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CityScape offers summer deals to beat the heat

It’s not the Arizona heat that’s sizzling, it’s Summer in the City at CityScape Phoenix offering smoking deals, special events and a whole lot of cool fun throughout the summer.

With temperatures rising, Summer in the City gives Phoenicians a reason to venture outside to grab a bite, a refreshing cocktail or even do a little shopping while CityScape tenants offer great deals and discounts from now through Labor Day.

In addition to restaurants and retailer specials, CityScape will feature live entertainment and pop-up events at Patriots Park including free concerts, game nights, live art exhibitions and family movie nights. Two events are already scheduled including former X-Factor Contestant Ryan Sims performing live on June 23 from 11:30am to 1:00pm. On June 30, Caribbean Cruisers Steel Drum Band will perform from 11:30am – 1:00pm. More dates will be announced online in the coming days.

Take advantage of the fun with these CityScape Phoenix specials:

The Arrogant Butcher

The Arrogant Butcher knows one thing is essential to your summer being top-notch this year — a great Happy Hour. From 3pm-6pm Monday-Friday, enjoy sunshine specials at The Arrogant Butcher.

http://www.thearrogantbutcher.com602.324.8502

The Corner

Everyone’s favorite downtown Phoenix neighborhood hangout, The Corner, is offering 20 percent off the total purchase and $3 mimosas for staycationers at Hotel Palomar. If you’re just dropping by for a CityScape event, they’ve still got you covered with $5 wine by the glass.

http://www.cityscapephoenix.com/restaurants/the-corner/, 602.252.7600

Copper Blues

Copper Blues combines three elements that everyone can appreciate: beer, music and food. Throw in two beer flights plus two appetizers for $19 and you have the perfect formula for a memorable night out with friends.

http://www.copperblueslive.com/phoenix/, 480.719.5005

Lucky Strike

Whether you’re planning an event with your colleagues or looking to escape the monotony of summer workdays, you can beat the heat with two games for the price of one, Monday-Thursday from 11am–3pm at Lucky Strike.

http://www.bowlluckystrike.com/locations/arizona/phoenix/, 602.732.5490

rePose Salon & Spa

Hot summer days make perfect spa days. Pamper yourself at rePose Salon and Spa with 20 percent off a service of your choice.

http://www.reposesalonandspa.net, 480.478.1701

Orangetheory Fitness

Orangetheory Fitness, the energizing group interval fitness concept, will open its doors for training sessions this month. The new studio will have a VIP grand opening party, open to the public, on Wednesday, June 24. To RSVP click here. Can’t make it to the grand opening? Try two free sessions this summer.

http://www.orangetheoryfitness.com/downtown-phoenix, 954.530.6903

LUSTRE Rooftop Garden

Recently named one of the best hotel rooftop bars by USA Today, LUSTRE Rooftop Garden plans to keep things cool with events nearly every night of the week, all summer long with its “100 Days of Summer” event series.

http://www.lustrerooftopgarden.com/pool.php, 480.478.1765

Hotel Palomar

Extend your summer fun with a staycation at Hotel Palomar Phoenix. With several packages to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect summer staycation for you.

http://www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com/, 602.253.6633

The Strand Urban Italian

There’s no better cure for a hot summer day than a delicious frozen margarita. The Strand Urban Italian has your fix with $4 Frozen Italian Margaritas all summer long.

http://www.thestranditalian.com, 602.253.1600

V’s Barbershop

Once you’ve visited V’s, you’ll never get your hair cut anywhere else. From the real barber chairs, to the head and neck massage, V’s Barbershop sets a new standard. Stop in for that summer “do” and receive a haircut, straight razor shave, shampoo massage, and hot towel service for $39. Kick the pampering up a notch with a facial and face massage for an additional $20.

http://vbarbershop.com/locations/cityscape-phoenix/, 602.466.1888

Fractured Prune

Staycationers at Hotel Palomar can enjoy 15 percent off at Fractured Prune. Where others offer rows of preconceived doughnut flavors, Fractured Prune offers infinite choices. With flavors like banana cream pie, caramel bliss, cookies and cream, and chocolate covered cherry, you can’t go wrong.

