CITY NEWS

It’s no secret that Sky Harbor International Airport attracts a large amount of travelers and makes a big economic impact, but a study conducted by W.P. Carey School of Business at ASU recently determined that the total economic impact of the airport is more than a whopping $38 billion a year. Also, Terminal 4 is set to include 16 new retail stores and medical clinic, and the Phoenix City Council has approved an extension of the Phoenix Sky Harbor Sky Train worth nearly $100 million. In addition, May statistics for Phoenix Sky Harbor show a 1.9% increase in total passengers compared to May 2016. Sky Harbor served more than 3.8 million passengers in May 2017. Total passengers for the calendar year are up 0.6% compared to the first five months of 2016.

A new light rail station breaks ground at 50th Street. This is the first station added to the existing Valley Metro Rail Line with unique accessibility features. From a wider platform to accommodate mobility devices to enhanced shading, this station is a model of accessibility. Interview future users and learn about its significance to the disability community. The project is the first light rail project under Phoenix Transportation 2050, funded by the support of Phoenix voters.

 

RESORT NEWS

Locals looking to spend the weekend exploring or to simply enjoy some down time will want to check out The Camby’s Dine & Elevate package. The package will be available this summer and includes: accommodation upgrade to a Mountain View Room (based on availability); $50 food and beverage credit for dinner at Artizen per night; and a 50% valet parking discount.  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. Rates start at $219 per night.

Summer is right around the corner and LUSTRE Rooftop Bar at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix will beat the heat with events nearly every night of the week with the annual 100 Days of Summer series. LUSTRE, which was named one of the best rooftop bars by USA Today and Travel + Leisure, features views of the city skyline, a pool and cabanas, craft cocktails, and seasonal menu items. It also recently debuted a stage, lighting and sound upgrades creating an energetic space for more live music performances throughout the summer. Every Friday at 8 p.m. LUSTRE will host pool parties with live DJs. In addition, Live at LUSTRE will feature live bands and DJs that will entertain guests every Saturday from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. and 8pm until midnight and Sunday from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. Live at LUSTRE is free and open to the public. The 100 Days of Summer series is a great way to soak in all the fun summer has to offer, and with discounted stays at Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix, it’s the perfect way to make this summer unforgettable.  Rates start at $129 per night.

Enjoy all the best dining the Arizona Biltmore has to offer with their Summer Inclusive Package. Book your summer getaway to Arizona Biltmore and enjoy a special inclusive package featuring breakfast, lunch, dinner, self-parking, and discounts towards our award-winning Spa Biltmore. Play poolside in the abundant sunshine, enjoy entertainment at the Paradise Pool, discover weekly featured savory cocktails and poolside margarita cart, and unwind with family-friendly movies while floating in the moonlight every Friday and Saturday Evening. Includes: Accommodations in a luxurious guest room; Breakfast, lunch and dinner for two; 20% off a la carte Spa Biltmore services; Complimentary self parking & resort charge; and Self-parking included (value: $12 per day). Rates start at $215 per night.

Escape to The Wigwam now through Sept. 7, 2017 to take advantage of their SummerScapes package. Book a fantastic weekday rate of $139 and weekend rate of $159 (25 percent savings),  including a free summer camp for kids and a $50 resort credit per night per room that's good for food, beverage, spa, golf, or tennis. The Wigwam currently spans more than 440 acres on an estate-like setting and features 331 casita-style guest rooms, including 72 suites, crafted from distinctive adobe architecture. The resort offers 54 holes of championship golf, The Red Door Salon & Spa, three pools with two twisting water slides, and five restaurants and bars. The hotel also offers Camp Wigwam, a complimentary summer program that focuses on activities for children up to age 12.

Got tickets to this summer’s concerts and entertainment and need a place to stay? The Got Tickets Package offered at Hyatt Regency Phoenix is the perfect way to enjoy your main event and have a comfortable stay at a downtown hotel. The package includes a guest room and a $40 food and beverage credit per day to Networks Bar & Grill.

Splash into summer 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.

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.

Get your lounging on with the Luxe Lounging package at Royal Palms Resort & Spa. With room rates starting at only $189 per night, guests will take delight in the package’s $50 credit toward the award-winning Alvadora Spa and $25 food and beverage credit to T. Cook’s. Summer guests will be among the first to experience Royal Palms’ recent multimillion dollar design refresh with an array of new poolside amenities. The package is available through Aug. 24.

