FALLiday Guide - Local Lily

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FALLiday Guide - Local Lily

The 2011

{Arizona}

FALLiday Guide with

Holiday Bonus

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{ Eat at Inspired Local Restaurants }

{ Shop Black Friday and Small Business Saturday}

{ Experience Local Holiday Celebrations }

October–January

Includes Black Friday &

Local Saturday Sales


We have done our best to ensure

all maps, times, addresses and contact

information are accurate. You may

wish to call ahead for reservations or

ticket information where applicable.


East Valley

Bookmans

1056 South Country Club Drive

MESA

(480) 835–0505

www.bookmans.com

Boutique Six 10

1085 West Queen Creek

Road CHANDLER

(480) 855-0610

www.boutiquesix10.net

Designer Blvd

4895 South Higley Road

GILBERT

(480) 988-6525

designerblvdaz.com

Domestic Bliss

166 West Main Street, MESA

(480) 733-0552

domesticblissdesign.com

Mystic Paper

123 West Main, MESA

(480) 834-0286

www.mysticpaper.com

Velvet Boutique

2855 West Ray Road,

CHANDLER

(480) 632-7467

thevelvetboutique.com

Phoenix

Bunky Boutique

1437 North 1st Street,

PHOENIX

(602)252-1323

www.bunkyboutique.com

Frances Vintage

10 West Camelback Road,

PHOENIX

(602) 279-5467:

www.francesvintage.com

In the Pink

4422 E Camelback Road

#B, PHOENIX

(602) 957-7270

phoenixboutique.com

Mom Bomb

5109 North 44th Street

PHOENIX

(602) 956-1414

www.mombomb.com

Purple Skirt

4025 East Chandler

Boulevard PHOENIX

(480) 785-1811

www.shoppurpleskirt.com

Roka

20118 North 67th Avenue,

GLENDALE

(623) 537-3500

www.shoproka.com

Stupid Cupid

5027 North 7th Avenue,

PHOENIX

(602) 265-6926

www.stupidcupidgifts.com

The Willows

3743 East Indian School

Road, PHOENIX

(602) 334-1345

willowshomeandgarden.com

Scottsdale

Garage Kids

Boutique

7144 East Stetson Drive

SCOTTSDALE

(480) 556-6900

www.garageboutique.com

Local Talent

7050 East 5th Avenue,

SCOTTSDALE

(480) 874-1000

www.localtalentaz.com

Shop Black Friday

and Local Saturday

Boutiques & Events

November 25-26

Small Business Saturday at

Scottsdale Waterfront

The event will feature an array of small businesses

with special offers and discounts along with raffles

and giveaways, food vendors, holiday music, gift

wrapping and more. 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Plaza

on SouthBridge at the Scottsdale Waterfront (6th

Avenue and Stetson Drive), SCOTTSDALE.

Gilbert Farmers Market

The first 400 visitors to the market will receive a

reusable bag filled with coupons from many local

businesses including market vendors. Saturday

8a–1p

222 North Ash Street, GILBERT, www.

gilbertfarmersmarket.com.


Support Global

Small Business

www.heifer.org

During the holidays in America—Christmas,

Hanukkah, Kwanzaa—many gifts change hands, but

few have the power to change lives.

For us, a cow, goat or sheep is an animal we see in

a petting zoo or a trip to a nearby farm, but for a

family in Armenia, Uganda, Cambodia or Bolivia,

it’s milk and food for hungry bellies, wool for warmth

against the weather, even manure to increase crop

yield. A field trip curiosity to us is a small business to a

family in need.

Heifer works with families as teachers and partners,

not as overseer or director. Families and communities

design the program and Heifer provides the

tools—animals, seeds and training in animal care,

environmentally sound agriculture and values—and

works with families as they transform their own lives

through better diets and nutrition, more diverse

and healthier crops, more income and access to

education and healthcare and better, more secure

shelter.It all begins with the cow or the goat, which

begins in Heifer’s catalog.

For as little as $10 (share of a sheep, goat, rabbits or

pig) or as much as, well, you can name your own

gift, you can make a profound difference in Heifer’s

work to end hunger and poverty while taking care of

the Earth.


