CITY NEWS

As a result of tireless efforts by the Phoenix Mayor and Council, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport will soon offer nonstop flights between Phoenix and Frankfurt, Germany with Condor Airlines, part of the Thomas Cook Group. Service is expected to commence in 2018 with flights offered May through September on Mondays and Fridays between Phoenix Sky Harbor and the Frankfurt Airport.

As the fifth largest city in the country, Phoenix is taking strides to make downtown a more bikeable and walkable city. The Urban Phoenix Project is working to create a comprehensive bicycle network connecting the downtown business district with surrounding neighborhoods. Six projects impacting downtown are in the works, which will add things like cycle tracks (two-way bike lanes), landscaping enhancements, signage, lighting and ADA improvements.

 

RESORT NEWS

Music fills The Camby with new vinyl turntables and complimentary guitars. The Camby is featuring complimentary musical offerings curated for guests to create the perfect soundtrack for a memorable Phoenix adventure. The luxury lifestyle hotel recently introduced a guitar lending program to its in-room amenity list and old-school record players with vinyl records to the lobby to bring the gift of song into the guest experience. Drumroll please. Check In. Jam Out: Hotel guests can take their pick of two Gretsch guitars to check out free of charge and make music of their own in the privacy of their room. Whether it be used for learning where the A string is or mastering the final notes of “Hey Jude,” Check In, Jam Out welcomes all levels of musicians to try something new. The Camby has also created a musical corner of the lobby with brand new vinyl turntables from Phoenix-based Zia Records, LSTN headphones and a curated collection of 50 local-inspired vinyl records for guests to listen to their favorite music. So Check In, Jam Out.


One of the Valley’s most celebrated and luxurious historic resorts, Royal Palms Resort and Spa, is preparing to unveil a multimillion dollar design refresh this September. The resort combines the graciousness and sophistication of a storied Mediterranean villa, with the intimacy and privacy of a secluded retreat.  Several areas of the property are already completed, including the pool, estate rooms and suites. Be among the first to experience the resort’s new rooms with the Sneak Peek package with rates starting from $105 per night weekday, $147 per night weekend (up to 30% off already low summer rates). Available now through Sept. 30, 2017.

Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix’s LUSTRE, which was named one of the best hotel rooftop bars by USA Today and Travel + Leisure, is not the only thing drawing people to this fabulous downtown hotel. The Kimpton is featuring a variety of staycation options including Ditch Day with rates from $129 per night, Fast Forward to Summer with rates from $136 per night, Long Weekender with rates from $149 per night and Arizona Locals with rates from $120 per night.  Packages are available through Labor Day.

Tap into family fun at the newly remodeled, all-suite Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort. Enjoy expansive, modern guestrooms and a wealth of events and family-friendly activities. Weekly surprise giveaways will be delivered poolside while hourly activities keep the youngest guests active and entertained. Guests of all ages can learn about the wild life while interacting with animals, birds and reptiles during the resort’s weekly Wildlife World Zoo visits. Additional events and activities include splash pool parties, dive-in movies, Hula Hooopalooza, salsa challenges, scavenger hunts and much more. Eight refreshing pools kick off one unforgettable summer season. Rates starting at $119 per suite, per night.

SPF 40 Summer at Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort. This summer Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort is celebrating a milestone- 40 years of amazing memories.  In celebration of the resort’s 40 year anniversary guests are in for some exciting surprises with 40 Days of Giveaways and some summertime SFP (Squaw Peak Fun). Splash into summer at the resort’s four-acre water park featuring an expansive lazy river for tubing, a 130-foot waterslide, cascading waterfalls, three swimming pools an 18-hole putting course and much more. Lather on the SPF at the River Ranch, the resort’s social hub, hosting a plethora of events and family-friendly activities including poolside games, dive-in movies, cooking classes, cannon ball contests, scavenger hunts, waterslide races, watermelon eating contests and much more. Each Friday night families are invited to the resort’s Hole-in-the-Wall BBQ smokehouse for a Western hoedown featuring themed activities, music and dancing. On Saturday mornings, kids enjoy an exciting breakfast with Yote, the Coyote Kids Camp mascot, at Hole-in-the-Wall. Action-packed days await at the resort’s on-site Coyote Kids Camp with a full calendar of specialized activities for kids ages 4-12 with full-day, half-day and evening camp programs available. Rates starting at $124 per suite, per night.

