount of clowns lining the walls and ceilings of the lobby and rooms.  To make things even scarier, the motel sits near an old miner's cemetery.  If you want to continue the clown tradition, you can purchase the motel and all of its clowns.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Strawberry and Pine Arizona

My husband and I are looking for a house/cabin in the White Mountains of Arizona to have a vacation spot cooler than the valley, and in the woods.  We explored a couple of small towns that are about 15 miles southeast of Payson.  We liked both and they did have houses for sale.  We are not ready to buy, just exploring to see where we would like to vacation and eventually live fulltime.  We are still looking and will report on more small AZ towns hiding in the White Mountains.
Strawberry has a little over 900 people living there, and is considered a self-governing community.  Located in the northwest corner of Gila County, it began as a place where many Native Americans lived such as the Tonto Apaches and Yavapai people.  Throughout the 1860s soldiers intensified their presence in Strawberry pushing the tribes to move elsewhere.  By 1875, Mormons settled in the tiny community and named it “Strawberry” because of all the wild strawberries that grew in the area.  Some came to the region because of the gold, loved the town and stayed.  Besides the gold, there was a huge whiskey still north of Strawberry in Sandrock Canyon.  The Feds got wind of it and abolished over 700 gallons of “mountain whiskey” with a worth of $20,000.  They were able to arrest three men for running the still.

The Strawberry Schoolhouse was built in 1885 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.

Pine is a bigger community but is also unincorporated.  Around 2,000 souls call Pine home and is right below the Mogollon Rim, 15 miles from Payson, and only a couple miles from Strawberry.  The town was founded by four Mormon families in 1879.  Both Pine and Strawberry are growing communities and ideal places where folks like to vacation and retire.  We have this tiny town on our "Possible Places to Live" list.