America’s Friendliest Airport® is making it easier for travelers to shop, with a variety of new and unique retail options in the Airport’s busiest terminal. The first phase of the Terminal 4 retail overhaul is nearing completion at Sky Harbor Phoenix International Airport. The retail enhancements have brought a variety of exciting local, regional, and nationally-acclaimed products including: Bunky Boutique, Mosaic, Roosevelt Row, Arizona Highways, Earth Spirit, Cactus Candy, and many more.



Iconic Royal Palms Resort and Spa announces a multimillion dollar design refresh; starting in June, the update will include all 119 guest rooms, including the Presidential Suite, as well as select meeting and event spaces. Guestroom and event space upgrades will be completed in phases, in an effort not to affect the guest experience. Many guest rooms are expected to be completed as early as July 2017, while total completion is expected in fall 2017. The resort’s rich history, emblematic details, and iconic location are at the center of the design plans for its guestroom refresh. Rooms will be lightened and brightened using the natural backdrop of desert Earth tones and framed by rich wood architectural elements. Eclectic furnishings will blend thoughtful functionality with the character of a majestic estate, such as refined bedside lamps, additional electrical outlets, and artistically etched lighted mirrors featured in bathrooms of suites and casitas. New artwork and linens will reflect the hues and lavish textures of the Mediterranean, the design influence of the original mansion. The 1,700 square-foot Presidential Suite will see improvements throughout, including upgrades to the kitchen area and additional enhancements on the private patio that showcases breathtaking views of Camelback Mountain. Additional upgrades, naturally blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor, will be made to all event lawns and include the addition of lush landscaping throughout the grounds and select design touches in the Estrella Salon and various meeting spaces.

Looking for the go-to spots to dine at this summer? The Phoenician is cooking up a savory summer with the Third Annual $40-$30-$20 Culinary Countdown Dining Series.  Participating locations include J&G Steakhouse, featuring a three-course menu for $40; Afternoon Tea, with a three-course offering for $30 (Tuesdays-Fridays); and Relish Burger Bistro, presenting a two-course menu for $20. The Culinary Countdown Series will take place May 5- September 14, and is for dine-in only.

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 May 29 – September 4, 2017.

Hilton Garden Inn and Home2 Suites by Hilton break ground in the Phoenix/Tempe Area.  Hilton Garden Inn, the upscale global brand of hotels, and Home2 Suites by Hilton, a fresh extended-stay experience part of Hilton's industry-first All-Suites portfolio, broke ground on a dual-branded property in Tempe, Ariz. The new hotels will not only strengthen Hilton's presence in the market, but also expand the company's dual-brand offering. The groundbreaking marks the 10th property for Hilton Garden Inn in the Phoenix area and signifies the rapid growth of the Home2 Suites brand, which recently celebrated its 100th property opening. Developed and owned by RB-WW Tempe LLC and managed by Widewaters Tempe Hotel Management Company, LLC, the 120-room Hilton Garden Inn and 108-room Home2 Suites are scheduled for completion in late 2017.

No surprise here: The We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center has received the coveted TripExpert Experts’ Choice Award for the second consecutive year. This highly regarded industry award recognizes the best hotels around the world based on reviews by journalists and professional travel writers. Bestowed upon less than two percent of all hotels worldwide, the Experts’ Choice award is based on reviews written by leading travel guides, magazines, newspapers and other respected media outlets.  Accolades from sources like, Frommer’s and Jetsetter place the We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center among the highest ranking hotels in the Phoenix area.

The newly opened Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa receives recognition with the highly coveted Condé Nast Traveler magazine’s Hot List Award. The Hot List features the world’s best new hotels, and Andaz made the cut as only 22 U.S. properties and 75 worldwide received the honor. Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa was highlighted for its connection to the local community and partnership with nearby Cattle Track Arts & Preservation compound, offering guests hands-on arts and culture experiences.

