One of the best things about living in Phoenix is the proximity to a plethora of climates and landscapes, from cool Alpine forests to warm, craggy lava tubes formed by ancient volcanoes. Whether you’re seeking wet and wild summer adventure on Lake Pleasant or a cozy B&B fireplace to snuggle up by in winter, we’ve unearthed a great escape for every weekend of the year. Bonus: Four fabulous out-of-state trips to satisfy your inner gypsy.
Saint City’s cultural and culinary cachet shines.
New Orleans is known for its rich cultural heritage of jazz music; French, Creole and Cajun cuisine; lax alcohol laws; lore and life along the Mississippi River; and deep Southern history and humidity. It’s the largest city in Louisiana, and there’s a lot more to it than the French Quarter. But like a leggy, drunken blonde downing dirty martinis and affecting an obscure accent, the FQ dominates the room at all the parties.
The summer peak season is still a few months away, but a wintertime Lake Powell trip will float, too.
For the first-time visitor, Lake Powell baffles easy description. It’s so vast, so surreal, such a paradoxical union of desert and...
“It’s like Monument Valley with water,” our boat pilot offers.
Well, yes. That’s it exactly, actually. The vertical sandstone, the ruddy buttes, the outlandish abundance of water – it’s a scene ripped straight from a classic Western, except John Wayne is riding a WaveRunner, not a saddlebred.
Uncovering Mexico’s best-kept secret, one glass of wine at a time.
A confused brow furrow, a side-eyed glance and then a bemused smirk precede the question, heavy with doubt and a hint of patronization: “They make wine there?”
That’s the reaction I get when I tell people I’m going to Mexico’s Baja California to report on its wine region for a travel piece. Comically, it’s the same reaction I get days later when I tell the people of Baja about Arizona’s three wine-growing regions.
A guide to the finer things in Arizona’s hippie and hiker capital.
Flagstaff’s reputation as a granola college town is well-earned – you can’t toss a hacky sack downtown without hitting a bearded vagabond or a hoodie-clad coed shuffling from coffee shop to outdoor sporting goods store. But surely, underneath the tattered cargo pants, artful dreadlocks and forest musk, Flagstaff must have a fancy side. Even outdoorsy types and iconoclasts enjoy a night on the town and a bowl of nouveau shrimp and grits, right?
Wining and dining Bridgetown by bike is a feast for the stomach and the eyes.
“We actually get less yearly rainfall than Dallas,” my buddy Martin informs me as we pedal through Portland’s trendy Buckman neighborhood.
Given Portland’s reputation as a rain-logged kingdom of artistic misfits, it’s a fairly shocking piece of trivia – even on this blazingly agreeable late-summer afternoon. “We never really get big downpours, like monsoons or any of that,” the newsweekly editor continues, as Buckman’s pleasant New England-style clapboard homes resolve into a receiving line of high-concept yoga studios and craft brewpubs. “What we get is four or five months of perfect weather, and then a steady drizzle the rest of the time. It never stops. But I don’t mind it. I’ll bike to work in it.”
Bordeauxs and backpacks mix well on these Arizona wine country hikes.
Wine character and quality are intimately linked to the climate, slope and soil of its origins. Turns out, these same elements also make for some Grand Cru hiking trails. Arizona’s three major viticulture regions sit near trails that ascend mountains, meander along rivers and wetlands, and succumb to the gravity of gaping canyons. This fortuitous juxtaposition of the imbibable with the hikable begs to be exploited by teetotalers and tipplers alike. Let the post-winery wilding begin. Here’s how.
2015 Summer Getaways
It’s a snap to have fun on a summertime trip. What’s not so easy: having fun and discovering a new, lifelong hobby. Or improving your health. Or rekindling your love affair with our great state. Dive into our annual roundup of superb summ...
Locals’ Las Vegas
Eat, drink and play like a native in the rehabilitated heart of Nevada’s most notorious city. When hacking through the human jungle that is the Las Vegas Strip, one encounters the expected nightlife wildlife: Gamblers, gam-flashing girls, and ...
Great Arizona Campsites and Cabins
From cowboy-chic cabins and high-altitude campsites to recreation-rich mountain retreats and old fire guard stations, we've mined the Copper State for gems of nature loving lodging. Lodging under the stars in Arizona's high country forests doesn't h...
Once a B&B black hole, the Verde Valley wine hotspot becomes a stay-and-play destination. After spending a few hours exploring its verdant river valley and chalky desert hills, visitors inevitably remark on the same odd quirk about Cornville: a ...
52 Weekend Adventures
One of the best things about living in Phoenix is the proximity to a plethora of climates and landscapes, from cool Alpine forests to warm, craggy lava tubes formed by ancient volcanoes. Whether you’re seeking wet and wild summer adventure on L...