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Guidebook for Peoria

Linda

Guidebook for Peoria

Shopping
This full-service grocery store even has a wine bar and of course a Starbucks.
Fry's Marketplace
25401 N Lake Pleasant Pkwy
This full-service grocery store even has a wine bar and of course a Starbucks.
This neighborhood grocery store offers thousands of natural, organic & gluten-free foods. Discover fresh produce, meats, vitamins, supplements & more.
Sprouts Farmers Market
10134 W Happy Valley Rd
This neighborhood grocery store offers thousands of natural, organic & gluten-free foods. Discover fresh produce, meats, vitamins, supplements & more.
This family-oriented department store offers exclusive brand apparel, shoes, accessories and home & beauty products.
Kohl's Lake Pleasant
10072 W Happy Valley Rd
This family-oriented department store offers exclusive brand apparel, shoes, accessories and home & beauty products.
This upscale discount retailer that provides high-quality, on-trend merchandise at attractive prices in this clean, spacious and guest-friendly store.
Target
24890 N Lake Pleasant Pkwy
This upscale discount retailer that provides high-quality, on-trend merchandise at attractive prices in this clean, spacious and guest-friendly store.
BevMo! offers a range of wines from around the world, saki, vermouth, port, spirits, and beer. Also offers gifts, wine accessories and gourmet food. We like going between 4 and 7pm on Friday nights for wine and beer tastings.
BevMo!
24650 North Lake Pleasant Parkway
BevMo! offers a range of wines from around the world, saki, vermouth, port, spirits, and beer. Also offers gifts, wine accessories and gourmet food. We like going between 4 and 7pm on Friday nights for wine and beer tastings.
Offering a vibrant outdoor setting with unique water features, Westgate Entertainment District delivers an interactive shopping, dining and entertainment experience. It is anchored by Gila River Arena, home of the Arizona Coyotes, and adjacent to the University of Phoenix Stadium, home to the Arizona Cardinals. Conveniently located about 20 to 30 minutes away in Glendale, Arizona, just East of the Loop 101 on Glendale Ave., the retail destination is just minutes from Historic Downtown Glendale.
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Westgate Entertainment District
6751 N Sunset Blvd
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Offering a vibrant outdoor setting with unique water features, Westgate Entertainment District delivers an interactive shopping, dining and entertainment experience. It is anchored by Gila River Arena, home of the Arizona Coyotes, and adjacent to the University of Phoenix Stadium, home to the Arizona Cardinals. Conveniently located about 20 to 30 minutes away in Glendale, Arizona, just East of the Loop 101 on Glendale Ave., the retail destination is just minutes from Historic Downtown Glendale.
Many guests stop by here when heading north from the valley…or they make a destination in itself! Conveniently located off I-17, just 30 minutes from the house, Outlets at Anthem offers, pedestrian friendly and pet friendly open air shopping of name brand fashions to residents and visitors alike. Outlets at Anthem is always high on the itinerary with more than 60 designer brand shops.
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Outlets at Anthem
4250 West Anthem Way
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Many guests stop by here when heading north from the valley…or they make a destination in itself! Conveniently located off I-17, just 30 minutes from the house, Outlets at Anthem offers, pedestrian friendly and pet friendly open air shopping of name brand fashions to residents and visitors alike. Outlets at Anthem is always high on the itinerary with more than 60 designer brand shops.
Food Scene
Casual Mexican fare offered in a sprawling multiroom eatery & cantina with hacienda-themed decor.
Top Shelf Mexican Food & Cantina
21910 N 83rd Ave
Casual Mexican fare offered in a sprawling multiroom eatery & cantina with hacienda-themed decor.
Ultramodern decor sets the stage for this venue's creative sushi & Japanese-fusion small plates.
Squid Ink Sushi Bar - Peoria
9947 W Happy Valley Pkwy
Ultramodern decor sets the stage for this venue's creative sushi & Japanese-fusion small plates.
Italian, Tex-Mex & American fare share table space at this festive surf-themed tavern with patios. Check them out on dueling piano night as well as other fun events.
Lakeside Bar and Grill
9980 West Happy Valley Road
Italian, Tex-Mex & American fare share table space at this festive surf-themed tavern with patios. Check them out on dueling piano night as well as other fun events.
Rubio's Coastal Grill, formerly known as Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill, is a fast casual "Fresh Mex" or "New Mex" restaurant chain specializing in Mexican food, with an emphasis on fish tacos.
Rubio's
24920 N Lake Pleasant Pkwy
Rubio's Coastal Grill, formerly known as Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill, is a fast casual "Fresh Mex" or "New Mex" restaurant chain specializing in Mexican food, with an emphasis on fish tacos.
