Archive for October, 2010

31 Oct 2010

Cactus League Expecting Banner Year

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Cactus League Spring Training 2011: New Scottsdale Teams, New Stadium, and All Cactus League World Series Means Lots of Visitors to Scottsdale.

A record numbers of visitors to Greater Phoenix Metro and Scottsdale are expected during the month of March as folks look to enjoy baseball spring training, sunshine, and other great things a vacation to Scottsdale can offer. The surge in visitors is due to many exciting developments happening in the Cactus League.

Two New Teams are Moving to Scottsdale

Two new teams are moving to Scottsdale within the league. Both the Diamondbacks and the Rockies will be playing within two miles of your Sunny Scottsdale Vacation Rental at the new Baseball complex located at Indian Bend and the 101. It’s so close, that a short bike ride along the Scottsdale Greenbelt will get you there in no time and let you enjoy some beautiful weather on your short journey.

New Stadium to Open at Indian Bend and 101

The new stadiums are opening just in time for the 2011 Spring Training Season, and will be the new home to the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies. The complex promises to be state of the art design and construction, offering all the finest amenities for fans and players. There isn’t a detail that has been overlooked in the creation of this incredible project.

All Cactus League World Series

For the fourth time in Cactus League history, the world series pits two Cactus League teams against each other. The excitement has local leaders fired up over a likely surge of bandwagon Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants fans heading to the Valley in the spring. The Giants also play in Scottsdale, close to the Sunny Scottsdale Vacation Rental.

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/sports/diamondbacks/articles/2010/10/27/20101027world-series-2010-arizona-cactus-league.html#ixzz13wYqqDGI

Other Cactus League Resources:

Official Cactus League Website

Salt River Fields – Home of the Diamondbacks and the Rockies

Where to buy Spring Training 2011 Tickets

27 Oct 2010

New Movie Experience Comes to Scottsdale

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Movie lovers rejoice!  Starting this fall, you will be able to see the latest movies on the silver screen while sipping your favorite cocktails and munching on savory cuisine all in the comfort of a wide, cushy chair complete with spacious armrests.

Located at the Scottsdale Pavilions just down the street from the Sunny Scottsdale Condo Vacation Rental, the former 20-year-old United Artists movie theater underwent a $2 million renovation to become an UltraStar Cinema, which features 11 screens, digital projection, wider aisles, and reserved seating, as well as interesting architectural elements and a concession stand that serves both classic favorites and creative dishes like basil-flavored brie and chocolate Panini.  You can also order conveniently from your seat.

The Scottsdale Quarter will also welcome a similar movie concept from IPic Entertainment in the winter.

Read more online at http://www.azcentral.com/community/scottsdale/articles/2010/10/26/20101026Scottsdale-new-premium-movie-theaters.html#ixzz13anapXz1

19 Oct 2010

Scottsdale Pop Quiz!

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How well do you know Scottsdale, Arizona?  Maybe you know that Scottsdale is one of the best cities to find challenging golf courses, tantalizing dining experiences, sumptuous spas, and, of course, shopping!  But did you know that we have a very rich, western history dating back to 1888?  Check out the quiz on AZCentral.com and learn some pretty interesting facts about the city we love.  Don’t forget to book your stay at our Sunny Scottsdale Vacation Rental!

http://www.azcentral.com/community/scottsdale/articles/2010/08/12/20100812scottsdale-arizona-quiz-prog.html

18 Oct 2010

Expanding Dining Options Continue in the Sunny Scottsdale Condo Vacation Rental Neighborhood

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The neighborhood around our Sunny Scottsdale Condo Vacation Rental continues to grow with new and exciting dining concepts. In the past few months several new restaurants have opened up while others have had face-lift or just changed up the menu offerings. Scottsdale in general is very blessed to be home to many successful and well polished restaurateurs who know how to serve a great meal.

One of THE best features of our Scottsdale Vacation Rental is the proximity to Scottsdale’s best dining and things to do along ‘Resort Row;’ and now the options just continue to get better!

The great part of having a vacation rental with an awesome location is that you can cook something up on your own, you can head out for a night on the town, or you can do both (where you maybe just head out for dessert and scenery).

