CITY NEWS

American Airlines’ new flight to Amarillo, Texas begins service on April 3. The nonstop flights are operated by American regional airline partner Mesa Airlines, flying as American Eagle.

Phoenix Welcomes New Air Canada Service to Montreal, Quebec. Air Canada Rouge will operate the new route between Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport from Feb. 22 to May 28, three times per week. As a bonus, Air Canada made a surprise announcement that it has already renewed and increased this service. It will resume on Sept. 6 and will continue through May 2019 on the same schedule. The new service to Montreal brings the total number of cities served by nonstop flights from Phoenix to Canada to 10.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is known for its award-winning dining options and local stores in its busiest terminal, Terminal 4.  Now, Terminal 3 will also be getting some new and delicious dining options as well as exciting shopping choices.  With the modernization of Terminal 3, America’s Friendliest Airport® will add local dining options as well as exclusive retail stores. Construction will begin in the coming months and is expected to be complete in 2020. New dining options include, Shake Shack, Postino, Joyride Taco House, Peet’s Coffee, Original ChopShop and many more.

 

RESORT NEWS

The new Hampton Inn and Suites Phoenix Downtown will open in May at 77 East Polk St. The new property is located within walking distance to the ASU downtown campus, Phoenix Convention Center, CityScape, Talking Stick Resort Arena and Chase Field. In addition, the property features the Forever Young room design by Hilton Hotels and the first Hampton Inn Lobby Bar located in the Perfect Mix Lobby. 

After a six-month, multi-million dollar development, the Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix Downtown opened at 10 East Thomas Road. This heart-of-Phoenix location offers guests easy access to all downtown attractions — from sporting events and the Phoenix Convention Center to museums, dining, shopping, entertainment, the light rail and Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. In addition to the hotel’s 242 two-room suites, the lobby’s signature Salt River Tavern, in homage of Phoenix’s early days as the “Salt River Valley” prior to the 1930s, serves lunch and dinner with a full menu created by Executive Chef Robert Walters.

Last month the wellness industry’s highly anticipated launch of the next generation hospitality wellness brand, CIVANA, made its debut at the location formerly known as the Carefree Resort and Conference Center in Carefree, AZ.  Complete with healthy dining, spa, movement and fitness classes and enrichment programs and lectures, CIVANA is the first sustainable wellness resort to open in Greater Phoenix, the 6th largest market. CIVANA focuses on four pillars – Healthy Cuisine, Movement, Healing Arts/Spa and Discovery & Enrichments Arts.  Only months after its acquisition, CIVANA Carefree has undergone a multi-phase renovation of its public spaces, 189 rooms, dining outlets, and the conversion of meeting space into state of the art fitness, yoga, energy, movement and enrichment studios.  CIVANA Carefree’s all-day dining outlet – Terras -  is about choice (from healthy to indulgent food) and will offer shared plates and more vegetable forward dishes.  Complementing it will be Café Meto, which gets its name from the Latin word for harvest/gathering and will open in the latter half of the month featuring menu selections vetted for the calorie and nutrition content, set in a casual outdoor courtyard setting.

Nestled at the base of America’s largest urban park and wilderness preserve, the newly transformed Arizona Grand Resort & Spa now features a residential-style look in all 744 guest suites, offering a true “home away from home” experience. Highlights include new hardwood-style flooring in all guest suite living rooms, a fresh color palette and new paint throughout, new carpet in all guest suite bedrooms and new “soft goods” from bedding to drapery and sheers.  New sofa beds in the guest suite living rooms, walk-in showers featuring glass partitions and new artwork round out the list of upgrades.

Great Wolf Lodge Arizona is making history with the state’s first-ever indoor water park. The 85,000 square-foot water park will include slides, raft rides, activity pools and splash pads. In addition to the indoor pools, the hotel will feature a 27,000 square-foot family adventure center, an outdoor pool, family-friendly activities, and a food court. The hotel is set to open in Scottsdale mid-to-late 2019.

The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, featuring a newly redesigned ultra-lux Spa Casitas and Spa Suites, was ranked among the Top 25 Luxury Hotels in the United States in TripAdvisor’s 2018 Travelers’ Choice Awards. The awards are determined based on “millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year,” per TripAdvisor, zeroing in on accommodations that receive the highest marks for value, service, amenities and overall experience.

