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Welcome friends!

Many of you are returning to our great state; welcome back! If this is your first visit to Arizona, you’re in for quite a treat!

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Showcasing Arizona This Winter Visitors Guide is our opportunity to brag just a bit and showcase a snapshot of local events, attractions, casinos, sports venues, shopping, dining and day trips. We’ve also got the scoop on popular recreation spots, healthcare choices and more. For our returning friends, there’s even a look back at some significant stories you might have missed while you were gone. But first, let’s start with our worldfamous winter weather, where the average high temperatures in central and southern Arizona tend to hover in the 70s

(Fahrenheit), producing a plethora of ah-inspiring days and kick-back-and relax nights. However, as fabulous as they are, this unique state is so much more than just sun-splashed days and cool winter’s evenings! Indeed, Arizona boasts a wealth of scenic wonders including the spectacular Grand Canyon, a bevy of blissful recreational opportunities (both indoor and outdoor), and plenty of places where you can play and pursue your passion for golf, tennis, hiking and more. In addition, Arizona is home to an amazing array of cultural diversity, with a

particular focus on our Native American, Spanish and Mexican heritage, so be sure to take advantage of visiting any of a number of ancient ruins, first-class museums and/or art galleries.

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While you were away

It has been an eventful six months for the Valley of the Sun. Here’s a look at some of the top stories that has everyone talking.

Yarnell heros; Brittney Griner; Carson Palmer; Coyotes’s owners. Yarnell fire unites community The tragic fire in Yarnell, which claimed 19 members of the Prescott Fire Department’s Granite Mountain Hotshots and shocked the nation, also united a community. Thousands were moved to celebrate the lives of these brave firefighters.

Sensational trial finally ends The first-degree murder conviction of Jodi Arias gained international attention and caused many to celebrate when the verfict was announced. Arias admitted to the 2008 murder of Travis Alexander, a nationally known motivational speaker, but maintained it was in self defense.

$16 million, $10 million of which is guaranteed. Palmer will try to right a Cardinals team that went 5-11 last season and has seen a revolving door of quarterbacks since Kurt Warner retired.

Phoenix Coyotes off the market The National Hockey League completed the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes, ending Phoenix Suns rising; hire popular new coach, general manager Arizona Cardinals looking to contend a four-year saga during which the league The Phoenix Suns saw a great deal of turnover with the signing of new quarterback operated the team as an ever-changing cast of potential buyers came and went. with its staff after finishing the previous The Arizona Cardinals completed a trade The new owners reached a 15-year season with a 25-57 record, hiring 33-year-old with the Oakland Raiders for quarterback agreement with Glendale to keep the Ryan McDonough as the team’s new GM and Carson Palmer and agreed to a two-year team at Jobing.com Arena. Jeff Hornacek as the team’s new head coach. contract with Palmer that’s worth

Real estate market on the mend Phoenix, one of the hardest hit areas when the housing bubble burst, started showing signs that real estate was on the rebound. The commercial real estate market is expanding in the Southwest, while new home construction has increased from its 2012 levels. Phoenix Mercury draft college star After winning the draft lottery, the Phoenix Mercury selected Baylor star Brittney Griner with the No. 1 overall pick in the WNBA draft. Griner is a two-time National Player of the Year known for her dunking skills.


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Chandler Regional Medical Center 475 S. Dobson Road, Chandler, AZ 85224 480-963-4561; chandlerregional.com

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Attractions

As one of the largest metropolitan areas in the country, there is a lot to see and do in the Phoenix area.

ASU Gammage; Phoenix Symphony; Phoenix Zoo; Musical Instrument Museum. The Valley is a mecca for the performing arts. If musicals are your thing, visit the Arizona Broadway Theatre, a 470-seat venue that is also a dinner theatre and features some of the biggest Broadway musical of all time. The Phoenix Theatre opened in the 1920s and is the state’s older performing-arts companies. See the stars of tomorrow at Valley Youth Theatre, which has many famous alumni including movie star Emma Stone and recording artist Jordin Sparks.

