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his month we celebrate our mothers. Why not take advantage of the lovely Arizona weather and all the amazing things there are to do with Mom. If you’re short on ideas, here are a few of our best!
TAKE TO THE SPA A classic choice is to treat mom to a day of pampering. We’ve got some great suggestions when it comes to planning a luxurious spa day. Spa Lamar in Scottsdale offers massages, facials, manicures, pedicures and a full service hair salon as well as a yoga studio and sauna & steam room. If you’d like to relax among the red rocks, the Sedona Rouge Hotel and Spa offers first class massage, esthetic services, and wellness & intuitive discoveries. GO ON A SHOPPING SPREE If the mom you’re celebrating (which could be yourself of course!) loves to shop till she drops, consider checking out a few shopping destinations off the beaten path. For instance, Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village in Sedona provides an ecclectic collection of artistic shops to endlessly 18
browse. In Cave Creek, The Town Dump (despite it’s name) abounds with kitschy souvenirs and unusual tchotchkes, and is a delight for those who love flea market style shopping. In Scottsdale, check out the unique resale shopping boutique, High Society, which boasts brand name bargains and other upscale second hand finds. Complete with designer clothing and unique accessories, you’re sure to find a treasure. MAKE MEMORIES IN A HOT AIR BALLOON Give mom the opportunity to truly get away from it all with a sunrise flight above the Sonoran Desert. The unobstructed views are breathtaking, the flora and fauna below are stunning, and the feeling of flight is a oneof-a-kind experience. At Hot Air Expeditions, you’ll be treated to a gourmet breakfast in the desert and a ceremonial celebration upon landing — what an amazing way to make memories! Arizona KEYMagazine
TEA FOR TWO If antique tea rooms appeal, Carefree’s English Rose Tea Room is a special treat. Highlighted in our Taste of Carefree article that starts on page 32, this little bit of Britain boasts delightful macaroons and a cardboard cutout of the Queen Mum for a photo op. The Spicery in Our 1895 Home in Glendale is a charming restaurant set in multiple rooms of — you guessed it — an 1895 home. Tables are elegantly set in each room for you to enjoy high tea, including scones with lemon curd and chantilly cream, finger sandwiches, and bite-sized desserts (reservations are required). GET SOMETHING SPARKLY For mamas who love bling, why not plan a jewelry shopping spree? As unique as the mom in your life certainly is, there are enough distinctive Arizona jewelers to suit every taste. With a bold contemporary flair, the pieces at Cornelis Hollander are sure to be a fit for lovers of clean and modern design. Custom designs are also available for that special gift. Sami Fine Jewelry in Fountain Hills features an American Gem Collection of US mined gemstone designs — specifically amethyst, peridot and garnet from Arizona. If Native American and southwestern pieces are the style you desire, Gilbert Ortega Gallery is sure to please. With authentic turquoise and silver jewelry as well as an impressive array of Native American art, decor and furniture, there is much for mom to love. For those with classic taste in jewelry, the many designers carried by, and on staff at London Gold in Scottsdale will help you find the perfect statement piece. (continued on pg. 82) ArizonaKEY.com
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MIM MUSIC THEATER With outstanding acoustics and an up-close-and-personal experience, the MIM Music Theater is the Valleyâ€™s premier concert venue. For tickets call 480.478.6000. For a complete schedule of concerts and events, visit MIM.org.
CONCERTS: Ann and Liz Callaway: Sibling Revelry Wednesday, May 16 | 7 & 9 p.m. Tickets: $35.50 - $47.50 A dynamic duo singing the best of the American Songbook, from show tunes to jazz and pop.
Tracy Nelson and the Bel Airs Friday, May 18 | 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $38.50 - $43.50 Signature rock icon joins with smooth surf for a night of magical music.
Madeleine Peyroux Friday, May 25 | 7 & 9 p.m. Tickets: $38.50 - $58.50 Her smoky, sultry voice is both tantalizing and enchanting. The Callaways 20
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 vibrant arts and cultures of Native people. Heard Museum, 602-252-8840. ALL MONTH Pompeii: The Exhibition (PHOENIX) The Arizona Science Center presents over 200 precious artifacts on loan from the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy. Wall-sized frescoes, mosaics, marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, and more! 602-716-2000. Visit: www.azscience.org 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 6 centuries, 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 wine tasting and live music cruising on the Desert Belle! Call 480-984-2425 and mention “KEY” for special savings! (See Ad Page 49) 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. May 1 - 6 Ancient Musical Treasures from Central China: Harmony of the Ancients from the Henan Museum (PHOENIX) This
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event calendar Scottsdale, Phoenix & Central AZ ROCK ‘N’ ROLL MCDONALD’S CAR SHOW
The Pavilions at Talking Stick
Saturdays, 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.
exhibition explores the harmony between music, people, heaven, and earth through more than 60 extremely rare instruments and artworks on display for the first time in the US. These extraordinary treasures span 9,000 years of Chinese musical history. On exhibit through May 6th.
May 5 Avondale Fiesta (HISTORIC AVONDALE) A celebration of culture, cuisine and entertainment for the whole family. This Cinco de Mayo inspired street festival will take place on Western Avenue from 6pm-10pm. avondaleaz.gov, 623-333-2400.
May 1 - 13 Spring Butterfly Exhibit (PHOENIX) The Desert Botanical Gardens has hundreds of butterflies native to the southwest in a caterpillar nursery, emergence chamber and butterfly pavillion. Entrance is included with your admission to the gardens. 9:30-5pm. 480-481-8188.
May 6 Dude Ranching at the Museum (Cave Creek) Learn from a real cowboy how to rope a steer. Make your own chaps and corsets, then relax by the “fire” while singing old campfire songs and enjoying s’mores. 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. cavecreekmuseum.org, 480-488-2764.
