Friday, June 3, 2011

Maury Place at Monument Innkeepers Travel Diary: Scottsdale and Beyond!

Mac and I have just returned from a vacation in the Southwest.  The impetus for the trip was to attend my nephew Jonathan's wedding to Chelsea.   The wedding was held at the home of Chelsea's parents in Scottsdale, Arizona, and I was so pleased to be invited to participate in the wedding as "co-officiant"!

Sedona, Arizona
Arizona is unlike anyplace we have visited before.  It has an otherworldly beauty to it.  In Scottsdale, we stayed at Sanctuary at Camelback Mountain, which was lovely.  We had an incredibly large bungalow suite with a view of the mountains.  We also enjoyed their spa and pools very much.  It was a great home base for the wedding festivities over the weekend.  (One morning, they did run out of orange juice and wheat toast for breakfast!  Trust me, that would never happen at Maury Place!  But we managed!).  I also managed to find Scottsdale's Fashion Square Mall, which is one of the nicest malls we have ever visited!

From Scottsdale, we travelled to Sedona, where we stayed at the Enchantment Spa and Lodge.  It was beautiful, and featured amazing views of the red rock formations that surround Sedona.

The Grand Canyon
We then travelled to the Grand Canyon, where we stayed at the El Tovar Lodge on the South Rim of the Canyon.  We literally had views of the canyon from our window!  Incredible.  The Grand Canyon does not disappoint, and you MUST go if you have the inclination.  It is AWESOME!   We also had a great dinner at the El Tovar restaurant.  The El Tovar was built in 1905, so it was fun to stay at another historic property!

The Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas
From the Grand Canyon, we drove to Las Vegas, where we stayed at The Wynn.  It was stunning!  The massive lobby areas were just amazing, and our room on the 30th (of 60!) floors featured floor to ceiling windows with views of the Vegas strip.  I did play the slot machines and came out ahead!  It was a great trip, but we are happy to be back at home at Maury Place with Chico and Lucy!  We missed the pups!

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument