Although tumbleweeds don't breeze down its street and there's no hitching post on which to secure your horse, Brix Wine Spot swaps the valley for the Old West while helping visitors earn their sommelier spurs. A 20-foot copper bar corrals patrons as they stampede through the door, surrounding them with country tunes and over 500 of the bar's vintages.
Weekly tastings introduce palates to new bouquets, and every day a minimum of 18 wines are available by the glass, each served at an optimal temperature and right after naptime to ensure cooperation. When stomachs begin to rumble, guests can snack on artisan cheeses, salami platters, and handcrafted cheesecakes, or even bring in their own food—a practice Brix encourages as long as a glass of one of their wines is incorporated.
As its name would suggest, Carefree is a laid-back town, with a sense of humor to boot. Look out for quirky street signs (Ho Hum Road and Nonchalant Avenue) and keep in mind the town’s motto (“home of the cowboys and caviar”). Phoenix lies about 30 miles to the south, and the Continental Mountains rise just to the north and create a nice backdrop opposite the Black Mountain range. There are a handful of hiking trails in the area, but for those who prefer the comforts of saddle, you can rent a bike from the hotel or sign up of for a guided horseback ride through the desert. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
We’re a New York-style, family-owned deli with one heckuva mouthwatering menu! If it’s fresh you’re looking for, it’s fresh we got! Whether dining in or ordering out, we know you’ll love our homemade sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts.
Inside Arizona Yogurt Company's bright dining room, customers carry empty bowls down a line of 12 nozzles, each of which dispenses rich, creamy frozen yogurts. Flavors rotate, ensuring that diners are always meeting new tastes, such as pomegranate raspberry, irish mint, coffee, or new york cheesecake. Gluten-, sugar-, dairy-, and fat-free options accommodate diets based on allergies to wheat, lactose, or food that isn’t hyphenated.
The self-service setup lets customers swirl or blend any flavors they’d like before progressing to a toppings bar, where more than 50 items wait to enhance desserts or siblings’ unguarded back pockets with interesting textures, tastes, and colors. Crumbled chocolate bars, frozen cookie dough, frosted animal crackers, coconut shavings, and jelly beans tempt sweet teeth, and fresh fruits offer a lighter option.
Polar Ice Peoria's sparkling ice rink attracts athletes of all ages and skill levels, giving them a chance to carve their names in ice using the blades on their feet. The rink hosts basic skating, figure skating, and hockey lessons taught by skilled instructors and ranging from Learn to Skate to Power Skating, which strengthens legs for hockey matches. Staff members also captain summer camps for kids, weaving ice skating into a jam-packed schedule of activities such as arts and crafts and bounce-house sessions. Both students and campers graciously step aside to make room for the masses during public skate sessions.
Nick’s Deli & Pizza sates southwestern stomachs with a home-cooked, East Coast–inspired menu stuffed full of scrumptious deli sandwiches and slices of New York–style pizza and cheesecake. Decorate your table with a crispy, cheese pizza ($8.50–$11), which can be appetizingly adorned with toppings ($1.25–$1.50 each) such as pepperoni, mushrooms, bacon, spinach, and barbeque sauce.