We just got back from a trip to Flagstaff and Sedona. I had a family reunion in Flag, and the day after, we checked out downtown Flagstaff.
Flagstaff is home to Northern Arizona University (NAU). It’s a beautiful campus, and it sits right on the edge of downtown, so Flagstaff boasts a lot of youthful energy, especially at night. We saw this in action when we went to the pride after party drag show – there was music on the streets and in venues up and down the downtown streets, and even a big outdoor movie screening in the heart of town.
While we were only in town for a couple hours, we did find a few cool things.
For lunch or dinner, we recommend the Lumberyard Brewing Company. It’s just across the railroad tracks from downtown, and has a comfortable industrial ambiance.
The food was really good too, and the service friendly. We recommend the hummus – it comes in two flavors, a black bean version and an edamame one, and the presentation is Southwest Awesome:
For shopping, check out the Old Town Shops, a collection of ten locally owned shops and restaurants, including the Flagstaff Chocolate Company to satisfy your sweet tooth.
My favorite store there? The Black Hound Gallerie – a super queer friendly store with tons of cool stuff.
The staff is friendly (and queer) and they offer some of the following merchandise:
Also, be sure to check out the old-timey phone booth, where you can hear poems recorded by a local artist.
We had a great time during our brief visit to Flagstaff, and plan to return in the future for more exploration.