Arizona the Beautiful

Arizona is a beautiful and very visually diverse state. The Grand Canyon we are all familiar with. If you have visited before you have explored Sedona and the red rocks. Have you explored all of our National Parks, National Monuments and National Forrests? Have you been Skiing, water and snow; hiking, horseback riding, discovering so much more!

I am starting this new section of my website to give you a glimpse into some of the places I have been, explored and enjoyed while living here in the Beautiful State of Arizona.

Check out what I have added so far…

The Grand Canyon
Bisbee
Sonoita and Elgin
Oak Creek Canyon

The Grand Canyon

We are after all the Grand Canyon State.

This is a MUST see. It is one of the natural wonders of our world, and it is right here in our back yard.

Yes, you can make it up there in a day, but I really suggest planning on spending the night so you can explore and hike a little.

Take your time.

Watch the sun set!

Let me repeat that last suggestion again. Watch the sun set! Pick a viewpoint, any of them will do, and get there at least an hour before sunset. Find a spot to sit and watch the show. As the sun dips lower the canyon changes, every minute, and it is more beautiful by the moment.

I think it is natures best movie.

Plan on plenty of ooooohing and aaahhhhhing

Oak Creek Canyon

The perfect outing for a hot summer day.  Head north of Sedona into the Oak Creek Canyon for a hike along the river.  Or maybe go slip sliding at Slide Rock State Park.

We headed up early but not quite early enough to get a parking spot at the West Fork Trail.  I was really looking forward to taking this amazing hike. Oh well…  So instead we stopped at a picnic spot just down the road and did a little exploring along the rocky banks of the river.  It was still beautiful and rejuvenating.  That was just what I needed!

You can get a Red Rock Pass at most of the parking areas anywhere in the Sedona  area or stop at the gas station.  Keep the pass in the window so it is visible. The pass is good for all of the parking areas and includes in and out service. 

It takes about 2 hours from Phoenix area to get to Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon is just a little bit further.  You can do this as a day trip.  We had a late lunch in Sedona and then headed home. 

That day I took all “live” photos…

Sonoita & Elgin Wine Tasting

Who knew!

In southern Arizona, almost to the Mexican border, is a lovely region with wineries galore.  

Between 2-3 hour drive from the Phoenix Valley (depending on where you start) south of Tucson by about an hour is Sonoita.  

This region sits high at 5,000 feet elevation, making summer temperatures in the high 80’s rather than the 100’s of the valley.  Combine the cooler temps with rainfall averaging 20 inches rather than the 6-8 inches of the city and wahla – fabulous for grapes.

The wineries have lovey patio’s where you can relax, sit in the shade and enjoy the moment.

Most of the wineries will sell you a glass with your tasting.  Take that glass to your next winery for a discount on your tasting.  And remember to bring your wine glasses back the next time too. 

We visited Autumn Sage, they have a lovely wrap around patio on their tasting room, nestled among the vines,  as well as benches overlooking the pond under the shade of tress.  A relaxing location to enjoy the afternoon.  I enjoyed a glass of their Counoise Estate, a light red wine perfect for enjoying on a summer day. – No photos sadly I was too in the moment enjoying to take out my phone. (I think that is a good thing!) 

We then drove about 15 min past several other wineries to Rune Winery.  They are still in the process of completing their tasting room, and had chairs set out under shade sails with a. spectacular view across the grassy slopes.  We took home a couple of their Viognier bottles to enjoy later.

There is a Wine Tour Shuttle Service so plan your trip accordingly.  

In the area you could also visit Kartchner Caverns, Tombstone and Bisbee

Bisbee Arizona

Bisbee is a mining town with a glorious history.  Bisbee mining was quite successful, it proved to be one of the richest mineral sites in the world.  It produced nearly 3 million ounces of Gold and 8 billion pounds of Copper, also Silver, Lead and Zinc.  The success of the mine led to the city being a cultural center for years.   And as you would expect with miners, Brewery Gulch had saloons and brothels in abundance.  

Today Bisbee is a sleepy town, proud of its heritage.  The old brick buildings give the town a very different feel compared to the big cities these days.

Be sure to take a tour of The Queen Mine.  Dress appropriately it gets quite chilly underground and reservations required! Maybe you would like a ghost tour, or just a stroll through town exploring the unique shops.  

Where to Stay?  We had a blast with friends when we stayed at The Shady Dell.  A Glamping experience!  No RV needed, stay in one of their vintage RV’s fully equipped with record players and LP’s. The trailers range in size and were all built in the 1940’s and 50’s with plenty of Kitch to go around! Grab a bite at Dot’s Diner or use the charcoal grills to cook up your own goodies. 

We had a great time with friends and we will be back!

10 Ways Living at Wickenburg Ranch Can Improve Your Healthy Lifestyle

• Written by Canden Schow 

When you get close to retirement, it’s time to start considering what your lifestyle will be when you retire. You may want to just kick back and relax, and after decades of work, you’d deserve it. But it’s a good idea to think about your health as well.