ASU Gammage, a 3,000-seat auditorium operated by Arizona State University, hosts Broadway Across America, the first-run tours direct from New York. It also has the ASU Gammage Beyond series, featuring modern dance and other eclectic performances.

Often likened to a pink wedding cake, the 1964 building was originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright to be an opera house in Baghdad, Iraq. At the Phoenix Symphony, the orchestra is a multipurpose ensemble, playing classical concerts for one audience, pops for another, family programs and school programs. Under the direction of conductor Michael Christie, the organization has had a burst of youthful energy. Some of the world’s top composers, including Hollywood veteran John Williams, have performed here. If museums are more to your liking, take a trip to the Phoenix Art Museum, which also serves as the headquarters to

Artlink’s First Fridays art walk. First Fridays is an art walk that takes you throughout Downtown Phoenix to see some of the best artists the Valley has to offer. Admission to the phoenix Art Museum is free on this day, and guests can also enjoy drinks, tasty cuisine and live entertainment.

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Also popular is the Valley’s newest museum, the Musical Instrument Museum. The MIM boasts over 14,000 different pieces, most of which are musical instruments from all over the world. MIM also features unique live musical performances, from Turkish folk music to the likes of Shawn Colvin and Arturo Sandoval.

The Arizona Science Center is one of the most hands-on centers in the country, featuring a number of inter-active exhibits on topics ranging from weather to the human body. The IMAX and Planetarium features cutting-edge technology that will take you on a journey through space and time.

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Gila River Casino-Wild Horse Pass Luxurious spas, a unique brand of dining and entertainment and topnotch golf courses are just part of the Arizona casino experience.

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With so many opportunities for recreational activities, it’s no surprise that the Valley is a popular tourist destination.

HIKING/BIKING As one of the sunniest states in the country, Arizona is perfect for enjoying an outdoor hiking or biking adventure. Camelback Mountain With red sandstone cliffs and a peak that looks like, well, a camel, thousands of hikers and nature lovers flock to the challenging trails of Camelback Mountain. 602-262-6862; phoenix.gov/parks White Tank Mountain Regional Park With more than 30,000 acres and 10 different trails, this park is perfect for mountain biking and horseback riding. 623-935-2505; Maricopa.gov/parks Piestewa Peak Formerly known as Squaw Peak, this mountain is located smack dab in the middle of Phoenix, offering some of the most comprehensive views of the Valley. 602-262-7901; phoenix.gov/parks

SPAS Find peace and serenity at one of the Valley’s many world-renowned spas. The Saguaro Spa 4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale 480-444-0547; thesaguaroscottsdale.com Aji Spa at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Gila River Reservation 602-225-0100; wildhorsepassresort.com/ summer-adventures The Spa at Gainey Village 7477 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale 480-609-6979; villageclubs.com VH Spa at Hotel Valley Ho 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale 480-421-7777; vhspa.com Joya Spa at the Montelucia Resort & Spa 4949 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley 480-627-3200; joyaspa.com

South Mountain South Mountain is known as one of the largest municipal parks in the country. The 16,000 acre area houses hiking, biking and horseback riding. 602-495-0222; phoenix.gov/parks

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Mild temperatures make Arizona a premier winter destinations, so get out and experience some of the best Valley attractions.

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NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Advocare 500 Nov. 10 866-408-RACE • Phoenix International Raceway is home to some of the most exciting races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. The Advocare 500 includes 312 laps featuring some of the country’s top drivers.

Arizona International Auto Show Nov. 28-Dec. 1 800-282-4842 • The Arizona International Auto Show cruises into town at the end of November and features some of the newest model year cars for 2014. Adult tickets cost only $10, and children 12 and under receive free admission for the Dec. 1 Family Day event.

