Desert Revival

Here’s what’s making us happy this week: It’s officially beginning—the start of the best months for romping around in Palm Springs and Scottsdale.

Why rent the same ol’? Trade in the rental car for the much more nimble vintage-inspired scooter. These two wheelers from Scoot Palm Springs whip around the palm trees into the mod ‘hoods—top speed 35. But, a nice amenity: They are outfitted with a cell phone charger. Rentals include a helmet, a full tank of fuel, and mileage to Timbuktu and back (unlimited) for about a half day. Are you in love yet? Each of these from Genuine Scooter Company is made in Chicago.

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Be very afraid of this Phoenix farm. Now, here’s a farm that’s a refreshing change. It’s not about getting food from the field to the plate, but about… scaring the bejeezus out of you? Curdling screams are the typical noises heard at Fear Farm. Tremmors and Flinch are the two scary clowns tasked with getting them from you, along with other scary characters that wander through the several haunted houses, including Chainsaw Mayhem, Undead, and Mouth of Madness. Then, there’s a six-acre haunted corn maze. Spooky.

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Shaking up the brewpub. Four Peaks in Scottsdale is brightening up the season with their beers, but they are also using said beers in fall cocktails. Their new take on sangria mixes Pinot Noir with Four Peaks Peach Ale, a dash of brandy, Grand Marnier, and other boozy extras.

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Inside a vintage fashionista’s closet. What you find within the walls of Fashion by Robert Black is bound to be a good choice. The owners of the 2,500-square-foot Scottsdale boutique are well regarded in the fashion world. One of them, Robert Black, once had a modeling agency. Remember, following Halloween are all those kinda red carpet parties. Within the historic White Hogan building, spot an Ungaro bubble dress or a Bob Mackie for a steal.

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