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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 extensive research on my own and interviewing friends, I posed the question, “What makes your guac rock?”  This is what I found out. According to Phoenix Magazine and many of my friends, The...
May 28th, 2010 | Heather Wright Schlichting | Read More | Comments: 2
Filed under: Arizona, featuredarticle, Mexican food

Underwater Fantasy Opens in the Valley

Underwater Fantasy Opens in the Valley
... 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 aquarium in the state designed to provide a fun, interactive and educational experience for kids. Once you’ve made the rounds of the many discount stores available at Arizona Mills I suggest you check out this amazing aquarium. Under water viewing...
May 13th, 2010 | Heather Wright Schlichting | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: aquarium, Arizona, Family Friendly, featuredarticle, sea life

Entertaining Ideas for Arizona Visitors this Spring

Entertaining Ideas for Arizona Visitors this Spring
If you’ve been reading my posts lately, you’ll realize that I’ve provided interesting facts on the state of Arizona, lists of local festivals and other tidbits that will prepare you for what is every Arizonans right of passage – entertaining out-of-town guests in the spring.  Ah yes, no doubt your phone will begin to ring, you’ll receive emails from your old college roommate, and Aunt Edna from Poughkeepsie who just can’t take the winter anymore will ask to visit.  Don’t kid yourself...
March 17th, 2010 | Heather Wright Schlichting | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Arizona, entertaining, golf, hiking, Shopping

Happy Birthday Arizona!

Happy Birthday Arizona!
Arizona became a state on February 14, 1912. It was the last of the 48 contiguous states to be admitted to the union. As we approach our centennial in 2012 we celebrate a rich and vast history that compares to no other. More than a playground for sun worshippers, Arizona is home to some of the world’s most popular natural wonders including the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell/Rainbow Bridge, Petrified Forest/Painted Desert, Monument Valley, Meteor Crater, Sedona Oak Creek Canyon, Superstition Mountains,...
February 14th, 2010 | Heather Wright Schlichting | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Arizona, state facts, statehood, trivia

Wacky Laws Still on the Books in Arizona

Wacky Laws Still on the Books in Arizona
Averaging over 320 sun-filled days per year Arizona attracts many visitors to enjoy our magnificent outdoor activities, shopping, spas and resorts with little concern of breaking any laws. Until now. It seems that there are a collection of silly laws still in effect that need some explanation. Here are my favorite silliest laws in Arizona. These are statewide laws still on the books: Donkeys cannot sleep in bathtubs. But jackasses can sleep anywhere. Hunting camels is prohibited. This isn’t the...
February 10th, 2010 | Heather Wright Schlichting | Read More | Comments: 0
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The Legendary Boys of Summer at Arizona Museum for Youth

The Legendary Boys of Summer at Arizona Museum for Youth
... the first to hit a homer at Phoenix Municipal Stadium. And Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio played one season of spring training baseball together in Arizona. These are just some of the moments that make up the rich history of Cactus League baseball in Arizona and a few of the tales waiting to be told in the upcoming exhibit, Play Ball: The Cactus League Experience. Opening February 26, this new exhibit at the Arizona Museum for Youth kicks off Arizona’s spring training season.  The colorful...
February 3rd, 2010 | Heather Wright Schlichting | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Arizona, baseball, Cactus League, featuredarticle, Phoenix, spring training

Have a Spring Fling … at Spring Training in Arizona

Have a Spring Fling … at Spring Training in Arizona
... that.  Equally exciting is an entire getaway devoted to all things baseball.  No matter if you’re a local or an out-of-town guest, each spring, Arizona transforms into a baseball haven. Cubs’ fans, Mariners’ fanatics and diehard Giants’ fans, to name a few all converge on the cities in and around Phoenix and Tucson for 30 great days.  Opening day on Wednesday, March 3 will feature the Giants against the Mariners at the Peoria Sports Complex in Peoria, Arizona. Known as the Cactus League,...
January 13th, 2010 | Heather Wright Schlichting | Read More | Comments: 3
Filed under: Arizona, baseball, Cactus League, spring training, top-feature

