A study completed by the Seidman Research Institute, W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, determined that Super Bowl XLIX, the 2015 Pro Bowl and related events produced a gross economic impact of $719.4 million in the region. This is the largest economic impact of any special event ever held in the state of Arizona, as well as the highest for any Super Bowl for which publicly released figures are available. By comparison, Super Bowl XLII played at University of Phoenix Stadium in 2008 generated a gross economic impact of $500.6 million (2008 dollars) based on research also conducted by the W.P. Carey School of Business.


Marriott announces two brands coming to downtown Phoenix in 2016. Now under construction on the northwest corner of Central Avenue & Madison Street in downtown Phoenix, the all-new Luhrs City Center Marriott is a 19-story, 320-room hotel scheduled for completion in 2016. Designed to blend seamlessly with its historic neighbors while still offering state-of-the art guests amenities, the hotel will house two brands: a Courtyard by Marriott and a Residence Inn by Marriott, which will share a lobby and other amenities, such as the fourth-floor pool. When finished in 2016, Luhrs City Center Marriott will complete the Hansji Corporation’s decade-long preservation and revitalization efforts of this landmark city block.

The Ritz-Carlton will be closing its doors this summer and will reemerge as part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection of independent upscale and luxury hotels, which will be operated and managed by Destinations Hotel. The property is due to undergo extensive renovations and is scheduled to reopen either in December or early next year. The rebranded hotel will be repositioned as a “lifestyle hotel” to capitalize on its location near the Arizona Biltmore shopping mall and various nearby businesses. The first phase of renovation (priced at $9 million) consists of a new restaurant and bar, renovations to the main pool and enhancements made to guest rooms. 

It’s all coming together for a perfect summer at the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort.  Guests will enjoy fantastic summer getaway deals and a full calendar of fun activities for all ages – enjoyed in the legendary resort’s beautiful new ambiance following a recent renovation. The Paradise Pool will be the hub of summer poolside fun at the Arizona Biltmore, highlighted by the 92-foot waterslide, Splash Cinema where family movies are watched from floaties, poolside dining and an in-water bar. When not frolicking in one of eight pools, enjoy such activities and amenities as wine tastings, salsa-making demos, summer tennis camp for kids, “glow-in-the-dark” golf on the putting course, guided hikes in the adjacent nature preserve, summer wine pairings with special dishes at signature Wright’s restaurant, Beer Dinners in Frank & Albert’s featuring top microbrews and original menus and Summer Tea, an iced tea version of the resort’s traditional Afternoon Tea served in the Tea Lounge.

The Phoenician’s renowned Tennis Complex, one of the largest resort facilities in the Southwest, has been named by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) as a 2015 Outstanding Facility Award Winner.  The award, now in its 34th year, was established to stimulate high standards in tennis facilities and to recognize those whose efforts make such a positive statement about the vitality of the game.  Nestled between two fairways along the eastern edge of the AAA Five Diamond resort, The Phoenician’s premier tennis facility is the only one of its kind in the region to offer four playing surfaces on 11 outdoor courts, including a Wimbledon championship grass court, seven Plexipave hard-surface courts, two courts with the revolutionary Rebound Ace surface, and a Prestige Plexicushion surface on center court, which also features spectator seating.   The Tennis Complex, with 10 of its 11 courts lit for evening play, is available for USTA league competition, tournaments and special events, and is open to resort guests as well as the general public.

For the twenty-third year, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch has been chosen by over 50,000 corporate, incentive and association meeting planners to receive Meetings & Conventions 2015 Gold Tee Award, given annual to outstanding golf and meeting properties worldwide. Winners of the award are nominated and selected by the M & C readers “based on their gold facilities including course design, maintenance, the ability to host meeting tournaments, pro ship merchandise, equipment and friendly, professional staff.” For the year 2015, 65 golf properties worldwide were chosen to receive this highly respected award.

Scottsdale Resort & Confrence Center, A Destination Hotel, embarks on a massive $9 million renovation this July that will transform the independent resort and revitalize its amenities. The resort is one of the latest properties added in the Destination Hotels portfolio. In September, the property will be unveiled as The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, A Destination Hotel, and it will have a gorgeous, updated look to accompany its new name. The first phase of the renovation will inject $9 million into the property, introducing a new restaurant and bar, transforming the main pool, adding significant outdoor meeting and event space, and enhancing guest rooms, all while creating a more open, welcoming feel throughout the resort.

