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Renaissance Weekends and Messin' About in Mesa

Mesa is a city in Maricopa County, in the U.S. state of Arizona and is a major suburb of Phoenix, within the Phoenix Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is the third-largest city in Arizona, after Phoenix and Tucson, and the 38th-largest city in the country. Despite being a lesser-known city, Mesa is home to more than 460,000 people, making its population larger than other, more recognizable cities such as Miami, St. Louis and Oakland.  Residents of the city are known as Mesans.

Renaissance Weekends and Messin' About in Mesa   by Nelson Stewart

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Mesa is the most populous suburban city in the whole of the United States, yet most of us don't really know where it is! Well, now is a great time to find out because all through February and March, the twentieth anniversary of Renaissance revelry and family fun is happening in Arizona, right near Mesa!

The Annual Arizona Renaissance Festival and Artisan Marketplace begins on February 9th and runs until the end of March. It is held on weekends only (and President's Day). It boasts twelve stages of continuous entertainment, jousting tournaments, an outdoor circus and day-long feasting! Grab your cloak and get over there!

The 30 acre Festival Village can be found on Highway 60 (Superstition Freeway) past Kings Ranch Road. This is between Apache Junction and Florence Junction. Medieval banquets, King Henry and over 200 'shoppes' await your visit.

You can watch artisans create blown glass ornaments, or make leather goods or spin sheeps' wool while you watch. If that sounds too sedate, then you can see buccaneers fight, watch Medieval Rock'n'Roll and laugh at the "Lord of Mischief's" hit and run comedy.

When you want to get away from the Medieval crowds, the delightfully green, treed city of Mesa is a peaceful fall-back spot.

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If you are planning an RV trip, there are several great parks and resort grounds in Mesa for you to hook up in. There are also literally dozens of golf courses awaiting you in the larger area, and the Mesa area has an abundance of world class golf courses. Mesa also has hostels and campgrounds, as well as bed and breakfast accommodation and hotels.

Mesa officially describes itself as centrally placed in the rolling hills of San Diego County, Arizona. In fact the name is a translation from the word mesa to mean plateau; at 1200 feet above sea level, Mesa sits on a plateau that is 100 feet above Phoenix, Arizona.

The added elevation keeps it a little cooler, and it has a near-perfect climate with well paved roads to encourage walking on the tree-lined streets. The scenery and greenery in this lovely spot can be enjoyed from any of the outdoor cafes, which give the city a cosmopolitan feel.

If you choose to vacation here, there are lots of exciting things to do. All the usual stuff such as biking, hiking, fishing and horse-riding is augmented by hot air balloon rides, four wheel drive tours, Apache trail tours and air combat adventures. The air combats are piloted by real military pilots: an unusual way to see the country-side!

This is a very old town, and the area has history dating back hundreds of years. Officially founded in 1878 by Mormon pioneers, its population is still around ten percent Mormon. Mesa is a family-oriented town, which may be why so many people flock to it, and obviously the month of March is a great time to visit.


