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JW Marriott Desert Ridge Wildfire Pool.

Arizona’s best resorts offer summer staycation deals

Need a summer getaway? Stay home and save money.

Arizona is home to some of the world’s most fantastic pools, luxurious spas, romantic retreats, spectacular golf courses and best restaurants. So you can forget about flight delays and rental cars because many of Arizona’s award-winning hotels and resorts offer summer deals that are designed specifically for local residents who want a staycation to get away from it all. The best part about experiencing Arizona’s best resorts in the summer is that many offer great deals and low rates.

The Boulders Resort

The deal: The Boulders’ summer rates begin at only $99, which is more than a 70 percent discount from its current rates. The Boulders’ “Two by Fore” package includes private luxury casita accommodations, one round of golf per paying adult with same day replay, a 20 percent spa discount at The Boulders Spa, complimentary access to spa facilities and unlimited fitness classes for $189 per night.

To book: 480-488-9009 or theboulders.com

Courtyard Scottsdale Salt River

The deal: Courtyard Scottsdale Salt River offers a refreshing way to unwind. Book its Sleep In & Save Package and stay 2 nights, save 20 percent and sleep in with a 2 p.m. late check out. It’s your weekend to hit the snooze button and catch extra pool time.

To book: 888-236-2427 or courtyardscottsdalesaltriver.com

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

The deal: The sky lights up this summer at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess with fireworks every Saturday night, Dive In movies and the Techno Glo party after dark, a zip line across the lagoons, the SplashRider X-treme water ride, dining, spa golf and more activities for the entire family.  The summer “Sip, Savor & Splash” package starts at $169 per night with a $50 daily resort credit.

To book: 480-585-4848 or scottsdaleprincess.com

FireSky Resort & Spa

The deals: FireSky has four opportunities for locals to enjoy a much-deserved staycation:

• Fast Forward to Summer: Book early and save up to 20 percent off the best available rate, Must book 4 weeks in advance to receive this rate. Mention rate code FAST when booking.

• Tequila and Tanlines: Includes one welcome pitcher of margaritas from Taggia Bar, morning coffee and tea service in the living room and hosted evening wine reception in the living room. Mention rate code PTAN when booking.

• Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: Includes welcome signature cocktail for each person from Taggia bar, transportation to Old Town bars, $10 “Raid the Mini Bar card” for after hours, Westcor shopping and dining incentive guide and more. Mention rate code PGRL when booking.

• Bros and Brews Package: Includes welcome round of four beers, appetizer in Taggia Bar and more. Mention rate code PBRO when booking.

To book: 800-528-7867 or fireskyresort.com

Graduate Tempe

The deals: Graduate Tempe offers two staycation options that appeal to very both risktakers and the more reserved:

• Round up your comrades for the ultimate test in fortitude and sport with the Weekend Warrior Package. Spend an afternoon with your buddies settling old scores at Tempe Paintball. One night stay over Friday or Saturday only comes with a $50 restaurant credit for The Normal or Tapacubo and two Passes to Tempe Paintball with transportation included.

• What better way to cultivate your intellectual curiosity than with a night at the theatre? You pick up the tickets and Graduate Tempe will take care of the rest with our Gammage Theater Package. One night stay includes $50 a restaurant credit for The Normal or Tapacubo and transportation to the theater.

To book: graduatetempe.com

The Hermosa Inn

The deals: Artist for a Day Summer Package, available May 1 – September 7, 2015Amateurs and experienced artists alike are invited to escape the heat and channel their inner Monet, Van Gogh and O’Keefe by booking The Hermosa Inn’s Artist for a Day summer package. Available May 1 through September 7, the artful package includes a stay in one of the 34 luxury casitas, two drink tickets and a one and a half hour private painting lesson (for one person) with on-property artists from Carrie Curran Art Studios at the Inn’s Blue Door Art Studio & Gallery. Twenty-four hour notice is required to schedule the class and the lesson includes all supplies, with acrylic, watercolor, pencil or oils on canvas ($30 fee for additional person to attend the class). Rates starting from $355 per night.

To book: www.hermosainn.com or 800.241.1210

Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock

The deal: With a recent multi-million dollar renovation,Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock is offering summer rates from $168 per night for stays May 26-Sept. 8. Splash into the red rocks with three pools, enjoy indigenous spa treatments at eforea: spa and take a swing at 18 holes of golf at the adjacent Sedona Golf Resort.

To book: hiltonsedonaresort.com

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort

The deal: Escape the hustle, bustle and day-to-day responsibilities with the Fling & Swing package, an amenity-rich package starting at $149. The summer package, available through Sept. 7, includes a daily $50 resort credit, free golf on Faldo and Palmer championship golf courses, free meals for kids 12 and under, free access to the Family Escape Center and no resort fee.

To book: jwdesertridge.com

JW Marriott Starr Pass Tucson Resort & Spa

The deal: The Play Your Way package allows you to escape to cool and comfortable elegance, exciting adventure and delicious dining. From $199 per night — including a $50 or $100 daily resort credit, depending on package booked — you can make a splash at the Starr Pass Water Collection, relax and rejuvenate at Hashani Spa, swing into action at the Starr Pass Golf Club or indulge in fresh and flavorful fare of one of the facility’s five restaurants.

To book: 800-721-6996 or jwmarriottstarrpass.com, use promo code ES7

Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix

The deal: Hotel Palomar in the heart of downtown Phoenix is ready for some summer fun in the sun with its “Fast Forward to Summer” Staycation Package, starting at $119 per night. The package includes 20 percent off the best available rate, deluxe accommodations, 50 percent off valet parking, hosted wine reception in the living room and morning coffee and tea service in the living room.

To book: 602-253-6633 or hotelpalomar-phoenix.com

The Phoenician

The deal: Dive into summer at Arizona’s premier AAA Five Diamond resort with SunSational Summer at The Phoenician with starting rates of $159. Enjoy luxurious accommodations, signature amenities and incomparable service.

To book: 800-888-8234 (ask for rate plan SUMMER) or thephoenician.com/offers

L’Auberge de Sedona

The deal: For the past four summers L’Auberge has had a “Drop it Like it’s Hot” deal that is geared towards Phoenix residents. As the temperatures heat up in Phoenix, Phoenician can escape the heat and drive North to Sedona and “Drop it Like it’s Hot.” At 4 p.m., L’Auberge takes the temperature on Oak Creek and compares it with the temperature at Sky Harbor. The difference will be the discount on your rate.

To book: (928) 282-1661 or lauberge.com

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

The deal: Round-up the family for The Great American Summer at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort, the ultra-family friendly resort with four acres of pools, waterslide, lazy river and more. With rates from $109 per night for stays May 26-Sept. 8, 2015, each summer weekend celebrates America’s favorite summertime experiences with beach parties, luaus, carnivals and more.

To book: squawpeakhilton.com, use promo code SUNSP

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort

The deal: Leave the kids at home and escape to Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, where stunning views and a dramatic mountainside location meet luxe amenities, including all-suite accommodations, eight refreshing pools, golf, spa and romantic dining overlooking the city lights. Rates from $89 are available for Sunday-Thursday stays from July 6-Sept. 8.

To book: tapatiocliffshilton.com, use promo code TAPRM

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

The deal: Summer Returns Package, starting at $239 per night, includes luxury accommodations and a $50 resort credit per night. Summer Fun Package, starting at $249 per night, includes luxury accommodations and a $100 resort credit per night. Summer Fun Package (multi-night) is $999 for a four-night stay and includes luxury accommodations and a $600 resort credit per package. Resort credits may be used for dining, spa or recreational experiences — excluding golf.

To book: 800-241-3333 or ritzcarlton.com/dovemountain

Royal Palms Resort and Spa

The deal: The Royal Palms Resort and Spa, at the base of Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, is offering guests the “Luxe Lounging” Staycation Package, starting at $149 per night. The package features more than $135 of value, including an upgraded room, complimentary cocktails, $25 dinner credit to the renowned T. Cook’s and two $40 Alvadora Spa credits.

To book: 602-840-3610 or royalpalmshotel.com, use promo code PLL

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

The deals: Sanctuary offers a variety of staycation options to suit any interest or occasion:

• Couples looking to indulge in a quick, romantic escape can enjoy Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain’s Romance in Paradise package, which provides one night’s accommodations, dinner at elements, chocolate-covered strawberries and a rose petal turndown. Rates start at $410.

