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Celebrate the Season
THE END OF THE YEAR IS ALWAYS ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING—
and anticipated—times of year. Tables were surrounded by loved ones,
both family and friends, sharing beautiful meals prepared with heart, as
Thanksgiving took to the stage. Now, as December has arrived, there are
the holidays of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa that all look forward
Celebrations of our cultures and beliefs, passed down from generation to
generation, are truly fulfilling in themselves. It is important to not focus
on the secular aspect of these holidays but the meaning behind each and
their importance to you and your family.
In this month’s issue of 253 Lifestyle Magazine, we are closing out our first
year with some great articles you’re sure to enjoy.
In late October, the Humane Society of Tacoma & Pierce County hosted
its inaugural Fur Ball, where more than 200 animal lovers gathered
for an evening of fundraising for these furry friends, raising more than
$147,000 for the cause!
Our feature story takes readers back to 1903, when the first successful
cross-country automobile trip was achieved by Horatio Jackson and his
co-driver and mechanic Sewall Crocker, a Tacoma native.
If you’re in search for that perfect Christmas tree, we’ve compiled a list of
trees to suit any taste—and size! It’s time to get out to that local tree farm
or lot, if you haven’t already.
You’ll want to take a look at our arts and entertainment calendar, as
you’re sure to find some wonderful activities taking place around the
community, filled with the season’s spirit. Attending one of these events
with friends or family is a great way to spend time together during the
As this time of year can be joyful, albeit stressful, our travel story takes
you to warm and sunny Arizona—the perfect retreat from the cold and to
recoup from all the holiday excitement.
Happy Holidays to all of you from our 253 family. May blessings abound
not only this season but always.
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Dreamy Bathroom Makeover:
Remodeling a bathroom with a
stunning shower enclosure
The Perfect Christmas Tree: Which
variety is right for you?
Making Happy Happen: Inaugural Fur
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dreamy bathroom makeover
REMODELING A BATHROOM WITH A STUNNING SHOWER ENCLOSURE
BY JEREMY ANDERSON AND SHERYL BUSHAW
PHOTOS BY AAA KARTAK GLASS & CLOSET CORP
According to a survey from the National Association of Home Builders, bathroom remodels are the number one desired remodel
for homeowners. There are many great styles and choices that can be incorporated into a bathroom remodel, and with so many
options available, it can be tricky to know where to start or what to focus on. As a member of Master Builders Association Pierce
County (MBA Pierce), the experts at AAA KARTAK Glass & Closet Corp. share some tips on transforming your bathroom space
into the oasis you’ve always dreamed of.
“A popular choice for a bathroom remodel includes a shower enclosure,” says Jeremy Anderson. “In order to achieve this sleek yet functional
feature, we’d like to share some design tips you should know before you get started.”
When designing your new shower enclosure, the first step is evaluating the space. Finding the right shower enclosure can complement both
small and large spaces. Ask yourself, is there enough room for a swing door that hinges inward and outward? Or do you need an option
that slides like a frameless barn door-style enclosure? Another option is a free-standing glass panel, which has the advantage of making the
bathroom feel open; a smart choice for smaller spaces.
One last consideration is aging in your home. If you have enough space, make your shower enclosure ADA compliant, which will increase
the resale value and add longevity to the utility of the bathroom while the large opening offers a very bold and stylish statement.
Getting the right height and width of the enclosure is very important. If you have a high ceiling, you’ll need taller glass panels and doors so
the glass looks balanced. A short glass panel in a tall-ceiling bathroom can turn out looking awkward. Inversely, if you have a short ceiling,
you may need a shorter panel—otherwise it can feel too overbearing in your space. Also, consider the size of the door opening. The average
door opening width is 28 inches. If you have a larger space, you can opt for a wider door opening. However, if you have a small space, you
can go down to 24 inches. Smaller than 24 inches is not recommended.
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Type of Glass
Textured or clear? There are many types of glass to choose from for the shower enclosure.
It all comes down to personal style and priorities. With a textured glass like rain or satinetched,
the glass design becomes the feature. Also, it provides the privacy that many people
desire. However, clear glass is beautiful, clean and timeless. Clear glass is a great option if
you want to feature beautiful stone or tile work. If you’ve invested in unique tile, we suggest
showcasing it with the clear glass option. Clear glass also adds visual depth and makes your
bathroom feel larger.
When re-building the shower, if the shower head is on the back wall away from door,
consider putting controls by the door opening. This configuration is more practical as it
allows you to turn on the water without getting wet, and many clients are very appreciative
of this tip.
With any remodel, the first step is to determine your budget. Then decide what you would
like your dream shower enclosure to include. Some price distinctions to consider are framed,
semi-frameless or frameless heavy glass. If you’re on a tight budget, a framed enclosure is a
good solution. Another distinction is the thickness of the glass. Most homeowners gravitate
toward a heavy glass door for their bathroom remodel. Though sticking to the budget is
important, style and functionality are important too.
Before starting demo or construction, it is always best to consult with shower door
professionals like AAA KARTAK Glass & Closet to help answer questions and avoid any
costly mistakes. Professional design consultants can help the decision process by guiding
you through selection of the right hardware color, style of glass, size of door, and even
picking out the unique-style handle to make a statement. That way, at the end of the day,
you’ll have a highly functional bathroom that embodies your personal style.
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Which variety is right
By Colin Anderson
The focal point of just about any
indoor holiday decorating is the
Christmas tree. Most are put
up shortly after Thanksgiving
and don’t come down until right around
New Year’s Day. They can be pint sized for
apartments or grand spectacles in homes
with vaulted ceilings. How you decorate
says a lot about your family, and there is
truly no wrong way to do it. When picking
out the perfect tree there is more that goes
into it than how it looks on the lot. Take into
consideration the differences in some of the
most popular styles when it’s time to settle
on your family’s tree.
