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Phoenix’s Finest

Phoenix’s Finest

One of Maddie’s best childhood memories revolves around the week she spent on a Dude Ranch in Arizona, riding horses, enjoying meals by the campfire and spotting javelina amongst the cacti.  As adults, we can appreciate a whole other world of wonders; from tubing down the Salt River to sipping tequila while taking in a vibrant sunset, America’s fifth largest city is full of fun and discovery.  Today we’re paying a virtual visit to the greater Phoenix area and putting a spotlight on a few of its great towns, or as we like to call them: Phoenix’s Finest.

Tempe

While this area is home to ASU and proud of it, it is so much more than just a college town.  Rich in the arts, enthusiastic about heath and wellness and supportive of an active night life, this offbeat community has something for everyone.

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What to Do

When in Tempe, there are a couple of no brainers when it comes to choosing how to spend your time.  Feel the team spirit by taking in a Sun Devils football game or watching any number of games at one of Tempe’s many sports bars.  If sports don’t do it for you, indulge your inner fashionista while taking care of the frugalista in you by visiting the Arizona Mills, an expansive and deeply discounted collection of outlets and department stores all under one roof.  If you’re looking to nurture your inner artist, pay a visit to the ASU Gammage, a Frank Lloyd Wright designed performing arts center celebrating it’s 50th year.  Need to tickle your funny bone?  Head over to the Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre to check out their made-over state-of-the-art venue, complete with 450 seats, complete dinner menu and a killer Fall lineup.

Where to Dine

Head to downtown Tempe for a serious treat at the House of Tricks!  This charming, award winning eatery is steps from the popular Mill Avenue but feels a world away from the hustle and bustle.  Converted from a couple of neighboring historic homes by husband and wife Robin and Robert Trick, this one of a kind property keeps the charm coming with a garden on site, tended to each morning by Bob’s mother.  Some menu favorites include the shaved brussel sprout appetizer and the burgundy braised short ribs.  Whatever you decide to order, make sure you save room for dessert.

Where to Stay

Situate yourself within walking distance of Mill Avenue, Sun Devil stadium and the ASU campus at the Tempe Mission Palms.  Guests here rave about the exceptional staff, awesome views, and well-appointed rooms, plus there’s a rooftop pool, tennis court and basketball court to help you unwind.

Stay a Little Longer

If you’re apartment hunting in the Tempe area, consider paying a visit to the Little Cottonwoods apartment community from MEB Management Services.  Between the 3 pools, 2 spas, grilling area and 24-hour fitness center, you’ll feel more like you’ve stepped into a resort, but you’ll want to make yourself right at home in one of their unique and spacious apartments.  The location is about as convenient as it gets with easy access to downtown, major highways, MSU and Kiwanis Park, with a private entrance to the neighborhood Stroud Park.  Little Cottonwoods currently has a couple of great 2 bedroom units available, starting at $927/month.  Bonus: They’re pet-friendly!

Keep in Mind

Downtown Tempe is buzzing with activity and is certainly the place to be, particularly on ASU game nights.  Make sure to factor in traffic and potential road closures when you head out for dinner; if you’re anything like us, delaying dinner time or missing your reservation can often lead to a serious case of grumpy pants.

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Scottsdale

Between the breathtaking vistas and the deliberate call for relaxation, Scottsdale might as well be named “Ommmm”.  With more spas per capita than any other US city and plenty of amazing restaurants to enjoy, this is the perfect destination for a romantic getaway or girls weekend.

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What to Do

Treat yourself to some fresh air with a little horseback riding or hike the McDowell Sonoran Conservancy, then unwind at the end of the day with a massage or facial from them New Serenity Spa.  End the day with a happy hour cocktail and some of the best views around at the Jade Bar, part of the Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort.

Where to Dine

Speaking of incredible views, Sassi‘s outdoor dining offers up some of the most stunning sunset views around.  Check your weather app to see when sunset is, then make a reservation and ask to sit outside.  In addition to serving up killer sunsets, Sassi’s Executive Chef Chris Nicosia perfectly crafts seasonally appropriate Italian cuisine using locally sourced ingredients.

Where to Stay

Keep with the pampering theme and check in to the W Scottsdale, where guests can enjoy poolside cabanas, weekend pool parties and a variety of treatments at the onsite Bliss Spa.  If for nothing else, book a treatment just to gain access to the cheese and brownie bar. Yes, seriously.

Stay a Little Longer

If you’re planning a move to the Scottsdale area or if you already live there, you should check out the tranquil and intimate Fireside East Apartments.  Residents here love that they’re within walking distance to a grocery store and other shopping and they’re quick to tell you how friendly and responsive the staff is.  Check out Fireside East and other great properties represented by BMSI Apartment Communities here.

Keep in Mind

Scottsdale is all about luxury, recreation and relaxation…and all of that can come with a little bit of a price tag.  Save up and treat yo’ self: you deserve it.

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Cave Creek

Break out your cowboy boots and a take a trip back to yesteryear with a visit to Cave Creek!  A true Western flair can be felt throughout town, from the horse ranches to the saloons and everywhere in between.  Whether you’re a part of this tight knit community or you’re just here for a visit, you’re sure to hold dear memories of this gem for years to come.

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What to Do

Take in all the funky goodness of this little town by simply strolling along East Cave Creek Road and enjoying some shopping at local favorites such as Buffalo Bill’s Trading Post and the Rare Earth Gallery.  Forget the cheesy souvenirs you usually bring home to your friends and family; show them you actually love them with a unique handcrafted or antique treasure.

Where to Dine

For some of the best bbq around, look no further than Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue.  While Bryan’s does not disappoint with the classics like pulled pork and beef brisket, diners also rave about unique dishes like the vegetarian pulled squash and the olive coleslaw.

Where to Stay

In keeping with the rustic Western charm, check in to the Spur Cross Bed & Breakfast.  Guests here rave about Carolyn the Innkeeper, stunning views, memorable breakfasts and thoughtful decor.  Stargaze on the patio, warm yourself by the fire, and get to know the property animals like Saffron the cockapoo.  Better yet, bring your own dog: they’re pet-friendly!

Stay a Little Longer

Meticulously maintained grounds, prompt and responsive staff and maintenance and a sparkling pool are among the reasons renters are drawn to Azure Creek Apartments.  Managed by The Tipton Group, this pet-friendly community enjoys luxurious amenities like a fitness center, private dog park, walk-in closets and washer/dryer in-unit.

Keep in Mind

If shopping isn’t your thing, there is still plenty of outdoor activity to keep you busy.  Take in the scenery with Cave Creek Trail Rides or a round of golf at the Rancho Mañana Golf Course.

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About The Author

Madeline

As a renter herself with a keen interest in Psychology, Madeline understands the emotional journey of apartment hunting and the joys of apartment living. This combined with her experience in the multifamily industry has given her some unique insights into the mind of both the renter and the property manager and has helped shape the content she creates and shares here everyday. In her spare time, Madeline can be found re-arranging her apartment, cuddling with her kitties, singing and dancing in the kitchen or whipping up a plant-based meal.

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