http://fracturedprune.com/location/phoenix-az/, 602.795.3004

Yogurt Time

Frozen yogurt and summer go together like peanut butter and jelly, especially when receiving 15 percent off your total purchase. With classic frozen yogurt flavors and an extensive list of seasonal favorites on rotation, your taste buds will thank you.

http://www.cityscapephoenix.com/restaurants/yogurttime/, 602.258.0899

Mybullfrog.com/Verizon Wireless

Recharge at mybullfrog.com/Verizon Wireless with $5 off any power accessory. Coupon available via MBF app.

http://www.gowireless.com/shop/gowireless, 602.254.1024

CityScape Splash Pad

CityScape’s splash pad is open to the public throughout the summer. The water fountains are a fun place for kids to splash, play and cool off while everyone enjoys the fresh air and takes advantage of fun and free activities.

 

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Catch ‘XTREME’ fun at the circus this week

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME
Have some XTREME fun with your family this week as the circus comes to Phoenix! The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey have pulled out all the stops for this exciting event, which celebrates all things extreme, extraodinary and exotic. The young―and young at heart―will love seeing The Greatest Show On Earth.
All ticketholders are invited to the All Access Pre-Show, which starts one hour prior to the show’s start time. You and your family can get up-close and personal with the circus animals, meet the performers, try on costumes, get autographs, and get a real behind-the-scenes circus experience!
US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, June 24-29, $10-$123.

Phoenix Independents Bowl
Join Psyko Steve and Local First Arizona for the 5th somewhat-annual Phoenix Independents Bowl! Grab three friends and register as a team of four to be in the running for first place. Each team bowls two games, the top four teams with the best-combined scores will go into the finals, and two final rounds will determine who wins first, second, and third place. This is bound to be a fun event, whether you’re a bowling pro or a beginner.
Let It Roll & Bowl Entertainment, 8925 N. 12th St., Phoenix, June 28, 12pm, $80 per team of four.

Vino and Canvas “Starry Starry Night” Painting Party
Join Vino and Canvas at Fat Willy’s Family Sports Grill in Mesa this Wednesday for a special painting party. During the two-hour class you’ll be guided through the process of replicating the famous van Gogh masterpiece “Starry Night” step-by-step. Artists of all skill levels, including complete beginners, are welcome for this fun night of drinking and painting.  Aprons, paint, canvases and all art supplies are provided by Vino and Canvas and are included in the class fee. Enjoy happy hour pricing on food and drink at Fat Willy’s before the event! Use the code “NEWLOCATION15” when buying your ticket to save $20.
Fat Willy’s Family Sports Grill, 2250 S. Buttercup Rd., Mesa, June 24, 5pm-7pm, $25 with promo code.

Up on the Woof at Lustre Rooftop Garden
Man’s best friend is welcome at a free pet-friendly event at Lustre Rooftop Garden at the top of the Hotel Palomar Phoenix. This Thursday, and every Thursday this summer, bring your pooch for an evening of dog treats, chew toys and playtime with other dogs, plus happy hour food and drink specials for you. Dogs of all sizes, weights and breeds are welcome at the pet-friendly hotel. This is part of Lustre’s 100 Days of Summer, which features a special event every day of the week all summer long.
Lustre Rooftop Garden at Hotel Palomar, 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 5pm-8pm, no cover.

Jessica Who at Talking Stick Resort
Catch DJ Jessica Who at RELEASE at Talking Stick Resort this Saturday for a pool party. Who has been on the scene for 10 years and has worked with everyone from Katy Perry to Queen Latifah. She’ll be mixing from 11am to 6pm, with no cover charge before noon. After 12pm, men pay $10 and ladies get in free. You can rent a cabana for $300-$450 or a daybed for $200, and be sure to wear your best swim attire to this fun pool party event!
Release at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, 11am-6pm, $10 for men after 12pm.

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CityScape offers options for Halloween fun

Celebrate this Halloween with plenty of tricks and treats at the hottest bars and restaurants in the Valley, all within walking distance at CityScape Phoenix.

