Can you imagine stepping out your front door each morning and this is what you see? There's just something about the Grand Canyon that makes you stop. I wonder what the first person who came across it thought when they saw it?
Because it is the off season, we were able to stay at El Tovar ... it was opened in 1905 and reminds me so much of Douglas Lodge at Itasca State Park. Naturally, I fell in love with it! In the Summer this porch is filled with people scrambling for those rocking chairs ... and there's a reason there's no one in them in this pix. The temp was below zero! It actually felt worse than Minnesota because of the wind whipping up from the canyon walls. Consequently, a lot of my pix are taken inside or through windows!
There was such detail in all of the building ... and actually a lot of thought has gone into many of the buildings at the park. Mary Colbert ... a native of St Paul ... is responsible for the vision of how the park would look ... right down to the dishes in the dining room.
The story of how Fred Harvey built a dining empire is fascinating. I could see myself being a Harvey Girl if I lived at the turn of the century!
Artists are encouraged by the spirit of the Grand Canyon. This stone loft must have been so appealing to them at one point in time. Now it's a darling gift shop heated by a massive stone fireplace with a terrace that has the best vantage point for viewing the canyon.
So much to see and learn about and explore! But around every bend ... the Grand Canyon!!