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4 Ways to Make like a Snowbird in Phoenix, Arizona

Chill out with prickly-pear margaritas and red-rock mountain hikes.

Taliesin West, Phoenix, Arizona


Hotel Adeline

Sip a prickly-pear margarita in the zero-edge pool, play a game of giant Jenga in the courtyard or take an outdoor yoga class at Scottsdale’s newest boutique hotel, opened last month. The refurbished motor inn is now a hip hangout, with 213 rooms outfitted with metallic fixtures and leather lounge chairs.

5101 N. Scottsdale Rd., 480-284-7700,



Pizza master Chris Bianco’s 40-seat trattoria serves up rustic Italian dishes, sans pizza (if you can’t go without, though, one of his much-loved pizzerias is next door). The menu’s always changing, but look out for cavatelli with lamb ragu and rapini, and wood-roasted eggplant.

4743 N. 20th St., 602-296-7761,


Taliesin West

Explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home, built in 1937 in Scottsdale’s foothills, where boulders etched with petroglyphs dot the grounds. If you’re there on February 28, catch a string quartet performance put on by the Phoenix Chamber Music Society in the red fabric-draped Music Pavilion (wine included).

12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., 480-627-5340,

Day Trip


Drive 90 minutes north to see Sedona’s Westworld-worthy red-rock landscape, which might be dusted with snow this month. For even better views, hike the Schuerman Mountain Trail to an extinct volcanic mound overlooking the mighty Cathedral Rock. In the afternoon, explore Gallery Row, a three-kilometre art crawl from uptown to Hillside Sedona.



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