As editors of a city lifestyle magazine with a travel section that covers locales far beyond our beloved Phoenix Valley, you can imagine that we get pitched A TON about new and exciting travel offers around the country. Of course, we can't fit everything into a 200-page monthly magazine that only allots five of those pages to regional travel. Sigh... 'tis the nature of publishing.
But it pains us too much to kill all of our darlings. So each month, we scrape a few travel tidbits off the cutting room floor and bring you Travel Bag Bites – bite-size travel-related goodies (special offers, activities and deals) to snack on while planning your next great escape.
When did Queen Creek become such an amenity-studded lifestyle hot spot? On the heels of getting its own microbrewery (Old Ellsworth Brewing Co.), the Southwest Valley farming town now boasts the Valley's most appealing glamping option: Cozy Peach on the grounds of beloved U-pick grower Schnepf Farms. Owner Carrie Schnepf has spent the last 18 months renovating eight Airstream trailers - ranging from 1948 to 1972 - for the project, mimicking the set-up at Bisbee's Shady Dell. Guests will have access to vintage bicycles, U-Pick garden privileges and more ($125-$165/night). The glamp-ground opened in mid-March. schnepffarms.com
Want a gal-pal - or 10 - for your next getaway? A new travel agency called Willow & Blair brings like-minded women together for once-in-a-lifetime international adventure tours to destinations like Jordan, New Zealand and Morocco. The agency promises "external and internal exploration." Because sometimes you need a wing-woman for that. willowandblair.com
Sky Harbor's newest nonstop airline service to Europe is about take flight. German leisure carrier Condor will begin limited, twice-weekly direct flights to Frankfurt on May 18 at a very agreeable starting one-way fare of $399, with no baggage or meal surcharges. Employing a 200-plus passenger Boeing 767, it will be just the second nonstop flight to Europe originating at Sky Harbor, alongside American's Phoenix to London route. The summer-only service concludes on September 28. condor.com
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