Hotel Adeline, formerly Scottsdale Inn, will begin its soft opening after partially completing its $12 million renovations. During the soft opening, the hotel will have 40 percent of rooms available for guests and is offering special rates during this time. After completion, Hotel Adeline will offer 213 guestrooms and feature a 3,000 square-foot zero edge pool.

 The Scott has been reborn with lively cultural programming that celebrates Mission style architecture, infused with the colors and comforts of a 1930s Havana aesthetic and the elegant geometry of the Bauhaus movement fixtures and décor – all while celebrating its prime location in Old Town Scottsdale. Phase one of the renovations to the resort’s public spaces debuted in September 2017, introducing a refreshed and re-concepted lobby bar, restaurant, pool bar and outdoor pool oasis with new cabanas collectively named “The Canal Club,” as well as 14,500 square feet of refurbished meeting space. The second phase will comprise all guest rooms and suites, with significant upgrades ranging from new furniture packages and case goods to redesigned bathrooms. The following wave of renovations, to be completed fall 2018, will also unveil an all-new presidential suite and the addition of 12 one-bedroom suites.

The Boulders Resort 12 Weeks to Wellness is a new fitness program that will be offered throughout 2018 and includes two fitness assessments with the spa’s certified fitness instructor; weekly sessions with the spa’s certified personal trainer; customized healthy eating programs by the spa’s certified nutritionist. The program also includes all fitness classes and 15 percent off meals at the Spa Café. 12 Weeks to Wellness is available for both resort guests and local residents.

The JW Marriot Desert Ridge Resort & Spa added 12 luxury pickleball courts to its full-service racquet center. The fun doesn’t stop off the court either; the resort’s culinary team will provide a menu of pickled specialties that can be purchased with in-house groups who’ve signed up for a teambuilding pickleball session.

The Moxy Phoenix Tempe Hotel is introducing its new spring and summer activities schedule. The programs will take place in the plug-and-play Moxy living rooms, which serve as the social hub of the hotel, offering communal tables and flexible seating along with a bevy of game tables. Some happenings will take place at the lively pool area - replete with private, shaded cabanas - and, the bar, which is the center of attention at Moxy Tempe, acting as the check-in counter while also serving up cocktails, well-sourced wines and local beers, grab-and-go bites and handcrafted coffee at all hours. Beyond the programming, Insta-worthy experiences abound through innovative hotel features from the Moxy Digital Guestbook to a one-of-a-kind vending machine, offering a playful coterie of items including selfie sticks, fidget spinners and Kylie lip gloss. Activities include themed movie Mondays featuring $7 drink specials, Taco Tuesdays from 4-7 p.m. with $5 margaritas and all-you-can-eat chips and salsa, Wednesday’s Live & Local showcasing the area’s emerging talent, Blacklight Bingo on Thursdays from 8-10 p.m., Karaoke on Fridays from 7-10 p.m., Saturday Game Days and Sunday Funday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Indulge in a serene summer staycation at Mountain Shadows. The fully completed boutique resort, featuring incredible Camelback Mountain views, seasonal dishes and craft cocktails at Hearth ’61, poolside cabanas and rosé menu, and 18 holes of par-3 golf starting at only $119++ per night plus a waived resort fee for Arizona residents.

The Camby is also offering great getaway deals for Arizonans all summer long. Enjoy 25 percent off weekend retail rates plus a $25 hotel credit with promo code LPR when booking April 16 to May 6 for stays May 25 to Sept. 8. Additionally, The Summer Escape deal kicks off your ultimate staycation with rates starting at $199++ and a $25 food and beverage credit with promo code SUM. Book May 7 – Sept. 8 for weekend stays between May 25 and Sept. 8. During your stay, you can take advantage of amenities like the Zest Spa, Tipsy Tea and the Wade Poolside Bar.