Below is a quick recap of recent openings in the neighborhood with links to the restaurants or news coverage. Enjoy and Happy Dining!

Rancho Pinot –  This restaurant has been in business for many many years, and has become well known for its unique southwestern style menu and and upscale atmosphere. Loca-vores (those who prefer to eat locally harvested foods) love this place, because Rancho Pinot offers what chef-owner Chrysa Robertson calls “a simple, quick, delicious menu featuring fabulous produce from our favorite local farmers.” Now they are open for lunch!

Eddie’s House – Local Celebrity Chef Eddie Matney does an amazing job at creating a unique menu, with interesting twists on known favorites in an warm, classy, and fun atmosphere. Be sure to say hello to Eddie if you make it to his restaurant, he is a great guy and always happy to say hello to diners. Eddie just updated his menu to also include lunch! Eddie just updated his menu to also include lunch!

Blue 32 Sports Grill – This new concept hails from Gilbert Arizona, and just opened a new location along Scottsdale Road, just north of Indian Bend. This is hands down THE best sports bar in Scottsdale. If you are on vacation and need to catch a game, this is where you will find THE most TVs, a great beer selection, and worthy eats good enough to occupy even the non-sports fan (perhaps your significant other?).

Jimmy Woo’s Chinese Food –  The creators behind Stingray Sushi, Geisha A Go Go, and Drift Lounge have just opened this new restaurant where traditional Chinese cuisine meets contemporary design. Daily happy hour, from 4 to 7 p.m., features half-priced cocktails, beer and wine, plus discounted appetizers. And for quick take-out, “Jimmy’s Back Alley” is open all day. I haven’t had the chance to visit and dine yet, and the reviews are still out. Though my hunch is that the experience is trendy, and the food is at least ok.

Wildflower Bread Company – If you’re a healthy eater then you’ll love this place. If you  just want a tasty sandwich or something for breakfast, then you’ll love this place.  You can bring your laptop and surf their free wi-fi while you nosh on your meal. The decor is bright and slightly modern. It’s a decent place, and does a lot of business. The best part is that you can walk here from your Sunny Scottsdale Vacation Rental Condo.

Starbucks within Walking Distance – Even though this Starbucks is walking distance, most likely you’ll want to drive. That’s just because the rule of thumb in Phoenix is that if it’s farther than 500 feet, you’re going to drive. Anyways, whenever I travel I always want to know if there is a Starbucks nearby. And in this case, even though they haven’t done anything new to report, I just wanted to report that a nearby Starbucks does exist, and they do a great job too!

13 Oct 2010

Waste Management (Phoenix) Open Raises 4.4 Million for Charities – What About Next Year?

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The Phoenix Open is one of  Scottsdale’s biggest annual events, drawing huge crowds and celebrities to enjoy “the greatest show on grass.” When in town for the Phoenix Open, many visitors prefer to stay on Scottsdale’s “resort row,”  the section of Scottsdale Road between Shea Blvd and Camelback Roads. Our sunny Scottsdale vacation rental condo is located in the middle of resort row!  Anyways, The Phoenix Open is a fantastic event, and it’s a fundraiser for the Thunderbirds’ charities. Recent news articles suggest that this past year they raised over $4.4 Million  for charities. The fundraising achievement is nothing to balk at, especially considering the major economic challenges and corporate pull backs in earlier 2010. Congrats to the Thunderbirds for another outstanding Phoenix Open, AKA Waste Management Open. We look forward to the 2011 Waste Management Open, and are going to be welcoming guests to our fantastic sunny Scottsdale vacation rental condo.

KPHO Channel 5 – Phoenix Open Raises $4.4M For Charities

Phoenix Business Journal – Thunderbirds donate $4.4M to charities

Azcentral.com –  Phoenix Open donates $4.4 million to local charities

Update 11/01/2010 – Official Waste Management Iphone Application is Launched.

This looks like it is super cool and highly useful.

