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FITNESS TO FACIALS: WESTIN KIERLAND DOES A BODY GOOD AZ’S 11 MUST-SEE SPOTS SAY HELLO TO THE FLOWRIDER MEET KIERLAND’S WAVE MASTER


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The Essence of Arizona

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W E LC O M E L E T T E R By J. Bruce Lange

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FI R ST I M PR E SS ION S FROM ITS DESERT-CREATURE LOBBY HABITAT TO ITS NEWEST MASCOT, CHECK OUT WHAT’S NEW AT WESTIN KIERLAND. PLUS: AN AGAVE LIMEADE RECIPE. By Melissa Larsen

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D E VO U R I N T H E D E S E R T TAKE A BITE OUT OF WESTIN KIERLAND’S 10 DINING DESTINATIONS. By Melissa Larsen

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A R I Z O N A V I S I TO R ’ S G U I D E 11 OF THE STATE’S MUST-SEE CULTURAL, RECREATIONAL, ENTERTAINMENT AND SCENIC TREASURES. By David M. Brown

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J U S T A D D WAT E R A LOOK AT WESTIN KIERLAND’S 575,000 GALLONS OF WATER FUN, INCLUDING THE NEW FLOWRIDER. By Becky Antioco

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W E L L N E S S AT W E S T I N FROM ITS AMAZING SPA TO FIRST-CLASS FITNESS, WESTIN KIERLAND DOES A BODY GOOD. By Becky Anitoco

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MASTE R S CLASS MEET THE MASTERS WHO MAKE WESTIN KIERLAND A WORLD-CLASS DESTINATION. By Melissa Larsen

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LASTI NG I M PR E SS ION MICHAEL MCCLANATHAN’S “SCOTTISH PIPES AT SUNSET SERIES.” By Melissa Larsen Cover Photographed by Cassandra Tomei

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Few destinations provide such an enriching variety of activities in such close proximity and still provide you sanctuary, rejuvenation and renewal in the form of Agave, the Arizona Spa.

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WELCOME and thank you for joining us to partake in what we affectionately refer to as “the Kierland Experience.” Over the years, the Kierland destination has become synonymous with fabulous lodging, golf, shopping, spa and dining. With 732 traditional guest rooms and suites, including an additional 300 villa-style accommodations, The Westin Kierland elevates the lodging experience with upscale comforts to delight the most discerning traveler. Kierland Golf Club is well known for providing some of the best playing conditions and player services (climate-controlled golf carts, shaded practice facilities and on-property club fitting, just to name a few) throughout the Valley; with more than 300 bunkers that span our 27 holes, it challenges and rewards the best of shot-makers. We’ve also successfully connected purposeful fitness (ForeMax) with instruction as our Fitness Director and our “Top 50” instruction staff team up to fine tune your skills and execution. Kierland is home to the Valley’s two premier shopping districts: Kierland Commons and TO THE WESTIN KIERLAND RESORT & SPA,

Scottsdale Quarter, both located immediately adjacent to the Resort. Each feature unique venues and some of the most popular dining options around. Few destinations provide such an enriching variety of activities in such close proximity and still provide you sanctuary, rejuvenation and renewal in the form of Agave, the Arizona Spa. The level of service and the native therapies you will discover there will ultimately conclude with you feeling enriched, revitalized and restored. Speaking of conclusions, no Kierland journey is complete without an escape to deseo— our unparalleled Nuevo Latino dining experience. Don’t forget to meet our resident artist, Nelson Garcia Miranda, as he paints for you throughout the dinner hours. His works adorn the walls of the restaurant, and they are as masterful as the food is without compare. Lastly, and since our opening in 2002, we have done much to share Arizona’s rich history, diverse culture and the secrets of the Sonoran Desert. The photographs, artwork, flora, fauna and creatures featured throughout our hallways, venues and grounds capture the wondrous essence of Arizona for all to treasure and enjoy. Thank you for selecting us as your home away from home, and we look forward to your many return trips as you journey to our Valley of the Sun. J. BRUCE LANGE

Managing Director The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

PHOTOGRAPHED BY CASSANDRA TOMEI

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The Big Sipper In addition to utter rest and relaxation, guests at Agave, the Arizona Spa, are also indulged in a healthful signature drink: Agave Limeade. Want to reproduce this tasty, good-for-you concoction at home?

Here’s how: Agave Limeade 4 C Lemonade 3 ¾ C Filtered water ¼ C Rose’s lime juice 1 squirt Agave nectar Mix all ingredients and serve chilled over ice.

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DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY In addition to its blissful massages, facials and body treatments, Agave, the Arizona Spa whisks away your worries via its APACHE BURDEN BASKET

tradition. As the Apache people would do when entering their teepees, spa-goers are invited to leave their stresses and worries behind in a Burden Basket, located outside of each tranquil treatment room. THE RESULT?

A lighter feeling, a shifted focus and an even more restorative and relaxing day of pampering.

Sweet Ride You might have noticed a very special logo—you know, the one with four interlocking rings—as you pulled up to Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. That’s because, through a special relationship with the car dealer, the resort offers front-row AU D I L A N E parking privileges, complimentary valet and more perks for Audi drivers. Not yet an Audi enthusiast? Audi North Scottsdale can arrange test drives for Westin guests.

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On-the-Go on the Green Golf cart, schmolf cart. The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa invites golfers to get moving from hole to hole via S E G WAYS . The resort happens to be the first in the country to introduce the two-wheeled, state-of-the-art devices to its course. Using gyroscope technology, microprocessors and electric balancing motors, golfers are able to use Segways to glide around the greens with ease. (Golfers also can take part in the walk-the-course option.)

Chill Out

At Kierland Golf Club, there is no need to sweat it as you perfect your swing. Even in Arizona’s scorching summers, the resort course keeps players cool via its C L I M AT E - C O N T R O L L E D G O L F A M E N I T I E S . Golfers stay comfortable thanks to an outdoor driving range featuring an air-conditioned canopy system (utilizing Joape Misting Fans) and innovative golf carts that are chilled by Auramist and feature a patented system that is designed to direct cold air onto the golfers.

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With its dedication to personal renewal, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa has rid its menus and mini bars of trans fat—but certainly not of taste. The resort has incorporated A N T I OX I DA N T- A N D P H Y TO N U T R I E N T- R I C H S U P E R F O O D S into all menus (try Nellie Cashman’s delectable market vegetable wrap or turkey BLT, for instance), ensuring guests enjoy the healthiest dining experience possible during their stay.

