Craig Outhier, Author at PHOENIX magazine

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Coconino Missionary: Mormon Lake Lodge, one of Arizona’s true high-elevation treats, has a new equine-themed package designed to lure Valley folks to the mountains for a quickie autumn getaway. The Giddyap Mountain Getaway package ($198-$239/night) includes a 90-minute horseback ride for two, plus breakfast, lunch or dinner. Offer good through October 15. mormonlakelodge.com Making Like Magnum: If Hawaii travel is in your fall/winter plans, the Hotel Wailea in Maui offers this sweetener: a joyride in...

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Since its humble origins as a one-day lineup of folk-rock bands at WestWorld, the McDowell Mountain Music Festival – now known as M3F – has evolved into the Valley’s premier homegrown live-music event. And the 2020 lineup – unveiled this morning by festival founder John Largay – is its biggest, and arguably most star-studded yet. 35 recording artists will perform March 6-8 at Margaret T. Hance Park in Downtown Phoenix, including indie-folk superstar Bon Iver, Aussie synth-rockers...

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1. The legendary fire-roasted seafood tower at Maple & Ash. It’s actually more of a platter than a tower, but you’ll be unconscious with pleasure while eating it, so who can tell? mapleandash.com 2. The Arizona Taco Festival on October 12 and 13 at WestWorld of Scottsdale. It has all the local stars of Mexican hand-food. aztacofestival.com 3. The ridonkulous fried chicken sandwich at New Wave Market in Old Town Scottsdale. Popeye’s? Child, please. Available...

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“PAS” Port: Looking for an arts-focused fall vacay? The interactive PASEO Project (Sept. 13-14) in Taos, New Mexico, is billed as “a participatory, multi-sensory experience” in which laser and video projections transform historic adobe buildings into “modern, moving monsters.” Groovy, right? paseoproject.org Cruising the Cortez: Though Rocky Point’s long-awaited deep-sea port will not be completed by its December target date, Cruise & Maritime Voyages will sail from the Sonoran burg as planned. The 550-passenger Astoria...

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