17 Oct 2012

Arizona Taco Festival this Weekend in Scottsdale!!

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Great news for all our Scottsdale visitors who love great weather and fun outdoor things to do. The warm breezy days in the 70′s are back and outdoor festivals are following right along. First up is this weekend’s Arizona Taco Festival, just right down the street from our Sunny Scottsdale Condo Vacation Rental. As you’ll find almost all the fun activities and events are within range of our vacation rental condo in Scottsdale because you won’t find a better location!

Great Links to find out more details:

aztacofestival.com

Write up on AZ Taco Festival

Yelp.com reviews of AZ Taco Festival

24 Nov 2010

Choosing a Vacation Rental over a Hotel

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While the leaves turn brown and gray clouds take over the blue skies during the fall and winter months in many parts of the country, that is when flowers bloom, birds sing, and people come out for a wealth of activities and excitement in Scottsdale.

When planning your vacation to Scottsdale, consider the accommodation options available to you.  The city has an assortment of resorts and hotels offering a range of options spanning from relaxing and luxurious to swanky and nightlife-focused to simple, budget-conscious and family-friendly accommodations.

While, many resorts and hotels offer an array of amenities, they cannot offer the amount of space, independence and convenience a Scottsdale vacation rental can offer.  If you are a group of four, a Scottsdale vacation rental can offer you more than just two adjoining rooms.  With the comfort of a great room, dining room, and kitchen in addition to two bedrooms and two baths, it is easy to unwind and feel right at home.

Breakfast is as easy as walking from your bedroom to the kitchen in your pajamas and getting started on a breakfast that you are accustomed to eating and that doesn’t cost a fortune.  Stock your fridge with your favorite items from the conveniently located grocery stores.

Staying at a Scottsdale vacation rental provides you the freedom and tranquility of home, allowing you to come and go as you please without the rush of hotel lobby traffic, the difficulty of finding good parking, having to pay for parking, being woken up by noisy neighbors, or having your door knocked on several times by over-eager housekeeping staff.  And of course, for the size of a Scottsdale vacation rental, hotel rates cannot compete, especially when looking for a place to call home for more than a week.

The Sunny Scottsdale Condo is located in a beautiful and convenient part of town offering access to many of Scottsdale’s finest offerings, including world-class restaurants, award-winning golf, shopping, family-friendly activities, spring training, and breath-taking desert trails.  The Sunny Scottsdale Condo is complete with two pools, two Jacuzzis, a fitness center, a tennis court and walking trails.  To learn more, visit www.SunnyScottsdaleCondo.com

Nestled on the border of Scottsdale and The Town of Paradise Valley, the Sunny Scottsdale Condo is surrounded by gorgeous, million dollar homes, green parks and walkways, pleasant outdoor retail and more.

Contact us now to book your reservation!

03 Nov 2010

KPNX 12 News Discount Golf Card – 10 Rounds for $150

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Get 10 rounds of golf at 10 of the best courses in Phoenix plus other great offers for only $150. Channel 12 claims the golf discount card is worth $1000, but we beg to differ. The golf courses mostly mediocre, and would be hard pressed to get the $15 a round you’d be paying with this card considering their restrictions. Add in the fact that you would be driving over an hour to play at average courses because the courses are mostly on the extreme ends of the Valley, from Queen Creek to Laveen for example, and this discount card doesn’t seem to be that great. The 12 News Golf Card doesn’t even include a cart. Basically, any golfer can get close to these rates by playing off peak hours anyways. Be careful too, because you can’t even play with other card holders on most courses. We’d recommend not buying this card. If you disagree, let us know! We’d love to hear how you enjoyed your purchase.

If you appreciate our review, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed on other deals, discounts, plus news related to Scottsdale vacations and golf. Just look us up at Sunny Scottsdale Condo on Facebook!

