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Alta Tempe Apartments, ALTA TEMPE, Phoenix Commercial Real Estat

Wood Partners’ Alta Tempe averaging 30 leases per month

Upscale apartments with luxurious amenities are in high demand near the new Marina Heights office development, where developer Wood Partners is averaging 30 leases a month at its new Alta Tempe complex.

The 296-unit community is uniquely positioned to serve residents seeking proximity to the state’s largest office park when it’s complete in 2017, as well as easy access to downtown and Arizona State University.

“Leasing has remained strong, and August proved to be the busiest month with an impressive 63 move-ins at Alta Tempe,” said Todd Taylor, director at Wood Partners’ Phoenix office. “The contemporary décor and well-designed floor plans appeal to residents who are seeking an authentic living experience.”

The 270,000-square-foot, four-story contemporary apartment complex designed by Womack and Hampton and built by Wood Partners includes one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom units averaging 892 square feet with granite countertops, upgraded appliances and vinyl plank flooring.

The pet-friendly community includes a fitness center and yoga deck, a resort-style pool with private cabanas and towel service, a heated spa, an 8,000-square-foot hospitality-style clubhouse with a cyber café and demonstration kitchen, a bocce ball court, an outdoor fire pit, gas grills, a bike maintenance room, a professional dog wash station, a resident-maintained vegetable garden and a four-story observation deck with views of Camelback Mountain.

Located near downtown, Arizona State University and the new Marina Heights office development—which Taylor called “a big game changer in Tempe”—Alta Tempe is within walking or biking distance of two metro transit stations. When it opens this winter, Marina Heights will include 2 million square feet of office space and 40,000 square feet of service retail.

Scottsdale Arts District, Old Town Scottsdale, Photo: Maile Rudebusch

Luxury homes set for Scottsdale Arts District

The Downtown Scottsdale Arts District is getting a stylish new neighbor. In fact, they’re getting six new neighbors as part of a new collection of contemporary single-family luxury homes now under construction in the heart of the bustling arts scene. Designed by renowned architect John Douglas, each luxurious, well-appointed residence is designed to fit the way you want to live – a premier location in a home filled with light, elegance and modern conveniences. After years of urban sprawl, the pendulum has officially swung back into Downtown Scottsdale with more than 1,000 residential living spaces currently under construction within the parameters of Scottsdale’s hip urban core.

“Residential enclaves like The Douglas are fueling the urban scene that’s shifting the area away from being a day-time or night-time destination,” said Lorenzo Perez, Director of Development for Venue Projects and creator of The Douglas. “For the first time ever, Downtown Scottsdale has truly emerged as 24 hour environment with people living, working and playing in the urban core of the city. There is continually a growing demand for developers to deliver more residential to the area, and The Douglas is one of the first to offer single family luxury homes in the heart of the exhilarating Downtown Scottsdale arts scene,” he said.

Being part of Scottsdale’s renowned Arts District, The Douglas was designed to fuse art with architecture in a truly dynamic way. With undeniably superior craftsmanship and masterfully designed floor plans, each 2,390 sqft two-story home features views of Camelback Mountain, two master suites with a den/office, a chef inspired kitchen with SubZero and Wolf appliances, a private outdoor courtyard for entertaining and a two car garage. A private elevator option is available in select floor plans.

Award-winning architect John Douglas has taken the notion of living among art to a whole new level with a set of elaborate and elegant building designs that feature his signature, dramatic and modern inspired architecture. The richly appointed interiors feature thoughtful sun-filled floor plans with soaring 10’ ceilings and 8’ interior doors. The private courtyard adjacent to the living room offers an indoor/outdoor living space that is ideal for the urban Arizona lifestyle and stylish entertaining. A number of premier chefs were consulted to design the gourmet kitchen, which features elegant cabinetry, granite countertops, and a countertop-eating bar for your convenience. Energy efficient design was utilized in every step of the process to providing convenience in maintenance, low operating costs, and environmentally friendly emissions.

Positioned in the center of Downtown Scottsdale, The Douglas Scottsdale is just steps from everything a city dweller requires. From cutting-edge fashion, arts and culture, local shopping, to exquisite food and nightlife, The Douglas Scottsdale has got you covered. With delivery expected in Fall 2015, this is a premier opportunity to score one of only six single-family homes in Downtown Scottsdale.

