When the Smiths pulled up their roots in British Columbia and moved to Arizona, they brought their love of agriculture with them. But they started small—just growing English cucumbers in a greenhouse. Today, the family-run farm has hugely expanded, and 95% of their "veganic", organically-grown produce is distributed in-state.
Year-round, the greenhouses give shelter to a wide variety of vegetables, including micro-greens, herbs, lettuces, kale, beets, carrots, onions, cucumbers, eggplants, and tomatoes. Depending on the season, FarmBoxes are packed with the customer's choice of assorted locally-grown produce that is freshly harvested from the earth, plucked from a shrub, or stolen from a wood nymph that very week.
As the oldest continually operating winery in Arizona, Sonoita Vineyards has had plenty of time to hone its craft. Its enduring success is partly due to its hillside location, which, although lovely for humans, is even better for grapes. Nestled on a south-facing slope, the 30 acres of vineyards are protected from much of the area's harsh weather and supplied with plenty of water by root-guarding berms. This setting has proven ideal for 10 varieties of grape vines, whose fruit becomes Sonoita Vineyards' 12 wines and whose stems and leaves go back into the soil to fertilize more grapes. These vintages include crisp, sparkling whites and an earthy blend of merlot, cabernet sauvignon, and syrah grapes. Perhaps the popular vintage is the cabernet sauvignon, which is so celebrated that it's been served at a presidential inauguration gala and used to christen every new vice president.
The flavor profiles of these wines come to life during staff-guided group tastings and wine flights in the tasting room. These tastings aren't the bar's only attractions: the wine-production facilities are visible from the bar, and visits during the late-summer harvest season provide a glimpse into the winemaking process as it happens. Meanwhile, an outdoor portico offers a space for picnics and views framed by mountain ranges.
Opened in 1985, Yokohama Asian Express offers a menu of Chinese, Japanese, and Asian cuisine. Made entirely without MSG, entrees include bowls that pair steamed white or brown rice with chicken, beef, pork, and vegetables, aided by sips of green tea. The restaurant also offers catering for large groups, with party platters or individual meals.
Matt’s Organics eliminates shopping-cart rage by delivering boxes of freshly harvested organic produce directly to customers' doors. Receive the $36 produce box of farmed bounty designed to fulfill nutrition needs for a single person, a small family, or a coterie of prairie dogs. The box bestows equal attention on fruits, vegetables, and salad fixings, giving each the deed to one-third of its square footage. Though undiscriminating grazers will relish the surprise of discovering previously unknown provisions, particular eaters can use the preference form to indicate five foods denied admission to the mouth and five foods on the preferred guest list.
Crafting wines culled from the fertile fields of southern Arizona, Charron Vineyards has a penchant for producing quality whites and reds thanks to its high altitude, cool night temperatures, and lush fields of wine-bottle plants. Guests visit the welcoming, pet-friendly estate to walk along the 4 acres of mature grapevines and learn the intricate details of making fine wines such as their signature white merlot and smooth French-style rosé. The staff also hosts tastings on the scenic open deck and in the glass-enclosed tasting room, during which guests sip fruity whites and complex reds as they gaze at the breathtaking Santa Rita and Empire mountain ranges. Located about a half hour south of Tucson, guests are always welcome to pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the extensive tasting menu of wines offered by the bottle or glass.
When you stay at Esplendor Resort at Rio Rico in Rio Rico, you'll be in the desert and within the vicinity of Palo Duro Creek Golf Course. This golf hotel is within the region of Patagonia Lake State Park and Tubac Presidio State Historic Park.
Make yourself at home in one of the 179 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators. Rooms have private balconies. Wired and wireless Internet access is complimentary, while video-game consoles and cable programming provide entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature complimentary toiletries and hair dryers.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
While the golfer in the family is out on the course, try one of the other recreational amenities offered, such as a golf course or an outdoor pool. This hotel also features complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands.
Grab a bite at one of the hotel's 2 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include high-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge), a 24-hour business center, and audiovisual equipment. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Free parking is available onsite.