Local Christmas

Tree Lots

A&P Nurseries, East Valley

6129 East Brown Road

MESA

(480) 396-8800

2645 West Baseline Road

MESA

(480) 839-5362

2601 East Baseline Road

GILBERT

(480) 892-7939

Moon Valley Nurseries, Valleywide

Avondale/West Valley

11320 West Indian School Road

AVONDALE

(623) 772-8866

Peoria/Arrowhead

8550 West Pinnacle Peak

PEORIA

(623) 572-7100

Surprise/Sun City

16685 North Greasewood Street

SURPRISE

(623) 876-9606

Phoenix/Central

14225 North 7th Street

PHOENIX

(602) 942-7500

Scottsdale/Paradise Valley

18047 North Tatum Boulevard

Phoenix, AZ, 85032

(480) 778-0611

Mesa/Gilbert

2653 East McKellips Road

MESA

(480) 833-9268

Chandler/Queen Creek

1875 South Arizona Avenue

CHANDLER

(480) 963-8733


Holiday Displays

Mesa Arizona Temple Gardens

Christmas Lights and Concert Series, FREE

November 24 - December 31

525 East Main Street, MESA

(480) 964-7164

A family friendly, community event featuring a

spectacular display of hundreds of thousands of lights.

An annual event that serves as a reminder of peace and

goodwill.

Prescott Christmas Parade and

Historic Courthouse Lighting, FREE

December 3 , 10a-6p

Downtown City of Prescott

(928) 777-1349 | www.cityofprescott.net

Spend a Normal Rockwell style winters day in Prescott.

The Christmas parade kicks off at 10am. Spend some

time shopping downtown followed by lunch at Bill’s Pizza.

Visit the Prescott Resort and the Gingerbread Village.

Visit Pangea Bakery for french style pastry and hot

cocoa to go. Get back to the square by at least 5pm to

find a suitable spot to watch the lighting of the historic

courthouse and 100 trees In honor of the AZ Centennial

at 6pm.

Tlaquepaque Luminarias, FREE

December 10 , 3p-8p

336 State Route 179 , SEDONA

(928) 282-4838 | www.tlaq.com

A cherished tradition which involves the lighting of six

thousand luminarias in Tlaquepaque’s courtyards and

walkways at 5:00pm. You can ride the free trolley from

the Uptown Municipal Parking lot to Tlaquepaque from

3:00pm - 8:30pm.


Chrismukkah House

Yes, that is a gingerbread house made of matzoh.

A celebration of holiday kitsch comes together in this

house made of Christmas cheer and Hanukkah gelt.

Want to make your own?








Begin with a preassembled wooded birdhouse

from the craft store.

Run matzoh sheets under warm water until they

become pliable.

Gently break damp sheets into sizes large enough

to cover the walls and roof of the birdhouse.

Hot glue the sheets to the house.

Use matzoh Tam-Tam crackers as roof shingles

and windows.

Use hot glue to stick gelt (gold coins), and

candies to decorate the house.

Enter your finished house into your community

gingerbread house competition and win.


Chinese Food

on Christmas

“Ever wonder what everyone not celebrating

Christmas do on December 25th?

It is widely known that on Christmas Day, the Jewish

community at large heads out for Chinese food

and a movie. Here are 2 of my favorite Chinese

restaurants in the Valley.” - Lily

Golden Valley Chinese Cuisine

832 West Baseline Road # 13, MESA

(480) 752-9175

Desert Jade

3215 East Indian School Road, PHOENIX

(602) 954-0048

I asked around and Readers recommend...

China Chile

302 East Flower Street, PHOENIX

(602) 266-4463

Nee House

13843 North Tatum Boulevard, PHOENIX

(602) 992-3338

Pong Pong (for delivery)

3330 South Price Road # 103, TEMPE

(480) 730-0636


New Year

Celebrations

Authority Zero at the Marquee Theater

December 31

730 North Mill Avenue, TEMPE

www.luckymanonline.com

Ring in the new year with the locally world famous punk

reggae rock band Authority Zero.

Tickets are $22 , general admission.

The Silver Pinecone Drop in Flagstaff

Weatherford Hotel, December 31

23 North Leroux Street, FLAGSTAFF

(928) 779-1919 | www.weatherfordhotel.com

Watch the stunning silver, six-foot-tall, 70-pound pinecone

drop from the Weatherford Hotel in downtown Flagstaff.

