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WHAT’S NEW IN SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. FALL 2017

The Change of Season Brings Resort Builds and Renovations, New Restaurants,
Exciting Family and Art Attractions, and Fun on the Green in Scottsdale

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Sept. 25, 2017) – The temperatures may be dropping, but new developments in Scottsdale are just heating up. New places to eat, play and stay are opening their doors in this buzzing desert City, making it a must-visit destination in the cooler weather.

RESORT SCENE

LUXURY LOVES COMPANY
Scottsdale recently welcomed two new resorts and is soon to add two more to its roster of accommodations.

Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley is expected to open by the end of 2018. This 200-room, new-build property will have it all — exemplary service, spectacular views of Camelback Mountain, modern and sleek interiors, and a location just minutes from downtown Scottsdale. Perfect for a cool-off in the desert heat, Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley will boast North America’s longest pool, at more than 400 feet. Other property attributes include a 20,000-square-foot world-class spa with indoor and outdoor treatment areas, and a garden with a citrus orchard. Breaking ground next door is The Palmeraie, with 160,000 square feet of mixed-use space carved out for 60 luxury and specialty boutiques, plus restaurants from local, national and international celebrity chefs. Plans for a future phase also include high-end residences, a gourmet grocery store and a boutique hotel. Phase one for The Palmeraie is slated for completion in 2019.

A stylish new boutique hotel is also coming to Scottsdale this season. The 4.5-acre contemporary urban retreat, Hotel Adeline, will debut 213 guestrooms – including five spacious 600-square-foot king suites – and nearly 10,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor private event space. The 1,700-square-foot Hayden Ballroom will accommodate up to 120 guests, while those hosting more intimate gatherings can book the 345-square-foot boardroom for a dozen people, or find an unexpected venue option in the hotel’s whisky bar and lounge, accommodating up to 30 guests. Other features of this contemporary meets bohemian hotel include a 3,000-square-foot, zero edge pool with a pool bar, surrounded by cabanas and courtyards with lawn games and hanging loungers, a 2,200-square-foot pool deck (also available for event buy out), and a full-service Mediterranean-American restaurant, and fast casual breakfast and lunch café. Menus will focus on fresh ingredients, seasonal dishes and locally inspired items, complete with creative cocktails and craft brews. The rooms include modern wood furniture with a retro flair, built-in, live edge work desks, walk-in rainfall showers, RFID keyless room entry and 50-inch LG Smart TVs. Guests can also utilize the fitness center as well as a convenient hotel transport providing service within a two-mile radius surrounding the property.

Mountain Shadows opened April 1, 2017 and graces a coveted Paradise Valley locale. The original property in this location, Marriott Mountain Shadows Resort, was built in 1959 and set the bar high for Southwest luxury. Rebuilt from the ground up by Woodbine Development in partnership with Westroc Hospitality – which manages Hotel Valley Ho and Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort – the 183-room, full-service boutique hotel features a lounge, 5,000-square-foot fitness center, 12,500 square feet of indoor meeting space and another 25,000 square feet of outdoor meeting space. In addition, the neighboring Mountain Shadows Golf Club received a redesign. Aptly named The Short Course, this par-3, 18-hole course is designed to be playable for beginners but still challenging enough for an experienced golfer. The resort includes signature restaurant Hearth ’61, which comes from the creative mind of renowned Chef Charles Wiley. Hearth ’61 showcases simple, ingredient-driven cuisine in a setting paired with stunning desert views.

Hyatt Hotels Corporation’s Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa opened in December 2016. The hotel partnered with Cattle Track arts compound – the longtime home and studio of some of the Southwest’s most notable artists, such as Philip Curtis and Fritz Scholder – to incorporate works of art and other artistic touches throughout the property, from the masterpieces on the walls to the dishware. Drawing inspiration from greats like Alexander Girard, Frank Lloyd Wright and Paolo Soleri, the property’s interior features mid-century desert designs that pay homage to the 1950s. Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa features 201 bungalow-style guest rooms, the full-service Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary – known for its natural healing philosophy and luxurious treatments using ingredients from a Sedona botanist – and 46,000-plus square feet of meeting and event space on more than 22 acres of land. Guests can also sample an assortment of small plates and shareable dishes at the resort’s signature restaurant Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen. Chef Adam Sheff, who joined Andaz Scottsdale from the Park Hyatt New York City, draws inspiration from local flavors and ingredients to create an innovative dining experience in a relaxed yet sophisticated setting overlooking Camelback Mountain.

A NEW LOOK
Here’s the scoop on redesigns at five of Scottsdale’s luxury properties.

