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

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!

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

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

Scottsdale Fashion Week is Heating up the Week of November 4-6, 2010

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Now in its fifth year, Scottsdale Fashion Week celebrates fashion, lifestyle and beauty. Up-and-coming trendsetters, alongside nationally and internationally renowned names, will show their collections during dozens of shows at Scottsdale Fashion Square Drive north of the new Barneys New York. Fashion icons like Kevan Hall, Luca Luca, Ted Baker and Lloyd Klein, as well as an impressive retailer line up from Scottsdale Fashion Square, will grace the runway with their vibrant and fashion forward creations.

Read more about Scottsdale Fashion Week at the Scottsdale CVB


Official Scottsdale Fashion Week Website

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Distance from your Sunny Scottsdale Condo vacation rental according to Google maps: 8 minutes!!

05 Oct 2010

Expert Concierge Gathers the Savviest Scottsdale Sights for Your Next Vacation

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Concierge Ted Enright at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North to gathers the savviest sightseeing suggestions he could find—not just his own but also those of other local connoisseurs, including some he works with every day at the Hotel. Famous for its golf courses, Scottsdale also has top-flight shopping, and culinary and cultural offerings. The Sonoran Desert beckons with a wealth of outdoor activities, such as hiking, off-road Jeep tours and hot-air balloon rides. No wonder Scottsdale is a favorite vacation destination for so many folks!

http://magazine.fourseasons.com/concierge_recommends/americas/scottsdale/concierge_recommends_scottsdale_arizona/

05 Oct 2010

Take a tour of historic treasures in Old Town Scottsdale

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You would be surprised how many historic treasures you pass by on a day to day basis. Ace Bailey of Ultimate Art and Cultural Tours showed us around Old Town Scottsdale, and we learned about some amazing places that are right under our nose.

Take a tour of historic treasures in Old Town Scottsdale.

28 Sep 2010

Welcome to Sunny Scottsdale Condo Vacation Rental

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Welcome to beautiful Scottsdale, Arizona, where sunshine and warm weather is enjoyed year-round!

Turquoise blue skies framed by majestic purple mountains ranges, bright, green grass, sparkling lakes, crystal blue pools and a carefree spirit make Scottsdale a welcome winter escape.

One of the most sought-after vacation destinations, Scottsdale has something for everyone – from culinary to sports to outdoor activities.  Be in the middle of everything you’re looking for, and then come home to a spacious and comfortable vacation rental before doing it all again the next day.

Immerse yourself in Scottsdale life…