As its name would suggest, Carefree is a laid-back town, with a sense of humor to boot. Look out for quirky street signs (Ho Hum Road and Nonchalant Avenue) and keep in mind the town’s motto (“home of the cowboys and caviar”). Phoenix lies about 30 miles to the south, and the Continental Mountains rise just to the north and create a nice backdrop opposite the Black Mountain range. There are a handful of hiking trails in the area, but for those who prefer the comforts of saddle, you can rent a bike from the hotel or sign up of for a guided horseback ride through the desert. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
Stylist Christie Rawson spent years planning to open Studio C Hair Salon a Beauty Lounge. She picked out premium products, filled the space with modern furniture and airy colors, and gathered an experienced staff of stylists, manicurists, and aestheticians.
Today, her stylists cut, color, and style hair with L'Oréal Professionnel products as clients lounge in modern, white styling chairs in front of oversize oval mirrors. Staffers shampoo scalps in a row of sinks lined with plush armchairs—though Christie also prides herself on her dry-cutting, or freehand, skills. Aestheticians cleanse faces with Rhonda Allison cosmeceutical products and use glo mineral makeup to create rosy cheeks for weddings or smoky eyes for a coal miner's retirement party. White pendant lights illuminate the pristine nail bar, where patrons perch on stools as manicurists apply OPI polishes.
At RoxStar Fitness, the choreographer, performer, and Pilates guru Natasha Brown transforms dance routines into high-energy workouts where women can have fun while getting in shape. She pulls dance moves from many genres—rock, pop, hip-hop, swing, and more—and ties them together in RoxStar’s calorie-torching classes. Besides providing a good workout, Natasha shares dance tips that students can put to good use while busting moves at a wedding or in the background of a White House press briefing. Clients can supplement spirited dance classes with flexibility- and strength-building sessions of yoga and Pilates, as well as one-on-one personal-training programs.