Each summer, I start strong, determined to make the most of the slower pace that arrives with higher temperatures.
But there comes a point when I feel like I’m beginning to run out of options. It’s harder to think of something — besides the swimming pool, the movies and the occasional summer theater production or concert — to do. Restaurants are empty. Festivals are few and far between. The neighborhood and even some of the Valley’s best-loved entertainment districts feel like ghost towns.
We’ve all got a little extra help getting around those summer doldrums this year, thanks to two local blogs. LocalLily.com and IHeartMesa.blogspot.com have each released summer fun guides. Both are free to download at each blog’s website.
Local Lily’s 106-page “Your Guide to an (Arizona) Summer That Doesn’t Suck” recommends everything from local speakeasys and shady hikes to recipes for do-it-yourself hydrating mists. The authors vouch that every single option is “tried, true and tested,” making the guide “your indispensable handbook to making summer less miserable.”
I Heart Mesa’s “A Summer With Heart: A Guide to Loving & Living in Mesa When the Temperatures Rise” includes a summerlong calendar of events, and sections on water-themed excursions, climate-controlled options and day trips that extend beyond Mesa’s boundaries. Novel additions are a “Summer Reading” section that clues readers into bargain booksellers and tips on forming your own summer co-op or field trip group.
While some of the suggestions may be old hat, flipping through the guides will likely spawn at least one new-to-you idea. Above all, they’re good reminders that summer is the perfect time to enjoy the shops, restaurants, attractions and simple pleasures it’s hard to make time for during busier seasons.
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