Local Getaways

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Here is the list of few Local Getaways:

Arcosanti

It began as the vision of Italian architect Paolo Soleri, who saw a city of thousands living in a dense, self-sufficient and eco-friendly community. Thirty-nine years later, the concrete arches and rooms of Arcosanti are more a desert peculiarity, home to dozens of hardworking souls still dedicated to Soleri’s vision. The construction slowly continues, but Arcosanti is known more for events, workshops and guided tours than for being a community of tomorrow. Arcosanti, Cordes Junction, Exit 262 off Interstate 17 (about 65 miles north of Phoenix). Tours offered hourly 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (no tour at noon). $10 donation suggested for tour. 928-632-7135, www.arcosanti.org.

Garland’s Oak Creek Lodge

Few places join Arizona rustic with Sedona chic like Garland’s Oak Creek Lodge. The inn sits atop gurgling Oak Creek with walls of red rock rising above. A retreat can mean a morning hike and an afternoon massage, or fishing at dawn and yoga after lunch. Stroll the organic applGarlandsOakCreekLodgee orchards, and if it’s fall, you can watch the workers making cider. Cabins start at about $235 a night and include full breakfast and four-course dinner. And the food! Longtime chef Amanda Stine has created a mecca for seasonal Arizona flavors. On her menu: Oak Creek trout with corn oysters, tomatillo bisque with lime crema, beef tenderloin with ancho chile cream and bittersweet chocolate souffle. Plan ahead. This lodge books fast and you might be making reservations for next year. Garland’s Oak Creek Lodge, open spring through fall, is on Arizona 89A in Oak Creek Canyon, 8 miles north of Sedona (about 128 miles north of Phoenix). 928-282-3343, www.garlandslodge.com.

 

Sedona

While driving into Sedona along Arizona 179, eyes bounce among the red-rock towers and buttes that fill the valley. Be careful not to miss the turnoff to Chapel of the Holy Cross, a small church that seems carved into the rock. It waits at the end of Chapel Road, a narrow two-lane strLocal Getawayetch leading to the chapel’s perch above the valley. The picture window behind the altar provides a near-perfect view, as does the deck that wraps around the picturesque
building. Chapel of the Holy Cross, Sedona, about 115 miles north of Phoenix.  www.chapeloftheholycross.com.

 

 

 

Antelope Canyon

Time, wind and water have carved two gorgeous slot canyons in the high desert of northern Arizona. An open-air shuttle drives visitors to Upper Antelope Canyon. Lower Antelope Canyon is a short walk from the parking lot. The narrow passages are illuminated in a variety of warm colors as lightlocal getaway-antelope canyon passes overhead, drawing shutterbugs from around the world. Antelope Canyon, about 3 miles south of Page (about 282 miles from central Phoenix). Admission: Lower canyon, $26, Upper canyon, $31. .