Book ahead if you plan to get a room in town. Thi

Scottsdale’s Ultimate New Years Eve

Block Party

December 31, 2011

4245 Craftsman Court, SCOTTSDALE

www.azblockparty.eventbrite.com

Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers perform as the

headlining talent for this year’s Scottsdale’s Ultimate

New Year’s Eve Block Party. The party will take place on

on Craftsman Court in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale.

Doors open to the public at 6pm and the party will

run until 2am. Tickets will give guests full access to the

concert, street party, four bars (Dos Gringos, Rock Bar,

White House and Upper Deck) and six DJ performances.

Tickets are $25 , pre-sale and $35 at the door. Plan

transportation ahead if necessary. The wait for a cab will

be a long one.


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Eat Local.

Use Local Lily’s FALLiday Guide as your

indispensable handbook to making the most

of the gorgeous winter months that Arizona is known for.


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{ Simple Recipes for Pot Lucks }

Spicy Chicken Salad is one of those recipes that

isn’t made with exact measurements. Prepare it once

or twice and you’ll easily perfect it.

Serves 6–8

• 2–3 cups shredded chicken

Use store bought rotisserie chicken, OR

roast or boil your own

(Do not used canned chicken. That’s just gross)

• 2 hearts of shredded Romaine lettuce

• 1 cup diced tomatoes

• 1 bunch chopped cilantro

• 1/4–1/2 cup diced pickled jalapeños,

(The kind common on nachos.), reserve the liquid

• 2 heaping tablespoon of mayo

In a large bowl mix to combine all ingredients

except the liquid from the jalapeños. Salt and

pepper to taste. Add jalapeño liquid for extra heat.

This salad can be served immediately, although it

is even better when left to sit covered for several

hours or overnight. Serve with tortilla chips.

BBQ Short Rib Sliders are easy and exceptional.



Cover boneless beef short ribs with water

in a crock pot

Add 1 large chopped onion and 3–4 smashed

garlic cloves

Cook 6–8 hours or overnight on low. Ribs that are

fully cooked literally fall apart on the fork.

Drain water. Combine meat with a full bottle of your

favorite bbq sauce.

Serve with soft rolls (I like Kings Hawaiian Sweet

Bread) and coleslaw.


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Casey Moore’s Oyster House

850 South Ash Avenue, TEMPE

(480) 968–9935 | www.caseymoores.com

Regular Hours:

7 days a week 11a–2a

Casey Moore’s is known as one of the most famous Irish

pubs around the Valley. Legend has that it is haunted.

University Drive

9 th Street

Ash Avenue

Mill Avenue

“Raise a pint with friends and make the most of the red brick, tree lined patio

at Casey Moore’s historic Oyster House. The menu varies from the typical bar

food but to be honest I rarely order past the fish and chips. The biggest dilemma

at Casey Moore’s is choosing between a pint of locally brewed Four Peaks and

good ol’ Guiness.” - Lily


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Herb Box Southbridge

7134 East Stetson Drive, SCOTTSDALE

(480) 289–6160 | www.theherbbox.com

Regular Hours:

Tuesday–Friday from 10a–5p

Camelback Road

Goldwater Boulevard

Sunday Brunch 8a–3p

Stetson

5 th Avenue

Scottsdale Road

Open, airy and luxurious outdoor seating is the perfect compliment to a Sunday

brunch. Menu includes red velvet pancakes, chilequiles, herbed flatbreads

and morning cocktails.


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The House at Secret Garden

2501 East Baseline Road, PHOENIX

(602) 243–8539 | www.houseatsecretgarden.com

24 th Street

Regular Hours:

Mon–Sat 11a–2:30p 5p–close

Baseline Road

26 th Street

Tucked at the base of South Mountain is a Spanish

mansion with an incredibly romantic barn, Carob

tree line patio and intimate indoor restaurant

and bar. The seasonal locally sourced menu and

impeccable service provide the perfect balance

for simple, leisurely meals and an exceptional

experience. The House at Secret Garden is a perfect

place to celebrate with out-of-town guests.


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The Living Room

2475 West Queen Creek Road, CHANDLER

(480) 855–2848 | www.livingroomwinebar.com

Regular Hours:

Tuesday–Friday from 10a–5p

Happy Hour 11a–6p daily

Sample excellent selection of bruschetta boards.

Price Road

Queen Creek Road

Dobson Road

The Living Room Wine Cafe and Lounge in south Chandler is an East Valley treat.

