"I'm not there a whole lot, but I try to go there as much as I can," Archuleta said during a phone call from New York, where he is filming a TV special for Univision. It will air Dec. 10.
"If I'm in Los Angeles and I have a little break, instead of spending time off in L.A., I just go home for a bit. I'd rather spend it there."
Although Archuleta will tour for most of the holiday season, he will perform at Abravanel Hall next week.
He's excited to be performing in a smaller venue than the 10,000-plus-seats venues where he sang this past summer.
"It been a lot of fun getting to do arenas during the summer, but I love intimate settings," he said. "It feels more real, because the people are right there and they're not like two miles away.
"You feel less pressure at having to put on a big show for them."
The "American Idol" seventh-season runner-up said he can be more himself in a smaller venue.
"The smaller it is, the more comfortable it is," he said. "The more laid back the vibe, to kind of have that more close feel."
His concert in Utah will primarily be Christmas-themed.