Dreams really do come true... but not without hard work, dedication to the project, lots of planning, and most of all the support of friends and neighbors to really make it happen.
For about 25 years, my husband and I have spent many weekends and now the better part of our summers in the little town of Williams, just 30 miles west of Flagstaff in the cool pines of Northern Arizona. Our first introduction to the area was Camp Civitan, a special needs camp, where we both helped clean, paint, and prepare the property for the summer season, and this was when I first fell in love with the area, history, the weather and the people.
Travel and Tourism Experience
I was in the travel business (Travel Designers) in Moon Valley and the Phoenix area for about 20 years, have a degree in Travel and Tourism, but have been working in the non-profit sector now for about 12 years with Civitan. I think that travel and tourism still ran through my blood, and I knew eventually somewhere down the road, I would look to get back into that field somehow, some way.
Ed continues to operate his CPA /Tax Practice both in Phoenix and Williams, when he is not working on the continuation of developing the grounds at Trappers. He and a dear friend Bill Steed built the Pavilion 2 summers ago in 31 days - 2 hard core Marines with a mission.
An Unexpected Opportunity
In 2010, a property we had driven by 1000s of times, always admired, and dreamed of the possibilities, came on the market, and without a second thought or detailed plan, we put in an offer and BOOM.... We were now owners of 5 acres, a very old, almost condemned 1920’s house and 6 little cabins. The work began, and the work continued, and the work still continues, but finally after almost 3½ years of renovating, restoring, replacing, and designing and the best part of all - decorating, we have opened for business!
Trapper’s Rendezvous, A Western Inspired Bed and Breakfast
Breathe the Fresh Mountain Air in Our Western Oasis
Each room was thoughtfully decorated, and charmingly embellished with rich history and narrations of Williams, the old West and days gone by. Each weekend, I would travel the state shopping and scouting for just the “right” piece to complete each room. Sometimes one little piece would be the catalyst for the entire theme of the room, and then the search was on again to find the rest. Having traveled for many years, we knew what we liked, and have tried to add all the “little extras” in each room.
Ed and I will both continue to work in the Valley and travel back and forth to the inn. To help with this dream we found a couple who also loves the area, Sherry and Rod. Their familiarity in the hospitality field and enthusiasm to create memorable experiences, great food, and share good old western hospitality will be there, ready to welcome you and your family and friends.
So, we invite you to our little western oasis. Dust off your boots, pack your hat, it’s time to kick up your heels, enjoy the fresh mountain air and embrace a simpler way of life - you’ve found your home away from home.