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If you haven’t been to Tucson lately, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the new, local downtown scene. See what’s making Tucson a great urban destination.


Dream Manor Inn

This blog post is brought to you by Local First Arizona

If you have not yet explored the small town of Globe, Arizona, you need to start planning your weekend staycation right now. The quaint little town boasts a variety of fun activities, including hiking, biking, rafting, antiquing, golfing, and even a drive-in movie theater. While you’re planning your trip, make sure to book your room at the Dream Manor Inn.

Perched on a hill overlooking Globe embedded in the Arizona Sonoran Desert, the Dream Manor Inn is Globe’s premier lodging destination. The Inn, which sits on 27 beautiful and quiet desert acres, can accommodate whatever kind of stay you’re looking for. For a short stay, book a room in the main house for as low as $79 per night. For a longer stay (or a bigger group), guest houses and villas are available for $99-$200 per night, depending on what you’re looking for. Compared to luxury resort hotels you’ll find in the Valley, these prices cannot be beat! And the Inn hosts all sorts of splendid amenities, ranging from full bathrooms with jacuzzi tubs and flat screen televisions to full-size kitchens and private patios.

Additionally, the place is picturesque for grand events, such as weddings. The property can accommodate medium-sized gatherings, or over 250 people for outside events. If you want to have your wedding dreams come true in a beautiful dessert scene, the Dream Manor Inn provides many different packages and options to make sure that your day is truly special.

So when planning your next big getaway, think local and head over to spend some time in Globe, and stay with the Dream Manor Inn. Who knows, you may even end up like one of their guests that stayed with them for over two years! Be sure to act quickly, though, as the inn usually operates at 98% occupancy and is booked 6 months out! Get more information and plan your trip online.

For ideas on what to do and where to eat during your stay, check out our WeekendZona webisode about Globe.


Ghost Tours in Arizona

The Copper Queen Hotel in Bisbee is rumored to be haunted.

So many of Arizona’s towns hold stories of Old West legends, so it’s no surprise that with these stories and legends many have turned into haunted tales of days gone by. Here’s a roundup of where you can take a ghost tour in Arizona. Are you afraid of ghosts?


Old Bisbee Ghost Tour 

The Old Bisbee Ghost Tour is a fun way to explore Bisbee’s narrow streets and winding steps after dark. You’ll learn some of the spooky history of Bisbee and who knows, you may even meet someone from Bisbee’s past (we did).
The Old Bisbee Ghost Tour takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings at 7pm.

Ghost Hunt of Old Bisbee

This monthly tour explores haunted locations around town to try to figure out who is haunting Bisbee and why. You’ll use EMF detectors, K2 meters, IR cameras, and digital voice recorders to capture any hauntings.
Bisbee Hearse Tour http://hearsetour.com/schedule.html
Ride in a retrofitted hearse for a spooky tour of Bisbee’s haunted haunts. The ride concludes with a walking tour through Bisbee’s alleyways and winding steps.

The Old Bisbee Haunted Pub Crawl

Be spirited away on this haunted walking tour of Bisbee’s most spooky bars. Guests will enjoy a ‘spirit’ of their choice at each of the four locations. As you sip your drink your Ghost Host will recount the haunted tales of each bar.
The Old Bisbee Haunted Pub Crawl takes place the second and last Saturday of each month.

The Hearse Tour takes place every Friday and Sunday nights at 9pm.

Jerome, Cottonwood and Clarkdale

While visiting Northern Arizona, you will definitely want to include a ghost hunting adventure to Jerome. Because it was a ghost town of 45 inhabitants for many years, those seeking “spirits from the past” make Jerome a destination site to experience paranormal activities.

Choose from three different tours:

Spirits of Jerome Tour (Departs from Sedona)

On this five hour tour, your Spirit Guide will pick you up at your hotel, resort, or timeshare in one of our comfortable, climate-controlled vans. Your guide will narrate the rich history of the Verde Valley as you travel through Cottonwood and Clarkdale.

From there, you will ascend 1800’ up Mingus Mountain to Jerome as your guide relives legends and tales of several murders, suicides, tragic mining accidents and other acts of mayhem resulting in visits from ghosts, apparitions and spirits who linger in this eerily ghost town.

Once in Jerome your guide will supply you with EMF readers and lead you into numerous haunted buildings as well as taking you to sites where visitors from the past will make this a “chilling and thrilling” adventure you will long remember. Be sure to bring your digital cameras as you are apt to capture orbs, shadows and other surprising phenomenon as we stop in the old Jerome Cemetery at the bottom of the hill to investigate.