Linda says: “This high-end restaurant plates premium steak & seafood in a contemporary dining room with a full bar. Happy hour is deluxe and the patio is great!”
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Arrowhead Grill
8280 West Union Hills Drive
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Linda says: “This high-end restaurant plates premium steak & seafood in a contemporary dining room with a full bar. Happy hour is deluxe and the patio is great!”
Parks & Nature
You can walk to this trailhead from the house! This is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located within .25 miles. It features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers several activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
Sunrise Mountain Trail
You can walk to this trailhead from the house! This is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located within .25 miles. It features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers several activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
You can walk to this trailhead from the house! Starting at Westwing Park about .25 miles from the house, this loop includes the marked "loop" of 3.1 miles plus additional spurs to scenic views, alternative "extreme" route and short access from parking lot to official start. Trail is rocky due to volcanic basalt and tuff. Great neighborhood trail
West Wing Mountain Trail
You can walk to this trailhead from the house! Starting at Westwing Park about .25 miles from the house, this loop includes the marked "loop" of 3.1 miles plus additional spurs to scenic views, alternative "extreme" route and short access from parking lot to official start. Trail is rocky due to volcanic basalt and tuff. Great neighborhood trail
The main entrance is on 59th Avenue between Deer Valley and Pinnacle Peak roads, about 2 miles from the house. Thunderbird Conservation Park, a 1,185-acre park in the Hedgpeth Hills, is a conservation park dedicated to preserving the desert environment. Park activities include picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, jogging and bird watching. About 15 miles of multi-use trails have been constructed, thanks to the efforts of many volunteer groups.
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Thunderbird Conservation Park
22800 59th Ave
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The main entrance is on 59th Avenue between Deer Valley and Pinnacle Peak roads, about 2 miles from the house. Thunderbird Conservation Park, a 1,185-acre park in the Hedgpeth Hills, is a conservation park dedicated to preserving the desert environment. Park activities include picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, jogging and bird watching. About 15 miles of multi-use trails have been constructed, thanks to the efforts of many volunteer groups.
The closest place for any water activity is at Lake Pleasant, just 10 miles from the house. The park covers a total of over 23,000 acres (93 km²) of mountainous desert landscape, including the lake, and boasts a number of other recreational activities, such as mountain biking, camping, and hiking. The park also has an educational visitors' center that provides information regarding the history of the lake, the construction of the Waddell Dam and the surrounding areas. The presence of the lake has also attracted other recreational activities in the area, such as a dirt racetrack and a large glider school/airport. One of our favorite things to do there is looking for burros. Inevitably, you’l
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Lake Pleasant
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The closest place for any water activity is at Lake Pleasant, just 10 miles from the house. The park covers a total of over 23,000 acres (93 km²) of mountainous desert landscape, including the lake, and boasts a number of other recreational activities, such as mountain biking, camping, and hiking. The park also has an educational visitors' center that provides information regarding the history of the lake, the construction of the Waddell Dam and the surrounding areas. The presence of the lake has also attracted other recreational activities in the area, such as a dirt racetrack and a large glider school/airport. One of our favorite things to do there is looking for burros. Inevitably, you’l
A little over 3 hours away, Grand Canyon National Park, in Arizona, is home to much of the immense Grand Canyon, with its layered bands of red rock revealing millions of years of geological history. Viewpoints include Mather Point, Yavapai Observation Station and architect Mary Colter’s Lookout Studio and her Desert View Watchtower. Lipan Point, with wide views of the canyon and Colorado River, is a popular, especially at sunrise and sunset. If you’re up for it, take a hike along the rim or into the canyon.
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Parque nacional del Gran Cañón
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A little over 3 hours away, Grand Canyon National Park, in Arizona, is home to much of the immense Grand Canyon, with its layered bands of red rock revealing millions of years of geological history. Viewpoints include Mather Point, Yavapai Observation Station and architect Mary Colter’s Lookout Studio and her Desert View Watchtower. Lipan Point, with wide views of the canyon and Colorado River, is a popular, especially at sunrise and sunset. If you’re up for it, take a hike along the rim or into the canyon.
Bartlett Lake, a beautiful one-hour drive from the house, is a desert canyon lake that was formed by the damming of the Verde River. It’s especially beautiful when the wildflowers are blooming in the spring.
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Bartlett Lake
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Bartlett Lake, a beautiful one-hour drive from the house, is a desert canyon lake that was formed by the damming of the Verde River. It’s especially beautiful when the wildflowers are blooming in the spring.
