Road Trip! Summer Weekend Getaways

Summer is a good time to explore Arizona and adjacent states. Because there are fewer tourists in the summer, everything is less crowded; plus, there are nearby places where the temperature is actually below 110 degrees.

Road Trip! Summer Weekend Getaways
 

If you’ve lived in Arizona for any length of time, you’re probably already weary of taking out-of-town guests to the same in-demand locations: the Grand Canyon, Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, Meteor Crater, Jerome, Sedona, and Whisky Row in Prescott.

There are many other wonderful places that you may never have considered visiting, and we’ve compiled a short list of summer destinations for weekend getaways.

From Phoenix

If you find Las Vegas a little overwhelming, just a four-hour drive away on the Arizona/Nevada border, is Laughlin, Nevada. It’s smaller, closer, and on the beautiful Colorado River, where water taxis are the best means of transportation. If don’t want to spend all your time in casinos, you’ll find fishing, jet-skiing, kayaking, canoeing, and golfing on lush courses to keep you occupied.

Three hours west of Phoenix is Lake Havasu. If you have visions of out-of-control college students on spring break, that is so 1990s MTV. Today, Lake Havasu brags about its 400 miles of coastline and 60 miles of navigable waterways. While the spring breakers still show up in March and April, the rest of the year there’s cycling, fishing, golfing, hiking, off-roading, shopping, and dining. And, of course, Lake Havasu has the London Bridge, but no one’s sure why.

While the Grand Canyon gets all the glory, a six-hour drive will get you close to perhaps the most incredible landscape in the world—the Wave at Vermilion Cliffs National Monument—but you have to have a fair amount of luck to see it. Hikers are chosen by lottery, with only 20 permits given out per day, and you have to sign up four months in advance. Then, if you’re one of the lucky few, you’ll still need luck hiking there and back. It’s only about five miles round trip, but several people have become terminally lost, so you’ll need the right supplies, including a GPS. Still, the landscape may be worth the risk.

From Tucson

Tucson’s location in the southeast part of the state is ideal for visiting Mexico, New Mexico, and even Texas. Just four hours away is the city of El Paso, where visitors can tour local vineyards and visit historic sites, beautiful state parks, and lush golf courses. Visitors will also want to spend time enjoying the local Tex-Mex cuisine.

Also about four hours east of Tucson is beautiful Las Cruces, New Mexico. Las Cruces has a vibrant art scene, beautiful architecture, and nearly perfect weather. Stunning mountain views combine with desert landscapes, including the spectacular White Sands National Monument, the world’s largest gypsum dune field, located east of the city.

Of course, you live in the best state, so you may want to stay in Arizona. Just two hours east of Tucson is one of the state’s most overlooked areas, Chiricahua National Monument. The other-worldly landscape is not like anyplace else in America, with thousands of rock pillars, many topped with huge balancing boulders. While you would probably expect to pay a high price to see something so spectacular, admission to Chiricahua National Monument is always free.

There are 15 blazing hot weekends from Memorial Day to Labor Day, so start planning your getaway now, before the heat addles your brain.

No Time to Spring Clean? Then Spring Organize!

Last month, we gave you tips on spring cleaning, but you didn’t actually do any spring cleaning, did you? Who has the time? That’s why, this month, we’re providing an easier option. Instead of spring cleaning, just do some spring organizing—no scrubbing required.

Help the Planet for Earth Day

For the first Earth Day, in 1970, 20 million Americans took to the streets to raise awareness of environmental issues with such astonishing force that, by the end of 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Clean Air Act, and the Clean Water Act, all came into being, with the Endangered Species Act becoming law just three years later.

The Rite of Spring Cleaning

Spring is in the air, which means no more golfing, no more Netflix, because it’s time for spring cleaning. That may sound like a lot of work, but you can clean your Encantada home with minimal effort and probably won’t even have to buy cleaning products since, as anyone who has ever perused a cleaning website will attest, there are very few things on our planet that can’t be cleaned with either lemon juice, vinegar, or a combination of the two. If you do have to purchase a commercial product, most experts have two words of advice: Magic Eraser.

Stocking the Perfect Kitchen

Whether you cook for yourself, your family, or the occasional big dinner party, a pantry stocked with essentials is, well, essential. There are certain basic items everyone should keep on hand because they’re ingredients used in many recipes, relatively inexpensive, and have a long shelf life, including many refrigerated and frozen foods.

Home Workout Ideas

With the hectic lives we all so regularly lead, it can be difficult to find time to hit the gym or on-property fitness center during business hours. Maybe you’re just starting your fitness journey and prefer the comfort of your own home to build motivation. Whatever the case, working out at home is actually quite manageable and can still remain effective enough for you to see results.

Celebrating Valentine’s Day

It’s February, which means that Valentine’s Day is looming on the horizon. No matter what your relationship status, Valentine’s Day can bring a lot of pressure, and you want to get it right. Happily, whether you’re in Phoenix or Tucson, there are things you can do to impress your partner.

Personalizing Your Space

Thanks to sub-zero temperatures, much of the country is homebound in January. Being stuck indoors, it’s become an after-holiday tradition to redecorate the home in which the winter has made you a prisoner. While that’s not an issue in sunny, warm Arizona, January is still a good time to look at your living space, no matter how beautiful, and consider changing it up with a fresh look for the new year.

Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

It’s a new year and, like many people, you may be making resolutions for 2017. It’s human nature to view the year ahead as a clean slate; a time to accomplish all the things you didn’t get done last year. But resolutions made in January are often forgotten by Groundhog’s Day. So, this year, what can you do differently to ensure that, when December arrives, you’ll have kept your resolutions and accomplished your goals? There are several steps that can be taken to improve your chances of success.

Delicious Holiday Cocktails

Whether you’re having guests, or you’re spending the holiday alone, at some point you may want to imbibe in a festive holiday cocktail. What gives a beverage its holiday appeal? Cocktails crafted specifically for end-of-year celebrating usually have flavors of the season—like pumpkin, peppermint, cranberry, or apple pie—which, while unusual, are a delightful treat.