Special Event Permits

March 28th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

Special Event Permits in Coconino National Forest

 

Coconino National Forest in Northern Arizona offers many spectacular views and trails that have been amazing visitors for many lifetimes. These breathtaking views have been popular backdrops for weddings of all sizes. Brides have found the perfect setting for small and simply weddings as well as larger, catered venues. Popular destinations, such as Crescent Moon Ranch, require special event permits and agreement to abide by all rules for National Park use.http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=1143&picture=rings

 

Several planning companies offer their services for weddings in Coconino National Forest and can help with as little or as much as any bride could wish for their outdoor wedding. Special Events Permits within the forest are required for all groups of 75 people or more as well as all events requiring admission. Smaller wedding parties need also be aware of all park regulations when planning their day.


Crescent Moon Ranch popular for weddings in Coconino National Forest with special event permits

 

Wedding Guests wishing to be married at the Crescent Moon Ranch at the base of Cathedral Park must read and abide by the special requirements of the park, implemented because of the popularity of the site for the use of weddings. These regulations and Special Event Permits are found at http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprdb5289868.pdf.

 

For other wedding destinations couples can consider locations such as West Clear Creek, Kendrick Mountain, Fossil Creek, Wet Beaver, and Kachina Peaks; for all of which pictures are available in our Gallery . For permits and regulations regarding National Park use for weddings bridal parties can visit the National Forest website at http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/coconino/passes-permits/event-commercial/?cid=stelprdb5328575.

For couples wishing to be married inside the Grand Canyon, park rules and permits are different from those in other destinations of the National Forest. Fore information on obtaining a licence for a park wedding you may visit the Grand Canyon park management page at http://www.nps.gov/grca/parkmgmt/sup.htm. There you will find links to all the available pages for wedding parties, applications, associated fees, and the required permits for area use. Please be advised that the scenes of the Grand Canyon, as well as Crescent Moon Ranch, are highly desirable settings for wedding events and may require advanced planning and reservations.

Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona

March 15th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

Lowell Observatory -  an astronomical observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona.

Lowell Observatory was established in 1894, placing it among the oldest observatories in the United States, and was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1965. In 2011, the Observatory was named one of “The World’s 100 Most Important Places” by TIME.lowell observatory northern arizona grand canyon bed and breakfast flagstaff arizona

The Observatory’s original 61-centimeter (24-inch) Alvan Clark Telescope is still in use today for public education. Lowell Observatory hosts 85,000 visitors per year at their Steele Visitors Center, who take guided daytime tours and view various wonders of the night sky through the Clark Telescope and other telescopes. It was founded by astronomer Percival Lowell.

The observatory operates several telescopes at three locations in the Flagstaff area. The main facility, located on Mars Hill just west of downtown Flagstaff, houses the original 61-centimeter (24-inch) Clark Refracting Telescope, although its role today is as a public education tool and not research. The telescope, built in 1896 for $20,000, was assembled in Boston by Alvan Clark and then shipped by train to Flagstaff. Also located on the Mars Hill campus is the 33-centimeter (13-inch) Pluto Discovery Telescope, used by Clyde Tombaugh in 1930 to discover the dwarf planet Pluto.lowell observatory northern arizona grand canyon bed and breakfastlowell observatory alvan clarknorthern arizona grand canyon bed and breakfastlowell observatory SOFIA northern arizona grand canyon bed and breakfast

Lowell in the observer’s chair; Alvan Clark refractor telescope; astrograph

Lowell Observatory’s astronomers conduct research on a wide range of solar system and astrophysical topics using ground-based, airborne, and space-based telescopes. Among the many current programs are a search for near-Earth asteroids, a survey of the Kuiper Belt beyond Neptune, a search for extra solar planets, a decades-long study of the brightness stability of the sun, and a variety of investigations of star formation and other processes in distant galaxies.

In addition, the Observatory staff designs and builds custom instrumentation for use on Lowell’s telescopes and elsewhere.  For example, Lowell staff built a sophisticated high-speed camera for use on the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA). SOFIA is a joint project of the United States and German space agencies and consists of a 2.5-meter (8.2-foot) telescope on board a Boeing 747 SP.

 

Dry Winter in Williams

March 7th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

 

El Nino to follow dry winter in Williams?

Last week brought to an end one the driest meteorological winters on record in (Williams), but some fresh hope for dry climes was released on Thursday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued an El Nino watch, forecasting a likely return of the phenomenon later this year.

In (Williams), moderate and weak El Nino years have historically made little difference. So it’s no guarantee of wet weather, but a strong El Nino could help make up for the dry winter.

The National Weather Service office in Bellemont, AZ  said that (Williams) received just 19.3 inches of snowfall — the equivalent of 1.95 inches of precipitation — between Dec. 1 and Feb. 28. That’s the period meteorologists refer to as winter.dry winter in the parched Grand Canyon

“It was defined that way because the coldest temperatures are centered on those three months,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Justin Johndrow. “By the end of astronomical winter in later March, it’s already getting pretty warm.”

February continued the pattern that persisted all of this dry winter, with temperatures much warmer than average and less than a half-inch of precipitation, also well below normal.  Only 10 (Williams) meteorological winters have been drier in the last 116 years.