Friends seeking a sweet staycation can enjoy Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain’s BFF Retreat which includes three nights’ accommodations, daily breakfast, a guided hike, bento box lunch, and “build-a-martini” in-room kit. Rates start at $1,386.

Athletes can hone their skills during Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain’s Triathlon Training package, which offers swimming workouts with Olympic Gold Medalist, Misty Hyman, tandem runs, and guided biking excursions with the resort’s staff of fitness experts. The package includes three nights’ accommodations, three days of training, daily breakfast and three spa treatments, designed to soothe the muscles after a hard day of workouts. Rates start at $1,797

To book: 855-245-2051

Talking Stick Resort

The deal: Talking Stick Resort is the perfect playground for your ideal summer getaway. Enjoy the Summer Playcation Package from just $119 per night. This exclusive package includes a daily $25 food and beverage credit with a minimum of a two-night stay. Valid for stays May 3-Sept. 30.

To book: 866-877-9897

We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center

The deal: For $129 per room, per nigh, the Summer Splash package includes a $50 food and beverage credit for the Ahnala Mesquite Room, room service or Pool Bar & Grill; $10 casino slot play for new Fortune Club members; and $5 casino slot play for existing Fortune Club members.

To book: 480-789-5320

Baby Boomer Bust

Thirsty Thursday: Cheers to another second of Summer

On June 30 at 8 p.m. EDT, an extra second will be added to the clock to account for a discrepancy between Earth’s rotation and the atomic clock. We’ll take every additional second of summer that we can get, right?

To help toast this extra second of summer, here are 13 tropical concoctions from top mixologists — perfect for summer cookouts, pool days and beach trips.

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Eddie Garcia, jade bar at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain – Paradise Valley, Ariz.

Ingredients:
1.5 oz. Skyy Citron Vodka
2 oz. watermelon liqueur
Splash orange juice
Splash fresh lime juice
Cantaloupe balls for garnish

Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Shake and strain into chilled martini cocktail glass. Garnish with cantaloupe balls.

      • Umstead Mai-Tai

The Umstead Hotel and Spa – Cary, N.C.

Ingredients:
1 oz. Pineapple juice
1 oz. Orgeat cream
1 oz. Malibu rum
1 oz. 10 Cane
.5 oz. Cointreau
.5 oz. Lime juice
Small batch grenadine floater

Fill cocktail shaker with ice and add pineapple juice, orgeat cream, Cointreau, lime juice and rum. Cover and shake until very cold. Short shake and pour into rocks glass. Float grenadine in corner of glass and top with ice.  Garnish with pineapple wedge, orange slice, pineapple wedges, lemongrass, and cherry.

  • The Perfect Mojito

David Conley, Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa

Ingredients:
1.5 oz. White Rum
.5 oz. simple syrup
Juice of 1/2 lime
6 mint leaves with a sprig for garnish
Splash of soda water

Slap the mint, and add all ingredients except for the soda water into a cocktail shaker with ice cubes. Only shake a couple of times. Instead of floating the club soda, pour the drink into the glass on top of the soda water, allowing it to evenly filter throughout the drink.

  • Planter’s Punch

The Newes from America Pub at Kelley House – Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

Ingredients:
1.5 oz. light rum
1 oz. dark rum
1 oz. pineapple juice
1 oz. orange juice
.5 oz. grenadine
Dark rum floater

Shake all the ingredients together (minus the dark rum floater) with ice. Strain into a large glass with fresh ice and top with a dark rum floater, a cherry, and an orange slice.

  • Lighthouse Lemonade

Greg Fournier, Harbor View Hotel – Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.

Ingredients:
1.5 oz. Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka
.5 oz. St. Germain Elderflower Liquor
.5 oz. house-made sour mix
Club soda

Mix together the vodka, elderflower liquor, and sour mix. Serve over ice and top with club soda and garnish with mint and lemon slice.

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Zachary Blair, Whiteface Lodge – Lake Placid, N.Y.

Ingredients:
2.5 ounces of 44 nectarine potato vodka
2 ounces of homemade watermelon basil juice
.5 ounce of Cynar artichoke bitters
Shake in a cocktail shaker with ice and serve straight up. Garnish with salted lemon and watermelon rind.

  • Summer on the Rocks

Travis London, celebrity chef and founder of Healthy Chic Eats:

Ingredients:
2 oz. Seagrams Escapes Classic Lime Margarita
1 oz. Grapefruit-infused Tequila
.5 oz. simple syrup
Handful of Blueberries
Juice of 1/2 a lime
Club Soda
Lime slice for garnish

Muddle berries with lime margarita, tequila, lime juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Add ice, and shake and strain into glass. Top with club soda. Garnish with lime slice.

  • Wildberry Lemonade

Sarah Santos, Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills – Plymouth, Mass.

Ingredients:
2 oz. Hendrick’s Gin
5 oz. Homemade lemonade (1 part fresh lemon juice, one part water, one part simple syrup)
7 Blackberries
2 Fresh thyme sprigs

Muddle 4 blackberries in a cocktail shaker, and add gin and lemonade. Shake with ice and strain over fresh thyme into a highball glass of fresh ice. Garnish with a thyme skewer of fresh blackberries.

  • Glad Rags

Taylor Hall, Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa

Ingredients:
1.5 oz. Titos vodka
.5 oz. freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
.5 oz. freshly squeezed lime juice
.5 oz. St. Germaine liquor
1 rosemary sprig

Muddle rosemary with juices in a shaker glass, and then add vodka and top with ice. Shake and double strain over fresh ice in a highball glass. Top with a rosemary sprig.

  • 1000 Islands Iced Tea

Sabrina Starr, 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel – Clayton, N.Y.

Ingredients:
.5 oz. Clayton Distillery Vodka
.5 oz. Clayton Distillery Gin
.5 oz. Clayton Distillery Bourbon
.5 oz. Clayton Distillery Peach Whiskey
.5 oz. Clayton Distillery Lemonade Moonshine

4 oz. Raspberry iced tea

Splash pink lemonade

Add liquor and iced tea to cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and pour. Top with a splash of pink lemonade.

  • Red’s Good Time

Owen Joseph, Sea Crest Beach Hotel – Falmouth, Mass.

Ingredients:
1.5 oz. Absolut Citron
.75 oz. guava puree
Splash of Sprite
Splash of club soda
Mint, to taste

Pour ingredients over ice in a 10-oz. highball glass. Stir and top off with Sprite and club soda. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

  • Sin Humo

Erik Thiess-Kusiak, Mirbeau Inn & Spa – Skaneateles, N.Y.

Ingredients:
1.5 oz. Fidencio Unico Mezcal
.75 oz. Cointreau
.5 oz. Patron Citronage
1 oz Fresh Lime Juice
.5 oz Cranberry Juice
Lime slice for garnish

Shake all ingredients with ice in a cocktail shaker, and serve straight up with a lime garnish.

  • Skinny Pina Colada

Chatham Bars Inn – Chatham, Mass.

Ingredients:
1.5 oz    Coconut Water (VitaCoco)
1.5 oz    Pineapple Juice
1.5 oz    Brugal 1888
.5 oz     Three Olives Elvis Vodka
2 tsp      Coconut Palm Sugar

Shake, strain into COLLINS filled with cubed ice, garnish with pineapple leaves

 

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Sanctuary on Camelback hosts Easter festivities

The Sanctuary experience is full of unexpected surprises, from catching sight of a hummingbird while dining on elements’ deck to finding a transformative moment in the meditation garden of the Sanctuary Spa. This Easter Sunday, April 5, hidden treasures will be plentiful at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, thanks to its annual Egg Hunt and delectable Easter feast by Executive Chef Beau MacMillan.
 
The resort’s Sunset Lawn Garden will become an early morning playground for resort guests, with a hunt for hidden eggs and treats commencing at 8:30 a.m. Thereafter guests and locals are invited to a four course prix-fixe Easter Brunch at elements restaurant or an Easter Brunch Buffet in The Views Ballroom, both affording sweeping views of Paradise Valley and the resort’s namesake Camelback Mountain. 
 
