When you take the pledge and “shop local” during National Independents Week, you are celebrating the backbone of Phoenix’s economy- locally owned and independent businesses. Join Local First Arizona and other Phoenicians June 25-July 4 to shop at as many local businesses as possible.


This summer, The Phoenician has something for guests of all ages and interests. For guests 7+ that want to work on their mermaid technique, AquaMermaid School teaches various techniques to glide through the resort’s pool with the help of a specifically-designed, colorful tail and fin. For adults looking for an aqua workout, a 60-minute program provides an excellent alternative core workout, combining synchronized and monofin swimming. Techies of all ages can participate in an iPad Scavenger Hunt that includes puzzles and games to track down iconic locations throughout The Phoenician. Those looking for their zen can take advantage of buy one, get one 50% off treatments at The Centre for Well-Being Spa. Foodies should head to J&G Steakhouse for a $30 three-course Afternoon Tea menu or $20 two-course menu at Relish Burger Bistro. 

Sun-splashed experiences at the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort are being offered at incredible value with seasonal rates starting at $125 per night. Guests can enjoy multiple pools, freshly redesigned poolside cabanas, a 92-foot waterslide, morning yoga instruction on the lawn, and indulgent spa treatments at Spa Biltmore. Guests may also try a new menu of “fire pit pick-ups,” which are designed to be enjoyed at the newly renovated and expanded terrace and award-winning dining.

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort offers their Four Acres of Water Park Fun summer rates starting at $119.  An oasis in the heart of Phoenix, Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort features four-acres of water park fun with a half-mile lazy river perfect for tubing, water slides, a sport pool, and kid’s pool – surrounded by 18 holes of mini golf.  Guests of all ages can also participate in organized daily poolside activities including cannon ball contests, scavenger hunts, tug-of-war, waterslide races, watermelon eating contests, hole-in-one contests and more. The resort’s on-site Coyote Kids Camp will also be chock-full of specialized activities for kids ages 4-12 with full-day, half-day and evening camp programs available. Led by qualified camp counselors, programming includes a variety of indoor and outdoor adventures such as scavenger hunts and much more. Parents can relax, recharge and enjoy a unique dining experience at Rico’s American Grill featuring a new off the script menu of garden-to-glass craft cocktails, including the jalapeno strawberry margarita, the cucumber basil martini and more.

Families, couples and friends looking for sensational summer rates and a relaxing getaway can tap into summer fun with all-suite accommodations at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort. Featuring eight private pools each delivering a unique experience, the resort’s expansive Falls Water Village features two large pools lined with 23 luxe private cabanas, a water slide, poolside café and daily activities.  If lounging side-by-side is on your summertime to-do list, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at all of the poolside options at Tapatio Cliffs. Guests can also indulge in spa, dining and golf with special deals just for summer guests. As the sun sets over the Valley of the Sun, guests can enjoy spectacular savings and breathtaking city views at the resort’s mountaintop Different Pointe of View restaurant offering a special summer prix-fixe menu featuring three courses for just $39.99 per person. Summer Rates start at $109.

Complete your va(stay)cation at The Camby with some award-winning food at a Biltmore-area restaurant. The Uptown Dine Around Escape package features an elegant mountain view king room, two cocktails to savor poolside at The Rooftop Bar & SkyWall, complimentary valet parking and the best part of the deal- dinner for two at The Gladly, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, Christopher’s Restaurant & Crush Lounge or Artizen, Crafted American Kitchen & Bar. The package starts at $229 per night and can be upgraded to The Double Take Escape for two nights at the recently-renovated resort.

Downtown Phoenix is honing in on its artsy vibes, and many of the hotels in the area are updating the look and feel of their property to match. This summer, a new hotel opens -- the FOUND:RE. The theme of the hotel centers around modern and local art, which is fitting for its close proximity to the light rail, Hance Park and Roosevelt Row, Phoenix’s self-proclaimed arts district. There will be 105 guestrooms, an on-site gallery, meeting spaces and a new restaurant concept, Match Cuisine & Cocktails.  It will be globally-inspired street food made in a wood-burning oven and designed for sharing.

And the winner is... Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch! TripAdvisor’s family travel site, Family Vacation Critic, has named the resort a family favorite based on expert and consumer feedback. This is the third year it has been recognized as one of the best family resorts and with good reason. Hyatt Regency Scottsdale is surrounded by the majestic McDowell Mountains, palm trees and cacti, and has a 2.5 acre water playground onsite. There are 10 pools, a three-story waterslide and a sand beach so the kids are never bored. For grown-ups, there are 27 holes of golf, Spa Avania, miles of jogging and biking trails, and several award-winning dining options.

Beach lovers rejoice—Sunset Beach has arrived at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Enjoy a splashy mix of fun new summer activities, and the opening of their sixth and largest pool, Sunset Beach. There's nothing better to do than throw a Beach Party at the Princess. Featuring luxury guestrooms and white sand beach, it’s the perfect location for a beach vacation! Book the Sip, Savor and Sand package and enjoy a $50 daily dining credit. Plus each weekend, the fun never ends with the SplashRider X-treme, 424 ft. of waterslides, dive-in movies, mermaid sightings, water balloon fights, lagoon fishing derbies, Techno-Glo pool parties with live DJ, black lights fog and LED hula hoops and, of course, fireworks every Saturday Night. *Adventure Center offers a half-day of fun for up to three kids included in our resort fee.

Talking Stick Resort launches their annual RELEASE pool party series. Featuring a variety of EDM DJs all summer long including Diplo, Lil Jon and DVBBS. The series is available every Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Additional poolside entertainment includes various concerts like 3 Doors Down (June 10).  Take advantage of Hot Rates and Hot Dates promotion this summer with rates start at $109. Stays are available June 1-August 26,

Play hooky for a couple days and take advantage of Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North’s weekday specials. Rates start at just $179 per night and include fun activities every day of the week like “Sundaes on Sunday” and the “Backyard Barbecue” series.

One of Greater Phoenix’s most luxurious destination resorts, Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, was just renamed Sheraton Grand Wild Horse Pass. The “Grand” distinction has been given to just 24 other Sheraton properties worldwide. They are offering plenty of summer vacation adventures with the River Boat Adventures package for two or four people. It includes complimentary breakfast each day at Ko’sin Restaurant or Link Café, plus one hour of fun in the sun. Guests can paddle board, kayak or take pedal boats through the crystal clear water in Gila River, or pedal on bikes alongside the water.

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia offers their Summer Escapes Pacakage. Book any two consecutive nights and receive the third night free, plus a $50 dining credit. Their Passport to Paradise-includes exclusive offers to wellness classes, culinary treats, spa services and shopping.

For all visitors the W Scottsdale is offering rooms for $179 per night and for group pricing visitors can spend a night in a wonderful king room for $149 per night, perfect for a guys/girls getaway weekend. Group pricing is available from May 1-Sept. 30 and includes a complimentary bottle of champagne and complimentary Sunday golf for $30 per person per round.  The W Scottsdale is also offering 20 percent off on best available rates for Arizona residents. Food at Sushi Roku and spa treatments at Bliss Spa are also 20 percent off for Arizona residents.

Celebrate 80 years of business with The Hermosa Inn. The hotel is set amidst lush gardens backed by Camelback Mountain, but was originally was the home and studio of Lon Megargee (the onsite restaurant’s namesake). They’re saying a big “thank you” to Lon and everyone that has stayed at the gorgeous hotel since its expansion into a guest ranch with an anniversary package. It includes overnight accommodations, sparkling wine upon arrival, an $80 dining credit in LON’s Restaurant, two tickets to the Phoenix Art Museum, an anniversary cocktail and enhanced turn-down service. The package is being offered through Aug. 31 for $371/night.

If laying poolside is your idea of summer fun, Hotel Valley Ho has you covered. The Stay2Play Package allows guests to enjoy the ultimate summer stay starting at $149 nightly, with a $50 daily resort credit, two welcome drinks, complimentary upgraded internet and a special gift upon arrival. All you have to worry about after check-in is finding the pool and relaxation.


Continue the learning this summer without the kids even realizing it. The Arizona Science Center’s new exhibit, Grossology: The (Impolite) Science of the Human Body, has more than 20 interactive displays and games to helps kids learn more about their body and how to take care of it. For example, Nigel Nose-It-All lets visitors listen to the functions of your nose and what causes a runny nose.  Burp Man will allow visitors to pump a three-foot soda can to help Burp Man drink, then watch what happens to his stomach pressure before he burps. The exhibit will be in town through Sept. 7.

