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October Events

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Pumpkin Days and Corn Maze (October 1 – November 10)

Have an unforgettable fall season at Tolmachoff Farms and experience the ultimate holiday outing where there is something for the whole family: A great big pumpkin patch, six-acre family corn maze (search for pieces of your map as you walk through), mini corn maze, and a haunted corn maze. Other activities include a petting zoo, train ride, hay pyramid, corn box, pedal cart track, jumping pillow and much more.

Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party (Thursdays-Sundays through November 3)

Fun for the whole family on the farm! For the entire month of October (Thursdays-Sundays) Schnepf Farms offers fun fall activities like hay rides, a corn maze, a pumpkin patch, pig races and, of course, chili.

CALA Alliance Festival (October 6 – November 5)

The month-long valley-wide celebration allows audiences and participants to enjoy the artistic, musical and culinary offerings of the regional Latino community through various exhibits, concerts, street fairs and more. Audiences can look forward to a cornucopia of exhibits, performances and cultural activities showcasing the work of top-notch Latino and Latin American artists.

Arizona State Fair (October 11 – November 3)

There will be something for everyone in the family at the Arizona State Fair this year. Numerous food booths will be there to satisfy your carnival cravings. Musical guests Alabama Shakes, Billy Currington, The Wanted, Trace Adkins, ZZ Top and more will be performing. With Native Spirit Dancers, the Great American Petting Zoo, and the Great American Duck Race, there will always be attractions for the family.

Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake(October 11 –13)

Come out and enjoy Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake this year. There will be 15 kinds of German beer, authentic German food, wine gardens, Daschund racing, Kinderfest KidsZone, music and much more.

PoeFest at Hotel San Carlos (October 11, 12, 18, 19, 25)

Produced by Arizona Curriculum Theater, PoeFest 2013 marks the fifth year of presenting a month-long festival celebrating the works of Edgar Allan Poe. PoeFest is not a reading. The actors perform Edgar Allan Poe’s stories in character as inmates from a 19th Century asylum for the criminally insane. Poe’s stories rotate nightly and are presented inside the Ghost Lounge at the historic Hotel San Carlos, frequently listed among the top ten most haunted hotels in America. Stories include Annabel Lee, The Raven, The Cask of Amontillado, The Black Cat, The Tell-Tale Heart, and more.

Greater Phoenix Greek Festival (October 11–13)

This festival is an opportunity to share in the rich history, culture, and culinary delights of Greece. In addition to the authentically-prepared Greek cuisine, you can sample some imported Greek wine, beer and, of course, ouzo and the Greek classic Metaxa. Additionally, the nationally-recognized community dancers, in traditional costumes from the various regions of Greece, will be performing throughout the weekend.

Octoberfest at Salt River Fields (October 12)

Octoberfest returns to Salt River Fields for another great year. Enjoy one of the Valley’s biggest celebrations of beer with activities for the whole family, great food, live music, kids zone, interactive games and more.

31st Annual Native American Connections Parade (October 12)

The parade is produced by Native American Connections and features nearly 100 entries every year and shares the rich cultural exchange through the vibrancies of Native American art, music, and dance in heart of Downtown Phoenix. This year’s parade theme is “Native American Pride: Celebration of Culture through Art, Music, and Dance.”

Great Pumpkin Festival (October 17-20)

Every autumn the Desert Botanical Garden’s Great Pumpkin Festival is one of the Valley’s favorite places to find that special pumpkin. Take an authentic hayride out to the Garden’s pumpkin patch, where each day children 12 and under can choose their own free pumpkin. Get lost in the Amazing Hay Bale Maze, visit with adorable farm animals in the petting zoo, enjoy lively country and western entertainment, carnival style games and much more!

St. Rose 2013 Oktoberfest (October 18-19)

This two-day event means authentic German and American food, live entertainment and lots of fun for the whole family!

Bratwurst, soft pretzels, apple strudel and other German favorites put the Oom-Pah in Oktoberfest 2013.

Arizona Taco Festival (October 19–20)

More than 50 teams take up the taco-making challenge as fans sample and savor their creations. Taco competitors are judged by officials of the National Taco Association. The stakes are higher than ever with the $10,000 cash prize that taco teams are battling for. The event is filled with music, food, and fun including, lucha libre wrestling, boutique tequila expo, more than 100 types of tequila and more.

Rainbows Festival and Street Fair (October 19–20)

The annual Rainbows Festival and Street Fair is a celebration of the diversity of the LGBTQ community. The event is located in historic Heritage Square Park in downtown Phoenix. Each year, the Rainbows Festival draws a crowd in excess of 12,000 friends, families and allies. Rainbows Festival is the second largest LGBTQ event in the state of Arizona, only second to the Phoenix Pride Festival.

The annual Rainbows Festival is a free event open to the public. There will be nearly 150 exhibitors and sponsors throughout the two-day event. Rainbows Festival is the new home of OUTdayPHX, a celebration of National Coming OUT Day.

