Beginning in early March, American Airlines is adding non-stop services from Phoenix to three new cities from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. The airline -- being a busy carrier with around 300 flights per day --plans to add daily non-stop service to Lubbock, Roswell, N.M. and Midland/Odessa, Texas. American Airlines will be the only airline offering non-stop service to the Sky Harbor Airport.
The Camby Hotel –a highly anticipated independent luxury lifestyle resort – is set to open in December 2015. A playful mix of the professional and the avant-garde, The Camby is Arizona’s first and only hotel from Autograph Collection Hotels. The name is inspired by its location near the city’s iconic Camelback Mountain. The Camby Hotel seamlessly blends the timeless beauty of the property, originality in contemporary design, and on-trend services to create a colorful, elegant, and bold hotel that is exactly like nothing else. The hotel will include: Luxury accommodations in 277 guest rooms; Three innovative food and beverage outlets with Director of Culinary Experiences Dushyant Singh at the helm; A fresh rooftop pool experience; A boutique spa; Contemporary fitness center; and More than 20,000 square feet of meeting space. Led by Stonewall & Taylor and inspired by the desert landscape, the artfully designed hotel incorporates the five C’s of Arizona – cattle, copper, citrus, climate, and cotton – to shape The Camby Hotel’s identity and guest experiences blending imagination, sophistication and statement-making designs
The former Lexington Hotel is undergoing a complete transformation into the FOUND:RE, a one-of-a-kind lifestyle hotel experience set for completion in spring 2016. The 104-room hotel will bring a vibrant new concept to the transforming neighborhood with details, designs, public spaces, a restaurant and amenities inspired by the thriving arts and culture scene in Phoenix. The unique renovation project is led by visionary developers, Tim Sprague of Habitat Metro, and BOND Parters, who have a wide collection of unique hotels and resort properties in their combined past experience and current projects including the much-anticipated Portland on the Park condominiums opening in Fall 2016.
Guests and valley residents are invited to join in the merriment of the holidays at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa. Fifty-four palm trees will be twinkling in the resort’s Entry and Fountain Courts, along with a 20-foot-tall Sequoia tree sprinkling from atop the Entry Court fountain. Inside the upper lobby, the magic of the Pastry Team’s life-size Gingerbread Cottage is nestled among a snow-capped forest. As guests and visitors peer down to the lower lobby, the will see a 12-foot spruce adorned with festive spirit greeting those arriving at SWB, a southwest bistro and Alto ristorane e bar. Christmas Day will bring a special Holiday Buffet offering a variety of holiday favorites at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa. SWB’s Holiday Buffet will be served from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Celebrate the season in mid-century modern luxury at Hotel Valley Ho. Enjoy festive events in their newly renovated accommodations with great discounts to help you save during the holidays. Featured specials include a fourth night free after staying three consecutive nights and up to 30 percent off prevailing rates for Tower Suites, Loft Suites and the Presidential Loft Suit. You can also celebrate New Year's Eve with a champagne dinner at ZuZu and exclusive access to the Sky Line Rooftop for an intimate toast to 2016.
Escape from the hustle and bustle this holiday season at the We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center. Enjoy luxurious accommodations and lavish amenities; relax in the resort pool and Amethyst Spa & Boutique; and try your hand (and swing) at Fort McDowell Casino and We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, mere steps away from the resort. The two season packages include the Fall Into Savings package for $139 and the Winter at We-Ko-Pa Wonderland package for $119. Both include deluxe guest rooms with one king or two queen beds and 25 percent off regular priced spa treatments.
ARTS, CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT
The Frida Kahlo exhibit is displayed at Heard Museum now through February 8, on loan from the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico City. The exhibit features over 200 photos and is broken into six categories: The Origins; The Blue House; Politics, Revolutions and Diego; Her Broken Body; Frida’s Loves and Photography. The Frida Kahlo- Her Photos exhibit will feature photographs taken by Man Ray, Martin Munckácsi, Tina Modotti, Edward Weston, Nickolas Murray and many others. The images are meant to give guests a very intimate and personal view into Kahlo’s life and exhibits personal history about the artist and time period.
Desert Botanical Garden celebrates its 38th year of Las Noches de las Luminarias. This is one of Arizona's best holiday events. For 16 nights the Garden will come to life with the soft glow from more than 8,000 hand-lit luminaria bags, thousands of white twinkle lights and the vibrant sounds and sights of 10 entertainment groups. Stroll each path with a warm cup of cider or cocoa – and for this year enjoy an extra special treat with Bruce Munro’s light exhibition currently on display.
Local Artist Jesse Perry is well known for his mural work in downtown Phoenix with an emphasis on cartoonist characters, bright colors and satire. Most recently, Perry shared that he has created a street-art scavenger hunt in downtown Phoenix with 31 installations of street art. Each piece of art hidden in downtown Phoenix is strategically placed and is intended to evoke emotion. Phoenix residents who spot a Jesse Perry art piece in downtown Phoenix can use the hashtag #founditphxff and are encouraged to tag the artist, @mrdowntownphx.
