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P.B. Bell adds four properties to management portfolio

P.B. Bell, a leader in multi-family housing development, management and acquisitions, has added four properties to its growing management portfolio.  The additions expand P.B. Bell’s reach in the East Valley with properties in Gilbert, Tempe, Old Town Scottsdale and North Scottsdale.

“Our goal is to maximize the resident experience at every apartment community we manage, and we’re looking forward to leading the team of experienced professionals that extends P.B. Bell’s brand of superior customer service and efficiency at each of these four new communities in our management portfolio, ” Debbie Willis, P.B. Bell’s president and designated broker of property services, said.

Two properties developed by Trinsic Residential Group, a new client for P.B. Bell, offer luxury living near Arizona State University and in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale.  Aura on Broadway, a 187-unit community under development at 1245 E. Broadway Road in Tempe, will feature a range of floor plans from studio to three-bedroom apartments.  The community’s resort-style amenities and entertainment-oriented common areas include a bike repair shop, fire pits and outdoor kitchens.

Meanwhile, The Standard, under construction across the street from Hotel Valley Ho in Old Town Scottsdale, will share amenities with the luxury boutique hotel.  The three-story, 134-unit community will offer luxury living spaces accented by high-end interior features and complimented by resort-style common areas.

Two established communities through existing clients, Olive East in Gilbert and Morningside at Scottsdale Ranch in North Scottsdale, round out the additions.

Olive East, located at 65 E. Olive Ave. in Gilbert, is positioned within the Heritage District in Gilbert, a lively, reimagined stretch of downtown that includes marquee dining and nightlife.  The 120-unit community offers easy accessibility to the U.S. 60 freeway and is close to shopping and popular restaurants.

Morningside at Scottsdale Ranch, located at 10455 E. Via Linda in Scottsdale, offers a comfortable living experience near popular retail and dining with freeway accessibility.  Tonya Batson, named 2015 Apartment Manager of the Year by the Arizona Multihousing Association, will serve as manager for the 160-unit community.

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Mountain Shadows Resort coming to Paradise Valley

Westroc Hospitality and Woodbine Development Corporation are partnering to develop a new luxury resort on the former location of Paradise Valley’s iconic Mountain Shadows Resort.

With escrow now closed, construction will begin at the southwest corner of 56th Street and Lincoln Drive in the summer of 2015, with a projected opening in early 2017. The boutique luxury resort will feature 180 modern guest rooms in two buildings, an adjacent building with 32 hotel-condominium units, a neighborhood restaurant and market, high-tech fitness facility, and the rehabilitated Mountain Shadows Golf Course featuring 18 executive-style holes.

The Marriott Mountain Shadows Resort, one of the first resorts in the area, closed in 2004, and was demolished in 2014. The new Mountain Shadows Resort will capitalize on Woodbine’s 40 years of hospitality and mixed-use-development experience, including Kierland Commons and the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa. This strength, combined with Westroc Hospitality’s expertise in boutique resort redevelopment, including the retro-chic Hotel Valley Ho in Downtown Scottsdale and the luxurious Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa in Paradise Valley, will bring the first new-build hotel property to the area in the last seven years.

“Woodbine has had its eye on this piece of property for years, knowing how much potential exists to restore Mountain Shadows to its former glory,” said Woodbine President and CEO John Scovell. Westroc CEO and Paradise Valley resident Scott Lyon stated, “This is a tremendous opportunity to blend the history of the property with a fresh, contemporary design that will complement the amazing views of Camelback Mountain with the prestigious neighborhood of Mountain Shadows in Paradise Valley.”

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Hotel Valley Ho offers summer 2015 specials

The Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale is making it easy to take a summer staycation by offering several summer specials.

Stay2Play Package

Take advantage of Hotel Valley Ho’s best package of the summer, starting at $139 nightly. Enjoy two welcome drinks, an arrival amenity, $30 in hotel gift cards nightly, upgraded Internet access (3MB), a free dessert in ZuZu with a dinner purchase, 10% off at the VH Spa Boutique, and $20 off a poolside cabana rental Sunday to Thursday. Stay between May 5 and September 7, and make your reservation at HotelValleyHo.com or 480.248.2000.

Gift cards can be used towards purchases at any hotel outlet, and for in-room movies and private bar (cannot be used for valet parking, room rate, taxes, or gratuities). Limit one dessert per table. Valid for reservations from May 5 to September 7, 2015. Room rate may vary based on dates of stay. Base rate is for Signature Guest Room; upgrades available at additional cost. Cannot be combined with other offers, subject to availability, some blackout dates apply. Based on single or double occupancy, extra persons fee may apply. Must be 21 or older to book.

Summer Selfie Special

Book this package and get a selfie stick you can use to enter the Me, My Selfie & I contest, along with two welcome drinks, and VH Spa Mojo pricing every day. Treat yourself to select 60-minute treatments for $60 or 90-minute treatments for $90, plus service charge. Stay between May 5 and September 7, and make your reservation at 480.248.2000.

Rates vary based on dates of stay. No purchase necessary to enter contest. Must be 21 or older to book. Cannot be combined with other offers. Subject to availability. Valid for reservations from May 5 to September 7, 2015.

Me, My Selfie & I Contest

Take your best selfie and enter to win a two-night stay! There’s a new winner every week. Post a selfie of you wearing Hotel Valley Ho apparel or at Hotel Valley Ho, to Instagram, Twitter, or the Hotel Valley Ho Facebook page. Be sure to use the hashtag #HVHSelfieContest. The contest runs May 5 to September 7.

Contest Rules: #HVHSelfieContest must be included in post with the photo to enter. Photo must be of a person either wearing a Hotel Valley Ho item or at Hotel Valley Ho, taken by that person. Winner will be selected by Hotel Valley Ho and notified via social media. Winner agrees to allow the hotel to repost the winning photo on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, and must obtain consent from any other persons in the photo to enter the contest before doing so. Should the photo include multiple persons, only the person who takes the photo and posts it to their account may be eligible to win. On Twitter and Instagram, the user’s account must be public in order for the image to be viewable by Hotel Valley Ho; private accounts will not allow for contest entry. On Facebook, the photo must be posted to the Hotel Valley Ho Facebook page and not as a status update on the user’s page. Winners will be notified via social media on Mondays (May 11 – September 7), based on entries from the previous week (Monday to Sunday). Winner must claim prize within 30 days of being notified or prize is void. Prize is a two-night stay in a Signature Guest Room at Hotel Valley Ho, expires December 30, 2015, black-out dates apply. No purchase required. Must be at least 21 years old to enter. Contest Dates: May 5 – September 7, 2015.

Stay Longer for Less

Book a stay of three nights or more for the best deal. Book three nights for $299, four nights for $369, five nights for $439, or six nights for $499. Stay between May 5 and September 7, and make your reservation at 480.248.2000.

Stay must be fully pre-paid at time of booking and is non-cancellable, non-changeable. Valid for one stay only, consecutive nights. Cannot be combined with other offers. Base rate is for Signature Guest Room; upgrades available at additional cost. Subject to availability, some blackout dates apply. Must be 21 or older to book. Based on single or double occupancy, extra persons fee may apply. Rates do not include tax. Valid for reservations from May 5 to September 7, 2015.

Too Cool for Pool Package

This splendid summer special is perfect for lounging poolside. Enjoy a Pool View Guest Room with views of the OH Pool or OHasis Pool, two Hotel Valley Ho pool towels, and two drinks poolside. Stay between May 5 and September 7, and make your reservation at 480.248.2000. Rates vary based on dates of stay.

Cannot be combined with other offers, subject to availability, some blackout dates apply. Based on single or double occupancy, extra persons fee may apply. Must be 21 or older to book. Valid for reservations from May 5 to September 7, 2015.

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Thirsty Thursday: Hotel Valley Ho’s retro ZsaZsa

Anyone with a sweet tooth will love the The ZsaZsa from The ZuZu Lounge at Scottsdale’s Hotel Valley Ho. With chocolate and vanilla flavors and a hint of espresso, this drink should be a great pick-me-up for someone looking for something to start the night off right at the retro-style lounge.

The ZsaZsa
1½ oz. Stoli Vanilla Vodka
½ oz. Baileys
½ oz. Godiva Liqueur
1 oz. Espresso

Mix all ingredients in a shaker, shake and pour into a martini glass. Garnish with chocolate shavings.

The ZuZu Lounge at Hotel Valley Ho is located at 6850 E. Main St. in Scottsdale.

The OH Pool Bar + Cabanas at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale.

New Recovery Sundays at Hotel Valley Ho

Treatment RoomSunday is your day to relax and recover from the week. Treat yourself with delicious food and drinks, live music, spa treatments, and poolside fun at Hotel Valley Ho.
 
ZuZu serves brunch inside and on the shaded patio from 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with the Bloody Mary + Mimosa Bar open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Enjoy live music from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., with Vinyl Station on April 12 and 26, GedaLife on April 19, and more to be announced. Starting at 3:00 p.m., get half off all bottles of wine and Champagne.
 
