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Fun Things To In Phoenix

desert sunset photoIf you live in the Metro Phoenix area and you’re looking for something exciting to do during the month of September, there are tons of great festivals you might want to check out. Depending on your own personal interests, you might be able to find tons of great activities you never knew existed all within a short drive from where you live. Check out our list of top picks for September activities in the Metro Phoenix area and see which ones you might want to take part in when the time comes!

Saboten Con

Do you love anime conventions? If so, Saboten Con is right where you want to be. On the first weekend of the month, this convention will be taking place in Phoenix. Bring along your favorite cosplay and join the fun at the panels that will be going on throughout the whole weekend. Don’t forget to stop by and visit some of the special guests for this convention, including voice actors, artists, and other exciting members of the anime and Western cartoon worlds both. This is a family-friendly event, but there are some adults-only after hours activities that do take place at night during the convention.

Rock the Guac

If you’re a big fan of guacamole, you’ll want to check out Rock the Guac. This is a fun and lighthearted event based around the love of none other than guacamole! Taste test guacamole made by chefs from all over the area and don’t forget to stop by the taco bar to help yourself to some delicious delectable while you’re at it. Flamenco dancers and lucha libre wrestlers will provide entertainment for the evening, and you will have the opportunity to purchase alcoholic beverages throughout the night if you wish too. This event takes place at the Camby Hotel in Phoenix and is $50 per person at the door.

Furry Friends Fine Arts Festival

Stop by the Shemer Art Center on September 16 for a $5-per-person activity that’s fun for the whole family! This is an art exhibit and festival centered around the furriest people in your life. You can tour animal-themed art displays and check out all sorts of fun performances and readings put on by some of the cutest pets around! Stop by to check out live music and tasty food before you leave—and don’t forget to bring your dog along for the day, too.

This has only scratched the surface of fun and exciting things to do in Metro Phoenix this month!

Click here to check out what’s happening in Glendale!

 

Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2015

Arizona Restaurant Week

Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2015 is September 18-27. This affair offers foodies and those looking to expand their Arizona restaurant experiences a plethora of dining options they might not typically choose, often in different neighborhoods, providing a great opportunity to experience something new. Options are endless, ranging in cuisine type, all offering special pre-fixe menus and pricing during restaurant week, so it’s the perfect time to try new fare. The goal of Arizona Restaurant Week is to position Arizona as one of the nation’s top culinary destinations by increasing awareness of the available dining experiences while stimulating business for the restaurants. Prepare your palates for some of the best food in the Valley!

Having been to more than half of the some 200 restaurants participating in Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2015, here, I outline some of my favorite participating places. Be sure to check out the Arizona Restaurant Week website for all participating restaurants. Click on any of the restaurant names below to visit their website.

My favorite restaurant:

The Gladly: Contemporary American; Don’t miss the chimichurri chicken or the whiskey list, I’m a whiskey snob & the list here is phenomenal

My favorite fine-dining:

T. Cook’s; Contemporary Mediterranean; At this AAA four diamond & Zagat #1 rated restaurant in Phoenix, located in The Royal Palms Resort, anything you order will not disappoint

My favorite appetizer:

Barrio Queen; Mexican; Don’t miss the signature guacamole app, it’s borderline life changing. Also, a beverage is included with the pre-fixe deal. Margarita? Yes, please!

My favorite entree on a participating pre-fixe menu:

The Arrogant Butcher; Gastro Pub; Don’t miss the Short Rib Stew, one of my favorite entrees in the Valley

My favorite Latin cuisine:

Ticoz Latin Kitchen: Many delicious options here, but the pork chile verde mac n cheese is a definite winner. And, the pre-fixe comes with a beverage. You will not be disappointed with a glass of the Sangria; it’s my favorite in The Valley.

Some of my other recommendations not to miss during Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2015: Central Bistro, Chelsea’s Kitchen, Nook, The Henry, The House Brasserie

Especially great deals: This fall, several restaurants are offering a pre-fixe menu priced at just $44/couple. If you are looking for a foodie experience to get the most bang for your buck, check out one of these options:

5th and Wine, as expected they offer a great wine selection and it’s a great casual atmosphere for a fun group dinner; Blanco Tacos & Tequila, the legit cuisine at all Fox Restaurant Concepts (FRC) restaurants make this a solid option, my go to here are any of the seafood taco options; Culinary Dropout, also a FRC restaurant, the expected modern cuisine and atmosphere deliver, order the 36 hour pork ribs and bourbon black bottom pie, you’re welcome; Porkopolis, I don’t often venture to Chandler for dining, so this is the only restaurant with the couple pre-fixe option I can’t personally recommend.