For the sixth year in a row, close to 200,000 holiday revelers will descend upon CityScape Phoenix to take part in the seven weeks of CitySkate, the Valley’s largest real outdoor ice rink, presented by APS. Central Avenue is transformed into an ice skater’s dream with a massive 36-foot holiday tree dramatically placed in the center of the rink along with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights. The tree will dazzle guests with nightly light shows at 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Bystanders watching over the rink from Patriots Park will enjoy a nightly snowfall during the same hours. Santa will make an appearance every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for photos from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. The rink, presented by APS, is open daily from Nov. 28 through Jan. 11 with special events happening most days of the week.
The Phoenix Symphony will be kicking off the 2016 with amazing shows beginning in January. Hear The Phoenix Symphony perform highlights from over 60 years of John Williams scores, including Star Wars, Harry Potter, E. T.: The Extra Terrestrial, Indiana Jones, Jaws and more on January 2 at 7:30 p.m. Maestro Muñoz presents a rare treat of an all-Mozart program, including Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro, Concerto No. 20, Eine kleine Nachtmusik and Symphony No. 39 on January 8 at 11 a.m. Bop along to catchy, tongue-twisting tunes like “Conjunction Junction,” “Mother Necessity” and “I’m Just a Bill,” that combine scholastic themes and popular classical music on Janurary 10. Beatlemania, the premier Beatles tribute band joins your Phoenix Symphony in a show you'll never forget on January 29 at 7:30 p.m., as the group performs 50 years of timeless Beatles’ hits from “Please, Please Me” all the way to “Abby Road.”
First Fridays are being offered at the Heard Museum, with free admission from 6 to 10 p.m. every First Friday of each month except March. In December, the theme is “New at NU” (Native + You) with music and great food. Visitors can enjoy the Heard’s 12 exhibit galleries, nationally-acclaimed Courtyard Café and gourmet drinks at the Coffee Cantina, and see the best in Native art at the Heard Shops.
Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, on November 20, became a certified Smithsonian Affiliate museum, making it a recognized partner with the world’s largest museum and research complex. Becoming a Smithsonian Affiliate opens the door to a variety of benefits to Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. These include not only loans of iconic artifacts and cultural treasures, but also education programming, expert speakers, and career development for museum professionals. In addition to sharing artifacts from the Smithsonian’s vast collection, the affiliate relationship will provide Scottsdale’s Museum of the West with opportunities to collaborate on innovative educational programming to help students understand the legacy of the West and their own role in shaping it. As a celebration of the Cowboy Artists of America’s 50th anniversary, the Scottsdale Museum of the West is presenting, “A Salute to Cowboy Artists of America and a Patron, the Late Eddie Basha: 50 Years of Amazing Contributions to the American West.” The exhibition serves as a thank you for the contributions of its 77 artists to fine art and western culture. The exhibition opened on Saturday, November 7 and will run through May 31, 2016. It features paintings and sculptures that have rarely been seen by the public eye.
Riviera Broadcasting and R-Entertainment are excited to announce the return of the Bites ‘n Brews Craft Beer Festival to its inaugural venue CityScape on February 27, 2016. Cityscape is Downtown Phoenix’s premier destination for all things dining, nightlife, shopping, business and community events and entertainment. The festival, takes place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. (2 p.m. for VIP’s), will showcase craft beers from 20+ breweries from Arizona and across North America under the Hensley portfolio with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Phoenix Sister Cities. Bites ‘n Brews will also a feature the valley’s best DJ’s spinning the hottest music around, beer seminars, various outdoor games including corn-hole, life-sized beer pong, and other games/activities throughout the festival like the Beer-Karaoke challenge.
Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour is proud to announce it has been named one of the “Best Bars in America for 2015” by the prestigious online drinks publication, Liquor.com. As the only Arizona bar to make the Liquor.com's new "Drink Here Now" List, Bitter & Twisted was named one of the must-visit "New Kids," renowned for its "ramen burgers and a 24-page cocktail book," as well as its location, "in the historic Luhrs Building, the bar feels very downtown: urban and sophisticated." Based in San Francisco, Liquor.com is the world's largest cocktails- and spirits-oriented publication and winner of both the James Beard Award and the Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Awards for Best Cocktail Writing and Best Cocktail Author.
Savor the flavors of fall at Singh Farms as they celebrate the return of their weekly farmer’s market. The farmers market features the finest fresh-plucked seasonal produce (eggplants, habaneros, bell peppers, tomatoes and much more), plus unfiltered raw honey and house-hatched eggs. The farmers market is open from fall through early summer. Singh Farm’s weekly farmers market also brings in top local purveyors each week including MJ Bread, Tammie Coe Cakes, Boho Farms and produce from farms across Arizona. The Juice Box at the farmers market will feature fresh pressed juices and smoothies fresh from the garden. The Farm also offers their famed all-natural composts, seeds, vegetable and herb garden starters, hydrolyzed fish fertilizer and more during the weekly market.
Nothing to do this weekend? As if!? DeSoto Central Market has your brunch plans for this weekend (and EVERY weekend) covered. Every Sunday, DJ Mr. PHX will be spinning rad 90's hits out on the patio from 10 .a.m to 3 p.m.! Swing by to grab a bite from the larder + the delta, Tea and Toast Co, or DCM Burger Joint to go with a breakfast cocktail from DCM Bar like their $3 mimosas or The Kraken (a seasonal, three-course Monster Bloody Mary)!
Uptown Farmers Market is partnering with local restaurants, chefs and C-Cap to host a Neighborhood Chef Series at the Uptown Farmers Market. The Series will run every Saturday, occurring now through January 2016. Every week there will be a different local chef featured with a restaurant close to the Uptown neighborhood, between 7th Street and 7th Avenue. Each chef will use seasonal Arizona products to produce tastes for the Phoenix community.
The Pink Pony has been a staple since its opening in 1947. Times were definitely different back then, but this legendary fixture has been a huge player in the dining scene thanks to constant improvements and renovations throughout the years. The Pink Pony prides itself in providing Arizona Chops & Contemporary Comfort Cuisine to food lovers from Arizona and beyond. After recent remodeling and renovations, Pink Pony has given themselves a face lift that is hard to ignore. Diners can enjoy an ornate and expansive bar, private dining area, event space, and a beautiful patio that faces Scottsdale Road. The improvements make them a perfect candidate for happy hour, dinner meetings, birthday celebrations, and more
Fuchsia Spa will open its first franchise location on High Street on Saturday, Dec. 12, bringing its affordable, results-driven skincare services to Northeast Phoenix. Sisters and the brand’s first franchisees Shauna Owens, 30, and Marissa Owens, 28, will open Fuchsia Spa at 5410 E. High Street, Building 5 Suite 111, a 2,380-square-foot space that has been under construction since July. The day spa will celebrate with a public grand opening party from 12 to 3 p.m. on opening day. Fuchsia on High Street will focus on results-driven skincare and massage services, ranging from custom facials, micro-dermabrasion and peels, to custom massages and exfoliating body scrubs. The day spa will also utilize the Fuchsia Advanced Skin Care line, available for retail sale exclusively at Fuchsia Spas.
One of the hottest trends in the bar scene has found its way to Agave, the Arizona Spa at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa, where cinnamon lovers will savor the new Fireball Facial featuring the popular cinnamon whisky. The warmth of the spicy cinnamon-flavored drink paired with the cooling herbal properties of Eminence organic skin care leaves skin feeling invigorated and revitalized. Customized for each individual guest’s skincare needs, the 50-minute facial incorporates a eucalyptus cleansing followed by a Fireball whisky mist for toning. After a cool Arctic Berry Enzyme Exfoliation, the aesthetician applies a blueberry detox peel or a lime stimulating masque. With the skin clean and refreshed, guests enjoy the contrast of an icy hot facial massage featuring menthol rosehip and paprika herbal treatments and a soothing masque. Finally, a moisturizing Citrus and Kale Potent C+E Serum is applied along with Neroli Eye Serum and Citrus Lip Balm.
The College Football Playoff (CFP) announces events that will take place in Arizona the weekend of the national championship game, including an interactive event for fans, concert series, pregame festivities at University of Phoenix Stadium and philanthropic events. Playoff Fan Central, a festival that will give fans the opportunity to be a part of the championship experience, will be at the Phoenix Convention Center. The event will include interactive games, sponsor activities, special guest appearances and exhibits celebrating college football. Playoff Fan Central will also feature appearances by the participating institutions’ bands, cheerleaders and mascots and mini pep rallies for each participating team. On Saturday, attendees will have the opportunity to watch media day live, as student-athletes and coaches from both teams participate in interviews on the special 50-yard football field.
The countdown to the 2017 NCAA Men's Final Four began when the NCAA and the Phoenix Local Organizing Committee unveiled the logo of Phoenix's first Final Four and announced plans for an NCAA Legacy Restorations project at Harmon Park in central Phoenix. The NCAA Legacy Restorations project will refurbish an outdoor basketball court at Harmon Park, which annually serves more than 18,000 neighborhood children, many of them underprivileged. This is the first of numerous community projects that will be undertaken as the Valley prepares to host the 2017 Final Four, set for April 1 and April 3, 2017 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.
The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) and the Copa America Centenario Local Organizing Committee (LOC) announced that Phoenix has been selected as one of the 10 U.S. metropolitan areas to host matches during the historic Copa America Centenario played from June 3 to 26, 2016. The University of Phoenix Stadium was assigned to host the Copa American matches during the tournament. Traditionally featuring the top teams of South America, the tournament will be played on U.S. grounds and include CONCACAF teams like the United States and Mexico. Similar to the FIFA World Cup, each venue will host matches on multiple days through the tournament. Most venues will host at least three games.