CITY NEWS

You can’t beat getting a taste of Arizona right at the airport. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport received the #2 nod for airport dining by RewardExpert after receiving high scores on satisfaction, price and quality. The airport was recognized for food quality and favorable prices. In addition to Sky Harbor’s reputable dining, Southwest Airlines recently announced it will increase its presence at the airport over the coming years. The airline has committed to occupying an eight-gate concourse at Terminal 4 scheduled to open in 2021. The airport is also welcoming a variety of new retail offerings in Terminal 4 including news and gifts concept, many of which are already open to customers. Also, ratings agencies have confirmed that Phoenix Sky Harbor has maintained its high bond ratings. The airport’s robust demand for air service in the market, low cost structure, competitive airline environment,  experienced and effective administrative team and the its recent strong financial performance has contributed to its high bond ratings.

Downtown Phoenix’s first major grocery retailer is finally on its way thanks to RED Development’s Block 23, the highly anticipated mixed-use project. The development will be home to a Fry’s Food Store, approximately 330 apartments, creative office space, restaurant and retail uses along with above – and below – grade parking. Focused on community, creativity and commerce, Block 23 continues RED Development’s commitment to the urban core of Phoenix and marks CityScape’s expansion to 2nd Street.

RESORT NEWS

Welcome to the Block…Party! The Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel is celebrating its newly renovated lobby and modern urban saloon, Dust Cutter, with its Welcome to the Block…Party -- an after-work street party featuring live music, cash bars and complimentary food tastings from Mancuso’s Restaurant, The Park, Cobra Arcade Par, Even Steven, Dust Cutter and many more. Welcome to the Block… Party is free and open to the public, and will take place at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown on April 20 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort and Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort believe every teacher should receive a summer break - well because they deserve it. Teachers can take advantage of discounted rates by booking the Teacher Appreciation package for a stay in a newly renovated, suite accommodation. Guests can take delight in the dining options, pool, salon, spa, fitness center, and a variety of other amenities and activities. Kids (and adults) will enjoy the Hole-in-the-Wall restaurant and River Ranch, featuring four acres of pools, lazy river, waterslide, miniature golf and much more. The Teacher Appreciation package offers rates starting at $69 per night; Available May 29 to Sept. 9, 2017. Teachers must present a Teacher ID at check-in.

Locals looking to spend the weekend exploring or simply enjoy some down time will want to check out The Camby’s Dine & Elevate package. The package will be available this summer and will include an accommodation upgrade to a Mountain View Room (based on availability), $50 food and beverage credit for dinner at Artizen per night and a fifty percent valet parking discount.  The Dine & Elevate package starts at $219 per night. The Camby will be featuring a new cocktail menu at The Bees Knees, movie events and the Guitar Loaner Program, which allows guests to borrow a guitar during their stay so they can “check in and jam out” in their rooms.

Get a jump start on summer staycation fun at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa – presenting its limited time Stay Free offer featuring a free one-night stay at the resort and several resort discounts with the purchase of a Kierland Summer Savings Card available to purchase from now through April 21, 2017. Guests who purchase a Kierland Summer Savings Card will enjoy discounts on Kierland FlowRider sessions, golf, spa treatments, and food and beverage all summer long – plus they will receive a gift voucher for a complimentary one-night stay. The Kierland Summer Savings Card is $150, and can be used anytime from May 1 - Sept. 4, 2017 even if the cardholder is not a registered Resort guest (excluding Kierland FlowRider); the gift voucher for a complimentary one-night stay can be redeemed for stays from May 29 – Sept. 4, 2017. Terms and conditions apply; and offer is subject to availability.

Enjoy serenity and picturesque mountain views at the newly opened Mountain Shadows Resort. The new property features a 4,500-square-foot fitness center offering unique classes such as Aqua Fitness, Core Fit for Golfers, Aerial Yoga and Hammock/Classic Yoga. The Mountain Shadows Resort is a perfect fit for locals who seek a relaxing staycation, and visitors who want to experience the true beauty of Arizona.