Located in the heart of downtown, CityScape will be the place to party with a variety of different options for revelers to enjoy costume contests, dining and drinks specials, live music and more. Participating restaurants and special offers include:

LUSTRE Rooftop Garden

On Friday, October 31, LUSTRE Rooftop Garden will host the “Day of the Dead Rooftop Halloween Party” at Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix. DJs will be spinning all night long as party-goers enjoy Espolon drink specials, Day of the Dead makeup artists, fun photographers and a costume contest with $500 in prizes and giveaways. Party starts at 8pm. Tickets are $10 online, $15 at the door.  602-876-5432

Copper Blues Live

On Thursday, October 30, dress up as a Rock Star or Rock Group and sing your favorite Karaoke songs at Stand Up Live Comedy Club. There will be drink and shot specials, as well as a contest for Best Dressed Rock Star, Best Voice and Best Group. Doors open at 11am, Halloween events begin at 8:30pm. No Cover.

On Friday, October 31, Copper Blues Live will host “Friday LIVE Goes Dead… Dead 20’s”. The speak easy themed Friday LIVE will offer happy hour from 3pm to 7pm and live music with an acoustic set from 5pm to 8pm. The Halloween party will begin at 8:30pm, hosted by a local radio talent, and will have a live band from 8:30pm to 12:30am, DJs from 12:30am to 2pm, servers dressed as ghosts and a costume contest for best 20s costume, scariest costume, sexiest costume and best overall costume, with the winner announced at 12am. Doors open at 11am, Halloween events begin at 8:30pm. No Cover. 480-719-5005

Lucky Strike

Celebrate “Bowlloween” at Lucky Strike on Friday, October 31 with complimentary tricks and treats, multiple DJs and a $500 cash prize costume contest (with a minimum of 10 contestants). Doors open at 9pm. The costume contest will be held at midnight. General admission starting at $15 with group discounts and VIP access available. 602-732-5490

Gypsy Bar

Gypsy Bar will be participating in the $1,000 cash prize costume contest (with a minimum of 10 contestants) at Lucky Strike and will feature DJ Pickster 1, DJ Tommy Roberts and DJ Body Tricks. Revelers will enjoy complimentary tricks and treats, spooky dancers and more. Doors open at 7pm. The costume contest will be held at midnight. $10 at the door.

Squid Ink

From 11am to midnight on Friday, October 31, Squid Ink Sushi will be offering Halloween dining specials including a Black Widow Roll for $16, Kraken Salad for $14 and a Bat Wing Special $12. 602-258-0510

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Hotel Palomar offers chic urban weddings

At Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix no two weddings ever feel the same thanks to the variety of unique indoor and outdoor settings, locally-inspired food and beverage options, high design and more, that come together to make every moment, every bite and every stylish detail all about a memorable “I do.”

What makes a wedding at Hotel Palomar so unique?

• 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains, skyline view of downtown Phoenix skyscrapers, historic buildings and city lights
• A variety of stunning venues from a rooftop pool deck to sophisticated ballrooms
• Chef-driven cuisine focused on local artisan and farm fresh organic ingredients, and handcrafted cocktails
• Wedding packages starting from $1,500

As downtown Phoenix’s newest boutique hotel, Hotel Palomar Phoenix offers more than just stunning ballrooms and private dining rooms. One of the most awe-inspiring outdoor wedding venues in all of downtown Phoenix is LUSTRE Rooftop Garden, which is perched on the hotel’s third-floor pool deck and offers 360-degree views of the surrounding mountains, downtown skyline of skyscrapers, historic buildings and city lights. LUSTRE is one of the Valley’s most impressive city venues to host anywhere from 20 to 200 guests to eat, drink and dance the night away under the stars.

For indoor options that also offer captivating downtown views, the Zia Room extends the entire west side of the hotel with three walls of oversized windows delivering unparalleled views overlooking the city. The Dreamcatcher Ballroom also plays hosts to wedding celebrations, with a stately space with soaring ceilings, breathtaking chandeliers and a gallery of large windows with views overlooking CityScape Phoenix. Each venue is also available for bridal showers, rehearsal dinners, cocktail receptions and soirees of all occasions for up to 200 guests.

