My quest to find a local winery that produces something I actually like has been going on for years. And finally, Arizona, we have a winner! After many fruitless searches, many tastings that ended in disappointment, visits to Devour food festival that ended with me spitting out red vino into a bucket, I finally found […]Read More Arizona Bucket List No. 66 – Find an AZ wine I can actually enjoy!
PBS is one of my favorite local stations, and it has been since I was a kid. Last fall, I had the incredible opportunity to participate in the production of live Arizona broadcasting. I applied and was selected to appear on an episode of Check Please, Arizona! starring local restauranteur and host Mark Tarbell. My […]Read More Arizona Bucket List. No. 67 – Be on Check Please, AZ!
On a whim, the husband and I decided to stop at Lake Pleasant after an overnight trip in Yarnell. So we took I-74 and cut across the desert. I’ve been to Lake Pleasant a handful of times now. That’s where I did my PADI SCUBA open dives for certification. We drove into the park (Maricopa […]Read More Arizona Bucket List no. 76 – Rent a boat at Lake Pleasant
Jenna’s Arizona Bucket List 84-79 Tovrea Castle When I was a kid living in the East Valley, the mark that determined we were crossing city line into Phoenix was driving past the Tovrea Castle, often on the way to the airport. The cake-like structure captured my child mind with wonder and intrigue. Was it a […]Read More Arizona Bucket List nos. 84-79: Tovrea Castle, The Stockyards, Dive Lake Pleasant, Chiricahua National Monument, Hall of Flame Museum, Hot Air Balloon Ride over Happy Valley
The Scotch Library at the Kierland Resort Apparently there is a giant room at the Kierland Resort is Scottsdale dedicated to more than 200 different types of Scotch and whiskey. I have also heard a rumor they have a tasting room. I have no idea what the cost for tasting flights is, but all […]Read More Arizona Bucket List nos. 89-85, Scotch Library @ Kierland, Titan Missile Museum, Bisbee, Shady Dell
Note: these items are not in any particular order of preference, or by theme. I have been writing a lot of reviews for TripAdvisor lately (read them here: jcduncan2001) and I decided I’d like to try reviewing some local Arizona treasures. I will start with things and places I’ve seen and experienced, and then I […]Read More Arizona Bucket List, nos. 100-96: Karchner Caverns, Barrett Jackson, Lucky Boy Burgers, Japanese Friendship Garden and Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Bar
For the next few years, I will use this blog to post the top 100 places in Arizona I think that everyone should see and experience (myself included). I know that this has been done before, but this little experiment has a special meaning for me. I am an Arizona native, and for years I’ve […]Read More Arizona Bucket List, part 1: Introduction