Thursday, January 31, 2013

Top 5 Reasons to Choose Arizona for a Long Winter Stay

Rent a home in the Sun Cities of Arizona
Of course we all know that Arizona, with the exception of the upper elevations such as Flagstaff, is nice and warm in the winter as contrasted with where you might be living. If you are reading this, you are probably thinking of a little Snowbird getaway to escape from shoveling snow or putting on multiple layers of woolens just to go outside. Here are some great reasons for choosing Arizona for a long winter stay.

1. Reasonable Rents - You can rent a house in Sun City for $700 - $1200 a month through a real estate office such as Ken Meade Realty. Or check out Craigslist for some bargains. The best way to find a rental you will enjoy is to check with friends who already spend time in the area. You'll find snowbirds in such places as the Sun Cities west of Phoenix, Tucson and Green Valley, south of Tucson.

2. Recreation Galore - Whether your idea of recreation is an afternoon playing cards at one of the active retirement communities or playing tennis in the sunshine, you'll find plenty to do in Arizona. Arizona is known for winter hiking, boating at lakes, 4 wheeling in the desert, golf, horseback riding, rock hounding, walking, and just enjoying the views and the sunsets. Arizona has amazing County, State and National Parks like the White Tank Mountain Regional Park west of Phoenix, Saguaro National Monument near Tucson and Sabino Canyon not far from downtown Tucson.

3. Sights to See - Some retirement communities offer bus trips to see the sights. But no matter how you travel, you'll have plenty of half day and day trips to keep you busy. A favorite destination is the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. Near Tucson is the beautiful Arizona Sonora Desert Museum.  Other popular day trips are a cruise on the Dolly Steamboat east of Phoenix and exploring gems, minerals and flea markets in crazy Quartzsite about an hour from Phoenix.

4. Art to Enjoy - In Phoenix and Scottsdale there are a wide variety of art museums. On the University of Arizona campus in Tucson there is a great photography musuem. But what visitors to Arizona enjoy the most are the outdoor art festivals and markets. The annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market, highlights spectacular artwork, music and dance performances, artist demonstrations, book signings and delicious Native foods. the Fair & Market draws more than 600 of the nation's finest Native American artists who show and sell authentic artwork. Peruse booths filled with jewelry, beadwork, pottery, katsina dolls, textiles, clothing, paintings, baskets and more.

5. Cultures to Expore - Arizona is a great place to learn about the Native Americans of the Southwest. . The annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market is one of the best places to meet Navajo, Apache, Tohono O'odham people but to learn about their history or culture, tour The Heard Museum with a docent or visit the Amerind Museum in southern Arizona. Scottsdale hosts a great Native American music and dance series called Native Trails.

There is so much to do and see in Arizona during the Winter. The mildest season runs from November through April. And, if you just want to escape the cold and stay home, you'll find plenty of places to stay with balconies, covered patios and community pools where you can while away the hours reading, answering e-mail, doing needlework or kicking back with a Margarita at sunset time.

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