While Phoenix in general remains best known for retirees and snow birds, a new generation is taking up residence in the area, drawn there not for golfing but for art, architecture and design.
The Salt River flows outside of Phoenix, and is a haven for wildlife. Birds, river otters and herds of wild horses find their way to the flowing water, and a kayaking trip is a riot of desert life. Book a tour with Arizona Outback Adventures. 866-455-1601
Frank Lloyd Wright came to Arizona in the 1930s to create a space where he could work in peace and train his apprentices. Wright was a madman for order and this National Historic Landmark is a marvel of thoughtful design and building. Daily tours.
12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale, franklloydwright.org/taliesin-west
FnB is a haven of local food and local wine. Yes, Arizona has a growing wine industry. Helmed by James Beard Award finalist Chef Charleen Badman, known for her collaborations with local farmers, FnB highlights a different Arizona growing region every four weeks.
7125 E. 5th Ave. #31,
Frank Lloyd Wright’s rival, Paolo Soleri, built a work shop and training compound, Cosanti. If Frank Lloyd Wright was a madman for order, Paolo Soleri was just plainly a madman. Cosanti remains a working shop where apprentices fire and sell Soleri’s Cosanti Bells, elaborate bronze or ceramic wind chimes.
6433 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd., Paradise Valley, 480-948-6145, cosanti.com