The Royal Palms Resort & Spa is inviting you and your love to spend Valentine’s Day with them. Book a night of romance with a rose petal turndown, a Valentine in-room amenity plus a $100 credit toward dinner for two in T. Cook’s. Chef Todd Allison even has a special 3-course Valentine’s Day menu. While you’re there, spend some time together in relaxation at Alvadora Spa and take advantage of one of their daily specials.
There’s no need for Scottish heritage to have a great evening filled with Scotch and music. Check out Westin Kierland Resort & Spa’s Solo Pipe Jam Competition and Glenmorangie Scotch Tasting on March 18, which will kick off Arizona’s 52nd Annual Glenmorangie Scottish Gathering and Highland Games. Besides music and drinks, there will be plenty of Scottish-inspired foods like meat pies, lamb sliders, a selection of cheeses, and Cranachan, a traditional Scottish dessert.
The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa has plenty of amenities for a relaxing stay from native-inspired spa treatments at Aji Spa, a relaxing pool and hitting the course at Whirlwind Golf Club, but don’t forget to have an adventure during your time there. For each night of your stay, they’re offering complimentary breakfast for two or four, plus two or four one-hour adventure passes for River Adventure Activities. From there, you decide if stand-up paddleboards, paddleboats, kayaks or water bikes sound more interesting to you.
From its lush and historic-rich grounds to its romantic holiday lineup, few Valley locales will set hearts ablaze this Valentine’s Day quite like The Wigwam. The renowned resort revered for its distinctive Arizona architecture, elegant weddings and proposals and farm-to-table cuisine from its onsite restaurant, Litchfield’s, is inviting lovers and friends alike to visit this Valentine’s Day for a multi-course meal prepared by acclaimed Chef de Cuisine Chris Knouse. Sweethearts can spend the night with that special someone by booking the complete Valentine’s Day package for an unforgettable overnight stay plus a romantic dinner for two at Litchfield’s, using booking code “MYLOVE”. Guests can also enjoy specials on signature spa services at The Wigwam’s Red Door Spa plus decadent cocktail and dessert pairings at both Wigwam Bar and Red’s Bar & Grill from Friday, Feb. 12 to Sunday, Feb. 14.
The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch is being added to the list of new and improved resorts in Greater Phoenix. They recently underwent a $10M renovation that included the addition of the new bar Bar Six40 Coffee and Cocktails and new restaurant Kitchen West, which serves up western American fare prepared by Chef Rick Dupere. Other renovations include a transformed pool, additional outdoor meeting and event space and updated guestrooms.
We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center wants you to sit back and relax because they’re taking care of everything. Their Be My Valentine Package is $249 per couple, per night and includes a deluxe king or queen guestroom, a bottle of champagne in room, a $50 food and beverage credit, 25% off regular priced spa treatments, one selfie stick and one $10 slot play credit per room at Fort McDowell Casino. While you’re there, golf on the We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, go horseback riding or take a Segway or desert jeep tour. The Be My Valentine Package is available the weekend of Valentine’s Day (Feb. 12-14).
Love relaxation and adventure? During your stay at Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North, you can have both. They have partnered with Phoenix adventure outfitter Arizona Outback Adventures to offer a deal exclusively to guests at Four Seasons. For a leisurely hike and opportunity to learn more about the beautiful desert, try the Sonoran Desert Sunrise Stroll through the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. Or hop on a bike that’s meant for various terrains and try their Bright Side of the Troon adventure that takes you through Troon Mountain and Pinnacle Peak. If you’re more into water adventures, the Full Day Adventure Kayaking is for you. The Verde River offers gorgeous views and some thrill with the fastwater chutes. Lastly, the Double Downhill-Downstream Multisport Descent gives you an exhilarating day of “gravity-powered” fun.
You’re already planning on catching a Cactus League Spring Training game, right? Make a weekend of it! The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is offering fans its Play Ball Package from March 1-April 2 and gives guests a daily $100 credit. In addition, enjoy discounts that can be used at any of the resort’s three restaurants including Brittlebush Bar & Grill, deseo and Nellie Cashman’s Monday Club Café. Or head to Agave, The Arizona Spa, after a long day watching baseball in the sun to receive 15% off spa treatments. Rates start from $554 per room, per night.
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is sure to capture lovers’ hearts this Valentine’s Day. Guests can discover the “elements” of attraction over a romantic feast at their premiere restaurant, or extend the affaire into a weekend rendezvous with the Sweethearts Sanctuary Package. Available Friday, Feb. 12 to Monday, Feb. 15, it provides ten percent off a two nights’ stay in a luxurious Casita, including one 60-minute spa treatment per person, dinner in elements (with optional prix fixe menu available Sunday, Feb. 14), and a rose petal turndown.
Valentine’s Day weekend is completely taken care of at the Hotel Valley Ho. Live in luxury and romance, and save 25% on a mod suite in The Tower, Tower Loft Suites or the Presidential Loft Suites. If you’re going for retro-chic romance, head to ZuZu Lounge for dinner Feb. 13-14 to enjoy their Valentine’s specials which include seasonal entrées, fresh desserts and a bottle of Rosé Champagne. Sleep in a little and enjoy a nice brunch with their Bloody Mary + Mimosa Bar, some live music and Southwest-inspired breakfast dishes. Or treat yourself to a decadent massage and glass of bubbly at VH Spa for Vitality + Health, featuring chocolate body butter and a Champagne exfoliation, all for $100 per person.
ARTS, CULTURE & ENTERTAINMENT
Arizona Cocktail Week is the perfect way to lift your spirits. The event is back at Hotel Valley Ho from Feb. 13-15 with a whole new lineup of spirited cocktails. You can experience liquor-themed events like Altos Tequila Dunk Take, Tito’s Handmade Vodka gaming area, a bartender swap meet and Agave Alley, a tequila-fueled bowling party. Or just stroll through and watch the festivities while you sip on some fresh cocktails in the sun.
The Heard Museum is showing off a three-month collaboration of artists with their new exhibit, Confluence: Intergenerational Collaborations on Feb. 6. Each partnership has resulted in the co-creation of a collaborative art work or series of works, to be displayed in the exhibit in the museum’s Lincoln Gallery. The collaborations created and completed at the museum and in the mentor artists’ studios over three months, are in diverse media: textile/fiber arts, film, metalsmithing, painting and fashion design.
Wine and the tranquility of the desert – Only in Arizona. The Corks & Cactus festival will happen Feb. 20-21 and is the Desert Botanical Garden’s premier wine event where guests can sample from 40 different varieties of wine from different regions of the world and to talk with representatives from the different wineries. All proceeds from sales of the wine will benefit the Garden’s education, conservation, research and horticulture programs. Tickets for one day are $35 for members and $40 for the general public.
Enjoy an evening at the symphony and listen to the classic piece by Maurice Ravel, Boléro. The Phoenix Symphony is hosting guest conductor, Andrew Grams, to direct the crowd-pleasing piece March 4-5 at Symphony Hall. Then see the famous pianist Pascal Rogé join the symphony to play Saint-Saëns' Concerto No. 2. Tickets start at $18.
Make sure to snag a ticket to Arizona Opera’s Riders of the Purple Sage at Symphony Hall on March 3-4, which will be the first world premiere produced by Arizona Opera. Follow this Wild West adventure through the sweeping vistas and massive canyons of the Southwest, brought to life by the vibrant work of world-renowned Arizona artist, Ed Mell. Then see and the classic fairytale Cinderella come to life April 7-9 at Symphony Hall with Daniela Mack leading the Opera as “Angelina,” better known as Cinderella.
Love Native American art? Discover one of the Southwest’s largest and most prestigious events- the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market. On March 4, there will be a Best of Show Reception and Dinner to bid on the prize-winning art, meet the artists and listen to Grammy Award nominee Aaron White. On March 5-6, peruse different styles of art, including katsina dolls, pottery, baskets and jewelry, while you enjoy Native American dance, music and traditional food.
Take the entire family on a sunny stroll through Schnepf Farms at their annual Peach Blossom Celebration from Feb. 4-March 1. The owner, Mark Schnepf, is taking visitors on hayrides through the grounds, but you can also enjoy a train ride or walking tour to explore on your own. Pick your own fruit, take some farm fresh eggs home, or indulge in the Country Store and Bakery’s famous Peach Pie or peachy cinnamon rolls.
Where can you watch a jousting match, dress up in your favorite medieval garb and dig into a turkey leg? The Arizona Renaissance Festival. Take a trip back in time to the wildly popular and entertaining fair that is open from February 6th through March 27th. The festival transports visitors to a 30-acre European-style fair that features 200 charming craft shops, 13 stages of non-stop entertainment, kitchens, pubs, games and rides.
It’s festival season. Some shows and festivals to look forward to in the coming months are The McDowell Mountain Music Festival on March 11 at Margaret T. Hance Park, which will feature The Avett Brothers, Beck, Porter Robinson and Kid Cudi, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will be at Talking Stick Resort Arena on March 10, and Ellie Goulding at Comerica Theater on April 16. Celebrate St. Patty’s Day at The Pot of Gold Music Festival at Rawhide, which will include headliners like Big Sean and Future.