As part of the Luxury Collection’s commitment to enhancing guests’ experiences, The Phoenician, A Luxury Collection Resort, is undergoing major refurbishments. The resort will remodel its signature public areas this summer and fall, allowing guests to stay anew in style and experience.  The renovation will feature rich tones that represent that surrounding Sonoran Desert, and it will include the main lobby, main lounge, afternoon tea court, pool complex, The Shops at The Phoenician, Café and Ice Cream Parlor and the spa. It will also include the new Mowry and Cotton, the resort’s new restaurant that will feature seasonally inspired sides and some great, winsome drinking. Most of the construction is scheduled to be completed later this year.

Splish, splash and enjoy the completed pool enhancement and amenities at JW Marriot Desert Ridge Resort & Spa. The $3.6 million dollar refreshed, poolside retreat includes the addition of an expansive U-shaped  bar and dining area; three new fire pits, including two of which that are sunken and surrounded by water and recessed ambient lighting; a new Grab & Go bar; eight TV's that are 50" or larger including two 80" screens; a new state-of-the-art sound system that are woven into the landscaping; wireless capabilities including data ports on both sides of the bar; intimate enclaves, focused landscape lighting and misting systems, and a raised upper dining area that will also include recreational activities including ping pong and shuffleboard.  Whether it’s a weekend getaway or family trip to the beautiful desert, this renowned poolside resort is sure to please guests.

Enjoy cool summer savings and plenty of freezing family fun with The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa’s Big Chill Package. The package’s options include $50 per room, per night dining credit or two free sessions on the Kierland FlowRider wave simulator (a $70 value). All weekend long, guests can enjoy cool treats delivered by the Kierland ice cream truck and other not-to-be-missed activities. The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa will feature a variety of family friendly events and activities throughout the summer. Rates start at $149 per night; valid now through September 4, 2017.

Hotel Adeline to introduce unique new meetings and events venue. The new boutique hotel to unveil nearly 10,000-square-feet of new indoor and outdoor private event space this fall 2017. Following a $12 million renovation, the contemporary urban retreat features contemporary design with a bohemian twist will offer 213 guestrooms, including five spacious 600-square-foot king suites, featuring sleek and uncomplicated design.  Its stylish indoor spaces and energetic outdoor spaces will be ideal for a wide variety of gatherings, including corporate meetings and retreats, social events, weddings and pre- and post-wedding celebrations. Plus a 3,000-square-foot zero edge pool and trendy pool bar will be the centerpiece of the property, surrounded by cabanas and courtyards with lawn games and hanging loungers.

Unwind, Revive & Ignite this August with a celebratory weekend at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, Aug. 11 – 13, 2017. Kick off Friday evening with Buti Yoga to energize the body and soul, join in specialty seminars throughout the day on Saturday, and cap the evening with a #GirlBoss pairing dinner with Talavera Chef Samantha Sanz and Executive Chef Rochelle Daniel from Fat Ox restaurant. Those booking the dinner or seminars as part of the Unwind, Revive & Ignite weekend are invited to relax and enjoy the property with special rates beginning at $209 per night.

When the last days of summer sail into the sunset, vacationers can wave bon voyage aboard the S.S. Princess - the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess - during its 7th Annual Labor Day Dreamcation weekend, Sept. 1–4, 2017. This AAA Five Diamond resort, known for creating unique vacation experiences, is transforming into a cruise ship and this year’s “port of call” is Cuba. Getting away without going away, guests can tap into the captivating time capsule of this colorful culture with Cuban music, a vintage car show, cigar rollers, rum tastings, palm trees swaying and fireworks lighting up the night. Guests can enjoy a ship and car show, Island Days and Havana Nights with the new 4-Day/3-Night S.S. Princess Cruise Package. With this new VIP package, guests enjoy all the time for relaxation, with added extras including upgraded accommodations, VIP concert seating and an exclusive daily happy hour with a spirit and appetizer tasting from Bourbon Steak, La Hacienda and Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar. The package starts from $179 per night and is available Sept. 1-3, 2017.

It’s no surprise that the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch was recently awarded TripAdvisor’s 2017 Certificate of Excellence. TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, celebrates hospitality businesses that have consistently achieved great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. The resort’s relaxing Spa Avania, luxurious rooms and plethora of amenities are just a few of the many reasons it is more than deserving of such a respectable certificate.

As summer ends and fall approaches, experience a fun-filled Labor Day Weekend with special rates and activities at The Wigwam. Situated on an estate-like setting, the historic hotel will feature a variety of festivities to fill a long weekend including water games and live entertainment. Guests can enjoy poolside movies, water balloon and squirt gun water races, family game night and animals from the Wildlife World Zoo and so much more during the three-day weekend at this iconic Arizona landmark. Those looking for the go-to staycation can enjoy this getaway for $129 on Thursday and Sunday, and $149 and Friday and Saturday for Labor Day Weekend.