It’s time to Slumber and Save at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. Take delight in the scenic Camelback Mountain with the resort’s Slumber and Save package, which features two-night luxury accommodations, 4 p.m. late check-out, $50 poolside credit, complimentary daily & overnight covered parking and $15 reduced nightly resort charge. Room rates start at $129; Available June 1 to Sept. 30, 2017.  And for a truly Farm to Fork experience, partake on one of Omni’s new farm tours. The latest FARM TO FORK – DANZEISEN DAIRY Tour is an exclusive tour offering a behind the scenes look of this local farm followed by a farm-to-table dining experience. Guests will tour alongside Omni’s Executive Chef Marcos Seville. The tour will take place at Danziesen Dairy on May 26 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Make this summer one to remember with a getaway to Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North with special summer rates.  Experience sunrise hikes to adjacent Pinnacle Peak Park, dining al fresco under a blanket of stars and poolside pampering at the sparkling, two-tiered pool complex. Families will enjoy the complimentary Kids For All Seasons program, open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring a rotating variety of daily programming. The Four Season Resort Scottsdale at Troon North will feature a variety of other goodies this summer, and with weekday rates beginning at $189 per night, it is not to be missed. Rates are available June 1 to Aug. 31, 2017.

Rock and roll is here to stay and so are Arizona residents looking for a hot summer deal. The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, A Destination Hotel is rockin’ all summer long for locals looking to get away close to home with Rockin - Staycations every weekend. Locals and summer visitors will enjoy live music poolside, games, drink specials and so much more. Room rates start at $99 per night; Available May 26 to Sept. 4, 2017.

Foodies to find “Nirvana” at Sanctuary this spring. For four days this spring, Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain will be a haven for fine food aficionados with the debut of Nirvana, a culinary festival. Destined to be an annual event, the inaugural Nirvana will evoke “a flavorful state of mind” as it brings together festival-goers with world-acclaimed chefs and winemakers for a series of tastings, special meals, and a celebrity golf tournament, April 27-30, 2017 featuring world-acclaimed chefs Beau MacMillan, Robert Irvine, Todd English, and Scott Conant. Festival-goers can make it a vacation by reserving a casita, suite or private home at Sanctuary, one of the most celebrated resorts. Room rates start at $479 per night, plus tax and resort fee, with a two-night minimum.

Cool casitas and cabanas, subterranean dining and authentic Arizona charm can be found at the newly renovated The Hermosa Inn. Guest can enjoy a Summer in Paradise offering special summer rates starting at $139 per night plus tax and resort fee of $25. The Summer in Paradise package features two overnight accommodations, two drink tickets, $25 daily food and beverage credit, daily poolside treats, upgrade upon arrival based on availability, and early check-in/check-out based on availability. Available May 19 to Sept. 9. Book early (between April 17 and April 24) to receive ten percent additional savings during an exclusive pre-sale week, with rates beginning at $125. As if these amazing deals aren’t enough, guests can enjoy a third night free when booking a room without the package upgrades. Prices for this offer start at $179 per night, and it is available May 19 to Sept. 9. Guest will be able to enjoy delicious special menus throughout the summer including Cool Dining in Lon’s Underground Wine Cellar, a three course summer prix-fixe menu and Sip and Save on Sundays.

Guests will take delight in the Hotel Valley Ho’s alluring design overhaul set to take place in The Tower. The Tower, the luxurious hotel within the Hotel Valley Ho, will feature new flooring, millwork and décor in all Tower Suites and Tower Signature Guest Rooms. With all the changes being made, the redesign will still maintain the hotel’s signature style of contemporary modern with mid-century influences and will be completed in September of 2017.

Enjoy your choice of a summer vacation package at an iconic Arizona landmark and AAA Four-Diamond resort, The Wigwam. The 3, 2, 1 Summer Fun Package provides three days, two nights for one low price starting from $179 Sunday – Thursday and $239 Friday – Saturday; available until Sept. 7, 2017. The Summer Scapes Package includes a $50 resort credit for food, beverage, spa, golf or tennis. Rates start from $139 Sunday – Thursday and $159 Friday – Saturday; available until Sept. 7, 2017. Arizona Summer Resident rates start from $89 Sunday – Thursday and $119 Friday – Saturday; available until Sept. 7, 2017.  In addition to its enticing packages, The Wigwam is hosting a variety of fun summer events sure to entertain guests of all ages including Camp Wigwam and special Cabana pricing and amenities.