When it comes down to exceptional living, Downtown Scottsdale is your ultimate luxury destination. Known for being both vibrant and pedestrian friendly, the city buzzes energy with streets overflowing with hundreds of boutiques, art galleries and incredible restaurants ranging from casual open-air bistros to fine dining establishments. Over 80 sophisticated wine bars, lounges and nightclubs reside within a one-mile radius of the Arts District’s eclectic confines as well as the world-renowned Scottsdale Fashion Square and Scottsdale Waterfront shopping areas feauting over 240 premier retailers including Gucci, Prada, Cartier, Neiman Marcus, and Barneys New York, just to name a few. For adrenaline junkies, the Scottsdale lifestyle is unmatched – only in the heart of Scottsdale can you experience world-class hiking, biking, climbing, swimming, tennis, golf and action-packed sporting events 365 days a year.

And, there’s no limit to what the arts lover might enjoy in the area. See thousands of annual exhibitions by renowned local, national and international artists, architects and designers at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) or learn more about Scottsdale’s storied past at the Historical Society Museum. Right next door to SMoCA, the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts presents the finest in theater, world music, comedy, and dance productions. The Scottdsale Arts District offers nearly 100 outstanding galleries and is home to Scottsdale’s legendary Thursday night Art Walk and dozens of arts festivals and events.

The Phoenician resort is nestled in the Sonoran Desert, with the breathtaking Camelback Mountain its backdrop. Photo: The Phoenician

Phoenician offers ‘Culinary Countdown’ summer dining series

The Phoenician, Arizona’s premier AAA Five Diamond destination, is making dining out even more appetizing this summer with its signature “Culinary Countdown” series.  From Monday, June 1, through Monday, August 31, 2015, three resort restaurants will offer select multi-course menus at exceptional prices:

• J&G Steakhouse ($40 per person) – The three-course dinner menu includes a choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert, featuring Cold Corn and Lemongrass Soup, Steamed Shrimp Salad or Heirloom Tomatoes; slowly cooked Salmon, Roasted Chicken or Prime Flat Iron Steak; as well as Raspberry and Rose Pavlova, Warm Chocolate Cake with Caramel Ice Cream, or an assortment of Sorbets and Ice Cream.  From 5-7 p.m. nightly, the restaurant will also offer 50 percent off all bottles of wine under $100.

• Il Terrazzo ($30 per person) – The three-course dinner menu offers a choice of Chilled Tomato & Crab Soup, Kale & Arugula Salad or Asparagus & Prosciutto for an appetizer; Eggplant Caponata, Olive Oil Poached Halibut or Pork Bistecca for an entrée; and a Cherry Torte, Vanilla Panna Cotta or Sorbets & Ice Cream for dessert.  Half-priced specialty cocktails complement each meal.

• Relish Burger Bistro ($20 per person) – The two-course lunch and dinner menu features a number of gourmet, American Kobe Burgers with crispy Tater Tots; followed by a Cookie Cup with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream or Apple Cobbler à la mode.  Special savings on draft beers and old-fashioned milkshakes are also offered.

For restaurant hours of operation and reservations, please call (480) 423-2530.

Located at the base of Camelback Mountain, the 250-acre Phoenician offers two exquisite experiences – a 583-room AAA Five Diamond luxury resort hotel and a 60-room, Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond hotel, The Canyon Suites — at one magnificent destination.  Both The Phoenician and The Canyon Suites are owned and operated by Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., as part of The Luxury Collection. For additional information, please call (480) 941-8200; (800) 888-8234 or visit thephoenician.com and canyonsuites.com.


Royal Palms offers unique and seasonal meeting options

With designer meeting rooms, breathtaking outdoor spaces surrounded by abundant gardens and orange groves and seasonal banquet menus and packages throughout the year, Royal Palms Resort and Spa, A Destination Hotel, is anything but traditional when it comes to meetings and conferences.

Located at the foot of Camelback Mountain, Royal Palms combines the graciousness and sophistication of a Mediterranean villa with the intimacy and privacy of a secluded retreat. Royal Palms indoor meeting venues provide space for up to 200 attendees and are just as exceptional and personalized as the resort itself. Wall tapestries, antique furniture, stately stone fireplaces in each meeting space, natural lighting from the numerous arched windows and doorways leading to outdoor patios and stunning views of the tranquil gardens and mountainside come together to create an inviting atmosphere ideal for cultivating creativity. Individual interior designers were brought in to create a distinctive look for each of the four meeting rooms, ensuring that the 9,083 square-feet of meeting space is completely distinct and far from the traditional meeting venue.  

