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Top 5: Arizona Nightlife, Experience AZ, Fall-Winter 2012

Top 5: Arizona Nightlife (Fall-Winter 2012)

Top 5 Arizona Nightlife — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Mabel’s on Main

7018 E. Main St.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 889-5580
mabelsonmain.com
Chef Aaron May and crew have created a mid-20th- century New York watering hole with red brick, dark-walnut accents, red-velvet curtains, antique furniture and Prohibition-era drinks. At Stump the Chef on Tuesdays, guests are invited to name their favorite cocktail and see whether Mabel’s can make it right.


The Shout! House

6770 N. Sunrise Blvd., #207,
Glendale, AZ 85305
(623) 772-1500
theshouthouse.com
A rock ‘n’ roll, sing-a-long, dueling piano bar located in Glendale’s Westgate City Center. It’s a foot stompin’, hand-clappin’ good time!


Rúla Búla Irish Pub

401 S. Mill Ave.,
Tempe, AZ 85281
(480) 929-9500
rulabula.com
Rúla Búla’s gathering areas and menus of traditional and modern Irish food make for different experiences every time. Catch live music, open mic nights and special events.


The Mint

7373 E. Camelback Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(480) 947-6468
themintaz.com
The Mint occupies a 7,000-square-foot space that was previously a bank, giving inspiration to the name. In a nod to its past, The Mint’s centerpiece is the original vault door.


Club Congress

311 E. Congress St.,
Tucson, AZ 85701
(800) 722-8848
hotelcongress.com/club
Considered “one of the 10 best rock clubs in the United States,” Club Congress, located in Hotel Congress, is also considered the city’s best dance club.

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Top 5: Art & Food Festivals, Experience AZ, Fall-Winter 2012

Top 5: Art & Food Festivals (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Art & Food Festivals — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Renaissance Festival and Artisan Marketplace

12601 E. Hwy. 60,
Gold Canyon, AZ 85118
(520) 463-2600
royalfaires.com/arizona
Escape the rigors of the 21st century and travel back into the past with Arizona’s Renaissance Festival and Artisan Marketplace. The festival showcases events such as a jousting tournament, a day-long feast and a 30-acre circus.


Fountain Festival of the Arts & Crafts

16837 E. Palisades Blvd.,
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
(480) 837-1654
fountainhillschamber.com
The Fountain Hills Festival of the Arts & Crafts runs from Nov. 9 to Nov. 11 and features nearly 500 artists, artisans, food, live music and a beer garden.


Tempe Festival of the Arts

310 S. Mill Ave., #A-201,
Tempe, AZ 85281
(602) 997-2581
tempefestivalofthearts.com
The Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2, attracts nearly 225,000 guests and features more than 400 artists. Although the festival’s primary focus is on visual art and artists, it also includes musical performances, street artists, vendors and sponsored exhibits.


Scottsdale Arts Festival

7380 E. 2nd St.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 994-2878
scottsdaleperformingarts.org
The Scottsdale Arts Festival runs March 8-10 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and features nearly 200 jury-selected artists. Alongside the showcased artists are 22 bands and 12 food trucks.


Scottsdale Culinary Festival

(480) 945-7193
scottsdalefest.org
This culinary adventure annually draws nearly 40,000 visitors who attend more than a dozen events. Featured within these activities are hundreds of restaurants, dozens of chefs and a large selection of wines and spirits. Takes place April 9-14, 2013.

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Top 5: Arizona Wineries, Experience AZ, Fall-Winter 2012

Top 5: Arizona Wineries (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Arizona Wineries — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Sonoita Vineyards

290 Elgin-Canelo Rd.,
Elgin, AZ 85611
(520) 455-5893
sonoitavineyards.com
Opened in 1983, Sonoita Vineyards is the oldest commercial vineyard and winery in the state — consistently creating award-winning wines. The vineyard also hosts festivals, special events, tasting and group events.


Alcantara Vineyards

3445 S. Grapevine Way,
Verde Valley, AZ 86326
(888) 569-0756
alcantaravineyard.com
Alcantara Vineyards, the first winery on the Verde River, is one of  the largest vineyards in Central and Northern Arizona. Make it a day trip from the Phoenix or Scottsdale area. Check out the Arizona winery tours and tasting with an outstanding selection of wines, made right here in Arizona. The winery’s vineyards have more than 19,000 vines and offers 12 different varietals.


Dos Cabezas Wineworks

3248 Hwy. 82,
Sonoita, AZ 85637
(520) 841-1193
doscabezaswinery.com
Dos Cabezas WineWorks is a family-owned and operated winery that challenges the perception that Arizona does not produce exceptional wines. Dos Cabezas WineWorks has been producing wines in Arizona since 1995. Its wine has been enjoyed at the White House, earned critical acclaim and grabbed international attention.


Kokopelli Winery and Bistro

35 W. Boston,
Chandler, AZ 85225
(480) 792-6927
kokopelliwinery.com
Arizona’s largest and oldest continual producing winery, Kokopelli wines are available in more than 550 retail locations. The 5200-square-foot restaurant houses a winery and wine bar, which pours Kokopelli’s wines by the glass or by the bottle.


Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards

158 Main St.,
Jerome, AZ 86331
(928) 639-9463
caduceus.org
“Blood Into Wine” is a documentary about winery owners Maynard James Keenan’s and Eric Glomski’s embarkation into winemaking in the desert conditions of Arizona’s Verde Valley, and the success they’ve seen in the decade since its inception.

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Talking Stick Resort’s hotel tower.

Top 5: Casino Resort Destinations (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Casino Resort Destinations — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

The Radisson Fort McDowell Resort

10438 N. Fort McDowell Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85264
(480) 789-5300
radissonfortmcdowellresort.com
A four-diamond Scottsdale resort that won Radisson brand’s “Hotel of the Year” award in 2008, the Radisson Fort McDowell Resort offers a casino, golf course, restaurant, pool, spa, free Wi-Fi and specials.


Talking Stick Resort

9800 E. Indian Bend Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
(480) 850-7777
casinoarizona.com
A distinct resort and entertainment destination in Scottsdale, Talking Stick Resort offers luxuries such as a rejuvenating open-air spa, eight world-class restaurants, 10 entertainment lounges, a lively 240,000-square-foot gaming floor, and two pools.


Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd.,
Chandler, AZ 85226
(800) WIN-GILA (946-4452)
wingilariver.com
Home to 1,200 slots with live poker and blackjack, a 1,500-seat concert venue, 250-room hotel, gift shop and great dining experiences, including Shula’s Steak House.


Casino Del Sol Resort

5655 W. Valencia Rd.,
Tucson, AZ 85757
(800) 344-9435
casinodelsol.com
Mediterranean architecture surrounds the gaming space, featuring 1,000 nickel, quarter, $1, $5 and multi-denominational slot machines. The $100-million resort, with luxury rooms and suites, has two new restaurants, a spa and 20,000 square feet of meeting space.


Apache Gold Casino Resort

Hwy. 70, 5 miles east of Globe,
San Carlos, AZ 85550
(800) 272-2438
apachegoldcasinoresort.com
On-site Apache Gold Casino Resort is a 146-room hotel with an 18-hole championship golf course, convention center, nearby fishing and sightseeing.

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Top 5: Arizona Malls, Experience AZ, Fall-Winter 2012

Top 5: Arizona Malls (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Arizona Malls — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Scottsdale Fashion Square

7014-590 E. Camelback Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 941-2140
fashionsquare.com
Scottsdale Fashion Square is a diamond in the desert, with more than 225 retailers, including Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Barneys New York. It’s the ultimate shopping destination.


Scottsdale Quarter

15279 N. Scottsdale Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
(480) 270-8123
scottsdalequarter.com
This new city district is one of the most unique shopping, dining and entertainment destinations in the Valley. With lounges, bars, movies, art and fashion shows, Scottsdale Quarter is a bustling hub of activity.


Kierland Commons

15205 N. Kierland Blvd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(480) 348-1577
kierlandcommons.com
An intimate, open-air lifestyle center with extensive landscaping, upscale shops and restaurants, walkways, patios and courtyards that invite pedestrian interaction.


Biltmore Fashion Park

2502 E. Camelback Rd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 955-8400
shopbiltmore.com
The original luxury-shopping destination in Phoenix is a newly polished classic. Think Saks, Ralph Lauren, Escada, Apple and more. A delicious collection of restaurants, including True Food Kitchen and The Capital Grille, let you order up levels of flavorful virtue.


Desert Ridge Marketplace

21001 N. Tatum Blvd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85050
(480) 513-7586
shopdesertridge.com
Desert Ridge Marketplace delivers the ultimate shopping experience in a distinctive outdoor setting. Immerse your shopping senses in a unique blend of specialty retailers, restaurants and entertainment venues spread over 110 acres. The center’s 1.2 million square feet of retail space – home to more than 110 retailers and restaurants – bursts with color, energy and fun, creating a one-of-a-kind lifestyle destination you’ll want to come back to again and again.

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Top 5: Arizona Art Experiences, Experience AZ, Fall-Winter 2012

Top 5: Arizona Art Experiences (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Arizona Art Experiences — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Celebration of Fine Art

8602 E. Cortez St.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
(480) 443-7695
celebrateart.com
A gathering of some of the finest artists in the country, where you can meet and watch them in the creative process.


Sedona Arts Festival

995 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd.,
Sedona, AZ 86339
(928) 204-9456
sedonaartsfestival.org
The festival itself — which runs Oct. 13-14, 2012 — has grown in size and reputation over the past 20 years. It has become a premiere, destination arts festival, known for the quality of art and first-class treatment of both its artists and attendees. With 140 nationally known artists displaying their work surrounded by red rock splendor, there is no better place to spend an October weekend than Sedona.


First Fridays

Downtown Phoenix
(602) 256-7539
artlinkphoenix.com
First Friday is a monthly art walk from 6 to 10 p.m. Starting at the Phoenix Public Library, located south of McDowell Rd. on Central Ave., participants can pick up a First Friday brochure, which includes the member galleries, their locations and the best shuttle bus route.


Thunderbird Artists

15648 N. Eagles Nest Dr.,
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
(480) 837-5637
thunderbirdartists.com
The goal of Thunderbird Artists is to provide an outstanding variety of mediums, subject matters, sizes and price ranges that satisfy the desires of each and every patron that strolls through one of its festivals.


Scottsdale ArtWalk

Old Town Scottsdale
(480) 990-3939
scottsdalegalleries.com
See Scottsdale’s 100 plus galleries and artists’ studios every Thursday night starting at 7 p.m. Located on Marshall Way and Main St. in Old Town Scottsdale.

 

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Top 5: Arizona Museums, Experience AZ, Fall-Winter 2012

Top 5: Arizona Museums (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Arizona Museums — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Musical Instrument Museum

4725 E. Mayo Blvd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85050
(480) 478-6000
themim.org
At the first global musical-insturment museum, nearly 300 exhibits immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of the world’s instruments.


Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N. Central Ave.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 257-1222
phxart.org
The Southwest’s premier destination for world-class visual arts, features popular exhibitions and a collection of more than 18,000 works.


Heard Museum

2301 N. Central Ave.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 252-8848
heard.org
Experience the myriad cultures and art of American Indians in 10 world-class exhibit galleries, plus enjoy sculpture courtyards, superb dining and shopping for your own uniquely Southwestern gifts and art.


Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

7374 E. 2nd St.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 994-ARTS (2787)
smoca.org
SMoCA is an educational institution dedicated to presenting exhibitions on contemporary and modern art, architecture and design.


Pima Air & Space Museum

6000 E. Valencia Rd.,
Tucson, AZ 85706
(520) 574-0462
pimaair.org
Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest air and space museums in the world, and the largest non-government funded aviation museum.

 

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Photo: Fort McDowell Adventures

Top 5: Outdoor Event Venues (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Outdoor Event Venues — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Tanque Verde Ranch

14301 E. Speedway,
Tucson, AZ 85748
(800) 234-3833
tanqueverderanch.com
Tanque Verde Ranch, founded in 1868 and located on 640 beautiful acres east of Tucson, offers horseback riding, tennis, guided hiking, mountain biking, nature walks, weekly breakfast rides and outdoor BBQs. All included in the nightly rate.


Rawhide Western Town At Wild Horse Pass

5700 W. North Loop Rd.,
Chandler, AZ 85226
(480) 502-5600
rawhide.com
Arizona’s largest Western-themed attraction, with desert stagecoach and train rides, rock climbing, mechanical bull and more. Theatrical performances include shootouts, gun twirling and musical performances.


Fort McDowell Adventures

14803 N. Hiawatha Hood Rd.,
Fort McDowell, AZ 85264
(480) 816-6465
fortmcdowelladventures.com
Featuring hiking, biking, kayaking, Jeep tours, cattle drives, cultural heritage tours, team building and trail rides through the Verde River. Experience outdoor fun in the Valley of the Sun’s most pristine setting.


Desert Foothills Events and Weddings

Located on private land
(480) 502-1215
desertfoothills.com
With breathtaking views of the Sonoran Desert, this special event venue can hold unforgettable events for intimate groups as small as 50 to large event with more than 1,000 guests. This venue, located on private land in the middle of the desert, is the only one of its kind.


Corona Ranch

7611 S. 29th Ave.
Laveen, AZ 85339
(602) 237-3303
coronaranch.com
Corona Ranch is a rich experience that offers rodeos and entertainment varying from authentic Mexican fiestas, tours and weddings. This fantastic location can even accommodate groups of 30 to 3,000. Enjoy a Mexican or Western rodeo during your stay for an experience you will never forget.

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Top 5: Arizona Parks & Monuments, Experience AZ, Fall-Winter 2012

Top 5: Arizona Parks & Monuments (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Arizona Parks & Monuments — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Montezuma Castle National Monument

P.O. Box 219,
Camp Verde, AZ 86322
(928) 567-3322
nps.gov/moca
An enduring legacy of the prehistoric Sinagua. The 20-room stone, timber and adobe dwelling is 80 percent intact, making it one of the best-preserved cliff dwellings in the United States.


Petrified Forest National Park

1 Park Rd.,
Petrified Forest, AZ 86028
(928) 524-6228
nps.gov/pefo
History speaks volumes as you take in the spectacular scenery in the land where the surroundings have aged for 225 million years, turning wood into stone. The park is located in northeast Arizona, and features one of the world’s largest and most colorful concentrations of petrified wood.


Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

10 Organ Pipe Dr.,
Ajo, AZ 85321
(520) 387-6849
nps.gov/orpi
The monument exhibits an extraordinary collection of plants of the Sonoran Desert, including the organ pipe cactus, a large cactus rarely found in the U.S.


Saguaro National Park East

3693 S. Old Spanish Tr.,
Tucson, AZ 85743
(520) 733-5158
nps.gov/sagu
With districts skirting the east and west boundaries of Tucson, this national park is home to the most recognizable cactus in the world — the saguaro.


Monument Valley

Bldg. 36A E. Hwy. 264 at Rt. 12,
Window Rock, AZ 86515
navajonationparks.org
This great valley boasts sandstone masterpieces that tower at heights of 400 to 1,000 feet, framed by scenic clouds casting shadows that graciously roam the desert floor. The angle of the sun accents these
graceful formations, providing scenery that is simply spellbinding.

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Top 5: Performing Arts & Theater, Experience AZ, Fall-Winter 2012

Top 5: Performing Arts & Theater (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Performing Arts & Theater venues in Arizona — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Herberger Theater

222 E. Monroe St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 252-8497
herbergertheater.org
Herberger Theater is home to Actors Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, and Center Dance Ensemble. Approximately 175,000 patrons visit the Herberger annually.


Silver Star Playhouse

5247 E. Brown Rd.,
Mesa, AZ 85205
(480) 325-6700
silverstarplayhouse.com
A sister theatre to Desert Star Playhouse in Salt Lake City, Utah, this broadway-style theatre produces “original musical parodies with a melodramatic twist.”


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

7380 E. 2nd St.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 499-TKTS (8587)
scottsdaleperformingarts.org
Presenting dance, jazz, classical and world music, theater and satire.


Orpheum Theater

15 W. Aspen Ave.,
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
(928) 556-1580
orpheumpresents.com
Northern Arizona’s premier live entertainment venue, Orpheum Theater is a local landmark in historic downtown Flagstaff that started as an old movie house. It continues to show films, hold events and is also a live music venue.


The Phoenix Symphony

One N. 1st St., #200,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(602) 495-1999
phoenixsymphony.org
The Phoenix Symphony offers an extraordinary array of musical experiences, from pop concerts to exhilarating selections of classical masterpieces that give the full symphonic treatment to music you love.

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Top 5: Mexican Restaurants (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Mexican Restaurants — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Los Dos Molinos

8684 S. Central Ave.,
Phoenix, AZ 85210
(602) 243-9113
losdosmolinosaz.com
Dig in to hot Mexican fare such as stacked enchiladas, tacos, burros and flautas at this casual eatery. The prices at Los Dos Molinos are reasonable and the food — a specialty is the adovada ribs — is amazing.


Aunt Chilada’s

7330 N. Dreamy Draw Dr.,
Phoenix, AZ 85020
(602) 944-1286
auntchiladas.com
Nestled in the shadow of Squaw Peak Mountain, Aunt Chilada’s is truly an historic landmark with a personality all its own. Constructed in the 1890s from desert stone and railroad ties, the original building served as a supply depot and general store for the mercury miners passing through the Dreamy Draw.


Barrio Cafe

2814 N. 16th St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85006
(602) 636-0240
barriocafe.com
Established in 2002 by partners Wendy Gruber and chef Silvana Salcido Esparza, Barrio was a dream come true for the duo — a little neighborhood eatery providing authentic southern-Mexico cuisine and chef’s original creations in a unpretentious atmosphere.


La Hacienda at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

7575 E. Princess Dr.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
(480) 585-4848
fairmont.com
Richard Sandoval brings the vibrant flavors and ingredients of Mexico into the culinary spotlight, combining the bold taste of classic Mexican cuisine with timeless European cooking techniques.


Rancho de Tia Rosa

3129 E. McKellips Rd.,
Mesa, AZ 85213
(480) 659-8787
ranchodetiarosa.com
Rancho de Tia Rosa aims to provide guests with a unique experience that allows guests to feel as though they are in the heart of Guadalajara, Mexico.

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Photo: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale

Top 5: Beauty & Day Spas (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Beauty & Day Spas — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Spa Avania At Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort at Gainey Ranch

7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(480) 444-1234
scottsdale.hyatt.com
Personalized treatments, mineral water therapy, synchronized music, YogaAway, diet and the antioxidants of fine teas are blended for an awakening experience at Spa Avania.


Alvadora Spa At The Royal Palms Resort & Spa

5200 E. Camelback Rd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85018
(602) 977-6400
royalpalmshotel.com
Old World ambiance melds with contemporary amenities, including a fitness center, professional massage therapy, pools, golf, biking and nearby hiking trails.


The Spa At Camelback Inn

5402 E. Lincoln Dr.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
(800) 922-2635
camelbackspa.com
With a variety of massages, facials, body treatments, packages and specials available, including farm to treatment table experiences, the Spa at Camelback Inn allows you experience complete rejuvenation and relaxation.


Mii Amo At Enchantment Resort

525 Boynton Canyon Rd.,
Sedona, AZ 86336
(888) 749-2137
miiamo.com
This destination spa at Enchantment Resort offers a wide range of treatments, from facials to massages and spiritual readings, as well as fitness classes, cooking demonstrations and outdoor adventures.


Canyon Ranch

8600 E. Rockcliff Rd.,
Tucson, AZ 85750
(800) 742-9000
canyonranch.com
For more than 30 years, Canyon Ranch has been empowering people to live healthier, longer, more joyful lives through fitness, nutrition, stress-management and integrative wellness.

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Heron cabin. Photo: Briar Patch Inn

Top 5: Bed And Breakfast Accommodations (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Bed And Breakfast Accommodations — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Adobe Hacienda Bed and Breakfast

10 Rojo Dr.,
Sedona, AZ 86351
(800) 454-7191
adobe-hacienda.com
Enjoy true Southwest flavor. Experience the charm of an authentic Santa Fe style B&B. Spectacular red rock views. Sedona’s only B&B on a golf course. whirlpool tubs, fireplaces, gourmet breakfast in your room, dining room or outdoor patio. Fountains, waterfall, outdoor Kiva fireplace. AAA 3-Diamond.