And it was hotter this year, too. The Weather Service said this winter is the 12th warmest on record for (Williams). The average temperature (the highs vs. the lows) was above freezing through the winter at 33.2 degrees.

(Williams’) driest winter ever was 2005-06, which saw just 0.33 inches of precipitation.

The summer of 2006 saw the Forest Service close the national forest around (Williams), as the persistent drought raised wildfire fears. And the fires still broke out, with the Warm, Woody and Brins fires hitting area forests hard. Firefighters were able to stop the Brins fire before it could devastate Oak Creek Canyon.

Eric Betz - AZ Daily Sun reporter

What to do in Northern Arizona

February 12th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

What To Do and See in Northern Arizona While Staying At Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast

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           Attractions within 1 mile of Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast (in the City Limits) in Northern Arizona:

  • Historic Walking Tour of Williams, AZ

  • “Cruise the Loop” in Williams, AZ

  • Shops

  • Restaurants

  • Grand Canyon Railroad

  • Bearizona Wildlife Park

Enjoy attractions within a 30 mile radius:

West of our Bed & Breakfast

           South of B&B

  • Elk Ridge Ski Resort

  • Kaibab National Forest – for hiking, mountain biking, downhill and cross-country skiing

  • Coleman Lake Wildlife Refuge

  • Dogtown Reservoir

  • Bill Williams Mountain

  • White Horse Lake

  • Schultz Lake Wildlife Refuge

Attractions within a 60 mile radius:

North of our Bed & Breakfast

West of our Bed & Breakfast

  • Grand Canyon Caverns

East of our Bed & Breakfast

  • Indian Ruins: Wupatki, Walnut Canyon, Montezuma Well, Montezuma Castle, Tuzigoot, and Palatki National Monuments

  • San Francisco Peaks and Arizona Snowbowl

  • Hart Prairie

  • Sunset Crater National Monument

  • Lowell Observatory

  • Northern Arizona Museum

  • Theatre, Symphony and Performing Arts

  • Antique Stores, Shops, Restaurants and Night life

Attractions within a 90 mile radius:

East of our Bed & Breakfast

 South of our Bed & Breakfast

  • Scenic Route 89A through Oak Creek Canyon

  • Red Rocks of Sedona\

  • Sedona Shops

  • Galleries featuring Native American arts

  • Galleries featuring Southwestern arts

  • Outlet Mall

 East & North of our Bed & Breakfast

  • Navajo Indian Reservation

  • Hopi Indian Reservations

  • Trading Posts featuring Native American arts

There is enough in the mountains and high deserts around Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast in Northern Arizona to keep you busy for quite a few days!

Best of the Best in Arizona

February 9th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

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Best of the Best for the 3rd year in a row!

Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast has been voted and awarded the Best of the Best in Arizona Business for 2014 in the Hospitality/Bed and Breakfast category for 2012, 2013, and now for 2014 also.  And we have been awarded another  5 star award certificate from Talk of the Town for 2014 (2012, 2013, plus this year).  We are happy that for three consecutive years Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast of Williams, Arizona has been chosen to receive these recognitions.

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Courtyard Waterfall Entrance to Living/Breakfast Rooms

These awards are earned and presented as a result of guests who have stayed with us during the past year and who have taken their time to visit the respective websites and voting for b & b’s that they have stayed at in the State of Arizona as being exceptional in all areas of providing for their every need.

Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast is known all over the world as being thoughtful and insightful in the areas of Customer Service, Concierge Service, Value, Sleep Quality, Attention to Detail in Decorating, Outstanding Meal Presentation and Quality/Quantity, Cleanliness, Proximity to Restaurants, Shopping, and Area Attractions, and the Welcoming Atmosphere of our Guest Rooms and Areas.best of the best grand canyon bed and breakfast sitting roombest of the best grand canyon bed and breakfast; breakfast room

Living Room Breakfast Room

“Outstanding B&B”

FIVE STARS

“My wife and I stayed here for our anniversary{2013}. The rooms are very clean and comfortable. We enjoyed the layout of the place as our room/wing was separate from the rest of the inn. This made the stay more private instead of us feeling like we were invading someone else’s personal space. The place is also located right at the start of Route 66,  making it very close to some good dinner spots (they had menus for the best of them). However, what really stood out was the personal service. When we got there everything was ready and waiting for us so we could rest after a long day of travel.

“Del is incredibly warm, friendly and engaging and makes you feel like an honored guest. If you don’t like Del as a host then you’re impossible to please! And if you were like us and had never been to the Grand Canyon before you’re doing yourself a disservice by not asking him where the best spots away from the other tourists are. He’s very knowledgeable about the area and  its history. He also lent us a couple pairs of hiking poles, which really came in handy when we took a day long hike down the canyon.

“Sheri’s breakfasts are excellent! She has been cooking for guests for a long time and her skills really show. My wife is more of a picky eater but her plate was cleaned each morning, as was mine! This B&B is really the new standard by which we judge all others we have gone to and will go to, and if we get the chance to go back to Arizona then we are definitely staying here again!”ranking arizona 2014 best of the best arizona business

Valentine’s Day Vignette

February 6th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

Individual Pieces used for Valentine’s Day decorations.

