Phoenix-area attractions that score points in our book
Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, very expensive, (800)950-0086. Frank Lloyd Wright inspired the design of this 738-roomlandmark, as elegant today as when it opened 75 years ago.
Hotel San Carlos, inexpensive to moderate, (800) 678-8946.in 2003, this '20s-era lodging became a member of the national trust historic hotels of america. enough said.
Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, expensive, (800) 876-4683. How many hotels come complete with a 130-foot water slide and man-made river that winds around a miniature golf course? No idea. But the hilton does, and it's awesome.
Honey Bear's BBQ, inexpensive, (602) 273-9148. Near the Heard museum? Need sustenance? Head here for tasty Tennessee-style slow-cooked meats and more.
Roaring Fork, expensive, (480) 947-0795. Chef Robert Mcgrath's "american western" cooking is wildly popular. Green-chile macaroni with huckleberry margaritas, anyone?
T. Cook's, expensive, (602) 808-0766. Rustic mediterranean cuisine flows from a wood-fired oven at T. Cook's, a romantic spot to take your safeway date.
Field of Dreams, (480) 812-8767. A sports souvenir store filled with autographs, possibly even including an authentic Bradshaw.
Phoenix International Raceway, (602) 252-2227. Nascar and Indy cars both zip by on this fast track. Go Fitz-Bradshaw!
Sunridge Canyon Golf Club, (480) 837-5100. Has been ranked in the first 50 of golf magazine’s “top 100 courses you can play in the U.S.” Need we say more?
Tournament Players Club, (888) 400-4001. the FBR Open (formerly Phoenix Open) draws more than 500,000 fans to this public but pricey course each January. Golf here the rest of the year, and you’ll have to cheer yourself on.
Heard Museum, (602) 252-8848. If you want to learn about the native american people who’ve populated the area for hundreds of years — and you do — this is the place.
Historic Heritage Square, (602) 262-5029. Ten structures, mostly homes, are in the square, and stand as a sampler of this great city’s heritage. Several are open to visitors.
Taliesin West, (480) 860-2700. More Frank Lloyd Wright. this, the famed architect’s former winter camp, is now his school of architecture.
Top of the Rock Restaurant & Bar, (602) 225-9000. Have cocktails and a view from this swanky tempe spot built on top of a hill.
Arizona Bound Tours, (480) 994-0580. Explore the desert in a Jeep. Feel cool.