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, A Destination Hotel continues their $11 million improvements with recently completed architectural, décor and soft goods renovations to three Presidential Suites. These sophisticated 1,375-square-foot accommodations received a large-scale design refresh totaling $150,000 to convert the spaces into an open concept with a modern Spanish inspiration. Interior highlights include elegant new textiles, bedding, furniture, original artwork, and a brightened color scheme in blue, grey, burnt orange, black, and white. Each suite features a separate living room and bedroom with a king size bed, powder bath and guest bathroom, dining room with seating for eight, and wet bar along with floor-to-ceiling windows and balcony to take advantage of the dramatic golf course views of McCormick Ranch Golf Club. The nightly rate of the Presidential Suites is $850 year round, no matter the day of week or time of year.

 

ARTS, CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT

The Lost Lake Festival returns to Phoenix this year from Oct. 19 to Oct. 21. From the creators of Bonnaroo and Outside Lands music festivals, this will be the second year of Lost Lake, a three-day celebration of the Valley of the Sun’s vibrant culture through an eclectic blend of music, locally-driven culinary treats, interactive games and inspiring art experiences. More details will be announced in the coming months.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see the legendary, futuristic fashions of the technology-inspired Dutch designer Iris van Herpen at the Phoenix Art Museum, on display until May 13, 2018. Van Herpen has dressed stars including Beyoncé, Lady Gaga,and Scarlett Johansson, collaborated with scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the European Organization for Nuclear Research, and her 3-D printed dresses were featured on TIME Magazine’s list of Best Inventions in 2011. This is the final venue in the U.S. to view this unique exhibition.

The Pueblo Grande Museum celebrate International Jazz Day on April 27 at the museum with a special presentation on Pima Jazz – The Life and Musical Legacy of Russel ‘Big Chief’ Moore by J. Andrew Darling. The presentation is free and open to the public. On April 29 in a special one-hour event to celebrate International Jazz Day Grammy-nominated artists Nakai and Clipman will perform music from their album Awakening the Fire. Experience the magic of traditional flute and ethnic drums as their sound reverberates off a thousand-year old Hohokam platform mound in an outdoor, twilight concert on the patio of the Museum. After the presentation, guests can meet the artists, take pictures with them, and purchase merchandise. Guests can enjoy light refreshments provided by Julie’s Catering. Tickets are available online at pueblogrande.com. Advanced tickets are $15 plus fees available online only, or $20 the day of, available at the Museum Store only from 1 to 4 p.m. April 13, 14, 20 and 21 the museum will also host a pottery making workshop. The workshops are from 5 to 8 p.m. and the total cost for all four days is $150. The workshop is for ages 15 and up.

The Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater proudly announces its Summer 2018 Concert Series, includes more than fifty concerts from May through September, spanning multiple genres across the globe. Highlights this season include vocalist-harmonica maestro John Popper, best known as founder and front man of the popular 1990s’ band Blues Traveler; funk and soul legends Tower of Power, performing as part of their 50th Anniversary Tour; Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux, whose voice has been compared to Billie Holiday; and ten-time Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin, who has successfully crossed over between genres of jazz, pop, and classical with his remarkable octave-jumping vocals. Tickets will go on sale to the public on Thursday, April 5 at 10 a.m.
 

The Desert Botanical Garden will host the world premiere Ballet Arizona’s “Eroica” from May 15 through June 2.  As a part of their Evening at Desert Botanical Garden series, “Eroica” is a new ballet by Artistic Director Ib Anderson set to Beethoven’s iconic third symphony. Tickets start at $40.

Celebrate the Kentucky Derby in style at Turf Paradise Saturday, May 5. From the producers of The Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships, The Stella Artois Derby Day Club opens at 10:30 a.m. with live racing at Turf Paradise starting at 11:30 a.m. Place your bets for the Kentucky Derby, which will be broadcast live at the track and in the Derby Day Club at 3:24 p.m. Sit track-side inside the exclusive air-cooled, polo party-like Stella Artois Derby DayClub where you can watch all the finish line action, track-side betting terminals, and a no-host bar including Mint Juleps, beer, wine and cocktails, DJ and 65” TVs to watch the Kentucky Derby.  General Admission DayClub tickets into the tent start at just $30 in advance, or $40 at the door. Reserved seats are $60. Or reserve your spot now inside the Sanderson Lincoln Black Label VIP Lounge. VIP Admission includes admission into Turf Paradise, the air-cooled VIP Lounge along the track near the finish line, betting terminals, complimentary food by Fried and Fizzy, with fried chicken and champagne and up to three complimentary beverages including Mint Juleps, beer, wine and cocktails, DJ and 65” TVs to watch the Kentucky Derby and live local racing. VIP tickets are $115 in advance or $125 at the door. Purchase of these tickets also includes one complimentary 2 ounce tasting of Dom Pérignon Champagne in the Sanderson Lincoln Black Label VIP Lounge. Space is limited.

