Discover The Advantages Of Choosing Arizona For Your Next Vacation
Few other vacation experiences can compare to all that Arizona has to offer travelers. For example, the area has some of them most intriguing and inviting shopping found anywhere in the country. Travelers will find shopping to satisfy virtually every taste in beautiful Arizona. With literally hundreds of outdoor and indoor malls, the area is second to none when it comes to premier shopping.
Old-Fashioned Trading Posts
Clothing boutiques, antique stores, art galleries and gift shops as well as many other types of shopping venues are widely available throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area and across Arizona. Whether travelers are looking for an upscale retail shop or something chic and sleek, it can likely be found in Arizona. Those in search of something more unique to the area may find old-fashioned trading posts and a wide variety of bargain filled shopping outlets. With outdoor malls, indoor malls and strip malls, there is no shortage of shopping in Phoenix and other areas of Arizona.
From Oak Creek Canyon To Route 66
Another great advantage to choosing Arizona as the preferred vacation destination is that it offers many scenic roads and driving tours. From Oak Creek Canyon to Route 66 and even the Apache Trail Historic road, Arizona has something for everyone that enjoys exploring a state by car or motorcycle. From historic loops to byways and a host of other unique travel routes, Arizona is the leader when it comes to beautiful and scenic drives. From climbing steep cliffs to making hairpin turns along an historic highway, few other driving experiences compare.
A Virtual Unlimited Number Of Amazing Tours
Arizona with its wide-open space and its desert landscape is the perfect place to enjoy a scenic road trip. Enjoying the thrills of Arizona and seeing the state in a more up close and personal way is easy to achieve when visitors choose to take to the roads. There are a virtual unlimited number of amazing tours that are made available by businesses located throughout Phoenix around Arizona. Searching through dozens and dozens of tours, visitors can find the perfect road trip tour to suit their particular needs. Exploring Arizona in this unique and clever way typically results in a vacation that will not soon be forgotten. Contact Signature Vacation Rentals today to learn more about Phoenix furnished residential homes, villas and condos.
Exploring The Many Joys And Pleasures Of Visiting Arizona
Those that have visited Arizona in the past as well as those that have never visited Arizona before are discovering new and unique experiences that can be found in no other part of the country. For example, the area offers some of the finest golfing opportunities found anywhere in the world. With dozens and dozens of golf courses, Arizona has some of the most beautiful and perfectly manicured courses in the country.
Ideal Golf Vacation
The area boasts an extraordinary large number of resorts and spas that include world-class golf courses. With a total of more than 300 courses located throughout Arizona, there is a course that is perfect for even the most discerning golfer. Planning an ideal golf vacation is easy to do when choosing Arizona. There is a golfing vacation for virtually any budget when Arizona is on tap as the golf destination of choice. The courses are spectacular and diverse and offer a unique glimpse into the landscape and architecture that is only Arizona.
The Perfect Destination
From links style courses to desert type courses and even alpine fairways, there is a golfing experience for virtually any type of golfing style. Aside from golfing, those that enjoy heritage and history will find Arizona to be the perfect destination for exploring and learning. With a host of archaeological sites that are centuries old to old Western towns and even haunted hotels, Arizona has more to offer than most might expect. Imagine visiting a Victorian mansion or even visiting up close and personal the famed location of the gunfight at the ok corral.
Children Will Be Delighted With All That Arizona Makes Available
Those with small children will be happy to know that Arizona has a wide variety of family attractions. In many ways, Arizona is an outdoor amusement park where fun and adventure are virtually unlimited. From dude ranches to skate parks and water parks, children will be delighted with all that Arizona makes available. Equally impressive is the rafting, swimming and boating that can be enjoyed in beautiful Arizona. Many families choose to enjoy the beautiful and inviting children’s zoos and children’s museums that are a part of the Arizona landscape. Contact Signature Vacation Rentals today for the finest in Arizona furnished vacation rental properties that include condos, villas and private residential homes.
Prevent Heat Related Illness When Venturing Outdoors In Arizona
Few other experiences compare to enjoying the beautiful outdoors and lovely Arizona. However, there are some important precautions that should be considered as a way to avoid any type of heat related illness. For example, children, pets and infants should never be left in a parked vehicle when visiting Arizona. This is especially true during the summer months when temperatures can easily reach into the triple digits.
Another important aspect of avoiding heat related illness while in the desert is to always increase fluid intake. Regardless of the amount of activity that is being participated in it is essential to maintain increased levels of fluid intake especially when temperatures are above 100 degrees. Most importantly, travelers to Arizona should know that the thirst sensation is not always an accurate indicator of how much fluid the body requires. The best strategy is to always drink far more than the thirst sensation indicates.
Another important essential with regard to enduring high temperatures in the desert is to continue drinking fluid even after coming in from the hot outdoors. Those participating in strenuous activity should pay particular attention to this one important tip. This is because it is easy to get a heat hangover long after coming indoors from exposure to the high temperatures outdoors. To stay hydrated is perhaps one of the best ways to avoid heat exhaustion and illness due to excessive heat exposure. Headaches, fatigue and other telltale signs all indicate that dehydration is likely occurring. Play it safe and always stay well hydrated in the desert.
It is equally important to avoid drinking cold beverages or beverages that contain ice. This can easily cause stomach cramps and other related problems when venturing into the outdoors during the summer. Room temperature water is always the best option with regard to staying hydrated in the desert. Travelers should avoid alcohol, caffeine and beverages that contain large amounts of sugar. All of these liquids can cause dehydration. Those participating in exercise should avoid doing so during the hottest times of the day. Typically speaking, exercise should be avoided between the hours of 11 AM and 3 PM. This is the time when the sun is at its highest point in the sky and at the highest intensity. Contact Arizona Lodging Experts today for Phoenix furnished vacation rental properties.
Tips To Consider When Hiking Beautiful Arizona
Hiking has become an incredibly popular sport that people of all ages are enjoying across the country. Arizona offers one of the best platforms for getting the most out of any hiking experience. However, it is always good to consider a few important tips when hiking beautiful Arizona. For example, always plan ahead before beginning any hiking expedition. Always be conservative when planning a hike. Careful preparation, common sense and sensible self-reliance can go a long way in keeping everyone safe.
Avoid Overestimating Your Ability To Hike Safely
For example, it is important to never hike alone. Know in advance what your planned destination is and avoid overestimating your ability to hike safely. Keeping everyone safe when hiking is always a top priority. One smart strategy when planning a hike is to always plan it to be lightweight. The less a hiker carries the more enjoyable a hike will ultimately be in the long run. Without question, the two most important and heaviest items in a backpack should be water and food.
A Compass And A Map
Hiking boots should be broken-in and well fitting. Always choose lightweight hiking boots that are of the highest quality. Other important survival tools should include everything from a flashlight with an extra battery and extra bulb to sunscreen and a hat. Sunglasses are important when hiking in the desert Southwest. A compass and a map as well as a signal mirror and water purification tablets or some other type of water purification system is essential. Perhaps most important of all is to always stick to the main trail and never take shortcuts for back routes. This is the quickest way to get lost and end up in trouble.
Hiker should take frequent breaks each hour and should take the time to sit and relax as a way to eliminate metabolic waste that builds up while hiking. In addition, hikers should know their own normal capabilities with regard to endurance and stamina. Depending on the altitude, a climb can be strenuous and dehydration can easily set in. This is especially true during the summer months. Play it safe by drinking plenty of water and taking many breaks. At the end of the day, hiking beautiful Arizona can be an experience second to none. Always make safety a top priority. Contact Arizona Lodging Experts today for Arizona furnished vacation rental properties.
I am interrupting our fall special to talk about a new restaurant in Tucson that I have recently tried because it is amazingly good and the prices are super reasonable – something that is always a plus!
The establishment in question is called Baja Cafe. This little diner style place is tucked away inside of the Broadway Shopping Center, behind the Gaslight Theater. It occupies the space that used to be The Hummingbird Cafe, but this is not a remodel and a name change, the owners are entirely different, and the menu as well.
