Damn, "48 Hours in Phoenix" from Forbes Travel Guide, You Confusing

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Last Wednesday, the folks over at Forbes put together a 48-hour itinerary of places to eat, stay, and play in Phoenix. (Hey, suits need vacations, too!)

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But before you even make it to recommendation one, the first sentence of why the article was written in the first place kinda trips up the whole deal: "With MLB Spring Training in full swing, we decided it was time to check out the home of the Cactus League, Phoenix."

Silly suit, spring training's not in "full swing" -- it ends this week. Where were you last month with this information? See how it is with you working all the time -- we never get a chance to talk anymore. And do you think you could call the next time you're going to be late? This soufflé is ruined.

Oh, and there's more.

On the first day of your "grand slam" two-day trip, Forbes likes lunch at downtown's Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, the contemporary American restaurant in the Hotel Palomar at CityScape, along with suggested visits to the Desert Botanical Garden and/or Heard Museum. The article also recommends heading over to Beckett's Table, chef Justin Beckett's home of locally focused eats in East Phoenix, after a Diamondbacks night game at Chase Field (Of course, the Diamondbacks play their spring training games at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale and their regular season games downtown at Chase. However, they do wrap up Cactus League this weekend at Chase).

On day two, Forbes suggests a hot air balloon ride and a trip to the Musical Instrument Museum. After you "gauge how far you want to drive for lunch," it offers up Mesa's Southwestern-style eatery TQLA (a 45-minute drive from MIM), Glendale's Saddle Ranch Chop House (a 30-minute drive from MIM) or Craig DeMarco's Windsor in Central Phoenix (a 20-minute drive from MIM) as restaurant recommendations. Putting the whole driving time thing aside (seriously, a 45-minute rental car ride to Mesa?), the bigger question might be: Why not just, you know, eat at the Cafe at MIM?

For dinner that day, Forbes suggests T. Cook's inside the Royal Palms Resort and Spa in after a citrus massage at the hotel's spa from someone named Jennifer, whose hands, according to the article, "work a whole different kind of magic on aching muscles."

Business trip, my ass. Come home and see your kids for a change.

To see the complete article, go to the Forbes Travel Guide website.

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Location Info



Beckett's Table

3717 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant


1840 S. Val Vista Dr, Mesa, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Saddle Ranch Chop House

9375 W. Coyotes Blvd., Glendale, AZ

Category: Music


5223 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Cafe at MIM

4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

T. Cook's

5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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"Business trip, my ass. Come home and see your kids for a change." haha, no better way to end that article.

Andria Bunnell
Andria Bunnell

Beckett's Table isn't in the East Valley. It's on 38th St and Indian School.

JohnQ.Public topcommenter

So, Laura, whats your 48 hours in the Valley spring day suggested itinerary?

P.S. Went to Pig & Pickle last weekend on your review recommendation and it was pretty good.  Food was really good and the Charcuterie plate was really interesting - I never would have tried it if you hadn't mentioned it.  My recommendation - spend the extra buck and get the tater tots.  They had an interesting selection of craft beers I'd never heard of, but our waiter was a cocktail snob and couldn't be bothered to learn enough about them to be helpful - I ended (by chance) making a choice I really enjoyed, but with no help from the waiter.


@JohnQ.Public Thanks, JohnQ. Glad you enjoyed and appreciate the additional info (and tater tot tip) on Pig & Pickle.

JohnQ.Public topcommenter

@LauraHahnefeld Yeah, but where would you direct guests who are in town for just 48 hours - at least restaurant wise?

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