The prix-fixe Easter Brunch at elements, offered from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., is $80 per person or $90 with sparkling wine ($25 for children ages 6-12), plus tax, gratuity and beverages.  The menu (available in full here) includes an amuse of Maine Lobster Bisque with cognac and tarragon crème and a choice of beginnings like Foie Gras Sticky Bun with toasted pecans, tokaji jelly and black truffle, and Baked Oysters Dynamite with bloomside spinach, Dungeness crab, Chinese sausage and sesame sauce.
Entrée choices include BBQ Shrimp n’ Grits with Anson Mills cheddar grits, fried egg, chorizo broth and tomato jam, Korean Fried Chicken with bacon waffle, banh mi pickles, and red dragon sauce, and Lobster Benedict with poached eggs, shaved ham, toasted English muffin, and lobster hollandaise, among other options. 
Desserts choices are equally decadent, including Strawberry Shortcake and Liquid Center Chocolate Torte.
 
Easter Brunch Buffet in The Views, offered 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., is $65 per person ($20 for children ages 6-12) plus tax, gratuity and beverages. The buffet menu (available in full here) features glorious spreads including artisanal bread, cheese and dessert displays, an omelet station, a carving board with Roasted Easter Ham with pineapple sticky glaze and fresh biscuits as well as Mustard Herb Crusted Leg of Lamb with rosemary and garlic jus. These are complemented by scrumptious plates including Orecchiette Pasta with Lobster, Shrimp and Crab, Cognac Bananas Foster French Toast with chantilly crème and rum caramel, and Pan Seared Salmon with organic spinach, capers and lemon, among others.
Reservations are required for both Easter events. Please call 480-948-2100.
 
Guy Fieri Portraits & Guy's Super Bowl Grub Tour

Sanctuary plans interactive dinner with Guy Fieri

On Dec. 19, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain’s  Executive Chef Beau MacMillan welcomes fellow Food Network star and celebrity chef Guy Fieri for a special interactive dinner. Guests will break bread with the TV personality – famous for his top-rated Food Network show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives – and get the inside dish on his culinary empire. Those attending dinner can also take advantage of special overnight rates at the award-winning Scottsdale resort.

The night will kick-off with an hour-long VIP Meet & Greet at 6 p.m. at The Views Terrace. Limited to no more than 50 guests, the hors d’oeuvres and cocktails reception will include photo opportunities and an autographed copy of his latest book. Following the up-close-and-personal experience with Fieri will be a three-course interactive dinner with wine pairing from 7 to 9 p.m. in The Views Ballroom.

For guests who’d like to turn dinner into an overnight escape, Sanctuary is offering a $199 rate for an overnight stay in a luxurious Mountain Casita the night of Dec. 19. Rate excludes tax and resort fees.

Tickets to the VIP Meet & Greet and dinner are $295 per person ($195 for dinner only), excluding tax and gratuity. Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling 855-421-4208

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Sanctuary’s guests can cruise in a Ferrari

image002Who hasn’t pictured him- or herself nestled into a plush leather driver’s seat, hands balanced on the steering wheel, cruising in a bright red Ferrari with its retractable hard-top to exalting speeds?  Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale is making that particular dream come true.

The resort is now offering rentals of an exotic Ferrari California which retails for about $229,000.  It will cost guests of Sanctuary far less for the thrill of navigating this ultra luxe driving machine along Arizona’s famous Route 66 or other scenic stretches.  The resort’s “Seek Adventure” Ferrari rental program gives guests the opportunity to drive the Ferrari for two hours for $299, six hours for $699 and a full-day for $1,400.  These rates are exclusive of tax. The opportunity comes with a selection of possible tour routes, from a close-by jaunt around celebrity homes in Paradise Valley to a half-day trip north of Sanctuary to Cave Creek and Bartlett Lake (4 hours, 100 miles).  Full-day suggested tours include roundtrips to Sedona (8 hours, 288 miles) and to Flagstaff via Route 66 and returning through Tonto National Forest (8 hours, 375 miles). Two-hour trips have a 100 mile distance limit and six-hour trips have a 200 mile distance limit, with each additional mile costing $2.50.  They can be booked between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.  Full-day trips, available from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., are limited to 400 miles, with each additional mile at $2.50.

For the “impossible to shop for,” Sanctuary’s Ferrari Casita Package is the obvious choice this holiday season.  It includes a 20% discount on a two-night stay, a half-day rental of a Ferrari California, and a delicious picnic lunch from elements restaurant for the road. The package starts at $1,383.88 based on double occupancy, including tax and excluding resort fee and gratuity.

Those eligible to rent the Ferrari must be a Sanctuary guest, 25 years or older, with a valid driver’s license and major credit card in the same name as the license.  They must also have proof of full coverage auto insurance.  One additional driver is permitted with the same criteria applying.  A security deposit of $1,000 will be required along with the rental fee.

To book the Ferrari Casita Package, guests can call 844-463-4830.

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Sanctuary Offers Holiday Perks in Sunny Scottsdale

Those keen to skip the chaos of “tis the season” need look no further than Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain. The award-winning Scottsdale resort, with mountain views that are serious competition for snow covered peaks, announces a host of options for holiday revelry.

Sanctuary will offer two ways to enjoy Thanksgiving on Nov. 27 (reservations required):

• A Holiday Buffet in The Views ballroom (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.), complete with live entertainment, will feature action and carving stations along with a variety of beginnings (such as refreshing salads, artisan breads and assorted cheeses) and an array of Thanksgiving desserts. The buffet is $55 per adult and $20 for children ages 6-12, plus tax and gratuity.

• Thanksgiving Dinner at elements (12 – 9 p.m.) will be a four-course New American prix-fixe feast. Beginnings include savory fall flavors like Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, Pumpkin Gnocchi, and Duck Confit and Sweet Potato Hash. Entrée selections include Traditional Turkey Dinner with all the fixings, Roasted Halibut with white bean & chorizo stew, baby clams and, smoked paprika aioli, and Pan Roasted Filet of Beef with garlicky parsley crust, dauphinoise potatoes, haricot verts and sauce perigueux. Dessert is elevated with goodies like Pecan Butter Tart with chantilly cream and bourbon caramel, White Chocolate Pumpkin Bread Pudding with cinnamon anglaise and cinnamon ice cream, and Warm Apple Hand Pie with miso butterscotch and vanilla gelato. Dinner is $75 per adult and $25 for children ages 6-12, plus tax and gratuity. Holiday packages at Sanctuary carry into the New Year and are an easy, sunny choice this season:

• Sanctuary stylists will deck the halls of its private estates for the Home for the Holidays package. The resort’s collection of spectacular homes offers ample room for large families and stress-free entertaining. Guests will enjoy festive decorations, a $250 resort credit for dining or spa, and a welcome basket filled with seasonal goodies. Available Nov. 16, 2014 – Jan. 8, 2015, rates start at $1,500 per night, based on a two night minimum.

• Situated in aptly named Paradise Valley, where winter temperatures average in the high 70s, Sanctuary’s guests can escape the cold for a Holiday in Paradise (Valley). The holiday special offers 15 percent off rates Nov. 15, 2014 – Jan. 10, 2015 based on a three night minimum. It’s a great excuse to enjoy superb dining at elements restaurant and jade bar, or kick-start a New Year’s resolution at the Sanctuary Spa.

For more information and reservations, please call (480) 607-2300 or visit sanctuaryaz.com.

Chef Beau MacMillan & TNFL Founder Wayne Kostroski

MacMillan named AZ Cardinals’ celebrity chef

Taste of the NFL, a 501c3 organization, announced the launch the national Kick Hunger Challenge®, an annual fundraising campaign that pits fans from all 32 NFL markets against each other for a friendly competition to raise money for food banks nationwide. The season-long fundraiser kicks off as part of September’s Hunger Action Month and culminates at the 24th Annual Taste of the NFL’s Party with a Purpose® held on the eve of Super Bowl XLIX on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at WestWorld in Scottsdale.

Fans are encouraged to support Taste of the NFL’s mission to end hunger by donating to their favorite NFL team’s fundraising page online at kickhungerchallenge.com. One hundred percent of donations made to a team’s individual page will be distributed to the team’s local food bank partner.

As part of the organization’s commitment to rallying the country’s top chefs to raise awareness and money, TASTE OF THE NFL has appointed Andrew Zimmern as this year’s national culinary host for its Party with a Purpose®. Zimmern, the creator, host and co-executive producer of Travel Channel’s hit series, Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern, will lead the charge along side national celebrity spokesperson, Alyssa Milano.

“With millions of people in America struggling with hunger, the need to do more is greater than ever,” said Zimmern. “I am honored to support Taste of the NFL’s efforts as culinary host and one of many of this country’s top chefs and NFL players that are raising money and awareness in support of food banks throughout the United States.”

