Celebrate Mom with a day in Arizona!
This month we celebrate our mothers. Why not take advantage of the lovely Arizona weather and all the amazing things there are to do with Mom. If you’re short on ideas, here are a few of our best!
TAKE TO THE SPA
A classic choice is to treat mom to a day of pampering. We’ve got some great suggestions when it comes to planning a luxurious spa day. Spa Lamar in Scottsdale offers massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and a full service hair salon as well as a yoga studio and sauna & steam room. If you’d like to relax among the red rocks, the Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa offers first class massage, esthetic services, and wellness & intuitive discoveries.
GO ON A SHOPPING SPREE
If the mom you’re celebrating (which could be yourself of course!) loves to shop till she drops, consider checking out a few shopping destinations off the beaten path. For instance, Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village in Sedona provides an ecclectic collection of artistic shops to endlessly browse. In Cave Creek, The Town Dump (despite it’s name) abounds with kitschy souvenirs and unusual tchotchkes, and is a delight for those who love flea market style shopping. In Scottsdale, check out the unique resale shopping boutique, High Society, which boasts brand name bargains and other upscale second hand finds. Complete with designer clothing and unique accessories, you’re sure to find a treasure.
MAKE MEMORIES IN A HOT AIR BALLOON
Give mom the opportunity to truly get away from it all with a sunrise flight above the Sonoran Desert. The unobstructed views are breathtaking, the flora and fauna below are stunning, and the feeling of flight is a one-of-a-kind experience. At Hot Air Expeditions, you’ll be treated to a gourmet breakfast in the desert and a ceremonial celebration upon landing — what an amazing way to make memories!
TEA FOR TWO
If antique tea rooms appeal, Carefree’s English Rose Tea Room is a special treat. Highlighted in our Taste of Carefree article that starts on page 32, this little bit of Britain boasts delightful macaroons and a cardboard cutout of the Queen Mum for a photo op. The Spicery in Our 1895 Home in Glendale is a charming restaurant set in multiple rooms of — you guessed it — an 1895 home. Tables are elegantly set in each room for you to enjoy high tea, including scones with lemon curd and chantilly cream, finger sandwiches, and bite-sized desserts (reservations are required).
GET SOMETHING SPARKLY
For mamas who love bling, why not plan a jewelry shopping spree? As unique as the mom in your life certainly is, there are enough distinctive Arizona jewelers to suit every taste. With a bold contemporary flair, the pieces at Cornelis Hollander are sure to be a fit for lovers of clean and modern design. Custom designs are also available for that special gift. Sami Fine Jewelry in Fountain Hills features an American Gem Collection of US mined gemstone designs — specifically amethyst, peridot and garnet from Arizona. If Native American and southwestern pieces are the style you desire, Gilbert Ortega Gallery is sure to please. With authentic turquoise and silver jewelry as well as an impressive array of Native American art, decor and furniture, there is much for mom to love. For those with classic taste in jewelry, the many designers carried by, and on staff at London Gold in Scottsdale will help you find the perfect statement piece.
TAKE A SCENIC BOAT TOUR
Cruising one of Arizona’s beautiful lakes on a sightseeing tour is a smooth way to appreciate mom. Try a 90-minute excursion aboard the Desert Belle for a fully narrated cruise on Saguaro Lake where you’ll learn about the exotic Arizona wildlife, towering canyon walls and dramatic desert vistas that surround you. Two bathrooms, a shipboard snackbar, and an air conditioned cabin add to your comfort. On Canyon Lake, the Dolly Steamboat cruises the secluded inner waterways to give passengers a unique look at Arizona wildlife and the surrounding scenery. Twilight dinner cruises allow for a sunset dinner with special ambiance.
BRING MOM TO A MUSEUM
Arizona’s museums offer a lovely outing for cultured mums. The internationally recognized Heard Museum is dedicated to the advancement of American Indian work and showcases the beauty and vitality of both traditional and contemporary art. Western Spirit: Scottsdale Museum of the West allows for exploration of the history, art, and rich cultural heritage of the west, including Hopi pottery masterworks and rare posters from western cinema. A Smihthsonian afilliate, Wickenburg’s Desert Caballeros Western Museum focuses on world class art and historical exhibitions that tell the story of the explorers, miners, cowboys and others who lived and worked in the American West. For music loving moms, the Musical Instrument Museum is a supreme opportunity that will absolutely provide a memorable museum experience. Rated among the top 20 museums of any genre, the MIM is the only museum in the world that specializes in global musical instruments.
SAVE THE DRAMA FOR YOUR MAMA
Performing arts buffs will enjoy a night of theatrical proportions at Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria with professional dinner showings of audience-favorite musicals like The Bridges of Madison County and Mary Poppins. Phoenix Theatre is the largest producing regional theatre in the Valley and offers over 400 performances on mutiple stages each year such as this spring’s productions of Godspell and Little Shop of Horrors.
SCHEDULE A FAMILY (OR MOMMY AND ME) PHOTO SESSION
What better way to prove your love to Mom than to give her the gift of preserving her family in the form of wonderful ‘family art’ for her home, her computer, everywhere! Find a local photographer and let Mom schedule a time and location that she loves. It will make her heart leap to know everyone is on board, ready to make those lasting memories!