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Try TRES Tempe, Tempe’s newest restaurant gem

Every once in a while you come across a new restaurant that you think will be good, but it is actually so great that it just blows you away. I’m happy to say that I had this experience at TRES Tempe, a brand new restaurant in south Tempe. To call TRES Tempe a hidden gem […]

Tempe has a latte of great coffee spots

Tempe has a latte of great coffee spots and per usual I have a ton of puns that I could relate to this…but I won’t. I mean, I can’t espresso to you how brew-ti-ful Tempe is this time of year with a cup of joe in hand. Okay, I will stop, but seriously Tempe is […]

Arizona Day Trips From Tempe

Exploring the sunny state of Arizona is easy to do from Tempe, Arizona. Located in the middle of the state, Tempe is a perfect jumping off point to head north to the pines in Flagstaff, or south to Tucson for scenic desert beauty and incredible Mexican food. There are lots of fun destinations to explore […]

Paddleboarding on Tempe Town Lake is great fun!

My favorite form of water adventure fun at Tempe Town Lake is stand-up paddleboarding (SUP). Today was my very first experience with this new water sport, and I have to say, it will will definitely not be my last! When I arrived in the morning, I checked in at the kiosk on the south side of […]

Craft Breweries in Tempe

What’s the true taste of Arizona? In Tempe, it’s all about craft beer. Tempe has a vast culinary scene that extends from college town staples of pizza and burgers to upscale dining at House of Tricks and Top of the Rock. One trend that ties all of Tempe’s eateries together is the growing variety of […]

Tempe 101 – a prep course for life at Arizona State University

Every August, a new group of wide-eyed freshman will descend upon Tempe, making it their home for the next four (or more) years. Tempe is a great place to go to school. It’s a fun college town that truly embraces Arizona State University into the culture. Tempe is also a great place to live, with […]

Globally-inspired desserts put Tempe on the map

Since gaining our independence in 1776, American ingenuity and love of sugar have joined forces to concoct amazing desserts that have helped make Americans’ waist lines great! Yes, apple pie, fruit cobblers, brownies, chocolate chip cookies and s’mores will always be favorites and a source of patriotic pride. However, there are always new, sumptuous treats from […]

Tempe splash pads and waterpark fun this summer

What makes any summer day in Tempe just a little bit better? Water. As in splash pads, water parks and pools. Even though the summer days get pretty toasty in Arizona, my family always cools off and has fun when there is water around. Luckily for us, Tempe has lots to choose from! Here are […]

Ghost Ranch: Modern Southwestern Cuisine

By Sally J. Clasen Photos by Mark Lipczynski Born and raised in Arizona, chef-restaurateur Aaron Chamberlin longed for the Southwestern food of his youth. So he decided to revive the cuisine—albeit with a twist—in his latest restaurant concept Ghost Ranch, located in south Tempe at Rural and Warner roads. “When I was a young chef […]

Best Museums for Kids

Gone are the days of keeping quiet and not touching anything at a museum. I remember going on field trips to museums when I was a kid. They were fun, but I wouldn’t exactly say it was the best day of my life. It was hard to relate to and nothing felt like it was […]

Brunch in Downtown Tempe is a Can’t Miss

My favorite part of the weekend is brunch for a few reasons. First, it’s the only time it’s socially acceptable to have a late breakfast and a cocktail all before noon. Secondly, Downtown Tempe has so many restaurant options to satisfy all your weekend brunch cravings. From zesty mimosas to syrup-covered red velvet waffles, Tempe’s […]

It’s a great day for a Tempe bike ride

NOTE: To help cope with the new stresses that we are all facing due to COVID-19 / Coronavirus, you may want to get outside and enjoy the warm Arizona sunshine that comes with spring. View our blog about outdoor options in Tempe during COVID-19. And check out the City of Tempe’s website for the latest updates on closures. Tempe […]

A Day at Arizona Mills

Written by: Arizona Mills Between warmer weather, longer days and a break from school, summer is the season of adventure, and the perfect time to create lasting memories with family. Whether you’re an Arizona local or visiting Tempe on vacation, Arizona Mills – located in the heart of Tempe and just 15 minutes from the […]

Big Surf Waterpark is big summer fun

Summer is almost here and if you live in the greater Phoenix area, you know what that means: you’ll be spending many of your weekends at Big Surf Waterpark, which officially opens for the new summer season on Saturday, May 9. Find information about hours of operation and seasonal passes here. On Big Surf’s deal […]

Explore Tempe during ASU Graduation

Graduation season at Arizona State University (ASU) is upon us and that means students are transitioning from adolescent college years into mature (hopefully employed) alumni. And parents, well… you’re probably more focused on how many tissues you will need to get you through the ceremony. Pro tip: about 75 tissues come in one box of […]