Grab your bathing suit and flip flops for one of summer’s most anticipated events. Prowl & Play at the Phoenix Zoo will be on June 11 and allows kids to interact with animals and splash around. The theme is “Hit the Beach!”  and there will be storytelling, hula lessons, splash zones, waterslides, crafts, giraffe encounters and a 4D showing of the movie, Rio. The event will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and is just $8 per person. If you miss this one, there is another Prowl & Play on Aug. 6 that is themed “Pirates and Princesses.”

Here are some unBEATable Father’s Day plans-the Beat It! Family Drumming Workshop for Dads and Kids-and Moms, Too! at the Musical Instrument Museum will teach you the basics of African, Latin and pop music drumming with master instructor Frank Thompson. Stop by on June 19 for one of the three classes being held and tap into your inner musician. Or learn more about a musical icon and historic figure on June 25 at Musical Icons: Johnny Cash and June Carter. Come and hear gallery talks, test your knowledge of Carter/Cash in the popular MIMQuiz Activity, and view a film screening.

The summer’s most fashionable activity is at the Phoenix Art Museum through Aug. 7. Defining Moments: Fifty Years of Fashion features 50 works drawn from across history and top designers like Alexander McQueen, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Chanel. Or check out the museum on June 4, 16 or 23 to see and discuss the Object of the Month. In June, it’s The Fall by Philip C. Curtis, which depicts the mining town that made Arizona famous as “The Copper State.”

 After dinner at Deseo or a visit to the Scotch Library, be entertained by Westin Kierland Resort & Spa’s one-of-a-kind PaintScaping. The art form merges a virtual world with the existing world by projecting 3-dimensional digital mapping onto the buildings that act as the canvas for characters, colors and objects as living and moving parts of the façade.  This summer, the PaintScaping show will feature all-American imagery and patriotic music at 8 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Catch a Broadway-quality show without leaving Greater Phoenix at ASU Gammage. The classic musical, Newsies, will be in town June 14-19 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. each day. The show is based on the true story about newspaper deliverers in New York City that fight for what’s right and staying true to who you are.

Make your summer music plans now. Tickets for the Musical Instrument Museum’s Summer 2016 Concert Series have finally gone on sale, so make sure you have your spot saved. From May 12-Sept. 19, exciting performances by emerging and established artists, including The Django Festival All-Stars, Taj Mahal, and Stephanie Trick and Paolo Alderighi, will be featured in the series.

Music in the tranquility of the desert-where else can you experience that? The Desert Botanical Garden’s Concert Series continues every Friday through June 24 and features some of Phoenix’s best artists in Blues, Latin and Jazz like The Sugar Thieves, Cinco de Moio, Big Nick and the Gila Monsters. Grab dinner at Gertrudes, the on-site restaurant, stroll through the Garden, and be serenaded by the featured artist and sounds of the Sonoran.

A concert series the whole family can enjoy is the Summer Concerts in the Park at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Every Sunday from 7:30-9 p.m. through June 26, bring a blanket, enjoy the music, and ride the train and carousel through the park.  Listen to local bands of varying styles like Groove Merchants, Rock Lobster, Chuck E Baby & the All Stars, and Southwest Surfers.

Consider date night taken care of. As the sun goes down, the romance of the Taliesin West comes alive. The 1937 Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece can be seen in a very unique way at the 2-Hour Night Lights Tour, which is held every Friday at 6:30, 7 and 7:15 p.m. The structures, lit from within, appear as sculptures and the fire-breathing dragon sculpture makes a guest appearance. When the sun’s out, visitors can experience their two newly-offered tours, the Garden Walk Tour and Private Collections Tour.


Feel as cool as a cucumber this summer at Agave, The Arizona Spa at Westin Kierland Resort. They’re offering treatments created to cool you down like the Cool as a Cucumber Facial, which includes chilled cucumber water and cucumber eye gel. Relieve your whole body from the warm summer air with the Big Chill-Out Massage, a full-body massage that includes an essential oil scalp massage and application of a refreshing Menthol Rosehip Treatment. Both treatments are 50 minutes and less than $160, and include complimentary use of the Aguamiel pool, a yoga class, relaxation area, whirlpool, steam room and sauna.

