Farm fresh. One of the area's best restaurants, Quiessence, sits among pecan trees at the Farm at South Mountain. Chefs Gregory Laprad and Anthony Andiario create savory daily menus using local ingredients; they also play with the bar offerings, adding fresh herbs to the mixology. Works by local artists are available at The Cottage. thefarmatsouthmountain.com
Take a hike. Throw on walking shoes, pop on a hat, and grab a bottle of water and some snacks before heading out on one of the many trails in the terrain surrounding Phoenix. Among the scenic choices are the rocky treks up the Echo Canyon and Cholla trails on Camelback Mountain, and the new three-mile Tom's Thumb trail with views of the Tonto National Forest.
Browse the broccoli. Even if you're not cooking tonight, wandering around the local farmers' market can be a blast. Check out what's growing year-round in Arizona at the Central Farmers' Market every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. The gathering goes indoors during the summer months.
New at Night. Music of all kinds is the draw at the new Crescent Ballroom, housed in a 1917 brick warehouse. The agenda for the end of October includes the melting-pot stylings of Calexico, above.
Discover some neat places to eat and drink, fun events, the nightlife in town and more from the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau's Hot Sheet.