The Recovery Sunday Spa Package at VH Spa includes a 60-minute service and 30 minute-service, with restorative options like the LomiLomi Relaxation Massage and Full-Body Aromatherapy Scrub, along with a glass of wine, for $99 plus a $38 service charge (based on regular price of $190).
 
Book a poolside cabana for 25% off the regular price and get a special recovery kit. The OH Pool is also serving up eight different cocktail specials every Sunday for $6 each, along with Chicken Mole Tacos and Green Chile Pork Fajitas for $5 each. Cool off with a select beer for $4 each or $16 for a bucket of five. *Cabana discount not available on holiday weekends.
 
Spend the night at Hotel Valley Ho on Saturday and hit snooze on Sunday to enjoy all the hotel ZuZuhas to offer. For $50 extra, check-out is extended to 5:00 p.m. (based on availability).
 
Make your reservations at 480.248.2000 or www.hotelvalleyho.com.
The OH Pool Bar + Cabanas at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale.

Hotel Valley Ho anchors Cactus League experience

Original Hotel Valley Ho owner Robert Foehl, Ted Williams and Bob Feller.

Original Hotel Valley Ho owner Robert Foehl, Ted Williams and Bob Feller.

To truly embrace Arizona’s spring training experience you need to start with an anchor. For Cactus League baseball fans, there may be no better anchor than the retro-chic Hotel Valley Ho in Downtown Scottsdale.

The hotel has hosted Baseball Hall of Famers Ted Williams, Bob Feller, Ferguson Jenkins, George Brett, Rickey Henderson and Leo Durocher. More recently, the Hotel Valley Ho has been the spring training home to Tim Lincecum, Ryan Howard, Coco Crisp, Ichirio Suzuki, Barry Zito and Hideki Matsui, to name just a few.

But beyond the baseball history, the Hotel Valley Ho is centrally located with easy access to all spring training facilities in the valley, features some rooms equipped with kitchens and all rooms have access to the hotel’s amazing OH Pool Bar + Cabanas.

The hotel really hits a home run with baseball fans by offering a Spring Training Weekday Savings special. The special is valid Sundays to Wednesdays through March 31 and includes 15 percent off the best available room rate, a welcome amenity and two drinks upon arrival. Click here to make reservations or call 866-882-4484.

For a complete guide to every Cactus League team and stadium, check out the digital issue of Play Ball magazine.

STAYING CLOSE TO SCOTTSDALE?

If you’re staying at the Hotel Valley Ho or somewhere else in Scottsdale, here are some of the best hotspots to make your Spring Training game day complete:

SOL Mexican Cocina

Located at the Scottsdale Quarter, SOL Mexican Cocina’s patio is the ideal place to sit back, relax and sip on a margarita before or after a day at the ballpark. The restaurant’s menu features Executive Chef Deborah Schneider’s bold, modern interpretations of traditional Coastal Mexican cuisine with a focus on fresh, sustainable ingredients. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Monday you can stop by for SOL’s happy hour. Try some of the restaurant’s baja inspired dishes or refreshing margaritas at a discounted price. SOL is located at 15323 N Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85254. For more information, visit www.solcocina.com.

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria in Old Town

Enjoy your favorite pizza while you soak up the Desert sun and spring breeze. Each of Grimaldi’s eight Arizona locations has a distinct patio. So if you’re in the mood for pizza and a cannoli or just want to enjoy a glass of vino or beer, Grimaldi’s in Old Town is a perfect place to unwind after a game. Grimaldi’s in Scottsdale is located at 4000 North Scottsdale Rd. Ste. 105. For more information, visit www.grimaldispizzeria.com.

Kelly’s at SouthBridge

To enjoy the cool weather and feel the awesome Old Town atmosphere, hit Kelly’s at SouthBridge before or after your spring training game. It’s the perfect place for some pre/post game day drinks. Join them on Wednesdays for their live music on the patio after 5 p.m. Located on Sixth Avenue in downtown Scottsdale, the 8,000 square foot upscale restaurant offers traditional pub classics mixed with exceptional modern cuisine and the perfect laid back atmosphere. Kelly’s is located at 7117 E 6th Avenue, in Scottsdale. For more information, visit www.kellysatsouthbridge.com.

Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery

Save some money before you hit the game with those ballpark prices and enjoy specials on their “Hoppy Hour” menu throughout the week. The dishes range in price from $2 to $5 and are offered daily. Visit their Scottsdale location at 7077 E. Bell Rd or try out their Paradise Valley location at 4731 E. Cactus Rd. www.tiltedkilt.com.

Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill

Scottsdale’s newest dining addition, Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill, opened in February at Scottsdale Fashion Square. Hail a golf cart to take you to the games from the comfort of their 1,500 square foot patio. Enjoy happy hour, seven days a week from 3:00 p.m.—6:00 p.m. & again from 9:30 p.m. to midnight. Choose from $4 featured pints, house margaritas, well drinks and featured wine. There’s even a $3.95-$5.95 food menu. The venue is located at 7014 East Camelback Road Suite 1423, in Scottsdale. For more information, visit thirstyliongastropub.com/scottsdale.

HEADING WEST?

From March 3 through April 4, baseball reigns supreme in the West Valley with five ballparks hosting more than half of the MLB teams in the Cactus League. If you’re heading toward the West Valley to check out spring training game, Westgate Entertainment District is the hub of activity for baseball fans looking to grab a bite, a few beers and sweet treats or enjoy live music and a little shopping before or after the game.

All season long, fans are encouraged to show their ticket stub to take advantage of the many deals offered by Westgate tenants including:

Saddle Ranch Chop House

20 percent discount on total food bill. Does not apply to happy hour.

http://www.srrestaurants.com/glendale, 623-889-7770

McFadden’s

20 percent discount on total bill.

http://www.mcfaddensglendale.com, 623-872-0010

Just Sports

20 percent discount on one regular-priced item.

www.justsportsaz.com, 623-872-9490

Calico Jack’s Mexican Cantina

20 percent discount on total bill.

www.calicojacksglendale.com, 623-877-5225

Crave Waffle Sandwich Creations

Buy one, get one 50 percent off. Applies to all menu items except alcohol and discounted items. Must be of equal or lesser value and cannot be combined with any other offer.

www.icravewaffles.com, 623-772-0622

OPA Life Greek Café

20 percent discount on any order.

www.opalifegreekcafe.com, 623-242-8338

Whiskey Rose Bar and Grill

Receive one free appetizer with the purchase of one regular-priced entrée.

www.whiskeyrosewestgate.com, 623-877-7673

As You Wish Pottery

50 percent discount on a regular studio fee.

www.asyouwishpottery.com, 623-772-5403

Kabuki Japanese Restaurant

15 percent discount on total bill. Offer valid for same-day ticket stubs only.

http://www.kabukirestaurants.com, 623-772-9832

IT’SUGAR

$5 off a purchase of $20 or more with same-day ticket stub.

www.itsugar.com, 623-877-8124

Fractured Prune Doughnuts

One free 16 oz. fountain soda drink with the purchase of two or more made-to-order Fractured Prune Doughnuts. Not valid in the US Airways Center, must show game-day ticket stub and valid on game days only.

www.fracturedprune.com, 623-872-0008

Cold Stone Creamery

10 percent discount on any order (excluding gift card purchases).

www.coldstonecreamery.com, 623-877-1580

Fresh Healthy Café

10 percent discount on any order.

www.cafefresh.com , 623-505-3277

Shane’s Rib Shack

20 percent discount on one regular-priced item.

www.shanesribshack.com , 623-877-7427

Mama Gina’s Pizzeria

20 percent off one regular-priced item.

www.mamaginaspizzeria.com , 623-872-0300

Johnny Rockets

10 percent discount on any order.

www.johnnyrockets.com , 623-877-2977

The Shout! House

Show your ticket stub to receive a $1 domestic draft, well wine or well liquor drink.   

http://www.theshouthouse.com/az, 623-772-1500

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Get your sips at Arizona Cocktail Week

Seven days a year, people from around the country come to Phoenix to celebrate and appreciate cocktails at Arizona Cocktail Week. When half of the country is freezing or hidden under snow, parties and events are being held outdoors and at venues all over the Valley. Arizona Cocktail Week is more than just drinking, though. It’s about the community, education and exposing the public to a profession that hasn’t always received its fair share of respect.

In its fourth year, Arizona Cocktail Week continues to foster the community that it saw at with its inception. With participants coming from all over the country to take part, Arizona Cocktail Week serves as a meeting ground for many people who see each other only once a year. The founders get a chance to get back together and see where their work has taken them.

Damon Scott and Ross Simon, both co-founders, recognize the sense of community the event has. Unlike cities with bigger markets, attendees at the event will be rubbing shoulders and squeezing lemons with the big names in cocktails, Simon says. When participants see the intimacy that Arizona Cocktail Week is able to offer, they go back to their own cities and to try to replicate it, Scott says.

