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Friday, February 3, 2017 6:00 AM by Visit Mesa Team

Blossom Into Spring

Fun fact : In Chinese culture peach blossoms are considered good luck and they symbolize a state of intense love.   Before peaches begin to grow on trees their pink and white blossoms adorn the branches—and that’s why the Peach Blossom Celebration was created! Schnepf Farms started the Peach Blossom Celebration so that visitors could enjoy the beauty of their farm while hundreds of their trees are in bloom.   The Celebration begins February 4, 2017 and lasts until February 26. Admission into the Celebration is $3 per person.   What to do : Enjoy a $5 guided hayrides

What are you waiting for? It’s T-minus 100 days until Memorial Weekend. With so many Americans leaving behind their hard-earned vacation days (658 million each year to be exact!), Visit Mesa is asking you to grab the suitcase, get your tickets and head out on a vacation of a lifetime! Not sure where to go??? Why not Mesa, Arizona . If the thought of exploring a new destination isn’t already getting you excited to start planning, know this - studies show that taking time off is associated with higher productivity, increased happiness, improved mental and physical health, and better

Monday, January 30, 2017 6:00 AM by Visit Mesa Team

Orange You Glad It’s Citrus Season

It is citrus season in Mesa, so ‘squeeze’ the day and enjoy fresh oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and limes right off the tree!   Arizona has deep roots in the citrus industry when explorers brought the curious fruit with them to the “new world”. For Mesa, farmers began planting citrus crops in the late 1800s as Arizona’s climate was admired for its minimal frost, low humidity and of course – sunshine.    You can still experience the joys of the harvest at the Orange Patch, one of Mesa’s original citrus growers. This stop on the Fresh

Friday, January 27, 2017 6:00 AM by Visit Mesa Team

Make Your Spring Training Trip a Home Run!

Spring Training is just around the corner and now is the time to start planning so you don’t strike out on tickets, hotel stays and more. Whether you are cheering on the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, or rooting for the Oakland A’s you’ll want to stay and play in Mesa for your Cactus League Spring Training trip. Tickets are already selling out quickly for games, so purchase yours now to land an action-packed seat right behind home plate or a spot on the lawn to sprawl out on a blanket. Visit here for Cubs tickets and here for A’s tickets. WHERE TO STAY:

Monday, January 23, 2017 4:00 PM by Visit Mesa Team

Taco 'bout a Delicious Taco Tuesday

It’s everybody’s favorite weekday…Taco Tuesday! If you are wanting to live like a local, you will want to eat like a local—there is no better way to truly immerse yourself in a new culture than by trying its food.   Here are some of our favorite places to satisfy our taco needs:   Matta’s Grill + Cantina   Located in the Mesa Riverview shopping center, Mesa families have grown up with the tradition of going to Matta’s Grill and Cantina to enjoy authentic Tex-Mex style cuisine for over 60 years. They have daily Fiesta Hour specials from 3 pm

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 10:00 AM by Visit Mesa Team

17 Reasons to Visit Mesa in '17

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to travel and explore more? Check out these reasons why Mesa should be on your list of destinations in 2017.   1. Fresh Foodie Trail® In Mesa, our bountiful harvest is one that we proudly share with our visitors all year long. Here, fresh experiences and a treasured heritage of family farms and long-standing festivals make for lasting memories. Hop on our Fresh Foodie Trail ® and learn about the process of making extra virgin olive oil with Queen Creek Olive Mill’s Olive Oil 101 Tour, or take a peek at the 5,000-square-foot vertical

Tuesday, December 6, 2016 6:00 AM by Visit Mesa Team

Beer Me!

Craft beer continues to grow in popularity, so much so that travelers will seek out a local brew while visiting new destinations. If you are exploring Mesa, you will want to make a stop and quench your thirst at these breweries.   Desert Eagle Brewing Company In the heart of Downtown Mesa, Desert Eagle Brewing Company was one of the city’s first owned and operated micro-breweries. IPA’s are all the rage these days, however you can find many more options on tap here. Enjoy a Dunkel, Wheat, Porter, and more while relaxing to live music or partaking in their open mic nights.

Friday, December 2, 2016 6:00 AM by Visit Mesa Team

Mesa's Gift Giving Guide

  The holidays are right around the corner. Don’t wait until the last minute to do your shopping. We’ve gathered gift ideas for all of the interests and hobbies your friends and family may have.   For the Beer Buff Make it a Hoppy Holidays for your beer-loving friend with a tour by Arizona Brewery Tours . They will enjoy flights, food, transportation, and more on their all-inclusive tour.         For the Adrenaline Junkie Give the gift of speed with a race around the track at Octane Raceway . Feel the rush at the only full time indoor/outdoor

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 6:00 AM by Visit Mesa Team

Merry Main Street

The turkey has been carved, radio stations have begun to play holiday music, and homes are illuminating with lights. The holiday season is officially here and what better way to celebrate than with Merry Main Street in Downtown Mesa! There will be entertainment for all ages throughout December, so bring the entire family and make your way down Main Street for all of these festive stops.   Winter Wonderland Ice Rink Outdoor ice skating in the desert – yes it is possible! This 5,000 square foot ice rink is an attraction you do not want to miss. Whether you are showing off some

Monday, November 21, 2016 12:00 PM by Visit Mesa Team

Sustainable Tourism in Mesa

  Mesa is the third largest city in Arizona and continues to grow in size. The area is attracting leaders in technology, health care, aerospace, education, and not to mention a large number of visitors.   There is a limitless array of things to see and do in Mesa, from the cultural to the recreational, the active to the passive and the Old West to the New West. The relationship of tourism and the environment is complex and involves activities that can leave a lasting effect. As a tourist destination, we are visited by more than 2.4 million visitors annually. Therefore, we are