A 250-acre desert jewel at the base of Camelback Mountain, The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale, began a third phase of major enhancements in August, set to conclude in 2018. Renovations include the construction of a new, two-story Athletic Club, with completion expected by March 2018, and a 10-month redesign of the golf course, which will be reconfigured from 27 to 18 holes beginning in January 2018. The Athletic Club will offer a tennis center – with pickleball courts and a basketball court to boot, an activity center including an arcade and movie screening area, a retail shop, and a spectacular, 4,600-plus square-foot state-of-the-art Fitness Center complete with “fitness on demand technology” for busy, traveling workout enthusiasts.

Royal Palms Resort and Spa underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation to its 119 guestrooms, including its plush Presidential Suite, as well as select meeting and event spaces. This fresh wave of upgrades comes on the tail of recent enhancements to the resort’s pool and lounge area, event lawns and lush landscaping. Rooms were lightened and brightened with earthy desert hues and eclectic furnishings, plus new artwork and finishings to reflect lavish Mediterranean textures. The pool deck now features cabanas with orbit beds, and a new seasonal culinary and cocktails menu designed by Executive Chef Todd Allison. Guestroom and event space upgrades have been completed in phases, with many guest rooms completed in July and total renovations expected to finish this season.
Downtown Scottsdale’s mid-century modern icon, Hotel Valley Ho, completed a revamp of its rooms and suites in the Tower in September. The design overhaul of this luxurious hotel within a hotel features new, mid-century-inspired lighting, décor, flooring and millwork. Existing signature pieces including B&B Italia sofas and Knoll Lounge Chairs were reupholstered in rich fabrics with bold jewel tones, with all elements staying true to the property’s signature blend of contemporary modern and mid-century influences. Complete with full kitchens, walk-in closets and washer/dryers, this sweet home away from home just got a little sweeter.

Also set for completion this fall, renovations at The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, A Destination Hotel will include an entire architectural, décor and soft goods makeover to its three Presidential Suites in the resort’s McCormick Building. These sophisticated accommodations will receive large-scale structural overhauls to convert the spaces into an open concept as well as include elegant new artwork, textiles, bedding, furniture and a brightened color scheme. In August, the resort announced the opening of General Store & Trading Post, a new boutique-like market and break station geared toward meeting planner partners and business traveler guests, featuring communal space, an on-site UPS store, and a variety of gourmet snack options. The property is the first resort in Scottsdale to offer this hot new trend designed to ease the planning process for planners and help groups save on food and beverage costs. This addition is part of the resort’s continued enhancement efforts that began in September 2015 and have injected $11 million into transforming the grounds and revitalizing its amenities, indoor and outdoor event facilities, and culinary offerings.

In October, the new Hampton Inn & Suites Scottsdale Shea will open just minutes from the Airpark District, Scottsdale Airport, Downtown Scottsdale, and Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall. Guests of the hotel can get a taste of the nightlife at one of the nearby casinos or catch a sporting event at one of the professional sports venues close by, including Salt River Fields, home to the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies Spring Training. Local attractions such as OdySea in the Desert, Dolphinairis and Butterfly Wonderland are also just a few short miles away.

OUT & ABOUT IN SCOTTSDALE

DINOSAURS & DIVING IN THE DESERT
Coming soon to the $200 million OdySea in the Desert complex – a hotbed of family-friendly activity with the 16-acre OdySea Aquarium and attractions Butterfly Wonderland, OdySea Mirror Maze and Polar Play – is Pangaea Land of the Dinosaurs. Set to open on Nov. 24, the $3 million exhibit combines the thrills of a dinosaur era-themed concept with educational elements to allow families to learn more about these mysterious creatures, right here in Scottsdale. The attraction will offer more than 50 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs that roam through the facility as well as interactive activities such as fossil excavations, sluicing – which allows to children to pan for dinosaur fossils, face painting, and balloon art to bring the prehistoric world to life. Guests can even come face-to-face with some of the most terrifying and fascinating creatures to ever walk the Earth with virtual reality experiences, and take a ride through lifelike habitats with stationary and walking dinosaur rides.

Right around the corner from OdySea in the Desert is iFly sky diving simulator, which opened in Scottsdale in January 2017. This adventurous experience includes all necessary equipment, a personalized training session and flight time in the wind tunnel. iFly is family-friendly and great for groups looking for more adventure.

ARTISTIC AWAKENINGS
Artists from all walks of life have been inspired by the breathtaking beauty of Scottsdale and subsequently left their mark around town. Some of the newest offerings available at these artistic attractions are not to be missed.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth and if you look closely enough, you can spot influences of Wright all over Scottsdale. But if you want an in-depth lesson on the architectural genius, take an Insights Tour at Taliesin West, his former personal home, studio and architectural library. What better way to celebrate than by learning about the longstanding history and design of Wright’s “desert laboratory,” as well as a few of the quirks that contributed to his successful architecture career? On Nov. 4, Taliesin West is hosting the Frank Lloyd Wright 150th Birthday Gala: A Red Tie Eventto honor America’s most famous architect and the principles he established a hundred years ago, which are still as relevant today as when he first developed them. The foundation is also hosting new tours, including a garden tour that showcases the desert plant life at Taliesin West, and a private tour that explores his art collection, plus other special symposia.

