Every year for Christmas, instead of buying each other gifts, my boyfriend and I love to make trips. Our first year was Catalina Island, our second year was Northern California, last year was and this year we were very excited to make a drive up to Northern Arizona where it snows!
This trip was very spontaneous. We almost didn't make a trip this year because we recently moved out of state and had a lot of expenses with our new home. But a cheap roadtrip to the snow wasn't going to break the bank. Neither of us have been to the snow in years and while I never see myself living in a snowy area (California girl at heart), I do love to visit the snow, especially around the holidays!
The trip to Flagstaff took a few hours and we got a small hotel room for the night. When we first got there, we made a lunch stop at Pita Pit which is one of my favorite places to eat and the only one near us happens to be in Flagstaff. After lunch we checked into our hotel to relax (since we had driven for a while), watched a movie, and looked up some dinner spots. We went to a Mongolian bbq spot (very nice!), went to bed and in the morning packed up, went to brunch (Macy's Cafe, best brunch EVER), visited a park, and headed home. The trip went by so fast but honestly it was freezing ( i had to buy gloves and second sweater!) and driving in the snow isn't super safe (we got stuck on ice) so we had a good time going for only 2 days. Overall, the roadtrip itself was fun, the town is beautiful, and the food was sooo good.
A college town, Flagstaff features a lot of downtown architecture (think old, brick buildings like Boston). I love how cute the city is and everything is close by. There's a lot of good food spots and a lot of things to do but unfortunately we got there Saturday evening and on Sunday, when we planned to visit the history museum and ride the ski lift, we found out both were closed on Sundays! We also wanted to maybe disc golf but the snow fall on Sunday was so much and it was too cold for any outdoor sports. But while we didn't get to do any of those planned activities, we still got to play in the snow, eat some good food, and overall have such a winter wonderland experience. I loved the crisp, fresh air, the beautiful snow covered streets and buildings, and all the holiday decor around the town!