Mesa is a major destination for the winter snowbirds. There are lots of resorts in this area which cater to the 55 and over crowd. We stayed at the Good Life RV Resort in Mesa which is operated by Cal-AM Resorts which has some 17 such resorts throughout Arizona. This was our first experience with this type of “super resort”. They have a mix of permanently attached “park models”, which are mobile homes/manufactured homes, and open spots for RVs. The lots are all of the same size and configuration so that the site we parked on would also accommodate a park model. The park models are purchased by those wishing to spend their winters here and they pay rent for the space to cover park common area maintenance and the many activities offered.
And boy, do they have activities. At the Good Life Resort they have a beautiful club house with a large ballroom, computer room, card room, pool tables, arts and crafts room, sewing room, library and music room. In addition, there are two large heated swimming pools, shuffleboard, bocce ball courts, pickle ball courts, horseshoes, batting cage and a wood working shop. There is a packed schedule of activities such as card tournaments, exercise classes, dance, pancake breakfast and special interest clubs. Something for everyone.
While we were in Mesa, we learned that in nearby Scottsdale there was a Vegetarian Food Festival over the weekend. In addition, this year it would be all vegan. So this was something we had to check out. There were a variety of vendors showing packaged vegan food products like chips, cheese, juices and meat substitutes. There were also local restaurants and food trucks serving samples of their vegan menu items as well as a variety of cooking demonstrations. We enjoyed some beautiful vegan tacos from a local vegan Mexican food wagon.
Next stop: Tucson, AZ