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Around Town April 2018

Author: Leah Soto
Issue: April, 2018, Page 50
Paradise Valley took one step closer to being the leader in luxury living with the site dedication of the soon-to-be Ritz-Carlton hotel and residences. Early renderings of the project highlight the many special features of the 200-room resort, including a 400-foot-long pool—one of the largest resort pools in North America—courtyard gardens and a grand lawn with views of Camelback, Mummy and McDowell mountains, and a variety of suites, casitas and bungalows that offer guests world-class amenities and privacy.

“This iconic property will enhance the glamour of Paradise Valley in a way that blends the natural beauty and elegance of the area with the desires of today’s most affluent travelers,” remarked Herve Humler, chairman emeritus of The Ritz-Carlton, at a recent exclusive sneak peek inside the highly anticipated future resort. 

For those looking for something a bit more permanent, the community will feature 81 already sold-out single-level residences, known as The Villas. Available for purchase this spring are the Estate Homes, an elite collection of dwellings designed by architect C.P. Drewett. Ranging in size from 5,500 to 10,000 square feet, each will cost more than $1 million. Creating a “resort within a resort,” ownership will include a private clubhouse, gym facilities, a Junior Olympic-sized pool, private gardens, a concierge and much more. The 122-acre master-planned community, located on E. Lincoln Dr. between N. Scottsdale Rd. and N. Mockingbird Lane, is scheduled to open in late 2019. (;

CENTER STAGELocal Trade, an organization that brings together Arizona-based artists and craftspeople to stage pop-up showrooms and marketplaces around the Valley, has debuted its permanent headquarters in Phoenix. An extensive showcase to celebrate the opening will take place April 7-8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will feature the work of dozens of local design professionals, as well as food trucks, live music and a charity drive. “When you support Local Trade, you are supporting the incredibly talented makers who are all around you in Phoenix,” says Anthony Williams, founder of the collective. “For the grand opening marketplace, we will be introducing attendees to dozens of their talented neighbors who will regularly be contributing to Local Trade HQ.” The showroom, located at 2309 N. 24th St., is open to the public on weekends. (

MASTER OF YARDSBring some natural beauty to your coffee table with the new book “Desert Gardens of Steve Martino” (The Monacelli Press), which displays the work of the local landscape designer and Phoenix Home & Garden Masters of the Southwest award winner. For more than 30 years, Martino has refined landscaping through cutting-edge concepts using native plants and juxtaposing synthetic and organic elements. His designs are widely known for boldly colored stucco walls and custom structures made of prismatic, translucent fiberglass, and include water-conservation methods that can be widely applied to other drought-prone regions. “The book shows my obsession to create private gardens that reflect the fantastic desert we live in,” Martino says. “I’ve tried to create privacy and private worlds for my clients no matter where they are or the scale of the project.” $50 (;
Epicurian IndulgenceGet ready to delight your taste buds at the second annual Nirvana Food and Wine Festival, returning to Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa April 19-22. The culinary celebration hosts a variety of themed events, including New Orleans-style and fried chicken festivals; intimate dinners and tastings that include cuisine and drinks prepared by international celebrity chefs, mixologists and winemakers; and a tequila farewell brunch. “Nirvana is a fun opportunity for people in our Valley and across the country to share their passion for excellent food, drink and entertainment,” says Michael Surguine, general manager of the resort. “We’ve invited national and local culinary artisans with incredible talent, including Scott Conant, Stephanie Izard and Todd English, to join us at Sanctuary to showcase their craft. Like last year, it will be a lively weekend filled with great food, conversation and entertainment.” Nirvana will also feature a celebrity golf tournament that will allow guests who purchase a reservation to mingle with a renowned chef, mixologist or athlete. Prices vary by event. (

Cottonwood, with its miles of verdant hiking trails and numerous wineries, has long been a staycation destination for Phoenicians seeking to escape the sweltering summer temperatures. And now there’s even more reason to stay in Old Town, thanks to a recent renovation of the historic Tavern Hotel. The “rustic retro”-designed remodel of the upscale boutique property—which expanded from 12 to 45 deluxe guest rooms—blends chic elegance with historic character and reflects the building’s past life as the town’s grocery store in the early ’20s. The hotel offers recreational packages for guests that include Verde Valley excursions, such as kayaking, horseback riding or a trip on the Verde Canyon Railroad. Rooms start at $169/night. The Tavern Hotel is located at 904 N. Main St.

