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Get ready for an incredible summer vacation this year that will transcend all the others. If you are looking for the ideal summer spot, look no further than Sedona. Our Northern Arizona community features a variety of incredible Sedona summer activities that will make for an unbelievable stay. You will find everything extremely close to our vacation rentals, ensuring you have plenty of fun. Take a look at the top summer activities found here in Sedona:

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Cool Off at Slide Rock State Park

Sedona might be in Northern Arizona, but it still sees some of the high temperatures of summer for the state. During your stay, make sure you cool off by visiting Oak Creek Canyon, where natural pools can be found, and you can cool off with a dip in the water. The most popular dipping spot is over at Slide Rock State Park. Here, visitors will find a natural water slide. You can slide down the rock or simply hang out by the ledge and soak up some sunshine. Slide Rock State Park is a popular destination in the summer, so make sure to go early and beat the inevitable crowds.

Enjoy a Hot Air Balloon Ride

Sedona is a truly stunning destination with the red rocks all around you. During your stay, you can take in the views from up high by booking you and your family a hot air balloon ride. Red Rock Balloon Adventures has everything you need for a sky-high adventure. Join one of their rides to get an aerial view from hundreds of feet up in the air. You can sit back and enjoy the views while you float around the valley. If you book a tour before noon, you can avoid the afternoon heat, making your journey in the sky much more delightful. Book your tour now to ensure this popular activity is available during your summer stay!

Go Hiking

It should go without saying that Sedona has some of the best views in the entire state of Arizona. When you arrive, you will be amazed at how the red rocks provide the perfect backdrop for your memories. While many might be initially nervous to go hiking in the Arizona heat, there are plenty of ways to escape it. Hiking early in the morning has become part of the regular routine for those who live in Sedona or visit often. Head out during the early hours of the morning for beautiful weather.

Finding a trail that is easy to get to and enjoy is not hard at all. The West Fork Trail, found over by Oak Creek, continues to be one of the top hikes in the area. You will be able to escape the direct sunshine as the trail hugs the canyon walls.

You also must check out local hikes that have become icons themselves with presence on social media. Devil’s Bridge continues to be an iconic spot to hike; take a picture of yourself on the natural bridge that crosses over the canyon. The hike to Devil’s Bridge is 4.2 miles round trip, making it an easy enough hike for most.

Don’t forget hiking up to Cathedral Rock, where another stunning hike awaits you. This is a great hike for sunset but can also be enjoyed at any time of the day. While the hike is only 1.4 miles round trip, it is up an extremely steep incline. Most hikers will need to climb up on their hands and knees and start the hike around an hour and a half before sunset to make it in time. Make sure to bring a flashlight for the way back down if you are planning on staying up there past sunset.

Enjoy a Winery Tour

Sedona is also known to be Arizona’s wine country, where you can find dozens of wineries and tasting rooms within a short distance of your vacation rental. Beating the heat has never been so relaxing as it can be with a glass of wine in your hand. Northern Arizona produces a lovely batch of grapes used for wines in the region. Popular wineries in the area include Page Spring Cellars that is always a favorite with the locals. Page Spring Cellars sustainably produces small batch wines and also puts on special events such as four-course dinners. Take a winery tour to get a glimpse at how each batch is expertly produced right here on the property.

Our Summer Adventure Awaits

These summer activities and many more will be waiting for you here in Sedona. Book a stay at one of our vacation rentals and come enjoy summertime in Sedona for yourself.

There is so much for you to do in Scottsdale, so how do you narrow it down to only the best? We have put together a seven-day guide to help you navigate the historical and exciting section of Old Town Scottsdale. This bustling neighborhood truly has it all, featuring culinary restaurants, cool cafes, unique shops, boutique stores, and fun things to do during Scottsdale getaways.

Old Town is so special because it has pedestrian-friendly streets, so you can walk out of your rental property and explore this buzzing area on foot anytime, day or night. You can walk into the art galleries and museums to soak in the culture, followed by going to one of the many retail shops or restaurants to see what is on offer. You will never get bored here. Keep reading to see a few must-do items on our list for exploring Old Town—and of course, there is so much more to do!

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Day 1

You might wake up on day one feeling groggy and tired after traveling all day yesterday to reach your destination—we know how that feels—but the best way to combat jet lag and fatigue is to wake up early, get started, and start your vacation off on the right foot. With coffee, of course! Fortunately for you, there are many cafes and cool coffee shops right in the heat of Old Town that bring in people from all over the city and surrounding neighborhoods to get a fresh brew early in the morning.

On your first day, we recommend going to Alo Cafe to try international foods and pastries from around the world. We recommend ordering the pastrami three-egg burrito with cheese and crispy potatoes, lox omelet with smoked Nova Lox and cream cheese, or the super-sweet Waffle Barge deluxe, featuring Belgian waffles with grilled pineapple, banana, Nutella, whipped cream, and powdered sugar.

Feeling full of caffeine and energy post-breakfast? Good! Now it is time to head to the Old Town Farmers Market to wander around the local vendors, chat with farmers, pick out some organic produce, and purchase spreads, veggies, fruits, and pastries to bring back home later.

Stand with bread

Day 2

Wake up bright and early to head to Arcadia Farms Cafe in Old Town Scottsdale to enjoy their strong cups of coffee and laid-back atmosphere. This lovely, high-end breakfast spot makes you feel like you are dining right by the Louvre in Paris rather than in Old Town Scottsdale, featuring French-inspired plates, flaky croissants, buttery pastries, and strong espresso cups. We recommend ordering the potato frittata with caramelized onions, peppers, thinly sliced Yukon potatoes, ceramic eggs, fresh herbs, Gruyere cheese, and Provencal tomato. Or, if you want something sweet, the peach French toast casserole with praline pecan caramel sauce and whipped cream is to die for.

After a Euro-inspired breakfast, head to Old Town Gypsy to check out this vintage and unique women’s clothing store that sells linen clothes, flowy items, and cool pieces that you won’t find in your typical chain store. We love this eclectic shop that offers the perfect date night outfit or flowy shirt for sitting outside and listening to live music in the summer months.

Breakfast plates

Day 3

Need a little pick-me-up early in the morning and tons of fuel before you head on a hike? We don’t blame you. Hikes in Scottsdale can be hot and demanding, so you need extra energy on reserve to power up those hills and reach the tallest peaks. And there is no better place to carb load than U.S. Egg Breakfast and Lunch Old Town Scottsdale on Scottsdale Road.

Once you are done with your huge stack of pancakes, continue your search for Old Town Scottsdale things to do and walk to Carmen, a beautiful boutique bookstore that sells jewelry, small items, trinkets, and clothes that are great for souvenirs. You can purchase postcards, posters, and journals to track your fun holiday excursions.

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Day 4

On the fourth day of your Scottsdale adventure, head to a local favorite, Zuzu. Although this restaurant is located in a hotel, it churns out tasty plates for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so you can head here any time you would like. Order one of the brunch specialties, like the carne asada breakfast burrito chock full with all of the fixings or the crunchy fried chicken and waffles with pork belly, hot honey, sweet corn, pickled chiles, and scallions for a little extra crunch on top.

After sitting at breakfast for a couple of hours, we love going to Leela Market to check out this expansive boutique-like store that offers room after room of modern clothing, cool home decorations, jewelry, shoes, and much more. You can even find authentic Native American-influenced pieces here, like arts, crafts, paintings, and engravings.

Rack of clothes

Day 5

If you are health conscious and want to wake up every day feeling refreshed and excited to see all that Old Town has to offer, you need to fuel yourself properly. That is why we think visiting Farm and Craft is a perfect spot for any meal of the day, especially breakfast, to kick the day off on the right foot. This health-conscious and sustainable food eatery in Old Town features organic food, farm fresh ingredients, and seasonal offerings, so you look and feel great. We love the harvest avocado toast, salmon poke bowl with marinated salmon and pickled cucumber, or steak and farro wrap with toasted farro, wilted kale, arugula, cheddar, mushroom, and caramelized onions.

Post-coffee, it is time to head to Brown Avenue Historic Sites to learn a little more about Old Town Scottsdale And really appreciate the history of this burgeoning city. The Old Adobe Mission is a building from the early 1930s that features modern celebrations, incredible architecture, and memorabilia dating back to the early 20th century.

Day 6

Try some Southern-influenced cooking during your time in Scottsdale, and head to Belle’s Nashville Kitchen for huge plates and a great time! This rip-roaring spot is perfect for brunch, cocktails, happy hour, or a few post-dinner drinks. For the morning, we love mimosas, French toast sticks with bourbon glazed cream cheese, and ‘pig candy’ — two bourbon-soaked bacon strips with pralines.