This year’s star-studded Party with a Purpose® fundraising event brings together exceptional cuisine, prominent chefs from around the country, including Arizona Cardinals Celebrity Chef Beau MacMillan of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain along with NFL players, coaches, legends and more, all to support the fight against hunger.

Tickets for Party with a Purpose® are on sale now and can be purchased at www.tasteofthenfl.com. Prices are $700 each for guest tickets and $9,000 for VIP tables of 10. An exclusive Diamond Package Experience is also available. For more information, visit tasteofthenfl.com/superbowlevent.

Those who can’t attend the event can still support Taste of the NFL’s mission to end hunger by participating in the Kick Hunger Challenge. NFL fans can visit www.KickHungerChallenge.com and make a donation on behalf of their favorite team. All proceeds from the Kick Hunger Challenge go directly to food banks in NFL team cities.

Arizona fundraising efforts include a Valley-wide restaurant fundraising promotion that supports Taste of the NFL’s Kick Hunger Challenge to promote awareness and action to end hunger in America – with local funds raised staying in Arizona.

In the spirit of Super Bowl XLIX, Taste of the NFL is enlisting 49 local restaurants to participate in the challenge from October – December to raise funds and compete for a chance to be part of the Taste of the NFL action. All proceeds raised in the “Flavors of the Valley” competition will support two local food banks – St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance in Phoenix and Vista del Camino Food Bank in Scottsdale.

The five (5) restaurants that raise the most money during promotion will be invited to participate in the “Flavors of the Valley” area at the Taste of the NFL’s Party with a Purpose®.

Taste of the NFL’s 24th Anniversary partners that have lent an effort to Kick Hunger include: E&J Gallo Winery, American Family Insurance, Low T Centers and TNFL’s newest partner, Arizona-based Avnet.

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Sanctuary Hosts Satori Meditation Retreat

For those in quest of a little more Zen, rejuvenation and inspiration this fall, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain will host its first dedicated Satori Meditation Retreat Oct. 5-8, 2014. Led by master meditation instructor Sarah McLean, who has directed programs for Deepak Chopra and Byron Katie, among other notable figures, the retreat will unlock the secrets to a more peaceful, centered and fulfilling life. It will include candle light yoga, meditation in motion, and mindfulness practices, complete with spa treatments at the world-renowned Sanctuary Spa, delicious nourishment via elements restaurant, and blissful casita accommodations. The complete retreat itinerary can be viewed online.

Sanctuary’s Satori Meditation Retreat is limited to 12 participants and starts at $2,900 based on double occupancy ($4,100 for single occupancy). It includes luxurious accommodations, meals, seminars, spa treatments, tax and gratuity. A 10% discount is available for double occupancy reservations made by Aug. 1, 2014. The package price does not include alcohol, additional food and beverage, or a daily resort fee and tax of $29.42.

For more information or to make a reservation, please call (480) 624-8513.

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.

Some of the best staycations for the holiday weekend

You don’t need to go away for the holiday weekend when we have the world’s most fantastic pools, luxurious spas, romantic retreats, spectacular golf courses and best restaurants right in our backyard.

You can forget about the flight delays and rental cars because many of Arizona’s award-winning hotels and resorts offer summer deals that are designed specifically for local residents who want a staycation to get away from it all. The best part about it getting to experience the best Arizona has to offer? During the summer, the rates are very low.

Hotel Palomar Phoenix
The deals: “Night on the Town” includes accommodations and $25 gift card to Copper Blues starting at $129. “$102 and a Round of Brew” includes accommodations and a round of four beers at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails. “Sweet Dreams” features accommodations, “Some Day, Some Night” children’s book by local author Jack Guinan, milk and cookies starting at $129. “Summer Getaway” offers accommodations, $10 iTunes gift card and two welcome cocktails at LUSTRE Rooftop Garden starting from $129.
To book: (602) 253-6633 or hotelpalomar-phoenix.com

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch
The deal: The Splash Into Summer package is available May 21-Sept. 3. From just $169 per night, guests get a deluxe room (50 percent off second room), free dinner in SWB for one child with each paying adult, free golf for kids ages 15 and under, 50 percent off Camp Hyatt each day for up to two children per room, and access to the resort’s 2.5-acre water extravaganza complete with 10 pools and three-story, high-speed waterslide.
To book: (480) 444-1234 or scottsdale.hyatt.com and reference rate code SSPLSH

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa
The deal: The “Fling & Swing” package starting at $169 is available May 22 through Sept. 2. The summer package includes a daily $50 resort credit, free golf on Faldo and Palmer championship golf courses (after 3 p.m. day of arrival, 11 a.m. on for remainder of stay), free meals for kids 12 and under, free access to the Family Escape Center, free in-room Wi-Fi, complimentary appetizer or dessert daily with an entree and free tennis.
To book: familyflingandswing.com/

Kimpton’s Amara Resort & Spa
The deals: Amara offers two summer packages. “Rise & Dine” includes deluxe accommodations and a $25 daily dining credit starting from $339 per night. “Relax & Recharge” features deluxe accommodations and $100 daily spa credit starting from $339 per night. Packages valid now through December 31.
To book: (928) 282-4828 or amararesort.com

L’Auberge de Sedona
The deal: For the past 3 summers L’Auberge has had a “Drop it Like it’s Hot” deal that is geared towards Phoenix residents. As the temperatures heat up in Phoenix, Phoenician can escape the heat and drive North to Sedona and “Drop it Like it’s Hot.” At 4 p.m., L’Auberge takes the temperature on Oak Creek and compares it with the temperature at Sky Harbor. The difference will be the discount on your rate.
To book: (928) 282-1661 or lauberge.com

Lodge on the Desert
The deal: From May 27-Aug. 14, guests can get deluxe accommodations at $99 per night with breakfast for two (plus tax). Based on availability.
To book: (520) 320-2000

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
The deal: Dive into Summer Savings with Loews Best Rate. Rates start from $99 per night, May 21-Sept. 4, and some restrictions apply. Rates are also based on availability.
To book: (800) 235-6397 or loewshotels.com

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
The deal: Discover refreshing pools, water slides, complimentary kid’s meals, poolside activities, dive-in movies, all-suite accommodations, themed restaurants, children’s programs, championship golf and relaxing spa services for the ultimate in summer chill time. Rates starting from $89 per room, per night.
To book: (602) 943-7752 or pointehiltontapatiocliffs.com

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
The deal: Sanctuary offers the “For Arizonans Only” deal, which gives local residents 20 percent off the resort’s best available rate for a two-night stay or more. Guests must present a valid Arizona ID at check-in. Offer is valid June 1-Aug. 27. In addition, Sanctuary’s starting rates drop 45 percent — from $529 to $289 per night — beginning May 16.
To book: (800) 245-2051 or sanctuaryaz.com

Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center
The deal: Rates from $89, guests choose from the resort’s Stay Scottsdale, Play Scottsdale or Summer Seclusions “Kid Free Zone” packages. Available May 23-Sept. 1.
To book: (480) 991-9000 or TheScottsdaleResort.com

Talking Stick Resort
The deal: This summer, Talking Stick Resort is offering discounted hotel rates starting from $119 per night plus applicable taxes.
To book: (480) 850-7777 or talkingstickresort.com

The Boulders, a Waldorf Astoria Resort
The deal: The Boulders beckons travelers to the “cool side of the desert,” where temperatures are typically10 degrees cooler than in the valley. Seasonal rates dip to $99 per night. When booking a stay, request the “Best of Waldorf Astoria Package” and receive $50 resort reward for each night of the stay. The Truly Boulders Package includes luxury Casita accommodations, daily $15/adult breakfast credit, 20 percent off spa services, complimentary parking and golf club/tennis racquet rentals for just $159 per night, double occupancy.
To book: (480) 488-9009 or theboulders.com

The Phoenician
The deal: Book and stay between May 30 and September 1 and be entered to win a two-night New Year’s Eve stay at The Canyon Suites, Arizona’s only Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond hotel. Summer rates start at $159 per night.
To book: (480) 941-8200 or thephoenician.com/offers and reference rate code SUMMER

The Scottsdale Plaza Resort
The deal: At The Plaza, enjoy luxury accommodations from $99 per night plus a $50 food & beverage credit for any resort bar, poolside café or restaurant.
To book: (480) 948-5000 or scottsdaleplaza.com

