People who think Winslow AZ is best know for being featured in the lyrics of a classic rock song have a lot to learn about this Arizona town. Winslow is a place worth visiting and not just to stand on that corner from that song. This visitors' guide should get you started if you're planning a trip there.Standin’ on a Corner in Winslow, Arizona
So many people come to Winslow to see the famous site of the song lyrics “Standin’ on a corner in Winslow, Arizona…” The lyrics from the song "Take It Easy", written by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey, were made famous by "The Eagles".
I call the intersection of 2nd Street and Kinsley, The Corner District. There are gift shops across the street from the famous Winslow Corner and a Visitor’s Center. The Visitor’s Center is a great place to start if you want to find out more about Winslow. They’ll tell you about the wonderful park and walking path just a block away along the railroad tracks and about plans to renovate the brick trading post down the block. Stop awhile and pick up a pamphlet or two and enjoy the historic photos on the wall.On my first visit to Winslow’s Corner District, I quickly visited just one of the gift shops, bought a postcard and left.
The gem of Winslow is just a short distance down the street.
The Turquoise Room
The Turquiose Room, separately owned by Chef John and Patricia Sharpe, yet a very integral part of La Posada. was another very pleasant surprise. Visitors can smell special food being cooked in the kitchen but we were unprepared for how special the dining experience might be.The ingredients for meals are hand selected by the Chef who frequents the Farmer’s Market in Flagstaff, purchases from local growers and flies fish in from New Orleans, Boston and Alaska. They call the cuisine Regional Contemporary Southwestern and I think that describes the food very well. When we dined there I selected a Churro Lamb Sampler platter and shared it with my friend. Churro lamb is a designated American Heritage breed raised on the Navajo lands for the past 400 years. Jay Begay, Jr. of the Rocky Ridge Ranch on Black Mesa raises lamb for The Turquoise Room. The meal was fresh, unusual and very savory.The menu makes for interesting reading due to the creativity of Chef Sharpe. It is hard to decide what to select. For those wanting something more familiar, the restaurant also serves Fred Harvey inspired dinners.The Turquoise Room is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.Route 66 Memories
Winslow is a great place to get a feel for the old Route 66. Downtown Winslow is right on “the Mother Road,” and shops cater to Route 66 fans. Buildings, from La Posada to a vintage diner remain from the heyday of Route 66.. More on Route 66
And There is More in Winslow
The Old trails Museum has an interesting collection of memorabilia documenting the history of Winslow and northern Arizona. It is located in downtown Winslow.Enjoy a cup of coffee, peruse the shops and enjoy the murals. Winslow, Arizona is well worth exploring past “The Corner District.” Winslow is also a great place to stay when you are exploring the local sights such as the Meteor Crater, Homolovi Ruins and even the Petrified Forest.