The modernization of Terminal 3 continues at Phoenix Sky Harbor, with construction work shifting from the north to the south side of Terminal 3 later this week. The phased Terminal Modernization Program will create a consolidated security checkpoint, additional ticket counters, new baggage carousels, an expanded curb for pick-up and drop off and new shops and restaurants. Travelers should also be aware of some upcoming airline moves due to the Terminal 3 Modernization program.
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. Stay and play this summer at the Arizona Biltmore at exceptional value. With the Best of Waldorf Astoria Package, stay a minimum of two nights starting at only $139 per night and receive a $100 hotel credit for dining, spa treatments or shopping the resort’s seven retail shops and boutiques. The Summer All-Inclusive Package, starting at just $199, includes breakfast, lunch and dinner for two, accommodations and 20% off a la carte spa treatments. For travelers who want a room only, Summer Room Rates start at only $99. The summer offers are available Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend (May 23 through September 7, 2015).
Hotel 502 has achieved a TripAdvisor 2015 Certificate of Excellence. Now in its third year, the award celebrates hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. Winners of the Certificate of Excellence are located all over the world and represent the upper echelon of businesses listed on the website, with only the top 10 percent receiving the prestigious award. The Certificate of Excellence award is given to outstanding hospitality businesses that have received praise and recognition in reviews by TripAdvisor travelers.
The Phoenician, Arizona’s premier AAA Five Diamond resort destination, continues to expand its sustainable efforts with the installation of an EnviroPure Food Waste Disposal System. The mechanism features a self-contained, continual-feed design that converts food waste into water on-site. The operation can break down organic waste with no odor, no sludge build-up and no need to send the resort’s waste to a landfill. In addition, the system’s aerobic decomposition process produces no harmful methane gases. EnviroPure’s patented technology maintains an optimal temperature and oxygen level, utilizing a proprietary blend of all-natural organic nutrients to accelerate the inherent aerobic decomposition process. Organic waste is quickly reduced to a harmless liquid that is odor-free and can be safely disposed of through existing municipal wastewater systems. This eliminates the need to haul food waste to landfills, saving transportation fuel and refuse space. The system handles virtually any kind of food waste including vegetables, fruits, meat, fish and poultry, dairy products, bones, shells and pits, with complete decomposition typically occurring within 24 hours. The Phoenician, in conjunction with its parent company, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., has long been committed to expanding its environmental initiatives, as evidenced by many of the resort’s existing sustainability program
The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa’s “We Love AZ Teachers” Package is offering at $99 per night for stays June 1 to Sept. 8, 2015 and includes one $25 gift card to Lakeshore Learning (per stay), a complimentary room upgrade and a 1 p.m. late checkout, based on availability. Our cherished educators will also receive one complimentary Appletini cocktail per room night. The “Sip, Soak & Splash Star-Spangled 4th of July Weekend”Package is offered with rates from $149 per night, based on a two-night minimum length of stay, and includes accommodations in a luxurious guestroom, the resort’s premier 4th of July fireworks show and a total of four wristbands granting entrance for two children and two adults into the resort’s soak and splash lawn which is happening Friday, Saturday and Sunday. All guests on this VIP package will also enjoy a techno glow party, Native American culturally themed programming, live poolside music as well as Cinema Splash, outdoor games, grill stations and much more.
The Phoenician and Infiniti on Camelback are giving fathers a weekend off this month in celebration of everything they do. From Friday, June 19 through Sunday, June 21, 2015, dads and their families can enjoy all the amenities of the AAA Five Diamond resort – including seven pools, a 165-foot water slide, 27 holes of championship golf, the renowned Centre for Well-Being spa and award-winning restaurants featuring a variety of dining specials – starting at just $159 per night. Guests on this plan who upgrade to a suite (starting at $349 per night), will receive a complimentary Infiniti car delivered to their homes to enjoy for the weekend, along with complimentary valet parking at The Phoenician. Other special amenities for dad include: Complimentary poolside Relish Burger Bistro slider and gourmet hot dog; Four Peaks Brewing Company poolside offerings; Complimentary poolside back and shoulder massages, provided by Centre for Well-Being therapists; and Complimentary Doppler golf analysis indoors at the Camelback Ballroom, with complimentary golf cap. Suites are limited. Registered suite guests must reside in the greater Phoenix area to be eligible for an Infiniti automobile.
The luxury boutique resort The Hermosa Inn, and its awarded restaurant, Lon’s at the Hermosa, was sold to Allred capital LLLP. The partnership, led by Ronald Allred and his son Mike Allred, has been developing land, real estate and hospitality since the 1970’s, including building the town of Avon near Vail, Colorado, and developing the Telluride Ski Resort and the Telluride Mountain Village. The partnership also owns Rancho Manana Gold Club in Cave Creek, Arizona, is the lead investor and operator of Tubac Gold Resort & Spa in Tubac, Arizona and has now added The Hermosa Inn to its historically-orientated hospitality portfolio.