If vacuuming needles is your least favorite
part about having a tree in the home,
consider a Scotch or Scots Pine. This
common Christmas tree holds its needles
longer than most and is also sturdy enough
for heavy ornaments and long light strings.
Longer needles make hanging ornaments
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Search for a local scout group or
organization selling trees as a
fundraiser, or stop by some
of our favorite local spots and grab a
tree raised and cared for by a
This tree grows especially well in the Northwest and can reach
heights of over 200 feet (if you have a really really big house).
The Noble Fir branches tend to rise upward and are sturdy,
again allowing for heavier ornaments without creating too
much of a sagging look. Evenly spaced branches and short
needles allow for the decorations to really stand out. Noble Firs
are also popular choices in making wreaths and garland due to
The Grand Fir has a few differences from its relatives, mostly
within the needle coloring—which tends to be more yellowgreen
instead of blue-green but also very shiny. Grand Firs
tend to run thicker than Noble Firs, but they also give off an
even stronger smell for longer than some of its counterparts.
Hanging heavy objects is also usually not a problem, and trunks
also tend to be very straight in this classic Christmas tree.
If allowed to grow, Douglas Firs can reach heights of over 300
feet! They grow well in many climates, making them one of
the most common varieties across the nation. The shape of a
Douglas is unique in that it is typically more uniform and can
even take up the appearance of a pyramid. It gives off one of
the strongest, albeit pleasant, scents of any tree, so if you enjoy
that fresh cut smell throughout the holiday, this is likely your
Many will scoff at this, myself included, but artificial trees
have come a long way since their inception. They are made to
mimic all the popular varieties of trees, and if you invest in a
quality product, many look exactly like the real thing—from
a distance. People use artificial if their tree is styled to match
a room while others simply enjoy the convenience of easy
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INAUGURAL FUR BALL RAISES NEARLY $150,000 FOR
HUMANE SOCIETY FOR TACOMA & PIERCE COUNT
By Anneli Haralson
Photos Courtesy of Van Gachnang Photography
The brown, matted, quivering ball of fur whimpered
quietly in the hands of its owner. Moving aside the
mess of knots, the Shih Tzu Terrier mix’s brown eyes
were barely visible. Three of her bottom teeth jutted out
below her upper lip and she smelled. Bad. Her name was Emily,
and her owner was standing in the lobby of the Humane Society
for Tacoma & Pierce County asking the staff to euthanize the tiny
Emily had an old injury. She was missing 19 teeth and had a
serious skin infection hiding underneath her matted coat. That’s
what was making her smell, but Emily’s owner was done trying to
care for her and thought the 8-year-old dog had no other options.
The staff at the shelter saw the situation differently.
“The team at the Society knew euthanasia was not the right choice
for Emily,” Victoria Gingrey, the Society’s communications
manager, recalls from that summer day earlier this year. “She had
plenty of life left.”
The staff was immediately taken with Emily’s sweet personality,
Victoria says, and the small dog was examined before receiving
a haircut and medical care for the skin infection on her neck and
rotten teeth. With daily treatment, the infection healed and, once
her hair grew back and eight more teeth were removed, Emily
looked like a new dog. She was fostered by a shelter volunteer
until she was fully healed. Then, this fall, she found a new home.
Emily was just one of the nearly 10,000 animals cared for this year
by the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County. The Society
is Washington’s oldest and largest animal welfare agency and, as
a nonprofit open admission shelter, it does not turn away any
homeless, abused or abandoned animals that come through its
doors. “We will work with them to make sure they have the best
possible outcome,” Victoria says. Animals are never euthanized
for being there too long or if the shelter is too crowded.
Last year, the Society spent nearly $1.5 million on medical
services—25 percent of its total operating budget.
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“The greatest expense is veterinary treatment,” Victoria says. “I always
tell people to think of the price of taking their dog to the vet and then
multiply that by 10,000.”
But the Society’s work goes beyond rehabilitating homeless and
surrendered pets for adoption. It also offers a number of community
resources including supporting affordable spay and neuter services,
microchipping, a pet food pantry for those in temporary need of no-cost
food, and a barn cat program for non-domesticated cats.
“We need all of that to work together in order to make happy happen,”
None of this work is possible without funding. As a nonprofit
organization, the Society relies wholly on private donors, grants,
contracts and adoption fees to fund its work. In 2018, the shelter received
$6 million. It spent $5.9 million.
“We really are proud of the work that we’re doing,” Victoria says. “We’re
caring for lots of animals on a tight budget.”
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dancing and fundraising.
Through ticket sales, an auction and online paddle raise, the one-night
event raised over $147,000.
“We were overjoyed at the support of our community,” Victoria says. “The
intention was to celebrate another year of good work and raise money to
do it for more years to come.”
The Society has been in the animal life-saving business since 1888. In the
summer of that year, a drunken logger brought a bear cub to the corner
of 8th Street and Pacific Avenue and began kicking it to get it to perform
tricks. A group of citizens gathered and raised concerns over the welfare
of the cub. The logger was arrested and, later that week, a group of town
leaders met to form what was then called the Tacoma Humane Society—
only the fourth such organization of its kind in the nation.
“It was definitely revolutionary,” Victoria says. “Nothing like that had
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Initially, the shelter concentrated on protecting livestock, working
animals, and even children. When orphanages were established
and machinery took over farm work in the early 20th century, the
Society’s staff began focusing its energy on domestic pets. During
the ‘30s and ‘40s, the Society operated a shelter in the Oakland
neighborhood of Tacoma where it rescued animals, found homes
for strays and sponsored an annual Mutt Show. In the early 1950s,
the Society moved into a facility on Center Street. In 1997, a new
facility—the William Gazecki Animal Shelter—was built there and
Those interested in helping the Humane Society continue its work
can do so in multiple ways:
• Volunteer: Those 16 years of age and older who can commit to
six hours of work each month for six months are invited to apply.
Applications are available online.