Valentine's Day Vignette over Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast mantle

In 1961, my husband’s grandmother gave him an  embossed cuff and collar box that had belonged to her youngest brother (his great uncle) in the late 1800s.  We have put this in various places of honor in our homes for many years. Wedgewood heart for Valentine's Day decorationsAntique cuff and collar box for Valentine's Day

 

Traveling in London, England in 1996, the two of us visited a Wedgewood Blue pottery store adjacent to Hyde Park and purchased a piece of pottery.

 

The vintage linen handkerchief (on the right) is one I have had for many years.  It was a gift from either my mother, my mother-in-law, or one of my best friends. I was able to carefully cut two slots  Valentine's Day decorations with vintage linens

The rectangular doily placemat (left) was machine crocheted in the early 1900s and belonged to my husband’s grandmother.  It was passed on to her daughter in 1952, and passed on to my husband in the 1996.  antique gloves for Valentine's Day vignette

 

My husband and I spent a ‘date day’ shopping  at various thrift stores in Flagstaff, AZ.  During that outing, we purchased the Art Deco 1920s Valentine’s Day cherry picture frame, a beaded clutch pur

se, and a pair of 1950s cotton gloves.Vintage Valentine's Day postcard with 1913 Pennsylvania postmarkVintage Valentine's Day art

 

In brainstorming for this Valentine’s Day vignette I spent time browsing eBay,  From Seller x1x2x3x4x5, I purchased: the postcard with a 13 Feb 1913 Pennsylvania postmark; the 110 year old  pink paper lace heart; the 101 year old gold embossed arrow.  My thanks to this vendor.  My husband gave me the ruby ring and necklace Antique and vintage items assembled for Valentine's Day vignette

as Valentine’s Day presents two successive years.

 

I found a piece of pink poster board that I’d stored under my bed that I cut down and it became the perfect backing for the frame. I was able to carefully cut two slots in the lace heart and then inserted the arrow.  Then I adhered the two pieces to the poster board, and put it in the frame.   Lastly I used some leftover pre-cut letters.

Cranberry glass used for decorating for Valentine's Day

 

I have saved Valentine’s Day, anniversary, and birthday roses that my husband has given to me over the years and dried them by hanging them by their stems  in the warm laundry room of our home.  They are displayed in various vases throughout our home and in two of our Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast guest rooms.

 

As a result of being given a rectangular  knobbed ‘Cranberry Glass’ bowl (right side) as a ‘house warming’ gift (for our first bed and breakfast), I started collecting different styles of the beautiful glass.  A few of the pieces in my collection are vases, and for this vignette I have brought two of them together from other displays in our home.Cranberry Glass used to complete Valentine's Day vignette

 

Historic Car Show; Motoring Thru Time

January 22nd, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

‘Motoring Thru Time’ historic car show

This years Nothern Arizona event is located at the Heritage & Science Park, featuring Model Ts, to Corvettes and Packards, vintage travel trailers, fire trucks and more, view more than 100 antique and classic vehicles from the early 1900s to the mid 1980s, (cars, trucks, motorcycles, vintage travel trailers and others), free, 10 am – 4 pm, February 1st in Flagstaff.

Experience the fun, nostalgia, technology, design, and innovation that can only be provided by historic transportation. Share the enthusiasm of local hobbyists and collectors as you appreciate automobiles, trucks, travel trailers, motorcycles, bicycles and more on exhibit from over nine decades in time at this free family event.

For those choosing to participate in this years historic car show, registration forms can be found at Phoenix.gov and more information about this years event and pictures from last year can be found at Phoenix Parks.

The Grand Canyon Railway Steam Engine

January 16th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

The Grand Canyon Railway Steams to the Canyon

Monday, February 17th is the 1st ‘Steam to the Canyon’ scheduled in 2014. Historic steam engine 4960 will pull passenger cars to and from the Grand Canyon. It isn’t often that this happens. Most days in the year, The train is pulled by a diesel engine.steam engine pulling grand canyon railway

The Grand Canyon Railway is fueled by waste vegetable oil (WVO), driven by an iron will, powered by ingenuity. The Grand Canyon Railway preserves our historic trains and the environment through which they run.

We celebrates the history of vintage rail travel with several steam-powered excursions to the Grand Canyon. You, too can ride all the way to the Canyon and back behind 90 year-old Locomotive 4960.

For years the Railway operated steam engines from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but in 2008 we discontinued regular runs because of environmental considerations. Operating an all-diesel fleet of locomotives year-round saves a considerable amount of fuel and reduces greenhouse gas emissions and air pollutants associated with steam locomotives.

The railway recently became the first tourist railway in the United States to receive ISO 14001 third-party certification of its environmental management system (EMS) after a two-year process involving complete review, development and implementation of environmental initiatives in all of its operations.

There are two operable steam locomotives that have been restored to like-new working condition. Locomotive No. 4960 was built in 1923 by Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia. It operated a freight and coal hauling service for the Midwestern Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CB&Q) railroad until the late 1950s and made its first official run on the Grand Canyon line in 1996. Locomotive No. 29 was restored in 2004 at a cost of more than $1 million and 26,000 man-hours of labor. An SC-3 class locomotive, Locomotive No. 29 was built in 1906 by ALCO in Pittsburgh and weighs 185 tons. No. 29 currently enjoys semi-retirement as a prominent fixture on the platform in Williams.

For more information on the Railway and Its Steam Engine events please visit The Train.

