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CONTENTS Arizona KEY Magazine | February 2018 |

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EXPLORE ARIZONA With Pink Jeep Tours 16 33 56 62 80 84 86 87 95 96

Editor’s Page Arizona Renaissance Festival Top 5 Sedona Hikes Why Are Sedona’s Rocks Red? Balloons & Tunes Your Guide To Arizona Stargazing Scottsdale Parada del Sol Sedona International Film Festival Arizona Scenic Tours Concierge Corner

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Sedona Phoenix, Scottsdale & Central AZ Glendale Carefree & Cave Creek Prescott Northern Arizona Southern Arizona

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Scottsdale, Phoenix & Central AZ Sedona, Prescott & N Central AZ Grand Canyon Northern AZ Tucson & Southern AZ

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GETAWAYS in ARIZONA With a plethora of majestic views and our world-famously spectacular sunsets, Arizona is a fantastic place for a romantic getaway. After all, who could reject a proposal offered at the majestic rim of the Grand Canyon?


nterested in some other exciting ways to show your true love a great time? Here are some wonderful ideas for enjoying Valentine’s Day (or any special day) with your sweetheart.

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Start your day of romance early in Phoenix with Hot Air Expeditions! Enjoy a sunrise hot air balloon ride and soar over the gorgeous Sonoran Desert. Your journey begins with the viewing of the inflation of the balloon, where you will first get a glimpse of how large these gentle giants are up close and personal! Upon the conclusion of the inflation, your pilot will whisk you away in the basket for your approximate one hour flight. Upon landing you are greeted in the traditional manner with flutes of chilled champagne, as tables with linens and china magically appear, right in the heart of the desert – how romantic! If you’re romancing a music lover, you could make this a full day by adding a trip to the world renowned Musical Instrument Museum. Read more on page 80! Continue on with your guy or gal to Spa Lamar ( which offers an islandinspired ambience in the middle of the Arizona desert. It’s a perfect oasis getaway for couples and it’s unlike any other spa you’ll find in the Phoenix area. It offers a wide range of services, excellent quality care, and amenities like a pool, hot tub, sauna and steam room. When you book, be sure to order lunch so you can enjoy it together right at the spa! Finish off your Romantic Valley Getaway with dinner and a view. Located atop the 15th floor of the Talking Stick Resort, the Orange Sky restaurant sets the senses ablaze with its signature dishes and floor-to-ceiling windows that offer the best 360-degree views of the Valley’s signature orange sunsets -- the inspiration behind its name. (continued on page 32) 16

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Founded in 1971, Shades of the West offers some of the most unqiue and desirable custom leather goods, jewelry, moccasins, Southwest items, local sports team & spring training apparel, and food. Bischoff’s Gallery features Southwest home decor, books and museum quality art. Visit us in Old Town Scottsdale.










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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

CONCERT: Kid Koala: Nufonia Must Fall Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018 | 7:00 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, 2018 | 7:00 p.m. Tickets: $48.50–$68.50 Description: The magical story of a lonely robot who falls in love is deconstructed and reconstructed live on stage—a film unlike any other. CONCERT: We Banjo 3 Friday, February 16, 2018 | 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $38.50–$43.50 Description: This award-winning quartet from Galway, Ireland, delivers a groundbreaking mixture of Irish music, old-time Americana, and bluegrass influences with remarkable virtuosity and passion.

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CONCERT: Davina and the Vagabonds and the Squirrel Nut Zippers Tuesday, February 27, 2018 6:30 p.m. & 9:00 p.m. Tickets: $43.50–$53.50 Description: A riot of blues, ska, and incredible vocals. Arizona KEYMagazine

ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES LIVE MUSIC ALL MONTH Rusty Spur Saloon (SCOTTSDALE) Enjoy 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. ALL MONTH Desert Diamond Casino (GLENDALE) A good time is never far away. Desert Diamond West Valley Casino’s shuttle, the Jackpot Express, picks up & drops off at several locations throughout the West Valley. Located right in the heart of Glendale’s entertainment district. Where jackpots hit close to home. Visit ddcaz. com or 866.DDC.WINS. ALL MONTH HOME: Native People in the Southwest (PHOENIX) Experience the Heard’s most prized masterpieces, sweeping landscapes, poetry and personal recollections on an unforgettable journey through the Southwest and


The Pavilions at Talking Stick

Every Saturday, 4pm – 8pm

(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, 4pm-8pm, 480-362-2700. the vibrant arts and cultures of Native people. Heard Museum, 602-252-8840. ALL MONTH Dinosaurs in the Desert (PHOENIX) 23 prehistoric creatures stand along the Zoo’s Desert Lives Trail. The self-guided tour includes animatronic dinosaur H E A R D

structures which move and make various sounds including the infamous roar of the tyrannosaurus rex. A fossil dig and a photo op with a pachyrhino are also available. Educational signage and guides highlight size and interesting facts. Phoenix Zoo. www. M U S E U M



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event calendar Scottsdale, Phoenix & Central AZ wine tasting and live music cruise with Desert Belle on Saguaro Lake! Call 480984-2425 for reservations, mention “KEY” for special savings! (See Ad Page 49)

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(APACHE JUNCTION) Don’t miss the BEST Day Out in History featuring a 13-stage theatre, a 30-acre circus, an arts & crafts faire, a Jousting Tournament and feasting, all rolled into one non-stop, day-long, family adventure! Weekends & President’s Day, 10am - 6 pm, Rain or Shine, 520-463-2600. (See Ad pg. 45) TUESDAY - SUNDAY Canvas of Clay: Hopi Pottery Masterworks from The Allan and Judith Cooke Collection (SCOTTSDALE) Features more than 65 ceramics from one of the finest private collections of Hopi pottery, on exhibit for the first time. Spanning six centuries, 20

this exhibition explores the history and stylistic traditions of the Hopi, who have excelled in the creation of ceramics for generations. Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 480-686-9539. WEDNESDAYS Wine Tasting Cruises (FOUNTAIN HILLS) Enjoy a

THURSDAYS The Arizona Blues Project (CAVE CREEK) Enjoy Blues, R&B, Classic Rock, Funk & Soul every Thursday at Harold’s Corral, 8pm-11pm, 480-488-1906. THURSDAYS Art Walk (SCOTTSDALE) Wander into galleries while strolling around tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants & more. Downtown Scottsdale, 7pm – 9pm, 800-782-1117. FEB 3 Artlink First Fridays (PHOENIX) Enjoy the spirit and culture of downtown Phoenix as you mingle with thousands of other residents and visitors. Tour art galleries, venues, and related spaces and on the first Friday of the month, enjoy a free shuttle starting at the Phoenix Art Museum or at major stops on each route, 6pm-10pm, www.artlinkphx. org/first-fridays. FEB 9 - 11 Glendale Chocolate Affaire (GLENDALE) Visitors will delight in the nearly 40 chocolate purveyors, featuring delights like chocolate-

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ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES covered strawberries, chocolate-drizzled kettle corn, chocolate-covered nuts, chocolate-covered cheesecake and bananas, fried Twinkies, fried Snickers dipped in chocolate and much more! Families with children will enjoy a variety of activities, face-painting, carnival rides, a rockclimbing wall and more. Historic Downtown Glendale in Murphy Park, FREE, 623-930-2299. FEB 9 - 11 70th Annual Gold Rush Days and Senior Pro Rodeo (WICKENBURG) This event celebrates the town’s origins as a ranching & gold mining center in the days before there was a Phoenix. The parade is on Saturday the 10th at 10am, and one of the largest in AZ with over 100 entries including 1,000 horses within the entry classes, Classic Automobiles, floats, marching bands, and youth groups. Brown’s Amusements Family Fun Carnival opens at 4pm, in the downtown district on Feb. 9th-11th. For more info., call 928-684-5479 or www. annual-events. FEB 10 Arizona Strong Beer Festival (PHOENIX) Annual Celebration of Craft Beer with over 130 breweries and over 400 craft beers on tap. Steele Indian School Park, 1pm5pm, $60; VIP $80, 480-365-9000.

FEB 10 - 11 28th Annual World Championship Hoop Dance Contest (PHOENIX) Heard Museum. Top American Indian and Canadian First Nation hoop dancers vie for the title of World Champion Hoop Dancer, amazing performances of the intertribal hoop dance where each dancer weaves in aspects of his or her distinct tradition and culture, more than $30,000 in prize money. Fry bread & other American Indian foods. $7.50-$18. 9am-5pm. 602-252-8848 or FEB 10 - 11 Street Eats Food Truck Festival (SCOTTSDALE) Sample food from over 70 different food trucks in the Phoenix valley, enjoy the good vibes of local musicians or take on one of the many food eating contests! Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 11am – 6pm, for tickets call 480-270-5000. FEB 10 - 11 Talking Stick Street Eats Food Truck Roundup (SCOTTSDALE) Gourmet food trucks from around the state will serve up some of your favorite eats. Salt River Fields, 7555 N Pima Road, 11am - 6pm, visit FEB 16 Art Walk (CHANDLER) Fine art, dozen of local artists, free kids art activities, great eateries and unique shops.

Historic Downtown Chandler, Every 3rd Friday, 6pm – 9:30 pm, free, 480-855-3539. FEB 23 - 25 Great Fair (FOUNTAIN HILLS) This three day juried art fair features nearly 500 artists and artisans FEB 5-11 from across the United States and around the 2018 Western WEEK globe, and attracts 200,000+ visitors. Avenue of the Fountains, FREE admission, FEB 10am9– 5pm, 480-837-1654.

Hashknife PONY EXPRESS Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 12pm FREE!

Scottsdale Parada del Sol FEB 10 Parade & Trails End Festival Scottsdale Parada del Sol

Round up(10am-12pm) your family! Get your hat PARADE and boots on and mosey on down TRAIL’S END FESTIVAL to the 65th Annual Scottsdale (12pm-4pm) Kids Area, Parada del Sol Parade & Trail’s Food, Dancing, Bands, End Festival on Feb. 10, 2018 Wine Garden, Western, (See story pg 86) for more Hispanic, Native information go to American Entertainment or call (602) 432-7941 ---------------------------------------Theme:8-11, “Scottsdale MAR 2018 Past, Present, andParada Future.”del Sol Honor Health Feb. 5 – 11th RODEO WESTERN WEEK EVENTS: Tickets at Downtown Scottsdale Feb. 9 Hashknife Pony Express – Scottsdale’s Museum of the West Feb. 10 Parade & Trail’s End Festival – Scottsdale Road – Old Town Scottsdale ---------------------------------------Mar. 8 – 11 Parada del Sol Rodeo – Westworld of Scottsdale Rodeo (Dave Alford)


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xplore the world-famous red rocks of Sedona from the open-air, customized passenger area of one of their iconic pink Jeep Wranglers. Rumble over the terrain and visit some of Sedona’s most popular attractions, including Chapel Butte, Chimney Rock, the Sedona vortexes, the Honanki Heritage Site and many others. With over 14 Sedona tours; each with different sights and stops, but all with the same sense of energy and adventure that only Sedona can bring. Can’t choose? The Broken Arrow tour is their signature adventure, with a path that is totally exclusive to Pink Jeep Tours! If you have more time and want something even “grander” then take a Pink Jeep Tours trip at the Grand Canyon. Named by USA Today as the 8th Wonder of the World, the Grand Canyon is a must-see, once-ina-lifetime destination and Pink Jeep Tours makes it even more memorable.

With an expert tour guide at the wheel, you’ll be chauffeured to all the best lookouts at this natural wonder including Navajo Point, the Trail of Time and the Desert View Watchtower. With five different tour options, including two sunset tours, you’ll be sure to find an itinerary that fits your schedule. At either destination, you’ll end your trip blown away by the Pink Jeep Tours difference. Not only do they have aweinspiring itineraries and comfortable, stateof-the-art vehicles — they also have the best guides in the business. To book your Pink Jeep Tour or for more information, call 1.800.873.3662 or visit AZ


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~Plan Your Ride~ Aerogelic Ballooning $10 Discount pg. 53 ALL MONTH Pink Jeep Tours (SEDONA) For the most popular offroad tour into Sedona’s magnificent outback, be sure to book the Broken Arrow Tour. For history buffs, explore the mystery and capture the history on the Ancient Ruin Tour. For a stunning jeep ride and see-forever vistas, climb aboard the Scenic Rim Tour! Call 833-314-7465 to book a tour! ALL MONTH Out of Africa Wildlife Park (CAMP VERDE) Experience a completely different view of wildlife where exotic animals from around the world roam

in spacious habitats. And with exciting shows like Tiger Splash and Predator Feed, Out of Africa is like nothing you’ve ever seen. Open daily, 928-567-2840 (See Page 61 for coupon) ALL MONTH Live Music at REDs (SEDONA) Acclaimed for its lively and comfortable atmosphere, REDS restaurant at the Sedona Rouge features live evening entertainment daily, 6-9pm, 928-282-5321. MONDAYS Scientific Vortex Information (SEDONA) M.I.T. Honors Graduate,

Pete A. Sanders Jr., teaches attendees how to understand and tap Sedona’s famous Vortexes for enhanced prayer, meditation, mind/ body healing and outside the box creative thinking. Los Abrigados Resort & Spa, 1:00pm-2:30pm, $15, to reserve a seat call 928-203-5353. 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 entertainment Tuesday - Saturday at Timbers Lounge, call 1-800-WAY-UP-HI (800-929-8744). FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Live Entertainment & Dance at Dragonfly (CAMP VERDE) Cliff Castle Casino Hotel’s Dragonfly Nightclub is the place to enjoy live


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ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES music, dancing and fun every Friday & Saturday night starting at 9pm, 800-381-SLOT. FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Live Entertainment & Dance at Dragonfly (CAMP VERDE) Cliff Castle Casino Hotel’s Dragonfly Nightclub is the place to enjoy live music, dancing and fun every Friday & Saturday night starting at 9pm, 800-381-SLOT. FEB 3 12th Annual Sedona Marathon (SEDONA) Features four distances sure to take your breath away: 5K, 10K, Half, and Full Marathon. This scenic race attracts athletes from around the globe to enjoy Sedona’s red rocks up close and personal. “If the scenery doesn’t take your breath away, the hills will!” For further details, visit Feb 3 Guided Bird Walks (SEDONA) Bird enthusiasts join a naturalist for a guided walk appropriate for beginner and advanced birders. The walks begin at 8AM. Please arrive a little early to join the leader on the viewing deck above the visitor center. Please bring your own binoculars. There is no charge for the guided bird walk, but park entrance fees do apply. Red Rock State Park on Saturdays and Wednesdays, 8am-10am.

