So, I’ve lived in Gilbert for a while. 22 years to be exact. I’m not quite sure how a Florida girl whose high school was on the beach and spent every weekend at the beach ended up in the desert, but I’m here and I absolutely love Gilbert.
At times, I still miss the seaside breezes and dipping my feet in the ocean. But I certainly do not miss frizzy hair and trying to figure out how could I have just taken a shower and now am so sticky and sweaty that it sure doesn’t feel like it. With that in mind, I’ve spent some time discovering Gilbert and looking at ways to stay cool.
My first discovery was Agritopia. You’re saying, “Obviously, it is Joe’s Farmhouse Grill.” Definitely a great option, but there’s plenty more to see here. I do this area a little differently.
I have a terrier named Ricky. If you have any kind of terrier, you know they’re full of energy. So, I take him and his cousin LuLu, a mini-dachshund, to Cosmo Dog Park. LuLu is not so energetic and is easily intimidated by other dogs, so she stays close to me. Ricky gets to run around like crazy, find friends and play. LuLu and I hang out under a tree or ramada and have a nice time relaxing.
After Ricky has his fun, we can take a short stroll via the sidewalk over to Agritopia. The sidewalks are tree-lined and shady, and the homes are really fun to look at since they’re very different from the “typical homes in AZ.”
My final stop is The Coffee Shop for a refreshing iced coffee or tea drinks – a sweet treat doesn’t hurt to keep you going, either. The Coffee Shop has won awards for their cupcakes on the Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, but I tend to go for their homemade granola and fruit, or a waffle. They’re dog friendly, too, so Ricky and LuLu can relax and catch their breath and cool off on the shady patio. I love Agritopia and all of the great exploring you can do there. Plan a visit to Gilbert soon and check it out for yourself.