__MAIN_TEXT__

Page 1

Fall-Winter 2015-2016

SUPER SPORTS PREVIEW 12 $9.95 0

74470 25431

7


President and CEO: Michael Atkinson Publisher: Cheryl Green Vice president of operations: Audrey Webb

ON A ROLL: Editor in Chief Michael Gossie prepares for a training ride at South Mountain in Phoenix. Each month on Silent Sunday, the park’s main access roadways are closed to motor vehicles, reserving them for the entire day for non-motorized uses.

Arizona packs adventures for everyone, every day

M

ore than a decade after moving to Arizona from my native New York, people still ask me what I like the most about living in the Grand Canyon state. My answer is always the same: “I haven’t had to shovel snow once since I moved here.” But if I lived a couple hours north, the yearly snowfall would give my home turf in upstate New York a run for its money. That is what makes Arizona great: Where else can you sunbathe in Scottsdale and have a snowball fight in Flagstaff on the same day? Arizona offers something for everyone, every day. From hiking and biking to shopping and spas, Arizona provides the experiences that create memories that last a lifetime. That’s what Experience AZ is all about. We want to guide you to adventures and experiences that will make your visit to Arizona one you will never forget. Based on votes from our readers, we have listed the five best dining experiences, tours, attractions and places to visit in a variety of categories. Want to know my personal fab five Arizona adventures and activites? Hiking to the waterfalls of Havasupai. Running and riding my bike at South Mountain on “Silent Sundays.” Relaxing at Briar Patch in Sedona. Watching live theater at the Herberger. And when friends visit, we always dine at Clever Koi, Federal Pizza or Windsor near downtown Phoenix. So get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. And use Experience AZ to guide you toward a visit that will make you want to come back time after time to keep crossing the mustsee hot spots off your Top 5 lists. And when you find a favorite, be sure to vote for it by visiting azbigmedia.com so others can share your amazing memories.

EDITORIAL Editor in chief: Michael Gossie Staff writer: Meryl Fishler Interns: Laura Burnett | Zakiya Moore EXPERIENCE ARIZONA | PLAY BALL Director of sales: Joe Freedman ART Art director: Mike Mertes Graphic designer: Ana Richey DIGITAL MEDIA Account manager: Kerri Blumsack Web developer: Eric Shepperd Digital coordinator: Robin Sendele MARKETING/EVENTS Marketing & event manager: Heidi Maxwell Marketing coordinator: Lorin Parkhurst OFFICE Special projects manager: Sara Fregapane Executive assistant: Mayra Rivera Database solutions manager: Cindy Johnson AZ BUSINESS LEADERS Director of sales: Sheri Brown AZ BUSINESS MAGAZINE Senior account manager: David Harken Account managers: Ann McSherry | Bailey Young AZRE | ARIZONA COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE Director of sales: Jeff Craig CREATIVE DESIGNER Director of sales: David Silver

Michael Gossie Editor in chief michael.gossie@azbigmedia.com

RANKING ARIZONA Director of sales: Sheri King Experience AZ Magazine is published twice yearly by AZ BIG Media, 3101 N. Central Ave. Suite 1070, Phoenix, Arizona 85012, (602) 277-6045. The publisher accepts no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts, photographs or artwork. Submissions will not be returned unless accompanied by a SASE. Single copy price $9.95. Bulk rates available. Copyright 2015 by AZBIGMEDIA. All rights reserved. No part of this publication can be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from Experience AZ Magazine.

2

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com


Fall-Winter 2015-2016

CONTENTS Chambers of Commerce Glendale....................................................................... 6 Chambers Guide..................................................... 8, 10 Itineraries Scottsdale.................................................................. 12 Tempe........................................................................ 14 East Valley.................................................................. 16 Cool Kids.................................................................... 18 LGBT.......................................................................... 20 Sedona....................................................................... 22 Flagstaff..................................................................... 24 Tucson........................................................................ 26 Travel Tips Get Around................................................................. 28 North & South............................................................ 30 Hiking......................................................................... 32 Accommodations Northern Arizona........................................................ 34 Southern Arizona....................................................... 36 Central Arizona.......................................................... 38 Dude Ranches........................................................... 40 Bed & Breakfast......................................................... 42 Uniquely Arizona........................................................ 44 Casino Resort Destinations....................................... 46 Restaurants Local Favorites........................................................... 50 Hipster Hangouts....................................................... 52 Steaks & Chops......................................................... 54 Mexican...................................................................... 56 American Contemporary........................................... 58 Italian.......................................................................... 60 Seafood...................................................................... 62 Cocktails.................................................................... 64 Adventures Snow Day................................................................... 66 National Parks............................................................ 68 Dinner Dates.............................................................. 70 Grand Canyon............................................................ 72 Family Friendly........................................................... 74 Native American Experiences.................................... 76 Air Tours..................................................................... 78 Outdoor...................................................................... 80 Wedding Destinations................................................ 82 Dog Friendly............................................................... 84 Architectural Tours..................................................... 86 Casinos...................................................................... 88 Auto Attractions......................................................... 90 Golf Courses.............................................................. 92 Beauty & Day Spas.................................................... 94 Jewelers..................................................................... 96 Shopping.................................................................... 98 Gyms.......................................................................... 99 Museums.................................................................. 102 Festivals................................................................... 104 Wineries................................................................... 106 Sports Sports Guide............................................................ 108 4

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com


AROUND ARIZONA

GLENDALE Historic Downtown Glendale Annual Glendale Glitters Light Display

GLENDALE Discover Glendale Relax, rev up and have the time of your life in Glendale. Game time, girl time, family time – a trip to Glendale can truly be the time of your life. We welcome you to use our sunsets, championship moments and unparalleled shopping, dining and entertainment destinations as the stage for your lasting memories. Looking to get your game on? We’ll knock your socks off. Want to submerse yourself in a neverending wonderland of shops and boutiques? We’ve got you covered there, too. In Glendale, you can have it all. A visit to Glendale will begin a lifelong romance, marked with memories and excitement.

SPECIAL EVENTS January Glendale Glitter & Glow February Glendale Chocolate Affaire March Paris in the Spring April Sidewalk & Yard Sale May Mother’s Day Event June Summer Band Concerts Summer Scavenger Stroll July Summer Band Concerts August Dog Days of Summer September Teddy Bear Day October Front Porch Festival November Holiday Open House Glendale Glitters Spectacular Weekend December Glendale Glitters Holiday Weekend

FOR MORE INFO Glendale Visitor Center Boasting a countless collection of free local, regional and statewide maps, brochures and travel information, the Glendale Visitor Center is the first place to start your journey. GLENDALE VISITOR CENTER 5800 W. Glenn Dr., #140 Glendale, AZ 85301 (623) 930-4500 / (877) 800-2601 VisitGlendale.com

SHOP

ARTS & CULTURE

Rev up those credit cards. Between the mega malls, unique boutiques, antique troves and specialty shops with one-of-a-kind buys, Glendale’s shopping destinations have a way of turning a day out on the town into a full-blown mission. The discoveries in retail neighborhoods, like Historic Downtown Glendale, Westgate and Arrowhead, will only whet your appetite for more. You’ll find every store will deliver on your desires, so plan your route accordingly – you won’t want to miss a thing. Historic Downtown Glendale has been named one of the country’s 10 best places for shopping. In fact, Historic Downtown Glendale is actually two distinct neighborhoods: Historic Catlin Court with its white picket fences and mature shade trees welcoming visitors to the bungalows-turned-specialty shops, and Old Towne boasting brick-trimmed sidewalks and glowing gaslights leading the way to the famous antique stores and ethnic eateries. The neighborhoods span 10 square blocks, which can easily be strolled in an afternoon. Shoppers can also delight at the beautifully designed Arrowhead Towne Center. Conveniently located just off the Loop 101 freeway, the mall features fountains, a movie theater and more than 170 shops and restaurants. The Arrowhead Entertainment District and Glendale’s Northern Shopping Corridor offers boutique clothing shops, wine shops and an enviable collection of rave restaurants. The Westgate Entertainment District, located at Glendale Avenue and Loop 101, redefines Glendale dining and nightlife. Often labeled the “Times Square of the Desert,” visitors will enjoy an array of shops and restaurants. And, the newest addition, Tanger Outlets Westgate featuring more than 90 brand-name stores in an open-air mall. The outdoor enthusiast won’t want to miss Cabela’s – the world’s foremost outfitter, located just north of the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

DINE

Mouthwatering. Savory. Seasonings. Aroma. Welcome to destination dining the Glendale way. Our restaurants serve up a feast of worldly flavors, with tastes ranging from traditional German or Polish fare to contemporary Chinese and home-style Mexican flavors. Take your taste buds on a global tour. And our reputation won’t let your cravings down, as our restaurants have earned local and national accolades. Another popular attraction is Cerreta Candy Company – the owners delight in giving tours during which visitors receive samples.

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE

Stand atop any of Glendale’s nearby mountain crests, and you’ll soon learn that the climb is well worth the effort. A clear day presents opportunities for nearly endless views of the Valley below. Head to the city’s northern region, and you’ll find Thunderbird Conservation Park – a 1,185-acre park in the Hedgpeth Hills dedicated to preserving our native desert environment. Park activities include picnicking, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, jogging and bird-watching. The park also boasts nearly 20 miles of multi-use trails.

SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Glendale has grown into a true sports destination with Gila River Arena, home of the NHL Coyotes; the University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the NFL Cardinals and the Fiesta Bowl; and Camelback Ranch-Glendale, spring training home of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox.

Glendale Police Museum 6835 N. 57th Dr. (623) 930-3486 • GlendaleAZ.com Dedicated to Glendale’s finest, the exhibit spans police history from the early days of the territorial sheriff to the present day. View early police equipment and items. Open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Manistee Ranch 5127 W. Northern Ave. (623) 435-0072 • GlendaleAZ.com Discover one of Glendale’s best-kept secrets, operated by the Glendale Historical Society. Enjoy an outstanding tour of Manistee Ranch, a National Register of Historic Places site. Built by Herbert W. Hamilton in 1897 as a home for his family, the house is better known as the residence of Louis M. Sands, who purchased it in 1907 and named it Manistee after his hometown in Michigan. Tours offered October to mid-May; $5 for adults. Sahuaro Ranch Historical Area 9802 N. 59th Ave. (623) 930-4200 • GlendaleAZ.com The 1886 homestead is one of the oldest and best-preserved early ranches in the Salt River Valley. The 17-acre historical area, including 14 structures and a barnyard, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The restored 1895 Main House and 1898 Guest House are open for tours October-May. The lush grounds and rose gardens are open each day from dawn to dusk. Free.

STAY Glendale boasts of more than 8,000 hotel rooms within a 15-mile radius, ranging from four - and - five star luxury properties to modest accommodations. Glendale accommodations are conveniently located within easy access to mustsee attractions. Visit VisitGlendale. com for a list of great places to stay.

Page sponsored by Glendale Convention & Visitors Bureau 6 6 Vote Voteand andlearn learnmore moreatatazBIGmedia.com azBIGmedia.com


ARIZONA CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE Chandler The Chandler Chamber of Commerce supports business and our community by providing vital programs and services that attract and retain business while embracing our diversity.

chandlerchamber.com 480-963-4571 Flagstaff

The Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce is was founded in 1891 as the Board of Trade and is community problem solver that promotes Flagstaff community and its total economy.

flagstaffchamber.com 928-774-4505 Gilbert

Since 1978, the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce proactively serves as the business advocate to strengthen the business climate in Gilbert.

gilbertaz.com 480-892-0056 Glendale

The Glendale Chamber of Commerce is a private, non profit, membership-driven organization comprised of over 750 business enterprises, civic organizations, educational institutions and individuals.

glendaleazchamber.org 623-937 4754 Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce offers information for visitors traveling to the Grand Canyon South Rim and all of Northern Arizona.

grandcanyoncvb.org/ 844-638-2901 Jerome

It is the goal of the Jerome Chamber of Commerce to provide you with as much information as possible so you can plan your trip to our town. Jerome is open year round and offers visitors a wide variety of activities in which to indulge.

jeromechamber.com 928-634-2900

Lake Havasu City The Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce is the largest chamber of commerce in northwestern Arizona. Independent of any government funding, we are proud to represent more than 700 businesses and individuals.

havasuchamber.com 928-855-4115 8

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com


Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com 9


ARIZONA CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE Mesa With a history that extends more than 110 years, the Mesa Chamber of Commerce continues to bring top of the line networking opportunities to the community.

mesachamberofcommerce.org 480-969-1307 Page

The Chamber Page Lake Powell offers a wide range of opportunities to visitors and residents. The Chamber has been serving the area since the 1960s. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast or a business owner, you will find something to fit your needs within the chamber directory.

pagechamber.com 928-645-2741 Phoenix

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce has been part of its community since 1888, working with for-profit and not-for-profit organizations helping them stay connected, informed and prosperous.

phoenixchamber.com 602-495-2195 Sedona

This is the best first stop for any visitor to Sedona. The Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau’s well-informed and trained staff and volunteers serve almost 300,000 visitors annually with helpful and free information about Sedona.

sedonachamber.com 928-282-7722 Tempe

For more than a century, the Tempe Chamber of Commerce has built an environment that enhances the economic vitality of our membership and the business community as a whole.

tempechamber.org 480-967-7891 Tubac

The Tubac Chamber of Commerce business office and visitor information offers insight into Tubac, which features more than 100 eclectic shops and world class galleries situated along meandering streets punctuated by hidden courtyards and sparkling fountains.

tubacaz.com 520-398-2704 Tucson

The mission of the Tucson Metro Chamber is to promote a strong local economy resulting in business growth, ample employment and improving quality of life for all citizens.

tucsonchamber.org 520-792-1212 10

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com


LIVE LIKE YOU’RE FROM SCOTTSDALE Scottsdale is the Valley’s lap of luxury. It’s where baseball players hang out during Spring Training and the location of Arizona’s elite shopping centers and fashion hub. You’ll see sparkly convertibles, such as Ferrari car clubs doing a happy hour, or the hottest DJs spinning in the Entertainment District during weekends. Here’s how the Scottsdalians do it:

11 a.m. Scottsdale Fashion Square Scottsdale Fashion Square is the city’s multi-story luxury mall in the middle of town. Shoppers will find Barneys New York, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Louis Vuitton and Gucci among hundreds of other retailers of similar upscale caliber.

fashionsquare.com

2 p.m. Terés Nail Bar Get a mani, pedi and a luxurious list of additional scrubs and treatments for your appendages at this upscale nail bar. Patrons also received complimentary wine and champagne.

teresnailbar.com

4 p.m. Happy Hour at Kelly’s at SouthBridge For the best happy hour in Old Town, check out Kelly’s. The restaurant uses the term “social hour,” but it still means half-off appetizers, bruschetta and bottles as well as $4 drafts and wells and $4 discount on cocktails. Social hour is Monday through Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. and all-day Sunday.

kellysatsouthbridge.com

7 p.m. Dinner at Citizen Public House There isn’t a bad thing on Citizen’s menu, but, if we may, the chopped salad is a bit of a local legend.

citizenpublichouse.com

10 p.m. Night cap at The Beverly Formerly a stylized speakeasy known as Mabel’s on Main, The Beverly carries that same old-time vibe. More than 100 whiskey options and spirits line the walls and the cocktail menu is extensive as well. Settle up in a booth and get sophisticated — “Mad Men” style.

thebeverly.us

BONUS Arabian Horse Show zat WestWorld Arabian horses, due to their reputation for endurance riding, are popular breeds at shows. The Arabian Horse Association of Arizona hosts events throughout the year at WestWorld of Scottsdale. The American Cup Championship takes place Nov. 6 to 8. The 61st annual Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show is set to take place Feb. 11 to 21.

scottsdaleshow.com

12

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com


Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com 13


WELCOME TO SUN Tempe is home to the main campus of Arizona State University, which has the largest enrollment in the country. It’s a college town with a strong, urban sensibility.

DEVIL COUNTRY! 7 a.m. Run at Tempe Beach Park Use the cool Arizona morning to jog around the manmade Tempe Town Lake, which has a large, flat, paved perimeter that’s perfect for various run lengths and experience levels.

tempe.gov/parks

9 a.m. Grab a bagel at Chompie’s Chompie’s is a New York-style deli that makes the best bagels and bialys in 35 varieties. If you’re hungry for more, make a sitdown meal out of the trip. It’s hard to go wrong here.

chompies.com

10 a.m. Shop the Mill Avenue District If you’re into vintage threads and boutique shops, walk the Mill Avenue District. From antique bookstores to Urban Outfitters, it’s a mix of unique finds. Be sure to check out the nearby Buffalo Exchange and Meat Market Vintage, too.

downtowntempe.com

5 p.m. Nosh at The Handlebar

Noon Hike and picnic on Papago Buttes

Those pretty red rocks you may see off in the distance are the Papago Buttes (pronounced “beauts,” like beautiful) in Papago Park. This park is just outside of Tempe but offers an expansive hiking and picnicking area that includes the Phoenix Zoo and the famed Hole-in-theRock formation. Bring your lunch for an Instagram-ready picnic.

This ain’t your average biker phoenix.gov/parks/trails/ bar! Handlebar is a bicycle-friendly, locations/papago-park trendy place to try a beer, bratwurst and some fries before your next adventure. Whatever you do, get the pepper ranch and beer cheese dipping sauces with fries. Craving ethnic instead? Thai Elephant:thaielephantaz.com; Cafe Lalibela: cafelalibela.com 5:30-9:30 p.m. Just a drink? Los Noches de Taste of Tops: topsliquors.com Las Luminarias @ Desert

Botanical Gardens

From Nov. 27 to Dec. 31, walk through the Desert Botanical Garden after dark, when it’s illuminated by more than 8,000 luminaria bags, thousands of twinkle lights and vibrant works of art. Mariachi bands may even serenade you during your trip.

dbg.org/events/las-nochesde-las-luminarias

14

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com


A DAY IN THE EAST

VALLEY

Some of the biggest cities in the East Valley are Mesa, Gilbert and Chandler. Within brief driving distances between them, visitors can easily enjoy the best each town has to offer in a single, productive day.

1 p.m. The Farm at Agritopia

7 a.m. Hike Siphon Draw or visit Saguaro Lake The Superstition Mountains are a volcanic range about an hour outside of Phoenix. Perhaps one of the most popular hikes within the range is located in Lost Dutchman State Park. The Siphon Draw Trail takes you on a scenic, four-mile (round trip) hike into the Siphon Draw canyon. Saguaro Lake, which is named for the stoic cacti surrounding it, was formed by the Stewart Mountain Dam in 1930. It was the last of the reservoirs to be built on the Salt River.

The Farm at Agritopia is a 15-acre USDA Certified Organic urban farm in the heart of the 166-acre Agritopia community. It hosts more than 100 crops, as well as sheep, chickens and honeybees. While here, visitors can walk the pathways to see the farm in production. The farm also offers tours and U-Picks throughout the growing seasons, information for which is available online.

thefarmatagritopia.com

alltrails.com/trail/us/arizona/ siphon-draw-trail

5 p.m. Joe’s Real BBQ

After a day of activity, head to Gilbert’s Heritage District to shop and dine like a local. Joe’s Real BBQ serves barbecue that has been slowcooked over pecan wood. Plus, the location is a charming brick building constructed in 1929.

joesrealbbq.com

7 p.m. See the mighty Tumbleweed Christmas Tree See a 25-foot stack of more than 1,000 tumbleweeds covered in 25 gallons on paint and 65 pounds of glitter to make a festive, unique Christmas tree. This has been a Chandler tradition since 1957 and remains a quirky draw for holiday fans around the Valley.

The tree is up Dec. 5 through late December.

8 p.m. Dessert at Paletas Betty If you find yourself in Chandler as the night goes on, stop by Paletas Betty for a handmade Mexican ice and cream popsicle. The shop stays open until 9 p.m. every day, so it’s the perfect late-night snack.

paletasbetty.com

16

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

Bonus Feed your soul at Organ Stop Pizza Seeing the world’s largest Wurlitzer is pretty cool, but getting to do it while eating pizza? Now, that’s music to our ears! Organ Stop Pizza is celebrating 20 years in business this year.

organstoppizza.com


A C������� ��� E������������ D����������

E

xperience the heritage of hospitality of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community at Talking Stick: A Cultural and Entertainment

Destination. We invite you to shop, dine, play and stay with us while enjoying spectacular mountain views. At Talking Stick, the trolley rides are free and the amenities are abundant. Come see what everyone is talking about!

T������S����A������.��� S��� R���� P���-M������� I����� C�������� • S���������, A������ • 888.979.5010

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com 17


A DAY WITH THE COOL

KIDS

6 a.m. Lux Central Located on the Central Avenue Corridor, this coffeehouse (that also serves dinner and cocktails) is the place to see all the hipsters who enjoy starting their remote workday “at the office.” Lux has amazing drip coffees, pastries, a variety of seating options (indoor and outdoor) and just hums with people networking. Plus: It isn’t bad people watching.

luxcoffee.com

10 a.m. Crack your spine at Lawn Gnome Publishing Lawn Gnome Publishing is a local bookstore filled with DIY collections of books and ‘zines. There’s a storytelling event every weeknight, per the website, and it’s a great place to read Arizona’s aspiring authors before they become bestsellers. For what more could a hipster ask?

lawngnomepublishing.com

2 p.m. Take an Arizona brewery tour We hope you had a big lunch, because the five-hour Arizona Brewery Tours trip takes you to three breweries and serves just under 20 samples (that’s about five beers)! On the tour, learn about the brewing process and what makes Arizona unique to the craft beer market.

azbrew.com

Noon Go Old School at The Duce

The Duce is a retro-chic warehouse-turned-hipsterdise. From the crafty and surplus store to the vintage workout classes held in an actual boxing ring to the art deco bar, mason jar cocktails and delicious comfort food from a vintage camper. Play Ping-Pong, Scrabble or just make your own fun on retro workout equipment.

theducephx.com

7 p.m. Stroll Roosevelt Row

Roosevelt Row, the name given to downtown Phoenix’s mural-covered arts district, is filled with small businesses. From bakeries to record stores, galleries and one of the hottest jazz clubs in the area — The Nash — Roosevelt Row is a place you can spend hours exploring. If you visit the Row — Roosevelt Street between Central Avenue and 7th Street — on the first Friday of the month between 6 and 10 p.m., you’ll find artsy vendors and food trucks en masse.

9 p.m. Dinner and a show at Crescent Ballroom

artlinkphoenix.com/ first-fridays

Crescent Ballroom is the best music venue for an intimate show with 500 of your best friends. Many of the hottest indie bands have taken the Crescent stage over the years, and its light rail accessibility makes it a popular spot for people who hate parking downtown. The other perk is that if you’re not feeling the band, you can just take a break in the Crescent Lounge, where there’s a low-key neighborhood bar vibe. Crescent also has a limited kitchen that serves the best burritos you’ll find at 9 p.m. in Phoenix.

crescentphx.com

18

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com


FINDING THE LGBT Phoenix has a lot to offer the LGBT community. Here are the proudest places to be in the Metro during your stay.

NIGHTLIFE

1 p.m. Shop Melrose Avenue

5 p.m. Dinner at Switch Restaurant & Wine Bar

The Melrose District, also known as The Curve, along Seventh Avenue is downtown Phoenix’s gayberhood and also one of the best places to shop for mid-century modern and vintage threads, furniture and collectibles. Start at Modern Manor, then head to Antique Sugar and Retro Ranch. If you’re in town for the Third Thursday and following four days of the month, go into Sweet Salvage.

Where: 7th Avenue and Camelback Road

Chef Jason Peterson is a tattooed, Harley riding visionary whose southern coastal roots come through in his Americana cuisine. Switch is classy, yet casual and popular among the LGBT community.

switchofarizona.com

8 p.m. Karaoke at Kobalt Bingo hosted by drag queens, showtune night and the town’s best karaoke stage are among a few of the delights you’ll find at Kobalt — a favorite neighborhood gay bar and popular happy hour spot.

10 p.m. Stacy’s at Melrose

kobaltbarphoenix.com

Dance your pants off at the ultimate gay nightclub. Grab a $3 charity shot or one of the other daily specials and let yourself go in this architecturally gothic venue.

stacysatmelrose.com

11 p.m. Cash Inn Country Every night is ladies’ night at Cash Inn! You’ll find country music, line dancing, darts and karoake run rampant at this western-style gay and lesbian bar.

cashinncountry.net

Midnight BS West Popular among college kids who don’t mind the dive bar feel — BS West features two bars, patios, a lounge and a stage made for breaking a sweat while cutting a rug. Located in Scottsdale, you can catch a drag show or just dance the night away at one of the best clubs in town.

bswest.com

20

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

In Tucson? IBT’s is a popular gay bar, where all the food is made from scratch — plus: drag and dancing!

ibtstucson.com


GET YOUR ZEN ON IN SEDONA Sedona’s beautiful rock formations in varying hues of orange and red is an otherworldly setting known for being a place to find zen and inner light. Here’s the best way to go about that, if we do say so ourselves.

6 a.m. Sedona Spirit yoga, vortex or hiking tour You know that picture of a woman doing yoga on the peak of a red rock that made you want to visit Sedona? Now you can be her! Sedona Spirit offers customizable tours to sacred sites for aspiring yogis or just plain old hikes through the red rocks. You can also put your energies to the test and visit vortecies with a guide. Talk about a way to start the day!

yogalife.net

10 a.m. Shop Uptown Sedona Dreamcatchers, crystals and fudge, oh my! There are a few clusters of boutique retail to shop within Sedona, but Uptown Sedona (at the convergence of Arizona 89A and 179) is the place where you can stock up on your soothsaying trinkets.

5 p.m. Dinner at Bella Vita Ristorante

9 a.m. Casa Sedona Sedona is all about relaxing, even when it comes to breakfast choices. Diners can choose to challenge the chef and ask to be surprised or they can pick from the ever-changing menu. No matter what, your day (and table) will be set!

casasedona.com

2 p.m. Align your chakras at Amara Resort and Spa Realign your chakras, from your head to your toes. From facials to foot and hand rituals, Amara Resort and Spa’s Mii Amo is prepared to provide the ultimate services. The spa’s signature facial is Moon Chasing Sun, which alternates the use of hot and cold stones during a concentrated scalp massage.

Chef Andrea Diluca’s Italian restaurant is worth driving a little bit out of town. Even though the food is phenomenal, the setting isn’t pretentious.

amararesort.com/sedona-hotel/ spa-services.html

bellavitasedona.com

7 p.m. Toast to nature at L’Auberge de Sedona

L’Auberge Restaurant on Oak Creek has the most extensive wine menu in Sedona, so, naturally, you should end your day with a night cap in the forest at the edge of Oak Creek. Catch the sunset through the tree branches and embrace how much life slows down when you’re in Sedona.

lauberge.com/dining

22

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com


LIVING AMONG LUMBERJACKS

7 a.m. Breakfast at Macy’s European Coffeehouse Macy’s is a cozy vegan-friendly coffeehouse that serves the best biscuits and gravy, pastries and hot chocolate. The patio is dogfriendly, and the place is always busy (in a good way)!

macyscoffee.net

8 a.m. Wet Beaver Creek’s Bell Trail This popular trail takes between four and six hours, round trip, and is moderately difficult. Most hikers walk just over three miles to Bell Crossing (known to locals as “The Crack”), which features a swimming hole, before turning around.

1 p.m. Lunch at Diablo Burger 2 p.m. Walk through downtown Flagstaff Flagstaff is a college town in the mountains. Its downtown has a mix of draws for the outdoor adventurer, the souvenier enthusiast and the increasingly popular foodie and craft beer scenesters.

Diablo Burger uses locally sourced, grass-fed, open-range-raised, antibiotic- and hormone-free beef from nearby ranchers. The restaurant promises to source as much of its ingredients from within 250 miles of the restaurant. And that’s a noble cause you can taste in its delicious burgers.

diabloburger.com

flagstaffarizona.org

8 p.m. Wash away the day at Mother Road Brewing Company Arizona, and most of the Western states, love a good hop-forward India Pale Ale (or IPA). Mother Road also makes seasonal ales and a must-try, buttery Kolsch. Visit Mother Road’s website to see what’s being served at its taproom.

motherroadbeer.com

24

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

6 p.m. Dinner at Criollo Latin Kitchen Like Diablo Burger, Criollo Latin Kitchen uses locally sourced ingredients for its menu options. Criollo, by all means one of the trendiest dinner spots in Flagstaff, is known for its happy hour as well as its mouth-watering tacos.

criollolatinkitchen.com


BEAR DOWN IN TUCSON The thing about Tucson is it’s a large metro that revolves around the University of Arizona. If you see Wildcats — noted for their blue and red college gear — don’t be alarmed. It’s just part of Tucson’s community spirit. Here’s how, as Wildcats would say, you “bear down” in southern Arizona.

8:30 a.m. Summit Mt. Lemmon for Ski Valley

7 a.m. Breakfast at Frank’s This isn’t classy dining by any stretch of the hungry spectrum, but, boy, does Frank’s have the best breakfast in town! All the staples for a breakfast joint are on the menu with southern Arizona kick.

franksrestaurant.com

If you’re looking to hit the slopes for a few hours, give Ski Valley, at the top of Mt. Lemmon, a try. It’s a bit less flashy and beginner-friendly (and has quite a few tree-covered runs) than what you’ll find in northern Arizona, but the rentals are low-cost and the drive up is beautiful.

skithelemmon.com

Noon Lunch at Baja Cafe of Tucson After working up an appetite on the slopes, descend upon Baja Cafe for a refueling meal. This mom-and-pop restaurant blends American comfort food with the Southwestern flair that Tucson is known for. We always find ourselves craving Baja’s from-scratch pancakes or the mouth-watering Wildcat Benedict.

bajacafetucson.com

2 p.m. Visit Kitt Peak National Observatory Kitt Peak, built 7,000 feet above Tucson, has the largest collection of radio and optical telescopes on the world. The observatory was constructed in the ‘60s but remains a beloved site for aspiring and serious stargazers.

noao.edu/kpno

5 p.m. Dinner at Maynard’s Market and Kitchen One of the best burgers in Tucson, plus a wine flight and live music, is a nice way to end a long day of sightseeing. Chef Jared Scott has made quite a name for himself in American fusion and shouldn’t be overlooked while everyone’s fussing about the Phoenix foodie scene.

maynardstucson.com

9 p.m. Catch a show at Hotel Congress Hotel Congress is a charming 40room hotel built in the early 1900s that has a leading reputation for Club Congress. The club won the title of best margarita at the Tucson Culinary Festival, and Esquire named it one of the top bars in America. The Hotel Congress area is also the go-to spot for concerts in Tucson with its neighbor, the Rialto Theatre, where you can catch most of the popular touring bands that don’t make it up to Phoenix (or the occasional band that plays both cities).

hotelcongress.com

26

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com


TRAVEL TIPS THINGS

TO KNOW

DEGREES OF SEPARATION Arizona is a state where you can go skiing and sunbathe in the same day with just a short drive from Flagstaff to Phoenix. The state is versatile, but that means visitors need to plan ahead. If you are primarily staying in Phoenix, but intend to see the sunrise at the

Grand Canyon, you’re going to wish you brought closed-toe shoes, pants, a scarf and a jacket. If you’re planning to head south, toward the border, you’re going to see less of a tundra-desert dichotomy, but you may face a whole new set of climate challenges.

Northern Arizona

Average temperature (low, high, rainfall) November 22F 51F 1.86” December 17F 44F 1.83” January 16F 43F 2.18” February 19F 46F 2.56” March 23F 50F 2.63” What’s in season: leaves are changing colors, snow is falling

Central and southern Arizona

Average temperature (low, high, rainfall) November 48.9F 74.9F 0.7” December 41.8F 66.2F 1.0” January 41.2F 65.9F 0.6” February 44.7F 70.7F 0.7”

March 48.8F 75.5F 0.9” What’s in season in central Arizona: hiking and running outdoors, college and professional basketball and football, beer festivals

What’s in season in southern Arizona: Pick your own apples and produce at one of the many southern Arizona orchards, college basketball and football

28

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com


TRAVEL TIPS YOU’RE

IN ARIZONA. NOW WHAT?