FEB 3 “Broadway Concert Natalie Toro” (PRESCOTT) Presented by: TAD Management, Broadway veteran Natalie Toro, “One of the best contemporary artists of our time” hails, brings her critically acclaimed show, Broadway, Standards, and Everything In Between to eager audiences everywhere! 7:00pm, $22/$25, 928-777-1370. Feb 6 - 10 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 the band, Orchard Fire (Country), call 1-800-WAYUP-HI (800-929-8744).

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Film Festival

Feb. 24-March 4, 2018 Films will run all day

beginning Sat., Feb. 24 at the Mary D. Fisher Theater, 2030 W. Highway 89A, the Sedona Performing Arts Center at Sedona Red Rock High School, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road and Sedona Harkins 6, 2081 W. Highway 89A.

Feb 13 - 17 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 the band, Kid-N-Nic (Variety), call 1-800-WAY-UP-HI (800-929-8744). FEB 23 Prescott’s 4th Friday Art Walk (PRESCOTT) Showcasing regional & international photography, painting, sculpture, jewelry & wearable art! Meander the streets & courtyards to

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event calendar Williams, Flagstaff & Northern Az ALL MONTH Bearizona Drive-Thru Wildlife Park (WILLIAMS) Drive into the Arizona wilderness and witness herd and pack life from the comfort and safety of your own private vehicle. Walk through Fort Bearizona’s winding paths to enjoy the antics of more animals on exhibit. Visit the newly opened jaguar exhibit and restaurant, Canyonlands which are attractions in themselves, 928-635-2289.

ALL MONTH Junior Astronomer

(FLAGSTAFF) Akin to the National Park’s “Junior Ranger” program nationwide, the Lowell Observatory “Junior Astronomer” program is an activity-based program geared towards youth ages 5 and up. Interested visitors complete a series of activities, explore the observatory, and earn an official stellar patch upon completion! Lowell Observatory, 928-774-3358.


ALL MONTH Meteor Crater (WINSLOW) Come and relive the intensity of the impact at Meteor Crater, located off Interstate 40 at Exit 233, 30 minutes from Flagstaff. Enjoy guided tours, an Interactive Discovery Center, Gift Shop, Theater and Subway Sandwich shop. 800-2895898. FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Meet an Astronomer at Lowell Observatory (FLAGSTAFF) Come up to Mars Hill and meet a Lowell astronomer Friday & Saturday evenings from 7:30-10pm*. Take a peek at real-time images of planets, stars, galaxies & other celestial objects to be displayed on a large television screen outdoors with the new MallinCam, Call for information: 928774-3358. *Subject to astronomer availability. FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Two Stepping Lessons (FLAGSTAFF) The Lumberyard Brewing Co. hosts FREE two stepping lessons every Friday and Saturday from 9pm-10pm. You do not need a partner to join and it is an all levels class. After the lesson where you learn the basic steps, you are free to show off what you learned in their main area. There is a DJ that plays country music and plenty of people to dance

with. There are line dances as well if you are more of a solo dancer. Free dance goes until 2am when the bar closes. This is a 21 and over bar. (928) 779-2739. SATURDAYS Swing Dancing at Galaxy Diner (FLAGSTAFF) The Galaxy Diner is a historic American diner that holds FREE swing dancing lessons every Saturday night from 7pm-9pm. These lessons are for all levels and you do not need a partner to participate. They mainly focus on East Coast swing. Since it is at a restaurant, all ages are welcome. (928) 774-2466. FEB 2 George Winston (FLAGSTAFF) Greenhouse Productions and Flagstaff Arts Council are pleased to present George Winston in concert. The show will take place at the Coconino Center for the Arts on Friday, February 2, 2018. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the show begins at 7:30 pm. George Winston is a celebrated American solo pianist. Tickets $45-$65. Call for info: 928-779-2300. FEB 3 First Friday ArtWalk (FLAGSTAFF) Enjoy live music and entertainment, unique dining, meet local artists and shop for local artwork at galleries in historic downtown. 6pm 9pm, FREE, 928-779-2300.

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event calendar THROUGH FEB 4 Tucson Desert Song Festival (TUCSON) A 10day classical voice festival bringing internationally known soloists and conductors to perform alongside Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Chamber Artists, UApresents, Chamber Music Plus, Ballet Tucson at varied locations. The Tucson Desert Song Festival (TDSF) will celebrate the life and music of Leonard Bernstein, the iconic conductor, composer, pianist and educator. www. THROUGH FEB 11 American Indian Arts Exposition (TUCSON) American Indian Arts Exposition – Flamingo Hotel Ballroom. Demonstrations and artist change every 3-7 days, dances held at poolside, continuous flute music daily, authentic crafts and art from 80 tribal nations. Free admission and parking, scholarship donations appreciated. 10am - 5pm daily. 520-248-5849


FEB 7 – 11 59th Annual Tubac Festival of the Arts (TUBAC) Arizona’s longest running art festival, showcases the work of hundreds of visiting artists, craft persons and musicians from around the country, horse-drawn trolleys, roving entertainers and a food court featuring a variety of cuisines. FREE. $8 parking. 10am - 5pm. 520-398-2704. FEB 17 - 25 Casa Grande Cowboy Days and O’Odham Tash (CASA GRANDE) Rodeo Grounds. A week of roping competitions, a two-day all-Native American rodeo, parade, Chuck wagons, music,


Pony Express, shooters, cowhorse, wild horse race & more. Casa Grande Rodeo Grounds, www. FEB 23 - 25 Southwest American Indian Collector’s Expo (TUCSON) Experience the unique and finest of our artists (the Rembrandts, Van Goghs, and Picassos in the Southwest) at this event. You can see a 30-year turquoise stone collection, buy bead supplies, see demonstrators (beadwork, basketry, and kachina carving) and performances (flutists, hoop dancers), and have custom jewelry made by the silversmiths. FREE parking and admission!


FEB 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 28 Field to Feast Tours (YUMA) A fresh and fun morning that’ll send you home with a new appreciation of food from farm to fork — fresh veggies you picked with your own hands! Tour departs the Yuma Visitor Information Center. $55 includes transportation, lunch, and take home produce.