Learn more about the history of this incredible city and state by going to the Scottsdale Historical Society Museum post-breakfast, featuring beautiful botanical gardens for sitting outside in the sunshine, the Water and Fog Plaza, event lawns, and more.


Day 7

If you are in a hurry on the last day of your Scottsdale getaways to see the last of the sights, it might be time for just coffee on the go this morning. Head to one of the many coffee shops, like Cartel Roasting Co. Sip Coffee and Beer, or Press Coffee on the waterfront to taste strong and sweet coffee that will give you a little pep in your step.

On the last day, it might be time to head inside and check out the sprawling museums and cultural areas present in Scottsdale! We love the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts for its new artwork and design. In contrast, the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts hosts concerts and performances that will be one of the main highlights of your trip.

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Spring is one of the best times to visit Sedona, as the great weather is ideal for outdoor recreation. If you’re considering a trip to Arizona this spring, we’ve put together the ultimate spring guide to Sedona trips to help our guests make the most of their time in the area. Read on below to see our favorite things to do and see in springtime!

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Culinary Scene

First things first, you’ll need a hearty breakfast and coffee to get the day started on the right foot. Luckily, there are tons of cute cafes and breakfast joints in Sedona that offer homemade food, tasty pours of coffee, and sweet treats to get you excited for the day to come.

Head to Coffee Pot Restaurant for traditional fare and Southwestern dishes that will leave you full until dinnertime. This restaurant is known for its famous ‘101 Omelets’ and gift shop that offers souvenirs for you to bring back home to your friends. There are literally more than 100 omelet combinations to choose from, so it might take a while to read the menu. However, we love the unique combinations, like the Italian sausage tomato and cheese, shrimp and cheese, imitation crab, avocado, mushroom, and cheese, or the cream cheese and green chile omelet to hit the spot for a morning treat. Or maybe your kids want the sweet pancakes or Belgian waffles with ice cream, fruit, and whipped cream. All of it sounds great to us.

Next on our list of Sedona Spring restaurants is the Secret Garden Cafe. This super cute and cozy spot is somewhere where you could sit and hang out for hours on end with an iced latte and a book in hand. We love eating healthy while on holiday, so try the famous deep dish quiche Lorraine or the open-faced veggie omelet with fluffy egg whites, bell peppers, sauteed onions, spinach, and creamy feta cheese.

For the next day, HP Cafe on State Route 89A is a fantastic spot to check out while you are on your way to the nearby Devil’s Bridge tourist attraction or the Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park. This down-home American diner-style restaurant offers a no-frills alternative to the more upscale restaurant you see in today’s “foodie” culture. Order a standard plate of eggs, bacon, and home fries to hit the spot.

Plate of eggs

After a long day of hiking and exploring Sedona, it might be time to sit down for a nice dinner with your friends or family. Sedona offers many dinner spots ranging from little hole-in-the-wall options with cheap sandwiches to upscale eateries with five-course menus. The diversity here is what makes it so desirable to come for a vacation with your best pals or family members.

We love Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill for fine dining food, upscale ambiance, and unbeatable views. This incredible restaurant focuses on quality ingredients and unique creations that have earned it a spot on Open Table’s top restaurants in the state for multiple years in a row.

Start with some tapas to split with the table, like the handmade empanadas with portobello mushrooms, poblano peppers, and caramelized onions. Then, order mejillones con chorizo for a seafood starter, finished off with the gaucho plate, featuring chorizo-link sausage, Spanish butter beans, and pineapple criolla.

For a main dish, the meat is what really takes the cake. Order something from the ‘carnes a la parrilla’ menu to have the best meal of your life. Not sure what to get? The NY Strip, filet mignon, or Australian rack of lamb with cilantro mint and pesto are crowd favorites.

Another great spot to head to during your Sedona vacay is The Hudson. This typical American eatery offers incredible views, plentiful plates, and great drinks. The Hudson is a popular ‘neighborhood’ restaurant with a modern interior, incredible views over the desert, and tons of TVs for watching football games with your mates. They also have daily happy hours for unbeatable deals.

Hamburger with sauce

We loved the salted soft pretzel bread with brown mustard and Guinness cheese sauce to go with a pale ale and split with the table before our main dishes arrived. Then, try the fresh mozzarella bruschetta with tomato, basil, cracked black pepper, and balsamic syrup on a hot summer day. Or, if you want something heavier, the burgers, sandwiches, and prime-cut steaks are mouthwatering.

Lastly, the Hideaway House is a casual, family-friendly spot that churns out American and Italian dishes that will leave you full until the next day. We love the huge subs for splitting with the table and the wood-fired pizzas that pair well with the house glass of wine or an ice-cold IPA on a hot summer night.

Sedona Spring Activities

There is so much to do for a Sedona spring getaway that it can be hard to narrow the extensive must-do list to the top items!

We recommend going to see the biggest sights in the area, like Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock in the desert, to take incredible photos and witness the spiritual magic. Then, continue on during your nature-forward journey by taking a jeep tour throughout the desert and heading towards Boynton Canyon for a full day in the Sonoran Desert.


If you are feeling really adventurous, you can take one of the longer hikes or bike trails through Sedona. The famous red rocks are super close to the city center, so you can easily get there with the proper hiking shoes and some water.

Some of the best hikes in Sedona and the surrounding areas include the Devil’s Bridge Trail via Dry Creek Road, Cathedral Rock Trail, and Fay Canyon. We love going on Fay Canyon for our first hike in the hot weather, as this short 2.5-mile trail is a short path with varied views that keep it interesting for people of all ages and interest levels. The scrambling at the end is the best bit!

Then, once you have conquered this short trail, you can move on toward more challenging trails, like Cathedral Rock. This hike isn’t hard, per se, as it is only 1 mile long, but you will still gain more than 500 feet in elevation as you try to get to the top of this incredible structure in the desert. Climb to the top of the rock to soak in the breathtaking views of Bell Rock and Courthouse Butte.

Lastly, Devil’s Bridge is an absolute must-visit during your time here. Although this hike is short at less than 5 miles round trip, it will still give you a little bit of a challenge that gives you the chance to get in some fitness and break a sweat. We recommend going early in the day to avoid the crowds and see the sunrise. The incredible views and rocky trail make it adventurous and exciting.

Person looking at flower

ATV Tours

It’s time to put on a helmet and take a super-fast ATV ride through the desert if you are not a fan of walking and getting hot and sweaty. Use Arizona Offroad Tours to go to the nearby canyons or even cruise to the top of the Skeleton Bone Mountain!

Other ATV companies to use while you are in Sedona are Sedona ATV Rental, Sedona Offroad Adventures, and Arizona ATV Adventures. Sedona ATV Rental offers an ATV rental service so you can go and cruise on your own with the high-end gear, trail maps, and drinks to stay hydrated and safe during your full-day excursion in the desert.


Head to the Verde River to hop in the flowing water and paddle along the waves to cool off after a few days in the hot and humid desert. You can kayak the Verde River by using a professional company, like Verde Adventures or Clarkdale Kayak Company, to stay safe and have a blast with your entire group.

Verde Adventures offers inflatable kayaks, scenic tours along the rivers, vineyard tours to combine fitness and fun, and tubing if you would rather just relax and float down the bright blue rivers. We love river trips, like the sporty and sweet river trip, offering a great chance for beginners to enjoy this small-scale private trip along the Verde River to see the sights.

Person Kayaking on water

Horseback Riding

Continue seeing the nearby sights by taking a horseback riding tour with Horsin Around Adventures. Choose the horse that you’d like and walk through beautiful flower-covered meadows, have an authentic cowboy dinner as the sun goes down, and take pictures of the breathtaking Sedona Red Rocks.

Hot Air Balloon

You can finish off your Sedona trips by going high up into the air to get the last glances of the red rocks and the lush green trees down elbow! Use Red Rock Balloon Adventures to see the sunrise from the best point of view you might ever get.

Red Rock Balloons is a popular professional business offering a sunrise balloon flight to bring you high above the Red Rock Country, offering the perfect viewpoint to see wildlife, natural wonders of the world, and the sun over the desert landscape. This flight lasts 60 to 90 minutes and is a once in a lifetime experience that you will talk about for years on end.

Hot air balloon

Spring Events

Finally, if you come to Sedona during the busting spring months, there are certain events that only occur here once per year that you won’t want to miss. Mark your calendars and plan your upcoming vacation around these exciting annual occurrences to have the best holiday of your entire year!

Attend the 13th Annual Celebration of Spring at the end of March to watch the parade through the town, drink ice-cold beverages with your friends, and take your kids on an Easter Egg Hunt through the parks.