Creative catering designed to exceed expectations is also on the menu at Hotel Palomar Phoenix. The hotel’s on-site, award-winning restaurant, Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, is available to create a menu specifically outfitted for each couple. Blue Hound’s talented culinary team focuses on contemporary American gastro-lounge fare that pairs seasonal, chef-driven cuisine with handcrafted cocktails. Restaurant and wedding menus are thoughtfully prepared to highlight skillful flavor presentations with a sampling of the region’s best organic produce and free-range meats.

Wedding packages at Hotel Palomar Phoenix start from $1,500 and offer a number of enhancements specifically catered to a variety of tastes, budgets and styles. With all wedding packages, the hotel provides a complimentary dance floor, celebratory toast, wedding cake, black pintuck or cream damask linens and votive candles.

For information about weddings at Hotel Palomar Phoenix, visit www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com/wedding or call 602-253-6633.

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LUSTRE Launches Summer Event Series

Summer in the city has never been hotter and LUSTRE Rooftop Garden in Downtown Phoenix plans to keep things cool with events nearly every day of the week, all summer long with its “100 Days of Summer” event series.

Perched on the third-floor pool deck at Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix, LUSTRE is an oasis in the heart of Downtown Phoenix with sweeping views of the city skyline, fresh cocktails and seasonal menu items perfect for enjoying poolside.

New this summer, LUSTRE is introducing an activity called Champong, a gentlemen’s and ladies’ game that is played like beer pong, but with champagne. Pinky fingers in the air when drinking is considered proper form and a variety of champagne brands are available for all tastes and budgets.

LUSTRE Rooftop GardenFirst Days of Summer

Memorial Day Weekend Pool Party
Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25
Pool opens at 11 a.m.
Saturday: $10/person ticket for non-hotel guests. DJ from 2:00-6:00 p.m. and 8 p.m.- midnight. Tickets available online.
Sunday: Free and open to the public. DJ from 2:00 -6:00 p.m.
Guests can expect DJs, games like Champong, cornhole and table tennis, a photo booth, pitchers of specialty cocktails and plenty of fun in the sun.

Mondays
Industry Day
Every Monday from Memorial Day through Labor Day
Pool opens at 11 a.m.
Free and open to the public.
Enjoy happy hour all day with $6 food and drink specials including two flatbreads, a hummus trio, red or white sangria, a draft beer selection, red and white wine and three specialty cocktails.

Tuesdays
Sweat Your Asana Off  Rooftop Yoga Series
Every Tuesday beginning May 27 through September 2
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
The popular, weekly hot yoga rooftop series is back! Every Tuesday night, approximately 150 yogis pack the rooftop pool deck at LUSTRE Rooftop Garden and enjoy sweating and stretching in the Phoenix heat. $10 admission with $5 food and beverage credit to LUSTRE Rooftop Garden. Space is limited. Book your spot in advance at www.eventbrite.com (search for LUSTRE Yoga).

Fridays
Live at LUSTRE
Every Friday beginning May 30 through August 29
Pool opens at 11 a.m.
Free and open to the public.
Live blues and infused rock every Friday from 8pm – 11pm by a live duo featuring Lee Perreira.

Saturdays
LUSTRE Pool Party
Every Saturday beginning May 24 through Labor Day
Pool Opens at 11 a.m.
DJ from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. – midnight.
Free and open to the public.
Guests can expect DJs, games like Champong, cornhole and table tennis, a photo booth, pitchers of cocktails and plenty of fun in the sun.

All American Independence Day Party
Fourth of July Weekend Pool Party
Pool opens at 11 a.m.
Friday, July 4: $10 tickets for non-hotel guests. DJ from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. – midnight. Tickets available online.
Saturday, July 5: $10 tickets for non-hotel guests. DJ from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. – midnight. Tickets available online.
Sunday, July 6: Free and open to the public. DJ from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Enjoy a classic, all-American barbeque, specialty cocktails, live music, DJs, games like Champong, cornhole and ping pong, and more.