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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 30

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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With scenery that makes your heart leap, Sedona is a perfect destination for anyone seeking a peaceful and exotic desert retreat. As the light changes, so do the incredible views of the famously colorful rock formations of Sedona. Who knows, you may even find the perfect quiet spot to drop to one knee... Begin your day with an early morning hike to famed Cathedral Rock, one of the most photographed sights in Arizona, or select one of the many other popular hiking/walking trails of varying challenge levels. Trail information and maps are available at the Sedona Visitor Center ( Be sure to stop by before your hike to obtain a required Forest Service Red Rock Parking Pass, for a nominal daily fee of $5. Remember to bring the essentials: plenty of water, a fully charged cell phone, a light picnic lunch or snack, and protection from the brilliant Arizona sunshine. Known internationally for it’s beauty and harmony with nature, long considered a place of spiritual inspiration, and regarded as a sacred place by ancient cultures, Sedona offers truly unique vistas and overlooks. Consider taking all of this in with breathtaking clarity from above with Sedona Air Tours (www. After stopping for lunch at one of the many highly regarded local eateries in town (Cucina Rustica, Dahl & De Luca Ristorante Italiano, or Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill to name a few) venture on with your mate to Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village ( for some signature Sedona shopping amid the Mexican-inspired village setting that is truly the “best of everything.” From there, check out one of the many Sedona wineries, tours or tastings that have made Sedona a notable destination for wine connoisseurs. After a fun-filled day with your love, settle in for the evening at Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa ( With a wide variety of massage styles, including couples massage, you are sure to find the perfect spa experience to relax and regenerate. Right on the premises is Reds Restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch, happy hour and dinner, where you can choose from an extensive wine list and excellent cuisine with an American flair. Romance is of course personal, so if you and your beloved have other ideas of the perfect getaway, skim through our pages and visit our website ( for more ideas. There’s truly something for everyone in Arizona: off-road adventures (see our article on page 22), performing arts, museums, festivals, custom scenic tours (see our article on page 95) stargazing (see our article on page 84) and so much more! If you don’t fall in love in Arizona, then surely you will fall in love with Arizona. ~ Serena Webbe, Editor 32

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elebrating 30 Years of Cheers at the 2018 Arizona Renaissance Festival! Take a unique trip back in time to the Arizona Renaissance Festival. Not even in her wildest dreams would Queen Elizabeth have imagined a celebration such as this taking place in the foothills of the Superstition Mountains! One of the largest events of its kind in the United States, this special event is a place to revel in the atmosphere of a 16th century European village! Join in the revelry every Saturday & Sunday from February 10 through April 1, 2018. The Festival’s 30 acre village is filled with 13 stages of nonstop entertainment; music, comedy, falconry, dance, mermaids and acrobatics. Foolish pleasures mix with artisan treasures as you shop, eat and mingle with a cast of nearly 2,000 colorfully costumed characters.

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Explore the village marketplace with over 200 storybook shops, studios and galleries filled with unique arts and crafts, handmade wares, kitchens and pubs, games and peoplepowered rides. Kids love the interactive games and peoplepowered rides; Da Vinci’s Flying Machine, The Slider Joust, Piccolo Pony—a rocking horse bigger than an elephant! The Dragon Climbing Tower, Castle Siege, the Maze, Archery Range and much more!

The live jousting tournaments are one of the festival’s most popular attractions. Armored nights on charging steeds take up their lances and battle for the queen’s honor. Cheer on your favorite armored knight at one of the three daily jousting tournaments in the 5,000-seat arena. In addition to the revelry, the festival offers food fit for a King, available throughout the village. The menu is diverse with such offerings as steakon-a-stake, vegetable and meat pies, pastas, bread bowls filled with hearty stews and more. And who can forget the smoked turkey legs?! The desserts are decadent. Try the crepes or a variety of other sweet treat surprises! There is something for EVERYONE at the Arizona Renaissance Festival! AZ



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HAROLD’S CAVE CREEK CORRAL 6895 East Cave Creek Road Cave Creek, AZ 85331 480-488-1906 • Harold’s features the finest Choice hand carved steaks and daily delivered fresh seafood. All the BBQ meats are smoked on premise using mesquite wood to provide a traditional southwest flavor. The wide variety menu features everything from Salads, Steaks, Seafood, Italian & Mexican dishes, to the best Hamburgers in Arizona.

RUSTY SPUR SALOON 7245 East Main St., Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-425-7787 • 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.

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE 7001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 290 Scottsdale, AZ 85253 480.991.5988 • Get the best steak house experience at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Scottsdale. Their signature 500° sizzling plates and award-winning wine list are the perfect pairing for any occasion. The steak house has magnificent sunset views and a beautiful outside patio and terrace. Call today for an unforgettable dining experience!

VENETO TRATTORIA ITALIANA 6137 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85250 480-948-9928 • Casual and moderately priced, Veneto Trattoria offers light, Northern Italian cuisine with a Venetian accent. Located in Hilton Village, the restaurant is known for its hand-fashioned pastas and gnocchi, and luscious risottos. Menu highlights include Venetian-style squid, calves’ liver and dried salt cod, called baccala. An extensive wine list offers a wide selection of Italian and California wines. Enjoy dining on the patio or inside where the atmosphere let’s you drift off to Italy! Lunch Mon-Sat 11:30am2:30pm. Dinner 5-10pm.

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HIGH SOCIETY BOUTIQUE 10805 North 71st Place, Scottsdale, AZ 85254 480-951-2506 Find exceptional women’s clothing and accessories from the finest homes in the Valley! Vast collection of jewelry including one-of-a-kind pieces of sterling silver and set stones from India, Indonesia and Nepal. SAMI FINE JEWELRY 16704 Avenue of the Fountains #100 Fountain Hills, AZ 85268 480-837-8168 • Voted One of America’s Top 5 Cool Jewelry Stores, Sami Fine Jewelry is a great place to buy your jewelry! Home to many unique one of kind jewelry designs, Sami’s is know for their style. If your looking for something that will set you apart, you are sure to find it at Sami’s! Arizona KEYMagazine

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the performing arts ARIZONA BROADWAY THEATRE 7701 W Paradise Ln, Peoria AZ 85382 (623) 776-8400 • Passions run high on the mighty Mississippi as the paddle-steamer Cotton Blossom sets sail. With its powerful story of love, loyalty, and freedom, Show Boat is a thrilling musical spectacle that features some of the most memorable songs of the era. PRESENTING: SHOWBOAT January 12 - February 10, 2018 ARIZONA OPERA at Symphony Hall 75 N. 2nd St. Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 266-7464 • When the young man, Candide, sets off to explore the world after the loss of his fiancée, he and his companions are beset by an endless series of comedic disasters. PRESENTING: Candide January 27 - 28, 2018 (in Tucson) February 2 - 4, 2018 in Phoenix ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY - Phoenix at the Herberger Theater Center 222 E. Monroe, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 256-6995 • Tony Award-winning favorite about dreaming the impossible dream. $25-$80 PRESENTING: Man of La Mancha January 30 - February 25, 2018 ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY - Tucson at the Temple of Music and Art 330 S. Scott Avenue, Tucson, AZ (520) 622 - 2823 • From the author of Doubt and Moonstruck comes this Tony Award-winning charmer of a romantic comedy set in the farmlands of Ireland. PRESENTING: Outside Mulligan January 20 - February 10, 2018


ASU Gammage 1200 S. Forest Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 965-3434 • This venue seats 3,023 patrons in elegant continental seating. The story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. PRESENTING: HAMILTON January 30 - February 25, 2018 CHILDSPLAY at Tempe Center for the Arts Studio 700 W. Rio Salado, Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 350-2822 • Professional theatre for children. The Snowy Day celebrates the magic and boundless possibilities of the first snowfall! $12-$30 PRESENTING: The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats January 21 - March 11, 2018 BALLET ARIZONA at The Orpheum Theatre 2835 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85034 602.381.1096 • MOMIX’s dancers take audiences on a dynamic journey where their bodies become towering cacti and brings the landscape of the American Southwest to life through the illusionistic style of Opus Cactus, originally created as a 20-minute act in 1999 for the Ballet Arizona. PRESENTING: MOMIX’s Opus Cactus January 12 - 13, 2018 PHOENIX THEATRE 100 E. McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 254.2151 • A celebration of theatre at its best and theatre people at their not-so-best. This show promises kooky characters and big laughs in a rare comedy that’s as smart as it is funny! PRESENTING: It’s Only A Play January 24 - February 11, 2018