The gleaming white building is dressed with striking orange curtains and generous

upholstered benches. Get there early if you can and cozy up with friends and some

vino or sparkling white wines. Beer and cocktails are served as well with a flavorful

nosh menu filled with pressed sandwiches, cheeseboards and bruschetta to share.


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San Tan Flat

6185 West Hunt Hwy, QUEEN CREEK

(480) 882–2995 | www.santanflat.com

Regular Hours:

Sun–Thur 10a–10p

Fri–Sat 10a–2a

Most Friday and Saturday nights you’ll find live country music

and a big dance floor waiting for you. There are also

pool tables and an arcade for the kiddos.

San Tan Boulevard

Empire Boulevard Ellsworth Road

Hunt Highway

“Take a trip out to San Tan Flat in Queen Creek, and you’ll find that it’s well worth

the drive. Best known for being a family friendly spot, where you can eat under

the stars and relax around your very own camp fire. Fill up on hearty cowboy

chow, like steaks, burgers and my favorite the Rancher Tenderloin Tips, and then roast

marshmallows or make some s’mores right at your table.” -Lily


www.the–penny–pinchers.com is the Valley’s premier source for savings.

The Penny–Pinchers offer the quickest and easiest way to save money supporting

local and connecting Arizona residents to valuable coupons for FREE. Plus, no login

registration or silly passwords. “A penny saved is a penny earned!”

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CRAVE guides support and promote local female

business owners and spread the word about

the women you need to know.

www.thecravecompany.com/phoenix

For more ways to make

the most of the FALLidays

Visit www.LocalLily.com.

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the HOLIDAY BONUS in time for Thanksgiving.

Shop Local.

Everything in this book is tried, true and tested.

Local Lily was not paid by any business for inclusion.


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{ Hostess Gift Guide }

With all the holiday get–togethers you’ll be attending. It’s a good

idea to have an affordable stock of hostess gifts on hand.

Whole Foods Markets carry many of my personal favorites such as:


A bottle of Arizona wine.

Locally made Sonoran Brewing Company beer.



A pound or two of locally roasted coffee beans.

(Also available at Echo Coffee in Scottsdale or Bergies in Gilbert.)

Fresh flowers or potted herbs are always welcome.

• Queen Creek Olive Mill

tapenades and olive oils.


Locally made gourmet condiments, sauces, mustards or salts.

• An assortment of Strawberry Hedgehog vegan handmade soaps.

For more holiday shopping ideas visit

www.LocalLily.com


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20 SPOT–Gifts Priced Around $20

Bookmans

1056 South Country Club Drive, MESA

(480) 835–0505

www.bookmans.com

Regular Hours:

7 days a week 9a–10p

“A book is a gift you can open again

and again.” Garrison Keillor

“Some of the most sentimental gifts

I’ve received have been used books.

The giver had taken the time and

thought to share literature they love

themselves. Or perhaps, it was a book

that reminded them of me. Books are

gifts treasured for years and often

generations.”–Lily

Bookmans carries an extensive stock

of titles in all genres for all ages.

Gilbert Farmers Market

222 North Ash Street, GILBERT

www.gilbertfarmersmarket.com

Saturday 8a–1p

Did you know that Gilbert Farmers

Market offers gift certificates? Makes

a great gift idea for your East Valley

friends and family.

Go Lb Salt at Local Farmers Markets,

Including Gilbert and SuperFarm

www.golbsalt.com

Give the grillmaster or gourmet

in your life a collection of premium

sea salts, organic peppercorns,

certified organic cane sugars

or Himalayan Saltware cooking

and serving slabs.

Go Lb Salt products make excellent

gifts at a reasonable price.

Phoenix Dining Cards

www.PhoenixDiningCards.com

A deck of Dining Cards is a perfect gift

for foodie friends in the Phoenix area.

Each pack costs $20 and is filled with

50 cards each worth $10 off your food

bill of $30 or more (tax, tip and alcohol

not inc). There are no blackout dates

and cards are valid through 12/31/12.

Decks are available online at

citydiningcards.com.

