Spring training is a huge deal in Arizona. With thousands of visitors from out town, spring training is an important economic device in the Valley. Downtown Phoenix’s newest hotel, Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar, is offering a “Batter Up Package.” The hotel is in the ideal location, CityScape Phoenix, for fans visiting any of the Valley’s 11 ballparks. Rates start at $249 and include deluxe accommodations, two local craft beers, a baseball themed welcome amenity, complimentary morning coffee and tea service in the Living Room, hosted evening wine reception from 5-6pm daily, and complimentary access to Gold’s Gym Elite.
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While a majority of the country is freezing, we’re enjoying some beautiful weather here in the Valley. We’ll take 80 degrees and sunshine over snowstorms any time. Perfectly coinciding with the weather comes another year of baseball. Spring Training is almost upon and that will attract thousands of visitors, many of which from out of state. The Hermosa Inn’s Play Ball Package will welcome Spring Training travelers from all over. Valid from Feb. 22 to March 30, the deal will offer 10% off the best available rate, a Hermosa Inn baseball hat, a Cactus League game schedule, two drink tickets per night to Last Drop at the Hermosa, sunscreen, peanuts and cracker jacks. So, basically, it will cover everything you could want out of Spring Training. Play ball, folks. To book the package, call 602.955.8614.
Spring training is back and that means it is time go outside and play. With the Valley being home to an absurd amount of spring training facilities, heading to the ball park when the weather is gorgeous is a must. After you’ve spent a day in the sun, relaxing and drinking beers, the spa at Gainey Village has an even better double header deal.
From now until March 30, guests can choose from two spa services and get pampered for just $155. This can be any of the royalty treatments like the 60 minute Signature, Hot Stone, Thai, or Deep Tissue Massage. A 60 minute Facial or 30 minute Deep Pore Detox or a 60 minute Vanilla-Spice and Blueberry Organic Sugar Scrub and Wrap with a Cream Moisturizer. Or you can go the traditional route with a Signature Manicure and Pedicure.
It’s spring time, do you need a better reason to treat yourself?
Itchin’ to know what’s happening in AZ in the coming weeks? We are stretching the term “hometown” a little with the addition of the Tucson Book Festival because books make us giddy. After all, what’s a two hour drive for some great literature? Get some ribbons ready because you will want to remember everything we are about to tell you by way of our favorite online media outlets. Here’s this week’s hometown low down:
Take a look, it’s in a book at the Tucson Book Fest. Aside from all of the amazing Reading Rainbow jokes we could make right now, this Jackalope Ranch story on this local-ish event is actually really interesting. The fourth annual University of Arizona sponsored Tucson Festival of Books is headed to our southern neighbors this weekend bringing 400 writers and 250 exhibits to the public for free! That’s right, you can mingle with authors and book worms all weekend long for the low, low cost of nothing and Jackalope Ranch has the five authors you must see when in the action. Ummm, one of them is R.L Stine and the first grader inside us has goosebumps about the prospect of meeting the child-friendly equivalent of Steven King.
Gone are the days when people would gather in the town square to watch local criminals hang and let us just say, thank goodness because that is a morbid, frightening psychotic old practice that makes us queasy inside. That being said, there will be a Public Hanging of sorts March 16-18 during Art Detour 24 at the A.E England Gallery where local artists without gallery exposure’s work will be displayed for the public. Aren’t puns fun? Read the full article on Downtown Phoenix Journal here. Sadly, the deadline to submit work has passed, but the Art Detour itself will be a great to-do.
Spring Training is finally here marking the beginning of beautiful weather, mysterious weekday illnesses that render it impossible to go to work for 24 hours and the unofficial season of America’s
longest favorite pass time. If you do want to play a little hooky, AZ Weekly Magazine has rounded up the best places to grab breakfast before a game to make sure you start your free day off right. The best places close to all the stadium’s can be found here.
Make this St. Patrick’s Day historic – literally, record-breaking – by participating in Johnny Fox’s Public House 3-day St. Patrick’s Day event. While the event will officially begin at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 16 with a ribbon cutting and reception, the real shindig begins on St. Patty’s with a breakfast from 6 to 10 a.m., live performances all day, and – drumroll, please – the biggest leprechaun gathering known to man.
