Posted By Visit Mesa Team
January 04, 2023
Build the Perfect Wellness Itinerary in Mesa City Limitless®
Traveling has so many positive effects on both mood and stress levels. Make sure to take time for yourself this year! Visit Mesa recently hosted a wellness retreat in our destination. When you visit Mesa City Limitless®, you can model your trip after this retreat and partake in tons of fun and educational activities.
DAY 1 - Arrival
Check In at The DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix Mesa
Gently enveloped by desert terrain, The DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix/Mesa provides convenient accessibility to the many engaging activities in and around Mesa. The hotel provides all of the amenities that you might expect from DoubleTree – and then adds a generous dose of genuine, Southwestern hospitality. Relax in the luxury of the spacious guest rooms and suites. Distinctive amenities and services at this hotel include: 262 guest rooms and suites, a heated pool, a 24-hour fitness center, an adjacent nine-hole executive golf course, over 25,000 square feet of event space, a 24-hour business center, high-speed internet access in all rooms, wireless connectivity in public areas, an onsite restaurant The Resident, where they proudly brew Starbucks, and an atrium lounge.
Dinner at Postino East Wine Café
At Postino, guests can expect thirty-six unique, approachable wines; simple, delicious food prepared with local ingredients such as bruschetta, paninis, salads and soups; and a warm, friendly culture that brings people together. The 25,000 square foot building incorporates elements from their original location along with a versatile layout that includes an indoor-outdoor bar, wrap-around patio, and a green space for events. The indoor/outdoor seating allows for guests to choose their preferred way to unwind and enjoy the company of their fellow travelers.
"Meaning in Motion" Guided Hike up Wind Cave at Usery Mountain Regional Park (2 hours)
Usery Mountain Regional Park contains a large variety of plants and animals that call the lower Sonoran Desert home. Along the most popular feature of the park, the Wind Cave Trail, water seeps from the roof of the alcove to support hanging gardens of rock daisy. The Wind Cave is formed at the boundary between the volcanic tuff and granite of Pass Mountain. Breathtaking views from this 2,840-foot elevation are offered to all visitors. This hike allow guests a great opportunity to concentrate on their goals and intentions for the year, or simply the day, ahead.
Goat & Alpaca Yoga With Cow Cuddling (1 Hour)
Sarah Williams, owner of Mesa-based Desert Paddleboards has paired up with a neighboring farm to combine two of her most loved activities – yoga and goats. Whether you are in warrior pose, downward dog or simply meditating, these lovable goats help motivate and challenge you to be your best. During the guided yoga class, these gentle, sweet, and loving animals roam the fields and are placed by the instructor on guests (in specific poses). According to Sarah, a 20-year yogi, Goat Yoga clears the mind and offers a chance to release endorphins from exercise and increase oxytocin with pet therapy. But moooooo-ve over goats; the most zen of all the farm animals is Maisy the cow! Following the yoga class, Maisy sticks around for photo-ops and cow cuddling. It doesn’t get more ‘utterly’ fantastic!
Lunch at Worth Takeaway
Recharge and fuel your body after the Wind Cave Hike at Worth Takeaway. This inspired sandwich shop on Mesa’s Main Street is not your ordinary sit down stop. With a focus on hyper-local ingredients – every item on Worth’s menu tells a story. Foodies will appreciate several Arizona standouts including Provision Coffee, Danzeisen Dairy and Mesa’s own Proof Bread. Produce is sourced from Crooked Sky Farms, and be sure to end your meal with the goat’s milk buttery caramels from The Simple Farm.
