Wednesday, May 06, 2015



¶lim¶The Wild West


Forget every truth you hold to be self-evident: Arizona in the 1870s and 1880s was practically a Bizarro world version of our modern state. Back then, calling a man a “cowboy” wasn’t a compliment but fighting words. Mexico impatiently urged the United States to seal the porous border and stop Americans from stealing their property. And white males who disliked the federal government came to Arizona to get away from Republicans.


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In the last decade, Arizona wine has gone from dubious to divine, which is great news for the Valley's viticulture vultures. Here's our guide to local wine bars, vino-centric restaurants, tastings, events, Arizona wines, vintners, and more!


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¶lim¶Local Beer

The Valley’s craft beer scene is exploding... and when the smoke clears, you’ll need a place to drink. Check out our guide to local beers, breweries, bars, drinking events, brewmeisters, and more!


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¶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.


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¶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.


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¶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.


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¶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,


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