No matter what time of year it is, what day it is, or heck, who you are - there’s a strong possibility you need a vacation. And not just any vacation. A trip designed with the sole purpose to relax and unwind. To unplug and not think about those work emails. Or your schedule. Or all of those things around the house you need to do.
It’s time for a vacation that isn’t about packing the most in each day to make sure you see all the attractions - this is about slowing down, making time for you.
You know what’s great for destressing? The sun. That’s why we’re recommending planning a trip to Phoenix asap. With an average of 211 sunny days and 85 partially sunny days - your odds are good that you can soak up those endorphins. With Stay Alfreds at 3 different properties in downtown Phoenix, you’ll be close to plenty of places and activities to get your recharge on.
And to make things even easier - we put together a list of our favorite places in Phoenix to slow down, have quiet moments, be mindful, and be inspired.
Hang Out in a Butterfly Wonderland
If you’re visiting a giant desert, it seems fitting to connect with nature. And when the country’s largest butterfly conservatory is just a few minutes away - it’s time to have a magical rainforest afternoon at the Butterfly Wonderland. 3,000 fluttering butterflies in a lushly green space surrounding you? You can’t help but smile here.
Meditate at the Japanese Friendship Garden
The Phoenix Japanese Friendship Garden is a haven for quiet contemplation, but it also brings people together with classes and workshops, including sound meditation with crystal singing bowls, Niwaki pine pruning, Tai Chi, even gong meditation.
Free Your Mind at the Phoenix Art Museum
Meander your way through galleries and savor masterpieces throughout the Phoenix Art Museum. Silence your phone and take in the art at your own pace in this cool, quiet space
Get Into the Swing of Things at TopGolf
This is not your average day on the green. TopGolf is a much more informal take on the driving range - unwind and hit a few balls, it’s hard not to have a good time here.
Do Downward Dog with a Goat
This might be the most unproductive yoga class of your life - but it will also be the most memorable. And unproductive in the sense that you’ll be playing with baby goats and laughing at the amazing ridiculous of it. Baby goat yoga for an added weight and balance challenge? Bring in on.
Get Your Self Care On at Perry Monge SalonSpa
Located right in the heart of downtown Phoenix, this Aveda-affiliated hybrid salon/spa is a great place to pamper yourself - mani / pedis, facials, a new-do - look and feel amazing.
Stroll the Desert Botanical Garden
This place is simply stunning. Paved nature trails highlight living art and an expansive collection of local flora and fauna. Check the Desert Botanical Garden’s calendar before you go - they host live music and social events on the reg.
Drink Wine and Paint the Night Away
A little wine, a little painting - bring or make a few friends in a group art class at The Painters Lounge. You can even request a smaller canvas so you can pack your work of art in your luggage!
Dive Into a Good Book at First Draft Book Bar
There is no shame in spending your vacation time immersed in a good book. The First Draft Book Bar is a great spot that gloriously combines books and beer; cozy up and relax with fellow book-loving locals.