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For the Culinary-Minded Traveler: An Escape to Aravaipa Farms

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Here at Chow Bella, we understand how important it is to give (and receive) the perfect foodie gift. So this season, we're helping out by offering 21 food- and drink-focused gift suggestions, one each work day until Christmas, from a local business or provider. You get scads of rock-star ideas, the dollars stay in the Valley, and we get to go shopping -- win, win, win!

3: For the Culinary-Minded Traveler: An Escape to Aravaipa Farms

Have a special foodie in your life who's been really good this year? For a truly unique experience of travel and culinary delights right here in Arizona, you'll want to make reservations at Across the Creek at Aravaipa Farms.

Located in Winkelman, Arizona, (two-and-a-half hours southeast of Phoenix) and next to the Aravaipa Wilderness Preserve, this out-of-the-way escape with just five casitas and room for a maximum of ten guests, is owned by Carol Steele, a 1992 inductee into the Phoenix-Scottsdale Culinary Hall of Fame and former owner of a gourmet cheese and coffee shop in Scottsdale.

And when Steele's not feeding you memorable farm-to-table meals (she grows her own produce) included with your stay, there's always bird watching, hiking, relaxing, and drawing inspiration from somewhere in or around the 300-acre property.

Depending on the season, double occupancy casitas range from $250 to $345 per night, with a two night minimum, and include a queen bed, covered patio with a fireplace, a breakfast bar with coffee, and a snack-stocked fridge. Three meals each day are included in the price.

For more information or to make a reservation, go here.

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19: Kitchen Confidence: Cooking Classes at the Classic Cooking Culinary Institute

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11: For the Coffee Connoisseur: Roasters Choice Coffee Subscription from Cartel Coffee Lab

10: Signature Goodies From Beckett's Table

9: For the Festival Foodie: 2012 Scottsdale Culinary Festival Pre-Sale Special (Limited Time Offer!)

8: For the Chocoholic: A Chocolate Affair Class at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort

7: For the Culinary Historian: A Cookbook Celebrating Arizona's Centennial

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