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Summer at the Princess packs fun

Summer at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess includes cool rides down waterslides, zooming across a zip line and fireworks lighting up the night. This AAA Five Diamond resort is a play-cation paradise, from a new water ride to a world-class spa, signature restaurants and new Posh Paws program just for the pups. Best of all, summer vacations benefit Valley schools and charities.

Poolside is the place to be at the new SplashRider X-treme, a thrilling, spinning water adventure. Nearby, 200-foot waterslides are lined by shady cabanas with all the luxuries, with Dive In Movies and the Techno Glo Party taking center stage weekend nights. During the day, The Zipper zip line offers a 240-foot thrill ride across the lagoons and catch-and-release fishing is a family favorite. Meanwhile, grown-ups can sample any of 240 tequilas at La Hacienda, escape for a day to Well & Being Spa or savor an exquisite summer menu at the AAA Four Diamond Bourbon Steak.

Then, as the sun sets at the Princess, fireworks light up the sky every Saturday night, Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, May 24 – August 30, 2014. The summer celebration crescendos during the Fourth of July Freedom Fest, July 4-6, with all-American picnics, concerts, vintage airplane shows and salutes to the military. Labor Day says bon voyage to summer with a “Dreamcation” cruise ship themed weekend. Every week in between, all summer long, the resort has added activities for the whole family to enjoy:

Summer Weekend Fun, Poolside

New this summer is the SplashRider X-treme, a rolling water pipe for both kids and adults on weekends at the Sonoran Splash Pool. The attraction, lasting three to five minutes, creates a constant wave which allows four to five riders at a time to body surf, while boogie boarders and those on inner tubes ride solo. Tickets can be purchased individually or packaged with The Zipper zip line for unlimited rides.

Then, it’s a disco down the slides with the after dark Techno Glo Party at Sonoran Splash. Black lights, lasers, fog, LED hula hooping, glow-in-the-dark bubbles, drinks and a DJ pulsating techno music rock the pool 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights for families this summer. Or, over at the South Pool, families can just chill at the Dive In Movies also offered complimentary Friday and Saturday nights. Movie-watchers float on inner tubes, or enjoy movie snacks, Sabrett hot dogs and a taco cart poolside, as the family flick begins at approximately 8 p.m., with an intermission for fireworks at 9 p.m.

Every weekend, the Fairmont Fun Team leads dancing games, tie dye t-shirt making, limbo and underwater bingo. Other daily activities include giant bubble making, wooden turtle races, badminton, volleyball and bocce ball.

Sonoran Splash, the resort’s 6,000 square-foot water oasis is perfect for families, with two twisting waterslides, pop-jet fountains, cabanas and games. For tots, there is a zero-entry deck area as well as a large, shaded sandbox complete with Tonka trucks and beach toys, sure to keep the little ones entertained for hours.

Whether delivering refreshing fruit water or frozen grapes to sun seekers, the resort’s pool attendants are on deck to ensure every day at the pool is one to remember. One of the cool drinks is the Parrot Punch, named after the resort’s colorful, feathery friends (Rosy-Faced Lovebirds) who now nest in the palm trees above the pools. Parrot Punch is made with coconut rum, citrus rum and spiced rum with pineapple juice, Midori and orange juice made from the orange trees on property.

Sonoran Splash is one of three pools that offer luxurious cabanas for rental, with amenities such as a flat-screen TV, ceiling fan, sofas, reserved chaise lounges, refrigerator, bottled waters and fresh fruit. The resort has five pools in total throughout the 65-acre property.

When (and if) parents do get the kids out of the pool, two other hot spots are Ironwood American Kitchen by the South Pool, which is cool, classic and comfortably residential with home-cooked favorites, an exhibition kitchen and InnoTab computer learning tablets for the kids. The Princess Shop and Coffee Market, on the main level, has grab ‘n’ go sandwiches, gelato, Starbucks coffee and an iPad lab.

