Phoenix Travel Diary: Part 1

Wind Cave Trail in Mesa Arizona

Queen Creek Olive Mill Brunch in Mesa Arizona

Queen Creek Olive Mill Tours
Queen Creek Olive Mill Shop and Olive Oils

Chalkboard Tablescape Styling Ideas

Brunch at Queen Creek Olive Mill

Travel blogger Alicia Tenise visits Scnepf Farms in Mesa Arizona

Show Me Your Mumu Off the Shoulder Romper
Cult Gaia Ark Bag

Schnepf Farms Review

Argitopia Community Farm in Mesa Arizona

Winery at Agritopia

Agritopia Mesa Arizona
How to Wear a Off the Shoulder Romper

Barnone at Agritopia

Rent the Runway Bailey 44 Dress

The Perfect Dress for a Tropical Vacation
Bailey 44 Printed Ipanema Dress

Postino East Wine Cafe in Mesa Arizona

Shop My Looks:
Hiking Gear: Top | Leggings | Shoes
Daytime Look: Similar Romper | Sunglasses | Sandals | Earrings
Dinner Look: Dress | Shoes | Necklace | Bag

As most of you know, I went on a super fun trip to Arizona a couple of weeks ago. I got to explore both Phoenix and Mesa, Arizona, which is a city that’s right outside of the Phoenix city limits. We visited a lot of really amazing places and ate all of the amazing food, and since there was no way I could break down my experience in one post, I’ll start off with where we visited on our first full day in town!

Wind Cave Trail

We kicked off our first full day in Mesa, Arizona by hiking up the Wind Cave Trail. It’s a great hike for beginners (like myself!) and was the perfect introduction to the desert for this east coast gal! Wind Cave Trail is located within the Ursery Regional Mountain Park, and it takes about an hour to hike to the top of the summit.

Brunch at Queen Creek Olive Mill

After we worked up quite the appetite with our hike, we headed over to Queen Creek Olive Mill for an adorable brunch. It’s just east of Mesa in Queen Creek, Arizona, and it’s Arizona’s only famukly owned and operated working olive oil and farm. All of the dishes we tried during brunch incorporated their famous olive oils in each recipe, and they were so delicious! I would highly recommend their avocado toast and their waffle selections. They also offer tours of the olive oil farm as well.

Peach Picking & Glamping Tour at Schnepf Farms

If I were to get married in Arizona, I would definitely choose Schnepf Farms! It really is a fantastic venue with plenty to do — they host an annual peach festival which is super popular (but you can pick peaches outside of the festival!), they have an amazing glamping section, and they have three spaces on the farm to host special events. It was one of the cutest little farms I saw in Arizona, and I was surprised at how much they’re able to grow on their farm!

Tour of Agritopia

Agritopia was one of the favorite spots we went to one day! It’s a community farm and has been lauded by the New York Times as the leading “agri-hood” in the United States. Their restaurant that’s on-site, Joe’s Farm Grill, was featured in Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and trust me — that’s well worth the visit as well! In addition to the food, there’s a winery on site, and we were able to take a “make your own succulents” class as well. You could seriously spend an entire afternoon at Agritopia, and I would highly recommend not rushing through this fun space!

Patio dining at Postino East Wine Cafe

Phew. I was pretty exhausted by the end of Day 1, but I knew I wanted to check out Postino Wine Cafe! I was still pretty full from our late lunch at Agritopia, so I decided to enjoy some wine and share some small plates with the group. It’s located in Downtown Mesa, which is a super hip part of town, and my favorite spot I saw as a millennial. It’s really a great place to kick off the evening, and you can walk to other amazing bars and restaurants in the area. I highly recommend the bruschetta and the paninis here!

A huge thank you to Visit Mesa and Visit Phoenix for hosting us and showing us around town! I’ll be back with my day 2, 3 and 4 updates soon!

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  1. Miss ALK wrote:

    Phoenix and Arizona in general are on my travel bucket list! I was really bummed actually there weren’t entry level jobs open in my field there when I was applying a few months ago!

    xoxo A

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  2. Kathleen Brown wrote:

    Great time for me to stumble upon your post. I’ll be in the area for Memorial day weekend. I’ll be hitting up your suggestions. Love the looks you have highlighted too.

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  3. Lauren Oliver wrote:

    So obsessed with that pretty printed romper and cute dress!! The patters are so fun and springy! Also, Queen Creek Olive Mill sounds delicious… love some good avocado toast!


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  4. Lacey Michelle Hayes wrote:

    I just moved away from Phoenix and you’re making me miss it!

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  5. Ashley wrote:

    What a fun little getaway!! I really need to visit Phoenix someday!! Loving your vacay style!

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  6. What a fun trip . Thank you for the recommendations and the fashion inspo!
    The color palette

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  7. Mary Gui wrote:

    these photos are amazing, and i love your bright orange romper!

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  8. Melissa Chee wrote:

    What a fun trip!!! 🙂

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  9. This looked like such a fun trip! I love all of the photos you took and all the bright colors. You look gorgeous in that floral romp!

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  10. Lovely, I earmarked several things to keep on my list for a trip to Arizona.

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  11. Rachel Ritlop wrote:

    this has me wishing I was in AZ!!! Looks like so much fun! love the cactus vibes!

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  12. Brittany Daoud wrote:

    Love your photos! I haven’t spent my time in Arizona, but I would love to visit the Phoenix area!

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  13. Kristen wrote:

    I’m from Arizona and I LOVE when people visit and love it. Call it hometown pride 🙂 But Postino! YUM! The best! Glad you had a great time!

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  14. Awesome photos and great travel tips! I haven’t been to Arizona in many years and I cannot wait to go back now! Thanks for the travel inspiration!

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  15. Xat (Rabbit Style News) wrote:

    Hey now, you skipped right over Tempe, which is between Phoenix and Mesa. How fun to see Phoenix as a travel destination, it makes me appreciate living here more.

    Posted 5.11.17 Reply
  16. Miss Angie wrote:

    Your photos are gorgeous. I’ve never spent much time in Arizona, but I may need to check it out now…

    Posted 5.11.17 Reply