Mid-century style, modern luxury and matchless scenery -- yes, please. Known as a landmark property in the 1960s and 1970s, Mountain Shadows has made its long-awaited return to serene Paradise Valley. The highly anticipated, $100-million new resort, is now open in the shadow of Camelback Mountain. The project is 12 years in the making and is the first resort to open in Paradise Valley in eight years. The original Mountain Shadows opened in 1959, setting the benchmark for desert luxury before the town of Paradise Valley was even incorporated. Rebuilt from the ground up through a partnership between Westroc Hospitality and Woodbine Development Corporation, the new resort features 183 guest rooms, a presidential suite facing Camelback Mountain, a full-service restaurant, two pools, a high-tech fitness facility, an 18-hole par-3 golf course and grill, as well as 37,500 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. Mountain Shadows is a complete new build with modern architecture and sleek design features, with thoughtful details throughout the resort that honor the original resort and the rich history of Paradise Valley. Design elements include floor-to-ceiling glass, butterfly roofs, furnishings inspired by mid-century modernism, and an abundance of outdoor spaces that highlight the resort’s stunning views. Museum-quality art exhibitions at The Gallery at Mountain Shadows showcase unique original works, all with a connection to Arizona.

Enjoy a staycation filled with exceptional summer experiences for the whole family. The joys of summer are plentiful with exceptional values on staycations, water sport river rentals, exclusive fireworks, waterpark weekends, culturally rich programming and unique experiences at The Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass. Unite your family with their new River Boat Adventures. Cool off while you pedal boat, water bike, kayak or stand up paddle board your way down our crystal clear winding river.  The excitement of water sports fun for the whole family awaits. The Sip, Soak & Splash Memorial Day Weekend Package includes accommodations in a luxurious guestroom and a total of four (4) wristbands granting entrance for two children and two adults into the resort’s soak and splash lawn which is happening Saturday and Sunday.  All guests on this VIP package will also enjoy Native American culturally themed programming, live poolside music, Cinema Splash, outdoor games and much more. Rates start at $159 per night; valid for stays from Fri., May 26 - Mon., May 29.

This summer, experience one of the Valley's most exotic resort destinations at an incredible value with rates starting from just $129 per night at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia – taking guests worlds away from the moment of arrival with romantic architecture, cobblestone walkways, lush foliage and fountains that surround the resort’s two sparkling pools and private cabanas. Designed to embody the essence of the sun-drenched villages of southern Spain, the resort offers an array of worldly experiences from authentic tapas-style cuisine served at Prado to Arizona’s only Hammam treatment spa at Joya Spa, continually rated among the top spas in the country. The Slumber & Save package at Omni Montelucia includes: $50 poolside credit; 4 p.m. late check-out; complimentary parking; and a reduced nightly resort charge. Room rates starting from $129 per night (two-night minimum required); valid for stays June 1 – September 30, 2017.

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.

Summertime...memories are just waiting to happen at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch. There’s summer fun for everyone when booking the Splash into Summer package to receive a $50 resort credit and complimentary self-parking. Some of the resort’s favorite offerings include: “The Summit” 28’ rock climbing wall; Xtreme laser tag and “Cosmic Glow” video game truck every weekend; dive-in movies; “selfie” scavenger hunts; and lively nightly entertainment. Room rates range from $149 - $229 per night, (50% off second room); valid May 25 – September 9, 2017.

Make this summer the one to remember. Enjoy a desert getaway at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North offering sunrise hikes at the 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. At Talavera, savor locally inspired steakhouse cuisine, with seasonal tasting menus offered on a rotating basis. Weekday rates begin at $189 per night; valid June 1 – August 31, 2017.

Cool casitas and cabanas, subterranean dining and authentic Arizona charm at The Hermosa Inn -- a AAA Four Diamond hotel nestled in the heart of Paradise Valley, offers plenty of options to unwind and dine at this boutique hideaway that recently completed the second phase of a $5.5 million dollar renovation and expansion which included the addition of 10 deluxe casitas, the complete renovation of 12 historic rancho casitas and an expansion of LON’s Last Drop bar and patio. All 43 rooms are either new, or completely renovated, creating a haven where modern luxury and technology meet authentic Arizona charm. Book the Summer in Paradise Getaway which includes: Overnight accommodations; two drink tickets upon arrival per room; $25 daily F&B credit; daily poolside treats; Upgrade upon arrival, based on availability; and early check-in/late check-out, based on availability. Room rates start at $139, plus tax and resort fee of $25, which includes valet parking; valid May 19 - September 9, 2017.      

Hampton by Hilton swings into spring with growth in popular leisure travel destinations. The upscale mid-priced hospitality leader anticipates spring travel demands near family-friendly, outdoor attractions. Hampton by Hilton debuts 16 properties to its growing portfolio just in time for peak spring travel season which includes Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Tempe/Phoenix Airport in Arizona, offer high-quality accommodations in top travel destinations known for pleasant weather and leisure attractions with family appeal.