The Scottsdale Resort
The deals: “Stay Scottsdale, Play Scottsdale Summer Package” offers rates from $89 weekdays and $99 weekends and includes accommodations, $50 food and beverage credit and weekend movie showings in the Pueblo Theater. The “Kid Free Zone” package offers rates from $89 weekdays and $119 weekends and includes accommodations, $50 food and beverage credit and Saturday and Sunday full breakfast buffet for two in the clubhouse. Casita suites available starting from $149 weekday and $179 on weekends. Summer deals available May 23-Sept. 1.
To book: (800) 540-0727 or thescottsdaleresort.com

W Scottsdale Hotel
The deal: The W lets you kick back and take it easy with two special summer packages. The Vitamin W comes with sunglasses, sunblock, beach bag, a poolside pitcher of Vitamin W and a room. The Road Trip includes a $25 gas card, overnight valet parking, a USB car charger and a room. Rates are from $160 per night and available for stays May 11-Sept. 6
To book: (877) 782-0104 or wscottsdalehotel.com/specialoffers

Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa
The deal: Get Baja Bound starting at $99, Your tropical staycation includes a discount “passport book” with savings on all restaurants, spa, tennis, horseback riding and more.
To book: (520) 297-1151 or westwardlook.com

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino and Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino
The deal: Gila River Casinos is a great place to stay and play! From June 1-Sept. 25, guests can stay at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino and Vee Quiva Hotel & Casino for rates starting as low as $69. The best gaming, dining and night life in the valley, Gila River Casinos offers all the hottest slots and best entertainment destination all under one roof.
To book: WinGilaRiver.com

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Thirsty Thursday: Honeydew Cucumber Sour

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is one of our favorite places to spend a day at the spa. But that isn’t the only way for the resorts’ guests to get refreshed. Sanctuary’s newly renovated jade bar is serving up a new Honeydew Cucumber Sour ($14) with its summer menu, and we can’t wait to give it  a try on one of these upcoming triple-digit days! Cool fact, courtesy of jade bar, cucumbers can be 20 degrees cooler on the inside than the outside air.

What’s in the Honeydew Cucumber Sour:
Martin Miller’s Reformed Dry Gin
Fresh-pressed lemon juice
Honeydew juice
Clover honey syrup
Regan’s No. 6 orange bitters
Sliced cucumber

How to make it:
Mix ingredients, garnish with cucumber and sip happily.

jade bar @ Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, 5700 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, sanctuaryoncamelback.com

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Summer Solace at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

There’s no time like the present to engage in a little self-reflection and no better place to seek summer solace than at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain. The resort is as Zen as they come, from its enviable perch on Camelback Mountain, enhanced by the red rock formations, to its exquisitely landscaped grounds, luxurious guest casitas and Asian-inspired Sanctuary Spa.

The setting is the perfect backdrop for a unique program called Satori that paves the way to enlightenment. The program, available year around, offers guests a customized, potentially life changing spa experience that addresses each participant’s needs and goals. Now it can be enjoyed at an all-inclusive summer package rate (available between June 1 and Aug. 30, 2014) when booked by May 29. The per-person package includes:

  • Three nights in a luxurious casita or suite
  • All meals prepared by Sanctuary celebrity chef Beau MacMillan and his award-winning staff (excludes alcohol)
  • Two 60-minute spa treatments of guest’s choice
  • Unlimited participation in daily classes in the movement studio
  • Choice of one fitness activity (e.g. personal training session, assisted stretch, private Pilates or tennis lesson)
  • Full access to Sanctuary’s extensive resort amenities
  • Meet and greet sedan service to and from Sky Harbor Airport
  • Welcome gift

For check-ins Sunday to Wednesday, the package price starts at $1,700 for single occupancy; $2,600 for double occupancy. Thursday to Saturday check-ins will pay $1,900 for single occupancy and $2,800 for double occupancy.*

*Rates include tax and gratuity for meals, transportation and spa treatments. They do not include alcohol, meals or snacks not part of the package and a daily resort fee and tax of $29.42. The offer is limited and cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion, and blackout dates apply.

For more information or to make a reservation, please call (480) 624-8513.

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Top 5 Accommodations: Phoenix (Spring-Summer 2014)

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Get ready to experience Arizona’s spring/summer 2014 Top 5 Accommodations in Phoenix! 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 list’s.



Top 5 Accommodations: Phoenix

Hyatt Regency Phoenix
122 N. 2nd St. Phoenix, AZ 85004

(602) 252-1234
Website
Set within the center of cosmopolitan Phoenix, the Hyatt Regency Phoenix is an urban oasis of comfort and calm. From spacious suites to delicious dining and beyond, you can immerse yourself in the very essence of downtown Phoenix.

Palomar Phoenix, A Kimpton Hotel
2 E. Jefferson St. Phoenix, AZ 85004

(877) 488-1908
Website
Hotel Palomar has the largest rooms in downtown Phoenix, ranging from 410 to 1,700 square feet, as well as a pool and adjacent open-air lounge. Located at CityScape in downtown Phoenix, guests are just steps away from the US Airways Center, Chase Field, Phoenix Symphony and more.

Royal Palms Resort and Spa
5200 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85018

(800) 678-8946
Website
Since it began as a couple’s desert getaway in 1929, this Phoenix, Arizona hotel has offered generations of guests the intimate atmosphere of a luxurious, private residence— along with the amenities of an award-winning resort.

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
5700 E. McDonald Dr. Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

(800) 245-2051
Website
Situated on 53 acres, the resort offers its guests unparalleled privacy and peace. Guests enjoy the most modern of pleasures and conveniences. The spa features 12 indoor/outdoor treatment rooms, a meditation garden, Sanctum Suite and Watsu pool.

The Ritz-Carlton Phoenix
2401 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 85016

(800) 542-8680
Website
The 11-story, 281-room hotel features spectacular city views, fine dining and an exquisite outdoor patio and pool.

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Updates on the Hottest Spots in Scottsdale

75 Never Looked So Good

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Next time it’s your birthday, invite the world famous Dale Chihuly to come. That’s exactly what the Desert Botanical Garden is doing to commemorate its 75th anniversary. Credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from the realm of craft to fine art, Chihuly has long held a love affair with the Sonoran Desert. And now he’s putting that love affair on display for the second time at DBG during Chihuly in the Garden. The exhibit blends the distinct shapes and colors of the desert region – think agave plants and the bold and brilliant sun – with Chihuly’s signature touches like brightly adorned glass balls in wooden boats. Behold Chihuly’s brilliant ability to weave his ornate pieces of art into the garden’s 50,000 indigenous plants including the iconic saguaro, cholla cactus and palo verde November 9, 2013 – May 18, 2014. The last exhibit, which ran in late 2008 and early 2009 attracted more than 550,000 over six months.

Wild West Lassoes New Cowboy Joints

Sure Scottsdale is nicknamed “The West’s Most Western Town,” but today the scene is more old west meets new west and a bit more Miranda Lambert than John Wayne. Two new modern-day saloons are adding to the collection of more than 80 hotspots in downtown, dubbed a “desert version of Miami’s South Beach” by The New York Times. The Western swung open its wooden doors with its name written in chalk on April 25, 2013. This honky-tonk is all about local country bands, home-style grub and whiskey cocktails with a cool western meets modern motif as the backdrop – think old church pews, a faux-leather bar, iron bar stools and a well-worn couch.

Just down the street, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row made its debut on Independence Day as a 1920s-style saloon with a new country vibe and live tunes from national and local acts performing on a stage hanging from the ceiling directly above the bar. The owner, Bentley, who just so happens to be a Grammy-nominated country star and Phoenix native, is bringing a taste of the South to the desert with a comfort-food menu with items such as shrimp and fritters, fried pickles and BBQ grilled chicken chockfull of local ingredients. Self-serve beer and liquor on tap will quench any cowboy’s thirst.

Taste the Flavors of Real Mean Cuisine

foodtruckcaravan

Where can you get a satay daging beef skewer for dinner and a s’mores sandwich for dessert? Look no further than the Food Truck Caravan in downtown Scottsdale, which takes place each Saturday from 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. Featuring eight or more gourmet trucks from foodie havens such as Grilled Cheese Truck, Liberty Biscuits, Satay Hut, Spice It Up, Stickaberry, SuperFarm Food Truck and Udder Delights, expect everything from Southern comfort food and organic sliders to curriesand classic diner cuisine. This family and dog-friendly roundup is complete with picnic tables, live music and a caravan concierge, offering discounts at participating nearby local shops and art galleries for those who spend $8 or more on dinner.