Good day, sunshine: it’s a summer to remember at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, where sunny days start with cool rides down waterslides, zooming across a zip line and finish with fireworks lighting up the night. This AAA Five Diamond play-cation paradise is presenting “Summer at the Princess,” a three-month calendar of robust entertainment for the entire family, all with a splash of savings. Memorial Day weekend begins with the“Princess Party on the Pier,” followed by the 4TH of July “Freedom Fest” and the “Dreamcation” finale of a South Seas cruise theme Labor Day weekend. All summer long, poolside is the place to be with the resort’s SplashRider X-treme, a thrilling, spinning water adventure and 200-foot twisting waterslides, which turns into the Techno Glo Party After Dark weekend nights. At the lagoons, Ranger Rick leads nature walks and fishing derbies.
This Father’s Day, honor Dad with a weekend of fun at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, featuring a cigar lounge, weekend brunch buffet with “putt for pints.” Saturday, June 20, Dads can enjoy a cigar lounge on the property’s popular outdoor Fountain Terrace lawn. Market lighting and over-sized lounge furniture will provide a welcoming spot to enjoy the views of downtown Scottsdale and experience live music from popular Jared Blackstone playing at Onyx Bar & Lounge. A local cigar aficionado will be on hand rolling custom cigars available for purchase and a fully stocked bar featuring specialty mixed drinks and spirits will be available to guests who would like to pair their cigar, or the view, with a cocktail. Complimentary light bites will be offered to those enjoying a cocktail or cigar in the lounge area. The cigar lounge will be open from 8 to 11 p.m.
Just opened is the Sheraton Mesa Hotel which offers 180 elegantly appointed modern rooms, 35,000 sq. ft. of indoor/outdoor function space, three amazing restaurants, Starbucks Cafe, full service Salon and a plush courtyard offering 4 pools/2 hot tubs. This prime location is nestled in between the revitalized Mesa Riverview shopping district and park and the well known Tempe Marketplace entertainment and shopping area. The Sheraton Mesa Hotel is only 8 miles from Sky Harbor Airport, 14 miles from downtown Phoenix and 5 miles from Scottsdale's famous art district and shopping mall.
The Grand Canyon Railway & Hotel recently announced their summer savings and family-friendly itineraries on experiences from Williams, Arizona on historic Route 66 to the fabled South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The train leaves daily at 9:30 a.m. from Williams, Arizona and travels through ponderosa pine forests and scenic desert landscapes to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park. On the first Saturday of each month during the summer, the Grand Canyon Railway will feature “Steam Saturdays.” Tickets start at $29 for children and $65 for adults to enjoy the “ways of the west” all the way to the Grand Canyon and Back.
ARTS, CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT
Tickets are now on sale for the Musical Instrument Museum’s Summer Concert Series. More than thirty new concerts from May through August have just been announced, featuring award-winning singer-songwriters, acclaimed jazz musicians, and a diverse group of artists from around the world.Jazz fans can look forward to the return of Brubeck Brothers on Friday, June 5; bass guitarist Marcus Miller and his band on Tuesday, June 9; and George Brooks & Bombay Jazz featuring Larry Coryell on Friday, August 7. Global acts include the rock stars of West Africa’s Tal National on Friday, May 1; the Iranian American band Niyaz on Tuesday, May 26; the Irish American band Solas on Thursday, June 4; Nigerian musician King Sunny Adé on Monday, June 15; and Brazilian guitarists the Assad Brothers with Romero Lubambo on Sunday, June 21.
American and European from the 1920s and 1930s will be at Phoenix Art Museum from June 13 to November 15, 2015. This exhibition is drawn from Phoenix Art Museum’s extensive collection of works from the early twentieth century as a complement to the traveling exhibition From New York to New Mexico: Masterworks of American Modernism from the Vilcek Foundation Collection. The exhibition includes 25 paintings, watercolors and drawings by artists including Pablo Picasso, Everett Shinn, André Derain, Reginald Marsh, Kees Van Dongen, Isabel Bishop, George Grosz. Photography is encouraged in this exhibition and it is organized by Phoenix Art Museum.
First Things First and the Herberger Theater Center will present the third annual children’s art exhibit titled “My Favorite Fairy Tale” from June 6 to Aug. 31. This exhibit will demonstrate the importance of stories and art in early learning by celebrating the artistic and creative abilities of young artists. All art in this exhibit will be created by children ages 2 to 5 who are participating in Quality First child care centers, First Things First’s statewide early care and education quality improvement system.