• Foster: Provide a nurturing home for a shelter pet for one night
or multiple months. Apply online.
• Donate items: From food to toys and collars, the Humane Society
is always in need of items to help care for their animals. Find a list
of needed items online at TheHumaneSociety.org/more-ways-todonate/donate-items.
• Become a Friend: Sign up to become a monthly donor.
• Donate money, stock or vehicles: Find out more online.
• Attend an event: The Society holds two annual events—the Doga-Thon
each June and the Fur Ball. Find more information at
• Adopt a Pet: Adoption fees help to fund Society programs, and
the shelter regularly runs adoption specials. Follow them on
social media to find out about adoption events this coming year.
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Brandelyn Tafoya never dreamed a trip to Whole Foods would be the day
she met her future husband Joe Tafoya. She turned down his request for
lunch, but feeling bad she changed her mind and invited him to her barn
where he helped her shovel manure for two hours. She had no idea when
they met that he was a “famous” football player and had just moved to
Seattle a week prior to play for the Seahawks. The two are now married
with a 6-year-old son, Jaxon, who is obsessed with baseball, and an 8-yearold
daughter, Brooklyn, who is an accomplished equestrian.
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DURING HER YEARS
AS A FOOTBALL WIFE,
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THE ONLY PRODUCTS
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FOR MEN, AND JUST
During her years as a football wife, Brandelyn
noticed a lack of football apparel for women. The
only products on the market were nondescript,
sized for men, and just weren’t cute! She began
designing patterns and stylish clothes that would
flatter women. In 2013, she launched Lady 12, and
it was an immediate hit with female Seahawks
fans who loved her flattering tees, yoga pants and
accessories. Brandelyn designed items in mind that
you could wear for work or for game day but feels
everyone needs some sparkle in their life. Many of
her designs incorporate sequins that add a bit of
In addition, she wanted to create a line that
was affordable. After her first year in business,
Brandelyn realized the plus-sized market was very
underserved when it came to fan clothing. Her line
is now carried in sizes XS through 4X.
It was during the NorthWest Women’s Show
in 2014 that stands out as one of her favorite
moments when it comes to Lady 12. “After a year
of trial and error, we were exhibiting, and a group
of women stopped at our booth,” recalls Brandelyn.
“They started looking through our Navy V-Neck
Sunday’s Finest tees when they stopped and pulled
out a shirt. Two of the ladies began whispering,
then one started crying! ‘Oh crap!’ I thought. Then
she said, ‘I can’t believe they have my size in this!
It’s so hard to find cute stuff.” She gave us a hug and
they each bought two.”
Brandelyn is excited for the new home of the Lady
12 Fan Cave at Paseo by the stadium for pre-game
brunch or after the game. “They are amazing and
doing lots of girl fan-inspired things!” she says. Joe,
who is the president of the official NFL Alumni
Association, meets with fellow alumni at Paseo,
Q. You are a horse gal, but your business relates
to football. Have you become a fan?
A. I became a football fan when I met Joe! It was so
much fun to watch him play. Watching games got a
lot more boring after he retired, however, I do like
it more now that I can watch with him.
Q. What was it like to start your own business?
A. Oh my goodness, it’s been extremely
challenging! Extremely rewarding as well though.
Pretty much a new hurdle to jump over every
day. I say to be an entrepreneur you must get
comfortable being uncomfortable. I’d have to say
we have gotten pretty good at that.
Q. You are a contributing member of your
community. Can you tell our readers a little bit
about your charity work?
A. Early on I noticed what an amazing platform
we had been given to support charities through
all of our events and community engagement. We
are rallying groups of super passionate women!
So, we like to direct that passion toward a good
cause while we have their attention. We have had
a different charity involved with every event since
We were so excited to bring our Fashion Show to
the South Sound in partnership with Mercedes-
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Humane Society for Tacoma Pierce County. It’s
been really amazing to be able to give back to so
many different causes!
Q. Your fan gal designs are super cute; do you
have a designer and what are your inspirations?
A. Thank you! I have been the designer for all
our clothes. It really has been a fun outlet for my
creative, perfectionist side. I personally am a huge
fan of sparkles, and that has played a big part in
my design process. It hasn’t made it the easiest, but
a girl must have her sparkles! We also are trying
hard to serve the underserved market of plus-sized
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the body but is most common on the face and hands.
Hyperpigmentation and melasma are two conditions with this
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Hyperpigmentation is when the body is triggered to produce
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It is believed to be caused by hormonal changes and sun exposure. It
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Hyperpigmentation and melasma can be treated, but it will require
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CHRONIC HEAD, FACE, JAW AND NECK PAIN
IS YOUR BITE PART OF THE PROBLEM?
BY RHONDA R. SAVAGE, DDS, UPTOWN DENTAL & WELLNESS CENTER
The last straw for Susan was after she was forced to stay
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According to the National Headache Foundation, more than 45
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A staggering number of people don’t know why they’re in pain.
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LeMay - America’s Car Museum continues to bring history and
excitement to the community—and the world!
BY JILLIAN CHANDLER | PHOTOS BY PIKER PHOTO, OVER TACOMA
AND CHRIS CARINO
June 2, 2012, marked the day that Tacoma would begin to change history, as LeMay -
America’s Car Museum opened its doors to the community. The stunning 165,000-squarefoot
facility has since been recognized as one of MSN’s Best Automotive Museums
worldwide, USA Today’s 10 Best Museums in Seattle and KING’s Best Museum in
Even if you are not a car enthusiast, there is something for everyone at America’s Car Museum.
Exhibits in the Showcase Gallery change approximately every six months, and they are always
changing out vehicles and/or updating their other galleries. Fun activities include the racing
simulators and slot cars in the Speed Zone, the interactive Family Zone that includes a
pinewood derby track, and short films in the State Farm Theater. They also recently opened
the hands-on educational Powering the Future Learning Lab.
