Sunday, February 01, 2015



¶lim¶Fall Hiking & Drinking Guide

Knock out a hike and tip back a cold one in Arizona high country.

*** Best - An abundance of water, interesting stuff to explore, easy-on-the-pads terrain and other dogs to play with make these top-notch doggie destinations.

** Good - More challenging, longer and rougher, these hikes may put too much strain on older or inexperienced dogs.

* Fair - Only the most physically fit, booty-equipped dogs should attempt these “ruff” trails.


Read more: ¶lim¶Fall Hiking & Drinking Guide

¶lim¶Foodie Flyboys

Think driving across town for dinner is crazy? What about flying to Payson for breakfast? Take to the sky with the Valley’s $100 hamburger club.

et’s go to Sedona,” Scott Pasmore deadpans, opening the throttle on his two-seat, homemade airplane. After a brief taxi down the runway, we’re aloft, floating placidly over Deer Valley Airport like a fiberglass sparrow.


Read more: ¶lim¶Foodie Flyboys

¶lim¶2012 Best New Restaurants

Our annual guide to the Valley's newest crop of culinary keepers.

Astor House
2243 N. 12th St., Phoenix
Opened: April 2012
Cuisine: American
Price: $
Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Su; happy hour 3-6 p.m. Tu-Sa.
Toast-worthy: A progressive happy hour (drinks only) starts at 3 p.m., with $3 wines by the glass at 3 p.m., $4 at 4 p.m., etc., plus $1 off beer and cocktails.

Architect-turned-restaurateur DJ Fernandes showed a knack for turning a historic home into a cozy, neighborhood hotspot with Tuck Shop in 2008, and he’s done it again with the adjoining Astor House.


Read more: ¶lim¶2012 Best New Restaurants

¶lim¶Water, Water Everywhere

From posh pools to shimmering streams to aquamarine mountain lakes, we present 71 of Arizona’s loveliest liquid assets – places prime for paddling, plashing, fishing, boating, tubing, watching wildlife and panning for gold this summer.


Bag a Bass at Kaibab Lake
Plunging to an average depth of 37 feet, Kaibab is the deepest, coolest lake in the Williams area, and consequently flush with fish. During summer,


Read more: ¶lim¶Water, Water Everywhere

¶lim¶Hidden Cultures: Middle East

phm0612hcme 1 lg

Phoenix isn’t famous for its diversity. But peer into its margins, and you’ll find a city flush with people from around the world. In part two of a three-part series, we delve into the Valley’s Iranian, Iraqi and Syrian communities.


Read more: ¶lim¶Hidden Cultures: Middle East

2012 Summer Getaways

Loving the Valley means seeing it in your rearview mirror from time to time – especially when the mercury hits triple digits. So in the spirit of sweet summer relief, we present seven weekend road trips to cooler Arizona climes, featuring every place to eat, drink, shop, discover and play from Friday to Sunday.

Nowhere else is rust so captivating. Sedona’s oxidized iron-tinted red rocks have attracted daytrippers, enlightenment seekers, hikers, bikers (both kinds), and world travelers for years. You’ve probably been there more than once, and probably been let down a few times by overhyped attractions and amenities that paled next to the geological grandeur. So we’ve distilled the sans pareil of Sedona into an easy weekend getaway calibrated to everyone from outdoor adventurers to shopaholics.


Read more: 2012 Summer Getaways

¶lim¶Hidden Cultures: Eurasia

Phoenix isn't famous for its diversity. But peer into its margins, and you’ll find a city flush with people from around the world. In part one of a three-part series, we delve into the Valley's Romanian, Armenian and Bosnian communities.


Read more: ¶lim¶Hidden Cultures: Eurasia