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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

*~*Tuesday*~*

*Sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple." — Dr. Seuss*

*~*Hotel Indigo’s Divine Lounge brings you two-for-one Tuesdays on your favorite well drinks and domestics*~*

The community of Scottsdale offers a variety of wonders for all to enjoy! Some free, others for a small cost, and some a bit more spendy, but no matter how big or small your spending budget may be, there is something to do! Get out and enjoy an activity or two while the weather is absolutely gorgeous. We are lucky to live in a place that feels like spring break everyday! It is a great place for people of all ages.

For those of us entertaining spring-breakers here are a few ideas...

Free-

  • Take a hike! Not only is this a great way to stay in shape, but it will bring serenity and a peace of mind in a sometimes crazy and chaotic life. There is a trail for everyone, from the beginner to the more advanced hiker. http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/trails.asp
  • Tour downtown on a trolley or by foot while window shopping and catching some rays. The list of Old Town Scottsdale galleries and shops are endless, http://www.scottsdaledowntown.com/Listings.aspx?catid=6&subcatid=2
  • Tuesday night is bingo at The Lodge! When you play bingo enjoy various drink specials; $3 Coors Light, $3 Lodge Beer, $3 well drinks, and $3 House Wine

Little cost-

  • Enjoy a spring training game ranging from $8.00 to $28.00. The last home game is Wednesday, April 1st at 1:05 PM.
  • ASU baseball game, get five tickets to any Pac-10 games for $40.00. The next home game is April 10th at 6:30 PM verse Washington State.

Bigger spenders-

  • Morton Steakhouse power hours from 4:30 to 6:30 PM and 9:30 to 11 PM. Enjoy bar bites plates for $5, which include filet sandwiches, cheeseburgers, and crab bites. Wine, beer, and cocktails are $4-$7.

At least when the summer comes we can enjoy stay-vacations with family, friends, or our significant others. Great deals!

Tuesday bars known for their parties…

  • Industry nights at Dirty Pretty every Tuesday featuring DJ Roctakon/DJ Fashen/D-JR.
  • Tuesday nights at Acme Bar and Grill featuring $100 bottles from Effen vodka and $3 Bud Lights till midnight.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Great Time

We just got home for a four day stay at Hotel Indigo, not knowing what the hotel would be like we were very pleased. The rooms were clean, beautiful, and comfortable. The service was extraordinary. All the personal were very nice and had a great sense of humor. The hotel atmosphere is not like any of the major hotel chains I have stayed at and it was a nice refreshing change. Hotel Indigo is located in downtown Scottsdale, close to great shops and dining, and is also close to the airport. I really recommend this place if you are looking for something different in a great part of town.

Nichole H., Brookville, IN

Sunday, March 29, 2009

*~*"Happy" Monday*~*

Scottsdale is Scottsdale. Personally, I believe that you either love it or hate it, and on the rare occasion, find it just alright. To me, Scottsdale is made up of two almost completely different parts. You have your South Scottsdale/Downtown area and then you have North Scottsdale a more residential type sector. If your looking for a desert type mountain environment then North Scottsdale is for you, but if you are looking for the infamous nightlife and the center of all activity then the downtown area is where you should be!

Scottsdale is great for the shopper, party person, single guy/gal, art goer, sports person, and hotel lover. It is a beautiful area to walk around in and catch some rays as the guest said below, but it is also a unique place and one where people are very similar. It has never been known for its racial diversity and that is where it earns many of its stereotypes. It is the home of superficiality; blonde hair, VIP royalty treatment, model type bodies, risque environments, but also the home of beautiful peaceful hotels, a fantastic art gallery district, and golfers haven. In every location you take the good and the bad and in reality Scottsdale is not for everyone, but some find comfort in the known and in a place where there is a plethora of events... if it may only be the sun!  In any case life is what you make it and I think vacations are too.

I myself, love the cleanliness of the area and the look of crisp blacktop

*~*Hope that your week is wonderful and if it happens to be one of those maniac Mondays then party at Cream Stereo Lounge! It is the only industry night on Mondays in Old Town! To find out more, http://www.creamstereolounge.com/. If you happen to be off Monday or decide to take an "extra long lunch," then catch one of the last spring training games at Scottsdale Stadium. The game begins at 1:05 and the San Francisco Giants take on the Texas Ranger!

