Phoenix in the winter is even better than the summer.  SPF 100 and gallons of water are no longer necessary when it comes to spending time outside. With so many activities to do and day-after-day of sunshine to enjoy them in, winter is the time to take full advantage of Phoenix.  Here are some ideas on how to make the most of winter in Phoenix but, fair warning, you may want to move here.

1. Hiking

Steer clear of being outdoors for an extended period of time in the summer. With temperatures, well above the tolerable level, dehydration will set in quick and turn a short hike into a miserable trek. Winter in Phoenix, on the other hand, boasts much cooler temperatures and ideal conditions to enjoy the area. With over 40,000 acres of parks and preserve lands, there are seemingly endless trails to choose from. Summit Camelback Mountain in the middle of the valley or head to the South Mountains for other options. Look in any direction while in the Valley and you are likely looking at a hiking trail. A tip is to go earlier in the day to avoid crowds, but be prepared for possible cold temperatures.

2. Outdoor Shopping

Drastically different than the sad malls in other cities, Phoenix boasts multiple outdoor, town-like shopping centers. Stroll around Kierland Commons, Tempe Marketplace or Desert Ridge Marketplace on a winter day to visit shops, upscale restaurants, and comfortable resting areas. They even offer live music so check out the websites for more information to make your shopping, or window shopping, more enjoyable.

3. Outdoor Dining

Winter is the time when people in Phoenix can enjoy meals outside without being pelted by misters and the penetrating sun. With a plethora of dining options that offer patio seating, you can enjoy exquisite meals with incredible views for months. Want to bring your dog too? There are restaurants that have pet-friendly outdoor spaces as well. Catch a sunset view during dinner or gaze at the mountains over lunch.

4. Quick Getaways

If you are looking for a break from the Valley, head to Prescott or Pinetop and enjoy scenic views from a rented cabin. You don’t have to drive far to see snow-topped mountains. The Arizona Snowbowl offers 40 ski trails and it is only a short drive north of Phoenix.

5. Golf

Gone are the days of having to golf at sunrise to escape the heat. Wintertime allows golfers of all skill levels the opportunity to enjoy the numerous courses the Valley offers. With almost 200 public courses to choose from, you can hit the links all over without breaking the bank. If watching golf is more your style, the Waste Management Phoenix Open is a Valley staple every February where PGA Tour pros tee it up and involve the crowd.

6. Gardens

Unlike other regions, plant and wildlife are thriving in the winter here. Visit the Desert Botanical Garden to enjoy over 50,000 cacti, succulents, and desert plants. Tour the pristine garden during a relaxing weekend and take in all that the desert has to offer.

If all of this sounds too good to pass up, perhaps it’s time to look for a winter place in Phoenix and join the trend. Phoenix area real estate and Paradise Valley real estate markets are incredibly strong. Contact one of the top realtors in Phoenix, Jeff Barchi, today to enlist his expertise. He will help you find a budget-conscious getaway spot that will allow you to enjoy all that Phoenix has to offer in the winter.