Bee Education at Freeman Farms
Visit Mesa is sponsoring bee hives at a local farm as part of our way to support bee education and sustainability on our award-winning Fresh Foodie Trail – a linked collection of culinary experiences here in the Southwest. Visit Mesa is partnering with a Canadian company, Alvéole, and using their global platform and beekeeping services to cultivate an environmental experience for visitors — one in which encouraging love for bees will ultimately lead to ecological preservation. The honey bee is a surprisingly powerful vehicle for connecting people to nature. At Freeman Farms, Visit Mesa has two hives and uses the location as a setting for a series of bee workshops. This effort is a collaboration focused on sustainability and how we can all do our part to save urban bee colonies. Visitors can also enjoy the fun act of geocaching on the Fresh Foodie Trail® Geo Tour hosted by Geocaching.com with a new geocache on-site with Visit Mesa’s sponsored hives.
Eat Your Veggies: Health and Educational Seminar at True Garden
This 5,000-square-foot vertical urban farm is a center of education sharing knowledge on how to produce healthy and nutritious food using no soil. Visitors can enjoy their weekly farmer’s market, featuring living produce, or stop in for seminars and food-education programs about organic growing practices, nutrition and overall health and wellness. The solar-powered True Garden is a showcase for living food, grown with the absence of soil allowing foragers to keep the root intact for multiple harvests. Owner and compound pharmacist Troy Albright, PhD can grow up to an acre of fresh vegetables using 1/10 of the land and a fraction of the water.
Self Guided walking tour of Agritopia - Best Agrihood in the U.S.
Agritopia is a community on the edge of the rural/urban interface. It is an "urban farm" designed to flourish in the urban setting. New York Times named Agritopia the leading ‘agri-hood’ in the country in 2014. Here, the same-day harvest is sold at The Farm Stand, as well as the being served at Joe's Farm Grill and The Coffee Shop. All the produce grown on the farm is grown under the USDA organic protocol. Their family homestead - a ranch-style, slump block home – has been converted into a 60’s era mid-century modern diner, Joe’s Farm Grill (featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives). Barnone is a community for skilled craftsmen to make and sell their handcrafted goods. There, visitors will find twelve of Arizona's best makers, ranging from woodworkers to experimental winemakers, restaurateurs and more. When you explore Barnone, keep any eye out for these artisan businesses: Uprooted Kitchen (plant-based eatery), Fire & Brimstone (wood-fired cookery), 12 West Brewing (nano-brewery), Garage East (winery and experimentation in fermentation).
Arizona Wine Tasting & Dinner at Garage-East in Barnone at Agritopia
Barnone features 12 resident crafts men and women across a wide array of disciplines including Arizona winemakers Todd and Kelly Bostock and their micro winery Garage East. Enjoy a delicious dinner while wine tasting an assortment of locally sourced Arizona wines. This event is a great way to end a busy day and take care of you.
DAY 3 - Departure
Morning horseback ride at Saguaro Lake Ranch Stable
The guided trail rides at Saguaro Lake Ranch Stable are unlike any other Phoenix horseback riding trails you’ll find. Why? Because the picturesque location is truly like no other; unique trail attractions such as the imposing Bulldog Cliffs, and the majestic Salt River that winds through the property, are just steps away on horseback. Located at the beautiful historic 90 year old Saguaro Lake Guest Ranch, these trails take riders of all levels of experience on Saguaro cactus studded ridges, along the Salt River, into dry arroyos, and up creosote covered hills.
Olive Oil Tour & Tasting at Queen Creek Olive Mill
Just east of Mesa is the Queen Creek Olive Mill, Arizona’s only family-owned and operated working olive mill and farm. Here olives are grown and pressed to produce high quality extra virgin olive oil. Grown at the base of the San Tan Mountains, an area known for its fertile soil, this flood plain region is famous for its high-quality fruits and vegetables. The combination of long sunny days and cool desert nights provide the ideal growing conditions for the olive trees. After the tour, enjoy Tuscan-inspired eatery featuring fresh gourmet sandwiches, paninis, soups, salads, gelato and espresso. When the weather is ideal, guest can dine in the olive grove and enjoy the beautiful Arizona weather.
Check out more stops on the Fresh FoodieTrail® here.