Collected by Jane Burton
631 Coyote St, Nevada City, CA 95959, USA
There are few things I love more than a sunset at the lake. Beautiful view, crisp air and calm water. There are hundreds of alcoves along Lake Tahoe, just drive around and you are sure to find the perfect spot to pull off and walk down to the...
1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
The largest art museum in the Southwest, the Phoenix Art Museum contains more than 17,000 works of all sorts—American, Asian, modern and contemporary, European, Latin American, and Western American. There's even a popular exhibit...
419 E Roosevelt St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
Eye Lounge is a contemporary art space, run by a group of artists, committed to the local creative scene in Phoenix. This is a gallery that typically includes a healthy mix of artistic approaches, and a great place to stop on a "First Friday"...
6335 N 16th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA
I've been going to Richardson's as my favorite neighborhood local since they opened over 20 years ago. Great southwestern food, seafood and margaritas. They opened a sister restaurant a few blocks away called Rokerij a few years ago. It was really...
810 N 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
Angels Trumpet Ale House boasts a rotating roster of 36 beers and 6 wines on tap. Their building design is centered around beer, so patrons are served only the freshest, coolest beer. Committed to encouraging craft brewing, their beer knowledge...
2041 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85006, USA
America’s Taco Shop (named for owner America Corrales) is exactly the kind of place you want to find when looking for a quick, fresh, and authentic lunch in Phoenix. It is an easy-going place with a limited menu of great food. When I say limited,...
2320 E Osborn Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA
Kevin Binkley is a James Beard acclaimed chef who has wonderful places to eat north in Cave Creek. His new place is in midtown Phoenix. The cocktails are as good as the food is excellent. The photo shows Joesy preparing cannon ball cocktails,...
4725 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85050, USA
Billing itself as the only museum in the world dedicated to the display of global musical instruments, Phoenix's Musical Instrument Museum, or MIM, opened in 2010. In the few years since, it has become one of the city's most popular attractions....
4402 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012, USA
Lux has the best vibe in town. Jeff built the coffee shop in such a central location to be near the soul of creative Phoenix. The coffee is hand-roasted in house, and you can pair it with a seasonal pie or a bear claw, or even a full-fledged meal....
825 N 1st St, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
Sometimes the experience of coffee is enhanced by pleasing color schemes. That is exactly what I discovered at Matt’s Big Breakfast in Phoenix, Arizona. The menu is everything that it should be, and more, with griddlecakes, omelets, waffles, and...
3961 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018, USA
The Grind grills its burgers in a 1,000-degree coal-fired oven. Choose from nine varieties, including the Peppercorn with charred onion, matchstick fries, arugula, and a whiskey-peppercorn sauce (pictured). Located in a small corner shopping...
2502 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016, USA
The imported, handmade cycles and gear at British Bicycle Company will have you wanting to cycle everywhere. Their colorful stock of Pashley and Moulton Cycles—crafted in the UK and in production since 1962—would mesmerize any bicyclist. Located...
3701 N Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
As its name suggests, the Bespoke Inn is one of the more eccentric accommodations in downtown Scottsdale. This compact bed-and-breakfast, opened in 2013, has just four rooms. Each is decorated with homey, eclectic details that reflect the...
4000 N Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
The Saguaro Scottsdale is among the handful of downtown Scottsdale hotels that embrace the urban Southwest vibe. Although it began life as a 1970s chain motel—evident in its blocky structure and the compactness of most rooms—this...
4420 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
Long before the West was even wild, between the years 600 and 1450, an ancient group of peoples known as the Hohokam brought life to the Arizona desert with an intricate canal system. Parts of it are still in use today and, in addition...
7245 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
Rusty Spur Saloon was a bank in the 1920s but today it’s one of the best places for dancing with live country music 364 days of the year (they’re closed on Christmas). Tiny and historic, it’s a come-as-you-are bar where everyone from John Wayne to...
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