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What do you get when you combine pig races, pumpkins and peaches galore, fresh-baked pies and vintage Airstreams? The Cozy Peach at Schnepf Farms, which just might be the cutest glamping spot in all of Arizona.
This family-run farm has been a staple in the agriculture town of Queen Creek near Mesa since 1941, when newlyweds Ray and Thora Schnepf purchased a section of desert to plant chip potatoes, veggies and peach trees. Over the years both their family and farm flourished, eventually growing to more than 5,000 acres with attractions like a petting zoo, kids rides, wedding venues, a bakery, cafe, annual festivals and their popular U-Pick.
Now run by the Schnepf’s son Mark (who served as the town’s first mayor for 11 years), his personable wife Carrie and their children, this hands-on operation has introduced yet another fun thing for visitors to enjoy: glamping in vintage trailers.
Glamping trailers at The Cozy Peach
The Cozy Peach is surrounded by thick groves of trees, a corn maze and rows of palms, and has nearly a dozen trailers with sleek, metal exteriors dating back as far as the 1940s. Each one has been beautifully refurbished–a labour of love for Carrie, who let her creativity flow while revamping each of the vintage Airstreams with their own theme. She made sure to keep 95 per cent of the original parts intact to maintain the character, while adding Instagram-worthy design elements and modern updates for a more comfortable stay. The result is old school 8-track players, quirky handles and colourful, retro fridges which blend seamlessly with amenities like luxe linens and flat-screen TVs.
The airstreams accommodate groups of all sizes, from couples looking for a unique getaway to families with their four-legged friends in tow–yup, the Cozy Peach is pet-friendly too! Each site has a private bathroom (there are also larger ones available for use in the adjoining RV park), seating space, a kitchenette, outdoor area and fire pit.
Activities at Schnepf Farms
Guests will find no shortage of things to do around these parts, especially those keen to get their hands dirty and experience what life is really like on a working farm. There are different activities offered every day, like helping with morning chores, picking veggies or weeding in the garden. For a true farm-to-table experience, join Carrie for a cooking class with ingredients harvested right from their land.
To enjoy some R&R after all that hard work, book a spa service like a massage or an in-trailer mani/pedi. The rustic Secret Library makes for the ultimate escape, where a quiet trail behind leads through a grove of trees to arrive in a clearing with stacks of books and a hammock–the perfect place for finally tucking into that book you’ve been meaning to get into, meditating, or taking an afternoon nap.
Adorable cruiser bikes are also free for guests to use during their stay, which are handy for exploring the sprawling property and cruising over to spots like the bakery, cafe or barnyard. Those who happen to time their visit with one of Schnepf Farm’s many festivals are in luck, as they’ll be able to experience events like the holiday-favourite Christmas on the Farm which has gorgeous light installations, ice skating, cookie decorating and even hayrides with Santa.
Springtime brings the Peach Picking U-Pick (the juicy fruits at Schnepf Farms are considered some of the best in the whole country), while fall harvest is welcomed with the popular Pumpkin & Chili Party. Every weekend in October, the farm is transformed with a hub of activity and family fun like picking a gourd out of the pumpkin patch, amusement park rides, big vats of steaming chili, a beer garden and daily pig races which are pretty much the cutest thing ever.
Still haven’t gotten your farm fix? To keep the barnyard theme going, drive to the nearby city of Gilbert for a session of goat yoga.
Dining at Schnepf Farms
With overflowing gardens and baked goods just steps away, Cozy Peach guests don’t have to venture far for food–in fact, Schnepf Farms delivers so you never even need to leave your airstream. Breakfast can be brought to the trailer each morning, with offerings like farm fresh eggs and fruit-topped pancakes. Picnic lunches are available to enjoy anywhere on site, and staff are happy to set up your chosen spot with a blanket awaiting your arrival.
There’s also a private dining experience where things like veggies, homemade bread, baked potatoes with all the fixings and fresh garden salad are brought to your trailer so you can prepare everything right there, and the owners Carrie and Mark will even show up to throw everything on the grill if you’d prefer to simply relax. Schnepf Farms also has a cafe with fresh coffee, sweet pies, jam, sauces and to-die-for cinnamon rolls.
To switch things up, head to the fantastic Queen Creek Olive Mill which is just down the road, and the kind of place you could easily spend hours at. As Arizona’s only family-owned olive mill and farm, it was started on a whim after founder Perry Rea and his wife Brenda visited the area in 1997 and were enamoured with the abundance of olive trees. Within a year they picked up and moved their young family all the way from Detroit to start Queen Creek Olive Mill, which now produces vinegar, tapenades, sauces, beauty products and award-winning varieties of olive oil, which are available to sample and purchase in the beautiful storeroom.
Daily tours are offered, and there’s also a cafe, gelato stand and full restaurant which is absolutely fantastic. Dine amongst the olive groves, play a game of bocce ball, and enjoy this beloved stop on the Fresh Foodie Trail, which is the perfect way to cap off an unforgettable glamping experience at The Cozy Peach.
Globe Guide experienced Schnepf Farms as a guest of the property and Visit Mesa. As always, hosts have no editorial influence on articles.
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