Other interesting events to check out for your spring getaway include meditation in the park, 1st Friday in the Galleries to see the local art scene, sound healing baths and vibrational healing courses, yoga immersion practices, day yoga retreats, live music concerts, and much more. It doesn’t matter what you are interested in; there is truly something for everyone here in Sedona, AZ.

We recommend planning your trip with the Red Dirt Concert Series if you’re a folk or country music fan. This upbeat concert series is held every Friday in May, rounding out the spring with a chance to listen to live music, sing along, and dance the night away. Head to the Posse Grounds pavilion in Sedona to listen to some of the best local artists and have a few beers with your friends.

Town street

Stay with Porter for an Unforgettable Vacation

Porter offers the best of the best in terms of location, convenience, properties, and professional service. We have customers come back year after year to see new parts of Sedona they haven’t been to before due to our professionalism, great selection of properties, modern choices, and amenities in all of our homes.

Whether you want to stay in a small condo to enjoy a couple’s getaway with your partner, a family retreat in a small home, or a corporate bonding experience in a large mansion, we truly have it all. Look at our website online to see which property works for your group size and unique needs.

If you have questions, our agents are there 24 hours per day, seven days per week, to help you with the booking process and comfort during your stay here. We guarantee that you will never find better customer service than our agents, who have tons of experience in the industry and know the area like the back of their hand.

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Browse our website today to find which home ticks all of the boxes for you. We specialize in beautiful Greater Arizona and Scottsdale vacation rentals that offer pristine service, exceptional comfort, and high-end amenities. Your property may even have a private pool, separate patio, wrap-around deck, or hot tub to ease your aching muscles after hours and hours of hiking throughout the hot spring day.

If this sounds like the adventure you want this upcoming spring, get started with us today. Sedona is a beautiful spot that offers much more than just winter skiing. Spring is the best time to hit the trails, hop in the water, and enjoy the culinary scene. Let Porter help you have a fantastic time—we take care of all the hard work.

When you are in Arizona, you know that the summer season is just around the corner when the temperatures start to creep up. Luckily, you can still enjoy a summer getaway with cool temperatures and incredible outdoor activities when you vacation to Flagstaff. There is no better time to come experience Flagstaff than Memorial Day Weekend. This annual holiday signals the start of summer, and kids will be getting off school. Take your family to Flagstaff for fun events and summer activities like no other. Check out what your Flagstaff Memorial Day getaway can look like.

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Enjoy a Gondola Ride

Flagstaff may be best known in the state of Arizona as the location where you can find Arizona Snowbowl, one of the top skiing destinations in the state. During the winter months, Snowbowl offers a variety of slopes for you to ski or snowboard down. By the time Memorial Day Weekend comes, Snowbowl will have closed its slopes for the season, as the snow has more than likely melted away. However, visitors will still be able to take advantage of the gondolas on the property. Visit Snowbowl during your Memorial Day Weekend getaway to take a ride aboard their gondolas for a mesmerizing experience high above the trees. You can take in once-in-a-lifetime views of the area from these enclosed gondolas. After your ride is over, hang out at Snowbowl on their patio for a bit of lunch in the cool weather.

Visit the Museum of Northern Arizona

Just because the kids are off school for the rest of summer does not mean you cannot find anything educational to do in Flagstaff. During your Memorial Day Weekend visit head over to the Museum of Northern Arizona for an educational yet exciting time. This local museum highlights the culture, art, and science that is part of the Colorado Plateau, where Flagstaff is located. You will learn about the incredible geology of the Grand Canyon, experience the culture of Native tribes local to the area, and understand how dinosaurs roamed the historic valley. Don’t forget to stop by the gift shop on the way out to find beautiful jewelry and fine art among other gifts to purchase. The best part of a visit to the Museum of Northern Arizona is that all children ages 9 and younger get in for absolutely free!

Movies on the Square

Each summer season downtown Flagstaff puts on their Movies on the Square series for families to enjoy. We are happy to report that Movies on the Square will return once again for 2024. This event series showcases a different family friendly movie in downtown Flagstaff for everyone to enjoy. Movies will play every Saturday evening starting at dusk from Memorial Day Weekend up until Labor Day Weekend. The first movie that will be show over Memorial Day Weekend will be Coco, a family favorite! You will find that live entertainment and activities will be enjoyed starting at 4:00 PM until the movie begins as the sun sets. Fratelli’s Pizza will be on hand with their incredible pizza. Additional concessions including popcorn and sweet treats will also be available for purchase. Bring a blanket and warm clothing as the evenings are still chilly around Memorial Day Weekend. Come start Movies on the Square with us this Memorial Day Weekend!

Explore the Flagstaff Brewery Trail

Memorial Day Weekend is not just for the kids, as you will find plenty of activities for the adults to enjoy as well. Downtown Flagstaff is home to a variety of local craft breweries that are favorites among locals and visitors. Flagstaff is known to be the leading craft beer city in the state of Arizona and offers the Flagstaff Brewery Trail for you to follow. After collecting stamps on your downloadable passport, you can receive a free pint glass from the Flagstaff Visitor Center to celebrate your achievement. Breweries available to visit in Downtown Flagstaff include Beaver Street Brewing, Historic Brewing Company, Dark Sky Brewing, and more. Most breweries are family friendly and offer delicious food and snacks to enjoy as well. Come check out Northern Arizona’s best breweries!

Outdoor Adventures in Flagstaff

Take your family on a thrilling adventure with local guide companies in the area. Flagstaff Extreme Adventure Course will take care of your zip line adventures with thrilling courses high up over the trees. Flag Tag AZ features axe throwing and also laser tag for family friendly fun. Visiting Flagstaff is all about having fun and these companies will make sure to do just that!

Get Ready for Memorial Day

These events and activities are waiting for you here in Flagstaff. Simply book your favorite rental with us today and see for yourself!

Spring Training is one of the best times to head to AZ if you are a sports fan. Even if you have never watched baseball up close and personal before, spending time in the incredible Arizona sunshine, seeing the ballparks in person, and viewing pro athletes is one of the coolest things you can do with your friends or family on your Arizona trips.

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Do you need a little more info about Spring Training in AZ before booking your tickets? We don’t blame you. Get ready to plan your itinerary in bustling Scottsdale by reading our in-depth guide to this annual event. We make sure you are well-educated and excited to attend a few Cactus League games before arriving in AZ.

Cactus League Spring Training Schedule

Spring Training is a huge deal for baseball fans worldwide to come and see the Cactus League in full form. This exciting league has been around for over 80 years, so no wonder people are overjoyed to come here and see home runs, bring their kids to witness the magic, or see their favorite team out on the baseball diamond.

Make sure you check out the official website, MLB.com, to see the latest updates, schedules, fields, events, and information on your favorite team. The main teams who will be at Spring Training in Arizona in 2024 include the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Rockies, Padres, White Sox, Cubs, Rangers, Royals, Athletics, Angels, Guardians, Brewers, and Reds.

Chances are, one of these teams is your top pick, so be sure to see your heroes live and in action up close and personal. The Spring Training series kicks off in mid-February, so ensure you get tickets ahead of time to secure your seat.

The most common stadiums for games include the Peoria Sports Complex, Salt River Fields, Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Sloan Park, Surprise Stadium, Hohokam Stadium, Tempe Diablo Stadium, Scottsdale Stadium, and Goodyear Ballpark.

There are numerous stadiums in the heart of Arizona that are close to our properties so you can easily get to and from the games. You can bike, walk, drive, or take public transportation to these convenient stadiums when you stay with us in one of our spacious and modern properties.

10 exciting and unique ballparks are all within an hour’s drive of the bustling and upbeat Phoenix, AZ, making it easy for you to get around the city, explore the stadiums, check out the inner city, and pack your days with fun things to do. You can get to all the stadiums if you stay in Phoenix, Glendale, Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, or Gilbert, Arizona.

Three baseballs on the ground

Restaurants in Phoenix to Check Out During Spring Training Season in Arizona

Suppose you are staying in the heart of Phoenix during your Spring Training Arizona vacation. In that case, chances are you want to find the best restaurants to go to before and after spending all day at the stadium.

Breakfast is the day’s most important meal, so where do you start? We think that checking out Snooze, an AM Eatery, should be the number one stop on your list for your first day of rest and relaxation in this exciting Arizona city. Head here on Camelback Road to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, huge servings, and friendly service.

We love the expansive menu, featuring top categories like eggs, omelets, breakfast ribs, plant power meals, benedicts, pancakes, French toast, and tacos. The bread pudding French toast with whipped cream is great for a sweet tooth, whereas the chilaquiles with salsa verde and over-easy eggs are ideal for those who want a unique dish.

