AZ Big Media » Experience AZ Magazine http://azbigmedia.com Intelligent. In-depth. Innovative. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:41:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Kimpton plans New Sedona Restaurant http://azbigmedia.com/featured/kimpton-announces-sedona-restaurant http://azbigmedia.com/featured/kimpton-announces-sedona-restaurant#comments Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:03:56 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=74199 Kimpton plans New Sedona Restaurant

A new restaurant, SaltRock, is opening this September when Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants unveils its signature dining destination at Amara Resort & Spa in Sedona, Ariz., now undergoing a property-wide redesign, where Chef Massimo De Francesca has just been appointed executive chef. Chef Massimo is currently the executive chef at Taggia, located at Kimpton’s FireSky… Read More →

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Boulders’ spa turns over new leaf for autumn http://azbigmedia.com/featured/boulders-spa-turns-leaf-autumn http://azbigmedia.com/featured/boulders-spa-turns-leaf-autumn#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:55:03 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=73539 Boulders’ spa turns over new leaf for autumn

Autumn will bring fresh changes to Scottsdale’s legendary Waldorf Astoria Spa at The Boulders. The world-class spa is completing a series of refurbishments just in time to introduce its new fall menu of services, which will focus on healing and renewing skin damaged by the summer sun. Physical changes to the spa include renovations to… Read More →

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5 things to do this weekend http://azbigmedia.com/blogs/5-weekend-5 http://azbigmedia.com/blogs/5-weekend-5#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:30:55 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=73048 5 things to do this weekend

Monsoon season is making it’s way toward the desert. Temperatures may be cooling during what’s supposed to be the hottest week of the year, but this weekend’s events are definitely bringing back the heat! Rock out with a hip-hop icon and sample craft beer and wine or journey along the Salt River and celebrate Halloween… Read More →

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A Tusconan’s quest for the best latte in the Valley http://azbigmedia.com/blogs/quest-almond-milk-latte-valley http://azbigmedia.com/blogs/quest-almond-milk-latte-valley#comments Sat, 12 Jul 2014 15:30:27 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=72725 A Tusconan’s quest for the best latte in the Valley

Writing has always come easy to me, though my best writing happens in coffee shops. The collective chatter of people, background music and the sound of a steaming espresso machine inspire and motivate me. Of course, the best part of writing at a coffee shop is the caffeinated beverages. I can sit and write for… Read More →

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Things to do this weekend http://azbigmedia.com/featured/weekend-10 http://azbigmedia.com/featured/weekend-10#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:47:12 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=71830 Things to do this weekend

This weekend, there is something for everyone to do all day and all night. You can rock out at a music festival or pool party and keep the party going all night at the grand opening of a new club. If you want to spend your evenings doing something a little more low key visit… Read More →

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Sanctuary Hosts Satori Meditation Retreat http://azbigmedia.com/featured/sanctuary-hosts-satori-meditation-retreat http://azbigmedia.com/featured/sanctuary-hosts-satori-meditation-retreat#comments Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:32:10 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=71791 Sanctuary Hosts Satori Meditation Retreat

For those in quest of a little more Zen, rejuvenation and inspiration this fall, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain will host its first dedicated Satori Meditation Retreat Oct. 5-8, 2014. Led by master meditation instructor Sarah McLean, who has directed programs for Deepak Chopra and Byron Katie, among other notable figures, the retreat will unlock the… Read More →

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Different Pointe of View’s summer menu is breathtaking http://azbigmedia.com/scottsdale-living-magazine/dining/pointe-views-breathtaking-summer-menu-prixfixe http://azbigmedia.com/scottsdale-living-magazine/dining/pointe-views-breathtaking-summer-menu-prixfixe#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:58:46 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=71743 Different Pointe of View’s summer menu is breathtaking

On the summit of Phoenix’s North Mountain sits a restaurant that serves up culinary experience that rivals the dining room’s breathtaking view. Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort’s Different Pointe of View restaurant (11111 N. 7th St.) sits on the edge of the cliff, where an open-air patio looks out over the Valley of the Sun. It… Read More →

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The Herb Box brings back summer supper club http://azbigmedia.com/scottsdale-living-magazine/dining/herb-box-brings-summer-supper-club http://azbigmedia.com/scottsdale-living-magazine/dining/herb-box-brings-summer-supper-club#comments Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:49:57 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=71682 The Herb Box brings back summer supper club