You Stay, We Pay Package at The Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass.  The resort's waterpark weekends feature large-scale slip and slides, multiple inflatable water slides for kids of all ages, a dunk tank, family-friendly concession stands and much more. Guests can enjoy live poolside music and outdoor lawn games such as bocce, life-sized Jenga and cornhole.  Adventurers can enjoy other unique experiences including the Native American culturally themed courses such as; jewelry and dream catcher making courses, gourd painting, canvas & cocktails and much more. Parents can get pampered at the Four-Star Aji Spa or on the links at nearby Troon-managed Whirlwind Golf Club while the kids take part in the Adventure Club Camp.  Families can retreat from the heat with the new River Boat Adventures, which include options to pedal boat, water bike, kayak or stand up paddle board down their winding river.  The “You Stay, We Pay” package includes a $50 daily resort credit. Rates start at $149 per night. Available now through Sept. 5, 2017.

For those who dream of a peaceful summer vacation getaway, the Boulders Resort & Spa has the answer with a selection of luxurious offerings in the spectacular surrounds of the Sonoran Desert foothills. Thanks to the completion of a multi-million resort-wide renovation project, guests can enjoy beautifully renovated casitas at seasonal rates as low as $129 per night – more than 70% below regular winter and spring rates.  Adding to the “chill factor” are touches such as complimentary iced treats offered poolside. For a stress-free and care-free summer escape, the Truly Boulders Package is offered as the best summer value package and includes nightly accommodations in a private Casita, Villa or Hacienda, daily $25 dining credit per person per night, complimentary valet or self-parking, 20% off Spa Services at the SPA at the Boulders and unlimited access to the Spa facility and fitness classes and the resort fee. The Truly Boulders Package price starts at $179 per night. Boulders Resort & Spa also features the Spa Daze Away Package starting at $419 per night, and the Love at Boulder Package starting at $499 per night. The packages are available through Sept. 2, 2017.

Discover summer serenity at Mountain Shadows. Gather and socialize will taking part in summer events and specials to improve your health, both physical and mental. The Citizens Club at Mountain Shadows is offering special programming offerings from moonlight yoga, Barre3 Summer Series, aerial classes and cold-pressed karma juices – all while taking in the stunning Southwest scenery.

 

ARTS, CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT

The founders of the Arizona Taco Festival are partnering with The Camby, a luxury lifestyle urban hotel, to throw an exciting event on National Guacamole Day, Sept. 16, 2017, called Rock The Guac. The event will pit (pun intended!) more than 12 of the Valley’s top chefs against each other in a friendly culinary battle while providing a festive way for guacamole fans to “rock out with their guac out.” Tickets to Rock The Guac cost $40 and come with unlimited guacamole samples, a gourmet taco station provided by The Camby, and two drink tickets good for Casa Noble margaritas and Corona cervezas. The event will also include live lucha libre wrestling, flamenco dancing performances, and DJ. This fiesta also marks the final countdown until the Arizona Taco Festival at Salt River Fields on Oct. 14-15, 2017.

Calling all pizza lovers. The 3rd Annual Phoenix Pizza Festival will feature approximately 15 pizza vendors, dessert food trucks, craft beer stations, related food vendors and festival with lawn games, live bands, and a kid’s craft zone. The Phoenix Pizza Festival has again partnered with Downtown Phoenix Inc. as a charity beneficiary. This community development group promotes the revitalization of downtown by supporting events and local businesses. The festival will take place on Saturday, November 18 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Margaret T. Hance Park. It is priced at $10 for entry, and pizza vendors will serve $2-$4 slices, full pies and everything in between. It is suggested to purchase tickets online, as they are expected to sell out before gates open.

Fashion is extensive at the Phoenix Art Museum. A Tribute to James Galanos opens in mid-August paying homage to the late American designer (1924-2016) with an exhibition spanning five decades of his designs from the permanent collection and private lenders, as well as never before seen photographs from his personal archives. A supporter of the Museum’s programs, Galanos personally donated a group of his designs to the fashion collection in 1990 and participated in several of its events. Highlights will include gowns made for Galanos’ clients including Sybil Harrington, Kitty Carlyle Hart, Nancy Reagan, Ann Bonefory Taylor and Marie Vanderbilt Whitney as well as contemporary collectors including Tatiana Sorokko, and Susan Byram. On display in the Ellman Fashion Design Gallery, the exhibit will be available Aug. 19, 2017 through Jan. 7, 2018. 

The former Phoenix Motor Company dealership has transformed into The Van Buren, a music venue with three bars, a mezzanine and an Arizona desert landscape mural. Located in close proximity to a variety of food and entertainment options, The Van Buren is an absolute must for a night out in downtown Phoenix. The venue’s amazing live performances and cool atmosphere will make it local favorite and a trendy tourist go-to.