The next spot for day two of Spring Training is Elly’s Brunch and Cafe on Camelback Road in Phoenix. Kids will love coming here, as they offer numerous combinations of pancakes, French toast, waffles, and other sweet treats that curb any type of craving you may have. The best is the German pancake with lemon wedges and maple syrup or the classic buttermilk pancakes with chocolate chips.

After a long day of wandering around the ballpark, watching your favorite team hit home run after home run, and spending quality time with your family, it might be time to head back into the city to get a filling dinner in Phoenix. Phoenix is no stranger to restaurants, offering high-end dinner spots, ethnic cuisine, international foods, and much more.

Pretzels in a basket

We love going to The Arrogant Butcher every time we take Arizona trips, as it offers New American dishes, huge portions, and a modern atmosphere. Start with the house-made pretzels with provolone fondue and the crispy brussels sprouts with prosciutto breadcrumbs and parmesan for the ideal appetizer plates.

Then, for the main dish, you can’t go wrong with the Atlantic salmon with butternut squash and crispy brussels sprouts for a healthy option or the butcher’s meatloaf with mashed potatoes, buttered green beans, and brown sugar tomato glaze for a decadent main entree.

Or try the Seasons 52 restaurant on Camelback Suite for a more high-end option with better steak and seafood than anyone else in the city. We recommend ordering the lump crab cake, slow-roasted meatballs, avocado toast, and grilled artichokes with preserved lemon hummus to split with the table for fresh produce and organic vegetables.

Then, as the main entree, the wood-grilled shrimp and grits, rotisserie half chicken, wood-grilled dry rubbed pork chop, or the wood-grilled boneless rainbow trout all pair well with a glass of wine and the incredible views from outside of the restaurant. We love the fresh food here and the clean ingredients that make us feel good during.

Bowl of cooked shrimp

Restaurants in Scottsdale

If you are staying closer to Scottsdale for your Spring Training getaway, there are still numerous restaurants, cafes, bars, and pubs for you to check out during your stay.

To start the day off on the right foot before heading to one of the nearby ballparks, we recommend going to Butters Pancakes and Cafe for a huge stack of buttermilk pancakes with your choice of toppings, sides, and hot coffee. What could be better? We love the down-home diner vibe of this spot that churns out flapjack after flapjack of butter goodness.

Or, for the second day, head to Alo Cafe on East 1st Street, right in the heart of Scottsdale, for huge servings and friendly workers. We order the Monte Cristo with sour cream and triple berry jam on French toast, Croissant Cristo with sour cream, or the house-smoked barbecue pork loin with house sauce, two eggs any style, and toast when we come here. It is simply divine!

Do you need a dinner spot in Scottsdale after a long day of watching Spring Training? Luckily, Scottsdale and the surrounding areas have tons of cool pubs, bars, restaurants, high-end eateries, and outdoor venues that churn out tasty food, local produce, and yummy drinks.

We recommend going to Duke’s Sports Bar and Grill if you want a laid-back, athletic-focused venue, a neighborhood pub showing sports on the various flat-screen TVs, mouthwatering burgers, huge pores of beer, and free rides home to ensure you get home safely. Talk about a bargain! Order the cheeseburger and a pint of pale ale as you watch sports on the screens at the bar.

Beer tabs at bar

Or, if you want something a little more defined, check out Roaring Fork on North Scottsdale Road for tasty food, a modern atmosphere, and strong cocktails that will keep you going all night long. We love the skillet cornbread with whipped agave butter, queso with green chili pork, and guacamole with cotija cheese, cilantro, and corn chips to start.

For the main dish, you can’t go wrong with ordering one of the meat-heavy dishes from the wood-fired grill, like the all-natural Black Angus steak with caramelized shallot butter, complete with a broiled lobster tail or side of au poivre. If you would rather try one of the house specialties, the bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin with poblano grits and charred corn is a fan favorite.

Baseball Attractions in Arizona

If you just can’t get enough of America’s pastime, then head to one of these exciting baseball attractions dotted around Phoenix, Scottsdale, and the surrounding suburbs. We know that you are going to love learning more about the history of the sport, spending time in the beautiful weather, and purchasing memorable souvenirs to bring back home after your Spring Training trip.

First, head to Chase Stadium once the regular season starts to catch a full MLB game on Jefferson Street right in the heart of Phoenix, AZ. The large stadium has a great vibe, exciting atmosphere, and great views of the entire baseball diamond from every seat.

Home plate on baseball field

Next, The Keg Steakhouse and Bar in Desert Ridge is a sports-themed bar that is great for athletes and sports lovers to convene, meet, and share their love of baseball with one another. You can catch the local games on the numerous TVs and even try their aptly named “baseball sirloin,” paired perfectly with a glass of red wine or a hearty beer.

Furthermore, the American Family Field of Phoenix is a great baseball stadium in the Cactus League that churns out tasty brats, hot dogs, and beer for you to enjoy on a hot spring or summer day. We love the laid-back atmosphere and the huge crowds that turn out to this sunny and clean venue to watch Spring Training in Arizona.

Phoenix Breweries to Head to After a Game

Want to keep the good vibes flowing and the party going after catching Spring Training in the Cactus League? We don’t blame you. Nothing goes better with baseball than a craft beer, so we recommend going to one of the best breweries in Phoenix and the surrounding areas to watch games on the TV, chat with other baseball fans, and sip on some of the best brews in the entire state.

First, check out Arizona Wilderness Brewing Company. If you want to listen to vintage vinyl records on Fridays, satisfy late-night carvings until 1:30 am on the weekends, grab a deal for taco Tuesday, or enjoy ‘stein’ hour for a great deal on tons of beer. This exciting brewery is one of the state’s most well-known and highly lauded breweries due to its unique brews and tasty food.

Flight of beer

Another spot that is a must-visit after checking out the Spring Training in Arizona is Greenwood Brewing Company right in the heart of downtown Phoenix on Roosevelt Street. We love heading to the Roosevelt Row Arts District to catch a more unique scene than you would find in the more touristic sections of the city. We love the Herstory Brew Pale Ale on a hot day!

Not done with the beer yet? We don’t blame you. Walk to Huss Brewing Company’s taproom in one of their three locations in downtown Phoenix to taste some fruity and summer-type beer, like the Scottsdale blonde, and chat with locals and tourists alike. We love the laid-back vibe and friendly staff, who are great at making craft beer recommendations.

Why You Should Stay with Us During Spring Training in Arizona

If you are super keen to head to Arizona to watch Spring Training baseball, we don’t blame you. It is exciting to watch, and you can do many activities before and after viewing these pro athletes, like getting some of the best coffee and breakfast in the state, visiting museums, shopping in downtown Phoenix, and eating at high-end restaurants.

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But where should you stay during your trip here? Use Porter to find luxurious, spacious, modern homes that suit your unique needs and group size. Porter offers beautiful Phoenix and Scottsdale vacation rentals, with a focus on high-end customer service, comfortable amenities, cozy decorations, and convenient locations. You can look at our website today to see why our hospitality is the number one in the state. Our professional agents are honest, upfront, and proactive to make your holiday stress-free and super fun. Book your Spring Training vacation today!

Beer is a way of life in Arizona—as it should be. The number of craft breweries in Flagstaff is growing all the time, and they churn out pint after pint of the malt-filled goodness. Keep reading to see the best breweries that you need to check out during your Flagstaff getaways.

Mother Road Brewing Company

One of the best breweries in the entire state, not just Flagstaff, is the ever-popular Mother Road Brewing Company. This upscale brewery combines tasty food, shareable plates, and tempting craft beer into one experience that you will not soon forget. You might even come back here multiple times during your Flagstaff getaway!

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This is the state’s third-largest craft brewer, which you will be able to see with the plethora of drinks to choose from any day of the week. We love the Tower Station IPA for hot days or the Day Drinker Lager for colder spring or winter days. But, if you want something more unique, the Daily Driver Juicy Pale Ale offers a citrus alternative to the typical malt-filled beverage.

For food, you can order one of their Southern-influenced dishes to share with the table or have to yourself. We love street tacos, like the blackened shrimp tacos with grilled corn relish, toasted sweet chili sauce, citrus cabbage, slaw, and remoulade.

Suppose you would rather have something a bit heavier to pair with your third or fourth pint of beer. The handheld sandwiches are a great choice — we love the Tri-Tip cheesesteak sandwich with grilled bell peppers, onions, sharp cheddar cheese sauce, and a hoagie. Pair this with an IPA for a hearty summer lunch treat!

Or share one of their ‘for sharing’ plates with the table to try some of everything. The trio sampler with house-seasoned tater tots, pretzel bites, and mac n cheese pairs well with any type of beer and will keep the entire table happy and well-fed.

