Even other states are recognizing how awesome Arizona is! The Los Angeles Times, in celebration of Arizona's centennial, recently published their list of "100 cool places in Arizona." Of course, many of Local First Arizona's members made the list. Here, we highlight our amazingly cool members that were mentioned by the Los Angeles Times as the hottest places in the state. How many have you been to? What's on your list? Let us know in the comments section!
"The town's population is south of 600, so it doesn't take long to cover downtown. Start with breakfast at the Flatiron Café (three tables, three stools and three employees at 416 Main St.) and browse the antiques and bric-a-brac at House of Joy (416 N. Hull St.), which was once a brothel, then a restaurant, now a shop open Thursdays-Sundays. Then take measure of the area's recent wine boom by sipping a bit at Jerome winery or Cadaceus Cellars." You can check out LFA's Small Wonders Map of the Verde Valley (including Jerome and Cottonwood) by clicking here.
"Outside, colorful murals. Inside: top-flight food. This restaurant is big with the power-lunch crowd. Try the azul filete — a $28 journey to nirvana. 2814 N. 16th St., Phoenix; (602) 636-0240. Dinner main dishes, $20-$28."
"For forward-looking dining, locals head to this family-owned restaurant in central Phoenix, for interesting takes on salmon, grouper, calamari and chops. 111. E. Camelback Road, Phoenix; (602) 200-8111"
"Waits can reach three hours at the deep-dish* haven downtown. Avoid the long lines with a Tuesday dinner or a late lunch. Most popular pizza: the margherita. 623 E. Adams St., Phoenix; (602) 258-8300" *Later corrected that the pizzas are thin crust
"Local resident Alice Cooper owns a sports bar filled with baseball and music memorabilia, in the shadow of where the Suns and Diamondacks play. 101 E. Jackson, Phoenix; (602) 253-7337"
Phoenix Art Museum
"The stylish, two-story museumhas much to offer art lovers, with air-conditioned rooms adorned with works by Pablo Picasso, Diego Rivera, Georgia O'Keeffe and Claude Monet. 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; (602) 257-1222"
"Joining a tour here is like walking into a high school history lesson on Native Americans, enhanced by some of the world's best visual aids. Colorful kastina (also called kachina) dolls, sand-cast silverware, hand-woven wedding shawls, water jugs and red-clay pottery line the glass cases. 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; (602) 252-8840"
Hotel Valley Ho
"Call it Rat Pack redux. About seven years ago, this 1956 hotel was retooled to the tune of $80 million, and the result is a bold mid-centurion with a big, groovy pool. Standard rooms start at $259 in high season and drop to $99 in summer. 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale; (480) 248-2000"
"This weekly event has been drawing big crowds for 30 years, from 7-9 p.m. every Thursday on Main Street, with a lively mix of eateries as well."
"During high season (November-April), the two-hour tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home and studio is a hefty $32. Offseason, the price drops to $24. 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale; (480) 627-5340"
Old Town Glendale
"The Dodgers' Camelback Ranch spring training home lacks heart and history, but in Old Town Glendale you'll find a charming square full of shops, restaurants and trees brimming with migrating birds." You can check out LFA's Small Wonders Map for Glendale by clicking here.
Bookmans Entertainment Exchange
"Bookmans is a bazaar of used literature, media, collectibles and entertainment. Nestled behind a Walgreen's, the flagship store in Tucson (there are six locations in Arizona) looks deceptively cookie-cutter. But with a constantly rotating inventory — bring in old entertainment to receive credit for new-to-you books, magazines and music — and no computerized catalog search, no two visits to Bookmans are alike. 1930 E. Grant Road, Tucson; (520) 325-5767"
"Arizona's 40 wineries are spread throughout the state, but most growers are found on the high southern plateau, where hot days and cold nights make for the perfect wine-growing climate. The grapes are good — and the industry is new, which means the tastings are cheap, usually $5 for five wines (if you bring your own glass, it's only $3). If you're here in August, stop in the Elgin's Four Monkey Winery for its annual grape-stomping competition." Check out Local First AZ's vineyards and wine distributors.
You can view the whole list of cool Arizona places at the Los Angeles Times.