By: Genie Davis

Jackson Browne and the Eagles made Winslow, Arizona iconic in their 70’s hit “Take It Easy.” But long before Browne was “standing on the corner” in that small town, the beautiful La Posada was created. As one of the last Harvey House Hotels, a renowned chain that served railroad passengers, it was designed by esteemed architect, Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter in 1930. The hotel fell prey to the Depression, closed, was gutted into Amtrak offices, and in 1997 re-imagined and reopened.

Owners and artists, Allan Affeldt and Tina Minion took over this 53 room hotel, and have reignited Colter’slaposado vision. Art galleries, murals, sculptures, gardens, and beautiful Southwestern-style rooms. Each room has its own style, but include blissfully plush handcrafted beds, heavy wood tables or desks, wrought iron, and antiques.

But don’t forget the trains rolling down the tracks outside the hotel’s commodious back lawn.

The hotel was built with such care, guests won’t be awakened by rattling locomotives. But they can sit on a bench and train gaze, or stroll the sunken gardens, observe serene fountains, check out antique furnishings, and contemporary art.

The hotel makes a perfect jumping off spot to tour nearby and impressively mammoth Meteor Crater, or walk a few blocks to visit the “Standin’ on the Corner” park commemorating the Eagles’ song. Or, take a short drive to Flagstaff, home of Lumberyard Brewing, famous for its copper colored, citrusy Lumberyard IPA, crisp Pilsner, and redolent Hefeweizen. Just down the street, the well-regarded Flagstaff Brewing Company handcrafts varied seasonal ales and lagers, including a fruity Bubbaganouj IPA and a smooth Blackbird Porter.

Whether tasting or touring, returning to La Posada’s elegant architecture and the peaceful rhythm of passing trains at the end of the day is a stellar desert treat.