You can also check the website to see the craft beer specialties the brewery is currently pouring to find out more about what to order. And the best part? This brewery is right in the heart of Flagstaff, so you can walk here from anywhere in the city in just a few minutes.

Brewery distilleries

Dark Sky Brewing Company

The next must-visit brewery on our list is Dark Sky Brewing Company. This is how breweries should be: open air in a huge, industrialized space with wooden tables, tons of floor space, ample counter space to stand and have a beer, and dim lights. We love sitting here and hanging out for hours as we sample different beers on their tasting trays.

You can choose from one of 16 tap beers to see which one suits your fancy. If you are a fan of unique beers, like sours or juicy pale ales, try the So Pitted kettle sour pour with notes of cinnamon and cloves.

And what pairs better with beer than pizza? Not much! We love that Dark Sky offers a DSB taproom and Pizzicletta to say full and happy during your trip to downtown Flagstaff. The DBS Taproom on Beaver Street has been transformed into a brick oven pizza spot that offers cheesy shareable plates for you to share with your friends and family.

We recommend ordering one of the states, like the rosemary focaccia, warm olives, or salami with olives if you just need a few nibbles as you start your first beer. Then, for the pints afterward, pair your IPA or stout with a rucola pizza with arugula or the Carne Dolce pizza with pecorino, mozzarella, honey, mascarpone, and sage.

The extensive list of beers here makes it hard to choose which one will suit your palette. However, we love the Wren House Valley beer and Rosemary IPA for hot summer days. Or the Blakes Triple Jam Cider for those who want a sweet treat.


Beaver Street Brewery

Not every brewery offers happy hour, so when we see one that has great happy hour deals almost every day of the week, it has to make our list. Plus, we love the beer and ambiance at Beaver Street Brewery. You need to give a little credit to this brewery’s name; it actually was the city’s first brewpub in 1994, so it has surely made a name for itself in the past two decades.

Choose from one of the seven most popular taps to have all year round or one of the five seasonal rotating taps to sip on a pint as you enjoy wood-fired pizzas to share with the table, healthy salads to pair with a light IPA on a hot summer day, or huge sandwiches that pair well with pale ales.

Head here any time of the week between 2:30 pm and 5:30 pm—yes, a super long happy hour!—to have $2 off Beaver Street pours of beer and $2 of house-made cocktails. Suppose you just can’t fathom any more beer after going on a brewery tour. In that case, you can order one of their strong and tasty cocktails to pair with one of the appetizers.

We love the ahi tuna poke stack with yellow pins, cucumber, and citrus soy sauce for a light and refreshing appetizer. Or try the Bavarian Soft Pretzels with beer cheese mustard or jalapeno cheese sauce for a perfect and simple beer pairing. Splitting one of the wood-fired pizzas with the table is your best bet as a main dish. The prosciutto pear with garlic spinach is a real crowd-pleaser.

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Lumberyard Brewing Company

Do you want to sit outside, look at the mountains, and sip on a tasty IPA during a hot summer or spring day? We do, too! That sounds like the ideal afternoon to us. Head here any time between 3 and 6 pm during the weekdays to enjoy $5 units and $10 Yard Jars – don’t know what a yard jar is? Well, you will have to see it to believe it. These huge yard jars offer the best deal if you are planning on having more than one pint this afternoon. The yard jars are your choice of craft beer pour to help quench your thirst and leave you with a little bit of a buzz.

Sit outside on the breathtaking patio and choose from one of the seven mainstay brews or one of the rotating taps to have as a pint or a yard jar while you enjoy gazing at the expansive views that stretch out before you. Even though there might not be as much refinement as more upscale breweries, we love this brewery’s laid-back, home-style vibe.

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Currently, the brewery is serving up a few tried-and-true mainstays that people love to drink, like the Flagstaff IPA, Railhead Red, Hazy Angel IPA, First Light Lager, Humphrey’s Hefe, and Lumberyard Stout. Suppose you would rather try something that is more seasonal. In that case, the Oktoberfest Marzen or Snowbound Scotch Ale are popular choices during the colder months.

Pair any one of these tasty beers with shareable plates for the table, like boneless chicken wings, Sonoran Poutine with cheese curds and Hatch green chili sauce, or southwest popper dip with cream cheese, Colby jack cheese, banco, poblano peppers, and jalapenos.

For a main dish, we love the hefty sandwich and burgers, served with your choice of French fries, mac n’ cheese, coleslaw, potato salad, or premium sides, like onion rings or fried brussels sprouts. Pair the wild fungi burger with sauteed wild mushrooms, Swiss cheese, and truffle aioli with a stout during a cold winter day for the perfect pub meal!

Flight of beer on table

Grand Canyon Brewery

The aptly named brewery truly shows what it is like to spend time in these beautiful surroundings, offering great views of the outdoors and giving guests a chance to see what the owner’s life was like growing up in his vacation spot of Williams, AZ. This family-friendly and locally owned brewery is a popular spot for those wanting to hang out in a cozy taproom that feels like home.

Plus, this ever-busy brewery is open every day of the week until 10 pm, so we love heading here after dinner to kick on and enjoy a few more pints before going home at night. We love this company’s ethos, which focuses on getting people outside to explore nature. The owner of this brewery wants people to find their own adventure while simultaneously finding their favorite shrink.

Although there are so many beers for you to choose from, it can be hard to narrow it down! Some of the most popular options include the American Pilsner, Sunset Amber Ale, Hop Canyon IPA, Prickly Pear Wheat Ale, Horseshoe Bend Pale Ale, and Black Iron IPA. We love the Sacred Saguaro Lager and the Deep in the Green Double India Pale Ale for seasonal beers for a strong finish.

Once you decide on your perfect pint for the evening, sit in one of the comfortable chairs in the taproom and put your feet by the fire to warm up on a cold winter day. Order the famous charcuterie board, filled with sliced and cured meats, artisan cheeses, seasonal fruits, and assorted nuts to split with the group.

Then, try one of the famous burgers or wood-fired pizzas as a main dish. The brewery tacos with pico de gallo are a healthy alternative to filling burgers. In contrast, the pizza specials every day of the week offer a deal that is hard to pass up. Try the specialty pies for just $23, like the meat lover’s pizza with marinara sauce, mozzarella, bacon, pepperoni, and sausage.

Person carrying beer kegs

Wanderlust Brewing

Wanderlust Brewing not only has a great name that makes us want to go outside and explore the great outdoors, but it also has tasty beer that makes us want to bring a six-pack of their IPA or lagers to the top of a nearby mountain! Wanderlust Brewing is a super-popular brewery in Flagstaff that offers local food trucks to pair perfectly with the extensive rotating tap list.

This little brewery is nestled in a business park in the high country near Flagstaff, so we love the secretive and laid-back vibe of this spot, which is often less busy than the more industrial options. Head here after a hike to sip on a cold IPA and chat with other adventurous people who are like-minded in finding fun activities to do in the beautiful weather.

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We love the German Hefeweizen to sip on during a warm spring day to feel like you are in Europe or a farmhouse-style ale to have as a simple beer after a long mountain bike ride on the nearby trails. Or try one of the unique saison pours for something different you wouldn’t find in the typical American brewery.

Even though their list of offerings is extensive, it doesn’t mean they skimp on quality. Wanderlust offers a unique decor, great brewing practices, and friendly staff that keeps people coming back for more every single week.

Head to the bustling taproom any day of the week before 9 pm to catch up with friends, sit outside and watch the sunset, or cool off inside the taproom. You can also browse their website to see the current events in the taproom, featuring live music, quizzes, and much more. This week, there is private music on Friday night and food trucks on Saturday—poutine, anyone?

Interior of brewery

Stay with Us at Porter for a Relaxing Vacation

Not sure where to stay during your upcoming trip to Flagstaff? Suppose you are in the mood to explore the downtown area, go shopping, walk around the bustling streets, go hiking, and sip on a few craft beers in the process. In that case, staying in a good location is an absolute must. Luckily, when you work with us at Porter, you can rest assured all of our properties are convenient. No matter where you choose, our professional agents will be there 24 hours per day, seven days per week, to make sure you have a relaxing and stress-free holiday in Arizona.

There has never been a better place to get out and explore the fresh spring air than Sedona. If you have not visited Sedona here in Northern Arizona yet, you will be in for a treat. Spring is the ideal time of year to see Sedona in all its glory. The area is just starting to warm up with comfortable temperatures during each spring month. Of course, you will want to come to Sedona for more than the weather. You will also find a variety of spring events taking place in Sedona and the surrounding communities. Take a look at the top Sedona spring events we have nearby for your upcoming trip:

Celebration of Spring

We love being able to celebrate the arrival of spring here in Sedona. During your visit, you will be able to attend the Celebration of Spring. This event is put on by the City of Sedona, making it the official start of spring in the area. A Celebration of Spring is part carnival and part egg hunt that allows individuals of all ages to enjoy the fun.