After a relaxing day laying poolside at Hotel Valley Ho, a spa treatment is the best next step. Try one of VH Spa’s summer specials being offered through Sept. like the Deep End Massage, which delivers a profound level of renewal and includes blood orange aromatherapy. The Summer Glow Facial exfoliates and hydrates sun-kissed skin, then finishes with a mineral bronzing application. It’s sandal season, so don’t forget about your toes! The Pool Party Pedicure features a lively palette of colors from Morgan Taylor and a blood orange scrub. And lastly, the Mo’ Mojo allows guests to enjoy 50% off select treatments on weekdays.

If total relaxation is your goal, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch will take care of you during your stay. Their Spa Package includes daily breakfast and a $150 credit for each day at Spa Avania. Get glammed up with a manicure, pedicure or blowout, or completely pamper yourself with the Sacred Nature Facial, Avania Body Polish, Desert Essence Body Wrap or Focus Therapeutic Massage. They also offer Spa Pairings, which are multiple services tailored to your specific needs, and Couple’s Offerings, for relaxation next to your loved one.

Joya Spa at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia wants to celebrate fathers throughout the month of June, not just one day. Treat Dad to a full morning or afternoon of relaxation that includes a 50-minute sports massage, 50-minute men’s facial and sports manicure and pedicure, all for $380. After his treatments, grab a bite to eat at one of the many on-property restaurants including Prado, Crave Café, Centro or Mbar.

“Spring Back to Life” with a 60 or 90-minute massage at The Running Water Spa at Scottsdale Camelback Resort. It involves long gliding strokes to loosen tight muscles and increase circulation. They use warm towels and a peppermint-infused aromatherapy sugar scrub on your feet, followed by hydrating foot cream, a deep foot massage and scalp massage. They’re also offering a Couple’s Massage for just $175 and Relax and Renew for $125, which includes a 45-minute massage and 45-minute facial or body wrap.

Incorporate ingredients and other elements unique to the desert at Sonoran Spa at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. Now offering guests a $175 daily spa credit and 25% off spa services, all on top of their already luxurious accommodations.  The spa has treatments like the Pinnacle Facial, named after Pinnacle Peak, the Jojoba and Prickly Pear Polish, Golfers’ Massage, and Sticks and Stones Massage, which pair perfectly with the resort’s surroundings-the Sonoran Desert.


Stock & Stable gastropub rides into Central Phoenix’s The Colony spearheaded by Chef Joe Absolor (The Clever Koi) & mixologist Stephanie Teslar (Hotel Palomar) who are pairing classic American comfort foods and cocktails inside a stylish two-story space on 7th Street. This rustic modern restaurant boasts an expansive menu of hearty, from-scratch eats and craft wines, beer & handcrafted cocktails. Housed inside an all-new restaurant space carved into the revamped 1950s mixed-used development, The Colony, Stock & Stable a real back-to-roots take on the American gastropub but with hints of a casual Italian trattoria. Showcasing locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, Stock & Stable will feature LUX pastries & desserts and Noble Bread. Stock & Stable will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, plus weekend brunch, and industry hour with late night food options

Irish heritage isn’t required to have a great time at Bloomin’ Beerfest on June 11. It marks the anniversary of James Joyce’s novel, Ulysses, and Leopold Bloom’s fictional journey through the streets of Dublin, which included more than a few stops in pubs. Sample some of Arizona’s top craft brewers and enjoy entertainment at the Irish Cultural Center.

Central Phoenix is getting the next big thing. Pomelo , Splurge and Luci’s Healthy Marketplace are now open in the 2-acre venue, The Orchard PHX. Pomelo has a large courtyard and patio that surround a 1920s building with many of the original fixtures. They recently imported a pizza oven from Italy to prepare their contemporary American cuisine, which will give it a fresh twist. Luci’s Healthy Marketplace will be a market that sells many specialty food items and unique gifts primarily sourced from local vendors. They will also offer sandwiches, coffee and bread to enjoy in the marketplace or on the go. Splurge is an ice cream and candy shop that serves homemade cookies, soft serve, shakes and other ice cream novelties.