UP AND COMING...*Tempe Music Festival starts this weekend April 3rd at 3 PM. Enjoy a variety of music on the water. Headlining Friday, April 3rd is Kid Rock with Roger Clyne, Peacemakers, Pop Evil, and Cowboy Mouth and Saturday the headliner band is All American Rejects with Three Doors Down! Talk about some impressive bands! The Valley Metro is extending the light-rail hours to 12:30 AM during the festival. To find out more visit, http://www.livenation.com/

Friday, March 27, 2009

Tuesday-Sat guest

Staff friendly, if young and relatively untrained. The room was fine, however, we only had access to ONE outlet - in the bathroom. Not ok for multiple cell phone, i pod charging. $10 for a mojito seemed a bit excessive (Thursday afternoon). Scottsdale was a major disappointment. We came for sun, which was great, but the vibe was SOOO white bread boring. Especially after Miami, LA or New York. The only interesting young man was in the Diesel store trying on shirts out on the floor - awesome ink! Enjoy the hotel, but Scottsdale is too dull for my taste!
*Life is like a box of crayons. Most people are the 8-color boxes, but what you're really looking for are the 64-color boxes with the sharpeners on the back. I have a bit of a problem though in that I can only meet the 8-color boxes. Does anyone else have that problem? I mean there are so many different colors of life, of feeling, of articulation.. so when I meet someone who's an 8-color type.. I'm like, hey girl, magenta! and she's like, oh, you mean purple! and she goes off on her purple thing, and I'm like, no - I want magenta!* ~John Mayer

  I am so happy that Friday is here! This week has been one of those long long weeks, you know the ones where every morning is harder to get up then the day before and the sound of the alarm clock is dreadful?! I know that tonight will have to be comprised of movies and takeout or else I may fall asleep at the bar! Every person I talked to today was thrilled and more than ready for the weekend. I think the weather has everything to do with it and most of the time it is extremely hard to sit inside at work on a beautiful sunny day! At least when summer hits I'll dread the outdoors and be happy to be inside, even if I am working. ☺

**Be inspired this evening at Hotel Indigo. Join their Friday night fever before hitting the Scottsdale nightlife. The Divine Lounge offers $3 domestics and $4 well cocktails.**


There is a little something for everyone tonight...

Party Lover~ Start the weekend off the right way! Agave on the Rocks 2009 is a fundraiser for the Desert Botanical Garden. The party goes from 7 to 11 PM and features the valley's hottest Latin funk bands. Salsa dance, enjoy delicious cuisine, and drink margaritas all night long. $70 for members and $75 for non members. http://dbg.org/

Music Lovers-Catch Metal Elvis at Martini Ranch. This is a tribute band to Elvis. Listen to "The King," tonight live. http://www.metalelvis.com/home.cfm?mpf=frame&

Movie Lovers- Enjoy movies in the park at Blitmore Fashion Park. Watch "The Breakfast Club" tonight at 7:30 PM. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket!

Baseball lover~ Watch a game before spring training is over. There are games Sunday and Monday at 1:05 PM; Sunday San Francisco Giants verse Milwaukee Brewers and Monday San Francisco Giants verse Texas Rangers.  Both games are at the Scottsdale Stadium.

Arts and Craft lovers~ Old Town Farmers Markets from 8:30 AM to 1 PM every Saturday at the Brown and First Avenue parking lot

Thursday, March 26, 2009

*~*Thirsty Thursday*~*

Tasteful Thursdays at Hotel Indigo

  • Feel appreciated and comfortable tonight while enjoying the sounds of your favorite songs. Catch PHEED in the Divine Lounge and enjoy $5 martinis and $5 house wines during the performance.

*When you travel to Scottsdale you have many hotel options. Stay at a place that will make you feel as warm and fuzzy as the reassurance of your own home. A hotel that is central and walking distance to almost everything; food, shopping, art, nightclubs, bars, and sports.

If you return to this area, how likely is it that you will return to this hotel?....Very likely
How likely is it that you will recommend this hotel to others?....Very likely

"Everybody was great. Thank you and look forward to seeing everybody again."

*Do you ever feel yourself scraping for every minute of the day? We all want to relax yet constantly we overexert ourselves and make too many commitments? It is especially hard in the city of Scottsdale where the activities are endless!

