Local First Arizona Foundation Announces 2018 Plans for WeekendZona

Contact: Erica Fetherston, Local First Arizona Foundation
602-956-0909 ext. 7, [email protected]

Local First Arizona Foundation Announces 2018 Plans for WeekendZona

WeekendZona to showcase Arizona’s small towns as unique weekend getaway destinations

January 11, 2018 - For those who made the New Year’s resolution to travel more, the Local First Arizona Foundation’s WeekendZona program makes it easy to explore Arizona this year. Through coordinating four distinct all-inclusive travel opportunities to less-traveled Arizona destinations, WeekendZona will showcase the rich culture and history of these areas while at the same time injecting a financial boost into Arizona’s small towns.

“WeekendZona aims to redirect the billions of dollars that Arizonans spend vacationing out of state into our unique and diverse small towns,” said Kimber Lanning, Founder and Executive Director of the Local First Arizona Foundation. “By creating a curated experience to showcase each small town in its best light, we expose Arizonans to hidden gems and create a measurable economic impact in these communities.”

The first WeekendZona trip of the year will take guests to Globe-Miami, the frontier town east of Phoenix known for its ties to the wild west and mining history. Other trips that are scheduled include Camp Verde in May, Douglas in July, and a final trip to be announced at a later date.

“We’ve worked closely with local businesses and organizations in the Globe-Miami area to curate a very special experience for our WeekendZona guests,” said Maya Azzi, Rural Program Coordinator for the Local First Arizona Foundation.

Globe-Miami WeekendZona Package Details

WeekendZona Packages includes everything except the antiques and memories you go home with. All packages include the following:

Lodging for two nights at either the Chrysocolla Inn, Noftsger Hill Inn, or Dream Manor Inn


  • Dinner at Copper Hen, Friday Night

  • Lunch Voucher for Bernard's Coffee Station Cafe, Saturday

  • Dinner at Bloom, Saturday Night

  • Lunch Voucher for Guyao's El Rey, Sunday

Group Activities

  • Paranormal Tour

  • Besh Ba Gowah Tour

  • Cobre Valley Center for the Arts and Old Jail Tour

  • Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum Tour

Individual Activities

  • Antiquing on Broad Street in Globe (guests will be responsible for their own purchases)

  • Antiquing on Sullivan Street in Miami (guests will be responsible for their own purchases)

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://localfirstaz.com/events/weekendzona-globe. Registration for future events will be available at localfirstazfoundation.org.

Historical facts about Globe-Miami

  • Globe-Miami is about 90 miles East of Phoenix, just South of Tonto National Forest and just North of the Pinal Mountains. Globe-Miami is a hub for Southern Gila County. These communities were founded in 1875 and 1909 respectively; both as mining camps.

  • As a frontier town, Globe was home to outlaws, stagecoach robberies, murders, Apache raids, and lynchings.

  • Globe was also a favorite spot of many notorious westerners such as Big Nose Kate and the Apache Kid.

  • The Globe Courthouse was also the location of the Apache Kid trails which is now home to the Cobre Valley Center for the Arts.

  • Due to the rugged conditions of the road and a long (about 6 miles) commute many miners had to the operations just west of town, Cleve W. Van Dyke thought it best to plan a community closer; thus Miami was founded

  • Globe and Miami’s economies are still highly dependent on the mining industry while attracting tourists each year.

  • Rose Mofford, Arizona’s first female governor who was born and raised in Globe.

  • Besh Ba Gowah, Salado Pueblo ruins dating back to AD 1225, is located near Globe-Miami.

About the Local First Arizona Foundation

The Local First Arizona Foundation (LFAF) works to strengthen local economies and build opportunity for all Arizonans to create an economy that is sustainable, resilient, and celebratory of diverse cultures. LFAF focuses on a wide range of strategic initiatives that target systems of inequity. These initiatives include powering Arizona’s entrepreneurs through the Fuerza Local Business Accelerator Program; celebrating Arizona’s homegrown foods through the Healthy Local Foods Initiatives, and strengthening Arizona’s small town economies through the Arizona Rural Development Council and other rural programming. LFAF is the sister organization to Local First Arizona, where both work hand-in-hand to strengthen Arizona’s economy. Find more information at localfirstazfoundation.org.

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