Mazatlan Frank Tour GuideWritten by Yvon Marier
While we were in Mazatlan, we took a Copala and city tour with Mazatlan Frank. We looked forward to it very much because Frank was highly recommended. He picked us up in morning and headed off to Copala. Copala is a delightful little village about 40 miles from Mazatlan on mountains, which was once a thriving mining town. During ride, Frank kept us entertained with history of Mazatlan, pointing out roadside interests, and best of all, his wonderful sense of humor. Frank's exceptional English, knowledge, charm and wit have made this tour so much more enjoyable. Along way to Copala, we made stops to see handmade bricks, tiles and potteries (incredible!!), beautiful hand-carved furniture (my wife had to convince me we couldn't bring furniture home in plane), and freshest homemade bakery (yummy!). Once we got to Copala, I was amazed by their arts and crafts. We spent some time browsing town, and then off to this unique restaurant for a fabulous lunch, which included famous, absolutely delicious banana coconut cream pie!
Catch Some Zzzzzzzzzzzz at Zane Grey Pueblo HotelWritten by Carolyn Proctor
Catch Some Zzzzzzzzzzzz at Zane Grey Pueblo Hotel
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Little did Zane Grey know, as he penned over 80 western novels in his home on Santa Catalina Island, off coast of California, that house he designed in 1929 would someday be a charming bed-and-breakfast inn.
A prolific, best-selling novelist, Zane Grey created robust stories of American West. Almost single-handedly, he made Western a new, recognized literary genre. His books glorified beauty of West and frontier character and values of its people; he was ahead of his time in his respectful portrayal of American Indian. Zane Grey’s books had romantic titles like: Call of Canyon, Riders of Purple Sage, The Thundering Herd, Under Tonto Rim, and The Vanishing American. Many of his stories were transported by Hollywood to big screen.
A sprawling pueblo in Hopi Indian style, Zane Grey built home when he came to island town of Avalon in 1926.
“We’ve tried to keep it as authentic as possible,” says hotel manager Mike Shehabi.