This article originally appeared in the May 2017 issue of Green Living Arizona.

This year for Mother’s Day, take a break away from home and experience some of what makes Arizona such a special place. Not only is this a great way to see the state, it’s an ideal way to spend time with the entire family and tell mom, “I love you.”

JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson

The JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa in Tucson is on 50 acres at the foothills of Tucson National Park. When you arrive at the resort, you find yourself completely surrounded by saguaro-covered desert, with the city in the distance. There are guided hikes on the trails, pools and lazy rivers for relaxing, and the elegant Hashani Spa that features ancient traditions inspired by the indigenous people of the region. The spa pool is perfect for yoga or some quiet relaxation. The resort is known for its complimentary daily rituals. Start each day with the Mitakuye Oyasin ritual on the Salud Terrace. Set to Native American flute music, greet the sunrise by creating your own intention, burn a sage prayer tie, and receive an eagle feather blessing in the centuries-old tradition. Each evening, head back to Salud Terrace for a tequila toast along with stories of Tucson’s colorful history. Mom will thank you as she sips tequila and watches the sun slowly set behind the mountains. jwstarrpass.com

JW Marriott Starr Pass Main Pool. Photo courtesy JW Marriott Starr Pass

Wine Weekend in Jerome

Jerome is a historic copper mining town south of Flagstaff that sits about 5,200 feet above sea level. Some say the entire town is haunted, and it is certainly one of the most unique towns in the state. Enjoy local wineries, art galleries in converted garages, and a selection of restaurants and cafés.

Book a stay at The Surgeon’s House, originally built in 1917 for Jerome’s Chief Surgeon, but lovingly maintained today by Andrea Prince, who will whip you up a healthy breakfast each day using fresh ingredients from her own cookbook. The gardens at The Surgeon’s House are relaxing spaces, perfect for reading or reflecting. If you can tear yourself away, amble down the hill into the small shops and boutiques that offer everything from antiques to handcrafted items.

Surgeons House in Jerome. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

Check out the tasting rooms for some great Arizona wines. Stop by Caduceus Cellars and sample their Nagual Del Marzo Sangiovese Rosé from Yavapai County Another fun tasting room is Cellar 433 that features bottled microbrews, tasty cheese trays, and fabulous valley views. azjerome.com

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