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Tips and Articles in Phoenix

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...
HOTEL The Phoenician, Scottsdale ROOM COUNT 654 RESTAURANTS Six options, from Mary Elaine's (French with a modern twist) to an ice cream parlor TOP FEATURES A $25 million art collection; three distinctively designed nie-hole golf courses; ...
THE PLACE Flor de Michoacán 4344 W. Indian School Ave., Suite 1, Phoenix; 623/848-8616 THE DISH: Paletes, irresistible Mexican popsicles made with agua or crema, in a rainbow of exotic flavors. THE VIBE: A riot of tropicalia tucked away in a ...