This tour includes a meal at The Haunted Mile High Inn & Grill or Grapes Restaurant.

Classic Haunted Tour (Departs from Sedona)

This tour includes all of the above, except for dinner. This tour is four hours.

Just Jerome Haunted Tour

On this two hour tour, your other-world experienced guide will meet you at the New State Motor Company, one of Jerome’s most haunted and historic buildings. You will be given EMF readers and flashlights to take with you into haunted buildings and take you to sites that were formerly the scene of several acts of murder, suicide, mining accidents and other acts of mayhem.

Be sure to bring your digital cameras as you are very apt to capture orbs, shadows, apparitions and other surprising paranormal phenomenon.


Phoenix Ghost Tours

Take a walk through downtown Phoenix and learn about the history, the death and mayhem that happened in Phoenix’s early years. You’ll also get a peek into the paranormal activities that many have claimed to experience.


Haunted History Tour

Walk the streets of Tombstone where the legends of the Old West used to walk, or do they still? You’ll also help investigate the O.K. Corral.

The Haunted History Tour takes place every Friday and Saturday night at 8:00pm.


Tucson Ghost Tour

Explore downtown Tucson after dark on a walking tour, sure to put shivers down your spine. Your Ghost Host will lead you on this walking tour through Tucson’s streets while telling you the ghostly stories of the most haunted buildings in town.

The Tucson Ghost Tour takes place Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:00pm.


Join Us: Cottonwood Getaway with WeekendZona

Join the WeekendZona team and Local First Arizona founder Kimber Lanning on a special overnight tour of Old Town Cottonwood on Monday, October 22nd! Limited to ten people, this tour will guide you to some of the amazing spots that Local First loves in Cottonwood. The tour begins with check-in at the Tavern Hotel, which includes a Welcome Drink at the adjoining Tavern Grille. Following check-in, the group will enjoy wine tastings at Pillsbury Wine Company, Burning Tree Cellars and The Wine Cellar in Old Town Cottonwood, all walking distance from the Tavern Hotel & Grille. Dinner will be across the street at Nic’s Italian Steak & Crab Restaurant followed by live music at Crema Café and breakfast Tuesday at Crema Café.

“Arizonan’s spend billions every year vacationing in California and we here at Local First Arizona believe vacationing IN Arizona is a more rewarding experience and it also keeps more money in the state’s economy. And if you haven’t been to Cottonwood lately, you don’t know what you’re missing.” says Lanning.

The cost to attend is $149 single / $199 double plus tax. Since space is limited & the price is so low, a lottery for reservations was created. Sign up for the Haunted Group VIP eClub newsletter to join the lottery. You will be contacted October 9th if your name has been selected to join the tour. Payment will then be made to the Tavern Hotel by credit card. One lucky lottery entrant will WIN this trip – winner will be notified October 9. For information on the tour and to sign up for the lottery and chance to win a FREE Trip visit www.thehauntedgroup.com

Join us for a very fun time in Cottonwood!

About the participating business:

Make sure to stop by Nic’s for an exciting bite!
Eric & Michelle Jurrisin own the Tavern Hotel, the Tavern Grille and Nic’s, plus Grapes Restaurant and the Haunted Hamburger just up the hill in Jerome. Michelle is an amazing hands-on chef who works side-by-side with the staff in all of their kitchens and she has created a very special four course menu exclusively for the tour. The Haunted Hamburger was their first business in the Verde Valley, but the Haunted Group has grown to include four restaurants and one hotel with no signs of slowing down.

Crema Café is owned by Leta Hollon and Kelley Foy. The Café specializes in homemade gelato and sorbets as well as delicious breakfast and lunch items and coffees. They also host live music and fun events in their outdoor courtyard.

Pillsbury Wine Company is owned by Sam Pillsbury, who traded in movie making for wine making. Pillsbury’s wines are made completely with grapes from Southern Arizona and have received nationwide praise and awards.

Burning Tree Cellars specializes in small batch, meticulously maintained, boutique wines utilizing the finest available fruit sources, quality oak, and patience.

The Wine Cellar’s wine experts are happy to educate guests about wine and demonstrate wine tasting techniques. They feature Dionysian Cellars whose winemaker Darin Evans strives to create ultra-premium wines with respect to each wines unique personality.

About Cottonwood:

Cottonwood’s history includes Native American settlements, mining, farming, bootlegging and mercantile trades. Today is it known for outdoor recreation areas including Dead Horse State Park and the Verde River, scenic railroad tours with the Verde Canyon Railroad, close proximity to Arizona wine country and its year round temperate climate. Cottonwood’s Main Street includes many unique locally owned businesses including wine tasting rooms, vintage stores, home accessory shops, bars, restaurants and cafes.



