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31 DAYS OF HOLIDAY EVENTS
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December 1 - January 1: Tinsel Town @ Red Rock Fantasy December 1 - 11: Sedona Restaurant Week Holiday Edition December 2: Sedona’s Treet Lighting & Santa Visit December 2: 1st Friday in the Galleries Holiday Edition December 3: Breakfast with Santa December 3 - 4: The Nutcracker December 9 - 11: The Christmas Gift Holiday Musical December 10: Festival of Lights - The Lighting of 6,000 Luminarias December 10: Loving Bowls Fundraiser
December 10: Christmas in the Park December 10: A Christmas Carol Reading December 17: Tlaquepaque Sweet Stroll December 17 - 30: Sedona Railroaders Annual Christmas Model Train Show December 25: Christmas Morning Silent Meditation December 30 - 31: Ice Skate in Sedona! December 31: Family New Year’s Eve with the Verde Canyon Railroad and Blazin’ M Ranch December 31 - January 1: Be the Peace, New Year Meditation Retreat For more event details, please visit HolidayCentralSedona.com
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CONTENTS Arizona KEY Magazine | December 2016 | ArizonaKEY.com
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njoy the holiday season - the hustle and bustle, hot chocolate, gift-giving, visits with family and friends, and holiday lights. Here’s a short list of wonderful light displays - more information can be found at www.ArizonaKEY.com.
Glendale: Don’t miss the glittering magic of Glendale Glitters. You won’t believe your eyes as you take in the stunning display of 1.5 million lights illuminating twelve blocks of Historic Downtown Glendale all month. On Fridays and Saturdays, enjoy these events: Dec 2 - 3: Glendale’s Jingle Bell Rockin’ Nights Dec 9 - 10: Glendale’s Winter Wonderland Weekend Dec 16 - 17: Glendale’s Spirit of Giving Weekend Phoenix: Celebrating 25 years, ZooLights shines with millions of lights, a three-story-high holiday tree, hundreds of glimmering light displays and lakeside music-in-motion shows. ZooLights is open through, January 8, every night from 5:30 - 10:30pm. Sedona: Holiday Central Sedona is the annual series of events that delights visitors with glowing holiday trees, decorated storefronts and a plethora of shopping options for everyone looking for holiday gifts. This year’s affair is set to be the biggest yet, with the return of the historic Red Rock Fantasy! www.HolidayCentralSedona.com Prescott: During the holidays, a palpable glow extends from the Prescott area. Part of this illumination comes from the festive lighting displays of Courthouse Plaza. Some originates from within the lighted window displays of Prescott’s boutiques, galleries and gift shops. Visit historic Prescott, Arizona’s Official Christmas City, and bask in the seasonal glow. www.visit-prescott.com Tempe: On Saturday, December 10th, Tempe Town Lake hosts the Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade. The parade features more than 50 festively lighted boats of all sizes. Fireworks finale! Tucson: 4th Avenue has a Winter Street Fair on December 9th, 10th, and 11th from 10am-6pm each day, including 400 arts and crafts booths, 35 food vendors, two stages, street musicians, food, jugglers, street performers, a kids’ art area, and face painting. The Winterhaven Festival of Lights runs from the 10th to the 26th, in the central Tucson neighborhood Winterhaven. The neighborhood glows nightly with LED lights, festive decorations, and music for walkers, runners, and riders of hay wagons & trolleys. AZ
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publisher’spage SEARCHING FOR SNOW IN ARIZONA The Grand Canyon shows its beautiful, moody side this time of year. Under a blanket of snow, she lays very still. This quietude typifies the canyon in winter and allows one to experience her grandeur as if transported back in time. During winter the air is crisp and the views are sharp. Package a number of Arizona joys into one experience… head to Williams and take the Grand Canyon Railway up to this natural wonder of the world for the day. Feeling adventuresome? The Grand Canyon’s West Rim allows visitors to experience this Seventh Natural Wonder by air, water and sky. Located on the Hualapai Indian reservation, immersed in natural beauty and authentic Native American culture, this is the location for the World Famous Grand Canyon Skywalk (middle), a glass-floored, horseshoe-shaped suspension bridge 4,000 feet above the Canyon’s floor. Built by the Hualapai Nation in 2007, this unique vantage point beyond the Canyon’s walls feels like walking among the clouds.
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Mount Lemmon is in the Santa Catalina Mountains located in the Coronado National Forest north of Tucson. It is 9,157 feet above sealevel, and receives approximately 180 inches of snow annually. The drive up the beautiful Catalina Highway traverses four completely different ecological strata. From saguaro cactus at the bottom, to the pine and aspen groves at the top, the drive is breathtaking. During this time of year, you can leave the warm Tucson climate, go skiing or sledding for the day, and be back in the desert before dark! The White Mountains along the Arizona - New Mexico border are the state’s second highest range. Pinetop-Lakeside and Springerville-Eagar along the northern edge of the range provide the most popular access points. Take a trip to the White Mountains and experience a real Arizona winter. Ski, tube or sled down snow-covered hills and then get warm by a fire. Located 220 miles east of Phoenix and 250 miles north of Tucson, this recreational winter wonderland is not to be missed. North of Flagstaff at 12,643 feet, the San Francisco Peaks (bottom) is not only the dominant feature of the forest area known as the Volcanic Highlands, it’s also the highest mountain in Arizona. Three of the summits that ring this dormant volcano’s now quiet inner caldera are higher than any other mountain in the state. This mountain is sacred to the native peoples that live in the area and its soaring profile set against a blue Arizona sky serves as a source of awe to visitors. Hiking, sightseeing, wildlife watching and skiing are the predominant recreation activities enjoyed in this land of mountains, forests and lava flows. Welcome to winter in Arizona. No matter where you’re visiting from, we’re glad to have you. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or simply enjoy this time of year, we wish you a very joyous Holiday Season and extend our best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.
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TALIESIN WEST: ARCHITECTURE INSPIRED BY THE DESERT
aliesin West, Scottsdale’s architectural, cultural and historic masterpiece, was designed and built from 1937-1959 by America’s greatest architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. Taliesin West served as Wright’s winter home and drafting studio then, and now offers some of the Valley’s best tours and cultural events.
Scottsdale’s only National Historic Landmark is set on a 491-acre Sonoran Desert preserve, a treasure at the foothills of the McDowell mountains. Taking his principles west, Taliesin West provides a prime example of Wright’s Organic Architecture as it was built of the rocks and sand of the desert, diligently handcrafted 18
over many years almost entirely by the famous architect and his apprentices. Wright drew inspiration from the abstract forms of the majestic saguaro cactus and sharp, clear lines of the mountains against Arizona’s vivid sky, integrating his living and working spaces within the landscape in magical ways.
Today, visitors may draw from that same inspiration by experiencing a variety of tours outlining the colorful history of Taliesin West and that of its creator. Guided tours range from one to three hours and are offered every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. The 60-minute Panorama Tour visits Wright’s Office, Cabaret Theater, and Kiva while strolling through the site. Taliesin West’s signature Insights Tour visits all the locations of the Panorama Tour plus makes special trips into the Wrights’ private quarters and living room—the gracious “Garden Room.” New offerings include the Private Collections tour, a behind the scenes look into the collection vault for an exclsuvie view of works from Wright’s personal art collection and the Garden Walk tour, a stroll through the gardens, terraces and walkways of Taliesin West. For more in-depth visits, try the Extended Insights Tour or the combination Desert/Insights Tour, which explores how Nature inspired Wright’s design of his desert complex. The School of Architecture’s students lead dynamic Desert “Shelter” Tours on Saturday afternoons. Night Lights Tours are also offered Thanksgiving weekend and December 26-30, with several nights featuring holiday carollers. An ideal place to find an Arizona keepsake, Anneliese’s Bookstore at Taliesin West features an immense collection of Wright inspired items and books. To make your For more information call (480) 627-5340 or tour reservation, visit www.franklloydwright.org franklloydwright.org. AZ
Enter Taliesin West at the intersection of Cactus Road and Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. (approximately 114th St.) in northeast Scottsdale. For GPS directions, use 12345 N. Taliesin Dr., Scottsdale, AZ 85258
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MIM MUSIC THEATER With outstanding acoustics and an up-close-and-personal experience, the MIM Music Theater is the Valley’s premier concert venue. For tickets call 480-478-6000. For a complete schedule of concerts and events, visit MIM.org Concert: Etienne Charles Thursday, December 15 | 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $33.50 - $38.50 6.0829 in Description: Etienne Charles is one of the most compelling and exciting young jazz artists who taps into a myriad of musical styles rooted in his Afro-Caribbean background.
