I wanted some help planning my wife's birthday this weekend. We moved to Tempe just a short while ago and haven't really explored much of the Phoenix area yet. I was considering taking her somewhere nice for dinner, perhaps someplace with a nice hotel so we can enjoy a bottle of wine and not worry about driving or cabs. Lon's at the Hermosa looked nice on the website and has good reviews on Chowhound, but it looked like much of the ambiance is the patio and I'm not sure that sounds nice in the heat. Anyone been there in the summer?
T.Cooks looked ok, although perhaps a bit heavy on big proteins. We ate at POSH this spring and thought it was absolutely amazing, although its pricey. I'd also like to be close to somewhere with some activities close by. We are both pretty active, so if we could do an early hike, bike ride, or similar nearby that would be great. Neither of us is good at golf, but we both enjoy hitting balls at the driving range so that might be an option. Ultimately, we just don't want to shop or sit in the hotel if we stay over night.
Here are a list of the restaurants we have tried in Phoenix. We thought they were all quite good :
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Sooo, I'm open to suggestions. What are some ways we can do a local staycation for her Birthday and explore outside of Tempe.
P.S. - If there are suggestions just a short drive away, I'm open to that as well. We visited Sonoma in May so I'd probably skip that, but other cities that get us out of the heat would be a consideration.