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July 12, 2014, 05:00 AM By Susan Cohn Daily Journal

Robert Brabson
SLOWIN’ DOWN TO TAKE A LOOK AT ME. Visitors from around the world come to Standin’ on the Corner Park in Winslow, Arizona, made famous by The Eagles’ song. A bronze statute, a full wall trompe-l’oeil mural and a red flatbed Ford bring the lyrics to life. The corner was dedicated in 1999 as a tribute to the memorable 1972 song that brought international fame to this Route 66 town.

SUCH A FINE SIGHT TO SEE: STANDING ON THE CORNER IN WINSLOW, ARIZONA. “Well, I’m a standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona, such a fine sight to see; it’s a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed Ford, slowin’ down to take a look at me.” The lyrics are from the 1972 song “Take It Easy,” written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey, and made famous by “The Eagles.” Life imitates art every day on one particular corner in Winslow, Arizona as travelers make a pilgrimage to this place immortalized in song. All the pieces are there: a life-size statue of a guitar-toting young man standing on the corner and a fire engine red flatbed Ford parked at the curb. And the girl? Yes, she’s there as well, behind the wheel of the truck seen “reflected” in a trompe-l’oeil store window.

IG7 WOM. Longtime Winslow resident Dr. Greg Hackler said, “Today it is difficult to fathom how many people come to Winslow to see ‘the’ corner. Word got around pretty quickly after a small opening (which was only meant to be a one-time celebration) with a few hundred people on Sept. 11, 1999. The [now] annual festival has grown so large that the gathering place had to be moved from the corner to a festival area to accommodate the crowds who come to celebrate again and again. Who would have known that the bronze [young man] on the corner watching a girl in a flatbed Ford would be photographed so many hundreds of times a week. Little-known nuances of the mural that may not register with some people are: The license plate on the front of the truck in the mural is not in reverse reflection as is the FORD lettering, but rather reads “ IG7 WOM” representing the lyrics “I got 7 women on my mind.” Also, if the girl were a true reflection, she would be driving from the opposite side of the cab.”

STAYING IN WINSLOW: LA POSADA HOTEL. In the 1920s, hotel operator Fred Harvey and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway decided to build a major hotel in the center of northern Arizona and chose Winslow, which was then (as it still is) ideally situated, since everything to see and do in northern Arizona is within a comfortable day’s drive. Their undertaking resulted in La Posada, a grand and now lovingly restored 1929 hotel set in spacious gardens. La Posada — the resting place — was the masterpiece of the storied architect Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, who styled the complex as a rambling 1869 Spanish hacienda, with stone and tile floors, colonnades, red clay roofs and decorative ironwork. The furniture, painting and decorative objects resemble those that a wealthy Southwestern ranching family would have assembled over generations. Many guest rooms (and no two are alike) feature handmade Ponderosa pine beds, hand-woven Zapotec rugs and Mexican tin and Talavera tile mirrors. There are views into the gardens, into a Cottonwood Grove, and across the lawn to the Santa Fe railroad.

THE TURQUOISE ROOM. La Posada’s elegant on-site restaurant, The Turquoise Room, serves innovative contemporary Southwestern cuisine under the direction of celebrated Chef John R. Sharpe. For breakfast, try a bowl of warm yellow corn polenta topped with fire roasted tomatoes, fresh spinach, two poached eggs, Jalapeno jack cheese and a fresh roasted corn salsa. Dinner might start with a creamy sweet corn soup with smooth and spicy black bean topped with spicy chile cream, followed by an entree of free range grazed White Tail Deer medallions with a black currant sauce, wild mushroom corn flan and sugar snap peas. Top off the meal with a dessert of Warm Prickly Pear Cactus and Spice Bread Pudding.

LA POSADA PARTICULARS: La Posada is located at 303 E. Second St. (Route 66) Winslow, AZ 86047. The gift shop features a wide selection of fine Navajo, Hopi, Zuni and authentic Fred Harvey jewelry, Native American arts, Mexican pottery, folk art and books. All guests receive a copy of the self-guided walking tour of the hotel at check-in. Three hotel documentaries are available for viewing. For more information, call 928-289-4366 or visit http://www.laposada.org.

AND REMEMBER: Gonna travel, gonna travel wild and free. I’m gonna pack my bags because this great big world is calling me. — Elvis Presley, Harem Holiday.

Susan Cohn is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association, Bay Area Travel Writers and the International Food, Wine & Travel Writers Association. She may be reached at susan@smdailyjournal.com. More of her stories may be found at http://ifwtwa.org/author/susan-cohn.

 

 

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