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Saturday, December 17 | 9a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday, December 18 | 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tickets: Included with paid museum admission Description: Chimes and jingles will fill the halls at MIM as we celebrate instruments that ring! See performances featuring handbells, gongs, and more. Try your hand at gamelan and learn how these instruments make their unique sounds. The weekend will also highlight a special menu at Café Allegro, Feb gifts for 3 purchase in the Museum Store, face painting, and so much more.(PHOENIX) First Fridays
Concert: Blind Boys of Alabama Self-guided art tour of Friday, December 23 | central 7:30 p.m.Phoenix galleries, Saturday, December 24art | 3spaces, p.m. studios, free Tickets: $48.50 - $63.50shuttle rides, 6-10pm, Description: Living legends of gospel music, the Blind 602-256-7539. Boys of Alabama celebrate the holiday season with Christmas standards and new holiday songs penned by the Blind Boys themselves.
ALL MONTH Glendale Glitters 2016 (GLENDALE) Experience the magic of traditional old town holiday atmosphere with about 1.5 million holiday lights throughout a 16-block area that includes the Old Towne and Catlin Court Districts. Historic Downtown Glendale, 58th & Glendale Avenues, every night 5 pm – 10 pm, free, 623930-2299. (Special events each Friday and Saturday through 17th). LIVE MUSIC ALL MONTH Rusty Spur Saloon (SCOTTSDALE) Enjoy great live country and western music daily in a historic building in Old Town Scottsdale that used to be a bank! Walk through the swingin’ doors at the Rusty Spur Saloon for a good time with great music, 480-425-7787. MONDAYS Monday Night Fort-Ball (FORT MCDOWELL) You’ll have a chance to win up to $1,000 in FREE PLAY ArizonaKEY.com
during Monday Night FORT-Ball! The End of Game winner will also win up to $1,000 CASH! The more you play, the more entries you’ll earn. See Fortune Club for details. Fort McDowell Casino, 1-800-THE-FORT. THURSDAYS Art Walk (SCOTTSDALE) Wander into galleries while strolling around tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants & more. Downtown Scottsdale, 7pm – 9pm, 800-782-1117 for more information. SATURDAYS Rock ‘n’ Roll McDonald’s Car Show (SCOTTSDALE) Complete with 50’s era music provided by “Party Time DJ’s”, this showcase of anywhere from 250 – 500 cars, and up to 150 motorcycles and choppers, is sure to satisfy collectors, dreamers, and aficionados, alike, The Pavilions at Talking Stick, 4-8pm, 480-362-2700 for additional details.
SUNDAYS Sunday Football Viewing Parties (SCOTTSDALE) Watch the game in HD every Sunday at Talking Stick Resort’s Blue Coyote Cantina. This modern hot spot offers irresistible food and drink specials with Sunday’s slate of games, 480-850-7777. THROUGH MAY 31 John Coleman: Past/Present/ Future (SCOTTSDALE) Images of American Indians infused with the history and mythology of the American West have made John Coleman one of the nation’s most highly regarded contemporary artists. Exhibition at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 480-686-9539. DEC 2 Old Town Holiday Festival (SCOTTSDALE) Wander into galleries while strolling around tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants & more. Downtown Scottsdale, 7pm – 9pm, 800-782-1117. 21
event calendar DEC 2 - 3 Cowboy Christmas Poetry Gathering (WICKENBURG) Cowboy reception on Dec 2 at Desert Caballeros Western Museum with some of the featured cowboys, limited tickets. Main performance on Dec 3 at 7pm at the Wickenburg Community Center. Tickets 928-684-5479, outwickenburgway.com.
DEC 3 APS Electric Light Parade (PHOENIX) Spectacular display of lighted floats, marching bands, and performance groups. Central Ave. from Montebello to Camelback, east on Camelback to 7th St., 7th St. south to Indian School, 7 pm, 602-2626437.
DEC 2 - 3 15th Annual Surprise Party (SURPRISE) Tree lighting ceremony, balloon glow and live entertainment on Friday night. Saturday, features a full day of activities including an arts & crafts show, classic car show, pony and camel rides, petting zoo, great food and more. Surprise Recreation Campus, free, 623-222-2000.
DEC 3 Tumbleweed Tree Lighting Ceremony & Parade of Lights (CHANDLER) Since 1957 Chandler has been the only city in the southwestern United States to have a tumbleweed Christmas tree! Enjoy live entertainment, food, crafts, games & Santa. A.J. Chandler Park, free, 4:30 pm – 9pm, parade at 7pm, 480-782-2735.
DEC 2 - 3 Glendale’s Jingle Bell Rockin’ Nights (GLENDALE) Bring your dancin’ shoes to Murphy Park, and dance to holiday music and oldies. The park will be packed with music, lights, kids’ crafts and entertainment. Murphy Park, free, 6 – 10pm, 623-930-2299.
DEC 8 Holiday Event at SHOPS Gainey Village (SCOTTSDALE) Guests will enjoy live holiday music, pictures with Santa Claus, horse and carriage rides around the shopping center, entertainment, a trackless train for children, and more! The SHOPS Gainey Village, 5pm-8pm.
DEC 2 - 4 Tempe Fall Festival of the Arts (TEMPE) As many as 400 artist booths line Mill Avenue and the surrounding streets presenting unique, and hand-made artwork that offers visitors a distinctive shopping experience. Live entertainment, street performers, food, Arizona Wine Festival, kids station and more. Mill Avenue District, free, 10-5:30pm, 480-967-4877.
DEC 9 Christmas Parade of Lights (WICKENBURG) Watch the illuminated entries and have the opportunity to visit with Santa Claus after the parade at the awards ceremonies in front of the Garcia Little Red Schoolhouse. Parade starts at 6:30pm on Yavapai Street, 928-684-0977, outwickenburgway.com.
DEC 3 Lunar Bingo (FORT MCDOWELL) Come out for Great Music, Giveaways, Dance Contests, and Cash Prizes! Fort McDowell Casino, starts at Midnight, 1-800-THE-FORT.
DEC 9 Johnny Lang (SCOTTSDALE) Get ready for an electrifying performance by Grammy Award-winning blues rocker Jonny Lang when he comes to The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort, 8pm, tickets 480-850-7734 for additional details.
DEC 9 – 10 Winter Wonderland Weekend (GLENDALE) Features a children’s snow field, so don’t forget to bring the mittens! Sip hot cocoa while basking in delightful winter fun, right here, in Arizona! The snowfield offers kids the opportunity to build their own Frosty the Snowman plus other fun activities. Historic Downtown Glendale, 6pm – 10pm, free, 623-930-2299 for more information. DEC 9 - 11 Carefree Christmas Festival (CAREFREE) Three days and two nights of FREE holiday festivities and live entertainment. Enjoy visits with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, 40 tons of REAL snow, holiday food and gift market, music, dance and more! Electric Light Parade on Saturday at 6pm, Pet Day and Parade on Sunday. Carefree Desert Gardens the TALIESINand WEST Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, Fri & Sat: 10-9pm, Sun: 10-5pm, 480-4883686, carefreechristmasfestival.com for additional information and event schedule. DEC 9 - 11 Phoenix Festival of the Arts (PHOENIX) Three full days with live arts and entertainment, plus over 125 vendor booths! Enjoy a hands-on community mural, food trucks, a beer & wine garden, a Family Zone play area and more! Margaret T. Hance Park, free, 602-254-3100 for more details. DEC 9 – JAN 1 Holiday Lights (SCOTTSDALE) Take a train ride through many festive holiday lights and displays turning the Railroad Park into a winter wonderland. Santa will be at the park through December 23. (Park Closed Dec 24th, 25th & 31st). McCormickStillman Railroad Park, 6:30 pm – 9 pm, 480-312-2312.
event calendar 2016 HOLIDAY & NEW YEAR’S EVE EVENTS GUIDE
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DEC 10 Fantasy of Lights Boat Parade (TEMPE) Features as many as 50 festively lighted boats of all sizes, selfies with Santa, live music, food, and a top notch fireworks show. Tempe Beach Park & Town Lake, 4pm, free, 480-355-6060.