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, Il Terrazzo (restaurant), pool complex, The Shops at The Phoenician, Café and Ice Cream Parlor and the spa. Most of the construction is scheduled to be completed in September 2017, and the spa rebuild is expected to be completed that December.

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.


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 until September 4, 2017.

Splish splash into Arizona Grand Resort & Spa’s summer Oasis Package. Book your summer staycation with the family at Arizona's only all-suite resort featuring a 7-acre water park. The package includes $20 Oasis Bucks per Night; (10) Wristbands to Oasis with Paid Resort Fee; Complimentary 2:00 PM Check-Out. Rates starting at $119. Blackout dates do apply. Rates are plus tax and resort fee.

It’s an even dozen: For the twelfth consecutive year since it opened its doors in November 2005, the We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center has received AAA’s highly coveted Four Diamond Award. Every year, AAA reviews nearly 28,000 hotels, with only 5.9 percent making the prestigious Four Diamond list. To receive this designation, an establishment must be refined and stylish, with upscale physical attributes, extensive amenities, and a high degree of hospitality, service and attention to detail.

Get your groove on with $99 room rates, live music and rockin’ movies at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, A Destination Hotel with Rockin – Staycations. Summer guests will groove poolside to live music and rock ‘n’ roll themed movies after the sun sets on select Friday and Saturday nights. Cool down during the day with a spiked snow cone while chilling out with games like life-size beer pong, cornhole, horseshoes, bocce ball, ping pong, and Guitar Hero. And that’s not all! Sip and savor hourly drink specials at Twisted Vine Pool Bar & Grill and daily featured cocktails at Bar Six40. Relax VIP style in one of eight private cabanas at the resort’s new McCormick Pool, which features lounge seating and two reserved chaise lounges, flat screen HDTV, personal refrigerator, outlets for charging, bottled water, afternoon treats, and a dedicated server from Twisted Vine. Room rates start at $99 per night; valid May 26 - September 4, 2017.

Make this a summer to remember with a getaway to Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, with weekday rates beginning at $189 per night, June 1 – Aug. 31, 2017. 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. - 5 p.m., featuring a rotating variety of daily programming. The entire family can head to the pool for complimentary “Dive-In” movies, running every Saturday night throughout the summer, accompanied by a themed buffet available at an additional cost. During the day, relax at the pool with complimentary cabanas and passed amenities such as smoothie samples and fruit kebabs. At night, take advantage of the Resort’s scenic views of the Valley below with complimentary stargazing led by a professional astronomer every Thursday night. Rates listed are per night, per room, subject to availability, exclude occupancy tax and cannot be combined.  

Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa is kicking off its first summer season the right way: hot deals, cool cocktails and exciting new programming. With the Stay More, Save More package the room rates will be discounted 20 percent for any two-consecutive night reservation, and a visit of three nights or more will receive a 30% discount for the entire stay. Additionally, the resort fee will be discounted to $29. With The Family Plan, guests can purchase one room at a regular rate and get the second 50 percent off. For just an extra $200 per night, guests can receive an upgrade to a poolside Cabana King guestroom with the Cabanas Fit for a King package. In addition to its unbeatable deals, the resort’s Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen will host a daily happy hour from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Also through the resort’s artist in residence program, guests can interact with local artists and craftsman from Cattle Track, a nearby artist’s community, and learn firsthand about their trades, which range from painting, pottery and photography to sketches and string art.

 “You Stay, We Pay” Package at The Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass.  The resort's summer holiday 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 package includes a $50 daily resort credit. Rates start at $149 per night. Available now through Sept 5, 2017.

Star-Spangled Celebration Weekend at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa. In celebration of our nation’s birthday, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale will feature a patriotic weekend of fun-filled activities, games, entertainment and food and drink, complete with the resort’s signature Red, White and Boom Fireworks Extravaganza. There are fun and festive activities planned for all ages. There will be waterslide races, a watermelon eating contest, patriotic crafts, and live music. Free for resort guests. Rates start at $175 per night. Red, White and Blue picnic: Adults $27, Children (6 to 12) $13.50, Complimentary 5 and under. Recurring daily from June 30, 2017 to July 4, 2017.