Last Days of Summer
Labor Day Weekend Pool Party
Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31
Pool opens at 11 a.m.
Saturday: $10 ticket for non-hotel guests. DJ from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. – midnight. Tickets available online.
Sunday: Free and open to the public. DJ from 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Celebrate the 100th day of summer on Labor Day weekend with DJs, games like Champong, cornhole and table tennis, a photo booth, pitchers of cocktails and plenty of fun in the sun.

Summer Hotel Packages at Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix

Extend your summer fun with a stay at Hotel Palomar Phoenix with summer packages that run from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

Lustre view 1_low100 Days of Summer:  Deluxe accommodations, includes the guest’s choice of either two welcome cocktails at LUSTRE or complimentary valet parking for one vehicle. Rates start from $100/night.

Tequila and Tan lines:  Margaritas and Arizona sunshine, need we say more? Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations and a welcome pitcher of margaritas from LUSTRE Rooftop Garden. Rates start from $119/night.

Night on the Town: Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations and $25 gift card to Copper Blues at CityScape Phoenix. Rates start from $129/night.

Sweet Dreams: Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, “Some Day, Some Night” children’s book by local author Jack Guinan, milk and cookies. Rates starting from $129/night.

Summer Getaway: Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, $10 iTunes gift card, two welcome cocktails at LUSTRE Rooftop Garden. Rates starting from $129/night.

Booking: www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com or 602-253-6633.

To book a cabana all summer long at LUSTRE Rooftop Garden, call 480-478-1765 or see more details at www.lustrerooftopgarden.com.

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Palomar offers superb Staycation options

I’ve been a downtown dweller for a decade now. I’ve lived in the historic district of Phoenix since before First Friday brought in the cool kids, long before there were bars in the Roosevelt district to attract the hipsters, and well before CityScape made downtown Phoenix a destination for something other than a sporting event or employment.

So I’ve never viewed downtown Phoenix as a place to go to get away from it all. Boy, was I wrong.

I took advantage of one of the summer “Staycation options” offered by the Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape. The deals run through September 8 and there are three options:

$102 and a Round of Brew: Deal includes beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, a round of four beers at Palomar’s Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails. Rates start from $102 (Rate code: BREW).

Laugh Like a Local: Life just seems a bit better when you’re laughing. Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, two tickets to Stand Up Live. Rate starting from $129 (Rate code: LOCAL).

Downtown Discovery Family Package: Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, choose your own adventure with two children’s tickets to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix or the Arizona Science Center, two welcome kids packs. Rates starting from $124 (Rate code: PFAM).

I’m not a big drinker, so the $102 and a Round of Brew was out. And getting away from the kids is sometimes the reason you NEED a Staycation, so the Downtown Discovery Family Package was out. Since the laughter is the best medicine, the Laugh Like a Local was the perfect pick.

We arrived at the Palomar at around 5 p.m., just in time for the evening wine hour for all guests from 5-6 p.m. It was the pefect way to start our getaway. Immediately, we were on vacation. The Hotel Palomar is as cool as it comes. It is contemporary, connected and cosmopolitan, yet comfortable and welcoming all at once.

After we checked in and put our things in our amazing room with breathtaking views of the city and South Mountain, we went to the pool and its adjacent Lustre Rooftop Garden, which has sweeping views of the city’s stunning skyline and recently underwent several upgrades in addition to launching a new menu. The new menu highlights fresh bites, juice-infused cocktails and a fun and vibrant environment where guests can play table tennis. Local, seasonal ingredients are staples of the new menu, which features leafy green salads, veggies, local and grass-fed beef, a variety of flatbreads, kombucha on tap, fresh-squeezed juices and cocktails.

We had a couple cocktails — I highly recommend the Vida Del Oro: Square One Vodka, lemon juice, carrot juice, ginger juice — and had perhaps the most amazing burger I’ve ever consumed. The Lustre burger comes with avocado, jalapeño, pepper jack cheese and cool ranch aioli. That drip you’re hearing is the drool streaming from the corners of my mouth as call upon the memory.

