We have been coming up to Flagstaff since before I could remember. My dad went to NAU for a few years and always loved Flagstaff because it reminded him of growing up in Germany. He wanted his kids to experience the colors changing in fall and what it felt like to hear the wind whistle through the trees while on a hike through the woods. We (my mom, dad, younger sister, and I) always loved coming to the Arizona Mountain Inn because it was so cozy. All of the cabins felt like home. We loved spending quality family time, playing board games on the porch and hide and seek in the woods.
Fast forward a few years and along came Nick. Nick and I met at our previous job. I was the leasing manager and he was on the maintenance team at an apartment complex in Tempe. We would attend work events just to spend more time with each other. When he asked me on our first date, I didn’t even let him get out the whole sentence before saying yes! We dated only a short time before he asked me to be his girlfriend. We took a few family trips, one to San Francisco with his family last November and to California with my family in December. I ended up getting my own taste of Ohio when we went last Christmas for me to meet the rest of his family! Over the course of a year we moved in together and got a puppy! I was so excited to plan our one year anniversary up to Arizona Mountain Inn, and so glad we could bring our new member of the family, Gunner! I couldn’t help but want to share the Inn with Nick! Flagstaff is like a second home to me, and since he grew up in Ohio, I thought it would feel kind of like home to him, too. Unknowingly, Nick had planned his whole proposal and completely surprised me! Not only was I shocked that he proposed, but both of our parents were there! It was definitely a trip to Arizona Mountain Inn that I will never forget, and can’t wait to bring our kids one day and share the story of how their parents got engaged!
By Dani Volhardt