4 Best of the Valley Regimen to Detox from Quarantine

Editorial StaffJuly 6, 2021
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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

Photo courtesy Union Coffee Co.
Photo courtesy Union Coffee Co.
Photo courtesy Harkins Theatres
Photo courtesy Harkins Theatres
Photo courtesy Arizona Diamondbacks/Kevin Abele
Photo courtesy Arizona Diamondbacks/Kevin Abele

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

Photo courtesy Boyce Thompson Arboretum
Photo courtesy Boyce Thompson Arboretum

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