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Drink Up

The Rim: Featuring Jameson Irish Whiskey and sweetened green tea, the Saddled Leafnose is fresh and flavorful while the Chili Sidewinder, with Grand Marnier, Hennessy VS and brown sugar simple syrup is a lip-smackin’ nod to the Southwest and the lobby’s new desert habitat and snake exhibit. J. Swilling’s Pool Bar & Grill: Named after the Kierland FlowRider, the refreshing FlowRita boasts organic Azunia Blanco Tequila, organic agave nectar and fresh-squeezed lime juice. In flavors like tropical citrus, orange-mango, blueberrypomegranate and more, the BodyArmor SuperDrink is a healthful, nutrition-packed concoction to keep you feeling great even while just simply soaking up some r-n-r poolside. To keep cool while giving your taste buds a real treat, try The Wave Master and Tidal Wave signature cocktails.

FUN IN THE SUN At The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, fun is always first on the agenda. The resort’s FA M I LY F U N P R O G R A M dishes out goodtime-for-all experiences, including Kierland Kampfires, visits to the Phoenix Zoo, poolside happenings, Arizona-themed arts and crafts and so much more, with each activity appealing to both the littlest guests as well as Mom and Dad. For an extra special activity for the whole family, visit Kierland Mining Co. where guests will receive “The Compass: A Trailblazer’s Guide to The Westin Kierland.” The guide features a scavenger hunt that is both fun and educational, allowing guests to learn about Arizona history and culture while getting to know the ins and outs of the property.

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PHOTO BY CASSANDRA TOMEI

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Hisstorical Habitat

In its newest effort in preserving the “Essence of Arizona” throughout the resort, Westin Kierland Resort & Spa has unveiled a new lobby habitat to delight and educate guests about desert friends. In a partnership with the Phoenix Herpetological Society, the desert habitats house a W E S T E R N D I A M O N D BAC K R AT T L E S N A K E , a M O H AV E R AT T L E S N A K E , a G I L A M O N S T E R and a CA L I F O R N I A K I N G S N A K E ; each habitat showcases a description of the reptiles, tips on handling them and common myths. In addition to visiting the creatures in the lobby, guests can learn more about them via educational opportunities with the resort’s FUN team, who have been trained with the reptiles.

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MEET THE MASCOTS Scotty, the Scottish Terrier: Whether he is welcoming guests to the resort or enjoying a long walk around the adventure-packed property, Scotty, the Scottish terrier rescue, is responsible for many smiling faces (on both kids and kids at heart) around The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. At the end of a busy day, you might catch the four-legged mascot cozying up in his plush Westin Heavenly Dog Bed. FERGUS!: A special addition to The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa’s FUN Team, FERGUS! is the resort’s bagpiper mascot. Guests were invited to weigh in on the mascot’s name during the “Name the Westin Kierland Mascot” Contest (the winner even received a two-night stay grand prize). Staying true to the Scottish bagpiping traditions, “Fergus” is a popular Irish and Scottish name, meaning “the chosen one.” Be sure to say “hi” to FERGUS! at FUN Team events throughout the property.


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DEVOUR IN THE DESERT WHETHER YOU HAVE A HANKERING FOR FINE DINING AND WINE OR A POOLSIDE PRICKLY PEAR MARGARITA, TAKE A BITE OUT OF WESTIN KIERLAND RESORT & SPA AT THESE 10 DINING DESTINATIONS. Story by Melissa Larsen

deseo WITH A CONCEPT AND MENU originally developed by James Beard Award winner, Chef Douglas Rodriguez (he is regarded as the creator of Nuevo Latino cuisine), deseo showcases Latin-influenced cuisine complemented by a South American wine list. (Request a seat at The Rail, the counter surrounding the exhibition kitchen to get a front seat at the chefs in action.) At deseo, order up some fresh and flavorful ceviche—a restaurant staple—followed by pan-seared halibut, churrasco-style beef tenderloin or Peruvian corn chowder. To wash it all down, request a cocktail from the Muddle Bar where mixologists use a mallet to “muddle” fresh fruits and herbs, making an ultra-flavorful concoction that looks as tempting as it tastes. Open daily for dinner, 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. deseo Lounge opens at 5:30 p.m. For reservations, call 480.624.1202, select option No. 3. Please note: deseo closes every summer for a few weeks for its annual “Summer Siesta.”

deseo Epicurean Experience: Join Chef de Cuisine Roberto Madrid as he demos two signature ceviche dishes—alongside a mojito—followed by a three-course

dinner at The Rail (paired with South American wines) at 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays. Guests are invited to interact with the pros and ask questions. $75 per guest. “Muddle Mania” Mojito Class: Take a seat at deseo’s signature Muddle Bar to learn the art of muddling drinks every Wednesday and Sunday at 5 p.m. $22 per guest (price includes an appetizer, drink, recipe book and a muddler). Wine and Art: At 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays, enjoy sipping a rotating selection of three South American wines while taking in the refined art of the resort’s resident artist, Nelson Garcia Miranda. $12 per guest. Kids’ Pajama Party: Have a little one aged 4 to 12? While Mom and Dad enjoy dinner at deseo, the wee ones are welcome to the resort’s Kids Club for dinner, games, movies and more—for free. To learn more and register, call 480.624.1268 or e-mail FUN@ kierlandresort.com. (Limit two kids per family; $50 per additional child.)

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N E LLI E CA S H M A N ’ S I S NAM E D FOR “TH E ANG E L OF TH E M I N I NG CA M P ” A N D A R I Z O N A’ S OLD E ST CLU B F O R WO M E N .

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pairing that highlights the cities’ history. It will be an educational and culinary delight for the whole family. Open daily, 6 a.m. – 3 p.m.; 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. For reservations, call 480.624.1202, select option No. 3.

Nellie Cashman’s Monday Club Café is the resort’s go-to dining destination for SouthwesternMediterranean eats created with local produce and indigenous recipes. Inside, guests can spy the chefs at work via the exhibition-style kitchen, while patio diners can take in panoramas of the Kierland Golf Course and McDowell Mountains. During the summer months, Nellie Cashman’s showcases one of Arizona’s unique mining towns with a special menu and beverage

Sunday “Bubbles & Brunch”: From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays, Nellie’s dishes out a Champagne brunch that features the likes of house-cured white tea-smoked salmon, iced shrimp, crab legs, fresh salads, healthfocused signature Superfood offerings, scrumptious mimosas and much more. $35 per adult or $28 per adult for “Brunch without Bubbles”; $12 per child 6-12; 5 and under free.

