Seeking out adventure in and around metro Phoenix leads to so many wonderful places. Somewhat new to that list is Gilbert, a community with agricultural roots that show-up in the local food scene and in uniquely handcrafted creations. Gilbert boasts a family-friendly vibe and an emerging nightlife, all of which has been created in alignment with the local love of great food, craft beer, Arizona wine, handmade goods, bike trails, open space, and our four-legged friends.
Gilbert has become a livable city and a foodie hub with agriculture woven into the fabric, never truer than with the Farm at Agritopia. Here, community farming is combined with u-pick orchards, a farmers market, and produce that ends up on the menus of the restaurants within sight of where it was grown. Not to mention two Food Network featured restaurants, a craftsman marketplace, and a winery and brewery onsite.
What else? Just an internationally known birding area in the Riparian Preserve, golf courses, entertainment venues, goat yoga, outstanding open-air shopping, and paths to connect it all.
All this adds up to Gilbert being an ideal home base for Arizona explorations. With 22 national parks (including the Grand Canyon) and 35 state parks, Arizona has vast outdoor space and attractions to explore, many within an hour to a day-trip away from Gilbert.