Take an insider’s look at the life and work of seminal American artist and architect Paolo Soleri with “The City Is Nature” at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) starting Oct. 13.  This unprecedented retrospective – the largest collection of original works by Soleri presented in North America since 1971 – tells the story of the thousands of possibilities for the urban built environment he explored over his 60-year career through his sketchbook drawings, architectural models, sculptures, prints and photographs. Visitors will uncover the ideas and practices behind Soleri’s pioneering idea, “arcology” – the fusion of architecture and ecology – which has proved salient as it pertains to current issues regarding sustainable cities, climate change, renewable energy and suburban sprawl. The exhibition surveys his earliest bronze and ceramic crafts, fabric designs and silkscreens, as well as investigates the artist’s personal engagement with the art and architecture of his time, the widespread recognition of his work, his relationship with Frank Lloyd Wright, and his influence on the American counterculture of the 1960s and 1970s.

Right next door at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, an array of musical acts, comedians and presenters will take the stage. Comedian Rita Rudner, a record-holder for the longest-running one-person comedy show in Vegas, will bring her unique brand of soft-spoken humor to Scottsdale Nov. 11, followed closely by one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers, David Sedaris on Nov. 18. Holiday highlights at the Center include “Sister’s Christmas Catechism,” Scottsdale Philharmonic, A Merry-Achi Christmas, Windham Hill®: Winter Solstice and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Wild Swingin’ Holiday Party. Then, the 2017-2018 season continues in 2018 with a jam-packed schedule of diverse performances, including “Late Nite Catechism,” Dvorak: American Quartet, The Manhattan Transfer, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, A Date With John Waters, La Gran Fiesta, Megan Hilty, and Parsons Dance.

Get outside and enjoy the beauty of the desert at the largest botanical garden in the southwest, Desert Botanical Garden, where a spectacular season of artists, local musicians, dancers and dynamic festivals await amongst the breathtaking setting of 50,000 desert plants. Mighty monarch butterflies returned in September for the Fall Butterfly Exhibit, running through Nov. 19 and the sculptures of Japanese-American Artist Jun Kaneko will find a home in the garden starting Oct. 13. Visitors can experience the internationally renowned artist’s bold, colorfully glazed ceramic and bronze forms in the desert flora through May 13, 2018. The Music in the Garden concert series runs Oct. 6 – Nov. 17, the 15th Annual Día de los Muertos Celebration – a two-day festival of music, dance and storytelling – takes place Nov. 4-5, and Southwest holiday tradition, Las Noches de Luminarias, sets the garden aglow with 8,000 hand lit luminaria bags and thousands of white twinkle lights in November and December 2017.

Art meets the outdoors once again with new installations from Scottsdale Public Art. Suspended above the canal at Scottsdale Waterfront, “Reflection Rising” – a colorful kinetic sculpture by Poetic Kinetics – will serve as a reminder of nature’s continuous movement around us as it captivates passersby in November 2017. A second public art installation from Scottsdale Public Art, “PRISMATICA,” will turn heads Nov. 24- Dec. 31 with an endless rainbow of reflections from 25 giant, revolving prism sculptures, as part of the month-long Scottsdazzle! Celebration.

Scottsdale pays homage to its western roots at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. Since its 2015 opening, this nonprofit storytelling attraction has created quite the name for itself, as it’s one of the youngest organizations to ever become a certified Smithsonian Affiliate museum. Current exhibitions include “Grand Canyon Grandeur,” which runs through Dec. 31, 2017 and features 100 striking and historically significant portrayals of one of the world’s most revered natural wonders, and “Canvas of Clay: Hopi Pottery Masterworks from The Allen and Judith Cooke Collection.” Spanning six centuries and showcasing more than 65 of the finest examples of Hopi pottery on exhibit for the first time, the “Canvas of Clay” exhibition takes a deep dive into the history and stylistic traditions of the Hopi. Included in the collection are 18 ceramics by Nampeyo of Hano, the most famous of the Hopi potters.

