Amado, AZ

The opening “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'” sequence in the 1955 film Oklahoma!, with Gordon MacRae singing the famous song while riding a horse past the stalks of corn “as high as a elephant’s eye”, was filmed in Amado.

From Spain and Mexico the family moved north, settling about 1850 into Southern Arizona, then part of Mexico. In 1852, Manuel Amado began ranching south of Tucson between the Canoa and Otero Spanish land grants. With no fences, his cattle roamed from the border to north of Tucson. The railroad opened a station nearby in 1910. In 1919 the Amadoville post office was established. A year later, the name was changed to Amado.  Information courtesy of:

Stop and dine at The Firefly Restaurant.  The menu rotates and serves delicious seasonal plates year round.  The patio is the perfect place to savor the flavors of wine and savory dishes.  My favorites are the Irish Beef Stew and the Autumn Kale Salad.

3001 E. Frontage Rd.,
Amado, AZ 85645
Phone. 520-398-3028


Mesa, Arizona

If you are looking for a charming stroll downtown make the drive to Mesa, AZ.   The town is well known for their sculptures.   As of 2017 Mesa’s growing Permanent Sculpture Collection features 38 fine pieces.

There are endless hours of second hand shops with treasures galore. The stores are well organized and offer something for everyone.

2 of my favorite places to eat and have a beverage are Oro Brewing Company and Queens Pizzeria.

Some of my other fun urban art.

Camp Verde and Prescott

Camp Verde
Settlers first began migrating into the Verde Valley because of the mining industry.   The first military establishment was a temporary post overlooking the farms at West Clear Creek.   In 1865, the next post, Camp Lincoln was established.   In 1865 the name was changed to Camp Verde.  The post was moved to its present day site in 1871, due to the onset of a malaria outbreak.   In 1878, the name was changed to Fort Verde to signify permanence.    The fort was occupied from 1871-1891; with the post officially closing in April of 1890.






This charming town offers endless entertainment hours.  There is a little nugget called The Point Bar and Lounge. If you are looking for a proper cocktail this is the happening place.  This street is named Whiskey Row because of the large number of saloons at one time totaling 40.  The reason we have this lovely row of opportunities is because of a fire in July of 1900 destroyed the entire block. When the area was reconstructed, there was a large amount of bars rebuilt in the area.

The St. Michael hotel stands at the intersection of Prescott’s famed Montezuma Street(Whiskey Row) and Gurley street, the northern flank of  the Courthouse Plaza Square.The city is the county seat of Yavapai County. In 1864 Prescott was designated as the capital of the Arizona Territory, replacing the temporary capital at Fort Whipple. The Territorial Capital was moved to Tucson in 1867. Prescott again became the Territorial Capital in 1877, until Phoenix became the capital in 1889.  text credit wiki

Take a break after touring downtown and head over to the Prescott Brewing Company. Their menu looks like a news print from a time long ago.



Buffalo Wings: The one and only original

In March 4th, 1964, Dominic Bellissimo was tending bar at the now-famous Anchor Bar Restaurant in Buffalo, NY. Late that evening, a group of Dominic’s friends arrived at the bar with ravenous appetites. Dominic asked his mother, Teressa, to prepare something for his friends to eat. Teressa had deep fried the wings and flavored them with a secret sauce. The wings were an instant hit and it didn’t take long for people to flock to the bar to experience their new taste sensation. From that evening on, Buffalo Wings became a regular part of the menu at the Anchor Bar.

Try one of their sauces:
Mild, Medium, Hot, Spicy Hot BBQ, Garlic Parmesan, Honey Garlic Sweet & Sour, Chipotle BBQ or Suicidal.

1047 Main St,
Buffalo, NY 14209
(716) 886-8920

Westward Look

Tucson’s Oldest Resort is located on 80 acres in the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. This property get its name from a speech to the nation by Sir Winston Churchill. Sir Winston recited “In front, the sun climbs slowly, how slowly; but westward, look…the land is bright.”

westward look map

We opted for a room with a view room 329 which I highly encourage you do the same. The 2nd floor suites have white wooden slanted roofs which complete the rooms resort charm. Rooms come equipped with a refrigerator and you can request a microwave to be delivered to your room. Their happy hour is Mon-Friday 3pm-6pm hosting

$4 Well Cocktails
$4 Draft Beers
$4.50 Wines
$5 Martinis (9-4-15 wait staff stated martinis are off the happy hour)
$5 Margaritas
Appetizer Specials

Take a walk around the property as there are multiple pools and hot tubs. The landscaping and unique layout will not disappoint.The path along the resort has a labyrinth. A labyrinth is an elaborate structure designed for King Minos of Crete. The labyrinth was constructed to hold the Minotaur killed by Theseus.

I am giving my experience a 4+ stars.