Still not feeling it? Try wiping away the pandemic cobwebs with this sensual foursome.
Best Smell, Post-Quarantine
Union Coffee Co.
Getting back out into the world can feel like waking up, and waking up can be a drag. The punchy aroma that rises from a cup from this West Valley caffeine peddler can be a great aid to alertness. Try the cold brew – it’s especially bracing. 6750 W. Thunderbird Rd., Peoria, 602-603-2786, unioncoffeecompany.com
Best Taste, Post-Quarantine
Harkins Theatres Movie Popcorn
No microwavable, store-bought, homemade replacement can compare to the unmistakable flavor and texture of multiplex popcorn. Harkins offers bagged “premium” options in cheddar and caramel, but even these are no substitute for the standard exploded kernels fresh from the kettle. Valleywide locations, 480-627-7777, harkinstheatres.com
Best Sound, Post-Quarantine
Crack of the Bat at Chase Field
Until they were playing in an empty park to a bunch of cardboard cutouts, we never realized how dull a D-backs home run could be. That unmistakable snap, followed by the roar of an even half-capacity crowd, is one of the few comforts the brutal AZ summer offers. 401 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-514-8400, dbacks.com
Best Sight, Post-Quarantine
Boyce Thompson Arboretum
For many, being outside at all is a welcome novelty after the past year. This botanical garden south of Phoenix is about as sumptuous a floral feast for the eyes as Arizona affords, the beautiful but barren Grand Canyon included. 37615 E. Arboretum Way, Superior, 520-689-2723, btarboretum.org