Lustre is the perfect escape — great food, great drinks, great service, great views, amazing music and the people watching is phenomenal. Lustre was so perfect, we almost missed the 9:45 p.m. comedy show because we didn’t want to leave.

The great thing about the Laugh Like a Local package was the the Palomar has reserved tables for guests at Stand Up Live, so there was no waiting in lines and our seats were great. As it does every weekend, Stand Up Live delivered so many laughs that our abs were sore the next day.

What would a Staycation be without sleeping in, so we stayed in bed until a little after 9 a.m. I was able to get a workout in thanks to the complimentary use of Gold’s Gym, which is adjacent to the Palomar in CityScape. After the workout, I went for a quick swim in the Palomar pool, then soaked in the enormous tub in the room.

We ended our Staycation with a highlight that has the drool flowing again. It was fitting that our brunch at the Palomar’s Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails was on Sunday morning, because it was a religious experience. The Blue Hound is a brilliant blend of modern industrial with a touch of rustic. Friends have been raving about Executive Chef Stephen Jones’ food, but it was my first visit … the first of many. Here is what we chose:
* Eggs Benny with dungeness crab, swiss chard and hollandaise on an english muffin
* Fried Chicken and Waffles with Brown family farms maple syrup

The eggs were poached perfectly, the waffles were heaven-sent (keeping with the religious theme), and the bottomless mimosas were exquisite.

Our Staycation lasted about 18 hours, but eveything the Hotel Palomar Phoenix offers —  its proximity to downtown’s shopping, dining and entertainment; the wine hour; the Blue Hound and Lustre Rooftop Garden; the third-floor outdoor pool with views of the city skyline — made it the perfect quick getaway where we were able to let everything go.

As soon as we got into the car, we both looked at each other and said at the same time, “I want to go back.”

That’s when you know a Staycation has become the perfect vacation.

Booking: www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com or 602-253-6633

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Palomar Offers Superb Staycation Options

I’ve been a downtown dweller for a decade now. I’ve lived in the historic district of Phoenix since before First Friday brought in the cool kids, long before there were bars in the Roosevelt district to attract the hipsters and well before CityScape made downtown Phoenix a destination for something other than a sporting event or employment.

So I’ve never viewed downtown Phoenix as a place to go to get away from it all. Boy, was I wrong.

I took advantage of one of the summer “Staycation options” offered by the Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape. The deals run through September 8 and there are three options:

$102 and a Round of Brew: Deal includes beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, a round of four beers at Palomar’s Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails. Rates start from $102 (Rate code: BREW).

Laugh Like a Local: Life just seems a bit better when you’re laughing. Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, two tickets to Stand Up Live. Rate starting from $129 (Rate code: LOCAL).

Downtown Discovery Family Package: Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, choose your own adventure with two children’s tickets to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix or the Arizona Science Center, two welcome kids packs. Rates starting from $124 (Rate code: PFAM).

I’m not a big drinker, so the $102 and a Round of Brew was out. And getting away from the kids is sometimes the reason you NEED a Staycation, so the Downtown Discovery Family Package was out. Since the laughter is the best medicine, the Laugh Like a Local was the perfect pick.

We arrived at the Palomar at around 5 p.m., just in time for the evening wine hour for all guests from 5-6 p.m. It was the perfect way to start our getaway. Immediately, we were on vacation. The Hotel Palomar is as cool as it comes. It is contemporary, connected and cosmopolitan, yet comfortable and welcoming all at once.

After we checked in and put our things in our amazing room with breathtaking views of the city and South Mountain, we went to the pool and its adjacent Lustre Rooftop Garden, which has sweeping views of the city’s stunning skyline and recently underwent several upgrades in addition to launching a new menu. The new menu highlights fresh bites, juice-infused cocktails and a fun and vibrant environment where guests can play table tennis. Local, seasonal ingredients are staples of the new menu, which features leafy green salads, veggies, local and grass-fed beef, a variety of flatbreads, kombucha on tap, fresh-squeezed juices and cocktails.

