The Best in Escapes: 2018

Fortunately for Valley residents, they need only venture a few hours north or south to find some of the very best the state has to offer. What’s more, Arizona is neighbor to some of the worlds most sought after destinations. From the gorgeous red rocks of Sedona to the beautiful beaches of California AZ Foothills readers share their choice escapes in Arizona and beyond.

These are AZ Foothills Best of Our Valley 2018 contest winners. Winners will be featured in the April 2018 issue of AZ Foothills Magazine, a tell-all guide to the best people and places in the Valley of the Sun, as chosen by its residents.

As a special thanks to the winners and those who helped them attain their Best Of status, a celebratory bash will be held in May 2018. Stay tuned for details on the fabulous fete!

Winners, download your 2018 Winners logo here and reserve space in the annual Collectors Edition here.


Best Arizona Lake Escape: TIE between Lake Pleasant and Lake Powell

Best Arizona Ski Resort: Arizona Snowbowl

Best Northern Arizona Adventure: Bearizona Wildlife Park

Best Northern Arizona Annual Event: Sedona Arts Festival

Best Northern Arizona Hike: West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona

Best Northern Arizona Winery: Alcantara Vineyards

Best Orange County Resort or Hotel: TIE between Montage Laguna Beach and Ritz Carlton Dana Point

Best San Diego Resort or Hotel: Bahia Resort Hotel

Best Sedona Resort or Hotel: Arabella Hotel Sedona

Best Sedona Spa: L’Apothecary Spa at L’Auberge de Sedona

Best Southern Arizona Adventure: Tucson Botanical Gardens

Best Southern Arizona Annual Event: Viva La Local Food Fest

Best Southern Arizona Hike: TIE between Colossal Cave Mountain Park and Sabino Canyon Trail

Best Southern Arizona Winery: The Village Of Elgin Winery

Top Mexico Resort: The Cape, a Thompson Hotel

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Best San Diego Resort or Hotel: Pendry San Diego

Best Orange Country Resort or Hotel: Pelican Hill 

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