I found this place through my mom. Sometimes on Sundays we like to get together and grab breakfast or, if I’m being especially lazy that Sunday, lunch. Because after raising me all those years she still manages to enjoy my company she usually picks me up and we decide in the car on where we will be heading. Last week she asked me if I remembered ‘The Hummingbird’. I told her I did and I would be up for going there if she wanted. “Well,” she said, “there is a new restaurant there, actually, called ‘Baja Cafe’. I tried it once already and really liked it, so I want to take you.” I told her that sounded good and we headed over.
It sounded good, it tasted even better!
When we walked in there was a decent sized crowd and the place is a bit on the smaller side, but it was not overcrowded and it was only about two to three minutes before we were seated. The main dining area is directly ahead of the entrance and houses about eight booths and there is an additional dinning area to the right where you can find chair seating. One thing I noticed when we settled into our booth in the main area was the additional, shaded, patio seating in a rear courtyard. I am looking forward to sitting out there the next time I go, as the weather is absolutely perfect for outdoor dining right now!
As I looked around I really appreciated the decor. As I mentioned the place is a little smaller and the owners had made the right choice by keeping the walls a soft but cheerful hue of yellow that opened the place up and brightened it without making it too loud and overbearing. They had also chosen to keep the wall hangings to a minimum, with some tasteful photographs and a couple of kitschy and colorful signs that fit the Baja theme.
(Wall Art at Baja Cafe)
I had not been too lazy this particular Sunday and we were here for breakfast. The cafe has a very ample breakfast menu that is served all day.
The usual fair is there with offerings of eggs, bacon, sausage, etc. And you can also grab pancakes or french toast. They have a great selection of dishes that are all under $5.00 and they also have a specialties menu where you will find the Baja spin on your meal. Dishes like ‘Chilaquiles’ (Chil-a-key-as) and the ‘Baja Croissant’, which both feature distinctly southwestern flavors such as jalapenos, queso fresco, and green chilies.
I decided to have something off the under $5.00 menu because it sounded tasty and like it would be the perfect amount of food. I ordered the ‘Dust devil Scrambler’ which is a special in the sense that the veggies used are fresh and they change everyday. What it basically consists of is an egg scramble with the fresh veggies and meat and a side of hash browns and your choice of toast or an english muffin.
My mom and I visited while we waited for our food and our conversation blended in with the pleasant hum of our fellow Tucsonans having their own Sunday outing.
When the food arrived I was pretty surprised by the generous portions, I did not expect to get a huge breakfast for less than $5.00, but I did.
The plate was covered with an ample amount for sure!
The mix of the day for the ‘Dust devil’ included onions, bell peppers, diced ham, and sausage. The eggs were firm, yet fluffy and the veggies were sauteed perfectly, crispy, and not overcooked. The hash browns also had a nice golden crisp to them without being undercooked or too burnt.
Now, I happen to love green hot sauce on my hash browns, but I only saw red with the condiments on the table. When I asked the waitress about green hot sauce she let me know she would go check.
When she came back she apologized that they did not have any, but had brought me a side dish of a fresh made green hatch chili sauce that was a specialty of the chefs, who thought I may like this as well.
I did! This green chili sauce was amazing! You could tell it was definitely fresh and it had just the right amount of heat to it without being overly spicy.
I really appreciated the kitchen taking time to provide an alternative to my request rather than simply saying ‘we don’t have any’.
By the time I finished the meal I was certainly full and satisfied.
“So, what did you think?” my mom asked as we headed out.
I told her I really liked it a lot and she said that it was pretty much the only place she came for breakfast anymore. She also mentioned that she had tried it for lunch a few times and it had also been pretty good. At the time Baja Cafe was open daily from 6:00am to 2:00pm for breakfast and lunch and were just thinking about opening for dinner on the weekends. So, once they actually did open for dinner from 4:00pm to 8:30pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays it wasn’t long before my mom called to see if my husband and I wanted to join her for dinner there.
When we got there it was not crowded at all. The Baja Cafe had only been open for dinner for a couple of weekends, so I believe most folks did not realize it had extended it’s hours yet, because if they had, it would surely have been busy, judging by the second round of deliciousness I experienced on this visit.