But the event doesn’t cater to only those already in the cocktail community and looks to educate those who might not know much about the bartending career. “I think it shines a light on what we’re doing here,” Simon says. “The most important thing is getting people’s awareness up and having a vessel where we can teach that there’s more to alcohol than getting drunk.”

Despite many people’s stereotypes, bartending is looking to get a better reputation. “It’s been a respectable career for years but now we’re finally getting some of that respect back” says Micah Olson, part-owner of Crudo in Phoenix. Olson has participated in the event every year and won last year’s Last Slinger Standing, Arizona Cocktail Week’s biggest event. In charge of menu development, Olson sees seasonality playing into many drinks here, with lighter drinks doing better, though Phoenix is still a young city and developing its identity as a cocktail market.

Last Slinger Standing, held this year at Bitter & Twisted in downtown Phoenix, was the idea of Jason Asher. Asher started out in the industry trying to merge culinary arts and the bar. Several years later, he came up with competition that’s part Iron Chef, part March Madness. Similar to bartending, “it’s about listening, and it’s about understanding ingredients,” he says.

With participants from Flagstaff, Phoenix and Tucson, 2015 is the first year the entire state of Arizona will be represented at Arizona Cocktail Week. Throughout the week, many local bars and restaurants will hold more than 50 events, looking to expose people to what their bars and kitchens have to offer.

“I think this is one of the best, must-go events for anyone in the Southwest to eat, drink and learn,” Simon says.

Arizona Cocktail Week will be held from February 14-21. Main events will be held at the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, the Cocktail Carnival on Saturday, February 14. The Last Slinger Standing Competition will be held Monday, February 16 at Bitter & Twisted in Phoenix. Wristbands can be purchased online or at any Bevmo store.

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Top Super Bowl parties across the Valley

If you can’t afford to go to the big game, you can definitely afford to party with the superstar athletes and rock stars coming into town. The game is in Glendale, but downtown Phoenix and Scottsdale have their share of events that are a must-attend.

Downtown Phoenix

1/31: Pepsi Hyped for Halftime Stage headlined by The Roots

The Roots are a hip-hop group also known for their jazz and soul elements. Jimmy Fallon’s house band is not new to the area and have headlined the McDowell Mountain Music Festival in Phoenix. The group is known for their heavy instrumental sound combined with rap that can bring out the energy of any crowd. They are one of the headliners for the Verizon Super Bowl Central, an ongoing concert series and Super Bowl block party, starting Wednesday Jan.28 until game day.

Verizon Super Bowl Central, Jefferson to Monroe Street and Central Avenue to 3rd Street., Phoenix, Saturday, Jan. 31, 8:15 p.m., Free

 

1/28: The Grand Canyon Experience

A 30-by-100 foot wide rock climbing station was built to emulate Arizona’s iconic Grand Canyon. This structure will have a waterfall streaming through it and an 18 foot screen. The canyon offers 20 different climbing positions that are kid-friendly and also doable by any professional.

Verizon Super Bowl Central, SW Corner of The Block between 1st and Jefferson streets, Phoenix, Wednesday, Jan.28,multiple dates and times, $5

 

1/24-2/1: 22nd annual NFL Experience

Ever dreamed of an NFL theme park? All week long in anticipation for the Super Bowl the NFL experience will offer free autograph sessions from NFL players, football displays, games and even a youth football clinics. A purchase of an NFLXtra wristbands will also allow unlimited times an attendant can participate.

Phoenix Convention Center, 100 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, Thursday, Jan.24, multiple dates and times, $20-$35

 

1/29-2/1: Puppy Bowl Café

Animal Planet and the Arizona Humane Society are teaming up to present the Puppy Bowl XI at the Corner restaurant in Cityscape. There will be a football field where puppies will complete and also photo opportunities for guests to take pictures with the “players”. The Corner will open at 6 a.m. as the restaurant continues to serve food and the puppies will arrive at 10 a.m.

The Corner, 50. Jefferson St., Phoenix, Thursday, Jan. 29 through Feb. 1, 10 a.m., free

 

Glendale

1/28-1/30: DIRECTV Super Fan Festival

Calvin Harris, Zac Brown Band, Snoop Dogg and Imagine Dragons are some of the headliners of this music festival right by the University of Phoenix Stadium. A zip line, a carnival-style shooting range and the opportunity for fans to test out new car are some of extra activities being featured. NFL Hall of Famer Lynn Swann of the Pittsburgh Steelers will hold a football skills challenge. Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen Experience,” will have contests and cash prizes as well.

Pendergast Family Farm, Bethany Home Road & N. 91st Avenue, Glendale, Wednesday, Jan.28 through Jan.30, 5 p.m., $99 and up

 

1/30 and 1/31: 20th annual Glendale Chocolate Affaire

About 40 chocolate makers will be there offering chocolate-covered strawberries, kettle corn, and cheesecake. The “Super Street” representing a Super Bowl celebration in old historic Glendale will be decorated with the colors of both teams and have NFL themed chocolate treats. There will also be live music, arts and crafts center and a rock climbing wall.

Murphy Park, 7010 N. 58th Ave., Glendale, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30 and 31, free

 

1/28-2/1: Super Music Series

The Chainsmokers, Los Lobos and the Eli Young Band are some of the few names that are all having free concerts before the big game. Along with a beer garden, attendants will be able to enjoy 5 days of free music. “Fans can enjoy a different genre each day—from classic rock to EDM to country to 80’s hits,” says Westgate. Westgate provides a handful of bars and restaurants surrounding the grass area will the stage will be held.

Westgate Entertainment District, 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale, Wednesday though Sunday, Jan.28- Feb.1, 6 p.m., free

 

2/1: Club PrimeSport VIP Super Bowl Pregame Party

Emmitt Smith, Pro Football Hall of Famer and three-time Super Bowl Champion, will host the most popular VIP pregame party before the actual game. This exclusive party will have food, an open bar, NFL celebrity appearances, and entertainment.

University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, Sunday, Feb. 1., Time TBA, $625

 

Scottsdale

1/28: Moves Magazine Kick-off Party presents Night Moves feat. DJ Grandmaster Flash & The Ting Tings

The Moves Magazine party is a legendary pre-Super Bowl event. Its attendees are usually a mixture of A-listers and athletes. Former Super Bowl champion and Cardinal’s own Simeon Rice, accompanied by an unannounced starlet, will co -host. The Tings Tings will give a life performance in the retro Hotel Valley Ho said to have interactive art. This hotel is designed with the fun glamour of the 80s and reminiscent of Studio 54.

Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale, Wednesday, Jan. 28, 9:00 p.m.,$250

 

1/31: Bootsy Bellows Arizona Takeover hosted by Drake

Drake can literally say, “I’m at the W, but I can’t meet you in the lobby,” as he did in the hit “Bed Rock.” This pop-up party location is based on the Los Angeles nightspot Bootsy Bellows on Sunset Boulevard. Drake will be accompanied by a DJ set from William Lifestyle and reality TV star gone DJ Brody Jenner.

W Scottsdale, 7277 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, Saturday, Jan.31, 10:00 p.m., $300

 

 

1/30: Tiësto

In the EDM world, Tiësto is often referred to as “The Greatest DJ of all time.” Also, as one of the biggest earning DJs, Tiësto is expected to have packed house and for it to sell out quick. Expect the Maya Day & Nightclub to be full with people jumping up and down with a light show over head.

Maya Day & Nightclub, 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, Friday, Jan. 30, 9:00 p.m. $100

 

1/28: Suits and Sneakers

Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants will a fashion show dedicated to the Elevee Custom Clothing and Lifestyle line that makes custom wardrobes for celebrities and executives. Some of the models will be the NFL’s own football players like Patrick Peterson, Michael Floyd and Demaryus Thomas. This show will include a menswear line including custom suits and sneakers and definitely not one to be missed.

W Scottsdale, 7277 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, Wednesday, Jan.28, 9 p.m., $30

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Hotel Valley Ho hosts rooftop cigar dinner

Enjoy a rooftop reception under the stars at the Hotel Valley Ho featuring savory appetizers, craft beer, wine, and signature cocktails. Enhance your cigar expertise with a seminar and several full-sized Nat Sherman cigars, provided by Cigar King. Finish the evening with a seasonal three-course menu with carefully paired wines.

What: Nat Sherman Cigar Dinner

When: Thursday, December 4 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Sky Line Rooftop at Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale

Cost: $95 per person, plus tax and gratuity (cigars included)

Information: 480-421-7997 or www.HotelValleyHo.com

RECEPTION

Grilled Shrimp on a Crisp Won Ton with Asian Slaw
Green Chile Cornbread with Pumpkinseed Cream and Avocado Salsa
Roast Tomato and Blue Cheese with Balsamic Marmalade

DINNER

Bibb Salad
duck confit, crispy black eyed peas
roasted red pepper + sun-dried cherry vinaigrette

Herb-Roasted Beef Tenderloin
mushroom risotto, gilfeather rutabaga + green peppercorn sauce

Valrhona Chocolate Crème Brulee
pistachio biscotti

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There is still time to book a memorable holiday party

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for a party. With the economic downturn slowly starting to appear in the rearview mirror, the office holiday party might be something that slipped your mind because it hasn’t been in the budget in years past. So if you still need to place to host your happening, here are a variety of options to create a memorable holiday event for employees.

