Phoenix

Children's Museum of Phoenix Full of Fun and Creativity

Parking can be a little difficult to come by at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix’s small parking lot that fills up quick (probably because others also feel that this place is amazing) but once I walked through the doors I knew that it was worth the trip. Bringing along kids ranging from 1 to 12 years old gave me a full range of feedback from kids of varying age groups. All the children had a blast the Children’s Museum of Phoenix especially at the massive indoor tree house.

The Canyon Suites - Phoenix

Entering the lobby of The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician, your personal Canyon Ambassador greets you and your tension melts away. Surrounded by translucent Italian marble, Chinese maple furniture, and floor-to-ceiling windows, it’s impossible to not be relaxed. Spend your days golfing at The Phoenician’s 27-hole championship facility, comprised of three nines, each named for its surrounding landscape - Canyon, Desert, and Oasis. Or lounge by the exclusive pool, where private cabanas include a full bath; wander the grounds, or head to the Spa.

The Clarendon - Phoenix

The Clarendon is a centrally located boutique hotel perfect for anyone who wants to visit and take advantage of all that Phoenix has to offer. The Clarendon has all the basic amenities that one has come to expect in any recently renovated modern boutique hotel. Three levels of comfort and relaxation surround a large mosaic tiled pool that stays open late if you’re interested in a late night swim after a hot day of shopping in phoenix.

Lon's - Paradise Valley

In order to do justice to this review I must first paint you a mental picture of the experience. Imagine yourself surrounded by gorgeous desert botanicals. Now imagine huge purple and pink majestic mountains as your backdrop. While you are taking this all in there is a slight scent of mesquite drifting through the air, beautiful trees luminated with quaint little lanterns. Its twilight now and the sky in lit up in shades of orange, pink, yellow and purple as the sunsets on the beautiful patio of Lon’s hidden oasis.

The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park - London

Nestled on the North side of Camelback Mountain with breathtaking panaramic views of paradise valley and beyond rests the Sanctuary Spa. The setting is a fusion of modern architecture and Asian inspired zen elements. I knew I had found my way to this boutique hotel’s secluded spa when I spotted some very tall bamboo accentuating a shaded courtyard. I was warmly greeted and taken back to the fully equipped locker room.

Avalon - Scottsdale

By Phil Freedom A stand alone building on McDowell road, overlooking Scottsdale’s largest greenbelt and park, sits Avalon Scottsdale a unique coastal cuisine. An oasis of salt water specialties, this modern space celebrates its link to the sea with a perpetual water fountain in front. I glanced at its perimeter admiring the structure as the water seemed to gently cover the surface of the rocks. It had the feeling of a contemporary spa; soothing, open, and comfortable.

A Wine Chat with Sean Tevik

By K.L. Riley I had an opportunity to sit with Sean Tevik, Sommelier from Spaghetti Western Productions last week and I want to share some of our conversation. Spaghetti Western Productions is an umbrella company that boasts 3 eclectic restaurants ( Cowboy Ciao, Sea Saw, Digestif ) and a wine bar ( Kazimierz) in Scottsdale Arizona. Each of these establishments are independent but they all share a massive 3,300 bottle wine cellar that Sean Tevik oversees.

Spa Avania - Scottsdale, Arizona

To say that a spa is Zen-like might seem slightly clichéd, but that’s truly what I encountered at Avania Spa. I made my way through the spacious lobby of the Hyatt Regency Gainey Ranch Resort, and finally entered the spa, I disrobed from my street attire and enrobed in the Avania uniform of a soft cotton robe. I emerged from the spacious changing area to enter the beautiful relaxation room which offers snacks to nibble on and drinks to sip, pre-spa treatment.