Everything Else
(2 hours) Prescott is in central Arizona, not quite two hours from here. Downtown, historic Whiskey Row is known for its bars and live music venues. The Sharlot Hall Museum documents the region’s pioneer- era history. The Smoki Museum exhibits artifacts from indigenous peoples of the Southwest. To the northeast, Watson Lake is home to hundreds of bird species, and a circuit of trails runs among the granite boulders dotting its shore. We love to go wine tasting in the Verde Valley, which is close by. If you go, stop by our favorite winery in the valley, Page Springs Cellars, a family-owned Arizona winery and vineyard tucked into the volcanic landscape overlooking pristine Oak Creek Canyon.
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Prescott
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(2 hours) Prescott is in central Arizona, not quite two hours from here. Downtown, historic Whiskey Row is known for its bars and live music venues. The Sharlot Hall Museum documents the region’s pioneer- era history. The Smoki Museum exhibits artifacts from indigenous peoples of the Southwest. To the northeast, Watson Lake is home to hundreds of bird species, and a circuit of trails runs among the granite boulders dotting its shore. We love to go wine tasting in the Verde Valley, which is close by. If you go, stop by our favorite winery in the valley, Page Springs Cellars, a family-owned Arizona winery and vineyard tucked into the volcanic landscape overlooking pristine Oak Creek Canyon.
(2 hours) If you have never been to Sedona, you cannot leave Arizona without going there. A little under two hours away, Sedona is an Arizona desert town near Flagstaff that’s surrounded by red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls and pine forests. It’s noted for its mild climate and vibrant arts community. Uptown Sedona is dense with New Age shops, spas and art galleries. On the town’s outskirts, numerous trailheads access Red Rock State Park, which offers bird-watching, hiking and picnicking spots.
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Sedona
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(2 hours) If you have never been to Sedona, you cannot leave Arizona without going there. A little under two hours away, Sedona is an Arizona desert town near Flagstaff that’s surrounded by red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls and pine forests. It’s noted for its mild climate and vibrant arts community. Uptown Sedona is dense with New Age shops, spas and art galleries. On the town’s outskirts, numerous trailheads access Red Rock State Park, which offers bird-watching, hiking and picnicking spots.
Essentials
(10-minute drive) Too hot to get your exercise on outside? Get a great work out at Mountainside Fitness, a local gym, where one-day passes are available. You can get there in less than 10 minutes. Located on the Southeast corner of Happy Valley Road and Lake Pleasant Parkway, Mountainside Fitness Peoria offers state-of-the-art facilities, premium equipment and dynamic programming to help you conquer any fitness goal. Reach new levels of fitness with over 80 Group Fitness classes per week. With a diverse schedule, from high intensity boot camps to relaxing Yoga, you will experience the best group workouts led by outstanding instructors.
Mountainside Fitness Peoria
9745 West Happy Valley Road
(10-minute drive) Too hot to get your exercise on outside? Get a great work out at Mountainside Fitness, a local gym, where one-day passes are available. You can get there in less than 10 minutes. Located on the Southeast corner of Happy Valley Road and Lake Pleasant Parkway, Mountainside Fitness Peoria offers state-of-the-art facilities, premium equipment and dynamic programming to help you conquer any fitness goal. Reach new levels of fitness with over 80 Group Fitness classes per week. With a diverse schedule, from high intensity boot camps to relaxing Yoga, you will experience the best group workouts led by outstanding instructors.
Arts & Culture
The World's Only Global Musical Instrument Museum. Home of the MIM Music Theater--a 300-seat acoustically superb performance space--as well as the award-winning Café Allegro (open 11 am - 2 pm daily) and the MIM Museum Store. The average guest spends nearly four hours at MIM. Please allow plenty of time to fully enjoy MIM's galleries and exhibits. Open daily, 9 am - 5 pm; Closed Thanksgiving; Open Christmas, 11 am - 5 pm. General Admission: $20; Teens (ages 13-19): $15; Children (ages 4-12): $10; Children 3 and under: Free. Hours and prices are subject to change.
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Musical Instrument Museum
4725 East Mayo Boulevard
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The World's Only Global Musical Instrument Museum. Home of the MIM Music Theater--a 300-seat acoustically superb performance space--as well as the award-winning Café Allegro (open 11 am - 2 pm daily) and the MIM Museum Store. The average guest spends nearly four hours at MIM. Please allow plenty of time to fully enjoy MIM's galleries and exhibits. Open daily, 9 am - 5 pm; Closed Thanksgiving; Open Christmas, 11 am - 5 pm. General Admission: $20; Teens (ages 13-19): $15; Children (ages 4-12): $10; Children 3 and under: Free. Hours and prices are subject to change.
Located in Papago Park, these gardens offer visitors an opportunity to learn about desert flora.
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Desert Botanical Garden
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Located in Papago Park, these gardens offer visitors an opportunity to learn about desert flora.
