Travel Bag Bites: April 2018

Craig OuthierApril 2018
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Just Peachy
When did Queen Creek become such an amenity-studded lifestyle hot spot? On the heels of getting its own microbrewery (Old Ellsworth Brewing Co.), the Southwest Valley farming town now boasts the Valley’s most appealing glamping option: Cozy Peach on the grounds of beloved U-pick grower Schnepf Farms. Owner Carrie Schnepf has spent the last 18 months renovating eight Airstream trailers – ranging from 1948 to 1972 – for the project, mimicking the set-up at Bisbee’s Shady Dell. Guests will have access to vintage bicycles, U-Pick garden privileges and more ($125-$165/night). The glamp-ground opened in mid-March. schnepffarms.com

Lady Trips
Want a gal-pal – or 10 – for your next getaway? A new travel agency called Willow & Blair brings like-minded women together for once-in-a-lifetime international adventure tours to destinations like Jordan, New Zealand and Morocco. The agency promises “external and internal exploration.” Because sometimes you need a wing-woman for that. willowandblair.com

Carrion Baggage?
Sky Harbor’s newest nonstop airline service to Europe is about take flight. German leisure carrier Condor will begin limited, twice-weekly direct flights to Frankfurt on May 18 at a very agreeable starting one-way fare of $399, with no baggage or meal surcharges. Employing a 200-plus passenger Boeing 767, it will be just the second nonstop flight to Europe originating at Sky Harbor, alongside American’s Phoenix to London route. The summer-only service concludes on September 28. condor.com

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