Scottsdale – Shaken, Not Stirred

Scottsdale loves to shake things up when it comes to crafting cocktails. And there’s no better place to sip on a martini than jade bar at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, set to debut its new face this October. Named one of the best bars in America by Esquire magazine, this chic lounge is undergoing a major renovation that will nearly double its seating both inside and out but maintain its signature feature, floor-to-ceiling windows that offer incredible views of the surrounding mountains and valley. Cozy up with a friend or loved one at the stand-up drink bar made of authentic jade or on the patio, featuring a retractable shade, heaters and a fireplace.

You love cocktails, and you’re a fan of all things local. Then it’s time to mix it up, literally, at The Mix Up Bar, at Royal Palms Resort and Spa. Opening in September, this fun cocktail haven is the brainchild of Kim Haasarud, founder of nationally acclaimed beverage consulting company Liquid Architecture, and Paul McCabe, the new executive chef at T. Cooks, whose passion for locally sourced items is as much a part of him as his Arizona roots. Expect the unexpected with garden-to-glass cocktails featuring a lineup of ingredients like AZ Bitters Lab’s flavored bitters, La Bella Terre’s botanical sprays and vinegars from Outrageous Olive Oil & Vinegars, plus fresh produce and herbs grown in the new T. Cook’s garden. Pair a cocktail with a meal that’s designed to enhance the flavor of the alcohol.

hermosa inn

One of Scottsdale’s original cowboys, Lon Megargee, founder of the upscale, yet rustic The Hermosa Inn would be proud of the recent transformation at Last Drop at the Hermosa. This casual dining bar and grill was expanded to include outdoor seating. Daily happy hour features live entertainment and a new menu from Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco that includes everything from salads and sandwiches to shared bites and pizzas. All handcrafted cocktails featuring house-made liquors, tinctures and bitters are whipped up by Last Drop’s Travis Nass.

On the Edge of Ingenuity

Home to more than 100 galleries, Scottsdale has long been an art mecca that’s inspired some of the greatest creative minds of the 20th and 21st century. On The Edge Gallery, an artist co-op featuring work by more than 40 artists, tells the story of just a few of these great minds through jewelry, ceramic and paintings. Step in the 2,000-square-foot gallery in downtown and encounter artists such as Dave Bigelow, whose starkly beautiful crosses are carved locally in a small woodshop; Wyatt Moody, whose sculptures tell the story of mankind’s journey and connectedness to the Earth; and Sherry Herradence, whose mixed media prints depict her fascination with bold colors, flowers and the four seasons. This one-stop shop harnesses the creative of the Southwest and Scottsdale.

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Updates on the Hottest Spots in Scottsdale

75 Never Looked So Good

OEG-Flowers-610x360Next time it’s your birthday, invite the world famous Dale Chihuly to come. That’s exactly what the Desert Botanical Garden is doing to commemorate its 75th anniversary. Credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement and elevating the perception of the glass medium from the realm of craft to fine art, Chihuly has long held a love affair with the Sonoran Desert. And now he’s putting that love affair on display for the second time at DBG during Chihuly in the Garden. The exhibit blends the distinct shapes and colors of the desert region – think agave plants and the bold and brilliant sun – with Chihuly’s signature touches like brightly adorned glass balls in wooden boats. Behold Chihuly’s brilliant ability to weave his ornate pieces of art into the garden’s 50,000 indigenous plants including the iconic saguaro, cholla cactus and palo verde November 9, 2013 – May 18, 2014. The last exhibit, which ran in late 2008 and early 2009 attracted more than 550,000 over six months.

Wild West Lassoes New Cowboy Joints

Sure Scottsdale is nicknamed “The West’s Most Western Town,” but today the scene is more old west meets new west and a bit more Miranda Lambert than John Wayne. Two new modern-day saloons are adding to the collection of more than 80 hotspots in downtown, dubbed a “desert version of Miami’s South Beach” by The New York Times. The Western swung open its wooden doors with its name written in chalk on April 25, 2013. This honky-tonk is all about local country bands, home-style grub and whiskey cocktails with a cool western meets modern motif as the backdrop – think old church pews, a faux-leather bar, iron bar stools and a well-worn couch.

Just down the street, Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row made its debut on Independence Day as a 1920s-style saloon with a new country vibe and live tunes from national and local acts performing on a stage hanging from the ceiling directly above the bar. The owner, Bentley, who just so happens to be a Grammy-nominated country star and Phoenix native, is bringing a taste of the South to the desert with a comfort-food menu with items such as shrimp and fritters, fried pickles and BBQ grilled chicken chockfull of local ingredients. Self-serve beer and liquor on tap will quench any cowboy’s thirst.

Taste the Flavors of Real Mean Cuisine

foodtruckcaravan Where can you get a satay daging beef skewer for dinner and a s’mores sandwich for dessert? Look no further than the Food Truck Caravan in downtown Scottsdale, which takes place each Saturday from 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. Featuring eight or more gourmet trucks from foodie havens such as Grilled Cheese Truck, Liberty Biscuits, Satay Hut, Spice It Up, Stickaberry, SuperFarm Food Truck and Udder Delights, expect everything from Southern comfort food and organic sliders to curriesand classic diner cuisine. This family and dog-friendly roundup is complete with picnic tables, live music and a caravan concierge, offering discounts at participating nearby local shops and art galleries for those who spend $8 or more on dinner.

Scottsdale – Shaken, Not Stirred

Scottsdale loves to shake things up when it comes to crafting cocktails. And there’s no better place to sip on a martini than jade bar at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, set to debut its new face this October. Named one of the best bars in America by Esquire magazine, this chic lounge is undergoing a major renovation that will nearly double its seating both inside and out but maintain its signature feature, floor-to-ceiling windows that offer incredible views of the surrounding mountains and valley. Cozy up with a friend or loved one at the stand-up drink bar made of authentic jade or on the patio, featuring a retractable shade, heaters and a fireplace.

You love cocktails, and you’re a fan of all things local. Then it’s time to mix it up, literally, at The Mix Up Bar, at Royal Palms Resort and Spa. Opening in September, this fun cocktail haven is the brainchild of Kim Haasarud, founder of nationally acclaimed beverage consulting company Liquid Architecture, and Paul McCabe, the new executive chef at T. Cooks, whose passion for locally sourced items is as much a part of him as his Arizona roots. Expect the unexpected with garden-to-glass cocktails featuring a lineup of ingredients like AZ Bitters Lab’s flavored bitters, La Bella Terre’s botanical sprays and vinegars from Outrageous Olive Oil & Vinegars, plus fresh produce and herbs grown in the new T. Cook’s garden. Pair a cocktail with a meal that’s designed to enhance the flavor of the alcohol.

hermosa inn

One of Scottsdale’s original cowboys, Lon Megargee, founder of the upscale, yet rustic The Hermosa Inn would be proud of the transformation at Last Drop at the Hermosa. This casual dining bar and grill was expanded to include outdoor seating. Daily happy hour features live entertainment and a new menu from Chef Jeremy Pacheco that includes everything from salads and sandwiches to shared bites and pizzas. All handcrafted cocktails are made by Last Drop’s Travis Nass.

On the Edge of Ingenuity

Home to more than 100 galleries, Scottsdale has long been an art mecca that’s inspired some of the greatest creative minds of the 20th and 21st century. On The Edge Gallery, an artist co-op featuring work by more than 40 artists, tells the story of just a few of these great minds through jewelry, ceramic and paintings. Step in the 2,000-square-foot gallery in downtown and encounter artists such as Dave Bigelow, whose starkly beautiful crosses are carved locally in a small woodshop; Wyatt Moody, whose sculptures tell the story of mankind’s journey and connectedness to the Earth; and Sherry Herradence, whose mixed media prints depict her fascination with bold colors, flowers and the four seasons. This one-stop shop harnesses the creative of the Southwest and Scottsdale.

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Sanctuary Receives 2013 ‘Stars of the Industry’ Award

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, the country’s premier luxury resort, was recognized by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) with a 2013 “Stars of the Industry” award during its Summer Summit in Denver, Colo. Sanctuary’s 2012 “Escape for GOOD” fundraiser, which raised $10 million benefiting Athletes for Hope and UGIVE, two nonprofits dedicated to inspiring and enabling voluntary service nationwide, was honored in the “Special Events, One-Time Only, Small-Property” category.