Grand Canyon Air Tours

January 16th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

Grand Canyon Air Tours via Helicopter and Plane

Grand Canyon Air tour companies, within an hour’s drive of grand canyon air summer view offer helicopter or fix wing aerial tours of Grand Canyon, allowing passengers the opportunity to  soar like an eagle high above the clouds for periods from 1/2 hour to 2 1/2 hours.

 

Del and Sheri have experienced both the fixed wing and helicopter tours.  All fly routes that do not infringe on the peace and serenity of those people hiking on the Rim or into the Canyon on the main trails.

 

The side windows of the OTTER fifteen passenger fixed wing airplane are huge.  Because the wings are above the aircraft there is an unobstructed view on your side of the plane. The pilots (there are two of them in each plane) are experienced and have many hours of safe Grand Canyon flights to their credit.  The dialogue during your flight lets you know what you’re seeing as you fly at 1000 feet above the South Rim over the Canyon towards and over the North Rim.

 

The experience is different and the helicopters are more intimate because they carry fewer passengers.  They fly at an elevation of 500 feet above the South Rim.  If your photographic device has the capability, you can plug it into the sound system of the aircraft and the music and dialogue will accompany the film you record to remember your breath taking experience.

grand canyon air OTTER fixed wing plane tours grand canyon air helicopter tours grand canyon air helicopter tour

Four companies offer this service from Grand Canyon Airport located between Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast and the South Rim:

 

Grand Canyon AirlinesGrand Canyon HelicoptersMaverick Helicopters - Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters

 

You can choose which aircraft and length on tour is right for you and make your reservations online at any of the above URLs.

You can also make your reservation to stay at Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast By clicking here.

Arizona Wedding

January 13th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

An Arizona wedding with the beauty and variety of the Wild West.

Many couples are searching for the most romantic and most memorable way to celebrate their union. Arizona offers some of the most breathtaking and unique views and backdrops for any wedding. Whether you are looking for an extreme vow exchange or more of a traditional ceremony, the southwestern landscape of an Arizona wedding offers everything from desert to mountain; heat wave to gently falling snow.

Couples can delight their guests with a trip on the most famous train of the west on their way to and from the Grand Canyon enjoying the comfort of private cars and even an observation car for those wishing to take their vows along the way. Sedona offers the beauty of its majestic red rocks facing the Oak Creek Canyon with banquet halls and golf courses for many budgets and tastes. For more quiet events the Aspen Groves of Williams can promise seclusion and serenity. Themed Arizona weddings abound along the streets of Historic Route 66 and within its many museums.

Join other brides in Flagstaff on Saturday,January 25, 2014, at the Northern Arizona Wedding Expo where a ’One Stop Shop’ for brides, attracts brides from all over looking for an easy solution for planning their Arizona wedding. More information can be found at http://www.flagstaffwoodlandshotel.com/weddingexpo/.

For an Arizona Marriage License

  • Both parties must appear together in person at the Clerk of the Court office at Williams Justice Court

    Address:
    700 W. Railroad Ave.
    Williams, AZ 86046

    Ph: (928) 679-7698  ,

    Hours:
    8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Monday – Friday

  • Fees are $76 cash

  • Provide drivers license to verify names

  • Social Security numbers are required from U.S. citizens

  • Parties must be 18 years of age or older, or:

    • Parties 16-17 must have both parents consent

    • Parties under 16 require parents consent and a judges order

Tour the Grand Canyon by Boat or Whitewater Raft

January 7th, 2014 by Del & Sheryl Terry

For the Grand Canyon in Northern Arizona,

it remains the granddad of all adventures.

river trip through the most famous canyon in the world.  The 144,500 mile long Colorado River snakes its way through the canyon and flows all the way to Mexico. Grand Canyon Colorado River trips often become life-changing as moving through the gorge, running its rapids and being disconnected from the civilized world for as much as three weeks is bound to alter a person forever.White wter rafting in the Colorado River of the Grand Canyon Seated on a rock overlooking the Colorado River, it’s hard to imagine life getting much better than on a river trip, watching the sun come up over the Grand Canyon. Rafting the Canyon is a religious experience for many of the thousands of boaters who ply the waters.

Both motorized and non-motorized boat tours on the Colorado river are available. Motorized boat tours  offer riders a chance to walk around on the raft while floating. Non-motorized boat tours offer a chance to enjoy the canyon at the pace of the Colorado river. Riders may choose to raft down whitewater or smooth water sections of the river on either single or multiple-day trips

 

While it usually requires reservations and a long wait, whitewater rafting the Colorado River thru the Grand Canyon is worth it.  Most guests book a year or two or more in advance to get the dates they want.  Some people choose a taste of the river with a 3 day motor trip from Lee’s Ferry to Phantom Ranch.  You can also start your 3 day trip at Phantom Ranch and get off the River at Diamond Creek.  Other guests go for the longer trips that cover a good deal of the Canyon’s 277 river miles.

More than a dozen companies offer trips of various lengths and styles.

Suggested URL is: Plan Your Trip

 

A Gluten Free Breakfast

December 27th, 2013 by Del & Sheryl Terry

A Gluten Free Breakfast

@ Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast

Gluten Free Fudge Chip Breakfast Muffins

Ingredients

Cooking spray

  • 1 cup applesauce

  • 1 teaspoon canola oil

  • 1/2 cup sugar

  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla

  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract

  • 3/4 cup oat flour

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa

  • 2 teaspoons baking powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup semisweet dairy- and gluten-free chocolate chips

  • Powdered sugar

 

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Place 8 paper liners in muffin tin; coat with cooking spray.

