THE BEST WAY TO MESA, ARIZ.

From LAX, nonstop service to Phoenix is available on United, US Airways and Southwest. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $98.

WHERE TO STAY

Phoenix Marriott Mesa, 200 N. Centennial Way, Mesa; (480) 898-8300, http://www.marriott.com. Walk to Mesa Arts Center. March rates from $144. Specials from $109 through April 1.

Best Western Dobson Ranch Inn, 1666 S. Dobson Road, Mesa; (480) 831-7000, http://www.DobsonRanchInn.com. Doubles from $130. The Cubs stay here during training.

For more remote lodging, try Saguaro Lake Ranch, 13020 Bush Highway, (480) 984-2194, http://www.SaguaroLakeRanch.com. Three-meal plan $150-$175 per adult, $30-$70 per child.

WHERE TO EAT

Blue Adobe Santa Fe Grille, 144 N. Country Club Drive, Mesa; (480) 962-1000, http://www.blueadobegrille.com. Entrees $11-$20.

D' Vine Bistro & Wine Bar, 2837-101 N. Power Road, Mesa; (480) 654-4171, http://www.dvinewine101.com. Entrees $7-$24.

Nunthaporn's Thai Cuisine, 17 W. Main St., Mesa; (480) 649-6140, http://www.nunthapornthai.com.

WHAT TO DO

Arizona Museum for Youth, 35 N. Robson St.; (480) 644-246, http://www.arizonamuseumforyouth.com.

Arizona Museum of Natural History, 53 N. Macdonald; (480) 644-2230, http://www.azmnh.org.

Mesa Contemporary Arts, 1 E. Main St. (Mesa Arts Center); (480) 644-6500, http://www.mesaartscenter.com.

TO LEARN MORE

For information, go to http://www.VisitMesa.com or call (800) 283-6372.