We started out with an appetizer. The name of which escapes me, unfortunately, but it was basically a savory mix of chicken and vegetables inside of a light puff pastry and smothered in a spicy, mole type, red sauce. It was fantastic! It was also ample. It could have been ordered as an entree, and there was more than enough to share between the three of us.
For our entrees I ordered the Baja Burger, my husband, who is a vegetarian, orders the black bean burger, and my mom ordered enchiladas – Baja style. While we ate our appetizer and waited for these items to be served the chef and one of the owners (Gerard) came to say hello and ask if everything was tasting good. he was very warm and friendly and my husband did have a question about one of the menu items he had sen that included fried leeks. He was curious about them and how they were prepared. Gerard answered his question and even brought a small side dish of friend leeks for him to try. I really appreciate this kind of service and care when I am dining out. It was obvious by speaking with Gerard that he loves to cook and has a lot of passion for what he is doing.
When the entrees came I was again surprised by the large amount of food. My Baja burger was gigantic and packed with spicy goodness.
It is a crushed and seared beef patty that is cooked in adobo sauce and topped with jalapeno bacon, a green hatch chili, chipotle mayo and pepper jack cheese! Oh. my. goodness. It was again, just the right amount of heat, and very, very, southwestern in flavor.
My husband, who is notorious for being a very, shall we say, discerning diner, thought his black bean veggie burger was equally amazing, and even commented that it was probably the best veggie patty he had eaten at a restaurant, it was easy to see and taste that it had been made fresh and was not simply a cooked up frozen patty.
My mom’s enchiladas were drenched in a white cream sauce that was also spot on in its heat and spicy flavor.
Since we had already enjoyed the appetizer we all ended up taking a box home so we could enjoy the baja experience later.
We were glad we had skipped on desert, this time, but next time I will have to leave room because the kitchen makes all the deserts fresh and your server will inquire with you about it halfway through your meal because they need a little extra time to get everything in the oven for you…that’s right, whatever cookie, pie, or cake you may have a chance of trying it will be brought to you straight from the oven!!
The dinner menu was a little pricier than the breakfast menu, but not much, especially for the size of the meal, and the flavor, and the quality, and the service!
Baja Cafe is doing everything right! I hope Tucson welcomes them.
The owners have actually been in Tucson for a very long time and have done a lot of work with our community and community organizations. The Baja Cafe is a life-long dream of theirs and they seem to be doing well. They also share their success back with Tucson by continuing to support local artists, animal rescues, and family charities that are local with their business.
I know I will be going back regularly and I encourage you to give this great new restaurant a try as well, whether you have lived in Tucson for a while or if you are simply visiting, the Baja Cafe is an establishment that is really showcasing why Tucson is such a great place to be!
For more information about where to stay during your visit and the Baja Cafe click on the links below.
Tips For Avoiding The Dangers Of Hot Summer Weather In Arizona
Arizona is one of the most beautiful and inviting parts of the country, however during the hottest times of the summer it can be a risky area that can result in serious dehydration. The state is diverse and has many elevations, and as such has a wide variety of climates that can have varying effects on the human body. From high altitude sickness to extreme heat, Arizona has many unique challenges that must be considered.
Shady Or Cool Areas
During the summer, temperatures can easily reach into the triple digits. This means that visitor should take every precaution possible to avoid the dangers of becoming overheated or heat exhausted. One smart strategy for staying safe is to always wear sunscreen. A quality sunscreen product should be applied at least 30 minutes prior to venturing outdoors. Taking frequent rests in shady or cool areas allows the body temperature to cool and stabilize. This recovery stage is essential to enduring triple digit temperatures during the summer.
Lightweight Loose Fitting Clothing
Those that are not familiar with the hot desert climate should avoid exercising. Those that do exercise should do so gradually and slowly. Increasing the pace with regard to exercise over time is always the best strategy. In addition, wearing lightweight loose fitting clothing along with eye protection such as sunglasses and a wide brimmed hat is the best way to stay cool when exposed to intense temperatures outdoors. Keeping the head cool is one of the most essential parts of avoiding heat exhaustion.