This summer, take a culinary adventure around the world without leaving the Valley during The Herb Box’s third annual Summer Supper Club Series. From July 8 to August 27, every Tuesday and Wednesday evening, The Herb Box at Southbridge and DC Ranch will serve a weekly changing, themed prix fixe menu of casual summer specials… Read More →

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Antonio Berni exhibit shares raw, universal struggle http://azbigmedia.com/blogs/antonio-berni-exhibit-shares-raw-universal-struggle http://azbigmedia.com/blogs/antonio-berni-exhibit-shares-raw-universal-struggle#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:06:00 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=71602 Antonio Berni exhibit shares raw, universal struggle

A boy stands in a dark and rustic town. There is nothing distinctive about this boy; he is an “everyman.” Old cloth, cardboard and metals surround him, materials muted by dirt and age. This is the setting of  “Juanito Goes to the City,” or “Juanito va a la ciudad,” an assemblage in the exhibition Antonio… Read More →

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Things to do this weekend http://azbigmedia.com/experience-az/week-3 http://azbigmedia.com/experience-az/week-3#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 18:07:47 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=71573 Things to do this weekend

The Valley is not resting this Independence Day weekend and neither should you! From a music festival, firework displays at the zoo and Tempe Town Lake, a movie festival and a beer pong tournament, there is no excuse for being bored this holiday weekend. Independence Day Music Festival with Phillip Phillips The American Idol will… Read More →

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Some of the best staycations for the holiday weekend http://azbigmedia.com/travel/staycations-holiday-weekend http://azbigmedia.com/travel/staycations-holiday-weekend#comments Wed, 02 Jul 2014 17:48:37 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=71296 Some of the best staycations for the holiday weekend

You don’t need to go away for the holiday weekend when we have the world’s most fantastic pools, luxurious spas, romantic retreats, spectacular golf courses and best restaurants right in our backyard. You can forget about the flight delays and rental cars because many of Arizona’s award-winning hotels and resorts offer summer deals that are… Read More →

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Things to do this weekend http://azbigmedia.com/experience-az/around-arizona/weekend-9 http://azbigmedia.com/experience-az/around-arizona/weekend-9#comments Wed, 25 Jun 2014 18:24:36 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=70937 Things to do this weekend

June is coming to an end. Why not make it memorable? From seeing mystical creatures come to life in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s performance, experiencing a high-energy comedic performance from NBC’s Last Comic Standing winner Jon Reep, rediscover your inner child at the iCON Toy Convention, sharing your passion for Arizona professional… Read More →

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2nd annual Red, White and Rawhide http://azbigmedia.com/experience-az/2nd-annual-red-white-rawhide http://azbigmedia.com/experience-az/2nd-annual-red-white-rawhide#comments Tue, 24 Jun 2014 21:04:37 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=70865 2nd annual Red, White and Rawhide

RED, WHITE & RAWHIDE benefitting H.A.A. RAWHIDE presents! LIVE ON STAGE July 4th “JAY PEREZ” 5 TIME Grammy Nominated, Male Vocalist and show band of the Year winner Jay “The Voice” Perez, “Shining Star” out of Chicago one of the most well-known Earth, Wind & Fire Tribute Bands, “Ambixion” Tejano favorite known for their Tex-Mex… Read More →

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Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort Wins Gold Tee Award http://azbigmedia.com/featured/pointe-hilton-tapatio-cliffs-resort-wins-gold-tee-award http://azbigmedia.com/featured/pointe-hilton-tapatio-cliffs-resort-wins-gold-tee-award#comments Sat, 21 Jun 2014 17:12:25 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=70740 Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort Wins Gold Tee Award

The AAA Four Diamond Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix has earned the 2014 Gold Tee Award from Meetings & Conventions (M&C) magazine. One of just 65 resorts honored this year, this highly-respected award is given annually to outstanding golf/meeting properties worldwide. Winners of the Gold Tee Award were nominated and selected by the… Read More →

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Things to do this weekend http://azbigmedia.com/featured/weekend-8 http://azbigmedia.com/featured/weekend-8#comments Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:43:35 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=70551 Things to do this weekend

Are you looking to break away from your daily routine? From the Vans Warped Tour rocking the desert, learning about women’s issues through LUNAFEST, engaging in side-splitting laughter with a former Saturday Night Live Weekend Update anchor Dennis Miller, experiencing the “Rocky Horror Picture Show” in a new way to ending your weekend with a… Read More →

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Scottsdale ranked second-best ‘foodie’ city in U.S. http://azbigmedia.com/travel/scottsdale-ranked-secondbest-foodie-city http://azbigmedia.com/travel/scottsdale-ranked-secondbest-foodie-city#comments Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:16:25 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=70424 Scottsdale ranked second-best ‘foodie’ city in U.S.

