A monthly tourism news update from the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau

Planning a proposal? Put the arrangements in the capable hands of Alexandra Van Leer, “engagement agent” and head of the newLoveStruck proposal planning service at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. The onsite expert will make sure your moment is flawless, creative and personalized, working with themes like “adventure,” “pamper, ” “night in,” “culinary” and “romantic.” For the ultimate proposal, stay the night in the resort’s new Hideaway romance building and you’ll get a “Love Potion” cocktail and upgraded amenities for your deep-soaking bathtub, plus other romantic in-room treats. For media information, contact Kim Cole or 480-513-5049.
When it comes to love, sometimes you just need a little help from your friends. Royal Palms Resort and Spas Director of Romance Robert H. Vickrey is the go-to guy for personalized, loving getaways. From ordering flowers and making dinner reservations, to setting the stage for a dream proposal, Vickrey has done it all. And when you’re staying at the Mediterranean-inspired Royal Palms, it’s hard not to feel the love. Named one of the “Top 50 Romantic Retreats” in the world by Travel + Leisure, even the resort’s signature scent,neroli, represents joy, sensuality and romance. For media information, contact Erin Stremcha at or 602-808-3185.
The Boulders Resort is a blissful getaway in Scottsdale’s Sonoran Desert. What better location for the start to your ever after than atop a 12-million-year-old rock formation? It’s also one of the few area resorts to offer amenities and programs designed specifically for a peaceful adult vacation, from complimentary treats served poolside to pampering spa treatments. The Fall Romance package is an ideal escape with luxury accommodations, daily breakfast for two, complimentary access to the Golden Door Spa and a chilled bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival. Starting at $366 per night, the offer runs from Aug. 31 through Dec. 20. For media information, contact Debi Bridges at or 602-466-2128.

In a renewed effort to solidify Scottsdale’s position as “The World’s Finest Golf Destination,” the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau named Golf Channel personality Brandel Chamblee the destination’s official “golf ambassador.” In this role, Chamblee, who played on the PGA TOUR for 18 years, will represent Scottsdale in a new advertising campaign targeted to avid golf travelers. In addition, he’ll write a regular blog for the bureau’s new golf-focused website,; represent the destination on multiple social media platforms; and serve as the spokesperson for Scottsdale golf. All of these elements will work together to present the “total Scottsdale experience” ranging from more than 200 golf courses in the area to the multiple world-class resorts, spas, nightlife opportunities, restaurants, cultural activities, outdoor adventures and more. For media information, contact Laura McMurchie at or 480-429-2253.

Come one, come all truly adventurous cocktail aficionados to the The Hermosa Inn to see new Spirit Guide Travis Nass, one of the Valley’s acclaimed barmeisters, crafting specialty drinks at Last Drop Bar while donning a bowler hat and handlebar mustache. Following in the spirit of Hermosa Inn founder and artist Lon Megargee, Nass is known for inventing his own liqueurs, beverages and garnishes. During “Monday Mixology,” Nass transforms Last Drop Bar into a personal laboratory as he concocts original cocktails such as Morning Rose, Bitter Pig and Duck L’Orange Tequila Old Fashioned. Or, stop by on Thursday or Friday nights when Nass whips up an ever-changing “Weekender Punch” full of botanicals, liqueurs and traditional spirits. Whatever the occasion, expect an extensive menu of creative cocktails ranging from a selection of gin and champagne drinks during Sunday brunch to an esoteric menu of Arizona-themed drinks after work and on the weekends. For media information, contact Kendra Schultz at mailto:kschultz@hermosainn.comor 602-792-1917.

With treatments inspired by Sonoran Desert botanicals and Native American healing techniques, Scottsdale’s award-winning spas offer countless ways to find your bliss. Now through Sept. 30, visit the Experience Scottsdale Facebook page for a chance to win your dream Scottsdale spa vacation.
Simply fill out the form on the page, choose your favorites from the list of signature spa treatments from resorts like FairmontScottsdale Princess and Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, and you and a guest could be on your way to the world’s finest resort-spa destination! The winner, whose name will be selected at random, wins a prize package good for two people that includes: two spa treatments each, two room nights and round-trip airfare courtesy of Southwest Airlines. The giveaway is part of a citywide effort led by the Scottsdale CVB to position Scottsdale as the top spa destination in the United States. For media information, contact Megan Neighbor at or 480-889-2716.

Take a melodic journey through the world at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), with its collection of 5,000 instruments and artifacts on display from more than 200 countries around the world. Or, take in a musical performance of epic proportions in the 299-seat Music Theatre, which spans two floors of the museum and hosts approximately 130 musical events each year. Designed with spacious seating and state-of-the-art acoustics, the hall is a premier venue for worldly musical traditions from across the globe. Following are some of the upcoming can’t-miss concerts at the MIM:
• Nov. 13: Grammy award-winning saxophonist and Tony Award nominee Branford Marsalis and his innovative, forward-thinking jazz ensemble.
• Nov. 15: Jake Shimabukuro, who has earned comparisons to the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, and has entirely redefined the ukulele.
• Nov. 16: Classical piano prodigy and folk, pop, and art music maven Judy Collins performing original material and hits from artists like the Beatles.
• Nov. 17: Brazilian-born brothers Sergio and Odair Assad with their new standard of guitar innovation, ingenuity, and expression in Brazilian and South American music.
• Dec. 1: Singer-songwriter David Wilcox’s lyrical insight, baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops, and range and tenderness rare in folk music.
• Dec. 4: The exuberant performance style and daring repertory choices of the Pacifica Quartet, a Grammy-recognized chamber ensemble with international stature.
• Dec. 21: Holidaze in Hicksville with singer-songwriter Dan Hicks, an American original who has been deftly blending elements of swing, jazz, folk and country music since the early 1960s.


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