- Author: Laurie Davies
- Category: Travel
- Issue: Feb 2013
Mark your calendar and top off the tank in your getaway car: This menu of statewide escapes serves up everything from zip lining to llama hiking to ghost busting, plus a hefty helping of hikes, scenic drives, festivals and more.
New this year: a handful of out-of-state outdoorsy meccas for every season.
1. Best Sleepover:
Hacienda Corona de Guevavi
Wendy Stover calls her bed and breakfast “the Plymouth Rock of the West,” and it’s a credible claim. Hacienda Corona de Guevavi was first established by Captain Juan Bautista De Anza in 1728 and is the site of Father Kino’s first mission church in Southern Arizona. (De Anza’s mother was buried at the altar steps of the ruins that still stand today.) “He led the army that escorted Father Kino to Guevavi, the mission of sorrows,” Stover says. Today, sorrows are someplace else, as this romantic ranch perched atop 36 acres overlooking the Santa Cruz Riverbed offers a plush, private hacienda retreat. Murals of indigenous Mexican peasants painted by famed bullfighter-turned-artist Salvador Corona line the courtyard walls.
ELEVATION: 3,900 feet
ADDRESS AND DIRECTIONS: 348 S. River Rd., Nogales. Take I-10 east to Tucson; merge