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Summer Cocktail Recipes

Pool season has officially arrived! Enjoy these frosty cocktails while you're lounging poolside this summer.

Cucumber Caesar recipe

Cucumber Caesar (Photo credit: Kristin April Photography)

Cucumber Caesar
2 oz. Effen Cucumber Vodka
8 oz. Clamato Tomato Cocktail
Dash of Worcestershire Sauce
Dash of Tabasco
Salt + Pepper

Shake well, pour into a 14-oz. glass with ice and a salted rim, garnish with a lemon wedge and Spanish olives.

New Orleans Hurricane Recipe

New Orleans Hurricane (Photo credit: Kristin April Photography)

New Orleans Hurricane
1 ½ oz. Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum
1 oz. Myers’s Dark Rum
4 oz. Fresh-Squeezed Orange Juice
4 oz. Pineapple Juice
Splash of Grenadine

Shake well, pour into a 14-oz. glass with ice, garnish with an orange wheel and cherries.

Mudslide recipe

Mudslide (Photo credit: Kristin April Photography)

2 oz. Stoli Vodka
2 oz. Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur
1 ½ oz. Kahula Coffee Liqueur

Blend all ingredients, pour into a 16-oz. glass and garnish with an orange wheel.

Recipes courtesy of OH Pool Bar + Cabanas at the Hotel Valley Ho


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Memorial Day Weekend in Phoenix

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.


Nobuo at Teeter House will be participating in Arizona Spring Restaurant Week

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
Phoenix Comicon

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

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SummerScapes – Win a Resort Getaway!

It's that time of year again - our SummerScapes Sweepstakes is back! You can win one of eight fabulous packages to some of Phoenix's most luxurious resorts. All you have to do is enter by June 30th.


Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa

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.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess 


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.

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High Tea in Phoenix

Phoenix high tea

Photo courtesy of the Arizona Biltmore

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.

The Ritz Carlton

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.

The Arizona Biltmore

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.

The Phoenician

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.

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Phoenix Resort Golf Specials

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.

Photo courtesy of The Arizona Biltmore Resort

Photo courtesy of The Arizona Biltmore Resort

Resort: Arizona Biltmore 

Golf Course: Arizona Biltmore Country Club – The Links & The Adobe Courses

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.

Photo courtesy of Arizona Golf Resort

Photo courtesy of Arizona Golf Resort and Conference Center

Resort: Arizona Golf Resort and Conference Center 

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.

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Hiking in Phoenix

Hiking in Phoenix

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.

For these trails and more consult our Phoenix hiking map, and to arrange a guided hike check out these outfitters and tour companies.

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