Every time I visit Phoenix I feel a bit like I’m being pulled in a hundred different directions: I want to catch up with friends and family, and meet everyone’s new dog/cat/baby (that was a new one this time around!) and visit all of my favorite haunts while checking out the hottest new places. Last week’s trip was complicated by the fact that I also wanted to hit up some spring-training baseball games – in fact, it’s the whole reason I planned my vacation for March.
Miraculously, though, I always seem to pack it all in and return to New York feeling refreshed and accomplished. Here’s a little peek at what I got up to during my homecoming.
As soon as I climbed into my brother’s car at the airport, I announced that I was hungry for an In-N-Out cheeseburger. Nevermind that it was 10 a.m., next thing I knew we were stuffing our faces, surrounded by baseball fans and hungover frat boys. Who knew greasy burgers were so popular on Sunday mornings?!
I made it to three baseball games during the week, thanks to my awesome parents who joined me on this trip and footed some little things like game tickets and a hotel room 😉 First up was my beloved Texas Rangers, who put on a hilarious comedy of errors in an entertaining, if disappointing, loss.
This was the view from our hotel room and encompassed everything I love about Phoenix and Arizona: The mountains, the palm trees, the blue skies.
I spent much of National Puppy Day curled up on my best friend’s couch with her pugs, Jak and Sheena. This one here is Jak – Sheena wasn’t quite as fond of the camera (or me, to be honest).
Lux is my favorite coffee shop in Phoenix and has been for years – I used to spend entire days there, going from coffee to mac and cheese to cocktails, curling up with a book or working on school projects or catching up with friends. A return trip seemed necessary, and although they’ve raised their prices, Lux will always have a special spot in my heart.
My brother declared that I wouldn’t even recognize downtown Phoenix, the neighborhood I called home for six years. While that wasn’t quite the case, I was surprised at all of the street art and local restaurants that have popped up in the fifteen months since my last visit. Dare I say it feels like San Francisco?! Just a little warmer and a lot less crowded!
Of course what I miss most about the Arizona landscape is the beautiful sunsets. They’re just not the same on the east coast! I actually got up in the middle of happy hour to take this picture – shoutout to patient and understanding friends!
All in all, a successful trip – my fifth of 2016! You can read about my past Phoenix adventures here.
9 thoughts on “A week in Phoenix, Arizona”
Phoenix has quite the scene right now. Also, how cute is the mural! I really like it
I was happily surprised by Phoenix this time around! And I love the mural too – it’s on the same block I used to live on, which just blows my mind.
I’ve never explored Arizona. Great pictures. Thank you for sharing! Food looks yum! 🙂
Oh, Arizona’s the BEST – although Phoenix wouldn’t be my top choice if not for the nostalgia. Check out Flagstaff and Sedona sometime if you get a chance! Thanks for stopping by!
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I’ve heard a lot about Sedona! Thanks for the heads up! Take care! 🙂
Woah, you sure fit a lot into this trip! I am super impressed. I’m also pretty intrigued, I must say. The fact that you say Phoenix is a bit like SF…that just pushed Phoenix higher on my to-visit list. I have lately been obsessed with the Southwest, as it seems like a much needed break from the northeast. Blah!
I bet you I would spend all of my time in that coffee shop too. 😉
Don’t get me wrong, Phoenix has a long ways to go but as someone who moved there in 2008 I was BLOWN AWAY by how much it’s changed… and as someone who moved to NYC in 2014 I was also blown away by how CHEAP everything was! I highly recommend it but if you’re thinking Southwest (my favorite region!) there are other places I’d suggest over Phoenix – Sedona and Flagstaff in Arizona, small towns in New Mexico, and I’ve heard great things about the national parks in Utah. Definitely a great break from the northeast!