Iphone App for the Waste Management Phoenix Open

12 Oct 2010

Scottsdale’s Soleri Bridge project is Underway

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Scottsdale has done very well by continuing to invest in public art. This commitment continues to make Scottsdale a beautiful and interesting place for visitors and residents. The public arts project is clearly one of many factors making Scottsdale a top vacation destination. In 1985, the Arizona city of Scottsdale adopted a one percent for art ordinance and established the Scottsdale Public Art Program with the goal to enhance the quality of life afforded area residents and visitors. Scottsdale’s program and projects have won local, regional and national awards. Public art has taken many forms ranging from the walls of the Pima Freeway to James Turrell’s Skyspace at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. I am excited about the latest addition, and I know visitors to our Sunny Scottsdale Condo Vacation Rental will enjoy the new Soleri addition.

Read more about the Soleri Bridge Project at azcentral.com

For Even More info:

Read More about Paolo Soleri on Wikipedia

12 Oct 2010

Nike Store latest new addition at Scottsdale Quarter

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Apple Store at Scottsdale Quarter Nearby the Sunny Scottsdale Vacation Rental

Scottsdale Quarter is just one of several high profile shopping destinations that continue to expand.

We’re  glad to see that Scottsdale is continuing to boom with new retail shopping options. Scottsdale Quarter continues to impress, and we are definitely looking forward to the upcoming opening of the upscale movie theaters. Scottsdale Quarter already boasts many retail favorites like the Apple Store and H&M. Visitors to our Scottsdale condo vacation rental are going to love shopping at Kierland and Scottsdale Quarter.

Nike Store latest new addition at Scottsdale Quarter

08 Oct 2010

Get Ready to Relax and Rejuvenate on Vacation in Scottsdale!

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Health, wellness and beauty reign in Arizona where on your next vacation you will find a spa lifestyle fit for a queen (or king).

Hot stone massages, desert scrubs, detoxifying body wraps, soothing facials, manicures, pedicures, and hair treatments abound in vibrant Scottsdale.

Whether you are looking to relax and be pampered or get ready for a night out, you will find an array of spas and services that range from convenient and simple to world-class and decadent – all within minutes of your Scottsdale vacation rental!

Arizona Spa Girls is one of our favorite websites for locating spas and spa deals across the Valley. Launched as a way for girlfriends to share reviews of spas and salons across Arizona, the website has grown to become the go-to resource.  Visit their website at www.AZSpaGirls.com

07 Oct 2010

Firehouse Bar and Grill opens in Old Town Scottsdale

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Finally, someone opened a new concept at one of the best restaurant/bar locations in Old Town Scottsdale. This sounds like a fun happening new concept, I’m excited to check it out. I imagine out of town visitors are going to appreciate having this as a fun option for nightlife or a place to grab a bite before a spring training game. The Scottsdale Vacation Rental condo is just an 8 minute drive from the Firehouse!

Read more about the Firehouse Bar and Grill in Old Town Scottsdale

Firehouse Bar and Grill

Hours: 10:30 a.m. daily, earlier for football games. Bar closes at 2 a.m. Monday-Wednesday, after-hours Thursday-Sunday.

Where: 4312 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale.

Admission: No cover.

Details: 480-265-6989, ilovefirehouse.com

06 Oct 2010

Farmers markets poised to launch fall season in NE Valley

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Markets are increasing their hours thanks to popular demand.

If you love delicious fresh food, then Scottsdale is going to rank high on your list of great places to find fine dining. Plus our Scottsdale vacation rental condo by owner is walking distance to one farmer’s market, and 5 minutes driving distance to several others. Reading this article here, it sounds like the popularity of Famer’s Markets are continuing to grow at an outstanding rate thanks to the perfect combination of people who love to prepare local food and farmers willing to supply it!!

Read more about Farmer’s Markets in Scottsdale at Azcentral.com:

Farmers markets poised to launch fall season in NE Valley

November 28, 2010 Update:

Coverage on Scottsdale Farmer’s markets continues with an updated list of active farmer’s markets.

http://www.azcentral.com/community/scottsdale/articles/2010/10/12/20101012scottsdale-area-farmers-markets-prog.html

The two closest Farmer’s markets are The Borgota on Fridays and Gainey Village on the First Sunday of the Month.  There is also a farmer’s market on Saturdays across the street from the Sunny Scottsdale Vacation Rental Condo, at the Artesia Shopping Center which can be accessed by the Scottsdale Greenbelt without ever needing to cross a busy street.