Our annual Arizona trip:
every January to the High Noon show in Mesa, Arizona.
We have friends that sell here and we love to go and support them. This is the show that specializes in Western Americana. We've written about this the last few years and how inspired we get from this show. After spending a few days here, we were off to Tucson...
We stayed downtown at two different places--they both looked great and got nice reviews--we couldn't decide on one. The first one, the Hotel Congress, is a historic hotel built in 1919, it has lots of antiques mixed with current modern amenities. In the lobby of the hotel is a cafe with outdoor seating to enjoy the amazing wintery spring weather. From here, you can walk to the 4th street shops and eateries--and hit lots of vintage and thrift stores.
-How Sweet It Was Vintage
-We are really big pie fans, and found this great little restaurant, the B Line--and wow! Homemade pies to die for!
Our next stop was another spot we had seen in Sunset Magazine, the Clifton Hotel. It is so old school Mid-century fun. The rooms are decorated spot on, and in the lobby you can check out a turntable and vinyls to spin in your room! With each room comes a voucher for breakfast at a really nice place right up the street, great food choices and excellent coffee.
We had been given a tip on Insta to check out Bon Boutique. So glad we followed up, we loved it as well as the mother-daughter team who own it. I got that feeling of excitement when you feel right at home and want every single thing! These gals search New York shows to find the perfect lines for their shop. We talked and talked and found out they are from the Central Coast of California!
Since we had our friend Danny with us and we knew we could not drag him into one more store, we went on a really cool side trip to San Xavier del Bac Mission--he loves history--it was beautiful! Out in the parking lot, families from the nearby reservations were selling their fresh-made fry bread. Danny loved this! On our way back to town, we stopped at this really cool hub of shops, the Mercado San Agustin, a public market. Our eating suggestion is Seis Kitchen, and make sure you order something with the hand made corn tortillas!!
We are loving Arizona. In the last year, we have visited many cities and towns, and the love keeps growing, the sunsets, the history and the desert beauty. And, it's only 8 hours away from us on the Central Coast.