Surely, a college town at the base of skiable mountains on the way to the Grand Canyon must boast a memorable place to caffeinate...or imbibe something more relaxing...right?
Flagstaff, Arizona, has its fair share of coffee shops and bars, but Rendezvous is the only corner in town where baristas and mixologists share close quarters in grand style. On the ground floor of the 1920s Hotel Monte Vista, this is the place to warm up on a cold winter day (or a cool 7,000-ft-above-sea-level summer evening) and scan the street scene in one of downtown's busiest intersections, just a block from old Route 66.
Many people just pass through Flagstaff on the way elsewhere—to the Grand Canyon, to ski in the San Francisco Peaks, to California or to Albuquerque. But stop, stroll the 19th-century downtown set in its forest of ponderosa pines, work up a thirst—and then find your way to the polished wooden bar. Conversation and drinks, hot and cold...linger a while. (Open from 6:30 a.m. to 2 a.m.)