The Saguaro Scottsdale Hotel offers Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga, every Thursday, from 6-7 pm, at the Picante Pool, through September 28th. Presented by Riverbound Sports Paddle Company, this class adds an extra splash of fun to fitness with a refreshing combination of SUP and yoga.  Enjoy a post yoga cocktail at the poolside cantina, or an apple/carrot/ginger or pineapple pear/mint juice from the hotel’s coffee bar that also features power-packed protein shakes. Open to the public; $45 per class.



Take a cue from the Hohokam and look to the desert to find your inner artist in the ART-eology summer programs for children at Pueblo Grande Museum. Children can express their creativity the Hohokam way, learning how these Ancient Sonoran Desert people used their environment as inspiration for art as well as survival. They will have the opportunity to explore a different ancient art each day from pottery to jewelry, music, and architecture. The two-week program begins on July 11 and is priced at $25 per participant.

Thirty-three works by the famed Mexican artists, from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, are to be exhibited for Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, making Phoenix its only North American stop on a world tour at The Heard Museum. Frida Kahlo, her photos: an exhibition by Frida Kahlo Museum – Casa Azul/Diego Rivera Museum; Banco de Mexico Fiduciario en el Fideicomiso Museos Diego Rivera y Frida Kahlo features a selection of more than 240 images from the 6,500 which are part of the Blue House archive. The photographs, along with Frida Kahlo’s personal items, were locked in a room of the Blue House, the residence where she spent most of her life, and revealed to the public in 2007. The images have served as memories to Frida, as work tools or as a means to exorcise solitude. The exhibition Frida Kahlo—Her Photos, curated by the well-known Mexican photographer and photography historian Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, shows the importance of this medium in Frida’s life.

Phoenix Art Museum explores history, artistry of samurai culture in upcoming exhibition.Traveling exhibition of largest collection of samurai regalia outside of Japan sheds light on samurai culture. Now on display, Phoenix Art Museum presents Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection, a traveling exhibition taking visitors on a journey back in time to discover the history, culture, and pageantry of the revered and feared Japanese samurai warriors. The exhibition, organized by The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection in Dallas, features more than 140 objects of warrior regalia, with full suits of armor, helmets and masks, weapons, horse tack, and other battle gear. It is the largest and most comprehensive collection of its kind outside of Japan.  Samurai will be on view in the Museum’s Steele Gallery through July 16, 2017.

Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) acquires drums from Howard Family Collection -- This rare collection to be installed in galleries throughout the year. At the end of 2016, MIM acquired twenty-nine drums from mid-twentieth-century Latin America, Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East. The drums came from the Dr. Joseph H. Howard Family Collection, which is the largest private collection of drums in the United States, consisting of nearly eight hundred drums and related percussion. Parts of Howard’s collection were included in the Smithsonian Institution’s exhibition Ritmos de Identidad / Rhythms of Identity in 2000, as well as in other displays at such museums as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Craft and Folk Art Museum in Los Angeles. In 1967, Howard wrote Drums in the Americas, which has become a classic in musical instrument studies. Many of the new pieces are uniquely beautiful and rare in MIM’s collection. A select few have been on display behind the Conservation Lab window since the beginning of the year. Starting with the Haiti exhibit this past March, MIM curators will gradually integrate the drum acquisitions in the appropriate Geo-Galleries.

Now is your chance to see one of the world’s most awe-inspiring mythical creatures: mermaids. At OdySea Aquarium, guests observe and meet mermaids through activities like Mermaids in the water at SeaTREK’s Stingray Bay, Transformation of the Deep Ocean 3D Theater to Mermaid Cove, and Mermaids in the Deep Ocean Exhibit. This summer, OdySea Aquarium guests will be able to interact with the mermaids, watch them swim with the sharks and stingrays and engage in mermaid-themed activities.

Desert Botanical Garden embarks on efforts to preserve beautiful Monarch butterflies, whose population has faced a serious decline. The Garden is taking steps with an initiative to preserve the milkweed plant through the Great Milkweed Grow Out. This is the Garden’s effort to conserve monarch populations by promoting the growth of Arizona’s 30 milkweed species, which are declining due to agriculture, development and increased use of herbicides. The goals of Great Milkweed Grow Out are to grow milkweed on a large scale, collect more than a million seeds and encourage the public to plant milkweed in their own gardens. Guests can learn more about butterflies and their relationship with milkweed at Desert Botanical Garden’s Butterfly Exhibit, which is open daily until May 14.

