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If you’re visiting Arizona for the Super Bowl – or just want to know your neighborhood better – take a break from Google reviews and download ListenUp, a free app that tells audio stories in up to 22 languages. Developed by Scottsdale residents Irina and Igor Ilyinsky, ListenUp shares hyperlocal stories and personal anecdotes that provide background on the area you’re in to enrich exploration. listen-up.app

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Located almost directly in the center of the state, Payson is often referred to as the heart of Arizona. Head up to Rim Country this winter for beautiful scenery and a slew of new dining options. Danzeisen Dairy This old-fashioned creamery store has become a tradition for many tourists and locals since opening in 2020. Last summer, Danzeisen added handcrafted “hard” ice cream – infused with booze – to its menu, alongside classic shakes and...

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Chances are your neighborhood grocery store has a Starbucks inside it – the coffee-shop-in-a-market model has swept Safeway, Fry’s and Target, among others. Now, you can indulge in a local version of grocery-store caffeination with Press Coffee’s new location inside Sprouts Farmers Market. The local coffee chain opened its shop in the Phoenix-based grocery chain’s Seventh Avenue and Osborn Road outpost in November. It features a full drink menu including specialty drip and cold brew...

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Clayton Wolfe loves all outdoor activities – running, camping, climbing the world’s tallest mountains. The Scottsdale realtor has scaled four of the vaunted Seven Summits, and most recently conquered the tallest of all, Mount Everest, on his second attempt. While doing so, Wolfe raised $25,000 by selling engraved Golden Everest tokens for $100 to give back to The Saguaros, a nonprofit that raises money for children’s charities. “Getting to the top represented something to me as...

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You’ve done the North Pole Experience in Flagstaff, but have you been to the actual North Pole? Le Commandant Charcot is the world’s only luxury passenger ship to take travelers to the North Pole on a 16-day, one-of-a-kind exploration. And it’s not just for Santa stalkers. “An expedition with Le Commandant Charcot will interest a purposeful traveler – ones that are looking for transformative experiences on a small ship and want a deeper understanding of...

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Eat and drink for a good cause this month at these three food-centric charity events around the Valley. Make-A-Wish Arizona at Ocean 44 Be one of the first 200 guests to purchase a meal from Ocean 44 in Scottsdale on Monday, October 10 starting at 5 p.m. to support Make-A-Wish Arizona. The Valley’s top trio of steak and seafood restaurants will continue its tradition of donating 100 percent of nightly proceeds to the organization. Ocean...

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With the winter holidays right around the corner, it’s not too soon to start planning for the 13th annual Christmas at the Princess at the Fairmont in Scottsdale. This year’s festivities will run from Friday, November 18 to Monday, January 2, but families looking to book a holiday staycation can take advantage of incredible early-bird specials through October 30. Guests can book a stay at the Princess this holiday season and enjoy 40 percent off...

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Oktoberfest has officially kicked off in Germany and celebrations can be found just about anywhere in the world. Here are a few events where you can take part in the festivities in Phoenix this month. Oktoberfest at Pedal Haus Brewery With locations in Downtown Phoenix, Tempe and Chandler, this locally owned and operated brewery recently launched a special Oktoberfest food menu and annual Oktoberfest beer. At Pedal Haus Tempe and Downtown Phoenix, you can look...

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Just in time for fall, Arizona Restaurant Week returns September 16 through September 26. More than 100 restaurants are committed to this 10-day culinary event in which they’ll offer specific three-course menus at three price points – $33, $44 and $55. “Our Arizona Restaurant Week events are a fantastic deal for diners that want to explore Arizona’s culinary scene at a fraction of what they would pay on a normal visit,” says Arizona Restaurant Association...