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Written by Leah LeMoine, Lauren Loftus, Craig Outhier Category: Travel Issue: January 2017
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Countless workaday couples dream of pulling the ripcord and starting new lives as B&B or boutique inn owners – and there are plenty of real estate agents who are eager to help them. A look at a few of the inns, B&Bs and guest ranches currently on the market in Arizona.

Las Posadas of Sedona
A sprawling complex of rooms and villas, this distinctive desert-pink inn in red rock country is not meant for hospitality greenhorns.
List price: $4.8 million
Bespoke Inn
Old Town Scottsdale’s four-room B&B – its only B&B – opened in 2013 to a rush of popularity propelled by its charming bike theme and popular downstairs fine dining tenant, Virtù. Now it can be yours.
List price: $3.9 million
Adobe Rose
Located within walking distance of the University of Arizona, this three-building B&B compound is a longtime favorite of Old Pueblo weekenders. Be forewarned: Repeat guests will demand the Adobe’s famous homemade scones.
List price: $1.5 million
Pleasant Street Inn.
Looking for something more affordable? Built in 1906, this four-bedroom Victorian in historic Prescott is a turnkey hospitality pipe dream just waiting to be had.
List price: $925,000
 

– Craig Outhier

 

Bag Bites

• Turquoise Jet Set.
Valley travelers no longer have to divert through Albuquerque en route to Santa Fe thanks to American Airlines, which launched Sky Harbor’s only direct flight to The City Different on December 19. You don’t have to be a wealthy hippy in search of oversize turquoise bolo ties to take advantage of the 50-minute flight: Santa Fe is full of enchantment for Phoenicians of all ages and means, including epic chile-infused local cuisine, experimental art projects, red rock hiking and biking and actual seasons. Plus that oversize turquoise jewelry? There’s still plenty of it, and it’s as divine as ever.
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• Uber Quest.
Next up for the rideshare giant on its quest to dominate the path to and from the airport? Gift cards. Uber is now offering cards starting at $15, which app users can upload to their account so they can get on the road to Sky Harbor quicker. Forget overpriced parking lots and overcrowded shuttles, rideshare.
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• Snowbird Migration.

Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport is going international. Low-cost charter service NewLeaf is offering three nonstop flights a week from Calgary and Edmonton, Canada, to the East Valley hub on January 15 for as low as $198 round trip. One catch: At first, the flights will only originate in Canada. Still good news for your snowbird relatives ready to don their Tommy Bahama finest in our balmy winter weather.
 

– Lauren Loftus

 

New Around Town

Pinetop-Lakeside

Go walking – and shopping and drinking – in a winter wonderland with an escape to this high country hamlet. We have the skinny on what’s new and notable in 2017.

 

 

Sno Glo 5K Run & 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk
While it’s not brand new (2017 marks its third year), this night run is among Pinetop-Lakeside’s freshest events. Luminarias and glow sticks light the way for runners and walkers at Woodland Lake Park (just west of White Mountain Boulevard). “We encourage all participants to don their best glow-in-the-dark wear and enjoy a new and different winter event,” says organizer Mailaina Spillman. February 17. pinetoplakesidechamber.com
Made in Greer
After two years doing brisk business in nearby Greer, Pat and Dick Bruneau moved their quaint housewares boutique to a bigger space in Pinetop-Lakeside’s recently revamped Times Square Plaza. “They’re making the center fresh and exciting for locals and tourists,” Pat says. The Bruneaus will offer an expanded inventory and weekly classes led by local artists on ceramics, painting, scrapbooking and more. 1450 E. White Mountain Blvd., 928-245-7663
Pinetop Brewing Co.
PBC gave its barbecue menu the boot last summer when it brought executive sous chef Matt Laswell up from Tucson to retool the food program. Laswell’s winter menu is full of “mountain-y, comforting” favorites like poutine with spicy Mornay sauce and house-cured lardons, which washes right down with PBC’s crisp Blonde Chardonnay brew. “It’s going to be cold,” Laswell admits. “But don’t worry – there are fireplaces everywhere.” 159 W. White Mountain Blvd., 928-358-1971, pinetopbeer.com
 

 

– Leah LeMoine