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meets gastropub roots at Brittlebush Bar & Grill. The menu has been designed with Scottish and southwest influences that connect to the Scottish heritage and southwest traditions of Kierland Golf Club, as well as farm-to-table eats that feature local ingredients and flavors. On tap, Brittlebush serves craft beers from Arizona’s finest, like Four Peaks, Nimbus and San Tan Brewery. Don’t miss the signature “Piper’s Ale,” named after the resort’s “Bagpipes at Sunset Series,” as well as the seafood fondue, orange BBQ wings, Piper’s Ale fish and chips and Brittlebush sliders. Open daily, 11 a.m. –5:30 p.m. (beverage service only after 5 p.m.). Brittlebush Bar & Grill closes each summer for a few weeks. Check Web site for more information. For reservations, call 480.624.1202, select option No. 3.

LOCATED ON THE LOBBY LEVEL just below the Front Desk, The Rim bar whips up light appetizers and specialty cocktails and offers Scotch tastings and an award-winning selection of wines—including on-tap wine—for its guests. Best of all, The Rim firmly believes in biodynamic farming and sustainable agriculture and is aware of its carbon footprint, offering many eco-friendly dining options, like local brews from Four Peaks and Nimbus. As memorable as the drinks? Views of Dreamweavers Canyon, Pinnacle Peak and more. Open daily, 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.

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Waltz & Weiser Whiskey Bar & Cantina SEEKING A ROUSING GAME OF BILLIARDS or bar shuffleboard with a beer or bourbon in hand? The Waltz & Weiser Whiskey Bar & Cantina is just the ticket. Whipping up Mexican-inspired fare for lunch or dinner (think chipotle-whiskey BBQ buffalo wings, green chili con queso and much more) and serving a top-notch selection of beer, Scotch and bourbon, this one-of-a-kind saloon is influenced by the Old West and Arizona’s mining years. In fact, the hot spot is named after Jacob Waltz and Jacob Weiser, who according to legend, are two prospectors who were given the map to the famous Lost Dutchman Mine after coming to the old man’s aid in a cowboy fight. Open daily, 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.

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Starbucks coffee; house-made pastries, cookies and sandwiches; figure-friendly spa cuisine options; and gelato and ice cream treats are all up for grabs at this casual, convenient cafe. Coffee Flats & Snowbowls is located near to the Concierge desk just past the main entrance. Open daily, 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.

J. Swilling’s Pool Bar & Grill DISHING UP LOBSTER ROLLS, street tacos, shrimp potstickers and even gluten-free grub, J. Swilling’s Pool Bar & Grill isn’t your average poolside eatery. Cool down under the sun with a fresh fruit smoothie, a kid-friendly Kierland Cooler or a prickly pear margarita. Beverage service, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; food service: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (hours will change monthly).

Weekend Pool Parties: This summer, every Friday and Saturday night from 7 p.m. -10 p.m., starting Memorial Day weekend, J. Swilling’s Pool Bar & Grill hosts familyfriendly pool parties featuring a DJ, contests, giveaways and much more. Friday night features different Valley food trucks while Saturday night brings a tasty barbecue feast.


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The Hershey’s Sweet Shoppe Dessert Bar offers up a spread of finger-lickin’ desserts. Enjoy Brazilian chocolate truffles, fresh fruit tarts, chocolate mousse, bourbon pecan pie, martini glass strawberry shortcake and more. Linger for a while and satisfy your sweet tooth alongside a glass of wine or coffee at The Rim, or bring a few bites to your room for an indulgent end to your evening. Open daily, 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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Dreamweavers Canyon Courtyard to unwind alfresco—with a drink in hand—at Dreamweavers Canyon Courtyard. In the afternoon or evening, take in views of the Kierland Golf Course and McDowell Mountains and savor some time next to the fire pit with pals. Each night, delight your ears and eyes with Michael McClanathan’s “Bagpipes at Sunset” series. K GUESTS ARE INVITED

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ARIZONA VISITOR’S GUIDE Story by David M. Brown

“THE WEST SYMBOLIZES ADVENTURE, freedom, space and gold, not only of troy weight but the gold of Eden,” A.B. Guthrie Jr. told a group in Montana 40 years ago. As visitors to the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, you have an opportunity to enjoy some of these riches here in Arizona: cultural, recreational, entertainment and scenic. Here is a shortlist comprising 11 destinations. We think you’ll find each rewarding, entertaining—and perhaps life-changing.

The Grand Canyon The grandest of Earth’s treasures: 1.2 million acres, 5.45 trillion cubic yards. Coursing through here for six million years, the Colorado River runs 277 miles in the mile-deep gorge, with the South Rim at 7,000 feet and the spectacular North Rim, closed during winter, at 8,000 feet. Established in 1919, Grand Canyon National Park preserves a landscape that began forming two billion years ago. Many species live here: 373 bird, 91 mammal, 57 reptiles and amphibians, 17 fish. Humans have been in the area for 12,000 years, and archeologists have recorded nearly 4,300 archeological resources, with just six percent of the park studied. Four buildings are National Historic Landmarks, and 10 properties and structures are on the National Register of Historic Places. Composers can’t score the rush of the river, and the artist’s canvas can’t hold its colors and textures, shadows

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Don’t miss it: www.nps.gov/grca/.

Heard Museum and Musical Instrument Museum Since 1929, the Heard Museum in Phoenix has celebrated the cultures of Southwest Native Americans. In recent years, the landmark institution has expanded to showcase other indigenous cultures and contemporary work. The 130,000-sq.-ft. Spanish Colonial-style museum collects and exhibits drawings, poetry, paintings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, textiles and photography. “The Heard is nationally and internationally recognized for the quality of its exhibits, which provide insight into the cultures and histories of Native people, and for the sensitivity of its presentation and interpretation of American Indian art,” says Lee Peterson, vice-chair of the Heard Museum Board of Trustees and the volunteer interim president and CEO. A favorite for families, the Musical Instrument Museum offers 200,000 square feet of musical instruments, music memorabilia and more from around the globe—and spanning the years. The Experience Gallery is adored by guests of all ages, as it allows them to try unique instruments firsthand, from a booming gong to Burmese harp. MIM also hosts a jam-packed events calendar that makes way for lectures, workshops, kid’s activities, concerts and much more. Come see the Heard and MIM: www.heard.org; www.mim.org. WESTIN KIERLAND MAGAZINE

