Author: Heather Wright Schlichting

Photo Friday: Camelback Mountain

Photo Friday:  Camelback Mountain
The ultimate in urban hiking, Camelback Mountain is a prominent landmark in Phoenix. It divides Phoenix from the town of Paradise Valley and depicts a gigantic resting camel that stands guard as if to protect the Valley of the Sun. Hohokam Indians settled the area only to mysteriously disappear over...
June 4th, 2010 | Phoenix | Read More

Win a Vacation Getaway in Phoenix

Win a Vacation Getaway in Phoenix
Do you dream about relaxing poolside at one of our many beautiful resorts in Phoenix?  Well, here’s your chance to make that dream a reality.  Enter the 2010 Summerscapes Giveaway for one of the five packages listed below. Fill out this online form by June 30.  Winners will  be contacted on...
June 3rd, 2010 | Phoenix | Read More

Gift Ideas for Phoenix Dads

Gift Ideas for Phoenix Dads
Looking for the perfect gift for Dad for this Father’s Day?  I’ve got a few ideas if he likes to eat out, play golf, or just laugh all night long. Give Dad a night off from the backyard barbecue and take him for a night on the town for a big juicy prime rib at Don & Charlie’s. A guy’s paradise...
June 2nd, 2010 | Phoenix | Read More

Guac This Way!

Guac This Way!
Arizona is known for Mexican cuisine.  But in the last few years new, award winning chefs and patrons with more sophisticated tastes are the reason why restaurants are serving up more authentic dishes with a twist.  Even basic guacamole is getting a makeover to up the ante amongst local eateries. After...
May 28th, 2010 | Phoenix | Read More

See the Light, Root for the Phoenix Suns

See the Light, Root for the Phoenix Suns
I’ve never mentioned this before, but I’m a Phoenix Suns fan.  Even when I lived in Chicago, I was always intrigued by the Suns.  All it took was seeing Charles Barkley play against Michael Jordan in person and I was smitten. I’ve also, until now never mentioned anything about the Suns 2010 playoff...
May 27th, 2010 | Phoenix | Read More

Caffe Boa on Mill – New Chef, New Outlook

Caffe Boa on Mill – New Chef, New Outlook
Caffe Boa located in the “Mill Avenue District” of Tempe has moved up the culinary ladder, thanks to a new chef and new outlook. With more of a focus on local ingredients, Payton Curry, formerly the chef of Digestif, has altered the menu from offering many pasta dishes to more imaginative options. Local...
May 25th, 2010 | Phoenix | Read More

Walk the Red Carpet at The Arizona Biltmore

Walk the Red Carpet at The Arizona Biltmore
For nonstop entertainment from Memorial Day through Labor Day, walk the red carpet and enjoy the “Hollywood & Wine“ festival with celebrity bands and winemakers, movie screenings, theater productions, and a special spotlight on culinary creativity at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. The Bacon...
May 24th, 2010 | Phoenix | Read More

Hike the Peak in North Scottsdale

Hike the Peak in North Scottsdale
Now, that we’ve officially hit our first 100 degree day, hikers either need to rise much earlier in the morning to beat the heat or hit the trails later in the day after sunset. One of the most picturesque hikes in the Valley is Pinnacle Peak, a 150-acre park in the Troon area of North Scottsdale....
May 23rd, 2010 | Phoenix, Photo Highlights | Read More

The Fab Four are Back and in Phoenix

The Fab Four are Back and in Phoenix
The ladies from the wildly popular “Sex and the City” series are back with their fabulous shoes, chic cocktails and sassy attitudes. Their next film comes out May 27, and it seems that “SATC” fever has caught on in the Valley with larger-than-life parties for you and your best...
May 22nd, 2010 | Phoenix | Read More

Start Your Engines at the Penske Racing Museum

Start Your Engines at the Penske Racing Museum
Get up to speed on the fast and famous racecars of Indy and NASCAR lore at the Penske Racing Museum in North Scottsdale. The museum, one of the area’s best-kept secrets, is located within the Scottsdale 101 Auto Collection, between the Jaguar and Bentley dealerships. It contains a collection of...
May 21st, 2010 | Phoenix | Read More

