By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern
Need to get away, but not too far from home? No problem! Arizona has several great spots to relax. Find your new favorite place to vacation below!
Strawberry Inn – Strawberry, Arizona
I have friends who have stayed here and highly recommended this stay! As you can see from the website and Google Maps, this was an older inn that they completely overhauled and beautifully renovated a few years ago, as well as cabins close by that are perfect for big groups. This is a great spot for a family reunion, bachelor or bachelorette party, family getaway, or romantic getaway. It has lots of hiking and swimming spots nearby as well as ski resorts under two hours away to visit in the winter. It also has an on-site coffee counter called Windmill Coffee (you guessed it, it’s inside a windmill. How cute, right?). It is in a pretty rural area, so just be sure to check the news for any wildfires on the way or close to the inn, and how they may affect your drive up or your stay.
Sedona Summit Diamond Resort – Sedona, Arizona
I have stayed at this location before and loved it. It appears that they’ve renovated since I last stayed there. I enjoyed this spot because it has everything you need and more while you’re away from home: Wi-Fi, a full kitchen with all the appliances, dishes, pots and pans, kitchen table and seating, balconies, nice bathrooms, cable, and a DVD player (with DVD’s you can use in the lobby upon request). Slide Rock and other fun summer hiking and swimming spots are only a stone’s throw away.
The Joshua Tree House: The Posada – Tucson, Arizona
This location is a gorgeous, five suite inn that borders Saguaro National Park West. It was the top recommendation of my close friend who recently lived in Tucson for four years. It’s perfect for smaller family reunions or elopements. Amenities and attractions for this stay include “the pool, hot spring, labyrinth, on-site trails, wildlife, cactus garden, rooftop patios, [a full chef’s kitchen on site for all guests to use, as well as a charcoal grill on the property to cook outside] and starry night sky. Though, if you’re up for more adventures we’d definitely recommend heading to Saguaro National Park, the Desert Museum (also less than 10 mins away), and take a gorgeous drive through Gates Pass on the way to the city of Tucson itself. The city is filled with charming indie shops and amazing food”.
The Scott Resort and Spa – Scottsdale, Arizona
Scottsdale is well known around the country for being a high-end city, so you already know anything here is going to be somewhat expensive (Pro tip: rates are usually lower Sunday through Tuesdays). This stay is best kept at a few days at the most to avoid a big spend. But this location stood out to me because it creates an Old Havana atmosphere, giving you the feeling of a classy, tropical getaway. Dine and get drinks at the Canal Club, hold a conference for your company or a wedding in the ballrooms, get a relaxing massage at the spa, and more. It is a sister hotel to the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa, ensuring the same high quality experience.
Arizona Grand Resort and Spa – Phoenix, Arizona
Arizona Grand Resort is located in the heart of Phoenix. It has an abundance of amenities, perfect for any type of getaway – even business conferences and weddings! This hotel features a golf course, beautiful, homey rooms, a restaurant, spa, large ballrooms, and a waterslide park with a 25 person hot tub and kids area. This hotel is a little more expensive, but considering how many amenities are available, it’s well worth it for a fun-filled, full-on vacation or wedding.
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