The Heard Museum is a private, not-for-profit museum located about 45 minutes from the house close to downtown Phoenix. The museum is dedicated to the advancement of American Indian art. The museum presents the stories of American Indian people from a first-person perspective, as well as exhibitions of traditional and contemporary art by American Indian artists and artists influenced by American Indian art. The Heard Museum collaborates with American Indian artists and tribal communities on providing visitors with a distinctive perspective about the art of Native people, especially those from the Southwest.
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Heard Museum
2301 North Central Avenue
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The Heard Museum is a private, not-for-profit museum located about 45 minutes from the house close to downtown Phoenix. The museum is dedicated to the advancement of American Indian art. The museum presents the stories of American Indian people from a first-person perspective, as well as exhibitions of traditional and contemporary art by American Indian artists and artists influenced by American Indian art. The Heard Museum collaborates with American Indian artists and tribal communities on providing visitors with a distinctive perspective about the art of Native people, especially those from the Southwest.
Entertainment & Activities
(20-minute drive) Peoria Sports Complex is a multi-use sports and facility, Spring Training stadium, and event venue located in the heart of the P83 Entertainment District. It is also the winter home of the Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres MLB baseball teams.
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Peoria Sports Complex
16101 North 83rd Avenue
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(20-minute drive) Peoria Sports Complex is a multi-use sports and facility, Spring Training stadium, and event venue located in the heart of the P83 Entertainment District. It is also the winter home of the Seattle Mariners and the San Diego Padres MLB baseball teams.
(30-minute drive) Surprise Stadium is the Spring Training home for the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals, and has been rated as the “best place to watch a Spring Training game.” (Best of Phoenix) Surprise Stadium was officially opened in December 2002 and since then has hosted not only Spring Training games, but plenty of little league, high school and college sports tournaments, too. This award-winning facility is used for more than sports. Surprise families have stretched out on the fields to enjoy kid- friendly Movie Nights with their neighbors for years and thousands gather every Fourth of July for a dynamic fireworks show and entertainment festival.
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Surprise Stadium
15930 North Bullard Avenue
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(30-minute drive) Surprise Stadium is the Spring Training home for the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals, and has been rated as the “best place to watch a Spring Training game.” (Best of Phoenix) Surprise Stadium was officially opened in December 2002 and since then has hosted not only Spring Training games, but plenty of little league, high school and college sports tournaments, too. This award-winning facility is used for more than sports. Surprise families have stretched out on the fields to enjoy kid- friendly Movie Nights with their neighbors for years and thousands gather every Fourth of July for a dynamic fireworks show and entertainment festival.
(30-minute drive) Home to the Arizona Cardinals Football Club (NFL), the annual Fiesta Bowl, and numerous other sports and entertainment events and activities, University of Phoenix Stadium has garnered notable recognition in its brief history including being named 'Event Site of the Year' by Event Solutions Magazine in 2007, Best NFL Facility by Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily in 2006 and 2007, NFL's best playing surface in 2008 and Best New Venue of the 2000s by SportsIllustrated.com.
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Estadio de la Universidad de Phoenix
1 Cardinals Drive
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(30-minute drive) Home to the Arizona Cardinals Football Club (NFL), the annual Fiesta Bowl, and numerous other sports and entertainment events and activities, University of Phoenix Stadium has garnered notable recognition in its brief history including being named 'Event Site of the Year' by Event Solutions Magazine in 2007, Best NFL Facility by Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily in 2006 and 2007, NFL's best playing surface in 2008 and Best New Venue of the 2000s by SportsIllustrated.com.
(30-minute drive) Gila River Arena, home of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes, is a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose facility located at Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue. The arena anchors the 223-acre, $1 billion development Westgate Entertainment District, the "crown jewel" of sports and entertainment complexes.
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Gila River Arena
9400 West Maryland Avenue
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(30-minute drive) Gila River Arena, home of the NHL’s Arizona Coyotes, is a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose facility located at Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue. The arena anchors the 223-acre, $1 billion development Westgate Entertainment District, the "crown jewel" of sports and entertainment complexes.
(one-hour drive) From its signature swimming pool to its retractable roof, Chase Field has become one of the game's most recognizable landmarks. Since the air-conditioned facility first opened its doors to a regular-season game on March 31, 1998, millions of baseball fans have enjoyed the opportunity to watch the Arizona Diamondbacks without worrying about Phoenix's summer heat or monsoon storms.
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Chase Field
401 East Jefferson Street
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(one-hour drive) From its signature swimming pool to its retractable roof, Chase Field has become one of the game's most recognizable landmarks. Since the air-conditioned facility first opened its doors to a regular-season game on March 31, 1998, millions of baseball fans have enjoyed the opportunity to watch the Arizona Diamondbacks without worrying about Phoenix's summer heat or monsoon storms.