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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.

Arizona Stronghold Vineyards

Arizona Stronghold Vineyards 2nd Annual Spring Palate Training

Wine and baseball, anyone?

The Arizona Stronghold Vineyards team will be heading down to Scottsdale to host its 2nd annual Spring Palate Training on Sunday, March 10 at Salt River Fields.

SpringPalateTraining2013.inddThe award-winning brand will be taking over one of the ballpark’s party decks for an hour-long palate training, beginning at 11 a.m. Ambassador of Wine Education Justin Ove will lead the group through a tasting featuring five of ASV’s wines.

After the tasting, everyone will be treated to lunch and invited to watch the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Colorado Rockies from VIP seating.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.azstronghold.com. Tickets for ASV wine club members are $70 and non-members are $85 (this includes the tasting, lunch and game).

Arizona Stronghold Vineyards was formed in 2007 by Eric Glomski and Maynard James Keenan. ASV helped put Arizona on the map for fine wines. The vineyards are located in Cochise County, its winery in Camp Verde and tasting room in Old Town Cottonwood.

Please contact wineclub@azstronghold.com or 928-639-2789 (ext.214) with questions.


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.

Arcadia Crewz bike ride


As a kid, there was no better bonding activity than a group bike ride. Times may have changed, but the unity of a bike ride is still the same. This Saturday, February 16, bring your bike and crew to meet at The Madison Improvement Club – a new yoga and spinning studio at 38th Street & Indian School Road – and let the magic of this 80s neon-themed bike ride begin.

The Arcadia Crewz bike series will unite local restaurants as well as local retailers and business owners who have a voice to be heard and products to be seen. Founders Andrew Varela of The Madison Improvement Club and Rebecca Brookson of Bicyclette – a boutique lifestyle brand inspired by the bicycle, began the bike ride to introduce people to new Arcadia businesses. Their hope is that it stimulates their business through a fun-filled cruiser ride that brings the community together.

Beginning at 9 a.m. at The Madison Improvement Club on Saturday, chow down and drink up with a selection of special offers: Your choice of breakfast wrap + Kettle One Bloody Mary ($12)

  • Acai Bowl + top shelf mimosa ($10)
  • 3 Month Paid Vacation’ smoothie featuring mangos and fresh squeezed OJ with Kettle One ($6.50)
  • Bottle of champagne + fresh OJ ($20)
  • And special free appetizers by the hour

In addition to these specials, s.e.e.d café’s full regular menu will be available.

Around 11:00 a.m. the crew will cruise over to their second stop: Milagro Grill, a new Mexican restaurant located at 43rd Street & Indian School Road. Milagro Grill will feature their regular happy hour menu, offering $5 Milagro Margaritas and $6 Habanero Raspberry Margaritas, as well as an array of their award-winning tacos and much more.

Around 1:00 p.m., the glowing neon crew will depart down to O.H.S.O. for flatbreads and specialty dips, as well as $3 draft beers available to cruisers.

In addition to the three stops, there will also be a market for local retail vendors at the parking lot of The Madison Improvement Club to showcase their rad gear and merchandise. Some vendors include Flora Apothecary, Nostalgic Boutique, Erica Schmitt Designs, Bicycle Haus, H2E essential oils and candles, Ten Twenty-Seven Designs, and more. Valet parking will also be available for all participants at The Madison Improvement Club. 

Scottsdale Events: Fall 2011

Scottsdale Events & Happenings: Fall 2011

Scottsdale Events & Happenings: Fall 2011

Find out what’s happening in the Scottsdale area from October through December 2011. Here are some Scottsdale events you don’t want to miss:

Mixology 101 Classes

The Jade Bar at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain offers Mixology 101, a cocktail making instructional class every Saturday at 1 p.m. throughout the year. During each class, Jade Bar mixologists share techniques and tricks with students as they create three to four specialty cocktails. The specialists also demonstrate Jade Bar’s freshness philosophy, history of the cocktails and spirit details. What’s the best part of the class? The tasting, of course. This interactive and entertaining course is a hit for Arizona residents and visitors alike, especially for birthdays, bachelorette parties, or a perfect finish to a spa weekend at Sanctuary.