Desert Ridge Marketplace is welcoming several new and future tenants that will find an updated vibe and new atmosphere at the center, which is undergoing a $15 million update through summer 2017. Chef-driven Mexican favorite Barrio Queen will find its first North Valley home at Desert Ridge. Other fresh dining options include MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company, Sizzle Korean Barbeque and more. Desert Ridge Marketplace’s sleek look has also enticed two new fitness concepts – The Body Lab and Fit36. Other recent additions to Desert Ridge Marketplace also include Nekter Juice Bar, uBreakiFix, Chipotle, The Joint Chiropractic, Amazing Lash Studio, Kay Jewelers and The Beauty District.



Enjoy a one-of-a-kind holistic, total immersion experience at Spa Avania at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort.  Treatments are synchronized to the time of day and natural light. De-stressing begins the moment a guest arrives. Pre-spa rituals include a French Celtic Mineral Pool, steam, sauna, hot and cold plunges, rain and storm showers and its special Himalayan Salt Room. Summer specials include:  Sea Salt & Citrus Body Wrap (60 minutes) --This rejuvenating treatment is the perfect combination of exfoliation and hydration; A Sea Salt Body Polish restores and re-mineralizes dull skin before a hydrating body mask is applied. Finishing with a rich shea butter moisturizing cream, this is truly a treat for the senses; and Sea Salt & Citrus Massage (60/90 minutes) -- Choose from our signature Swedish Massage or Therapeutic Deep Tissue Massage enhanced with the scents of summer and the benefits of salt stones on targeted areas of the body. To continue your summer getaway, spa-goers receive a Sea Salt Bath Soak to take home with them. To all of this, they can add a 30 minute session in the Himalayan Salt Room, historically found in Eastern European salt mines decades ago. It is a therapeutic, 100% natural, noninvasive treatment. It is a method of inhaling pure, dry, micronized salt air particles. These particles provide an anti-inflammatory property.

Summer guests can also take advantage of 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.

World class spa without the world travel: the Spa at the Boulders entices Arizona residents with a License to Spa summer special offering Arizona residents 20% off on all spa and salon services. Other enticing offers include the Sip & Soak with Sangria -- a luxurious salon service where guests will be pampered with a delicious sangria in their hand; Watsu, a “back to the womb” experience where the therapist uses warm water, rhythmic movement, pressure point massage and stretching to create a profound sense of relation and stress relief.

Natural spa product line expands, Queen Creek Olive Mill goes beyond EVOO. Grown at the base of the San Tan Mountains, Queen Creek Olive Mill is Arizona’s only family-owned and operated working olive mill and farm where olives are grown and pressed for the production of high quality olive oil products. Expanding their product line beyond extra virgin olive oils, stuffed olives and tapenades, the mill’s OliveSpa line now offers home and body care items made from olive oil. Skincare products made from olive oil are known for their anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-aging properties. The OliveSpa products line offers exfoliating scrubs, foot balms, hand salves, lip balms, body butters, laundry detergent, and bar soaps. The newest offering is their Men’s Shaving Foam and Men’s Shave soap, blending a variety of plant-based oils for lather.



Attention craft beer lovers. Huss Brewing Co. Taproom Uptown Plaza has officially opened -- the first-ever stand-alone taproom from the award-winning Tempe-based brewery. Owners Leah and Jeff Huss, the husband and wife team are thrilled to bring another location to valley residents. Tucked inside this revitalized midcentury modern shopping center at the NE corner of Camelback Rd. and Central Ave., this all-new taproom showcases an ever-changing selection of Huss' award-winning, locally-crafted beers, including recipes brewed exclusively for this new location, including all-new brews made just for the Taproom, paired with their renowned Husstler Milk Stout (Bronze medal winner at the Great American Beer Fest in the Sweet Stout Category), Magic in the Ivy Pale Ale, That'll Do IPA and their 2016 U.S. Open Medal winner Scottsdale Blonde. Plus, following its 2016 acquisition of Papago Brewing Company, Huss Brewing will also pour a variety of Papago beers, such as the best-selling Papago Orange Blossom mandarin wheat beer. Huss's new taproom will boast both house-made bar snacks and offer food from neighboring hot spots such as Lou Malnati's Pizzeria and Shake Shack.