Take a trip on Grand Canyon Helicopters’ featured tour, King of Canyons. The trip includes limousine transfers, a VIP terminal/Las Vegas Strip location and a flight over the Hoover Dam and beautiful Lake Mead. Passengers will land 4,000 feet into the Canyon and on the banks of the Colorado River with an included champagne picnic.

The Hermosa Inn continues its artistic legacy with its Spring Palette to Palate, a three-day art retreat designed to awaken the senses, soothe the spirit and create picture perfect memories to last a lifetime. From April 13-15 participants can eat, drink and express their creative side with seven different artistic workshops for $75 each.

Explore the photographic revolution at the Phoenix Art Museum. The Logic of Copy: Four Decades of Photography in Print delves into the fusion of printmaking and photography that transformed the art world beginning in the 1960s.  It highlights the influence of artists as Robert Heinecken, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, James Turrell and Tacita Dean. The exhibit is open until April 22, 2018.

 

SPA

Enjoy warm spring evenings and spectacular sunset views with the new Candlelight Yoga Series at The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. Attendees will be treated to an hour-long yoga flow practice and incredible sunset views of the Valley on the Resort's outdoor lawns. After the yoga session, mingle with friends al fresco in candlelight over a glass of red or white wine, provided complimentary to all attendees. Open to resort and local guests, the yoga classes begin at 6:30 p.m. and are priced at $20 per person. Local guests are encouraged to bring their own yoga mats. The Spring Candlelight Yoga Series will be held every other Thursday in March and April, beginning March 15.

Rejuvenate this spring in VH Spa at Hotel Valley Ho. Enjoy a subtly-spiced aromatherapy experience during the 90-minute Moroccan Rose Aromatherapy Massage for $155 (regularly $190), a relaxing and firming 60-minute Rose Quartz Facial for $95 (regularly $130) or a rejuvenating 60-minute Sandalwood Rose pedicure for $55 (regularly $65). Specials are available through May.

Enjoy warm spring evenings and spectacular sunset views with the new Candlelight Yoga Series at The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North.  Attendees will be treated to an hour-long yoga flow practice and incredible sunset views of the Valley on the Resort's outdoor lawns. After the yoga session, mingle with friends al fresco in candlelight over a glass of red or white wine, provided complimentary to all attendees. Open to both resort and local guests, the yoga classes begin at 6:30 p.m. and are priced at $20 per person. Local guests are encouraged to bring their own yoga mats. All guests should check in at The Spa upon arrival. The Spring Candlelight Yoga Series will be held every other Thursday in April (April 12 and April 26). To reserve a spot or for more information about spring programming, please call The Spa at 480-513-5145.

 

DINING

Mowry & Cotton at The Phoenician introduced the new monthly “Meet at Mowry” signature dining series. This month, fill up at the BBQ, Bourbon and Beer Feast.

The owners of LDV Winery in Scottsdale are celebrating a decade of wine-making this year. Events take place from April to November and range from wine blending competitions to barbecues

The flavors of the Mediterranean come alive on T. Cook's new seasonal dinner menu where lobster paella, branzino, octopus and lamb are among Executive Chef Todd Allison's standout dishes that honor the regions of Northern Italy, Greece, Spain and Provence. 