The invitation-only weekend event at Sanctuary, limited to 75 couples at a minimum donation of $50,000 each, offered once-in-a-lifetime experiences with sports industry celebrities such as Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Cris Collinsworth, Mia Hamm, Tony Hawk, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Alonzo Mourning, Anthony Muñoz, Paul O’Neill and Annika Sorenstam. Activities included tennis with Andre Agassi on Sanctuary’s championship tennis courts, a morning run through Paradise Valley with track and field star Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and a cook-off with culinary masters Todd English, Sanctuary’s own Executive Chef Beau MacMillan, and Phoenix’s Mark Tarbell. The weekend concluded with an extravagant private dinner for Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday.

Sanctuary’s scenic and tranquil atmosphere provided a perfect backdrop for discussions on social issues and education for America’s youth. The weekend sparked conversations that forged new partnerships between Google and the Gates Foundation, Andre Agassi and Unicef, as well as a new Sports for Development program in South Africa and Ethiopia.

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Sanctuary Receives 2013 'Stars of the Industry' Award

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, the country’s premier luxury resort, was recognized by the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA) with a 2013 “Stars of the Industry” award during its Summer Summit in Denver, Colo. Sanctuary’s 2012 “Escape for GOOD” fundraiser, which raised $10 million benefiting Athletes for Hope and UGIVE, two nonprofits dedicated to inspiring and enabling voluntary service nationwide, was honored in the “Special Events, One-Time Only, Small-Property” category.

The invitation-only weekend event at Sanctuary, limited to 75 couples at a minimum donation of $50,000 each, offered once-in-a-lifetime experiences with sports industry celebrities such as Andre Agassi, Muhammad Ali, Cris Collinsworth, Mia Hamm, Tony Hawk, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Alonzo Mourning, Anthony Muñoz, Paul O’Neill and Annika Sorenstam. Activities included tennis with Andre Agassi on Sanctuary’s championship tennis courts, a morning run through Paradise Valley with track and field star Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and a cook-off with culinary masters Todd English, Sanctuary’s own Executive Chef Beau MacMillan, and Phoenix’s Mark Tarbell. The weekend concluded with an extravagant private dinner for Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday.

Sanctuary’s scenic and tranquil atmosphere provided a perfect backdrop for discussions on social issues and education for America’s youth. The weekend sparked conversations that forged new partnerships between Google and the Gates Foundation, Andre Agassi and Unicef, as well as a new Sports for Development program in South Africa and Ethiopia.

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Stay-and-Sweat with Fitness Retreats

Fitness retreats are a fast-booming business with health-conscious travelers looking to upkeep their fitness routines while vacationing — and leave them with a little more wiggle room to indulge. For vacationers looking to stay-and-sweat, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain’s Triathlon Prep Program and Satori Wellness Retreat elevate the healthy getaway experience with unique retreats led by Sanctuary’s A-List fitness staff, including swim coach Misty Hyman, a 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist.

Three-day Triathlon Prep Program

Prior to arrival, Sanctuary’s fitness team connects with the guest to determine their current training program and goals. On the first day of training, guests work directly with swim instructor Misty Hyman, who earned a gold medal in the 200 meter butterfly at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. She offers best swimming strategies for endurance and speed in Sanctuary’s 25-yard outdoor lap pool. Day two brings a guided desert bike ride, and guests hit the ground running on their third day of training, embarking on a tandem run with a fitness instructor. At the end of each training day, guests will enjoy spa treatments to restore muscles and joints impacted by strenuous days.

Package includes:
· Three night casita accommodations
· Three days of training with Sanctuary’s team of experts. Each day will be focused around the different elements of a triathlon, such as core training, swimming, biking, and running.
· Power breakfast each morning
· Three spa treatments to address the ailments brought on by a hard day of swimming, biking and running. Treatments include:
· 60-minute Therapeutic/Sports Massage customized to specific areas of muscle tension and to enhance athletic performance by focusing on sport-specific muscles.
· 60-minute Reflexology using techniques to stimulate the flow of energy in your feet, this massage rebalances the body and promotes increased relaxation and relief from stress.
· 90-minute Table Thai Massage. This ancient style of massage, gently pulls, pushes and kneads your muscles in patterns of gentle rocking and rhythmic compressions

Package price starts at $1,797, single occupancy. Rate includes room tax, food & beverage tax and gratuity, and spa gratuity. Advance reservations required. Trainer gratuity per guest discretion. Package prices do not include $20 daily resort fee

Satori Wellness Retreat

Sanctuary’s Satori Wellness Retreat enlightens guests for a healthier new lifestyle. During the 4-day wellness journey, guests meet a certified personal trainer, who will introduce them to a unique, personalized health and fitness program that’s exciting, effective and easy to maintain when they return home. Guests can choose from a variety of fitness styles and activities such as private Pilates, yoga, body sculpt, dance fusion, private hiking & biking tours, tennis and much more. Satori Wellness Packages can be customized for individuals and groups and can booked through Sanctuary’s Fitness & Wellness Manager, Kara Thomas by calling 480-607-2336 or email kthomas@sanctuaryaz.com.

The base rate of $2,455 (per person) includes:
· 3 nights, 4 days in a Mountain casita
· One hour Agenda/Nutrition Consultation with Fitness Director Kara Thomas
· One hour personal training session, automated weight management program.
· Two 60-minute luxurious Spa treatments
· Welcome gift, daily journal, transportation from and to airport
· Take home recipes from award-winning Executive Chef Beau MacMillan
· Access to open resort movement studio classes as well as access to the resort’s infinity swimming pools and lap pools.

The retreat can also be customized to include an entire Yoga retreat, Pilates retreat, Romance retreat for couples, or an Outdoor adventure retreat. Rates customized for each program.

In addition to specialized fitness retreats, Sanctuary offers an extensive schedule of group exercise classes to all guests.

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Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Events Invite Guests to Shake Up the Week and Stir In Some Fun

While temperatures remain chilly in much of the country, things are heating up with the Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain events. The award-winning resort is beckoning guests to shake the late-winter blues with a mix of creative cocktail classes and live music that mark the return of two popular, high-demand programs, Mixology 101 and Sundays in Paradise. The resort has also unveiled a revamped menu for the daily premium happy hour in Paradise Valley, The Pour.

On Saturday afternoons at 1 p.m., Sanctuary’s expert mixologists will host Mixology 101 at jade bar, teaching participants to craft a selection of cocktails inspired by a different spirit each week. At $30 per person, theMixology 101 schedule is limited to 10 people per class and includes:

February 16: Operation Gin – From Jenever to Tanqueray 10

February 23: Whiskey Run – Scotches, Irish and Bourbons

March 2: Brandy Concoctions – Cognacs and the classics

March 9: Vodka Experiment – Infusions and other elixirs

March 16: Hollywood Cocktails – From Marilyn to Sinatra

March 23: Tequila Time – Agave treats from Mexico

March 30: Tiki Hour – Rum from around the world

Sundays in Paradise gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy Paradise Valley’s lush scenery and the live tunes of musicians like Andre Delano and Khani Cole from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. for a cover charge of $5 ($15 for a special engagement on March 10). Gourmet Picnic Packages are also available for $55 ($65 on March 10), including admission for two, a bottle of wine, choice of appetizer, and preferred lawn seating with a blanket for the afternoon. This season’s artist line-up includes:

February 17: Andre Delano

February 24: Walt Richardson

March 3: Sugahbeat

March 10: Matt Rogers

March 17: Khani Cole

March 24: Mel Bridges

Also, check in for Sanctuary’s popular daily happy hour, The Pour, serving up a brand-new menu featuring wines and spirits, cool cocktails, and savory small plates by celebrity chef Beau MacMillan. Everything is $6! The Pour is held daily from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Sanctuary’s jade bar and 10 p.m. to midnight at edge bar.

For more information, please call (480) 607-2300 or visit sanctuaryaz.com.

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‘The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook’ signing

Not many people hope to work themselves out of a job. However Dr. Marwan Sabbagh, a board-certified neurologist and Banner Sun Health Research Institute medical director, has spent his entire career seeking to do just that as a leading researcher combating Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Sabbagh’s next step toward his self-stated unemployment goal is “The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook: 100 Recipes to Boost Brain Health,” a full-color cookbook and health guide he co-authored with Food Network star and Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Executive Chef Beau MacMillan.