  • FREE…FREE…FREEE… The Scottsdale Public Library and the Scottsdale Garden club present “Red, White, and Bloom Saturday, March 28th at the Mustang Library from 1 to 6 PM. This is a colorful exhibit of floral specimens, floral designs, table designs, artistic crafts, and youth exhibits. Visit, http://www.scottsdalelibrary.org/ for more information!
  • Get active…Register for Parks and Recreation Classes. Learn a new craft, meet new people, and get into great shape before the summer. Classes from yoga to ceramics! View the possibilities, www.ScottsdaleAZ.gov/Sports/Brochure
  • Join the "cycle the arts" bicycle tour March 29th. Local experts will share facts about the city’s public art collection during the 5-mile route. Registration starts at 7:30 AM and the first group takes off at 8 AM, HELMETS ARE MANDATORY! Call 480-312-2308 for details.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

TUESDAY, March 24th

Everyone wants to feel appreciated and comfortable. We all form our niches and find warmth in routine and the usual everyday activities. I know I do, even when I say I am sick of the norm, I still enjoy the serenity of the known. When we do explore outside our bubbles everyone wants to feel special, liked, loved, welcomed, and invited.  Otherwise, one would never try anything new!  Step outside of your box Friday night April 10th and join the Brazilian community, fans, and admirers for a truly fantastic and memorable evening.  This event will make you feel warm and fuzzy with a staff that goes above and beyond,  

"Employee's Bric the valet/bellman greeter, Loyyd the engineer, and our housekeeper I beleave Gigi, were all excellent and helped make our trip so much more enjoyable. Also Micheal L was very helpful in setting up with our hotel arrangements. Everybody was great." 

*Hotel Indigo presents a new bi-weekly event called "Bossa Nova Lounge," which will celebrate Brazilian culture! This event will be filled with Brazilian music, rotating guest artists, a variety of fashion boutiques, and designers. Come one, come all and honor a beautiful country and culture! The event is hosted by Afro:Baile Records, the founders of DJ Seduce, whom offer the global sound of world beat. This event will launch April 10th at 7:30 PM at Hotel Indigo. Discover the colors of Hotel Indigo, enjoy the dynamic and inspiring atmosphere, and unwind to the grooves of Bossa Nova, Samba, Jazz,and Electronica. Be the first to enjoy a one of a kind event in Arizona!*

Featuring...
  • Music by DJ Seduce and Som Brasil Trio
  • Rotating fashion and art by Vocelinda and David Ware
  • Brazilian culture expert to show why Brazil is the Mecca of beautiful people
  • Choice drinks include: Caipirinhas (the national cocktail of Brazil), Martinis, and assorted drink specials offered throughout the evening



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Saturday, March 21, 2009

*I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer.  ~Jim Carrey*

I love the weekends. Everyone is always in high spirits and extra happy go lucky. Even working on a Friday or going to school can be exciting because everybody is laid back and ready to have some time off.
The weekends bring a variety of activities to the valley! Each and every weekend, we should experience and try something new! There are always incredible events for everyone, from the homebody to the family man...

  • For the homebody~Saw II, Saw III, and Saw IV marathon at Chandler Cinemas Saturday, March 21st and Sunday March, 22nd. The price is $15 and this is a fund-raiser weekend. The little theatre is looking for support! Along with the movie marathon there will be bands, live shows, and much more! For more information visit, http://www.chandlercinemas.com/news.html
  • For the single guys and gals~ watch a spring training game! Practices are free and open to the public from 9 AM to noon at the Scottsdale Stadium. Catch the San Francisco Giants verse the San Diego Padres Saturday, march 21st at 3:10 PM!
  • For the party junkie~ join the Stone Rose Lounge at the Scottsdale Princess for their one year anniversary party. This event includes a DJ, mixture of venues, and signature cocktails.
  • For the romantic lover~ catch the Dianne Lindsay Band at Mastro’s City Hall Steakhouse on Camelback Road. This event runs Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays starting at 7 PM. Enjoy this soul/rock band while indulging in a delicious steak and drinking a bottle of fine wine.
  • For the family man~ explore the works of 200 nationally acclaimed artists at the Scottsdale Art Festival this weekend. This is the 39th annual event. Listen to live entertainment, eat food from top culinary establishments, and sip on an assortment of beverages. There will also be a kid’s area for creative fun! 
  • For the fitness guru~ there are several mapped walking routes throughout Downtown Scottsdale as part of the Fit City Scottsdale plan. Why not get in shape and feel great while window shopping along the Canal Bank and/or through the Gallery District? Get out and enjoy the beautiful spring weather, amazing sunrises, and sunsets. For maps visit, www.scottsdaleaz.gov/downtown
  • For the hotel lover~join Hotel Indigo for their weekend drink specials; $3 domestic beers and $4 well cocktails.  A great place to start the evening!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

*~*Thirsty Thursday*~*

**How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives~Annie Dillard**

Spring cleaning always puts me into deep thought; I find old love letters, notes, and pictures that re-open my eyes to my past. I remember the good moments, my ignorant ones, and the ones i'd rather never think about again, but the amazing part about life is that it allows for change. There is no script and we are all free, well for the most part, to do what we want. We can never foresee the future and even when we think we have everything figured out, we're thrown a curveball!