Lagoon Adventures

Resort guests can soar a speedy 25 mph, 240-feet across the lagoons on The Zipper, a 37-foot-high zip line, available weekends, all summer long. There are prices for individual rides or packaged for unlimited rides, combined with the new SplashRider X-treme.

For more adventure, kids of any age cast a reel for bluegill at the new fishing derbies, steer ships in remote-control boat races or observe any of the waterfowl who make the lagoons their home.

Trailblazers Family Adventure Center & Kids Club

Trailblazers is a fun-filled program for ages 5-12 where kids pan for real gold, learn to solar cook, play sports, swim and even meet a reptilian friend or two. Themed days such as Wildlife, Wild West, Sports and Nature rotate, so youngsters may attend more than once and still discover something new each day. Half-day and full-day sessions are available year-round for overnight guests. A la carte pricing is $35 for a half-day or $60 for a full-day session. Included in the hotel’s daily resort fee of $29, up to three children per family receive half-day admission to the Kids Club, which is a savings of more than $100 per day. (Lunch is additional for $12.) Kids Club reservations are recommended 24-hours in advance.

The Trailblazers Family Adventure Center is now open 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. nightly, complimentary, year-round for resort guests to play Ping Pong, foosball, basketball, air hockey, shuffle board, videos and board games.

More for the Little Ones, Just Ask!

To ensure families have the comforts of home, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess covers all of the bases with an assortment of in-room amenities for children. Full-size cribs complete with bedding, high chairs, strollers, night lights, safety outlet covers, portable playpens, humidifiers, baby monitors, baby bathtubs, baby shampoo, kid’s robes and step stools are available for resort guests upon request, complimentary.

Dog Days of Summer? Posh Paws!

Posh Paws, the resort’s pet program, keeps with its Five-Diamond reputation for being dedicated to the guests and creating countless memories that even man’s best friend will remember. For an additional $35 per night, dogs can experience the ultimate luxury pet resort experience. Owner and pet stay in a room that comes complete with a “Woofer” gift set featuring a plush pet bed, food and water bowl, a food mat, pet toys and of course…treats. For the crème de la crème dog experience, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Executive Chef David Morris has created a doggie menu, “Lou’s Barkery,” available through In-Room Dining as well as recipes for take-home gifts. The Princess is partnering with nearby pet retailer for doggie day care or grooming needs and Fairmont staff is available to assist with dog walking.

Well & Being Spa

Here’s a way to spend a cool summer day, sure to inspire. Well & Being Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has all-new “Live it Well” programs, sizzling specials and soothing spa treatments to keep spa-goers refreshed and energized all summer long.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, every summer spa weekend kicks off with “Feel Good Fridays,” offering the new “Lunch & Enlighten”: a healthy spa lunch with a fun, informative talk from the spa’s “Good Life” team of fitness, nutrition and beauty experts. This includes access to the spa facility, pool and exercise classes for the entire day, all for just $50. Add to that a 45-minute treatment such as a facial, manicure and pedicure or massage for $99. Each week, Facebook fans can check for the spa’s “Play Well Rx,” a prescription of spa offers and feel good tips.

Well & Being Spa is a sanctuary situated on three levels with a rooftop pool, waterfall grotto, steam rooms, saunas, salon, boutique and café. Spa guests can also reserve a posh cabana package at Quench, the spa’s rooftop pool, serving spa-inspired cocktails and brimming with luxurious amenities Fridays through Sundays.

Summer Dining

La Hacienda is celebrating summer with the return of its popular “Guacamole Fest” sampler of various guacamoles, from pork belly to seafood and pomegranate, as well as Fresca Floats made with traditional Mexican sodas. (Prices of these a la carte items vary.)

Bourbon Steak offers a Post-Pool Prix-Fixe Menu, with three courses and choices of summer salads, chilled soups, market-fresh fish, Jidori chicken, mesquite grilled C.A.B. skirt steak, chef’s selection of sides and topped off with vanilla crème brulee, warm nutmeg beignet or a trio of house-made sorbet. Bourbon Steak’s summer menu is $55 and includes a wine pairing with the main course. The restaurant’s regular menu is also available.

