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Off to the Races: Del Mar's Extended Racing Season

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Luxury boutique hotels anchor the coastal paradise of Del Mar, which just introduced an expended racing season this fall.

 

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Where to Enjoy Fall in Arizona

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There is no better time to be in Arizona than during the beautiful fall season. Whether you’re looking for a fun outdoor activity or some sightseeing around the Valley, we’ve put together some of the best places for locals to enjoy fall this season —from apple-picking to ski lifts to corn mazes and more.

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Fall Phoenix Arts Roundup

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While fall is usually a time for changing colors and beautiful scenery outdoors, there is some beauty happening indoors too. Museums and venues around the Valley have prepped for fall by bringing you everything from arts festivals to fashion exhibits to Spanish markets and much more. Come see for yourself what arts events are going on each month until the end of the year.

 

September

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“National Geographic Presents: Earth Explorers”

Arizona Science Center

Sept. 21 - Jan. 4

Take a trip with modern-day explorers, scientists and adventurers to learn about the world’s most remote places and unique technologies. This interactive and educational exhibit will leave guests feeling like an explorer ready to take on the world. For more information, go to http://www.azscience.org

 

October

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“Jimmy Choo with Asian Arts Council”

Phoenix Art Museum

Oct. 1; 5 p.m.

Calling all shoe lovers! Take this special opportunity to discover the Autumn/Winter 2014 collection by Jimmy Choo. Go here for more info.

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“ArtOberFest”

Mesa Arts Center

Oct. 10; 6 p.m.

October is a time for enjoying beer AND the arts. Mesa Arts Center is hosting a fundraiser to benefit arts education programs and encourages guests to dress up in their best Oktoberfest attire. Check http://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/events/free-events/artoberfest14 for more info.

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“Fashioned in America”

Phoenix Art Museum

Oct. 11 - Mar. 15

Ever wondered how economics and ethics drive fashion in America? Now is your chance to find out at this exhibit featuring more than 40 contemporary designs and exclusive interviews with the fashion designers responsible for them. Check http://www.phxart.org/exhibition/fashionedinamerica for more information.

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“PhotoBid 2014 Gala and Silent Auction”

Phoenix Art Museum

Oct. 17; 6 p.m.

For those photography and art collectors out there, the museum has pulled together more than 50 signed limited-edition prints and books available for bid. Share your passion for photography with other guests and enjoy a night of pure art appreciation. For more information, go here

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“MIMFest: Global Music Festival”

Musical Instrument Museum

Oct. 18 - Oct. 19

Celebrate all things musical with a two-day outdoor festival inspired by the cultures and traditions from around the world. This is your chance to see performers and dancers from around the world on one stage. Go to http://mim.org/events/mimfest-global-music-festival/ for more info.

 

November

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“Spanish Market: Mercado de las Artes”

Heard Museum

Nov. 8 - Nov. 9 

Stroll through the largest Spanish Market in Arizona and find rare artwork from more than 65 different artists. You can find everything from pottery, painting, tinwork and more here only. Check http://heard.org/event/spanish-market/ for more info.

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“Ornament Marketplace”

Heard Museum

Nov. 28 - Nov. 30

Stop by the Heard Museum Shops to pick up beautiful hand-made ornaments from local American Indian artists. There will be hundreds of pieces to choose from, so bring your family along. For more info, go to http://heard.org/event/ornament-market/

December

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“Mesa Arts Festival”

Mesa Arts Center

Dec. 13 - Dec. 14

Featuring original artwork from artists around the world, the festival is a great place to find special holiday gifts for your loved ones. The event will also include live performances and delicious treats. For more information, go to http://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/events/free-events/mesaartsfestival.

 

Discover Tucson’s Food Culture

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To start the morning off right, stop at the award-winning Cup Café inside the historic Hotel Congress on Congress Street in downtown Tucson. Options include traditional breakfast fare served from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., as well as crepes, quiche and the famed Congressional Omelet Bar. The “build-your-own” Bloody Mary bar is one of the best in town and offers up a bevy of condiment choices from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

Another must-eat hot spot, Café Poca Cosa where chef and owner Suzana Davila pairs her culinary genius with an upscale, yet casual, urban setting. A true master of chilies, chef Davila artfully infuses a wide range of Mexican flavors and ingredients into every dish, creating one of the most authentic dining experiences you’ll ever have.

 

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If ambiance is what you seek, be sure to make a point to dine at the AAA Four Diamond The Grill at Hacienda Del Sol. The Grill has won countless awards, including “Tucson’s Best Dining with a View” and “Tucson’s Most Romantic Dining,” as well as being recognized as a Gold Culinary Award Winner for its supreme Sunday brunch. Whether you’re there for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner, opt for an elegant indoor meal or soak in the sun by dining al fresco on the patio.

 

Your last stop on this Southern Arizona food adventure should most certainly be dinner at El Charro Café. Savor traditional Northern Mexico Sonoran-style specialties from chimichangas and handmade tamales to the famous carne seca. Established in 1922, El Charro Café is the nation's oldest Mexican restaurant in continuous operation by the same family. El Charro Café is a Tucson treasure not to be missed.

 

Whatever your food favorite, there’s something for you in Southern Arizona so commit to spending at least one weekend on the road this summer to see all this great state has to offer. For more information on where to stay and play, visit summerinaz.com.

 

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Iconic Arizona Hotels: Best Places to Lay Your Head

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Arizona is full of sightseeing adventures but after a long day of exploring, weary travelers are sure to need a relaxing place to catch some shut-eye. Luxurious accommodations with everything from waterfront views and scenic desert surroundings to historic experiences are aplenty throughout the state.

 

If you find yourself exploring Arizona this summer, be sure to check out some of these iconic stays:

 

The Nautical Beachfront Resort. Views of Thompson Bay, an infinity pool and an island-style bar and grille make this Lake Havasu resort a not-to-miss spot. There are plenty of comfy guestrooms and suites, all with patios or balconies overlooking the water. Best of all, you don’t have to leave your four-legged friends at home to enjoy a piece of paradise.

 

Grand Canyon Railway Hotel. Located just a block from downtown Williams, this relaxing retreat provides a picturesque Western setting. Designed to resemble the century-old train depot that housed the original Fray Marcos Hotel, this is the place to stay if you’re hoping to catch a train to Grand Canyon National Park.

Hassayampa Inn. History buffs will love this first-class hotel near Courthouse Square in Prescott. Open since 1927, the 67-room inn offers guests a charming piece of nostalgia paired with modern amenities and a full-service restaurant.

Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort. Originally a school for the daughters of society’s elite families, Hacienda Del Sol is now a luxury resort nestled in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains in Tucson. Surrounded by more than 34 acres of desert, resort guests are treated to an oasis of luxury with elegant guestrooms, award-winning dining and a full-service spa.

Enchantment Resort. Set in secluded Boynton Canyon of Sedona, the five-star Enchantment Resort expertly combines tranquility with sophistication. Visitors are sure to receive world-class service and breathtaking red-rock views.

Visit summerinaz.com for more ideas on where to stay and what to do this summer.

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