HIGH-CLASS HOUSING White Horse, a luxe new Scottsdale residential community from Camelot Homes, an Arizona-based family-run homebuilder, now has models of its residences open for tours and purchase. Each energy-efficient, customizable home features desert-hued stucco and geometric, modern exteriors, while half-acre lots with house sizes varying from 4,000 to 6,000 square feet allow for plenty of outdoor living. “Every home is built according to the highest standards of workmanship and designed to withstand the test of time,” says Cammie Hancock Beckert, managing director of Camelot Homes. “White Horse is an artistic and soulful community that breaks the bonds of the ordinary.” Residences begin at $1,750,00 and are located at 8865 E. Via Del Sol Dr. (

SCORE FOR A BIRDIEThe Westin Kierland Golf Club scored a hole in one this spring when it was named the 2017 Arizona Golf Course of the Year by the National Golf Course Owners Association of Arizona. The club, managed by Troon Golf, offers staples of innovation, from new methods of navigating the course—such as golf carts that include monitors for live streaming music, TV programs and golf tips—to state-of-the-art fitness programs designed to target a golfer’s body. Westin Kierland is also a leader in community aid, frequently holding fundraising events and participating in environmental conservation efforts. “This special accolade underscores our mission to offer a truly one-of-a-kind, elevated experience for every golfer who visits our course,” says Bruce Lange, managing director of the resort. The club also hosts many year-round events, including family-friendly activities, social events, Junior Golf leagues and a Scottish golf program. (
BAYOU IN THE DESERTGet ready to party New Orleans style when the Southwest Cajun Festival returns to Chandler on April 21, bringing an afternoon full of flavorful festivities, food and entertainment from noon to 9 p.m. Feast on the type of fare that has made the Big Easy world-famous, such as crawfish, jambalaya, fried alligator and more, while you enjoy live music that blends the soulful sounds of jazz and heart-pumping beats of funk and hip- hop. “I’m excited to bring the culture and flavors of Louisiana back to downtown Chandler this year,” says Landon Evans, event coordinator. “We’re looking forward to even more fun for the whole family.” Laissez les bon temps rouler! Tickets are $10/presale, $15/gate, children 12 and under/free (

A MELODIC MEALIndulge your senses at Paradise Valley’s Hermosa Inn on April 13 for Corks, Concert and Conversation, a dinner event featuring award-winning wine and entertainment. To accompany the menu created by Executive Chef Jeremy Pacheco, winemaker Sam Pillsbury will provide a tasting of some of his best vintages, while nouveau-flamenco guitarist Esteban and his violinist daughter, Teresa May, will serenade guests. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate our deep Arizona roots and our commitment to the arts than an evening with this trio of Arizona icons,” says Melanie Volkers, director of sales and marketing for the Inn. The meal is part of Palette to Palate, a three-day art and culinary weekend led by nationally and locally acclaimed artists and chefs that hosts exclusive tastings and art workshops April 13-15. All events are open to the public and ticketed individually. The special dinner costs $75. (
BATHROOM BESTOWALSTucson-based interior designer
Lori Carroll garnered several awards at recent industry trade shows. Competing against entries from the U.S. and Canada, Carroll’s design, entitled “Stone Sanctuary” (shown right), won first place in the powder room category of the National Kitchen & Bath Association Design Awards, as well as a silver award from the National Association of Home Builders, while another of Carroll’s stunning creations, “Beautiful Necessities,” won a platinum award and was also named 2017 Room of the Year by NAHB. “Coming from a smaller design demographic, my team and I were definitely honored to be recognized on a national level,” Carroll says. “What we were able to accomplish is a testament to how family, colleagues, clients and professionals work in harmony toward great design. For that I am truly grateful.” (
Italian Design Concepts, a luxury kitchen showroom, is coming to the Scottsdale Design Center. As the exclusive distributor in Arizona of two international high-end kitchen cabinet brands, Aran and Downsview, it showcases elegant, modern cabinetry that can be installed in custom-built or remodeled houses. In addition to collaborating with professional interior designers and home builders, the company also offers installation and personalized renderings of kitchen designs for consumer remodelers. The showroom is located at 15125 N. Hayden Rd., Suite 119. (
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