  • Curveball Event...Drop-In Thursdays at Fine's Cellar from 5 PM to 6:30 PM for $5. Every week enjoy a different on-site wine host along with a wine tasting. Guests will enjoy three to four wines and an educational overview. http://www.finescellar.com/
  • Looking for a place to go tonight?  Axis is giving a free table and bottle to groups of six or more on Thursdays!  Contact Baron at 602-295-6899 for more information
I think all of this combined makes life pretty special and exciting. There is and will always be something new and exciting to embark on, even if we are stuck in our old ways or in a rut. Remember, you can always branch out and find something new. I know that it can be hard to give up the usual, because we get comfortable, but you know what, life is all about the risks we take.

  • FOR THE MUSIC GURU or the wannabe music guru~ The famous rap/hip-hop artist Paul Wall is performing at Martini Ranch tonight at 7 PM for $20.00. For more information about this artist visit, http://www.myspace.com/paulwall

People may comment when it is "unorthodox" to them or society, but it is our life and that is the best part about them. We can take advice and one should always listen, but it doesn't mean you have to follow it. And I have come to realize that more and more.  Life is more fun and exciting when you take chances and live every minute for what it is worth!

  • An "unorthodox" event~ Chihuly: The Nature of Glass at the Desert Botanical Garden presents art, cocktails, music, and food all-in-one! The event is every Thursday through May 14th from 5:30-8 PM. The admission is $25 which includes admission, entertainment, and appetizers. A cash bar is available. So why not enjoy the perfect mix tonight!?!? http://www.dbg.org


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

*Happy St. Patrick's Day*

~Hotel Indigo two-for-one Tuesdays on your favorite well drinks or domestics. Start the holiday off just right!~

Are you celebrating the green holiday in the valley of the sun? Be apart of the hottest parties tonight...
  • FOR THE PARTY GOER~ *Scottsdale's Ultimate Block Party running from 11 AM to 2 AM with live entertainment, food, and drinks. Admission is free before 8 PM and be sure to purchase a $20 ticket which gives you eight beers
  • FOR THE CLASSY MORE RELAXING SCENE~Celebrate at Morton's Steakhouse in Kierland Commons. Make sure to wear something green and celebrate the holiday fun on their outdoor patio.
  • FOR THE ALL DAY PARTY GOER~ Join TGI Friday's for half-priced appetizers all day long, special drink prices, and St Patrick's Day buttons and beads.
  • FOR AN IRISH MEAL~ Yard House has several food specials with entrees such as corned beef brisket and Guinness-stewed beef sirloin along with various drink specials to complement a delicious meal

St. Patrick's Day Facts...
~Blue not green is the color originally associated with St Patrick. “St Patrick’s Blue” is used on Ireland's Presidential Standard or flag, while the Irish Guards sport a plume of St Patrick’s blue in their bearskins. The emphasis on green is thought to be linked to “wearing the Green”, a symbol from the 18th century on, of sympathy with Irish independence.
~Until the 1970’s, all pubs were shut in Ireland on St Patrick’s Day, and the sole venue selling drink the annual dog show. Lenten fasting – and the obligation to abstain from meat – were lifted on the day, which most families would begin with Mass.
~In the United States, it's customary to wear green on St. Patrick's Day. But in Ireland the color was long considered to be unlucky, says Bridget Haggerty, author of The Traditional Irish Wedding and the Irish Culture and Customs Web site.
~The first St. Patrick's Day parade in America took place in New York City in 1762.
~Since 1962, tons of green dye are tipped on St Patrick’s Day into the Chicago river, although the quantity has reduced, for environmental reasons, from 100 to 40.
For more facts visit, http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,509487,00.html or http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/03/0315_050315_stpatricksday.html

Monday, March 16, 2009

*We should give meaning to life, not wait for life to give us meaning*

I hope that the weekend was enjoyable and that your week started off just right! I know mine started off great when I had just enough milk to enjoy a bowl of cereal for breakfast. Take pleasure in the beautiful weather and participate in one of the many Scottsdale events!