The lush grounds of the resort are a welcome oasis in the heart of the desert. Orange groves, colorful gardens with exotic plants, imported stone walkways and over 11,370 square-feet of outdoor gathering areas create a tranquil space for year-round meetings and activities. Groups are invited to take the meeting outside to enjoy the weather at any of the six locations including the orange groves, a one-of-a-kind experience not offered anywhere else in Arizona.  

Royal Palms is among the only resorts in the country to offer seasonal banquet menus in addition to the unique meeting venues. The renowned T. Cook’s restaurant, which has received both local and national acclaim, offers a thoughtful and ingredient-driven seasonal banquet menu unparalleled by other resorts. The northern Mediterranean inspired menus are created using fresh, local and in-season ingredients and can be completely customized for each meeting party. Conference and meeting groups have an opportunity to dine at any of the indoor and outdoor meeting venues, which includes under the trees of the orange groves with Camelback Mountain in the background.

With a long history of hosting exceptional meetings and events in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area, Royal Palms is fully versed in the logistics of creating memorable events. Seasonal meeting packages at Royal Palms include: 

Pick Your Perk – Starting from $119

  • Customize your meeting your way with Royal Palms’ Pick Your Perks meeting experiences.
  • Your choice of three perks including: One Villa upgrade at group rate (only four on property), two 50 minute spa treatments in Alvadora Spa, waived attrition with a 30 day cutoff or 50 percent off upgrade fees.
  • Rate valid two or three day’s pre and post.
  • Complimentary arrival amenities.
  • One $200 gift certificate for a return visit to Royal Palms.
  • Five complimentary memento Royal Palms coffee table books.
  • Pick Your Perk is only available for groups of 50 room nights or more.
  • Offer valid through September 1, 2015 on travel for select dates in April and summer 2015-2016. Offer based on availability. Not valid on currently contracted groups. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Taxes, service charges, resort fee, parking are additional.

Summer All Inclusive – Starting from $179

  • Experience the simplicity of a business meeting with Royal Palms Resort and Spa. Our all- inclusive meeting packages make planning and budgeting a breeze.
  • Overnight luxury accommodations.
  • The Sonoran Meeting Package including breakfast, lunch and breaks from the renowned T. Cook’s.
  • Pricing – Groups of 50 room nights or more starting from $179 per person. Groups of 30-49 room nights starting from $199 per person. Groups of 10-29 room nights starting from $239 per person.
  • Summer All Inclusive also allows guests to upgrade the package to include treatments at Alvadora Spa starting from just $79 per 50 minute treatment.
  • Offer valid through September 5, 2015 on travel for select dates in summer 2015. Offer based on availability and number of group room nights contracted.  Not valid on currently contracted groups. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Resort fee, parking, taxes and service fees are additional.

Sundays to Savor – Starting from $179

  • Plan a Sunday arrival for your next meeting in Phoenix or Scottsdale at Royal Palms.
  • Complimentary one hour Sunday cocktail welcome reception.
  • Up to $30 off regular group rates.
  • One complimentary upgrade to a Valencia Casita for every 10 rooms reserved.
  • 25 percent off Alvadora Spa services for each attendee (and spouses).
  • 30 percent off nightly resort services fee.
  • Offer valid now through December 31, 2015 for travel through December 31, 2016.
  • Peak arrival must be Sunday.  Offer based on availability, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply. $50 Alvadora Spa credit is valid on regularly priced 50 minute or more treatments. Taxes and gratuity are excluded. Offer cannot be combined with other promotions and not valid on currently contracted groups. Welcome reception is one hour. Other restrictions may apply. Resort fee, parking, taxes and service fees are additional.

All meeting packages includes complimentary wireless internet in meeting space, access to the complimentary business center complimentary shipping, handling and storage. Audiovisual equipment is also included such as an LCD projector, screen, two flip charts, power to projector and the Swank Drop Audio Visual Online Setup Tool.

For more information on Royal Palms Resort and Spa, call 602-840-3610 or visit www.royalpalmshotel.com.

