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How to warm up…

December 16, 2011

This time of year it takes me awhile to warm up.  I am perpetually cold.  But it isn’t just about the weather, it takes me some time to warm up to the holidays too.  I love this time of year, but I have a tendency to get caught up in the errands and to do lists.  I love the gatherings, family traditions, the familiar music , the smells of fresh trees, warm cookies, and crackling fireplaces.  I even love Aidan’s obsessive countdown of the days throughout the month.  But it isn’t until I can finally step away from the craziness, that I remember that December is quite enchanting.  It just takes me awhile.

I found that moment this year when Sean and I went to dinner at  Lon’s at Hermosa Inn.  Warm, quiet, and glowing like a Christmas tree, Lon’s can make you forget about all of the things that make you crazy this time of year, and let you just sit and enjoy what makes you happy this time of year.  Lon’s always reminds me what I love about Arizona.  This time it reminded me what I love about Christmas too.

Unlike the stores filled with over the top decorations, blaring music and unforgiving crowds, Lon’s is the opposite.  There is a quiet calm that greets you at the gate.  Just walking into their courtyard makes you breath a sigh of relief.  With the lit chimineas burning and the fresh garland with twinkling lights, I found myself warming up to the coming holiday.  How could I not?

With a table next to a fireplace, Sean and I settled in and just took in the room.  We got there early and watched as the tables filled one by one with families gathering, friends celebrating and couples holding hands.  We weren’t the only ones who had come to Lon’s to find a little respite and holiday cheer.  The menu was also a sight to behold, it was a bounty of wonderful selections.  Chef Jeremy Pacheco has outdone himself creating a host of dishes that highlight the best of what is in season.  Just like the restaurant and the property, Lon’s menu is dedicated to honoring what is local.  Everything about the meal was impeccable and their service is outstanding.  They made our evening out feel like a special occasion.  With a meal that included no less than house made burrata served with beets straight from the farm, a chocolate-pomegranate vinaigrette on our salad greens, parmesan papas with a truffle dipping sauce, Scottish salmon, Australian sea bass and a tiramisu that looked like an espresso confection, the meal became an occasion in of itself.

With each dish, I found myself relaxing and starting get excited for what was ahead of us this month.  Sean and I still talked about holiday plans and things still to do, but it was now with an anticipation for the moments that we love most.  If you need a little warming up right now, I would recommend a trip to Lon’s for their fireplaces, spectacular food, and a healthy serving of the holiday spirit.

LON’S at Hermosa Inn
5532 N. Palo Cristi Road
Paradise Valley, AZ
602.955.7878
www.hermosainn.com/lons

P.S.  We poked around after dinner and found these two private dining rooms.  As if I don’t have enough going on, I am now trying to think up reasons to throw a dinner party here.  Wouldn’t that be fun!

To read a little more about Lon’s and the wonderful history of the Hermosa Inn, here is a link to a post I wrote awhile ago.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Sheryl permalink
    December 23, 2011 2:40 pm

    Hey there:
    This isn’t a comment on Lon’s, though it looks like a wonderful evening. I wanted to let you know that I have been making homemade Apple Butter like crazy with all the wonderful apples I get from McClendon’s. It has been very well received. Just thought you’d like to know. Merry Christmas.

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