Beeline Café – Best French Toast Ever.

I had quite possibly the best (and definitely the most sinful) breakfast ever in Payson at the Beeline Cafe - I give you cinnamon bun french toast (with bacon, of course).

When I first sat down to write this post about the Beeline Café in Payson, it went something like this, “Cinnamon bun French toast. Enough said.”

With the accompanying photo, I was sure that the one sentence with a photo was enough, but I suppose someplace as charming and with such delicious food as the Beeline Café, it warranted a little more than that, so here it goes.

When driving through most of Arizona, it can be a challenge to find somewhere that’s not a chain and that has delicious food. At least on the surface it can be hard, but hopefully with our blog posts about local Arizona, we can alleviate that burden (because to me, not being able to find good, local food is in fact a burden).

We had the unfortunate experience of having a few bad meals on a recent road trip (it was out of our control really, long story) so by the time we were heading home and passing through Payson I was hungry, make that really hungry, for a good meal. I had done some research and was told that the Beeline Café was a great place to eat in Payson for delicious comfort food, especially my favorite meal of the day, breakfast.

If you love French toast, this is your Mecca.

It was early afternoon by the time we pulled into the parking lot at the Beeline Café. The Beeline Café is your typical diner style restaurant. They serve the basics, the coffee is strong, the service is fast. When we walked inside, the place was packed and we were told it would be about a 10 minute wait. No biggie, I would use that time to pick what I wanted and I had noticed it looked like they were keeping the tables moving quickly. I opened the menu and saw it, “cinnamon bun French toast.” Enough said. End post. Just kidding.

When we were seated, we both already knew what we wanted and as suspected, our food came out quickly. The moment was here. I will remember this first bite forever, yes it was that good. Healthy? Absolutely not. Sinful? Yep. Delicious? You betcha. Perfectly crispy on the outside, warm almost custard like on the inside. This was the best French toast I have ever had. So good in fact I almost forgot about the bacon that came with it, and really, who forgets about bacon? No one. Ever.

So yeah, next time you are in Payson, or passing through Payson, or just want some really fantastic French toast, stop at the Beeline Café and order the cinnamon bun French toast. Enough said.

The Beeline Café is located at 815 S. Beeline Highway in Payson, Arizona.


#WeekendZona Wednesday

Happy #WeekendZona Wednesday! If you’re on Twitter or Instagram, we’d like to invite you to use the hashtag #WeekendZona to share your photos with us and our followers of your travels around Arizona. Sound fun? Every Wednesday, we’ll post a photo here and on Twitter for #WeekendZona Wednesday and we’ll always use the hashtag #WeekendZona on Instagram. Who knows? Maybe we’ll even feature your #WeekendZona photo here on our blog!

The London Bridge in Lake Havasu City #WeekendZona Wednesday


WeekendZona Webisode – Globe/Miami

You’ve probably driven through the Globe/Miami area on your way up to the White Mountains, maybe even stopped for gas or quick bite to eat, but Globe and Miami are worth more than a quick stop. The area is rich with Old West history, Mexican food and a great place to pick up a little piece of days gone by.

Featured in this webisode:

- Globe Historic District
- Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park (1324 S. Jesse Hayes Road, Globe)
- Cobre Valley Center for the Arts (101 N. Broad Street, Globe)
- Gila County Historical Museum (1330 North Broadstreet, Globe)
- Round Mountain (located at the end of South Street from Highway 60) 
-Sullivan Street (Between Miami and Inspiration Avenues, Miami)
- Copper Miners’ Rest (198 N. Chisholm Avenue, Miami)
- Chrysocolla Inn (246 East Oak Street, Globe)
- Noftsger Hill Inn (425 North Street, Globe)
- Chalo’s Casa Reynoso (902 East Ash Street, Globe)
- Joe’s Broad Street Grill (247 South Broad Street, Globe)
- Libby’s El Rey Café (999 North Broad Street, Globe)
- Vide E Caffe (157 West Cedar, Globe)
- Hill Street Mall (383 South Street, Globe)
- Joshua’s Treehouse (517 Sullivan Street, Miami)
- Miami Rose Trading Company (401 Sullivan Street, Miami)
- Pickle Barrel Trading Post (404 South Broad Street, Globe)
- Shirley’s Gifts (286 North Broad Street, Globe)
- Simply Sarah (386 North Broad Street, Globe)
- Soda Pop’s (505 Sullivan Street, Miami)
- Sullivan Street Antiques (407 Sullivan Street, Miami)
- White Porch Gifts & Antiques (101 North Broad Street, Globe)