Phx Rising Tour Co. teams up with the “Boo Crew” at Phoenix Ghost Tours to offering a monthly downtown Phoenix Walking Ghost Tour. This 90-minute walking tour of the historical center of Phoenix includes the rich history, the scandalous endeavors, and the mysterious paranormal activity these buildings contain. Tours begin Aug. 19 with two tours available at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets are only $15.

Desert Botanical Garden announces its fall season with a dazzling array of exhibitions and events to help you enjoy the beauty of the desert. As the largest botanical garden in the southwest, the Garden is presenting a world-class season, including world-renowned artists, local musicians, vibrant dancers and dynamic festivals—all within the breathtaking setting of 50,000 desert plants. Exhibits include Fall Butterfly Exhibit – mighty monarch butterflies return on Sept. 30; Larry Kornagay – a Phoenix-based designer and artist will exhibit more than 20 new works beginning Sept. 22; Jun Kaneko –a Japanese-American artist showcasing glazed ceramic and bronze forms in the Garden’s desert flora beginning Oct. 13; and many more.

Tuned in. Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) announces the 2017 fall concert series offering more than forty-five concerts showcasing award-winning singer-songwriters, global musicians, and many more. Performances include: Irma Thomas and the Blind Boys of Alabama with the Preservation Hall Legacy Quintent; The Sachal Ensemble; Leyla McCalla; Loudon Wainwright III; and many more. Tickets are currently on sale.

Experience an intimate look at the instruments, videos and over 40 images displayed at Pueblo Grande Museum’s One World, Many Voices: The Artistry of Canyon Records. This immersive exhibit of portrait photography provides audiences an intimate look at Native American musicians and the history of Canyon Records. The story of this unique Arizona business and its role as a platform for Native American music and expression, come alive through the camera lens of Robert Doyle, Canyon Records owner. The exhibit is open now through Aug. 31. 

Let Hot Air Expeditions sweep you off your feet, and among the clouds, for an adventurous wedding. Participants can choose from pre-packaged options for every taste and budget including the Wedded Bliss Package featuring a pilot wedding officiant, desert-inspired floral, photography and videography. The Essentials Package simply features a pilot wedding officiant. In addition to the soaring wedding options guests can also book a Balloon Photo Shoot, which is perfect wedding invitations or save the dates, and Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides as a fun reception activity.

Black Theatre Troupe announces its 2017-18 season with an arresting array of theatrical tales that chronicle the African American experience. From musicals to drama, Black Theatre Troupe presents works that will touch the heart and stir your spirit. All performances are held at the Helen K. Mason Performing Arts Center. Performances include Caroline, or Change (book and lyrics by Tony Kushner); Severn Guitars by August Wilson; Black Nativity by Langston Hughes and many more. Tickets are on sale now and start at $38.

Get in those steps while enjoying beautiful scenery at the recently completed The New River Trailhead at Fletcher Heights.  This recently completed trailhead is bike friendly and features stretching areas, benches and bike stands to lace up your bike shoes, a large shaded ramada, a chilled drinking fountain, dog baggie station, and a parking area that mimics a wheel with a stenciled cog as the centerpiece.  The new trailhead provides access to the New River Trail that connects to several miles of trails throughout the Valley.

 

SPA

Wellness and relaxation is a guarantee for guests at Tocaloma Spa & Salon at Pointe Hilton Cliff Resort. From the Hot Stone Masssage to the Seasonal Scrub, every guest is sure to find the perfect spa treatment. The Hot Stone Massage is priced at $130 for 50 minutes and features ancient basalt stone primed with radiant heat to melt knotted muscles and relief tension. The Seasonal Scrub is priced at $120 for 50 minutes and gently exfoliates dry skin, leaving it refreshed, revitalized and silky smooth.

After spending the summer cooling off in the pool, let The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale spoil you with its nail services. Some of the spa’s many offers include the Hydrating Manicure and the Tension-Relief Pedicure. The Hydrating Manicure is a 45-minute treatment features warm paraffin to wrap the hands, relax aching muscles and nourish dry skin, priced at $80. The Tension-Relief Pedicure is a 60-minute treatment features a traditional pedicure with the added benefit of an extended foot and calf massage to restore the flow of energy in the body and release tension, priced at $105.  

Adults looking to unwind can find sanctuary at Well & Being Spa at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess with a variety of relaxing treatments such as the Back-To-School Recuperation. As summer ends and the kids to go back to school, it’s the perfect opportunity for a spa day. When booking a 60-minute Deep Cleansing Facial Monday through Thursday, a complimentary glass of wine will be provided. The facial is priced and $119 and available throughout August.

