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       WEEKEND GETAWAYS - Friday, February 1, 2008
    Make The Most Of Your Vacation - From Coast to Coast!


Greetings Getaway Lover,

Considering this is Superbowl Weekend I think we'll take
a trip To beautiful Arizona. Have Fun And Go New 
England!!!!!

Happy Trails,
Jan

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--DESTINATION: 

Experience Phoenix-Scottsdale 

The nickname "Valley of the Sun," is so appropriate -- 
the area gets more than 325 days of sun a year! And with 
gorgeous mountain vistas, an astounding choice of resorts, 
fabulous restaurants, and world-class golfing and spa 
options, it's no wonder Phoenix attracts vacationers from 
all over the country.

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--WHAT TO DO AND SEE:

Chase Field 
Sports Venues, Downtown Phoenix 
 
Formerly known as Bank One Ballpark, the stadium is 
till affectionately referred to as BOB. The Valley's 
major-league ballpark is home to the Arizona 
Diamondbacks. A retractable roof, natural-grass play-
ing surface, family picnic area, and even a swimming 
pool (reserved for suite holders) let Phoenicians enjoy 
a day at the ballpark while escaping the summer heat. 
Tours are given Monday through Saturday but not on day-
time game days. Given that most of the Valley is from 
somewhere else, home games at Chase Field see a mix of 
ball fans from across the nation. Be wary of wearing 
Yankees colors though, D-Backs fans are still smiling 
from winning the 2001 World Series, yet smarting from 
losing their star pitcher Randy Johnson to the Bronx 
Bombers.


Desert Botanical Garden  
Gardens / Arboretums, Papago Salado 

Opened in 1939 to conserve and showcase the ecology of 
the desert, these 150 acres contain more than 4,000 
different species of cacti, succulents, trees, and 
flowers. A stroll along the 1/2-mi-long "Plants and 
People of the Sonoran Desert" trail is a fascinating 
lesson in environmental adaptations; children will enjoy 
playing the self-guiding game "Desert Detective." The 
Garden Shop is the place to purchase items associated 
with a green thumb.


Lake Pleasant Regional Park 
Parks, Bodies of Water, North Phoenix 

This northwest valley park is one of the most scenic 
water recreational areas in the Valley of the Sun. 
Recreational opportunities include camping, boating, 
fishing, hiking, swimming, picnicking, and wildlife 
viewing. At the visitor center you can learn the 
history of the area and view the lake and Waddell Dam. 
The park provides 148 sites for RV and tent camping, 
and private shoreline camping is possible for most of 
the year depending on the water level. With the city 
lights of Phoenix in the distance, this is a great 
place for stargazing.
  
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Other Places of Interest:

Mystery Castle 
Houses / Mansions, South Phoenix 
User Rating: *** 3.4  
 
At the foot of South Mountain lies a curious dwelling 
built from desert rocks by Boyce Gulley, who came to 
Arizona to cure his tuberculosis. Boyce's daughter 
Mary Lou lives here now and leads tours on request. 
Full of fascinating oddities, the castle has 18 rooms 
with 13 fireplaces, a downstairs grotto tavern, and a 
roll-away bed with a mining railcar as its frame. The 
pump organ belonged to Elsie, the Widow of Tombstone, 
who buried six husbands under suspicious circumstances.


Phoenix Zoo 
Zoos / Aquariums, Papago Salado 
 
Four designated trails wind through this 125-acre zoo, 
replicating such habitats as an African savannah and a 
tropical rain forest. Meerkats, warthogs, desert bighorn 
sheep, and the endangered Arabian oryx are among the 
unusual sights. The Forest of Uco is home to the endanger-
ed spectacled bear from South America. Harmony Farm on the 
Discovery Trail introduces youngsters to small mammals, 
and a stop at the big red barn provides a chance to groom 
a horse or milk a cow. Make sure to save time to walk 
through the enchanting Butterfly Pavilion. The 30-minute 
narrated safari train tour costs $3 and provides a good 
orientation to the park. In December the zoo stays open 
late (6-10) for the popular "Zoo Lights" exhibit trans-
forms the area into an enchanted forest of more than 225 
million twinkling lights, many in the shape of the zoo's 
residents. Starry Safari Friday Nights in the summer are 
fun and prices are discounted.
 
