The summer is in full swing, and it’s time to face facts: You’re not making it to Paris this year. Don’t despair! Grab a smokin' resort deal for a splashy and splendid in-town escape.
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Want to feel like you’re vacationing in another part of the world, without the hassle of baggage fees and TSA pat-downs? The Boulders is your jam. Artfully integrated into the Black Mountain foothills of Carefree, the sprawling Waldorf Astoria property feels like an alien hybrid version of Phoenix, with spectacular fairways framed by towering saguaros and multi-ton desert granite, and elegant chaparral flats between the casitas and footpaths. The pièce de résistance: a mountain of russet boulders overlooking the main lobby and pool, shielding guests from both the late afternoon sun and any visual evidence of the metro beyond. It’s like getting away from it all, without going away.
After two years of double-digit gains, Phoenix Metro home values have leveled off in 2014. Still a good time to buy? Experts say yes, but buyers need to be savvy. For your consideration: 10 Valley neighborhoods to watch. Bonus: Tips and insights from real estate pros at all levels of the game.
Median Metro home value (May 2014) - $195,100
Projected one-year average increase in home values. If your home appreciates
more than this percentage by May 2015,
you’re ahead of the curve. - 6.9%
Craft your own artisanal shopping spree, from perfume and pottery to custom couches and D.I.Y. beer.
“If you want something done right, do it yourself” has endured as a maxim since the mid-1800s – even as procuring essentials like food and clothes became an increasingly “hands-off” experience. These days, shopping is often done with a swipe on a smartphone while lounging in pajamas, no driving or walking into a building required. But while e-commerce has its benefits, there’s still no substitute for creating and consuming with a personal touch. Find your inner artisan with D.I.Y. activities at these local businesses.
From the infamous Phoenix Lights to the spaceship allegedly buried beneath Dreamy Draw Dam, Valley residents know their UFOs. The most tangible sighting yet: Universal Furnishings & Offerings, the central Phoenix brainchild of Leonardo Ramirez. With the help of upholsterer Juan Carlos Salcido and visual coordinator Corinne Wheeler, Ramirez makes a practice of abducting boring furniture, flying it to the outer limits of interstellar design, then returning it to earth beautifully revamped and unrecognizable – an ideology he calls “Recycletude.” Pieces at U.F.O. can range from homemade kaleidoscopes to vintage typewriters.
You shook Goldwater’s hand. You hiked Humphreys Peak. You even installed your own backyard misting system. But your Arizona membership dues aren't current until you tap our definitive list of uniquely AZ-centric events and experiences, from primeval chimichangas to the state's most exclusive river hike.
Photography by Jim David, Diana Elizabeth, Mirelle Inglefield, Mark Lipczynski, Craig Outhier, Brandon Sullivan.
“Dad always thought laughter was the best medicine, which I guess is why several of us died of tuberculosis.”
So quipped American humorist Jack Handey, in one of his many “Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey” one-liners. The possible moral of said silly story: Whatever faults our fathers have, at least they’re not likely to treat a bloody cough with bad puns and whoopee cushions. So for Father’s Day on June 15, why not thank dad for seeing you through the hard knocks and sparing you the knock-knock jokes by seeing him through a few rounds of golf and sparing him the ol’ standby tie? Here are a few Phoenix-centric gift ideas that should go over with a bang for pops.
Before witnessing chef Admir Alibasic’s crash course in the science of dry-aging beef, you might find little in common between the terms “great steak” and “deteriorating meat.” If so, the New York native will happily enlighten you. Popular in East Coast steakhouses but less so out west, dry-aging concentrates flavor and refines texture by letting a piece of beef, well, go slightly bad. At Ben & Jack’s Steakhouse in Scottsdale – one of a handful of Valley restaurants that dry-ages in-house – Alibasic offers a variety of delectable dry-aged creations, from a generous 22 oz. steak suitable for one to a monstrous 88 oz. steak for four – suitable for flipping over Fred Flintstone’s car. Here’s a step-by-step look at the long journey from pasture to plate that ends with Alibasic’s dry-aged steaks.