GETTING AROUND Phoenix has aggressively pursued public transportation options to help residents and tourists get around the city with ease and good timing. However, since you’re new to the city, there are a few things you need to know.

Light Rail The Valley Metro light rail connects the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport to downtown Tempe, Mesa and Phoenix. Frequency between trains changes by time of day. Monday through Thursday, rails run between 4 a.m. and midnight. On Friday and Saturday, the trains run nearly 24 hours. On Sundays, trains stop around 2 a.m. Tickets: $2 one-way, $4 all day; Purchase them at kiosks at station platforms and present the ticket to rail security if they board your car. Tip: If you have a ticket for an event downtown, such as a basketball game, you can ride the rail for free to and from the event.

To find a nearby station and schedules: Download Ridekick app

30

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

Uber

Clean Air Cab

Phoenicians are increasingly using the Uber ridesharing app to get around the city. All you have to do is download the app to your phone and enter payment information that will automatically pay your driver at the end of the trip. An added bonus is that fee estimates are provided via the app before you even request a ride. This takes the element of surprise out of your ride. Drivers are also incentivized to be good stewards because patrons can rank their drivers after a trip concludes. To reserve: Download the Uber app

If you’re set on taking a cab, do so with a clean conscience. Clean Air Cab uses a fleet of Prii (the official plural form of Prius) and guarantees a happy ride, but it’s also an award-winning local business. To reserve: 480.777.9777

GRID Bike Share Program Those neon green bikes aren’t just meant to brighten the streetscape around Phoenix. They’re bikes you can rent and ride around downtown in lieu of driving or taking the rail. There are 500 bikes at 50 locations around the city. The fee is $5 per hour for non-members. Tip: If you’re worried a bike won’t be available, you can reserve one up to 15 minutes prior to pickup via the SoBi app. To reserve: Download the SoBi app

Silvercar Want to travel in style? Silvercar is a car rental company that takes makes life easy. You’ll always get a classy silver Audi A4. No surprises or convincing you significant other that the red mustang really isn’t worth the extra $40 per day. All Silvercar rentals automatically come with GPS, Wi-Fi and satellite radio. To reserve: Download the Silvercar app

On foot If you’re flaunting your pedestrian prowess by hitting the sidewalks of Phoenix, look for the unnaturally cheerful Downtown Phoenix Ambassadors. They’re usually in flourescent T-shirts and are wearing an “Ask Me” button. This isn’t a trick. These ambassadors are volunteers of Downtown Phoenix Partnership and are more than happy to help lost travelers or to suggest things to do. Think of it as Siri in human form.


Ride Local.

We’re proud to source 84% of our business needs from local organizations. #LocalFirst #OpenAZ

PROUD MEMBERS OF


TRAVEL TIPS WORST

CASE SCENARIOS

HIKING ARIZONA Hitting the trails in Arizona is primarily a safe and rewarding activity. However, there are a few tips and tricks that out-oftowners should brief themselves on before lacing up their boots.

Don’t feed the javelinas! Those furry pig-looking guys you see sniffing around the trails are not wild pigs at all. They’re javelinas. They love food, but you should never feed one. Javelinas, especially those with large tusks, can do serious harm to humans. If their ears are down and they’re growling, they may charge at you. If you encounter one, try to scare it off with loud noises. Don’t be afraid to get really loud. You’re more likely to encounter a javelina when hiking at dusk or in shaded areas.

Snake! If it’s coiled, has seen you and, if applicable, is rattling its tail, move away as quickly as possible. Do this with caution. You don’t want to trip during your getaway. Snakes don’t always strike from a coiled position, but it’s usually a sign of aggravation. If the snake seems nonchalant to your existence and is just working its way across the trail, you can choose to wait for it to pass.

It bit me! Move away from the snake as quickly as possible to avoid a second attack. Now: Don’t panic. Don’t suck the wound. Don’t rip your shirt off to make a tourniquet. Don’t break out the snake bite kit. Just breathe.

32

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

The buzzards won’t start circling you unless you’re hours or days away from civilization and antivenom, which we doubt is the case. So, if you have cell service, call 911. If not, try to find someone who can take you to the nearest hospital. Here’s what you do now: Keep breathing. If you panic, your heart is going to pump blood faster. Let it bleed for about 30 seconds and then bandage the wound without cleaning it (this can help medical professionals figure out what kind of venom is in your body, if any). Keep the affected area as immoble as possible. Movement gets your blood flowing, which spreads venom. However, you may need to move a little to get to a car or medical help. That’s a worthy use of blood flow. If you’re in pain, though, breathe through it. Don’t grab for the flask. That, too, will disperse the venom more quickly.

What happened to the trail? Do I cross this stream? Look for a cairn. Cairns are stacks of rocks used for directing hikers along paths that are difficult to navigate. Sometimes they’re made by other hikers, and are subtle stacks, but other times they’re larger and contained in metal netting by park rangers to ensure hikers they’re on the right path. These are most commonly seen when you need to cross a wash or stream.

Tips: Bring (and drink) water You filled your Camelback? Awesome. Now pack a waterbottle, too. Bring lots of water, even when you’re hiking on a chilly morning. It’s important to stay hydrated in Arizona.

Apply sunscreen You can still wake up with a nice lobster-y hue after being outside on a cloudy day. UV rays aren’t disabled by fluffy clouds, unfortunately. What you need: SPF 30 or higher (grab chapstick with SPF, too). Apply your sunscreen while indoors and on dry skin. Then, reapply every two hours. If you’re sweating a lot, you may want to reapply hourly.

Know your limits If you’re not usually an active person, heading out on a 14-mile roundtrip hike is probably going to hurt the next day. Save yourself injury and self-loathing by picking a slightly shorter hike. It’s important to research elevation changes and how rigorous a trail is.


TOP 5 | ACCOMMODATIONS NORTHERN ARIZONA PICTURE PERFECT Lockett Meadow Looking for a picturesque, dry campground or a cool day trip this fall? The prettiest place to hike this time of year is through the stark contrasts of changing golden leaves on white aspen trees at Lockett Meadow. The area has a wonderful view of the San Francisco Peaks and volcanic remains.

Hike: The Inner Basin Trail #29

Lockett Meadow Amara Resort & Spa

Enchantment Resort

Hidden Meadow Ranch

Jerome Grand Hotel

L’Auberge de Sedona

Set against a superb backdrop of red-rock buttes and steps from the banks of Oak Creek, this hotel offers breathtaking views. It’s also just a block from downtown Sedona’s shopping and restaurants.

This resort combines luxury with rugged grandeur inspired by Native American culture. The adobe casitastyle accommodations offer world-class comforts amid the Sedona red rocks.

Stay in a cozy log cabin on a private ranch community that started as a lodge and guest ranch but has become a place where people can purchase gorgeous woodland homes.

The Jerome Grand Hotel was originally constructred in 1926 under the name United Verde Hospital. After the hospital became a hotel, many alleged hauntings began to occur and is now popular among traveling ghost hunters.

Surround yourself with towering red rocks and the babbling bank of Oak Creek within one of the 87 luxury guest rooms and cottages on this 11-acre resort. The resort just underwent a $25 million refurbishment that included a new outdoor pool, yoga classes and stargazing sessions.

amararesort.com

enchantmentresort.com

hiddenmeadow.com

jeromegrandhotel.com

lauberge.com 34

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com


DAYTIME TOURS • TELESCOPE VIEWING ROTATING EXHIBITS • FAMILY FUN! www.lowell.edu | 928-774-3358 | Flagstaff, AZ Image: NASA/JHUAPL/SwRI


TOP 5 | ACCOMMODATIONS SOUTHERN ARIZONA

Photo courtesy Loews Ventana Canyon Resort Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment Tucson Desert Diamond’s casino floor is packed with the hottest slot machines and table games. Hungry? Your cravings are covered. Dancing? Monsoon Nightclub is there. When it’s all over, you can chill out in the hotel room.

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

Miraval Resort & Spa

The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

Westward Look Resort

Loews features 398 guest rooms, four restaurants and lounges, eight tennis courts, two Tom Fazio-designed golf courses, fitness trails, swimming pools and a full-service spa.

The Miraval experience includes fresh locally sourced ingredients to make flavorful food, growth and development activities that make the heart pump, fabulous spa services that ignite the senses and an unrivaled team of wellbeing specialists to help make positive and lasting change in your life.

Distinguished from all other Tucson resorts by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine and Forbes Travel Guide, this hotel blends into the surrounding Sonoran Desert and Tortolita Mountain. About 30 minutes outside of downtown Tucson, this hotel offers four restaurants, a golf course, hiking and a destination spa.

Set high in the foothills overlooking Tucson and warmed by an abundance of desert sunshine, Westward Look Resort is a rejuvenating resort environment inspired by the beauty of its pristine natural surroundings.

loewshotels.com

ddcaz.com

36

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

miravalresorts.com

ritzcarlton.com

westwardlook.com


GO BIG Make azBIGmedia.com your new home page for news

IN COMMERCIAL

R E A L E S TAT E

30 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE

azBIGmedia.com


TOP 5 | ACCOMMODATIONS CENTRAL ARIZONA Graduate Tempe

Hermosa Inn

Hotel Palomar

The Phoenician

Graduate Tempe is a boutique hotel just steps away from Arizona State University’s main campus. Vivid paint and quirky decor give each room in this hotel personality. While some visitors may see this hotel concept as the fun dorm room they never had, its amenities, including Tapacubo and Normal Diner restaurants, give it sophistication. Bonus: Graduate offers bike rentals for exploring Tempe.

In-room fireplaces, secluded patios, hand-painted Mexican tile, swimming pool, Jacuzzis and Lon’s at the Hermosa restaurant are among the beautiful perks patrons will find in the hacienda-like accommodations.

Want to get away from it all while being in the middle of everything? This is the perfect hotel for the person who wants a trip that allows for retreat as well as easy access to downtown Phoenix’s dining, art and culture. In-room spa services, bike rentals and LUSTRE rooftop bar are among Palomar’s sweetest amenities.

The Phoenician, a AAA Diamond resort, is the epitome of European luxury in the desert. Marble floors, mother of pearl tiled swimming pools, gold etchings in the ceilings and grand pianos gracing the hallways and pool areas are just a few of the elegant touches from when the hotel was built in the ‘80s on the 250-acre property. There is also a 27-hole golf course on the premises.

hermosainn.com

graduatetempe.com

Graduate Tempe Photo courtesy Christian Horan

38

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

hotelpalomar-phoenix.com

thephoenician.com

The Saguaro Scottsdale Bright pink, orange and yellow walls make The Saguaro stand out in the heart of downtown Scottsdale, where the arts district and Civic Space Park meet. Meanwhile, the hotel’s pool, spa and meals prepared by Iron Chef winner Jose Garces make The Saguaro stand out among its peers.

thesaguaro.com


Life as it should be.

VisitCarefree.com


TOP 5 | ACCOMMODATIONS DUDE RANCHES

Bumble Bee Ranch Adventures Horseback riding, cattle drives, nature hikes and Western dinners. Guided history-filled tours through Bumble Bee Creek, into the mountains and through the scenic Sonoran Desert. Guest accommodations are available.

bumblebeeranch.com Lazy K Bar Ranch

Originally a homestead for the Staggs Family in the 1920s, the Lazy K is now a dude ranch. Located on 160 acres in the Tucson Mountains, this casual ranch offers horseback riding, hiking, wagon rides, nightly cookouts and plenty of relaxation whether for your family or as a corporate retreat.

lazykbarranch.com

Rancho de la Osa This intimate 300-year-old property is one of the last great haciendas in America. Established as a guest ranch in 1924, Rancho De La Osa’s historyhas been lovingly preserved in the beautiful buildings that rest comfortably in the rolling grasslands of the high Sonoran Desert.

ranchodelaosa.com

Rancho de los Caballeros Rancho de los Caballeros is Arizona’s premier guest ranch, where you can sense the thrill of a desert trail ride or challenge yourself to a round of golf at Los Caballeros Golf Club.

ranchodeloscaballeros.com Tanque Verde Ranch

Tanque Verde Ranch, founded in 1868 and located on 640 acres east of Tucson, offers horseback riding, tennis, guided hiking, mountain biking, nature walks, weekly breakfast rides and outdoor BBQs. All included in the nightly rate.

tanqueverderanch.com

Photo courtesy Tanque Verde Ranch 40

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com


TOP 5 | ACCOMMODATIONS BED AND BREAKFAST

The Big Blue House It’s hard to miss this B&B, which, true to its name, is a big blue house in Tucson. Originally built in 1899, the six-room house features a mix of modern and traditional decor. For instance, the Hemingway Traveler suite features decor from around the world, while the Elegant Deco suite is all about circles and swirls.

144university.com Briar Patch Inn

Stay in one of the 19 cottages nestled in Oak Creek Canyon and enjoy a peaceful, natural setting. Located three miles from shopping, dining and great views of the Sedona sunset.

briarpatchinn.com

The Canyon Wren Looking for a cabin for two where you and your significant other can comfortably retreat after a day of hiking or shopping for crystals? The Canyon Wren cabins are settled right along Oak Creek Canyon, surrounded by sycamores, hammocks, private patios and grassy lawns.

canyonwrencabins.com

The Royal Elizabeth Bed & Breakfast Bold Victorian colors and classy decor are about as “frilly” as The Royal Elizabeth’s owners were willing to go with this bed and breakfast hosted in an old Victorian home in Tucson. Tall ceilings and large floor plans keep the rooms feeling airy in addition to providing that cozy B&B atmosphere.

royalelizabeth.com Sedona Views

Not all B&Bs have to be renovated historic cottages. Sedona Views is located in a multi-level contemporary house on a hill with stunning views of the red rocks. Each room has a private patio and entrance. Though residents will feel isolated among nature, the home is a short drive to downtown Sedona.

sedonaviewsbb.com Oak Creek at Briar Patch Inn 42

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com


Briar Patch Inn Cabins in Oak Creek Canyon, Sedona Arizona

A

9-acre oasis nestled in Oak Creek Canyon along the lush banks of Oak Creek. Nineteen Cabins with Southwestern charm and Native American Art, fireplaces, kitchens and private patios. A healthy, homemade breakfast is included each morning and can be enjoyed creekside with live music in the summer or fireside in the lodge during the winter months. Relax with a soothing massage in our creekside gazebo after your hike in the spectacular Sedona wilderness. Sunset Magazine The West’s Best Cabins 2014 Top Choices Fodor’s & Frommers #1 B & B Ranking Arizona 2013 & 2014 Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2014 3190 N. State Route 89A Sedona Arizona, 86336 www.briarpatchinn.com 888.809.3030


TOP 5 | ACCOMMODATIONS UNIQUELY ARIZONA Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa

Grand Canyon Caverns

An Arizona landmark since its opening on Feb. 23, 1929, when it was crowned The Jewel of the Desert.

Imagine, if you can, spending the night in the oldest, darkest, deepest, quietest, and largest suite room in the world. You take the elevator 22 stories underground and spend the night in a place so quiet and dark, so large and so old, and so alone. It is not for everyone, but if you have the desire and will, you can do this.

arizonabiltmore.com

gccaverns.com

Hassayampa Inn

Hotel Valley Ho

La Posada

Since 1927, when writers and artists were drawn to the stunning landscapes of the Southwest, the Hassayampa Inn has been the “Grand Jewel of Prescott,” a fashionable resort for the well-heeled. Georgia O’Keeffe stayed there. So did D.H. Lawrence, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Tom Mix and Will Rogers.

We hope you packed your chiffon robe for your stay at Hotel Valley Ho. The mid-century modern abode just outside of Old Town Scottsdale is a fabulous hang for people who love sitting poolside in fashionable hats while bathing in the vintage feel of the property.

Rated as one of the “World’s Best Places to Stay” by Condé Nast Traveler Gold List in 2009, this hotel is the Last Great Railroad Hotel built in 1929 by the Santa Fe Railway for the Fred Harvey Company. It offers guests three gardens (Sunken, Rose and Potager), a wedding terrace and the fabulous Turquoise Restaurant.

hassayampainn.com

hotelvalleyho.com

laposada.org

Hassayampa Inn 44

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com


TOP 5 | ACCOMMODATIONS CASINO RESORT DESTINATIONS

Talking Stick Resort Palo Verde Lounge Apache Gold Casino Resort

Casino Del Sol Resort

Talking Stick Resort

Apache Gold Casino Resort is a 146-room hotel, an 18-hole championship golf course, convention center, nearby fishing and sightseeing.