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--WHERE TO SLEEP:

Arizona Biltmore  
$$$$, Camelback Corridor 
User Rating: ** 2.4  
 
Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright's colleague Albert Chase 
McArthur, the Biltmore has been Phoenix's premier resort 
since it opened in 1929. The lobby, with its stained-
glass skylights, wrought-iron pilasters, and cozy sitting 
alcoves, fills with piano music each evening. Guest rooms 
are spacious, with Southwestern-print fabrics and Mission-
style furniture. Accommodating staff are unobtrusive. The 
Biltmore sits on 39 impeccably manicured acres of cool 
fountains, open walkways, and colorful flower beds.


Caleo Resort & Spa 
$-$$$$, Downtown Scottsdale 

New to the Scottsdale resort and spa block, this branch 
of the Kimpton family tree boasts a different approach 
to hospitality. The company, whose founder believed that 
a hotel should "relieve travelers of their insecurity 
and loneliness," prides itself on intimate and eco- and 
family-friendly boutique environments. An attentive staff 
focus on even the smallest details -- personal and pro-
fessional -- to anticipate and alleviate worries guests 
might not even know they have. Caleo's spa, Jurlique, 
offers massages and treatments the muscles will fondly 
remember. Luxury rooms with patios have crisp linens, cozy 
bathrobes, and brand-name bath amenities. Free wine is 
offered to guests nightly from 5 PM to 6 PM. As if all of 
that weren't enough to soothe the soul, Caleo also soothes 
the soles with their sand-bottom pool. Parents traveling 
with children can also relax during Club Caleo when kids 
play games and enjoy pool time and snacks with certified 
staff members. Kids of all ages will love the large, 
plasma screen TVs, and the simple fun of Caleo's "S'more 
Kits," which can be cooked over the outdoor fire pits.


Courtyard by Marriott 
$$-$$$, Tempe  

This three-story, business-oriented hotel offers amen-
ities that also make it a good place for visiting 
families. Conveniently located 1/2 mi from Arizona State 
University and Sun Devil Stadium, and ¼ mi from Tempe 
Town Lake, this hotel has spacious guest rooms with com-
fortable sitting areas, large work desks, and dual phones 
with data ports; some rooms have sleeper sofas.
 
--WHERE TO DINE:

Arizona Kitchen 
$$-$$$$, Southwestern, Litchfield Park 

With the help of a historian of Native American foods, 
the chef has put together a bold Southwestern menu. 
Appetizers such as duck tamales and braised pork relleno 
give you an indication of what's to come. Entrées include 
braised duck breast and Colorado rack of lamb. For 
dessert, try the chile-spiked ice cream in the striking 
turquoise "bowl" of hardened sugar. It's worth the 20-
minute drive from downtown Phoenix to the Wigwam Resort.


Baby Kay's 
¢-$$, Southern, Central Phoenix 
 
Named for the New Roads, Louisiana, native who brought 
her love and know-how for Creole creations to the Valley,
Baby Kay's is one of the few Phoenix places that special-
izes in Cajun cuisine with authentic takes on red beans 
and rice, gumbo, jambalaya, po'boys, catfish, and the 
house specialty, crawfish étouffée (a spicy stew). Baby 
Kay sold the restaurant a few years ago but her spicy 
spirit rolls on in the able hands of her longtime chef 
(Lu Lu) and her loyal local following. Worthwhile extras 
include the deep-fried Baby Kay's sampler and green olive 
coleslaw. For the cholesterol conscious, Kay's grilled 
chicken with apricot habanero Tabasco sauce or the garden 
salad with creole vinaigrette will do in a pinch.


AZ 88 
¢-$, American, Central Scottsdale 

A great spot for people-watching, this sleek, glassed-
in restaurant serves some of the Valley's best cocktails 
and food at affordable prices. Large portions of tasty 
salads, sandwiches, sumptuous burgers (try the Au Poivre 
II), and perfectly poured cosmopolitans never fail to 
satisfy. If you're seeking quiet, dine outside on the 
beautiful patio overlooking Scottsdale Mall.


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