We had a couple cocktails — I highly recommend the Vida Del Oro: Square One Vodka, lemon juice, carrot juice, ginger juice — and had perhaps the most amazing burger I’ve ever consumed. The Lustre burger comes with avocado, jalapeño, pepper jack cheese and cool ranch aioli. That drip you’re hearing is the drool streaming from the corners of my mouth as I call upon the memory.

Lustre is the perfect escape — great food, great drinks, great service, great views, amazing music and the people watching is phenomenal. Lustre was so perfect, we almost missed the 9:45 p.m. comedy show because we didn’t want to leave.

The great thing about the Laugh Like a Local package was the the Palomar has reserved tables for guests at Stand Up Live, so there was no waiting in lines and our seats were great. As it does every weekend, Stand Up Live delivered so many laughs that our abs were sore the next day.

What would a Staycation be without sleeping in, so we stayed in bed until a little after 9 a.m. I was able to get a workout in thanks to the complimentary use of Gold’s Gym, which is adjacent to the Palomar in CityScape. After the workout, I went for a quick swim in the Palomar pool, then soaked in the enormous tub in the room.

We ended our Staycation with a highlight that has the drool flowing again. It was fitting that our brunch at the Palomar’s Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails was on Sunday morning, because it was a religious experience. The Blue Hound is a brilliant blend of modern industrial with a touch of rustic. Friends have been raving about Executive Chef Stephen Jones’ food, but it was my first visit … the first of many. Here is what we chose:

* Eggs Benny with dungeness crab, swiss chard and hollandaise on an english muffin
* Fried Chicken and Waffles with Brown family farms maple syrup

The eggs were poached perfectly, the waffles were heaven-sent (keeping with the religious theme), and the bottomless mimosas were exquisite.

Our Staycation lasted about 18 hours, but eveything the Hotel Palomar Phoenix offers —  its proximity to downtown’s shopping, dining and entertainment; the wine hour; the Blue Hound and Lustre Rooftop Garden; the third-floor outdoor pool with views of the city skyline — made it the perfect quick getaway where we were able to let everything go.

As soon as we got into the car, we both looked at each other and said at the same time, “I want to go back.”

That’s when you know a Staycation has become the perfect vacation.

Booking: www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com or 602-253-6633

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Palomar offers sublime Staycation options

I’ve been a downtown dweller for a decade now. I’ve lived in the historic district of Phoenix since before First Friday brought in the cool kids, long before there were bars in the Roosevelt district to attract the hipsters, and well before CityScape made downtown Phoenix a destination for something other than a sporting event or employment.

So I’ve never viewed downtown Phoenix as a place to go to get away from it all. Boy, was I wrong.

I took advantage of one of the summer “Staycation options” offered by the Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape. The deals run through September 8 and there are three options:

$102 and a Round of Brew: Deal includes beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, a round of four beers at Palomar’s Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails. Rates start from $102 (Rate code: BREW).

Laugh Like a Local: Life just seems a bit better when you’re laughing. Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, two tickets to Stand Up Live. Rate starting from $129 (Rate code: LOCAL).

Downtown Discovery Family Package: Beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, choose your own adventure with two children’s tickets to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix or the Arizona Science Center, two welcome kids packs. Rates starting from $124 (Rate code: PFAM).

I’m not a big drinker, so the $102 and a Round of Brew was out. And getting away from the kids is sometimes the reason you NEED a Staycation, so the Downtown Discovery Family Package was out. Since the laughter is the best medicine, the Laugh Like a Local was the perfect pick.

We arrived at the Palomar at around 5 p.m., just in time for the evening wine hour for all guests from 5-6 p.m. It was the pefect way to start our getaway. Immediately, we were on vacation. The Hotel Palomar is as cool as it comes. It is contemporary, connected and cosmopolitan, yet comfortable and welcoming all at once.