The first seven hundred people to arrive at Johnny Fox’s March 17 will receive a free leprechaun costume; participants are encouraged to stick around to 4:00 p.m., when the event will hopefully beat the Guinness World Record, the previous of which were set by The Jay Leno Show on March 17, 2011 with 224 Leprechauns and then broken again in November 2011 in Dublin, Ireland with 250 in a lepracolony. So show up with your blimey-est spirit, receive an authentic certificate of participation from the Guinness’s Book of World Records and make this day a part of history. That’s not all, of course: one Lucky Leprechaun will win an all-expense paid trip for two in Ireland for seven days that includes airfare and hotel accommodations. Participants must register during the 3-day event for a chance to win!
The Emerald Society Firefighters and the United Firefighters Union will also be in attendance during the event, with a portion of all proceeds benefiting both organizations.
Image via Guiness Book of World Records
It’s no secret that we love anything from Ted Baker, and while we’re not as sure about baseball, we rejoice that Ted Baker loves spring training. Where does the city-chic retailer and America’s favorite pastime come together, you ask? At the Scottsdale location of the store, to be exact, where Ted Baker will celebrate Spring Training this month with a giveaway. Between now and April 4, baseball fans and shoppers alike can enter to win a $500 Ted Baker Shopping Spree by showing any ticket stub from a 2012 Spring Training game. The winner will be chosen the week of April 9th.
Recently, baseball’s all-time homerun king, Barry Bonds, went on trial in San Francisco for lying to Feds investigators about his alleged use of steroids. Shocking we know, that an athlete’s whose hat size expanded noticeably in his late 30s might have been on the juice. However, what is surprising is that the star of the show hasn’t been the famously-prickly slugger, or even Bonds’ personal trainer, a lifelong pal who’s literally spent years in jail for refusing to throw Bonds under the bus.
No, the real star of this sordid show has been Kimberly Bell, Bonds’ longtime mistress and Scottsdale resident who claimed that the baseball star threatened “to cut my head off and leave me in a ditch,” as well as cut off the breast implants that he paid for. Aye aye aye.
Just because the Wildcats are out of the big basketball tourney, doesn’t mean it’s the end of March Madness. Get out and enjoy the wonderful Spring weather with these funky, floral and film-focused events. (Meanwhile, UofA fans can drown your sorrows by watching this clip of a coach Sean Miller appearing on the Johnny Carson show as a 12-year-old dribbling phenom.)
Riding into town later this week, get your fill of badass bikes (and 1980s hair bands) at the 15th annual Arizona Bike Week. Officially kick-starting on Wednesday, March 30, (pre-party events are going on now) if you’ve ever pictured yourself cruisin’ down Route 66 in a Harley while everyone around you drools with envy, Bike Week is for you. (Besides, any event sponsored by Jägermeister and featuring performances by 80s rockers, Warrant & Skid Row has got to be a good time.) Burn rubber at WestWorld of Scottsdale and events Valley-wide March 30 – April 3.
They say if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. Yes, we’ve partnered with the crazy-popular ratings and reviews site, Yelp, to make sure you’re always kept (even more) in-the-know on the latest and greatest across the Valley. Here’s the a special Spring Training Top 10 list, handcrafted by those five-star folks at Yelp Phoenix.
Have you noticed that lately, the streets have many more beer-stained Hawaiian shirts than normal? With Spring Training wrapping up, you can thank baseball fans from around the globe for the 2 hour wait at your favorite watering hole.
Spend the afternoons soaking in the eternal sunshine, sipping on ballpark beers and cheering on favorite teams, but the fun doesn’t have to stop once the nine innings are up. Whether you’re a native or just here for a couple days, there are plenty of Spring Training musts to check out (sans the 2 hour wait). Yelp’s Top 10 list after the jump.
So, apparently this term is usually used to describe some nation-wide college sporting event that takes over ESPN and involves teams in far off lands where sports don’t constantly disappoint, but how about all of the amazing events happening in March right here in the Valley of Eternal Sunshine? Read more to get the full list
Spring Butterfly Exhibit - Nothing says “spring” like caterpillars crawling out of their cocoons to become beautiful butterflies. Sure, it sounds cliche, but celebrate the new season by fluttering over to Desert Botanical Gardens from now until May 5.
Now that the football is officially in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward to Spring Training season here in the Valley. Which is why we were so excited beyond words to discover these retro-tastic Mustache Silhouette shirts. Featuring hirsute heroes such as Reggie Jackson, Rollie Fingers and former Diamondback, Randy Johnson in all his mulletted glory, it’s almost enough to make us start caring about baseball again.