Doors Wide Open in Bisbee, Arizona

Doors Wide Open in Bisbee, Arizona
Bisbee is a unique mining town; a picturesque getaway with charming, restored Victorian homes perched high on the outlying hillsides and a downtown center filled with gift shops, antique stores, cafes, museums, and art galleries. Once one of the richest mineral sites in the world, Bisbee is now an architectural...
May 20th, 2010 | Phoenix | Read More

Free Golf for Kids at Phoenix Courses

Free Golf for Kids at Phoenix Courses
Are you looking for an activity to keep your kids busy this summer? Try the “Kids Play Free” golf program for kids 17 and under. Introduced by The City of Phoenix, this program is designed to encourage more families to enjoy the sport of golf and in particular introduce junior golf to local children....
May 19th, 2010 | Phoenix | Read More

Sunset Over the McDowells

Sunset Over the McDowells
A magical view of the sun setting over the McDowell Mountains, one of the Valley’s largest mountain ranges, from The Club  balcony at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Northeast Phoenix. The resort boasts the largest ballroom in Arizona, champion golf at Wildfire and award-winning restaurants like...
May 14th, 2010 | Phoenix | Read More

Underwater Fantasy Opens in the Valley

Underwater Fantasy Opens in the Valley
Phoenix may be hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean, but on Friday, May 14 Phoenicians will be face to face with tiger sharks, eels, sea horses, an octopus and thousands of tropical fish.  Arizona Mills mall (map) in Tempe will open its doors to the Sea Life Arizona Aquarium, the only dedicated...
May 13th, 2010 | Phoenix | Read More

Arizona’s Other Grand Canyon

Arizona’s Other Grand Canyon
Rafting season at Arizona’s spectacular Salt River Canyon is coming to a close this June. It began in March, where boaters launched into the river to run white-water rapids between high walls of sandstone and granite. Due to 9,000 cubic feet per second of rushing water flowing into Roosevelt Lake,...
May 11th, 2010 | Phoenix | Read More

Restaurants Harvest Desert for Extreme Locavore Menu

Restaurants Harvest Desert for Extreme Locavore Menu
A new trend for Phoenix area restaurants has been to create menus based on local and sustainable foods. The Tonto Bar & Grill and its sister restaurant Cartwright’s Sonoran Ranch House and Lounge have been leaders in sustainable and locavore dining for many years. A locavore or localvore is defined...
May 10th, 2010 | Phoenix | Read More

Rainbow Bridge in Lake Powell Celebrates Centennial

Rainbow Bridge in Lake Powell Celebrates Centennial
Looking for an unforgettable outdoor adventure for Memorial Day weekend?  Lake Powell is the ultimate playground for hikers, boaters and water skiers. An enormous body of water over 500 feet deep and 186 miles long, Lake Powell’s shoreline is made up of 96 major canyons and countless smaller ones...
May 7th, 2010 | Phoenix | Read More

Go Native in Phoenix

Go Native in Phoenix
Okay, so our real estate prices have fallen, our educational system needs help and our politics have caused much debate. But, what we’re good at is developing the most magnificent resorts that are not just havens for the weary traveler but for those who crave award-winning restaurants, crystal blue...
May 6th, 2010 | Phoenix | Read More

All Things Scottish in Arizona

All Things Scottish in Arizona
Did you know that the first known resident of Scottsdale was a Scot named George Washington Scott or that the Arizona Copper Company was owned by a Scottish company?  For the love of all things Scottish, the picturesque town of Prescott which resembles the highlands of Scotland, hosts the Prescott Highland...
May 4th, 2010 | Phoenix | Read More

Train Buffs All Aboard for National Train Day at the Grand Canyon

Train Buffs All Aboard for National Train Day at the Grand Canyon
From steam to diesel-powered engines and from New York to Los Angeles, Americans have had a long love affair with trains. National Train Day reminds us all of the role that the passenger train has played – and continues to play – in moving America. Amtrak’s National Training Day 2010 is...
May 3rd, 2010 | Phoenix | Read More