• Arizona Happenings

     
    POSTED February 26, 2019
     

    Arizona Biltmore

    Arizona Biltmore
  • Arizona Happenings

     
    POSTED February 26, 2019
     

    Under Canvas Tuscon

    Under Canvas Tuscon
  • Arizona Happenings

     
    POSTED February 26, 2019
     

    Buck Wild Hummer Tours

    Buck Wild Hummer Tours

Under Canvas Tucson has introduced a winter glamping experience from December through April at America’s oldest dude ranch, Tanque Verde Ranch. Situated amongst the Rincon Mountains and adjacent to Saguaro National Park and Coronado National Forest, the 640- acre ranch serves as the backdrop for 26 safari-style tents. Guests have access to the ranch’s on-site amenities, including La Sonora Spa, an outdoor pool, a fitness center, food and beverage outlets and many activities. Under Canvas’s other Arizona location is at the Grand Canyon.

JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa has introduced a new 15,000-square-foot Paradise Ballroom and an additional 16,500 square feet of outdoor and prefunction space, bringing the resort’s total meeting and event space to 127,000 square feet. The ballroom’s floor-to-ceiling windows provide views of Mummy Mountain.

Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria resort in Phoenix, now has Happy Hour History Tours. Guests are invited to kick off the weekend by learning about the landmark’s Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and storied past as a playground for world dignitaries, U.S. presidents, and glitterati of Old Hollywood. The 45-minute tour is available on Friday evenings and includes two of the resort’s most iconic libations, a tequila sunrise and a glass of prosecco.

Buck Wild Hummer Tours, a new family-owned-and-operated company, has repurposed and customized a fleet of former military Humvees to provide Grand Canyon tour experiences along the South Rim. Each vehicle features forward-facing, stadium-style seating and an audio system for guided narration. A selection of pre-set tour itineraries is available, as well as the opportunity to customize a private adventure.

Castle Hot Springs, located northwest of Phoenix in Morristown, was Arizona’s first luxury resort in 1896. After four decades of being closed due to a fire at the main lodge, the property returned to the scene in February 2019. The land was a medicinal healing habitat for the Yavapai and Apache Indians for centuries before becoming a resort getaway. A local partnership with multigenerational roots in Arizona purchased the property in 2014 and began restoring and rebuilding. Highlights are 32 luxury accommodations, an organic farm and gathering spaces for groups.

CIVANA Carefree became the first sustainable wellness resort in the greater Phoenix area upon opening in 2018 at the location formerly known as the Carefree Resort and Conference Center, situated on more than 20 acres adjacent to Scottsdale. The property has undergone a major renovation and features 23,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and event space; 184 guest rooms and suites and five villas; two dining outlets; a 22,000-squarefoot spa; two pools; tennis and pickleball courts; and fitness, yoga and enrichment studios.

April 23 is officially #NationalPicnicDay and we've gathered up the best spots in each of our regions to celebrate. 

 

California is officially out of its drought, thanks to a very rainy winter, and among the many wonderful benefits is a spectacular flower season. Nowhere is this more resplendently in view than at The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. I recently spent a couple of gorgeous hours touring the 50 acres of the working farm that are devoted to the Tecolote Giant Ranunculus, also known as the Persian Buttercup or Ranunculus Asiatic.

 

There was plenty going on for Global Meetings Industry Day on April 4 (the fourth annual Meetings Mean Business Coalition event), but NYC & Company caught everyone's attention by turning some of the city's most iconic buildings blue. Using MMBC’s signature color, the goal was to raise awareness of the impact that face-to-face meetings have on the global economy and NYC.

The following buildings stayed blue rom sundown to 2 a.m.: