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Tips and Articles in Phoenix

Are you the sort of traveler who always arrives at the airport three hours early and then stews because you can't board the plane until a half-hour before departure?Or maybe you're the type who never bothers with reservations because, hey, space w...
What would childhood be without dreams of banana splits—the ultimate reward for surviving the school year, passing the final exam, winning (or losing) the softball championship?Whole weeks can be consumed deciding on the exact combination of fl...
Arizona is no place for people who think small. This is big, wide-open country. In a drive around Sedona's red rock region you'll pass looming mesas, soaring spires, deep canyons, and a record of time that stretches back millions of years. Toss...
In a 1940 American Magazine article entitled "Camps of Crime," FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover waged something of a war against motels, which he labeled "a new home of crime in America, a new home of disease, bribery, corruption, crookedness, rape, w...
We have just arrived in San Francisco for the weekend, and the desk clerk at the game-themed Serrano Hotel invites us to roll the dice for an upgrade. We're allowed three tries; on my last I hit double fives. Yes! My friend Tracy and I check into ...
We eat many of our 30 billion—plus burgers a year as Slyders, Hockeyburgers, or Liplockers at places like Bob's Big Boy or In-N-Out Burger—or hot off the backyard grill. If you're looking for something more grand, here's where to find high-end bli...
A bubbly 44-year-old given to patches of intense earnestness, McKay said that eight hours of pampering and nourishing my "honor and respect" would send self-esteem coursing through my veins; having given myself "permission to be fabulous," I would...
Everyone in Phoenix is either trying to relax, or in the middle of relaxing, or reflecting on some recent attempt to relax. You hear the word constantly: in lobbies, in spas, waiting in line for coffee. Oh, it was so...relaxing. Oh, I hear that's ...
It's Saturday night at the lobby bar of the James Hotel, and two clean-cut, square-jawed guys in plaid shirts are hoisting bottles of Corona Extra as a supermodel-thin blonde poured into snakeskin trousers struts past, swinging a handbag made of w...
Need more Merlot in that Médoc?New barrel-blending programs around the country let oenophiles fine-tune wines to suit their own palates. During a two-hour course at The Phoenician (Scottsdale, Ariz.; 480/423-2530; www.thephoenician.com; $135), you...
Beginning this month, fans of Frank Lloyd Wright will finally be able to visit the residential wing of Taliesin West (12621 Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd.; 480/860-2700; www.franklloydwright.org), his studio in Scottsdale, Arizona. The 1940 living quart...
Boston Emerge Day Spa Though only open for a short time, Newbury Street’s Emerge spa has already established itself as the go-to place for relaxation. Think flat-screen TV’s in the Men’s Club, a fireside lounge and a roof deck, and treatments lik...
To toast the New Year—and with it, dreams of an improved you—we've come up with a few suggestions, at home and on the road. —Lauren David Peden 1 LOSE WEIGHT Put down that eggnog and kick-start your fitness routine with a state-of-the-art spa ...
Two years ago, the khaki-clad Scottsdale scene got a shake-up with the arrival of the city's first boutique hotel, the James. Fast-forward to 2007, and the 194-room property has been reinvented as the Mondrian Scottsdale (7353 E. Indian School R...
Scottsdale—the self-proclaimed "most Western town in the West"—is fast becoming more urban than cowboy. Anchoring a revival of its historic, gallery-rich downtown: the legendary Hotel Valley Ho, newly saddled up for the 21st century after a four-y...