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Opened in 1929, this swanky resort at the base of Squaw Peak exudes old-timey Arizona charm and elegance. Albert Chase McArthur built it in "Mayan Revival" style, hiring his former mentor Frank Lloyd Wright as consultant. Former Columbia Pictures mogul Harry Cohn had a fatal heart attack here.
Sunday is Mother's Day, and (especially if you don't do it throughout the year) you'd better find a way to honor the woman that gave you life. Brunch is the traditional meal of the holiday, and there... More »
This year, St. Patrick's Day falls on a Sunday, which means you'd better prepare for one hell of a hangover on Monday morning. Get some extra work out of the way this Friday so you can make the best ... More »
Just this week, T. Cook's at the Royal Palms launched new dining menus, courtesy of Todd Sicolo, the executive chef hired last fall to fill Lee Hillson's shoes. And just this morning, the Royal Palms ... More »
If you wanted, we could tell you all about the 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione. We could bore with specs about its short wheelbase, its 290-horsepower, 295cc SOHC V-12 engine fed by three Weber 40 DCE/6 carburetors, and how it... More »
As Arrested Development character Gob Bluth found out, no one really respects a grown man who claims to be a magician – especially if he totally sucks at magic. No amount of tossed pennies or frozen pigeons can change that. For street cred, you... More »
Event Review: Carnival of Illusion: An Evening of Intimate Magical Wonders
This is a very very very disappointing experience.
Avoid it unless you get some silly deal and want to see the Biltmore. This is busker quality magic, parlor tricks, done with sincerity and competence but hardly what you'd expect for the price. At about 55 minutes with a break it is hardly a night and for the price you would expect Penn and Teller. What you get is a small room with poor sight lines even though there are only 5 or rows and no atmosphere...its just a small meeting room. The magic is competent sleight of hand and set up stuff, competent but not oh my. Coming to the Biltmore and paying over 40 dollars did you expect more? Now you know.
I love everything about our road trips to Phoenix. I love that whole area. I love the restaurants. I love playing there. That’s why I love the Biltmore. It’s a combination of things. I like being out by the pool with the nice weather. The rooms have that desert, southwest style. It’s just a cool spot. Great grounds. Very spread out.
Ron and Nancy Reagan honeymooned there. Irving Berlin wrote "White Christmas" by the pool. John McCain and Sarah Palin chose the Arizona Biltmore as the spot to concede the 2010 presidential race. Now you can stay there, too. No, really. We know what you're thinking: The Biltmore's way too pricey. But come summertime, the place empties out like nobody's business -- and that's when the Biltmore wants yours. So make a reservation, pack a bag, and point the family station wagon straight to... More »
You can talk about the Grand Canyon State all you want, but if you come looking, you'll find us at the lobby bar at the Arizona Biltmore, basking in a different kind of state pride. Designed by disciples of Frank Lloyd Wright (or the man himself, depending on whose account you believe), the majestic stone buildings -- with their lovely rooms, fine dining, and impossibly green grounds -- are elegant. But our favorite part is the ghosts rattling around. Phoenix just doesn't have... More »
Every so often, we like to wave our little pinkies high and take in afternoon tea at one of the posh spots in the Valley. This year's fave? The venerable Arizona Biltmore -- as much for its history as for its heavenly finger fare. (Well, the salmon mousse with mascarpone cheese on a mini fish bouchee did put it over the top.)The Biltmore opened in 1929. That's modern history to the Brits, given that the custom of afternoon tea dates to the 19th century, but for us, anything before 1950... More »
In casino terms, a whale is a big fish with money to burn: a Shamu-size gambler who can afford the fickle fortunes of wagering, while staying in a posh money pit and enjoying all the amenities due someone of his or her stature. If we think of PHX as a Vegas-style casino, then the best "whale" watching is at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, where true players chill in old-school environs wrought by Frank Lloyd Wright disciple Albert Chase McArthur. McArthur eventually hired Wright on to the... More »
The lobby of the Biltmore is so elegant, you just can't help but feel your best as you sink into a chair in the lobby bar and eye that brand-new guy or gal. Good choice. A drink is the perfect first date. If you like each other, you can eat dinner at the hotel restaurant, or head a few blocks south to Biltmore Fashion Park, which houses several fine dining options. If there's a lull in the conversation, you can count on the lobby bar at the Biltmore for some prime people-watching -- or charm... More »
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