Halloween Balloon Spooktacular (October 25-26)

This fourth year of Halloween fun for the whole family returns to Salt River Fields. Featuring more than 20 colorful hot air balloons to light up the sky, 1700 pounds of candy for Trick-or-Treaters, tethered hot-air balloon rides, live music, food, drinks, kids zone, a haunted house fit for all, fireworks and more.

Wild Western Festival (October 25-27)

One of the biggest and best Western events in America features gunfights, stunt shows, American Indian dancers, trick horses, magic shows, live music, a kids korral and much more.

Dia de los Muertos Festival (October 26-27)

Spirits will connect at the Mesa Arts Center’s annual Dìa de los Muertos Festival – a community celebration complete with a community altar, live music and performances.

The Day of The Dead festival will also feature delicious food, a mercado featuring an assortment of Dìa de los Muertos merchandise, jewelry, arts & crafts, the Bookmans family activity area and more.

Autumnfest 2013 (October 26-27)

Celebrate all things fall as the Anthem Community Council hosts its sixth-annual Autumnfest. This family-friendly event celebrates the season with fall-flavored festivities including arts & crafts vendors, carnival rides, pumpkin picking and an apple pie baking contest.

Scottsdale’s 44th Annual Fall Festival (October 26)

Kids and families can enjoy a live magician, haunted house, 25 carnival games of different skill levels, inflatables, and costume contests. There will even be a play area for the real little monsters in the TOT’s area. Be sure to grab some tasty treats from a variety of food vendors during the event, and especially before Scottsdale’s best up-close firework show goes off.

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A Day At The Desert Botanical Garden

A Day At The Desert Botanical Garden.


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Historic Hotels of America Tour: Arizona Edition

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Royal Palms Resort and Spa ~ Scottsdale, Arizona

It’s no secret that baby boomer travelers love to visit the grand, luxury hotels of yesteryear. We certainly fall into that camp and we go out of our way to visit historic properties whenever we travel.

As such, we thought it might be fun to visit Arizona’s historic hotels and share them with our audience.  To make our selection criteria simple, we decided to visit those Arizona properties who are members of the prestigious Historic Hotels of America.

The Historic Hotels of America was founded in 1989 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. A program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation®, Historic Hotels of America® identifies quality hotels that have faithfully maintained their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance.

To be nominated and selected for membership into this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old, listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places or recognized as having historic significance. Historic Hotels of America partners with Historic Hotels of Europe, a federation of 21 hotel associations in 21 countries, and with Historic Hotels of Mexico, an association of hotels and restaurants located in buildings of historical significance including haciendas, palaces, monasteries, convents, fortresses, and country estates.

With that backdrop, let us share with you six of Arizona’s nine Historic Hotels of America properties.

Note:  if you can’t see the following six videos, click here.

Arizona’s Historic Hotels of America

Luxury Level: Gold

Royal Palms Resort and Spa

This historic hotel is one of our favorites in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. It also carries a AAA Four-Diamond award, has a highly notable chef, and its mature landscape makes it appear to be an oasis in the desert.  For more information, click here for our full feature.

Hotel Valley Ho

This property was a complete blast.  It recently received an $80 million renovation, also carries a AAA Four-Diamond Award,  and with its brilliant mid-century design, we fully expected to see Rosie the Robot, George Jetson, or his boy Alroy buzzing around the property in their glass-domed space craft.   For more information, click here for our full feature.

Hermosa Inn

This luxury boutique hideaway has been delighting guests since 1930.  Another AAA Four-Diamond Award winner, it features stunning cuisine and was once the desert home of cowboy artist Alonzo “Lon” Megargee.  For more information, click here for our full feature.

Luxury Level: Silver

Tubac Golf Resort and Spa

This property is one of our favorite “out of town” resorts.  In fact, it is one of the places we tend to bring our out-of-town guests for a nice weekend away.  As an added bonus, the resort sits in one of Arizona’s most notable artist colonies.  For more information, click here for our full feature.

Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort

Formerly a girls school for the rich and famous, this beautiful property sits in the Catalina Mountain foothills, features a AAA Four-Diamond restaurant, and even offers trail rides and cowboy cookouts.  For more information, click here for our full feature.

Hassayampa Inn

This mile-high hotel sets in the historic district of Prescott, Arizona.  It features a fabulous restaurant, and is a short walk from the town’s famous Whiskey Row.  For more information, click here for our full feature.

While our schedule only permitted us to visit six out of nine properties, you can find and book all of the properties on the Historic Hotels of America website.

Well, I think it is plain to see that historic hotels have a lot to offer luxury baby boomer travelers, and we’re looking forward to sampling another state’s historic offerings.  There are literally hundreds to choose from, and we can’t wait to sample more.

Do you have a favorite historic hotel?  Tell us about it in the comments section below!

Disclosure: our historic hotel experiences were provided by each of the individual properties.  Thanks!  We had a blast!

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