2. Combine applesauce and next 4 ingredients. In a separate bowl, whisk together the next 6 ingredients. Add oat mixture to applesauce mixture; stir until blended. Stir in chocolate chips.

3. Spoon batter into muffin cups. Bake for 20–22 minutes, rotating the pan a half-turn after 10 minutes. Muffins are done when tops are firm to the touch.

4. Cool slightly. Top with powdered sugar, if desired.

Prep: 10 minutes; Cook: 20 minutes.

  • Yield: Makes 8 muffins (serving size: 1 muffin)Fudge Chip Muffins Gluten Free Breakfast

Pumpkin-Pie Cups IngredientsPumpkin Pie Cups Gluten Free Breakfast

  • 2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk

  • 3/4 cup dark brown sugar

  • 1/ cup cornstarch

  • 2 large eggs

  • 1 cup canned pumpkin

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin-pie spice

 

Preparation

Whisk milk, sugar, and cornstarch in a large saucepan; bring to a boil. Boil 3 minutes, whisking constantly. Beat eggs with a whisk in a large bowl. Gradually add half the hot milk mixture to the beaten eggs. Return milk-egg mixture to pan. Cook over medium heat 3 minutes, or until thick, whisking constantly. Remove from heat; stir in pumpkin, salt, and pumpkin-pie spice. Spoon evenly into 6 (6-ounce) custard cups. Let cool, and chill for about 30 minutes, or until pudding is set.

  • Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 6 ounces)

    Breakfast Tortilla Ingredients

    • 1/2 pound Yukon gold potato (about 1 medium)

    • 1 tablespoon minced fresh chives, divided

    • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided

    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

    • 4 large eggs

    • 1 large egg white

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil

    • 1 garlic clove, minced

    • 3 tablespoons finely grated Mexican cheese

    • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

    • 1/2 cup halved chopped tomatoes

    Preparation

    1. 1. Preheat oven to 350°.

    2. 2. Place potato in a saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until tender; drain. Cool. Peel potato; thinly slice.

    3. 3. Combine 2 teaspoons chives, 1/4 teaspoon salt, pepper, eggs, and egg white in a bowl; stir with a whisk until blended.

    4. 4. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in an 8-inch ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and potato slices; cook 30 seconds, gently turning potato to coat with oil. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Press potato mixture with a spatula into a solid layer in bottom of pan. Pour egg mixture over potato mixture; cook 1 minute. Gently stir egg and potato mixture. Press potato back down into bottom of pan; cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Sprinkle with cheese.

    5. 5. Bake at 350° for 7 minutes or until center is set. Remove from oven. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil. Loosen sides of tortilla from pan; gently slide onto a serving platter. Cut into 4 wedges. Top with tomatoes and remaining 1 teaspoon chives.

    Breakfast Tortilla Gluten Free Breakfast
    Serve breakfast with cold juice, vanilla coconut milk, and coffee or tea.

Fresh Pine Branch Christmas Decorations

December 19th, 2013 by Del & Sheryl Terry

Using pine branch Christmas decorations;

I love the look of natural decorations.

 

Each year we trim our trees in the fall. I use the fresh pine branches to decorate my B&B for Christmas. I love the look of natural decorations, They bring in the scent of pine in a way bottled scents could never capture. Using natural materials looks beautiful, uncluttered, and clean. Bringing a little extra life to materials that would have been mulched much sooner. I prefer to use them as much as I can before they become useful in other ways. Pine trees take on a life of their own if they are not regularly tended and trimmed. This tree is looking a little wild and requires attention to reduce dead needles and give the tree added strength for next years growth.

bed and breakfast pine tree needing trim; pine branch christmas decorations

After the branches have been cut and before use you must remove all dead needles. Let the  branches sit in a bucket of water to soak for awhile.

fresh clipped pine boughs to be used for natural Christmas decorations at the bed and breakfast; pine branch christmas decorations

trimmed pine tree at bed and breakfast; pine branch christmas decorations
After carefully trimming our trees and removing dead spots and disease our trees are ready for a safe and refreshing winter. This care will give them rest and prepare them for next years growth.
Placing them on your mantle shelf or other focal shelving is the traditional use for cut branches. This placement can bring extra character to crafted trees, villages, or nativities. They also make beautiful wreaths or garlands when shaped the same day they were cut and soaked.  When deciding where to place your pine cuttings you must choose stationary settings and surfaces that will not be disturbed throughout the month. Moving them will loosen needles and dry the branches faster since they are not being fed a continuous water supply. I
f you don’t touch them they will last for weeks! The pine branch Christmas decorations help to create the atmosphere of the season without being overwhelming for my guests.
decorated bed and breakfast for Christmas with pine boughs; pine branch christmas decorationsdecorating for Christmas with fresh trimmed pine branches; pine branch christmas decorations
fireplace Christmas decorations with fresh pine branches; pine branch christmas decorationsIf you are interested in following my other decorating ideas you may follow me on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/gcbandb/

A Green Bed and Breakfast; Eco-friendly Business

December 19th, 2013 by Del & Sheryl Terry

The Grand Canyon B&B is a green Bed and Breakfast.

