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An Enticing Escape: Brick Restaurant In The Arizona Center

Brick logo
by in Eat

Tucked away in the hustle and bustle of Downtown Phoenix sits an enticing restaurant with a seductive menu to match. Dark wood tables, leather lounge chairs and armoires attribute to the restaurants intimate scene. Hanging vintage chandeliers and deep red curtains transport you into another world. Feet away from the numerous downtown sky-scraper buildings resides… Read More →

The Sweetest Spot in Flagstaff: Sweet Shoppe & Nut House

by in Eat | Play

Coming from mountainous Manitou Springs, Colo. (population 5,113), Flagstaff seemed like a home away from home. Despite the significantly larger population, the classic architecture and bounty of local businesses made Flagstaff feel like a dilated version of the tiny, hippy town back home that I had grown to love. Despite my Colorado Springs residency, neighboring… Read More →

An Adventure on the West Fork Trail, Sedona

West Fork Trail
by in Play

The rising sun illuminated the vibrant reds, greens and purples that paint the canyon. The crisp morning air carried the fresh aroma of Arizona Cypress. I, along with my companions, took our first step onto the West Fork Trail and began our adventure through Oak Creek Canyon in Sedona. With me were my great friends… Read More →

Sonoran Desert And Tea In Carefree

English Rose Tea Room in Carefree, Photo: Carolina Lopez
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Leaning saguaro cacti and palo verde trees line the roads and cover the Sonoran desert grounds. The sun is bright, but the weather isn’t its usual hot, soul-sucking self. That means that at least I have a chance at surviving longer than usual if I get lost in the desert or stranded somewhere. I roll… Read More →

A Harrowing, Hilarious Hike Up Tempe Butte, Or “A” Mountain

"A" Mountain (Tempe Butte), Photo: Daniel Escobedo
by in Play

Standing at the base of the mountain, I look up toward the black asphalt path that lies in front of me. It seems smooth with a slight incline. Heat is rising off the asphalt up into the sky as the sun repeatedly bakes and pounds the pavement with unrelenting heat. Wary that my competitors are… Read More →

The Fall And Ensuing Therapy Session On Red Mountain

Red Mountain trailhead, Photo: Kristine Cannon
by in Play

The walls of Red Mountain feel entirely too far apart at this point. I could feel myself breaking into a cold sweat. The orange-hued walls tower above me; the sunlight receding until it leaves me in the mountain’s chilly shadow. That’s all this place was anyway – a large cave, it felt. Really, it’s a volcano… Read More →

Rock Climbing Excursions In Jacks Canyon

Jacks Canyon Sunrise, Photos: Travis McKnight
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Vivacious beams of sunlight pierce through a layer of thin clouds listlessly drifting across the vivid blue sky, illuminating a seemingly hidden canyon nestled 30 miles north of Winslow, Ariz. Within its depths reside numerous chalk-stained, 70-foot limestone cliffs plastered with strategically placed stainless-steel bolts that establish nearly 300 sport climbing routes. This is Jacks… Read More →

Lake Powell: A Great Day, Or Week, Vacation Destination

Lake Powell
by in Eat | Play | Stay

Northern Arizona seems to have notoriety for its giant canyon, and almost to a fault, other smaller places don’t get as much fame. I am here to tell you that Lake Powell is quite an experience that allows for a full day of activity or even a full week — based on your time allotment… Read More →

Rejuvenating In The Red Rocks

Red Rocks, Sedona
by in Play

Arizona is filled with astonishing scenery known for dropping jaws and stopping hearts, but I experienced an overwhelming amount of breathtaking beauty when I made the Red Rocks my playground. Stunning monoliths and buttes surrounded by lavish green forestry create the perfect atmosphere to relax and rejuvenate in Sedona. What makes Sedona so special? That’s… Read More →

I-17: The Worst Place To Be Stuck In Traffic

I-17 Traffic
by in Play

I headed up to Flagstaff Friday evening in attempt to escape the heat and regain my sanity. The two are not mutually exclusive. Also, my roommate was moving out. Insert cynical comment here. The weekend went beautifully; a comfortable mid-70 degrees at the day’s high point. Saturday and Sunday morning were perfect for sitting in… Read More →

The Arizona Renaissance Festival: A Trip Back In Time

Crowd at the Arizona Renaissance Festival Photo: neepster, Flickr
by in Play

I never thought it possible to travel back in time until I went to the Renaissance Festival. From the moment you step past the entrance you are transported into a different world. There are old-fashioned shops, rides operating on man-power, jousting tournaments and plenty of live entertainment. It was my first time attending a festival… Read More →

A Stroll Through The Japanese Friendship Garden

Japanese Friendship Garden in Phoenix
by in Play

Looking for a place to relax and de-stress? Then the Japanese Friendship Garden is the perfect place for you. As you stroll down the path of this 3.5-acre Japanese garden, you’ll see a 12-foot waterfall, a koi pond with more than 300 colorful and friendly koi fish that you can feed, flowing streams, a stepping… Read More →

Flagstaff: A Day Of Discovery

Downtown Flagstaff
by in Eat | Play | Stay

Every year before Christmas I take a trip to Flagstaff. This trip has happened so often it has turned into a tradition for me, so this year was no exception. However, this was the first time I ended up venturing into town rather than just staying in the snow on the outskirts of Flagstaff. My… Read More →

Flagstaff: Through A Massacusetts Native's Eye

Downtown Flagstaff
by in Eat | Play | Stay

Flagstaff may be known for snow, skiing and various other winter activities but what really makes the city unique is the atmosphere. It has a cozy, relaxed feel and the people are nothing but welcoming. I first experienced Flagstaff last October when a friend invited me on a weekend trip to check out the third… Read More →