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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 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 ARROWHEAD TOWNE CENTER The Northwest Valley’s premier shopping destination with popular department stores, specialty shops, dining and entertainment. 75th Ave & Bell Rd / Glendale BILTMORE FASHION PARK An open-air, lush garden of shopping and dining with luxurious venues such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Louis Vuitton. 24th St & Camelback Rd / Phoenix

OLD TOWN SHOPS Stroll through the historic streets of Old Town Scottsdale and find Southwestern specialty shops and restaurants such as Shades of the West, Kactus Jock, Rusty Spur Saloon and Gilbert Ortega. SE Corner Scottsdale Rd & Indian School / Scottsdale Map P4 SCOTTSDALE FASHION SQUARE Arizona’s premier luxury shopping destination with the best shops, department stores and restaurants including Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s, kate spade, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., and Juicy Couture. Camelback Rd & Scottsdale Rd / Scottsdale Map N3 SCOTTSDALE QUARTER Where the vibe of the city meets the serenity of the desert. Unique shopping, dining and entertainment such as Pandora, Apple Store, H&M and and IPic Gold Class Theaters, a premium movie going experience. SE Corner Scottsdale Rd & Greenway-Hayden Loop / Scottsdale Map J4

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aried and vibrant aptly describe the north central region. The famous Red Rocks of Sedona. The bar where Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday drank whiskey. The mining town carved on a hillside. With four seasons and something for everyone, this region begs to be seen and will not soon be forgotten.

POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: Sedona – Often called “Red Rock Country” Sedona is a four seasons playground for everyone – whether you’re into history & archaeology; arts & culture; power shopping; outdoor sports; or the spiritual & metaphysical, imagine doing all this amid 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 is both wild & 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 well-groomed 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. 866-878-2489 Cottonwood & Verde Valley – Located in the “heart” of Arizona, the Verde Valley is ideally situated above the heat of the desert and below the cold of Arizona’s high country. With its state parks, historic sites and enticing attractions, the Verde Valley offers activities for all ages. There is an assortment of hotels, RV Parks, campgrounds and restaurants to choose from, all 54

within close proximity to the parks, attractions, wineries and Old Town Cottonwood. More than 100 species of birds reside at Dead Horse Ranch State Park and Native American history abounds at Tuzigoot National Monument. Scenic beauty and recreational opportunities will thrill the adventurer, and the many fine shops and galleries located in Old Town, Clarkdale, Camp Verde, Sedona, Cornville and Jerome will easily appeal to the shoppers. 928-634-7593 AZ

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“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity...”—John Muir 1. Bell Rock in the Village of Oak Creek is an easy hike around this famous formation that takes 1-2 hours and is a 4 mile roundtrip. 2. Cathedral Rock in West Sedona is an easy hike that follows Oak Creek to a stunning view that takes 30-40 minutes and is a 1.5 mile roundtrip. 3. Boynton Canyon in West Sedona is an easy hike with heavenly and open canyon spaces that takes 3-4 hours and is a 6.5 mile roundtrip. A Red Rock Pass is required when on National Forest land. You must display the pass on your windshield or you may receive a citation. Passes can be purchased at the Sedona Visitor Center for a minimal cost.


4. Devil’s Bridge in West Sedona is a moderate hike that leads to a geographical wonder that takes 1-2 hours and is a 2 mile roundtrip. 5. Bear Mountain in West Sedona is a strenuous hike for the experienced climber with awesome terrain changes and views that takes 5-6 hours and is a 5 mile roundtrip. Happy Trails! AZ

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Jones 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 AZKEY18 for special savings. 928-567-2840. 6. SEDONA ROUGE HOTEL & SPA – Unwind in spacious, beautifully appointed guest rooms and hotel suites. Feast upon modern cuisine and delicious comfort foods at REDS Restaurant. Relax and rejuvenate your mind and body at the luxurious Sedona Spa. Call 866-312-4111 today! 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 KEY2018 for Special Savings. 8. 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. Call 800-526-7668. 9. SLIDE ROCK STATE PARK – Slide Rock provides a natural water slide that invites everyone to be a kid again. Shaded by cottonwoods and sycamores along the canyon walls, hikers can explore the trails. 928-282-3034 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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he incredible array of colors displayed by Sedona’s famous Red Rocks is a direct result of iron oxide in water seeping into sandstone rock formations. Water carrying dissolved iron oxide drains through the porous sandstone and literally paints quartz grains – you guessed it – red!

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The Red Rocks vary in origin, color and age. Some were originally sea sediment while others came from blowing sand. You’ll see bright orange, red and tan rocks. The brightest orange rocks are more than 250 million years old. White and grey rocks are limestone that formed at the bottom of the sea or sandstone that had its red color washed out by water. You may also stumble across basalt extruded by volcanoes in the past. Sedona and its famous Red Rocks have been in the making for hundreds of millions of years. There are many ways to enjoy the scenery, just be sure to get out and experience Sedona’s world renowned Red Rocks! And remember, take only memories, leave only footprints. AZ Arizona KEYMagazine


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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.” 
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ENJOYING THE SOUTH RIM Individual interests, available time, weather, and health considerations can influence your visit to the South Rim. Before heading out, visit www.nps. gov/grca/ to help plan your trip. Once you arrive in the park, talk with the rangers for up-to-theminute information.

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 relaxing way to explore the developed areas of the rim.

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.

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 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.

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. Rangers present programs—walks, talks, and evening presentations—throughout the year. All activities are free.

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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. 928-638-2901 AZ Plan Your Trip to the Grand Canyon

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Grand Canyon Yavapai Geology Museum On Yavapai Point. Displays explain the geology and formation of the canyon. Memorable views unfold from the picture windows and nearby overlooks. 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. Desert View Visitor Center Near the East Entrance. Explore how this magnificent landscape has inspired artists, writers, musicians, and conservationists. 2



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Phoenix, Scottsdale & Central AZ 1. MIM – Explore an amazing collection of instruments from every country in the world and from the likes of Elvis, John Lennon, and many more at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix. Guests wear wireless headsets to hear the sounds of the instruments as they approach different displays. 480-478-6000. 2. HOT AIR EXPEDITIONS – 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. 3. 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. 4. HALL OF FLAME MUSEUM – America’s largest firefighting museum. Six indoor air conditioned galleries display over 35,000 square feet of exhibits which 70

8. SCOTTSDALE’S MUSEUM OF THE WEST – This must-see attraction features regularly changing exhibits of Western art, Old West artifacts and historic Native American objects on loan from some of the world’s foremost collectors and institutions, 480-686-9539.

tell the story of firefighting in America and Great Britain. 602-275-3473. 5. 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. 6. 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. 7. STELLAR ADVENTURES – Get ready to explore the unique Sonoran Desert with ATV & UTV adventures, Hummers, 4x4 Jeeps, Shooting, plus Stargazing with Night Vision! Land & Lake 1/2 Day Excursion now available. Your adventure begins where the pavement ends! 602-402-0584.

