No longer is Tempe, Arizona simply a hangout for college students and their families or a spot for avid sports fans waiting for the next ASU game. There is culture, dining, a nightlife, and a hip new hotel.

Aloft Tempe in Tempe Arizona

Aloft Tempe. Photo courtesy Aloft Tempe

Segway Around Tempe Town Lake

One of the focal points of Tempe, Arizona is the Tempe Town Lake. The structure, built on the Salt River, is used for sailing, boating, and other water sports. The beaches and parks alongside host music groups, festivals, and a variety of special events. The best way to see Tempe Town Lake is by renting a Segway from Segway of Tempe.

After a brief intro tour, you’ll be off on a 90-minute tour for only $75 (the summer special is $100 for two people). It’s easy enough for the entire family and you’re free to stop and rest along the way.

Lunch at House of Tricks

After a morning of Segway tours, you’ll be ready for some lunch. Try the crisp fresh flavors of House of Tricks. Just a block off Mill Avenue in downtown Tempe, House of Tricks offers a menu of salads, light sandwiches, and fresh foods. If you’re dining in the spring or fall, be sure to enjoy the outdoor patio.

House of Tricks Tempe Arizona

House of Tricks. Photo courtesy House of Tricks

Check into Aloft Tempe

After lunch, you’ll be ready to relax for a bit by checking into Tempe’s newest hotel, the hip new Aloft Tempe. A vision of the hoteliers who created W hotels, aloft hotels offer a new twist in hotels with a bold alternative to the cookie cutter hotel — it’s sassy, savvy, and alive.

Guest Bedroom at Aloft Tempe in Tempe Arizona

Guest Bedroom at Aloft Tempe. Photo courtesy Aloft Tempe

This moderately-priced, stylish hotel offers everything from happy hour at the w xyz bar to pool party Saturdays. Each guest loft features nine-foot ceilings, oversized windows, and an open design.

Afternoon Libations

Once you’ve had a chance for a quick cat nap, you can make your way to Four Peaks Brewing Company to take advantage of the afternoon beer tasting. The local brewery offers an interesting tasting flight that lets you sample the increasingly popular beers created behind the busy restaurant.

Four Peaks Brewing Company Tempe Arizona

Four Peaks Brewing Company, Tempe, AZ. Photo by Susan Lanier-Graham

Grab a Bite to Eat Amid Tempe’s History

For a touch of history, you might want to stop into Monti’s La Casa Vieja on Mill Avenue in Tempe. Monti’s is a charming old Arizona restaurant that makes its home in an authentic adobe hacienda built in 1871.

NOTE: Unfortunately, Monti’s La Casa Vieja is no longer open.

In the 1950s, restaurateur Leonard Monti, Sr. bought the house from the Hayden family and opened a neighborhood steakhouse in La Casa Vieja (the old house).

Montis La Casa Vieja Tempe Arizona

Monti’s La Casa Vieja in Tempe, AZ. Photo courtesy Monti’s

When you visit Monti’s, take time to amble through the restaurant, looking at the decades of memorabilia lining the walls. Today, the restaurant is one of Arizona’s largest, with 14 dining rooms and 5 private banquet rooms.

A Night on the Town

One of Tempe’s cornerstones remains Arizona State University. ASU Gammage Auditorium is often seen as the public face of the university.

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ASU Gammage. Photo by Tim Trumble for ASU Gammage

Shows at ASU Gammage are larger than life. The facility offers some of the best off-Broadway performances.

Finish the Night

Head back over to Aloft Tempe to end your night at the w xyz bar. The lounge is the perfect spot for listening to the DJ while sipping a cocktail and unwinding before heading upstairs to the perfect room overlooking Tempe Town Lake or the twinkling lights of the city. Aloft Tempe definitely added a great edge to help create a perfect 24 hours in Tempe.

Wxyz bar at Aloft Tempe

W xyz bar at Aloft Tempe. Photo courtesy Aloft Tempe

For more info:
Segway of Tempe
74 E. Rio Salado Parkway #109

House of Tricks

114 E. 7th Street

aloft Tempe
951 E. Play Del Norte Drive

Four Peaks Brewing Company
1340 E 8th Street

ASU Gammage Auditorium
1200 W. Forest Avenue


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