Why Phoenix is the best spot for your next girls trip

I had always known the beauty of Arizona. From the stunning landscapes, the depths of the grand canyon, the colours of Horseshoe Bend, but I had always thought of Phoenix as a place where my parents would go for spa days and tee-off times. I was wrong. On a recent trip with some friends to Phoenix, I realized there is so much more to this city. Mixed in-between the desert sands and mountain range, is a bustling nightlife, craft breweries, and adventure that this is the perfect spot for your next girls weekend.

Sure, usually my ladies weekends are a trip away to Vegas or New Orleans. Yet in 48 hours with two close friends, we discovered all that Phoenix has to offer with the help of Visit Phoenix.

The stay

There are so many adorable boutique hotels in the heart of Phoenix, but during this trip we decided to stay a little outside of the hustle. We decided to check into Civana, located in the adorable town of Carefree and trust me the name says it all. This brand new wellness resort is a place of total R&R.

From the moment you walk inside the doors, you know this is a special place. Friendly staff, beautiful mountain views, and a stunning salt water pool surrounded by natural vegetation. It was truly beautiful.

The resort  believes in healing through movement. Civana offers complimentary daily programs including yoga, juice making classes, and local hiking, which I sure took full advantage of. It really has unique activities to fit whatever journey you are hoping for.

There are also plenty of other amenities on site that ensure a relaxing and rejuvenating stay. From their world class spa, to farm to table fine class dining this is spot is the perfect combination of luxury and wellness.

You can find out more about this beautiful resort on their website; https://www.civanacarefree.com/

 

What to do

trying to fit everything Phoenix has to offer into 48 hours was a whirlwind, but we honestly got to see and discover so many unique activities. Here are so of my top things to do with your girlfriends in Phoenix.

1) Enjoy some local brews

What I didn’t know about Phoenix is that it has over 50 craft breweries. We joined forced with Arizona Brewery Tours to discover some of the best spots in town to grab a cold one. What I loved about AZ Brew Tours, is they can organize private tours that fit your beer preferences, and they also provide a party bus from stop to stop.

The three stops we visited during the trip included the rustic “Beer Garage” at Helton Brewery, the open kitchen at Mother Brunch, and the funky North Mountain Brewery. I will have more on the specific breweries in an upcoming blog, but in the meantime you can find out more about Arizona Brewery Tours here;

2) Take a cactus selfie at the Gardens

Sure, Phoenix is filled with wonderful hiking trails, but where can you find and learn about all of the plants in one spot? the Desert Botanical Garden. They really create a world class experience through their exhibits, giving each guest the chance to discover and learn about the desert life. Have a chance to meet one of the gardeners and ask questions about the flowers and vegetation, get up close and personal with some flutter friends at the butterfly sanctuary, and take in the local art. This place is definitely a must see.

3) Tea time with a twist

Visit the Camby hotel for a modern twist on Tea Time, in what we like to call a Tipsy Tea Party. Sip on classic teas like English Breakfast or Earl Grey infused with spirt and sparkling wine. The teas were delicious and refreshing. The drinks are also served with some favourite tea time snacks and a surprise sweet treats to finish off the night. It is the perfect afternoon treat for you and your girlfriends.

4) Take to the Skies

Ever wanted to know what it feels like to fly? What Phoenix looks like from a birds point of view? For as long as I can remember a hot air balloon ride had been on top of my bucket list, and I had heard Phoenix was the perfect place to make that dream come true. We woke up bright and early and joined Hot Air Expeditions for an high flying adventure. The views of the desert, mountains, and lakes was spectacular. We landed our balloon in the middle of the desert and had breakfast, complete with mimosas to cap off an incredible day.

5) Relax and unwind at the spa

Alright, there are plenty of adventures in Phoenix, but it is important to find some time to relax and unwind also. Phoenix has some of the best spas in the world, why not take full advantage. We stayed local and got a spa service at Civana. I enjoyed an amazing double exfoliating facial. It was the perfect way to finish the trip.

I learned something new about Phoenix on this trip. That beyond the beautiful exterior landscapes, there is a whole city filled with life waiting to be explored. For outdoor lovers to cocktail connoisseurs, there is something for everyone I will definitely be planning plenty of girls trips here in the future.

