AAA Arizona—one of more than 50 AAA clubs throughout the United States and Canada—facilitates a safe, rewarding driving experience by ushering members under its umbrella of convenient travel services. AAA's Classic, Plus, Plus Motorcycle, Plus RV, and Premier membership cards fill the wallets, purses, and glove compartments of more than 53 million members nationwide and feature 24-hour roadside assistance that lends travelers peace of mind on journeys both long and short. Coverage kicks in whether members are sitting in the driver’s seat, lounging in the passenger seat, or stuck in the baby seat. A full list of membership perks, including vacation planning, hotel and car-rental discounts, and insurance programs can be found in the membership handbook.
Cleaning Frenzy uses environmentally friendly products and techniques to skillfully lift dirt and stains from customers' carpets without tracking dingy carbon footprints through the globe's cool blue-and-green digs. Recognized by Daisy, the Shih Tzu mascot plastered to the side of its service vans, Cleaning Frenzy is skilled at removing even the most stubborn pet stains and embarrassing evidence of failed paw-painting projects. Not only does carpet cleaning have the aesthetic benefit of eliminating eyesores from the floor, it also supports a healthier living environment, terminating dirty germs, dust mites, allergens, and carpet's incessant nagging about your driving etiquette.
The knowledgeable gemologists at Ambassador Diamond Jewelers guide guests' selection of handcrafted and designer jewelry, as well as certified diamonds guaranteed in clarity, cut, and weight. Patrons decorate delicate wrist joints with sterling-silver bracelet chains ($50+), adorned with scintillating Pandora charms ($30+) handcrafted from pearls and metal beads that draw attention to wrists like an advanced degree in puppetry. Ladies' fingers glimmer in a striking a 2.12-carat oval-cut amethyst flanked by tiny diamonds in a gold ring band ($275), and ears exude elegance while flaunting sterling-silver, drop-style Galatea Love earrings that showcase six carved pearls each ($569). Diamond shoppers herd shimmering, 1-carat brilliant-cut stones ($6,399) into engagement-ring confines, and a 1.05-carat princess-cut diamond ($6,250) showcases the wonders of geology and causes fairy godmothers to visit career fairs.
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.
Sprawling across 392 acres and home to thousands of unusual plant and animal species, the Boyce Thompson Arboretum is far from a standard classroom. Here, people learn through exploration rather than through textbooks; they’re able to smell the plants they study and ask native squirrels for direct quotes about soil quality. Jaunts through the park cover a range of terrain. Butting up against the northern face of Picketpost Mountain, the park encompasses canyons, hills, and trails carefully landscaped to duplicate arid environments from around the globe. The cactus garden features plants both sinuous and spiny, creating a vast collection of shapes and textures nestled into the dusty red landscape. Queen Creek Canyon provides respite from the sun, its towering trees thriving in the cool shade. Visitors pick up tips on how to enhance their own yards in the demonstration garden of drought-tolerant plants, which are relatively easy to care for except for when they demand chocolate milk. Additional education can be found in classes and lectures held at the Smith Interpretive Center.
The mechanics of Bikes Direct and Bike Masters treat cycles to the repairs and tune-ups that keep life rolling along. They also pair riders with brand-specific bike clothing and accessories such as carriages that give kids, dogs, or stuffed animal collections a place to ride with you. Their armada of bikes spans all cycling varieties, helping customers begin their two-wheeled adventures on bikes ranging from mountain and road to BMX and beach cruisers. Anyone who purchases one of these rides also pedals away with lifetime complimentary tune-ups, a 30-day price match guarantee, and a basic bike fitting.