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Traveling Red Chair Making Stop in Prescott

"Red" at Blair Hill Inn, Greenville, Maine

“Red” at Blair Hill Inn, Greenville, Maine

A red chair from Cape Cod that has become an Internet celebrity is coming to Prescott this weekend to help celebrate the city’s sesquicentennial.

The Prescott Pines Inn, which you may remember from our October 2013 issue, will be hosting “Red” this weekend, starting Friday, April 18. The B&B’s owner, Dawn Delaney, will be photographing Red all over Prescott, including at Courthouse Plaza, the Palace saloon, Watson Lake and other picturesque locations. And on Monday, April 21, the public can visit Red at Prescott Pines and view a slideshow that documents the chair’s travels.

What’s the big deal about a red chair? The inn explains:

It all started in the winter of 2012 with a single photographic image. Innkeeper Beth Colt of the Woods Hole Inn on Cape Cod posted a picture on Facebook of her simple red chair perched on the ice behind her house, and then watched her page light up with “likes.” The picture was shared on the Facebook page of Julie Ann Cromer, a photographer from Santa Barbara, CA, who was inspired by the image to visit Beth’s inn and took an amazing second photo of the chair on a local beach. This inspired Colt to share the chair with other innkeepers beyond the Cape Cod area, expanding “Red’s” journey through New England in late summer and fall. This lucky chair has been staying at the best inns and B&B’s throughout the country, and has its own website and blog. …

As Red has traveled it has taken on a personality of its own and been photographed at each stop in iconic places throughout that inn’s region.  Due to the overwhelming response to this humble red chair, Colt decided to send the Red Chair coast to coast via a network of B&Bs to be delivered in the Spring of 2014 to the California-based photographer who inspired all this with her photo.

To keep tabs on the chair’s cross-country journey, visit its website. And for more information on its appearance at Prescott Pines Inn this weekend, visit the inn’s website.

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Forest Service Offers Three Additional Cabins for Rental

The Palisades Ranger Residence Cabin

The Palisades Ranger Residence Cabin

Looking to getaway from the daily grind or just searching for some peace and quiet? Well, our friends at the Forest Service might have what you’re looking for. The national forests of Arizona’s Rooms with a View cabin rental program offers both comfortable and rustic accommodation in several national forests. And now, Coronado National Forest has added three more cabins to its roster. Check it out:

The Coronado National Forest has completed the  renovation of three cabins located on the Douglas and Santa Catalina Ranger Districts. The Portal Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) House and the Portal Bunkhouse are located in Cave Creek Canyon, Approximately 1.5 miles west of Portal, Arizona. The Palisades Ranger Residence Cabin (pictured) is located within the Palisades Administrative Site, 20 miles north of Tucson in the Santa Catalina Mountains.

Recreation fees will include day and overnight use of each of the cabins. The Portal CCC House ($125.00/night) has four rooms and can accommodate up to five people. The house contains two bedrooms (one with a full size bed, the second with a set of bunkbeds), one bathroom, a living room/kitchen combination, a fully-equipped kitchen, and an outdoor patio.

The Portal Bunkhouse ($100.00/night) with its three rooms can accommodate up to four people. The bunkhouse contains one bedroom (with a bunkbed and twin bed), one bathroom, a living room/kitchen combination, and a fully-equipped kitchen.

Palisades Ranger Residence Cabin ($125.00/night) has five rooms and can accommodate up to four people. The cabin contains one bedroom (with a bunkbed), one full bathroom, a dining room, a living room, a fully-equipped kitchen, and an enclosed yard.

Reservations may be made by contacting the Forest Service National Recreation Reservation Service, ReserveAmerica, 1-877-444-6777 or beginning March 19.  (The Portal Bunkhouse will not be available for rental until April 16.)  In addition to the daily rental fee, a $9.00 service fee will be charged for each reservation. The reservation service also has information about renting and reserving other Forest Service facilities, including those offered under the Arizona “Rooms with a View” Cabin Rental program.

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Weekend Getaway: Meteor Crater

Meteor Crater. The structure at the center is an old mine shaft. | Noah Austin

Meteor Crater | Noah Austin

“They really should call it ‘Meteorite Crater,'” I told my wife as we drove toward Meteor Crater. As she’s learned during our three years of marriage, I tend to fixate on minor verbal distinctions. In this case, though, the distinction isn’t minor: If you’re describing a flying rock from outer space, it’s an asteroid before it enters Earth’s atmosphere, a meteor when it’s in the atmosphere and a meteorite if and when it hits the ground. The latter is what happened about 50,000 years ago, when a 300,000-ton rock made mostly of iron slammed into this middle-of-nowhere spot. I’d been wanting to visit the crater since I’d moved to Arizona in 2000, but this past weekend, when we went on an overnight trip to Flagstaff, was the first time I’d had the chance.

Clearly, our guide on the one-hour walking tour around the rim of the crater had heard other comments about the name. According to him, “Meteor Crater” is the name the U.S. Postal Service gave the site, but the crater’s official name is “Barringer Meteorite Crater.” It’s named after Daniel Moreau Barringer, who came to the site in 1903 and spent the next 26 years trying to prove that the nearly mile-wide crater was formed by a meteorite impact. Definitive proof of that came in the 1960s, long after Barringer’s death.

Scientists think 80 percent of the 150-foot-wide meteorite was vaporized when it hit the ground, but the remaining 20 percent was scattered around the area. Pieces of it have been found several miles from the crater, and the largest one is on display at the visitors center.

The crater itself is considered the best-preserved impact crater in the world, owing to the area’s relative lack of precipitation. The price of admission includes the optional tour, which stops at three points along the rim for discussions of the crater’s formation, geology and human history. It’s about a mile round-trip, and there are some ups and downs, but it’s mostly paved, and my wife, our 4-year-old son and I didn’t have any trouble. The surrounding land is a cattle ranch, so don’t be surprised to see cows grazing on the outer rim.

There’s plenty more to see at the visitors center, including a museum, a 3-D film showing how the crater was formed, and a gift shop. And pictures don’t do Meteor(ite) Crater justice. Whatever you want to call it, it’s an impressive sight.

— Noah Austin, Associate Editor

Meteor Crater is located south of Interstate 40 between Flagstaff and Winslow. From Flagstaff, go east on I-40 for 35 miles to Meteor Crater Road (Exit 233). Turn right (south) onto Meteor Crater Road and continue 6 miles to the visitors center. Admission is $16 for adults, $8 for children ages 6 to 17 and free for children ages 5 and younger. For more information, call 800-289-5898 or visit


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Visit a National Park for Free on January 20

Montezuma Castle National Monument | Courtesy of National Park Service

Montezuma Castle National Monument | Courtesy of National Park Service

If you aren’t working on Monday, January 20, why not visit one of America’s 401 national parks, monuments and recreation areas? And here’s a bonus: There are no entrance fees at the parks that day in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Only 133 national parks normally charge entrance fees. The Arizona parks on that list are:

So, enjoy free entry at those parks next Monday! If you’d like to stop worrying about entrance fees altogether, the National Park Service offers an $80 annual pass that covers all national parks. It’s a must for anyone making more than a few visits to our nation’s parks every year.

Other fee-free days in 2014: February 15-17 (Presidents Day weekend), April 19-20 (opening weekend of National Park Week), August 25 (the National Park Service’s birthday), September 27 (National Public Lands Day) and November 11 (Veterans Day). For more information, click here.


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Check Out Our February Issue Featuring Iconic Landmarks Across AZ

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by | January 6, 2014 · 8:00 am

Happy New Year! Check Out Our January 2014 Cover!

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