**Hotel Indigo presents "Experience Hotel Indigo Thursday, March 19th! The space is limited! Make reservations by March 17th at 480-824-6182 or by email at nlarocca@scottsdalehiphotel.com. Experience wine from one of the premier vineyards, beautiful artwork, and Jazz music in a relax, inspired, and hip setting.**

How did Hotel Indigo Scottsdale make you feel during your stay? Did you feel ___________?
Welcomed...3 - Better than Expected
Relaxed...3 - Better than Expected
Refreshed...3 - Better than Expected
Renewed,,,3 - Better than Expected


Experience what this guest and many others have felt during their visits!

Upcoming events...
  • WestWorld presents their annual "Festival of the West" March 19th through the 22nd. This is a fantastic event for history-lovers, Old West fans, and anyone looking for a leisure activity. Events include continuous music, trade shows, cowboy poetry, and Western celebrities. Also enjoy wagon cook-offs, Western writing competition, and cowboy races. For more information visit, www.festivalofthewest.com
  • Looking for the perfect way to end your weekend? I know the week just began, but it is never too late to plan ahead! Enjoy a free outdoor concert every Sunday on the grounds of the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. Catch Valley's top entertainers for free while shopping for arts and crafts, taking guided tours of sculptures,and participating in hands-on activities for children. Bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets and enjoy the free afternoon mini-festival with family and friends!

Friday, March 13, 2009

THE WEEKEND IS HERE!!  And FINALLY to anyone who had an extra long week!

*Join Hotel Indigo all weekend long in the Divine Lounge for drink specials. $3 domestics and $4 well drinks when you visit the hotel for "early bird" specials before hitting the infamous Scottsdale nightlife.*

I really wish that I could fill my days and nights with activities that I wanted to participate in and with people that I wanted to see. Instead, I work and tend to get locked into family events on days off and miss out on the game I wanted to see or the rays I wanted to catch at the pool.  It seems like this mundane routine, called life, never stops and there is always somewhere to be!  Does it ever end or does life continue to be this way until you retire or get lucky and strike at rich?  Sometimes, I literally want to pout like a child and just do what I want, but then I quickly bring myself back down to reality before acting like a fool.  
The only way to get past it all, is to mix up the nights or at least the weekends with some good old fashion fun!  I don't care what the event is, heck... looking for something different?  
  • Check out the 21st annual Ostrich Festival at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler!  The festival runs all weekend for only $9.  To find out more visit, http://www.ostrichfestival.com/
Even if your tired after a long day or the whole next day due to "recovering," enjoy yourself.  
  • Release stress tomorrow at Martini Ranch with two great bands performing; Rocco Deluca and the Burden at 7 PM and Rock Lobster at 10:30 PM.  The first band is an alternative rock band and the second is an 80's cover band.  http://www.martiniranchaz.net/
It's funny how on the weekend or on your day off you plan on doing so much and then when you get the time off, all you want to do is sleep or relax on the couch.  I myself, will make plans and obligations and then when the evening rolls around I don't even want to leave the house!  Now I know why busy people "fall off the face of the earth."  
  • How about a relaxing Sunday with Mimosas and art?  Participate and relax in the Scottsdale Arts District from 12-4 PM! 

**Mark your calenders and experience the hotel that everyone is raving about.  The event is Thursday, March 19th and features live entertainment, art, and wine tasting!  Jazz music provided by DJ Seduce, art by Sabrina Peros, and Jeff Blaum, winemaker, will be pouring Chase Cellars critically acclaimed Hayne Vineyard Zinfandel.  Click the image below to find out more!


Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Thursdays at Hotel Indigo bring you live music in a comfortable lounge setting. Catch the band PHEED in the Divine Lounge playing acoustical renditions of your favorite songs. During the performance enjoy $5 martinis and $5 house wines. Check out the band’s webpage, http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewProfile&friendID=308189556

*Start Thursday nights off the right way and at a place where the employees treat everyone like gold*
See the reviews for yourself…
Hotel Employee Ratings
Friendliness of front desk staff... 3 - Better than Expected
Employees' knowledge of hotel, facilities and activities... 3 - Better than Expected
Employees' 'can-do' attitude... 3 -Better than Expected
“I appreciate being able to relax, work, eat and work out in comfortable surroundings.”

