Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Leaving for the Grand Canyon & El Tovar This Afternoon
NOB HILL--We're heading out for a long weekend getaway with Mike & Carol Moye. They are picking up MaryAnn and me this afternoon and we will drive to Williams, Arizona. This is the home of the Grand Canyon Railway. We will spend the night and take the train to El Tovar in the morning. There is a per person package price of $109, but this includes dinner, lodging, breakfast, and a roundtrip train ride to the Canyon.
MaryAnn has never been to Grand Canyon. None of us has ever stayed at El Tovar. It is small (only 78 rooms) and supposed to be only 30 yards from the rim. Fashioned after an old European hunting lodge, it opened in 1905 and was recently renovated. We are spending two nights at the lodge. If you are interested in El Tovar, reservations are handled by Xantera, Inc. through their website. Prices right now range from $129 to $144.