Bar North at the Kierland Commons
With a gorgeous view of the main Kierland Commons courtyard, Bar North can host up to 60 guests reception style. The inside dining area is perfect for cocktail parties or lavish business dinners for up to 50 people.
How to book: 480-905-3278 or email asomers@foxrc.net

Blanco Tacos + Tequila at The Biltmore Fashion Park
Blanco’s private dining has the perfect spot for your fiesta. The private dining space is a hacienda style and comes complete with its own bar. Guest can mingle reception style up to 75, or sit down family style for up to 60 guests.
How to book: 480-905-3278 or email asomers@foxrc.net

The Clubhouse at Tonto Verde
The Clubhouse is just minutes from North Scottsdale and offers both indoor and outdoor event venues. Its experienced staff and culinary team will customize and handle every detail of your holiday party to assure that it is worry free.
How to book: 480-471-2582 or tontoverde.org

Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row
You will enjoy a one-of-a-kind, high-energy experience in our warm and inviting space. Guests are welcomed to savor Whiskey Row’s award-winning, made from scratch menu. Features also include: live bands and DJs, karaoke, liquor and beer tasting, personal beer taps, decorations, games and more.
How to book: 928-710-8985 or email tinapeterson@riothg.com

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
With two 23,000 square-foot ballrooms, outdoor courtyards and three distinctive restaurants (Michael Mina’s Bourbon  Steak, La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval and the new Toro Latin Restaurant opening at the TPC Scottsdale) plus The Plaza Bar in the main plaza, there are endless possibilities for holiday parties, from intimate gatherings to grand galas.
How to book: 480-585-4848 or scottsdaleprincess.com

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria Old Town
With Frank Sinatra crooning in the background and the tantalizing aromas of over 100 years of pizza-making tradition in the air, Grimaldi’s combines classic pizzeria charm with a modern, stylish, loft-like atmosphere. Grimaldi’s is an excellent cost effective way to feed large parties and intimate gatherings, alike.
How to book: 480-874-8209 or email events@grimaldispizzeria.com

The Henry   
From the large private room with industrial touches, to a private kitchen that feels like the best home chef’s kitchen, The Henry is set to accommodate 10 to 100 guests. Like any seasoned host, The Henry offers reception menus or limited coursed menus of its tried and true favorites.
How to book: 480-751-2934 or email lbyke@foxrc.net

Hotel Valley Ho
Downtown Scottsdale’s historic icon offers fabulous fare for holiday parties and hip venues like the panoramic Sky Line Rooftop, high-tech SoHo Ballroom, and Sands, a private indoor-outdoor event space. Hotel Valley Ho has you covered, whether you’re hosting 50 guests or 500.
How to book: 480-248-2017 or hotelvalleyho.com

Kelly’s at SouthBridge
Located on Sixth Avenue in downtown Scottsdale, the 8,000-square-foot swanky pub offers traditional pub classics mixed with exceptional modern cuisine. Their private and semi-private dining spaces and patios offer a variety of options for any event. They can accommodate groups between 10 and 300 people.
How to book: 480-393-3205 or email events@kellysatsouthbridge

Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix
Savor holiday fare and craft cocktails at this Downtown Phoenix boutique hotel. Choose from three different party packages to create a custom event including a holiday mixer, a festive buffet or the fare with flair package. Invite your guests to take the elevator home and spend the night while enjoying 20 percent off the best available rate when you book an event.
How to book: 480-478-1730 or email catering@hotelpalomar-phoenix.com

North in Arcadia
North has turned a modern lens on Italian cooking. Transport your guests to what feels like a charming Italian side street culinary gem with a patio event that seats up to 55, or can accommodate 70 guests reception style. The warm glow of the fireplace with set the mood and heaters will keep guests warm throughout the winter months.
How to book: 480-905-3278 or email asomers@foxrc.net

Octane Raceway
Octane Raceway offers the 45 mph Sodi-RTX karts, a Segway obstacle course, rock wall, video games and billiards. Octane also offers state of the art conference rooms with full A/V hookups, as well as a full kitchen and bar.
How to book: 602-302-7223

Olive & Ivy
At Olive & Ivy, discover an enticing selection of unexpected and familiar dishes in a rich, elegant, laid-back atmosphere. For special occasions or business meetings, the restaurant offers two private dining areas and beautiful patio space accommodating a varying number of guests.
How to book: 480-905-3273 or email nlasker@foxrc.net

The Phoenician
From grand ballrooms to intimate salons to a variety of signature dining venues, The Phoenician designs elegant holiday events for gatherings of all sizes.
How to book: 480-423-2722

Rawhide Western Town & Steakhouse
Rawhide Western Town promises to deliver up a true western experience with 14 unique venues within town to host your private events perfectly along with multiple Wild West attractions and shops. Features include live action stunt shows, stagecoach rides and mechanical bull rides.
How to book: 480-705-2946 or email toni.mennuti@rawhide.com

Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy
Forget about Ho! Ho! Ho! and say Ha! Ha! Ha! Join Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy and make this holiday the merriest yet. They can accommodate groups of 10-300 and do it all — drink, dine and laughs. They will even pick on the boss for you!
How to book: 480-420-3553 or email az@houseofcomedy.net

The Rocket
Let the party come to you. The Rocket, the food truck brought to you by North Italia, is a 700-degree wood burning pizza oven on wheels. It’s built to turn fresh ingredients and hand-stretched dough into a piping hot pizza pie in less than eight minutes. With five different signature pizzas, fresh salads, charcuterie and bruschetta, you can proudly cater a private party or corporate event for up to 300 people.
How to book: 480-751-2202  or email kmahoney@foxrc.net

Royal Palms Resort & Spa
For 12-18 people, the historic resort offers a variety of venues including the Delos room at T. Cook’s, The Study at The Mix Up Bar or the architecturally rich Vernadero boardroom overlooking the lawn and reflecting pool. The resort, built in 1929 as a private mansion, has cobblestone pathways, tucked-away courtyards with fountains and an enchanting atmosphere.
How to book: 602-808-3206 or email wstark@destinationhotels.com

SOL Mexican Cocina
Add a little Baja flavor to your holiday festivities. From sit-down, coursed meals to family style sharing or the more informal cocktail style party, SOL Mexican Cocina in Scottsdale Quarter can cater any holiday event to your needs. Available for private events are the patio and the private dining rooms.
How to book: 480-245-6708 or email scottsdaleevents@solcocina.com

Stand Up Live
The downtown Phoenix comedy club offers all-inclusive holiday packages to fit any budget that include show ticket, plated three-course dinner or appetizer, one top-shelf cocktail, tax, and gratuity. Stand Up Live can accommodate groups ranging from 20-500 guests with no waiting in line, waived service fees and all-inclusive pricing.
How to book: 480-467-3162 or email justine@standuplive.com

Taco Guild
Taco Guild’s Key Room holds 24 people, offers full kitchen, bar and wait staff. The innovative tacos at the celebrated restaurant in North Central Phoenix were recently named by Travel + Leisure Magazine as among the best in the United States.
How to book: 602-264-4143 or tacoguild.com

Talking Stick Resort
Talking Stick Resort invites guests to end the year in style when it hosts its Fire and Ice New Year’s Eve Party on Dec. 31. Kicking off at 6:30 p.m. in the Salt River Grand Ballroom, the two-day celebration will feature an all-you-can-eat buffet, cocktail specials and live performances by the legendary Sam Moore and Boogie Knights.
How to book: 480-850-7734 or talkingstickresort.com.

Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill
Whether your group’s small or large, Thirsty Lion Pub & Grill can provide a great experience and value for any holiday event. They feature multiple options including a private event room and bar. Enjoy your choice of their 52 local, craft, import and domestic beers on draft or one of their unique specialty cocktails.
How to book: email ashelton@ceghospitality.com

Uptown Alley
Uptown Alley has 60,000 square feet of fun for everyone including 40 lanes of state-of-the-art bowling, an upscale, casual full service restaurant, two high-energy bars, a sports theater, billiards, laser tag, over 80 video and prize games, live entertainment, private party rooms and much more. Special packages that include game play, rock and bowl, holiday menu and laser tag are available.
How to book: email kjovic@uptownalleysurprise.com

Wrigley Mansion
The Wrigley Mansion Venue and Restaurant, a landmark building constructed between 1929 and 1931 by chewing-gum magnate William Wrigley, Jr., offers breathtaking views of the Valley and can accommodate private events ranging in size from 10 to 1,200.
How to book: 602-553-7295 or wrigleymansion.com

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Ghouls Night Out at Hotel Valley Ho

The hottest Halloween bash in Scottsdale will be at Hotel Valley Ho on Friday, October 31. The event kicks off at 9:00 p.m. in the ballrooms with DJ Mad Hatter, followed by headlining act Whiplash, a DJ duo of femme fatales who have performed around the globe. Drink specials from Grey Goose and Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label will be available all night.