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Kartchner Caverns State Park About six miles south of Benson in the Whetstone Mountains, an hour south of Tucson, Kartchner Caverns State Park has been called one of the 10 most mineralogically interesting caves in the world. In 1974, Tucson cavers Randy Tufts and Gary Tenen crawled through a crevice and found two chambers— now toured as the Rotunda Room, containing the Throne Room, and the Big Room, closed in the summer to allow female bats to roost. Here were stalactites from the domelike ceilings; stalagmites and stalactites; flowstone; brushite moonmilk; and helectites. The Throne Room displays the country’s longest soda straw formation—second longest in the world. “Through the whole process, Randy and I wanted to protect it beyond our lifetimes,” says Tenen, who kept the cave secret for years. “We wanted to take care of something. The cave deserved it—and our children deserve it.” Reservations recommended: www.azstateparks.com. Kierland Commons, Scottsdale Quarter and Scottsdale Fashion Square Next door to the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Kierland Commons is a Main Street lifestyle center, combining retail, restaurants, entertainment, office space and luxury residential living. Resort guests can enjoy the “Key to Kierland” by showing room keys for savings. “Kierland Commons offers more than 70 upscale 42

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retail stores in a beautiful outdoor setting, alongside charming outdoor cafes and award-winning restaurants,” says Ryan Hursh, senior property manager. A half mile away, Scottsdale Quarter is an open-air center with 60-plus stores and restaurants like Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, GAP, Apple, iPic Theaters and Kendra Scott Jewelry. A “Key to the Quarter” is also available. And, just south, Scottsdale Fashion Square is the area’s premier shopping destination, with 240 stores— 40 unique to Arizona—including Barneys New York, Nordstrom, H&M, Sephora, Williams-Sonoma Cartier, Anthropologie, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Victoria’s Secret and Z’Tejas. Shop around: www.kierlandcommons.com; www.scottsdalequarter.com; www.fashionsquare.com.

Mill Avenue District Adjacent to the Tempe campus of Arizona State University, the Mill Avenue District features more than 100 shops, restaurants, cafes, historic buildings, taverns, nightclubs and hotels, and it’s close to the area’s outdoor recreation. “The Mill Avenue District is the heart of Tempe—an energetic place with a wide variety of options for shopping, dining and nightlife in a pedestrian-friendly environment,” says Stephanie Nowack, president and CEO of Tempe Tourism. Runners and hikers enjoy climbing “A” Mountain (officially Hayden Butte, for the pioneer family), with petroglyphs made by the ancient Hohokam people, and the 220-acre Tempe Town Lake has boating, kayaking, fishing and rowing as well as rental pedal boats,

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paddleboards, pontoon boats and hydrobikes. The 720-acre ASU campus has more than 20 free museums and galleries, a calendar of sporting events and professional Broadway shows at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed ASU Gammage. Walk around: www.tempetourism.com; www.millavenue.com. Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving Foreign travelers often say: “We’re not going to America; we’re going to Bondurant.” Since 1968, when the legendary World Champion driver began the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, Bondurant and staff have trained nearly 500,000 people to become safer and more proficient at handling the challenges of track, street and highway driving. Proudly located on the Gila River Indian Community in Chandler, the school offers courses for everyone. While their parents take higher-level driving courses, teens can hone fundamentals in karts as well as learn in cars from the finest instructors in the world. “We started small but with the same vision we have today: Offer professional and everyday drivers the best track-intensive training in the world,” says Bondurant, who is celebrating the 45th anniversary of the school this year as well as his 80th birthday. Rev it up: www.bondurant.com. Verde Canyon Railroad The spectacular Verde Canyon Railroad has your ticket to an Arizona treasure that’s variously entertaining. Throughout the journey, in first-class for example, you can enjoy wine, beers, cocktails and appetizers. From the depot in Clarkdale, about an hour and a half north of Phoenix, the train runs year-round through the 44

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spectacular Verde Canyon, showcasing red rock cliffs like those of nearby Sedona, Native American ruins, historic trestles, a 680-foot man-made tunnel and a riparian habitat, where eagles nest and hunt. More than a million passengers have enjoyed the four-hour roundtrip journey to Perkinsville ghost ranch on the standard-gauge railroad, which includes vintage FP7 diesel locomotives, first-class and coach, both with open-air viewing cars and a private caboose. The tracks first transported copper and then freight, livestock and passengers. Owner Dave Durbano purchased the line in 1988 and opened the scenic excursion two years later. Book it: www.verdecanyonrr.com. Taliesin West On 600 acres adjacent to the McDowell Mountains, Taliesin West is Frank Lloyd Wright’s dramatic response to the starkness and beauty of the Southwest desert— matching his Taliesin in the Wisconsin countryside. Here in east Scottsdale, antiquity and modernity coalesce, and timelessness, at least in human terms, begins. Built by Wright’s apprentices living in tents as early as 1937, the National Historic Landmark campus includes the residence and adjacent studio as well as two additions, the theater (1949) and the music pavilion (1956). “Visitors can see firsthand what is referred to as ‘Desert Masonry,’ or building from the desert’s stone and sand,” says Jonathan West, director of communications for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. “The sloping walls and upturned beams of the buildings echo the forms of the surrounding mountains, and the broad walkways and spacious terraces mimic the desert valley that Taliesin West overlooks.” Welcome: www.franklloydwright.org. K

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JUST ADD WATER WITH AN EXPANSIVE POOL AREA FEATURING A 900-FOOT LAZY RIVER, A 110FOOT WATER SLIDE AND A CHILDREN’S PLAY POOL, THE WESTIN KIERLAND RESORT & SPA IS A VERITABLE OASIS IN THE DESERT, BOASTING 575,000 GALLONS OF WATER FUN. HERE, YOU CAN SOAK UP THE SUN, RELAX IN A PRIVATE CABANA, AND NOW, TRY YOUR HAND AT SURFING OR BODYBOARDING ON THE RESORT’S NEWEST WATER ATTRACTION, THE KIERLAND FLOWRIDER. Story by Becky Antioco

guests only, the Kierland FlowRider debuted at Westin Kierland in September 2012, bringing the California surf lifestyle to the Sonoran Desert. The 6,000-sq.-ft. outdoor space includes a dual FlowRider, a viewing platform and a seating area. The best part is, there is no skill required to try flowboarding for the first time. The FlowRider itself is a wave simulator with two jets that push 30,000 gallons of water up the surface at a rate of 25 to 30 miles per hour. The ride surface is made of a special composite material that absorbs the energy of impacts, so even if you wipe out, it’s painless and easy to get back up and try again. While many refer to the new FlowRider experience as “surfing in the desert,” the sport of flowboarding itself is actually a hybrid of snowboarding, surfing, RESERVED EXCLUSIVELY FOR RESORT

skateboarding and wakeboarding. Still, Wave Master Steve Richardson likes to tell people that, “Our magic wave allows you to surf in Arizona,” a dream come true for this Arizona native who has spent time in San Diego, Costa Rica and Hawaii catching waves and teaching others to do the same. Returning to his home state to become the Wave Master of the Kierland FlowRider was a unique process. The first step toward earning the title was submitting a two-minute video demonstrating his skills and qualifications for the job. After completing some phone interviews, the finalists’ videos were posted online, and the top three vote getters were invited to the FlowRider grand-opening event to compete in a public surf contest. The winner was given the job on the spot. As the Wave Master, Richardson aims to make the