The classes are limited to 10 people, at $30 per person. To book a class, call (480) 607-2300.

 Scottsdale Events: Fall 2011

[stextbox id=”grey”]Jade Bar at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
5700 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley

Spa Week in Arizona

Since 2004, Spa Week has swept the nation away with hundreds of participating spas offering $100-$400 treatments for the unbelievable price of only $50. October 10- 16 marks the biannual tradition’s fall event for 2011.

Notable participating spas in Scottsdale include Spa at Talking Sticks Resort, Hotel Valley Ho Spa, The Spa at Four Seasons Scottsdale, Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Scottsdale, Revive Spa at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge, and Golden Door Spa at The Boulders.

Scottsdale Events: Fall 2011

[stextbox id=”grey”]Visit www.spaweek.com for the full list and to register.[/stextbox]

La Gran Fiesta: Latino Cultural Celebration

Scottsdale Center of the Performing Arts partners with the City of Scottsdale to present this action-packed weekend of Latin culture held November 5 & 6.

Complete with music, dancing, food, fun, art and a Mercado full of traditional Latin foods and treasures, the festival provides guests with a journey of the rich artistry from Mexico all the way to the Caribbean and South America. This fiesta is great for all ages, as it offers a variety of children’s activities and features performances by top Latin bands.

Open 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, this event offers free admission to all guests.

Scottsdale Events: Fall 2011

[stextbox id=”grey”]Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
7380 E. Second Street
(480) 874-4694

ArtFest of Scottsdale

Arizona’s No. 1 Fall Fine Art Festival returns to Scottsdale for the 17th annual ArtFest on November 19 & 20. More than 200 select artists and authors appear to showcase and sell their one-of-a-kind works at this two-day celebration.

Located at the Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza, the festival is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. With free admission, free parking and hands-on art activities for kids, this is a great event for the whole family.

Scottsdale Events: Fall 2011

[stextbox id=”grey”]Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza
7380 E. Second Street
(480) 968-5353

Bikram Comes to Arizona

Scottsdale welcomes Bikram yoga founder Bikram Choudhury on October 29th. Held at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Choudhury will give a lecture from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., followed by book signings and photos.

Advance tickets are $55 and are available online until October 28, so get yours early to reserve a spot.

Scottsdale Events: Fall 2011

[stextbox id=”grey”]DoubleTree by Hilton Paradise Valley
5401 N. Scottsdale Road.
(480) 947-5400

Succulent Garden Class

Offered at 10 a.m. every Saturday throughout the year, the Garden Class at the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess is the perfect way to enjoy those sunny mornings. Florist Jan Theodore educates the class on indigenous plants of the Sonoran Desert while students design their own succulent cactus gardens. The creations can be sent home or donated to the military troops overseas.

Reserve your spot 24 hours in advance for only $35-$55, depending on garden size.

Scottsdale Events: Fall 2011

[stextbox id=”grey”]South Pool Overlook at the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess
7575 E. Princess Drive
(480) 585-4848

Scottsdale Home, Art & Garden Show

As the only home show in Scottsdale, the Scottsdale Home, Art & Garden Show caters to the renovating and remodeling market with hundreds of exhibitors from art and accessories to flooring and furniture to solar and stone.

As for the art portion of the show, attendees can expect 60 booths showcasing quality works of art from local and regional artists.

The Scottsdale Home, Art & Garden Show will inspire countless ideas, plans and designs with the hundreds of exhibitors and resources. In addition, a judged landscape competition will round out the Scottsdale Home, Art & Garden Show with diverse and entertaining experiences.

 Scottsdale Events: Fall 2011

[stextbox id=”grey”]Scottsdale Home, Art & Garden Show
Saturday, November 5, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, November 6, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
WestWorld of Scottsdale
16601 N. Pima Road
(602) 277-6045

Looking for more Scottsdale Events?
Visit the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau’s calendar of events.