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Reconnecting with ourselves and loved ones has become a necessity during the past couple years, and there’s hardly a better place to do so than within the regenerative embrace of Aravaipa Canyon, just one and a half hours northeast of Tucson.
This wilderness area is a rarity in Arizona with an abundance of life bubbling up from the year-round flowing water of Aravaipa Creek. Stopping to listen to the creek’s song is almost mandatory, while birds’ tunes weave in and out of the rustling cottonwood trees stretching to the sky.
Just 5 miles from the west entrance of the canyon, you’ll find the pristine property of Aravaipa Farms Orchard and Inn. This locally owned inn is made up of five charmingly rustic “casitas,” a three-bedroom farmhouse and one Airstream.
Crossing over the creek onto the property, surrounded by an orchard of more than 900 fruit trees, is nothing short of magical. Visit during a harvest season and you may be lucky enough to pick fruit yourself: Apricots and peaches are ripe in June through July, Asian pears are in August through September, and citrus is available December through February.
If you are among the few people to get a hiking permit for Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness, don’t miss the opportunity. But if not, there are other ways to reconnect with nature at Aravaipa Farms. A couple other hikes in the area are just as beautiful, yet hardly frequented by other hikers.
A kid-friendly creek walk leaves right from the inn. There is a well-maintained path that loops around the orchard, a hike that starts from one of many stargazing spots, and Brandenburg Mountain is just a short distance away.
If hiking isn’t your thing, there’s plenty to do without leaving the property.
The dark skies around the canyon are perfect for stargazing year-round but particularly during the new moon each month. Two meteor showers make grand appearances each year, amazing guests right from their private patios.
If you’re there during the spring or summer, you’re sure to want to take a dip in the pool to cool off, and board and lawn games are provided for those looking for another kind of fun. If you have a crafty side, stop by the on-site market to grab one of the paint-your-own birdhouse kits.
This unspoiled rustic getaway is sure to leave you feeling regenerated and relaxed. Visit www.aravaipafarms.com to book your stay or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos courtesy of Aravaipa Farms Orchard and Inn