Phoenix Zoolights Nov. 28-Jan. 12 602-273-1341 • Zoolights is a holiday light bonanza featuring over 3.5 million animal and sparkling tree lights. The Phoenix Zoo is transformed into a holiday oasis complete with the Music in Motion show near the lake. Tickets start as low as $9 for zoo members and $11 for non-zoo members.

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Fiesta Bowl Parade Dec. 28 480-350-0900 • For the 43rd year in a row, the parade will roll through downtown Phoenix, with a famous Grand Marshall and various Fiesta Bowl event winners. The parade is free to the public, but premium seating is available for $25.

PGA Waste Management Phoenix Open Jan. 28-Feb. 3 602-870-0163 • Beautiful weather and many of golf’s top competitors make the Phoenix Open one of the most popular stops on the tour. Watch as Phil Mickelson tries to repeat last year’s win; enjoy live music and festivities at the Coors Light Birds Nest.

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Renaissance Festival Feb. 8- March 30 520-463-2600 • Join the King and Queen in a medieval extravaganza for all ages. Knights and fairies rule the land as visitors enjoy comedy shows, jousting tournaments and world-famous turkey legs. Renaissance Festival; Ostrich Festival

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A sampling of some of the Valley’s most unique and delicious dining destinations.

Beaver Choice restaurant and fare. Beaver Choice 745 W. Baseline Road, Mesa 480-921-3137, beaverchoice.com • The Swedish-Polish-Canadian spot has moved from tiny digs in Tempe to a much larger space in Mesa, on Baseline Road between Alma School Road and Country Club Drive. The restaurant is now a sitdown space and serves alcohol. The menu includes beef for the first time, a gluten-free section and new offerings such as scallops with brussels sprouts and mushroom. All the old favorites remain, including Swedish meatballs; pierogi; chicken schnitzel cordon bleu; and poutine.

Fired Pie 3049 W. Agua Fria Freeway, Phoenix 623-879-6500, firedpie.com • Build your own pizza or salad at this locally owned fast-casual restaurant at Deer Valley Towne Center. Choose from six sauces and then add cheeses such as mozzarella, Gorgonzola and Fontina. There are a dozen protein topping options, such as steak, roast chicken, buffalo chicken and bacon; and 18 vegetable toppings, such as roasted peppers, Kalamata olives and jalapeños. Pizzas take three minutes to bake. All pizzas and salads are $7.75, regardless of the number of toppings.

French Grocery 5345 N. Seventh Ave., Phoenix 602-277-0101, frenchgroceryinc.com • This market and café on seventh and Missouri avenues in Phoenix specializes in French and Cajun/Creole foods. Order a bacon and spinach quiche with Port Salut cheese for breakfast, then buy beignets to take home for the next day’s breakfast. The grocery also sells gelato, chocolate praline tarts and bread pudding with whiskey sauce. Stop by on Saturdays for praline bacon.

Havana Café 6245 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale 480-991-1496, havanacafe-az.com • Get a pitcher of sangria and taste your way through a variety of Latin/Caribbean delights like salt cod fritters, Cuban tamales, chicken croquettes, shrimp ceviche, fried plantains, beef picadillo pastels and shrimp pancakes in a dreamy almond sherry romesco sauce. Joyride Taco House 302 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert 480-632-8226, joyridetacohouse.com • The latest venture from the Upward Projects team (Craig DeMarco and wife


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Pizzeria Bianco 623 E. Adams St., Phoenix 602-258-8300, pizzeriabianco.com • James Beard Award winner Chris Bianco sets the gold standard with his spectacular pizzas. The no-compromise formula is simple: the best flour, the

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Twisted Rose Winery and Eatery 15040 N. Northsight Blvd., Scottsdale 480-398-7700, twistedrosewinery.com • At this Scottsdale Airpark restaurant, diners can make their own wine blends, sample food and wine pairings or sit at the wine bar for dinner and drinks. Coowner Frank Yaconis also owns Casavino Winery in Fountain Hills, and his partner, Nich Schaus, is the chef. The menu features dishes such as pulled pork with a Merlot-based barbecue

sauce and stuffed apples; fettuccine Alfredo in Chardonnay cheese sauce; and bread pudding with brandied fruit and raspberries.