Pool party season is officially here, and what better way to celebrate than at Talking Stick Resort? Soak in all of the fun all summer long, and enjoy DJs such as Dillon Francis, Duke Dumont and much more. The Release Pool Party series events take place every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Attendees must be 21 or older.

Soak in the summertime at We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center featuring luxurious accommodations, lavish amenities and the Summer Staycation Package. The one-night package features a deluxe king or queen guest room, waived resort fee, $25 food and beverage credit, 25 percent off regular priced spa treatments and $10 casino free play. The two-night package features all of the same goodies, except it offers a $75 food and beverage credit. Rates start at $99 per night for the one-night package and $189 per night for the two-night package; available until Aug. 31, 2017.

It’s time for tequila at the Boulders Resort & Spa. The resort’s inaugural Tequila Festival will feature a variety of events, including Tequila Education, Tequila Barrel Blending and Tasting, live stage entertainment, cooking demonstrations and food stations by Spotted Donkey Cantina. The festival is free at el Pedregal, the resort’s distinctive outdoor market, on April 21 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Boulders is also offering a variety of packages including the $239 per night Memorial Day package, which features $50 resort credit, and complimentary access to the Spa fitness facilities or unlimited fitness classes. Thanks to Boulders’ recent renovation, guests can enjoy beautifully renovated casitas, this summer, at seasonal rates as low as $139 per night.

ARTS, CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT

Calling all foodies. Think sunshine, fresh air, great company and delicious food and cocktails during an array of culinary festivals. Enjoy food sampling and live music at Flavors of the West on Saturday, April 8; food, beverages and chef demos at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival on April 8 and April 9; a festive atmosphere with irresistible food and drink at AZ Wine & Dine on April 13; jazz, blues, and contemporary rock music accompanied by Creole food and handcrafted beer at The Great Southwest Cajun Fest on April 22; live music, wine and over 40 Valley restaurants at The Original Taste on April 22; 20 Arizona wineries and a chili cook-off at the Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival on April 22 and April 23; a variety of not-to-be-missed food related events at Nirvana Food & Wine held April 27 –30; and delicious drink at Chandler Craft Spirits  on April 29.

Artifacts, wildlife, canals and Native American flutist.  This April Pueblo Grande Museum offers a variety of activities plus a performance from by R. Carlos Nakai. Nakai is a Native American flutist, eleven-time GRAMMY nominee and Governor’s Arts Award Winner. The special program will take on April 23 from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Other activities includes a Plant Tour on April 14 – tour edible and medicinal plants of the southwest; Discovery Saturday on April 15 – join the Herpetolpgical Socity for an informal educational and hands-on presentation about native Arizona wildlife; Behind the Scenes Tour on April 20 – join Museum Collections staff for a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the museum to discover artifacts not on display. Space is limited.

Head to the spot “where the audience meets the art” and enjoy performances inspired by American poets at Center Dance Ensemble’s American Voices 2017/17 finale held at the Herberger Theater Center. American Voices will take place on April 23 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Plus upcoming Lunch Time Dance Theater Performances will be held April 19 and 20 at 12:10 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase. Throughout the month, a variety of other events will take place at The Herberger Theater Center including a First Friday event, We Are… Dreamers on April 7 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

New space at Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) offers more interactive activities for children. MIM introduces the Encore Gallery. Children (and even adults) can now enjoy a fun filled trip to MIM to learn and interact with a variety of unique musical instruments from around the world. Designed to offer engaging learning opportunities for children -- currently dedicated to prekindergarten – second grade school tours – the space features many other important aspects for children including lower mounted object labels, open space, and materials encouraging dramatic play.