Mediterranean architecture surrounds the gaming space, featuring 1,000 nickel, quarter, $1, $5 and multi-denominational slot machines. The $100 million resort, with luxury rooms and suites, has two new restaurants, a spa and 20,000 square feet of meeting space.

A distinct resort and entertainment destination in Scottsdale, Talking Stick Resort offers luxuries such as a rejuvenating open-air spa, eight world-class restaurants, 10 entertainment lounges, a lively 240,000 square foot gaming floor and two pools.

apache-gold-casino.com

casinodelsol.com 46

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

talkingstickresort.com

Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort Twin Arrows, located east of Flagstaff, is northern Arizona’s premier casino resort destination, offering luxury amenities and best-in-class gaming.

twinarrows.com

Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino Home to 1,200 slots with live poker and blackjack, a 1,500seat concert venue, 250-room hotel, gift shop and great dining experiences, including Shula’s Steak House.

wingilariver.com


NO DAILY RESORT FEE

FREE WIFI

Talking Stick Resort has earned the reputation as one of the most distinct resort destinations in the Southwest. We proudly invite you to experience what others are talking about and visit the best Scottsdale has to offer today. • • •

Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor Best Casino by Phoenix Magazine Award of Excellence (Orange Sky) by Wine Spectator

S C O T T S D A L E | 8 6 6 . 8 7 7.9 8 9 7 | TA L K I N G S T I C K R E S O R T.C O M Best rates available online. Locally owned and caringly operated by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Communit y.


TOP 5 | RESTAURANTS LOCAL FAVORITES

BEST ICE CREAM Churn The coolest, sweetest, trendiest place for ice cream in Phoenix is Churn. There are no preservatives or additives to Churn’s homemade ice creams and the parlor is a colorful throwback to traditional candy stores. The store offers classics, such as strawberry, or seasonal flavor combinations. Bonus: This is an Instagrammer’s paradise. churnaz.com

Durant’s Looking for a classic chophouse? Durant’s opened more than 65 years ago, evident from its red velvet interior finishes, and has served the likes of Clark Gable and other classic Hollywood royalty. So, really, you can say you’re dining like a king whilst in Durant’s booths. durantsaz.com

Matt’s Big Breakfast There’s a reason there’s usually a line of people waiting for a table at Matt’s Big Breakfast. The food is some of the best comfort food you will ever taste. The bacon is thick. The coffee is great. The ingredients are local. Even the owner’s wife makes the preserve spread herself from local fruit in season. mattsbigbreakfast.com

Maizie’s Cafe & Bistro From the moment you walk through the door of Maizie’s, you know you’re in for an experience when you are enveloped in a crisp urban decor, full of life and energy. It’s a favorite places to hang for the young and hip in the Central Phoenix neighborhood. Good comfort food, an amazing brunch and personable service. maiziescafe.com

Pizzeria Bianco Chef Chris Bianco started making artisinal pizzas in the back of a grocery store in the ‘80s. Now, he has multiple restaurant locations in Phoenix and Tucson, and won the James Beard Award for Best Chef in the Southwest in 2003. Best known for his pizzas, it’s hard to go wrong with anything from his kitchen. pizzeriabianco.com

50

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

The Stockyards In 1947, The Stockyards, Arizona’s Original Steakhouse, opened its doors for the first time with a menu focused solely on its historical past: beef. Staying true to its heritage, The Stockyards’ menu continues to feature only the finest corn-fed, aged steaks and prime rib. stockyardssteakhouse.com


Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com 51


TOP 5 | RESTAURANTS HIPSTER HANGOUTS Clever Koi This Chinese-American fusion restaurant is one of the greatest additions to the Phoenix foodie scene. It offers build-your-own bowls, exquisite steamed buns and dumplings, craft cocktails and a casual, yet upscale atmosphere. This is great for dinner, but the lunch menu offers chilled green tea noodles that are worth visiting for two meals in one day. thecleverkoi.com Cornish Pasty Pasties are the gourmet, glorified Hot Pockets popular among Cornish miners before microwaves and toasters were even invented. Our favorite pasty, Royale with Cheese, which uses the French term for a Big Mac (popularized by “Pulp Fiction”) is a burger and fries packaged in a buttery, flaky crust served with three dipping sauces. Cornish Pasty, with locations Valleywide, also serve vegan and vegetarian options. If you’re extra hungry, spring for the leek soup. cornishpastyco.com DeSoto Central Martket This red-bricked neighborhood market, situated in a former auto garage at the confluence of the Arts District, opens its doors at 6:30 a.m. every morning. The goal of the recently redeveloped market is to serve food to-go or for in-house dining. It’s as social as you want it to be. In addition to Teaspressa, a tea-centric beverage bar, patrons will experience a food court that caters to fine dining tastes, such as oysters and Latin-Asian fusion. Overseen by Chef Stephen Jones, this market is perfect for a group of people who just don’t know what sounds good. Because everything will. There’s also free Wi-Fi in the court. desotocentralmarket.com La Grande Orange Grocery & Pizzeria La Grande Orange is an artisinal grocery, wine and beer store that serves healthy breakfasts and lunches that come with a side of novelty books and goods. The establishment also offers vegan and vegetarian options that are wholesome and so, so flavorful. lagrandeorangegrocery.com Welcome Diner Size doesn’t matter when it comes to big tasting sandwiches, like those served out of the red and white trailer better known as the Welcome Diner. Parked amid artsty downtown houses, the Welcome Diner is a charming place to mingle with locals over draft beer, craft cocktails and comfort food. welcomediner.net 52

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

Photo courtesy Cornish Pasty

Phoenix Public Market From food truck Fridays to the open air markets on the weekends or the daily cafe fare, Phoenix Public Market is a place for local agrarians to eat and play with purpose. Bonus: If you see a macaron, eat it. phxpublicmarket.com

Photo courtesy Phoenix Public Market


TOP 5 | RESTAURANTS STEAKS & CHOPS

Bourbon Steak Award-winning Chef Michael Mina presents a contemporary American steakhouse like no other. The tantalizing menu serves only American Kobe and Certified AllNatural Angus Beef. scottsdaleprincess.com

54

The Capital Grille More than two weeks before a steak is served to cusomters, The Capital Grille dry ages its meats for an unmistakable flavor and texture. The restaurant’s inhouse butchers then engage in what the restaurant calls and “intensive process” of cutting the meat for maximum enjoyment. Any place that cares that much about its diners’ experiences is ready for the most discerning patrons. thecapitalgrille.com

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

Cholla Prime Steakhouse & Lounge Cholla Primate Steakhouse & Lounge offers one of Scottsdale’s best finedining experiences in an intimate, upscale environment. Its menu includes crab stuffed prawns, strawberry fields salad, elk tenderloin and New York steak. casinoarizona.com

Donovan’s Steak & Chop House Donovan’s sets the standard of fine dining excellence. A classic steakhouse. A stylish, lively atmosphere. USDA Prime Steaks reign supreme. Mouthwatering steakhouse fare. A depth of wine variety that has earned the prestigious Best of Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator. donovanssteakhouse.com

J&G Steakhouse Perched at the top of the Phoenician resort, this steakhouse offers a breathtaking view that can’t even steal thunder from the restaurant’s outstanding dishes. Award-winning Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten uses prime meat, fresh seafood and seasonal ingredients to wow diners in a beautiful setting with a progressive selection of bar options. jgsteakhousescottsdale.com


With eclectic cuisine like Crab Stuffed Jumbo Prawns and Bacon Wrapped Elk Tenderloin, Cholla Prime Steakhouse & Lounge can satisfy any palate. One of the 10 Best Steakhouses in Scottsdale - USA Today Certificate of Excellence - TripAdvisor

I N S I D E CA S I N O A R I ZO N A 路 1 01 & M C K E L L I P S 路 4 8 0. 8 5 0.7 73 6 路 CA S I N OA R I ZO N A .C O M O n l i n e r e s e r v a t i o n s n o w a va i l a b l e. Lo c a l l y o w n e d a n d c a r i n g l y o p e ra t e d by t h e S a l t R i ve r Pi m a - M a r i c o p a I n d i a n C o m m u n i t y.


TOP 5 | RESTAURANTS MEXICAN BEST MARGARITA SOL Cocina Inspired by coastal Baja, SOL Cocina is an upscale, accesible Mexican restaurant in the heart of Scottsdale Quarter — a popular shopping district. Though its tacos have been featured in “O” magazine and its chef has multiple books under her belt, the margaritas are even harder to resist. Fun flavors such as blackberry ginger or pineapple serrano will make you wish you could try them all. solcocina.com

Photo courtesy SOL Cocina

America’s Taco Shop Located throughout the Valley, America’s Taco Shop is a favorite spot for casual Mexican dining. A menu comprised of things that you can wrap in a flour tortilla, the appeal of this restaurant is also tied into the family photos on the walls as well as the vibrant Mexican artwork. Locally famous for its flavorful carne asada, you can’t complete the America’s Taco Shop experience until you’ve tried its horchata — a sweet, spiced rice milk drink. americastacoshop.com

56

Barrio Cafe Established in 2002 by partners Wendy Gruber and Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza, Barrio Cafe was a dream come true for the duo. The neighborhood eatery is now everywhere, from Terminal 4 at the airport, to various Valley “barrios” such as Scottsdale and Phoenix. Chef Silvana serves authentic southern Mexican meals, prepped with a subtle French twist at times. Get the pomegrante guacamole, which is prepared table-side. barriocafe.com

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

Diego Pop’s This fun, Old Town Scottsdale restaurant is a taco connoisseur’s dream. Plus, it’s really cute. From the pineapple wallpaper to the lit “Say Yes to Tacos” sign, the trendy diner will enjoy the atmosphere. The charred skirt steak taco, perhaps the menu’s best offering, includes guacamole, house slaw, grilled onion and crispy leek. Pair it with the grilled shrimp taco filled with corn salsa, red onion, queso oaxaca and salsa verde. We recommend the corn tortillas. Tacos come a la carte, so join your tacos with some delicious coconut rice. diegopops.com

Elote Chef Jeff Smedstad prepares food inspired by 15 years of visiting Mexican markets south of the border. The menu is a classically trained chef’s love letter to corn and other staples of Mexican cuisine. The Sedona restaurant doesn’t take reservations and only serves dinner beginning at 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. elotecafe.com

Los Dos Molinos Los Dos Molinos is an iconic, family-owned Phoenix restaurant that features festive decor and a kick of spice in its dishes. The adovada ribs bring people in the doors and the pitchers of margaritas don’t hurt either. losdosmolinosphoenix.com


TOP 5 | RESTAURANTS AMERICAN CONTEMPORARY

BEST BRUNCH

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails This Chinese-American fusion restaurant is one of the greatest This is great for dinner, but the lunch menu offers chilled green tea noodles that are worth visiting for two meals in one day. bluehoundkitchen.com

Snooze, an AM Eatery Beyond a doubt, this is the best breakfast place in Phoenix. Go savory with the customizable Snooze Spuds Deluxe or sway to the sweet side with red velvet or banana pancakes. snoozeeatery.com

Central Bistro Brunch, lunch, dinner and happy hour are all great times to be at Central Bistro. Whatever you do, though, get the drunk bread. We also recommend grabbing a wine flight while waiting for Chef Chris Mayo’s wood-burning grill to prep your meal with locally sourced ingredients. centralbistroaz.com Citizen Public House Known for its amaro meatloaf, the menu at Citizen Public House is expansive in scope (from venison strip to duck leg, scallops and veggie burgers) and relatively brief. Pair anything on the menu with the exquisite The Original Chopped Salad. You won’t regret it. citizenpublichouse.com LoLo’s Chicken & Waffles LoLo’s Chicken and Waffles is a local favorite that has been expanding all over the Valley, including an airport terminal, as of late. Though chicken and waffle combos comprise a huge chunk of the menu, LoLo’s also serves southern comfort food favorites like grits and macn-cheese. Don’t skip the tall mason jar of sweet tea or Kool-Aid and cobbler or bread pudding for dessert. loloschickenandwaffles.com Switch Restaurant and Wine Bar Switch offers a variety of dishes inspired by American and European cuisine. Try the Big Virginian Burger, Triple Grilled Cheese, Pretzel Bun Shredded Pork, Chicken Pot Pie Gallette and the Mac N’ Cheese Plate. switchofarizona.com

Snooze 58

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com


TOP 5 | RESTAURANTS ITALIAN BEST BRUSCHETTA Postino Originally located in a renovated post office, Postino now has four locations in the Valley and one in Denver. With an impressive wine list, the second-biggest draw to the cafe is its bruschetta boards (they can be served on glutenfree bread). Prosciutto with figs and mascarpone is one of the favorites, but patrons can order up to four different topping types on one board. postinowinecafe.com

Franco’s Italian Caffe After a brief hiatus, Franco Fazzuoli and Chef Steve Martin are impressing Italian cuisine seekers at a new Franco’s Italian Caffe location in Old Town Scottsdale. francosscottsdale.com Marcellino’s Chef Marcellino Verzino has brought a taste of authentic Italy to Old Town Scottsdale. Patrons may notice there is no salt or pepper on the tables at Marcellino’s, due to the fact that he believes in the perfection of flavor from the kitchen. Many of the seasonal offerings are also grown on Verzino’s personal farm in Arizona or in the herb garden just outside the restaurant. marcellinoristorante.com Oregano’s A bit of Phoenix-based Chicago-style pizza that serves thin, stuffed and pan pizzas to the sounds of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Big Band. Additionally, each location is filled with antiques personally selected by the CEO. oreganos.com Tomaso’s Tomaso’s embraces the lifestyle of Italian dining. Tables sit amidst authentic Tuscan country brickwork columns and original artwork by Aldo Luongo. Enjoy regional Italian cuisine including expertly prepared appetizers, pastas, seasonal vegetables, entrees and Tuscanstyle steaks. tomasos.com Sassi Sassi’s food, ambiance, attentive service and wine selection has garnered several awards, including Wine Spectator and AAA 4 Diamond awards five years in a row. Seasonal menus are based on the cooking methods and ingredients of southern Italian cuisine. sassi.biz

Photo courtesy Sassi 60

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com


Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com 61


TOP 5 | RESTAURANTS SEAFOOD/SUSHI Bluewater Grill Seafood Restaurant Bluewater is casual, fun, owner-operated and offers a kid’s menu, oyster bar, patio dining and a full bar with a wine list and happy hour. bluewatergrill.com

Mastro’s Ocean Club Mastro’s Ocean Club combines world-class service and seafood-focused cuisine in an elegant and energetic atmosphere. The restaurant’s menu features an impressive array of fresh upscale seafood, including favorites such as the three-tiered iced Seafood Tower, bone-in filet, lobster mashed potatoes and a one-of-a-kind warm butter cake. mastrosrestaurants.com RA Sushi RA is a trendy spot for quality Japanese fusion with an emphasis on sushi. Happy hour is popular in Tempe, near ASU’s main campus, and Old Town. They also celebrate half birthdays! Be sure to ask what kind of specials you can get. Roka Akor Robata Japanese cuisine is king at Roka Akor. This includes sushi and other dishes prepared with Japanese marinades. Bon Appetit magazine has listed Roka Akor as one of the top 10 sushi spots in the country and its steaks have also received some national attention. rokaakor.com Salt Cellar While Salt Cellar’s speciality is seafood — baked, broiled, sauteed, deep-fried, steamed and sliced — prepared to exceed expectations, it’s the funky atmopshere — the dining rooms, bar and kitchen are underground — that makes Salt Cellar a must-visit restaurant.