Culinary enthusiasts in Scottsdale can take pride, as their city was named the second-best city for “foodies” in the U.S., according to a survey released Monday. The top-10 list from Livability.com, a website that analyzes the nation’s most livable small to mid-sized cities, put Scottsdale just behind New Haven, Connecticut, as a home for creative… Read More →

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Stockyards celebrates 60th anniversary of saloon http://azbigmedia.com/featured/stockyards-celebrates-60th-anniversary-saloon http://azbigmedia.com/featured/stockyards-celebrates-60th-anniversary-saloon#comments Fri, 13 Jun 2014 15:41:48 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=70232 Stockyards celebrates 60th anniversary of saloon

This summer, The Stockyards Restaurant, which opened in 1947, and then suffered a devastating fire in 1953, is celebrating the 60 year anniversary of the grand re-opening and the establishment of the 1889 Saloon. On June 26, 1954, the restaurant re-opened with the addition of the massive hand carved cherry stained Honduran mahogany bar. The… Read More →

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Lisa Sette Gallery Opens Saturday in Phoenix http://azbigmedia.com/featured/lisa-sette-gallery-open-midtown-phoenix http://azbigmedia.com/featured/lisa-sette-gallery-open-midtown-phoenix#comments Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:30:15 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=69848 Lisa Sette Gallery Opens Saturday in Phoenix

The Lisa Sette Gallery – which offered experimental and contemporary art for 28 years on iconic Marshall Way in Scottsdale – will blend its artwork and reputation with another work of art – an Al Beadle-designed midtown architectural classic – with a soft opening of its new location and the inaugural summer show, “Hello Midtown!”… Read More →

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Top five things to do this week http://azbigmedia.com/featured/top-week http://azbigmedia.com/featured/top-week#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 22:40:06 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=70136 Top five things to do this week

Who can’t wait for the weekend to start? From “Over My Head (Cable Car)” alternative rockers The Fray taking over the Comerica Theatre, discovering your inner comedian through improv workshops with a former Saturday Night Live comedian, planning your wedding day, celebrating culture and freedom to laughing the evening away with Sinbad, there are plenty… Read More →

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Westgate Firework Fest Will Light Up 4th of July http://azbigmedia.com/featured/westgate-firework-fest-light-4th-july http://azbigmedia.com/featured/westgate-firework-fest-light-4th-july#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:41:39 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=70101 Westgate Firework Fest Will Light Up 4th of July

The sky will light up over Westgate Entertainment District this Fourth of July for the second annual Westgate Firework Fest presented by Sanderson Ford on Friday, July 4 from 5 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. during the West Valley’s largest fireworks show and festival. Last year, more than 30,000 people turned out for the first-annual event… Read More →

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Hyatt Regency Scottsdale honored for excellence http://azbigmedia.com/experience-az/hyatt-regency-scottsdale-honored-excellence http://azbigmedia.com/experience-az/hyatt-regency-scottsdale-honored-excellence#comments Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:37:16 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=70038 Hyatt Regency Scottsdale honored for excellence

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Establishments awarded the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world… Read More →

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Pratte Collection will be sold at Barrett-Jackson http://azbigmedia.com/experience-az/pratte-collection-sold-barrettjackson http://azbigmedia.com/experience-az/pratte-collection-sold-barrettjackson#comments Fri, 06 Jun 2014 23:44:09 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=69388 Pratte Collection will be sold at Barrett-Jackson

Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car AuctionsTM, is honored to be selected by world-class businessman and car collector Ron Pratte for the sale of his world-renowned collection at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2015 auction. Ron Pratte, a businessman who demands perfection in everything he has a hand in, built the majority of his collection at Barrett-Jackson… Read More →

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Scottsdale Resort Offers Summer ‘Stay and Play’ Getaway http://azbigmedia.com/travel/scottsdale-resort-offers-summer-stay-play-getaway http://azbigmedia.com/travel/scottsdale-resort-offers-summer-stay-play-getaway#comments Fri, 06 Jun 2014 16:51:49 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=69540 Scottsdale Resort Offers Summer ‘Stay and Play’ Getaway

