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Travel Diary: Flagstaff

This trip was highly uncharacteristic for us in that it was pretty impromptu.  Flagstaff is a very short drive for us, so with a little help from Amazon, I had boys ski accessories in hand (everything fit perfectly!), hubs rented the gear in town, and we were off. Hubs and I are Floridians so we're not exactly bred for alpine adventure - we wanted to make sure our kids got on skis early to prevent the fear factor from setting in.

Flagstaff is a picturesque town - it's at a high enough elevation that the mountains are home to evergreens and there isn't a cactus in sight. In town, the temperatures really only required a fleece and some layering, but up in the mountains, of course it was a bit cooler. Flagstaff really is a stunning little town - walking around among the buildings (many of which are on the historic register), you can imagine what the town was like in its timber heyday. I'm a sucker for turn of the century history, college towns, and that gorgeous alpine scenery.

We stayed at the new and perfectly situated Residence It was spacious, well appointed, and clean. In short, it was everything a family of 5 needs. Plus, unlike the other local chain options, it's the only one located in downtown Flagstaff. While hubs and the big boys went up to nearby Snowbowl for skiing, I was able to wander the streets of Flagstaff easily. My favorites in the city were the numerous well stocked bookstores, and the Old Town Shops which included the trendy boutique Sage Brush Trading Co. (check my Insta for more), as well as the perfectly baby-chic PJ Chilcottage for super cute pieces for baby. The town is filled with great local coffee shops and restaurants as well. Fratelli's Pizza was excellent - we'd heard about it down in the Valley so it has quite the rep. But our favorite was Big Foot BBQ - which is fantastic for families such as ours which inevitably includes one or more "I don't want BBQ" types. They had something for everyone, the ambience was totally kid-friendly, and the BBQ was delicious.

Now, on to the skiing. Snowbowl is an excellent area for kiddos and beginner adults alike. Hubs and kids each took their own lessons for two solid days. Adult and children's lessons start from 10am and the full day sessions end at 3. The boys' lessons included lunch, and the energetic instructors were great about making sure the kids stayed hydrated. I'm told Snowbowl is an excellent place for beginners to really learn and improve their skills. By the end of day 2, my kids were already asking when we were coming back. So mission "I-don't-want-my-kids-to-be-terrified-of-skiing" was a success! Still on my radar to check out next time: the Lowell Observatory!

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