FUSION ALERT SumoMaya This trendy Mexican-Asian fusion restaurant brings together the bold flavors of Latin America with the Far East for an explosive, craveable menu designed by chefs Matt Zdeb, Lorenzo Lopez and Andy Hisao Suzuki. The restaurant offers really hot happy hour deals. Photo courtesy Salt Cellar 62

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com


TOP 5 | RESTAURANTS BOTTOMS UP Best Yappy Hour O.H.S.O. Eatery + Nanobrewery O.H.S.O., a brewery that offers 30plus beers on tap and an extensive American contemporary menu, opens its back patio to pups and their owners. This is especially nice during the fall and winter months and also provides a scenic view of the canals running through Arcadia.

Brewery: Four Peaks Four Peaks is the original and most beloved craft beer company in Arizona. Brewing since 1996 out of an old creamery, patrons can now visit the brick brewery to enjoy pub fare and the freshest suds from the tap. fourpeaks.com Cocktail: Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour B&T’s motto is “drink better,” and it’s hard not to at this relaxed cocktail lounge. Beware: As unpretentious as the parlour may be, you may accidentally leave a bit more of a cocktail snob than when you left. You can thank the creative, 16-page menu for that. As far as food goes, try the ramen burger and hurricane popcorn. bitterandtwistedaz.com Draught: Angels Trumpt Ale House Look to the ever-changing chalkboards for dozens of unique craft beers, many of which are from Arizona breweries, on tap. There may be bars with more than 31 taps nearby, but Angels Trumpet Ale House definitely has the best beers on tap. Pair the beers with the house poutine or The Churchill sandwich. angelstrumpetalehouse.com Happy Hour: Bink’s Midtown Bink’s Midtown, part of a family of restaurants throughout the Valley, offers food that pairs well with its cozy location in a renovated house. This is a great place to grub gourmet on a budget between 2:30 and 6 p.m. During that time, wine, beer and well drinks are half-off. Chef Kevin Binkley has won James Beard awards for the last four consecutive years. binksmidtown.com

Photo courtesy Bitter & Twisted 64

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

Pub: Linger Longer Lounge From gourmet twists on pub grub to electronic darts and arcade ball machines, this new nightlife spot is so much more than a dark and moody bar. Whether on the patio or in a more intimate booth, this place will make you want to linger just a little longer. Happy hour runs from 4 to 7 p.m. weekdays and all night Sundays. facebook.com/lingerlongerlounge


TOP 5 | ADVENTURES SNOW PLAY

Arizone Snowbowl Snow may not be the first thing that comes to mind when visiting Arizona, but Snowbowl accumulates an average of 260 inches every winter — and, yes, it’s still sunny on the mountain during this time of the year. Snowbowl is perfect for the seasoned skiier or boarder, as well as for people who just want to stay on the bunny slope. arizonasnowbowl.com Hitchin’ Post Stables Sleigh Rides Looking to enjoy the snow with a little more horsepower? Try a sleigh ride through the snow-covered Coconino National Forest between Nov. 20 and March 15. The onehour rides stop by a campfire for hot chocolate. potagoldadventures.com

Mormon Lake Lodge Hop on a snowmobile or strap on cross country skis for tours along groomed tracks around Mormon Lake Lodge this winter. mormonlakelodge.com Polar Express The classic children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg comes to life on the Grand Canyon Railway. Take the kids on an hourlong nighttime journey through the wilderness of Williams to the North Pole, where Santa and his reindeer await. Train rides begin in November and run through Jan. 2. thetrain.com Wing Mountain Snow Play Area For the first time, Northern Arizona has an organized snow play area with plowed and managed parking, hot beverages, sleds and other concessions. Activities that take place at Wing Moutnain include sledding, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and good old fashioned horsing around. snowplayaz.com 66

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

BEST HOT CHOCOLATE Macy’s European Coffeehouse Macy’s may roast some of the best coffee in Flagstaff, but when only hot chocolate will do — do it at Macy’s. Pair your hot cocoa with one of Macy’s gluten free pastries, and you have the perfect treat to fend off cold feet.


TOP 5 | ADVENTURES NATIONAL PARKS Chiricahua National Monuments This monument is considered a “Wonderland of Rocks.” The eight-mile paved scenic drive and 17-miles of day-use hiking trails provide opportunities to discover the beauty, natural sounds and inhabitants of this 11,985-acre site. nps.gov/chir

Kartchner Caverns Descend beneath Arizona’s surface to explore one of two half-mile tours. You will see 45,000-yearold bat guano, colorful formations and other secrets of the deep. azstateparks.com/ Parks/KACA

Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument In the heart of the Sonoran Desert, this monument celebrates the northern most habitat of the Organ Pipe Cactus. Just on the Mexican-Arizonan border, there are ranger-guided tours, bird watching, hikes to abandoned mines and stargazing programs. nps.gov/orpi

Saguaro National Park The majestic saguaro is the country’s largest cactus. Housed to the east and west of Tucson, Saguaro National Park is where you can see the often caricatured “view” of the Southwest. This area is perfect for adventurous hikers. An overnight trip into Saguaro’s wilderness can take a hiker from from 3,000-foot elevation to over 8,000-foot in about 15 miles. nps.gov/sagu

Vermillion Cliffs The 112,500-acre Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness lies approximately 10 miles west of Page and is characterized by red rock amphitheaters, sandstone arches, wooded terraces and hanging gardens. The 3,000-foot escarpment known as the Vermilion Cliffs dominates the remainder of the wilderness with its thick Navajo sandstone face, steep, boulderstrewn slopes, rugged arroyos and stark overall appearance. Some of the best slot canyon hiking opportunities on the Colorado Plateau are found here. Deer and desert bighorn sheep inhabit the area. blm.gov/az/st/en/ prog/blm_special_ areas/natmon/ vermilion.html

HIKES

West Fork Oak Creek #108 This is one of the most popular trails in northern Arizona. It includes stream-side strolls, watering holes and the Red RockSecret Mountain Wilderness. During fall and winter, leaves change colors and the occasional icicle can be found. This is a relatively easy hike and canyon rim to canyon rim stretches 14 miles. fs.usda.gov White Tanks The largest regional park in Maricopa County, at 30,000 acres, gets its name from the white granite rock that can be seen after rain causes depressions, also known as tanks, in the rugged pathways. There are 25 miles of hiking trails along the White Tanks, ranging from easy to strenuous. maricopa.gov/parks/white_tank

68

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

WATERFALL/ SWIMMING HOLE

Fossil Springs Waterfall Trail Located on Fossil Creek, this one-mile trail is one of the more popular routes in the Fossil Springs Wilderness. For a longer hike, try Flume Trail, which is 5 miles one way. fs.usda.gov Havasu Falls Havasupai means “people of the bluegreen waters,” and that’s a pretty accurate assessment of what you can expect on this gorgeous hike, starting from Supai. Be on the lookout for Mooney Falls, Navajo Falls and Beaver Falls. nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/havasupai.htm

Saguaro National Park


Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com 69


TOP 5 | ADVENTURES ROMANTIC DATES

Photo courtesy Quiessence Dolly Steamboat The Dolly Steamboat has been cruising for 90 years in Arizona. Current patrons can take it through inner waterways of Canyon Lake within the Superstition Mountains or go on the newly offered dinner cruises. dollysteamboat.com

70

elements Perched on the serene Camelback Mountain, the setting is as classy as the cuisine. Be sure to arrive about 40 minutes before sunset. The view is spectacular. sanctuaryoncamelback.com/ dining/elements

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

Float Balloon Tours Float into the Arizona sunset with this locally owned hot air balloon tour company. After the flight, partake in a craft cocktail, made with local champagne, and a freshly prepared meal curated by Chef Chris Bianco. floatballoontours.com

Horsin’ Around Adventures Saddle up for a ride through Arizona’s wine country and Sedona’s Oak Creek. Different tours may include meals, wine tastings and cattle driving. Even if you’re a city slicker at heart, these tours through the most beautiful parts of Arizona make it hard to resist your inner cowboy/cowgirl. horsinaroundsedona.com

Quiessence Dine beneath twinkling strings of lights zig-zagging through the treetops at this urban farm, where all the food is grown within walking distance of your dinner table. qatthefarm.com


ARIZONA'S WORLD CLASS CRUISE

CANYON LAKE, ARIZONA There's a different kind of adventure waiting for you aboard a steamboat. See an Arizona rich in history, lore and legends. Cruise the secluded inner waterways of the “Junior Grand Canyon” on a Nature Cruise or Twilight Dinner Cruise. Bring your camera and binoculars! (480) 827-9144 - www.dollysteamboat.com Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com 71


TOP 5 | ADVENTURES GRAND CANYON

Grand Canyon Movie in IMAX This IMAX movie opens with the beginning of man’s fragile kinship with the twisting 277-mile Grand Canyon in Arizona, then moves the audience through time with brief glimpses at the stone pages of human history. explorethecanyon.com Grand Canyon Skywalk The Grand Canyon Skywalk at Grand Canyon West extends 70 feet beyond the West Rim of the Grand Canyon, allowing visitors to gaze nearly 4,000 feet to the canyon floor, a height far exceeding those of the world’s largest skyscrapers. grandcanyonwest.com Grand Canyon Trail Rides The half-day mule trip descends 2,300 feet down the North Kaibab Trail to the Supai Tunnel. Wranglers take riders of all levels into the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Zion and Bryce Canyon every day. canyonrides.com Grand Canyon Whitewater Grand Canyon Whitewater rafting trips give you the opportunity to be in one of the most spectacular places on Earth. Whitewater rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon is beyond your imagination and gives you a chance to experience the true spirit of the Canyon. grandcanyonwhitewater.com The Grand Hotel The Grand Hotel is one of the premier Grand Canyon hotels, with the entrance to Grand Canyon National Park just one mile away, and the South Rim of the Canyon just a short car ride away. The warm and spacious lobby is reminiscent of a mountain lodge with exposed timbers and stone, a large flagstone fireplace and cozy seating areas. grandcanyongrandhotel.com

72

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com


TOP 5 | ADVENTURES FAMILY FRIENDLY Arizona Science Center One of the best ways to learn about the world around you is to pay a visit to the Arizona Science Center, where there are interactive exhibits, a planetarium and an IMAX theater to encourage the learning process. On the first Friday of every month, adults are invited to explore the museum after hours and kids-free. azscience.org

Butterfly Wonderland Walk through a rainforest ecosystem and the largest butterfly conservatory in the country, where thousands of butterflies and exotic moths freely flutter between flowers and trees. Occasionally, a butterfly or two will land on an unsuspecting visitor. Tip: Wear bright colors butterflywonderland.com

Children’s Museum of Phoenix Designed for children up to the age of 10, this is the kind of museum where visitors are encouraged to touch everything. With more than 300 things to experience, our personal favorite is The Climber. It’s an interactive structure that hangs above the atrium and is fun for kids to explore.

Flip Dunk Sports Are your travel companions the type who like to “bounce off the walls”? Stop by for an open jump session at Arizona’s indoor trampoline gym. Put some extra bounce in your basketball, dodgeball or bungee game with special trampolines, too! flipdunksports.com

Main Event Entertainment Gravity ropes, laser tag, karaoke, bowling, rock climbing, mini golf and video games are among the highlights of this one-stop entertainment hub. mainevent.com

UNIQUELY ARIZONA Tombstone The dirt roads where Western legends such as Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp once walked haven’t changed much in the “town too tough to die.” This historic Western town offers tours of old saloons, including the infamous Bird Cage Theater, and theatrical shoot outs throughout the day as well as old-fashioned fun. tombstoneweb.com

Butterfly Wonderland 74

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com


SAVE UP TO

12

$

ON YOUR NEXT VISIT

($3.00 off per person/maximum 4 visitors) Mention Experience AZ when purchasing tickets. Not to be combined with any other offer. Expires 4/30/16

(480) 800-3000 butterflywonderland.com 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, AZ 85256

EA

Your visit and membership supports all of our 501(c)3 Butterfly Wonderland Foundation’s efforts in education and conservation.


TOP 5 | ADVENTURES NATIVE AMERICAN EXPERIENCES Fort Apache Historic Park Learn about the Apache heritage and lifestyle at the tribe’s traditional holy home, cultural center and museum. Extend your experience by touring the Kinishba Ruins a few miles down the road. wmat.nsn.us/fortapachepark Hubbell Trading Post Feel the old wooden floor give slightly and squeak beneath your feet as you enter the oldest, continuously operating trading post on the Navajo Nation. As your eyes adjust to the dim lighting of the “bullpen,” you might catch a trader negotiating a deal with a Native American artist for their art. nps.gov/hutr Navajo Arts & Crafts Enterprise The only enterprise of the Navajo Nation that specializes in handmade Navajo jewelry, such as bracelets, rings, belts necklaces and more, Navajo Arts & Crafts Enterprise also offers woven rugs and represents many artisans on and off the Navajo Reservation. gonavajo.com Navajo Nation Hospitality Enterprise Come visit the largest Indian Reservation in the United States. The Navajo Nation Hospitality Enterprise owns and operates three properties in the heart of Indian Country — Quality Inn Navajo Nation, Quality Inn Navajo Nation Capital and the Navajo Travel Center. explorenavajo.com

WORLD HOOP DANCE CONTEST Hoop dancing is a stunning display of athleticism, artistry and cultural pride. Dancers choreograph movements that have them weaving themselves in and out of as many as 50 hoops to create different animal likenesses. Native Americans from the U.S. and Canada compete in this event every year, and women recently were granted admission as well. Dancers are judged on precision, timing/rhythm, showmanship, creativity and speed. Heard Museum, Feb. 13 and 14, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

76

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community The SRPMIC operates two casinos on its land under the Casino Arizona brand name. It also operates Salt River Fields at Talking Stick — home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies — the first Major League Baseball spring training facility to be built on Indian land. srpmic-nsn.gov


Journey into the ancient past of Arizona and discover what life was like more than 700 years ago.

The most accessible ancient ruins in the Southwest Open Daily 9-4:30 Summer Hours: July 1 - September 31, Closed Monday & Tuesday Adults $5 â—? Seniors (65+) $4 â—? Children 12 and under FREE We are a pet friendly facility

1324 S. Jesse Hayes Rd. Globe, AZ 85501 928.425.0320 | globeaz.gov/visitors/besh-ba-gowah Photography provided by: Lee Kinnard and Rick Hossman


TOP 5 | ADVENTURES IN THE AIR Fly High Paragliding Everyone has dreamed of flying, and paragliding is the closest humans can get to having wings. Fly High offers tandem and solo flight options in southern, northern and central Arizona. flyhighparagliding.com Maverick Helicopters Maverick Helicopters offers a list of unique air tours for every attraction seeker. It has helicopter tours that will take you deep into the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon. maverickhelicopter.com Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters Since 1965, Papillon Grand Canyon Helicopters has been showing guests the majesty of the Grand Canyon. papillon.com Red Rocks Biplane Tours Choose from four tours and view Sedona from above in the new WACO opencockpit biplane. sedonaairtours.com Skydive Arizona Home to the world’s largest drop zone, Skydive Arizona is the best way to fall in style. Tandem and solo jumps available. For those who just aren’t ready to jump, SkyVenture offers an indoor skyduving experience within a wind tunnel. skydiveaz.com

ON THE WATER Barlett Lake Marina Lake Powell Resorts & Marina The popular way to spend a day at Lake Powell is to rent a houseboat and tour the beautiful 2,000 miles of shoreline. Guided expeditions also available. lakepowell.com

78

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

BlueWater Jet Boat Tours Launch from the London Bridge (yes, that London Bridge) for Topock Gorge while aboard “Starship 2010” along the Colorado River. See 3,500-year-old petroglyphs and search for big horn sheep. The 50-mile journey is narrated and story-filled. coloradoriverjetboattours.com

Roosevelt Lake Marina Rent a boat and skim along the largest lake in central Arizona. rlmaz.com


Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com 79


TOP 5 | ADVENTURES OUTDOOR ADVENTURES Photo courtesy Soul Ride

WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Bearizona Drive through the habitats of this wildlife park, where bears, wolves, bison and other animals walk up to vehicles as if they’re part of the scenery. It’s interactive and great for kids. bearizona.com Phoenix Zoo Home to more than 1,400 animals, including komodo dragons, the Phoenix Zoo features a 2.5-mile walking path on which to visit with each animal. phoenixzoo.org Wildlife World Zoo & Aquarium Wildlife World Zoo takes pride in its exotic animals, including kangaroos, rare white alligators, a flightless emu and white rhinos. wildlifeworld.com

80

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

Flagstaff Extreme Daredevils only! Adults and kids can test their ability to overcome obstacles — among the treetops — at Flagstaff Extreme. flagstaffextreme.com

Soul Ride Prescott is a hub for mountain biking, and Soul Ride offers tours ranging from beginner to advance levels of riding. Soul Ride also offers bike rentals for Out of Africa Take an aerial safari — a two and a half tourists or riders who don’t have the right equipment. Instructors even offer hour zipline tour — at Out of Africa, a boulder yoga class for an extra fee. a wildlife park that is home to tigers, lions, giraffes and other animals native soulride.bike to that country. The park also offers a Verde Hot Springs bush safari and other creative ways to A hike, a crisp dip in the Verde River elevate the zoo experience. and a comforting float in the Verde Hot outofafricapark.com Springs are three of the best ways to spend a day trip to Payson. The remains Pink Jeep Tours of a former hot springs resort, there Take two- to five-hour tours through are still many pools available just after Sedona and the Grand Canyon, a brief hike near the Verde River. As a exploring ancient ruins, notable rock fair warning, there may be nudists. formations, or even pair your offpaysonrimcountry.com/Mountainroading tour with horseback riding Recreation/Other-Points-of-Interest/ with a combo tour. Verde-Hot-Springs pinkjeeptourssedona.com


TOP 5 | ADVENTURES WEDDING DESTINATIONS

Arizona Biltmore Finished in 1929, this historic Arizona landmark has seen visitors such as Frank Sinatra and almost every president since being built. With sprawling grounds and lush gardens, it’s the ideal location for an elegant event. Grand Canyon Arguably Arizona’s most unique wedding destination, the Grand Canyon has eight outdoor locations and two indoor options that accommodate between 20 and 250 guests. Phoenix Zoo With 15 different locations within the zoo to have a ceremony, there’s something for everyone. Couples can tie the knot anywhere from Harmony Farm to Lemur Lane, or even overlooking zebras. Red Rock Balloon Adventures Up to six of your closest friends can experience the moment you said “I do” with you, soaring over the red rocks of Sedona during sunrise in a hot air balloon. Sedona Tipi Temple Built on a vortex, with crystals built into the walls, the good vibes from the location will hopefully benefit your marriage. You’ll need to keep it intimate, as the tipi only holds up to 20 people.