Take a midweek break with The Scott Resort & Spa this summer and splash around without the overnight bag. With the Scott Summer Day Pass, guests will enjoy a $10 Food & beverage credit for a bite to eat at the pool bar, a guest guestroom for an afternoon (or morning) nap and four wristbands to the outdoor pools. Make it family day and the kids can cool down at the Sandy Beach Pool, or get the squad together to enjoy drinks by the pool. The Scott Summer Day Pass is valid Tuesdays and Wednesdays through August 31, 2017, and blackout dates may apply.

Guests will indulge in quality ingredients at the exclusive Torres Spanish Wine Dinner at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. As part of the Chef’s Secret Dinner Series, the Torres Spanish Wine Dinner is a one-of-a-kind experience that will feature a three course meal, prepared by Executive Chef Marcos Seville, paired with libations from distinguished winemakers and distillers. Guests will enjoy the fresh ingredients and live demonstration format and it will take place in Chef’s Kitchen on Thursday, June 29 at 6 p.m.

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 percent 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 percent off Spa Services at the Spa 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 September 2, 2017.

Join Fairmont Scottsdale Princess as they cheer to both America's birthday and the resort's 30th birthday during the Seventh Annual Fourth of July Freedom Fest. Celebrate with a patriotic party only the Princess can put on with concerts, fireworks, all-American fare, military tributes, a vintage air show and poolside fun! Enjoy five nights of fireworks Friday, June 30 - Tuesday, July 4. Also catch concerts under the stars three nights in a row, Sunday, July 2 - Tuesday, July 4 on the Princess Lagoon Lawn with energetic live music and military parachutist jumps from the All Veterans Parachute Team. Concerts begin at 8:30 p.m. nightly. Before the shows, don't miss nightly pre-show featuring Grammy-nominated kid-hop artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess will also host a one-of-a-kind vintage airshow Tuesday, July 4, where more than 28 military aircrafts that flew in WWII, Korea and Vietnam will fly over the resort, piloted by retired veterans. Air shows will conclude with a military parachutist from the All Veterans Parachute Team soaring through the skies and landing with an American flag. Freedom Fest concerts, fireworks and air shows complimentary for overnight guests of the hotel or those dining same-evening in La Hacienda, Bourbon Steak, Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar or Ironwood American Kitchen.

Kick back, relax and head to We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center for the ultimate mini staycation. Guests can book a two night stay for just $189 and a one night stay for just $99. The package includes an upgraded $25 food & beverage credit. With the unbeatable dining options, refreshing spa treatments and golf, We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center is perfect for a much need summer getaway.

Scottsdale Inn is currently under renovation and rebuilding, it will open this fall with a new image and a new name: Hotel Adeline. The 4.5-acre property will have 213 guestrooms, including five 700-square-foot king suites, and a 1,800-square-foot ballroom with a center divider that comfortably seats up to 100 guests and a deluxe boardroom accommodating up to 12. The space plans to offer more communal spaces in its lobby and other areas of the hotel, and the focal point of Hotel Adeline will be its 3,000-square-foot zero edge pool.

 

ARTS, CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT

4th of Zooly at Phoenix Zoo. There will be plenty of family fun for everyone. The Phoenix Zoo will be serving up a classic summer BBQ and topping off the evening with a very special viewing of the Tempe Town Lake Fireworks Spectacular show at a “VIP” seating area in the back of the Zoo! Entertainment includes free carousel rides, animal encounters and live music on July 4, 2017. Adults (13+) $45, Children (3-12) $35, Children 2 and under are free but reservations are still required.

Step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s timeless family favorite, Disney’s Beauty and The Beast presented by Herberger Theater and Arizona Broadway Theatre. With expansive sets, brilliant costumes and a tremendous cast of characters, this “tale as old as time” tells the story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. Shows July 7-16.

Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) is currently presenting special exhibition Dragons and Vines: Inlaid Guitar Masterpieces – A collection of instruments featuring stunning inlay design created by the greatest contemporary North American inlay artists and luthiers. The exhibition is presented by MIM in partnership with the Maryland-based inlay company Pearl Works, with the majority of the pieces coming from the private collection of Larry Sifel (1948–2006), the company’s founder. This special exhibition consists of guitars, banjos, and one ukulele, featuring inlaid artwork created from materials including abalone shell, mother-of-pearl, coral, gold, copper, wood, and others. These materials are manually fitted onto the instruments with diligent precision, transforming each one into a unique masterpiece. Open Now–Sep. 4, 2017.

