The place to visit while waiting out the storm
By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva
Domestic travel is on the rise as we wait out the coronavirus storm.
According to sources more people are taking to the road or hopping on short flights for vacations. People are pent up and need to get out but they don’t want to venture too far from home.
And one of the flavors of the New Year is Arizona where tourists sing praises of its natural beauty, climate and hospitality.
The photos to the left of Camelback Mountain and below of Lake Powel define the beauty and serenity of the state.
For starters there are no pre-travel COVID19 restrictions for visitors. That’s because of a low infection rate. Most businesses are operating and diversions are endless.
What to do and where to stay in Arizona
Stop at the Provisioner Wines & General Store on the Verde Valleny Wine trail in Old Town Cottonwood. Once a hub and lifeline for the pioneers settling the American Southwest, it offers wine tasting.
Grab a bite Grab a bite at FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel’s take-out and markets shop, Match Market and Bar (MMB)., An artisan market, restaurant and bar, the market offers grab-and-go items, pantry staples, and specialty gifts from local vendors. MMB serves breakfast, lunch and dinner for in-restaurant dining and take-out. The bar and lounge area features a sprawling patio with nightly happy hour and an extensive list of craft cocktails and wine.
There’s a new hotel
Bed down at the charming 79-room ARRIVE Phoenix. The boutique hotel spans two mid-century modern towers. Rooms come with king beds, custom vanities and wardrobes, concrete sinks, and mid-century-inspired fireplaces in some.
There’s even a record collection curated by local institution Stinkweeds for guests to cue up on their in-room record player. ARRIVE’s registration desk/popsicle stand, called The Pop Stand, offers hotel guests complimentary handcrafted paletas-style popsicles while completing their check-in process. The popsicle menu changes regularly. The refreshing treats are made from fresh fruit, luxurious cream or booze. You can sip strawberries con crema, chile mango, pink lemonade, and frozen margarita.
UNESCO World Heritage Site, Taliesin West, in Scottsdale offers a self-guided audio tour for a safe and interactive experience. The highlight of the audio tour is hearing Wright’s own spoken words firsthand through original audio recordings. Wright discusses his work and sources of inspiration at Taliesin West and across the United States.
Get your caffeine buzz on
For java-lovers there’s the Cartel Coffee Lab doling out baked goods and grab-and-go meals along with a variety of coffees.
Sip and sun
Lylo Swim Club, pronounced lie-low, is the hotel’s mid-century style poolside bar featuring craft cocktails such as rotating sorbet bellinis, fresh fruit Caipirinhas and favorites, like a rum-spiked version of the classic Dole Whip frozen pineapple drink.
There is also an all-day menu of light, Hawaiian-Japanese influenced bites, such as made-to-order musubi, stunning poke bowls and Japanese-style fried chicken.
Virtual Family fun
The activities allow families to refresh and reset, featuring quick, lighthearted projects. There are DIY games, interactive crafts, snack recipes and more.
Amara Resort and Spa in Sedona offers a Work From Here, Learn From Here. The program is inclusive ot the resort fee and provides a comfortable 740 square-foot space for a work station. The classroom-style seating sports whiteboards, a speakerphone, a printing station, school supplies and a screen or projector.
Guests also have access to an on-call executive assistant or teacher’s aide who can assist with day-to-day tasks like sending faxes, shipping assignments and setting up audio and video connections while on-site tutors. Nannies are also available for hire. Amara also works with locally-owned concierge service RemoteWell, to curate on and off-site experiences for guests looking to prioritize their health and wellness while working remotely. For aa few virtual tours from throughout the state, visit this website.
Rent a private villa in Scottsdale
Here’s a unique and safe idea. The Scottsdale Sanctuary Resort rents out eight impressive private mountainside villas. Each offers lots of space and special amenities. Guests get the use of the world famous Sanctuary Spa, game rooms, private pools and tennis courts.
COVID 19 and Arizona
As of this writing, there are no travel restrictions or COVID19 test requirements for visitors to Arizona. However some businesses are not operating so best to check before you go.
There are protocols in force at hotels and dining establishments that require social distances, limited capacity and in some cases the wearing of masks.