82

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com


TOP 5 | ADVENTURES DOG FRIENDLY Arizona Center With shopping, restaurants (with outdoor seating) and outdoor areas to lounge, what reason is there not to bring your dog? A splash pad sits between the retail and the landscaped sections, and is welcome to dogs. arizonacenter.com

84

Lake Powell For a weekend at the lake, don’t forget to bring your furry friend with you! Petfriendly houseboats are available at Lake Powell’s marinas, so now everyone can swim together. lakepowell.com

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park Popular for adults, kids and animals, the park has multiple large areas for dogs to run and play. Weekly summer evening concerts are busy and an opportunity for dogs to meet new dog friends. therailroadpark.com

Papago Park With multiple hiking trails, this is the perfect place for your pooch to explore the desert. Ramadas are available, so bring a picnic and make a day of it. phoenix.gov/parks/ trails/locations/ papago-park

Partners Aquatic Center for Dogs The dogs will be the main focus for the day. Swim lessons are offered, as well as classes, including dock jumping, and a social swim. Dogs can use some of their energy, socialize and learn all at the same time. partnersdogtraining.com


TOP 5 | ADVENTURES ARCHITECTURAL TOURS Arcosanti This urban laboratory focuses on innovative design, community and environmental accountability. Paolo Soleri (creator of Soleri Windbells) created Arcosanti based on his architectural concepts. Day tours and week-long stays are available.

Chapel of the Holy Cross The façade of this Roman Catholic church towers over the red rocks of Sedona. Built in 1956, the cross is 250 feet tall. It won the American Institute of Architect’s Award of Honor, and houses a small chapel.

Taliesin West Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home holds multiple tours, focusing on topics from architectural insights to photography. Built in 1937, the multiplebuilding property is located near the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale.

Tovrea Castle The wedding cakeshaped building visible from the Loop 202 was originally built as a centerpiece hotel in 1930. Surrounded by a cactus garden, the castle is a nonprofit and is open for weekly tours.

San Xavier del Bac This Catholic mission was founded in the late 17th century and is now a National Historic Landmark.The church was completed in 1797, making it the oldest European building in Arizona, and is filled with the original statues and murals.

Arcosanti

86

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com


Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com 87


TOP 5 | ADVENTURES CASINOS

Casino Arizona at Salt River This casino offers more than 100,000 square feet devoted to gaming and entertainment. Amenities include 52 table games, 1,026 slot machines, keno, a high-limit lounge and a world-class showroom. Guests seeking food and refreshments can enjoy one of the facility’s five lounges and four restaurants. casinoarizona.com 88

Casino Del Sol Mediterranean architecture surrounds the gaming space, featuring 1,000 nickel, quarter, $1, $5 and multi-denominational slot machines. The $100 million resort, with luxury rooms and suites, two new restaurants, a spa and 20,000 square feet of meeting space. casinodelsol.com

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

Desert Diamond Feeling lucky? Swing by Desert Diamond in Tucson for keno, slots, table games and bingo 24/7. Desert Diamond has its own nightclub, too, and a variety of restaurants. ddcaz.com

Fort Mcdowell Casino Fort McDowell Casino offers some of the finest, most exciting gaming in the Southwest. Slots, keno, bingo, poker, blackjack, and lunar bingo, which takes the traditional game to thrilling new heights. fortmcdowellcasino.com

Vee Quiva Sixteen poker tables, daily bingo, 36 table games and 950 slot machines bring the luck-seekers to Vee Quiva — Gila River’s newest casino. The casino also has awardwinning restaurants, comedy acts, concerts and sports screenings to mix things up. wingilariver.com


Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com 89


TOP 5 | ADVENTURES AUTO ATTRACTIONS Arizona Speedway Dirt track race fans can get all the action they will ever need with races featuring the IMCA Modifieds South West Modified Championships, Super Stocks, Pure Stocks, Robert Horne Ford Bombers and Lady Stocks. arizonaspeedway.net

Bondurant School of High Performance Driving Channel champion racecar driver Bob Bondurant while learning tricks and honing skills to make you a better driver. Take a late model GM car out on a 1.6-mile racetrack with a professionally trained staff that will help you accomplish your driving goals. bondurant.com

K1 Speed Go-kart racers can experience a professionally designed track at K1 Speed, as well as karts that go up to 45 mph. k1speed.com

Octane Raceway The self-proclaimed largest indoor racetrack in America, Octane Racing features two quarter-mile tracks and go-karts that drive up to 45 mph. octaneraceway.com

Phoenix International Raceway NASCAR races heat up in the fall. When this track isn’t be used for races, fans can camp their RV in ZOOMTOWN, USA at the raceway. phoenixraceway.com

Phoenix International Raceway 90

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com


INDOOR KART RACING

LOCATIONS NATIONWIDE

PROFESSIONALLY DESIGNED TRACKS

CATERING

GREAT FAMILY FUN!

MEETING ROOMS

AUTHENTIC ATMOSPHERE

(602) 275-5278 K1SPEED.com

K1 Speed Phoenix 2425 South 21st St, Phoenix, AZ 85034

AZ - PHOENIX, CA - CARLSBAD . IRVINE . ANAHEIM . TORRANCE . ONTARIO . SANTA CLARA . SAN FRANCISCO . SACRAMENTO . SAN DIEGO FL - FT. LAUDERDALE . MIAMI, IL - BUFFALO GROVE . ADDISON, TX - AUSTIN . HOUSTON . SAN ANTONIO . DALLAS, WA - SEATTLE

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com 91


TOP 5 | ADVENTURES GOLF COURSES Grayhawk Golf Club Since opening in 1994, Grayhawk has become one of Arizona’s most celebrated daily-fee golf clubs, mostly because of Grayhawk’s two exceptional 18-hole golf courses – Talon and Raptor. Both have hosted highprofile events such as the Frys.com Open (2007-09). grayhawkgolf.com

Legacy Golf Club Legacy Golf Club was voted No. 1 public course in Phoenix and is the site of the Golf Channel Academy. The 18-hole, par 71 golf course was designed by Gary Panks. golflegacyresort.com

Monument Express At Troon North Troon North Golf Club has created an executive nine-hole golf course called Monument Express. The course measures to more than 1,500 yards and offers two different par options based on a player’s experience and ability. The course can be played for a very affordable price. It’s great exercise and perfect for beginners, juniors and golfers of all skill levels. Free for kids 15 and under who are playing with an adult. troonnorthgolf.com

Talking Stick Golf Club Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, together as a design team, created the magic of Talking Stick. Located on and owned by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, the north and south courses provide a serene yet challenging day of play. talkingstickgolfclub.com

We-Ko-Pa Golf Club Featuring views of the Sonoran Desert, We-Ko-Pa consists of the original 18 holes, the Cholla Course, designed by Scott Miller and a second 18, the Saguaro Course, designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw. wekopa.com

Photo courtesy Grayhawk 92

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com


TOP 5 | ADVENTURES BEAUTY AND DAY SPAS

Photo courtesy Alavadora Spa Alvadora Spa At The Royal Palms Resort & Spa Old World ambiance melds with contemporary amenities, including a fitness center, massage therapy, pools, golf, biking and nearby hiking trails. royalpalmshotel. com/phoenix-spasalvadora.com

94

Mii Amo At Enchantment Resort This destination spa at Enchantment Resort offers a wide range of treatments, from facials to massages and spiritual readings, as well as fitness classes, cooking demonstrations and outdoor adventures. miiamo.com

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

Mind, Body & Soul — Prescott Arizona Day Spa This is a retreat where men and women can escape the rigors of daily stress and, most importantly,to replenish the spirit. Mind, Body & Soul is a three-time winner of Best Day Spa in Arizona. prescottazdayspa.com

The Spa at Camelback Inn With a variety of massages, facials, body treatments, packages and specials available, including farm-totreatment-table experiences, the Spa at Camelback Inn allows you to experience complete rejuvenation and relaxation. camelbackspa.com

Well & Being The Fairmont Princess’ Well & Being spa is about living life well. Wrap your worries up and away with aerial hammock yoga, stop to smell the roses with a customizable aromatherapy massage or try one of many other energizing and enlightening services, such as accupunture, scrubs and wraps, offered at this AAA Five diamond resort. fairmont.com/ scottsdale/spa


TOP 5 | ADVENTURES JEWELERS

Cornelis Hollander Cornelis Hollander is an art and jewelry designer from Holland who worked in London’s jewelry district, South Africa and, finally, Scottsdale, where he opened a full-service design company. cornelishollander.com E.D. Marshall Jewelers Providing clients with Arizona’s largest selection of high-end gems since 1981, E.D. Marshall Jewelers produces original fine jewelry designs with a focus on craftsmanship. edmarshalljewelers.com London Gold Regardless of your jewelry interests, customers find than they are always satisfied at London Gold, which prides itself on providing affordable luxury at prices always better than a sale. London Gold has direct access to the finest diamonds, so your choices are virtually unlimited. londongold.com Molina Fine Jeweler With a “never say no” attitude, Molina Fine Jewelers delivers legendary service with a focus on quality. Owner Alfredo J. Molina dazzled the diamond world in 2012 by selling the 76-carat Archduke Joseph diamond for $21.5 million, the most ever paid at auction for a colorless diamond. molinafinejewelers.com Sami Fine Jewelers Voted one of “America’s Top 5 Cool Jewelry Stores,” Sami has been designing jewelry for more than 40 years. Discriminating jewelry buyers around the country have sought out original Sami designs. This certified gemologist works with diamonds and exotic gemstones from around the world. samifinejewelry.com

96

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com


Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com 97


TOP 5 | ADVENTURES SHOPPING

Photo courtesy Tempe Marketplace Biltmore Fashion Park The original luxury shopping destination in Phoenix is a newly polished classic. Think: Saks, Ralph Lauren, Escada, Apple and more. A delicious collection of restaurants, including True Food Kitchen and The Capital Grille, let you order up levels of flavorful virtue. Also, try a few local luxury businesses in Biltmore’s Union, where you can find clothes, food, crafts and furniture made by Arizonans. shopbiltmore.com 98

Scottsdale Fashion Square Scottsdale Fashion Square is a diamond in the desert, with more than 225 retailers including Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Barneys New York. It’s the ultimate shopping destination for fashionistas. fashionsquare.com

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

Scottsdale Quarter Scottsdale Quarter is an open-air center where the vibe of the city meets the serenity of the desert. The hip, urban destination sits on 28 acres and restaurants, specialty and fashion retailers include Sephora, Pottery Barn, iPic Theaters, NIKE, Dominick’s Steakhouse, H&M, Apple and True Food Kitchen. scottsdalequarter.com

Tanger Outlets at Westgate Tanger Outlets offers something special for luxury shoppers in the West Valley. Openair storefronts for Calvin Klein, J. Crew, Banana Republic, Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth, Coach, Van Heusen and Haggar are among just a few of the popular retailers that are located near a variety of restaurants and a lively night scene at Westgate Entertainment District, University of Phoenix Stadium and Jobing.com Arena. tangeroutlet.com/ glendale

Tempe Marketplace This open-air marketplace features a movie theater, a variety of restaurants, shops and activities for families as well as adults looking for a night out. Shoppers can even catch the occasional, free outdoor concert on the weekends. Notable retailers include Target, Old Navy, Ulta and Barnes & Noble. tempemarketplace.com


TOP 5 | ADVENTURES GYMS Photo courtesy Orangetheory Fitness

5 Fun Runs The Duce The Duce is a lot of things — karaoke bar, resaurant, army and vintage surplus store — but it’s hard to miss the boxing ring in the middle of the repurposed warehouse in downtown Phoenix. Nearly every day of the week, a fitness class is held at The Duce. These include yoga, tabata and boxing in an old school fitness location. theducephx.com/old-school-fitness The Madison Improvement Club Does your gym have happy hours? The Madison does! With locations in Tempe and Phoenix, Madison Improvement Club is a trendy gym that’s #hookedonhealthy. Popular classes include Party on a Bike and flow yoga set to hot music. On Thursdays, students pay happy hour prices for classes. themadisonvibe.com

Orangetheory Fitness The theory of Orangetheory is one backed by the science of post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC). Training classes monitor heart-rate in an effort to keep them in a target zone that can boost metablism and energy. The gym refers to the result of its workouts as “The Orange Effect” as “more energy, visible toning and extra fat and calorie burn for up to 36 hours after your workout.” orangetheoryfitness.com Phoenix Rock Gym Top rope, boulder and climb on 15,000 square feet of 30-foot high walls. This place is perfect for beginners as well as more experienced climbers looking to get a good indoor workout into their day. Equipment rentals are available. phoenixrockgym.com

Mustache Dache To celebrate the end of No Shave Novemeber, Tempe hosts a race for mustachioed men and women (who can opt to wear a stickon mustache) with a sense of humor and decent lung capacity. Channel your inner Freddy Mercury or Ron Swanson and get dache-ing. Details: November 28 at Kiwanis Park at 9 a.m. mustachedache.com/phoenix/

Urban Yoga Located in DeSoto Market in downtown Phoenix, Urban Yoga offers classes of varying difficulty and practice type throughout the day as well as spa services — including prenatal and infant massages, stone therapy and cranial sacral therapy. urbanyogaphx.com

99

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com


Arizona’s destination for news, information and innovation

IN COMMERCIAL

R E A L E S TAT E

30 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE


azBIGmedia.com


TOP 5 | ADVENTURES GALLERIES & MUSEUMS

Photo courtesy Pima Air & Space Museum

Heard Museum Experience the myriad cultures and art of American Indians in 10 world-class exhibit galleries, plus enjoy sculpture courtyards, superb dining and shopping for uniquely Southwestern gifts and art. heard.org

102

Musical Instrument Museum Be prepared to spend more time than you anticipated at this multi-level museum for music and culture lovers. At the first global musical instrument museum, nearly 300 exhibits immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of the world’s instruments. There are also rotating popular culture and celebrity exhibits. mim.org