DEC 10 – 11 Uncommon Markets (SCOTTSDALE) Shop for uncommon gifts for the holidays in every price point! It’s new and like nothing you’ve seen before. Enjoy the music of the season and special performances. Salt River Fields, 10-5pm, $10 daypass, free parking, 480-270-5000. DEC 16 Talking Stick Food Truck Roundup (SCOTTSDALE) Gourmet food trucks from around the state will serve up some of your favorite eats. Courtyard Marriott, 5201 N Pima Road, 11-2pm, 888-979-5010. DEC 16 Art Walk (CHANDLER) Fine art, dozen of local artists, free kids art activities, great eateries and unique shops. Historic Downtown Chandler, 6pm – 10pm, free, 480-855-3539. DEC 16 – 17 Spirit of Giving Weekend (GLENDALE) Celebrates and showcases the numerous community organizations and non-profits which continue to make a positive impact in the lives of Valley residents. Plus enjoy 1.5 million holiday lights! Historic Downtown Glendale, 6pm – 10pm, free, 623-930-2299.
DEC 31 Noon Year’s Eve (PHOENIX) Grab the little ones and enjoy a Noon Year’s Eve at the Phoenix Zoo from 9am – Noon. For details call 602-286-3800 or visit phoenixzoo.org. DEC 31 New Year’s Eve Party (FORT MCDOWELL) Light up the night this New Year’s Eve! Make your New Year’s Sparkle with a complete night of entertainment. Play, dance, indulge and win! Call 1-800-THE-FORT for more information or visit fortmcdowellcasino.com. DEC 31 NYE Block Party (TEMPE) Downtown Tempe will be transformed into one big celebration from University Drive down to 3rd Street. Enjoy interactive games and activities, musical entertainment, gourmet food trucks, fireworks and more, 480-355-6060. DEC 31 New Year’s Eve at Talking Stick Resort (SCOTTSDALE) Get ready to bid farewell to 2016 at Talking Stick Resort! The resort is ringing in the New Year with with live headline performances, dinner, hotel accommodations and more! Reservations call 866-877-9897.
DEC 10 Christmas in the Park (LITCHFIELD PARK) Enjoy a fun-filled day of activities and entertainment. The event opens at 9am with an arts and crafts show. The Christmas parade begins at 10am and concludes with the arrival of Santa. From 11am until 3:30 pm, event goers will enjoy Elf’s Alley, kids’ crafts in Santa’s Workshop, pictures with Santa, pony and train rides, local stage acts, and snow! Litchfield Park Town Center, 9 – 4 pm, free, 623-935-9040 for additional information. 24
Sedona, Prescott + N Central AZ ALL MONTH Holiday Central Sedona 2016 (SEDONA) This year’s Holiday Central Sedona affair is set to be the biggest yet, with the return of the historic Red Rock Fantasy, in addition to larger scales of the classic events Tinsel Town, Be the Peace Meditation Retreat, Festival of Lights, Sweet Stroll and so much more! Visit holidaycentralsedona.com for a complete list of events. (See Page 81 for Article) ALL MONTH Live Music at REDs (SEDONA) Lively and comfortable atmosphere, REDS restaurant at the Sedona Rouge features live evening entertainment daily, 6-9pm. On Wednesdays, REDs features $5 Wine by Glass Night Special at 4pm. 928-282-5321. MONDAYS Football Madness (CAMP VERDE) Are you ready for some football? Watch the game on a 12 foot HDTV screen, enjoy a stadium style buffet, featuring home-team-themed items along with tailgate favorites. Win Castle Cash and prizes. Cliff Castle Casino Hotel, $10, 800-381-SLOT.
THROUGH JAN 2 World’s Largest Gingerbread Village (PRESCOTT) Enjoy a fantastical village of more than 100 delicious structures in the lobby of the Prescott Resort and Conference Center, free for viewing 24/7 through Jan 2nd. Pictures with Santa on Nov 26th, 800-266-7534. DEC 1 – JAN 1 Red Rock Fantasy (SEDONA) From dusk to 9pm spectators can stroll through the beautiful grounds of Tlaquepaque and enjoy light displays created by local businesses/ organizations, 928-282-4838. DEC 2 Holiday Tree Lighting & Santa Visit (SEDONA) Come watch the lighting of the 20’ tree and Santa’s arrival. Hear seasonal favorites from local carolers and youth music groups, and enjoy hot cocoa or cider and cookies, 5-7pm, 928-204-2390. DEC 3 Parade & Courthouse Christmas Lighting (PRESCOTT) Ring in the holiday season in Arizona’s Christmas City with the 34th Annual parade at 1pm, which is followed by the 62nd Annual Courthouse Lighting Ceremony at 6pm. Musical groups at 5pm. Prescott Courthouse Plaza, free, 800-266-7534.
TUESDAY - SATURDAY Live Entertainment at Timbers Lounge (PINETOP) Hon-Dah Resort Casino and Conference Center features 800 of the newest slots & poker room and 128 oversized hotel rooms. Enjoy FREE live entertainDEC 3 HOWLY GROWLY ment Tuesday - Saturday at TimbersOWLY FESTIVAL First Saturday Art Walk (JEAT BEARIZONA - SATURDAYS Lounge, call 1-800-929-8744. ROME)AND Visit 30+ unique art studios SUNDAYS IN OCTOBER and galleries featuring jewelry, FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS pottery, glass, leatherwork, clothing, Live Entertainment & Dance paintings, sculpture and more, 5-8 at Dragonfly (CAMP VERDE) pm, 928-649-2277. Cliff Castle Casino Hotel’s Dragonfly Nightclub is the place to enjoy live DEC 3 music, dancing and fun every Friday 23rd Annual Chocolate Walk & Saturday night starting at 9pm, (COTTONWOOD) The merriment 800-381-SLOT. begins with the 62nd Annual CotArizonaKEY.com
tonwood Christmas Parade at 11am. After the parade, get a bite to eat or do a little Christmas shopping. Beginning at 3pm, you can collect your bag, map and ticket at the Old Town Civic Center and begin collecting chocolates at more than 30 shops up and down Main Street! 928-649-3038. DEC 9 Acker Musical Showcase (PRESCOTT) Enjoy over 100 musicians performing all around downtown area shops, 5:30-8:30 pm, free, 800-266-7534. DEC 10 Festival of Lights (SEDONA) The lighting of six thousand luminarias in Tlaquepaque’s courtyards and walkways at 5 pm. Carolers, choirs and musicians. Special Luminarias honoring cancer survivors can be purchased in advance call 928-2824838. Tlaquepaque, free, 3-8pm. DEC 17 Holiday Sweet Stroll (SEDONA) Discover unique gifts, enjoy sparkling lights, strolling carolers, sweet treats, special give-a-ways and more. Tlaquepaque, 3-7pm, 928-282-4838. DEC 31 Whiskey Row New Years Eve’s Boot Drop (PRESCOTT) Head on down to historic Whiskey Row to enjoy entertainment, amazing fireworks and fantastic local vendors. The illuminated cowboy boot will be lowered from the 40-foot high Palace Building’s flagpole at 10pm and again at midnight, 800-266-7534. DEC 31 New Years Eve Party (CAMP VERDE) Ring in the New Year at Cliff Castle Casino Hotel! Call 800381-SLOT for reservations and event details. 25
Williams, Flagstaff + N AZ ALL MONTH Meteor Crater (WINSLOW) Come and relive the intensity of the impact at Meteor Crater, 30 minutes from Flagstaff. Enjoy guided tours, an Interactive Discovery Center, Gift Shop, Theater and Subway Sandwich shop. Save $5 off Two Adult Admissions with Ad on Page 73! 800-289-5898. ALL MONTH Twin Arrows Casino Resort (FLAGSTAFF) Tucked within a picturesque view of the majestic San Francisco Peaks, enjoy gourmet dining, excellent gaming, luxury guest rooms and more. Join the players club for special offers. Enjoy live entertainment Friday and Saturday nights. Twin Arrows Casino Resort, just east of Flagstaff, 855-946-8946. THROUGH JAN 6 Polar Express Train Rides (WILLIAMS) Experience the magic of
the Polar Express, the classic children’s book, as the train departs Williams Depot to the “North Pole” with a visit from Santa. Grand Canyon Railway, reservations 800-THE TRAIN. DEC 2 – DEC 31 Wild Wonderland at Bearizona (WILLIAMS) Enjoy the magic of Bearizona at night! Enter the park after normal operating hours and stroll among the beautifully lit pine trees that are synchronized to traditional Christmas music. Runs Fri, Sat & Sun nights from Dec 2 - Dec 18, then nightly from Dec 19 – 31. Bearizona, 928-635-2289. (See Page 27 for article) DEC 10 Santas World of Wonders (WILLIAMS) Kids will have a chance to get in the holiday spirit with games, crafts and a visit with St. Nick at the Williams Recreation Center from 10am – 1:30pm, 928-635-6784.