“Kids will love the Family Zone, Speed Zone and the Powering the Future Learning Lab,” says
Megan Black, digital media coordinator. “For older generations, the more than 300 vehicles
on display are likely to send them on a trip down memory lane.
“Although we’re the largest automotive museum in North America, we are also more than
a museum,” says Megan. “We host public outdoor events and are an event rental space for
outdoor car shows, weddings and other events. We are also an educational space for adults,
schools and families, providing hands-on learning opportunities and educational programs
for all ages.”
As a nonprofit organization, ACM’s volunteers are instrumental to the Museum’s success, as it
relies on the hard work and dedication of their volunteers to preserve the unique collection of
automobiles, share information about the Museum to the public, support ACM’s many events
and provide tours.
LeMay - America’s Car Museum participates in the Giving a Break program, which provides
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County. This also includes offering educational scholarships
for community groups to visit and free or reduced event
rentals to nonprofits. In addition, they offer a variety of
educational programs including Preschool programs,
Scout programs, field trips for schools, summer education
programs, programs for educators, and the adult monthly
lecture series titled “If Cars Could Talk.”
They are currently working on an in-house restoration of a
Ford Model A Cabriolet and are in search of parts and/or
donations of cash or services, according to Megan. Anyone
who would like to be part of this project can learn more at
AmericasCarMuseum.org/modela. Membership is a great
way to support the Museum as well while receiving one year
of free admission. Membership starts at just $50, and there
are many levels to fit your needs. “For enthusiasts who love
to drive, Club Auto provides fun events regularly like driving
tours and private collection tours,” says Megan.
“From someone having happy memories upon seeing a car
they grew up in, to a non ‘car person’ learning about the
cultural or historic context of a vehicle, we hope visitors can
see that we’re a museum that’s more than just cars,” Megan
says. “We’re an institution that preserves the past, celebrates
the present and drives the future.”
December 1 - 24: Toy Drive benefiting Toy Rescue Mission
ACM will accept new or gently used unwrapped toys for
ages newborn through 15 years old in the Lobby daily. Items
for seniors in assisted living such as lap blankets, largeprint
books and puzzles, toiletries and stuffed animals are
also accepted. Visit ToyRescueMission.org/whattodonate.
html for a full list of items that Toy Rescue Mission accepts.
All visitors who donate will receive $2 off regular adult
December 10: If Cars Could Talk: Story of the Historic
Liberty Cadillac | Join them on the second Tuesday of
each month, 11:30am to 12:30pm, and explore the story of
cars with Museum curators, staff or local personalities over
lunch. This event is free for ACM members and included
with Museum admission.
December 14, 15, 21 & 22: Santa at America’s Car Museum
From 11am to 3pm each day, join Santa for a photo op in
a 1906 Cadillac Model K Tulip Touring Car. Kids will also
receive a free slot car voucher for the ACM Speed Zone!
Santa photos are free for ACM members or included with
ACM admission as a digital download.
December 21: Family STEAM Day: Family Day Scavenger
Hunt | Join ACM noon to 4pm for a Family Day! Pick up a
scavenger hunt on your way into the galleries, and find the
“hidden” cars throughout the Museum. This event is free for
ACM members and included with Museum admission.
Find more events at AmericasCarMuseum.org.
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TACOMA MAN HAD FRONT-ROW SEAT ON FIRST
CROSS-COUNTRY AUTOMOBILE TRIP
BY DAN AZNOFF
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The concept of driving across the country today is no small undertaking. It can take
weeks of planning, stacks of road maps and an unquenchable thirst for the road.
The first passage by automobile more than a century ago—in 1903 to be exact—was a
challenge to both the vehicle and the brave individuals who tested the limits to travel
from sea to shining sea.
A bicycle racer who made his home in Tacoma, Washington, was half of the duo to successfully
make the first journey by motorcar across the country more than 115 years ago. His name and
the vehicle he and his partner drove have been featured in documentaries and honored with a
display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
But Sewall K. Crocker is almost unheard of in his adopted hometown.
Crocker was born in 1883 in Walla Walla, Washington, and lived in Tacoma until he was invited
to join doctor and businessman Horatio N. Jackson on the historic drive starting from San
Francisco on a transcontinental trek across the continent to New York.
The 29-year-old self-taught mechanic first met Jackson when the doctor approached him with
hopes of receiving instructions on how to drive a horseless carriage. The cross-country quest was
the result of a $50 wager ($1,200 today’s dollars) the doctor accepted after a lively conversation
with fellow members of the San Francisco Gentlemen’s Club. Jackson accepted the challenge to
traverse the expanse of America by automobile, in part, to prove the automobile was “more than
just a mere toy.”
The drive was only part of the challenge. The 31-year-old doctor was an auto enthusiast who did
not know how to drive and did not even own an automobile. Without any mechanical experience
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of his own, Jackson was convinced to hire Crocker to serve as
his travel companion, mechanic and relief driver.
The doctor invested $8,000 of his own money in the venture,
the equivalent of more than $200,000 in today’s dollars.
The daring duo left the shores of the California coast on
May 23, 1903, in Jackson’s Winton, loaded down with coats,
rubber protective clothing, sleeping bags, blankets, canteens,
an axe, a shovel, a telescope, tools, spare parts, cans for extra
gasoline, a Kodak camera, a rifle, a shotgun and a pair of
At the last minute, they wisely decided to stow a block and
tackle in the vehicle to use in the eventuality they had to pull
the automobile out of ruts and muddy spots along the way.
What they did not have with them were any maps to help
chart a proper route.
Without any published material to study and without any
qualified individuals to provide personal recommendations
to help Jackson and Crocker determine an actual route across
the vast continent, the mechanic advised his partner against
following a southern route for fear the pair may become
stranded or lost in the desert.
Jackson agreed to follow dirt roads and wagon trails that
paralleled trails, rivers, mountain passes and crossed alkali
flats on a course that roughly followed the route forged by the
Southern Pacific Railroad.
The two drivers planned to pass through the Sacramento
Valley and followed the Oregon Trail to avoid the highest
passes through the Rocky Mountains. Crocker was primarily
responsible for making the necessary repairs of the vehicle
during the trip, which broke down frequently, especially on
the harsh, unpaved roads of the West.
The pair quickly became national celebrities as news of their
quest made the pages of newspapers across the country.
The trip got off to an ominous start when the Vermont, the
name given to the Winton by Jackson in honor of the state
where he was born, blew a tire only 15 miles after they had
off loaded from a ferry that carried them and their vehicle
on the first leg of the journey across the San Francisco Bay to
Oakland. Crocker replaced the tire with the only spare they
brought along. That one spare was reportedly the only tire
they could find in the entire city of San Francisco.
The second night out Crocker stopped in Sacramento to
remove the side lanterns after both men agreed they were too
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The pair quickly became national celebrities
as news of their quest made the pages of
newspapers across the country.
dim. The lamps were replaced with a single spotlight mounted on the front of the vehicle. It was at that
point of the trip that a pair of bicyclists offered Jackson road maps. The maps were crude, but Jackson
and Crocker decided the basic maps were better than making the drive without any sort of written plan.
Unable to find a new tire for the Winton, the pair decided to purchase some used bicycle inner tubes in
case of an emergency before they left Sacramento. Noise from the road and the engine were apparently
so loud that neither Crocker nor Jackson noticed that all of their cooking gear had been tossed from the
Winton at some point along one of the bumpy roads.
The pair entertained the locals in the California town of Alturas with free rides in what was described
as a carnival atmosphere while Jackson and Crocker waited for three days for replacement tires. They
made the seemingly misguided decision to go ahead without the spare parts when the shipment did not
arrive as scheduled.
Somewhere near Caldwell in rural Idaho, Jackson fulfilled his desire to have a dog join them for the ride.
Various stories reported that that pit bull named Bud was either stolen or purchased for the sum of $15.
Jackson wrote to his wife that he had wanted a dog since he had left Sacramento.
Courtesy of University of Vermont,
The round expression of the small dog became the face of the well-publicized adventure. Bud’s face
appeared on magazine covers from coast to coast.
In early June, the men were forced to ask a cowboy to tow the car after a fuel leak had
drained their gas tank. Crocker was forced to rent a bicycle (which had its own flat tire)
while they waited for replacement parts and peddled 25 miles to purchase four gallons of
gasoline for the “outrageous” price of $20.
At one point of the trip, the crew of the Vermont ran out of supplies and went 36 hours
without food. They were rescued by a farmer who fed them stew while Crocker convinced
the generous man to give them the wheel bearings out of his mowing machine for an
The good news is that newspapers across the country
had made the motorists into national celebrities.
Local newspaper reporters greeted them at virtually
Sometime in mid-June, Jackson’s coat, along with
every penny of their cash, fell off the Winton.
Jackson was forced to wire his wife to send them
The pair followed the sage advice of locals in
Mountain Home, Idaho, to avoid a stretch of the
Oregon Trail and changed course through the
Sawtooth Mountains. In Hailey, Idaho, Jackson
agreed to wire the Winton Company for more spare
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The list of lost items continued to grow. While using
the block and tackle to cross a river, Jackson lost the
new money his wife had wired to him as well as his
glasses. It was at that point that a greedy landowner
forced them to pay $4 ($105 now) to cross, as Jackson
described the acreage as “bad, rocky, mountain
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Crocker’s ingenuity came in handy when he used rope to
wrap around the wheels when they suffered another flat tire.
The trip became much easier beginning on July 12 when
they reached stretches of paved roads beginning in Omaha,
Nebraska. The only recorded mishap from that point of the
trip reportedly took place just outside Buffalo, New York,
when the Vermont hit a “hidden obstacle” in the road and
threw Jackson, Crocker and Bud out of the moving vehicle.
The trio arrived in New York on July 26, crossing the
country in a respectable 63 days, 12 hours and 30 minutes
to claim the title of the first automobile to go coast-to-coast.
The Vermont had consumed 800 gallons of gasoline along
Following the hero’s welcome at the end of their adventure,
Jackson joined his wife for the drive home while Crocker
headed West. Newspapers reported that the Vermont broke
down again shortly after Jackson was on the road without
a mechanic and that the car’s drive chain snapped at the
threshold of his own garage.
The drive chain was one of the few parts that had not been
changed over the two-month drive across the country.
More importantly, Jackson scoffed at the reality that he was
never able to collect his $50 wager.
Despite his acclaim as a national celebrity, Crocker returned
home to Tacoma in relative obscurity. There were no parades,
no newspaper reporters or magazine photographers lined
up at his door like Jackson had when he returned to New
Following the adventure, Crocker attempted to capitalize on
his newfound fame by launching a search for sponsors for
an around-the-world auto tour. With his fame and his health
failing, Crocker finally settled down in Tacoma where he
died just two weeks after he turned 30 years old. Newspapers
at the time reported that the once famous mechanic died of
depression after suffering a nervous breakdown.
Not only was he not honored by the residents of Tacoma, he
died without any family or many friends at his bedside. The
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people in his hometown quickly turned their attention
to the latest news of the day.
More than a century later, his name has not been used
for the name of a street or any public venue associated
with his pioneering achievements. To some people, like
former Tacoma Mayor Bill Baarsma, that is a fact that
still needs to be corrected.
A film by documentary filmmaker Ken Burns was
produced to mark the 100th anniversary of the historic
crossing during the time Baarsma served as mayor. In
addition to his duties as mayor, Baarsma had hoped he
could use his elected position to raise the image of the
city’s forgotten luminary.
“He was lost in the pages of history,” Baarsma reflected
when contacted for this article. “Renaming a street
in his honor on his birthday (April 7) would be a
fitting and proper way to recognize his remarkable
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GAGE ACADEMY OF ART GIFT GUIDE
By Joanne Levy
This coming new year will launch the full year of Gage Academy of
Art 30th anniversary! Thirty years ago, Gage was a two-person staff
operated out of our founders’ home. Today, we are a team of 20
dedicated faculty and staff and over 100 amazingly talented artist
instructors who, every day, bring the joy of painting, drawing, sculpting and
printmaking to the communities in and around Seattle.
Where were you 30 years ago? Were you searching for a place for your
creativity to call home? Did you have paint on your hands, charcoal under
your nails, a brush or two in your pocket and lots of ideas rolling around in
Gage Academy of Art co-founders Gary Faigin and Pamela Belyea did.
They were dreaming up a school that would touch, transform and empower
Thank you for giving us the best gift this season, you, our community.
Our winter classes launch the full year of our 30th anniversary! New Yorkbased
guest instructor Patricia Watwood is an accomplished artist with a
successful fine arts career. Thirty years ago, when Gage was just starting out,
she took classes at Gage! Now you have the chance to study with her. Do
not miss her workshop, The Classical Approach to Figure Painting in Oil.
Our Winter Studio Concentration,
Using Color Now, will be taught
by the excellent Michael Howard,
who also started teaching at
Gage nearly 20 years ago. We are excited to have him back! Our co-founder
and artistic director, Gary Faigin, will be offering a weekend portrait drawing
workshop, something that does not happen very often. Do not miss the new
offerings in printmaking, like Cards for the Holidays! If you are interested
in illustration and journaling, check out our illustration classes with the
inimitable Brian Snoddy, the unique Steve Reddy and Gage’s new instructor
As far as our youth programming, there will be plenty of opportunities for
young artists to build foundational skills while also engaging their imagination
and individual voice. For the 11- to 14-year-old artists in the making, learn
what it takes to be a professional illustrator or concept artist by combining
hands-on learning in figure drawing, creature design and sculpture! Students
will gain everything they need to bring their imagination to life. For the 14-
to 16-year-old artists, we are offering two classes in contemporary painting
and design and introducing cool new classes in the epic culture of skateboard
art, plus so much more you will love!
Workshops for the holidays:
Sunday, December 8, Winter Watercolor Greetings with Willow Heath - Create
winter-themed watercolor cards for your holiday handouts. Learn simple
painting techniques in watercolor for illustrating the Holiday Season spirit
with your very own beautiful cards.
Paint evergreens in the snow,
winter woodland themes and birds
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THIRTY YEARS AGO, GAGE WAS A TWO-PERSON STAFF
OPERATED OUT OF OUR FOUNDERS’ HOME. TODAY,
WE ARE A TEAM OF 20 DEDICATED FACULTY AND
ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF AND OVER 100 AMAZINGLY
TALENTED ARTIST INSTRUCTORS.
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“Just Ask Countess!”
Countess Stekovic | Student Services Manager
Countess@gageacademy.org | 206.323.4243
perched on a snowy branch in time to share with your friends and loved ones.
December 9 through 13, Portrait Drawing in Pencil: Block in Boot Camp with Tony
Ryder - The errors that distort a portrait drawing begin with the very first pencil
strokes, and express misconceptions about the subject of the drawing. Discover
an approach to basic block-in construction, including point-to-point vision,
measuring length and tilt by eye, looking for the non-parallelism of the two sides
of the form, avoidance of horizontals and verticals and more.
Saturday, December 14, Printmaking: Holiday Cards with Klara Glosova - Make
holiday cards with linocut relief prints. Linocut is a basic printmaking technique
where artists use tools to carve marks in the surface of a plate. Linocut produces
results similar to woodcut except plates are made of soft rubber or linoleum,
therefore easier to carve. This is both a great introduction to printmaking and a
creative way to personalize your holiday cards this year!
Give the gift of art this season!
As you make your resolutions for 2020, embark with us on shaping the next 30
years of Gage. The work continues only with the passion of our students and
our supporters. Be sure to check out our Gift Guide, plus Gage has released new
merchandise for sale including sweatshirts, mugs, beanies, paintbrushes and
much more! Find it all on GageAcademy.org.
From our family to yours, we wish you a happy, safe and healthy holiday & new
year! Together, let’s keep giving the gift of art this season.
For additional information about Gage Academy of Art, visit GageAcademy.org,
Facebook.com/GageAcademy, instagram @gageacademy, email
email@example.com or call 206.323.4243.
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Winter 2020 Class catalog and sign-up is now avaliable online at:
Gage is an innovative and accessible contemporary art school, based in personal
mentorship and skills-based studio instruction. Whether you are a curious newcomer or a
professional artist, a working creative or a retired passion-seeker, Gage is open to anyone
interested in learning. Gage gives both adults and kids hands-on art experience working
with talented instructors in fully-equipped art studios. We provide scholarships and
financial aid to families and youth that need it most. Gage is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated
to building a vibrant creative community.
artwork by instructor Riley Doyle
Studio Art Intensive
Register Now at:
Mark Kang-O’Higgins Gary Faigin
Geoff Flack Tenaya Sims Juliette Aristides Kimberly Trowbridge
Gage offers numerous weekend and weeklong workshops as well as
five-week classes in drawing, sculpting, painting, and printmaking.
Apply now at: gageacademy.org/adult-programs/
PROGRAMS FOR TEENS & KIDS
Youth programs for kids at Gage inspire young artists with
challenging and fun opportunities for creative expression.
Apply now at: gageacademy.org/teens
GIVE THE GIFT OF
ART THIS SEASON:
Help support great
programs like these
by donating today!
Market and Exhibition
Nov. 20, 2019
Dec. 7, 2019
Gary Faigin @ Town Hall
Forging a New Path: How
Young Artists are Navigating
Dec. 11, 2019
Jan. 22, 2020
WORKSHOPS Enroll Now
May 2, 2020
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DEVELOP YOUR PAINTING
CONCEPT FROM START TO FINISH
with Tiffany Dae
THE ART OF TRUE
with Patrick LoCicero
DEMYSTIFYING WATERCOLOR: BASIC
with Linda James
THE LANDSCAPE IN
with Suze Woolf
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Eat & Drink
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KAENG THAI CURRY
Recipe Courtesy of Chef Jennifer Johnson, Happy Belly
VEGAN, GLUTEN FREE
SERVES: 5 - 7
This plant-based curry is quick and easy to make. It’s gluten free, hearty
and very satisfying. I suggest it be enjoyed over fresh spinach and brown
rice like we do at Happy Belly. This combination adds nutrients, energyproducing
carbohydrates and helps balance the creamy, hot curry with
cool, crisp spinach.
Riced cauliflower or steamed kale can be substituted if you’re going grainfree
or following the Keto diet. If cooking rice, etc., plan your cooking so
your accompaniments will be ready at the same time.
This curry pairs well with grilled prawns, seasoned baked tofu or pan-fried
1 1/2 cups white or yellow onion, diced (1/4”)
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 cups coconut milk (16-oz. can of whole fat coconut milk)
2 cups hot water
1 tsp. turmeric powder
1 ½ tsp. granulated garlic
1 tbsp. curry powder
1 tbsp. Musmun curry paste
1 1/2 tsp. Tamarind
1 1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
4 cups canned chickpea/garbanzo bean (two 16-oz. cans of chickpeas)
6 cups broccoli florets (fresh or frozen, though fresh is preferred)
• Preheat oven to 400˚F.
• Lightly coat diced onion in olive oil and an additional smidge of salt,
pepper, garlic and turmeric. Spread in a single layer on a parchmentor
foil-lined baking sheet. Bake 15 to 20 minutes.
• In a cooking pot on medium heat, combine the liquids and spices:
coconut milk, hot water, turmeric powder, granulated garlic, curry
powder, curry paste, tamarind, sea salt and black pepper. Mix.
• Add the onion (do not let cool after removing from the oven) to liquid
and spice blend in cooking pot.
• Drain chickpeas and keep the juice. Add 2 cups chickpeas to
• In a blender, blend 2 cups chickpeas with all chickpea juice until
smooth. Add to cooking pot.
• Cut broccoli into quarter size pieces; thinly slice large sections of
stem. In a separate pot, steam until al dente.
• Drain thoroughly and add to cooking pot. Mix well.
• Garnish with green onion and toasted sesame seeds.
• Serve immediately, and enjoy!
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Now - December
Meet Me at Proctor’s
HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES ABOUND ALL MONTH LONG
BY JILLIAN CHANDLER
The Proctor District invites the community and all of Tacoma as they
host their first ever Proctor’s Peppermint Place. The festivities kicked off
November 9 and continue through December 24.
Join the Proctor District’s more than 70 businesses as they celebrate the local
community and the spirit of the holidays with featured events running now through
the day before Christmas.
“Proctor just lends itself to celebration. It’s walkable, it speaks ‘community,’ is
family, pet and bicycle friendly, has such a variety of businesses to offer, is very
traditional in character, and has very supportive business owners that are pretty
much up for any event,” says Marva Pelander, district manager of the Proctor
District Association. “So what better time of year than to celebrate the holidays
in Proctor. We want to share with the greater community what we love so much.”
Children and adults alike will feel as though they are in a winter wonderland as
they take in the lights adorning the streets and rooftops. Windows display a variety
of wintery and holiday themed decorations and artwork as the local merchants
participate in the decorating contest and seasonal outdoor music to help set the
This year’s plans for Proctor’s Peppermint Place include a community tree lighting,
street musicians, a children’s holiday coloring contest, holiday movies and much
According to Marva, the goal behind the event is “to share what we have
to offer; to strengthen our sense of community as business owners,
property owners and residents work toward a common goal; and to
build awareness of the Proctor Business District.”
For addition details about Proctor’s Peppermint Place and to view
the month’s event lineup, visit TheProctorDistrict.com/proctorspeppermint-place.
2019 Festival of Trees Gala
An incredible evening for a truly important cause, the annual Festival
of Trees is a black-tie holiday celebration featuring a spectacular live
tree auction, dinner and live entertainment to support Mary Bridge
Children’s Hospital’s patients and families through the Mary Bridge
Children’s Foundation. Join them Saturday, December 7, starting
at 6pm at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center for a memorable
night. Tickets are $300 per person and can be purchased online
at FestivalOfTreesTacoma.org. For additional information, visit
FestivalOfTreesTacoma.org or call 253.403.1387.
4th Annual Holiday
The shopping season is upon us! Join in the fun of this year’s annual
Holiday Haul Crawl to take place Saturday, December 14, from 10am
to 8pm. The community is invited to enjoy a full day of shopping,
dining and festivities at local boutiques and restaurants throughout
Downtown Tacoma. Support local businesses while getting a bit, if
not all, of your holiday shopping done. Whatever is on your holiday
gift list, you’ll find it as you explore more than 150 local shops,
restaurants and other unique businesses. For additional information
about this year’s event, visit DowntownTacomaPartnership.com.
