SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Jan. 17, 2023) – As if clear, sunny skies and a cool breeze aren’t enough reasons to visit, Scottsdale is kicking off the new year in style. Find a brand-new resort, captivating art and performances, fresh dining, and non-stop cultural and sporting events surrounding the Big Game this spring in the Sonoran Desert.
THE BIG NEWS: Hilton North Scottsdale at Cavasson is now open, featuring six stories with 237 guest rooms and 15 suites. The property is designed to exceed the expectations of business and leisure travelers with rooftop executive lounges, a bar overlooking the McDowell Mountains, and a resort-style outdoor swimming pool. A 15,000-square-foot event center will serve as the venue for events ranging in size from small group meetings to large corporate gatherings and social affairs of all sizes.
- New spa treatments soothe and restore the skin at The Spa at Boulders Resort & Spa Scottsdale. The Ultimate Oxygen Infusion Facial uses Therapeutic Oxygen under hyperbaric pressure infused with minerals and vitamins to stimulate collagen and elastin production. The Clarifying + Detox Wrap includes an application of custom-blended herbs infused with essential oils, along with a warm wrap and a calming scalp massage.
- VH Spa for Vitality + Health inside Hotel Valley Ho launched the ultimate spa package with The Royal Treatment. This relaxing journey consists of a 45-minute moisturizing wrap, a 90-minute Classic Massage, and a 90-minute Lux Facial. Round out the perfect spa day with lunch and a glass of bubbly or an ice-cold beer – all included.
- As travelers seek more places to catch a glimpse of the night sky, ADERO Scottsdale Resort is a stargazer’s dream come true, perched 2,500 feet above the rugged Sonoran Desert. The Signature Dark Sky Corner Suite’s or Celestial Suite’s wrap-around balconies take full advantage of the resort’s location in a certified Dark Sky Community. Guests also receive access to Star Walk 2, an app that helps to identify and locate stars in the night sky.
SUPER SEASON IN SCOTTSDALE
Spring is jam-packed with special events and attractions, from collector car auctions and cultural festivals to some of the most exciting competitions in professional sports, including football’s Big Game in nearby Glendale. Visitors can plan the ultimate springtime getaway at ScottsdaleSuperSeason.com.
- Jan. 21-29: Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction races its way to Scottsdale displaying hundreds of world-class automotives. Attendees can witness auction action at its finest, mingle with celebrities, or embark on adrenaline-pumping thrill rides in the latest vehicles from America’s top automakers.
- Feb. 6-12: The WM Phoenix Open, also known as "The Greatest Show on Grass," is a legendary PGA Tour stop, with more than 700,000 fans in attendance annually and more than $165 million raised for charities in its 85-year history. Along with great golf, the tournament hosts the San Tan Ford Special Olympics Putting Challenge (Feb. 7), and concerts featuring Maroon 5 and Walker Hayes (Feb. 4), Jason Aldean (Feb. 9), Machine Gun Kelly (Feb. 10), and The Chainsmokers (Feb. 11).
- Feb. 12: Scottsdale is celebrating the Big Game by opening its downtown streets for the Historic Old Town ESPN Main Street Tailgate. Main Street will serve as the backdrop for multiple ESPN programs, including “NFL Live,” and “Sunday NFL Countdown.” Throughout the tailgate, guests can enjoy games and live performances, delicious dining, giveaways, photo opportunities, and a chance to make a cameo on live TV.
- Feb. 16-26: The Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show is the largest Arabian horse show in the world with over 2,400 horses, 300,000 attendees, and equestrians from around the world competing to win the championship red roses.
- Feb. 25-March 28: Every year, travelers flock to the destination for sunny skies and Spring Training Baseball. With two facilities in Scottsdale, it is the Spring Training home of the San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies, and Arizona Diamondbacks.
ART + ATTRACTIONS
THE BIG NEWS: The city of Scottsdale’s annual Western Week returns to Old Town Jan. 28-Feb. 5, featuring signature events that celebrates the city’s rich Western roots and Native American heritage, and cultural exhibits at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West and Old Town Scottsdale Rodeo Museum.