Here are some of the eco-friendly steps we have taken to ensure we leave a smaller mark on the environment. We hope you will use any of these green ideas (where possible on your property), and share with us your ideas and suggestions to help us become even more of a “green bed and breakfast”, and to help us all become better stewards of this beautiful and fragile Earth so it can be passed on to our descendants.
1. Construction and decorating our B&B was completed in 2005 with eco-friendly materials including double pane windows, structurally insulated panels which have extremely high R values, excellent insulation (using recycled newspaper particles), and siding made from beetle-killed Ponderosa Pine.
2. All B&B and personal laundry is done in-house, with low water/high centrifuge washers. Drying time is greatly diminished. Laundry is washed and rinsed on cold, with all stains pre-treated with environmentally friendly products.
3. The laundry detergent we use is biodegradable, produced in a neighboring state, and environmentally friendly. Our cleaners are made in-house.
4. Compact fluorescent bulbs are used throughout the B&B. Burned out CFB’s are sent to a special recycling center that reclaims the mercury so no discarded bulbs are placed in landfills.

go green; eco green hotel; eco friendly business; green bed and breakfast5. Curbside recycling is used in Williams. Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast recycles every product possible in our area: corrugated cardboard, aluminum, tin cans, paper, and plastic.
6. Purchases are made in bulk to reduce packaging waste and vehicle fuel consumption.
7. We love organic and local ingredients. Fresh fruit and vegetables are purchased from local organic farmers and natural food outlets.
8. Prior to the development of Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast, the land had been denuded of the natural trees and shrubs. Since 2001, more than 500 trees, shrubs and perennials have been added to the property.
9. No potable water is used in our landscaping.
10. A waterfall and stream using area boulders was designed and constructed; it recycles grey water from our sinks, showers, and washing machines. This stream (along with the fountain in the backyard) has created a natural ecosystem for the property.

earth friendly, eco and green water fountain using recycled water; green bed and breakfast11. The flowering shrubs and plants were selected to feed hummingbirds, butterflies, bees, and bumblebees. It works!
12. An herb garden planted next to the grey water fountain outside the kitchen provides fresh flavors for the breakfast foods. It is also frequently used by migrating flocks of birds.
13. Whenever an item no longer functions for its designed purpose, the staff creatively looks for a different purpose. For example, towels and linens no longer in service for guests are used for personal needs, become cleaning rags, donated to shelters, or a quilt may become a wall hanging.

To make a reservation for a stay in one of ou guest rooms or family suites please visit https://secure.rezovation.com/Reservations/CheckAvailability.aspx?s=t5G4WW5Svr&__utma=42568051.842792251.1386695945.1389125465.1389129811.13&__utmb=42568051.1.10.1389129811&__utmc=42568051&__utmx=-&__utmv=-&__utmk=229692185

Canyon Floats Amid Rare Cloud Inversion

December 3rd, 2013 by Del & Sheryl Terry

 Rare cloud inversion over the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park visitors at Mather Point were greeted with a total  and rare cloud inversion on Friday. Cloud inversions are formed through the interaction of warm and cold air masses. (Photo by Erin Whittaker/National Park Service)

 

rare cloud inversion over the Grand Canyon; https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/legalcode

Photo supplied from https://www.flickr.com/search/?w=50693818@N08&q=inversion

 

A group of fortunate Grand Canyon visitors and employees were treated to a rare sight this weekend — twice. On Friday and Sunday, the park’s redrock cliffs could be seen rising out of a sea of fog that occupied the inner reaches of the Canyon. The sky above was blue at times, amplifying the effect. Photos posted to the park’s Facebook page quickly went viral on the web. 

The phenomenon is called a total cloud inversion.

And the National Weather Service says it’s a textbook example of how the atmosphere behaves like a liquid. At night, the cold front of clouds falls into the lowest terrain around, the Grand Canyon. As the temperature warms through the day, the clouds push out east, up the Grand Staircase and across the Navajo Nation.

“We get areas of fog, but to have something this widespread and prolonged is pretty rare,” said Megan Schwitzer, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bellemont. “It’s not something that happens every year or even every other year.”

But not everyone was happy at the South Rim. According to National Park Service Ranger Erin Whittaker, some visitors actually complained about the clouds. Others rushed to the rim when they heard about the rare cloud inversion.

“Word spread like wildfire and most ran to the rim to photograph it. What a fantastic treat for all,” she said.

Whittaker said she had waited five years herself to spot the phenomenon. And it was just in the nick of time. Whittaker started her three-month annual furlough on Monday — the day that her photos for the Park Service appeared on worldwide media sites.

More information about the event can be found at http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/in-rare-weather-event-clouds-fill-grand-canyon/2013/12/05/0742b0ce-5d4a-11e3-bc56-c6ca94801fac_gallery.html

 

Northern Arizona Christmas Mountain Village Holiday

November 22nd, 2013 by Del & Sheryl Terry

A Northern Arizona Christmas Mountain Village Holiday.