Following curatorial fieldwork last year, an exciting revision to the Colombia exhibit at the Musical Instrument Museum is now complete. The expanded installation features the country’s traditional and popular music from its Caribbean, Andean, and Pacific regions, as well as recent acquisitions including two historic artists’ instruments, a 1920s tiple requinto, an Afro-Colombian marimba and 1960s drum, a 1940s bombardino, and a 1946 composer’s score. A major portion of the exhibit highlights the mid-twentieth-century transformation of cumbiafrom a localized Caribbean folk dance to Colombia’s most internationally famous and influential genre.
Kick off your summer reading with the Arizona Opera Book Club. Arizona Opera's Book Club is a wonderful way to meet fellow audience members, discuss, learn and connect. With free events throughout the year, members will participate in guest lecturers, author interviews, discussions, film screenings, and more. On September 17th at 6:30 p.m., Arizona Opera Book Club will have its first kick-off party at Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix (300 W Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85013.) Come to the bookstore, have a glass of wine, mingle, and listen to Arizona Opera singers present selections from the season and hear a preview of the books and events for the club.
DownEast, a high-style, low-price retailer that specializes in stylish home furnishings and trendy fashions recently opened DownEast Home & Clothing store in the Tramonto Marketplace, located in North Phoenix, on the corner of Interstate 17 & Carefree Highway. The store carries the DownEast Basics line of high-design yet budget-friendly clothing for women, the Penny Candy girl’s line for ages 2-14, as well as the DownEast Signature Collection of furniture and home furnishings. Additionally, DownEast carries the most popular national fashion and home name brands in the market – at prices up to 40 to 70 percent off the suggested retail price.
Joining the La Grande Orange family is Buck and Rider, located on Camelback Road west of 44th Street. The restaurant, expected to open in September, is named after a fisherman’s term for a pair of intertwined crabs. Buck and Rider will feature a raw-oyster bar, chowder, sushi, crab and fresh fish sourced from around the country.
Holy Spirits is a new Tapas Kitchen and Bar that just opened in Greater Phoenix. The restaurant is “Cocktails from our Soul” that features tapas and American Fare with an international flair. The concept is designed to order different plates for everyone to share. The project is spearheaded by local entrepreneur Bill Wallace.
The much anticipated “All-Night, Every Night, All Summer Happy Hour” at Roaring Fork returned this past Memorial Day and will run until Labor Day, September 7th. Guests are invited to enjoy five dollar signature beverages including the huckleberry margarita, Citrus, Guava and Traditional Mojitos; the “Adult Arnold Palmer,” Martini and Manhattan in addition five dollar wines by the glass Monday-Sunday. To boot, soups, salads & appetizers will be offered at significantly reduced rates.
This summer, take a culinary journey with Executive Chef Mel Mecinas as he showcases the cuisine that informed and inspired his career for one special night in Talavera on Friday, July 31, 2015. Diners will experience the six-course tasting menu that Chef Mecinas will serve at the James Beard House in early July, drawing inspiration from his birthplace of Oaxaca, Mexico, his formative years in southern California and his current home in the Southwest.
The crew behind Crudo is bringing Okra to Seventh Street, south of Bethany Home Road, at Crown on Seventh in September. Okra will feature Southern and Italian inspired cooking such as fried chicken served two ways: buttermilk-brined and Tennessee hot. The menu will also include Pig Pot Pie, Redneck Burger and focaccia bread pizzas, among many other entrees.
Postino WineCafe is expanding with two new locations. Scheduled to open in October, Postino Highland will take the space of the former 60’s-era Valley National Bank continuing their trend of adaptive-reuse. Tentatively scheduled to open in November, Postino Kierland will be built within the award-winning, pedestrian-friendly Kierland Commons.
The Phoenician, Arizona’s premier AAA Five Diamond destination, is making dining out even more appetizing this summer with its signature “Culinary Countdown” series. From Monday, June 1, through Monday, August 31, 2015, three resort restaurants will offer select multi-course menus at exceptional prices:
• J&G Steakhouse ($40 per person) – The three-course dinner menu includes a choice of appetizer, entrée and dessert, featuring Cold Corn and Lemongrass Soup, Steamed Shrimp Salad or Heirloom Tomatoes; slowly cooked Salmon, Roasted Chicken or Prime Flat Iron Steak; as well as Raspberry and Rose Pavlova, Warm Chocolate Cake with Caramel Ice Cream, or an assortment of Sorbets and Ice Cream. From 5-7 p.m. nightly, the restaurant will also offer 50 percent off all bottles of wine under $100.
• Il Terrazzo ($30 per person) – The three-course dinner menu offers a choice of Chilled Tomato & Crab Soup, Kale & Arugula Salad or Asparagus & Prosciutto for an appetizer; Eggplant Caponata, Olive Oil Poached Halibut or Pork Bistecca for an entrée; and a Cherry Torte, Vanilla Panna Cotta or Sorbets & Ice Cream for dessert. Half-priced specialty cocktails complement each meal.