Garland’s Oak Creek Lodge

8067 N. State Route 89A,
Sedona, AZ 86336
(928) 282-3343
garlandslodge.com
Located among Sedona’s stunning red rocks and Oak Creek Canyon, Garland’s offers 16 cozy cabins, 10 acres of organic gardens and apple orchards, as well as relaxing yoga classes, massages and facials.


The Surgeon’s House

100 Hill St.,
Jerome, AZ 86331
(800) 639-1452
surgeonshouse.com
In Jerome’s historic old town, this B&B is full of rich history; three different types of spacious suites and rooms decorated with antiques and collectibles; a special garden walk, “Window on Avalon,” in which to relax and take in the magnificent views; and much more.


Prescott Log Cabin Bed and Breakfast

3155 N. Hwy. 89,
Prescott, AZ 86301
(888) 778-0442
prescottlogcabin.com
Located within walking distance of Watson Lake and the Peavine Trail, the Prescott Log Cabin is ideal for the hiking or biking enthusiast, and the quaint atmosphere is sure to provide a picturesque romantic getaway for lovebirds of all ages. The inn offers accommodations for couples and families.


Briar Patch Inn

3190 N. State Route 89A,
Sedona, AZ 86336
(928) 282-2342
briarpatchinn.com
Stay in one of the 19 cottages nestled in Oak Creek Canyon and enjoy a peaceful, natural setting. Located three miles from shopping, dining and great views of the Sedona sunset.

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Troon North Golf Club. Photo: Troon North

Top 5: Public Golf Courses (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Public Golf Courses — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Grayhawk Golf Club

8620 E. Thompson Peak Pkwy.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
(480) 502-1800
grayhawk.com
Since opening in 1994, Grayhawk has become one of Arizona’s most celebrated daily-fee golf clubs, mostly because of Grayhawk’s two exceptional 18-hole golf courses – Talon and Raptor. Both have hosted high-profile events such as the Frys.com Open (2007-2009).


Talking Stick Golf Club

9888 E. Indian Bend Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
(480) 860-2221
talkingstickgolfclub.com
Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, together as a design team, created the magic of Talking Stick. Located on and owned by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, the north and south courses provide a serene yet challenging day of play.


Golf Club at Eagle Mountain

14915 E. Eagle Mountain Pkwy.,
Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
(866) 863-1234
eaglemtn.com
Located minutes from Scottsdale in the rugged McDowell Mountains of Fountain Hills, the Scott Miller-designed Eagle Mountain Golf Club dramatically weaves its way through shaded box canyons and around majestic mountain peaks unique to this scenic corner of the Sonoran desert.


We-Ko-Pa Golf Club

18200 E. Toh Vee Cir.,
Fort McDowell, AZ 85264
(480) 836-9000
wekopa.com
Featuring views of the Sonoran Desert, We-Ko-Pa consists of the original 18 holes, the Cholla Course, designed by Scott Miller; and a second 18, the Saguaro Course, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw.


Monument Express at Troon North

10320 E. Dynamite Blvd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85262
(480) 585-5300
troonnorthgolf.com
Troon North Golf Club has created an executive 9-hole golf course called Monument Express. The course measures to more than 1,500 yards and offers two different par options based on each player’s experience and ability. The course can be played for a very affordable price. It’s great exercise and perfect for beginners, juniors and golfers of all skill levels. Free for kids 15 and under playing with an adult.

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Photo: Octane Raceway

Top 5: Auto Attractions (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Auto Attractions — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Bondurant School of High Performance Driving

20000 S. Maricopa Rd., Gate #3,
Chandler, AZ 85226
(800) 842-7223
bondurant.com
Channel champion race-car driver Bob Bondurant while learning tricks and honing skills to make you a better driver. Take a late model GM car out on a 1.6-mile racetrack with a professionally trained staff who will help you accomplish your driving goals.


Octane Raceway

317 S. 48th St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85034
(602) 302-7223
octaneraceway.com
The self-proclaimed largest indoor racetrack in America, Octane Racing features two quarter-mile tracks and go-karts that drive up to 45 mph.


Firebird International Raceway

20000 S. Maricopa Rd., Gate #2,
Chandler, AZ 85226
(602) 268-0200
firebirdraceway.com
Firebird International Raceway offers racing enthusiasts a unique venue showcasing street racing, drifting lessons, boat races, off-road races and more.


Barrett-Jackson Auction

7400 E. Monte Cristo Ave.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85260
(480) 663-6255
barrett-jackson.com/scottsdale
Barrett-Jackson’s nine-day, classic-car auction features more than 1,000 collector automobiles from around the country.


K1 Speed

2425 S. 21st St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85034
(602) 275-5278
k1speed.com
Go-kart racers can experience a professionally designed track at K1 Speed, as well as karts that go up to 45 mph.