Sunny getaways are even brighter with Arizona vacation packages offered by Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. The luxury resort at the base of Camelback Mountain is offering your fourth night free. Book an extended weekend and enjoy the fourth night free plus a $150 resort credit good for dining or award-winning Joya Spa. Enjoy luxury accommodations while enjoying world-class service.

The retro mid-century Hotel Valley Ho launches Too Cool for Pool. This splendid summer special is perfect for those seeking poolside lounging. Book this package and receive a pool view guest room, two Hotel Valley Ho pool towels and two drinks poolside.  Rates vary based on dates of stay. Available now through Sept. 7.


The Musical Instrument Museum will put on Experience the Andes, where guests can come and experience the music and culture from this famous South American mountain range. The event will take place Aug. 1 and 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum will also hold an event titled Musical Icon: Elvis, which is also included with paid museum admission. In honor of Elvis Week, visitors can join the museum in celebration of the life of the “King of Rock and Roll.” Come and hear gallery talks near the Elvis Presley exhibit, participate in hands-on activities, view the classic film Jailhouse Rock on the big screen and more. This will be available Aug. 15 and 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m

First Fridays, Native + You, or NU, are at the Heard Museum, with free admission from 6 to 10 p.m. every First Friday of each month except March. July’s theme is “Hot Summer Nights.” (Admission to museum galleries is free 6 to 10 p.m. Admission to Super Heroes: Art! Action! Adventure! exhibit is subject to a $5-per-person gate fee.)

Celebrate Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! at Pueblo Grande Museum on Saturday, September 26, 2015.  In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian Magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day Ticket for free.  Print your Museum Day Live! Ticket for free museum admission for two and join Pueblo Grande Museum as part of a national movement to explore and support the museums of America.  In honor of Museum Day Live!, Pueblo Grande Museum will have gallery tours and artifact show and tell stations available throughout the day.

Enjoy a Saturday brunch on Roosevelt Lake as part of Desert Splash Adventures Roosevelt Lake Island Brunch series. Guests will board a chartered 9-passener Cessna Caravan Amphibious Seaplane to Roosevelt Lake with aerial views of the McDowell Mountains, Apache Trail and up-close views of the Indian Ruins of Tonto National Forest. Within 30 minutes, you’ll touch down at Roosevelt Lake on the shore of Rabbit Island. You’ll be welcomed by FnB farmed Chef Charleen Badman, co-owner Pavle Milic and a guest Arizona wine maker. The series begins October 10th featuring Pillsbury Wine Company and will continue one Saturday monthly through April 2016.

Masterworks of Spanish Colonial Art will be on display at the Phoenix Art Museum beginning Sept. 5 until March 6. View remarkable Spanish Colonial artworks created in the 17th and 18th centuries that were recently acquired by Phoenix Art Museum, including an 18th-century Mexican painting of the Virgin of Guadalupe that will be on display at the Museum for the first time.


To better reflect its centralized location, in the heart of downtown, Province at The Westin Phoenix Downtown, has reinvigorated its brand with a new name and a fresh menu. Recently launched, the new Province Urban Kitchen & Bar will introduce breakfast, lunch and dinner menus incorporating seasonally, fresh ingredients to create simple, healthy cuisine. Professionally trained in the U.S. Territory of Guam, Chef Scott used that influence to infused more fresh seafood dishes to the menu like the Ahi Club Sandwich, Ahi Tuna Tartare, Faroe Island Salmon and Pan Seared Alaskan Halibut. In addition to the new seafood selections, the restaurant has overhauled each of its four menus to display with array of inspired new cuisine. The new menus mark only the first phase of changes happening at Province Urban Kitchen & Bar. In the coming the months, the restaurant will undergo décor changes as well as structural renovations.

Gertrude’s, the highly touted full-service restaurant just inside the Desert Botanical Garden, has introduced new menu items for summer. Under the direction of Executive Chef Matthew Taylor, Gertrude’s ingredient-driven menus burst with fresh and unexpected flavors. Featured summer menu items include grilled asparagus, chocolate raviolis, sumac crusted Hawaiian tuna and Carolina Gold Rice grits and various new cocktails.