9. SCENIC BOAT CRUISES – Enjoy a 90 minute cruise on Saguaro Lake with Desert Belle Cruises - 480-9842425. Explore Canyon Lake with Dolly Steamboat on a 90 minute cruise, Call to book: 480-827-9144. 10. THE PHOENIX ZOO – Home to more than 1,400 animals including more than 30 different endangered or threatened species from around the world. 602-286-3800. AZ

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Glendale / West Valley 1. DESERT DIAMOND WEST VALLEY CASINO – Desert Diamond Casino combines 35,000 square feet of unrivaled gaming excitement with the electric, action-packed atmosphere of Glendale’s entertainment district. With over 1,000 of Arizona’s hottest games to choose from, you’re guaranteed to feel a rush! 2. WILDLIFE WORLD ZOO, AQUARIUM & SAFARI PARK – Arizona’s largest collection of exotic animals! Take in the breathtaking aquarium with 85 exhibits and the all new 15-acre Safari Park. See ad page 75 for special offer. 623-935-9453. 3. WESTGATE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT – Offering a vibrant outdoor setting with unique water features, Westgate Entertainment District delivers an interactive shopping, dining and entertainment experience. Conveniently located in Glendale, just East of the Loop 101 on Glendale Avenue. 623-385-7502.


4. WIGWAM RESORT – Beloved by generations, this Arizona landmark and Historic Hotel couples historic charm with a truly modern sense of adventure. Enjoy legendary golf, superb spa, distinctive cuisine, 623-935-3811. 5. BLAST OFF WITH SOME FAMILY FUN – Children, and grown-ups, alike, can enjoy simulated space missions, interact with real NASA astronauts and learn all about the wonders of the cosmos at the Challenger Space Center. 480-488-1906. 6. STROLL IN THE GARDENS – 1,000 cactus, trees and shrubs await you desert style, where you’ll enjoy a self-guided tour at Xeriscape Botanical Garden. Don’t forget to stop by the library to check out a listening wand, so you may learn the names of the foliage. 623-930-3596. 7. FOR THE “CHOC-OHOLIC” IN ALL OF US – The Cerreta Candy Company has been making candy by hand for over 40 years. Enjoy a guided tour at 10 a.m. and

1 p.m. Monday thru Friday and a non-guided video tour anytime. 623-930-9000. 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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Cave Creek & Carefree 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. 480-488-4812. 5. HISTORIC SPANISH VILLAGE – Located in the heart of Downtown Carefree along whimsical Ho Hum road, this is one of the first buildings constructed in Carefree and remains a cultural and art hub. 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, 480-488-0398. 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. 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 Creek/Carefree foothills area through education, research and interpretive exhibits. 480-488-2764. 9. BARTLETT LAKE Located just 20 miles east of Carefree, visitors can drive to Bartlett Lake for a variety of recreational opportunities, including shoreline camping in Arizona’s natural desert terrain. 480-595-3300. 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, full of history and folklore passed down over the years. AZ

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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 peoplewatch. 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 – 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 wellbeing. 928-778-9434.


4. PRESCOTT STATION – Globally inspired cuisine that offers a little something for everyone. Conveniently located in the heart of Prescott just a short walk from the historic downtown Courthouse Square. 928-778-0133. 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. 928-925-1410. 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. 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 of basketry, pottery, weavings and many other artifacts. A must-see when in Prescott. 928-445-1230. 9. HIKING IN PRESCOTT – Don’t miss the MileHigh 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. 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

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ot Air Expeditions and the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), two of Arizona’s most popular attractions, have collaborated to offer a spectacular fun-filled package, appropriately named Balloons & Tunes!

Your half-day excursion begins at sunrise with the hot air ballooning experience of a lifetime from Hot Air Expeditions, where you are treated to soaring over the stunning Sonoran Desert for your 60-90 minute flight. While in flight, your FAA-certified pilot navigates the winds to provide you with one-of-a-kind breathtaking views of Arizona from a variety of altitudes. You will float from within feet of the ground, viewing local wildlife and plant life that are out for the day, as well as up to 5,000 feet in the air for a stunning overview of the valley. Upon landing, a lovely table complete with linens and china awaits you in the heart of the desert for your scrumptiously prepared champagne breakfast catered by the award-winning Vincent’s on Camelback Restaurant. The presentation of commemorative flight certificates caps off the morning ballooning experience, providing guests with a piece of the adventure that just ensued. After your ballooning experience, guests are shuttled from the desert to the #1 TripAdvisor Attraction in Phoenix, the Musical Instrument Museum, where the second part of your adventurous day begins. With vouchers for admission and lunch in tow, guests embark on a musical journey using wireless technology for a self-guided tour that is entertaining, interactive, and engaging. MIM showcases over 6,800 instruments and objects from 200 countries and territories, and with the audio and video segments, you will hear, see, and feel the creative spirit of the musicians as they play their instruments. Within the museum, there are exhibits that pay tribute to musicians who have touched the lives of many, and feature an expansive collection of instruments from famous performers such as Maroon 5, Taylor Swift, Elvis Presley, and more in the Artist Gallery. The Experience Gallery is another can’t miss stop at MIM where you can play unique instruments from around the world. Wrap the day up with lunch in MIM’s awardwinning Café Allegro, which serves a menu of great-tasting global and local foods prepared daily, using fresh ingredients, followed by return transfers. Balloons & Tunes Packages start at $235 per person and can be booked with Hot Air Expeditions by calling (800) 831-7610 or visit: AZ


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orthern Arizona offers a substantial climate change (the good kind) from lower elevations in the Valley. The noticeable difference averages about 25 degrees, and is a welcome change at any time of year.

POPULAR DESTINATIONS INCLUDE: 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 lumber men, 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., 928-635-4061 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 AZ 82

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ith dark sky coalitions, mountain elevations, and ordinances against light pollution in many northern regions, Arizona is a treasure trove of stargazing opportunities. Long held as ideal stomping grounds for astronomers and hobbyists alike, various parts of the Grand Canyon state offer a celestial perspective unlike anywhere else in the country. The Oak Creek and Grand Canyon villages, Sedona, and Flagstaff are often included in conversations of amateur and professional stargazers alike. When the International Dark-Sky Association was founded (an organization committed to preventing light pollution and educating the public on night sky conservation), they named Flagstaff as the world’s first IDA-approved dark sky community. All this to say, Arizona is full-to-the-brim with sky-watching destinations that will leave you stunned and inspired. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most incredible stargazing destinations for your astronomical consideration, and some of the start-up equipment you’ll need to take in the full grandeur of these awe-inspiring dark skies. Without further ado, here are the top stargazing locations in Arizona:

1) Flagstaff - For more than 125 years, Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff has been dedicated to the study of astronomy. Known for its discovery of Pluto, evidence of the expanding universe, measurements of the properties and motion of stars, and thoughtful consideration of the cosmos, Lowell Observatory is one of the nation’s most notable astronomical locations. Couple this with Flagstaff’s elevation, dark sky community status, and general appreciation for the night sky, and it’s easy to see how Flagstaff made the very top of our list. 2) Sedona - Doubling as a great tourist daytime destination and verified dark sky community, nearby Sedona’s clear, dry nights (over 300 nights per year) make it an ideal stop for stargazing. Host to one of the most renown star gazing tours, featuring a personalized tour of the night sky by astronomy professionals, Sedona’s red rocks offer a fantastic foundation for sky-watching.

