ETW #99 Luxury Road Trip Through the American Southwest

This week on the podcast we’re talking all about the amazing road trip I took through Arizona and New Mexico, hitting some incredible natural wonders and stunning luxury experiences along the way.

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Three years ago I drove the entirety of Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica. Even today I still consider it the best trip I’ve ever undertaken, and I find myself actually missing the experience. Perhaps that’s what fueled my desire to return to the American Southwest, at least in part. The real reason why I decided to go on the road trip we’re talking all about on this episode is that it was on that drive across country when I was first introduced to this remarkable part of the country and almost instantly I fell in love. Sadly on Route 66 I didn’t have the luxury of dawdling, so that was why I planned this first “real” trip since COVID. On the podcast we’re talking with a few people about the experiences I enjoyed and places I explored so please enjoy as we explore the high desert, incredible canyons and vibrant communities on this week’s episode.

This Week’s Guests

Jim Root

Jim is a passionate and often-quoted voice for Spa and Wellbeing as a personal lifestyle, a multi-billion-dollar international industry and a community of possibilities.

As the Enchantment Group Director of Wellbeing and General Manager of Mii amo, he stewards the concept and focus for the companies various spa offerings including The Tides Inn in Irvington, Virginia and in the Bahamas at The Cove Eleuthera as well as daily leadership of the company’s flag-ship and award winning Mii amo Destination Spa in Sedona, Arizona.

Mii amo has been consistently acknowledged for operational excellence and co-creating transformative experiences for guests since opening in 2001. Under Jim’s leadership, Mii amo has returned to the top of many “Best List’s” and Acknowledgments.

Jim is invested in Spa and Wellbeing as more than just a business or industry but as an integrated community of possibility and a personal lifestyle.

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Sam Langner

Sam Langner is the VIP Sales & Community Relations Manager for Grand Canyon Railway and has lived in Northern Arizona for over four years (three of which he spent at Grand Canyon National Park as property Graphic Designer). He currently serves as spokesperson for Xanterra Travel Collection’s Arizona-based properties (including Grand Canyon Railway, Grand Canyon South Rim, and The Grand Hotel in Tusayan). Sam additionally oversees Grand Canyon Railway’s exclusive Rail Baron Charter program.

Ed Pulsifer

Edward Pulsifer is the Director of Sales for La Fonda on the Plaza. A native New Mexican, Ed was born and raised in Albuquerque and has over thirty-five years of hospitality experience entirely in New Mexico.

By: Matt Long

Matt has a true passion for travel. As someone who has a bad case of the travel bug, Matt travels the world in order to share tips on where to go, what to see and how to experience the best the world has to offer.

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