Picnic Planner

What's your idea of the perfect picnic? Whether it's foie gras and Chardonnay at a secluded site or just a bucket of fast-food chicken at a neighborhood park, here's where to spread your blanket and fill your basket--plus some backup plans.

Updated: June 18, 2001

Rain Checks

If it's too hot to head out, try cooling off at these popular summer hangs.

Old Town Tortilla Factory

6910 E Main St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

El Chorro

5550 E Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

Hava Java

3166 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Cold Stone Creamery

455 N 3rd St Ste 120, Phoenix, AZ 85004


Fill your basket with smooth wines and sun-kissed foods from these gourmet specialty stores.

Trader Joe's

4821 N 20th St, Phoenix, AZ 85016

AJ's Purveyor of Fine Foods

5017 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85012

Sportsman's Wines Spirits & Spirits

3205 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018

If you can't find the wine, sprits or fine cheeses you seek here, you may not need it

Vintage Market

2442 E Camelback Rd Ste B, Phoenix, AZ 85016

A taste of Arizona to enjoy picnicing in the desert.

Duck & Decanter

1651 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016

Prepared sandwiches in cute brown bags and gourmet ingredients for those intent on preparing their own.

Picnic Spots

Sure, it's a little warm out there. Our advice? Head out in the early evening and enjoy a starlight picnic after the sun goes down.

Papago Park

625 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008