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Beaver Street Brewery

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Beaver Street Brewery is a local bar just south of the railroad tracks on Beaver Street road. Beaver Street Brewery servers typical bar food along with woodfired pizzas and beer brewed on site.


Brandy’s

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Brandy’s is an excellent local restaurant that was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives in 2009. The restaurant is located just west of Northern Arizona University. Check out their website for coupons and special offers.


Diablo Burger

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Diablo Burger is a unique local restaurant that features hamburgers and french fries. Diablo Burger purchases all of the ingredients from locals producers within a 250 mile radius and is located in the Heritage Square in downtown Flagstaff. Check out their website for a menu and more information.


Scammers

After advertising for several months we finally got our first scammer. Luckily I saw the scam a mile away and was able to enjoy toying with the poor sap. It started as most internet/CraigsList scams. We received a horribly written email asking to stay at our house for a week. Unfortunately the dates they selected we’re not available. I was surprised when I received a response back asking me to quote any week. At this point I knew it was a scam however I wanted a scam trophy  So I quoted the scammer the next available week. Within minutes I received a message back asking for my address so they could mail me a check. I gave them my PO Box and Paypal instructions in case they wanted to pay quicker. I received another message indicating they needed a street address in order to ensure the check was received. I informed him that I only had a PO Box. At this point in the scam my wife was irritated by all the messages and wanted me to stop. So I sent a message indicating that I knew it was a scam and I was bored. Surprisingly he responded with a message saying he was trying to protect his image. Soon after that message I added the scammer to my block list.

The following work day I came home to a FedEx package at the door. I order quite a bit from Amazon so I wasn’t terribly surprised to see another package. However inside the package was a check made out to me for $1200 more than the quote I sent the scammer. The front of the check looked incredibly fake. There were no security measures, no color at all, and had obviously been printed at someones house.

Since that encounter I have received several more emails from scammers. What I’ve found is they always ask about a specific date range in the initial email but follow up with something along the lines of any other week. Who plans a vacation around the house they are trying to rent?!

 


Furnishing

Furnishing a vacation rental was an interesting process for us. We started making a list of large items we needed based on what we were leaving at the house when we move. I then budgeted $1000 per room which I knew would be a challenge. Our list included buying 3 bedroom sets, most of the kitchen items, and some decorations. I searched craigslist for several weeks looking for bedroom sets and found someone near by selling a queen bedroom set. After speaking with the owner, Lois, we got lucky and ended finding a vacation rental owner that was selling their entire house.

We walked through each room and made a list of items we wanted to buy. Lois was extremely helpful walking us through her house and what she learned while she had her vacation rental. Here is a list of what we bought and a rough price we paid:

Queen Bedroom set $500
2 Twin Beds $100
Dresser $100
End Table $50
Antique Sewing Machine $100
Antique Painting $100
BBQ $75
Chair $100
Bar Stools $100
Coffee Maker $50
Dishes $100
Pots/Pans $50
Kitchen Accessories $50
Decorations $100

We’re planning to leave our living room furniture, dining room set, and the master bedroom set since it fits the house well. Other than that we bought enough furniture from Lois to fill in 90% of the remaining furniture. We did all of this for nearly $1500 and came under budget by $1500.

Without this find I doubt we would have been able to find everything used on craigslist alone. We would have been forced to buy new items and would have gone over our budget by 3 or 4 times our original estimate.


Grand Canyon

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Grand Canyon  is 90 minutes from our house and is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.  Our proximity to the Grand Canyon allows you to make a day trip or if you’re not up for the drive you can jump aboard the Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, Arizona and enjoy the high desert on your way to the Grand Canyon.  Once you’re at the South Rim you can stroll the paths for that perfect picture or if you’re adventurous you can hike down the Bright Angel trail. Although the temperatures on the South Rim are similar to those in Flagstaff, as you hike down into the canyon the temperatures quickly rise.  The temperatures at the bottom of the canyon in the summer can be as warm as Phoenix, around 30f warmer.


Grand Canyon Railway

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Grand Canyon Railwayl is a truly unique way to see Northern Arizona as you travel to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.  The trip  takes just over 2 hours and makes for an excellent day trip. During the winter months the Grand Canyon Railway features a Polar Express adventure.  The Polar Express reservations fill up fast so early booking is recommended.


The Grand Canyon Deer Farm

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The Grand Canyon Deer Farm
 is only 25 minutes east of our house. It offers an up close experience with  deer, elk, goats, and miniature horses. The Grand Canyon Deer Farm is a relatively cheap activity the whole family will enjoy. Check their website for special offers.


Arizona Snowbowl

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Arizona Snowbowl is the closest ski resort to Flagstaff.  The resort is 25 miles from the house and offers skiing and snowboarding during the winter and lift rides to the top of the resort during the remaining months.


Meteor Crater

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Meteor Crater is the world’s best preserved meteorite impact site just minutes from Interstate 40 in Northern Arizona near Winslow. Meteor Crater is the breath-taking result of a collision between a piece of an asteroid traveling at 26,000 miles per hour and planet Earth approximately 50,000 years ago.


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