With its light coral-colored walls, wooden window shutters, and rustic décor, El Rincon De Gypsy takes on the desert southwest personality of the building in which it resides. Nearly 140 years old, the adobe structure is lined with artwork and complimented by a roomy outdoor patio and dining area. Everyday, visitors may receive a free tour of the building, and on weekends, they can participate in free tarot card readings.
Desert View CrossFit equips everyday people with the tools to build the body of a hardened athlete, strengthening muscles and burning fat with high-intensity exercises. Rather than wasting time on a treadmill or exercise bike, visitors to the spartan, no-frills gym hoist barbells, climb onto iron rings, and power through pushups, building strength.
The hum of live performances echoes across The Percolator, where guests meet over mugs of organic coffee and plates of gourmet sandwiches and sushi. Chefs usher in the day with eggs, meat, and vegetarian breakfast wraps before moving on to lunch and dinner to assemble chicken pesto or herbed goat–cheese sandwiches along with seven specialty sushi rolls. Lattes, mochas, and creamy coffee frappés start days or cap off meals, and a selection of beer and wine rinses off incisors. As customers sip and dine, they lounge at the cafe's numerous tabletops beneath local artwork and vibrant murals on the crimson walls. A stage hosts a rotating schedule of live music, poetry slams, and theater nearly every day, offering visitors a welcome reprieve from frustrating evenings of teaching a pet tortoise to roll over.
Balls hurtle down 40 polished pathways at Fiesta Lanes as bowlers lace up rented shoes and set their sights on demolishing 10-pin clusters. Flashing lights illuminate players’ faces as they plot out angles on the lanes, and pop music blares through the loudspeakers to heighten the drama of each frame. Seasoned staffers fit patrons for custom balls and tri-tone kicks in the pro shop, and partygoers shot put balls toward pin-shaped piñatas in one of three large meeting rooms. Chirps and beeps fill the air in a video arcade that boasts 65 games, and bowling rivalries reignite on foosball, billiard, and shuffleboard tables. Players can warm up their fingers before games by lifting burgers or hot pizza slices at Frankie’s Sports Grill, located next door.
For those who feel the gnaw of indecision when looking over the beer section at the liquor store, fear not: the Sun City Craft Beer Fest offers small tastes of many brews without buyers having to shell out money for a six-pack. More than three dozen craft breweries from across the country will be dispensing foamy pours of their wares, totaling more than 200 beers for the tasting. Local restaurants pair bites with the beers, unlocking such unusual flavor combinations as dumping an entire porter into a bag of corn chips. At the onsite brewing area, expert brewmasters demonstrate the techniques of homebrewing and hose down onlookers with hot wort. Aside from the main attractions, activities include displays by artists and sets by local bands.
At any given time, Dream Arena's ceiling might echo with several collective sounds: the squeak of shoes pivoting on a basketball court, the slam of a perfectly spiked volleyball landing in bounds, and the soft crunch of soccer cleats digging into the indoor turf. Within the mammoth indoor gymnasium, athletes of all kinds run amok, shooting soccer balls just feet away from hoopsters sharpening their free throws. The staff manifests its main goal—unleashing everyone's potential—in a variety of programs, from open pickup games and team practices to youth leagues that teach kids the value of healthy competition as they see who can chug the most Gatorade.