The best way to have a healthy lifestyle is to live where you can have easy access to all of the components you need to build your lifestyle. Wickenburg Ranch in Arizona is one of those places that has everything you could want for your healthy lifestyle.

Here are just 10 reasons you should build your healthy lifestyle in Wickenburg, Arizona:

1. WARM, CLEAN, COMFORTABLE CLIMATE

Climate plays a big role in a healthy lifestyle. After all, it’s hard to be healthy when you’re surrounded by pollution, so choosing a place with a great climate is a number 1 priority. 

Wickenburg, Arizona, is less than an hour away from Phoenix, Arizona, but it’s also almost 1000 feet higher in elevation and has a smaller population. Despite being so close there is a difference in air quality and climate between the two cities.

For example, Wickenburg can be up to 7-10 degrees cooler than the Phoenix area on any given day, allowing you to enjoy the great outdoors and stay active more often. This makes Wickenburg much more comfortable to live in year-round than many places in Arizona, but that’s not all that makes Wickenburg a better climate than Phoenix.

Because Wickenburg has a smaller population than Phoenix, the air quality in Wickenburg tends to be better than Phoenix.So say goodbye to unhealthy air warnings and smog fog. With Wickenburg’s smaller population, and wide open spaces

2. WICKENBURG COMMUNITY HOSPITAL

Something to always consider when creating your healthy lifestyle in Wickenburg, Arizona, is where you can get proper health care. Wickenburg Community Hospital is only about 15 minutes from Wickenburg Ranch, making it incredibly convenient for the Ranch’s residents. 

Wickenburg Community Hospital treat a wide variety of conditions, including joint and chronic pain, skin cancer, diabetes, Venous insufficiency, and more. 

You’ll easily find the primary care and specialty care that you need when you come to Wickenburg Community Hospital. Visit their website hereto find out more about their specific services.

3. WALKING AND HIKING TRAILS

Outdoor activities are the highlight of a healthy lifestyle in Wickenburg, Arizona. Wickenburg Ranch is crisscrossed with miles of walking and hiking trails called The Pioneer Trails. Made up of over 20 miles of interconnecting trails, the Pioneer Trails wind through each neighborhood, bringing a morning hike or evening stroll right to your doorstep. You can spend hours exploring the area, drinking in the beautiful views of the Wickenburg Mountains. 

Aside from The Pioneer Trails, the town of Wickenburg is near an array of hikes and walking trails for you to enjoy. A popular path is the Sunset Multi-Use path which is open to all non-motorized forms of transportation, but if you want a little more of a challenge, you can try trails in Box Canyon and other surrounding areas. You can find out more about these trails on the Town of Wickenburg website

4. HORSEBACK RIDING

Many of the trails in the Town are also horseback riding trails. And don’t worry, you don’t need to be an expert equestrian to enjoy these trails on horseback. In fact, you don’t even need to own a horse.

Wickenburg has several horseback riding services in town, and these services can help you get out on the trails with a horse that you’ll be comfortable with. Some of these also offer tours on horseback, so if you’ve never been out horseback riding before, you can have a guide to help you along the way. 

Horseback riding is a great way to get away for a few hours and to enjoy the outdoors. It’s a different way of spending time in nature, but it’s still just as beneficial to a healthy lifestyle as any hike or sport. 

5. HASSAYAMPA RIVER PRESERVE

Another of the many outdoor activities in the Wickenburg area is the Hassayampa River Preserve. It has several hikes or horseback riding trails, but it also has a whole list of sports activities to try including archery, kart racing, paintball, and a shooting range. The Preserve also has various water activities for you to dive into, such as swimming and scuba diving. 

There’s something for everyone at the Hassayampa River Preserve, so bring friends and family along for the experience. It’s the perfect place to get out of your comfort zone and experience new activities that enhance your healthy lifestyle in Wickenburg, Arizona.

6. AFTURBURN & MOVEMENT STUDIO

Our Afturburn & Movement studio suits athletes of all skill levels. As a strength and conditioning gym, Afturburn features an innovative TechnoGym system, free weights, cardio machines, and the Movement Studio. The Movement Studio is equipped with a fitness on-demand program and online interactive training tool with pre-recorded and live workout sessions. Our advanced fitness facility is fully staffed with personal trainers who teach classes for individuals, so whether you’re just starting your fitness journey or are an elite athlete, the Afturburn gym lets you compete at your own level. 

7. WICKENBURG RANCH’S GOLF COURSES

What’s a healthy lifestyle without golf to challenge you physically and mentally? Wickenburg Ranch offers two golf courses – the Big Wick, a multi-award winning 18-hole championship course, and the Li’l Wick, a 9-hole casual play course. 

Each of these courses gives you the chance to get some light exercise, work on your swings, and improve your focus. Golf is also a great way to enjoy time with friends or family, making it an all-around physically and mentally healthy experience. 