The summer Kids Resort Dining Passport is a super deal for families for $35 per day that includes breakfast, lunch and dinner at resort dining outlets such as Ironwood American Kitchen, Trailblazers Kids Club, the pools and La Hacienda, plus a kid’s snack at the South Pool during the Dive-In Movie. These meals are from the children’s menus and are exclusive to overnight resort guests. Passports are available for purchase upon arrival at the Leisure Services Desk in the main lobby.

Day Guests, Overnight Guests
Most of the resort activities mentioned are exclusive for overnight guests. Day visitors are invited to enjoy a treatment at Well & Being Spa, take a lesson from the resort’s tennis pro or dine in any of the resort’s award-winning restaurants. Saturday nights throughout the summer are a terrific time to dine in the restaurants, which includes an after-dinner fireworks show over the lagoons at 9 p.m.

Vacation Packages

The popular Sip, Savor & Splash Package returns, starting from $149 per room, per night Sunday through Thursday and $169 weekends and includes a $50 daily credit for dining, spa, tennis or kids club.

Taking it one step further with the new Stay, Play & Pay It Forward Package, families make memories and give back to the school or charity of their choice from a list of participating organizations in the resort’s annual Sleepover for a Better Tomorrow program. This summer package also starts from $149/ $169 per night with a $50 daily resort credit and 10 percent of every dollar charged to the room folio is donated to the guest’s chosen charity. This program is year-round and is free for any non-profit organization to join. For more information, visit: http://www.scottsdaleprincess.com/special-offers/sleepover-for-a-better-tomorrow.

Also new is the Play Well Rx Spa Package, where spa-goers enjoy overnight accommodations, with a choice of one 45-minute treatment: a Body Reboot Massage, a Rejuvenating Facial or an Energizing Manicure & Pedicure, plus full-use of the 44,000 square-foot spa, exercise classes and rooftop pool. Prices of this package start at $269 single/$379 double, per night plus spa gratuities.
Summer package dates are based upon space availability, May 26-September 2, 2014. Taxes and daily resort fees are additional.

For Memorial Day weekend specifically, rates are starting at $199 with a $50 dining credit and $149 a night with a $50 dining credit for a three-night stay.

For reservations or more information on summer programs at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, please dial (800) 908-9370 or visit www.scottsdaleprincess.com. The resort is located at 7575 East Princess Drive in Scottsdale.

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Top 5 Restaurants: Mexican (Spring-Summer 2014)

Get ready to experience Arizona’s spring/summer 2014 Top 5 Restaurants Mexican! 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 Restaurants: Mexcian

Barrio Cafe
2814 N. 16th St. Phoenix, AZ 85006

(602) 636-0240
Website
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 an unpretentious atmosphere.

Blanco Tacos + Tequila
Location: 4 Locations in Arizona
(602) 429-8000
Website
An afternoon at Blanco will make you wish that all your afternoons were spent south of the border, barefoot, with margarita salt on your lips. Try a perfectly prepared plate of street-style carne asada tacos, or award-winning barbecue pork tacos with sweet corn fresh tomato salsa.
The Mission
3815 N. Brown Ave. Scottsdale, AZ 85251

(480) 636-5005
Website
The sophisticated yet casual allure of the Mission seamlessly blends old world charm with modern elegance. Chef Matt Carter and Brian Raab mix tradition and ingenuity in their signature dishes and hand-pressed cocktails.

La Hacienda
7575 E. Princess Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 85255

(480) 585-4848 ext. 7320
Website
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.

Milagro Grill
4280 E. Indian School Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85018

(602) 773-5844
Website
Milagro Grill serves Mexican-American fusion cuisine with a South American flair and European influences. Milagro Grill earned the title of Grand Champion at the 2012 Arizona Taco Festival.

