Monthly Archives: February 2010

Wine Tasting Rooms to open in Willcox, Ariz.

One of the wines available at the Carlson Creek grand opening Feb. 13.Carlson Creek Vineyards tasting room will have its grand opening celebration Feb. 13. Located on Railview Avenue just across the railroad tracks from the Rex Allen Museum, it will feature four wine varietals, a Syrah, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sangiovese.

The vineyard is family owned and operated. Robert Carlson is the winemaker; his brother John will manage the tasting room, and father, Bob, directs the farming operations. Robert Carlson’s sister and mother are also involved. Robert, Bob and John Carlson have completed viticulture and winemaking classes at University of California Davis. Their first vintages are from grapes they purchased grapes from their Cochise County neighbors. In 2009, they planted their first vines, which they will harvest in 2011. Initially, they will plant grapes on 16 of the 80 acres they own in Cochise County.

Details: Carlson Creek Vineyards, 115 Railview Ave., Willcox, Arizona, 520-776-3000.

Wine from Keeling-Schaefer VineyardsAnother tasting room, Keeling-Schaefer Vineyards, will open in 2010. It used to be that you could taste their wines by appointment only at their Chiricahua Mountain foothills tasting room. Owners Rod Keeling and Jan Schaefer are hard at work on their downtown Willcox location. Visitors will be able to sample their Three Sisters Syrah, Two Reds Grenache, Best Friends Chardonnay and Rock Creek Rosé vintages.

The Keeling-Schaefer Vineyards tasting room is in the former Willcox Bank and Trust Building, which was built in 1917 and sits next to Willcox’s famous Rex Allen Museum on Railroad Avenue. The wine library will be housed in what used to be the bank vault.

Details: Keeling-Schaefer Vineyards, Railroad Avenue, Willcox, AZ, 520-824-2500,

For nearby accommodations or other attractions in the area, call the Willcox Chamber of Commerce at 1-520-384-2272.

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Valentine’s Day: spend it in Cochise County

Some of the hotels and bed & breakfast inns in Cochise County have some really sweetheart deals and romance packages this month in honor of Valentine’s Day. And, I just received word that Shadow Mountain Resort Restaurant will have a “Guest Chefs Night” on Saturday, Feb. 13. Spend the weekend in southeastern Arizona where Wyatt Earp strolled, the Chiricahua Mountains were formed and Buffalo Soldiers served our nation.

During Valentine’s weekend, Dos Cabezas Spirit and Nature Retreat, a small bed & breakfast inn just 14 miles from Willcox, is offering a “Country Valentine,” a one-night’s stay, dinner, a dozen roses, a box of chocolates and a gourmet breakfast the next morning. Choose either Friday, Saturday or Sunday night, Feb. 12, 13 or 14 2010. You can also give a gift certificate. The package includes complete privacy since the inn hosts only one party at a time. Cost is $249. Dinner will be arranged at your choice of Coronado Vineyards or El Ranchero Restaurant in Willcox.

To book your special weekend, email or call: Charmayne Samuelson at 520-384-6474 or send an e-mail.

In Sierra Vista, America’s Best Value Inn is offering a special for the Feb 12-14 weekend. Guests can stay for only $54 per night. Check with the hotel at 520-459-5380 for more details. Also in Sierra Vista, the Suburban Extended Stay Hotel is offering 30 percent off their room rates. So you can get a deal for $59-$69 per night. Ask for their Valentine’s Weekend specials. Call Suburban Extended Stay at 520-458-0540 for more information.

Bisbee‘s Letson Loft Hotel and Jonquil Motel are offering their “Sweetheart Specials” the entire month of February 2010. Treat your Sweetheart to an overnight or two at The Letson or the Jonquil Motel in the month of February and they’ll treat you to $15 OFF the Letson Loft’s rate or $10 off at the Jonquil. this offer is good on Sunday to Thursday night stays!  Be sure to mention the “Sweetheart Special” when you call or book online!  Rate will be adjusted upon check-in.

Guest Chefs Night–Bring your Valentine to Shadow Mountain Resort Restaurant for a satisfying dinner and entertainment. On Saturday, Feb. 13, you can get a half rack of baby back ribs, baked potato, beans, slaw and dessert for two for $15. Guest chefs Gary & Kathie Brauchla and Troy & Melanie Pope will cook. Entertainmetn will be provided by “Mac the Rounder” and Bob & Patty Shemwell.

Details: Dinner served from 6-8 p.m. with entertainment from 6-10 p.m. Cost is $15 per person. For more information, call 520-826-3417. Reservations encouraged by Feb. 11.

Enjoy the Valentine’s Day and President’s Day weekend.

If you’re looking for something to do that weekend, check out these events:

Feb. 12-14, 18th Annual Cochise Cowboy Poetry Music & Poetry Gathering, Sierra Vista

Once a year, Sierra Vista becomes a Western wonder of poetry, music, storytelling and song. More than 60 artists from all over the U.S. and Canada will converge on Sierra Vista for three major stage performances and free mini-concerts. Learn the history of the Arizona Territory through song and poetry.

Details: Various free events will take place throughout the weekend. The headline shows are 7 p.m. on Feb. 12 & 13 and 1 p.m. on Feb. 14. Performances are held at the Buena Performing Arts Center, 5225 Buena School Dr. in Sierra Vista. Admission is $6 for high school students, $16 for seniors and military and $18 for adults. For more information, call 520-417-6960 or visit

Feb. 13, Chocolate Tasting, Bisbee

Serious chocoholics will melt for this fundraiser to benefit the city of Bisbee’s public library. A ticket buys you entrée to a spread of decadent chocolate desserts at Arizona’s oldest library, the Copper Queen. This is Valentines Day, after all, so pick up a to-go box of exquisite chocolates created in Bisbee kitchens to share later with your darling.

Details: 6 – 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Copper Queen Library, 6 Main St. in Bisbee. Admission is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. For more information, call 520-432-4232 or  visit

Feb. 13, Wine and Chocolates, Willcox

Coronado Vineyards will pair their wines with chocolates on Saturday. It’s a treat you won’t want to miss!

Details: 10 a.m., Sat., Feb. 13 at Coronado Vineyards, 2909 E. Country Club Drive, Willcox, AZ. The cost is only $7 per person, which includes wine and chocolate. Call 520-384-2993 for more information.

Feb. 13, Fairbank Days

Visitors can enjoy tours, exhibits and talks. This month there will be live music, art exhibits, re-enactments of “the Great Fairbank Train Robbery” and tours of the Townsite and cemetery.

Details: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 13 at Fairbank (on Highway 82 east of the San Pedro River between Tombstone and Whetstone). Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Info: 520-457-3062

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Wordless Wednesday… with words

Occasionally I post a photo for the Wordless Wednesday series. I was lying in bed last night thinking about which photo to post and had a couple in mind.

Then I got to my computer this morning and saw this gorgeous photo of Whitewater Draw in Cochise County. It’s one of the county’s many public lands.

How can I improve on that? I thought. So I’m not going to. Check out this wonderful post and enjoy!

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