Top 5 Things to do in the Summer

wigwam resortWith daytime temperatures over 100 degrees for most of the summer, we’re all looking for fun places to cool off! I’ve been living in the Valley of the Sun for almost 25 years and everyone I know is always looking for something cool to do in the summer! Here are a few of my favorites:

Local Resorts
Most 4 and 5-star luxury resorts offer their best deals during the summer months, because they cannot fill all the rooms since Valley tourism is always down June-August. The fantastic deals are a great way for locals to enjoy a fun and affordable staycation at an otherwise pricey resort. The Wigwam (pictured) in Litchfield Park is popular with families and those looking for a quiet spa weekend. The Wigwam has summer activities for the enter family every weekend.

The Valley is home to several awesome waterparks; Hurricane Harbor in North Phoenix, Sun Splash in Mesa and Big Surf in Tempe. Waterparks are one of the best ways to enjoy a hot summer day while still being outside in the fresh air.

OdySea Aquarium
The OdySea Aquarium in Scottsdale is a massive 200,000 square foot facility which puts it at the largest aquarium in the Southwest. A visit to the aquarium is the perfect way to escape the heat for a few hours. While you’re there, don’t miss out on the enclosed escalator fish tank, the restroom shark fish tank which ranks amongst “the best bathrooms in the US”, and the Living Sea Carousel, a rotating exhibit which takes you past 4 exhibits including a massive shark and sea lion tank.

Summer is the perfect time to check out the Valley’s diverse museum scene. A few of my favorite’s include the Musical Instrument Museum, The Phoenix Art Museum and The Science Center. Spending a few hours strolling in an air conditioned museum is the perfect opportunity to escape the heat while enjoying a fun and educational activity. Be sure to check out the summer concert series at the Musical Instrument Museum.

Ice Skating
When you really want to cool off, head on over to one of the Valley’s ice skating rinks where the inside temperature is always a cool 55 degrees! AZ Ice in Peoria offers public skating times, lessons and camps.

Where are your places to cool off in the summer? Give me a call so I can add to my list! 602-329-7762

Spring Sedona Getaways


Spring Sedona Getaways

Doesn’t that sound great? When doesn’t Sedona sound like a good idea?

This weekend, head up North to check out the Sedona International Film Festival. This festival celebrates the best independent films from around the world. Whether your interest lies in features, shorts, documentaries, animation or foreign film, there is something for the cinephile in all of us.

Already recognized by filmmakers and audiences as one of the top festivals in the nation, this year’s event will continue a tradition of honoring those driven by a passion for making films. You can join filmmakers, celebrities, industry guests and film buffs from all around the world to take in films or attend a workshop. As Sedona takes center stage with its celebration of film, you’ll want to want to be there.

If you’re more into moving than movies, your Spring Sedona getaway might be better saved for next weekend: The Sedona Mountain Bike Festival. Or, if you’re like me and you love both movie going and biking, you might consider a weeklong Sedona getaway.

The Sedona Mountain Bike Festival, a three day celebration, runs March 6-8. The event includes a main expo at Tlaquepaque Village, bike demos, shuttled rides, a beer garden, live bands and singletrack if you’re ready to ride the red! Mountain biking in Sedona is world class, with over 200 miles of singletrack and breathtaking scenery surrounding the terrain. If you mountain bike, this is a bucket list destination. The trail system is shared with hikers and equestrians and the goal of the festival is to celebrate it appropriately by respecting the resource and other trail users and leave a great impression of the mountain bike community.

If the Mountain Bike Festival is the ideal Spring Sedona getaway for you, consider booking the event camping package. The package, priced at $250/pp includes a festival pass, camping, breakfasts, shuttle services and some swag. Whether you’re looking to register just for one day, the whole event or the camping package, you can book online.

Another fun event scheduled in March that might make for your perfect Spring Sedona getaway is the 45th annual Sedona St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival on Saturday March 14. The parade begins at 10:30am at Jordan Historical Park with the festival immediately following. Features of the event include children’s and family activities, food vendors and music.

No matter what kind of trip you’re looking for, Sedona surely has something fun to offer in the coming weeks. One of these events paired with the beautiful red rocks, variety of lodging accommodations, shopping and restaurants, will make for the perfect Spring Sedona getaway!