Leave the desert heat in your rearview mirror as you climb toward the towering peaks of Flagstaff, where summer daytime temperatures average 80 degrees and nights dip into the 50s. Located two and a half hours north of Phoenix, the mountain hamlet is home to tempting restaurants, award-winning breweries, interesting shops and trails galore to hike, bike or walk. Heck, you might even need a jacket.
3 Places to Eat
Corn & Flour
THAT Place Hospitality Group offers a preview of its newest concept, a taco shop currently under construction. Until it opens, you can sample Corn & Flour tacos at sister restaurants Tourist Home All Day Café and Annex Cocktail Lounge. For the ultimate flavor explosion, try the jackfruit adobo with pineapple pico de gallo and avocado salsa.
MartAnne’s Breakfast Palace
Known as “the house that chilaquiles built,” this family-owned favorite whips together a mean platter of the classic Mexican dish. Pair it with a chai latte or mango chile margarita.
112 E. Route 66
Sweet Shoppe Candy
The scent of melted chocolate and caramel permeates this old-fashioned candy store, which specializes in homemade fudge, gourmet candy apples, iced rainbows of gelato and nostalgic treats.
15 E. Aspen Dr.
3 Things to Do
Keep an eye out for waterfalls, wildlife and wetlands with cattails and willows on a short, easy hike at this cultural preserve, which is named for its petroglyphs carved by Northern Sinagua people.
3920 E. El Paso, 928-213-2000
Your cell signal may wane as you recharge your own battery with a chairlift ride that ascends the western side of the San Francisco Peaks to an elevation of 10,800 feet and offers a glimpse of the Grand Canyon.
9300 N. Snowbowl Rd.
The Artists’ Gallery
Find paintings, photography, pottery, jewelry, glass, fiber art and more at this friendly co-op where you are welcomed by local artists who are happy to share insights about their creations.
17 N. San Francisco St.