Monday, June 30, 2014

Acoma Sky Village, El Rancho, Wigwam Motel and Cafe Ole, Flagstaff

After a wonderful day in Albuquerque, it was time to move on.  Before we left New Mexico, we stopped over at the Acoma Sky Village, where visitors can get some insight into the lives of the Acoma Pueblo tribe of Native Americans.

Note the blue doorway in the photo at the top of the post, to ward off evil spirits.

Our guide was very informative, taking us around the village and explaining the significance of various buildings and events in Acoma Pueblo history.

This cute dog followed us everywhere during our tour:  

Here is the view from the edge of the mesa where the Sky Village is located:

We also made at stop at Gallup, New Mexico to visit the El Rancho Hotel on Route 66: 

Lots of movie stars have stayed at the hotel while filming in New Mexico, and the doors of the rooms have plates with the names of their former occupants.  There are also photographs all around the lobby of stars of the past who have frequented the El Rancho Hotel: 

After a quick stop over at a supermarket for lunch, where I grabbed a Southwest Chicken Salad:

we continued on into Arizona, where we stopped for a photo opportunity at the Wigwam Motel on Route 66 in Holbrook, Arizona:

After admiring the wigwams, we drove onwards into Winslow, Arizona.  You may know this town from The Eagles song, Take It Easy - you know:

Well, I'm a standing on a corner
in Winslow, Arizona
and such a fine sight to see
It's a girl, my Lord, in a flatbed
Ford slowin' down to take a look at me

Our overnight stop was in Flagstaff, Arizona, which has a lovely old historic down town:

Tim and I opted for Southwestern food for dinner at Café Ole - which I have just learned is now closed for good:

Wow, that's a shame - we enjoyed our meal there.

The interior was bright and Mexican inspired, as you would expect from the name and the cuisine:

On arrival, our friendly waitress gave us green chilli salsa and corn chips, which we learned is  standard at Mexican/Southwestern establishments in the US (and is a very welcome custom!):

Tim ordered a New Belgium Rampant India pale ale from Colorado:

and I ordered a $5 margarita - the best (in Australia, you are looking at ~$15 + for a margarita):

It was mole Tuesday when we went to Café Ole, so we ordered chicken mole with refried beans and rice:

This dish was absolutely delicious.  Tim and I really enjoyed our meal at Café Ole, and I am rather sad that it was a once off experience.

Via Sky City Cultural Centre
Pueblo of Acoma NM 87034
United States
Ph: +1 505 552 7861
100 E 66
Gallup NM 87301
United States
Ph: +1 505 863 9311
811 W Hopi Drive
Holbrook AZ 86025
United States
Ph: +1 928 524 3048
119 S San Francisco St
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
United States
Ph: + 1 928 774 8272


Alida said...

What a fab holiday! I wish I could visit New Mexico one day. Perhaps I will. Nice photos!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I think that same car was in front of the Wigwam hotel when we drove past it. It makes for such a photogenic scene!

Johanna GGG said...

Wow that all looks so amazing - so weird to be in places that mean so much to so many people and sounds like you really took in lots of history and yummy food

Kayte said...

I thought my favorite photo from this set was going to be the doggie laying down for a rest all tired out after following you all around, but favorite photo is you in Winslow, Arizona standing on the corner!!!!! :-) Love love love that one. All of them are so nice, great photos of the sites and the food, etc. It is really fun to see all of this. Thanks for sharing.

Judy said...

I've actually stayed at the Wigwam Motel. Nice place -- I would recommend it!