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experience fun for guests trying the sport for the first time. “It’s not fun to get on and fall over and over again. So we start on the body board, and once you get the hang of that, move to stand-up surfing, if the person wants to. And some don’t.” Each hour-long session starts with the basics, learning technique, getting the feel for the board, which Richardson says is easier on the FlowRider than it is on the open water of the ocean. Then it’s on to bodyboarding, moving up to the knees, and eventually standing up. By the end of the hour, some students will be adept enough to perform a few basic tricks. Fun for kids and adults (one of Richardson’s best students was a 74-year-old first-time flowboarder), the FlowRider is also available for private parties or groups looking for a unique team-building activity. On Saturday afternoons in the summer, Richardson will hold a 90minute SHRED School for resort guests, including 30

Cabana Rentals Cabanas are available for rent both at the Adventure Pool and Aguamiel Adult Pool. Rentals are $90, Monday through Thursday; $125, Friday through Sunday; $150 on holidays; and include four bottles of water, chips and salsa, frozen grapes, two chaise lounges with umbrella, table with four chairs, and a ceiling fan. A special Corona Cabana is available for $155 and adds two Corona towels and a bucket of six Coronas or Corona Lights. Cabanas can be reserved by e-mailing info@kierlandresort.com or calling 480.624.1202. Rentals are based on availability; rates vary seasonally and are subject to change without notice. 48

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minutes of intensive instruction and a one-hour open ride. For kids wanting a more intensive experience, Arizona’s first and only surf camp takes place in weeklong sessions during the summer months. But, the FlowRider isn’t just another ride. Flowboarding itself is a growing sport, combining the skills of surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding and wakeboarding. As one of the newest venues to feature the FlowRider, and the only major resort in the world to have one, Westin Kierland has had the privilege to host the launch event for the Prime FLOW (Flowboarding League of the World) Tour, as well as the World Championship, featuring the five best flowboarders from each participating country. Guests craving a less adventurous, more serene poolside experience can find that at the Westin Kierland as well, lounging poolside, floating down the lazy river or enjoying a snack and a beverage poolside at J. Swilling’s Pool Bar & Grill. The resort has been given the distinction of having the Best Relaxing Resort Pool by Arizona Foothills Magazine’s Best of Our Valley, and is ideal for families, with poolside activities from the FUN Team taking place throughout the summer. Adults can find a quiet retreat at the Aguamiel Pool, located adjacent to Agave, the Arizona Spa. It is open 24 hours a day, is heated during the cooler months, and features a lap lane, Jacuzzi and cabanas. The summers in Arizona may be hot, but at Westin Kierland, cool relief, relaxation and fun are just outside your guest room door. And when the weather cools, the water warms up, making our poolside retreat a year-round pleasure. K

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Each day will consist of ride time to learn and improve bodyboard and flowboarding skills, participating in surf-related activities, and discovering ways to stay healthy and active, beginning with a morning Flow-ga session. Developed by resort fitness director Steve Heller, Flow-ga is a specialized stretching, flexibility and yoga program relating specifically to the sport of flowboarding. All aspiring flowboarders receive a Kierland FlowRider Surf Camp rash guard and bone-carved Maori surf necklace. At the end of the weeklong session, parents are invited to watch campers show off their progress and newfound skills. Specific dates and pricing for the weeklong camps can be found at www.kierlandresort.com.

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Open to resort guests on Saturdays, Memorial Day through Labor Day, this class is intended for more experienced riders wanting to learn some new tricks. Classes are limited to five students per session, where burgeoning flowboarders will learn moves like barrel rolls, ollies, the Superman throw and 360s from Wave Master Steve Richardson. Classes are $70 per surfer and include 30-minute intensive class instruction, one-hour open ride following class, and signature SHRED School awards given upon completion.

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WHILE VACATION IS OFTEN A TIME FOR INDULGENCE, IT’S ALSO TIME FOR REJUVENATION. HERE AT THE WESTIN KIERLAND RESORT & SPA, THERE ARE PLENTY OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR BOTH. Story by Becky Antioco

AT THE RESORT’S AGAVE, THE ARIZONA SPA, the atmosphere is minimalist, striving to capture the essence of Arizona, using Native American as well as Eastern influences in its treatments and surroundings. Outside of each treatment room, guests will find a burden basket, one of the many Native American influences found at the spa. Apache women used burden baskets to collect firewood, herbs, berries or other items her family might need. At the end of the day, she would bring the contents inside and hang the basket outside the dwelling entrance. When visitors arrived, they were expected to deposit their worries and troubles into the basket so that the visit would be a pleasant one, without negative feelings or burdens. At Agave, the burden basket serves as a reminder to guests to leave their troubles at the door in order to fully immerse themselves in the treatments. This small detail sets the stage for the restoration and renewal that await. Carol Ford, spa director at Agave, says, “It’s important that our practices and treatments here at the spa echo our ethics.” This means incorporating natural and local ingredients into the treatments and services whenever possible. As such, one of the spa’s yoga instructors is also a certified nutritionist, and leads monthly interactive lunch-and-learn sessions, with menus created around fruits and vegetables that are in season, and lessons in when it makes sense to buy organic, and when it doesn’t.

In addition, the spa’s smoothie bar has moved away from using powdered proteins in its recipes, in favor of incorporating veggies into the mix. Many are also sweetened with the spa’s namesake plant, the agave, which rates 39 on the glycemic index, much lower than refined sugars and artificial sweeteners. Agave’s wellness practices include a series of treatments in an Eastern Essence series, incorporating traditional Chinese medicine and holistic modalities that jumpstart the body’s own healing mechanisms. These treatments include acupuncture, Wellness Massage, Thai table massage and others. In a unique treatment called Tui’ Na, the therapist focuses on acu-points and meridians to stimulate the body’s circulatory, lymphatic and neurological systems. The word “qi,” or life force, is central to Taoist beliefs, and this treatment aims to establish harmonious flow between this life force and the blood. Two of the spa’s signature treatments were developed by therapists at Agave and are exclusive to Starwood hotels. The Rain Massage is similar in style to a traditional hot-stone massage, but instead of stones, the technique utilizes heated, smooth rainsticks, which retain a consistent level of heat more readily than do stones. The therapist then employs a cutting-edge rowing technique to massage the muscles. The pairing of this rainstick massage with aromatherapy results in a relaxing, renewing experience.