Millions Of Visitors Each Year
Those venturing into the desert during the summer months should take additional precautions with regard to young children and infants. Children should be dressed cool and comfortably with loose fitting clothing. In addition children’s heads and faces should be well protected with an umbrella or a hat. Following these simple strategies can go a long way in keeping visitors safe when exploring the beautiful desert Southwest. With millions of visitors each year, Phoenix and the entire state of Arizona have much to offer as long as precautions are always taken with regard to temperature or elevation concerns. Follow these simple tips and tricks and always be safe in the desert. Contact Signature Vacation Rentals today for the best and Phoenix furnished vacation rental condos, villas and residential homes.
The Unique Benefits Of Visiting Arizona
Arizona is a unique destination that has much to offer to those visiting from across the country and from around the world. For example, with greater than 300 days of sunshine each and every year, Phoenix offers much to do in terms of outdoor activities. From South Mountain Park and preserve to hiking, rock climbing and biking, Arizona has an unlimited number of options for those that enjoy the outdoors. It is no surprise that the area draws close to 15 million visitors on annual basis.
With dozens of golf courses and endless resorts and day spas, the area is ideal for those who enjoy the finer things in life. In addition, other unique and inviting areas are all within a day’s drive. Sedona Arizona is one example. Sedona is known for its beautiful and captivating red rock formations. Biking, hiking, horseback riding, swimming and a wide range of other outdoors type activities are also routinely available in this beautiful and secluded part of Arizona. Even water slides are available at Slide Rock State Park.
Flagstaff is another beautiful area of Arizona that has one of the world’s largest ponderosa pine forests. The area also allows for easy access to the Grand Canyon where hiking and rafting the Colorado River are common. Even airplane tours and helicopter rides can be enjoyed when visiting beautiful Flagstaff. Just 80 miles from the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff receives a generous amount of snowfall each year. As such the area is considered to be one of the top destinations in Arizona for skiing.
Tucson is yet another beautiful part of Arizona that simply cannot be missed. Located in the southern part of the state, Tucson is home to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum as well as a host of other unique points of interest. In addition, the Tucson Botanical Gardens offers a rare opportunity for visitors to see well over 500 species of butterflies. Yuma Arizona is another intriguing part of the desert Southwest that offers much to visitors. Those who enjoy gaming can experience the pleasure of two unique Indian casinos that have been built in the area. Arizona is one of the most inviting and delightful parts of the United States and is well worth taking the time to explore. Contact Signature Vacation Rentals today for the best in Phoenix vacation rental properties.
Fun And Exciting Activities To Consider When Visiting Arizona
Perhaps one of the most delightful parts of the United States is Arizona. The state is well known for its ability to entertain even the most demanding travelers. With much to do indoors and outdoors, Arizona is a unique travel destination that is simply beyond compare. From a wide range of outdoor adventures including everything from hiking caves to horseback riding and hot air ballooning, Arizona has it all. Even fishing, hunting, camping, boating, water skiing and bicycling are all on tap for those that enjoy out door adventures.
Fine Dining That Is World-Renowned
Dining and nightlife are equally abundant in this beautiful part of the desert Southwest. From authentic Mexican cuisine to Native American food that is simply beyond compare, Arizona offers impressive dining options. Enjoy old-fashioned home style dining or exclusive fine dining that is world-renowned. The area hosts a large number of breweries and bars as well as establishments that offer dancing and nightlife. High-energy nightclubs and many types of music venues are available to those looking for an exciting evening on the town.
Bring A Level Of Relaxation To Travelers
The dining and nightlife experience expands to include everything from Arizona casinos to live music and comedy. Even Arizona vineyards, culinary events and breweries are all in the offering for those that wish to enjoy everything that this beautiful part of America provides. Another important aspect of the Arizona experience that cannot be overlooked is the benefits of enjoying some of the finest spas in the world. Available in many different price ranges and in many different levels of quality, spas offer unique treatments that can bring a level of relaxation to travelers that is beyond compare.