A variety of prizes will be given away for the costume contest, including four 90-minute spa treatments, three 2-night stays with breakfast, and a grand prize of $1,000 cash. Voting will take place on the Hotel Valley Ho Facebook page after the event.

Tickets are $30 (early bird, limited availability), $50 for general admission, and $75 at the door (if available). VIP table packages are $750 (early bird, limited availability), $1,000 for general admission, and $1,500 at the door (if available). Each package includes admission for eight, reserved private seating in the VIP section, a bottle of Grey Goose and Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label, assorted snacks, access to the private bar, wait service, and front row seats to the DJ action. All attendees must be at least 21 years old.

Those interested in staying the night can book the Halloween Package, which includes a Signature Guest Room, two Halloween party tickets, two welcome drinks, and a special spooky arrival amenity. Rates start at $319, with upgrades available at additional cost.

Tickets and details can be found at www.ValleyHoHalloween.com.

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Blue Hound Hires New Executive Chef

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails at Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix has hired Sean Currid as Executive Chef. Chef Currid comes from Elements at Sanctuary Resort & Spa where he served as Executive Catering Chef. Currid has been in the Valley for nearly 20 years and has also worked at Michael’s at the Citadel, Mary Elaine’s at The Phoenician and Cafe ZuZu at The Hotel Valley Ho.

Blue Hound guests will get a taste of Chef Currid’s cuisine when he releases a variety of new dishes on the new fall menu in late October.

ABOUT SEAN CURRID:

For nearly 20 years, Sean Currid has honed his skills in the Culinary Industry in the Valley. His food style falls under contemporary American cuisine, complimented with classic French cooking techniques.

Sean was born and raised in Thousand Oaks, California. In his teens, his family moved to El Paso, Texas. One of his first jobs in Texas was in a restaurant as a dishwasher and short order cook. It was at this job, his interest in food and cooking grew. Shortly after graduating from high school, he decided that he would take cooking seriously. Sean relocated to Phoenix to attend Scottsdale Culinary Institute and graduated in 1997.

Currid started his professional career at JW Marriott’s Camelback Inn while attending Culinary School. Upon completion of school, he continued working there for the next four years. He moved through the ranks of the restaurants at Camelback Inn and finally promoted to Banquet Chef. He moved on to work at Michael’s at the Citadel and was asked once again to join the team at JW Marriott’s Camelback Inn overseeing banquets. Currid was then offered a position at Mary Elaine’s at The Phoenician and worked with James Beard Award winner, Chef Bradford Thompson. Over the next two years, he immersed himself in the restaurant and refined his cooking techniques. In 2005, Sean went to go with Chef Charles Wiley, another James Beard winner, to re-open The Hotel Valley Ho. His most recent position was working with Chef Beau MacMillan as Executive Catering Chef at Sanctuary Camelback Resort and Spa.

Under his direction as Banquet Chef, at JW Marriott’s Camelback Inn, the resort received the Gold Platter Award by Meeting and Conventions magazine. In 2010, Sean was named one of “The Valley’s Top Five Sous Chefs” in AZ Magazine. He was also named one of “The Valley’s Seven Top Chefs” AZ Foothills Magazine. Sean was on Food Network’s show “Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell.

Sean continues to participate in charity fundraisers, and team with local farmers to create his menus. Currid has also had the privilege of assisting Chef Charles Wiley in New York at The James Beard House, as they represented Café ZuZu.

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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 the botanical garden’s flashlight tour or hit the links for a special night of golf.

ROCKSTAR ENERGY MAYHEM FESTIVAL:
Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, a six-week long tour featuring headliners Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria and Trivium, will be making a stop in Phoenix this Friday. This year, for the first time, the festival will feature four stages of metal with the Rockstar Energy Drink Main Stage, Coldcock American Herbal Whiskey Stage, The Headbang For The Highway/Sumerian Stage and the Victory Records Stage. The festival also features a freestyle motocross and motorsports exhibition area and other surprise attractions.
Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave. Phoenix, Friday July 11, tickets

GARDEN FLASHLIGHT TOURS:
The Phoenix’s Desert Botanical Garden offers an opportunity for patrons to spend their evening do something a little out of the ordinary and see some of the Valley’s animals and creepy crawlers that only come out at night.  Valley residents can check out discovery stations that show them what the goes on in the dark.  A flashlight tour is offered Saturday, July 12, between 7 and 9 p.m. Admission varies from $10 to $22.
Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway Phoenix, www.dbg.org, Saturday July 12 7-9 p.m.  

CHROME NIGHTCLUB GRAND OPENING:
Wild House Pass Casino and Hotel will be debuting their Chrome Nightclub in grand form this weekend. As the sun sets in the Valley this weekend Chrome Nightclub will be just getting started with performances by the world renowned video DJ artist and three-time winner of Las Vegas’ Club World Best VJ, DJ Roonie G. Roonie G’s has developed a local fan following from his popular shows at The Bird’s Nest, the nighttime party venue adjacent to the Waste Management Phoenix Open. His show will be projected onto an expanded Chrome dance floor and video displays will be pulsating throughout the club.  Chromes grand opening will be two special high-energy nights of partying.
Chrome Nightclub at Wild Horse Casino and Hotel, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, July 11 and 12, 11 p.m.

NIGHT OF GOLF:
When the sun goes down this Saturday golfers can tee up. The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is offering golfers a unique way to golf in summer and escape the with a night golf at the city’s Palo Verde 9-hole course.  The course will be lined with glow lights and players will receive a glow necklace and glow ball.  Each foursome will receive a flashlight to wave up the next foursome. The event will be run in a tournament format as a four-person scramble and include fun prizes and a goodie bag for each player. Pre-registration is required by calling 602-249-9930 or by visiting the Palo Verde Golf Course.
Palo Verde Golf Course, 6215 N. 15th Ave Phoenix , Saturday July 12, 7 p.m., $100/foursome, tickets

SWAY SUMMER POOL PARTY:
Pool party season is in full swing and Sway’s third annual Summer Pool Party, featuring a full day of music from DJ CrashAttack and DJ Cullen Daniel, is one party you do not want to miss. So lather up your sunscreen and relax poolside at the beautiful OH Pool, visit various pop-up shops, and enjoy free samples from the event’s cocktail sponsors.
The Hotel Valley Ho Pool, 6850 East Main Street in Scottsdale , Sunday, July 13, noon-6 p.m., tickets

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Top 5 Accommodations Scottsdale: Small (Spring-Summer 2014)

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Get ready to experience Arizona’s spring/summer 2014 Top 5 Accommodations in Scottsdale, Small (299 or less rooms)! And use Experience AZ to guide you toward a visit that will make you want to come back time after time to keep crossing the must see hot spots off your Top 5 lists.



Top 5 Accommodations: Scottsdale, Small (299 or less rooms)

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85262

(866) 888-6540
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High in the Sonoran Desert, in the cooling foothills of Pinnacle Peak, relax in Southwestern-style casitas, dine with heartbeat-skipping views, bask in sun-drenched weather and astonishing scenery, and rise to the challenge of golf at Troon North.

Hotel Valley Ho
6850 E. Main St. Scottsdale, AZ 85251

(866) 882-4484
Website
Originally built in 1956, the hotel re-opened in 2005, following extensive renovations. Features include a full-service spa boutique, pool and the hotel’s signature restaurant, Cafe ZuZu.

Gainey Suites Hotel
7300 E, Gainey Suites Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85258

(480) 922-6969
Website
Experience the quieter side of Scottsdale with this intimate boutique hotel that is in the heart of it all.

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
4949 E. Lincoln Dr. Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

(888) 627-3010
Website
The Montelucia Resort & Spa is a luxurious hotel in Paradise Valley that is inspired by the architecture and culture of Spain’s Andalusia region. The resort offers an escape from the city and provides access to recreation, nightlife and dining.

W Scottsdale
7277 E. Camelback Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 85251

(480) 970-2100
Website
The AAA Four-Diamond hotel is located near Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall and within walking distance to the entertainment district, luxury shopping at the Waterfront and Old Town Scottsdale.

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Celebrate Labor Day at Hotel Valley Ho

“3-Day Stay Special for Labor Day Weekend”

Guests at Hotel Valley Ho can enjoy a three-night stay in a Signature Guest Room for just $349. Upgraded rooms are also available at discounted rates. {Valid for stays with arrival dates of August 28, 29, 30, or 31. Cannot be combined with other offers, subject to availability. Based on single or double occupancy. Does not include tax.}

Poolside Entertainment

DJ Mr. P-Body will be spinning poolside Saturday and Sunday from 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. On these days, only hotel-registered guests will be admitted to the pool area to limit potential overcrowding. Friday through Sunday, guests can enjoy food specials from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and drink specials from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., including select cocktails for $6, $4 beer and $16 beer pails.

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Poolside Cabanas

Poolside cabana rentals are available for $149 Friday, $269 Saturday and Sunday, and $199 Monday (double these rates for the double cabana). Each rental includes a choice of three amenities. Single cabanas accommodate six guests and the double cabana accommodates 12 guests.

