Whether you want to spend your holiday weekend under the sun or the stars, in the A/C or the heat, wet in the pool or dry in your seat, there is something fun to do this Memorial Day weekend in Greater Phoenix.
Through Monday May 27
Arizona Spring Restaurant Week
The holiday weekend is your last chance to indulge your inner foodie without breaking the bank at one of over 100 Greater Phoenix restaurants participating in the Spring Arizona Restaurant Week. Whether you’re looking to try a longtime Valley favorite or a buzzed-about upstart, this is the time to do it when participating restaurants offer a $30 or $40 three-course prix-fixe menu. The most popular joints fill up fast, so make your reservations now.
Thursday May 23 – Sunday May 26
Let your geek flag fly at downtown’s Phoenix Convention Center at Phoenix Comicon, the premiere pop culture experience of the Southwest. Fans of comics, anime, gaming, TV and film and more will get the chance to meet their favorite authors, writers, artists and actors, including cast members of AMC’s The Walking Dead and Star Trek.
Book a room downtown so you don’t miss a minute of the weekend’s festivities. Some hotels are already sold out, so act fast.
Phoenix Convention Center: 100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, 85004
Enjoy two-night stay for two in Ocatilla at Arizona Biltmore, a “hotel within a hotel” and dinner for two at the newly reopened signature restaurant Wright’s at the Biltmore.
Guests will enjoy the private Ocatilla pool and the Executive Lounge offering non-stop complimentary pleasures from buffet breakfast to wines by the glass and evening hors d’oeuvres. The resort’s signature restaurant Wright’s skilled chefs take original recipes of classic dishes and refresh them with innovative touches and the latest culinary trends.
This summer, spark a new family tradition at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Every Saturday from Memorial Day to Labor Day, we’ll light up the night sky with a spectacular fireworks show -- sure to delight both children and inner kids alike. Enjoy our three-night Sip, Savor & Splash package and enjoy fireworks, as well as a $50 daily resort dining credit.
Whether you want to treat Mom for Mother’s Day or you’re just having withdrawals from Downton Abbey, high tea at a Phoenix area resort is a lovely way to spend an afternoon.
Hosted by their very own in-house tea sommelier, Jeffrey Hattrick, afternoon tea at The Ritz Carlton is Wednesday – Saturday at noon and 3 p.m. Three courses are served – finger sandwiches, fresh-baked scones, and French pastries.
One lump or two? High Tea at the Arizona Biltmore is offered in two seating’s at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. in the Lobby Tea Court every Thursday through Sunday from November through May. You’ll indulge in an exceptional variety of gourmet teas, freshly baked scones, miniature pastries and delectable tea sandwiches.
In the English tradition, afternoon tea is served daily in the Lobby Tea Court. You’ll feel pampered while being treated to finger sandwiches, scones with Devonshire cream and preserves, pastries and a selection of fine blends. Classical music provides a charming backdrop for a relaxing afternoon break. First seating is at 2 p.m. and reservations are required.
Many of the golf courses in Greater Phoenix were designed by the greats, and most don’t have merely one signature hole, but many. Some courses occupy desert canyons where civilization feels a world away, while others are part of opulent resorts where golfers can indulge themselves with a post-round spa treatment. Here are a few featured resort courses that are offering specials this summer.
Resort: Arizona Biltmore
The Arizona Biltmore Country Club boasts 36 challenging holes and a pair of premier resort courses: The Adobe and The Links. Built in 1928 and restored in 2004, The Adobe offers wide fairways and classic cross bunkers. The Links is defined by rolling fairways, desert ravines and five pristine lakes that call for bold shots and demanding accuracy. Equipment rental and professional golf instruction are available.
Specials: Check with the golf course for special summer rates. Guests of the Arizona Biltmore get preferred tee times.
