CITY NEWS

Marriott International purchased the Sheraton Grand Phoenix hotel in downtown Phoenix for $225 million. The company will complete a massive renovation on the hotel, creating a modern space for guests to enjoy as part of Marriott International’s plan to transform Sheraton properties. The hotel features about 77,000 square feet of meeting space, a business center, a fitness center, a fourth-floor outdoor pool with a poolside bar, as well as a lobby restaurant and bar.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport recently welcomed Condor Airlines, which will operate the route between Sky Harbor and Frankfurt Airport twice a week through September. The flight will be served by a Boeing 767-300ER with more than 250 seats. Each passenger onboard will receive complimentary checked baggage, beverages, meals and in-flight entertainment. Travelers wishing to connect elsewhere will find that the flight offers a convenient and time-effective way to get to Europe and beyond.

 

RESORT NEWS

Kick off your weekend with a happy hour like no other at Arizona Biltmore’s Happy Hour History Tours. While enjoying refreshing libations, the resort’s Historians will then share highlights of this Arizona landmark’s storied past since opening in 1929 involving celebrities, worldly dignitaries and U.S. Presidents. It is priced at $20 and includes two cocktails and a 45-minute tour, and it takes place every Friday at 6 p.m.

Royal Palms Resort, which combines the sophistication of a storied Mediterranean villa with the intimacy of a secluded retreat, is offering not-to-be-missed summer deals. The Arizona Residents Offer starts from $179 per night. If guests stay one or two nights, they receive 15 percent off, and if they stay three or more nights, they receive 25 percent off. Must show valid Arizona driver’s license upon check in, and the booking codes are AZRES (for 1 or 2 nights) and AZRES1 (for 3 or more nights). The Royal Summer Retreat starts from $229 per night and includes $50 T. Cook’s dinner credit, resort fee and parking (over $100 value). It requires a two-night minimum length of stay, and the booking code is RPSUM. The summer deals are available through September 20.

Unwind and dine with summer packages at the Hermosa Inn, which was ranked the #1 Hotel in the Southwest & West in Condé Nast Traveler’s  2017 Readers’ Choice Awards. The Summer in Paradise Getaway includes rates starting from $149 (plus tax and resort fee of $30), valet parking, overnight accommodations, two drink tickets upon arrival per room, $25 daily food and beverage credit, daily poolside treats, upgrade upon arrival (based on availability) and early check in/late check out (based on availability). The package is available through September 30. Vacationers in need of delicious dining will enjoy LON’S $49 Three-Course Summer Prix-Fixe Menu, created by Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco. The menu will be available through September 16.

Soak up some summer fun at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia with incredible summer values. With the Fee-Free Summer Getaway package, rooms start at $135 on select days days with no added parking or resort fees (promo code: PKGFRE). The Sunsational Sundays package offers guests a 10 percent discount for a one-night stay, 20 percent discount for two nights and a 30 percent discount for three to five nights off best flexible rate when they arrive on a Sunday.

Beat the heat through August 30 at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass. Make the most of summer holiday waterpark weekends with large scale slip and slides, multiple inflatable water slides, a dunk take, family-friendly concession stands and more. For parents whose ultimate vacation includes just a little quiet time, find your way to luxurious pampering at our Four-Star Aji Spa or on the links at nearby Troon-managed Whirlwind Golf Club while your children enjoy our Adventure Club Camp. The resort is also offering a variety of staycation packages if you book through August 30.

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

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

As things begin to warm up for summer, The Wigwam welcomes families near and far to elevate their getaway to the Southwestern oasis with the Summer ‘Scapes package. The package offers a $50 resort credit for each night stayed to be used towards dining, or one of the three expansive golf courses. The package is valid through September 30th with rates starting at $139 from Sunday – Thursday and $159 Friday – Saturday.  In addition to the package, The Wigwam offers no shortage of family fun with the Warren Schutte Player’s Academy offering guests the chance to perfect their swing to Kid’s Summer Programming, offering everything from raft races to a Wildlife World Zoo to keep the kids smiling while adults are free to enjoy The Wigwam’s Wine Dinner Series. The resort also boasts a world-class spa, bocce and tennis courts, an enhanced golf club with 54 holes of championship golf, and three expansive swimming pools, including a Tower Pool with a 25-foot tower with two twisting water slides, making it the perfect summer retreat offering something for all travelers.