Imagine being pampered for an entire week! Well, the Alvadora Spa at the Royal Palms Resort makes it a little easier with their daily specials. Mimosa Mondays include 20% off spa and salon treatments, and a complimentary mimosa. Two on Tuesdays allows you to select two services for $250. Un-Wind Wednesdays offers 20% off spa and salon treatments, as well as a glass of house wine. Three on Thursdays offers three services for just $352. On Fridays, there is Beer and a Buzz, which is a men’s haircut and a beer for $35. Or women can take advantage of the Bubbles and a Blowout deal, which is champagne and a blowout for $45. Skip to Sunday where the Soleful Sundays deal is offered, which is the Mediterranean Manicure and Pedicure for $99.
Revive your romance: Agave, The Arizona Spa at The Westin Kierland Resort invites couples to celebrate their special Valentine any time during the month of February with a romantic spa escape for two or with the decadent treat of a roses and chocolate facial. With the Romance Revival Package, couples can escape to the spa to enjoy a relaxing side-by-side massage surrounded by soft lighting, soothing music and glowing candles. Each can choose a 50-minute Agave Master Massage, Rollersage or a customized Therapeutic Massage. Following their massages, couples are treated to a glass of champagne served in their very own poolside cabana at Agave Spa’s Aguamiel Pool. The Romance Revival Package, which includes a half-day cabana rental, is priced at $298 excluding tax and gratuity, is available from Feb. 1-29, 2016.
For Valentine’s weekend, indulge in a romantic couples massage at Aji Spa at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa or treat yourself to a trifecta of fun, flirty cocktails for $12 each to celebrate your love. Offerings include “Rosey Cheeks” with champagne, rosewater and strawberries, “Awake” with gin, agave nectar, club soda, muddled strawberries and lime, or “Prickly Pear Passion” with champagne, passionfruit, and prickly pear liqueur.
Romance shouldn’t be reserved just for Valentine’s Day. Celebrate love throughout February at The Spa at Talking Stick Resort with their Love Is in the Air specials and treatments. Try the Candlelight Massage, an hour-long Simply Swedish massage, for $129. Or try the Scrub Me Tender Body Buff for $108, which polishes and hydrates your complexion. The Warm Stone Renew & Repair Facial is just $108 and features pomegranate and cranberry for fresh experience that transforms your skin. The Be Mine Pretty Pedi melts your stress away with exfoliating crystals, pomegranate oil, Shea butter and cranberry seed for $70.
Local First Arizona, Devour Phoenix, Phoenix Art Museum and the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, the Devoured week of events featuring the seventh annual Devoured Culinary Classic will run from Feb. 28 through Mar. 6. One of the most exciting events is the Seven Chef Singh Along, the dining event at Singh Farms on March 2 that reunites the “Arizona Seven.” Who are they? A group of friends and renowned chefs in Phoenix that were last seen together at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City. Tickets are $160/person and space is limited, so reserve your spot now. Sample some of the best local food offerings at this year’s Devoured Culinary Classic. This year’s festival features four distinct areas to explore for complete culinary immersion.
The demand for local craft brews is rapidly growing, and Phoenix is on top of the trend. With local breweries like Four Peaks Brewing Co., Papago Brewing and O.H.S.O Brewery, Phoenix has been put on the map as a beer destination. Arizona Beer Week 2016 will celebrate this status from Feb. 11-20 with tons of fun events that will appeal to men, women, sweets lovers, couples and foodies. The main event is the Strong Beer Festival at Steele Indian School Park on Feb. 13, but the Valentine’s Brunch, Sun Up Brewing Co Beer & Cupcake Pairing, Arizona Beer Tap Takeover, and “Evolution of IPA” Beer Series will also be happening that week.
Drexyl Modern American Restaurant set to open in Gainey Ranch Feb. 3. The concept is the brainchild of Chris Mercato (Director of Operations) with the help from long-time friends Chad Ahrendt, twins Craig and Mark McDowell and their older brother Trevor, and seasoned veteran Kelley Cordova (General Manager). Drexyl will be open daily at 3:00 p.m. (until 6:00 p.m.) for happy hour and 5:00 p.m. (until 10:00 p.m.) for dinner service. The bar will remain open late night. The menu features unique and approachable starters, salads, sandwiches and entrées spearheaded by Executive Chef Robert Eckhardt. Drexyl has made significant changes to the space (formerly housing Bloom) including adding a large central bar, an abundance of comfortable booths and the interior has upscale, refined touches that are elegant but still maintain a casual vibe.