The Duce gains national attention to the Phoenix Warehouse District. The vintage 1928 warehouse turned restaurant-bar-boxing gym-sport shop-recreation center made its' debut on Guy Fieri's Diners Drive Ins & Dives in July of 2013. How do you top that?  By appearing on episode #1 of Food Network's "Craziest Restaurants in America" hosted by Graham Elliot on June 3. "The Duce is the brainchild of two Chicago transplants who had a vision of what Phoenix's historic Warehouse District could be long before the revitalization of downtown Phoenix was complete," said Duce Owner Steve Rosenstein.  "We fell in love with the area and put our hearts and souls…not to mention a few bucks into something we knew would eventually become one of the coolest-hottest neighborhoods in Arizona."  A place for anyone-everyone, The Duce hosts special events, corporate parties, Friday Night Bands, Sunday brunch and boxing lessons.  A favorite of local politicians and professional athletes, the Duce makes everyone feel right at home.

National egg shortage? Not so, says the menu at Over Easy Tempe, which recently opened its sixth location of the now-famous breakfast and brunch spot that rose to countrywide egg-claim after being featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” The 80-seat eatery’s menu is appropriately heavy on the huevos, and features abundant omelet and classic egg dishes as well as an array of alternatives for those who tend to wake with more of a sweet tooth. 

The summer season demands refreshing cocktails and TEXAZ Grill is launching an all-new trio of refreshing cocktails, including the Shiner Shanty and Orange Grove cocktails. Pair your refreshing cocktail with TEXAZ’s from –scratch menu of Texas-style eats for the perfect summertime celebration.

Local Bistro launches a full interior renovation and is scheduled to reopen in late July. The renovations of the Italian restaurant will include new walls, flooring, furniture, lighting and a bar that will double in size. The outside seating is also expected to expand, adding a DJ booth, a 60-inch television at the bar and improvements will be made to the acoustics for noise control. Upon reopening, Local Bistro is expected to announce new menu items, cocktails, wine list and other weekly specials.

JW Marriott Desert Ridge introduces three tasty drinks to kick off summer, available at the resort’s Twenty 6 Lounge. On the list are two cocktails, and a kid-friendly drink anyone can enjoy. The Strawberry Whiskey Sour, Just a Splash Kokopelli Colada and Just a Splash Dirty Worm Drink, each with their own individual, unique flavors, will be available all throughout the summer.   

7 Chef Kick Out Series: Phoenix chefs join together to cook at the prestigious James Beard House in NYC. These top Valley chefs will co-host one amazing dinner as they raise awareness of the booming Phoenix culinary scene and help #BringBeardBackToAZ after an 8-year drought. Hosted on Friday, November 20, 2015 at 7 p.m., a septet of chefs will all come together to craft a seven-course feast, including Cullen Campbell (Crudo, Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails), Kelly Fletcher (formerly of House of Tricks), Josh Hebert (Posh Improvisational Cuisine), Scott Holmes (Little Miss BBQ), Stephen Jones (yard bird + the larder), Bernie Kantak (The Gladly, Citizen Public House) and Gio Osso (Virtù Honest Craft). During the wine-paired dinner, each chef will prepare a single course that highlights both their distinctive style, and the bold flavors of Arizona.  The menu will be revealed later this summer.

The 5th Annual Arizona Cocktail Week is bellying back up to the bar February 13-21, 2016.  Arizona's only statewide salute to cocktails and cocktail culture is back and bigger than ever, with an expanded nine-day schedule.  Highlighted once again by the all-day, all-night Cocktail Carnival at the Hotel Valley Ho on Saturday, February 13, 2016, this poolside shindig will showcase dozens of vendor booths, carnival games, circus performers and countless cocktail tastings. But that's just a sip of all the tasty tipples and creative concoctions on-tap for the 2016 AZCW, including a new-and-improved Last Slinger Standing bartending competition and even more exciting pop-up bars at the Top Bars of America.  Plus, enjoy returning favorites including the Artisanal Spirit & Cocktail Market and the Imbibe & Dine cocktail and food paired dinners at restaurants across Arizona.