May 11 Stars on Ice (GLENDALE) This year’s Stars on Ice tour will put American fans front and center to experience the best of U.S. Figure Skating. Joining Maia & Alex Shibutani as 2018 Olympic medalists on tour will be U.S. Olympic Team Bronze Medalists; two-time and reigning National Champion Nathan Chen, U.S. Champion and overnight sensation Adam Rippon, 2018 U.S. Ladies Champion Bradie Tennell, and National Champion Mirai Nagasu, who made history by landing the first triple axel for an American woman at the Olympics. At Gila River Arena. Tickets start at $25 for performances at 7:30pm. www.starsonice.com. 1-800-745-3000. May 12 Tiki-Rific Mother’s Day Celebration (GLENDALE) Say Aloha to a day of fun and pampering in Historic Downtown Glendale. Experience Mother’s Day in Paradise and celebrate moms with a day of deals, meals and more! visitglendale.com, 623-937-4754. May 15 - June 2 Eroica - An Evening at The Garden (PHOENIX) Experience the beauty of the Arizona desert, Ib Andersen’s Ballet Arizona, and Beethoven’s Third Symphony
ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES in a production that speaks directly to the soul. Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8pm at the Desert Botanical Gardens. balletaz.org, 602-381-1096. May 18 - 19 Vintage and Vino Market (Queen Creek) The vintage, upcycled, and handmade Market has something for everyone — over 100 vendors, wine tasting, mimosa bar, kids craft zone, lounge, music, and a variety
of foods. At the Horseshoe Park & Equestrian Centre. www. vintageandvinoaz. com, 602-341-5724.
and more! Costumes are encouraged but not required. phoenixcomicfest.com, 602-635-4306.
May 24 - 27 Phoenix Comic Fest (PHOENIX) Phoenix Comic Fest is a convention & expo that celebrates Fandom and pop culture. This year’s features include pop culture actors, top comic book writers & artists, programming, exhibitors, costuming,
May 26 Cave Creek Balloon Festival (CAVE CREEK) The 9th Annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival is organized by Tonto Bar & Grill and Aerial Solutions. 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Rancho Mañana Golf Course. cavecreekfestivals.com.
Sedona, Prescott & N Central AZ 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)
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earizona Wildlife Park is a drive through Wildlife Park nestled amongst the pristine Ponderosa Pine forests of Northern Arizona. Bearizona is conveniently located just 60 miles from Grand Canyonâ€™s south rim in historic Williams, Arizona and 30 miles west of Flagstaff, Arizona. Bearizona invites guests to drive into the Arizona Wilderness and witness herd and pack life from the comfort and safety of their own private vehicle. The drive through portion of the park is approximately three-miles long and takes travelers on tour where they will witness wildlife the way it was meant to be, in a natural environment. Enjoy the wide variety of animals including rugged mountain goat, friendly American burros, majestic brown bison weighing up to 2,ooo lbs, nimble big horn sheep as well as reindeer, stealthy Alaskan tundra and arctic wolves, unique White Bison and of course beautiful black bears. The park also hosts Fort Bearizona, a walk through area where guests will stroll along winding paths to enjoy the antics of baby and smaller animals. In this area, guests will also find our jaw-dropping 11,000 square foot Jaguar exhibit, beautiful views, concessions and a 12000 sq. foot gift shop. The Fort is also the location of our amazing High Country Raptorsâ€™ freeflight show where visitors learn about birds of prey and see them fly directly overhead!
Bearizona Wildlife Park 1500 E. ROUTE 66, WILLIAMS, AZ 928.635.2289 | 9am-4pm daily www.Bearizona.com
Stop by Canyonlands, Bearizonaâ€™s 6,000-square-foot restaurant. This themed restaurant features soaring canyon walls and ancient ruins that allow diners to immerse themselves in the true spirit of the Southwest. The expansive two-story covered deck includes priceless views of the parkâ€™s spectacular 11,000 sq. foot jaguar exhibit, which features a 25 foot waterfall.
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event calendar 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. History buffs can explore the mystery and capture history on the Ancient Ruin Tour. For SeeForever Vistas, climb aboard the Scenic Rim Tour! Call 833-314-7465 to book a tour! 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. 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. May 5 Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Tlaquepaque (SEDONA) Immerse yourself in a colorful fiesta saluting a rich heritage - the music of mariachi musicians, folklorico dancers, and traditional Mexican food. At Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts 26
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Village from 10am-6pm. tlaq.com, 928-282-4838. May 5 Raptors on the Rails with Liberty Wildlife (CLARKDALE) Get up close to Sonora, the only bald eagle in the world that regularly enjoys a train ride, on the Verde Canyon Railroad. See and learn about raptors and other native Sedona wildlife (majestic owls and wild raptors) at the depot and on the train. 11am on May 5th and other select Saturdays. verdecanyonrr.com, 800-582-7245. May 12 12 x 12 Project & Fundraiser at the Sedona Arts Center (SEDONA) What do you get when you invite hundreds of extraordinary artists to create new works within a 12-inch space, and exhibit everything in support of Sedona’s hometown cultural organization? Come and find out. At Sedona Arts Center, 5:30pm. www. sedonaartscenter.org, 888.954.4442. May 12 - 13 Prescott Fine Art & Wine Festival (PRESCOTT) This FREE festival is held on Mother’s Day Weekend every year! In addition to spectacular collectors’ artwork, the Festival presents an Arizona wine garden with Arizona’s finest Vineyards & Wineries. Each day guests can purchase
their wine tasting tickets and receive their souvenir wine glass. On famous Whiskey Row, featuring a variety of delicious food, packaged cottage edibles and prepared gourmet delights. Sat 9am5pm and Sun 9am-4pm. 928-445-2510. May 12 - 13 Mother’s Day Wine & Art Festival (CHINO VALLEY) Granite Creek Vineyards hosts its 14th annual Wine and Art Festival in honor of Mother’sDay. Enjoy a fabulous weekend featuring award winning wines, talented local artists, free face painting and live music. Buffet available for purchase. granitecreekvineyards.com, 928-636-2003 May 26 - 28 Phippen Museum 44th Annual Western Art Show & Sale (PRESCOTT) A Memorial Day weekend tradition in Prescott, the courhouse plaza attracts art enthusiasts and western collectors from far and wide for this long standing art show. 928-778-1385. May 30 - June 3 ILLUMINATE Film Festival (SEDONA) The world’s premier film festival for conscious cinema, dedicated to elevating human consciousness and inspiring lasting transformation through cinema. illuminatefilmfestival.com, 877-766-8163.
Williams, Flagstaff & Northern Az event calendar 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 vehicle. Walk through Bearizona’s winding paths to enjoy the antics of more animals on exhibit. Newly opened jaguar exhibit and restaurant, Canyonlands. 928-635-2289. 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 Tues - Sat at Timbers Lounge, call 1-800-WAY-UP-HI (800-929-8744). FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Meet an Astronomer at Lowell Observatory (FLAGSTAFF) Meet a Lowell astronomer Friday & Saturday evenings from 7:30-10pm (subject to astronomer availability) and take a peek at real-time images of planets, stars, galaxies & other celestial objects displayed on a large screen with the new MallinCam. 928-774-3358. FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS Two Stepping Lessons (FLAGSTAFF) Lumberyard Brewing Co. hosts FREE two stepping lessons every Fri & ArizonaKEY.com
Sat from 9pm-10pm. Free dance goes until 2am when the bar closes. 21 and over. 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 Sat 7pm-9pm. Lessons are for all levels and you don’t need a partner to participate. All ages are welcome. 928-774-2466. May 5 Steam to the Grand Canyon (WILLIAMS) It’s Time To Get Fired Up! Steam is back at Grand Canyon Railway. Fueled by waste vegetable oil (WVO), driven by an iron will, powered by ingenuity. See the Grand Canyon aboard a historic locomotive. Grand Canyon Railway, 800-843-8724. May 18 - 19 Historical Route 66 Car Show (WILLIAMS) Antique vehicles, muscle cars, hot rods and classics of all kinds show off from set up at 6am to trophy presentation at 3pm. Grab a $5 burger, chips and Coke at the American Legion Burger Burn fundraiser, see cruisers, take a ride on Perkinsville Road or take a selfie photo at the Route 66 sign. www. historicalroute66carshow. com.
aficianados at the Flagstaff Visitor Center for a day of train-related family activities including live music, face painting, displays of railroad items, a Kids Depot, local artists and raffles, including prizes of two (2) tickets to the Grand Canyon Railway flagstaffarizona.org, 928-213-2951. May 27 - 28 Zuni Festival of Arts & Culture (FLAGSTAFF) At the Museum of Northern Arizona, share in the artistry and cultural traditions of more than 50 Zuni artists. Buy traditional and contemporary art, enjoy insightful lectures, and delight in musical and dance performances. musnaz.org, 928-774-5213. May 19th, 7pm Lowell42: Life in the Cosmos: when, where and how? (FLAGSTAFF) If you have ever wondered about life somewhere else in the cosmos, then you are not alone. Join for an in depth look at the possibilities for life in the cosmos. Lowell Observatory, lowell.edu, 928-233-3280.
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Biosphere 2 Greenhouse ALL MONTH Old Bisbee Ghost Tour (BISBEE) This tour is the only one of its kind. Your Ghost Host will lead you on this walking tour through Old Bisbee’s streets, stairways and old alleys after dark on an adventure to discover and learn about the ghosts that haunt this 135 year old town. NEW family friendly tour starts at 5:30pm! Adults $15, Children (under 12) $13, and Dogs Free! Discount for booking online. www. oldbisbeeghosttour.com.
ALL MONTH Butterfly Gardens a Tropical Wonderland (TUCSON) Every day through May, Tucson Botanical Gardens presents a live tropical butterfly exhibit. View colorful butterflies fluttering and marvel at nature’s flying flowers at the new Cox Communications Butterfly and Orchid Pavilion. Also on view is the Dart Frog Terrarium, and be sure to check out the Chrysalis Exhibit, a fascinating look into metamorphosis. tucsonbotanical.org.
ALL MONTH Biosphere 2 Tours (ORACLE) Come experience Biosphere 2 for yourself and find out why Time Life Books named it “One of the 50 must-see wonders of the world!” Beneath 6,500 panes of glass lives a rainforest, coastal fog desert, marsh, savannah, milliongallon ocean and much more, 520-838-6200 or visit Biosphere2.org. ALL MONTH Queen Mine Tour (BISBEE) Explore one of the most productive copper mines of the 20th century. Don hats & mining lanterns, ride the mine train deep underground, search for remaining veins of copper, gold and turquoise, and experience the life of a miner. Reservations are suggested. www. queenminetour.com. 520-432-2071.
ARIZONA’S MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCES May 1 - 6 Agave Heritage Festival (TUCSON) Explore and celebrate the cultural, commercial, and culinary significance of agave on the border region through seminars, trade shows, tastings, films, world class culinary events, demonstrations, and more. agaveheritagefestival.com. May 1 - 20 Ansel Adams: Performing the Print (TUCSON) At the Center for Creative Photography Gallery, view an exhibition featuring sets of prints that show how
Adams created varying interpretations from his own negatives and a small selection of prints that span the master’s six-decade career as a photographic printer. FREE. www.ccp. arizona.edu, 520-621-7968. May 2 - 5 Southwest Wings Spring Fling (SIERRA VISTA) Experience birding workshops and field trips in beautiful southeastern Arizona, a world-renowned bird and wildlife watching hotspot. swwings.org, 520-266-0149. PHOTO BY CHUCK FEIL
May 5 - 6 Tucson Folk Festival (TUCSON) A FREE, two-day event celebrating Americana/ Folk Music traditions and all the wonderful variations, including Bluegrass, Blues, Country, Jazz, Celtic, Zydeco, and various styles of Latin and Mexican music. tucsonfolkfest.org. May 18 - 19 Waila Celebration (SAHUARITA) At Desert Diamond Casino. Great evening fun with authentic Tohono O’odham music, food, arts & crafts. Free. ddcaz.com, 866-332-9467. May 19 - 20 Willcox Wine Country Spring Festival (WILCOX) Rated by Fodor’s Travel as one of the top 10 wine festivals in North America, the Willcox Wine Country Festival is a weekendlong celebration, featuring Arizona wines from the region. willcoxwinecountry.org, 800-200-2272. May 25 - 27 Sips & Skies Festival (SIERRA VISTA) Enjoy the soaring mountains under big blue skies and starry nights. Hike the peaks, or relax with music, wine and microbrews at the foothills. visit.sierravistaaz. gov, 800-288-3861.
May 26 - 28 Wyatt Earp Days (TOMBSTONE) See the “Old Wild West” come alive with a weekend honoring Tombstone’s legendary lawman. tombstonechamber.com, 520-266-5266. 29
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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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TASTE OF Carefree
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e at AZ Key Magazine were recently treated to a restaurant tour of the beautiful town of Carefree which proved to be quite the cultured experience! It was a delicious evening adventure that took our taste buds all the way from Modern American, in and out of Italy, a restful treat in Britain with a few more pit stops, and ended with the ultimate in Modern Latin flare. Anyone looking for a unique foodie experience hidden away from the big box restaurants, should know that Carefree holds many gems around each and every corner. First stop – Modern American: At Café Bink, we were greeted with delicate plates of tomato, basil and hand-pulled mozzarella and a tangy pickled beet with arugula, jalapeño, pine nut, and chipotle mayo. The new restaurant owner worked for the original owner for 12 years and has kept some of the special staples on the menu along with new dishes. Café Bink strives to use local farmers for all of their fresh ingredients. www.cafebink.com | 36889 N Tom Darlington Dr., Carefree, AZ 85377
Giordano’s Trattoria Romana Ristorante was our next place to explore which was a definite taste of Italy. Straight out of Little Italy, NY where the owner Adele grew up, this quaint place has been a Carefree fixture for over 25 years. Adele bought it in 2004 and through the use of old recipes, new recipes, and ‘married’ recipes, she’s managed to keep the same chef happy — he has been there since 1992! Their pasta was perfectly al dente, and we were introduced a red prosecco …sweet and delish! www.giordanositalianrestaurant.com | 7275 East Easy Street, Carefree, AZ 85377
Thankfully we were only taking small bites along the way, because we came up to another amazing spot called Corrado’s Cucina Italiana, offering authentic Italian fare. In addition to their main dine-in menu, they will soon have a walk-in deli for imported olives, cheeses, and hand-made sandwiches on the go. A perfect place to pass through on your way to a hike or picnic! www.corradosaz.com | 100 Easy St, Carefree, AZ 85377
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A break for tea and treats at the English Rose Tea Room was a wonderful choice to settle the palate and enjoy the charming and relaxing ambience of this oneof-a-kind sweet spot. Open for 16 years, many have come to know this place as a unique bit of ‘whimsy’ with darling gifts and trinkets, a great setting for small parties, and even a locale for etiquette classes. On May 19th, they are hosting a very special full day of activities surrounding the Royal Wedding that is sure to be an elegant affair! www.carefreetea.com | 201 Easy St Ste 103, Carefree, AZ 85377
A few doors down we were greeted by the casual and fun atmosphere of Venues Café, a two-story space where the downstairs was full of family and friends enjoying a meal classified as ‘upscale comfort food’ where they host weekly karaoke on Sunday evenings. Upstairs is a wide-open meeting and event space that doubles as a beautiful art gallery. The space overlooks the Carefree Desert Gardens down below. Definitely a great place to view the sunset! www.venuescafe.com | 34 Easy Street, Carefree, AZ 85377 continued on page 73
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5TH AND WINE IN SCOTTSDALE
Whether you are looking to kick up your heels at an Old Western Saloon, visit a World Famous Cafe or enjoy true southwestern cuisine, the Valley of the Sun has something for everyone to enjoy. Sip on wine while you take in a gorgeous sunset or dance the night away with friends.
HAROLD’S CAVE CREEK CORRAL 6895 East Cave Creek Road Cave Creek, AZ 85331 480-488-1906 • haroldscorral.com 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 • 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.
RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE 7001 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 290 Scottsdale, AZ 85253 480.991.5988 • ruthschris.com 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 • venetotrattoria.com 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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shopping In need of some retail therapy? Then get ready to navigate the most incredible array of upscale boutiques, specialty gift shops, outdoor promenades, outlet centers, luxury jewelers and so much more! Find the latest designer fashions, unique pieces of the southwest to take home, authentic Native American art & jewelry and everything in between. We promise you will shop â€˜til you drop! Remember to keep an eye out for the perfect tote to carry home all your special finds! GILBERT ORTEGA GALLERY 3925 N Scottsdale Rd Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-990-1808 Gilbert Ortega is a nationally recognized dealer of Native American Art and Jewelry that has been operating for over 50 years. Located in Old Town Scottsdale at Main Street & Scottsdale Road. HIGH SOCIETY BOUTIQUE 10805 North 71st Place, Scottsdale, AZ 85254 480-951-2506 highsocietyresale.com Find exceptional womenâ€™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 • samifinejewelry.com 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! ELITE JEWELRY & LOAN 805 N Scottsdale Road Tempe, AZ 85281 480-699-6639 elitejewelryandloan.com Located in Scottsdale, this is not your typical pawn shop. Elite Jewelry and Loan is ready to meet all its customers’ jewelry and lending needs by both buying and selling unique and valuable jewelry and collectibles. The impressive array of gorgeous merchandise is a shopper’s dream.