Golf Course: Arizona Golf Resort Golf Course
Arizona Golf Resort’s PGA-rated championship course is known for having some of the most picturesque and challenging par three holes in Arizona. The lush fairways are lined with massive cottonwood and eucalyptus trees. You’ll also find serene lake settings, mature vegetation and gently sloping greens. With a slope of 120 and a rating of 70.8, the 6,542-yard, par-71 course offers a test for all skill levels.
Specials: Steak and Golf (a round of golf with cart fee, plus a steak dinner in Annabelle’s Restaurant or Anna’s Grill), $39-$59.
Stay and Play (overnight accommodations in a traditional room, a round of golf with cart fee, and breakfast for two in Annabelle’s Restaurant), $79-$159.
You've probably heard of Camelback Mountain, but there are plenty of other trails in Greater Phoenix that are perfect for any outdoor enthusiast. Here's a list of a few of our staff members' favorite hiking trails in the metro area.
Nature Trail at Piestawa Peak
Don't mistake this hike for a nature stroll. Even though it's located in the middle of the city, it can be a little rugged. This is a great hike for learning about the desert, thanks to the informational plaques placed along the trail.
The trailhead is located at the Apache picnic area at the end of the entrance road in Phoenix Mountains Park and Recreation Area. Paved parking, drinking water and restrooms are available. This hike is about 1.5 miles.
Fat Man's Pass
Located within the 17,000 acres of desert in South Mountain Park, Fat Man's Pass is a great hike for families. This trail gets its name from the 20-foot-long passage between smooth granite boulders that are only a foot apart in some places. (Claustrophobes, don't worry: You can go around the boulders if you want.)
This hike begins at the Buena Vista Lookout, which is approximately 6.5 miles from the park entrance. Follow road signs along Summit Road to the "Buena Vista/Hidden Valley Lookout". The parking area for this trailhead has limited spaces and is usually full during peak seasons. The trail, which is initially paved, provides direct access to the National Trail. At that junction, head east on the National Trail. You'll reach Fat Man's Pass in about 1.8 miles.
Sunrise Trail at McDowell Mountains
When you reach the high point of this hike, you'll likely forget that you're on the edge of the sixth-largest city in the U.S. The Sunrise Trail is located McDowell Sonoran Preserve, a 21,400-acre desert jewel in the northeast Valley. This isn't an easy hike, but it pays off in the end with sweeping views of the desert floor.
The Sunrise Access Area is located at 144th Street and Via Linda. There is an upper parking lot and a lower parking lot. The one-way trek to Sunrise Peak is a little less than 2 miles; from there you can turn around or hike another 3 miles or so to Lost Dog Overlook.
Coach Whip to Sunrise Pass
This dog-friendly hike is located within Thunderbird Conservation Park, a 1,185-acre park in the Hedgepeth Hills. From the top you'll look down on homes and golf courses with views of mountains to the north. This is also a great trail to run.
This trail originates at the 67th Avenue parking lot at Patrick Lane and intersects with the Sunrise Trail on the west side of the park. The distance varies from 2 to 5 miles depending on your return route; there are several options for looping back to the trailhead.
Hieroglyphics Trail in the Superstitions
This is easy hike to ancient petroglyphs that resemble Egyptian hieroglyphics. Start at the Hieroglyphic Canyon Trailhead in the southwest corner of the Superstition Wilderness Area. You'll soon reach a spring where clear water pools in the rocks. In the stone cliffs next to these pools are several petroglyphs carved by the Hohokam.
To reach the Hieroglyphic Canyon Trailhead, take U.S. 60 to Kings Ranch Road, between mile markers 202 and 203, and turn north. Proceed 2.8 miles, then turn east on Baseline Road. This round-trip hike is about 2 miles.
The most edible week in Arizona is almost here. Explore Arizona’s best restaurants at amazing prices May 18 - 27 during Spring Arizona Restaurant Week. The Greater Phoenix area is fast becoming a foodie destination, so this is a great opportunity to see what the buzz is all about at an affordable price. Reservations will fill up fast for the most popular restaurants so make your reservations today!
Which restaurants are you most excited to try during Arizona Restaurant Week?