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05 March 2009 @ 10:27 am
As I was commenting about someone else's trip, I realized, some of you know Arizona and could maybe make food/activity suggestions. R and I are escaping the snow and the cold to go celebrate spring by watching Cactus League baseball and drinking beer. We're flying into Phoenix and staying in Scottsdale (which is where the Giants play).

We only have three days, and the goal is to relax as much as possible. Any great food or beautiful things we shouldn't miss?
Motorcycle Muffinmotomuffin on March 5th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
I'm totally jealous. I've pinged a Phoenix resident friend!
Ceilieceilie on March 6th, 2009 04:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks, you have friends with good ideas.
garou43garou43 on March 5th, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
I've never been there, but looking at the map I'd bring lunch and dinner with me in a backpack then drive northeast up the Beeline Highway. Lots of hiking trails through mountains with probably killer views.

Doesn't look to be any gas stations on the road, so fill up then don't drive more than a half tank...

Ceilieceilie on March 6th, 2009 04:30 pm (UTC)
You're 100X more adventurous than me. But that's not a bad idea, to just go wander.
garou43garou43 on March 6th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)

And I was trying to be tame, too...

You could always just drive it, I'm sure there's some good views from the car.

Ceilieceilie on March 6th, 2009 04:51 pm (UTC)
I know, tame for you. It's probably tame for anyone. I'm pretty lame. Ideally on this vacation I'd be able to spend hundreds of dollars sitting in a spa or by a pool but maybe wandering is a better option.
garou43garou43 on March 6th, 2009 05:11 pm (UTC)
why not wander to a hot tub?


it's near strawberry, I guess, which is further out on that beeline highway there. there's some variety of town in the middle, so there's definitely gas on the way, too!

verde hot springs is what they call it in case the article fails to mention it...

Brandon: Thumbs upnormalcyispasse on March 6th, 2009 07:21 pm (UTC)
The Beeline Highway (87) is fine for gas. There are a few sections of 30 miles or so without filling stations, but there are rest stops with gas and the entire town of Rye.

Highway 87 starts about 2 miles from my house. It gets nice and twisty in bits and I love to take the motorcycles up to Pine (about 100 miles). Never any worries about running out of fuel, though. You're right in that there are tons of places to stop and explore if that's your thing.
Volume 2 "Deus Ex Alex": StarmanBlacklordbleys on March 5th, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
All I know of AZ is Tucson, we only landed in Phoenix and drove out of there.
The airport is nice. I'm helpful!

The wife might know more, she's Girliegoalie.
Ceilieceilie on March 6th, 2009 04:53 pm (UTC)
Nice airport is good...
Brandon: Thumbs upnormalcyispasse on March 5th, 2009 08:04 pm (UTC)
motomuffin's friend here.

Whereabouts in Scottsdale are you, and what kind of food do you enjoy? My wife and I live in Mesa and probably know of some places that could be nice.

If you're looking for really, really beautiful things I'd suggest renting a car and driving up to Sedona. It's about 2 hours from north Scottsdale and is a touristy town, but there's good reason for it:

If you're looking for a great place to relax, eat and drink I'd suggest Four Peaks Brewery in Tempe. I'm also partial to the Southwestern cuisine at Blue Adobe Grill (there's one in Scottsdale and one in Mesa). If you want to be more active and want to do some climbing, there's some fun stuff on Camelback Mountain about 15-20 minutes from Scottsdale; there are a ton of routes on neighboring walls, too, such as Pinnacle Peak.

Really, just let me know what you're into and I can probably help out or direct you to people who can!

Ceilieceilie on March 6th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
We love great Mexican, good wine, basically any kind of good food. My boyfriend can't climb (injured shoulder), but good day hikes or things do in the evening after a baseball game would be great.

We'd already been talking about driving to Sedona, and with the picture you've made the case. Is there maybe a good place for brunch in Sedona?
Brandon: Thumbs upnormalcyispasse on March 6th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
Just as you get into Sedona there's the Blue Moon Cafe (http://www.bluemooncafe.us/). They have really tasty food; I've eaten there a time or two. Most dining places in Sedona proper are going to be touristy and expensive, though.

For wine and such, I hear The Kitchen in Scottsdale is good. I haven't made it up there yet but am looking for an excuse to go try some of the cheeses. I'm going to still recommend Blue Adobe. . . man, their chorizo-stuffed chicken is absolutely amazing.

If you're looking for a day hike and you're in good shape I'd recommend the Superstitions in Lost Dutchman. It's just east of Mesa and is a beautiful, beautiful (but challenging) hike. If you're less inclined to that level of commitment but still want something easier and fun, the Echo Canyon climb up Camelback is a classic (http://phoenix.gov/PARKS/hikecmlb.html).

If you're into arts and crafts and such, you can't go wrong with the university district in Tempe. There's also tons of live music venues here if that's more your speed for an evening trip.
pantharospantharos on March 5th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
The only time I go to phoenix is to hit the airport. I spend all my AZ time in Tucson. It's only a two hour drive though. Kartchner's Cavern is a good thing, if you like that stort of stuff. Largest cave formations in the world, things you won't see anywhere else. Trully stunning. http://azstateparks.com/Parks/KACA/index.html

I'll hit up my Brother in Law (he's a lawyer, so he's both my wife's brother and my brother in law, get it!)

Seriously, though I'll ask him what he thinks. If you do go to Tucson, the best steak and ribs place on the planet is there, called ok corral. However, I haven't been in 2 or 3 years and an online reviewer states that it's gone downhill and gotten more expensive. However, I have been to Pinnacle Peak recently, and it's outstanding as well, and it has more in the way of entertainment to offer. Check it out here: http://www.pinnaclepeaktucson.com/.

Ceilieceilie on March 6th, 2009 04:34 pm (UTC)
Being two lawyers maybe he can give us lawyerly fun things to do. :) We're trying to make games at least two of the three days, so the two hour drive is probably not in the works, but it seems like Sedona is a go.
Shu'alshu_al on March 5th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
Obligatory "YAY BASEBALL!" comment. :)

I second Sedona, even if all you do is drive through. Oak Creek Canyon is pretty too.

If you like the architecture thing, Taliesin West (Frank Lloyd Wright) is there, I've never been so can't recommend one way or the other.
Ceilieceilie on March 6th, 2009 04:36 pm (UTC)
Yay baseball in the sunshine! And beer! Three of my favorite things.

I hadn't done any research, so I'm pleasantly surprised to learn about Frank Lloyd Wright. That'd be great.
Shu'al: red soxshu_al on March 6th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
So, when you come back out this way, and the timing works, we should all go to a Lowell Spinners or a Pawsox game.
Ceilieceilie on March 9th, 2009 04:26 pm (UTC)
That would be fun. Our next time you have to travel to SF we could meet for a Giants game. We have season tickets to the Reno Aces (it's their first season) but I don't imagine you have to travel to Northern Nevada for any reason.