Saturday, November 30 kicks off the 2013 Christmas season in the great little mountain town sultana theater; mountain village holiday

of Williams, AZ. It starts with the 10th Annual Mountain Village Holiday Craft Show at the World Famous Sultana Theatre. The craft show is available from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The theatre is located @ 301 W Rte 66. There will be over 35 vendors with a wonderful variety of those special gifts you seek for the Holiday Season and other occasions as well. Angel, with Simply Angelic Photography will be there to take pictures of your children or the whole family. She will have 4×6 and 5×7 prints available to take with you right away.

 

This is a fundraiser for the SAVE-MTR (Meant To Rescue) Animal Facility in Williams. All proceeds from the vendors’ rent and your donations go to the animals. Buy your special gifts, have your picture taken and help SAVE-MTR at the same time. Have dinner at one of the fine restaurants is town and then, starting @ 6:30 pm, join the community for the Mountain Village Holiday, Parade of Lights and Official Tree Lighting Ceremony event. This annual colorful light parade is a holiday favorite as it proceeds down historic Route 66. Enjoy the official Tree Lighting Ceremony immediately following the parade.

 

El Tovar guest room; mountain village holiday

 

The Williams-Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce adorns the city with lights, wreaths and ornaments. ”Christmas lights, there’s just something very nostalgic about them,” she said. “I think a lot of people respond to that nostalgia of Christmas and the holidays and the lights.”The chamber is also putting on a residential and commercial lighting contest. This year’s theme is “All I want for Christmas is…”

Spend November 29th and 30th in one of the guest rooms or family suites at Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast as you start your Christmas season in Williams, AZ.

Fresh Pumpkins for Dried Gourds

November 13th, 2013 by Del & Sheryl Terry

The best Autumn decorations start with pumpkins for dried gourds.

knuckle pumpkins used for entry way decoration; pumpkins for dried gourdsThe ease of using fresh specialty pumpkins for dried gourds. Knuckle pumpkins are just one of the types I enjoy using for thie purpose, but I can also suggest other varieties including Moonshine, Speckled Hounds, Hooligans, and Bliss Pumpkins. If you are interested in other unique varieties you can visit http://www.hobbyfarms.com/crops-and-gardening/boutique-pumpkin-varieties.aspx.

Simply create your own gourds by sitting the pumpkins in a dry place on wax paper and let them dry naturally until they are golden, light weight and hollow.  This process may take all winter or more to complete.  Do not place on top of a refrigerator because the rising heat will mildew them before they dry.  Scrub the outside of each one clean and spray with polyurethane. Once made the new gourds are very long lasting and beautiful. They bring variety and creativity to once simple decorations.

 

 

 

Using fresh squash, these small gourds are dried in the same way .
I’ve mixed pumpkins, squash, & large plus small gourds in two locations as decorations in my Bed & Breakfast this year.

After the season, I’ll dry the fresh pumpkins & squash for future years. Taking advantage of the many different sized pumpkins available allows them to be used in large and small decorating areas which will brighten every room. They store very easily and have the added benefit of being very light. These wonderful gourds fit into all styles of Autumnal decorating and bring the rich colors that are the toast of the season.

displaying dried knuckle pumpkins; pumpkins for dried gourds

 

knuckly pumpkins dried for display; pumpkins for dried gourds
 For more of my decorating ideas and styles please follow me on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/gcbandb/. You can enjoy my current successful projects and those I wish to attempt in the future. Also find recipes for the season that have been enjoyed by many visitors from around the world.

Experience a Grand Canyon Winter

December 28th, 2012 by Del & Sheryl Terry

Snow capped canyon peaks; grand canyon winter; grand canyon winter

Snowy view from the South Rim

Experience a Grand Canyon winter and enjoy this Northern Arizona natural wonder.

 

Most people think of Arizona and envision desert landscapes complete with saguaro cactus and hot temperatures, but our Grand Canyon State is full of surprises.  What better way to treat yourselves to a very special Arizona vacation than to visit one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World this fall and winter and experience a different side of Grand Canyon, one that many people don’t even realize exists!

 

 

 

 

The snow has begun to fall in Northern Arizona, making this a great time to experience the cozy warmth of the radiant heat gas fireplaces and the warm hospitality of Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast

 

You can also enjoy staying warm and viewing the winter scenery while others do the driving as you ‘motor’ to the Rim and tour Grand Canyon National Park on a small group van tour.  Let a professional driver navigate what can be the snowy/icy roads of the High Plains and the Kaibab Plateau and teach you about the flora and fauna as well as the geology of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

 

Grand Canyon Railway in a snow storm returning to the Depot

Another option is to ‘ride the rails’ aboard a vintage train along the century-old line leading from Williams, AZ to the Grand Canyon!

You’ll be sure to keep warm on your journey to the heart of the historic Grand Canyon South Rim Village.  Once you arrive at Grand Canyon, you’ll enjoy a much calmer and quieter visit this time of year as the summer crowds have cleared and the fall has quickly turned into winter.  This truly is a wonderful time of year to enjoy all that Grand Canyon has to offer — from spectacular vistas that just might be dusted in a beautiful layer of snow to the grand lobby of the historic El Tovar Hotel or Bright Angel Lodge with  blazing fireplaces welcoming guests inside to enjoy your winter afternoon!

Wild Wonderland by Grand Canyon

November 8th, 2012 by Del & Sheryl Terry

bearizona black bears; wild wonderland

Let’s entertain the tourists!

