"Any time that I'm traveling, I always try to glean as much perspective as I can from other chefs and what they're doing," says Christopher Brugman, chef de cuisine at Hearth '61 at the new Mountain Shadows resort in Paradise Valley.
Visiting his sister in Atlanta last fall, the chef mixed business with pleasure. "[Atlanta has] a really eclectic food scene. There are three [restaurants] that really set it off for me as far as excitement, and thoughtfulness, and playfulness, and uniqueness of represntation of how they dine and how their hospitality is different."
Last year, on June 19, Phoenix broke a daily heat record reaching 118 degrees, killing four hikers in the Phoenix and Tucson area. Unfortunately, this wasn’t a singular incident. Phoenix weather routinely tops a scorching 110 degrees in the summer. Yet people continue to think they can handle hiking around the Valley despite the heat, especially, it seems, Camelback Mountain – the Phoenix hiking trail equivalent of L.A.’s Runyon Canyon in terms of popularity, but with steep ascents and tricky switchbacks over unforgiving desert landscape. It seems there’s always a helicopter rescue or five every year. Don’t forget who pays for those rescues… us, taxpayers.
As editors of a city lifestyle magazine with a travel section that covers locales far beyond our beloved Phoenix Valley, you can imagine that we get pitched A TON about new and exciting travel offers around the country. Of course, we can't fit everything into a 200 page monthly magazine that only allots five of those pages to regional travel. Sigh... 'tis the nature of publishing.
But it pains us too much to kill all of our darlings. So each month, we scrape a few travel tidbits off the cutting room floor and bring you Travel Bag Bites – bite-sized travel-related goodies (special offers, activities and deals) to snack on while planning your next great escape.
Now that spring break has come and gone, it’s safe to venture out to the “Arizona Riviera” for some lakeside partying of your own – sans sunburns and alcohol poisoning, s’il vous plaît. These three new activities will get you in the Lake Havasu spirit, and they’re all in walking distance of one another.
“It was nothing like we thought it was going to be,” Chef Christopher Gross of Christopher’s and Crush Lounge says of his visit to the Russian capital with girlfriend Jamie Hormel. The city felt more cosmopolitan than Eastern Bloc, he found. “You have these pre-conclusions of the Soviet Union or whatever and it was very New York-ish. It’s a beautiful walking city.” We asked our culinary comrade to share some trip highlights.
If you’re thinking about getting out of Phoenix this summer, it’s time to start firming up your vacation plans. Depending on the kind of experience you’re looking for, there are plenty of deals around the Grand Canyon State. So pack up the car, load in the kids (or not, if you’re planning a romantic getaway) and hit the road. We’ve rounded up five fun resorts to check out this summer.
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