Chef James Peterson bills himself a risk-taker, and not just because he rides a Harley. His custom ground Angus beef is just the foundation for adventurous dishes such as the Spicy Bleu: the burger-equivalent of a buffalo wing platter with blue cheese, spicy wing sauce, celery, and carrots.
Step beneath the domed, packed-mud ceiling of a traditional Navajo family dwelling. Weave a Yavapi burden basket. Explore a secluded garden filled with bronze sculptures of women in prayer. By immersing visitors in Native American artifacts and artworks, the Heard Museum's exhibits strive to illuminate the cultural legacy of Arizona’s indigenous peoples. The collections emphasize first-person accounts of Native cultures, not only through artwork, but also in interviews with Native Americans, portraits by Navajo photographers, and monthly lectures. In addition to showcasing historical artifacts, the Heard Museum exhibits contemporary American Indian artwork. Like a ballerina trapped on a carousel, exhibits rotate often, and have included collections of Native American bolo ties, Hopi pottery, and 20th-century paintings depicting Native ceremony. Passing on cultural traditions to future generations, the staff educates children with tours, and brings Native American presentations and curricula to area schools.
Stress manifests physically as well as mentally. With more than 30 years of experience helping people lead healthier, more holistically balanced lives, Jeanne Long provides guidance in many forms at MindnBodies Wellness. Yoga classes, mat Pilates lessons, and personal-training sessions all bolster the muscular strength and flexibility needed to resist the chronic pains caused by poor posture or inactivity. For a less physical approach to self-improvement, the center also offers hypnosis sessions that can reinforce positive affirmations and help people overcome anxiety or quit addictive behaviors such as smoking or overeating.
Since 1985, Central Park Square Athletic Club has been the spot to flex and sweat, whether to pack on muscle or shed a few pounds. From the indoor lap pool to the hardwood-floored class studio to the lineup of machines and free-weights, the 17,000 square-foot facility houses a whole variety of fitness tools, including a staff of helpful personal trainers. Membership includes access to a variety of amenities, such as racquetball courts, a dry sauna, and all the clean towels one could possibly dream of.
The ancient practice of yoga. The hustle and bustle of city life. While these two may not seem to have anything in common, they are, in fact, intricately entwined at Urban Yoga. The serene center operates in the midst of hectic Phoenix, creating a respite for harried citizens in need of mediation, deep stretching, and quiet time. The space pulsates with a different kind of buzz than the urban setting embodies, connecting practitioners to their inner selves through a variety of classes. Sessions include vinyasa flow and prenatal yoga, which teaches the downward dog to developing fetuses. The center also pays homage to nature with earth-friendly building materials and recycled products.
More than 17,000 pieces from the Americas, Europe, and Asia have landed here—one of the largest art museums in the Southwest. Besides paintings and photographs, the collection includes thousands of historical and contemporary garments by world-famous fashion designers. For kids ages 6 to 10, the museum even provides "KidPacks"—backpacks full of activity cards and puzzles.