DEC 13 Geminid Meteor Shower (FLAGSTAFF) Family-friendly activities designed to teach the cause of meteor showers at 6pm. Learn the source of the Geminid Meteor Shower and get viewing tips during a lecture at 7pm. Lowell Observatory, 928-774-3358. DEC 31 NYE Great Pinecone Drop (FLAGSTAFF) Ring in the New Year in classic Flagstaff tradition as the giant, LED-Lighted Pinecone is lowered from the top of the Historic Weatherford Hotel. 10pm for families & again at Midnight, 928-779-1919. DEC 31 NYE Party (FLAGSTAFF) Ring in the New Year at Twin Arrows Casino Resort! Enjoy live music, fireworks and a NYE cash giveaway! For reservations and details visit twinarrows.com or 855-946-8946.
Tucson + Southern AZ DEC 2 – 3 Luminaria Nights (TUBAC) The streets are lined with luminaries and the stores are open until 9 pm. Great homemade food, music and Santa Claus! Tubac Village, 520-398-2704. DEC 2 – 4 & 9 – 11 Luminaria Nights (TUCSON) Stroll down a path lit with traditional luminarias and delight in the trees and decorations lit with thousands of twinkling lights. Tucson Botanical Gardens, 5:30 – 8:30pm, 520-326-9686. DEC 3 – 4 La Fiesta de Tumacácori (TUMACÁCORI) Celebrate at Tumacacori National Historic Park. The fiesta features around fifty food and craft booths, continuous live entertainment on stage, and children’s activities each day, 10am, free, 520-377-5060.
DEC 9 - 11 4th Avenue Winter Street Fair (TUCSON) 400+ arts and crafts booths, 35+ food vendors, two stages, street musicians, jugglers, carnival food, a kids’ art area, face painting and more. Between Ninth St. and University Blvd. along Fourth Ave., 10 am to dusk, free, 520-624-5004. DEC 10 Courthouse Luminaires & Parade (TOMBSTONE) Once a year the courthouse is illuminated by candlelight. Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park, 6:30pm-8:30pm. Christmas Light Parade starts at 6th Street at 6:30pm, 888-457-3929. DEC 17 22nd Annual Downtown Parade of Lights (TUCSON) Holiday-theme street parade with decorated floats,
vehicles, and entertainers. Visit Santa Claus at the Historic Train Depot. Armory Park in Downtown Tucson, 4pm-9pm, free, 520- 268-9030. DEC 17 - 18 Magic of Christmas: Tucson Symphony Orchestra Holiday Pops Special (TUCSON) See and hear the TSO play favorite Christmas carols and holiday masterpieces, dance, sing, tell the story of Christmas, and welcome Santa too, at Tucson Music Hall. Tickets 520-882-8585. DEC 22 - 24 The Nutcracker Ballet (TUCSON) Ballet Tucson’s wonderful, traditional version of the holiday classic features swirling snowflakes, marching toy soldiers, giant mice, and candy confections. Tucson Music Hall, tickets 800-745-3000.
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earizona is open year round and winter is a great time to visit! The animals look beautiful sporting their lustrous fur coats and they enjoy the change in temperature and scenery that winter brings. Families heading to the north country this holiday season can experience the Bearizona adventure during the day where they will be able to tour the entire park and see all of the animals during normal operating hours, or opt to come in at night for Wild Wonderland, which is Bearizonaâ€™s version of zoo lights. Wild Wonderland allows visitors to enjoy the magic of Bearizona at night! Visitors will enter the park after normal operating hours and stroll among the beautifully lit pine trees that are synchronized to traditional Christmas music. Guests can purchase a yummy treat or holiday beverage to warm themselves up as they meander through the forest watching the beautiful light show. Mrs. Claus will be making a special appearance each evening for Storytime. Bearizonaâ€™s collection of program animals will also be viewable nightly in an open house format. Wild Wonderland will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights starting December 2 through December 18. Beginning Monday December 19th the event will run nightly through December 31. Wild Wonderland hours are 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Come enjoy the holiday season, Bearizona style at our Wild Wonderland event! More information can be found at bearizona.com. AZ
Bearizona is located at Highway 64 and Interstate 40 in beautiful Williams, Arizona I-40 Exit 165 1500 E. Route 66, Williams AZ 86046 (928) 635-2289 www.bearizona.com 27
Phoenix, Scottsdale and Central Arizona
inter, Spring, Summer or Fall… no matter what time of year you visit the Valley of the Sun, there will be much to see and do. The Sonoran Desert ‘s natural beauty begins with rugged mountains, Saguaro cactus towering over adventure trails, and pink and orange sunsets you thought you only read about in Western novels. POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Phoenix – still has real cowboys and rugged mountains. Projected against this rich backdrop is a panorama of urban sophistication: resorts and spas that drop jaws and soothe souls. Stadiums and arenas worthy of the world’s biggest sports spectacles. Restaurants with inspired cuisine and magnificent patio views. Golf courses that beckon players the year round. Shopping centers as stylish as the fashions they house. 877-225-5749 Scottsdale – By day, our sunny skies and lush desert setting create an ideal backdrop for outdoor adventures, championship golf, relaxing spa treatments and upscale shopping. By night, acclaimed chefs, ArtWalks and dozens of wine bars, lounges and performing arts venues await. And, throughout your stay, our resorts and hotels will pamper you with plush accommodations and the exceptional customer service for which Scottsdale is so well known. 480-421-1004 Carefree / Cave Creek – Vast stretches of the wide-open Sonoran Desert, pristine mountain vistas, giant boulder formations, a sparkling lake and towering saguaro cacti are all part of the magical landscape waiting for you. Stroll around and visit our unique shops and galleries, enjoy a great meal, try a sarsaparilla at a real Western saloon or just kick back and watch the sun set. At night, the stars shine so big and bright they seem close enough to touch. 480-488-3381 Fountain Hills – You literally can’t miss the World Famous Fountain – the town centerpiece. Nearby galleries and shops feature clothing, art, and fine jewelry including the Arizona Amethyst. An extensive public art collection, history museum, art festivals and
concerts make Fountain Hills/ Fort McDowell the Gem of the Valley. Outdoor enthusiasts can hike or bike 50-plus miles of trails or pick from five PGA golf courses. 480-837-1654 Glendale – is home to one of the hottest sports and entertainment districts in the country as well as the world’s top concerts and shows, signature restaurants, nightclubs and shopping. Glendale offers families endless fun thanks to Arizona’s biggest water park, a wildlife zoo and aquarium, a chocolate factory, nearby theaters, museums and more. Outdoor enthusiasts will relish our fairways, tennis courts, hiking trails and nearby regional lake. 623-930-4500 AZ
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4. RUSTY SPUR SALOON – Enjoy great live country and western music daily in a historic building in Old Town Scottsdale that used to be a bank! Walk through the swingin’ doors at the Rusty Spur Saloon for a good time with great music. 480-425-7787. 5. SHOP TIL YOU DROP – Discover the finest in Native American Art and Jewelry at Gilbert Ortega Gallery - 480990-1808. Looking for unique southwest gift items? Visit Bischoff’s Shades of the West 480-945-3289. 6. HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES – Embark on an unforgettable journey as you soar over the gorgeous Sonoran desert in a Hot Air Balloon! Daily balloon flights available with Hot Air Expeditions 480-502-6999. 7. EXPLORE A DESERT MASTERPIECE – Frank Lloyd Wright began building Taliesin West in 1937 as his personal winter home, studio, and architectural campus. Visitors can enjoy a broad range of guided public tours. 480-627-5340.