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#WeekendZona Wednesday

Happy #WeekendZona Wednesday! If you’re on Twitter or Instagram, we’d like to invite you to use the hashtag #WeekendZona to share your photos with us and our followers of your travels around Arizona. Sound fun? Every Wednesday, we’ll post a photo here and on Twitter for #WeekendZona Wednesday and we’ll always use the hashtag #WeekendZona on Instagram. Who knows? Maybe we’ll even feature your #WeekendZona photo here on our blog!

Colorful art is everywhere in Bisbee. Even on cars. #WeekendZona Wednesday


Pillsbury Wine Tasting Room

The Pillsbury Wine Tasting Room - where they quickly knew our names...is that a bad thing?

When I started thinking about writing this blog post about the Pillsbury Wine Tasting Room, the theme from Cheers kept playing in my head.

Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got.

Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot.

Wouldn’t you like to get away?

The Pillsbury Wine Tasting Room is located on Main Street in Old Town Cottonwood, across the street from another popular Arizona winery’s tasting room, Arizona Stronghold. We’ve been to tasting rooms in California, Oregon and Washington and can say with confidence that Old Town Cottonwood is likely similar to these popular wine towns when they first started out.

Sometimes you want to go

Where everybody knows your name,

and they’re always glad you came.

Take your time to sip your wine. Chat with fellow tasters and the gals behind the bar. Who knows? Sam Pillsbury might even stop by.

When you walk into the Pillsbury Wine Tasting Room, you feel like you’ve walked into the living room of a friend that loves wine. The tasting room has one bar where you can taste a variety of Pillsbury wines or you can sit in any of the comfy couches or chairs spread out inside the space.

The thing that stands out most in my memory of the Pillsbury Wine Tasting Room is how friendly everyone was when we walked in. The gals behind the bar are a hoot (yes, I just said ‘hoot’) and are happy to recommend which variety of wine you might like to taste. In fact, one of the gals asked me if I liked chocolate as I sipped on a glass of Pillsbury’s Roan Red.

“Um, yeah!” I said.

She told me that she had recently discovered that heaven- in-a-bite was to combine a Chocofin Chocolatier Black Currant Marzipan Chocolate with a sip of  Pillsbury’s Roan Red. I decided that it would be a shame not to find out what heaven-in-a-bite tastes like and tried it.


I have no words to describe how good this was, so my previous description of heaven-in- a-bite will have to suffice. Just take my advice and try it.

You wanna be where you can see,

our troubles are all the same

You wanna be where everybody knows

Your name.

During our visit to the Pillsbury Wine Tasting Room we were lucky to meet and chat with the man, himself, Sam Pillsbury, and his lovely wife. They couldn’t have been nicer. I felt really special to meet the winemaker himself. How often can you do that? Take that, Napa!

Our awesome cheese plate from Bonne Lait

After we decided on a bottle of Roan Red, we sat down to enjoy our wine and the live band that was playing that night. Earlier in the day we had met Bridget, the owner of Bonne Lait,  so we called down to her shop to order a cheese plate to be delivered to us to enjoy with our bottle of wine. She asked us a few questions about the wine we were drinking, what kinds of cheeses we liked and about 10 minutes (or less) later she delivered a beautiful plate of amazing cheese. Bridget took the time to explain each one, where it came from, flavor notes etc. and why those particular cheeses were best with the wine we were drinking. Check that out – a cheese lesson, cheese perfectly paired with our wine, all hand delivered to us at the Pillsbury Tasting Room from Bonne Lait down the street.

We had found our very own Cheers in Old Town Cottonwood.

You wanna go where people know,

people are all the same,

You wanna go where everybody knows

your name.

The Pillsbury Tasting Room is located at 1012 North Main Street in Old Town Cottonwood


#WeekendZona Wednesday

Happy #WeekendZona Wednesday! If you’re on Twitter or Instagram, we’d like to invite you to use the hashtag #WeekendZona to share your photos with us and our followers of your travels around Arizona. Sound fun? Every Wednesday, we’ll post a photo here and on Twitter for #WeekendZona Wednesday and we’ll always use the hashtag #WeekendZona on Instagram. Who knows? Maybe we’ll even feature your #WeekendZona photo here on our blog!

Chilaquiles from MartAnne's in Flagstaff #WeekendZona Wednesday


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