Pinoys Bistro 13761 W. Bell Road, Surprise 623-214-0852, facebook.com/PinoysBistro • This Filipino restaurant in Surprise serves Asian and American food. Look for noodle dishes, pork barbecue skewers, dinuguan (stew) with puto, burgers, chicken salad sandwiches and BLTs.

The Cove Grill 5070 S. Gilbert Road, Chandler 480-802-9070, thecovegrill.com • The Cove Grill strives to be a local hangout a la “Cheers.” With its laid-back atmosphere, friendly staff and tastybut-inexpensive menu, it’s the kind of place any neighborhood would welcome. Try the Cove’s crispy fries, which are as good as any of the double-fried, duck-fat varieties proffered by fine-dining places.

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From hole-in-the-wall boutiques to world-class shopping centers, the Valley will meet the need of every type of shopper.

Scottsdale Fashion Square Arrowhead Towne Center 7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center, Glendale 623-979-8928; arrowheadtownecenter.com • You can’t miss the iconic Pyramid design when driving by this popular indoor mall that offers big department stores and numerous food options. Arizona Mills 5000 Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe 480-491-7300; arizonamills.com • Arizona Mills is Arizona’s largest indoor mall. Featuring fun eateries such as the Rainforest Café, Arizona residents call this circular mall our “Mall of America.” Biltmore Fashion Park 2505 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix 602-955-8400; shopbiltmore.com • Biltmore Fashion Park is home to the

most high-end stores and boutiques including Saks Fifth Avenue, Coach, and White House Back Market.

Chandler Fashion Center 3111 W. Chandler Blvd., Chandler 480-812-8488; chandlermall.com • Fashion Center recently celebrated its tenth anniversary, and many of the stores have remodeled to offer you the best shopping experience possible. Desert Ridge Marketplace 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix 480-513-7586; shopdesertridge.com • This outdoor marketplace has a movie theatre, pottery painting studio, fine dining and retail.

Fiesta Mall 1445 W. Southern Ave., Mesa • 480-833-4121; shopfiesta.com Fiesta Mall is one of the Valley’s oldest shopping centers, having opened its doors in the heart of Mesa in 1979 Kierland Commons 15210 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale 480-348-1577; kierlandcommons.com • This upscale shopping center is home to many of the top stores in the country. After shopping, relax at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. Outlets at Anthem 4250 W. Anthem Way, Phoenix 623-465-9500; outletsatanthem.com • Outlets an Anthem sits just north of the

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Paradise Valley Mall 4568 E. Cactus Road, Phoenix 602-996-8846; theparadisevalleymall.com • With so much dining option around Paradise Valley Mall, it’s easy to see why so many people shop here. Get all your shopping and eating done in one place at PV Mall. Phoenix Premium Outlets 4976 Premium Outlets Way, Chandler 480-639-1766; premiumoutlets.com • Located next to Wild Horse Pass Casino, Premium Outlets offers over 90 outlet stores including Coach, Michael Kors and Saks Fifth Avenue.


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Scottsdale Quarter 15279 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale 480-270-8123; scottsdalequarter.com • Scottsdale Quarter is a unique outdoor shopping experience in North Scottsdale. Take a walk to the Nike store, hope across the street to the Apple Store, then take a lunch break at True Food Kitchen. Superstition Springs Center 6555 E. Southern Ave., Mesa 480-832-0212; superstitionsprings.com • Enjoy shopping and live concerts at Superstition Spring’s outdoor

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Just north of Sedona are a number of other popular destinations, including, of course, the world famous Grand Canyon and Flagstaff, which boasts the highest point in the state, Humphrey’s Peak. On the border of Utah and Arizona is Monument Valley, where you can take a sunrise hot-air balloon tour. Buttes and monoliths rise in sudden vertical thrusts while enormous cloud shadows sweep across the landscape. Drama fills the viewfinder, turning every tourist into Ansel Adams.