3) Grand Canyon - Another powerhouse stargazing stop, the Grand Canyon offers the onetwo punch of being a daytime wonder of the world and epic nighttime dreamscape. The 12th national park to earn the “dark sky” distinction, the Grand Canyon hosts yearly eight-day “star parties” in which high-powered telescopes are set up and free astronomy programs are offered. 84

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4) Southern Arizona (near Tucson) - The northern regions are not the only stargazing oases; the southern regions of Arizona include a number of stargazing standouts: H In 1984, the Vatican moved its astronomical operations to Mount Graham International Observatory. The facility is run by Jesuit priests in the mountains northeast of Tucson. H Arizona Sky Village is a remote town in the southern part of the state fully-committed to dark nights, going so far as to black out windows and attach observatory domes to homes. H Kitt Peak National Observatory in Tucson is home to the world’s most diverse collection of telescopes intended for “nighttime optical and infrared astronomy” alongside the study of the sun. H Mount Lemmon SkyCenter is home to the largest dedicated public telescope in the country With programs running year-round on a nightly basis, SkyCenter is one of Tucson’s best stargazing destinations. Now that you know the where, let’s talk about the how. Journeyman astronomers will rattle off a laundry list of equipment you need to fully experience the night sky, but we’ve boiled it down to just the necessaries for your first few excursions. For sight, night sky navigation, logistics, and comfort, we recommend the following basic kit: H A telescope (naturally) Alternative to a telescope : Friendly to more budget-conscious star explorers, binoculars have a number of applications and functions well if a telescope falls a bit out of range. H Stellarscope H Folding Camp Table to keep your tools safe, dry, and accessible H Observation chair for comfort H A Redlight flashlight to help keep your eyes adjusted to the dark H Power supply for electronics such as your phone for stargazing apps, etc. With an appreciation for our constellations and a desire for adventure, you’ll find yourself at home with our beautiful Southwestern skies. AZ




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he 65th Annual Scottsdale Parada del Sol Parade & Trail’s End Festival on February 10, 2018 promises to be a full day of wild west adventures in downtown Scottsdale for the entire family,” says Parada President Wendy Springborn. “For 65 years the Scottsdale Parada del Sol Committee of volunteers has coordinated this free parade of horsedrawn carriages, bands, wagons and stagecoaches. Mounted horse riders of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Posse, Hashknife Pony Express riders and Scottsdale Charros are just a sample of the horse groups visitors will see,” she said. The theme for 2018 is “Scottsdale - Past, Present, and Future.” “The team is focusing on the ‘Spirit’ of the old west and lore that has attracted visitors from around the world to Scottsdale. After the Parade, the Old Town downtown streets transform into a western street festival with western bands, dancing, and a Cowboy Kids zone filled with petting animals, bouncy houses, cowboy drama and horse rides. The famous 1959 “Howdy Dudettes,” ambassadors from the Embassy Suites Hilton, will be official western ambassadors during the festivities. A colorful and fascinating cultural Arizona Indian Festival will be in the Civic Center Mall. The three street stages will have rockabilly, string, and rock bands. The Arizona Wine Garden will feature award-winning wines from Arizona. Aztec and Folklorico dancers on the Hispanic stage and street entertainers offer photographers a vast array of vivid color and western style. “The Parada Western Week events in Downtown Scottsdale include many different activities which start on Feb. 5 and go through February 10, so check all the schedules on the website. On February 9th at noon, the Hashknife Pony Express will ride into Scottsdale with the U.S. Mail and deliver it to postal officials at Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. The Scottsdale Parada del Sol Parade and Festival starts Saturday morning at 10 AM but come early to save your place along the route with the Festival starting immediately after the Parade and ending at 4 PM. Plan on coming early at 9 AM to enjoy breakfast, do some shopping, and stay later for dinner and dancing in downtown Scottsdale,” says Springborn. “The Parade draws thousands of visitors who come to enjoy the flashy Arabian horses and riders, roughhousing mountain men, wild women of the west, U.S. Marshals Posse and marching bands.” If you and your friends are planning to attend this western series of events from February 5-10, 2018 for the Scottsdale Parada del Sol, go to for more detailed info or call (602) 432-7941. AZ



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s the Sedona International Film Festival approaches the quarter-century mark in 2019, Festival organizers have gone back to its roots for the 24th annual event, Feb. 24-March 4, 2018. The 24th Sedona International Film Festival will feature 150 films from narrative features to documentaries to shorts at three venues: The Mary D. Fisher Theatre, the Sedona Performing Arts Center (SPAC) and Sedona Harkins 6. Passes for the 24th festival are on sale now. Individual tickets will go on sale in mid-February. The festival’s enhanced ticketing system “will make it easier to pick and see the films,” Creative and Development Director Pat Schweiss said, and a change in the screening schedule at SPAC “will increase the number of films shown at our largest venue.” A special SPAC Pass ($300) will offer unlimited films and priority seating at that venue. Advanced-sale Platinum All-Access Passes are on sale now for $1,150. Gold Priority Passes are $550; 20-ticket packages are $255; 10-ticket packages are $130. Full-time students can get the 10-ticket package for $100. Individual film tickets go on sale to the general public on Feb. 19. Sedona International Film Festival memberships also are available beginning at $75 for a basic membership all the way to the top level: Film Star ($50,000). Benefits are commensurate with membership-fee levels. Full information is available at

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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. GRAND CANYON WEST SKYWALK – The Skywalk, managed by the Hualapai Tribe, is a glass, horseshoeshaped 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. 3. 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. 928-7743358. See Ad Page 89 for Savings. 4. PINK JEEP GRAND CANYON TOURS – Treat yourself to the ultimate 88 88

guided tour experience and leave the driving to PINK! Your Pink Jeep Tour guide will give you a fun, informative, and focused tour that will ensure that you see the best viewpoints in the Grand Canyon. 833-314-7465 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. MUSEUM OF NORTHERN ARIZONA – Located in Flagstaff, Arizona, the 200 acre campus includes an exhibit building, research labs, and state of the art collections facilities for more than five million Native American artifacts, natural science specimens, and fine art pieces. 928-774-5213. 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) 833-3147465 (Pink Jeep) 8. 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. 9. 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. 10. 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. 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., 520-432-3554 Tucson – Boasting over 350 days of sunshine, Tucson is a mecca for outdoor adventure and Tombstone – founded in 1877, the “Town golf. The city also contains an extensive arts community, too Tough to Die” is home to the infamous world-class accommodations and spas, and a growing gunfight at OK Corral. Step back in time and culinary and nightlife scene. You’ll want to take in major enjoy its notorious streets lined with saloons, events such as the Tucson Culinary Festival, the Tucson restaurants, shops and stores. Take in a reenGem and Mineral Show and the Accenture Match Play actment of the bitter fight between the Earps Championships. Home to the University of Arizona, and the Clantons. Visit Tombstone and walk Tucson will keep you entertained. where heroes and villains of the old west lived, 800-638-8350 AZ worked and fought. 888-457-3929 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 State Historic Park, and the Santa Cruz River – a favorite for birdwatchers. 520-398-2704