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

Phoenix Art Museum The Southwest’s premier destination for world-class visual arts, features popular exhibitions and a collection of more than 18,000 works. The museum has free general admission on the first Friday of the month and Wednesdays between 3 and 9 p.m. Don’t miss the Firefly Room or the work of Arizona transplant Philip C. Curtis, whose work has its own room in the museum. phxart.org

HIGH-FLYING DISPLAYS Pima Air & Space Museum Pima Air & Space Museum is one of the largest air and space museums in the world and the largest non-government funded aviation museum. pimaair.org Scottsdale Museum Of Contemporary Art SMoCA is an educational institution dedicated to presenting exhibitions on contemporary and modern art, architecture and design. smoca.org

Shemer Art Center This gallery is literally a “home for the arts.” Located in the first home of Arcadia, the center offers workshops and classes as well as hosts exhibitions and events for a variety of artistic mediums. shemerartcenter.org


TOP 5 | ADVENTURES FESTIVALS 4th annual Phoenix Festival of the Arts Live arts and entertainment take over downtown Phoenix’s urban park. More than 125 vendor booths, food trucks and an interactive community art project called The Phoenix Mural. Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, Dec. 11, noon to 6 p.m., Dec. 12 and 13, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., free, phoenixfestivalofthearts.org Arizona Balloon Classic Don’t stay tethered this holiday season! Arizona’s 5th annual balloon classic includes balloon rides during the state’s beautiful winter weather. Fear Farm Sports & Entertainment Complex, 2209 N. 99th Ave., Phoenix; Dec. 18 to 20, more details TBA, abcfest.com

104

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

Arizona Renaissance Festival Huzzah! Fairies, artisans, jousting and mutton await! This Medieval fair has entertainment of the ages for all ages. Fairgrounds, 12601 E. Highway 60, Gold Canyon, Saturdays and Sundays, Feb. 6 to March 27 and Presidents Day, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., $10 to $22. royalfaires.com/arizona Dew Downtown Urban Ski and Snowboard Festival Flagstaff, in northern Arizona, is known for its powdery slopes. However, once a year, downtown Flagstaff hosts an urban ski and snowboard competition on San Francisco Street. Catch the latest tricks and adrenaline-rushing obstacles as a viwer or during open boarding before the competition. Jan. 24, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Jan. 25, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., free for spectators, dewdowntownflagstaff.com

Strong Beer Festival Do you have what it takes to go headto-head (see what we did there?) with Arizona’s strongest beers? Celebrate Arizona Beer Week the best way possible — by throwing some of the state’s favorite brews down the hatch! Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, Feb. 13, $10 to $75, arizonabeerweek.com


TOP 5 | ADVENTURES WINERIES Alcantara Vineyards Alcantara Vineyards, the first winery on the Verde River, is one of the largest vineyards in central and northern Arizona. Make it a day trip from the Phoenix or Scottsdale area. Check out the Arizona winery tours and tasting with an outstanding selection of wines, made right here in Arizona. The winery’s vineyards have more than 19,000 vines and offers 12 varietals. alcantaravineyard.com Arizona Stronghold Vineyards Arizona Stronghold Vineyards, the top producer of high-quality wines in Arizona, was formed in 2007 by vintner Eric Glomski and musician Maynard James Keenan to put Arizona on the fine wine map. For $9 per person, Stronghold’s knowledgeable staff will guide you through a tasting of five wines. This is a great way to familiarize yourself with the Arizona Stronghold portfolio of wines. azstronghold.com Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards Maynard James Keenan, made famous as the vocalist of rock band Tool, and vintner Eric Glomski embarked into winemaking in the desert conditions of Arizona’s Verde Valley. Their story is documented in the film “Blood Into Wine” and the success they’ve seen in the decade since its inception. caduceus.org

106

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

Dos Cabezas Wineworks Dos Cabezas WineWorks is a family owned and operated winery that challenges the perception that Arizona does not produce exceptional wines. Dos Cabezas WineWorks has been producing wines in Arizona since 1995. Its wine has been enjoyed at the White House, earned critical acclaim and grabbed international attention. doscabezaswinery.com

Page Springs Page Springs is a family owned vineyard and winery tucked into the volcanic landscape overlooking pristine Oak Creek. Page Springs Cellars offers Rhone style wines and $5 tastings. pagespringscellars.com


SUPER SPORTS

GUIDE table of contents Player Spotlight

110 Fiesta Bowl 112 Cactus Bowl 114 College Football Playoff 116 Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon 120 Phoenix Open 122

..................................................................................

..................................................................................

..................................................................................

..................................................................................

.................................................................................

................................................................................

Quicken Loans Race for Heroes 500

................................................................................

Cactus League ................................................................................

108

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

124 126


ARIZONA IS PARADISE FOR SPORTS LOVERS

H

ere is one of the first things I noticed after moving from New York to Arizona: When it’s January in New York, you’re running in snow. When it’s January in Arizona, you’re RUN FOR IT: Experience AZ running in shorts. And getting Editor in Chief Michael Gossie sun-burned on the golf course. competes in the P.F. Chang’s It didn’t take long from my Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon, friends and family members to which runs from Phoenix realize the same things. Each through Scottsdale to Tempe. year, my list of visitors gets longer and their visits get even longer. Why wouldn’t they? As a lifelong athlete, I have surrounded myself with people who enjoy the same things I enjoy. That might be why I once had more than 100 people at a carbo loading party at my house before the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & Half Marathon. Many of them were friends from New York who came to Arizona to compete in the race. But even if you don’t have any interest in being in the middle of the competition, there is more than enough going on in Arizona to keep even the most hard-core sports fans in the stands entertained. Consider what Arizona has coming in the next few months: • The Fiesta Bowl and Cactus Bowl will bring four of the finest college football teams to Arizona to compete. • The P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & Half Marathon will boast a field of more than 30,000 runners who will speed through the streets of Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe. • The Phoenix Open — called “The Greatest Show on Grass” and the largest professional golf tournament on the PGA Tour — will bring its madness and masses to Scottsdale. • Hundreds of thousands of NASCAR fans will descend on Phoenix International Raceway for a weekend of highspeed action. • Finally, one of the biggest sporting event in the world, the College Football Playoff National Championship, comes to Arizona for the second time in five years. With it comes plenty of events around the Valley for fans. That’s why we expanded this issue of Experience AZ to include a guide to all the can’t-miss mega sporting events that Arizona will host in the coming months. Once you get your fill of fun, don’t forget to come back next year when Arizona will host the 2016 College Football Championship Game. Game on.

Michael Gossie Editor in Chief michael.gossie@azbigmedia.com Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

109


PLAYER SPOTLIGHT The Player’s Plate

Luis “Gonzo” Gonzalez Left fielder, Arizona Diamondbacks (1999-2006) After getting the hit that won the Diamondbacks the 2001 World Series against the New York Yankees, Gonzo and his team made history as the first and only professional sports team in Arizona to win a national championship (other than the Phoenix Mercury). Gonzo has continued his tenure as a celebrated Arizonan through philantropy and his foundation, Going Gonzo for Kids. The Florida native and his family fell in love with Arizona during his days with the Diamondbacks and decided to stay in Phoenix after his retirement from the game. As an honorary Arizonan, Gonzo gave his top five places to eat and play around the state. RESTAURANT: LA FONDA DEL SOL There is no spicy food at Gonzo’s household, and though his wife, Christine, and kids eat veggies you won’t find any on his plate! Gonzo says he loves the hole-in-the-wall atmosphere of La Fonda. “I’m a people person, and my family is to, so if people treat us right we love coming back and being a part of this place,” he shares. There have been times when he has stopped in two or three times a week — and he never goes home without bringing back a few pints of salsa and chips for his kids. Dish: Steak and chicken fajitas, hold the veggies. Mild salsa by the pint to take home. lafondadelsolrestaurant.com FAMILY OUTING: ARIZONA STATE FAIR “I’m huge into the state fair,” says Gonzo, who is also on the fair’s board. My daughter, Alissa, loves it too. I love walking around and trying all the different types of fried food. It’s a big part of Arizona and something I enjoy being a part of.”Gonzo grew up going to state fairs in Florida. “There are not a lot of people who go to the fair and aren’t happy and smiling,” he says. azstatefair.com FAMILY FRIENDLY: CHUCK E. CHEESE’S OR PETER PIPER PIZZA Gonzo says that when his kids were younger, he always took them to kiddie pizza places with games. chuckecheese.com; peterpiperpizza.com ADULTS’ NIGHT OUT: TOPGOLF “(My son and I) went to TopGolf a lot when it first opened,” Gonzo says. “It was cool. I loved it. It’s entertainment. It’s nicer at night because of all the lights and the music.” topgolf.com

110

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com


PLAYER SPOTLIGHT The Player’s Plate

Nick Davila Quarterback, Arizona Rattlers (2010-Present) The Arizona Rattlers are a professional arena football team based in Phoenix. Three-time defending national champion and two-time MVP Nick Davila plays quarterback for the Rattlers in downtown Phoenix. Though Davila and his wife are California natives, they love to travel the great outdoors of Arizona. Davila, the oldest of six children, spent a lot of time outdoors and tries to do the same with his 5-year-old son and 3-year-old daughter. When he’s not coaching his son’s t-ball team, leading the Rattlers to another victory or enjoying the time he gets to spend at home with his family, he may be doing something at one of the follow: FAVORITE RESTAURANT: CASANOVA BROS. PIZZA What is now a pre-game tradition began as a Yelp search. (Stars! They’re just like us!) Davila’s wife is Italian and makes her own sauces from scratch, so the bar was set pretty high when he was charged with finding an Italian restaurant for his visiting in-laws. Casanova Brothers Pizza, opened in 2008, serves New York style pies and Italian dishes. “Any time my family comes into town and they want pizza, we’re coming here,” Davila says. “Everything I’ve had here is delicious. … They got the thumbs up from my father-in-law, who takes me to the Italian meat market whenever we go back to California.” Favorite dish: White pizza or the Italian sausage sandwich casanovabrospizza.com OUTDOOR ADVENTURE: CABIN RENTAL IN SHOW LOW During bye-weeks, Davila likes to camp with his family. Last Thanksgiving, his family headed north to Show Low, where they fished, hiked and he deep-fried a turkey. whitemountaincabinrentals.com FAMILY FRIENDLY OUTING: BUTTERFLY WONDERLAND butterflywonderland.com BUCKET LIST: TRIP TO THE GRAND CANYON nps.gov/grca WAY TO BEAT THE HEAT: WET ’N’ WILD PHOENIX wetnwildphoenix.com

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

111


when:

FIESTA BOWL

January 1, 2016 at 11 a.m.

where:

University of Phoenix Stadium 1 Cardinals Drive Glendale, Ariz. 85305

tickets: fiestabowl.org

seating:

The stadium has a capacity of 73,000. The stadium has permanent seating for 63,000, but expands to hold approximately 73,000 for events such as the Fiesta Bowl. A total of 88 luxury suites on two levels, club seating for 7,000 with access to private club lounge areas, lower bowl seating for 29,000 and upper deck seating for approximately 26,000 accommodate patrons. All seats are individual chairs with arm rests and cup holders.

playing surface:

Natural grass (Tifway 419 Bermuda hybrid planted in early May 2006 using stolons in an 11” bed of USGA sand mix with inclusions.)

lighting:

700 Musco pre-aimed sports lights providing over 1 million watts of lighting.

stadium:

The stadium us 233 feet high from the playing surface to top of roof, or approximately 19 stories high. With its retractable field and roof, University of Phoenix Stadium is unlike any other in North America. The exterior design of the stadium was provided by renowned architect Peter Eisenman, along with HOK Sport. The basic form of the design takes its cue from a barrel cactus and offers alternating vertical slots with smooth panels. University of Phoenix Stadium was constructed with a retractable roof containing two large panels that retract to uncover the entire playing field. It also features a roll-out field consisting of a 152,000 square-foot concrete stadium floor with an embedded utility grid. The natural grass field remains in a retractable, 12-million pound tray outside the stadium until game day for maximum sun exposure and nourishment. The tray takes approximately 45 minutes to move inside the stadium and rests in a tray atop tracks as it rolls out on a steel wheel set powered by small electric motors. 112

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

game history:

Former Arizona State University President G. Homer Durham pitched the concept of a Phoenix-area football bowl game in 1968. The Fiesta Bowl was established in 1971. Now, more than 40 years later, the Fiesta Bowl has hosted seven national championship games and has become an integral part of college football’s postseason. “It is very apparent to me why the Fiesta Bowl continues to be the most sought-after bowl game in college football,” said Boise State head football coach Chris Petersen, who has led his team to a pair of Fiesta Bowl victories. “Its firstrate reputation is well deserved.”

economic impact:

The Fiesta Bowl’s impact on Arizona lasts all year long and is felt well beyond the gridiron. In the 2010-11 bowl season, the Fiesta Bowl, Cactus Bowl and Tostitos BCS National Championship Game created $354 million in economic impact, according to a study by ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business. The study estimated that the Fiesta Bowl organization has produced $1 billion in economic impact in a five-year span.

fiesta bowl fan fest:

Jan. 1, 2016 from 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. on the Great Lawn at the University of Phoenix Stadium. Tens of thousands of fans will gather for the pre-game party. Here, college football fans of all ages can like this ultimate tailgate that celebrates the great traditions of college football before the game begins. Activities such as pep rallies, performances by the university marching bands and cheerleaders, Jumbotrons to watch team highlights, interactive games, and food and beverage booths all help fans prepare for the big game.

fun fact:

The 2011 BCS National Championship had 78,603 fans in attendance, which was the largest crowd in the history of University of Phoenix Stadium.


TGIF

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com 113


when:

CACTUS BOWL

January 2, 2015 at 8:15 p.m.

where:

Chase Field 401 E. Jefferson St. Phoenix 85004

tickets: fiestabowl.org

seating:

The stadium has a capacity of 49,033

playing surface:

Natural (hybrid Bermuda grass)

chase field history:

Chase Field opened in the Spring of 1998, built as a multipurpose facility to house Arizona’s first Major League Baseball team, the Arizona Diamondbacks, and to host largescale events. The Ballpark covers approximately 1,300,000 square feet, including the playing surface, and is divided into six levels: Field, Main Concourse, Press Level, Suite Club Level, Upper Concourse and Mechanical Level. Chase Field can be configured to accommodate various sports including football, soccer and basketball, in addition to its baseball configuration. Other setups that have enjoyed success in the building are concerts, motor sports, trade shows, exhibits, band pageants, religious gatherings and running/walking events.

pre-game party:

If you’re passionate about tailgating, then join diehard Pac-12 and Big 12 fans at The Oasis Pregame Party before the teams take the field. The event takes place on Jan. 2, 2016 from 2:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Enjoy live music, marching bands, cheerleaders, pep rallies, interactive games, and Jumbotrons playing team highlights. This event combines fun and convenience for the ultimate tailgating experience. The pregame party is conveniently located south of the Chase Field parking garage, between Buchanan and Lincoln. In addition to the activities and entertainment, the price of admission also includes a plated meal.

pre-game party tickets: fiestabowl.org

114

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

game history:

Since its inception, the Cactus Bowl has been played in the state of Arizona at three separate venues. For the first 10 years, the game was played at Arizona Stadium, on the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. In 2000, the bowl’s organizers moved the game to Bank One Ballpark (now Chase Field), a baseball-specific stadium, in downtown Phoenix. Finally, in 2006, the game moved to Sun Devil Stadium at Arizona State University in Tempe to replace the Fiesta Bowl which had moved to University of Phoenix Stadium in the Phoenix suburb of Glendale. The game was moved back to Chase Field this year while Sun Devil Stadium undergoes a renovation. Biggest comeback: The 2006 game saw the biggest comeback in NCAA Division I FBS postseason history, as Texas Tech came back from a 38–7 third-quarter deficit to defeat Minnesota 44–41 in overtime.