T. Cook’s has also refined its Sunday Market Brunch, The impressive, all-inclusive dining experience offers guests the choice of a tapas-style starter such as Beef Tartare, Savory Mushroom Crepe or Pan-Roasted Hudson Valley Foie Gras and an entrée like the Spanish Chorizo Benedict, Harissa Sautéed Filet Tip Pupusa or Pan Roasted Maine Diver Sea Scallops, among others. Plus, guests enjoy the unlimited, buffet-style Mediterranean seafood presentation, a grand display of favorite brunch selections and bakeshop specialties and sweets.

Woody’s Macayo Mexican Restaurants are making happy hour a little happier with newly released food and drink specials every Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., with a reverse happy hour from 8 p.m. to close. Happy hour drink specials include $3 Michelob Ultra and Sesión Cerveza, $5 Margaritas and Tito’s Vodka cocktails. Additionally, green corn tamale bites, Mexican corn, guacamole, queso fundido and two street tacos will be only $5 during happy hour.

The Nirvana Food & Wine Festival returns to Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa April 19-22. Step into culinary heaven with four days of food-related fun whipped up by world-acclaimed chefs, mixologists, and California winemakers. Scottsdale’s premiere food event is back for a second year of tastings, themed parties, fine dining and opportunities to get up close and personal with international celebrities from the world of food and wine.  In addition to individual tickets, there are two value packages available: the Nirvana Passport ($444), offering a 20 percent savings for those who attend all events (excluding the celebrity golf tournament, Rosé Parté, and Master of Taste) and the Fiji Tastemaker ($256.50), which combines two main events, Bourbon Street and Tequila & Tortillas, at a 10-percent savings. Those interested in turning their festival experience into a luxurious culinary getaway can book one of two Nirvana Packages. “Total Nirvana” starts at $2,025 and includes three nights’ (Thursday – Saturday) accommodations at Sanctuary, tickets to all four main Nirvana events, and 20 percent savings on room and tickets. Or, travelers may opt for the “Nirvana Package” that starts at $1,827 with the guest’s choice of two Nirvana main events, and 10-percent savings on tickets and accommodations in a luxury casita, suite or private home.

Give back to local youth charities while eating food from the best restaurants in the Valley. The Original Taste, Arizona’s premier food and beverage celebration, returns to the Scottsdale Waterfront April 28 at 7 p.m. The festival will feature food and drink from some of the Valley’s most popular establishments like T. Cook’s, Tarbell’s, Sushi Roku, Sonata’s Restaurant, Sol Mexican Cocina, Postino, Olive & Ivy, Casa Migos, RNR, Stock & Stable and more. This is a 21-and-older-only event.

Speed into the heat of the summer at the new Scottsdale Fahrenheit Festival: Arms, Legs and Kegs on June 16. The festival will also feature the return of the Beat the Heat footrace across WestWorld of Scottsdale. The race will start at 2:47 p.m. sharp, the time of day in 1990 when thermometers in the Phoenix metropolitan area struck  122 degrees on June 26. The first place winner will receive $1,900 to commemorate the year Arizona broke this temperature record.  As part of the festivities at the Scottsdale Fahrenheit Festival, participants can also watch the nation’s most lucrative arm wrestling contest featuring the World’s Greatest Arm Wrestler, Travis Bagent, as well as get cooled off by enjoying the best craft beers and cocktails.  The Arizona Ales & Cocktails Festival located inside the Scottsdale Fahrenheit Festival will feature top mixologists, M Culinary and the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild.

 

SPORTS/GOLF

In the midst of The Arizona Diamondbacks’ 20th anniversary season, the team will bring back a piece of baseball lore -- the bullpen cart that has long been a part of the game’s history. The OnTrac Bullpen Cart will be available to transport relief pitchers from both bullpens at Chase Field prior to entering a game. Baseball historians have tracked the use of a bullpen cart to 1950 when the Cleveland Indians first used a “little red wagon,” while the first official entrance came in 1951 by the Chicago White Sox. When you’re done checking out the bullpen cart, enjoy the new food items at Chase Field including the asada dog, steak and ale tots, friend chicken bahn mi and the Curd & Q Burger. If you can’t make it to the stadium, The Diamondbakcs have announced that it will televise 159 games in 2018. All broadcasts will also be streamed on the FOX Sports GO app and 25 games will be offered in a Spanish telecast on FOX Sports Arizona.