- Feb. 2 & 4: The 69th Annual Scottsdale Parada Del Sol Parade (Feb. 2) features more than 125 floats, horses, marching bands, wagons, and stagecoaches representing multiple cultures from Mexican and Native American to Arabian and Western. Once the parade ends, Historic Old Town transforms into a massive Western-style block party with the Trail’s End Festival (Feb. 4).
- Feb. 3: Saddle up for the 65th annual Hashknife Pony Express’ arrival. This iconic celebration honors the oldest officially sanctioned Pony Express in the world, with live music, bands, line dancers, Native American hoop dancers, and the Pony Express galloping through Old Town.
- Feb. 4-5: The Arizona Indian Festival teaches visitors about the state’s Native American tribes through examples of traditional Indian villages and dwellings, arts and crafts demonstrations, Native food vendors and performances by Native singers and dancers.
- Feb. 7-14: Prepare to be moonstruck at Desert Botanical Garden’s Museum of the Moon. UK artist Luke Jerram’s 23-foot diameter glowing moon provides detailed views of the lunar surface fused with a stellar soundtrack by composer Dan Jones. Be immersed in the exhibit during Lunar Aroma Yoga (Feb. 8, 10 and 13) or a Museum of the Moon Watercolor Class (Feb. 11). Later in the spring, get an up-close and unforgettable encounter when thousands of native Southwestern butterflies arrive for the exhibit, Majestic Mariposas (March 4-May 13).
- March 29-April 2: Arizona Bike Week speeds through Scottsdale as one of the country’s largest bike rallies hosting races, stunt shows, and the RockYard concert series with headliners like STAIND and Billy Idol.
- April 29-30: The Scottsdale Jazz Festival honors International Jazz Day and has a spectacular lineup of Azar Lawrence Experience, Carlos Rivas Y Mexsal Latin Explosion, Yuko Mabuchi, and British acid jazz band, Incognito.
- Through April 30: The Musical Instrument Museum’s Winter/Spring 2023 Concert Series highlights multiple genres across 40 shows by renowned artists such as Steven Page, formerly of Barenaked Ladies, Grammy-winning trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, and Blues Music Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Vanessa Collier.
- “The UFO Experience: The Truth is Out There,” Arizona Boardwalk’s newest addition, shares tales of abductions and human-alien contact, as well as in-depth accounts of some of the most famous unexplained phenomena. Immersive exhibits such as “Alien Hunter” and a “moon walk” (bounce) are also a part of the attraction.
SIP + SAVOR
- Boulders Resort & Spa Scottsdale welcomes spring with new menus inspired by its organic garden. The Chefs forage daily for fresh ingredients for everyday meals as well as special events such as the Casamigos Tequila Dinner (March 24), Spring Equinox Garden Wine Dinner (March 31), and the “Under the Stars” Chef’s Table Dinner (April 21).
- Area resorts continue to attract top culinary talent. Yulissa Acosta is the new chef de cuisine at Mountain Shadows’ Hearth ’61, creating bold new dishes in the restaurant’s modern American style. Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North has named Jesus Figueroa as chef de cuisine and Michael Elortegui as General Manager to oversee the property’s signature Spanish steakhouse, Talavera.
- A new collection of Exceptionally Scottsdale experiences introduce new flavors to visitors. “Bourbon, Boots and Belle’s” at Belle’s Nashville Kitchen encapsulates a Nashville Honky-Tonk with homemade signature infusions, craft cocktails, and unique culinary creations. The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa Scotch Ambassadors guide guests through a curated tasting of three unique scotches from one of the rarest and most comprehensive Scotch collections in North America, paired with individual presentations of chef-curated canapes, in “An Evening of Scotches.”
- Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, A Gurney’s Resort & Spa pays homage to Scottsdale’s past Nirvana Food & Wine Festival during the Nirvana Dinner Series in April. The first dinner of the series entitled Wood, Wine & Wagyu will focus on the decadent pairing of the finest wines and steaks.
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Laura McMurchie, Vice President of Communications
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