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Athletic Gear Rental Forgot your exercise clothes at home? That’s no excuse for missing a workout. Guests can reserve a N E W BA L A N C E G E A R K I T (one pair of men’s or women’s New Balance shoes, a pair of men’s shorts or women’s shorts or capris and a workout top) for $5 per stay or 375 Starwood Preferred Guest points. For an additional $5 per day, you can have the whole kit laundered. The whole kit will be delivered to your guest room upon arrival, and when you leave, simply leave the complete kit in your room in the provided mesh bag. To reserve or for additional information, call 4 8 0 . 6 2 4 . 1 2 0 2 .

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Wellness goes hand in hand with the Westin philosophy.

Agave’s second signature treatment is the Rollerssage massage. Before starting the treatment, the therapist presents a variety of gemstones for you to choose. Once you’ve selected the gem that you are most drawn to, the therapist explains the meaning of that particular stone, and then incorporates it into the massage. The smoothness and heat of the stones create a soothing experience; at the end of the treatment, you are given a small stone to take with you. Other exclusive Agave spa treatments include the FORE-MAX Massage, great for golfers or as a complement to a FORE-MAX training session, a post-performance treatment that recovers the muscles by releasing lactic acid from the body. Or, after a session of flowboarding, stretch and repair those sore muscles with the new FlowRider Massage. Guests who bring their receipt or wristband from a flowboarding session will receive $20 off this special treatment. Of course, in addition to the special signature treatments, Agave offers the traditional services and amenities you would expect from a world-class spa, including a full-service salon, a variety of facials and body scrubs, and in-room, couples and pre-natal massages. Fitness at Agave While relaxation is essential to enjoying a resort getaway, it can be important to stick to a fitness routine. The WestinWORKOUT center features state-of-the-art gym equipment and is open 24 hours for resort guests.

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Personal training sessions, body-composition analysis and nutritional assessments are also available for those wanting an extra fitness boost. Since vacation is always a good time to try something new, guests can experience one of the classes offered here, which may include Hatha Yoga, Yoga Flow or Athletic Stretch & Core. Classes are complimentary with the purchase of a 50-minute spa treatment, or $20 per session. A three-mile Well Walk around the property is appropriate for all fitness levels and is complimentary. As with the spa treatments, Westin Kierland is not content to stick with the ordinary in its fitness options. As such, guests and locals can experience FORE-MAX training and workout sessions. Developed by fitness director Steve Heller, the workout helps golfers improve strength, flexibility, balance and cardiovascular fitness. But while the workout was designed with golfers in mind, its principles apply to anyone looking to increase their fitness level and change up their workout routine. Wellness goes hand in hand with the Westin philosophy. Healthy options at the resort’s restaurants are called out on the menu with the specific nutritional benefits explained. There are plenty of opportunities to relax and indulge at Westin Kierland, but when you’re ready for rejuvenation or a jumpstart to your fitness regimen, the Agave spa and WestinWORKOUT facility are just around the corner. K

ABOUT AGAVE SPA All guests of the resort receive complimentary use of the WestinWORKOUT facility, located at Agave Spa, open 24 hours with room card access. Resort guests receiving a 50-minute spa service will receive complimentary access to the spa facility. Otherwise, there will be a $20 per day charge. The spa facilities include sauna, steam room, whirlpool, relaxation area and locker. Fitness schedules may vary by season. Check the spa calendar for special classes and events.

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Dominick’s Steakhouse at Scottsdale Quarter sets the standard of swank. The steakhouse makes an impression before even sinking one bite into its amazing menu items. Inspired by a classic New York City restaurant, the 10,500-sq.-ft. spot dishes out a variety of prime steaks, fresh seafood, great wine and tempting cocktails in an energetic—and not at all stuffy—atmosphere. A few favorites to tempt your taste buds: bone-in filet mignon, king crab cluster, bone-in rib eye chop, Maryland-style lump crab cake, baked clams and Dominick’s au gratin potatoes. Plus, diners can’t get enough of the Colossal Chilled Shrimp appetizer (wait to see the size of those shrimp, paired with a delicious cocktail sauce). For an extra special treat, request a seat dining by the luxe rooftop pool;

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the ceiling even opens to reveal the twinkling night sky. If you’re seeking a more casual spot to spend the evening, Dominick’s Steakhouse’s vibrant and sexy bar is just to place to settle in. Order up a classic cocktail (perhaps a Manhattan or lemon-drop martini) or dig into some light bites on the Early Bar Menu (daily, 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.), like fried meatballs, calamari and much more. Visiting from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m.? Feast your ears on live entertainment, contributing to the steakhouse’s lively ambience. Dominick’s Steakhouse is open for dinner service Sunday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday. The bar is open seven days a week from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. For reservations, call 480.272.7271 or visit www.dominickssteakhouse.com.


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SOL-FUL SATISFACTION

LIVE M US IC E V E RY T U E S DAY F R O M 6 P. M . TO 1 0 P. M . A N D S U N DAYS F R O M N O O N TO 3 P. M .

SOL Mexican Cocina SOL MEXICAN COCINA IS TRULY “a different kind of Mexican,” offering amazing Baja-inspired eats and fresh, hand-made margaritas made with seasonal ingredients and authentic Mexican flavors. The setting at the Scottsdale Quarter restaurant is vibrant, casual and colorful, with an indoor/outdoor bar and beautiful all-weather patio. Diners enjoy fresh Pacific seafood and grilled meats, unique specialty tacos (try the double-stuffed Taco Vampiro!), antojitos and ceviches, and delicious entrees such as traditional carnitas, kobe steak and fish pibil, enhanced with over 20 fresh salsas, made from scratch every day. For margarita lovers, SOL stocks 60-plus varieties of tequila to enjoy straight up with spicy sangrita, or shaken into a refreshing margarita with fresh fruit, chiles and herbs, such as the pineappleserrano margarita or mango con chile margarita. Martini fans will savor every sip of the delectable horchata martini. Ice-cold beer and a unique coastal wine list round out the drink menu.