Two Local Lily favorites are:

Rose and Crown

628 East Adams Street, PHOENIX

(602) 256–0223

www.theroseandcrownaz.com

The Vig & The Vig Uptown

4041 North 40th Street, PHOENIX

6015 North 16th Street, PHOENIX

(602)553–7227 | (602) 633–1187

www.thevig.us

Strawberry Hedgehog

www.strawberryhedgehog.com

Soap products available at your

neighborhood Whole Foods Market

Strawberry Hedgehog luxury

eco–friendly bath & body products

are a gift that the recipient will fall

in love with.

Made with all natural, safe, organic

and free trade ingredients Strawberry

Hedgehog products are good for you

and the environment.

Online you can purchase

memberships to soap and body

creme clubs. Products for men include

a shaving set and ceramic mug.

Visit your neighborhood Whole Foods

Market and pick up a selection of

seasonal soaps for stocking stuffers.


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Figs Home and Garden in Phoenix

4501 North 7th Avenue, PHOENIX

(602) 279–1443 | www.figshomeandgarden.net

Regular Hours:

Monday Closed

Tuesdays vary. Call to confirm.

Wednesday–Saturday 10a–5p

Sunday 11a–4p

Figs is packed to the rafters with antiques and one–of–a–kind gifts from all over

the world. Something for your garden, salvaged windows and doors,

wall art and curiosities for the home you won’t find anywhere else.

Camelback Road

Indian School Road 7th Avenue


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FOUND by Domestic Bliss

166 West Main Street, MESA

(480) 733–6863 | www.foundbydomesticbliss.blogspot.com

Regular Hours:

FOUND is open by appointment only

Tuesday–Friday from 10a–5p

To set an appointment call or email founddesign@me.com

I could spend an entire day getting lost and inspired at FOUND.

Visit the FOUND website for special event dates open to the public.

Country Club Drive

Main Street

Robson

“I love to refresh my home and office with the changing seasons. Usually this is

achieved in simple ways, like a bouquet of fresh flowers or new throw pillows.

FOUND is place for me to find inspiration for refreshing my aesthetic. The shop

is full of simple textures and the patina of well worn objects. FOUND offers a

sophisticated and very livable approach to home decor. Find industrial pieces,

natural fabrics, clever accessories, zinc, rust and weathered wood.”–Lily


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J. Bella Loft

107 East Baseline Road, Suite A3, TEMPE

(480) 907–5111 | www.jbellaloft.com

Regular Hours:

Monday–Saturday 10a–6p

Sunday 10a–5p

Located next to Solo Cafe and Altered Ego Salon.

US 60

Baseline Road Mill Avenue

“A bright and inspired boutique recently opened at Mill and Baseline. J. Bella

offers modern style with a mix with price points. Visit this shop for original art,

furniture and bold accessories. I am currently obsessed with their collection of

earrings, necklaces and bracelets for fall that mix feathers and stone in a way

that feels boho and yet still sophisticated.”–Lily


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Luxury Gift List

Camelback Flowershop

Camelback Flowershop

4227 East Camelback Road, PHOENIX

(602) 840–4646

www.camelbackflowershop.com

Regular Hours: Monday–Friday 9a–6p,

Saturday 9a–2p

Camelback Flowershop creations

are adorned with charm and

authenticity.

Collections are comprised of only

the freshest and most exquisite

flowers from South America, Holland,

Germany and New Zealand

(to name a few). When these blooms

are paired with hand–picked vessels

delicious arrangements arise.

Jewelry by Gauthier

4211 North Marshall Way, SCOTTSDALE

(480) 941–1707

www.jewelrybygauthier.com

Regular Hours:

Monday–Wednesday 10a–5p

Thursday 10a–8p,

Friday–Saturday 10a–7p,

Sunday 12p–5p

Scott Gauthier has become one of

the most renowned high–end jewelry

designers in the country. His unrivaled

work favors a clean and modern

aesthetic, accented with some

of the world’s most precious and rare

gemstones.

All of Scott Gauthier’s designs are

limited–edition or one–of–a–kind,

so clients have the luxury of knowing

their jewelry has been created

exclusively for them.

Scottsdale Pen

7137 East Stetson Drive #7, SCOTTSDALE

(480) 947–2136

www.scottsdalepen.com

Regular Hours:

Monday–Saturday 10a–6p,

Sunday Closed

A good pen is always valued.

An exceptional pen is coveted.

For those in your life that seem to have

everything or are simply difficult to buy

for, might I suggest Scottsdale Pen.

A fine pen is a classic and valued gift

for almost any occasion.

Shop leather goods, stationary

and an array of pens from around

the world.

Willows Home and Garden

3743 East Indian School Road, PHOENIX

(602) 334–1345

www.willowshomeandgarden.com

Regular Hours:

Monday–Saturday 9:30a–5:30p

The Willows is a luxurious home

furnishings and lifestyle atelier

and showroom offering customers

a casual, yet classically elegant

collection of beautiful finds. Discover

unique, timeless appeal to your home

or office with “objects for a life

well lived.”

WIllows’ selection of sumptuous

bedding including sheets to die for,

elegant shams and beautiful bed

covers make any luxury gift list.


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Muse

742 East Glendale Avenue, PHOENIX

(602) 749–8880 | www.shopatmuse.com

Glendale Avenue

Regular Hours:

Monday–Friday 11a–7p

Saturday 11a–5p

7 th Street

“Muse Apparel is one of those shops that never disappoints. A mix of price points

and variety. Find pieces on trend and basics that will last you season after season for

years to come.

Filled with quality merchandise, some of my very favorite pieces have be bought

here. Definitely worth the drive, Muse is filled with dresses, well priced accessories

and perfect weekend lounge wear.” - Lily


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Luxury Gift List

Sedona International Film Festival | www.sedonafilmfestival.com

February 18-26, 2012

“I enjoyed the 2011 Sedona International Film Festival so thoroughly that I am

adding passes for the Feburary 2012 festival to my luxury holiday wish list.

Last year the festival ended with a rare dusting of snow. The perfect ending

to an outstanding experience.”- Lily

Film makers, celebrities and movie goers descend on the Red Rock town of

Sedona to celebrate the best independent films from around the world. From

features to shorts, documentaries to animation and foreign films to student films,

you will experience a cinephile’s dream.

Exclusive priority passes are available to give you first-priority access to the films

you want to see. Become a member of the Sedona International Film Festival and

receive perks like FREE Cinema Series vouchers, reduced prices for Priority and All-

Access Festival passes, and entry into the VIP Lounge and Filmmaker dinners.

Go for a day, weekend or the entire week and enjoy cinematic workshops,

filmmaker talk backs and engaging roundtable discussions. Of course, don’t forget

all the best parties and bands in town.

You don’t need to go all the way to Sundance or Tribeca to experience an

internationally acclaimed film festival. Visit www.sedonafilmfestival.com for ticket

information and event details.


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{ Seasonal Cocktails }

During the holidays I live by one drinking rule:

Bloody Mary’s (or Mimosa) Before 11am.

Arizona Bloody Mary

• 20 oz Cotton Country Jams Bloody Mary Mix

(You can find this at the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market.

It’s made with local veggies).

• 6 oz Arizona made Arroyo Vodka

or 7 oz, depending on your Sunday plans…

(This can be purchased at the Arizona Wine Company.)

• Dash of hot sauce

• Dash Worcestershire sauce

• Pinch of celery salt

• Pinch of Old Bay

• 1tbs lemon juice

• 1 tsp or so of horseradish

• Garnish with Picked Perfection Spicy Pickles.

(Find these guys at many of the local farmers markets.)

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OR try an Arizona Bloody Beer

• 8 oz Sonoran Brewing Company Ale

• 4 oz Bloody Mary Mix

• 1 pinch black pepper

® • 2 dashes Tabasco sauce


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AZ Wine Tours

(480) 528–2834 | www.azwinetours.com

Imagine. A stretch limousine picks you and your party up at your front door.

A seemingly short drive north to Cottonwood or south to Tucson and Wilcox

and you are delivered to the finest local wineries and tasting rooms in Arizona.

Here winemakers and Sommeliers await your visit where you will taste an array

of local varietals and custom blends.

Around lunchtime your driver selects a beautiful location appropriate for the

day’s weather and lays out fine linens for your use. A gourmet lunch is then

unpacked from a well stock picnic basket for you enjoy.

After touring several more vineyards your driver delivers you home well fed,

relaxed and fully educated on exceptional Arizona wines.

AZ Wine Tours provides a special opportunity to explore Arizona’s burgeoning

wine country and accommodates parties of 2–8 people. Experience wine tasting

in luxury with friends, family or show off the best of Arizona to your

out-of-town guests.

(When visiting the Cottonwood and Corville area, be sure not to miss Alcantarra, Page

Springs, Arizona Stronghold and Pillsbury tasting rooms.)


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Boyce Thompson Arboretum

(520) 689–2811

www.ag.arizona.edu/bta

Winter Hours: 8a–4p daily except

December 25 closing promptly at 5p.

The Arboretum is a excellent way

to enjoy the changing leaves of

the season.

This activity is good for all ages

including small children and your

out–of–town relatives interested

in learning more about Arizona.

Located at Highway 60 Milepost

#223 near the historic copper mining

town of Superior, about one hour’s

drive due east of Phoenix on the

Superstition Freeway.

Admission of $9 for adults and $4.50

for ages 5–12.

Visit www.ag.arizona.edu/bta

for specific event and workshop

dates and information.

Gilbert Observatory

2757 East Guadalupe Road, GILBERT

(480) 503–6744

www.riparianinstitute.org

Regular Hours: Friday and Saturday

evening at nightfall

Take stroll, enjoy a sunset picnic

in the park and see the stars.

The Gilbert Observatory (GRCO)

houses a 16–inch diameter Meade

scope and is FREE to the public asking

for only a $2 donation.

The observatory is open Friday and

Saturday evenings. Guests can

participate in a presentation of

current astronomical events every

2nd Friday of the month.

You will find the observatory located

at the beautiful Riparian Preserve

at Water Ranch in Gilbert, east

of the Southeast Regional Library

(southeast corner of Greenfield and

Guadalupe Roads).

Hike Camelback

(Followed by Brunch at LGO)

Camelback Mtn Hikes are located at

4oth Street and McDonald, PHOENIX

(North Tatum Boulevard)

Regular Hours: Daily Sunrise–Sunset

La Grande Orange (LGO)

4410 North 40th Street, PHOENIX

(602) 840–7777

www.lagrandeorangegrocery.com

Regular Hours: Sun–Sat 6:30a –10p

Any given morning you will find

locals and their four–legged friends

enjoying hikes all around the Valley.

Papago Park in Tempe, Usery Pass at

Superstition Mtn. in East Mesa

and my Phoenix favorite Camelback

Mtn. near 40th Street and McDonald.

A great hike is made better by an

excellent meal. Phoenix locals know

that a prime spot on the dog friendly

patio at LGO is the place to be after

an invigorating outing with your pup.

Desert Botanical Garden

1201 North Galvin Parkway, PHOENIX

(480) 941–1225

www.dbg.org

Regular Hours: 7 days a week 8a–8p

Las Noches De Las Luminarias

A breathtaking holiday event at

the Desert Botanical Garden. Locals

and out-of-town guests will enjoy

the glow of more than 8,000 hand–lit

luminaria bags and 10 musical

groups performing nightly. Luminaria

offers guests a choice of 22 nights in

December, including dates between

Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

General admission is $25 for adults,

$12.50 for children (ages 3–12

(children under 3 are admitted free)

Dates: December 8-11, 15 -23, 26-30

Visit www.dbg.org for specific dates

and event details.

photo credit Desert Botanical Gardens


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Farmers Markets

We recommend you check the website for market updates.

Ahwatukee Farmers Market

4700 East Warner Road, PHOENIX

www.arizonafarmersmarkets.com

Sundays 9a–1p

Ahwatukee Farmers Market is the only market open on Sundays.

The Hillside Spot is great for breakfast nearby.

Gilbert Farmers Market

222 North Ash Street, GILBERT

www.gilbertfarmersmarket.com

Saturday 8a–1p

Gilbert Farmers Market on Saturdays is a great way to start the weekend.

Take the dog, grab breakfast from a local food truck, and shop local growers.

Superstition Farm

3440 South Hawes Road, MESA

(602) 432–6865 | www.superstitionfarmtours.com

Every Thursday evening from 4:30p–7:30p

SuperFarm Market runs Thursday evenings at Superstition Farm under twinkling

lights and sunset skies. Grab groceries and dinner too!

Town and Country Farmers Market

2021 East Camelback Road, PHOENIX

www.townandcountryshops.com/fm.html

Wednesdays 10a–2p

Enjoy an inspired lunch hour Wednesdays at Town and Country Farmers Market.


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ASU Gammage

1200 S Forest Ave, TEMPE

(480) 965–3434

www.asugammage.com

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

December 6–11, 2011

Direct from Broadway, the classic

holiday movie White Christmas comes

to the stage at ASU Gammage in

Tempe. This brand new musical shines

with classic Berlin hits like “Blue Skies,”

“How Deep is the Ocean?” and, of

course, the unforgettable title song.

Full of dancing, laughter and some

of the greatest songs ever written,

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas

promises a merry and bright theatrical

experience for the whole family.

Tickets begin at just $23.50.

photo credit Paramount Pictures

The Farm at South

Mountain

6106 South 32nd Street, PHOENIX

(602) 276–6360

www.thefarmatsouthmountain.com

The Farm at South Mountain offers

family, dog and bike friendly grounds

including big grassy fields, an organic

farm, shady pecan trees and 3 award

winning restaurants.

The Morning Glory Cafe serves house

baked muffins and pastries, locally

made sausages, seasonal omelets

and more.

The Farm Kitchen serves delicious

sandwiches, fresh soups, seasonal

salads and made–from–scratch

baked goods in picnic baskets.

Quiessence’s offers contemporary

American farm cuisine featuring

Arizona’s finest farmers, herdsmen,

and artisans.

Lon’s at The Hermosa Inn

5532 N Palo Cristi Rd, PARADISE VALLEY

(602) 955–7878

www.hermosainn.com

Visit this historic inn & award-winng

restaurant, with stunning grounds and

gorgeous views. Pair an exceptional

meal with a special event.

Events include:

• Wednesday’s Wine & Tapas

• Cooking Classes

• Sunday’s Smooth Jazz Brunch

• Sunday Artist Brunch Series AND

• Coveted seats at the Artist in

Residence Series Dinners. Guests

have included actress, painter,

and author Jane Seymour, theater,

film, and TV star, Doris Roberts,

world–renowned classical pianist

Jeffrey Siegel and many more.

Taliesin West

12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd,

SCOTTSDALE

(480) 627–5340

www.franklloydwright.org

Tours begin at 9a and run until 6:30p

Call or check the website for specific

tour information before your visit.

Take a tour Wright’s desert masterpiece.

View his personal living spaces, work

areas and gardens. Sit on Wright

design furniture and experience first

hand what it might have been like to

live on the property during it’s early

development.

Taliesin West is a national treasure

located conveniently in our own

backyard of North Scottsdale and is

not to be missed.

photo credit Judith Bromley


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Vincent’s Market

3930 East Camelback Road, PHOENIX

(602) 224–0225 | www.vincentsoncamelback.com

Market opens for the season

October 15th and runs through May

Saturdays 9a–1p

The Saturday Camelback Market at Vincent’s is bar–none the most luxurious

and leisurely way to celebrate the season. Grab a table and bottle

of champagne and sip mimosas while you enjoy the weather. Pair this with

fresh made crepes or fire baked pizza and relax with friends. Bring your dogs

and shop stalls of locally grown produce, artisan made pastas and gifts.

Vincent’s Camelback Market is an exceptional way to entertain

out-of-town guests. Get there early to grab a table and bring cash to park.

40 th Street

Camelback Road


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Zipp’s Sports Grill

www.ZippsSportsGrills.com

Arcadia, PHOENIX

3647 East Indian School Road | (602) 957–2112

Bethany Home , PHOENIX

1515 East Bethany Home Road | (602) 266–1600

Hayden Road, SCOTTSDALE

8380 East Via De Ventura | (480) 922–1500

Kierland, SCOTTSDALE

6501 East Greenway Pkwy | (480) 948–5544

Camelback Road, SCOTTSDALE

7551 East Camelback Road | (480) 970–9507

Frank Lloyd Wright, SCOTTSDALE

14148 North 100th Street C–100 | (480) 314–4600

Ray Road, CHANDLER

3950 West Ray Road | (480) 782–8877

Warner Road, GILBERT

211 East Warner Road | (480) 539–1600

Regular Hours:

7 days a week 11a–2a

Call for game hours, kitchen open late.

You don’t have to like football to love football season. At a place like

Zipps Sports Grill, a good time is had by all.

Zipps is the kind of place where you can slide into a high–back booth, start

a late morning with Bloody Mary’s and watch the game. If wings and beer

are more your style, they’ve got you covered.

A kid friendly menu means families are welcome. The clean, comfortable

neighborhood atmosphere ensures even if you’re meeting friends across town,

Zipps is a great pick.


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