Experience Desert Botanical Garden in a whole new light with the garden’s Flashlight Tours. Flashlight Tours are sensory adventures to see, hear and feel how the desert nights shimmer. Guests beam their own flashlights along the self-paced trails to capture the night-blooming plants and animals that chirp, whirr and whisper in the desert after dark. Guests are asked to bring their own flashlights, and flashlights are available for purchase in the Garden Shop until 8 p.m. It is priced at $24.95 for adults and $12.95 for children (3-17). In addition to extraordinary Flashlight Tours, Desert Botanical Garden has recently completed its master plan to expand with a Children and Family Garden. It will cover three acres and will be located near the Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop Trail. The Children and Family Garden will be a place for social play, creativity, discovery and hands-on experiences in a desert landscape.

Fashion is extensive at the Phoenix Art Museum. A Tribute to James Galanos opens in 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 August 19, 2017 to January 7, 2018. 

Red, White and Rawhide. This Independence Day is sure to be a fun-filled event with great music, tasty food, fantastic fireworks, additional attractions and a party so big it could only be held at Rawhide on July 1. The fun goes until the party ends. Don’t pass up this opportunity to enjoy our live action stunt shows or Rawhide’s many attractions and rides, all of which are included in this value packed ticket. Ticket prices coming soon.

What’s Independence Day without music, entertainment, food and beer and fireworks? Westgate Entertainment District will host the Westgate Fireworks Fest, the West Valley’s largest Four of July festival. The festival will feature music on two stages, family-friendly activities, dining deals, splash pads and water zones, face painting, balloon twisting, open-air beer garden and a fireworks show at 9 p.m. The festival is free and open to the public.

Peoria’s All-American Festival, presented by APS, will be held July 4 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Peoria Sports Complex. This year’s event features the newest addition to the Peoria Sports Complex, the Peoria Cove. This coastal-themed playground for children includes The Ballyard, a miniature baseball diamond, and The Shipyard, a play structure and small splash pad set in a seafaring ship. The All-American Festival begins at 5 p.m., including live entertainment, food eating contests, a cornhole tournament, an airplane flyover and family-friendly activities. Two waters zones with more than 15 water inflatables and slides help keep everyone cool. Returning again this year is The Skyscraper, a five-story waterslide with two lanes. One lane is straight down so riders experience a free-fall sensation before being launched in the air and the other side is steep and sloped, launching the rider further down the air bag. Dry inflatables, a rock wall, mechanical bull, bubble balls and Euro bungee will also entertain. Food concessions and cold beer will also be available.

 

SPA

Decompress at Spa Biltmore at Arizona Biltmore with seasonal therapies designed to rejuvenate. The Summer Tranquility Massage provides an overall sense of well-being and is priced at $99 for 50 minutes (regularly $145) or the Summer Boost Facial which utilizes various masks to deliver nutrients that balance and hydrate the skin and is priced at $99 for 50 minutes (regularly $160).

Get coconut cool with summer treatment specials at Agave, The Arizona Spa at The Westin Kierland Resort. The spa offers treatments specially created to cool on hot summer days. The Coconut Age Corrective Facial provides hydration and calms skin that may be feeling the effects of too much sun. It is normally priced from $159, but spa-goers can enjoy this facial starting at $127 throughout the summer. For all-over sun and heat relief, Agave Spa is introducing the Coconut Delight Massage. The massage moisturizes and protects skin, and it is priced from $149. The Summer Slimming Body Wrap is a head-to-toe treatment designed to flush toxins while firming and hydrating skin. Guests can enjoy this wrap starting at $175 throughout the summer. Agave, The Arizona Spa also delights guests with the Coconut Delight Manicure and Pedicure, Summer Refresh Spray Tan and the Paradise SuperFoods Smoothie. These rejuvenating treatments will be offered from June 21 - September 21, 2017. Each treatment includes use of the spa’s facilities including complimentary use of the Aguamiel Pool, complimentary yoga class and use of the relaxation area, whirlpool, steam room and sauna.