8. TALKING STICK RESORT – a luxurious Four-Diamond Scottsdale Resort where fun is limited only by your imagination. Enjoy Vegas-style entertainment, panoramic views at Orange Sky Restaurant, 36-holes of championship golf, relaxing spa treatments and fabulous live entertainment. 480-850-7777. 9. ANIMAL ADVENTURES – MacDonald’s Ranch is the premier horseback riding stable in the Valley of the Sun. Enjoy Trail Rides, Hayrides and Cookouts, Stagecoach Rides, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Western Games and more! 480-585-0239. The non-profit Phoenix Zoo is Home to more than 1,400 animals including more than 30 different endangered or threatened species from around the world. 602-286-3800. 10. HALL OF FLAME MUSEUM – America’s largest firefighting museum. Six indoor air conditioned galleries display over 35,000 square feet of exhibits which tell the story of firefighting in America and Great Britain. 602-275-3473. AZ
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360 RUSTY SPUR SALOON 7245 East Main St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-425-7787 • www.rustyspursaloon.com Scottsdale’s last real cowboy saloon serves up great live country and western music daily. It’s located in a historic building in Old Town Scottsdale that used to be a bank and the walls are decorated with dollar bills, license plates and all kinds of American memorabilia. Lunch served daily from 11 - 4pm.
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7247 Main St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-945-3289 • www.shadesofthewest.com Founded in 1971, Shades of the West continues to be the most unique shopping destination in Old Town Scottsdale. Featuring a wide variety of custom leather goods & jewelry, Minnetonka Moccasins, Southwestern foods, pottery from Mexico and much more. Bischoff’s Gallery features Southwest home décor, books and museum quality art.
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5TH AVENUE SHOPS 5th Avenue is home to Scottsdale’s famous Bob Park’s Horse Fountain featuring over 35 eateries and 80 specialty shops. 5th Ave & Scottsdale Rd / Scottsdale Map N3
Shades of the West, Kactus Jock, Rusty Spur Saloon, Gilbert Ortega, and The Great Australian Bakery. SE Corner Scottsdale Rd & Indian School / Scottsdale Map P4
ARIZONA MILLS Features the best names in outlets including Last Call from Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH plus dining and entertainment. US 60 & I-10 / Tempe
THE PROMENADE Unique mix of specialty boutiques, stores and restaurants in an outdoor setting with a 125-foot spire designed by noted architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Scottsdale Rd & Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd / Scottsdale Map J4
ARROWHEAD TOWNE CENTER The Northwest Valley’s premier shopping destination with popular department stores, specialty shops, dining and entertainment. 75th Ave & Bell Rd / Glendale
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BILTMORE FASHION PARK An open-air, lush garden of shopping and dining with luxuriSCOTTSDALE FASHION SQUARE ous venues such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Louis Vuitton. Arizona’s premier luxury shopping destination with the best 24th St & Camelback Rd / Phoenix shops, department stores and restaurants including Barneys New York, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s, kate spade, THE BORGATA OF SCOTTSDALE Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., and Juicy Couture. A charming courtyard atmosphere with upscale shops and Camelback Rd & Scottsdale Rd / Scottsdale Map N3 eateries in a setting straight from the Tuscan Village of San Gimignano complete with cobblestone walkways and SCOTTSDALE QUARTER fountains. Where the vibe of the city meets the serenity of the desert. Scottsdale Rd & Lincoln Dr / Scottsdale Map M3 Unique shopping, dining and entertainment such as Pandora, Apple Store, H&M and and IPic Gold Class Theaters, a CAREFREE SHOPS Stroll along Easy Street and enjoy fine art, gourmet food and premium movie going experience. SE Corner Scottsdale Rd & Greenway-Hayden Loop / one of a kind boutiques. / Scottsdale Map B4 Scottsdale Map J4 DESERT RIDGE MARKETPLACE SCOTTSDALE SEVILLE The ultimate shopping experience in a distinctive outdoor Intimate and unique shopping and dining experience setting with over 110 retailers and restaurants. including Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Duxiana and BetLoop 101 & Tatum Blvd / Scottsdale Map G2 teridge Jewelers. EL PEDREGAL SHOPS & DINING AT THE BOULDERS Scottsdale Rd & Indian Bend / Scottsdale Map M4 Moroccan-style paradise nested among rugged foothills and majestic skies features upscale stores and restaurants, a full- SCOTTSDALE WATERFRONT Upscale shopping and dining in an open-air setting includservice luxury spa, and a tranquil courtyard. ing Sur la Table, Urban Outfitters and P.F. Chang’s. Scottsdale Rd & Carefree Hwy / Scottsdale Map C4 SW Corner Scottsdale Rd & Camelback Rd / Scottsdale Map N3 KIERLAND COMMONS A sophisticated and eclectic mix of upscale shopping, dining WESTGATE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT and entertainment in an urban setting. Offering a vibrant outdoor setting with unique water Greenway Pkwy & Scottsdale Rd / Scottsdale Map J3 features, Westgate Entertainment District delivers an interactive shopping, dining and entertainment experience. OLD TOWN SHOPS Stroll through the historic streets of Old Town Scottsdale and Loop 101 & Glendale Ave / Glendale find Southwestern specialty shops and restaurants such as
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360 FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S TALIESIN WEST 12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. Scottsdale, 85259 480-627-5340 www.franklloydwright.org Taliesin West in northeast Scottsdale is ranked one of the world’s greatest architectural treasures. Designed by visionary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin West was a bold new concept for desert living. Guided public tours range from 1 to 3 hours long. Enter at 114th St. & Cactus Rd.
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MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES in Carefree & Cave Creek 1. HAROLD’S CAVE CREEK CORRAL – Harold’s Corral is THE place in Cave Creek for good food, great music and a dang’ good time. Hitch yer hat, hang yer hoss and kick back to enjoy some good times eatin’, drinkin’ and dancin’. 480-488-1906. 2. CAREFREE DESERT GARDENS - The gardens weave their way along Carefree’s Easy Street among features that include the Carefree Sundial, the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion, a waterfall, art and sculptures, plus numerous shops and restaurants. Open daily during daylight hours. Enjoy Free WiFi provided by the Town of Carefree. 3. THE TOWN DUMP – There is no way to describe the Town Dump in Cave Creek, except to say that it’s one of the most unique shopping experiences. 480-488-9047. 4. AFTERNOON TEA ANYONE? – The English Rose Tea Room in Carefree offers an extensive menu of authentic foods served with loose leaf teas in a truly unique and authentic Victorian atmosphere. 480488-4812. 54
5. CAREFREE FARMERS MARKET – Open every Friday from 9am - 1pm during October - May. Artfully located under the Carefree Sundial located within the Desert Gardens. Features may include fresh, local, seasonal produce, herbs and flowers; locally made jams, jellies and salsas; fresh baked breads. 480-4883686. 6. RANCHO MANANA GOLF CLUB - Voted one of Arizona’s most scenic golf courses. Book your tee time at this par-70 championship course nestled in the heart of the Sonoran desert in Cave Creek - 480488-0398. 7. WILD HOLLY GALLERY – Strolling along Easy Street in downtown Carefree, this gem beckons shoppers to come a bit closer. The steel kinetic wind sculpture turning in the breeze captures the attention of arts and culture aficionados the world over. 480-595-8757.