Anyone who enjoys good company, delicious drinks and unbeatable jazz music needs to head to The Nash. Guests can take delight in live jazz performances, a welcoming atmosphere and unique educational programs. A variety of not-to-be-missed performances and jam sessions will be held throughout April including AudioDrama Octet, Bob Ravenscroft Inner Journeys, and much more.

Enjoy a classic fairytale at Arizona Opera’s 2016/2017 season finale, Cinderella (La Cenerentola). Composed by well-known Italian opera icon Gioachino Rossini of Barber of Seville fame, this production is sure to dazzle both opera regulars and newcomers. Cinderella is sung in Italian with English supertitles. The performance is April 9 at 2 p.m. in Symphony Hall. Tickets are available for purchase.

SPA

Need a minute to just sit back and relax? The Camby’s Zest Spa is geared toward those who have busy schedules, but still need a moment getting pampered with some “me time”. Massages offered by Zest include Custom Camby Massage, Quietude, Got Stress? and Stoned. Or choose the Happy Facial, a specialty facial that will unveil renewed and glowing skin.

Looking for a way to de-stress? Choosing a Forbes Four Star luxury spa for pampering is simply a no brainer. The Centre for Well-Being at The Phoenician is a Forbes Four Star luxury spa that includes 24 private treatment rooms and features massages, hot stone rituals, body treatments, wraps and facials. In addition to its single treatments and massages, guests can also choose a Well-Being Package and take delight in seemingly endless relaxation and pampering.

Relax and recharge at The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale. Guests can enjoy specially priced treatments during Spa Happy Hour, offered from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday to Thursday. Guests can choose two pampering, 25-minute services for the special rate of $139, or further indulge with any three 25-minute services for $179. Customize the spa experience to meet specific wellness needs with choice of mini massage, facial and body treatments.

World class spa without the world travel: the Spa at the Boulders entices Arizona residents with a License to Spa summer special offering Arizona residents 20 percent off on all spa and salon services. Other enticing offers include the Sip & Soak with Sangria -- a luxurious salon service where guests will be pampered with a delicious sangria in their hand; Watsu, a “back to the womb” experience where the therapist uses warm water, rhythmic movement, pressure point massage and stretching to create a profound sense of relation and stress relief.

DINING


A decade of delicious kicks off this spring. The Arizona Restaurant Association's Arizona Restaurant Week (ARW) is celebrating a decade of delicious this year with its 10th annual ARW this fall. The 10 day foodie-extravaganza features more than 150 participating restaurants serving up delicious cuisine and delectable dining experiences. Participating restaurants will showcase a three-course, prix-fixe meal for just $33 or $44 per person.  ARW is May 19-28, 2017 and will celebrate its 10th annual Arizona Restaurant Week this fall Sept. 15-24, 2017. 

It’s no secret that Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport offers a variety of local food and drink for travelers to choose from. Now travelers seeking beer, other alcoholic beverages and food can head to O.H.S.O. Brewery at Terminal 2 of the airport. It features 20 beers on tap; a bar menu with cocktails, wine and whiskey; and a food menu with breakfast items served until 11 a.m. and starters, salads, sandwiches and burgers for lunch and dinner.

Chompie’s, Arizona’s New York deli, celebrates the start of Passover with a special dine-in menu on April 10 and April 11. The dinner will include soup, starter, choice of traditional entrees, sides and dessert. Chompie’s Passover diner will take place 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. (close), and reservations are strongly recommended. The dinner is priced at $32.95 for adults and $14.95 for children. Chompie’s will also feature take-away meals, dishes and pastries available April 10 -18, 2017.

The ever-popular, mouthwatering ‘Neighborhood Burger Joint’ has finally made its way to Phoenix.  Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers recently opened its seventh location in Central Phoenix and its official grand opening will take place this month. The restaurant features leather booths, a centerpiece bar, butcher block tables and over 55 HD flat screen TVs with state-of-the-art sound system. In addition to the atmosphere, diners will also take enjoy the restaurant’s award-winning burgers, with a variety of flavorful options.