The Wild Wonderland of the Christmas Season in Northern Arizona

Saturday November, 24 2012, @  Bearizona, is a ‘kickoff’ for the wild wonderland holiday season in Williams, AZ

Come stay with us at Grand Canyon Bed & Breakfast the weekend after Thanksgiving and celebrate the start of the Season.

Bundle up & bring your family and friends for a fun-filled night to kick off the holiday season! Enjoy the decorations and lights of the beautifully decorated main street with the inspiration of Historic Route 66. Children can enjoy feeding the deer at the Grand Canyon deer farm or sliding down the snow covered hills of The Oak Hill Snow Play area.

Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be making a special appearance, so parents make sure you bring your camera so you can get some pictures!

Stroll through Fort Bearizona to see all of our critters & enjoy the lights & sounds of the season! Watch the babies of the animal world play and tumble in the snow and sliding on the ice in their first experience of winter.

Enjoy Christmas goodies, coffee & cocoa.

mountain village holiday; wild wonderland

Mountain Village Holiday

After your visit to Bearizona, head on downtown to watch the annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony and Festival of  Lights parade in Williams, which starts @ 6:30. The light parade ends with Santa lighting the town square Christmas tree, singing, and plenty of holiday cheer.

There is also The Annual Holiday Craft Show on the 24th, which is held from 10am to 5pm @ Sultana Theatre. Find crafting in all forms from native american and south western jewelry, clothing, decorations, and furniture. Other beautiful creations include re-purposed antiques, outdoor furniture and lawn decorations, rugs, and blankets. Become lost in the best of the creative arts available in Northern Arizona.

When you return each night from your chilly adventures and heart-warming fun you can relax and find warmth in our main sitting room in front of a blazing gas fire or curl up in one of our queen or king sized beds under thick quilts while watching holiday favorites before drifting off to sleep.

Lifetime Admittance to ANY National Park/Monument

April 1st, 2011 by Del & Sheryl Terry

Enjoy Lifetime admittance to all of the Nations Parks and Monuments.

If you are a US Citizen, The National Park Service offers a special offer for when you’ve reached or passed the age of 62. A Golden Age Passport (lifetime admittance pas) can be purchased for $20 giving you free entry to any and all national parks and national monuments in the US.  If you are under 62, you can purchase a National Parks Pass for $50 which allows unlimited access for one calendar year.  There are other benefits to own either one of them.  More information about both passes can be obtained from the booklet you receive when you purchase your Pass.

Visit our web site and make a reservation to stay at Grand Canyon Bed and Breakfast.  Purchase a Golden Age Passport or National Parks Pass at the Williams/Grand Canyon Visitor Center.  Explore Grand Canyon, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.  We’ll make your visit to the Grand Canyon an enjoyable one.  We look forward to spending time together.

*2013 update*  This pass is no longer available, but has now been replaced by the America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass.
Information for obtaining one of these passes is available at http://store.usgs.gov/pass/senior.html. This lifetime pass provides access to more than 2,000 recreation sites managed by five Federal agencies, with up to 100% of the proceeds being used to improve and enhance visitor recreation services. Those carrying Golden Age passes may be assured they are still good for the life of the bearer.

Bearizona Wildlife Park

March 26th, 2011 by Del & Sheryl Terry

Come stay with us at Grand Canyon B&B and experience a great addition to the attractions of Northern Arizona.

Eric English, of ABC Channel 15 in Phoenix, wrote the following article in 2010:

‘WILLIAMS, AZ – A new attraction is trying to grab some of the millions of visitors that flock to the Grand Canyon every year. Bearizona is a 150 Acre ‘drive-through wildlife park’ that promises to give you a close encounter of the wild kind. Visitors drive their own vehicles through the park, which is loaded with big horn sheep, buffalo, and of course, bears–all roaming about giant pens.

“I really hope that when people come to Bearizona, they make a connection with the animals,” Vanessa Stoffel, the park’s chief operating officer said.  The park is planning for the future, raising young wolf, fox and bear cubs from infancy.  Staff plan the addition of bobcats, lynx and brown bears, and hope to grow into one of the larger North American wildlife collections.  They want to give visitors a new respect for the creatures.

“See the animals in their natural environment, and then when they return to wherever they are from, in the woods or in a park, they look around and they sense the importance of that habitat to the animals,” Stoffel said.

Bearizona was designed to showcase environmentally friendly construction as well.  “We’ve tried to build the park as green as possible.”  Many of the animal’s habitats are created from recycled materials.

The security cabin is a recycled RV, and a giant waterfall is made from several old busses and cars.  “A lot of the materials that we used in our waterfalls and rock features are old junkers and busses. The scrap metal is the framework for our big rock features,” Stoffel said.  The addition of solar panels and a water reclamation system will help lessen the park’s impact on the Kaibab Forest, while allowing people to see some other natural wonders that can be elusive.’

Bearizona Wildlife Park sign in Williams, Arizona

As of today there are two new additions.  Doc and Sadie were born early this Spring.  See their ‘birth announcement’ as shown on Phoenix NBC Channel 12 at: http://www.bearizona.com/bearizona-welcomes-channel-12-news-team .  More new borns are expected as we get closer to Summer.

The drive-thru park opened the 10th of Mar for the 2011 season and will be open daily from dawn to dusk until ‘snow covers the ground and stays (usually around the end of November each year).

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