If you don’t remember his name, you probably remember one of Travis Nass’s unique cocktails at the Last Drop Bar at Lon’s at the Hermosa. The 2015 “Beverage Master” inductee into the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame is taking his expertise and talent to the masses as the new Spirit Guide of Caskwerks Distiling Co. Nass will be working with his team to expand the availability of Caskwerks spirits from some of the great restaurants in Greater Phoenix like FnB, Bink’s Midtown and Barrio Urbano, to all of Arizona. Nass and his team plan to make an appearance at events like Arizona Cocktail Week and the Heritage Square Gin & Jazz Festival.
The Scotch Library at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa has created a culinary journey that carries guests from the Highlands of Scotland to the lush desert of Arizona. They launched “The Ultimate Serve,” a one-of-a-kind tasting of Glenfiddich’s finest Scotch whiskies perfectly paired with Arizona-inspired bites. This very special experience, guided by the Scotch Library’s knowledgeable Scotch Ambassadors, is offered in an ambience of relaxed comfort and conversation surrounded by a library comprised of more than 200 Scotch whiskies as well as art and writings that celebrate the essence of Arizona. With The Ultimate Serve, guests are treated to four Glenfiddich whiskies masterfully paired with a selection of sweet and savory offerings specially created for the experience by Executive Chef Christopher Masco.
Two Brothers Tap House & Brewery is celebrating a year in the Phoenix craft beer scene Feb. 10. The restaurant and brewery will unveil a new craft beer, brewed on-site in its new 10-barrel brewing system. Guests 21 years and older will be among the first to try a complimentary tasting of the newly brewed Soleil Quemadura, a French style saison brewed with ancho, pasilla and mulato peppers . Additionally, guests can enjoy complimentary locally sourced, scratch-made light bites, live music and exciting prizes.
The biggest names in women’s professional golf are set to tee off in the Valley this March for the 6th annual JTBC Founders Cup. This LPGA event is set for Mar. 15-20, 2016 at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Wildfire Golf Club. The premiere stop on the LPGA tour has a $1.5 million purse up for grabs. High profile players including last year’s winner, Hyo Joo Kim, Lydia Ko, Stacy Lewis and Inbee The four-day series is slated for March 14-20, 2016, and one of the most exciting events will feature a few local celebrities. The Pro-Am on March 16 will include Arizona Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald and Patrick Peterson, and other local athletes. The LGPA tour was created to honor the 13 original founders of the LPGA.
The LGPA Legends are making a stop in the Northwest Valley March 5-6, so residents can enjoy first-class ladies golf up close and personal. Tickets to the event at Grandview Golf Course are $15 and won’t just be benefiting attendees. The Sun City West Foundation will receive $5 of each ticket and remaining proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Walgreens’ Charity Classic’s tournament charity partners: The American Diabetes Association and Aunt Rita’s Foundation.
Annually sporting the largest crowds on the PGA Tour, the Waste Management Phoenix Open has gained legendary status on Tour for being unlike any other golf tournament. It starts with the unbelievable golf played by the likes of Rickie Fowler, Brandt Snedeker, Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, and Keegan Bradley on the beautiful TPC Scottsdale and ends with the biggest galleries on Tour. If you are visiting for the first time, hole 16 is a must-see. With stadium seating and crowds exceeding 16,000, it makes the fan experience at this hole more comparable to a Phoenix Suns game than a traditional PGA Tournament. Visit their website for more information including a list of events and concerts throughout the week.
Fun in the sun is Phoenix’s mantra as the city gears up for Cactus League Baseball Spring Training. America’s favorite pastime is an annual ritual in the Valley of the Sun as 15 MLB teams commences spring training among 10 stadiums in city limits. Be the first in line to catch a game, watch pregame practices and maybe snag that autograph or photo from your favorite player.
If you’ve never seen the breaking of a Guinness World Record, now is your chance. Go to this year’s GolfFest and watch Lynn ‘Capt’n Crush’ Ray’s attempt for the most 300-yard drives hit in one hour. Since having his record broken by Andrew Frakes of 448 golf balls hit in 2013, Ray will try to reclaim his place in history on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13 at the Longbow Golf Club. If that’s not enough jam-packed action, attendees will also be able to meet representatives from premier golf companies ranging from TaylorMade to Wilson, who will be offering golfers a chance to test their latest clubs and equipment. Golf Fest attendees will also receive a certificate good for a free round of golf at Longbow Golf Club along with a one-year subscription to Golf Digest.