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1 - JANUARY 5
5:00 to 9:00pm
Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS
DECEMBER 14 - 24
Tacoma Musical Playhouse
SANKTA LUCIA CELEBRATION
7:00 TO 9:00PM
Scandanavian Cultural Center at Pacific Lutheran University
TACOMA 6TH AVENUE ART WALK
4:00 to 7:00pm
WIZARDS YULE FEAST
6:30 TO 11:00PM
Historic 1625 Tacoma Place
JINGLE BELL RUN
8:30am to 12:00pm
11TH ANNUAL SANTA
7:00am to 12:00pm
A Street/10th Street
FIRST NIGHT TACOMA 2020
5:30 to 12:30am
Tacoma Arts Live
LIGHTED BOAT PARADE
5:00 to 8:00pm
Tacoma Yacht Club
1920’S NYE VARIETY BENEFIT SHOW
7:00 to 10:00pm
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Explore Phoenix and Mesa’s
Fresh Foodie Trail
A WARM-WEATHER WINTER GETAWAY THAT’S FAMILY FRIENDLY
PHOTOS AND STORY BY MARGUERITE CLEVELAND
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Phoenix and Mesa are the perfect holiday location for a winter getaway. Mild
temperatures and resort hotels that are destinations in themselves and a short
flight via Alaska Airlines (so you can utilize the free bag check for a case of
Arizona wine) make this an easy trip to enjoy. This is foodie heaven with an
up-and-coming wine region, farm-to-table restaurants, year-round fresh produce and
Where To Stay
The Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort is a desert oasis with a
4-acre waterpark that makes it a great choice for families.
Room options are all suites, which gives families more
room to spread out. Casitas with one or two bedrooms
are also an option. There is a kids’ camp giving
parents with younger ones a childcare option.
They have dinner sessions so you can have
a date night on your vacation. Amenities
abound with a full-service spa and
multiple dining options.
For more economical options,
consider lodgings in Mesa like
the Residence Inn by Marriott,
which has larger accommodations
with kitchens—a great way to save
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The foodie scene in
Mesa and Phoenix has
really evolved with local
restaurants serving farmto-table
by the vibrant cultural
in the area.
money while traveling. A substantial breakfast is offered each morning and
included in the room rate. If money is no object, you can step it up to the super
luxurious AAA Five Diamond Phoenician Resort, which has a three-story spa.
The resort began an extensive renovation in 2016 that was recently completed.
It is lovely with a fresh, contemporary vibe throughout the resort.
Where To Eat
The foodie scene in Mesa and Phoenix has really evolved with local restaurants
serving farm-to-table food inspired by the vibrant cultural diversity in the area.
The Bario Café is s smaller restaurant, so be sure to make a reservation. Chef
Silvana Salicido is a five-time James Beard-award nominee. Her food is authentic
traditional Mexican food and utilizes local producers as much as possible. It is
subtle little things like adding pomegranate seeds to a fresh simple guacamole
made from avocados left in big chunks, tomatoes, red onions, a hint of cilantro
and lime that turns this dish into something special. Chiles En Nogada is a
roasted stuffed poblano pepper filled with chicken, apple, pear, dried apricots
and pecans covered with a delicate almond cream sauce garnished with cilantro,
pomegranate seeds and queso fresco. It is an unusual dish packed with flavors
that just meld together. Perfection.
On the other end of the spectrum is Jalapeno Bucks, a dive joint built in old
shipping containers nestled in the midst of an orange grove. Don’t wear good
clothes because you are here to try the ooey, gooey, extremely messy peanut
butter and jelly brisket sandwich. OMG! So good. Words can’t describe how
something that sounds so strange can be so delicious! Don’t miss the excellent
salsas concocted by Buck. It’s how he started and earned the nickname Jalapeno.
Pick the size salsas that you want and order a bag of chips, served in a paper
bag. The medium was grocery-bag sized! The mango salsa is a favorite and has
a sweet and slightly spicy taste the goes well with the freshly made tortilla chips.
What To Do
The Fresh Foodie Trail is a great way to spend a day or two traveling to urban
and rural destinations for those who love food. There are 11 stops on this
culinary journey, and each will give you an insight into how food is produced.
Visit everything from a vertical urban farm at True Garden to the Hayden Flour
Mills at Sossaman Farms. The Windmill Winery is one of the furthest stops
and is in the town of Florence. The drive gets you out in the Sonoran Desert
with lots of old growth Saguaro Cacti. The farm is beautifully landscaped with
a lovely wine tasting room. After the drive through the desert, it feels like an
oasis. Most grapes are sourced from Wilcox, Arizona, but owner Harold Christ
can grow Barbera grapes on his farm. Arizona currently has two AVAs, and
the quality of the wine is very good. A case of Barbera can fly free if you fly on
The Desert Botanical Garden has more than 50,000 desert plants on five
thematic trails. The plants come from deserts all over the world, and the unique
displays are so lovely. Plan your day to arrive when the gardens open so you
can enjoy strolling before the heat of the day. For great views of the mountains,
the gardens and Phoenix, you’ll want to hike to the top of the Sonoran Desert
Nature Loop Trail. There are two shops, one a garden shop and the other a gift
shop, that are worth a visit. A grow-your-own cactus in a box makes a perfect
souvenir or gift.
The Musical Instrument Museum is an unexpected treasure. Rather than just
statically display the more than 6,800 musical instruments that come from all
over the world, the museum uses state-of-the-art audio and visual technologies
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life on the water.
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to enhance the experience. Each visitor is given a headset with an audio tour; as
you step up to each display you begin to hear a musician performing with the
instrument and can observe the video as well—a truly immersive experience
with incredible performances. Visit the Experience Gallery for a hands-on
opportunity to play instruments from around the world. Music buffs will love
the Artist Gallery with icons such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, John Lennon
and more modern artists such as Maroon 5.
A spa day at the Phoenician is a luxurious experience that will have you relaxed
for days. Treatments are available for both men and women in the new threestory
building which is home to the spa. Soothing music and soft lighting helps
set the mood before your treatment. Arrive at least 45 minutes before your
appointment so you can indulge in the Personal Spa Ritual, a 30-minute hotand-cold
contrast hydrotherapy which improves the benefits of your treatment.
There’s no need to rush after your spa treatment, as you’ll want to take advantage
of all the amenities such as an adult-only pool deck, where you can enjoy an
The greater Phoenix and Mesa area will have you feeling relaxed and refreshed
after a nice winter break. Infusions of vitamin D from all the sunshine will chase
away your winter blues. With amenity-filled resorts, an eclectic food and craft
beverage scene, and tons of family friendly activities, it is the perfect destination.
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