Make memories that will last a lifetime this summer at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess with their “Best. Summer. Ever.” deals and one-of-a-kind activities and services. The vacation package starts at $179 per night and includes a daily $50 resort credit and complimentary session with the Instagram Concierge. This deal is available now through September 4. Additionally, fireworks will light up the night every Saturday all summer long with extended displays on holiday weekends.

 

ARTS, CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT

Enjoy both new and classic exhibits with your budding artists this summer at the Phoenix Art Museum. Phoenix Art Museum will offer free admission to children under the age of 18 visiting the Museum from July 1 through September 30, due to a grant from the Steele Foundation. The program, known as PhxArt Open for Kids, presented by the Steele Foundation, provides free youth admission during normal admission hours, as well as free admission during voluntary-donation times to special-engagement exhibitions, which normally include a $5 ticket charge.

It's all about first impressions- and the Musical Instrument Museum is doing it right. Now when guests visit the museum, they will be welcomed by the hard-to-miss eleven-foot totem pole and large box drum on display at the Northwest Coast and Plateau exhibit. Commissioned from master carvers Calvin Hunt and John Livingston, this Kwakwaka’wakw totem pole and box drum set include family crests in the form of supernatural and animal beings that come to life through music, dance, and song. Both objects illustrate the central role of music in Native American ceremonial settings.

Observe the lives of 13-year-olds throughout America as the Phoenix Art Museum presents To Be Thirteen: Photographs and Videos by Betsy Schneider. The portraits illustrate a heightened tension between the commonalities and differences among the teenagers, demonstrating how distinctly the age of 13 can appear on different people, while highlighting the similarities that every young person experiences as they transition from childhood to adolescence. The exhibition will be on display in the Norton Family Photography Gallery at the museum through October 14. 

Swap the iPad for a drawing pad and learn from the principles of America's greatest architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, at his historic, 80-year-old winter home, Taliesin West. Combining creativity with academic relevance, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation’s innovative Summer Art and Architecture Camps give students the opportunity to think and work outside the box. The innovative, five-day Summer Art and Architecture Camps for students K-12 that allows them to explore, create and design while embracing STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) education and learning by doing, a key component to Wright's principles. The camps are held through August 3, and students can apply for scholarships.

Guests of all ages can learn how the body works from the inside out at Odysea as the traveling exhibition, BODIES REVEALED, is currently on display. Using an innovative preservation process, the Exhibition allows visitors to see the human body’s inner beauty in educational and awe-inspiring ways. Tickets for BODIES REVEALED at Odysea are available and it will be on display for a limited time.

Supercalifrailisticexpialidocious! Do we have your attention? Get ready for the “Practically Perfect” musical event of the summer at Herberger Theater Center – Mary Poppins The Broadway Musical. Watch the magic unfold onstage from July 6 through July 22. Use promo code MPoppinsKids for early family buy one get one discounts.

The Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater proudly announces its Summer 2018 Concert Series, includes more than fifty concerts through September, spanning multiple genres across the globe. Highlights this season include funk and soul legends Tower of Power, performing as part of their 50th Anniversary Tour; singer-songwriter Nellie McKayand, who has contributed music to a number of well-known movies; and ten-time Grammy Award winner Bobby McFerrin, who has successfully crossed over between genres of jazz, pop, and classical with his remarkable octave-jumping vocals. Tickets are on sale now.

The highly anticipated shipping container marketplace, The Churchill, is set to open later this summer. Get ready to eat, drink and shop your way through local businesses. Currently, 10 brands have signed up to set up shop inside: Breadwinner, a brand-new restaurant concept by Culinary Mafia Group; the talented team behind Scottsdale’s EVO; Pedal Haus Brewery, the second installment of the world-class Tempe-based brewpub; Pobrecito, a new cocktail concept from the innovative team behind Counter Intuitive and Undertow; Provecho, a food concept that offers bold flavors from Central Mexico; Freak Brothers Pizza, a food truck turned brick and mortar, which cooks up Neapolitan-style pizzas in 90 seconds using a 1,000-degree oven; Foxy Fruit, a health-conscious spot serving smoothies and acai bowls; Sauvage, a bottle shop offering honest wines at an approachable price; State Forty Eight, a homegrown lifestyle brand that caters to sports fans, outdoor enthusiasts and the fashion-forward; Cosas, a container boutique that will feature the work of local artisans from various regions of Mexico; and Gather, a mindful retail spot offering home and lifestyle goods.

