A brief update of news around Arizona March 2018
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The Hermosa Inn Presents Palette to Palate
Built originally as Lon Megargee’s home and art studio, The Hermosa Inn continues its artistic legacy with its Spring Palette to Palate, a three-day art retreat: April 13-15, 2018. Guests can craft their own palette by choosing from an array of unique events, including workshops led by nationally acclaimed artists and a culinary celebration: #UnmistakablyArizona Spring Harvest Dinner highlighting a collaboration of Arizona’s premier culinary talent, produce and wine. Guests may select one class, or all, priced at $75 each. Participants do not need to be registered hotel guests, but should they choose to make a weekend out of it, rates begin at $399 per night for overnight accommodations in one of 43 luxury casitas.
Friends of the San Pedro River and BLM Publish Junior Ranger Guide
The Friends of the San Pedro River (FSPR) and the Bureau of Land Management(BLM) have published a Junior Ranger Activity Guide for the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA). Designed for ages eight and older, the booklet offers fun and interesting activities for children to help them learn about wildlife, vegetation and history in the SPRNCA. The booklet is available at the San Pedro House, 9800 E. Highway 90, Sierra Vista, (open seven days a week from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – closed Christmas Day) or at the Fairbank Schoolhouse, on Highway 82 just east of the San Pedro River (open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). Children who complete six of the activities in the booklet and return it to the San Pedro House or the Fairbank Schoolhouse will receive a signed certificate and a Junior Ranger patch
Grand Canyon National Park Announces 2019 Centennial Logo
In recognition of Grand Canyon National Park’s 99th birthday, the National Park Service and Grand Canyon Association unveiled the logo for the park’s upcoming 2019 Centennial. Depicting one of Grand Canyon’s most significant elements, the Colorado River, the logo is a visual reminder of the rich natural, cultural and historical resources found at Grand Canyon National Park. The accompanying tagline, Go Grand, encourages inspiration and grand adventures. The logo was the result of a collaborative effort between the park’s official nonprofit partners; Grand Canyon Association, Grand Canyon National Park employees and marketing firm Off Madison Avenue. The 2019 Centennial will commemorate 100 years of the National Park Service at Grand Canyon and acknowledge Grand Canyon’s significant cultural history. To prepare for a new century of stewardship, the park’s Centennial goal commemorates the past and inspires future generations to experience, connect with and protect the canyon’s unique resources. To increase Grand Canyon’s public engagement the centennial year will feature events throughout 2019 at the South Rim, North Rim, Desert View, Inner Canyon and surrounding gateway communities. The 2019 centennial logo will be part of a comprehensive brand and visual identity key to the promotion and marketing of the park’s anniversary.
Yavapai – Apache Nation Opens New Hotel
The recently developed Cliff Castle Casino Hotel in the Verde Valley is now open to the public. The $30 million-dollar project broke ground in January 2016 and includes 122 luxury hotel guest rooms, conference and entertainment facility, indoor swimming pool, new retail outlet, a new coffee shop and a 300 space parking garage. Located an hour north of Phoenix on I-17 just south of Sedona in Camp Verde, AZ., Cliff Castle Casino is proudly owned and operated by the Yavapai-Apache Nation. The hotel is just a short drive from ancient Native American ruins, trout fishing, golf courses, wineries and countless other popular activities and destinations. Cliff Castle Casino is a family friendly destination that offers year-round world-class entertainment. Guests can enjoy fine dining at Storytellers Steakhouseand family dining in Mountain Springs Buffet, Johnny Rockets or grab a quick bite at Three Sisters Bistro.
New Hyatt Place Opening in Page/Lake Powell
Hyatt Place Page/Lake Powell is set to open in April 2018. This newly constructed, three-story, 102-room select service property overlooking Lake Powell will represent a best-in-class hotel for the area. The property will offer travelers an upscale lodging option that provides gorgeous views, intuitive design, a casual atmosphere and a myriad of amenities such as 24-hour food and beverage offerings, a 24-hour fitness center, free Wi-Fi and extensive complimentary parking to accommodate families, bus tours and boating enthusiasts. The hotel is positioned on a mesa just above Lake Powell, scenic sites like Horseshoe Bend, Antelope Canyon and the Colorado River are just a few miles away. The Grand Canyon, as well as other regional national parks and monuments can all be reached within a three-hour drive.
Cambria Hotels Opens New Upscale Property in Chandler
The Cambria Hotel Phoenix Chandler – Fashion Center recently opened in the Phoenix area. The new 136-room upscale property features a pool with cabanas, fitness room, lounge area and 1,300 square-feet of multi-function meeting space. In addition, the property has onsite dining, including a menu comprised of locally-inspired specialties, signature cocktails and local craft beers. Located near Loops 101 and 202 at 3165 West Fry Rd., the new Cambria hotel is part of the Chandler Viridian, a 25-acre mixed-use development project that includes office space, luxury apartments, retail offerings and a pedestrian promenade to the Chandler Fashion Center. The hotel is near many Phoenix area attractions and several corporate offices, such as Intel, Microchip Technologies and PayPal.
Glen Canyon Rafting Announces Float Trips
Early spring and summer water adventures can be reserved now via Wilderness River Adventures’s website. These half- and full-day journeys down the Colorado River are currently available for online reservations via a new landing page option, along with direct booking options specific to group trip reservations. These guide-led interpretive river raft excursions allow guests to experience the Colorado River and journey into the region’s past while aboard a comfortable and spacious 32-passenger float. Guests depart from Page, where they take a drive via motor coach through a tunnel carved of two-mile-long solid rock and see preserved dinosaur prints at the foot of Glen Canyon Dam. With varying departure times, half-day Glen Canyon Float Trips are available March through December 2, 2018, with lunch available for purchase. Full-day floats include lunch and are available May 4 through October 2, 2018. Rafters must be at least four years of age to ride.
Mother Road Brewing Co. announces the new Flagstaff Brewery Trail
After declaring Flagstaff as a distinguished craft beer city per Mayor Coral Evans and Governor Doug Ducey, Mother Road Brewing Co., announced the new Flagstaff Brewery Trail. Participants are encouraged to visit each brewery location to get a sticker on their passport. Once they have a full passport they can turn it in to the Flagstaff Convention and Visitor Bureau to receive a souvenir pint glass. Flagstaff Brewery Trail passports are free and can be downloaded online at craftbeerflg.com and flagstaffarizona.org or picked up for from any of the Flagstaff breweries or Visitor Center.
Arizona James Beard Awards 2018 Semifinalists
Three Arizona chefs and a restaurateur have been recognized as semifinalists for the prestigious culinary awards. Charleen Badman, chef and owner of Fnb, Kevin Binkley, owner of Binkley’s and Silvana Salcido Esparza, chef and owner of Barrio Cafe Gran Reserva are semifinalists in the “Best Chef: Southwest” category. Sam Fox of Fox Restaurant Concepts is listed in the “Outstanding Restaurateur” category. Finalists for all categories will be announced on March 14.
El Guero Canelo’s Sonoran Hot Dog Wins James Beard 2018 America’s Classics Award
El Guero Canelo, owned by Daniel Contreras, has won one of five 2018 America’s Classics James Beard Awards, to be given out in Chicago on Monday, May 7, 2018. Sonoran hot dogs are a true cross-border creation, especially in the case of El Guero Canelo, which opened in 1993 as a food cart. The buns are baked for El Guero in Magdalena, Mexico and brought north. The Sonoran Dog may not have originated with Daniel Contreras when he started his cart, but he certainly brought a new degree of notoriety to this street food creation.