Savor spicy, chef crafted and made-to-order Mexican food, along with craft tequila at the recently opened Casa Anejo Tacos and Tequila. The restaurant serves an all-day menu of modern, wood-fired twists on authentic Mexican fare within the walls of a vibrant space created by professional designer and host of HGTV and DIY Network's Kitchen Crashers, Alison Victoria. Casa Anejo Tacos and Tequila will serve lunch and dinner daily, as well as weekend brunch.

Looking for a menu that packs a punch? Chico Malo, the recently opened Mexican eatery from Culture Shock Hospitality, will serve double-duty as a fast-casual, quick in-and-out spot for breakfast, and transform mid-day into a lively, sit-down style restaurant with standout lunch and dinner menus. Bold, modern and inviting, Chico Malo’s 7,078 square-foot interior offers industrial accents, ample bar seating and a dramatic, eye-catching mural collaboration designed by local artists JB Snyder and Tato Caraveo. Offering seating for up to 180 people, Chico Malo boasts the largest book wall mural in DTPHX and promises lively music, keeping the energy up during brunch or late night.

Coffee anyone? Press Coffee Roasters continues to lead the way in Arizona’s specialty coffee scene with the opening of a new location in Downtown Phoenix. The 2,000-square-foot cafe will offer an expanded menu including beer and wine and feature a learning space where Press plans to offer its popular Coffee 101 tastings and other events. Press has been Phoenix's local coffee roaster since 2008. It shares its passion for specialty coffee by providing the highest quality coffee products, service and knowledge with customers and community every day. 

Tantalize your tastebuds. Russell LaCasce, the new executive chef of Hotel Valley Ho, will debut a brand-new dinner menu at ZuZu this May. This is the first step in LaCasce’s revamp of the overall food and beverage offerings at this iconic retro resort gem. LaCasce has been the executive chef of the hotel since January 2017 and wanted to take the time to understand its signature restaurant and craft the perfect menu. The new menu is completely of LaCasce’s creation, with a focus on using ingredients that are local, seasonal and fresh. Many of the plates are smaller, designed to be ideal for sharing. New dinner items include Hawaiian Ahi Tuna Tartare with spicy chicharones and avocado mousse, Heirloom Tomatoes with local feta and shallot buttermilk dressing, Burrata with pickled strawberry and toasted pistachio, and Haikado Scallop with shellfish butter and fried meyer lemon.

Mark your calendar because on the first Tuesday of every month, LDV Winery hosts a “Supper Club,” where participants can enjoy a “wine-inspired” vineyard to table supper with LDV owners serving as the hosts. The casual dining experience celebrates the vineyard to table journey, and it includes three courses paired with three LDV wines with recipes and great conversations. The dinner is priced at $65 per person (plus tax & gratuity), and begins at 6 p.m.

Pop-up Tiki Bar launches at Proof, An American Canteen at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. “Libation Loophole” allows imported spirits for special, limited-time menu. Known for its steadfast commitment to serving food and beverage sourced exclusively from the United States, Proof, an American Canteen, is capitalizing on a “libation loophole” to offer limited-edition, tiki-style Thirsty Thursday specials. Enjoy the ambiance of the evening by donning a complimentary lei and taking a trip to the islands. The tiki-style drinks are available every Thursday night in Proof. Drinks include the Flaming Zombie Bite, with over-proof rum, gin, pineapple, orgeat, orange and raspberry. The Bitter Burro combines dark rum, amaro, ginger liquor, bitter, ginger beer and lemon. Or try the Lava Flow, combining rum, pineapple juice, coconut rum ice cream and strawberry. These specialty drinks range from $12 to $16.  Small bites are available to accompany the drink menu. The Bacon Bao Bun features housemade bacon, jicama slaw, Thai Bird chilis and mint. The Shrimp Bibimbap combines prawns, ancient grains and sunny-side up egg and sesame seeds.

Local and state officials along with the development partners and their honored guests recent;u celebrated the ground breaking of the Cotton Gin & Inn at the Windmill Winery.  The Windmill Winery is expanding with the Inn, a 25-room boutique hotel, and the Cotton Gin, a historic and fully restored cotton gin blossomed into a 7, 000 square foot event venue. It is with great pride that we reveal that the architectural firm of famous Frank Lloyd Wright protégé, Vernon Swaback, designed this entire phase. The Cotton Gin & Inn at the Windmill Winery is set to open in 2018.



The Arizona Diamondbacks have dedicated an employment hub at Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC). The new center will provide a work space for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) to utilize new computers and other resources to find jobs within the community. The employment center was made possible with a $100,000 Ken Kendrick Grand Slam Award from the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation.