26 posts in category Arizona

Best Restaurants in Arizona – Sushi Roku at the W Scottsdale

"Once you decide on your occupation, you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your job. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That's the secret of success." - Jiro Ono I adore sushi. I think it's culinary poetry. The craftsmanship, the tools, the care, the training, the creativity, and the pure joy that follows viewing and consuming a magnificent sushi dish, all combine to make sushi one of the most satisfying of my ... Continue Reading

Luxury Watch Report – Hamra Jewelers in Scottsdale, Arizona

"My Rolex is a continual pleasure, and works admirably." - Sir Winston Churchill This quote perfectly captures how I feel about the Rolex watch brand. I've owned a few Rolexes over the years, and when Upscale Living Magazine asked me to write an article about luxury watches, I jumped at the chance to visit my local Rolex dealer - Hamra Jewelers in North Scottsdale - to view its extensive Rolex collection! Hamra Jewelers Hamra is family-owned and operated, and has been showcasing luxury ... Continue Reading

Best Restaurants in Scottsdale – Talavera at The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

"My favorite color... the seam of a desert horizon." ~ Eileen Tabios It's difficult to hide my adoration for the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. About five years ago - before I started traveling and writing - my wife and I first visited the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale. The resort is a scant ten minutes north of our home, and a friend had highly recommended that we visit for drinks and the view. We were mesmerized, and I immediately fell in love with the Four Seasons ... Continue Reading

Best Luxury Hotels in Sedona – El Portal Sedona

"It's the Call of the Canyon - Bell Rock, Cathedral, Mitten Ridge - It's Sedona, Sedona - Where the lovin' people live" - Excerpt from Sedona, by Donna Loren Sedona, Arizona is one of my most favorite places on the planet - magical, mysterious, and its beauty is impossible to describe. So when a business trip brought us to Sedona, I decided to write a "Best Luxury Hotels in Sedona" article about El Portal Sedona because it's the only luxury property in Sedona that I hadn't visited. It ... Continue Reading

Best Staycation Resorts in Arizona – Royal Palms Resort and Spa

"Natural elegance inspires the mind." - Kristian Goldmund Aumann, From Poet's Hand Truly superlative resorts cast magic powers over guests, creating a peaceful, rejuvenative, and memorable experience.  The Royal Palms Resort and Spa and it's natural elegance infused me with a luxurious and serene sense of relaxation. Why the Royal Palms? When I decided to write a "Best Staycation Resorts in Arizona" blog series this summer, the Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Phoenix was at the top of my ... Continue Reading

Best Staycation Resorts in Arizona – Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

Thanks for clicking on another article in my blog series call the Best Staycation Resorts in Arizona! This article features the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North in North Scottsdale. As I've mentioned in other Staycation articles, Arizona resorts often feature special summer pricing, and the Four Seasons Scottsdale is offering a special "End of Summer" promotion with reduced rates and special programming during August 27th - August 31st. If you're interested, please contact the ... Continue Reading

5 Best Restaurants in Mesa AZ

I'm working on my Staycation series now, but I wanted to do a quick post from the Phoenix New Times on one of their articles titled: "5 Best Restaurants in Mesa Right Now" As I mentioned in yesterday's quick post on the "10 Best Breweries in Metro Phoenix" (also the New Times), I love reading their dining articles because I always learn more about great places to eat in the Valley.  And Mesa is not exactly the first place in Arizona I would think of for great restaurants, but the Phoenix ... Continue Reading

10 Best Breweries in Metro Phoenix

I don't have much of a post tonight, but I just spied this very cool article from the Phoenix New Times called the "10 Best Breweries in Metro Phoenix." Click here to view it. As with my prior quick post, The 9 Best Restaurant Patios in Phoenix, I love reading about new places, and places that I haven't visited yet.  It's also great to see that the Phoenix craft-brewing scene is so healthy. Thanks to the Phoenix New Times for the great info, and happy beer-ing and dining! #agp Continue Reading

The 9 Best Restaurant Patios in Phoenix

I saw this great article today from KTAR.com titled "9 Best Restaurant Patios in Phoenix," and just wanted to do a quick post of it. I love these lists. I always learn a little something. In this case, there are actually a couple of restaurants I haven't visited! What? I also posted a picture of Isabella's Kitchen in North Scottsdale, which is one of my favorite restaurant patios in the Valley. Thanks to KTAR.com! Click here to read the article. Continue Reading

Best Staycation Resorts in Arizona – The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain

Arizona summers are notoriously and reliably hot - downright phosphorescent.  Arizona residents do whatever they can to stay cool, and try to enjoy the outside despite the heat. One of the most popular things to do during Arizona summers, is to take a "Staycation" at a local resort. So when I thought about writing topics for this summer, it made perfect sense to do a Blog Series called "Best Staycation Resorts in Arizona." I didn't want to limit my blog coverage to only resorts in the ... Continue Reading