During the summer months (May - Sept), NEVER EVER go anywhere without a lot of water readily available. Because it is dry, you don't notice the fluids leaving the body that are being sweated off. A small 5' 90 lb lady told me how her 45 minute jog with a quart of water almost turned out to not be enough. People who have problems or die are invariably tourists.
The Mystery Castle is a Phoenix landmark, built by the semi-reclusive Boyce Luther Gulley, who, having contracted tuberculosis, abandoned his wife & daughter in Washington state, reappearing in Phoenix in the 1930s. He settled on the side of South Mountain, near the site of what was then the town dump. From there he salvaged building materials, to build the castle he had always promised his young daughter. He ended up living a lot longer than he thought he would, so, room by room, the castle got larger & larger. Upon his death, Gulley's wife and daughter finally found out what had become of him and came to Phoenix. They discovered what he'd been up to in the years since their parting, liked it, and moved in. Mary Lou Gulley still lives in the castle to this day, giving tours of "Daddy Gulley's" castle.
Closed from July through September.
800 E Mineral Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85040
lovely restaurant for salads, sandwiches, desserts
this restaurant is in several locations. the one i went to was just outside the entrance to the heard museum in downtown phoenix. you can park in the museum parking lot for free.
they focus on salads, sandwiches, and desserts. there is a good selection of beer
($3-$5) and wine ($5-$10/glass). entrees are from $10 to $12, desserts approximately $6.
the restaurant at the heard museum is open from 9:30 am to 3 pm every day. there is both inside and outside seating. i would go here again whether or not i was also visiting the museum.
there are four other locations --
(1) phoenix art museum, 1625 north central avenue, phoenix, AZ, 85004,
602/257-2191; open tuesday through sunday, 9 am to 5 pm, closed on monday
(2) city bakery at bentley projects, 215 east grant street, phoenix, AZ, 85004,
602/253-7200; open monday through friday, 8 am to 4 pm, and saturday,
7 am to 3 pm, closed on sunday
(3) desert botanical garden, 1201 north galvin parkway, phoenix, AZ, 85008,
480/481-8106; open every day, 8 am to 4 pm (seasonal hours, though, so
(4) scottsdale arts district, 7014 east 1st avenue, scottsdale, AZ, 85251,
480/941-5665; open every day, 11 am to 3 pm, reservations suggested i had the strawberry chicken salad, which had generous amounts of chicken, strawberries, almonds, and greens. mine had a poppyseed dressing, but i think you can choose what dressing you want if poppyseed is not your favorite! with a glass of wine, my total was $18.
So I have finally been to the famous cheesecake factory. The menu is massive from burgers to pizzas to pastas to specialities.
The portions are pretty big too! You gett given bread to start with. Don't worry if you don't have room for the cheesecake you can take that home with you!!!!! I had fish tacos, they were good, but I found the surce on them a bit citrusi! It came with rice and beans.
The burgers come with a huge portions of chips.
Cheese cake of course, so many different flavours, so difficult to choose! chocolate, oreos, cookie dough, raspberry etc etc
We choose chocolate fudge for one piece and cookie dough for another one. another option was chocolate mud slde oreo cake!
Phoenix Art Museum
The Phoenix Museum of Art hosts an impressive collection of American, Asian, Latin American, and Modern art in a showroom area encompassing more than 160,000 square feet. More than one thousand works of art out of its vast collection of 16,000 are displayed at a given time, and video presentations about the Museum collection enhance the visit. Many of the nation?s top traveling exhibitions make a stop at the Phoenix Art Museum, and works by such artists as Van Gogh, Picasso, and El Greco appear from time to time.