Creek/Carefree foothills area through education, research and interpretive exhibits. 480488-2764. 9. THE SPA AT CAREFREE – Step inside, & enjoy exclusive services for men and women a full array of skin care therapies, aromatherapy, hair salon services and body treatments. Carefree Resort & Conference Center, 888-692-4343. 10. FRONTIER TOWN – Wooden boardwalks lead to many fun and wonderful gift shops, surrounded by antiques, wagons and western artifacts. One of the last old west towns in Arizona, and full of history and folklore passed down over the years. AZ
8. CAVE CREEK MUSEUM – Started in 1968 by a small group of volunteers, the Museum’s mission is to preserve the artifacts of the prehistory, culture and legacy of the Cave
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8. BOOTS AND BIKES – The 19,840 acres of Estrella Mountain desert and mountains became the first regional park in the Maricopa County Park System in 1954, and once you hike or bike in it, you’ll understand why. 623-932-3811. 9. PACK A ROMANTIC PICNIC LUNCH – The crown jewel of Glendale’s park system, Sahuaro Ranch Park offers users both a recreational and historic experience. This park is unique with it’s historic ranch buildings and wonderful flora. 623-930-4200. 10. LAKE PLEASANT REGIONAL PARK – One of the most scenic water recreation areas in the “Valley of the Sun”, the park offers many activities, such as camping, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, picnicking, and wildlife viewing. Turn off your mobile phone and unleash some family fun! 602-372-7460. AZ
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POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Sedona – Often called “Red Rock Country” Sedona is a four seasons playground for everyone – whether you’re into history and archaeology; arts and culture; power shopping; outdoor sports; or the spiritual and metaphysical, imagine doing all this in a backdrop of some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Indeed, this picturesque city is surrounded by red-rock monoliths named Coffeepot, Cathedral and Thunder Mountain. At the north end of the city is the stunning Oak Creek Canyon, a breathtaking chasm that even today, is wildly wonderful. 800-288-7336 Prescott – Just 90 minutes north of Phoenix, “Everybody’s Hometown” is an ideal destination for golfers, outdoor adventure seekers, and western history buffs. From its majestic rock formations at Granite Dells to five area lakes to more than 450 miles of wellgroomed hiking, biking and horseback riding trails, Prescott knows no boundaries for exploring the area’s stunning natural beauty. The downtown Courthouse Plaza is Prescott’s historic heart. The plaza is bordered by the famous Whiskey Row, known to have hosted the likes of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday--and still hosts eclectic boutiques, galleries, antique shops, and restaurants. 800-266-7534 Jerome – After the mines closed in 1953 and “King Copper” left town, the population went from a peak of 15,000 in the 1920s to a low of 50 people. The Jerome Historical Society guarded the buildings against vandalism and the elements, the Douglas Mansion became a
State Park in 1965, and Jerome became a National Historic Landmark in 1976. During the 60’s and 70’s, Jerome offered a haven for artists. Soon newcomers and Jerome old timers were working together to bring Jerome back to life. Today, Jerome is very much alive with writers, artists, artisans, musicians, historians, and families. 928-634-2900 AZ
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MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES in Sedona 1. PINK JEEP TOURS – Pink Jeep’s Sedona Jeep Tours have thrilled visitors for over 55 years! The Premier Broken Arrow, Ancient Ruin, and Diamondback Gulch tours take you places you may never imagined existed. 800-8733662. 2. CLIFF CASTLE CASINO HOTEL – The entertainment destination on the way to Sedona is Cliff Castle Casino Hotel. Enjoy fun for the whole family including Bowling, Kid’s Quest, fabulous dining, newly renovated accommodations and of course great slot and table gaming. Voted Arizona’s #1 Casino 17 years in a row! 800-381-SLOT. 3. EXPOSURES INTERNATIONAL GALLERY OF FINE ART – Enjoy a diversity of art including amazing bronze and stone sculptures, original oil and acrylic paintings, fine art jewelry, and an array of glass art. Exposures International Gallery has an impressive 20,000 square feet of art display that includes every style from classical to contemporary. 800-526-7668. 4. OAKCREEK COUNTRY CLUB – Oakcreek Country Club boasts a Robert Trent Jones 64
Sr. and Robert Trent Jones Jr. design. This 18-hole championship golf course is nestled in the majestic Sedona red rocks with views beyond compare. 888-284-1660. 5. OUT OF AFRICA WILDLIFE PARK – Watch exotic animals roam in spacious habitats plus exciting shows like Tiger Splash & Predator Feed. Use Promo code AZKEY16 for special savings. 928-5672840. 6. KACHINA HOUSE – Kachina House is the ultimate destination for authentic Native American art, artifacts, pottery and jewelry. Find Kachina dolls, Hopi Baskets, Hopi Kachina dolls, and so much more. 866-587-0547. 7. SEDONA AIR TOURS – The most-trusted and well known helicopter and airplane tour company in Sedona. Take a tour in a jet-powered helicopter to view the fantastic formations of the red rocks of Sedona, or fly to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, Rainbow Bridge, Skywalk in an airplane. 888.866.7433. Mention KEY2016 for Special Savings.
8. THE ART & SOUL OF SEDONA – Tasteful galleries and unique shops live in harmony at Tlaquepaque (pronounced Tla-keh-pah-keh), nestled beneath the shade of the sycamores on the banks of beautiful Oak Creek. Wander, shop, eat, drink and refresh the body and soul. 928-2824838. 9. SPIRITUAL AWAKENING – Sedona’s reputation as a spiritual mecca and global power spot has drawn some of our planet’s most amazing healers, artists and spiritual guides. Experience the body, mind and soul. 928-300-7796. 10. CHAPEL OF THE HOLY CROSS – One of Sedona’s earliest landmarks, the Chapel rises two-hundred feet above ground surface between two red rock formations that accentuate its 90-foot tall cross. Must-see. AZ
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MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES in Prescott 1. WHISKEY ROW – Whiskey Row is a vibrant center of activity in downtown Prescott, and while the number of saloons has decreased greatly from a century ago, you’ll be at no loss to find a great place to eat, to view exemplary works of art, or to simply cool your heels and people-watch. 2. SHARLOT HALL MUSEUM - Prescott is home of the restored territorial Governor’s Mansion built in 1864. The Museum features seven historic buildings, compelling exhibits and beautiful gardens, which serve as the setting for numerous public festivals. 928-445-3122. 3. HASSAYAMPA INN & HASSAYAMPA INN SPIRITS LOUNGE - A must for savvy travelers searching for a relaxing respite from life’s hustle and bustle. Yesteryear’s charm combines with today’s modern amenities to make the Hassayampa Inn a haven for sophisticated guests seeking a sense of pampered well-being. 928-778-9434. 4. PRESCOTT STATION Globally inspired cuisine that offers a little something for everyone. Conveniently located 66
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of basketry, pottery, weavings and many other artifacts. A must-see when in Prescott. 928-445-1230.
5. CITY OF PRESCOTT LAKES - With kayak, canoe and bicycle rental at all three lakes via Prescott Outdoors, you’ll have no problem planning your outdoor escape to enjoy all the natural bounty that Northern Arizona has to offer. 928-9251410.
9. HIKING IN PRESCOTT – Don’t miss the Mile-High Trail System in and around Prescott containing approximately 28 miles of beautiful trails, including Rails-to-Trails projects along the former Santa Fe Railroad, the Prescott Circle Trail System, and the Greenways Trails System.
6. HERITAGE PARK ZOOLOGICAL SANCTUARY - A non-profit wildlife sanctuary, dedicated to the conservation and protection of native and exotic animals. Open year round, the sanctuary provides a source of recreation, education and entertainment for all ages. 877-778-6008.
10. ANTIQUE ROW - Browse and shop in the relaxed, friendly atmosphere where specialty boutiques and interesting galleries offer shoppers a delightful diversion. This historic city has long been known as one of the West’s best places to shop for antiques. AZ
7. ANTELOPE HILLS GOLF COURSE - Features 36 holes of championship golf in the beautiful mountains of northern Arizona. At an elevation of 5,000 ft., the two courses sport bent grass greens and bluegrass. 928-777-1888. 8. THE SMOKI MUSEUM – This treasure documents early Native American history of regional tribes through a variety
Grand Canyon and Northern Arizona
ne of the natural wonders of the world. The mighty Colorado River. Painted deserts. What more could you ask for? Northern Arizona invites you to indulge your sense of adventure and wonder. Hike it, drive it, ski it, fly over it, float down it – just be sure to get here and immerse yourself in it. POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Grand Canyon – The canyon is a spectacular experience at any time of year. Whatever the season... spring, summer, fall, winter... each brings an intimate mood to the splendor of the Grand Canyon that will make your first visit very special. Savor the delicate fragrance of spring wildflowers as you stroll along the Canyon Rim. Enjoy a fresh summer breeze rich with the scent of pine following a brief afternoon thundershower. Discover color that only nature can create in the fall flowers and canyon oaks as they prepare for the coming winter season. See winter clouds hanging heavy over the Canyon after a fresh snow, lifting like a theatre curtain to reveal nature’s newest spectacle. In every season the Grand Canyon is a spectacular vision. Flagstaff – Surrounded by natural wonders like the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff offers dozens of inns, a multitude of hotel and motel accommodations, conference and meeting venues, more than 200 restaurants, numerous night spots, and a variety of cultural, historic and scientific attractions. Visitors from all over the world are attracted to the clean mountain air, year-round outdoor recreation opportunities, historic downtown charm and our Western legacy of pioneer ranchers, railroad builders and lumbermen. 800-956-6123 or flagstaffarizona.org. Williams – While today’s visitors can experience the modern amenities seen in most tourist destinations, they are also invited to personally share in the history and nostalgia of this mountain community. Founded in the late 1800’s by ranchers, railroaders, and lumbermen,
remnants of those early days are still visible in the buildings, streets, and neighborhoods of modern-day Williams. Saloons, bordellos, and shops have been brought back to life and visitors can now stroll the brick sidewalks of the historic district, enjoying the sights and sounds of times now nearly gone. 800863-0646 AZ
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“The Grand Canyon fills me with awe. It is beyond comparison--beyond description; absolutely unparalleled throughout the wide world .... Let this great wonder of nature remain as it now is. Do nothing to mar its grandeur, sublimity and loveliness. You cannot improve on it. But what you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American should see.” — President Theodore Roosevelt ENJOYING THE SOUTH RIM Individual interests, available time, weather, and health considerations can influence your visit to the South Rim. Use the information available on the web site, www.nps.gov/grca/, to help plan your visit. Once you arrive in the park, read The Guide and talk with the rangers for up-to-the-minute information. Elevations along the rim vary from 6650 feet (2030 m) at Hermits Rest to more than 7400 feet (2260 m) at Desert View near the East Entrance. Summer temperatures are pleasant along the rim, but increase rapidly as you descend into the canyon. Low humidity makes for big temperature differences between day and night. The low humidity and high elevation also means that it is important to drink water frequently. Afternoon thundershowers are common in July, August, and early September. Windy conditions prevail in April and May. Snow may fall as early as November. Winter snowstorms continue into March. Many miles of roads along the rim feature numerous pullouts to enjoy the views. Hermit Road to Hermit Rest is open to private vehicles only from December through February. The free shuttle bus system provides a worryfree way to explore the developed areas of the rim. 70
The Rim Trail winds along the rim for more than 13 miles (21 km), much of it paved and suitable for visitors in wheelchairs. The Greenway, a broad, paved pathway suitable for hikers, bicyclists, and wheelchairs, leads two miles (3 km) from Grand Canyon Visitor Center to Grand Canyon Village. A separate segment heads east from Hermits Rest along the rim. The Bright Angel and South Kaibab trails descend steeply into the canyon. Rangers present programs—walks, talks, and evening presentations—throughout the year. All activities are free. Check in The Guide for programs during your stay. VISITOR CENTERS The National Park Service staffs several visitor centers on the South Rim. All are open every day of the year; hours vary seasonally. Grand Canyon Visitor Center Located near Mather Point The largest visitor center on the South Rim is a good stop for an introduction to Grand Canyon and for assistance in planning your visit.
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IN THE PARK An authorized concessioner provides a variety of lodging options within the park. Reservations should be made well in advance as facilities tend to be full for much of the year. Prices vary from approximately $70.00 to more than $400.00. Located at the bottom of Grand Canyon, Phantom Ranch offers overnight lodging in dormitories or individual cabins. Advanced reservations are required. Contact Xanterra Parks and Resorts, www. grandcanyonlodges.com, (888) 297-2757.
Verkamp’s Visitor Center East of El Tovar Hotel Housed in the former Verkamp’s Curios, displays tell the story of the South Rim community. Tusayan Museum 3 miles west of the East Entrance Exhibits provide a glimpse of the rich Native American cultures, both past and present. A short trail circles an 800-year-old ancestral Puebloan village.
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MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES in Northern Arizona 1. BEARIZONA – This Wildlife Park in Williams allows visitors to drive into the wilderness and witness herd and pack life from the safety and comfort of a private vehicle. From adorable bear cubs to High Country Raptors, this is a must do adventure! 928-635-2289. 2. METEOR CRATER – Visit the world’s best preserved meteorite impact site at Meteor Crater just minutes from Interstate 40 near Winslow. The Visitor center offers guided tours, an Interactive Discovery Center, Gift Shop, Theater and more. 800-289-5898. See Ad Page 73 for Savings. 3. TWIN ARROWS CASINO RESORT – Enjoy promotions, gourmet dining, excellent gaming, luxury guest rooms and more. Join the players club for special offers. Twin Arrows Casino Resort, Flagstaff, 855946-8946. 4. WESTWIND AIR SERVICE – Find the Adventure in YOU! Come Fly With Us and experience the most beautiful locations in Arizona. With tours to Sedona, the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Monument Valley and even custom itinerar74
ies, Westwind is dedicated to helping you find the perfect tour that will fill your day with memories that will last a lifetime! 888-869-0866. 5. GRAND CANYON SOUTH RIM – 12 miles wide. One mile deep. Hike the Bright Angel trail, shop for Native American jewelry, enjoy a hot cocoa at El Tovar, and float the Colorado River. Whether you are seeking adventure or solitude, The South Rim at the Grand Canyon has it all. 928-638-7888. 6. LOWELL OBSERVATORY – Peer through the telescope that Percival Lowell used to sketch Mars or the telescope that helped Clyde Tombaugh discover Pluto. Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff offers guided tours, telescope viewings and more. 928-233-3211. 7. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC VISITOR CENTER – Located at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, watch the famous IMAX movie! Then enjoy one of the new Pink Jeep Grand Canyon Tours - a must do adventure! 928-638-2468 (Visitor Center) 800-999-2137 (Pink Jeep)
8. GET YOUR KICKS ON ROUTE 66 – Whether it is through preservation of the still existing historic buildings and vintage signs, or the cruising experience overall, we love to be connected to our love of the road. Visit Williams, Flagstaff, Winslow and Kingman for a trip back in time. 9. STEP BACK IN TIME – The Petrified Forest has plant and animal fossils going back over 200 million years. Some petrified logs found in the park measure over 190 feet! 928-524-6228. 10. GRAND CANYON WEST SKYWALK – The Skywalk, managed by the Hualapai Tribe, is a glass, horseshoe-shaped bridge extending guests 70 feet past the canyon edge and providing an unparalleled view of this natural wonder. Tours also include other points of interest and unique canyon views. 928-769-2636. AZ