Brunch + Bloody Mary Bar at ZuZu

Brunch is served at ZuZu on Saturday and Sunday from 6:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Guests can build their own drink at the Bloody Mary Bar from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on both days for $5 per drink.

“Sunday Spa Party Package”

VH Spa is offering 90 minutes of treatments and a glass of wine or Champagne for only $99, plus a 20% service charge based on the original price of $190. Guests can choose from a 60-minute Deep Bodywork Massage, LomiLomi Relaxation Massage, CoffeeBerry Yoga Facial or Signature Pedicure; and a 30-minute Full-Body Aromatherapy Scrub, Custom Mini Facial or Foot Reflexology.

Reservations for guest rooms, ZuZu, VH Spa, and poolside cabanas can be made at 480.248.2000 or hotelvalleyho.com.

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Celebrate Labor Day at Hotel Valley Ho

“3-Day Stay Special for Labor Day Weekend”

Guests at Hotel Valley Ho can enjoy a three-night stay in a Signature Guest Room for just $349. Upgraded rooms are also available at discounted rates. {Valid for stays with arrival dates of August 28, 29, 30, or 31. Cannot be combined with other offers, subject to availability. Based on single or double occupancy. Does not include tax.}

Poolside Entertainment

DJ Mr. P-Body will be spinning poolside Saturday and Sunday from 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. On these days, only hotel-registered guests will be admitted to the pool area to limit potential overcrowding. Friday through Sunday, guests can enjoy food specials from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and drink specials from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., including select cocktails for $6, $4 beer and $16 beer pails.

Poolside Cabanas

Poolside cabana rentals are available for $149 Friday, $269 Saturday and Sunday, and $199 Monday (double these rates for the double cabana). Each rental includes a choice of three amenities. Single cabanas accommodate six guests and the double cabana accommodates 12 guests.

Brunch + Bloody Mary Bar at ZuZu

Brunch is served at ZuZu on Saturday and Sunday from 6:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Guests can build their own drink at the Bloody Mary Bar from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on both days for $5 per drink.

“Sunday Spa Party Package”

VH Spa is offering 90 minutes of treatments and a glass of wine or Champagne for only $99, plus a 20% service charge based on the original price of $190. Guests can choose from a 60-minute Deep Bodywork Massage, LomiLomi Relaxation Massage, CoffeeBerry Yoga Facial or Signature Pedicure; and a 30-minute Full-Body Aromatherapy Scrub, Custom Mini Facial or Foot Reflexology.

Reservations for guest rooms, ZuZu, VH Spa, and poolside cabanas can be made at 480.248.2000 or hotelvalleyho.com.

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AzMPI Announces 2013-14 Board

The Arizona Sunbelt Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (AzMPI) recently installed their 2013-2014 slate of Officers for the chapter.

Officers include incoming President Jill Longfellow,  Enterprise Holdings Inc.; President-Elect Cristin Barr, The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain; Vice President of Finance Penny Allphin, Hassayampa Inn Prescott; Vice President of Communications Chip Headman, Williams & Associates; Vice President of Membership Julia-Isabel Davenport, Maximize Your Publicity; Vice President of Education Susie Molinich, American Express Meeting & Events, and Immediate Past President Donna Masiulewicz, Timeline Meetings & Events.  The Chapter Directors are: Director of Leadership Development Lynne Wellish, Triage Meetings & Events; Director of Fundraising & Special Events Tiffany Higgins, The Tiffany Event; Director of Strategic Alliances Dave Rosenbaum, Carefree Resort & Conference Center; Director of Monthly Programs Lee Smith, Hotel Valley Ho; Director of Recruitment Dave Borsheim, Hotel Palomar Phoenix; Director of Retention Jacqi Marth, Destination and Details; Director of Information Technology Danielle Adams, KCA; and Director of Public Relations and Marketing James Eggimann, The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix

“We strive to promote excellence within the meeting industry through education, certification, advocacy and business-to-business networking opportunities for our members,” said incoming 2013-2014 AZMPI President Jill Longfellow.  “Anyone who plans or supports meetings in any capacity, whether an administrative assistant or a caterer, can benefit from what AZMPI offers.”

The 375-member Arizona Sunbelt Chapter of Meeting Professionals International was established in 1979.  Meeting Professionals International is the meeting and event industry’s largest association for the $102.3 billion meetings and events industry.  AZMPI offers monthly events providing education, and networking opportunities.  MPI membership is comprised of more than 24,000 members belonging to 80 chapters and clubs worldwide.  To learn more about AzMPI visit www.AzMPI.org or call 602-277-1494.

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Sporting events pump billions into Arizona economy

If you build it, they will come.

We did. And they have.

Over the last decade, the Valley has added Jobing.com Arena, University of Phoenix Stadium, built new spring training facilities, upgraded old ones and visiting sports fans have responded by pumping billions of dollars annually into the economy. And when the Super Bowl returns to Arizona in 2015, the big winner will be the Valley, which will score an economic impact $600 million.

“If you take a look at the economic-impact studies that have been done for events such as spring training and the Fiesta Bowl and the Phoenix Open, the numbers are impressive,” says Steve Moore, president and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau. “For example, the last time the Super Bowl was here, in 2008, if you added its economic impact to that of annual events like Cactus League, the Phoenix Open, the Fiesta Bowl, and the NASCAR events at PIR, you’re looking at a number approaching $2 billion.”

But economic-impact studies alone don’t tell the whole story, Moore says.

“The enormous media value of hosting Super Bowls, college bowl games, NASCAR events, and NBA and (Majore League Baseball) all-star games simply cannot be purchased,” Moore says. “These big-time events also bring in corporate executives who use the games to entertain clients, and those executives and clients often return to town with their own corporate meetings.”

Arizona tourism leaders have utilized and marketed some its the state’s best features — sunny weather that guarantees no delays, desert scenery, excellent facilities and hotels — to become a major player in the world of sports. And the impact on the industry is staggering.

“Huge and immeasurable,” says Jesse Thompson, director of sales and marketing for Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale. “Every traveling team spends a night in town. Every team has loyal followers who travel to see their teams. And more than just the team travel, you have sportscasters, television crews, medical teams, referees, and not to mention the hundreds of employees at these venues that service everything from security to bathroom cleaning. Also, all the ancillary travel revenues from cabs and taxis, airlines and airports, food and beverage, entertainment, and retail are huge considerations.”

Consider this:

> Cactus League baseball will have an economic impact in excess of $350 million this year; the average stay for fans will be four days; and most will spend $350 a day while they are here. “Spring training typically offers the biggest sporting-related economic boost we see every year,” says Ron Simon, general manager of Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort.
> The 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open pumped $222 million into Arizona’s economy — with direct sales tax revenue estimated to be $8.2 million — and non-local attendees spent an average of $300 per day.
> When the Super Bowl rolls back into town, 85 percent of the 73,000 fans at the game will be from out of state; 65 percent of them will be key company decision-makers; another 50,000 fans will visit without tickets; and the average Super Bowl visitor will spend $2,000 while they are here.
> Glendale alone draws between 4 million and 5 million people annually to sporting events that take place in Glendale’s Sports and Entertainment District, which contribute to the city’s increased hotel occupancy and sales tax collection throughout the year.

“The Fiesta Bowl and spring training are tremendous economic engines for Glendale and the West Valley,” says Lorraine Pino, manager of the Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Both of these events bring hundreds of thousands of fans to the region. The hotel occupancy rate also reaches near capacity during spring training.”

But it’s not just high-profile athletes that drive sports tourism in Arizona. Beyond being known as a mecca for golfers, the Valley hosts high-profile events for amateur athletes that translate to big bucks for the tourism industry.

Events like Ironman Arizona and the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon are huge economic drivers because they bring not only the athletes, but their families and friends out for support which drives room nights and retail dollars for the entire community,” says Tori McLaughlin, regional director of sales and marketing, West Coast for Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants, which includes both Hotel Palomar and FireSky Resort & Spa.

But beyond the beautiful golf courses, hiking trails and weather, Arizona has built its sports tourism empire by creating its own “Field of Dreams” story and epitomizing the “If you build it, they will come” strategy.

“There has been a major investment in the construction of spring training stadiums, including the development of new stadiums and enhancements to existing ones,” Simon says. “We’ve also seen great development and growth of the entertainment and shopping areas surrounding Chase Field in downtown Phoenix and Jobing.com Arena and University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.”

With improving infrastructure and venues, Phoenix is extremely well positioned to successfully bid for even more mega sporting events in the future, experts predict.

“Arizona’s success has created destination envy, particularly in Texas, which actually enjoys an advantage over us because they have legislation in place that allows them to provide hosting-obligation funds based on incremental visitor spending at these events,” Moore says. “In fact, both Houston and Dallas were chosen over the Valley during the last bids for the NCAA Final Four. But we’ve become a better competitor due to the metamorphosis of downtown Phoenix. We stressed this in our most recent Super Bowl bid. The fully expanded convention center, the 1,000-room Sheraton, light rail, CityScape, the new Westin and Hotel Palomar — none of these things were around in ’08, when the Super Bowl was last in Arizona. The NBA and MLB got a taste of the new downtown when they held their All-Star festivities here, and the NFL will get an even bigger taste in 2015.”

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Arizona Cocktail Week To Kick Off February 16 At Hotel Valley Ho

Charlotte Voisey

Save money. Help out a nonprofit.

This is exactly what participants of Arizona Cocktail Week will have the chance to do for one week in February (February 16-22, 2013) — and it’s a statewide event.

For those interested in sampling cocktails, learning from nationally renowned mixologists and helping the community, purchase an Arizona Cocktail Week Tony Abou-Ganimwristband for $10, and take part it in all. Proceeds from the wristbands will benefit the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) Arizona, a nonprofit organization that works with public schools across the country to provide career opportunities in the foodservice industry for underserved youth through culinary arts education and employment.

Wearing the wristband guarantees half off drinks at participating restaurants and bars throughout the state, for the entire week. The wristband will also give Yelpers Steve Olsonaccess to dining specials and exclusive taxi deals to ensure everyone gets home safely.

But that’s not all. Wristband wearers will also receive RACK alerts (Random Acts of Cocktail Kindness), sent out via social media and email, informing attendees of special giveaways and pop-up events/bars, which will spring up around town headed by mixologists from Los Angeles, New York City and St. Louis.Angus Winchester

Arizona Cocktail Week will kick off with the Cocktail Carnival at the Hotel Valley Ho. Here, you’ll find the latest innovations from the nation’s top mixologists and bartenders, including booze-infused cotton candy.

Other notable events happening during AZCW:

  • Tony Abou-Ganim, author of “The Modern Mixologist: Contemporary Classic Cocktails” and “Iron Chef: America” contestant will host a ladies-only cocktail seminar.
  • Steve Olson, Wine & Spirits writer for Bon Appétit Magazine and cocktail consultant to the top restaurants in the country (Grammercy Tavern, Mayflower Inn) will host a cognac seminar and pub crawl.
  • Two other confirmed mixologists include Charlotte Voisey, company mixologist with William Grant & Sons USA and recognized by the James Beard Foundation in 2009 for contribution to mixology; and Angus Winchester, Wine Enthusiast’s 2012 Brand Ambassador/Mixologist of the Year.
  • This year will launch a Light Rail Pub Crawl in Phoenix.

Schedule for the week:

Saturday, Feb. 16

  • Cocktail Carnival

Sunday, Feb. 17

  • Bloody Bar
  • Seminars
  • Pool Party Fiesta
  • Imbibe n’ Dine

Monday, Feb. 18

  • Bloody Bar
  • Seminars
  • Artisanal Happy Hour
  • Last Slinger Standing
    Cocktail Competition

Tuesday, Feb. 19

  • Imbibe n’ Dine
  • To Have and Have Another: A Hemingway Cocktail Companion Event

Wed., Feb. 20

  • Light Rail Safari

Thursday, Feb. 21

  • Imbibe n’ Dine

Friday, Feb. 22

  • Last Call Closing Party

For more information about Arizona Cocktail Week, including the schedule of events for the week, visit arizonacocktailweek.com.

 
Arizona Cocktail Week
When: February 16-22, 2013
Where: View a list of participating restaurants/bars
Cost: $10 wristbands

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Picking The Perfect Champagne For New Year's Eve: Brand And Venue Picks

New Year’s Eve, the one time of year that our wine glasses sparkle as brightly our winter wardrobes.

But how does one choose the best champagne or sparkling wine to enjoy during this, the fizziest of holiday seasons?

“Simply put, one must decide how much of a brut he/she wants in order to determine the best bottle for his/her taste buds,” says Douglas Wooster, market manager of Moet Hennessey in Arizona.

According to Wooster, when it comes to champagne and sparkling wines, the term “brut” refers to how much sugar is contained in the bottle. The least-sweet bottles, generally the most popular among males, are generally those labeled as “brut,” “extra brut” and “brut zero.” For sweeter options, look for the terms “extra dry,” “dulce,” “sec” or “semi-sec.”

If shopping by brand, the below guide is a best bet for good bubbles; and all are available at any local AJ’s or Total Wine & More:

Moët & Chandon
World’s leading champagne house since 1743. The quality of the wines starts with the 2,840 acres of sweeping estates, offering unparalleled access to the finest grapes that the champagne region has to offer.
Retail: $40 – $85

Veuve Clicquot
For more than 230 years, the brand’s stayed true to its motto: “Only one quality, the finest.”
Retail: $50 – $180

Krug
Visionary Founder Joseph Krug understood the essence of champagne is pleasure itself.
Retail: $170 – $225

Dom Pérignon
Precise and tactile to the point of seamlessness; tense through rhythm and vibrancy; vigorous and fresh yet mature; intense and complex.
Retail: $150 – $200

If shopping for the best venues to enjoy a bottle or two of champagne this holiday season, below are two best bets:

  • Lon’s at Hermosa Inn’s Mumm & Perrier-Jouet Wine Dinner on December 27th, hermosainn.com
  • Champagne New Year’s Eve at Hotel Valley Ho on December 31st, hotelvalleyho.com

And, if you would rather try your hand at eating your champagne wishes and caviar dreams this New Year’s, be sure to check out Scottsdale’s own Melting Pot, which is incorporating a “champagne cooking style” into its holiday menu as well as pairing its signature fondues with a bevy of rich champagnes and sparkling wines.

“We are marrying rich Fontina and Butterkäse cheeses with buttermilk bleu cheese, shallots, scallions and fresh-cracked black pepper to the champagne on New Year’s Eve only for the ultimate sparkling take on our classic Wisconsin Trio,” says Aaron Marion, a spokesperson for the Melting Pot.

NYE 2013 Events

NYE 2013 Events In Scottsdale

It’s almost here — 2013! Ready for the countdown? Here are a few NYE 2013 events happening around the Scottsdale area.

NYE 2013 in Scottsdale:

7 Sexy Deadly Sins at Axis Radius

Axis Radius logo, NYE 2013 What: Live music from DJ Soloman; décor based on the seven deadly sins: envy, sloth, lust, pride, gluttony, greed and wrath; perfect for anyone looking for a seductive, yet spectacular New Year’s Eve celebration.
Tickets: General admission, $25, VIP, $45, includes exclusive upstairs VIP area and champagne toast at midnight (purchase tickets here)
When: December 31, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: Axis-Radius, 7340 E. Indian Plaza,
 Scottsdale
Online: axis-radius.com

The Premier at The Mint

the mint, NYE 2013

What: A red carpet, star-studded Hollywood affair.
Tickets: $40 per person (purchase tickets here); for table reservations, call Kelly O’Connor at (480) 516-9748
When: December 31 from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: The Mint
, 7373 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Online: themintaz.com

Last Dance NYE featuring Wolfgang Gartner at El Santo

el santo, nye 2013 What: Relentless Beats and El Santo present “Last Dance” NYE featuring Grammy-nominated house music producer and DJ Wolfgang Gartner.
Tickets: Starting at $35 online or at the door on December 31st for $75 (purchase tickets here)
When: December 31, 7 p.m.
Where: El Santo Cantina, 
7301 E. Butherus Dr., Scottsdale
Online:elsantocantina.com

New Years Eve Package at FireSky Resort and Spa

nye 2013 What: Includes Deluxe guest room accommodations, a welcome bottle of champagne, NYE party favors, two cocktails at Taggia’s “Create Your Own Bloody Mary” bar on New Year’s Day, and late checkout of 2 p.m. on New Year’s Day.
Rates: Book online or call (800) 528-7867 and mention rate code PNYE
Where: FireSky Resort and Spa, 4925 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
Online: fireskyresort.com

Great Gatsby New Year’s Eve at W Scottsdale

w scottsdale great gatsby, nye 2013 What: A “Great Gatsby” and Roaring ’20s themed NYE party. W Scottsdale is also offering a NYE package, which includes two tickets to the party, in-room champagne, one flask for men and one beaded necklace for women, hosted reception from 7-9 p.m. in the Living Room and more.
Tickets: For the event, $75 for women, $100 for men, $1,000+ for VIP (purchase tickets here); for the package, $374.50 per night (call (877) 782-0104 and ask for rate plan GATSBY, or visit wscottsdalehotel.com/newyear)
When: Event on December 31, 8 p.m.; package valid on stays December 30, 2012 – January 1, 2013
Where: W Scottsdale, 7277 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Online: wscottsdalehotel.com

Fiesta Bowl Invitational at The Phoenician Resort

fiesta bowl invitational, nye 2013 What: An elegant evening consisting of live entertainment, five-star dining and a silent auction with proceeds benefiting Childhelp, a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect.
Tickets: Single, $300; table: $3,000 (purchase tickets here)
When: December 31 at 7 p.m.
Where: The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Online: invitational.fiestabowl.org