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the performing arts ARIZONA BROADWAY THEATRE 7701 W Paradise Ln, Peoria AZ 85382 (623) 776-8400 • azbroadway.org Arizona Broadway Theatre’s performance space includes table seating for 470 patrons, and every seat has an unobstructed view of the stage. The menu for the included dinner changes for each show, themed toward the production itself.
BALLET ARIZONA at The Orpheum Theatre 2835 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85034 602.381.1096 • balletaz.org Ballet Arizona is an innovative and provocative professional ballet company that creates, performs, and teaches outstanding classical and contemporary ballet.
PRESENTING: The Bridges of Madison County Through May 13 2018 Mary Poppins June 1 - June 30, 2018
PRESENTING: All Balanchine May 3 - May 6, 2018 (at Symphony Hall) An Evening at the Garden May 15 - June 2, 2018 (at Desert Botanical Garden)
ASU Gammage 1200 S. Forest Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 965-3434 • asugammage.com ASU Gammage is a world-class arts presenting organization, bringing the best of the performing arts to Arizona. This venue seats 3,023 patrons in elegant continental seating. PRESENTING: Les Misérables May 15 - May 20, 2018 The Humans May 29 - June 3, 2018 School of Rock June 19 - June 24, 2018
ARIZONA THEATRE COMPANY (520) 622 - 2823 in Tucson (602) 256-6995 in Phoenix arizonatheatre.org Arizona’s fully professional ‘state theatre’ has a proud 50-year history performing in Tucson at the Temple of Music and Art; and in Phoenix at the Herberger Theater Center. PRESENTING: The Diary of Anne Frank Through May 12, 2018 (Tucson) May 17 - June 3, 2018 (Phoenix) 44
CHILDSPLAY at Tempe Center for the Arts Studio 700 W. Rio Salado, Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 350-2822 • childsplayaz.org Childsplay is a nationally and internationally respected professional theatre company whose chosen audience is children. PRESENTING: Flora & Ulysses Through May 20, 2018
PHOENIX THEATRE 100 E. McDowell Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 254.2151 • phoenixtheatre.com The largest producing regional theatre company in the Valley, Phoenix Theatre offers over 400 performances on multiple stages and thriving education and outreach programs to more than 100,000 audience members a year. PRESENTING: Godspell Through May 13, 2018 Little Shop of Horrors May 16 - June 10, 2018
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Anna Lentz in Arizona Theatre Company’s The Diary of Anne Frank. Photo by Goat Factory Media Entertainment.
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rtistic Director Emeritus David Ira Goldstein makes his return to Arizona Theatre Company to direct the final show of the 2017/2018 season, The Diary of Anne Frank (see dates and times at left). The Diary of Anne Frank, by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett and newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman, is a co-production with the Geva Theatre Center in Rochester, N.Y. In this powerful new adaptation, Anne Frank emerges from history a bright and talented young girl with the aspirations of any teenager. This impassioned drama about the lives of eight people in hiding from the Nazis in a concealed Amsterdam attic captures the claustrophobic reality of their daily existence. Anne’s story of love, hope, courage and triumph of the human spirit has captivated audiences with its profound message for more than 70 years. AZ Anna Lentz, Steve Hendrickson and Naama Potok in Arizona Theatre Company’s The Diary of Anne Frank. Photo by Goat Factory Media Entertainment. ArizonaKEY.com
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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
CAREFREE SHOPS Stroll along Easy Street and enjoy fine art, gourmet SCOTTSDALE SEVILLE food and one of a kind boutiques. / Scottsdale Intimate and unique shopping and dining Map B4 experience including Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Duxiana and Betteridge Jewelers. Scottsdale Rd EL PEDREGAL SHOPS & DINING AT THE & Indian Bend / Scottsdale Map M4 BOULDERS Moroccan-style paradise nested among rugged foothills and majestic skies features upscale stores SCOTTSDALE WATERFRONT Upscale shopping and dining in an open-air and restaurants, a full-service luxury spa, and a tranquil courtyard. Scottsdale Rd & Carefree Hwy / setting including Sur la Table, Urban Outfitters and P.F. Chang’s. SW Corner Scottsdale Rd & Scottsdale Map C4 Camelback Rd / Scottsdale Map N3 KIERLAND COMMONS WESTGATE ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT A sophisticated and eclectic mix of upscale Offering a vibrant outdoor setting with unique shopping, dining and entertainment in an water features, Westgate Entertainment District urban setting. Greenway Pkwy & Scottsdale Rd / delivers an interactive shopping, dining and Scottsdale Map J3 entertainment experience. Loop 101 & Glendale Ave / Glendale ArizonaKEY.com
attractions When it comes to memorable experiences, Arizona has you covered from scenic lake cruises, one-ofa-kind museums, amazing aquariums and zoos, world-class golf courses, soaring balloon flights and everything in between.
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Sedona, Prescott & N. Central AZ
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 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 is a strenuous hike for the experienced climber with awesome terrain changes and views. Prepare for about 5-6 hours for this 5 mile roundtrip hike. 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,
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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.” — President Theodore Roosevelt
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 programsâ€”walks, talks, and evening presentationsâ€”throughout the year. All activities are free. ArizonaKEY.com
VISITOR CENTERS: The Grand Canyon Visitor Center near Mather Point is the largest of several visitor centers and makes a perfect first stop. All are open every day of the year; hours vary seasonally. AZ
ne of the natural wonders of the world. The mighty Colorado River. Painted deserts. What more could you ask for? The Grannd Canyon 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.
