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Travels With Ernie

Adventures Off-the-Beaten-Path Across Sedona and Northern Arizona.

Follow Ernie to places that you didn't know existed, but would like to know more about.

Adventures Unlimited Books in Old Town Cottonwood by Sedona, Arizona

There’s Adventure To Be Found In Cottonwood’s Old Town, Just 25 Minutes from Sedona, Arizona

Just 25 minutes down State Route 89A from Sedona, Arizona, Old Town Cottonwood is chock-a-block full of boutique hotels, nationally and regionally acclaimed restaurants, trendy gift shops and art galleries located in the historic buildings that line Main Street. Wine tasting venues crowd the street where, once-upon-a-time, bootleggers battled it out with local law enforcement during Prohibition. In the middle of it all, one of the most unique bookstores to found regionally, state-wide, and beyond. Located in the old Cottonwood Lumber building, which is perfectly suited to the store's dual nature – Adventures Unlimited is a store literally and figuratively divided in two.

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Travels With Ernie — Ernie Spends the Holidays in Historic and Picturesque Williams, Arizona

I love Route 66! It is an iconic combination of fascinating history, dreamy nostalgia, exciting adventure, and incredible scenery. What more could an adventuresome dog ask for, let alone all of the peoples? But, dogs have a tremendous advantage over peoples, because we are low to the ground, and can really explore this place as no human can. And, Williams, Arizona is the ideal place to experience Route 66 during the holiday season.

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Historic Cornville Post Office Comes Home

Historic Cornville Post Office SignAs the saying goes, "what goes around comes around" and that is exactly what happened to the historic little post office building for the rural community of Cornville. Cornville lies a few miles south of Sedona and back in the day shared postal routes that included Red Rock Loop, Sedona, and Oak Creek Canyon. This little building is what remains of the historic Cornville Post Office, recently returned to its original location on the northeast corner of the Cornville and Loy Roads, on property now owned by the Windmill Gardens nursery.

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Wupatki National Monument near Sedona, Arizona.

Wupatki National Monument and Sunset Crater

From the main ancient pueblo at Wupatki National Monument, you have a sweeping view East, all the way to the Painted Desert. From the Lomaki pueblo, you see the San Fransicso Peaks looming majestically on the horizon. But from any vantage in the 35,000-acre park, you're afforded more than a glimpse into the ancient past of the Colorado Plateau, right down to a fateful geologic event that changed the landscape and the lives of its people forever.

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Verde Hot Springs Near Sedona Arizona

Now who doesn't love getting naked with strangers?

If you raised your hand, just click on by. If you were hoping, however, that I meant enjoying one of Northern Arizona's wilderness hot springs, read on my adventurous friend! Whether you're after the touted health benefits of soaking in warm, mineral-rich water, the sociability of enjoying the springs and the scenery with friends or if you just have to have a purpose when you hike, you can satisfy the hot springs urge just a quick day trip away from the Sedona area.

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John Carpino plays and sings favorites at Cruisers Cafe in Williams, Arizona.

The Ultimate Sedona Day Trip: Cruisers Café and the Music of John Carpino in Williams, Arizona

It’s a sunny, cool, and beautiful afternoon in nostalgic downtown Williams, and the quaint shops and restaurants are bustling with activity. Suddenly, the air is filled with the pleasant tunes of Arlo Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, and some catchy tunes that we didn’t recognize. The music attracts us like a powerful magnet, and is emanating from the outdoor patio of one of our favorite Williams hangouts, Cruisers Café on Main Street. The music blends in perfectly with the nostalgia of Route 66, and the historic and picturesque Williams downtown. So, we can’t help but enjoy lunch on the patio and enjoy more of the enticing music.

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Rainbow on the way to the Grand Canyon from Sedona.

Rainbow On The Way To The Grand Canyon from Sedona

Route 64 to the Grand Canyon South Rim is an easy, scenic, and fun drive from Sedona. As a bonus, along the 2 1/2 - 3 hour drive, visitors can stop and enjoy some time in beautiful, fun downtown Williams, an historic town located along the old Route 66 made famous by fast cars and movie stars! This rainbow appeared along Route 64 the last day of September.

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