8. WICKENBURG RANCH’S RESORT POOL

Even though the climate at Wickenburg Ranch is generally pleasant, in the summer it can get a little hot. Residents can access the Resort Pool at our Golf & Social Club when they want to cool off and swim for a while. The pool features beautiful views and beach entry for easy entry.

Sometimes though, you want a little more exercise than cooling off will give you. That’s why the Resort Pool also includes several lap lanes for you to exercise harder. You can practice your different strokes before relaxing with friends around the pool.

9. WICKENBURG RANCH’S COURTS & SPORTS

One of the highlights of the active lifestyle at Wickenburg Ranch is the Courts & Sports Complex. It includes beautiful tennis courts, pickleball courts, bocce ball courts, and horseshoes for anyone who wants to play. 

If you’ve always enjoyed sports, this is the place to enjoy them. You can schedule times to play for fun, join clubs to play throughout the week, and meet new people every time you play. Or, if playing sports isn’t your thing, you can always sit back in the stadium-style seating to watch a tennis match or two. 

10. WICKENBURG RANCH’S ALVEA SPA

Wickenburg Ranch itself has several activities and amenities that can boost your healthy lifestyle without you ever leaving the community. Aside from the walking trails and parks, one of the big health and wellness draws of Wickenburg Ranch is the Alvea Spa.

The Alvea Spa is a resort-style spa offering a full-service salon, massage therapy, facials, nail services, and more. A healthy lifestyle in Wickenburg, Arizona, is about so much more than getting outside and active – it’s about taking care of your body in whatever ways you need. For you, that might mean self-care like aromatherapy, dermaplaning, waxing, or hair treatments. See the full Alvea Spa menu here.

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LIVE YOUR BEST LIFE AT STERLING GROVE: Mark your calendars for this month’s recreational and social activities at Sterling Grove!

Farmer’s Market:Every Sunday, September–May  |  10 am–2 pm
Enjoy open-air shopping with some of your favorite local vendors.

Rise & Shine Workout*: Every Tuesday & Thursday  |  6 am–6:45 am
Start your day with a 45-minute total body workout, incorporating strength and conditioning movements and heart-pumping HIIT

Move & Flow*:Every Saturday  |  7 am
This 45-minute mobility and stretch class focuses on functional movements that help awaken muscle groups while improving recovery and flexibility.

Movie in the Park*:September 25  |  7 pm
Bring your family out for an evening under the stars and enjoy the classic, Raiders of the Lost Ark

*Space is limited. Pre-registration is required.

Meritage Homes: Live your Dream

Now through September 30, save up to $10,000 off select quick move-in homes, plus you’ll get a move-in package and we’ll pay your closing costs. Browse homes online and contact your favorite Active Adult community today to open the door to Life. Built. Better.®

EVERY ACTIVE ADULT MERITAGE HOME IS BUILT STANDARD WITH THE FOLLOWING ENERGY-EFFICIENT FEATURES:


•ENERGY STAR® Certified Appliances
•Low-E Windows
•M.Connected Home™ Automation Suite
•Spray Foam Insulation
•Advanced Thermostat
•Energy-Efficient Lighting
•Low-to-Zero VOC Materials, Paints, Stains & Adhesives
•Minimum SEER 14 HVAC

Victory Club Virtual Tour

Virtual Tours are becoming more common. This is for the Victory Club at Victory at Verrado. Check it out!

Here is the link if it doesn’t load fully.

After trying to get it to fully load on my site, I apologize you will have to click on the link to view the tour.

Embracing being 55+ Discounts Galore

A couple of months ago I officially turned 55. As I learn to embrace my new age, I am letting my grey go, soon you will see new photos with my short grey hair. I am also learning the benefits as well.

Here is a list of stores currently offering discounts for your age.

In addition in the Phoenix area, most of our grocery stores offer 10% off on the first Wednesday of the month.

Banana Republic: 10% off (No regular days; 50+)
Bealls Outlet: 15% off every Tuesday (50+)
Belk: 15% off first Tuesday of every month (62+)
Bon-Ton Department Stores: 15% off on senior discount days; 20% if you use the store’s proprietary credit card (55+)
C.J. Banks/Christopher Banks: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)
Clarks: 10% off (62+)
Dressbarn: 10% off Tues and/or Wed (call ahead-varies by location – 55+)
Goodwill: 10% – 20% off one day a week (date varies by location – 55+)
Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location; age may vary depending on the product)
iParty: 10% senior discount every day; ask for a discount as soon as you get to checkout
Kohl’s: 15% off on Wednesdays (60+)
Michael’s: 10% off every day (with AARP card – 55+
Modell’s Sporting Goods: 10% off every day (65+)
Ross Stores: 10% off every Tuesday (55+)
The Salvation Army Thrift Stores: Up to 50% off, days vary (55+)
SteinMart: 20% off red dot/clearance items first Monday of every month (55+)
TJ Maxx: 10% on Mondays (FLORIDA only at this time – 55+)
Walgreens: 20% off once a month, “Balance Rewards” card required. (65+ and AARP)

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