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 GrandCanyonCVB.org 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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Canyon Plaza Resort grandcanyonplaza.com (800) 995-2521 Grand Hotel grandcanyongrandhotel.com (888) 634-7263 Holiday Inn Express grandcanyon.hiexpress.com (888) 473-2269 Red Feather Lodge redfeatherlodge.com (866) 561-2425 President Theodore Roosevelt said the Grand Canyon is the one sight every American should see. Whether you drive to it, fly over it, ride a mule into it, hike it, take a train to it or float it - just be sure to SEE IT. You’ve made it this far. Find out why the Grand Canyon is a wonder of the world that everyone should experience.
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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
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 award-winning 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: HotAirExpeditions.com. AZ
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Next Stop, Sundial Café! We had the pleasure of meeting Owner and Chef, Shawn Jaynes who specializes in creating a ‘Modern European/ Traditional American’ cuisine. Our tasting of shrimp with Asian apple slaw was amazing! They offer both indoor seating and outdoor patio seating, making it a pet-friendly spot right across from the locally famous sundial monument. And they even offer a BYOB for a minimal corking fee! www.sundialgardencafe.com | 7 Sundial Circle, Carefree, Arizona 85377
Whew!! Time for a coffee break! Around the bend we were welcomed with fresh coffee and homemade cinnamon rolls at Black Mountain Coffee Shop…don’t judge, of course we still had room! The husband and wife owners offer a great variety of coffee and espresso drinks, as well as a full breakfast and lunch menu. And we got to hear all about their son’s recent Olympic experience in South Korea. I could tell this would be a great place to hang out with friends and neighbors! www.blackmountaincoffeeshop.com | 7211 E Ho Rd, Carefree, AZ 85377
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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! DDCAZ.com/west-valley 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 “CHOCOHOLIC” 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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SPRING HIKES S pring is a lovely time to be in Arizona. So go ahead, indulge in the sunshine and watch the desert bloom. Arizona offers hiking trails for every skill level. Here is a smattering of wonderful hikes to choose from. Let us know how you like our selections (and post on our Instagram #azhike when you capture that amazing picture!)
For more spring hike ideas, see Concierge Corner on page 96
PHOENIX METRO AREA: Telegraph Pass Trail is just minutes away from the heart of Phoenix. This trail is an easy hike at South Mountain regional park and covers about 4.5 miles with a chance at some beautiful wildflowers as well as some petrogylphs left by the Hohokam. Siphon Draw Trail in the Superstition Wilderness is an intermediate hike that may take about 3 hours to complete. It is known to have a dazzling array of blooms including brittlebush, poppies, lupine and strawberry hedgehogs. You’ll pass an old mining bunker, and if you’re lucky and there’s been enough rainfall, there’s potential for a waterfall. Towards the end of the hike you’ll have a steep climb to the top of a flatiron where you’ll be rewarded with a wonderful view before retracing your steps to the starting point for a roundtrip total of approximately 6 miles. 76
GRAND CANYON: Havasupai (part of the Grand Canyon but not the national park) provides an amazing 10 mile hike deep into a desert oasis (complete with a perfect turquoise waterfall) and a dip in the Havasu Creek when you arrive. Special permits and advance reservations are required and sell out very quickly each season. If you’re among the 250 permitted to camp each night, you’ll be able to pitch your tent in this idyllic sanctuary before hiking your way out the next day. SEDONA: West Fork Trail runs along a creek for about 3 miles traversing dozens of streams (so bring shoes appropriate for sloshing through). Along the way you’ll view a mixture of forest and rising cliffs, and pass by dramatic ledges and overhangs. (See more top hikes in Sedona on page 56.) Arizona KEYMagazine
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NORTHERN ARIZONA: Horton Creek Trail in the Tonto National Forest is a moderate hike near Payson. About 7 miles out and back, the trail begins at the base of the Mogollon Rim and gently ascends under a gorgeous canopy of trees. The sound of babbling water bounding over mini falls, and the surrounding moss-covered rocks give the creekside hike a lush oasis feel. The culmination is Horton Spring where water rushes down from the underground spring feeding the wildflowers that thirstily pop up around it. SOUTHERN ARIZONA: Tucsonâ€™s Hugh Norris Trail is a climbto-the-summit hike that brings you past tremendous sweeping views with a reasonably relaxed climb. This hke through the Saguaro National Park will bring you 4700 feet up to Wasson Peak, the highest point in Tucsonâ€™s mountain range. Switchbacks make for an exciting climb with a breathtaking payoff. 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’. 480-4881906. 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 you will have in AZ. 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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After our coffee reset, we were ready to go!! And what better way to restart our foodie adventure than to be greeted by the jovial and warm welcome of Mr. Alberto himself, owner of the Italian Mediterranean Cuisine restaurant called Alberto Ristorante. As one review on their website says, “The food is the closest to authentic Italian cuisine that I have experienced anywhere in this area.” The food was both beautiful and plentiful, and Mr. Alberto provided a wealth of entertaining knowledge! www.albertocarefreeaz.com | 7171 E Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek, AZ 85331
Our very last stop on this taste bud trek was the most unique Modern Latin eatery, Bacán Restobar, nestled within a lovely courtyard with an incredible indoor and outdoor atmosphere, including a glorious upper deck. It was like being truly transported! Bacán is a word used in Spain for ‘Awesome’ - the owner’s daughter was inspired by her studies in Barcelona by the flavors and interior design, and came back to Arizona to work with her Dad and brother to create what was a wonderful experience all around! We shall certainly return! www.bacanrestobar.com 7212 Hum Rd, Carefree, AZ AZ ArizonaKEY.com
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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 well-being. 928-778-9434. 80
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
Just 90 minutes north of Phoenix, Prescott is surrounded by over one million acres of National Forest, 450 miles of trails, and four lakes. Find out why Prescott is known for true west, real adventure in a cool setting.