Bring the whole family to this event where over 22,000 Easter eggs will be hidden in the area. The egg hunt is absolutely free for children to participate in, and they will be divided into age categories so everyone has a fair chance to grab as many as possible. Age groups will start with ages 0 to 2, followed by 3 to 5, 6 to 8, and 9 to 12 to finish off the activity for the day. Children participating in the egg hunt DO need to bring their own egg basket. The egg hunt will start right at 10:30 for the youngest age bracket, so make sure to arrive on time to participate.

There will also be various other activities for the children to enjoy. This includes a petting zoo with loveable farm animals to pet. A meet and greet with the Easter Bunny will also take place so make sure to grab a pic of the kids with him! Don’t forget about the carnival rides and attractions that are an absolute blast. Cash will be needed for the carnival rides along with food and drink vendors at the event. The Celebration of Spring will be in its 13th consecutive year this spring and will take place on March 30th at Posse Grounds Park in Sedona.

Piano on the Rocks International Festival

Piano lovers know that Sedona is the place to be each spring when the Piano on the Rocks International Festival takes place. This is a music festival that celebrates classical music from a variety of periods, including Baroque and Contemporary. The festival first originated in 2016, when pianist Sandrine Erdely-Sayo and narrator Elizabeth Pena showed a shared interest for piano music and poetry. You will find a fusion of music and literature that is sure to light a fire in your soul. Musical performances of a top-tier caliber will be on display and accessible by all. This year’s artists for the festival will include Sandrine Erdely-Sayo, Cynthia Raim, James Palmer, and Madeleine Hehn. This year’s Piano on the Rocks will bring in an international audience ready to see these incredible performers in action. Piano on the Rocks 2024 will take place May 5th through the 7th at a variety of venues. Come enjoy the experience with us.

Sedona Yoga Festival

Sedona is a destination for clarity and natural healing. Many of our visitors feel the energy in Sedona and its incredible quality. Yoga is frequently enjoyed in Sedona for its spiritual side around the Red Rocks Mountains. This year you will find the 10th Annual Sedona Yoga Festival taking place in March. This four-day event will have a variety of activities including workshops, classes, presenters, and performances. Powerful meditation sessions will help you feel immersed while insightful keynotes will keep you familiar with the joy of yoga. Expect to find workshops and classes at indoor venues along with being outdoors. Come experience an event surrounded by others who see the importance of spiritual quality. The Sedona Yoga Festival will take place March 14th through 17th. Passes are still available and start at $289 per person.

Sedona Farmers Market

Each week you will be able to visit the Sedona Farmers Market right here in the area. This weekly event is held on Sundays during the spring from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM at the Wells Fargo Bank Parking Lot on 2201 West State Route 89A. Browse through a variety of vendors selling arts and crafts, produce, and much more. You will find the perfect gift for a loved one back home here at the Sedona Farmers Market.

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Your spring will be one of importance when you choose Sedona. Find your favorite rental property with us today to have the best experience possible this spring.

There are a few things to keep in mind when you are considering buying a vacation property to use as a second home or to rent out. We know that it can be overwhelming to choose from a large portfolio of Flagstaff rental property, but with a reputable agent, we can give you the necessary information that will help you make the best decision when it comes to purchasing a vacation home, as well as help you make the most of the property once you have finalized the purchase. Check out our ultimate guide to owning a vacation property in Flagstaff below!

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First thing is first – you want to choose a home that is in a pristine location! The last thing you want to do is to put your chips all in the basket and find out that your house’s location is not near anything. In this case, people might steer away from renting your property, as they will not be able to drive or walk to attractions, amenities, shops, or restaurants.

Make sure you look at a map and choose the ideal spot for your second home. We think that choosing somewhere YOU and your family will like is a great place to start. Do you love shopping? Well, then choose somewhere with boutique stores and souvenir options. If you like outdoor activities, then we recommend selecting a vacation property that is close to hiking, skiing, snowboarding, and sports. Luckily, Flagstaff features the best of both worlds. It doesn’t matter what your interests are; there is always something to do or see in this pristine area of Arizona.

Consider the Price

The second thing to consider before purchasing rental properties in Flagstaff, AZ is to remember that prices vary, and the total price is key to figuring out what you can afford, where to look to purchase a home, and how the value can fluctuate over time. In certain spots of Flagstaff, you will see that rental prices for properties are higher than others. In this case, you might see that spending more upfront can help get you more in the long run, as you will be able to rent your home for more in a more desirable area. However, the initial investment and long-term prices are good to weigh up, so you can make sure to choose a property, location, and value that is worth it for your finances.

Flagstaff Property Price

Timing Is Key

Make sure you look at the best time to purchase a home in Flagstaff, AZ. Certain times of year create buyer-friendly markets and others result in seller-friendly markets. It will be best to purchase a home during a buyer-friendly market, when the for-sale prices are lower and you can get more bang for your buck. We recommend using an agent from our company during one of these periods so you can get a great deal in the Flagstaff rental market and make more money over time.

Flexible vs. Reliable Flagstaff Rental Property

The next thing to keep in mind before choosing a property to purchase is the fine line between reliability (stability) and flexibility. When it comes to business decisions, you need to balance both of these so you can make the most money in the long run without taking too many risks. We think that first deciding if you are going to use your property as a second source of income for just renting purposes, or if you are going to use the property as a second home for your vacations is the initial step. After all, if you love Flagstaff and enjoy hiking, skiing, and shopping, then using this second home as your vacation spot can help you save on travel expenses and other holiday fees!

Consider Taxes

Although taxes are going to be at the bottom of your list when it comes to things you want to think of during vacation, they can be a huge deciding factor for your second home/Flagstaff rental property. Buying another property can help you receive tax breaks from mortgage payments, which helps you reduce interest rates while still being able to use this property as a second home. There are a few key tax deductions you should discuss with your agent when it comes to figuring out how you can save money in the long run through reduced fees and taxes. First, you should look at the property tax deduction for your second home. A property tax deduction can help you save between 5K and 10K per return if you file separately. Next, you can file for a personal residence mortgage deduction if you are filing married or separately. Lastly, we highly recommend researching the rental property mortgage interest deduction if you rent the house for more than two weeks per year.

Flagstaff Property Taxes

Set Aside Funds Beforehand

The last bit of advice that we have for purchasing a home in Flagstaff – with our help, of course! – is to set aside funds beforehand so you can customize your house, make any necessary changes, decorate the property as you would like, and make any quick fixes as soon as possible. Your vacation home is going to be in your dream spot of Flagstaff, so you’ll want to make the place really feel like your own home. You can rest assured that if you utilize Porter’s management services for your new rental property, all maintenance and repairs are taken care of, so you might just want to hang a few photos, alter the color scheme, or add any items that can work for your picture-perfect dreams.

Best Places to Live in Flagstaff

Now that you are convinced that purchasing a property with our help in Flagstaff is the best move to make a second income and enjoy a second home for your personal use, you might be wondering where to look in the area. The best thing is that when you use our high-end services, we can take care of the hard work of finding neighborhoods and ‘safe’ areas for you and your family — although almost everywhere in Flagstaff is extremely safe! We make sure that you can use our agents’ knowledge to find a safe, secure, and amenity-laden home that works for your unique needs. But if you want to do some research beforehand to choose the right ‘vibe’ for your new rental property in Flagstaff, it can’t hurt! One of the best areas to check out, especially if you are a solo traveler or a young professional looking to invest, is downtown Flagstaff. Not only is this a super popular spot for travelers who are looking for affordable places to rent, but it is a great spot for young people to live and remote work or commute to the office.

Downtown Flagstaff is the cultural hub and the party center of the entire city, featuring tons of things to do, cool gigs to check out, mouthwatering restaurants that offer the best of the best ingredients, high-energy bars to go for drinks, and unique shops to check out. If you are considering buying a rental property here, there are affordable options that make for great vacation options for young professionals, college students looking to walk to nearby universities, and those who want to see the local historic district on foot. We recommend choosing a house near the famous Lowell Observatory or Museum of Northern Art!

Flagstaff Where to Live

A second neighborhood that is great for homeowners and those looking for valuable rental properties in Flagstaff, AZ is Forest Highlands. Forest Highlands, also known as Paradise in the Pines, is a beautiful neighborhood for families and older couples who want to buy a home that offers amazing views of the ponderosa forests, featuring close proximity to golf clubs and downtown Flagstaff.

