Spring Training, Minus the Baseball…
While driving to breakfast this morning, we heard on the radio that
there was a 100% chance of rain in the Phoenix-Scottsdale area, and as
if on cue, the drops started hitting the windshield. By game time,
Phoenix felt like Portland and Scottsdale more like Seattle: it was
cold and pouring! No baseball today. So, what to do?
Here’s a short list of favorites that I can vouch for, whether for a
rainy day or before or after a ballgame.
- Hike Camelback Mountain. This is definitely not an activity for a rainy day, but at only 2700 feet tall, this hike makes for a great workout either before or after a ballgame. Plan on three hours roundtrip to tackle the steep sections while still admiring the killer views of the city. It may be hard to miss this looming peak, straddling the border between Phoenix and Scottsdale, but it can be a bit tricky to find the parking areas for the trailheads. This website, PhoenixASAP, has some good directions and descriptions of the routes. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen and bring bottled water!
- Visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West. If you have even a fleeting interest in architecture or design, you will delight in exploring FLW’s winter home and school of architecture. A 90-minute tour takes you around the grounds and inside this spectacular structure.
- Shop. Ok, that’s pretty obvious in the Phoenix-Scottsdale area, but if you’re looking for some great deals, I have to recommend Last Chance. There are only two of these stores in the entire country, Phoenix and Miami, and believe it or not, they’re part
of the Nordstrom family. Basically, where clothes and shoes that don’t
sell at Nordstrom Rack go to die. But that doesn’t mean that it’s all
garbage! I stocked up on great summer tank-tops for $1 each and a
stunning pair of Diane Von Furstenberg heels for a fraction of the
price. Expect a mess, avoid the weekends and bring some patience.
- Explore the Phoenix art scene. In past years, anything arty or related
to art may not have even crossed your mind when planning your Spring
Training itinerary. But that’s precisely why now’s the time and so
worth checking out! From more formal, established venues like the Phoenix Art Museum
and the countless galleries in Scottsdale to more up-and-coming spots
and street murals on Roosevelt Street, there’s a wide variety of styles
to suit all tastes. If you get lucky and your visit coincides with one
of the many free events like First Friday or Art Detour, be sure to go and you’ll be in for a local treat.
this is my first Spring Training, and I’ve only been in town a week,
this list is far from complete. I want to hear from you! In the
comments section, let me know your ideas for spending a free day. Coming up next, my list of must-visit Phoenix-Scottsdale restaurants.