Some people are under the false impression that the desert is a barren wasteland where nothing grows. When they think of the desert, all that comes to mind is endless miles of sand. The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix should change peoples minds about what grows and blooms in the deserts of the American Southwest.
The Desert Botanical Garden is located at 1201 North Galvin Parkway. They are open every day except the July 4th, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Admission More »
If you’re visiting Phoenix in the winter there is nothing better than enjoying the desert sunshine while dining outdoors. And there are few better places to do just that that Phoenix’s Aunt Chilada’s restaurant that is tucked into the side of Squaw Peak. Dating back to the 1890′s you bet this is as authentic as buildings come in the Valley of the Sun since it was constructed with original desert stone and railroad ties how appropriate considering the structure was first used as a supply depot and general store while Arizona was still an untamed territory where it is reported that “scantily clad women would climb into the attic and perform a hootchy-kootchy dance” throughout the night. Such dancing has ended (much to the chagrin of many a man), and replaced instead with a full authentic Arizona Mexican food menu, with one-third of the restaurant’s floor space dedicated to the aforementioned patio that offers a garden feel of old Mexico. Choose from traditional appetizer menu selections such as More »
Yep, summer is coming to an end and winter is peeking just around the corner. For a lot of Phoenicians this is the very best time of year for a number of different reasons. For starters, it means it’s ski season. What? Skiing in Phoenix, you ask. Of course. Well, not exactly Phoenix, but a few hours north in stunningly beautiful Flagstaff. And one of the beauties of skiing in the Phoenix area means that if you have a non-skier in the family, he or she can stay back in town and lounge by the pool while you zig-zag over the moguls. How perfect is that? Another great benefit to living in Phoenix is all the resorts that have been built to attract tourist business. But you know what? You don’t have to be a tourist to enjoy them. That’s right, anyone (and that means locals, too) can swing by any one of the More »
A move can be time consuming and exhausting, but you don’t want to miss out and everything your new city has to offer. When you get a chance, you’ll see that Phoenix has a great deal of activities and entertainment that will suit every personality.Home of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix is a great town for sports fans. Chase Field, built in 1998, is air-conditioned, so you don’t have to worry about the unbearable heat of the southwest. It also includes a retractable roof and even a swimming pool, making it a truly unique stadium. The spring and summer months are a great time to head to the ballpark with family and friends. Enjoy a drink, great food, and America’s favorite past time.If baseball isn’t your thing, try the Phoenix Zoo. Monkey village, a petting zoo and stingray bay feature a variety of different species from around the world. More »
Many people who move to Phoenix or other areas in the Southwest are not prepared for the extreme heat they will encounter. Though it is dry heat without the uncomfortable humidity of other regions of the country, temperatures can regularly reach 100 degrees during the summer months. Follow these few tips to avoid over heating as well as excessive air conditioning bills.
- Drink Watera lot of water: If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times, but there’s good reason for that. Staying hydrated is your number one defense against heat stroke or exhaustion. Don’t wait until you feel thirsty, by that point you have already reached some level of dehydration. Stay ahead of the game and drink water constantly throughout the day. More »
Anytime you move to a new house or city, you are trusting your most valuable possessions in the hands of perfect strangers. Moving to your new home should be an exciting and enjoyable adventure, not to be tainted by unreliable movers or broken items. Before you move to Phoenix, consider one of these local moving companies to help you with this overwhelming task.Camelback Moving is a family-owned company operating out of Phoenix. They assist in moves within Arizona as well as long distance. They offer affordable moving and storage unit rates. They have a range of storage options including standard, air conditioned and temperature controlled. Their “meet-or-beat” price pledge guarantees you’re getting the best price around.Another family owned mover is Arizona Discount Movers that assist in residential, commercial and warehouse relocation within Arizona and surrounding states. More »
Anytime you move to a new city, it’s important to educate yourself on the area’s crime rates. This is helpful in deciding in what neighborhood you want to live, as well as providing a general knowledge of these trends in order to be aware of your surroundings. If you happen to be relocating to the Phoenix area, you’ll be happy to know, crime rates are falling. According to the Phoenix police department, in 2009 there was a total of 97,175 crimes in the city, which is down approximately 35,000 from 2003. While there was some drop in violent crimes, the most significant improvements in crime rates were in property crime. Violent crime includes homicide, sexual assault, robbery and aggravated assault, while property crime measures burglary, theft, auto theft, and arson. In 2003, 112,766 property crimes were committed, compared with the 76,724 property crimes of 2009. More »
No matter what your interests happen to be, there is something for every taste in downtown Phoenix. The atmosphere is great for a singles’ night out, an escape from the kids, or just a gathering with friends. Nightclubs, music bars, and tasty eateries abound in the Valley of the Sun.If you enjoy a high-pace night scene, put on your dancing shoes and head over to one of the many dance clubs and lounges of the downtown area. Start the night off at the upscale Portlands Restaurant and Wine Bar. Discount drinks are served Monday through Friday during their 5-7 pm happy hour. They also host live music every Saturday night.After the sun goes down, the nightlife scene really comes alive. The Martini Ranch in Scottsdale hosts a range of live entertainers. Many famous musicians got their start playing at the Martini Ranch such as Avril Lavigne and Coldplay. More »