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.