For the best weekend getaway, look no further than right here in Arizona.
In the summer, Arizona brings the heat! Several adventures are less than a few hours away and can cool you down, keep you active and help you feel rejuvenated! Whether it’s a tranquil visit to an upscale spa, a hike to find a hidden treasure or an adventure in the crisp mountain air, Arizona has many options to keep your weekend getaways close to home this summer.
Orchard Canyon on Oak Creek
Orchard Canyon on Oak Creek is nestled in Sedona and is described as a place where time stands still and you can soak in the breathtaking landscape in peace.
The canyon walls house several Arizona-authentic cabins with only the sound of the creek to stir the senses. The hidden aspect of Orchard Canyon makes it exclusive, and the rare attention to detail is something each guest will appreciate.
Days can be spent visiting the onsite garden, Cider Press, orchards and hen house. At night, bask in the ambiance of the painted mountains while enjoying dinner made fresh from the day’s harvest.
The bungalows at Orchard Canyon make for the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city and allow guests to breathe in the fresh forest air while engaging in hiking, sightseeing, fine cuisine and plush accommodations.
8067 N. State Route 89A, Sedona, Arizona, 928.282.3343, EnjoyOrchardCanyon.com
Vibrant turquoise waterfalls mixed with brilliant green foliage provide a contrast to the red canyon walls. This is paradise — this is Havasupai Falls. This oasis in the desert lies on the southwest side of the Grand Canyon and is a 10-mile hike each way. Once there, you can indulge in the fresh streams of Mooney Falls, walk across unique plank bridges or simply wear water shoes and go thigh-high in the clear and refreshing water. Headlamps can be used to view the falls under the stars as well, making for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Annemarie Comes is an artist/photographer whose images of Havasupai Falls evoke emotion based on her up-close and personal experiences there.
“I focus mainly on the textures, colors and patterns of life,” Annemarie says.
Her specialty is capturing dynamic moments in her travels.
When looking for an active weekend away, 360 Adventures is a premier source for Arizona adventures. One of its most popular excursions is canyoneering.
“We have permits in four canyons that spill into Roosevelt Lake (Salome, Hog, First Water and Parker). We also conduct trips through Christopher Creek, which is east of Payson,” says owner Bruce Leadbetter.
360 Adventures has expertise in creating a personalized itinerary for your next canyoneering excursion. From rappelling into a pool where you swim through a silent slot to experiencing dry canyons, as well as some filled with rushing streams and cascading waterfalls, the canyoneering enthusiast will not be disappointed. At any given time, hiking, wading, swimming and scrambling through unique geological treasures can take place, allowing you to challenge yourself and fuel your excitement for later journeys.
“Travel isn’t a commodity; we take pride in helping create memories of a lifetime,” Bruce says.
The Spa at Camelback Inn
Nestled at the foot of Mummy Mountain and overlooking Camelback Mountain is the Spa at Camelback Inn. Once you enter, it is no wonder why it was named one of the Top 25 Hotel Spas in the U.S. and Canada by Travel & Leisure.
Indulgence takes center stage at the Spa, with its full-service appeal and Sonoran Desert surroundings. The wellness facility features a state-of-the-art fitness center, 32 treatment rooms, a private spa pool with scenic views and a full-service salon. The signature restaurant Sprouts serves healthful fare utilizing locally sourced ingredients from many of Arizona’s farmers and purveyors.
“The Spa at Camelback Inn truly embodies the spirit of the Southwest and has been a longtime favorite for locals. We’re conveniently located in the heart of Paradise Valley, which makes for an easy and relaxing summer escape,” says Spa Director Kelli Ziegler.
5402 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, Arizona, 480.596.7040, Marriott.com