After we checked in and put our things in our amazing room with breathtaking views of the city and South Mountain, we went to the pool and its adjacent Lustre Rooftop Garden, which has sweeping views of the city’s stunning skyline and recently underwent several upgrades in addition to launching a new menu. The new menu highlights fresh bites, juice-infused cocktails and a fun and vibrant environment where guests can play table tennis. Local, seasonal ingredients are staples of the new menu, which features leafy green salads, veggies, local and grass-fed beef, a variety of flatbreads, kombucha on tap, fresh-squeezed juices and cocktails.

We had a couple cocktails — I highly recommend the Vida Del Oro: Square One Vodka, lemon juice, carrot juice, ginger juice — and had perhaps the most amazing burger I’ve ever consumed. The Lustre burger comes with avocado, jalapeño, pepper jack cheese and cool ranch aioli. That drip you’re hearing is the drool streaming from the corners of my mouth as call upon the memory.

Lustre is the perfect escape — great food, great drinks, great service, great views, amazing music and the people watching is phenomenal. Lustre was so perfect, we almost missed the 9:45 p.m. comedy show because we didn’t want to leave.

The great thing about the Laugh Like a Local package was the the Palomar has reserved tables for guests at Stand Up Live, so there was no waiting in lines and our seats were great. As it does every weekend, Stand Up Live delivered so many laughs that our abs were sore the next day.

What would a Staycation be without sleeping in, so we stayed in bed until a little after 9 a.m. I was able to get a workout in thanks to the complimentary use of Gold’s Gym, which is adjacent to the Palomar in CityScape. After the workout, I went for a quick swim in the Palomar pool, then soaked in the enormous tub in the room.

We ended our Staycation with a highlight that has the drool flowing again. It was fitting that our brunch at the Palomar’s Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails was on Sunday morning, because it was a religious experience. The Blue Hound is a brilliant blend of modern industrial with a touch of rustic. Friends have been raving about Executive Chef Stephen Jones’ food, but it was my first visit … the first of many. Here is what we chose:
* Eggs Benny with dungeness crab, swiss chard and hollandaise on an english muffin
* Fried Chicken and Waffles with Brown family farms maple syrup

The eggs were poached perfectly, the waffles were heaven-sent (keeping with the religious theme), and the bottomless mimosas were exquisite.

Our Staycation lasted about 18 hours, but eveything the Hotel Palomar Phoenix offers —  its proximity to downtown’s shopping, dining and entertainment; the wine hour; the Blue Hound and Lustre Rooftop Garden; the third-floor outdoor pool with views of the city skyline — made it the perfect quick getaway where we were able to let everything go.

As soon as we got into the car, we both looked at each other and said at the same time, “I want to go back.”

That’s when you know a Staycation has become the perfect vacation.

Booking: www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com or 602-253-6633

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Massive Downtown Phoenix Pillow Fight coming

Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a flurry of feathers during the largest pillow fight to ever hit Downtown Phoenix. On June 5th in the hotel’s second-floor Living Room, hotel staff will provide pillows and be on-site to share tips for friendly battles and proper techniques. Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails, a Kimpton restaurant, will offer $1 signature cocktails and snacks from 5-6pm in celebration of the anniversary.

Following the pillow fight, the hotel will host a party from 6pm – 10pm to debut LUSTRE Rooftop Garden that recently underwent several upgrades in addition to launching a new menu designed by Chef Stephen Jones. Guests will enjoy complimentary fresh bites, cool cocktails, a juice bar, sphere dancers and games of tennis table all to the beats of DJ Al Page.

Perched on the third floor pool deck, LUSTRE Rooftop Garden is an oasis in the heart of Downtown Phoenix with sweeping views of the city’s stunning skyline. The new menu highlights fresh bites, juice-infused cocktails and a fun and vibrant environment where guests can play table tennis. Local, seasonal ingredients are staples of the new menu, which features leafy green salads, veggies, local and grass-fed beef, a variety of flatbreads, kombucha on tap, fresh-squeezed juices and cocktails.

Both events are free and open to the public. The LUSTRE Rooftop Garden Debut Party is open to guests 21 and older.

To learn more about Hotel Palomar Phoenix at CityScape, visit www.hotelpalomar-phoenix.com.