HITTING THE LINKS

FUN FORE ALL
Cruise the course at The Westin Kierland Golf Club – a Troon-managed course – in yet another fun way to play its 27 holes with the launch of Kierland TurfRiders scooters. Since it first introduced Segway golf in 2002, fitness, fun and speed of play have been top of mind at The Westin Kierland Golf Club. These new light weight, turf-friendly scooters can go as fast as 24 mph on larger hills and allow golfers to scoot on and off the cart path, continuing the brand’s tradition of creating a unique golf experience. The TurfRiders join the Club’s fleet of golf vehicles that includes the golf bike, GolfBoard – for “surfing the earth,” climate-controlled golf carts with misters – for the summer months, and four-seater golf carts. For those craving an even more unique experience, Kierland Golf Club offers a Scottish golf program, in which golfers play in a traditional Scottish kilt.

Troon North Golf Club’s award-winning Monument course – an 18-hole Tom Weiskopf-designed course – completed a three-month improvement project this summer, which involved updating green complexes to their original, shape, size and contours by utilizing GPS coordinates gathered from Weiskopf’s original design, and resurfacing the greens. These improvements are the first major changes to the course since its renovation, reconfiguration and rerouting in 2007.

In January 2018, the Phoenician Golf Club will undergo a complete redesign and rerouting, to transform the club from a 27-hole facility to an 18-hole course, in conjunction with the third phase of major enhancements at The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale. The rerouting of the golf course will allow for a more contiguous pattern of play, tightening up distances from greens to the next tees and creating an even more enjoyable experience for players. Using consistent bunker styling, the overall theme of the landscape design at the new course will showcase the unique beauty of the Sonoran Desert. Tee up!

CULINARY LANDSCAPE

VACATION NEVER TASTED SO GOOD
“Bon Appetit” takes on new meaning in Scottsdale, the foodie capital of the Southwest. After years of flying under the radar, this culinary oasis is finally getting the recognition it deserves with accolades from Esquire, Food & Wine, the James Beard Foundation and AAA, just to name a few. Check out a few of the new culinary innovations that are popping up:

Famous 48, a new American tavern-style restaurant will join Square One Concepts’ Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers, The Funky Monk and Wasted Grain when it opens its doors in Downtown Scottsdale in October 2017. At the Phoenician, the new Mowry & Cotton – replacing Il Terrazzo – will serve up an array of regionally sources and cured American dishes starting this season. Heading a little further north, Downtown’s Cien Agaves expands with a new North Scottsdale location in November 2017 and fellow Dowtown-er Original ChopShop Co. is set to follow suit with a new restaurant at Scottsdale Promenade in December 2017.

While not new to the Scottsdale culinary scene, Scottsdale favorite FnB recently channeled some of its old charm with the opening of its new FnBar. The bar replaces the restaurant’s former local market, Bodega, and recaptures some of the design style of FnB’s original location. The renovated space includes a marble-topped bar seating about eight guests and a stunning mosaic floor, reminiscent of the original FnB look. In addition, the restaurant has expanded its beverage program to include a cider list and a rotating wine list that focuses on a different region every few weeks.

WANDER THE WINE TRAIL
While farm-to-table is all the rage in the culinary world, Scottsdale is taking the concept one step further – from vine-to-table – by introducing four Arizona wine tasting rooms in downtown. These tasting rooms tell the story of the state’s nearly 100 award-winning wineries, many of which boast 90-point wines as recognized by Wine Spectator. Take LDV Wine Gallery, for example. The Wine Gallery brings the taste of the Willcox wine region to the heart of Scottsdale. Sip a glass of Syrah, Grenache or Viognier beneath two shaded patios or enjoy bites and sips in the tasting bar and open kitchen. Or, on the first Tuesday of every month, join LDV’s casual Supper Clubfor a three-course, wine-inspired vineyard-to-table meal with menus focused on local and seasonal goods. About 45 minutes away from LDV Winery in southern Arizona is another winery making a name for itself — Aridus Wine Company. This family-owned vineyard may run the largest custom crush facility in Arizona out of Willcox, but you can sample several varietals in its downtown Scottsdale tasting room. And you don’t have to go all the way to Willcox or Jerome to try Salvatore Vineyards. This small, family-owned winery has a downtown Scottsdale tasting where you can try a pinot grigio rose, malvasia bianca or one of their agave wines. The newest addition to this burgeoning wine scene is Carlson Creek Vineyard, another Willcox-based winery, which opened a downtown location in summer 2016. Sip wine in the 2,300-square-foot tasting room or attend an educational seminar to learn more about Arizona winemaking.

Not sure where to start? Plot out a tasting excursion using the Scottsdale Wine Trail map.

Step into the wild, untamed Sonoran Desert. Unexpected vibrancy and uncommon ease make Scottsdale unlike any other destination. World-class resorts, spas and golf are always on the horizon, but rooftop pool parties, inventive bars and authentic restaurants bring an energetic urban landscape to life. So come, get away, and see what blooms in the desert.