TAKE A SCENIC BOAT TOUR Cruising one of Arizona’s beautiful lakes on a sightseeing tour is a smooth way to appreciate mom. Try a 90-minute excursion aboard the Desert Belle for a fully narrated cruise on Saguaro Lake where you’ll learn about the exotic Arizona wildlife, towering canyon walls and dramatic desert vistas that surround you. Two bathrooms, a shipboard snackbar, and an air conditioned cabin add to your comfort. On Canyon Lake, the Dolly Steamboat cruises the secluded inner waterways to give passengers a unique look at Arizona wildlife and the surrounding scenery. Twilight dinner cruises allow for a sunset dinner with special ambiance. BRING MOM TO A MUSEUM Arizona’s museums offer a lovely outing for cultured mums. The internationally recognized Heard Museum is dedicated to the advancement of American Indian work and showcases the beauty and vitality of both traditional and contemporary art. Western Spirit: Scottsdale Museum of the West allows for exploration of the history, art, and rich cultural heritage of the west, including Hopi pottery masterworks
and rare posters from western cinema. A Smihthsonian afilliate, Wickenburg’s Desert Caballeros Western Museum focuses on world class art and historical exhibitions that tell the story of the explorers, miners, cowboys and others who lived and worked in the American West. For music loving moms, the Musical Instrument Museum is a supreme opportunity that will absolutely provide a memorable museum experience. Rated among the top 20 museums of any genre, the MIM is the only museum in the world that specializes in global musical instruments. SAVE THE DRAMA FOR YOUR MAMA Performing arts buffs will enjoy a night of theatrical proportions at Arizona Broadway Theatre in Peoria with professional dinner showings of audience-favorite musicals like The Bridges of Madison County and Mary Poppins. Phoenix Theatre is the largest producing regional theatre in the Valley and offers over 400 performances on mutiple stages each year such as this spring’s productions of Godspell and Little Shop of Horrors. 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. experiencewilliams.com, 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 flagstaffarizona.org AZ 84
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Rusty Spur Saloon You can tell by the Barstools... IT’S NOT JUST A BAR, IT’S A DESTINATION! Rusty Spur Saloon 7245 E. Main Street Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480-425-7787 rustyspursaloon.com Lunch Served 11AM - 4PM Daily
urrounded by the glitz and glamour of Old Town Scottsdale’s tourist destinations, the Rusty Spur brings some sorely needed honky-tonk authenticity to the “West’s Most Western Town.” Smaller than a horse stable and usually packed to the rafters with neighborhood regulars and out-of-towners who want to throw back a brew in a real Western saloon, the Rusty Spur is a favorite of the local-boydone-good, country star Dierks Bentley, who has been known to drop in when visiting his old stomping grounds.
The Rusty Spur has both kinds of music – country and western. Well, actually it’s got a bit of blues and rockabilly in the mix as well. And Arizona KEYMagazine
if you want to duck out of the Arizona heat and enjoy an ice cold beer and some hot country dancing, this is the place. It’s known not only for its excellent live acts, but for its boisterous, lively crowds, especially on weekend nights. The Rusty Spur offers a guaranteed good ol’ time. In addition to the music, the Rusty Spur offers a real Old West feel. 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. Walk through the swingin’ doors and you’re guaranteed a good time with great music. On the Rusty Spur’s website you can check out some tunes by the performers that play there, as well as the lunch menu, entertainment schedule, pictures and videos: rustyspursaloon.com. AZ
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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.
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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. discoverbisbee.com, 520-432-3554 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. 888-457-3929
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 TUCSON – Boasting over 350 days of sunshine, Tucson is a mecca for outdoor adventure and golf. The city also contains an extensive arts community, world-class accommodations and spas, and a growing culinary and nightlife scene. You’ll want to take in major events such as the Tucson Culinary Festival, the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show and the Accenture Match Play Championships. Home to the University of Arizona, Tucson will keep you entertained. 800-638-8350 AZ
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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 discoverbisbee.com 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 azstateparks.com/kartchner/ 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, savannah, milliongallon ocean and much more. 520-838-6200 or visit Biosphere2.org 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 www.nps.gov/tuma/ 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 tucsonadventures.com 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. 520883-2701 desertmuseum.org 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 www.sanxaviermission.org 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 pimaair.org 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 colossalcave.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. Reenacted daily at 2pm 520-457-3456 okcorral.com 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.
“Frommer’s’ Best Places to Go in 2018” Come be inspired in Bisbee. 93
ARIZONA FUN FACTS 1.
Two of the most beautiful waterfalls are located in Arizona — Grand Falls and Havasu Falls.
The Grand Canyon National Park is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and the only one located in the U.S.
Arizona is one of the only two states that does not observe Daylight Savings time (Hawaii is the other)
Arizona has 18 national monuments, more than any other state in the U.S.
Phoenix is one of the few U.S. cities with franchises in all four major professional sports leagues: Phoenix Suns (NBA), Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB), Arizona Cardinals (NFL) and Arizona Coyotes (NHL).
Arizona is home to the world’s largest rose bush. Planted in Tombstone in 1885, the giant rose bush has a 12-foot circumference trunk and covers an area of 9,000 square feet.
Pluto was discovered from the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1930 by Clyde Tombaugh.
Arizona has 3,928 mountain peaks and summits — more mountains than any one of the other Mountain States (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming).
There are six lakes within a 75-minute drive of Phoenix. The two largest manmade lakes in the U.S. are Lake Mead and Lake Powell — both located in Arizona.