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Top 5: Steaks & Chops (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Steaks & Chops — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Donovan’s Steak & Chop House

3101 E. Camelback Rd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 955-3666
donovanssteakhouse.com
Donovan’s sets the standard of fine dining excellence. A classic steakhouse. A stylish, lively atmosphere. Cordially friendly, Donovan’s is a place where you can celebrate with friends, family and associates.


Morton’s The Steakhouse

Two locations in Arizona
(602) 955-9577 (Phoenix)
mortons.com
Serving only the finest quality foods, featuring USDA prime-aged beef, fresh fish and seafood, hand-picked produce, delicious appetizers and elegant desserts. Rich mahogany, crisp linens and superior service combined with the superior product and the dedicated people create an experience you won’t soon forget.


BLT Steak & Bar at JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa

5402 E. Lincoln Dr.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
(480) 948-1700
bltscottsdale.com
Chef Tourondel presents his adaptation of the American Steakhouse, elevating it with his signature style and all-around finesse. The result — the Modern American Steakhouse. BLT Steak integrates traditional elements of a cozy French Bistro with those of a stylish, urbane boite.


Mastro’s City Hall Steakhouse

6991 E. Camelback Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 941-4700
mastrosrestaurants.com
Mastro’s City Hall is a Steakhouse is built for the new millennium. This hybrid steakhouse and sophisticated night spot combines every bit of the straight forward elegance and timeless style of Mastro’s Steakhouse with local cosmopolitan flair and uptown sex appeal.


Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar

Five locations in Arizona
(480) 596-8265 (Scottsdale)
flemingssteakhouse.com
Fleming’s offers the best in steakhouse dining, with a sophisticated wine list featuring 100 wines by the glass.

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Photo: Andy Jou

Top 5: Sporting Events (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Sporting Events — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Nascar Sprint Cup Series

7602 S. Avondale Blvd.,
Avondale, AZ 85323
(623) 772-2000
phoenixraceway.com
Held at the Phoenix International Raceway, the Sprint Cup Series is the top racing series of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing.


WM Phoenix Open

7226 N. 16th St., #100,
Phoenix, AZ 85020
(602) 870-0163
wmphoenixopen.com
One of the PGA’s premiere tour stops, the Waste Management Phoenix Open is a must-see tournament for all professional golf enthusiasts.


Fiesta Bowl

7135 E. Camelback Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 350-0900
fiestabowl.org
One of the largest events in college football, the Fiesta Bowl takes place at the start of the new year and is part of the Bowl Championship Series.


Cactus League Spring Training

16101 N. 83rd Ave.,
Peoria, AZ 85382
(623) 773-8700
cactusleague.com
Watch your favorite West Coast baseball teams prepare for the fall season during spring training games. Ticket prices range from $6 to $23 dollars.


Accenture Match Play Championship

15000 N. Secret Springs Dr.,
Marana, AZ 85658
(520) 572-3500
worldgolfchampionships.com
The Accenture Match championship is a knockout event hosted in January and February — opening the world golf tournament season.

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Top 5: Guest Ranch Adventures (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Guest Ranch Adventures — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Bumble Bee Ranch Adventures

23925 S. Bumble Bee Rd.,
Bumble Bee, AZ 86333
(623) 374-0002
bumblebeeranch.com
Horseback riding, cattle drives, nature hikes and Western dinners. Guided history-filled tours through Bumble Bee Creek, into the mountains and through the scenic Sonoran Desert. Guest accommodations are available.


Tanque Verde Ranch

14301 E. Speedway,
Tucson, AZ 85748
(800) 234-3833
tanqueverderanch.com
Tanque Verde Ranch, founded in 1868 and located on 640 beautiful acres east of Tucson, offers horseback riding, tennis, guided hiking, mountain biking, nature walks, weekly breakfast rides and outdoor BBQs. All included in the nightly rate.


Rancho de los Caballeros

1551 S. Vulture Mine Rd.,
Wickenburg, AZ 85390
(928) 684-5484
ranchodeloscaballeros.com
Come experience Rancho de los Caballeros, Arizona’s premier guest ranch, where you can sense the thrill of a desert trail ride or challenge yourself to a round of golf at Los Caballeros Golf Club.


Lazy K Bar Ranch

8401 N. Scenic Dr.,
Tucson, AZ 85743
(520) 299-RIDE (7433)
lazykbarranch.com
Located on 160 acres in the Tucson Mountains, this casual ranch offers horseback riding, hiking, wagon rides, nightly cookouts and plenty of relaxation whether for your family or as a corporate retreat.


Rancho De La Osa

1 W. La Osa Ranch Rd.,
Sasabe, AZ 85633
(800) 872-6240
ranchodelaosa.com
This 300-year-old intimate property is one of the last great haciendas in America. Established as a guest ranch in 1924, Rancho De La Osa’s history has been lovingly preserved in the beautiful buildings that rest comfortably in the rolling grasslands of the high Sonoran Desert.

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Top 5: Arizona Casinos (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Arizona Casinos — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Fort McDowell Casino

10424 Ft. McDowell Rd.,
Fort McDowell, AZ 85264
800-THE-FORT (843-3678)
fortmcdowellcasino.com
Fort McDowell Casino offers some of the finest, most exciting gaming in the Southwest. Slots, keno, bingo, poker, black jack, and lunar bingo, which takes the traditional game to thrilling new heights.


