La Posada cost about $2,000,000 to build, which would be about $40,000,000 in today’s dollars. The hotel survived the depression, and closed to the public in 1957. In the 1960’s it was used as offices for the Santa Fe Railway, and was almost demolished several times over the next 40 years. The railroad destroyed much of the building’s history. It sold the custom furnishings, painted over many murals, and even threw out Ms. Colter’s architectural drawings of the hotel. I hate to see non-creative people/organizations destroy great works of art and architecture simply because of their own ignorance or lack of concern about the wonders of yesteryear.
In 1997, the current owners, Allan Affeldt and his wife Tina Mion, bought La Posada and moved in. They quickly started the estimated $12,000,000 renovation of the building.
The thing I noticed the most about La Posada is the peace and quiet. You can stroll through three gardens, watch the trains go by, browse through the gift shop and book store, enjoy the art that hangs throughout the property and much more. On Saturday night the hotel was sold out, yet we never heard another person all night. It’s all very relaxing.
We love the history of the hotel and its quiet atmosphere and look forward to going back soon.
Many Hollywood stars, and other famous people, have stayed in the hotel. Here’s a photo showing some of them.
La Posada also contains an award winning restaurant, The Turquoise Room. Being a vegetarian, I know that most restaurants only have one or two items on the menu that I can eat. The same goes for The Turquoise Room, but I would drive for over an hour just to have their Killer Vegetable Platter. It’s an amazing collection of colors, textures and flavors that I will never forget.
There are many other historic places to see in town, including the Lorenzo Hubbell Trading Post and the 9-11 Memorial Garden.
The trading post is now the town’s Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. It contains historic displays, wonderful architecture and more travel brochures than you will know what to do with.
The 9-11 Memorial Garden contains a 14 foot and 15 foot beam from the World Trade Center. These are the largest pieces of the building given to any community in the country.
Near Winslow are many other interesting places to see. The Little Painted Desert, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) west of Winslow, has the colors and banding of the soil just like the full sized Painted Desert. The parking area has been abandoned, so the picnic table and unusable bathroom have a definite post-apocalyptic look to them. It would be a great place to shoot a scene for a movie. And about 60 miles (96 km) away is the Petrified Forest National Park and the Painted Desert.
There’s plenty to do in, and around, Winslow for a weekend or longer. Enjoy the piece and quite, scenery and history of the area. Head on over to Winslow, get out of the rat race and enjoy a relaxing time at La Posada.