First Job – Michelle Kerrick

ALL IN hosts exclusive Super Bowl parties

The gaming world experts at ALL IN Magazine announce their Super Bowl Weekend party line-up hosted at one of the most elite private estates in Paradise Valley. The three exclusive events takes place from Friday, January 30 to Sunday, February 1 and support ALL IN Cause.

The Friday evening party features a live performance from Jimmy Fallon’s The Tonight Show Band, The Roots. Saturday evening is a high stakes Celebrity Poker Tournament, while Sunday’s Ultimate Tailgate Party is devoted to the big game. These events are private with access by invitation only.

The almost five acre property is secluded at the foot of iconic Camelback Mountain, providing guests a private respite from public venues. Boasting a 3,000 square foot main lake and pristine landscape architecture, the estate will be transformed for each of the three themed events.

Friday, January 30: Kicking off Super Bowl weekend is a posh cocktail party featuring a live performance by The Roots. The four-time Grammy winners are one of the most respected hip-hop acts in the music industry and they are the official house band on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Their headlining concert is presented by Rolling Stone magazine.

Saturday, January 31: The temperature is guaranteed to rise during the ALL IN Celebrity Poker Tournament. Beginning at 3:30 in the afternoon, celebrities from the world of poker including Phil Hellmuth, Vanessa Rousso and Chris Moneymaker will take their seats at the tables with prizes including a Phil Ivey Las Vegas Experience, a Cabo San Lucas five-star vacation for 10 people, a private trip for 12 people to Las Vegas aboard Enrique Iglesias’ Gulfstream Jet and a World Poker Tour Experience. Phil Ivey’s Ivey League hosts the evening.

Sunday, February 1: Game day ignites at the Legends of Sports Tailgate Party. The family-friendly event begins at 1pm with pre-game broadcasts as current professional athletes and sports legends mingle. Set up in a tented space, the big screen will catch all live coverage including post-game analysis.

Old Fashioned, WEB

Thirsty Thursday: Sip on Luxury at Jade Bar

Jade Bar at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa is nothing short of luxurious. The resort is set into Camelback Mountain, perfect for toasting to romantic Arizona sunsets, and is covered with colorful, native plants accompanied by a pool, tennis courts, spa rooms and more.

Since its expansion, Elements restaurant and Jade Bar overlook different areas of the property, depending on which area you choose to dine, from a private room, open restaurant, patio, or balcony. All areas are simply beautiful. With the philosophy that the bar is an extension of the kitchen, Jade Bar offers Element’s fresh cuisine with its wine list and cocktails.

All of the cocktails are fresh, unique, and great with the Asian-inspired cuisine. Be sure to try the Cantaloupe, the Pepper Smash, or the Anejo Manhattan, which range from sweet and fruity to spicy and citrusy to a stronger classic with a twist.



  • 1 ½ oz watermelon liqueur

  • 1 ½ oz vodka

  • 2 oz orange juice

  • Splash of lime


  • Shake ingredients together and pour into a martini glass

  • Garnish with a melon ball

Pepper Smash:


  • 1/3 a pint of loose mint

  • 2 oz Krogstad Aquavit

  • ¾ oz freshly pressed lime juice

  • ¾ oz freshly extracted yellow bell pepper juice

  • ¾ oz house blended grade A maple syrup


  • Muddle mint

  • Shake ingredients

  • Pour into an Old Fashioned glass

  • Garnish with a mint sprig

    Anejo Manhatten

    Anejo Manhatten

Anejo Manhattan:


  • 2 oz El Tesoro Anejo Tequila

  • ½ oz Martini and Rossi Sweet Vermouth

  • ¼ oz Licor 43

  • 1 dash Angostura Bitters

  • 1 dash Regan’s No. 6 Orange Bitters

  • Mole Salami Wrapped Sour Cherry for garnish


Camelback Inn Announces New $10 Million Golf Course

The JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa announced that it will unveil its new Ambiente golf course at Camelback Golf Club in the fall of 2013. Spanish for the word “environment,” Ambiente, which is designed with a detailed eco-friendly focus, will become the first new golf course development project in the Phoenix-Scottsdale and Paradise Valley areas in over five years, and one of a select group of new courses to be built nationwide.