Casino Arizona At Salt River

524 N. 92nd St.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
(480) 850-7777
casinoarizona.com
Offers more than 100,000 square feet devoted to gaming and entertainment. Amenities include 52 table games, 1,026 slot machines, keno, a high-limit lounge and a world-class showroom. Guests seeking food and refreshments can enjoy one of the facility’s five lounges and four restaurants of flavorful virtue.


Casino Del Sol

5655 W. Valencia Rd.,
Tucson, AZ 85757
(800) 344-9435
casinodelsol.com
Mediterranean architecture surrounds the gaming space, featuring 1,000 nickel, quarter, $1, $5 and multi-denominational slot machines. The $100 million resort, with luxury rooms and suites, two new restaurants, a spa and 20,000 square feet of meeting space.


Cliff Castle Casino

1555 W. Middle Verde Rd.,
Camp Verde, AZ 86322
(928) 567-7900
cliffcastlecasino.net
You’ll find slot machines, poker, blackjack and other gaming options. Lodging and dining are also offered. Everything at Cliff Castle Casino is catered for comfort, from its spacious aisles to its extra-padded seats. The casino also includes a gourmet steakhouse, a gift shop and a 20-lane bowling center.


Lone Butte Casino

1200 S. 56th St.,
Chandler, AZ 85226
(800) WIN-GILA (946-4452)
wingilariver.com
Minutes from the Chandler/Ahwatukee area, Lone Butte is the destination for the slot lover. Lone Butte has 850 of the newest slots, with classic reels and video slots, as well as video keno and video poker. Lone Butte also has live blackjack, with limits from $5 to $1,000, plus a state-of-the-art bingo hall. There are also six restaurants to choose from.

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Top 5: Arizona Lake Activities (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Arizona Lake Activities — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

The Dolly Steamboat

P.O. Box 977,
Apache Junction, AZ 85117
(480) 827-9144
dollysteamboat.com
The Dolly Steamboat is a family-owned and operated business for more than 25 years, continuing a tradition of cruising since 1925 starting with the SS Geronimo.


Bartlett Lake Marina

20808 E. Bartlett Dam Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85262
(480) 502-4354
bartlettlake.com
Located in the heart of the Tonto National Forest, just 45 minutes north of Downtown Phoenix, Bartlett Lake Marina offers fishing, boating and watersports; it’s a wonderful location for a weekend getaway with the family.


Lake Powell Resorts & Marinas

100 Lakeshore Dr.,
Page, AZ 86040
(888) 896-3829
lakepowell.com
Take a boat tour, a dinner cruise, rent a powerboat for a little exploring or have a picnic with your family on a secluded beach — Lake Powell Resort has it all.


Bluewater Jet Boat Tours

501 English Village,
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403
(928) 855-7171
coloradoriverjetboattours.com
Enjoy breathtaking views as the tour travels up the Colorado River through the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge. You’ll see places like Devils Elbow, interesting rock formations and 3,500-year-old Indian petroglyphs.


Roosevelt Lake Marina

28085 N. AZ Hwy. 188,
Roosevelt, AZ 85545
(602) 977-7170
rlmaz.com
It’s the largest lake in Central Arizona, consisting of 112 miles of shoreline and 22,000 acres of surface water — Roosevelt Lake. Head to the lake to water ski, fish, boat or camp.

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Top 5: French Restaurants (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 French Restaurants — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Coup Des Tartes

4626 N. 16th St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 212-1082
nicetartes.com
Coup Des Tartes is a charming bistro-style restaurant with eclectic decor and warmly lit dining rooms. With hardwood floors, coved ceilings and candlelit rooms, it has been hailed as one of the most intimate dining experiences in Phoenix.


Sophie’s French Bistro

2320 E. Osborn Rd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 956-8897
sophiesbistro.com
Sophie’s Bistro is probably one of the most authentic French bistros in Phoenix, reminicent of a Parisian bistro with an inviting and intimate atmosphere and a traditional menu.


Zinc Bistro

15034 N. Scottsdale Rd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85281
(480) 603-0922
zincbistroaz.com
Zinc Bistro has been described as “A Taste of Paris in the Arizona desert that charms the Scottsdale dining scene.” Awarded by Phoenix New Times as the Best French Restaurant in Arizona and the Best French Restaurant in Phoenix by the Arizona Republic.


Bistro 24

2401 E. Camelback Rd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 952-2424
ritzcarlton.com
Located within The Ritz-Carlton Phoenix, Bistro 24 is an American-inspired bistro, defined by fresh, seasonal ingredients and dishes and combine flavors of America’s melting pot of culture.


Amuse Bouche

17058 W. Bell Rd., #104,
Surprise, AZ 85379
(623) 322-8881
amusebouche.biz
Serves French fare, including filet mignon and quiche as well as hummus, frittatas, paninis and sandwiches. One favorites includes the beef tenderloin with carrot butter sauce over mashed potatoes.

