The Lodge was built in 1997 by the current owners Wendy White and Jaime Ballesteros who live in a separate residence next door. It was designed as a mountain lodge with an emphasis on small group retreats. The Abineau Lodge is the only bed and breakfast in Flagstaff that is both a licensed hotel and a licensed restaurant.
The Abineau Lodge Bed and Breakfast is located in Mountainaire just 6 miles south of Flagstaff. Our property adjoins Coconino National Forest and there is forest access from both our west and south property lines. If you hike or bike early in the morning the chances of seeing deer or elk are good. In fact, many guests see elk from their own windows or as they return to the Lodge late in the evening.
Mountainaire is an unincorporated rural community with 3 other businesses-the Mountainaire Tavern, the Mountainaire Store and the Mountainaire Mini-storage and approximately 450 homes. Our property is set back from the road behind a white house on the road into the Mountainaire community.
The deck boards and beams of the covered entry were milled from antique reclaimed lumber. Beams are from a dismantled railroad trestle in Utah and the T & G ceiling is southern pine from a cotton gin in Alabama.
Breakfast is served between 8 and 9:30 in the downstairs great room. The great room floor and ceiling is also antique reclaimed lumber from the original Sears building in Chicago. One wall is covered with boards we reclaimed from the 100 year old cabin still present on site. The great room has two fire places, couches, dining tables and chairs and several rockers.
We serve a full home cooked breakfast in our dining room every day that includes an entree item, our own homemade granola, fresh fruit, juices, and a selection of coffee, teas, cocoa and hot cider. Old fashioned oatmeal pancakes with homemade applesauce, Hopi blue corn pancakes and eggs scrambled with herbs and cream cheese are favorite recipes that regularly appear on our menu.
Upstairs is our other living room, equipped with a TV, microwave and small refrigerators for you to use. This room has plenty of seating for up to 20 people and is available for small meetings, seminars and private parties. Wireless internet is available throughout the lodge.
At the end of the first floor hallway thereís a cozy and hot cedar lined European sauna. For Phoenix visitors a sauna often doesnít seem like an amenity but when the temperature drops to 50 degrees in the middle of a summer night you might find it quite comfortable and itís a definite must for relaxing after a cold winter day.
Our newly renovated gift shop is open for business both to our guests and the community. We have a beer and wine store license and sell a selection of moderately priced but boutique wines and a nice variety of craft beers. We also have locally made crafts, spa products, jewelry, logoed wine and beer glasses, wine gifts, t-shirts and Flagstaff souvenirs.
The Lodge is owned by Wendy White and Jaime Ballesteros. We live next door in our own house not in the Lodge itself. Wendy is the manager, chef, host, bookkeeper and lawyer of the Lodge. Jaime no longer is involved in day to day operations because he is also the full time, hands on owner of a general contracting business, Northern Design Services. He is the official maintenance man for the Lodge as well as the snow plow driver in the winter.
Wendy also has a law office in downtown Flagstaff and offers legal and business consulting services to other small business owners and start ups. Both of us are avid outdoors persons with a long history of participation in rock climbing, hiking, biking and skiing.