NYE 2013: New Year’s Eve Celebration at Hotel Valley Ho

hotel valley ho nye 2013 What: Includes a four-hour premium open bar, hors d’oeuvres, midnight champagne toast, top club DJs (DJ Decipha), and nearly 1,000 partygoers counting down to midnight with a video countdown.
Tickets: Starts at $115, VIP tables with reserved seating and bottle service start at $750; stay overnight with a special discounted rate of $249 (purchase tickets here)
Where: Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale
Contact: (312) 226-6990
Online: hotelvalleyho.com

Night on the Town New Year’s Eve at The Saguaro

Saguaro, NYE 2013 What: The Saguaro offers two NYE packages — its Night on the Town, which includes a taco trio for two and two margaritas at Distrito, and its Night at the Saguaro, which includes a barbacoa tasting menu for two in Distrito and brunch for two and two Bloody Mary’s on New Year’s Day.
Rates: Night on the Town, from $236; Night at the Saguaro, from $391 (book here)
Where: The Saguaro, 4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale
Online: jdvhotels.com

New Year’s Eve at Sushi Roku (W Scottsdale)

SushiRoku_0008 What: Offering a full, a la carte menu, special menus; half off bottles of wine, sake and champagne from 5-7 p.m.; and a restaurant decked out with 1,000 balloons. The upstairs patio will showcase the W Ball Drop.
Reservations: Call (480) 970-2121
When: December 31; dining room, 5 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.; upstairs patio, 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Where: Sushi Roku, W Scottsdale, 7277 E. Camelback Rd., Scottsdale
Online: sushiroku.com

“RA”ckin’ New Year’s Eve Party at RA Sushi

ra sushi, nye events What: New Year’s themed food and drink specials — including Firework Shrimp, “RA”solution Roll, Stoke of Midnight Maki and Bell Droppin’ Bombers — and a live DJ spinning all night. Also offering half-off bottles of sake during the party.
When: December 31, 7 p.m. to close
Where: Kierland Commons, 7012 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale, (480) 951-5888; Old Town Scottsdale, 3815 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, (480) 990-9256
Online: rasushi.com

Scottsdale’s Ultimate Block Party

Scottsdale's Ultimate Block Party What: Located in Old Town Scottsdale’s Entertainment District, this event is a collaboration of three restaurant and bar venues, Dos Gringos, RockBar Inc. and Blitz Sports Grill; features an indoor-outdoor block party with DJs and live music by the Dirty Heads, Authority Zero, the Veragroove, Black Bottom Lighters, the Wednesday Machine, Weird is the New Cool, HB Surround Sound, Pride Through Strife, Valley Love and Grain Truth.
Tickets: $30 (purchase tickets here)
When: December 31, gates open at 5 p.m.
Where: Craftsman Court between 3rd Ave & 5th Ave., just one block west of Scottsdale Rd.
Online: scottsdalesultimateblockparty.com
Hotel Valley Ho, ZuZu

Hotel Valley Ho's New Year’s Eve Bash

There is no doubt that when you visit the Hotel Valley Ho, whether it be for lunch, a special occasion or hotel stay, you are in for a real treat and unique experience. I had the opportunity to chat with the lovely Kristin Heggli, PR and communications manager for the Hotel Valley Ho. Heggli shared the details for their upcoming New Year’s celebration, and how you can ring in the New Year in style.

Tell me about the end of the year at the Hotel Valley Ho.

ZuZu is open Christmas Day! Diners can order off the regular menus, and we’ll also have a few holiday specials like the herb-crusted prime rib and egg nog crème brulee. We’ve also got a great, retro-themed New Year’s Eve party at ZuZu.

What sets your New Year’s event apart from other in the Valley?

This is the only event of the year where our staff is dressed 1950s style, and we encourage guests to wear their best vintage threads, too. It’s so fun to see everyone dress to the period and have a swell time! Also, the rooftop champagne toast is quite special; it’s atop our seven-story tower.

What can guests expect when they choose to spend New Year’s Eve at the Hotel Valley Ho?

DJ Mr. P-Body will be spinning in the lounge, and we’ll also have a four-course dinner paired with Belvedere vodka and champagne from Moet & Chandon and Veuve Clicquot. Those who reserve a seat at dinner will be invited to a champagne toast on the rooftop at midnight.

How would you describe the overall experience?

The moment guests arrive, they’ll feel transported to the 1950s. It’ll be an evening of splendid cuisine, champagne, dancing and celebration.

Are there various dining options and price points for the evening?

Yes; guests can reserve a seat for the four-course dinner in the restaurant, or order off the lounge menu and dine in the lounge. The 6:30 p.m. dinner seating is $100, and the 9:30 p.m. seating is $135 (plus tax and gratuity). We recommend early reservations as this event sells out every year.

Tell me about the highlight of the evening.

The dinner is definitely the highlight! For the first course, diners can choose crispy oysters, cheese tortellini, or shrimp + lobster cocktail. The second course is a choice of crab bisque or kale salad; the third course is a choice of tender beef short rib, herb roasted loin of veal, or blackened ahi; and for dessert, it’s either pear financier or chocolate crème brulee. It’s a wonderful menu with a lot of options. The first three courses are paired with champagne, and dessert is paired with a Belvedere lemon basil martini.

Don’t miss this sophisticated and one-of-a-kind evening this New Year’s Eve! Log on to its website or call the number below to reserve your place today. See you there!

Hotel Valley Ho’s New Year’s Eve Bash

When: Monday, December 31, 2012; dining: 6:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.;
live entertainment: 7 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale
Reserve: (480) 248-2000
Online: hotelvalleyho.com

The Saguaro Scottsdale’s vibrant hues can be seen throughout the property, including this guestroom. Photo: Tim Street-Porter

Top 5: Scottsdale Accommodations, Small (Fall-Winter 2012)

The Top 5 Scottsdale Accommodations, Small — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Scottsdale Accommodations, Small: 300 or more rooms

 

The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort

34631 N. Tom Darlington Dr.,
Carefree, AZ 85377
(480) 595-3500
theboulders.com
The Boulders provides a luxurious natural refuge immersed within two Jay Morrish championship golf courses. Enjoy a striking destination inspired by the extraordinary landscape, melding the offerings of thrilling outdoor recreation and renowned spa treatments.


Hotel Valley Ho

6850 E. Main St.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(866) 882-4484
hotelvalleyho.com
Originally built in 1956, the hotel re-opened in 2005, following extensive renovations. Features include a full-service spa boutique and a pool. Restaurants include the hotel’s signature restaurant, Cafe ZuZu.


Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85262
(888) 207-9696
fourseasons.com/scottsdale
High in the Sonoran Desert, in the cooling foothills of Pinnacle Peak, relax in Southwestern-style casitas, dine with heartbeat-skipping views, bask in sun-drenched weather and astonishing scenery, and rise to the challenge of golf at Troon North.


Montelucia Resort & Spa

4949 E. Lincoln Dr.,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
(888) 627-3010
montelucia.com
The Montelucia Resort & Spa is a luxurious hotel in Paradise Valley inspired by the architecture and culture of Spain’s Andalusia region.The resort offers an escape from the city and provides access to recreation, nightlife and dining.


The Saguaro Scottsdale

4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd.,
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(877) 808-2440
jdvhotels.com
This updated 1960s motel with 194 rooms boasts bright hues with its color-blocking scheme and sits on the edge of Old Town Scottsdale.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012

Photo: Hotel Valley Ho

Ultimate Art And Cultural Tours: Discover The History Behind Your Favorite Spots

For those Phoenicians who want to know more about the city in which they live and the history of its local buildings, museums and even fashion boutiques, Ultimate Art and Cultural Tours offers a behind-the-scene look at areas in Scottsdale and Phoenix.

Ultimate Art and Cultural Tours was founded by Ace Bailey, who created it after participating in other local and national art tours. Bailey has worked in the tourism business for 16 years, and with her extensive knowledge, Ultimate Art and Cultural Tours offers more than 30 different types of tours.

Because Scottsdale is a city known for its architecture, among other things, Ultimate Art and Cultural Tours offers six tours that would please any architect lover. One of the tours of which attendees can take advantage is through Frank Lloyd Wright’s famed Taliesin West, where he apprenticed new architects at his school and also created a home that was harmonious with nature. Another one of the tour’s hotspots is Hotel Valley Ho, designed by Edward L. Varney, who created other notable structures such as the Sun Devils Stadium. Hotel Valley Ho was later remodeled by architect Mark Philip but has stayed true to its past. Visitors will learn about the history of the hotel, and how it was a hotspot for celebrity guests such as Marilyn Monroe, Robert Wagner with Natalie Woods.

Ultimate Art and Cultural Tours even offers free tours the second Saturday of each month. Attendees will take one of the Scottsdale trolleys and learn about the Scottsdale Art District, Hotel Valley Ho, the Waterfront and SouthBridge. On these tours, attendees not only learn about the history of Scottsdale, but they also get inside tips about which restaurants are the best to eat at and where they should stop to shop. These tours fill up quickly, so reservations are required.

To find more information the Ultimate Art and Cultural Tours and to make reservations, visit ultimatearttours.com.