The completion of the $10 million Ambiente golf course will culminate a seven-year, $70 million Marriott renewal project at Camelback Inn, designed to blend reverence for the past with relevance for the future. From preserving the resort’s 1930s adobe brick to the stylish renovation of the Inn’s 453 casita-style guestrooms, and from a new 20,000 square-foot, hi-tech grand ballroom to the debut of BLT Steak, Laurent Tourondel’s modern American steakhouse, the renewal project involved virtually every aspect of the historic resort. Today the new-look 125-acre Camelback Inn, set on its Sonoran Desert surroundings in Paradise Valley, strikes the perfect balance between showcasing the best of the resort’s storied past, while setting a visionary course for the future.

Adding to the lore of Camelback, Ambiente is expected to gain golf industry-wide acclaim for its distinct design, the challenging, yet enjoyable experience it presents to golfers of all levels and the overall aesthetic and environmental qualities it brings to the Phoenix-Scottsdale area. In concert with the popular Padre golf course, Ambiente will help to establish a one-of-a-kind 36-hole Southwest golf destination, for both leisure and group golfers, within the enchanting resort atmosphere of the Camelback Inn.

“Ambiente is more than just a new golf course, for it represents the final phase in Marriott’s unmatched commitment to reinvigorate Camelback Inn for the future, while preserving its history and the unique Southwestern style that has made it a favorite for generations of travelers,” said Jim Rose, General Manager, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. “While Ambiente is sure to distract golfers with its natural beauty and breathtaking views of Mummy Mountain, Camelback, the McDowells and the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, our golfing guests will find a friendly test of skill and shotmaking that will redefine the golf experience at a resort long known for its exceptional service, palette pleasing food, luxurious accommodations and spirit of adventure.”

The launch of Ambiente, which replaces the old Indian Bend golf course, will create a uniquely different golf experience than the Padre course, which today is regarded as a great parkland style golf course that, while scenic, boasts numerous water hazards, towering Pine and Eucalyptus trees and 18 golf holes that will test every golfer’s ability. In contrast, Ambiente, which was designed by notable golf architect Jason Straka on behalf of Hurdzan/Fry Environmental Golf Design, will present a distinct challenge where accuracy and a good strategy command the day, as every hole will force even the best players to focus on each and every shot. Golfers will find the eye-catching elevation changes, as well as rolling fairways with significant drops throughout the course, are among its most striking features.

Ambiente will also feature five sets of tee boxes, designed to positively impact today’s golf industry “growth of the game” effort. The new forward tees have no forced carries and offer easier approach angles, which create opportunities for aspiring golfers to enjoy regardless of their playing ability. One of the most golfer-friendly features of Ambiente is the creatively shaped greens. The overall green acreage, which stands at about 122,000 square feet, offers great movement, character and feel. Visually intimidating, the putting surfaces are very fair, but will challenge golfers to bring their best putting stroke every time out.

Environment is a significant part of the Ambiente golf course story, which centers on water conservation, wildlife habitat creation and an overall 50 percent decrease in pesticide/fertilizer and fossil fuel use, as compared to the former Indian Bend golf course. The design and layout of the course will be highlighted by 100 acres of new native desert and grass areas that will feature a mix of acacias, jojobas and sagebrush among many other desert shrubs and grasses, as well as an eye-catching collection of both summer and winter desert wildflower mixes.

These native areas, which will require one-third less water than Indian Bend, will be complemented by 85 acres of hybrid turf grass that also requires significantly less water, while reducing the daily labor and machinery intensive maintenance of traditional Bermuda grass. Overall, the combined native areas will give the course a more Northern desert look compared to the area’s traditional Sonoran Desert layouts, making it a must-play Southwestern layout in Paradise Valley.

From an Audubon standpoint, Ambiente is designed to cater to wildlife, which is part of Marriott’s overall role as a steward of the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary program. By removing over 100 acres of turf grass and replacing it with native desert and grass areas, bird inventory, as well as the local mammal population, will increase substantially.

Adds Rose, “Environmental consciousness has long been a hallmark at Marriott, and we believe that Ambiente is a perfect example of the Company’s commitment to protecting wildlife and natural resources, while continually serving as a leader in eco-friendly business practices. Upon completion, we expect golfers in the community will find that Ambiente stands alongside the premier golf landscapes in the Phoenix-Scottsdale market, while we expect the course to redefine the destination golf experience for group and leisure customers visiting the Camelback Inn.”

JAMIE LOVES: Hiking Arizona

Popular Camelback hiking trail close

A trail to the summit of Camelback Mountain is closed until next fall to provide time for renovations to the parking lot and reconstruction of parts of the popular hiking route.