Scottsdale Resort gives its guests the best of both worlds: All of the excitement that bustling Scottsdale is known for within reach, yet all of the serenity of a secluded oasis. This summer, Scottsdale Resort invites guests from near and far to “Stay Scottsdale, Play Scottsdale” with rates from $89 weekdays and $99 weekends from… Read More →

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Arizona celebrates National Doughnut Day http://azbigmedia.com/scottsdale-living-magazine/dining/arizona-celebrates-national-doughnut-day http://azbigmedia.com/scottsdale-living-magazine/dining/arizona-celebrates-national-doughnut-day#comments Fri, 06 Jun 2014 08:57:19 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=69792 Arizona celebrates National Doughnut Day

In honor of National Doughnut Day (June 6), Experience AZ rounded up its favorite locally owned bakeries in Phoenix! Don’t let this important holiday go to waste; it’s one of the few days a year when you can experience the light and sugary flavors without judgment and guilt. From an old fashion doughnut to the… Read More →

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Westward Look Grand Brings the Baja Coast Closer http://azbigmedia.com/travel/westward-grand-brings-baja-coast-closer http://azbigmedia.com/travel/westward-grand-brings-baja-coast-closer#comments Thu, 05 Jun 2014 16:55:50 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=69543 Westward Look Grand Brings the Baja Coast Closer

Experience the Baja coast in Tucson this summer with Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa’s “Baja Bound” summer special. Offering rates starting at $99 per night with no resort fee from May 18 through Sept. 18, 2014, the special includes a passbook of savings that guests may use at the resort’s restaurants and Sonoran… Read More →

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D-backs Host Beach Night This Friday http://azbigmedia.com/featured/dbacks-host-beach-night-friday http://azbigmedia.com/featured/dbacks-host-beach-night-friday#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 22:30:55 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=69721 D-backs Host Beach Night This Friday

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) encourage fans to escape the heat and enjoy Beach Night at the D-backs vs. Braves game this Friday at 6:40 PM at Chase Field. Limited Beach Night packages are still available and feature a reversible D-backs Bucket Hat. Former Baywatch star Gena Lee Nolin will serve as an honorary lifeguard in… Read More →

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Thirsty Thursday: Bitter & Twisted http://azbigmedia.com/scottsdale-living-magazine/dining/thirsty-thursday-bitter-twisted http://azbigmedia.com/scottsdale-living-magazine/dining/thirsty-thursday-bitter-twisted#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 21:19:17 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=69684 Thirsty Thursday: Bitter & Twisted

The Luhrs Tower, aka the majestic old geezer nestled behind CityScape, aka downtown Phoenix’s first high-rise, just got a double dose of dapperdom with the grand opening of Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour on its ground floor. For those who enjoy a bit of trivia and irony, it’s said the Luhrs Tower was the nerve… Read More →

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Things to do this weekend http://azbigmedia.com/experience-az/weekend-7 http://azbigmedia.com/experience-az/weekend-7#comments Wed, 04 Jun 2014 17:49:20 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=69629 Things to do this weekend

Who’s looking to unwind this weekend? From dancing “All Night Long” to five-time Grammy winner, Lionel Richie, dressing up like your favorite comic book character, participating in the recording of Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes’ podcast show, or celebrating Philippine’s independence from Spain, there are plenty of opportunities to let loose this weekend! Lionel Richie… Read More →

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JW Marriott Starr Pass Creates Luxury Summer Package http://azbigmedia.com/travel/jw-marriott-starr-pass-creates-luxury-summer-package http://azbigmedia.com/travel/jw-marriott-starr-pass-creates-luxury-summer-package#comments Tue, 03 Jun 2014 16:51:18 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=69537 JW Marriott Starr Pass Creates Luxury Summer Package

Visitors to JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa will be offered full days of fun and adventure, leisure and luxury at a great new summer rate. The Play Your Way package features rooms that start at $199 on weekends and $179 on weekdays and include a resort credit of $100 per day for use… Read More →

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Hyatt Regency earns Gold Tee Award http://azbigmedia.com/experience-az/hyatt-regency-earns-gold-tee-award http://azbigmedia.com/experience-az/hyatt-regency-earns-gold-tee-award#comments Mon, 02 Jun 2014 18:58:17 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=69483 Hyatt Regency earns Gold Tee Award

