Valley of the Sun Adventure
Phoenix Winter Staycation
8 Days | Jan - March 2022
Starting At $Flexible Pricing
What better way to spend a week in winter. We have packaged the Drury Inn Happy Valley, outside Phoenix with local sightseeing, great food and exciting options. We give you a resort-style day for golfing or spa. Plus an adventure-day for a Hot Air Balloons or a Grand Canyon by Air Tour. Read about it now, before it gets cold outside.
We are happy to accommodate Groups who want to add a night or two, or further customize their trip.
StarrGroups Flexible Pricing:
- Customizable Comps
- Commissionable or Net Rates
- Luxury or First Class Hotels & Meals
- Starr Motorcoach Transportation & Professional Tours Managers are available
Whatever you want, StarrGroups will be happy to structure tour prices to match your needs. Just let us know!
Day 1 – Phoenix, AZ – Drury Inn Phoenix Happy Valley
Arrive Arizona for a seven-night staycation at the Drury Inn Happy Valley, near Phoenix. Just north of downtown, Happy Valley overlooks the mountains of the Sonoran Desert and provides you with a great location sightseeing.
Dinner is on your own this evening, but your group can take advantage of Drury Inn’s Happy Hour known as “the 5:30 Kickback” (HH) featuring a rotating menu of hot foods and cold beverages. (HH)
Day 2 – Desert Botanical Gardens – Heard Museum –– Old Town Scottsdale
This morning you visit the Desert Botanical Gardens. If you thought the desert was all dirt and tumbleweeds? Think again. This 55 acre Garden is home to thousands of species of cactus, trees and flowers from all around the world.
Next is a guided tour at the Heard Museum featuring 12 exhibition galleries, an outdoor sculpture gardens, a contemporary art gallery and trading-post style shopping. The Heard Museum sets the standard for collaborating with American Indian artists and tribal communities and provides visitors with a perspective on the art of Native people.
You will have time for a Southwest-inspired lunch (on own) at the Museum’s renowned Courtyard Café. There are freshly prepared salads, sandwiches and entrees, many of which feature American Indian and locally sourced all-natural ingredients.
Your afternoon is filled with exploring Old Town Scottsdale with its many art galleries, shops and boutiques. There are contemporary public art installations, world-class museums and historic sites from the late 1880s. It’s an effortless blend of urban chic and Old West charm, and it gives this city’s downtown a one-of- a-kind flair.
Dinner is at the Old Town Tortilla Factory, in the heart of the charming art district. Built from an historic 75-year old Scottsdale adobe home. it captures the timeless charm of the Southwest. This restaurant boasts a 1400 square foot flagstone patio that is surrounded by green vegetation and shaded by 100 year-old pecan trees. In the winter months the patio is heated to spring like temperatures and in the summer months it is cooled with a state of the art mist system. (B,D)
Day 3 – Resort Day Options – Golf – Spa – Shopping
Today is scheduled for individual resort-type activities, your motorcoach will shuttle golfers to a public course where they can rent clubs, carts and enjoy the day. Those looking for a day at the spa will also have transportation provided and the option to schedule services they desire and a shopping opportunity will be provided. Phone numbers to call for tee times and spa services will be provided well in advance. (B, HH)
Day 4 – Taliesin West – Musical Instrument Museum – Olive Mill Tour, Tasting & Dinner
Start the day with a visit to Frank Lloyd Wright’s, Taliesin West. This beloved winter home and desert laboratory, was established in 1937 and diligently handcrafted over many years into a world unto itself. Deeply connected to the desert from which it was forged, Taliesin West possesses an almost prehistoric grandeur. It was built almost entirely by Wright and his apprentices, making it among the most personal of the his creations.
Next, visit the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. It is the largest museum of its type in the world. The collection of over 15,000 musical instruments and associated objects includes examples from nearly 200 countries and territories, representing every inhabited continent. It is a unique experience of sight, touch and of course sound.
The afternoon feature is a Queen Creek Olive Mill Tour. During your Olive Oil 101 Educational Tour, you’ll learn how extra virgin olive oil at Queen Creek Olive Mill is made, how to use it in the kitchen, and why it’s so darn good for you! Experts will teach you how to correctly taste olive oil (no bread) and help you shop in the gourmet Marketplace. You continue your culinary experience with a farm-to-table style dinner featuring locally sourced ingredients masterfully paired with olive oil to a savory perfection. (B,D)
Day 5 – Adventure Options
Today is set aside for Adventure Options (costs not included). Well before your trip we will send you info on Hot Air Balloon Rides, Horseback Riding, Segway Tours and Aerial Tours to the Grand Canyon. It’s a day set aside to experience adventures you never thought you do. Again, we will use the motorcoach (as possible) for shuttles to the options.
When you return to the Drury Inn this evening, share your experiences with other at the 5:30 Kickback Happy Hour with Free Food and Drink. (B,HH)
Day 6 – Sonoran Desert Jeep Tour – Dolly Steamboat Cruise – Goldfield Ghost Town – Superstition Scenic Railroad
Today is almost completely off-road as you ride a jeep, boat and train. It begins with the Sonoran Desert Jeep Tour. When you think of the word ‘desert,’ you probably imagine a barren wasteland devoid of any form of life. However, with hundreds of species of plants and animals, the Sonoran desert is the most bio-diverse desert in North America. On your guide-led Sonoran desert Jeep tour, you will see and learn about the stunning scenery that you saw in all Old Western movies in au natural, full-color panoramic views. (weight limit 275 pounds)
The afternoon features the valley’s favorite ghost town…Goldfield. Here you will see historic buildings and hear the extensive mining history of the town. Excellent exhibits of the mining tools that old timers used to extract gold and silver are everywhere.
The Goldfield Mine Tour is an underground guided tour that takes you back in time to 100 years ago. The guides are well versed in the history of the mine, town, gold mining equipment and procedures. Hang on tight as an exploding dynamite simulator shakes the mineshaft.
Also included today is a ride on the Superstition Scenic Narrow Gauge Railroad. This 36″ gauge train consists of a Plymouth diesel pulling a passenger car and a caboose. A mile and a half of track circles the town, and the narrated journey lasts 20 minutes. The engineer tells of the history of Goldfield, the Superstition Mountains, and the desert southwest in general.
Ending the day you dine in style on the Dolly Steamboat Twilight Dinner Cruise. At this magical time of day you should see Canyon Lake wildlife, like bighorn sheep and bald eagles as they settle in for the night. You will have a chance to capture memorable photos of incredible rock formations framing Canyon Lake and enjoy a delicious meal under the Arizona night sky. (B,D)
Day 7 – Sedona – Bell Rock – Chapel of the Holy Cross – Cowboy Dinner
Today is a guided tour that takes in the breathtaking landscapes of a desert playground around Sedona. You will have plenty of photo opportunities as you explore ancient Native American ruins and stop at Bell Rock one of Sedona’s most popular red rock formations. You also have free time in Sedona to check out art galleries, do some souvenir shopping, or even get a psychic reading. You will visit the famous Chapel of the Holy Cross. Groups can add Sedona’s Pink Jeep Adventure at an additional cost.
Then traveling back to your hotel you have one more great experience. Nothing says the Old West quite like a hearty meal cooked over flames and served under the stars, accompanied by live country music. Ending your tour you savor the flavors of the Arizona West at an authentic cowboy supper on Bumble Bee Ranch. (B,D)
Day 8 – Depart for Home
After breakfast, depart for home. (B)