Pull In to Liberty Station, the newly opened restaurant features American comfort food and smoked goodness. The latest culinary endeavor from Keeler Hospitality Group offers creative "shareable" appetizers and vintage cocktails mixed up in a very classic style. Acclaimed Executive Chef Michael Hunn and Chef de Cuisine Dan Watts heads the kitchen smoking high quality meats from Creekstone Farms on a custom made smoker.

Catch a bite at Ocean Poke Company, the newly opened casual seafood spot opening in Arcadia. The fresh fish restaurant features an array of seafood, rice, grains, veggies, fruits and sauces, which combined creates healthy and flavorful poke bowls. Seven “signature” poke bowls will be on the menu such as the OPC: White Rice, Tuna, Salmon, Cucumber, Carrots, Watermelon Radish, Wasabi, Green Onion, OPC Sauce; and the Kim Chi: Tofu Noodles, Albacore, Shrimp, Kimchi, Daikon Sprouts, Pickled Red Onion, Green Onion, Masago, Sesame Seeds, OPC Sauce.  Ocean Poke Co. is the brainchild of four Phoenix natives, Ahrendt, Chris Mercato, Charles Richardson and Brian Delia. All three are successful entrepreneurs in varying industries.

Who doesn’t love a pizza party? Tavern Americana will host a pizza party with a Lagunitas Beer Tap Takeover that will feature pizza sauces made from scratch, along with varying Lagunitas beers. In addition to the delicious sauces and variety of beers, the pizza dough will be infused with suds. The pizza party will take place at Tavern Americana on April 20 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

In celebration of the flavors of the Southwest, Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill has created an all new cocktail menu. The menu features delicious cocktails such as a Smoke Strawberry Margarita, Prickly Pear Margarita, Cucumber Lime Mule, Frozen Sangria and so much more. The restaurant’s martinis, mules and margaritas, along with its delicious food, are sure to leave every guest satisfied.

Patio season has arrived, and it’s accompanied by The House Brasserie’s new weekend brunch menu. Guests can take delight in the delicious items featured on the Brunch Menu, along with a tableside mimosa cart and welcoming atmosphere. It is offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Cupcake lovers will not want to miss the brand new Cookie Cupcake at Sprinkles. Indulge in the yellow cake studded with chocolate chips and lined with chocolate chip cookie crumble, then topped with brown sugar frosting and rolled in chocolate chip cookie crumbles. The Cookie Cupcake is a seasonal treat and will be available until May 31. But that’s not all- Sprinkles has recently released a new line of cookies. The flavors include Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate, Snickerdoodle, Peanut Butter Pretzel Chip and Salted Oatmeal Cornflake.

More than 25 restaurants will be serving delicious samples at the 5th annual Flavors of the West, presented by Fry’s Food & Drug Stores in downtown Litchfield Park. The participating restaurants include Clue Sushi Loung & Grill, Flourish Kitchen, Taco Toppers, NYPD Pizza and so much more. This diverse foodie event will feature a Beer Garden, cooking demonstrations from acclaimed Arizona chefs, live music and an Action Zone with a Pro BMX Show, rock climbing, bounce houses, games and much more. Flavors of the West will take place on April 8 from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

SPORTS/GOLF

The Arizona Diamondbacks season opener on April 2 gave the team their first season win at Chase Field against the San Francisco Giants. The 2017 schedule includes 162 games with 29 of the final 34 games being against the National League West.  The D-Backs 2017 promotional schedule is highlighted by Paul Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb bobbleheads, a Mother’s Day clutch, a State Forty Eight T-shirt and more. Fans can expect several special games this season, including Star Wars Day (June 24), Independence Day Fireworks Spectacular (July 1), Alumni Day (July 8), Faith & Family Night (Aug. 25), Hispanic Heritage Day (Sept. 9) and Go Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness (Sept. 23).

The Boulders Golf Club is offering exceptional cool summer values and golf instruction at the Boulders Golf Academy.  To make a round of golf even “cooler,” iced towels will be served to golfers throughout the game. Golfers can enjoy lower summer green fees with prices starting at $55 Sunday – Thursday, and $65 Friday and Saturday.