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On horseback at the M Diamond Ranch. Photo: M Diamond Ranch

Top 5: Trail Riding Adventures (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Trail Riding Adventures — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Bumble Bee Ranch Adventures

34900 S. Old Black Canyon Hwy.,
Black Canyon City, AZ 86333
(623) 374-0002
bumblebeeranch.com
Horseback riding, cattle drives, nature hikes and Western dinners. Guided history-filled tours through Bumble Bee Creek, into the mountains and through the scenic Sonoran Desert. Guest accommodations are available.


M Diamond Ranch

3255 Forest Rd. 618,
Rimrock, AZ 86336
(928) 300-6466
sedonahorsebackrides.com
A working cattle ranch with cowboys who take you on trail rides and cookouts. The M Diamond Ranch provides the only horseback rides permitted by the Coconino National Forest in the Red Rock Ranger District and is the only working ranch in the Sedona area that is open to guests.


Tanque Verde Ranch

14301 E. Speedway Blvd.,
Tucson, AZ 85748
(800) 234-3833
tanqueverderanch.com
Tanque Verde Ranch offers trail-riding adventures on horseback, mountain bike and on foot. With experienced guides to explore the Saguaro National Park and Rincon Mountains, you will experience the flora, fauna and wildlife of our beautiful desert location. All ranch activities are included in the rate.


Fort McDowell Adventures

14803 N. Hiawatha Hood Rd.,
Fort McDowell, AZ 85264
(480) 816-6465
fortmcdowelladventures.com
Featuring hiking, biking, kayaking, Jeep tours, cattle drives, cultural heritage tours, team building and trail rides through the Verde River. Experience outdoor fun in the Valley of the Sun’s most pristine setting.


A Day in the West

252 N. Hwy. 89A,
Sedona, AZ 86336
(800) 973-3662
adayinthewest.com
Start your adventure with a 4×4 Jeep tour through the beautiful high desert surrounding Sedona, then saddle-up for a scenic one-hour horseback ride on a 45,000-acre working cattle ranch.

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Photo: Hassayampa Inn

Top 5: Uniquely Arizona Accommodations (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Uniquely Arizona Accommodations — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

The Hermosa Inn

5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd.,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
(800) 241-1210
hermosainn.com
In-room fireplaces, secluded patios, hand-painted Mexican tile, HD TVs, high-speed Internet, swimming pool, Jacuzzis and LON’s at The Hermosa.


Jerome Grand Hotel

200 Hill St.,
Jerome, AZ 86331
(888) 817-6788
jeromegrandhotel.net
Jerome Grand Hotel is not only a National Historic Landmark, but it’s also the highest public building in the Verde Valley with breathtaking views. The hotel was also featured on “Zak Bagans Paranormal Challenge” on the Travel Channel in 2011.


La Posada

303 E. 2nd St.,
Winslow, AZ 86047
(928) 289-4366
laposada.org
Rated as one of the “World’s Best Places to Stay” by Condé Nast Traveler Gold List in 2009, this hotel is the Last Great Railroad Hotel built in 1929 by the Santa Fe Railway for the Fred Harvey Company, offering guests three gardens (Suken, Rose and Potager), a wedding terrace, and the fabulous Turquoise Restaurant.


Hassayampa Inn

122 E. Gurley St.,
Prescott, AZ 86301
(800) 322-1927
hassayampainn.com
For nearly a century, the Hassayampa Inn has been a place to escape the stresses of busy urban life, a place for a romantic getaway, and an oasis dedicated to restoring balance within the picturesque setting of northern Arizona.


Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa

2400 E. Missouri Ave.,
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(800) 950-0086
arizonabiltmore.com
An Arizona landmark since its opening on Feb. 23, 1929, when it was crowned The Jewel of the Desert.

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Colorado River rafting. Photo: Arizona River Runners

Top 5: River Rafting Adventures (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 River Rafting Adventures — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Salt River Rafting

US Hwy. 60 – AZ State Route 77
Mile Marker 293,
Salt River Canyon, AZ 85501
(800) 425-5253
raftthesalt.com
Salt River Rafting offers guided whitewater raft trips in Arizona’s spectacular Upper Salt River Canyon March through May.


Arizona Raft Adventures

4050 E. Huntington Dr.,
Flagstaff, AZ 86004
(800) 786-RAFT (7238)
azraft.com
With an emphasis on adventure, education and fun, whitewater rafting on the Colorado River allows you to see places you have never seen before, do things you’ve never done before, and awake every morning to beauty so breathtaking, the images will last a lifetime.


Yuma River Tours

1920 Arizona Ave.,
Yuma, AZ 85364
(928) 783-4400
yumarivertours.com
Offers a variety of jet-boat tours, including day trips with stops at historic sites, student field trips, canoe trips, photography and birding trips, or custom charters. For a relaxing cruise, take a lunch or dinner cruise aboard the Colorado King sternwheeler.


Arizona River Runners

P.O. Box 47788,
Phoenix, AZ 85068
(800) 477-7238
raftarizona.com
Since 1970, Arizona River Runners has provided complete Grand Canyon whitewater rafting trips on the Colorado River.


Colorado River Discovery

130 6th Ave.,
Page, AZ 86040
(888) 522-6644
raftthecanyon.com
Colorado River Discovery offers smoothwater float trips perfect for the entire family (ages four years and older).

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