Why Glendale is Arizona’s “Antique Capital”

Glendale AZ sign photoAre you a fan of antiques shopping? Are you the kind of person who is willing to drive out of your way to get the best deals on antiques in your area? Did you know Glendale is widely considered Arizona’s antique capital? The next time you find yourself in the Glendale area, you may want to set aside a few hours (or even a few days!) to go peruse the antiques shops that give this town its unofficial title. You never know what you might find when you give yourself a chance to shop and treat yourself to some of the best antiques around!

Why the Antique Capital?
Downtown Glendale is a historic district that is packed with over 70 antique vendors to choose from. If you love to buy and browse for antiques, this is the place to be. In the Catlin Court Historic District, you can even check out antique shops that are located in converted bungalows that were once used as residences in the area. Overall, the antique shopping district is made up of ten blocks of walkable, safe roads and includes a free parking lot, a public library, and a city park. This is a great way to spend a day or several in Glendale either treating yourself or enjoying the experience with friends and family.

Historic Downtown Glendale
Start your antiques experience by parking in the covered lot and exploring the historic downtown area. Pick up a walking map from the Visitor’s Bureau or print one from the city’s web site before you venture out for your day of antiquing. It’s a good idea to have some idea of the direction you want to take when you start walking, but remember that all the streets are laid out in a simple grid pattern, so it’s very hard to get lost in this area. There’s more in the downtown district than just antiquing, of course, so don’t forget to take some time to pamper yourself at a nail salon, grab a cup of coffee, or enjoy a bite of lunch or brunch with friends while you’re exploring.

Glendale Glitters
Want to check out a fun local event while also browsing the antique shops? Stop by during December to enjoy Glendale Glitters, a popular holiday event that includes plenty of sparkling lights, food trucks, live music and more to keep you entertained all day and all night without having to leave downtown Glendale.

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Fun Things To Do in Peoria

Scottsdale Quarter Christmas tree photoDo you live in or around the Peoria area? Are you looking for something to go do during the winter months? Getting outside and being active in and around your area can be challenging when the weather gets nice and the tourists get into town, but with the right suggestions to keep you going, you’ll never want to stop checking out everything Peoria has to offer. You’re sure to find something for everyone in the family from the list below, so why not make plans to check out many or all of the great activities going on around you this season?

Challenger Space Center
Stop by the Challenger Space Center to learn and experience tons of great information about space travel! Check out Mission Control and be sure you try the simulated two-hour space exploration mission, too.

Peoria Sports Complex
Depending on the month, you may be able to experience some different sporting events taking place at the Peoria Sports Complex. Be sure to check out their web site to see what’s going on and what’s coming up, too.

New River Trail
It’s usually nice enough in Peoria to take a nature walk if the mood strikes you, even when it’s winter, so check out the New River Trail if you want to enjoy some of the local fresh air for a little while. This paved trail is great fo the whole family.

Craft Beer Breweries
The Freak’N Brewing Company offers tours and is a great place to stop by and try some of the region’s local craft beer. Don’t forget to pick up a few to bring home and sample, too.

Winery 101
Much like the craft beer experience in Peoria, you can also check out Winery 101 and learn a little bit about the winemaking process while you’re there. Sample some local creations and purchase gifts for yourself and others.

Go Golfing
The Quintero Golf Club is the most popular option in Peoria. However, you may also want to check out Trilogy Golf Club or Westbrook Village Golf Course for some other nice options in the area.

Visit a Spa
Choose Alvea Spa to experience the most popular option in Peoria. Treat yourself to an indulgent day just for you to prepare for the holiday season or to wind down after it’s done.

Horseback Riding
There are a few different horseback riding tours in Peoria that can help you get out and enjoy nature when the weather gets nice. Some are guided and some let you go on your own if you have experience, too.

Arizona Broadway Theater
Do you love dinner theaters? The Arizona Broadway Theater is sure to give you a night of great food and excellent entertainment, so check it out one evening during the winter.

Shooting Range
Check out the Cowtown Range or Shooter’s World Peoria, both located in the area. This can be a fun and unique way to pass a day during the winter months.

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