Phoenix might not be the first place you think of for barbecue food, but we certainly hold our own. The restaurant and hotel review website, Gayot, released their top 10 list of the best BBQ spots in America and a Phoenix restaurant made the list. Little Miss BBQ offers brisket, house-made sausage, pork ribs, pulled pork and turkey breast served alongside pickles, onions and white bread. With its close proximity to Sky Harbor International Airport, there’s no reason for locals and visitors to not make a stop at Little Miss BBQ.

Satisfy your sweet tooth at the first ever Sips and Sweets event on June 25. It will be held at downtown Phoenix’s Vintage 45, which is a historic warehouse that’s been transformed into a hip event space. You may sample unlimited sweets and 10 cocktails, beers or wines from 3-6 p.m. with the purchase of a general admission ticket. The goodies are being prepared by 20 local pastry chefs, chocolatiers and bakers including Jen Porter from The Coronado and Holly Heizenrider of MacAlpine’s. The drinks will be mixed by ten local bartenders and mixologists including Brian Goodwin of The Gladly and Micah Olson of Crudo.

If you happen to be wandering by, The Wandering Horse Buffet at Talking Stick Resort will be offering a festive pre-Father’s Day Saturday brunch and dinner on June 18. The international buffet will also feature a special menu on Father’s Day. From 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., sample classic eggs Benedict, crab and spinach quiche, Belgian waffles and assorted sausages and pastries.  Options served from 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. will include smoked salmon, iced jumbo shrimp, halibut cakes, garlic crusted roast rack of lamb, king crab legs, littleneck clams and mussels, herb rubbed chicken and Jonah crab claws. A champagne toast will also be included in the meal. Adults are $42.95 and children (ages 5-12 years old) are $18.95.


For the first time in 100 years, the best soccer teams from North, Central and South America will take over 10 U.S. cities, including Phoenix, during Copa America Centenario from June 3-26. Soccer enthusiasts are invited to Westgate Entertainment District during all three days of the tournament for “Fútbol Fiesta”, a free-entry, free-parking event at WaterDance Plaza with an open-air beer garden, interactive games, live music, Red Bull DJ beats and a giveaway of a pair of game-day tickets. Parking is free in all five Westgate lots, where other lots in the area will be paid parking.

Let the countdown begin! With less than a year until the tip-off of the 2017 NCAA Final Four in Phoenix, Sky Harbor International Airport began their official countdown clock. It’s located in Terminal 4, which serves 85 percent of Sky Harbor Passengers, and is meant to increase excitement and buzz around the event. The games will be held in April 2017 at University of Phoenix Stadium and are expected to attract more 70,000 fans over the course of the three days.

There’s hardly any excuse to not attend an Arizona Diamondback’s game when it’s so convenient and affordable. You can ride the light rail directly to Chase Field, and according to Major League Baseball, spend less than at any other stadium in the league. The Fan Cost Index is a representative look at the costs for a family of four to attend an MLB game. The D-backs nabbed the number one spot for the tenth year in a row with an average cost that’s $88 below the industry average of $219.53. So grab your friends and family, support Arizona’s baseball team, and enjoy some unbeatable food and fun.

Phoenix helped pave the way for women in professional sports back in 1997 when it made Phoenix Mercury one of the original eight WNBA teams. Watch them beat the San Antonio Stars and help celebrate their 20th Anniversary on June 9. The first 2,500 fans in attendance will get a Cheryl Miller bobblehead, who is one of the best female basketball players of all time. They are hosting a Dads and Daughters Day on June 12 in honor of Father’s Day, and Pride Night on June 18 to celebrate the LGBT community.

Longtime Arizona Diamondback fans can get a little nostalgic at one of the Throwback Thursday games this season. Chase Field is hosting five Throwback Thursday, which will include a poster giveaway for the first 5,000 fans at the game. Each Throwback Thursday game will have the theme of a D-Backs playoff team throughout history and alumni from that team will participate in the ceremonial first pitch. Players and personnel will sport the purple and teal uniform used from 1998-2006, and fans are encouraged to do the same. Post your retro experience on social media using #DbacksTBT.