A Weekend Getaway to Mesa, Arizona
A Weekend Getaway to Mesa, Arizona
Santa Maria Airport now flies directly to Mesa, Arizona. Mesa is the third-largest city in Arizona and is a hotspot for families, foodies, and those interested in Native American history and culture.
Visit Mesa Grande Cultural Park
Around 2,000 years ago, the Native American’s, now known as the Hohokam, arrived in Mesa and made this area their home for over 1,500 years. The Hohokam people built hundreds of miles of intricate canals that are still in use today.
At Mesa Grande Cultural Park, you’ll take a glimpse into the past while gazing at ruins from 1100 – 1400 AD. Take your time learning about the last 100 years of preservation efforts and what Mesa Grande’s archeology group is doing in terms of current construction and excavation.
Take a Culinary Adventure Along the Fresh Foodie Trail
Mesa’s very own Fresh Foodie Trail is a self-guided agritourism adventure. Dine on homemade ice cream, heritage grains, olives, local wines, the best bbq in the state and so much more.
Get “knead-deep” in ancient grains with pasta, pretzel, and pizza-making classes at a century-old farm and flour mill, or take the first juicy bite of a ripe peach right off the tree at a fourth-generation family farm’s U-pick orchard.
The foodie trail offers hands-on learning along the way – it’s education-plus-experience that makes these stops on the ultimate foodie road trip memorable. Click here for more information.
Hiking, Biking, Horseback Riding & More at Usery Mountain Regional Park
Spend a day, night, or weekend at Usery Mountain Regional Park. There are 29 miles of trails that vary in length and difficulty. From less than half a mile to over 7, you’ll be surrounded by enchanting views no matter your skill level. The trails are available for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding unless otherwise stated. Maps can be found on the county parks website.
Make sure you check out Arizona’s only “Five Star” rated archery range. There are nearly 100 targets on 6 separate courses and tournaments are held regularly. For more information about the archery range contact: 480-984-0032.
The park also offers a campground with 73 individual sites. Each site can accommodate up to a 45′ RV. There are also hot water showers and restrooms available.
Glamping at Schnepf Farms The Cozy Peach
One of Arizona’s oldest farming families has a new way to experience country living offering overnight stays in a collection of spruced up vintage trailers. At Schnepf Farms, a fourth-generation family homestead, visitors can go glamping (camping in style) in their collection of original 1950s-era auto trailers.
The setting for this new overnight experience is a 300-acre organic peach farm that also offers a handful of paired farm activities including seasonal u-pick flowers and produce, bike rentals, farm animals, corn mazes, and other outdoor charms one would expect on a farm. Barbecues and patio tables and chairs are also provided. The Fresh From the Farm bakery and café offers a full, cooked-to-order breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as an assortment of baked goods for visitors. Click here for information on how to book.
Spend an Afternoon at the Natural History Museum.
The Arizona Natural History Museum is also located in Mesa and is a great place to spend an afternoon with kids, your partner, or solo! The museum’s dinosaur exhibit includes a three-story indoor waterfall and you can pan for gold at the recreation of the Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine.
Explore Saguaro Lake
Make sure you add a trip to Saguaro Lake to your Arizona bucket-list. Rent kayaks or paddleboards or alternatively, you can book a relaxing 80-minute narrated cruise of Saguaro Lake on the Desert Belle. You’ll spot wildlife such as Roadrunners, bald eagles, vultures, horned lizards, Gila monsters, and bighorn sheep, and gaze upon towering canyon walls and desert vistas.
The Desert Belle also offers weekly sunset wine cruises and live music cruises on the weekends. If you’re celebrating a special event, consider renting a private charter for up to 50 people.
Stroll Through the Rose Garden at Mesa Community College
Stop and smell the roses at Mesa Community College’s Rose Garden, designed by landscape architect LeRoy Brady. This desert oasis is the southwestern U.S’s largest rose garden and is free to the public. If you visit between April and May, you’ll experience nearly 8,000 colorful and fragrant rose bushes when they are in full bloom.