To encourage everyone to get this valuable nutritional information in time for the holidays, Dr. Sabbagh will team up with the Sun Health Gift Shops inside Banner Boswell and Banner Del E. Webb medical centers and host a pair of book-signing events during December.  Dr. Sabbagh visits Banner Boswell Medical Center Gift Shop from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6 before traveling to the main gift shop at Banner Del E. Webb Medical Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 14.

According to Amazon.com, “The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook” outlines “…the latest evidence-based research on Alzheimer’s and nutrition, and presents a dietary plan …to enhance your health.”  More information about the book can be found at: http://www.marwansabbaghmd.com/

“The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook” will be on-sale at both events for $30 each. Dr. Sabbagh will also happily sign any previously purchased books.

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Sanctuary Named Top Resort in the Southwest

The results of Condé Nast Traveler’s 25th annual Readers’ Choice Awards are in, and Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain has been voted the number one resort in the Southwest. With an overall score of 92.5 reflecting readers’ opinions on rooms, service, food, location, design and activities, Sanctuary shares the region’s top spot with Tucson’s The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. This year, Condé Nast Traveler received a record 46,476 responses, with readers evaluating more than 10,000 resorts, destinations, airlines, and cruise lines worldwide.

“We are honored to be recognized by Condé Nast Traveler’s readers and thrilled for the Sanctuary team,” said Mike Surguine, vice president and general manager of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain.  “The Phoenix/Scottsdale region has long been a sanctuary for leisure travelers, and we owe a debt of gratitude to the people and businesses that make this one of the world’s best places to visit.”

Condé Nast Traveler’s complete list of top resorts in the Southwest is available at http://www.cntraveler.com/readers-choice-awards/united-states/top-25-resorts-southwest-usa.

Hotel Palomar’s arrival lobby. Photo: Isaac Maiselman, The Photographers Gallery

Top 5: Phoenix Accommodations (Fall-Winter 2012)

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

Pointe Hilton Resorts-Tapatio Cliffs

11111 N. 7th St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85020
(800) 947-9784
pointehilton.com
Whether visiting for business or pleasure, you will enjoy luxury all-suite accommodations, complimentary access to our expansive water feature, unique dining experiences, championship golf, relaxing spa and salon services and an array of shopping options. Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort truly is an extraordinary escape from the ordinary.


Royal Palms Resort & Spa

5200 E. Camelback Rd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85018
(800) 672-6011
royalpalmshotel.com
Nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain, the original 1929 mansion features 119 guest rooms, casitas and suites. Combining the graciousness and sophistication of a Mediterranean villa with the intimacy and privacy of a secluded retreat.


The Ritz-Carlton Phoenix

2401 E. Camelback Rd.,
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(800) 241-3333
ritz-carlton.com
The 11-story, 281-room hotel features spectacular city views, fine dining and an exquisite outdoor patio and pool.


Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

5700 E. McDonald Dr.,
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
(800) 245-2051
sanctuaryaz.com
Situated on 53 acres, the resort offers its guests unparalleled privacy and peace. Guests enjoy the most modern of pleasures and conveniences. The spa features 12 indoor/outdoor treatment rooms, a meditation garden, Sanctum and Watsu pool.


Hotel Palomar Phoenix, A Kimpton Hotel

2 E. Jefferson St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
(877) 488-1908
hotelpalomar-phoenix.com
Hotel Palomar has the largest rooms in downtown Phoenix, ranging from 410-1,700 square feet, as well as a pool and adjacent open-air lounge. Located at CityScape in downtown Phoenix, guests are just steps away from the US Airways Center, Chase Field, Phoenix Symphony and more.

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2012

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Sanctuary on Camelback Introduces New Maître d’ of elements

Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is pleased to introduce Norbert G. Taillole as maître d’ of its award-winning elements restaurant.  He brings over 25 years of hospitality experience to his position.

“We are delighted to have Norbert in place at elements,” said Mike Surguine, vice president and general manager of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain.  “He has brought a loyal following of patrons to us from his years with the area’s best restaurants, and I know that Norbert’s experience and professionalism will add to the reputation and continued success of Sanctuary’s dining program.”

A native of Provence, France, Taillole has lived with his family in Arizona since 1981.  He has served as maître d’ for some of the Phoenix metropolitan area’s most prestigious and successful restaurants, including LON’s at the Hermosa Inn, Zinc Bistro, Desert Highlands Golf Club, Christopher’s Bistro and Mary Elaine’s at The Phoenician.

Taillole has an honors diploma in hospitality management from the American Hotel & Motel Association.

One of the country’s most lauded luxury resorts, Sanctuary is a striking boutique property on Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, Arizona, just minutes from downtown Scottsdale.  Under the direction of Westroc Hospitality, Sanctuary enjoys international acclaim for its contemporary design, and award-winning elements restaurant and Sanctuary Spa.  A member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, Sanctuary was recognized in 2006 as the “top resort” in the United States by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler. Sanctuary has been a Condé Nast Traveler “Gold List” and “Reader’s Choice” winner since opening in 2001, and in 2012 was named #1 Resort in Arizona in Travel + Leisure’s 500 Best Hotels in the World.  Connect with Sanctuary on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain ranked No. 2 Spa Resort in the U.S.

The Sanctuary Spa at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain in Scottsdale, Ariz. has been recognized by the well-traveled readers of Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report.  Rated the number two spa resort in the U.S. by the prestigious luxury travel publication’s 2012 Readers’ Survey, the nod is a welcomed honor from some of the world’s most experienced travel enthusiasts.  It comes on the heels of a coveted recommendation by Andrew Harper in his “Arizona: Classic Resorts Reconsidered” Aug. 2012 feature.

“To be named among the top two spa resorts in the U.S. during Sanctuary’s 10 year anniversary is a timely and welcomed honor,” said Mike Surguine, vice president and general manager of Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain.  “Our beautiful resort and setting certainly deserve credit, but recognition by our guests also reflects on Sanctuary’s phenomenal staff, which always strives to provide intuitive and thoughtful service.  My hat goes off to the entire team on the hard-earned, well-deserved rating.”

Top 10 Accommodations: Phoenix & Paradise Valley Hotels, Resorts (Spring-Summer 2012)

Top 10 Accommodations: Phoenix & Paradise Valley Hotels, Resorts (Spring-Summer 2012)

The Top 10 Phoenix and Paradise Valley hotels and resorts — as voted on by Experience AZ readers:

Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa

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


Hermosa Inn

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


Hyatt Regency Phoenix

122 N. 2nd St.,
Phoenix, AZ 85004
800-55-HYATT (49288)
phoenix.hyatt.com
This sophisticated hotel showcases 693 rooms and suites, award-winning dining and versatile meeting space. Features an indulgent outdoor pool and spa and nearby world-class golf and tennis facilities.


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 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.


JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

5350 E. Marriott Dr., Phoenix, AZ 85054
800-835-6206
jwdesertridgeresort.com
Two 18-hole championship golf courses, Marriott’s original Revive Spa, 10 dining options, four acres of turquoise swimming pools and waterways, and Arizona’s largest ballroom.


Pointe Hilton Resorts-Tapatio Cliffs

11111 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85020
800-947-9784
pointehilton.com
Whether visiting for business or pleasure, you will enjoy luxury all-suite accommodations, complimentary access to our expansive water feature, unique dining experiences, championship golf, relaxing spa and salon services and an array of shopping options. Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort truly is an extraordinary escape from the ordinary.


Ritz-Carlton Phoenix

2401 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85016
800-241-3333
ritz-carlton.com
The 11-story, 281-room hotel features spectacular city views, fine dining and an exquisite outdoor patio and pool.


Royal Palms Resort & Spa

5200 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018
800-672-6011
royalpalmshotel.com
Nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain, the original 1929 mansion features 119 guest rooms, casitas and suites. Combining the graciousness and sophistication of a Mediterranean villa with the intimacy and privacy of a secluded retreat.


Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

5700 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
800-245-2051
sanctuaryaz.com
Situated on 53 acres, the resort offers its guests unparalleled privacy and peace. Guests enjoy the most modern of pleasures and conveniences. The spa features 12 indoor/outdoor treatment rooms, a meditation garden, Sanctum and Watsu pool.


Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel

340 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-262-2500
sheratonphoenixdowntown.com
As Arizona’s largest hotel, the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel sits 31-stories high, redefining the city skyline. The 1,000 room hotel offers panoramic city, skyline and mountain views, and puts you within walking distance of some of the city’s finest arts, dining and entertainment venues.

Experience AZ Spring-Summer 2012