Happy traveling my friends,

xo

Mia

Here are a few more snaps from Phoenix

48 Hours in Phoenix, Arizona: Vlog part 1

“great things never come from comfort zones”

April has been one of the busiest months of my life with work. Three home games for the Saskatchewan Rush, meant plenty of travel back and forth to Saskatoon. During our one bye week, all I wanted to do was sleep in my own bed until noon each day, but what would be the fun in that.

Instead an opportunity came up to hit the road yet again, but this time to Phoenix,  Arizona. What I knew about Phoenix was that it is desert terrain, it is hot, and it has great golf courses.

What I didn’t know about Phoenix was it has such a unique nightlife. It has an incredible craft brewery scene, a beautiful botanical garden, and is one of the best places in the world to fly a hot air balloon.

Guess what? On this trip I discovered it all. I will be sharing this trip with you through blogs and videos. My first vlog from the trip discovers the wellness resort, Civana Carefree that I had a chance to stay at, the beautiful hikes in the area, and a local brewery tour with Arizona Brewery Tours . 

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xo

Mia

Mia goes M.I.A. Sparkling Hill Resort and Spa

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This summer I had the amazing opportunity to drive across Canada, exploring five different provinces from Ontario to British Columbia. While each province had so much to offer, to explore, and to experience (which I will highlight in an upcoming blog) today I wanted to take a moment to talk about what was definitely my favourite part of the seven-day journey.

After five days on the road we finally reached B.C. and decided that after sitting in a car for hours on end, we decided to take two days off and relax and recharge at Sparkling Hill Resort and Spa in Vernon B.C.

Rolling up to the spa located on top of a hill I already knew that this was going to be a special stay. Even from the outside the spa was decorated in Swarovski crystals. The views from the perch overlooking the mountains on one side and Lake Okanagan on the other, there is only one way to describe it… Paradise.

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Inside, just as spectacular. Our giant room had its own European style bathtub, crystals surrounding the walls, a king size bed for a comfortable sleep, and incredible views of the rolling hills of the Okanagan Valley. I was in awe.

Yet what makes this spa truly unique is the amenities that it has to offer their guests, and amenities I took full advantage of. Sure there are the usual spa features like massages, but Sparkling Hill has so much more to offer. Like their amazing Sauna and Steam rooms.

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I spent two straight days rotating through all of the unique spa rooms. The Rose Steam Room smelled like fresh flowers and offered a romantic and calming vibe. The Salt Steam was a natural salt cave which helps cleanse and reduce stress. The Crystal Steam covered in Swarovski crystals helped to energize and uplift. The list of the amazing sauna rooms goes on. Each one its own unique theme and unique feel. Each one relaxing, uplifting, calming, and wonderful.

Aside from the sauna rooms, there was also the aqua relaxation area. I spent the early evenings of my stay in the heated infinity pool. It overlooked the lake and gave the perfect backdrop to watch the sun set behind the hills.

My favourite amenity was probably the Kneipp Water Therapy. Healing with water is an ancient body wellness therapy. What you do is walk through cold and warm water bodies. This causes blood vessels to expand and contract helping relax the nervous system and reduce swelling. Just what the doctor ordered after a long car drive.

It is hard to think that the views and spa can be topped, but the food at Sparkling Hill definitely deserves to be mentioned. Firstly, the resort offers a complimentary buffet style breakfast, making sure your bellies are full for the day’s activities. But what really excited me was the lunch and dinner options. We ate most of our meals at PeakFine, the on-site restaurant. PeakFine comes from the meaning peak-form. The restaurant draws their ingredients from local Okanagan farms and wines from local B.C. wineries. You could truly taste the freshness of the food in each bite.

After 48-hours at Sparkling Hill Resort we were rejuvenated and ready to continue our drive to Vancouver. I literally felt like a whole new person walking out of the resort on my last day. My aches and pains disappeared replaced with energy and excitement.

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This spa is a must visit for anyone who needs a quiet, relaxing, and re-energizing weekend away. I know that I will be back when life gets just a little too hectic to handle.