Heading to Flagstaff during the winter season is one of the best ways to explore this vibrant and fun mountain town. Although coming here during the late spring, summer, or fall is great for hiking, coming to Arizona during the winter is the best way to ski, snowboard, experience the local culture, meet friendly people, and try some of the best wineries and craft beer sips in the entire country! Plus, we make it easy for you to put together your itinerary in just a few minutes. We can help you find the perfect accommodation that works for your needs, such as small condos, little apartments, or massive mansions to fit your entire family or friend group. At Porter, our goal is to give you the best vacation experience possible. Check out the top things to do during your stay in our Flagstaff winter rentals!
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Skiing in Flagstaff
Chances are, if you come to Flagstaff during the middle of winter, you want to hit the ski slopes and get in a few black diamond runs during your stay. You need to check out the Snowbowl! Not only is the Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort one of the best resorts in the entire country, but this widespread ski resort features over 250 inches of snowfall, more than 2,200+ feet of vertical drop, and numerous beginner trails that are perfect for families who are teaching their kids how to ski or snowboard. Not only do kids 12 and younger ski free of charge, but you can also enjoy other activities on the mountain. Take your little ones tubing down one of the low-key slopes, or head to the Hart Prairie Lodge Restaurant and Bar, Agassiz Lodge Restaurant, or Fremont Restaurant and Bar to have an après ski burger and beer!
Best Wineries in Flagstaff, AZ
During the dead of winter, it can be a bit cold and snowy in the Arizona wilderness. The best thing to do during the dark nights or the early evenings is to have fun exploring the city – and having a few drinks! After skiing or snowboarding all day long, head to one of the nearby wineries to sip on a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon or buy a bottle of locally made white wine.
Oak Creek Vineyards
Oak Creek Vineyards is a family-owned and family-friendly winery in Oak Creek that is open to younger children, full families, large groups, and your furry friends! This expansive winery offers a large variety of choices that are sure to provide you with exactly what you’re looking for. Plus, this winery offers small plates and other beverages so everyone can feel included. We recommend getting one of their flight options and pairing it with small plates, like the cheese plate with almonds, dried cranberries, sweet peppers, and fig jam. Try the white wine flight on a warm day or the red wine flight on a cold winter day, featuring Merlot, Zinfandel, and Syrah!
Page Spring Vineyards
Page Springs Vineyards is a local producer of small batch wines that uses sustainable growing methods and focuses on helping the community. What more could you want for a real local experience during your stay in Flagstaff, AZ? Heading here is one of the best ways to meet those from Flagstaff, chat with small business owners, and taste some of the best wine in the entire country!
We recommend coming here for a full-day tour, not just for a few sips of red wine. This winery prides itself on an immersive and fun experience that includes walking around the picturesque vineyards, tasting wine, doing a mind and body yoga session, hosting a private event, attending a party, or trying some of their locally made food, like sweet jam.
We strongly recommend coming to the tasting room and bistro to have a few glasses of the wine made on-site paired with perfect plates that are sure to expand your palette! Try one of their tapas dishes to split with the table and pair with a glass of wine, like the focaccia bread with virgin olive oil, garlic, basil pesto, and marinara with red wine.
Or, you can try the sweet olives with lemon juice, crushed red pepper, and oil with a sweet white wine. One of their specials is always a good way to go for a filling lunch or dinner with your friends, like the roasted vegetables platter, featuring portobello mushroom, mini bell peppers, fennel, garlic, truffle oil, goat cheese, and asparagus.
Winery 101 Cottonwood
Last but not least, Winery 101 is a fun and low-key winery experience that is great for those who want to sit down inside, shop for some souvenirs, and try sweet white wine and dry red wine. Owned by Gavin and Irlyn, this laid-back winery offers tasting opportunities and on-site bottle shop from Thursday to Monday from 12 pm to 7 pm.
Flagstaff Winter Rentals
Porter is a reputable property management business that offers a wide variety of accommodation options, clear and consistent communication, and 24/7 help to all guests to make their stay memorable and unforgettable!