Goat Yoga & Glamping: Experience the Newest Travel Trends in Mesa, Arizona

Whether it's finding your zen with farm animals or glamping on a peach farm, try these unique activities next time you're in Mesa.

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 in the middle of Arizona. 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 east of Mesa, Arizona, 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. The plush trailers are decked out in mid-century décor matching the trailers original year of issue, with all the trailers offering air conditioning, plumbing and heat. Each trailer faces west toward the outlying San Tan Mountains to capture Arizona's idyllic and sought-after sunsets. This new brand of roughing it also includes individual barbecues and patio tables and chairs. The Fresh From the Farm bakery and café offers full, cooked-to-order breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as an assortment of baked goods for visitors. Guests can choose from Airstreams, Spartan Manor and Spartan Mansion, Silver Streak, a vintage Pullman Train and more. For more information and online reservations, www.SchnepfFarms.com.

Visitors to Mesa can also enjoy animal yoga, the therapy you didn't know you needed on vacation. Sarah Williams, owner from Mesa has paired up with a neighboring farm to combine two of her most loved activities – yoga and farm animals. Known best for their popular goat yoga classes, Sarah has expanded on her classes and now offers cow cuddling with Maisy, the Jersey dairy cow, and now guests can do the downward dog with alpacas, giant lizards and oversized bunnies – and the occasional hedgehog. During the guided yoga class, these gentle, sweet, and loving animals roam the fields and are placed by the instructor on guests that are in specific poses. Class attendees have described goat yoga as therapeutic and effective in relieving their daily stresses of life. According to Sarah, a 20-year yogi, Animal Yoga clears the mind and offers a chance to release endorphins from exercise and increase oxytocin with pet therapy. For more information, www.azgoatyoga.com.

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