SOL’s high-energy happy hour rocks seven days a week from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the bar and patio. Wines by the glass are $3 off; SOL House Margarita is $5.50. Great deals for diners include street tacos $4.50, fresh-made guacamole, unique Baja-style head-on shrimp cucarachas and hand-made panuchos stuffed with Mexican cheese and topped with “borracho” beans and cotixa cheese. Lively Taco Tuesday fires up the week with live music, drink and food specials starting at 3 p.m. Weekend brunch features $3 mimosas, live music and creative Mexican brunch dishes as well as a full lunch menu. SOL Mexican Cocina is open for lunch Monday to Friday from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dinner service is Sunday through Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. The bar is open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight. For reservations, call 480.245.6708 or visit www.solcocina.com. WESTIN KIERLAND MAGAZINE

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MASTERS CLASS Story by Melissa Larsen

WHETHER IT’S THE QUALITY OF THE PROPERTY’S FOOD AND DRINK TO ITS FIRST-CLASS-CALIBER ON-SITE EVENTS, THE WESTIN KIERLAND RESORT & SPA OFFERS ITS GUESTS ONLY THE BEST. HERE, MEET THE MASTERS WHOSE MISSION IT IS TO MAKE GUESTS’ STAY ONE TO REMEMBER.

Carrie Moszer, Concierge Manager for the Westin Kierland Villas What makes your job so unique? Learning something new every day. There are so many new and exciting things to do in Arizona. Staying on top of new restaurant openings, activities and adventures makes every day an opportunity to learn something new. What makes you a master at what you do? My willingness to learn and find out any answer that I do not know. I love to help guests with challenges and exceed their expectations. What is the best part of your job? Meeting new people and building relationships with guests. Trying new activities and restaurants is also a great perk! What one thing EXPE R I E NCE MASTE R:

should every guest experience while at Westin Kierland?

The Scottish bagpipes at sunset. Mike Tueros, Director of FUN Squeezing as much fun out of each day at our resort by creating, planning and executing all guest leisure entertainment and experiences in a first-class manner. This includes everything from

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interacting with families during FUN events, coaching new riders how to surf on the Kierland FlowRider, managing the Pool Complex and its incredible amenities such as the Adventure Slide and Lazy River, and planning the next big event for all guests to enjoy. What makes your job so unique? I can’t think of any other position where you come to work to have fun! There are no boundaries in my quest to create the most unique experience for our guests, which provides great flexibility and creativity when brainstorming with the FUN Team. Each day is different for me on property, and I never know from one moment to the next if I’m going to have to ride the FlowRider, emcee a fashion show, or simply hang out with Fergus! (our resort mascot) to discuss the art of bagpiping. What makes you a master at what you do? I’m truly a kid at heart, and I get to live daily like the Tom Hanks’ character in the movie “Big.” Having fun is something we all should do every day, and I’m fortunate that it’s in my title and job description—and I’ve mastered it through my sense of adventure, laughter and living life for the moment.


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WAVE MASTER, STEVE RICHARDSON PHOTOGRAPHED BY CASSANDRA TOMEI

I enjoy working with people, and I absolutely love helping our guests create lifelong memories on the Kierland FlowRider. —Steve Richardson, Wave Master

What is the best part of your job? Interacting with guests of all ages on property. I love striking up conversations to learn where our guests are visiting from, providing suggestions and recommendations for fun at our beautiful resort, and encouraging all to enjoy the riches the great state of Arizona has to offer. What one thing should every guest experience while at Westin Kierland? The one thing every guest should experience is: Lazyriverflowriderforemaxrollerssagesegwaygolfsittingattherailatdeseobagpipesatsunsetscottyelliptigodigitalkidsclubsweetshoppe. That’s a legitimate one word answer— trust me!

Steve Richardson My main duty is to make sure our valued guests have an amazing experience while riding our magic wave. I also coordinate programs and events on the FlowRider; I promote the awesomeness of our wave by updating www.kierlandflowrider.com; I tell every single person I encounter how much fun it is to ride; and I supervise the lifeguards out at the Adventure pool. What makes your job so unique? Not too many people can say they teach surfing in Arizona. I love my job. What makes you a master at what you do? As a rare Arizona surfer, it only made sense that I become the Wave Master. With a lifelong passion for boardsports and with my experience in hospitality, recreation and customer service, I feel that I was made to do this job. I enjoy working with people, and I absolutely love helping our guests WAV E M A S T E R :

What are your main job duties?

create lifelong memories on the Kierland FlowRider. What is the best part of your job? The best part of my job is definitely teaching guests how to bodyboard and flowboard to their maximum potential. Nothing is better than seeing the excitement of a rider when they land a trick or maneuver I just taught them. Truly rewarding. Carol Ford, Spa Director leadership and support for the spa team so they may be the best they can be to create those “wow” moments. What makes your job so unique? Innovation, seeking renewing elements, practice of serenity, incorporating nature. Our guests can experience all that with each service we have customized for them. Inviting our guests to unwind with a selection of premier spa treatments in our Zen-filled atmosphere is the most restoring experience one should get a feel for. My goal is to provide a combination of nature’s elements that help restore balance, melt away tensions and enrich the process of wellness in you. What is the best part of your job? I get to work with caring and creative people. What one thing Z E N MASTE R:

What are your main job duties? Training,

should every guest experience while at Westin Kierland?

Our Rain Massage is not to be missed! We take the concept of a warmed stone massage to the next level by incorporating aromatherapy and warmed, smooth rain sticks to relax and soothe muscles. The gentle sound from the cactus stick reminds me of the desert rain storms. It just lulls me right to sleep! WESTIN KIERLAND MAGAZINE

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Nancy Dickens, Director of Golf Assist guests with tee time check-in, tee time bookings, spa bookings, dinner bookings, golf lessons, F&B while playing golf— basically, I’m your concierge for the day! What makes your job so unique? No one else is doing this concept to the degree we are. We are the first. What is the best part of your job? When a guest says to me, ‘No one has ever been so helpful and not charged for the service.’ Also, when a parent tells me, ‘Thank you for helping my child be a better golfer.’ What one thing should every guest experience while at Westin Kierland? Our Scottish Golf Experience. Play golf in a kilt, finish our course with a bagpiper welcoming you in from your golf round, experience three wonderful flavors of Johnny Walker Scotch while smoking a fine cigar recapping the golf round all along enjoying the wonderful sounds of the Westin Kierland bagpiper closing out the day. TE E MASTE R:

What are your main job duties?