For the twenty-second year, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch has been chosen by over 50,000 corporate, incentive and association meeting planners to receive Meetings & Conventions 2014 Gold Tee Award, given annually to outstanding golf and meeting properties worldwide. Winners of the award were nominated and selected by M & C… Read More →

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Maricopa County gets three miles of new trails http://azbigmedia.com/experience-az/around-arizona/maricopa-county-miles-trails http://azbigmedia.com/experience-az/around-arizona/maricopa-county-miles-trails#comments Fri, 30 May 2014 18:16:41 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=69411 Maricopa County gets three miles of new trails

The Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department recently completed construction of three-miles of new trails along the Maricopa Trail. This segment of trails connects the southeast corner of White Tank Mountain Regional Park to the Jackrabbit Trail Park and Ride in Buckeye. Combined with previously built, but disconnected portions of the trail, this opening creates… Read More →

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Things to Do: May 27-June 4 http://azbigmedia.com/featured/things-to-do-may-27-june-4 http://azbigmedia.com/featured/things-to-do-may-27-june-4#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 23:43:56 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=69331 Things to Do: May 27-June 4

Who’s feeling a bit nostalgic this weekend? From reliving three decades of award-winning chart-toppers by pianist Billy Joel, catching up with Tim Allen, running through downtown Tucson or watching Prescott reenact crucial events in Arizona history at its 150th anniversary, take some time to enjoy the past! Don’t forget to share photos of you enjoying… Read More →

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Local 70-year-old skydiver places in photo contest http://azbigmedia.com/experience-az/photo-local-70yearold-skydiver-awarded-contest http://azbigmedia.com/experience-az/photo-local-70yearold-skydiver-awarded-contest#comments Wed, 28 May 2014 17:36:47 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=69269 Local 70-year-old skydiver places in photo contest

On May 21, Grantmakers in Aging (GIA) announced the selection of 18 winners of its first “Friendly Faces, Friendly Places” international photo contest, supported by the Pfizer Foundation. Out of the 500 photos submitted worldwide, one local photo was announced as a winner. The photo of Surprise resident Sharon Vizzini skydiving at age 70, placed… Read More →

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CityScape Phoenix hosts surfing in downtown Phoenix http://azbigmedia.com/featured/cityscape-phoenix-hosts-surfing-downtown-phoenix http://azbigmedia.com/featured/cityscape-phoenix-hosts-surfing-downtown-phoenix#comments Tue, 27 May 2014 21:18:06 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=69184 CityScape Phoenix hosts surfing in downtown Phoenix

Surf’s up in the heart of the desert this summer as CityScape Phoenix hosts Surfing on Central, a 13-week, family-friendly event offering a wave simulator, beach blanket movie nights, professional flowboarder performances, DJs and a special summer staycation hotel package. Open daily starting June 1 and running through Labor Day Sept. 1, CityScape’s Patriots Square… Read More →

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Bitter & Twisted moves into Luhrs Building http://azbigmedia.com/scottsdale-living-magazine/dining/bitter-twisted-moves-luhrs-building http://azbigmedia.com/scottsdale-living-magazine/dining/bitter-twisted-moves-luhrs-building#comments Tue, 27 May 2014 16:28:01 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=69057 Bitter & Twisted moves into Luhrs Building

Tucked into a corner space inside the city’s first-ever high-rise, the new Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour (1 W. Jefferson St.) is set to help make downtown Phoenix once again the epicenter of the Valley’s dining and drinking scene when it opens on May 30. Housed in a soaring, window-lined space inside the historic Luhrs… Read More →

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Kids Get In Free At Diamondbacks Games Next Week http://azbigmedia.com/featured/kids-free-dbacks-games-week http://azbigmedia.com/featured/kids-free-dbacks-games-week#comments Fri, 23 May 2014 22:24:28 +0000 http://azbigmedia.com/?p=69023 Kids Get In Free At Diamondbacks Games Next Week

Earlier today, D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall (@DHallDbacks) announced via Twitter that the D-backs are offering free tickets for kids 12 and under to kick off the summer break. The offer is valid for games May 26-29 with the purchase of a full-price adult ticket for any section in the ballpark, excluding the All-You-Can-Eat… Read More →

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