Immune system boost, deeper sleep and overall wellness? Yes, please. Spa Avania at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale now features a Himalayan Salt Room, where guests can take delight in the completely natural halotherapy.  It is a method of inhaling pure, dry, micronized salt air particles. These particles reach the deepest area of the lungs absorbing bacteria and pollutants and provide an anti-inflammatory property. Halotherapy is a great way for spa go-ers to relax and enhance overall well-being.

Indulge in the Spa-tacular Summer Sampler at Amethyst Spa & Boutique at We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center. The special includes an Express Facial, Salon manicure, Soothe Your Sole Foot Massage and Salon Pedicure, and guests can choose any two of treatments for only $99. These treatments are not to be missed and the Spa-tacular Summer Sampler only lasts during the month of June so head to We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center and prepare to be pampered.

For a relaxing retreat, step into the new Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary at Andaz Scottsdale Resort. Guests can create their own signature scent for summer with the True Essence Massage, which includes a personalized aroma to match each guest’s preference from the spa’s blending bar offering a choice of soothing essential oils. With a private pool available only to spa guests, Palo Verde Spa also offers eucalyptus steam rooms, a beautiful indoor relaxation lounge, outdoor relaxation areas with hydrotherapy pools, as well as a complete fitness center. For those craving a little extra zen, the resort offers weekly outdoor yoga sessions.

Summer guests can take delight in the Summer of Spa deals at the award-winning Joya Spa at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, a 30,000 square-foot destination spa featuring stunning Moorish-style architecture and design. Daily deals include Afternoon Escape Fridays featuring a 50-minute classic massage or 50-minute transformation facial for $120 available from 2 p.m.- 6 p.m., Spa-Tacular Sundays featuring a 50-minute classic massage or 50-minute transformation facial, choice of a Hydrating manicure or pedicure and a fitness class for $165, as well as other additional daily specials. Rejuvenation and lounging continues with private cabana rentals available from $99 per day offered at both the main Kasbah Pool and adults-only Oasis Pool. Cabana rentals come complete with a mister system, towel service and cabana attendant. Specialty cabana packages and upgrades are also available.

Relax and recharge at The Spa at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale. Enjoy specially priced treatments during Spa Happy Hour, offered from 3 p.m. - 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.

Adults looking to relax and unwind can find sanctuary at Well & Being Spa at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess with a number of rejuvenating treatments such as the Live It Well Package, enjoy a choice of a 60-minute Signature Journey Massage or Deep Cleansing Facial plus a healthy cuisine spa lunch for $149.  Guests can enjoy new fitness options such as Float Fit paddleboard yoga at the rooftop pool. 

From garden to spa, new services offer from the Boulders Resort & Spa are inspired by the fall harvest from the Spa’s Organic Garden include:  Organic Body Wrap  This naturally exfoliating and detoxifying body wrap uses antioxidant properties of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries to tone and brighten your skin. 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.

 

DINING

The breakfast table is set. Arizona Breakfast Weekend (ABW) returns, July 27-30. Valley chefs and restaurateurs are uniting for an event that celebrates the most important meal of the day: breakfast. The third annual Arizona Breakfast Weekend, sponsored by Hickman’s Family Farms, hits eateries July 27-30. Diners will enjoy special dishes at breakfast and brunch spots around the Valley. Confirmed restaurants so far include: Hash Kitchen – Scottsdale and Arcadia, The Original Breakfast House, Paul Martin’s, Ticoz, Perk Eatery and The Market by Jennifer’s. Nearly 50 restaurants participated last year, and it is anticipated that number will increase this year.

Arizona Craft Beverage, Arizona’s first licensed craft distillery group, won Arizona Distillery of the Year for the second time from the New York International Spirits Competition, announced in May. In addition, Arizona Craft Beverage’s Elgin Distillery, won gold for its Arizona Straight Bourbon in the nation’s top spirits competitions. The Arizona Straight Bourbon sells for $65 per 375 ml bottle.

The Whining Pig opens in downtown Phoenix. The new neighborhood hangout offers craft beers, wine and unique grilled cheese sandwiches.  Owners Matt Fulton, Katy Arnold and Dan Caprario opened the original location in 2013, and it quickly became a beloved neighborhood hangout. The location is the fourth location in the Whining Pig family.