Exercise your brain this summer at the Arizona Science Center’s brand-new exhibit – A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature. Guests will explore a seemingly infinite repeating pattering of mirrors created by the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry and try to make it through the maze. Explorers will eventually discover a small secret room full of bonus puzzles, imagery and artifacts. Get ready to learn about nature, the human body, and even art and architecture while embracing your inner adventurer. The exhibit runs June 30 to September 4. Members can purchase tickets beginning June 18 and tickets will be open to the public June 25. The maze exhibit is $8.95 for non-members and $6.95 for members.

 

SPA 

Check out the Summer of Spa specials at Joya Spa at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, featuring a seasonal offer every day of the week. Summer deals include a 50-minute Classic Massage or Transformation Facial, complimentary fitness class, a 50 percent discount on a spa service with the purchase of an 80- or 50- minute spa service and more. Check the weekly schedule for discounted services and packages every day.

At the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, the Well & Being Spa is offering summer-inspired treatments at a savings feature the Prickly Pear Quench massage, the Lavender and Lime body scrub and the Coconut Cooler pedicure. Each are 60-minutes and range from $69-$169 and include access to the 44,000 sq. ft. spa oasis for the entire day.

 

DINING

A welcoming Italian-style tavern with craft cocktails with irresistible food? Yes, please. Fellow, set to open this September, will serve a compact yet irresistible menu of pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and salads for lunch and dinner. Fellow will also offer premium coffee drinks and freshly-prepared grab & go meals at breakfast, as well as gourmet ice cream. Not to mention a globe-spanning menu of wines by the bottle and glass, as well as craft beers and hand-shaken cocktails. Open daily, Fellow will serve as an all-day hangout, including fun bar games such as standup shuffleboard. Plus, the state-of-the-art kitchen will also offer catering services to surrounding business and SkySong events. 

Wine and dine at Arizona’s only AAA Five-Diamond and Forbes Five-Star restaurant, Kai at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass. On July 6, Kai’s final night of dinner service before its annual summer hiatus, the award-winning restaurant will honor Howard Seftel, former food critic for the Arizona Republic, with a wine dinner unlike any other. Chef de Cuisine Ryan Swanson, who regularly draws inspiration from stories of the Gila River Indian Community, turns to Arizona’s most seasoned diner with a few questions of his own.  Seftel has answered a series of questions about his food-filled past, which Chef Swanson will use to craft a captivating menu.  Each question will result in a course for those in attendance to enjoy and discuss with the guest of honor himself, who will elaborate on each answered question and resulting course. This five-course dinner is offered to a limited number of guests and is priced at $175 per person..

This summer, enjoy a meal at one of the eight Arizona restaurants to make the OpenTable 100 Best Al Fresco Restaurants in America. At Lon’s at The Hermosa Inn, patrons can eat their delicious meal surrounded by the resort’s beautiful scenery all summer long.

Are you ready for summer foodie specials? The newly transformed Phoenician is offering locals three chances to save. At Mowry + Cotton, guests can enjoy the Dinner Feast, a multi-course dinner, priced at $30 per person and the Weekend Brunch Party priced at $30 per person. Savor an assortment of fine teas, house-made finger sandwiches, scones and pastries at the Phoenician Afternoon Tea. Guests will enjoy tea and delicious bites at the Phoenician Tea Room and it is priced at $30. The Phoenician food and beverage specials are available through August 31.  

Calling all seafood lovers. Famed local fishmongers, Jon Heflin and Hogan Jamison of Chula Seafood Fresh Fish Market + Restaurant recently announced an all-new storefront coming to Phoenix's Uptown Plaza. Chula Seafood Market at Uptown Plaza will offer a wide selection of never frozen, sustainable fish-by-the pound, including additional shellfish options and mouthwatering house-smoked seafood. It is set to open this fall.

A downtown Phoenix favorite, Angels Trumpet Ale House, is making its way to Arcadia. Housed inside a stylishly restored, revitalized mid-century modern space that was formerly a Sears Auto Center, Angels Trumpet Arcadia will also feature a craft cocktail lounge named Tall Glass. It is set to open in early August and guests will enjoy the same irresistible menu offered at the downtown Phoenix location.

 

SPORTS/GOLF

Hit the greens and practice your swing with the whole family. At Quintero Golf Club, rated the Best Public Course by both Golf Digest and Golf Weekly Magazines, kids age 16 and under play for free with a paying adult. The offer is valid all day Sunday through Thursday, and Friday and Saturday after 11 a.m. Families can partake in a world-class golf experience and enjoy this offer all summer long.