F I T N E S S M A S T E R : Steve Heller, Director of Fitness and Director of the World Renowned Fore-Max Training System What makes your job so unique? I get the luxury of working with golfers of every age group at every ability level imaginable, everyone from the PGA and LPGA Tour to the male and female recreational golfer looking just to hit the ball further and get some ideas on how to improve their overall fitness in relation to golf. What makes you a master at what you do? I have been working in the exercise physiology field since 1997 and have been fortunate enough to train some of the best

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athletes from the NBA, NFL, MLB and NCAA. I have created a great niche in the golf arena by helping golfers achieve even higher enjoyment in the game by making them stronger and more flexible. My passion comes from helping these golfers and non-golfers alike achieve their goals through fitness. What one thing should every guest experience while at Westin Kierland? Fore-Max. And then, of course, a Fore-Max massage. John Rios, Director of Housekeeping The number of associates that I get to work with on a daily basis and the various cultures that many of them come from. The fact that I am responsible for basically the entire resort’s cleanliness allows me the opportunity to get up and walk out of my office and go check any area for cleanliness. What makes you a master at what you do? Years of experience and opportunities to learn more about our guests’ needs have up-shaped me to perfect their comfort levels. My goal is to make every guest feel refreshed from the moment they enter their spacious guest rooms to the lasting memory of it when they return home. Every team member here is committed to exceeding the expected by fine-tuning that feeling of restfulness for every guest we have the pleasure to service. Uplifting, recharged, “concur the world”—these are the emotions we look forward to waking you up with. What is the best part of your job? My associates. What one thing should every guest experience while at Westin Kierland? Pancakes from the pancake machine. S LE E P MASTE R:

What makes your job so unique?


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I have the ability to be innovative in creating cocktails which cater to various types of clientele and to anticipate the guests’ needs and to exceed their expectations. —Michael Winata, Senior F&B Manager

Sally Hilow Mackesy, Senior Catering Sales Manager, and Lisa Shalongo-Sloan, Senior Catering Sales Manager What are your main job duties? Sally: Sell and service local catering events, to include weddings, mitzvahs, holiday parties, corporate meetings, charity galas, etc. Lisa: Catering sales. What makes your job so unique? Sally: Each and every phone call is different; each event has a different purpose and a unique feel. It provides variety to every day. Lisa: The variety of venues we have on property. What makes you a master at what you do? Sally: I truly love what I do here and the satisfaction of experiencing the final product with the client as their event is unfolding is what makes me want to make it the best it possibly can be. That drives me each and every day. I think that because I enjoy what I do, clients can sense that and it gives them confidence that I am going to make their event my priority. Lisa: Understanding the client’s complete vision and exceeding their expectations. What is the best part of your job? Sally: Standing with a client during their event and having them tell me that it is everything that they wanted it to be. Lisa: Meeting and servicing amazing clients. What K N OT M A S T E R S :

one thing should every guest experience while at Westin Kierland? Sally: Our outstanding food offerings. Lisa: Our perfect food quality and impeccable service.

Michael Winata, Senior Food and Beverage Manager What are your main job duties? I oversee the resort’s signature four-diamond restaurant, deseo, the lounges and beverage program. What makes your job so unique? D R I N K MASTE R:

The non-stop action and dynamics of the many moving parts in food and beverage. What makes you a master at what you do? I have the ability to be innovative in creating cocktails which cater to various types of clientele and to anticipate the guests’ needs and to exceed their expectations. What is the best part of your job? The opportunity to create friendships with guests from all over the world and a memorable experience during their visit to the resort. What one thing should every guest experience while at Westin Kierland? The resort staff ’s friendliness and our genuine interest and passion in taking care of our guests. TA S T E M A S T E R : Roberto Madrid, Chef de Cuisine, deseo What are your main job duties? Responsible for all the culinary aspects related with deseo restaurant, including hiring, training, menu developing/costing, promotions, etc. What makes your job so unique? Being able to express and demonstrate my roots and culture in every dish served from our kitchen. What makes you a master at what you do? I’ve been in the culinary business for about 30 years and been exposed to traditional European training and been able to use/apply Latin-American ingredients in modern-infused dishes. What is the best part of your job? Interaction with guests. We have an open kitchen—I call it a “stage”—that gives me the opportunity to showcase our operation and our dishes. People experience the whole process of dish execution from start to finished product and learn about it. What one thing should every guest experience while at Westin Kierland? The deseo restaurant rail. Those are the best seats in the house. K WESTIN KIERLAND MAGAZINE

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TROPICAL TASTE D R I N K U P! TO M M Y BA H A M A R E S TAU R A N T ’ S C O C O N U T C LO U D , PI N EAPPLE P L A N TAT I O N A N D K E YS B R E E Z E C O C K TA I L S A R E T R O P I CA L LY TA S T Y.

Tommy Bahama Restaurant OPEN FOR LUNCH AND DINNER —and

within walking distance of Westin Kierland Resort & Spa at Kierland Commons—Tommy Bahama Restaurant offers a taste of the tropics smack-dab in Scottsdale. In a relaxed, casual environment, accented with the signature Tommy Bahama look of neutral colors, warm woods and a stellar patio, a meal should be kicked off with the World Famous Coconut Shrimp. Paired with papaya-mango chutney and Asian slaw, this signature dish will transport diners to a sandy shore. The seared scallop sliders and ahi tuna tacos are other starter standouts. At lunchtime, dig into the seared ahi tuna and kale salad—a healthful yet scrumptious eat. Or sink your teeth into a heartier helping, like the house-roasted pork sandwich,

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with blackberry brandy BBQ sauce, crispy onions, Asian slaw and fries. The blackened fish tacos are also tops. For dinner, don’t miss the delish macadamia nut-encrusted snapper with Hawaiian Red Sea salt, wasabi-soy butter, almond rice and asparagus or the decadent crab-stuffed shrimp. And don’t step out without sampling one of Tommy Bahama Restaurant’s tropical-inspired desserts. The piña colada cake, made with Myers Dark Rum, is like a vacation in a slice while the key lime pie and pineapple crème brûlée are super-refreshing and scrumptious. Tommy Bahama Restaurant is open daily at 11 a.m. Island Time happy hour takes place from 3 to 6 p.m. daily. For reservations, call 480.505.3668 or visit www.tommybahama.com.


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PIPE DREAMS As the day ends at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, guests are invited to savor the sounds of M I C H A E L M C C L A N AT H A N , a bagpiper with 40 years of experience, during the acclaimed “Scottish Pipes at Sunset Series.” Via this highly anticipated nightly series and Westin Kierland’s Saturday-night Scotch tastings, Scottish golf experiences, Scottish-themed wedding package and more, the resort honors the Scottish immigrants for their cherished contributions to the development of Arizona’s railroads, mines and towns. —Melissa Larsen 64

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