Since there is only limited street parking at Camelback Mountain’s Cholla trailhead, Phoenix parks officials are encouraging hikers to explore the city’s other mountains.

The Arizona Republic reports that the Echo Canyon trail is used about 400,000 times a year.

Extreme Sport, Arizona Adventures

Popular Camelback trail closed for work

A trail to the summit of Camelback Mountain is closed until next fall to provide time for renovations to the parking lot and reconstruction of parts of the popular hiking route.

Since there is only limited street parking at Camelback Mountain’s Cholla trailhead, Phoenix parks officials are encouraging hikers to explore the city’s other mountains.

The Arizona Republic reports that the Echo Canyon trail is used about 400,000 times a year.

The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The Phoenician To Offer “5 Days to Get Away” Discovery Package On Cyber Monday

The Phoenician, Arizona’s premier AAA Five Diamond resort destination in Scottsdale, Ariz., will take part in Cyber Monday, November 26, the busiest online shopping day of the holiday season, unveiling its exclusive “5 Days to Get Away” package.

The special offer can be booked through November 30, 2012, for stays between December 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013. The package includes:

  • AAA Five Diamond luxury accommodations, with guestrooms starting at 600 square feet
  • Daily breakfast for two
  • A 1-hour-and-15-minute, round-trip aerial sightseeing tour for two of Desert Splash Adventures’s “Apache Air Trail,” featuring spectacular views of the Sonoran Desert and Tonto Basin with a water landing on Lake Roosevelt

The 250-acre Phoenician, located at the base of Camelback Mountain, offers both a 583-room AAA Five Diamond luxury resort hotel and an exclusive Five Diamond boutique hotel, The Canyon Suites. The 60-room Canyon Suites provides more intimate surroundings and enhanced services, creating an atmosphere of uncompromising splendor. The Phoenician’s cuisine includes Il Terrazzo, J&G Steakhouse and Relish Burger Bistro. A championship golf course, 11 tennis courts, boutique shops, nine swimming pools, a $25 million art collection and The Center for Well-Being and Salon Mila are on-site as well.

Rates start at just $529 per night, and a two-night minimum stay is required. Transportation to/from the Desert Splash Adventures Seaplane Tour, conveniently located at the Scottsdale Airport, is not included.

For booking, as well as terms and conditions, please visit thephoenician.com/cybermonday, or call (866) 716-8136 and ask for rate plan: 5DAY1. For more information on Desert Splash Adventures and the “Apache Air Trail,” visit desertsplashadventures.com.

The Phoenician

6000 E. Camelback Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Local: (480) 941-8200 | Toll-free: (800) 888-8234


"A" Mountain (Tempe Butte), Photo: Daniel Escobedo

A Harrowing, Hilarious Hike Up Tempe Butte, Or “A” Mountain

Standing at the base of the mountain, I look up toward the black asphalt path that lies in front of me. It seems smooth with a slight incline. Heat is rising off the asphalt up into the sky as the sun repeatedly bakes and pounds the pavement with unrelenting heat. Wary that my competitors are quickly approaching, I must make this hike fast. I begin my ascent to the peak of the mountain, appreciating all of the native foliage that surrounds me: small shrubs lining the main hiking path, with small cacti sprinkled across the dirt terrain.

I’ve barely made it around the first corner to reach my destination, and I’m already out of breath. As I make the slight turn that will lead me up to the finish line, wood stairs appear in front of me, each one carved deep into the earth. I begin to climb the stairs but get tired quickly due to the heat. I barely make it halfway up the stairs when I begin to panic because I’m already exhausted; my heart is beating dangerously fast, and I’ve brought no water with me on my journey. Small beads of sweat begin to collect on my forehead, while streams begin to run down my back. I can’t make it up this hike. It is just much too difficult for me, despite the fact that I’ve only been exercising for about 10 minutes.

Tempe Butte ("A" Mountain), Photo: ASU“A” Mountain (Tempe Butte) proved to be a lot tougher than I thought.

Now, I realize that it may seem like I just described hiking up Camelback Mountain — a large summit that rises 2,700 feet high to a peak that can take some up to two hours to reach — located just behind Camelback Rd. and 44th St. But before you make fun of me for hardly making it up “A” Mountain, the iconic hill that lies directly north of the ASU Tempe campus, let me give you some back story on why this adventure was so dramatic.