My Resolutions for 2010: See More of Arizona

My Resolutions for 2010:  See More of Arizona
We’ve all had the conversation with a lifelong Arizonan who’s never been to the Grand Canyon, ridden a horse or done other things that tourists from around the world pay good money to come here and do. This year, I resolve to see more of the state and I suggest you do too. I’m constantly amazed at the outdoor wonderlands, unique festivals and exquisite hotels, casinos and dining that are within our state. Take a day trip in any direction, and you’ll see what I mean.  All we do is...
January 3rd, 2010 | Heather Wright Schlichting | Read More | Comments: 3
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Not Just Another One-Ring Circus

Not Just Another One-Ring Circus
... circus performer who plays Nino the clown, can tell you about circus life when he and his family, the Zoppe Family Circus perform in Chandler, Arizona through the New Year. The Zoppe’s put on what they refer to as an Old-World Italian traditional circus performance with acrobats, equestrians, canine trainers and general clowning around.  They’ve been performing since 1842 and even bring their own tent which will be set up on the West Lawn of the Chandler Center for the Arts. For anyone who...
December 23rd, 2009 | Heather Wright Schlichting | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Arizona, Chandler, circus, featuredarticle

Review: Start Packing! Get a Copy of Girlfriend Getaways

Review:  Start Packing!  Get a Copy of Girlfriend Getaways
... getaways including shopping, spas, culinary, adventure, and of course Vegas! As a freelance writer who has written spa and travel guides for the Arizona Office of Tourism, The Arizona Republic’s lifestyle publications, and as a regular beauty columnist for several national and Phoenix-based publications, it’s safe to say that Lisa knows her stuff and suggests getaway ideas in her book that can get anyone off the couch.  If you’re a Phoenix local, you might also be familiar with ArizonaSpaGirls.com a...
December 18th, 2009 | Heather Wright Schlichting | Read More | Comments: 13
Filed under: Arizona, featuredarticle, girlfriend getaways

Journey to the South Rim on The Grand Canyon Railway

Journey to the South Rim on The Grand Canyon Railway
... love affair with the automobile took the spotlight.  The train stopped running in June 1968 and stayed that way for nearly 20 years. Lucky for us, Arizona entrepreneurs Max and Thelma Biegert had a vision of a Grand Canyon Railway as a tourist attraction.  They restored abandoned depots and 65 miles of weather-beaten track.  Their hard work paid off, and on Sept. 17, 1989 – 88 years to the day from the first train to the canyon – they brought the steam locomotive back to Grand Canyon...
December 15th, 2009 | Heather Wright Schlichting | Read More | Comments: 5
Filed under: Arizona, Grand Canyon, top-feature, train, Williams

Shop Arizona for Holiday Gifts

Shop Arizona for Holiday Gifts
... Extra Virgin Olive Oil from the Queen Creek Olive Mill From homemade tamales and olive oil to Senator Barry Goldwater’s personal chili recipe, Arizona offers unique gift items that will make an impression on everyone on your holiday shopping list.  Here are a few Arizona made items that you still have time to order for your friends and family. Los Sombreros 12 Days of Tamales Azucena Tovar owner of Los Sombreros restaurant (map) brings her passion for Mexican cuisine from her native San Miguel...
December 3rd, 2009 | Heather Wright Schlichting | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Arizona, Holiday shopping

Discover The Underground Wonderland of Kartchner Caverns

Discover The Underground Wonderland of Kartchner Caverns
In 1974, Gary Tenen and Randy Tufts were exploring the limestone hills at the eastern base of the Whetstone Mountains near Benson, Arizona looking for a cave no one had ever found and found it. Keeping the discovery a secret for four years, they later approached James and Lois Kartchner, the property owners, with a proposition to uncover the cavern. Overcoming more than 20 years of unforeseen challenges, the stunning limestone formations of Kartchner Caverns State Park opened to the public on November...
November 25th, 2009 | Heather Wright Schlichting | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: Arizona, Caverns, featuredarticle, Kartchner, top-feature, Tucson

Indulge in Arizona’s Fine Wines at Festival at the Farm

Indulge in Arizona’s Fine Wines at Festival at the Farm
If you’re a wine lover, Arizona is the place to be.  We’re making a name for ourselves in the industry and loving the attention it brings to our fair state. This Sunday, November 22 is your chance to meet passionate wine growers and makers from all over Arizona and taste their finest wines at The Festival at the Farm. The Arizona Wine Growers Association hosts this first time event at The Farm at South Mountain (map), a hidden gem of pecan groves and a grassy area popular for picnics only...
November 19th, 2009 | Heather Wright Schlichting | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: Arizona, Phoenix, wine tasting, wineries