A third spot that is prime for real estate is Kachina Village. This census-designated area close to Coconino County is a small residential area that is within just a few minutes’ driving distance of Flagstaff, offering more quiet with the nearby National Forest while still providing easy access to shops, restaurants, and cultural attractions in a short drive.

Are you looking for a huge mansion near Flagstaff, AZ? We can’t think of anywhere better for luxurious homes and mansions than Pine Canyon, a luxurious estate and golf community that offers the ideal spot for travelers to unwind, de-stress, relax, and play a game of golf with their mates. The homer here are just steps away from the famous Forest Highlands Golf Club, along with highly rated fine dining restaurants, seasonal cafes, and boutique designer stores.

Lastly, we recommend looking at Cheshire if you want a cool and artsy home in a vibrant community that is slowly growing every single year. The low median age here makes this a fun spot for young couples, professionals, and new homeowners to make friends with their neighbors in their second home. Plus, the houses here offer pristine views, tons of amenities, and great educational institutions for young parents who are starting a family.

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Why You Should Use Porter for Your Vacation Home

As you can see, buying a vacation home is a great way to make a second income and have the flexibility of a second home where you can spend quality holiday hours with your friends or family. Even if you are not super well-versed in the best bits of Flagstaff yet, we know that you will love this vibrant area that features restaurants, cafes, shops, hiking, outdoor activities, golf courses, ski slopes, and much more!

As soon as you look into the perks of living in this bustling and vibrant city, you will be convinced that Flagstaff is THE best spot for a second home and fun vacation with your friends or family. Although putting money down right away for a house can seem daunting, if you choose wisely, you will get a great return on investment.

That is why you need to work with a professional who can give you great advice and make sure that you make smart decisions for your future. When you work with Porter, we only offer the best of the best. You can also rest assured that we have ants on the ground who are here to help you whenever you may need. No matter what you require, whether it be extra advice for purchasing a home or help renting your property, we are there every step of the way to make sure you have a great experience.

Whether you want to find a new vacation home to use as a second income for more stability, or you want a second house to use for future family holidays, we are here to help. Contact us today at Porter to get started with your vacation home-buying process!

Not sure what to do during your winter getaway this year? Well, once you decide where to go, the next step is penciling items into your itinerary. But if you choose somewhere overrun with snow, too cold to go outside, or too busy with tourists, that list dwindles to almost nothing. That is why we think that Scottsdale is a MUST visit vacation spot for you as a solo traveler, with your partner, with your family, or with your best friends. There is something to do for everyone here, even during the ‘cold’ winter months. Scottsdale never gets that cold, even during the dead of winter, so it means you can do SO much more than you could in other places. Check out our ultimate winter Scottsdale vacation guide below and plan the ideal winter trip!

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Grab Breakfast with Your Family

One of the best things to do with your family while you are on a bonding winter vacation is to go to breakfast! Luckily for you, there are tons of spots for you to go during your stay here. You don’t have to choose somewhere that is cheap and out of the way — all of our luxurious rentals are right in the heart of the city, so you are just minutes away on foot from the best brunch spots, cafes, and cool coffee shops the entire state has to offer.

First off, we have Arcadia Farms Cafe. If you are in the mood for a casual, cozy, and laid-back atmosphere that will keep you warm on a cold winter day, Arcadia Farms Cafe is your best bet. We love coming here and sitting on the heated garden patio and gazing out at the incredible views over the rolling hills. Plus, the farmhouse aesthetic and open-air feel make this cafe feel like you are sitting in the south of France as you eat the savory and delectable croque-monsieur crepes! And when you order the scones and high tea, you might even feel like you are in the English Countryside in the Cotswolds. If you would rather have something savory for brunch, you can’t go wrong with the pulled pork hash or the healthy spinach and leek tart with a hot cup of joe to start the day.

If the idea of a patio sounds inviting, even during the brisk winter months, Lon’s at Hermosa is the best spot for you to sit outside, soak in the views, and enjoy a brunch meal with your guests. And when you vacation in Scottsdale, you can rest assured it won’t get too cold. You might even find yourself sitting in sunny and warm 70-degree weather in the winter when you go for a holiday in this sunny state! We recommend heading here any time after 10 am on Saturday or Sunday to feast on a huge brunch plate, like the fresh-baked monkey bread or short-rib hash, and then wash it all down with a beer or a mimosa.

Scottsdale Breakfast

For vacationers who have picky eaters in the family, the safest spot – with incredible food –is Herb Box. Even if you have no dietary restrictions, this is still a MUST visit for your holiday! Herb Box is arguably the top spot for people who are gluten-free or vegan, offering smoked salmon hash, kale and brie omelet, pancakes that are suitable for vegan eaters or those with celiac disease, and French toast that is simply to die for.

Doesn’t that sound nice and inclusive? We think so, too! If you are in the mood to go only to eateries and restaurants that use fresh ingredients that are locally sourced, Virtu Honest Craft is a tasty spot that is popular among tourists and locals alike. This Mediterranean-influenced eatery offers fresh cuisine and local fruit and vegetables that bring their plates to another level. We love the pork ragu as a meat-heavy dish, eggs fresh from one of the local farms, Parmigiano crepes for a savory French-inspired start to the day, and the grilled octopus to split with the table. Trust us!


Hit the Golf Course During Your Scottsdale Vacation

Even during the winter months, you can still whip out your nine iron and test your luck at getting a hole-in-one. Scottsdale is home to pristine weather all year round, which often means that it doesn’t snow here, or snows very little. No snow means you can hit one of the super-green golf courses that dot the rolling hills surrounding this bustling city when you head here on a winter holiday getaway!

We recommend starting at the infamous Kierland Golf Course in the Sonoran Desert. What could be better than being on the putting green, looking at the red rock desert out of the cornea of your eye, and seeing the Pinnacle Peak in the distance? Try your best not to get distracted by the jagged peaks, breathtaking scenery, and the hills and valleys of the golf course. It is difficult! And make sure you marvel at the pristine care of the golf course. The fast Bermuda grass is famous around the world for its high quality, featuring a bright emerald color, flat condition, and a variety of holes for golfers of all abilities.

Scottsdale Golf

Another cool golf course that you can hit up during your winter stay in Scottsdale is the Estrella Golf Course at the Estrella Mountain Ranch community. This is consistently ranked as one of the top 20 courses in the entire state due to its incredible views of the nearby Estrella Mountain Range, desert ranges, rolling green courses, natural surroundings, and first-class service.

For those who want another challenge during their winter Scottsdale getaway, TPC Champions Course is a fun afternoon out with friends! This famous course was built in 1986 by Randy Heckemper and features an 18-hole Championship style challenge that is right by the desert, featuring unique features like natural terrain and shrubbery.

Lastly, no visit to Scottsdale is complete without at least a half-day trip to Quintero Golf Course. Rees Jones created this masterpiece back in 2000 by using unique bunkers, long stretches of green, several tee boxes for different levels of golfers, pristine and flat surfaces, and a high level of service for tourists and locals alike. This course is so good that it has been consistently ranked as one of the ‘Best Public Golf’ courses by Golf Advisor for multiple years running!

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Scottsdale Winter Events

When you go to Scottsdale during the winter months, you should also check out a few annual events that you won’t be able to enjoy or see at other times of the year. Scottdale is always a fan of holidays and parties, so it is no surprise that they throw annual winter events between October and January that are sure to have you raving for hours and hours on end!

One of the biggest events that bring in people from all over the world is the Sing-Along and Tree Lighting Ceremony. Even if you are not a huge fan of singing along to Christmas carols, this exciting event brings the community together and can be a great way to meet people, spread the holiday cheer, and snack on some sweet holiday treats.

Scottsdale Christmas Lights

Another Christmas-themed event that is fun to go to with your friends, family, or kids is the Holiday Lights Tour. This is a fun way to celebrate the winter season and jolly attitude throughout Old Town Scottsdale. Snuggle up and cozy up to your loved ones as you follow a professional and local tour guide as they bring you through the five districts in Old Town Scottsdale, providing you with an immersive way to learn more about the history of the city.

If you are on a Scottsdale vacation with your kids, it can be hard to keep them entertained. However, if you go on one of the infamous Puzzle Rides, we guarantee this is great for young and older teens alike to use their brains and solve puzzles with the entire family! Test your luck at beating the clock as you all go to the golf course with your Puzzle Master as they take you to work together, build teamwork, solve brain teasers, finish puzzles, and have fun along the way!


Enjoy the Best of Winter in Scottsdale

There’s plenty more to enjoy in Scottsdale in winter. Contact us today to book your winter rental property and start planning a fun-filled getaway!