It was last August 2011, and I had just been hired to be a Community Assistant (CA) in the residence hall of ASU’s downtown campus. The 24 of us that had been hired were required to undergo a two-week training course, and at the end of this training, we had to engage in a team bonding activity. So, one of the veteran CAs decided that it would be fun to do a scavenger hunt from Phoenix to Tempe, and we were split up into groups of four or five. Each group was given a list of clues that represented a place, and we had to solve each puzzle, head to the location and take a picture in front of it. When it was time to solve the final clue, it was soon determined that the location was “A” Mountain. However, what the teams didn’t expect is that we had to hike up to the top in order to win the competition. And, to boot, we had to do it in 116-degree heat!

Because none of us carried water to share, all 24 of us were exhausted fast. Some of the team barely made it halfway up the hill and turned around to get water, while the rest was randomly scattered on the hiking path. Two people from the team were suffering mild symptoms of heat exhaustion, and, thankfully, we were able to get them water from a restaurant nearby.

I know that this adventure seems like a horror story and some of you may not be feeling up to a hike anytime soon, but there are ways to avoid having an experience like the one I had. First and foremost, do not go for a hike when it is 5 p.m. and 116 degrees. It is probably best to do it early in the morning while it is cool or later at night. Secondly, drink water before you decide to do any sort of physical activity. In fact, according to WebMD, you should also drink water every 15 to 20 minutes during your exercise activity, as well as after you are finished, to avoid being dehydrated. Be sure to wear proper athletic attire (and not black jeans paired with black Toms like I did) so that you are more comfortable and have better foot support.

My colleagues and I have learned from our mistakes and have hiked up “A” Mountain many times since. With proper preparation, hiking can be quite an enjoyable experience.

The best part? When you reach the top of, you’re exposed to expansive views of Tempe, Phoenix and the whole Valley — all while enjoying the fresh air and the serene, quiet oasis that exists only high above the city lights.

For more information about Tempe Butte (“A” Mountain), visit millavenue.com.

JAMIE Loves: Jamie Herzlinger

JAMIE LOVES: March 2012

JAMIE Loves in March…


I am so excited that spring is here! One of my favorite things about March is Spring Break. Unfortunately, I am always super busy with work in March and therefore cannot go anywhere too far. Lucky for me, I live in one of the best cities, full of activities, amazing hotels, spas, restaurants, shopping and more. So this month I will be taking a “staycation” where I will relax here in Scottsdale. I will be staying at one of my favorite hotels, golfing at one of my favorite courses, and eating at one of my favorite restaurants.

The Royal Palms

JAMIE LOVES: March 2012There are so many amazing resorts from which to choose; this month I will be staying at The Royal Palms. For one, I love the location; it’s right on the base of Camelback Mountain, so the views are breathtaking. Secondly, I love the intimate setting of the resort; you feel at home here. And lastly, I cannot deny a great spa! A massage and facial is just what I need on my “staycation.”

Desert Botanical Garden

JAMIE LOVES: March 2012One of my favorite places to visit in Arizona is the Desert Botanical Garden, and springtime is the best time to visit the gardens — the wild flowers are blooming, and the cacti are so green! In collaboration with Ballet Arizona, the Desert Botanical Gardens brings Topia. The dancers perform with the backdrop of the red rocks as the sun sets. This event goes from March 2-March 26th, so get your tickets now on the Desert Botanical Garden website.


JAMIE LOVES: March 2012There are so many talented chefs living in Arizona; one of my favorites is Mark Tarbell and his restaurant Tarbell’s. I love the atmosphere and the people there. Not to mention, the food is super tasty; one of my personal favorite dishes is the grilled organic salmon. This plate with a good glass of wine and great company, there is no better way to enjoy my “staycation.”



Jamie Herzlinger Interiors

4400 N. Scottsdale Rd., #705
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(602) 795-3824


JAMIE LOVES: Hiking Arizona

JAMIE LOVES: February 2012

JAMIE LOVES in February…

Being outside!

The average temperature in Scottsdale for the month of February is 74 degrees of perfection. Blue skies above our heads, white fluffy clouds — life is good in Arizona!

Because the weather is just about perfect, and because I made a resolution to health, I like to spend as much time as I can outdoors. I am so excited for the weekends to come so I can do my Saturday ritual. I like to wake up bright and early and head to a mountain for a beautiful hike. Some days I love the challenge of Camelback Mountain, and others days I love the leisure of Quartz Ridge. Either way, after a hike I deserve a nice meal, so it’s off to brunch! Then I am ready for whatever the weekend has in store for me!

I love Camelback Mountain because it is maintained to perfection and everyone you see on the trail is so friendly. I personally like to challenge myself by parking my car at the Echo trail head, which is located right off McDonald, and start up the mountain there.

Once I am at the top, I admire the amazing view and breathe in the fresh, desert air. Instead of going back down the trail I came up, I prefer to hike down Cholla, which ends at East Cholla Way and Invergordon, and I run around back to where my car is parked. Some days this is easier than others, but no matter what it makes for a great challenge.

JAMIE LOVES: Chelsea's KitchenSometimes I like to hike with my girlfriends or daughters, so I love to go on Quartz Ridge, located on 32nd and Lincoln. I love this hike because it’s not too challenging, yet you still get a great workout!

After my morning workout, it is time to treat myself to some great food and coffee at Chelsea’s Kitchen. I love sitting outside on their beautiful patio enjoying the sun while eating the classic French omelet, which includes sautéed spinach, mushrooms and fresh herbs.




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Elements At The Sanctuary Delights Guest With Its Fresh, Local Ingredients, 2008

Elements At The Sanctuary Delights Guest With Its Fresh, Local Ingredients

Elements of Taste

elements at the Sanctuary delights guests with its fresh, local ingredients

Elements At The Sanctuary Delights Guest With Its Fresh, Local Ingredients, 2008

By Noelle Coyle

Set scene: A wood-paneled ceiling, hues of gray, black

and white, and wall-to-wall windows

offering views of Mummy Mountain, Piestewa Peak and the praying monk at Camelback Mountain. Asian accents can be found throughout — each table is adorned with a bamboo arrangement and a little Yin and Yang dish containing salt and pepper; paper lanterns hang overhead; and modern Japanese screens separate the dining area from wait staff. It’s just enough to get the point across without being overwhelming. This is the just the beginning of what guests will experience at elements, a restaurant concept at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain.

I must admit, our party was looking forward to the evening. As would anyone familiar with the background of Executive Chef Beau MacMillan. The Massachusetts native has an impressive background in the culinary industry, and in recent years he has put elements in the national spotlight with appearances on NBC’s “Today” and The Food Network’s “Iron Chef America.” In fact, MacMillan battled against Iron Chef Bobby Flay to see who had the best American Kobe beef, and MacMillan came out on top with his critically acclaimed short ribs.
Our evening began with a chef’s tasting — a diver scallop with diced tomatoes, served on a small bed of grits — a light treat just enough to get your juices flowing for a taste of what was to come. The next course, our appetizers, did not disappoint. Our favorites were the spring melon and prosciutto, a light and refreshing arrangement of fresh fruits and prosciutto; and the creamy spinach and Parmesan casserole, a delectably rich dip served with tomato jam and herb toast. Although messy, it was too good to stop eating.

For our salads, we chose contrasting flavors — the organic spinach and frisee salad, served with Mandarin oranges, beets and pistachios for a sweet indulgence, and the more tangy farmer’s market, served with cucumber, carrots, daikon radish and soy vinaigrette.

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While the entree menu (which changes seasonally) is a diverse selection of enticing meals, once I discovered they were serving MacMillan’s braised beef short ribs, I looked no further. I was curious to find out how award-winning short ribs would taste, and I was not disappointed. They were juicy and tender, so tender that the knife by my plate wasn’t necessary. Served with skillet roasted vegetables and grits (one of my all-time favorite foods), they were the crowd favorite at our table. The other winner of the evening was the bacon-wrapped filet of beef, served with roasted garlic mashed potatoes, balsamic onions, mushrooms and blue cheese.

My favorite part of any meal, the dessert, was just as satisfying. If you order the chocolate peanut butter decadence, it’s best to share it with someone, due to its overwhelmingly rich ingredients. On the other hand, if you like having the dessert all to yourself, try the passion fruit cheesecake. Served with fresh strawberries, mango and a strawberry sorbet, its light textures and sweet flavor are the perfect way to end the evening.



AZ Business Magazine July 2008 |