A Wine and Sign with Local Phoenix Author

A Wine and Sign with Local Phoenix Author
... or climbing 1,000 feet to practice yoga, Jackie, a Phoenix-based author, former magazine editor and Phoenix Traveler blogger, has been writing about Arizona lifestyle and travel since 1997. Last month, Countryman Press released her first book, BACKROADS & BYWAYS OF Arizona. Jackie has an impressive resume filled with articles she’s written for Fast Company, Arizona Highways and Highroads magazine. Intrigued by the strong personalities she meets throughout her travels, she believes that their...
November 17th, 2009 | Heather Wright Schlichting | Read More | Comments: 0
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Discover Afternoon Tea at Arizona Biltmore

Discover Afternoon Tea at Arizona Biltmore
Are you beginning to get in the holiday mood?  Afternoon Tea at the Arizona Biltmore (map)will take you back to a more gracious and sophisticated time.  The experience allows you to slow down and cherish time spent with friends and family.   A celebrated tradition, their Afternoon Tea kicks off this month with special monthly themes.  Celebrate the holidays now throughout December at their Holiday Tea, a Chocolate Tea in February in celebration of Valentine’s Day, and a Mother’s Day Tea during...
November 14th, 2009 | Heather Wright Schlichting | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: Arizona, featuredarticle, frank-lloyd-wright, Phoenix, tea

Living Amongst the Vines in Arizona

Living Amongst the Vines in Arizona
Wine connoisseurs have been all a buzz lately about the wines coming from the many vineyards in Arizona.  It’s taken a few years to cultivate, but the wines from over 30 vineyards spread out from Chino Valley in the north of the state to Bowie in the southeast are turning out some amazing varieties that are receiving international attention. Vineyards in the Verde Valley nestled in the red rock countryside of Cottonwood, Jerome and Sedona north of Phoenix have turned out to be an exceptional...
November 11th, 2009 | Heather Wright Schlichting | Read More | Comments: 2
Filed under: Arizona, Cottonwood, featuredarticle, Jerome, Sedona, Verde Valley, wine, wineries

Arizona Tree Selected for U.S. Capitol Christmas Display

Arizona Tree Selected for U.S. Capitol Christmas Display
For the first time in 45 years, an 85-foot blue spruce from the White Mountains of Arizona will be the focal point of this year’s Christmas display at the U.S. Capitol. The tallest ever selected for this honor, the tree is an estimated 70 years old and stands taller than a six-story building.   The tree was chosen from among 10 finalists and cut down about 5 miles west of Alpine, Arizona in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest.  The blue spruce will travel across the state in a 105-foot flatbed...
November 8th, 2009 | Heather Wright Schlichting | Read More | Comments: 5
Filed under: Arizona, christmas-tree, featuredarticle, U.S.-Capitol

Bartlett Lake, an Oasis in the Desert

Bartlett Lake, an Oasis in the Desert
Just because you’re in the desert doesn’t mean there’s no water.  On the contrary, Arizona has over 30 lakes for residents to boat, jet ski and enjoy other water activities. Bartlett Lake is a Verde Valley River Reservoir Lake located 30 miles northeast of Phoenix. Bartlett has a boatable surface area of 2,815 acres – perfect for boating and skiing enthusiasts alike. A great day trip, you can also enjoy picnicking, hiking, swimming and campground space. Fishermen have an opportunity to...
October 30th, 2009 | Heather Wright Schlichting | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: Arizona, featuredarticle, lakes, Outdoors & Recreation

The Best Places to Watch an Arizona Sunset

The Best Places to Watch an Arizona Sunset
Arizona is renowned for its spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Other than tropical regions, the deserts are noted for brilliant and colorful sunsets and contrary to a popular misconception it is not due to dust or pollution.  If that were the case, then cities like New York and Mexico City would be at the top of the list.  Clean air is, in fact, the main ingredient common to brightly colored sunrises and sunsets. Here’s the Reason Sunlight is composed of a spectrum of colors that ranges from...
October 1st, 2009 | Heather Wright Schlichting | Read More | Comments: 8
Filed under: Arizona, featuredarticle, sunsets