St. Patrick’s Day is LESS THAN ONE WEEK FROM TODAY AND COUNTING! Make sure your apart of the best parties in the valley! Are you looking for something to do? Celebrate in Old Town Scottsdale with the St. Patty’s Street Party. The party starts at 11 PM and runs until 2 AM, but admission is free before 8 PM. Enjoy live music and endless green beer. Everyone at the block party will have exclusive access to Acme, Dos Gringos, and Upper Deck and the best part… OPEN CONTAINERS ALLOWED ON THE STREETS! Party in Scottsdale like you’ve never partied before!















***FREE, FREE, FREE! Our economy may be hurting, but it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a variety of fun events in Scottsdale.
-Visit the Carriage Museum with free entry Fridays from 1 to 4 PM, Saturdays 10 AM to 4 PM, and Sundays from 1 to 4 PM.
-Enjoy a free historic walking tour in Old Town. They take place on Tuesdays in March at 10 AM in front of the Historical Society’s Little Red Schoolhouse.

This weekend catch a spring training game at Scottsdale Stadium on Saturday March 14th at 1:05 PM. The San Francisco Giants will take on the San Diego Padres! Perfect activity for couples who can’t come to agreement on their schedules, women can catch some rays and men can enjoy their sports, killing two birds with one stone!

Monday, March 9, 2009

*I hope that your weekend was fantastic and that you enjoyed the rare site of clouds in Phoenix. I myself, dislike more than one cloudy day in a row and have all the sudden been freezing because the temperature hasn't reached the 80's! Sadly, as soon as the summer comes around i'll be itching to feel cold again, but for now I'll enjoy the heavenly weather that March and April brings to the valley! 
The best advice for the summer is to enjoy one of the many indoor activities that Scottsdale has to offer, or a vacation/day-vacation at Hotel Indigo, where you can take pleasure in a stimulating swim and an air conditioned room.  This summer you can also stay cool with a refreshing cold glass of water in the lobby. The friendly, helpful faces will be glad to assist when your hands are full from beating the heat in the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall.
"Julio, who stopped what he was doing to help me pour a glass of water from the wonderful iced lemon water cooler in the foyer when he saw I only had one hand free to fill my glass."

~I laid in bed last night, thinking the most random thought as I starred into my closet. I looked at the shoes hanging on my shoe rack and started to wonder what shoe am I? Am I the polka-dot converse gym shoe, the black leather heel, the tan ballet flat, the Nike running shoe, or the beach flip flop? Could I be a combination of all four or could the combination just be my uncertainty about myself? I think our personalities are all comprised of multiple shoes, at least I hope, even though one may be worn more than others. That's what I love about Hotel Indigo, it fits every shoe, from the Converse lover to the high heel and every style in-between. "It was a great place to come home [to] at the end of the day."

*Two for one Tuesdays in the Divine Lounge are for everyone! These are drink specials on your favorite well drinks or domestic beers*

*Grammy winner Adele is performing at the Marquee Theatre tomorrow, Tuesday the 10th, at 7 PM! Catch her show while you can, many of the upcoming dates are completely sold out. http://www.martiniranchaz.net/

Sunday, March 8, 2009

**Scottsdale is a city of many colors. Its sometimes judged only by its reputation for having a great nightlife, but there's much more to it than that! Yes, there might be pretty people in almost every bar and restaurant, but past the blonde hair and tan skin there is so much more! A little something for everyone, yes, kids included.
  • For the music lover, you can always catch a good band at Martini Ranch. Tonight Metalhead is the cover band and it starts at 8 PM. End the weekend with some good music, friends, and a drink or two. The price won't break the bank at only $5!
  • For the artist in everyone check out the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art with its "Seriously Funny" exhibit! Take the family to view these brilliant works of art. This new show will induce humor on some of life's most difficult issues, running daily through May 24th.
  • The wine lover should check out Kazimierz World Wine Bar. Tonight the dancer in all of us will be revealed when members of the Flamenco music and dance troupe perform their live tonight. Enjoy the Spanish guitar, maracas, and technicolor dresses. The band will invite people on stage to join in and try some moves. The event starts at 9PM and is $5. http://www.caloflamenco.com/
  • There is even something for those single guys and gals! Scottsdale Ranch Park presents Unstrung Rackets Open Tennis where single men and women meet up to play social mixed doubles. Sign-up and warm-up both begin at 6 PM.
Whether your coming to Scottsdale for business, a day vacation, or partying, Hotel Indigo offers the best of all three worlds!
"The Indigo in Scottsdale is in a very busy "night life" area." ....Perfect place to let loose as it is within walking distance to all of Old Town Scottsdale bars and Nightclubs. Even if your not familiar with the Down Scottsdale area the staff is more than willing to help you find your way! "James, who gave generously of his time to go over some local maps and gave great directions and suggestions for some local sites."
For those on business and traveling for work...."The hotel has made a good effort to limit the noise by installing and keeping the thick doors to the rooms on the lobby floor closed during the evenings."
"My 3 co-workers and myself were really impressed with the staff and the overall look and feel of the Indigo Hotel."
A place for a stay-vacation and a relaxing day at the pool..."It was clean and had a light, fresh, relaxing feel to the entire place."




