How to Have the Perfect Three-day Weekend in Phoenix
There’s more to the desert city than resorts and retirees. Here’s how to spend an eventful three days in and around Arizona’s surprisingly sophisticated capital.
Check in to Found: Re (doubles from $229), a new industrial hotel featuring work by local artists. Head south to Roosevelt Row, a swath of galleries, street art, cocktail bars, and boutiques (go to Antique Sugar for vintage and Revolver Records for vinyl). For dinner, the tasting menu at Barrio Café Gran Reserva ($44 for six courses) can’t be beat — dishes like duck breast in cranberry mole are approachable yet elegant. Then venture back to Roosevelt: on first and third Fridays, art walks, exhibitions, and concerts keep the area humming until late.
Central Avenue is the city’s cultural hub. The Phoenix Art Museum has a vast international collection and a stellar fashion program run by an alum of the Met’s Costume Institute; the current show juxtaposes gowns by Yeohlee Teng with Richard Serra’s massive black-and-white screen prints. Visit the Heard Museum to see American Indian works like Hopi kachina dolls and Zuni jewelry. (Until August, catch “Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera” — the Heard is the exhibition’s sole U.S. stop.) Cap off the evening with an art-house flick at FilmBar and music at bar-cum-gallery the Lost Leaf.
Spend the day in Scottsdale, starting with a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West. Stop by the new Andaz for a Southwestern-tinged brunch at Weft & Warp. Then it’s on to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art for James Turrell’s Knight Rise and, this fall, a retrospective of architect Paolo Soleri; if you’re too early, Cosanti, Soleri’s futuristic home, is a worthy substitute. Back in Phoenix, pick up a memento of your trip — like architectural jewelry by Heidi Abrahamson — at For the People.