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Mexican Restaurants - EAZ Fall-Winter 2012

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.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012

 

Top 5 Mexican Restaurants (Spring-Summer)

Top 5: Mexican Restaurants (Spring-Summer 2012)

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

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 1890’s 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.  Mission accomplished!  The Barrio Cafe has been hailed as one of the hottest and original restaurants to hit Phoenix.


Manuel’s

Locations throughout the Phoenix area
602-957-7540
manuelsaz.com
Manuel’s mexican food restaurants were established in 1964 by Manuel and Alice Salazar to serve the finest food to their community. Manuel’s is still run by members of the Salazar family and the food is prepared from scratch daily.


La Hacienda

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.


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.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012

La Hacienda at The Fairmont Scottsdale - AZ Business Magazine June 2010

La Hacienda Returns To The Fairmont Scottsdale

Tucked away at the Fairmont Scottsdale is a hidden gem and an old friend, La Hacienda. After shutting its doors in 2008, the fine-dining Mexican restaurant was re-opened in January with a new chef and new décor.

The Fairmont is touting the re-opened La Hacienda as having “a fresh, contemporary twist.” The restaurant’s traditional Spanish architecture is now accented with sleek, urban décor. Along with a new chef, Richard Sandoval, the revamped La Hacienda also features fire pit patio seating. And then, there’s the bar.

When my companions and I arrived, we spent some time at the vibrant bar exploring the beverage menu. La Hacienda offers more than 100 tequilas, as well as a full margarita menu, meaning that no matter your taste buds, there is a drink for you.

After some time at the bar (we recommend the sangria — with tequila, naturally), we moved to the cozy dining room. Our table was next to a roaring fireplace and the atmosphere was quiet and relaxing, despite the room being filled with diners. If you prefer outdoor seating, request a table on the front patio to watch the hustle and bustle of the resort as you enjoy your meal.

The menu at La Hacienda contains many Spanish words, but don’t let that intimidate you; the wait staff is extremely helpful in making recommendations. We started out with guacamole para la mesa, for the table. It was fresh and delicious, complete with avocado, tomato, onion, cilantro and serrano chile, all served with tortilla chips.

After enjoying the delicious guacamole, we ordered our antojitos, or appetizers. The table favorite was the flautas: crispy tortillas wrapped around shredded chicken, three-chile citrus, tomatillo salsa and cotija cheese. They were fried to perfection and devoured within minutes of arriving at our table. Also a favorite were the tacos de langosta — yes, that’s lobster tacos. Inside these delicious tacos were black beans, chile de arbol sauce, avocado and cilantro. It was by far the fanciest (and tastiest) taco I had ever eaten.

After our antojitos were cleared, we were brought our platos fuertes, or entrées. We sampled the costilla de res, or braised beef short ribs, which we found to be absolutely scrumptious. They were served with vegetable escabeche, a sour cream potato puree, habanero chiles and guava sauce. Although everything was delicious, the overwhelming table favorite was the pipian de puerco: slow-cooked pork shoulder with roasted corn puree, pumpkin seed and pipian sauce. The pork was cooked to tender perfection, making the dish the star of the dinner.

For dessert, my companions and I ordered cinnamon churros and empanadas. Both were simply fabulous, but the churros took the prize. They were fluffy and delicious, and certainly not your standard amusement park treat. Our churro standards have been raised. The four of us devoured six churros in no time.

The highlight of the evening came in the form of a flaming coffee. Our waiter prepared it right at our table, drawing the attention of the entire dining room as flames shot into the air. Once it was prepared, it was positively tasty and the perfect size for sharing.

For a fun, relaxing evening out, La Hacienda is incapable of disappointing. Welcome back, La Hacienda!

If You Go:
La Hacienda
Fairmont Scottsdale
7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale
(480) 585-4848 ext. 7320
www.fairmont.com

Arizona Business Magazine June 2010