WeekendZona trips showcase Arizona’s small town treasures as unique weekend getaways.
Local First Arizona Foundation’s WeekendZona program is heading to Douglas for the next installment of this Arizona travel series. Through coordinating specialty-curated travel opportunities to less-visited Arizona towns, WeekendZona showcases the rich culture and history of these communities while at the same time injecting a financial boost into Arizona’s small towns.
Have you ever explored Cochise County? It is home to beautiful national monuments such as the Chiricahuas, delicious local wineries, and right before you get down to Mexico, the rural town of Douglas. Douglas was established in 1776 as a smelter town for the mining production in Bisbee. The town now holds years of history such as the Gadsden Hotel, Four Church Square (featured in the Guinness Book of World Records), the Border Air Museum (where Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart opened the first international airport in the U.S.), and tons of culture you will need to experience for yourself and we're here to help you do that.
July 20th-22nd, Local First Arizona Foundation will be offering a weekend getaway package to Douglas to experience the arts, culture, and heritage of this charming, border town. With a population of 15,000, Douglas was recently dubbed one of the nation’s best “micropolitan” areas with a growing economy and wonderful amenities.
The Discover Douglas WeekendZona will take place July 20-22, 2018. The town of Douglas is a small, charming border community about 2 hours southeast of Tucson. With a population of 15,000, Douglas was recently dubbed one of the nation’s best “micropolitan” areas with a growing economy and wonderful amenities.
The true heritage of the southwest is rooted in the town and is shared with everyone who visits there. Douglas’ history dates back to the 1500’s when Cabeza de Vaca established a route from Mexico. The town is full of history and offers a wealth of attractions for birders, hikers, and shoppers. Streets are lined with historic buildings including the Gadsden Hotel and the Grand Theatre. There are multiple hiking trails and outdoor experiences. Explore some of the cultures at Church Square which was in Ripley’s Believe It or Not as the only city block in the world with a different church on each corner.
WeekendZona trips are all-inclusive experiences coordinated by Local First Arizona Foundation staff with local businesses and partners in each community. Each trip is a highly curated experience that showcases “locals insider” spots and activities that guests might not otherwise know about.
“We want to show Arizonans that there are many unique vacation opportunities right here in our own state,” said Maya Azzi, Rural Program Coordinator for the Local First Arizona Foundation. “Every year, Arizonans spend $6.5 billion vacationing in California alone. If we could direct some of those dollars into Arizona’s rural communities, it would make a huge difference for those towns.”
Discover Douglas Package Details
The WeekendZona package is centered around a few elements.
Arts and culture: The charming border-town of Douglas has adapted an artistic spirit that matches the cultural influences around them. Experience the creativity of the Southwest in Douglas and leave with new inspiration for your artistic endeavors.
History: The deep history and heritage of Douglas are seen all throughout the town. You will get a first-hand experience of this through the grand staircase at the Gadsden Hotel where Pancho Villa and his horse Siete Leguas left a chip on the grand staircase. Continuing on with our tour of the historic district and getting to peek into the secret tunnels of El Chapo.
ALL PACKAGES INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING:
LODGING FOR TWO NIGHTS:
MEALS: (ALCOHOL AND GRATUITY NOT INCLUDED)
- Dinner at Casa Segovia (Friday)
- Murder Mystery Dinner catered by Casa Segovia (Saturday)
- Breakfast at Blueberry Cafe (Saturday)
- Breakfast at Mana (Sunday)
- Lunch at Border Taco (Sunday)
GROUP ACTIVITIES: (GRATUITY NOT INCLUDED)
- A clay pottery workshop guided by a local artist, paired with a guided local wine tasting
- Guided tour of the quirky and unique Art Car Museum
- Guided tour of the Historic District (including private tours of the Grand Theatre, and tunnels used by El Chapo and during the prohibition)
- Guided Border Air Museum Tour (where Eleanor Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart opened the first international airport in the U.S.)
- Murder Mystery Dinner and a private tour of the Gadsden, catered by Casa Segovia
** IN YOUR FREE TIME BETWEEN GROUP ACTIVITIES, CHOOSE BETWEEN THE FOLLOWING REGIONAL ATTRACTIONS: (NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE OF THE PACKAGE)
- Main Street shopping and antiquing
- Hike up “D” Hill
- Tour John Slaughter Ranch
- The Douglas-Williams House
- Slaughter Ranch Museum
- The San Bernardino Wildlife Refuge
- Leslie Canyon National Wildlife Refuge
Guests can purchase a 2-person 2-night package for $485 (plus fees) or a 1-person 2-night package for $295 (plus fees). All meals, lodging, and activities included in the itinerary are included in the package.
Registration is available at https://www.localfirstazfoundation.org/events/weekendzona-douglas.