Featured Destination: Phoenix Fun and Food

Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix, image

The Musical Instrument Museum also includes traditional costumes used in musical ceremonies.

The springtime pleasures of Phoenix, Ariz., lured writer Kristen Haney. Feted by the local visitors bureau, she embarked on a travel spree that included hiking, touring an olive mill, taste-testing beer, and playing strange musical instruments. For more, read on:

South Mountain Park: Fat Man's Pass, teddy bear cholla, and knock-out views await in this 16,000 acre park.

Taste it Tours: Discover Phoenix's dining options one bite and sip at a time.

Phoenix-Scottsdale Burgeoning Food Scene: A working farm, an upscale restaurant, and an award winning brewery reveal the town's culinary diversity.

The Musical Instrument Museum: Check out more than 5,000 musical instruments, videos, and hands-on fun.

Queen Creek Olive Mill: Bacon olive oil, anyone? See cold-pressed olive oil created and dine at the on-site, Tuscan-style restaurant.

This blog post was first published in May 2012. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.