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Arizona Golf Resort & Conference Center, Mesa
A relaxing and inviting haven for golf enthusiasts and conventioneers in sun-splashed suburban Phoenix, the Arizona Golf Resort and Conference Center in Mesa keeps the visitors coming with 12,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space and an 18-hole championship course, complete with a signature 14th hole requiring a 175-foot shot through cottonwood trees and over water. Just one half-hour from Phoenix's Sky Harbor International Airport, the resort places guests near the kid-friendly Phoenix Zoo, Sunsplash Water Park, Goldfield Ghost Town and pro-sports facilities; major shopping venues; spas; steamboat cruises on Canyon Lake; river floats and Jeep tours through the Sonoran Desert; white-water rafting excursions on the Salt River; and theaters, museums and galleries. 
Best Western Dobson Ranch Inn and Resort, Mesa
Enjoy the vibrant Southwestern landscape and genuine hospitality at Dobson Ranch Inn, a Mesa, Arizona hotel in the scenic Valley of the Sun. Our Best Western Hotel in Mesa, Arizona has everything you need for work and play, with a great location just minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Guests will also enjoy many local attractions conveniently located near the hotel in Mesa, Arizona, with plenty of gorgeous weather perfect for exploring the area.Dobson Ranch Inn Accommodation Mesa Arizona. Our accommodations in Mesa, AZ are spread across 10 acres of lush, landscaped courtyards. . 
Best Western Mezona Inn, Mesa
Discover an impeccably clean, well-appointed Mesa, AZ hotel – discover the Best Western Mezona Inn. We are in the historic downtown district, known as the “square mile of style” and we offer one of the best hotel values anywhere in the city. Our Pet Friendly Arizona hotel accommodations are spacious and thoughtful amenities add to the comfort of your stay, whether for business or leisure. Our all nonsmoking, pet-friendly hotel offers a number of comforts that we know you’ll appreciate, including a complimentary hot breakfast, an onsite business center, flexible meeting and event space and wireless Internet access. We are centrally located with easy access to all areas of the valley, including Phoenix, Scottsdale and Glendale.
Courtyard Phoenix Mesa by Marriott
The Courtyard surrounds travelers with the convenience that makes business and pleasure travel easy. The hotel features many attractive amenities to ensure the most comfortable stay. Such fantastic features include an onsite restaurant, complimentary onsite parking, complimentary 24-hour onsite fitness facility, 24-hour Market is available onsite, and complimentary shuttle service is provided within a 5-mile radius from the hotel. No pets are allowed at the Courtyard but service animals are permitted for people with disabilities. Guests can enjoy the many attractions while exploring Mesa such as the Arizona Mills Outlet Mall, Casino Arizona, Downtown Scottsdale, Golfland/Sunsplash Water Park and the Phoenix Zoo.
Days Inn Mesa
Located just one block south of Highway 60 on Country Club Drive, the Days Inn is just minutes away from all the great attractions and activities, which Mesa has to offer. The Days Inn Mesa is also centrally located to many of the attractions in the area, including Chicago Cubs spring baseball camp, art museums, the Mesa National Aquatic Center, horseback riding, and hot air balloons. This property also features a modern exercise room. The 122 quiet, comfortable guest rooms offer pillowtop mattresses. Bathrooms feature granite countertops. 
Fairfield Inn by Marriott Phoenix, Mesa
Leisure and business travelers will be equally at home, here. The Fairfield Inn is in a convenient location, with a major mall and many different types of restaurants within walking distance. There is also a golf course next door, and both golf packages and spring training baseball packages are available. Every day is a great day at Fairfield Inn® by Marriott because each room is always bright, fresh and clean. You'll be surprised just how comfortable and welcoming a room can be at a price that won't strain your budget. And, because it's by Marriott, guests can expect the friendly service that made them famous and the guest-driven amenities that help you do more while on the road. 
Hampton Inn, Mesa
The Hampton Inn is located 5 minutes from downtown Mesa, 15 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and 20 minutes from downtown Phoenix. The hotel is located near Patriots Square Park, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix Museum of History, Phoenix Zoo, Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum, Pueblo Grande Museum, St Mary's Basilica, Telephone Pioneers of America Park, Tonto National Forest and Arizona Doll & Toy Museum. Many other attractions are convenient to the hotel such as Arizona Hall of Fame Museum, Arizona Historical Society Museum, Arizona Military Museum, Arizona Museum for Youth, Arizona Science Center, Deer Valley Rock Art Center, Desert Botanical Garden Encanto Park and the Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting. .
La Quinta Inn & Suites Phoenix Mesa West
La Quinta Inn and Suites Phoenix Mesa West is 10 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The hotel offers guests a clean room at a price that will allow you to enjoy the rest of your trip. The hotel offers consistent quality and value at every location. Guests will appreciate the fresh, contemporary décor and comfortable standard and king rooms with thoughtful amenities. To start your day off right, the hotel provides a daily complimentary breakfast. The hotel is convenient to many are dining, shopping and entertainment venues. 
Phoenix Mesa Marriott
The Phoenix Mesa Marriott is a 12-story hotel located in the heart of downtown Mesa, Arizona. Whether guests are traveling for business or pleasure, the Phoenix Mesa offers comfort, convenience and location to suit all of the guest's needs. Nearby points of interest include, Mesa Mormon Temple, Mesa Arts Center, Hohokam Stadium, and Mesa Southwest Museum. For guests dining needs, the Marriott Centennial Grille is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. American Continental cuisine is served in a relaxing atmosphere overlooking fountain courtyard.
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