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ith its towering saguaros standing guard, Southern Arizona is an impressive region filled with wonders of nature, steeped in history, and rich in culture. You can tour a Spanish Colonial mission and explore stunning caves. You can shop for antiques and dine in style. You can stay at world-class resorts and play golf amid splendorous landscapes. POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Bisbee – located 90 miles southeast of Tucson, Bisbee sends visitors back to a time when the Wild West was blossoming. Famous for the historic Copper Queen Mine, strolling the sidewalks of this southwestern gem lets you relish in art galleries, gourmet restaurants, coffee houses and antique shops. A visit to the wonderfully restored Victorian neighborhoods set on the hillsides will transport you to Europe. 866-2BISBEE Tombstone – founded in 1877, the “Town too Tough to Die” is home to the infamous gunfight at OK Corral. Step back in time and enjoy its notorious streets lined with saloons, restaurants, shops and stores. Take in a reenactment of the bitter fight between the Earps and the Clantons. Visit Tombstone and walk where heroes and villains of the old west lived, worked and fought. 888457-3929 Tubac – notably cooler than Phoenix and Tucson, this centuries-old town lies adjacent to the Coronado National Forest. Tubac features a variety of locally owner restaurants and comfortable bed and breakfasts. Other highlights include the Art Colony of Tubac, the Tubac Presidio
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MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES in Southern Arizona 1. KARTCHNER CAVERNS STATE PARK Experience a stunning limestone cave during a memorable 1½ hour guided tour. The Discovery Center features museums exhibits, a gift shop, theater and more. There are also campgrounds, hiking trails, picnic areas and a hummingbird garden. 520-586-2283 • www. azstateparks.com/Parks/KACA/ (pictured below) 2. TUCSON ADVENTURES What better way to view the gorgeous landscape of Southern Arizona than from a Hot Air Balloon! Bring your camera for incredible photos. After your magic carpet ride enjoy a champagne toast! FAA Certified Pilots & Hot Air Balloons. 1-800-742-2556 • tucsonadventures.com 3. TUMACÁCORI NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK The park protects three Spanish colonial mission ruins: Tumacácori, Guevavi, and Calabazas. Located at exit 29 off of Interstate 19. Open daily. 520-398-2341 • www.nps. gov/tuma/ 4. ARIZONA-SONORA DESERT MUSEUM Experience the majesty of the Sonoran Desert at this fusion, zoo, botanic garden, natural history museum and art gallery nestled in the Tucson Mountains adjacent to Saguaro National Park (West). En78
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and more. The Tubac Presidio State Historic Park includes a Visitor Center, museum, an archaeological exhibit, historic buildings, a picnic area, and a trailhead for the Anza Trail. 520-398-2704 • www.tubacaz.com 9. DESERT DIAMOND CASINO TUCSON It’s time to get the party started! The casino floor is packed with the hottest slot machines and table games! Hungry? They’ve got your cravings covered. Ready to dance up a storm? Monsoon Nightclub is here. And when it’s all over, chill out in their hotel. 1-866-DDCWINS • ddcaz.com 10. O.K. CORRAL TOMBSTONE Tour the world’s most famous gunfight site at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, “the town too tough to die.” Walk where Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Virgil and Morgan Earp fought the Clantons and McLaurys. Gunfight reenacted daily at 2 p.m. 520-457-3456 • okcorral.com AZ
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corner Arizona Visitors Ask…? BY JOHNNY FENTON, M.A. CONCIERGE, OMNI TUCSON NATIONAL RESORT
Q. Cramming gifts into suitcases is a no-win for holiday travelers, so what are some creative fun finds we can pick up right here that will have a “ wow factor” for our Arizona family and friends? A. It seems like you just finished off the last of the Thanksgiving leftovers from the fridge while listening to Frank Sinatra crooning “Autumn in New York”— and here it is time to tumble off a plane into the arms of adult children, in-laws, parents or pals ready to take on somebody’s version of winter wonderland in the Southwest! Your big brother told Santa “If somebody wants a little brother, they can have mine” and you never quite got over it. But this year you’re going to get over it and give him the best Christmas gift a sibling could ever give—a gift certificate to AZ Man Cave! The AZ Man Cave in north Phoenix is one of Arizona’s most original shopping experiences. They sell new and old items for guys (and some sisters too.) You can find things to decorate his office, sports room, basement or garage. They have Beer Signs, tools, model cars, posters, camping equipment, albums and music memorabilia. One of my favorite finds was a pillow printed with this sentiment “We interrupt this marriage to bring you a football game!” www.azmancave.blogspot.com For life-long enthusiasts of all things unique Curious Nature also in Central Arizona is a science and natural history emporium for all things strange from ethically sourced taxidermy, skulls and bones and an ever-changing assortment of specimens and oddities including classes in entomology—perfect for that brainy grandson! www.curiousnatureshop.com Fittingly, if your visit includes a stop at the Grand Canyon or a ramble down America’s first national highway, Route 66 in Northwestern Arizona, stop in at the Powerhouse Visitors Center (1907) in Kingman and you’ll think you hit the motherlode of one-stop-shop experiences while you take in the mining history of this territory as you wander through the Route 66 Museum and the Visitors Center’s three gift shops. The Hualapai Shop features Native pottery, silver, locally-mined stones and horsehair jewelry as well as tribal crafts and Indian Fry Bread. The Route 66 Shop offers memorabilia of the 1930’s-era travelers along this route and the Arizona Shop features our state’s vast array of local products from coffee table books of the Grand Canyon Railway and its scenic wonders, the state’s vineyards, pecan, date and olive groves, apple orchards, chili farms, cotton fields, tee shirts, Swarovski Crystal ornaments depicting our natural wonders, and (my favorite find) Grand Canyon Breakfast Blend—Blind Dog Coffee! And if there are any antique enthusiasts in your bunch, then don’t miss
a stop along Beale Street where you might peek into a few of the many offerings like the Time Was Antique Store, Boston Antique Shop or Kettlehut’s and score an old railway sign or a branding iron! www.gokingman.com A unique scene awaits an adventurous shopper who meanders into The Metal Arts Village in mid-town Tucson, Southern Arizona’s premier “collaboratory” of metal artists and select artisans in classic oil painting, wood and stone sculpture, stained glass and bead therapy as realized in the international headquarters of Beads of Courage (a non-profit that provides arts-in-medicine support for children coping with serious illness.) How about the gift of oil painting or drawing classes by celebrated classic artist Betina Fink for your aunt or an appointment for your niece with Lisa Contreras of Haunted Hands, voted Tucson’s Best Tattoo Artist! At least discuss the prospects over a cold one at the Hop Shop craft beer garden in this charming studio scene with a singular vibe in this little university town. You might meet the Village entrepreneur here, a Tucson native, attorney and “metal head” Steve Kimble—on a break from Art Inc. in his Studio F. And on December 14, the Full Moon Open Studio Tour here gives you the fun factor of some local live music, food truck treats and artists in action. www.metalartsvillage.com And (maybe) best of all—when you make your shopping a shared event—no gift wrapping is required! AZ
Johnny Fenton—a 37-year resident of Arizona, is past President of the Southern Arizona Concierge Network, member of the National Concierge Association, and Les Clefs d’Or, U.S.A.
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Holiday Events in Sedona
he peaceful and picturesque city of Sedona gives visitors a true holiday experience year after year, with its nationally recognized Holiday Central Sedona lighting up the streets and the hearts with winter-inspired splendor. Whether visitors and residents cozy up in a bed and breakfast, dine at a luxury restaurant or explore the winding and twinkling streets of Uptown, guests will surely find a new holiday tradition for families and friends near and far. Holiday Central Sedona is the annual series of events that delights visitors with glowing holiday trees, decorated storefronts and a plethora of shopping options for everyone looking for holiday gifts. Whether looking for trinkets native to Sedona artists or the high-fashion shops at Hillside Sedona, holiday lists will surely thank you for visiting. For those who may be looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the big city, holiday gifts and festive frenzy, the annual events hosted by Holiday Central Sedona will provide holiday-goers a reason to celebrate throughout the month of December. This winter wonderland experience is offered throughout the entire month of December, with more than 30 events and festivals to be enjoyed. This yearâ€™s Holiday Central Sedona affair is set to be the biggest yet, with the return of the historic Red Rock Fantasy, in addition to larger scales of the classic events Tinsel Town, Be the Peace Meditation Retreat, Festival of Lights, Sweet Stroll and so much more! For more information about this yearâ€™s festivities, please visit HolidayCentralSedona.com AZ
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