10. In area, Arizona is the sixth largest state in the United States (behind Alaska, Texas, California, Montana and New Mexico). 11. The bola tie is the official state neckwear. 12. Petrified wood is the official state fossil and most petrified wood comes from the Petrified Forest in Arizona. ArizonaKEY.com
13. Arizona was the 48th state, and the last of the continental states to join the union. Although President Taft was willing to grant statehood on February 12th, it was Lincoln’s birthday. Since February 13th was considered bad luck, Arizona had to wait until February 14th, 1912 to become a state, and therefore became known as the “Valentine State.” 14. When England’s famous London Bridge was replaced in the 1960s, the original was purchased, dismantled, shipped stone by stone and reconstructed in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, where it still stands today. 15. According to legend, Phoenix gets its name from Cambridge-educated pioneer Darrell Duppa, who saw the ruins and prehistoric canals of the Hohokam and believed another civilization would rise from the ashes. 16. The only place in the country where mail is delivered by mule is the village of Supai, located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. 17. The Four Corners is the only location in the United States where four states (Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah) intersect at one point. At the Four Corners, a person can be in four states at the same time by placing one limb in each of the four states. 18. The legendary 1881 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral in the Arizona Territory town of Tombstone is considered the most famous shootout in the American Old West, and lasted only 30 seconds. 19. Arizona’s Sonoran Desert is the only place on earth where the iconic saguaro cactus grows. The saguaro cactus blossom is the official state flower. 20. More copper is mined in Arizona than all the other states combined. 21. Located in Fountain Hills is a fountain believed to be the tallest in the world. 95
AZ Visitors Ask The Expert BY JOHNNY FENTON, M.A. CONCIERGE, OMNI TUCSON NATIONAL RESORT
Question: Where can we hike to see some Spring colors...wildflowers, birds, etc.?
nswer: There’s a school of thought that believes we don’t stop hiking because we grow old—rather we grow old because we stop hiking. And while summer is considered prime time for vacations, spring is for nature lovers. From wildflowers to wildlife, the season’s beauty can take your breath away. So, to those travelers who wish to wander where the Wi-Fi is weak, here are some suggestions about hiking away from the hectic, where the garden is all around you:
The Colorado Plateau straddles the region known as the Four Corners, where Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico meet. But in spring, wildflowers bloom all around this region. The alpine meadows and mountainsides surrounding the Grand Canyon’s South rim near Page in Arizona are a great place to see the explosion of colors, especially in late spring. The peak times of the wildflowers vary with altitude. This spring, travelers can get lower-altitude blooms in late May. Expect to find hundreds of varieties such as glacier lilies, Colorado columbine, and elephant’s head. Here one can link onto the Arizona National Scenic Trail which traverses the length of Arizona joining mountains, forests, deserts and canyons (www.aztrail.org/explore). For a shortish hike where bird varieties abound in the Navajo Nation — the largest Indian Reservation in the U.S. (near Page), you can’t do better than Horseshoe Bend where the Carl Hayden Visitors Center staff is a great source of trail information about the 8-mile hiking trail that surrounds the mesa on which Page sits.
During a good spring there’s a bouquet of jewel-colored, showy spring flowers along the hillsides of the Tonto National Monument in Central Arizona’s Superstition Mountains where hikers amble and gaze. Flashy gold poppies, purple lupine, firecracker red penstemon and chalky-white desert chicory tint the topography. Hikers enjoy the Lower 96
Cliff Dwellings of the Salado people who lived here some 700 years ago. The desert plant life was their grocery store and pharmacy. The Tonto National Monument protects two cliff dwellings built by the Salado people. The Lower Cliff Dwelling will be open for selfguided hikes from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with rangers available to answer questions. Here you will spot the violet, saffron and red flowers of the prickly pear cactus. The Upper Cliff Dwelling, normally requires a reservation where the clouds of buttery-tinted flowers of the cliffrose bush will greet you, fragrant as an orange blossom and sometimes known by its anesthetic name — the quinine bush. Established as a national monument in 1907, the dwellings were a part of the early archeological preservation movement. Please call the concierge, bring sturdy shoes, sunscreen, snacks and plenty of water. For more information call (928) 467-2241 www.nps.gov/tont
Even in the deserts of Southern Arizona, particularly at a site in Saguaro National Park west of Tucson some brilliant gold poppies, blue lupines, muted rose-colored fairy dust and other colorful blooms beckon those who are footloose and fancy color while logging steps on their fitness trackers. While autumn rains were a no-show, late winter rains came to the rescue with “scatter rugs-- not carpets of perennials such as desert marigolds, sweet bush, and brittlebush. “Mother Nature finds a way” notes horticulturist John Wiens. One place to see some gold poppies, desert chicory and blue lupine is near Picture Rocks Road in the northeastern part of Saguaro National Park West. Another spot to ramble for color and wings is the small hummingbird garden behind the old hacienda housing the Tohono Chul Park Bistro in the “hummingbird capital of North America” Southern Arizona. (Note: Just in case you think you’re moving about smartly, a hummingbird’s wings beat between 50 and 200 flaps per second to get it on its way.) Before embarking on your getaway there are a few travel-related iOS and Android apps to make your hikes go more smoothly: Getting to your base camp efficiently makes Waze worth loading up for crowd-sourced traffic, construction zones and speed traps. Yelp will give you the closest gas stations. The Arizona National Scenic Trail is a National Scenic Trail that traverses the entire north-south length of the state of Arizona. And the Arizona Trail App is Ms. Johnny Fenton, a 38-year resident invaluable for many reasons, chief among them of Arizona, is past President of the is that no internet service is required to use it Southern Arizona Concierge Network, after the initial set-up. AZ ArizonaKEY.com
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The May issue of Arizona KEY Travel Magazine features Bearizona, where bears and other wild things keep cool. Also in this issue: A Taste of...
Published on May 1, 2018
The May issue of Arizona KEY Travel Magazine features Bearizona, where bears and other wild things keep cool. Also in this issue: A Taste of...