If you’re looking to dine out near home, there are a few Arrowhead Ranch area restaurants participating in Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2015. If you have to get home to a babysitter and don’t want to spend time driving to Scottsdale or Downtown, spend an evening at Arrowhead Grill, Firebirds or The Melting Pot. They all deliver great cuisine a stone’s throw away from the Arrowhead area.

Bon Appetit!

Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2014

restaurant weekArizona Restaurant Week Fall 2014 is September 19-28. This affair offers foodies a plethora of dinning opportunities they might not typically choose and the chance to get outside their own neighborhood to try something different. Options are endless, ranging from spicy Southwestern to fine-dining options to soothing comfort food. Restaurants offer special pre-fixe menus and pricing during restaurant week, so it’s the perfect time to try new fare. Prepare your taste buds for some of the best food in the Valley!

Here, I outline some of my favorite restaurants participating in Restaurant Week Fall 2014. Be sure to check out the Arizona Restaurant Week website for all 139 greater phoenix restaurants. More restaurants are being added daily. Click on any of the restaurant names below to visit their website.

My favorites in the Valley:

The Mission: Latin Cuisine; Don’t miss the Primarita margarita or the espresso churros; Hands down my favorite restaurant in Greater Phoenix

Beckett’s Table: American Comfort Food; Don’t miss the hand-crafted cocktails or the grits

The Gladly: Contemporary American; Don’t miss the chimichurri chicken or the whiskey list, I’m a whiskey snob & the list here is phenomenal

Other Arizona Restaurant Week participants you don’t want to miss; these are some of my staples for date nights:

Barrio Queen; Mexican; Don’t miss the signature guacamole, it’s seriously amazing!

Bink’s; Contemporary American; Don’t miss the hand-crafted cocktails or the Polenta Cake

Bluehound Kitchen & Cocktails; American Comfort Food; Don’t miss the prohibition era cocktails or the tater tots appetizer

Capital Grille; Steaks & Seafood; Don’t miss the bone-in Kona crusted steak, my favorite entree at this go-to special occasion gem

Central Bistro; Modern Italian & French; Don’t miss the warm goat cheese or grilled artichoke appetizer

Chelsea’s Kitchen; Modern American; Don’t miss the tuna tartare & guacamole or posole appetizer

Citizen Public House; Contemporary American; Don’t miss the bacon fat heirloom popcorn…it’s sinfully divine

Nook Kitchen; American; Don’t miss the Arancini appetizer, any of the pizzas and the strawberry basil shortcake

The Henry; Contemporary American; Don’t miss the Chai Lime Ginger Beer (it’s non-alcoholic) or the short rib potsticker appetizer, it’s seriously mouth-watering; My favorite newer Valley restaurant

T. Cook’s; Contemporary Mediterranean; At this AAA four diamond & #1 rated restaurant in Phoenix by Zagat, anything you order will not disappoint; My favorite fine-dining restaurant in the Valley

The Arrogant Butcher; Gastro Pub; Don’t miss the Short Rib Stew, one of my favorite entrees in the Valley

The House Brasserie; Contemporary American; Don’t miss the House Brisket & Biscuit or the Jidori Chicken

If you’re looking to dine out near home, there are a few Arrowhead Ranch area restaurants participating in Arizona Restaurant Week Fall 2014. The consistently enjoyable fare at these places close to home make them a great choice for dinner if you have to get home to a babysitter and don’t want to waste date time driving.

Betty’s Nosh, 67th Ave. & Loop 101, specializes in stuffed mushrooms & seafood; Firebird’s Wood Fired Grill, 83rd Ave. south of Bell Rd., specializes in steaks & seafood; The Melting Pot, locations throughout the Valley, specializes in fondue meals, great for a group.

Bon Appetit!

Fun Tucson Getaway Deals

tucson Fun Tucson getaway deals are happening now!

A local getaway is a great way to experience luxury in the desert at a fraction of the cost.  Why spend a ton of cash on flights, rental cars and the other vacation necessities this summer when people travel from around the world to experience resorts in Arizona?

Summer is the best time to book a fun getaway at a resort in greater Phoenix or Tucson for a great rate.

Incredible pools, quiet gardens, posh spas, exclusive golf, quaint romantic settings, award-winning dining and family fun are just some of the fabulous things local resorts have to offer. And, in the summer, with a staycation, you can have a piece of that luxury or a weekend of poolside family fun for a great price!

Visit any of the resorts’s websites or call for more information on the fun Tucson getaway deals

Westin La Paloma

www.westinlapalomaresort.com

Current Offer: $99/night Ask for Code: SAVINGS or SUM2014

Benefits: $50 food & beverage credit with 2+ nights; weekly themed beach parties with live entertainment, giveaways & specialty cocktails and BBQs; activities for both kids and adults; Friday sing-a-longs for the kids 7:30-9pm; Kids clubs; Dive-in movies; watersides; Adults only swim up bar; Jack Nicklaus golf course; Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa

My favorites: The perfect amount of family-friendly and adult luxury

Hilton El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort

www.hotelelconquistador.com

Current Offer: $89/night Ask for Code: CONQUER SUMMER

Benefits: Passport of savings; AAA4Diamond; Nestled at the base of the Santa Catalina mountains

Loews Ventana Canyon

www.loewshotels.com

Current Packages: Spaaah Package; Summer Nine Holes; Eat Drink our Treat; Their Night’s a Charm; Stop, Drop & Roll; RoadWarrior

My favorites: Prices drop way down in the summer and from the spacious suites, the views are breathtaking.

Marriott Tucson Starr Pass

www.marriott.com

Current Packages: Play Your Way: $199/night plus $100 daily resort credit, ask for Code P42; Bed & Breakfast: $189/night includes breakfast for two adults and two children, ask for Code S4B

Also, not to be missed, if you are looking to venture off the resort properties, are two of my favorite sites in Tucson. Mission San Xavier del Bac and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Both are suitable for children. Don’t forget your camera!

Fun Phoenix Getaway Deals

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Fun Phoenix getaway deals are happening now!

A local getaway is a great way to experience luxury in the desert at a fraction of the cost.  Why spend a ton of cash on flights, rental cars and the other vacation necessities this summer when people travel from around the world to experience resorts in Arizona?

Summer is the best time to book a fun getaway at a resort in greater Phoenix or Tucson for a great rate.

Incredible pools, quiet gardens, posh spas, exclusive golf, quaint romantic settings, award-winning dining and family fun are just some of the fabulous things local resorts have to offer. And, in the summer, with a staycation, you can have a piece of that luxury or a weekend of poolside family fun for a great price!

Visit any of the resorts’s websites or call for more information on the fun phoenix getaway deals.

AZ Grand Resort & Spa

arizonagrandresort.com

Current Getaway Deal: $169/night

Benefits: Affordable family fun: Seven acre water park; Dive-in movies; $50 credit toward spa, dining, golf, retail, room charge, resort fee, Rustler’s Rooste restaurant

*Added bonus: Travel Tuesday Program- 40% off best rate on Facebook page

My favorites: I’ve been to this resort with my family and it’s a perfect staycation sport. The pool, poolside activities & water park make it perfect for kids of all ages and Rustler’s Rooste boasts yummy AZ BBQ type food in a Country-Western themed atmosphere with beautiful views of the valley from the mountain on which it sits

JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

www.marriott.com

Current Getaway Deal:  Fling & Swing Experience $169/night Ask for code ZJ5

Benefits:  Affordable family fun or luxurious vacation: Kids Eat Free; $50 daily resort credit; free golf; free resort fee (includes internet, self-parking, tennis); Lazy river for family poolside fun

My favorites: The resort is luxurious with a nice vibe of both family-friendly and romantic getaway; If you leave the kids at home, don’t miss a quiet dinner date at Roy’s for some of the freshest fish in the Valley; With or without the kids, the large fire pits on the patio are a great place to gather for a drink after the sun goes down

The Phoenician

thephoenician.com/offers

Current Getaway Deal: Splurge & Surge $159/night Ask for code SUMMER

Benefits: Kids splash pad with activity line up & kids menu

My favorites: The Phoenician is a staple resort in the Valley and highly sought by tourists The Camelback Mountain location is beautiful; The pool is my favorite part of the resort…it’s three tiers of pools, with the top pool being the most kid-friendly boasting a splash pad, the second being a lively mix of kids and adults and the lower pool more adult-friendly.

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

www.hilton.com

Current deal: Summer Flashback Package $109/night

Benefits: Affordable family fun: Waterpark; themed family poolside activities; Friday night dive-in movies

Royal Palms Resort & Spa

www.royalpalmshotel.com

Current Getaway Packages: Luxurious Vacation: Luxe Lounging; Anniversary sale; Summer romance

My favorites: I’ve traveled all over the world from Paris and Rome to Maui, St. Lucia and Bora Bora and the Royal Palms is still one of the most quaint, beautiful places I’ve ever experienced.  Lush gardens, 24-hour pool and romantic hideaways abound the gorgeous resort sitting at the base of Camelback Mountain. Although it’s more of a couples getaway, I’ve also stayed with my toddler and had a great time. The poolside cabanas are a steal during summer months priced at only $100 and it doesn’t get any better than T. Cook’s award-winning dinning for a quiet dinner for two.

Stay tuned for our next installment of fun getaway deals close to home: Spotlight on Tucson.