• Relish Burger Bistro ($20 per person) – The two-course lunch and dinner menu features a number of gourmet, American Kobe Burgers with crispy Tater Tots; followed by a Cookie Cup with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream or Apple Cobbler à la mode. Special savings on draft beers and old-fashioned milkshakes are also offered.
Refresh at Spa Biltmore with their new Summer Menu, offering 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.
Agave Spa has unveiled a menu of new treatments that incorporates the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa’s new hand-selected Casa Herradura Double Barrel Reposado Tequila. Now, with the combination of lime, the Blue Agave plant is proving its use as a cleansing and aromatic natural astringent and skin conditioner. The spa is now offering the new Salted Lime & Tequila Body Glow, an aromatherapy and desert salt mixer into which tequila is added. The blend is applied to the body and then rinsed under the show resulting in silky smooth skin. The Tequila Lime Refresh Facial features a citrus-based cleansing with a Lime Refresh Tonique also incorporating tequila.
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain – known as a gathering point for the country’s most seasoned spa healers – has introduced a new category of therapist to its Asian-inspired Sanctuary Spa: Sensei. “Sensei,” a term that holds tremendous honor and respect in the Japanese culture, is typically reserved for great mentors and teachers. Sensei therapists at Sanctuary are a select group of practitioners that take a multi-dimensional approach to body work. Their holistic methods address the mind and spirit in addition to the body, with on-the-spot decision making that ensures emotional and spiritual needs are met. In addition to Sensei-led services, three new treatments have debuted at the Sanctuary Spa. They include:
• Acupuncture – blending ancient practices with the resort’s modern facilities, this traditional Chinese treatment is designed to stimulate the body’s meridians (energy channels) with specialized needles to balance the flow of one’s Chi (life force energy).
• Sanctuary Open – a new experience that gently releases tense muscles through restorative yoga-inspired positions that put guests in a receptive, energetic position. It includes Thai stretches and gentle massage techniques using tennis balls that provide deep relief.
• Vita D Brightening Facial – vitamin D-infused products release proteins and promote new skin cell production, restoring the skin’s natural moisture barrier while protecting against environmental and sun damage.
Spa Avania at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch now features the “Cooling Green Tea and Cucumber Collection.” Combining the benefits of green tea and cucumber, Spa Avania has created five treatment offerings to replenish the body with antioxidants, flush out toxins and soothe and refresh the skin. To further enhance the treatments, they created “spa bites” and refreshments infused with green tea and cucumbers to hydrate and nourish the body.
Retreat to Well & Being Spa: Well & Being Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has all-new “Live it Well”programs, sizzling specials and soothing spa treatments to keep you refreshed and energized all summer long. From now to Labor Day, the spa’s “Good Life” team of fitness, nutrition and beauty experts are planning a “Happy & Healthy” calendar of interactive events including the new Hoopnotica hula hoop and beach body legs classes, tips for making healthy smoothies, acupuncture for sleep and laughing yoga, to name a few. Well & Being Spa is 44,000 square foot sanctuary situated on three levels with exercise and work-out facilities, waterfall grotto, steam, sauna, salon, Well & Being Market, café and a scenic rooftop pool. For the first time, the spa is offering a summer “Happy Pass” for local residents, with unlimited access to the spa for $49 for an entire day, mid-week. For an overnight spa getaway, the new “Stay & Spa” package includes accommodations, plus the choice of one 45-minute facial, massage, pedicure or body wrap, starting from $241 May 1 – September 3, 2015.
Send Dad to the Spa at Four Seasons Resort at Troon North to indulge in the Golfer’s Massage, using real warmed golf balls to alleviate tension and aid in flexibility. Or, treat Dad to a Gentleman’s Facial to help him put his best face forward.
The Arizona Diamondbacks announced details for their annual #DbacksSocial Media Night, which will take place on June 30 at Chase Field. Fans can take part in the unique event with a special $22 lower-level Baseline Reserve ticket using the offer code SMDAY15, with each attendee receiving a free @Dbacks Emoji t-shirt.Fans attending #DbacksSocial Media Night will get early ballpark access to watch batting practice and take part in a private pregame party in the Coors Light Strike Zone which will include drink specials, appearances by current and former D-backs players, games and prizes.As part of the annual event, eight fans will win the opportunity to take the field with the D-backs and take a selfie with one of the starting position players. Fans in attendance will also be able to submit song requests to be played in stadium through the first-ever #DbacksJukeBox and participate in a #DbacksEats contest where they can win free food items by tweeting their seat location.