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Southern Arizona 1. EXPLORE BISBEE Located 90 miles southeast of Tucson, Bisbee’s extraordinarily well-preserved downtown draws visitors from around the world who appreciate its historic architecture, it’s welcoming, creative spirit and its cool climate. 520-432-3554 2. Kartchner Caverns Experience a stunning limestone cave during a memorable 1½ hour guided tour of the State Park. You’ll find museum exhibits, a gift shop, and the Discovery Center. There are also campgrounds, hiking trails, picnic areas and a hummingbird garden. 520-586-2283 3. Biosphere 2 - U of A Time Life Books named it “One of the 50 must-see wonders of the world!” Tours take you inside the world’s largest living research center dedicated to exploring future life on our planet. Beneath 6,500 panes of glass lives a rainforest, coastal fog desert, marsh, savannah, million-gallon ocean and much more. 520-838-6200 or visit 92 92

4. 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 5. 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 6. 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). Enjoy 21 scenic acres and live animal presentations. 520-883-2701 7. Mission San Xavier del Bac - A National Historic Landmark, this “White Dove of the Desert” is filled with

marvelous original statuary and mural paintings. Located 9 miles south of downtown Tucson. 520-294-2624 8. Pima Air & Space Museum Tour one of the largest air and space museums in the world. See more than 300 aircraft and spacecraft including many of the most historically significant and technically advanced craft ever produced. 520-574-0462 9. Colossal Cave Explore this ancient crystal cave on the National Register of Historic Places. See beautiful formations while your guide shares the Cave’s history, legends and geology. 520-647-7275 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. Reenacted daily at 2pm 520-457-3456 AZ

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be inspired Bisbee’s creative spirit is legendary. Here you’ll find a forward-looking town with a remarkably well-preserved past. Bisbee is a town full of extraordinary historic architecture, as well as home to a vital, living, breathing art and music scene, all in a setting of rugged natural beauty. Bisbee’s galleries, shops and performance venues open a window into the town’s rich culture of creativity - in surroundings that may just get your creativity flowing, too.

Come be inspired in Bisbee.

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rizona Scenic Tours provides day trips and multiple day tours to many of the best sites in Arizona and the Southwest. The tours include pick-up and drop-off at many locations in the Phoenix area. Whether visiting a Phoenix area hotel or resort or staying with friends, you can be picked up at your choice of locations. The tour vehicle ensures your comfort and relaxation with cold soft drinks and bottled water available to you. The tour itineraries are flexible and can be planned based on your specific touring desires. Whatever interests you most is where they can focus the day: scenic drives, historic spots, outdoor activities, galleries, shops & dining, or a combination of everything. Guests of all ages are always captivated by the views along the way, but just in case, there is a DVD system in the small group tour vehicles, so children can bring along their favorite DVDs. Arizona Scenic Tours offers day trips to many locations throughout the state: Sedona, Grand Canyon, Flagstaff, Prescott, Lake Powell, Monument Valley, Jerome and Tombstone are just a few. The majestic beauty of the Grand Canyon. The unique views of Sedona, Lake Powell and Monument Valley. The rough and tough history of To Book Your Tour call Prescott, Tombstone, 480-459-7144 or visit and Jerome. Arizona Scenic Tours offers single day tours to any Arizona destinations that interest you. Have a bit more time and want to see more? You can even design a multiple day excursion based on your sightseeing desires and Arizona Scenic Tours will make all of the arrangements for you! Stay in a Bed & Breakfast in Bisbee... a historic hotel in Flagstaff... or a resort in Sedona... whatever level of accommodations you desire, they’ll get it done for you!! To book a tour, please visit for more information, or call today at 480-459-7144. With Arizona Scenic Tours, you are in control of your tour! AZ




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Q. We are on a “romantic getaway,” what unique ‘things-to-do’ can you suggest around this theme?


Whether it’s their first time away from that new baby or a military-sponsored marriage retreat or an anniversary celebration, couples often find the road less traveled calling their name, so they look for unique ways to express their love. And Valentine’s Day aside, February is American Heart Month, Creative Romance Month and National Weddings Month according to so…


f you didn’t write “How do I love thee, let me count the ways….” maybe you’d like to let Shakespeare, Keats, Browning or local poets at the Root Public House eatery in Northern Arizona recite their poems creating a wistful atmosphere where you can enjoy a creative selection of beer, wine, cocktails and artfully prepared food on Tuesdays in Flagstaff. The poetry readings are performed by Juniper House on Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. | And the movie world has a long tradition of filming romance on the rails. Just in time for Valentine’s Day the Verde Canyon Railroad in Clarksdale has a Chocolate Lovers Festival ride on February 14th for you and the object of your affection. This First-Class tour debarking at 1 p.m. in a luxury car, includes all things chocolate including a chocolate fountain, an appetizer buffet and a full-service bar. Here you can enjoy their private label wines by the glass or bottle on the four-hour tour of stunning scenery including the turn around point in Perkinsville where scenes from “How the West Was Won” were filmed. $129 | And if you’re chasing a perfect sunset, one of the “sunset capitals of the world,” Sedona, is just a 30-minute drive northeast of this heritage railroad where perfect sunsets are a 360-degree feast for the eyes.


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Nothing says “I love you” more sweetly than candy but while in Central Arizona, you could forego the trite heart-shaped box of confection iand take your heartthrob to the Cerreta Candy Company in Glendale to tour the kitchen and watch the production of their vast variety of cream centers, caramels, brittles, barks, toffees, bars, multi-flavored fudge and chocolatecovered pretzels, cherries and marshmallows. Your tour may be scheduled on a day when a wedding order is being filled or promotional gift boxes for various organizations are prepared. Then ask Marissa, the factory tour director, to usher you to the showroom where your loved one can select from a variety of gift boxes or create her/his own. If you visualize yourself dancing in one of those impromptu NFL end zone touchdown extravaganzas or on car tops in the traffic jam scene from the romantic comedy La La Land, you may want to head over to The Entertainment District in Scottsdale where live music beckons you to join in various dance genres including country swing, hip hop or rock & roll. Should you want to test the merits of a new relationship, Psychics of Scottsdale are accommodating with 10-minute palm readings at $35 and 30-minute psychic readings at $95 according to Janet Hart, a 34-year veteran of psychic energy readings. Psychics of Scottsdale has four locations and they will do off-site sittings as well. |

“What is love? It is the morning and the evening star” according to Sinclair Lewis. Take your relationship to a new level. How about 6,880 ft. elevation at the Kitt Peak observatory in Southern Arizona, the international astronomy capital and home to the largest solar telescope in the world located 56 miles west of Tucson and 20 degrees cooler at its peak. While we bid farewell to night (ref International Dark Sky Association research) because of widespread use of artificial light, you can scope out the stars with astronomers as your guide. $55 buys you a box dinner, a spectacular sunset, on-site binoculars and a planisphere (map of the night sky) then a rendezvous with the night skies through a 20-inch telescope. Make reservations and bring a warm coat. | www.noao. edu/kpno An easier meaningful blink at the stars, if you’re in the Tucson area, can be experienced on Friday nights throughout the month at Omni Tucson National Resort on the balcony from 7p.m. to 9p.m. This guided stargazing through a celestron telescope is free to the general public.

P.S. The Third week of February is International Flirting Week… Look it up! AZ

Ms. Johnny Fenton, a 38-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. 97

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