NAME GAME

Here are the former names of the Cactus Bowl, which will be played Jan. 2 in Phoenix: • Copper Bowl (1989) • Domino’s Pizza Copper Bowl (1990-1991) • Weiser Lock Copper Bowl (1992-1995) • Copper Bowl (1996) • Insight.com Bowl (1997–2001) • Insight Bowl (2002–2011) • Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl (2012-2014) • Cactus Bowl (2015-present)


TGIF

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com 115


when: COLLEGE FOOTBALL

PLAYOFF NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

January 11, 2016

where:

University of Phoenix Stadium

information: collegefootballplayoff.com

About the College Football Playoff

The College Football Playoff is a three-game, four-team event to decide the national championship. Semifinal games rotate annually among the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Capital One Orange Bowl, Allstate Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual and Fiesta Bowl. Semifinal games for the 2015-16 season will take place on December 31, 2015 at the Capital One Orange Bowl and the Goodyear Cotton Bowl. The championship game will be January 11, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz.

The Place to Be:

Championship Campus presented by Ak-Chin Indian Community

When:

January 8 through 10

Playoff Fan Central at the Phoenix Convention Center

Multi-day fan festival that gives thousands of fans the opportunity to be a part of the College Football Playoff National Championship experience, with appearances from the participating institutions’ bands, cheerleaders and mascots and mini pep rallies for each participating team. Filled with various activities including interactive games, sponsor activities, special guest appearances and exhibits celebrating college football, this family friendly event creates memories that last a lifetime.

When:

Friday, Jan. 8, 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, Noon to 8 p.m.

116

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

AT&T Playoff Playlist Live! at Block 23

A free, outdoor music concert series held during championship weekend, featuring a variety of national recording artists to be named this fall. ESPN will broadcast live throughout the weekend within the Playoff Playlist Live! Footprint.

When:

Saturday, Jan. 9 Sunday, Jan. 10 Gates open at 3 p.m.

Taste of the Championship at the Phoenix Convention Center

Culinary event featuring a mix of top chefs from Arizona and around the country, benefiting the College Football Playoff Foundation’s Extra Yard for Teachers initiative.

When: TBD

Additional Events:

(More TBA mid-November) Extra Yard 5K Championship Tailgate in Glendale


PLAY BIG WHERE TO EAT

WHERE TO STAY

WHERE TO PLAY

You are just a click away from a list of dining locations in every town from Tombstone to Lake Powell.

Whether you are trying to find a bed & breakfast, resort or dude ranch, we have great destinations to fit everyone’s budget.

With our new “Where to Play” button you can find fun activities for all ages in every town.

VOTE

FOR YOUR

FAVORITE ARIZONA PLACES TO

EAT, PLAY & STAY!

azBIGmedia.com | 602.277.6045

30 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE


COLLEGE FOOTBALL

ALUMNI

SPORTS BARS

There’s always a place to cheer on your alma mater in Phoenix! Here are some of the most popular sports bars for different college teams in the Valley.

University of Southern California

Arizona State University

Lucky Break luckybreakaz.com

Devil’s Advocate Bar & Grill devilstempe.com

Boise State

Arcadia Tavern arcadiatavern.com

Colorado State University Orange Tree Golf Course orangetreegolfcourse.com

Notre Dame

Rockbar Scottsdale rockbarscottsdale.com

UCLA

Dave & Buster’s at Tempe Marketplace daveandbusters.com

University of Arizona KO’Donell’s kodonnells.com

University of Colorado Salty Senorita saltysenorita.com

University of Oregon

Thirsty Lion at Scottsdale Fashion Square thirstyliongastropub.com 118

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

Majerle’s Sports Grill majerles.com

University of Utah University of Washington Skeptical Chymist Irish Pub skepticalchymist.com

Canyon’s Crown Restaurant & Pub canyonscrown.com

University of Wisconsin Sandbar at Desert Ridge sandbaraz.com

Washington State University Tilted Kilt Scottsdale tiltedkilt.com/locations/scottsdale


The preferred partner of the Cactus League

Pick up Play Ball at your favorite Cactus League stadiums!

CORNELIS HOLLANDER

call today to be in the 2016 issue!

602.277.6045

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

119


P.F. CHANG’S

ROCK n ROLL

MARATHON & HALF MARATHON

when:

January 17, 2016

what:

Runners have the option to compete in a full marathon, half marathon, two-person half marathon relay or 10K

tickets:

runrocknroll.competitor.com/arizona

Starting lines:

Marathon starts in downtown Phoenix at CityScape; half marathon, two-person relay and 10K start at University Drive and College Avenue in Tempe

and by truck number near the start line. Attach your gear tag to your gear bag before you leave it with the Gear Check crew. After the race, reclaim your checked bag at the designated Gear Check area.

Finish line:

Meeting up after the race:

Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe Beach Park

The courses:

The full marathon course tours through the three host cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe. The half marathon and 10K courses are looped courses launching from downtown Tempe.

Expo:

For two days — Jan. 16-17 — more than 80 exhibitors will offer free samples, showcase the latest in running gear, sports apparel, health and nutritional information and much more. Pick up some last-minute race essentials before race day and be sure to visit the Brooks Official Merchandise Store. All runners must visit the expo to pick up their race number, swag bag and T-shirt. The expo will be located at Phoenix Convention Center, North Halls A-E, 100 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ 85004.

Rock on:

With local bands playing live on entertainment stages along every mile of the course, Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona will again rock with a city-wide party. The bands will keep the course pulsating as runners rock their way from start to finish.

Gear check:

Before you enter your assigned corral, drop-off your pre-race/ post-race clothing and belongings at the Gear Check. While you run, your gear will be held at Gear Check. Each participant will receive a large, durable gear bag at the Health & Fitness Expo when you pick up your packet that will serve as your gear bag on race day. Gear Check trucks will be arranged alphabetically 120

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

After the race, reunite with family and friends in the Family Reunion area and relish in your post race accomplishment with refreshments and live music at the finish line stage. With a large number of participants and thousands of excited spectators, it can be difficult to locate friends and family without a plan. It is highly recommended that you designate a meet-up location for friends and family before the race in the Family Reunion area. The Family Reunion area will post tall, clearly-marked signs by Letter (A – Z), so be sure to coordinate and plan to meet at a pre-determined letter.

Post-race concert: TBD


TGIF

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com 121


WASTE MANAGEMENT

PHOENIX

OPEN

when:

February 1 to 6, 2016

where:

TPC of Scottsdale 17020 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85255

tickets:

wmphoenixopen.com

SPECTATOR TIPS parking:

There is free public parking with shuttle access to the tournament gates.

• From the west, public parking is at Loop 101 and Hayden

Road. We recommend that eastbound Loop 101 drivers exit at Hayden, and drive south into the parking lot. • From the east, parking is at WestWorld. We recommend that drivers exit Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., drive north to Bell Road, turn east to 94th street, and south into the parking lot entrance. The free shuttles will operate Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday through Saturday from 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and Sunday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

seating:

TPC of Scottsdale’s Stadium Course has a capacity of 30,000, making it one of the world’s greatest golf stadiums. The par 3 16th hole on the Stadium Course is the only fully enclosed hole on the PGA Tour. The grandstands that surround the 16th are home to one of the most enthusiastic crowds on the PGA Tour. A shot that lands on the green will result in cheers from the crowd, while a shot that misses the green will result in boos. Tiger Woods scored an ace (hole in one) on this hole during the 1997 Phoenix Open, sending the crowd in attendance into a frenzy.

history:

The list of professional golfers who have won in Phoenix reads like the golf Hall of Fame: Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Jimmy Demaret, Billy Casper, Gene Littler, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Miller Barber, Johnny Miller, Ben Crenshaw, and more recently Lee Janzen, Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson, Tom Lehman, Mark Calcavecchia and Kenny Perry just to name a few. The Phoenix Open began in 1932 but was discontinued after the 1935 tournament. The rebirth of the Phoenix Open came in 1939 when Bob Goldwater, Sr. convinced fellow Thunderbirds to help run the event. The Thunderbirds, a prominent civic organization in Phoenix, were not as enthusiastic about running the event as he was, leaving

122

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

Goldwater, Sr. to do most of the work in getting a golf open started. The event was played at the Phoenix Country Club in Phoenix, both in its earlier incarnations and after Goldwater resuscitated it. Beginning in 1955, the Arizona Country Club (also in Phoenix) alternated as event host with Phoenix Country Club; this arrangement lasted until Phoenix Country Club took The Arizona Country Club’s turn in 1975 and became the event’s permanent home again. In 1987, the tournament was moved to its current home, the Stadium Course at TPC of Scottsdale. The 4-day attendance of the tournament is usually around 500,000.

records:

The lowest 4-day score (72 holes) for the tournament was by Mark Calcavecchia in 2001 with a total score of 256 (28 under par), which has since been matched by Phil Mickelson in 2013. In the second round, he scored a 60, which equalled the lowest score at the Phoenix Open (by Grant Waite in 1996) and subsequently matched by Phil Mickelson in 2005 and 2013. Calcavecchia had 32 birdies in the tournament, which was also an all-time record.

about the course:

The Stadium Course at TPC Scottsdale has hosted some of contemporary golf’s greatest moments since opening in 1986. The course was designed by Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf specifically to serve as the stage for the tournament – what’s now become the largest spectator golf event in the world. During the 51 weeks of the year when fans are not watching the sport’s top names make history, they can test their own skills on the same pristine fairways — maintained to PGA Tour-quality standards year-round — as their favorite professionals. The course is most famous for it’s par-3, 16th hole that transforms into “The Coliseum” during the Waste Management Phoenix Open and provides fans with one of the most exciting settings in professional sports. Throughout the rest of the course, players will find an ideally balanced layout that blends challenge and playability while appealing to all levels of ability.


PHOENIX OPEN TIX

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com 123


CAMPING WORLD

500

when:

March 11-13, 2016

where:

Phoenix International Raceway, 7602 S. Avondale Blvd., Avondale, AZ 85353

tickets:

phoenixraceway.com

Events:

Camping World 500, Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200

What:

NASCAR’s first and last trips to the West Coast each season is at Phoenix International Raceway. Spend Spring Break at Phoenix International Raceway while enjoying the Camping World 500, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race on Sunday, March 13 and Axalta Faster. Tougher. Brighter. 200, NASCAR XFINITY Series Race on Saturday, March 12. On Friday, March 11, spend a relaxing day at PIR watching NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying and Practice Sessions, as well as NASCAR XFINITY Series practice and fan experiences on the Fan Midway.

The track:

Phoenix International Raceway, also known as PIR, is a one-mile, low-banked tri-oval race track located in Avondale. The track opened in 1964 and currently hosts two NASCAR race weekends annually, one of 13 facilities on the NASCAR schedule to host more than one race weekend a year. PIR has also hosted the IndyCar Series, CART, USAC and the Rolex Sports Car Series. The raceway is currently owned and operated by International Speedway Corporation. The raceway was originally constructed with a 2.5 miles (4.0 km) road course that ran both inside and outside of the main tri-oval. In 1991 the track was re-configured with the current 1.51 miles (2.43 km) interior layout. PIR has an estimated grandstand seating

124

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

capacity of around 67,000. Lights were installed around the track in 2004 following the addition of a second annual NASCAR race weekend. The track is both the first and last stop in the western United States, as well as the second and secondto-last track on the schedule.

Past champions 2005: Kyle Busch, Hendrick Motorsports 2006: Kevin Harvick, Richard Childress Racing 2007: Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports 2008: Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports 2009: Jimmie Johnson, Hendrick Motorsports 2010: Carl Edwards, Roush Fenway Racing 2011: Kasey Kahne, Red Bull Racing 2012: Kevin Harvick, Richard Childress Racing 2013: Kevin Harvick, Richard Childress Racing 2014: Kevin Harvick, Stewart-Haas Racing


TGIF

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com 125


Hohokam Stadium , also known as Dwight W.

CACTUS LEAGUE what:

Surrounded by the scenic landscape of the Sonoran Desert, Greater Phoenix provides the excitement of the Old West within a thriving metropolitan area brimming with cultural and outdoor activity. Enjoy Cactus League games in Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Surprise and Tempe.

history:

Spring training for baseball season under the warm Arizona sun has been a tradition for devoted fans since 1947, when just two teams, the Cleveland Indians and the New York Giants, came here to prepare for the rigors of the long regular season. Today, 15 teams train in the Phoenix metropolitan area in the greatest concentration of professional baseball facilities found anywhere in the United States. For visitors, the Cactus League couldn’t be more convenient, with short drive times between ballparks and a full range of hotel, dining and shopping amenities. Truly, the Cactus League is the premier destination for baseball lovers.

when:

March through April, 2016

information: cactusleague.com

SPRING TRAINING FACILITIES Camelback Ranch in Glendale is the spring training

home of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago White Sox. It is owned and operated by Glendale, Arizona. The stadium holds 13,000 people. It has 10,000-plus seats, plus 3,000 bermed grass seating. There are eight full suites, four mini-suites, one press box, one suite-level party deck and a series of outfield terraces that create party areas.

Location: 10712 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85037

Sloan Park in Mesa is the spring training home of the

Chicago Cubs. It opened in 2014 and is owned and operated by the Chicago Cubs. With a capacity of 15,000, Sloan Park is the largest spring training stadium by capacity in Major League Baseball, surpassing Camelback Ranch in Glendale (coincidentally, spring training home of the Cubs’ in-city rival the Chicago White Sox) by 2,000 seats.

Location: 2330 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa, AZ 85201

Goodyear Ballpark in in Goodyear (west of Phoenix)

is the current spring training home of the Cleveland Indians and the Cincinnati Reds. It is part of a $108 million baseball complex. Outside the main entrance, the concourse features a 60 foot 6 inch fiberglass statue titled “The Ziz” created by artist Donald Lipski.

Location: 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear, AZ 85338 126

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com

Patterson Field and formerly Hohokam Park, is the spring training home of Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics as of 2015. The stadium was named for the Hohokam people who occupied the region from approximately AD 1 to the mid-1400s. From 1979 to 2013, the Chicago Cubs held their spring training at Hohokam Stadium.

Location: 1235 N. Center St., Mesa, Arizona 85201

Maryvale Baseball Park is the spring training

home of the Milwaukee Brewers and their minor league affiliates. The baseball park located is owned and operated by the city’s Parks and Recreation department. The stadium holds 7,000 people. It is also the home stadium of the Arizona League Brewers rookie league minor league baseball team of the Arizona League.

Location: 3600 N. 51st Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85031

Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, a suburb of Phoenix, is the spring training home stadium of both the San Diego Padres and the Seattle Mariners. The facility is near Peoria’s main shopping district on Bell Road. It consists of the main baseball stadium (Peoria Stadium) and twelve practice fields. It is also one of five facilities to host Arizona Fall League games. Location: 16101 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, AZ 85382

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick is the spring training

facility home for the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies. The stadium complex is located in the Salt River PimaMaricopa Indian Community near Scottsdale. The complex represents the first MLB park to be built on Native American Indian land. There are 7,000 fixed seats in the grandstand and 4,000 lawn seats for a total estimated seating capacity of 11,000.

Location: 7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85258

Scottsdale Stadium is the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants. The stadium was built in 1992 and holds 12,000 people. The stadium underwent a $23.1 million renovation in 2006. In return, the San Francisco Giants agreed to play at the stadium for an additional 20 years, through 2025, with an option to extend the lease to 2035. The stadium also hosts the Fall League’s championship game at the end of November. Location: 7408 E. Osborn Rd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Surprise Stadium is the spring training home of the

Kansas City Royals and the Texas Rangers and the home of the Arizona Fall League’s Surprise Saguaros. It is located at the Surprise Recreation Campus athletic facility. The stadium was designed by HOK Sport, built in 2002 and holds 10,714 people. The stadium was also the home of the Golden Baseball League’s Surprise Fightin’ Falcons, who folded after their only season in 2005.

Location: 15930 N. Bullard Ave., Surprise, AZ 85374

Tempe Diablo Stadium in Tempe is the spring

training home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the home field for night games of the Arizona League Tempe Angels. The stadium was built in 1968 and holds 9,558 people. The stadium underwent an extensive $20 million renovation and was rededicated on Mar. 3, 2006. Tempe Diablo Stadium can be seen from the Maricopa Freeway.

Location: 2200 W. Alameda Dr., Tempe, AZ 85282


TGIF

Vote and learn more at azBIGmedia.com 127


Profile for AZ Big Media

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2015  

Your Guide To The Top 5

Experience AZ Fall-Winter 2015  

Your Guide To The Top 5