Travel Bag Bites: March 2018

Written by Craig Outhier Category: Adventures Issue: March 2018
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As editors of a city lifestyle magazine with a travel section that covers locales far beyond our beloved Phoenix Valley, you can imagine that we get pitched a lot about new and exciting travel offers around the country. Of course, we can't fit everything into a 200-page monthly magazine that only allots five of those pages to regional travel. Sigh... 'tis the nature of publishing.

But it pains us too much to kill all of our darlings. So each month, we scrape a few travel tidbits off the cutting room floor and bring you Travel Bag Bites – bite-sized travel-related goodies (special offers, activities and deals) to snack on while planning your next great escape.

maranaTaste… Marana?
Famously home of the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain, the Gila County town of Marana is also making a bid for culinary prestige. The city's Marana Gastronomy Tours promise food tastings, foodway seminars and flavors inspired by "gourmet foragers." For rezzes, call Gray Line Tours at 520-622-8811 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Wine B&B Deal
The hospitality scene in Sonoita wine country in Southern Arizona has been slow to get underway, so award-winning winemaker Kief Joshua Manning came up with an elegant solution: start his own B&B. Through October 18, couples can enjoy an overnight stay at the new Kief-Joshua Vineyards B&B, with two souvenir glasses and complimentary wine tastings at Kief-Joshua Vineyards, The Village of Elgin Winery and Sonoita Vineyards, for $154. Visit for more info.

Lap'ping It Up
It goes without saying that the arctic Scandinavian region of Lapland is not high on most Arizonans travel wish-lists. But those plucky Laplanders want to change that. A new travel aggregator called Book Lapland to promote the region's singular and underserved treasures, including St. Elmo's fire viewings, midnight sun excursions in the summer and dog-sledding in the winter. The site boasts it offers "the world's biggest range of arctic activities." Who would argue? Greenland?