Lucketts, VA

“I must have flowers always.”  This quote describes the sunshine Lucketts brings to my life.

This quaint and seemingly untouched town was originally called Black Swamp.  They say it is because of the Black Oak trees growing in the area. The town later became known as Goresville from the late 18th century until the mid-19th century.  The town derived its name after a Thomas Gore a prominent local man.  In 1865 the town changed its name again to  Lucketts in 1865. The town’s Lucketts School is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

When I am looking for a unique gift for a creative person I go meander through the antique stores.  A must stop are my favorites:
Bee Keepers Cottage
* The Old Lucketts Store
* Rust and Feathers

There is the design house that has various dates to which it is open.  I have not been able to be there on those days but here it is stellar.

This last trip we scored an Elvis Presley record, metal basket, 2 old photos mounted on a board with a news blurb and a must have tote Lucketts tote bag.

The shops are open mostly 10-5 everyday of the week.  Most of the shops are located around the only stop light in Lucketts.

Flagstaff, Arizona

Did you know?
– Flagstaff is the 2nd highest located city in the US (with a population over 25,000)
– Pluto was discovered at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff.
– Flagstaff is located in the world’s largest contiguous ponderosa pine forest.

We stayed a cozy cabin rental.  There are couple of local cats who will come by for a quick pet.  Breakfast is included and is the perfect place to stay for a rustic cabin feel.  

6355 N. Highway 180, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Ski Lift Lodge

The lodge is located close to the birch forest.  This is the location for family photos.

This is remote and we almost turned around when suddenly the birch trees appeared.  I followed the instructions below.
Take US-89 about 12 miles north of city center. Turn left directly across from the turn to Sunset Crater. The left turn is on to a Forest Access Road (FR 420). Take this ½ mile to a T and turn right onto FR 522. This goes 4.6 miles on a very bumpy, some areas washboard grated, ascent. Road is narrow with areas to pull out every few 100 yards in case another car is coming the opposite direct. This was a little nerve wracking as you can’t see ahead very far. I wouldn’t do this again without AWD or 4WD. After 4.6 miles of painfully slow driving you come to a pretty clearing of yellow flowers and grass = Locket Meadow. Signs take you to day parking, which is free and located near an outhouse.

Be sure to take advantage of all that Flagstaff has to offer.  The downtown is quaint and perfect for bringing out your festive holiday spirit.

Take a stroll with your hot tea or chocolate and enjoy the lights.

If you are looking for a holiday gift that is unique and one of kind then stop in the local shops.  Check out local artists at:

120 N Leroux St, Flagstaff, Arizona 86001, United States

Round off your trip with a hike into Coconino National Forest lava cave.  It is often crowded to be prepared to practice your patience. The further into the cave the crowd thins out.  It is a warm hike so bring water.

Location: About 14 miles north of Flagstaff on paved highways and graveled Forest Roads. Travel time is about 45 minutes.

One of our favorite watering holes:

It’s not just about the altitude it’s all about the attitude.

5 S. San Francisco St.
Flagstaff, AZ 86001