American Indian Culture
Feeling refreshed and rejuvenated can be as easy as visiting one of Arizona’s beautiful spa resorts. From scrubs and therapies to body wraps and acupuncture as well as tanning and a host of other unique spa related services, Arizona is beyond compare when it comes to the level of spa choices that visitors have. Another important aspect of the offerings found throughout Arizona is the opportunity to explore American Indian culture up close and personal. From museums to monuments and a host of other native culture points of interest, Arizona literally has it all in this regard. Contact Signature Vacation Rentals for Arizona furnished vacation properties today.
Exploring The Many Flavors Of Beautiful Arizona
Few other states in the union can compare to Arizona when it comes to diversity and beauty. Considering Arizona for your next vacation is a wise choice for those looking for a unique and invigorating vacation experience. For example, the area has some of the most unique art and culture found anywhere in the world. From inspiring architecture to art galleries and museums as well as concert venues and performing arts, Arizona has something for everyone that enjoys the arts and culture.
Native American Tribe Inspired Art
Virtually every corner of the state is rich in art and culture. From contemporary fine arts to exclusive art galleries and traditional crafts, there is something for everyone in Arizona. Native American tribe inspired art as well as eclectic art and modern art is widely available in many of the art galleries and art shops located across the state. Those visiting Scottsdale will be particularly pleased with the many unique and intriguing art galleries found in this wonderful and delightful area.
Arizona Is A Top Pick
From those looking to add to their art collection to those simply wishing to enjoy inspiring art, Arizona makes available a unique art experience that is second to none. The area is also known for an amazing diversity in sports. From spectator sports to sports that require participation, Arizona is a top pick for even the most discerning sports fans. Much of the rich sporting environment of Arizona is due to its year-round sunny skies. Phoenix hosts a wide variety of major league baseball, and NBA sporting events and activities. Even NASCAR and world golf championships are part of the landscape in Arizona.
The Topography Changes Substantially From The Lower Elevations
Finally, those that enjoy the beauty of nature will find much to offer in Arizona. From fauna to Flora and some of the most beautiful forests found anywhere in the world, Arizona has it all. The topography changes substantially from the lower elevations to the higher elevations making diversity a top benefit of choosing Arizona for a vacation. From gardens to arboretums and wildlife watching as well as bird watching, the possibilities are endless. There is little doubt that Arizona is a beautiful state with much to offer nature lovers. Contact Signature Vacation Rentals today to explore the options when it comes to Phoenix furnished vacation rental properties.
Why Choose Arizona For Your Next Vacation
There are many reasons to choose beautiful Arizona for your next vacation experience. The area offers a wide range of unique experiences that can only be enjoyed in this beautiful part of the world. From a range of outdoor adventures to exclusive dining and nightlife, Arizona has something for everyone. In addition, the area has some of the most exclusive and elegant spas found anywhere in the world.
Family Focused Activities
From unique American Indian culture to a host of history and heritage, Arizona is a place that is second to none. In addition, those who enjoy golfing will find that the area has some of the most beautiful and manicured golf courses in the entire world. With more than 300 golf courses those that enjoy the game will find Arizona to be an ideal destination. Families will particularly enjoy all that Arizona has to offer in terms of vacation options. From museums to zoos and a host of other family focused activities, Arizona has something for everyone.
A Wide Variety Of Arts And Cultural Events
Equally impressive is the amount of exclusive shopping offered throughout the area. The Phoenix metropolitan area has a wide variety of unique and special shopping that is only found in this wonderful area of the country. Other great activities that can be enjoyed in Arizona include driving tours and scenic road trips. Those wishing to see Arizona by car will discover unique and breathtaking views that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The area also hosts arts and cultural events that keep visitors coming back year after year.
Incredible Natural Beauty
Finally, sports enthusiasts will enjoy all that Arizona offers. With a number of professional sports teams those that enjoy spectator sports will be impressed with what Arizona delivers in terms of a sporting experience. In addition those that simply enjoy the great outdoors can partake in a wide variety of sports as well. All this combined with incredible natural beauty, amazing desert landscapes and beautiful mountain terrain makes Arizona one of the most versatile and diverse places in the world. Consider Arizona for your next vacation and experience all that this special place makes available to those that venture to the desert Southwest. Contact Arizona Lodging Experts today for furnished vacation rentals in Arizona that are affordable and impressive.