*Whatever your reason may be for coming to the "world's most livable city," just remember that where you pick to stay will have an overall affect on your entire trip and that there is something for everyone in this beautiful place!*

Friday, March 6, 2009

*Friday is here and its a day like none other. You could have had the worst week and when Friday comes along were automatically all smiles and cheers. Fridays are great because for most of us its the last day of the work week and time to enjoy some hopeful rest and relaxation! If relaxation isn't on your agenda then going out with friends, taking the children to their activities, and some shopping could also be on your schedule. Whatever it is your doing I hope that you have a wonderful weekend!*

  • If going out with friends is the plan for the night then check out Martini Ranch for the evening! Martini Ranch in Old Town Scottsdale brings you the Indie rock band Vayden at 8 PM. The event is very economy friendly at only $5 dollars! This is a Phoenix based band for all ages and you will hear their new single "The One You Left Behind." For more information and clips of music visit, http://www.myspace.com/vayden

  • If your single and play tennis I have just the activity for you tonight! Instead of hanging out at hopeless happy hours and nightclubs check out La Camarilla Racquet Fitness and Swim Club's unstrung rackets open tennis. This event is for single men and women and its every Friday with sign-ins beginning at 6:30 PM. This event is $8 for non members and $5 for members. Every month they have a social tournament followed by a party at a member's home. For more information visit, http://www.unstrung-racquets.org/about_us.php

  • Celebrate fine art in Scottsdale daily all month from 10 AM to 6 PM. This is also an economy friendly event, $8 for adults, $7 for seniors and military, and free for age 12 and younger. This is a great place for art lovers where you can visit 100 artist studios in less than a day! This is the 19th annual celebration of fine art. http://www.celebrateart.com/

**Everyone is raving about Hotel Indigo...
"Thank you to the fabulous staff at the hotel who made my stay so comfortable and enjoyable. The rooms were clean, modern, and beautiful. I loved the hand hole in the shower door so I didn't have to get cold while turning the shower on. Brilliant! The atmosphere was calm and cool. The food was fresh and delicious. I will highly recommend this hotel to others."

"It was an excellent experience because of the can do attitude of the staff and the decor of the rooms and hotel."

~Hotel Indigo received a CS Score of 97! Rated on arrival, hotel employees, guest rooms/bathrooms, departure, lobby area, business center, and the phitness center! If that doesn't make you want to run and check it out for yourself then I don't know what else would! Maybe their Friday night drinks specials consisting of $3 domestics and $4 well cocktails to start the evening off just right! Hotel Indigo is fabulous and it will make you feel refreshed, inspired, renewed, intrigued, hip, and cool...at least that's what everyone is saying! Enjoy "a decor that will make you smile even if traveling is all you do!"

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

  Today I was hit with some hard life realities you know outstanding bills, family drama, work scheduling issues... basically the whole nine yards! Anything and everything that could have gone wrong today, on my day off I might add, did! In the back of my mind I should have picked up that extra shift or babysat for the afternoon, but instead I had high expectations for an afternoon off! In hopes of enjoying the beautiful spring weather that we are blessed with in Arizona, I had to sit on the phone with countless people and be put on hold several times!