Why limit yourself to Happy Hour when you can enjoy Happiest Hour at Huss Brewing Co.? Guests can enjoy craft beer pitchers for the price of a pint, $1 off all wines, and the choice of gourmet sliders (green chile pork, roast beef, caprese) for only $2 each.  Huss Brewing serves an extensive selection of famously fresh, flavorful beers, including the gold-medal winning Koffee Kolsch (ameriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival 2017), and a variety of summery Husstler Seasonal Specials. Happiest Hour if offered daily from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Celebrate the season and head to Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails for its Southern inspired summer menu. Guests can indulge in Okra’s Fried Chicken in a variety of ways including (but not limited to) straight up, smothered in gravy, Chow Chow (a spicy vegetable relish) and honey. In addition to the plethora of summertime treats, Okra’s new menu includes not-to-be-missed peach cobbler and its signature Canned Biscuit Doughnut. Guests can also enjoy specially priced bar bites and drinks during Happy Hour from 4 p.m. -6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and all day Sunday and Monday.

With the aroma of tropical fruits, honey and vanilla, LDV Winery’s new 2014 LDV Voignier defies the status quo and offers boundless excitement. 2014 brought a low yield crop with high fruit intensity, leading to the wine’s unique taste. The 2014 Voignier can be enjoyed on its own or with a wide variety of foods. The oak is in the background but offers spicy notes that will complement the richness of grilled halibut, sea bass, steamed lobster and grilled shrimp with a vanilla beurre blanc sauce. It also works well with Brie cheese topped with fruit and crème brûlée. The 2014 Voignier is priced at $28 per bottle.

Calling all beer lovers. It’s time for the Tap Takeover event at Flanny’s, which will include Tombstone Beers, Dragon Beers and Ballast Point Beers. Tombstone Beers will include IPA, Dank Fruit DIPA, German Pils, Imperial Stout with Piloncillo aged in Bourbon Barrels, Brett Saison aged in Chardonnary Barrels and Sour Wheat with mango and toasted oak. Dragon Beers will offer IPA, Witt, Stronghold, Lager and DIPA. The Ballast Point Beers offered will be Sculpin, Bonito Blonde, Tart Peach, Sea Monster and Barmy. The Tap Takeover will take place on Thursday, July 20 from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

‘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 Brad Paisley, Future, 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.

The ever-popular, mouthwatering ‘Neighborhood Burger Joint’ has finally made its way to Phoenix.  Cold Beers and Cheeseburgers will soon open its seventh location in Central Phoenix, and the official opening date will be confirmed soon. The restaurant will feature 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.

Summer 2017 at Marcellino RistoranteSummer is here, and that means seasonal menus and specials at Marcellino Ristorante. In addition to the restaurant’s normal menu options, guests can enjoy a unique summer cocktail and Summer Supper all season long. The Summer Supper is back. The restaurant will offer a special menu every day from June 5-September 10. For just $35, diners receive an appetizer, entree, and dessert.

 

SPORTS/GOLF

Calling all baseball fans. The Arizona Diamondbacks have launched the D-backs Ballpark Summer Pass good for July home games for just $50. Promotions in June and July include a D-backs Pool Towel giveaway, Star Wars Day, Kids Bat & Ball Set and much more. The Summer Pass is available for purchase and allows fans to a seat for all 25 homes. The Ballpark Summer Pass delivers tickets directly to ones mobile device through the MLB.com Ballpark app and guarantees a ticket in the Outfield Reserve seating area for all July home games with options to upgrade.

Hit the links at Boulders Resort & Spa’s North Course and South Course and enjoy green fees starting at only $55 on weekdays (Sunday – Thursday), and $65 on Weekends (Friday & Saturday).  Seeing as both courses are named as one of the “Best Golf Courses You Can Play in Arizona” by GOLF, Boulders is undoubtedly a golf lover’s go-to. Boulders Resort & Spa also offers the Stay and Play Gold Package, which includes nightly accommodations in a private casa, one round of golf per person per night, $25 per person lunch voucher and complimentary access to the Boulders Spa facility and unlimited fitness classes. The package starts at $239 per night (double occupancy) and is available through September 2. 2017.