From garden to spa, new services offer from the SPA at Boulders Resort & Spa are inspired by the fall harvest from the Spa’s Organic Garden. The Organic Body Wrap is a naturally exfoliating and detoxifying body wrap uses antioxidant properties of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries to tone and brighten your skin. The Pumpskin Hydrating Facial is has amazing regenerative properties. Pumpkin has a multitude of vitamins, beta carotene and antioxidants, so it repairs damage to the skin caused by environmental factors and aging. Lactic acid, known for its hydrating and exfoliating benefits, will gently reduce dullness and leave you skin refined and re-texturize, while Paprika spice will create a warming sensation that will stimulate and energize the epidermis, leaving your skin smooth and glowing.  The not-to-be-missed fall spa specials include the Wind Down Wednesday’s, which allows spa guests booking any 50 or 80-minute spa service to receive 50% off the second service of equal or lesser value, and the Fall Frenzy, which is an exclusive fall spa service includes a choice of a 50-minute DesertZen massage or a 50-minute Organiz Signature Facial for $129 (offered Monday through Thursday only).

 

DINING

Masterpiece Donuts & Coffee+ arrives in Arcadia this August. Enjoy cooked-to-order donuts with your choice of premium icings, toppings & drizzles, plus world-class coffee (and healthy options) in an inviting and community art-filled space. Housed inside a striking new mixed use shopping center by the renowned restaurant design firm, Brick & West, Masterpiece Donuts & Coffee+'s 1,600 sq.-ft. space invites guest to kick back and relax and stay awhile thanks to oversized windows, Masterpiece Donuts & Coffee+ is the brainchild of entrepreneurs Sheri and Tom Schrader, who recently moved to the Valley from Kansas City.

The chefs at Doughbird are cooking up plate-licking flavor combos that are quickly becoming a local favorite. In addition to the mouthwatering pizza and rotisserie, guests can’t seem to get enough of the Heirloom Tomato & Quinoa Salad, the Lebanese Hummus, the buffalo sauce and so much more. Doughbird can be enjoyed as a sit-down or to-go meal, and it features a variety of dishes and beverages that are not to be missed.  

There is a new face behind the bar at Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails in downtown Phoenix, and he’s just released an impressive menu with 11 original, innovative cocktails (while also keeping some of the ever-popular Blue Hound favorites). Hailing from the East Coast, Phil Clark is a veteran of the craft cocktail scene, and he brings a research-driven methodology to bartending. Clark’s new Junglebird cocktail has taken over as the most-ordered cocktail at Blue Hound, and it features Grey Goose Vodka, Plantation Pineapple Rum, Cointreau, lime, brown sugar syrup, and Campari-infused ice. The delicious drinks come from Clark’s method of mapping out the flavors and structures of a cocktail before mixing it up.

Mexican food fans, weekend brunch goers, taco fanatics will be thrilled for the latest addition to the southwest culinary scene, Casa Añejo Tacos & Tequila, which is officially open. Led by Chef Joe Absolor and Mixologist Riley Jones, Casa Añejo celebrates the food and cocktails of Mexico offering an extensive menu of Mexican favorites and craft cocktails. Housed inside a custom designed vibrant space featuring colorful neon accents and a southwestern flare and features a standalone outdoor 'curbside kitchen' featuring to go tacos open late night for diners to stop by on the bustling 7th Street Corridor.

 ‘Party like a rock star’ at Roka Akor as it has partnered with Live Nation to provide guests with the ultimate chef dining experience and VIP tickets to an upcoming concert hosted by Live Nation at Ak-Chin Pavilion. Guests of Roka Akor are invited to enjoy an “Omakase” chef dining experience which is a Japanese phrase meaning “I'll leave it up to you.” Following the incredible dinner, guests will receive VIP tickets to an upcoming concert of their choice, hosted by Live Nation at Ak-Chin Pavilion. A few of the many included performers are Mathbox Twenty, Sam Hunt, Luke Bryan, One Republic and Depeche Mode. To receive tickets, guests must make a reservation for an “Omakase” dining experience at Roka Akor during the week of a show. Roka Akor’s “Omakase” experience is $150 per person, not including tax and gratuity.

 

SPORTS/GOLF

The 2017 Arizona Fall League schedule has been released featuring six teams comprised of many of Major League Baseball’s top prospects from every organization. The league plays Monday-Saturday from mid-October through the Saturday prior to Thanksgiving in November in six Phoenix-area spring training Stadiums. Opening day is Oct. 10.