Sedona offers sunny skies, warm weather, and great vibes all year round. It is no wonder that this is one of the most popular vacation spots for tourists during the summer months. But sometimes, this means it can be crowded and overwhelming if you are here during the heat of the summer. Instead of coming to this beautiful and sunny state once it hits triple-digit temperatures, we have a better idea in mind! Why not check out the beauty and magic of Sedona, AZ, during the winter? No matter what you like to do, you can always find something to do in Flagstaff. Check out our ultimate winter Sedona vacation guide and plan an exciting winter escape among the red rocks!

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Grab a Bite to Eat

Flagstaff has no shortage of great places to eat during your stay. It doesn’t matter if you are a vegan, vegetarian, or meat lover; the variety of restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops truly has something for everyone.

For breakfast, you can’t go wrong with starting the day with fruit and antioxidants. Talk about a healthy start to your vacation! Head to Berry Divine Acai Bowls to focus on healthy eating. We love the peanut butter and jelly acai smoothie or bowl, detoxification juices, and coffee with honey. No matter what you choose, you can feel good about eating healthy and light during your holiday. Top your bowl with coconut oil or flakes for even more taste!

If you are a real breakfast aficionado, then we think Pump House Station is THE best spot to check out—especially on a winter day when the wind is raging outside, and you are tired and cold from a tough hike. Pump House Station offers tons of breakfast options to choose from, such as croissants loaded with butter, filling quiches, and eggs benedict dishes that offer savory hollandaise sauce and your choice of toppings. Not to mention, Pump House Station doesn’t mess around with their drinks, offering a Bloody Mary station, strong pours of coffee, and mimosas.

The next spot that we love going to during a Sedona visit for a typical American meal that every person in your group is going to love is the Golden Goose American Grill. This popular spot has been a tried and tested choice among locals and visitors alike, featuring American dishes, Italian cuisine, and breakfast/brunch meals for you to choose from. We recommend coming here for lunch and splitting one of the Italian loaded sandwiches, cheesy pastas, and Greek salads with the table. Pair any one of these dishes with wine, cocktails, or beer for a great mid-day break from skiing, shopping, or hiking!

Sedona Food

Not sure where to make a dinner reservation for date night? We love going to Mesa Grill! This casual and laid-back spot is just a short drive from most of our properties in Sedona, but we promise that getting in the car is going to be worth it. Mesa Grill offers Southwestern food that will leave you craving and talking about the flavors for days on end! Head here for a date night to split appetizers and have a few cocktails or bring your friends here for a filling brunch. You can’t go wrong with the loaded grits, smoked salmon benedict, fried fish sandwich, or the crab cake omelet!

Last but not least, you can’t visit Sedona without taking a trip to the Creekside American Bistro. For those who want classic dishes in a laid-back environment that is going to keep you full for hours on end, Creekside is your best bet. Plus, if you can get a window seat, or sit outside on their patio, then you can gaze out at the incredible Red Rocks as you sip on your coffee or beer in the afternoon. You can choose from an extensive breakfast, brunch, and lunch menu depending on when you head here to have a meal. The variety and flexibility of this bistro is what makes it a classic among tourists and locals alike, featuring large breakfast plates like pancakes with eggs, bacon, and toast, and healthy lunch fusion dishes, like bento boxes and Cajun shrimp plates. We recommend getting one of the seafood platters to split for an early dinner or a late lunch as you sip on a glass of wine from their full wine list.

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Head Out on the Town for a Drink

The next thing that you should do during a winter Sedona vacation in this beautiful town is to head out on the town one night for a few drinks with your family or friends! You are on vacation, after all, so it makes sense to treat yourself. Fortunately, there is no shortage of fun bars and pubs for you to check out during your stay in this bustling town.

The number one spot on the list is, of course, an Irish Pub. If the Irish do anything right, it is to make a pub atmosphere and drink all night long! Head to Mooney’s Irish Pub and Restaurant to have a few pints of Guinness, dance with your new friends, and sing along to live music or tunes on the speakers. This late-night spot is open until 2 am on the weekends, so you can end your night here after having a dinner filled with Irish fare, like Guinness stew, jacket potatoes, or a Sunday roast. Make sure you head here on a night when there is Irish Music, as it surely will not disappoint!

The next must-visit bar during your fun-filled vacay in Sedona is Sundowner, a popular bar and restaurant that is a fan-favorite to grab a late-night cocktail or beer with your friends or mates from out of town. Head here to enjoy a nightcap or a post-dinner cocktail any day of the week until 11 p.m. Personally, we love coming here to watch a game on the TV and pairing a strong craft beer, like the local IPA, with a mouthwatering burger and French fries.

Sedona Beer

If you want to go out for the third night in a row, then we recommend going to the Full Moon Saloon in Sedona. This cool bar and restaurant is a vibrant and upbeat restaurant that offers everything and more that you could ever want in a bar. This exciting watering hole has events every night of the week and fun activities, like karaoke, live music, pool tables, dancing on tables, jukeboxes, greasy pizza, and yummy double-stacked sandwiches. And, if you are a person who loves to end a night of drinking with dessert, make sure you get the cheesecake before you leave!

For those who want to pair a drinking session and a late night with great views of the nearby area, then the Olde Sedona Bar and Grill is a popular spot to start your evening. If you can’t get enough of the red rocks and the surrounding nature, this bar is the ideal perch for you to check out the sunset on the upper-level deck. Head here before the sun goes down, grab a snack, and sip on a cocktail as you watch the sunset from the upstairs patio.

The last bar that we love going to on a cold winter night is PJ’s Village Pub. This well-known establishment is a classic for locals to go to most nights of the week, making it a great spot for you to get to know other people, meet people from the area, and potentially make lifelong friends. We love the chilled-out and laid-back vibe of this pub, featuring large TVs for watching sport, live music, and cheap beer.

Best Hikes Near YOU!

Just because it is the winter season, this doesn’t mean that you can’t go hiking! Sometimes, the snow doesn’t fall until late in the year, so you can go hiking with your trail runners or sneakers with no issue. Other times, you might need snow gear earlier on in the year. But even so, there are tons of trails that are fun for you to hike in the alpine conditions, and the snowfall often makes it even prettier than ever before!

First off, if you are an experienced hiker and you have the right snow gear, we love doing Bear Mountain in Sedona for a fun winter hike. Although this entire hike is just 5 miles long, which will take between two and three hours during prime summer conditions, it can take longer in icy and snowy weather. We recommend giving yourself around four to five hours to complete this hike, as it brings you more than 2,000 feet of elevation high up into the sky. But the challenge is well worth the reward! You will be able to gaze out at the pine forests, lit-up town down below, and the fir trees that dot the hills below the peak. Not to mention, you will be able to see the red rocks of the desert, steep slopes, and wildlife that make Arizona so magical.

Sedona Hiking

For those who want something easier for new hikers or snowshoers during your Sedona visit, we can’t think of anything better than Devil’s Bridge. This easy hike is just 1.8 miles each way, making it a shorter couple-hour hike that offers great views of the red cliffs, green forests, and picturesque bridge that is a great photo opportunity for you and your travel companions.

Another great hike that won’t take long for beginners and new hikers is Cathedral Rock. This is one of the most popular hiking paths in the state, but with fresh snowfall, it can be less crowded than other times. We recommend doing this hike early in the morning so you can have the path to yourself. The path is super short but requires more time for scrambling towards the top of the rock, which offers great views of the nearby red rocks and forests. Those with lower fitness levels, or with small children, should take care in the gully towards the end of the trek.

Do you want a short hike that isn’t too taxing? Fay Canyon is a great choice! We love this winter hike for older adults and younger kids who are not expert hikes. Fay Canyon is a short and flat trail that takes just between one and two hours for the entire hike, while still providing far-reaching views, great scenery through the bright green forest, and rest points to chill out and have a drink or a picnic lunch.

A Winter Wonderland Sedona Vacation with Porter

Doesn’t this sound like the perfect spot for you to chill out, relax, and enjoy a winter getaway with your best friends or family members? We think so, too! Sedona is often overlooked as a prime winter destination, as it doesn’t have some of the big ski slopes you will find elsewhere, but that doesn’t make it any less special. In fact, it just makes it less crowded, which we love!

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Sedona offers the best of both worlds. It has proximity to a big and bustling city, along with offering pristine nature access and serenity that you wouldn’t find in just an urban landscape. Sedona is a perfect compromise for those who love outdoor sports and those who want the finer things in life.

And when you stay with us at Porter, you never have to settle for less. We offer luxurious homes with pristine views of the red rocks in the desert. We also have modern properties in the heart of the city that offer walkability to all there is to do and see, like the mouthwatering restaurants and boutique stores. Plus, we offer cabins, cozy homes, and large condos that are great for family vacations, couples’ retreats, and solo winter getaways. Contact us today to get your winter vacation to Sedona started!