Features October 2020

Explore Mesa – Great Fun Not Far From Home

Arizona residents looking to get out and explore close to home will want to check out the latest vacation packages offered now in Mesa. The city’s tourism arm, Visit Mesa launched a series of themed vacation packages as part of their new Escape to Mesa campaign targeted to area locals and statewide residents. The tourism marketing organization partnered with the City of Mesa’s Economic Development team on the new outreach aimed at reopening the city’s tourism industry for visitors. Escape to Mesa vacation packages feature a $150 incentive to guests that book a 2 or more-night stay in Mesa hotels and will be available for a limited time. The booking incentive will be marketed through the end of the year, while supplies last.

There are three themed vacation packages to choose from: Weekend Warrior, Family Fun and Relaxation Retreat. After visitors book their Mesa hotel stay, they can register their upcoming vacation on the website, www.EscapetoMesa.com and qualify for $100 toward a Mesa experience, attraction or service and an additional $50 gift card to a Mesa restaurant.

“Escape to Mesa is a new collaboration between the City of Mesa and Visit Mesa designed to help support our tourism industry,” City of Mesa Mayor John Giles said. “I hope Phoenicians and other statewide residents take advantage of this special offer and enjoy a weekend at one of our stellar hotels and check out the fun activities our great city has to offer. Let’s make up for lost summer vacations this fall right here in Mesa.”

The East Valley city is garnering national attention as the culinary gateway. With a flourishing collection of charming, neighborhood farms and food-centric outposts providing a year-round bounty of seasonal goods for visitors to enjoy, now is the time to plan an escape during the fall months. These linked agritourism experiences create the Fresh Foodie Trail® and carve out the ultimate foodie road trip for those travelers with a penchant for good eats. This guided path will find visitors dining on homemade ice cream, peaches, heritage grains, olives, and so much more. The trail stops share more than just great food, it’s also a chance for the gourmet chefs-in-training to dive a little deeper and discover why local dining matters and how they can get to know their farmer. One of the more unique stops is Jalapeno Bucks – a roadside BBQ and burrito food stop that was just named by Food & Wine magazine as serving up the best Arizona BBQ. This roadside restaurant fashioned out of a container ship is nestled in the middle of one of Arizona’s oldest orange groves dating back to 1915. Plan on taking home some of the homemade mango salsa and come early if you want to enjoy their babyback ribs on Saturdays only. Learn more about this and other stops on the trail and download the Arizona Agritourism Guide at www.FreshFoodieTrail.com.

If you want to pick out your pumpkin in a patch and enjoy the cooler temps, check out Mesa’s fall line-up of outdoor fun and seasonal fall-inspired activities. With social distancing in mind for guest safety, visitors will want to check out Vertuccio Farm’s fall festival and corn maze. Timed entries and crowd limits will help ensure guests can enjoy the changing seasons.  Mesa pools are also hosting timed events as part of the 10th Annual Pumpkin Splash. Held on Oct. 24, tickets for swimming with pumpkins are only $8 and this event is a great way to end summer with a splash. For more fall inspired events, check out www.VisitMesa.com.

Written by: Michelle Streeter, Sr. Vice President of Communications Visit Mesa.

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