Tocasierra Spa at Pointe Hilton is offering its summer spa deals on its “Summer Lovin’ At The Spa” menu of services. As part of the resort-wide Great American Summer program featuring classic American fun from luaus and beach parties to carnivals and sock hops, the fun continues at Tocasierra Spa & Salon available until Sept. 7. The special includes a Monsoon RX Facial, Let’s Glow Honey! Body Scrub and Ice Cream Pedicure, a foot massage beginning with a cream butter brulee whole milk soak and whipped Shea butter and sugar exfoliation. Visitors can also enjoy the Vitamin C Facial, ideal for repairing skin and the Recovery Facial for Men, the perfect solution for sun-parched skin.  Resort guests receive 20 percent off select spa treatments through Sept. 6.

Refresh at Spa Biltmore through its Summer Menu, with a variety of 50-minute treatments, beginning June 14th to September 2nd.  Participate in your wellness and enjoy up to a 50% discount. Experience a Tranquility Relaxation Massage—$79, Spa Biltmore Custom Massage—$95, Revive Desert Willow Facial—$79, HydraFacial®—$100 or Cooling Cucumber Body-Quench—$95.  Salon Biltmore is offering a selection of services such as a shampoo and blow dry—$35+, manicure and pedicure combination—$60 and GK Keratin Smoothing Hair System—$195. Create your day of wellness and delight in a complimentary Wellness Class such as Yoga, Pilates Mat or Hydro-Fit when you schedule a Spa Biltmore Custom Massage or Revive Desert Willow Facial.

The Forbes Four-Star Centre for Well-Being at The Phoenician is offering refreshing summer savings on its spa menu.  Between now and September 3, 2015, guests, local visitors and residents can purchase one treatment and receive a second of equal or lesser value for 50 percent off. Showcasing more than 75 specialized experiences, The Centre for Well-Being features such signature services as the Phoenician’s Finest Facial – a highly advanced skin care treatment that begins with a natural, pharmaceutical-grade Vitamin-C enzyme peel, preparing the skin for an oxygen infusion of hyaluronic acid and antioxidants.  The 80-minute service leaves skin renewed and rehydrated while diminishing fine lines.   The 50-minute Organic Ginger Lime Sugar Scrub features a 100 percent natural body-smoothing exfoliation, complemented by a fragrant application of coconut-argan oil.

This summer, The Spa at The Boulders Resort offers great savings—especially for local residents.  A popular spa service for summer is the Amethyst Body Purification Ritual.  This 80-minute service begins with a body wash and exfoliation followed by a hydrating body quenching wrap using Shea butter. The amethyst stones are then placed on the body while a soothing oil scalp massage is performed.  The treatment is finished with full body spritz. The amethyst, a powerful and protective stone known for promoting peacefulness, happiness and contentment, is considered a natural tranquillizer for relieving stress and soothing irritability.  It is primarily associated with the third eye and to open the heart chakra with an energy intention to bring a sense of happiness and well-being.  The cost of the Amethyst Body Purification Ritual is $220. The Mid-Week Meltaway is also an exclusive summer spa service offered Monday through Thursday only.  It includes a choice of a 50-minute Desert Zen massage or a 50-minute Prescriptive Facial.  The cost is $109. 


Arizona Grand Resort invites guests to hit the links with $19 unlimited golf after 10 a.m. plus kids 12 and under play for free (with adult.) Arizona Grand Golf Course has supported the rich tradition of the game with its unique links course, featuring panoramic views of the surrounding desert landscape. Dramatic elevation changes and breathtaking mountain vistas highlight the diverse and challenging par 71 layout. The course compliments the grandeur of the spectacular Sonoran desert with stunning conditions and a service staff committed to creating exceptional experiences for players of all ability levels.

Enjoy summer golf specials at Lookout Mountain Golf Club. Tee times from $35 for rounds on Sundays-Thursday now through Sept. 8.  The award-winning Lookout Mountain Golf Course sits among the magnificent North Phoenix Mountains and offers panoramic views of graceful Arizona landscape. Course recognitions include the Golf Digest Four Star Award for nine consecutive years, a Zagat rating as one of America's Top Courses from 2005 - 2009, and a coveted ranking as one of the Top Ten Public/Resort Courses in Arizona for 2008 and 2009 via Arizona Business Magazine.

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 and cool “Otter Pops” will be served to golfers throughout the game. Summer merchandise in the Boulders Golf Shop is also reduced to cool prices during the summer. 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 and cool “Otter Pops” will be served to golfers throughout the game. Summer merchandise in the Boulders Golf Shop is also reduced to cool prices during the summer.