  Instead of meeting my friends for a spring training game, http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/Assets/documents/Downtown/STSched09.pdf, I had to sit inside! The good news for me and everyone else is that spring training games are being held all month and guess what? You can now take the Scottsdale trolley to the Scottsdale Stadium from various Old Town Scottsdale spots. Catch some lunch and a cocktail around Fashion Square Mall and jump on the trolley, which runs every ten minutes, to watch the San Francisco Giants take on various teams. For more information visit http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/trolley/Trolley_Info_for_2009_Spring_Training.asp





  Days like today are frustrating and make me want to curl up in a ball and pretend that everything will just go away, but sadly it doesn't, and therefore I go out and enjoy a drink or two with warm, fun, and familiar faces who force me to forget about all my troubles! After a crappy day off or a long day at work and facing the many frustrations that life may bring, the last thing I want is rude and slow service when I'm trying to enjoy a cocktail or dinner with friends. I am partial to Hotel Indigo because of its fast and completely down to earth service, which can be hard to find in Scottsdale!
"I particularly wanted to thank the Hotels General manager, Mr. Wilson. We had some problems with lost luggage and after overhearing our dilemma, Mr. Wilson dropped everything to help us retrieve our bags (which we did) and in addition, he was so helpful in guiding us to nearby shops so that we could purchase some interim items. It truly made our day that a GM would make his staff and himself available to help us. I’ve never experienced that before and as a result, will come back this Hotel again!"
*To go to a place where even the general manager is willing to drop everything for their customers is absolutely incredible to me and was to this visitor as well! Tonight enjoy the Divine Lounge's happy hour and see for yourself!

*Yes, the economy is hitting so many of us, but there are a variety of free activities to enjoy in Scottsdale!
-Every Thursday night from 7-9 PM enjoy a free art walk through the Scottsdale Art District or walk through the Museum of Contemporary arts from 10 AM to 8 PM
-Friday and Saturday offer free stagecoach rides from 1 to 4 PM at the Brown and Main intersection
-Every Saturday enjoy Old Town Farmer's Market from 8:30 AM to 1 PM
And this was just to name a few! For a complete list, visit http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/downtown.asp

Monday, March 2, 2009

On Friday night some friends of mine called me up and invited me to join them in Old Town Scottsdale. I decided that I needed a change of pace and felt like it was time to break out the high heels and my "promiscuous" dresses once again. A one time regular at clubs like Axis Radius, Dirty Pretty, and Suede, I found myself with the ranks of many others and in a relationship. I quote on quote, "fell off the face of the earth," and in my boredom found myself back in my old stomping grounds. I would once again go out and face the crazy Scottsdale nightlife.

My friends on the other hand are still true-blooded "Scottsdale people," they enjoy the ear-piercing nightclubs, expensive drinks, ritzy environment, silicone tanned bodies, and the crowds of good-looking men and women. They decided on Axis Radius Nightclub where we had our VIP connection from the friends that we knew who worked there. Personally, I can't face a nightclub when I have to wait in line at the door, pay cover, wait in line again to get a drink, and ultimately in the end have nowhere to sit, but on the toilet unless a bottle is purchased. Of course a seat or otherwise known as a table aka VIP consists on paying triple for a bottle of vodka that one could buy for between $20-$40.00 at the grocery. In general your paying for a personal cocktail waitress, one or two small couches, and a table made for 2-4 people. The table usually runs you at least $100 something dollars and that doesn't include the forty-dollar plus tip your suppose to leave for your waitress... who by the end of the night disappears. There was 10 of us, because at this day and age, who can afford to go with less? We squeezed in to our small designated area and began to drink up our bottle. In the end, once the had alcohol had hit us, we had a pretty great time! I mean who doesn't love to be pushed and shoved on the dance floor with a hundred other sweaty people? When the mood is right and when and if you can just let your hair down the Scottsdale nightclubs are the place to be! Especially, when enjoying a vacation. You will experience a night like none other!

Before joining the ranks of my friends my boyfriend and I started the evening off in Hotel Indigo's Divine Lounge. The Divine Lounge is what I would call "my scene." A beautiful setting, a tranquil pool, friendly FRIENDLY service, and an engaging patio area. The minute we walked up to the hotel, before even going inside, we were greeted by an outgoing valet, then by a cordial front-desk man, and later by sociable and upbeat bartenders. We grabbed cocktails and sat outside relaxed around the bonfire. Truth be told, I didn't even want to leave the hotel as I could faintly already hear the nightclub music from the balcony. The atmosphere with it's comfortable lounge type furniture is the perfect place to catch a bite to eat or a cocktail any day of the week! I love it! Not to mention the less than two-minute walk to hotspots like The Crown Room, Pussycat Lounge, Suede, Axis Radius, and MANY MANY more!

*On Tuesdays enjoy two-for-one drink specials on your favorite well drinks or domestic beers in the Divine Lounge*