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Sophie Cunningham's Favorite Places in Phoenix 

The Phoenix Mercury started off the 2024 season on a 🌶️ spicy 🌶️ note, thanks in large part to “Spicy Sophie” aka Sophie Cunningham hitting some clutch 3’s alongside teammates Kahleah Copper, Natasha Cloud, and Diana Taurasi. The Phoenix Mercury guard took some time to sit down with us to chat all things 2024 All Star, X-Factor, Mercury, and Phoenix.

Watch our "48 Questions with Sophie" video below and check out all of "Spicy Sophie"'s favorite Phoenix spots. 

Accommodations

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Rise Uptown Hotel

Located in the hip Uptown Phoenix neighborhood, Rise Uptown Hotel is a boutique hotel spanning two restored mid-century modern buildings. Colorful guestrooms include features like floor-to-ceiling glass, ModFire fireplaces, bold wallpaper accents and record players. Enjoy house-made popsicles at Pop Stand, grab a highball at Don Woods' Say When rooftop bar, and visit local favorite Cartel Coffee Lab all located right on property. The hotel is conveniently located next to a Valley Metro Rail station and is also within easy walking distance of the neighborhood’s great bars, restaurants and boutiques. 

Lylo Swim Club

Tucked inside Rise Uptown Hotel is Lylo Swim Club, a mid-century poolside bar and restaurant. Lylo [lie-low], U.K. slang for “pool float,” tempts locals and hotel guests alike by offering deliciously refreshing and balanced cocktails and an all-day menu of Sonoran eats. Plus, DJs enhance the poolside vibe every weekend during the warmer months. Reservations are available for dining as well as poolside lounge chairs and daybeds. Order the Dole Whipped cocktail and tell them Visit Phoenix sent you. 

Piestewa Peak

There are several ‘moderate’ and ‘difficult’ rated hiking trails located on this iconic mountain range that will offer visitors gorgeous views and a chance to experience desert plants and wildlife at Piestewa Peak. Piestewa Peak was originally called "Vianom Do'ag" by the Tohono O'odham tribe, which meant "Iron Mountain." It wasn't until 2003 when the Arizona government officially changed the name to Piestewa Peak in honor of Lori Ann Piestewa, an Arizona woman who was killed in action in Iraq that same year. Piestewa was the first Native American woman to die in combat in the U.S. military. As a way to pay homage to Piestewa, local taiko drummer and Japanese folk artist Ken Koshio hiked the peak at sunrise every morning to play his taiko drum and flute between 2020-2023.  

 

South Mountain

One of Phoenix’s most popular mountain preserves, South Mountain, with hiking trails that offer 360-degree views of the Sonoran Desert upon reaching the summit. At over 16,000 acres, South Mountain Park and Preserve is one of the largest municipal parks in the country. Hike, bike and ride more than 58 miles of trails, or follow the road to the top of the mountain for spectacular views. Every Sunday, South Mountain observes "Silent Sunday," where the park’s main roadway will be closed to motor vehicle traffic at the one-mile mark into the park from 5 to 10 a.m. on the first, second, third and fifth Sunday; and from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. (park operating hours) on the fourth Sunday. During those times on those days, the park’s roadways are reserved for non-motorized activities such as walking, cycling, jogging, hiking, etc. 

 

Salt River

Arizona's iconic Salt River has been a source of recreation for Greater Phoenix residents for thousands of years, with the Lower Salt River boasting an especially popular reputation. Spend a day tubing, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) the Lower Salt River among some of the most beautiful and serene scenery the Sonoran Desert has to offer. Wild horses, known as mustangs, roam along the banks where visitors often kayak, tube, and SUP. Depending on time of day, the Salt River mustangs can easily be spotted along your route. 

Restaurants

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The Buffalo Chip Saloon

is a Phoenix hotspot for Western fun, attracting some of the state’s best bull riders weekly. Fridays are reserved for professional bull riders, while Wednesdays feature the amateurs. Grab a seat in the grandstands and get ready for some Sonoran Desert fun. From Tuesday-Sunday, Buffalo Chip offers live music, dancing, and delicious BBQ. Dust off those boots and get to The Chip for your dose of Western fun. 

 

Harvey's Wineburger

For the past 65 years, Harvey’s Wineburger has been serving award-winning, hand-pressed, certified Angus beef burgers to the people of Phoenix. The secret ingredient? A splash of wine. Harvey’s also boasts draft and bottled beers, hard-to-find bourbons, and an unpretentious midwestern vibe. 

Neighborhoods

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Old Town Scottsdale

Downtown Scottsdale - more commonly known as Old Town Scottsdale - offers boutique shopping featuring souvenirs, jewelry and art with a Southwestern flair, or luxury shopping at one of the country's best malls. A density of bars, lounges, restaurants and clubs offer myriad dining and nightlife opportunities within short distance of each other. And art fans can peruse the galleries of Main Street and visit the district's contemporary and western museums.  

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