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A Rainy Day in Arizona

We had a fabulous weekend of Boutiques, Wineries and Artful enjoyment.   We started with a local Tempe AZ. Boutique which also has a wine tasting and jazz night to kick off the weekend.  

Then we traveled to the land of Karen Elaine Thomas,
 the Splash Ink Queen in central Arizona in the high desert.   
There are a number of wineries near Sedona and the surrounding area.    We got some treasures to bring home with us.    Dear friends spent the weekend at our home to make it even more enjoyable.  

If you ever travel to Arizona, make a trip to Rock Springs.  It is a tiny dot on the map along the major north south highway.   Rock Springs is famous for two things.   "Hogs in Heat", a huge b-b-q which attracts hundreds of bikers who arrive to eat, drink and carry on!   The restaurant and bar has been open since 1918 and is a hodge podge of antique mismatched furniture, the original structure and add-ons.   If you want to immerse yourself in the old west, this is a great place to do it.  

Their other claim to fame is the PIES. You name it, they make it.   Inside the mercantile part of the building is a tiny Ice Cream Parlor with tables to sit and enjoy your treats.  

We visited three wineries in one day.
OakCreek Winery, Javelina Leap and Page Springs Wineries.
Each one different in it's ambiance and wines.

Below is an antiques wine press, it took real manpower to squeeze that precious juice!    

The Javelina Leap winery was probably the most art filled with local works of fabric, leather, painting, bronze sculptures, jewelry and fabulous old wood bar and authentic crystal chandeliers from days gone by.   It was truly a delight for all the senses!

Thanks for taking our journey through only some of Arizona wine country, we have many wineries in the central and southern parts of the state.    If you like wine, you might like Arizona too!

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