It’s been said countless times before: Phoenix is a weather Bizarro World where fall brings new hope and winter is wonderful. While much of the country is chopping firewood and braving blizzards, we’re out there throwing Frisbees, doing yoga with goats and committing other acts of untethered outdoor gaiety.
After the last six months of quarantine, the coming winter also offers a superb opportunity to get back in shape, which is the ultimate reason we made Hiking, Biking & More our December cover story. Keridwen Cornelius, my former boss and a confirmed trail-hound with hundreds of South Mountain ascents under her sun hat, does the honors here, setting an exciting buffet of alfresco fitness options, from bike trails to day hikes to weird racquet sports named after vegetables and everything in between.
We couldn’t let a December pass without contributing to society’s mania for seasonal gifting, so you’ll also find managing editor Leah LeMoine’s punchy catalog of local goods and services in this issue, each item suitable for a holiday present or what-have-you. I mean, wouldn’t you rather give someone a jewelry box made out of a log pulled from the Verde River than a Starbucks gift card or mail-order fruitcake made in Indiana? Of course you would. Leah’s 12-page package is tailored around that presumption.
But wait! There’s more. Your December PHOENIX also includes our picks for the Valley’s best new restaurants of the year – yes, despite the unique challenge posed to commercial dining by COVID-19, quite a few amazing new eateries made the leap in 2020 – plus a diverse travel section with trips both in- and out-of-state.
“After the last six months of quarantine, the coming winter also offers a superb opportunity to get back in shape, which is the ultimate reason we made Hiking, Biking & More our December cover story.”
We hit a lot of different notes in this issue, and there’s a reason for that. Starting in late December, we and our sister publication, Phoenix Home & Garden, will be embarking on a bimonthly format. (The one issue every two months kind, not the other one.) It’s a COVID economy thing, and hopefully a temporary retraction of our monthly-mag format. In return, PHOENIX will be publishing fuller, more comprehensive issues.
We’ll also be beefing up our online and digital output, so make sure to visit phoenixmag.com with vigor and frequency. And get those Frisbees out. It won’t be winter forever.