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Sports

The Valley is home to some great teams and great events that are on display in some great venues.

Chase Field; University of Phoenix Stadium; U.S. Airways Center; Jobing.com Arena There are only a dozen cities in the U.S. that have the distinction of being home to all four major sports — baseball, basketball, football and hockey. As one of those 12 cities, Phoenix has a rich sports history. In addition, the Valley is home to Cactus League Spring Training baseball, Arizona State University athletics, the Fiesta Bowl and BCS Championship series, NCAA Basketball semifinals, the WNBA and the PGA’s most attended golf event, The Waste Management Open.

roll-out playing field in the U.S. Opened in 2006, it is home to the Arizona Cardinals. The stadium hosted Super Bowl XLII in 2012 and will host Super Bowl XLIX in 2015.

U.S. Airways Center, located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, is home to the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury and a host of other events.

Chase Field features a retractable roof and a swimming pool. The stadium is home to the Arizona Diamondbacks, The University of Phoenix Stadium is a whose 2001 victory against the New York multipurpose stadium that features the only Yankees in the World Series provided the

state with its only major professional sports Cactus League Spring Training championship. is one of the Valley’s biggest tourist destinations, as over 1.7 million fans With a new owner in place, Jobing.com attended games this March. Half of Major Arena will continue to be the home of League Baseball’s 30 teams call the the Phoenix Coyote’s for years to come. Valley home, uniting fans from all over Located next to the Westgate Entertainment the country. Spring 2014 will be a big year for District, the venue also plays host to a the Cactus League, as the Chicago Cubs will number of big time concerts. play their very first season in a new stadium in the Mesa Riverview area. For even more Other major venues in the Valley include baseball in the fall, check out the Arizona Phoenix International Raceway, site Fall League, a popular Winter League that of the SPRINT Cup Series, and Sun Devil features many of baseball’s future stars. Stadium, home to the ASU football team. For more sporting events, subscribe at 3WVG.azcentral.com


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Golf

The Valley has over 250 courses to choose from, stunning desert backdrops and unbeatable weather.

Ventana Canyon Golf Club 6200 N. Clubhouse Lane, Tucson 520-577-1400; ventanacanyonclub.com • Set in the Santa Catalina Mountains, both of these courses designed by renowned architect Tom Fazio are highly acclaimed. The Canyon Course, which winds through Esperero Canyon, has plenty of “wow” factor on the edge of a huge nature preserve with canyons and arroyos, giant saguaros, massive rock formations and abundant wildlife.

Troon North Golf Club 10320 E. Dynamite Blvd., Scottsdale 480-585-5300; troonnorthgolf.com • Around 1990, Troon Golf Management took the chance of building an upscale golf facility with the hope that public golfers would be willing to pay for a private-club experience. It was a huge success and set the standard for quality public golf in metro Phoenix. This facility offers a Callaway Performance Center, a state-of-the-art clubhouse, some of the finest dining available at any golf venue and stay-and-play packages through its partner, the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale.

We-Ko-Pa Golf Club 18200 E. Toh Vee Circle, Fort McDowell Reservation 480-836-9000; wekopa.com • “Pure golf” is the best way to describe this facility, with two highly regarded courses that are devoid of development except for a delightful clubhouse with desert-vernacular styling and a rugged halfway house. Cholla opened in 2001, and Saguaro, designed by the award-winning team of Ben Crenshaw and Bill Coore, debuted in 2006. Some publications now rank them as Arizona’s best public courses.

The Boulders Club 34631 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Scottsdale 480-488-9028; bouldersclub.com • The North and South courses are loaded with photo opportunities, created by mammoth boulders, where you often can see adventurous climbers rappelling. Rosie’s Rock, a balancing rock that stands six stories high on the South Course, has served as the backdrop for hundreds of weddings.

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