To purchase the card:

http://kpnxgolf.mediawebconnect.com/

Here is the list of courses:

Lookout Mountain Golf Club

http://www.lookout-mountain.com/

Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia

http://www.trilogygolfclub.com/vistancia/

Bougainvillea Golf Club

http://bvgolf.net/golf/proto/bvgolf/

Trilogy Golf Club at Power Ranch

http://www.trilogygolfclub.com/powerranch/

Rancho Manana Golf Club

http://www.ranchomanana.com/

Wigwam Golf Club

http://www.wigwamresort.com/golf.html

Ahwatukee Country Club

http://www.ahwatukeegolf.com/sites/courses/layout9.asp?id=800&page=44727

Club West

http://www.clubwestgolf.com/sites/courses/custom.asp?id=911&page=51070

The Duke at Rancho El Dorado

http://www.thedukegolf.com/sites/courses/layout9.asp?id=530&page=27167

Desert Canyon Golf Club
www.desertcanyongolf.com

http://kpnxgolf.mediawebconnect.com/

01 Nov 2010

Annual P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon Races

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The annual P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon races are already gearing up for another awesome experience. The event is a lot of fun for spectators and runners.

Our Sunny Scottsdale Condo Vacation Rental by Owner offers great access to the race route, but also is superb for avoiding the race route if you don’t want to be bothered. This can be really important since the race route takes up 26 miles of urban road throughout Tempe, Phoenix, and Scottsdale. Below follows a recent press release on the upcoming festivities.

The musically inspired P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon races to Tempe, January 16, 2011. Runners and walkers from all levels and destinations are breaking in their sneakers to prepare for the flat and festive course that begins in downtown Phoenix, races through Scottsdale and finishes in Tempe on the Arizona State University campus.

More than 35,000 runners and walkers from around the world are expected to attend to participate in this popular event. In addition to the thousands of spectators on the sidelines cheering them on, runners are inspired at every mile with live music to keep the energy high from one mile to the next. Music of every genre can be heard along both the 26.2 and 13.1-mile courses. Reggae, jazz, country and rock will fill the streets for runners, walkers and spectators alike to enjoy.

The music doesn’t stop when the race does – an exciting post-race concert featuring a nationally recognized headliner is held immediately after the race and is free and open to the public. Held at Sun Angel Stadium at Arizona State University, participants and their friends and family are sure to have a rockin’ good time.

New this year, runners can participate in a two-person relay race for the 1/2 marathon. Runners will enjoy all the perks of the running the entire 1/2 marathon, such as the commemorative finisher’s medal, Brook’s technical participant tee and goodie bag, but with half the distance. Relay Teams are encouraged to have some fun during this event and wear costumes to get into the spirit.

Kids can also get into the running spirit at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Kids Rock Fun Run on Saturday, January 15. The one mile Fun Run takes place at Tempe Marketplace, an outdoor shopping area featuring 1.3 million square feet of retailers, dining and nightlife destinations.

The Health & Fitness Expo kicks off race weekend at the Phoenix Convention Center on Friday, January 14 and Saturday, January 15. At the expo, participants can pick up their race numbers and browse more than 100 vendors from the running and fitness industry.

Offering sunny skies and mild temperatures, it’s no surprise that more than half of all race participants come from outside of Arizona. After the race, many choose to extend their stay over the long weekend and turn their Tempe trip into a running vacation. Some of the most popular Tempe attractions and entertainment include hiking in Papago Park, browsing museums and galleries at Arizona State University, dining and nightlife in Tempe’s Mill Avenue District and shopping at Tempe Marketplace and Arizona Mills.

For more information about the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, visit www.RnRaz.com or contact the Competitor Group at 800-311-1255.

For more information about activities in Tempe, visit the Tempe Tourism Office Web site, www.RaceToTempe.com, or call 800-283-6734.

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For the original version on PRWeb visit: www.prweb.com/releases/prwebarizona/pfchangs/prweb4712714.html

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

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