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This is Arizona: Family Travel , Winter 2013-14 News

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Family-friendly attractions include everything from digging into Arizona’s past by going 1,500 feet underground to a turn-of-the-century locomotive (cowboys included)!

The Grand Canyon Railway recreates the historic trip by rail to the Grand Canyon, covering 65 miles of classic Old West territory. Trip highlights include a daily Wild West shootout at the 1908 Williams Depot prior to departure, and entertainment and live action aboard the train, featuring roaming western singers, as well as the infamous Cataract Creek Gang. Passengers arrive at the Grand Canyon Depot, located in the heart of Grand Canyon National Park’s historic district, just 200 yards from the edge of the South Rim.

Outfitted in hard hat, miner’s headlamp and a yellow slicker, visitors to Bisbee’s Copper Queen Mine Tour will head deep underground and back in time. Tour guides, retired Phelps Dodge employees, lead the group 1,500 feet into the mine and recount mining days, techniques, dangers and drama.


The Grand Canyon State is the prefect place for a family getaway – for kids, parents and even grandparents! Connect with culture, combine family fun & capture the adventuresome spirit of Arizona. Across the vibrant state there are plenty of options to entice families with limitless excursions and fascinating discoveries. From Wild West towns, museums, outdoor activities and more, the Grand Canyon State has it all – the hard part will be deciding where to start.

We’ve included some highlights below of various family-friendly attractions and activities available – they’re great for the holiday season, March break or even summer vacation!

All the best,
Jennifer McGibbon
AOT – Canada


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Check out Arizona’s landscapes, habitat and night sky with outdoor adventures perfect for the whole family!
Brilliant colours, the result of natural chemical reactions, plus stalactites, stalagmites and whimsical geologic formations, have been created from hollowed-out limestone rock at Kartchner Caverns. See this stunning “live” limestone cave, which remained undiscovered until 1974, and its wide variety of unique minerals and formations. Tour guides will unveil this fascinating underground landscape during a memorable 1.5-hour tour.

Celebrate astronomical events at the San Pedro Valley Observatory where visitors will discover a high-quality, educational experience tailored to the individual astronomer. Families can also book a telescope for a family lesson from an astronomer – they tailor the lesson to the family’s needs so it can be as challenging or amateur as needed.

The Grand Canyon stands at 277 river miles (446km) long, up to 18 miles (29km) wide, and a mile (1.6km) deep, and is decorated with unique combinations of geological colour and erosional forms. The Grand Canyon National Park (and many other of Arizona’s National Parks) offers various kids’ programs to visitors – from educational programs, a Junior Ranger Program and special summer expeditions.

Flagstaff Extreme is a series of exciting outdoor physical challenges. The Tree Top Adventure course is an elevated obstacle course set in the Ponderosa Pines, securely suspended between the trees at 15 to 60 feet off the ground. Features of course include suspended bridges, swings, slides, nets, ziplines and an aerial surf board.

The Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum is actually a zoo featuring the animals found in the Sonoran Desert. Exhibits include rooms full of snakes, a prairie-dog town, enclosures that are home to bighorn sheep and mountain lions, and an aviary full of hummingbirds.


Family-friendly museums and tours of historical sites like mines and mining towns offer a great perspective into the history and culture of Arizona – many also offer educational, interactive programs for both kids and adults to enjoy!
Founded in 1929, the Heard Museum is dedicated to the sensitive and accurate portrayal of Native arts and cultures. Hands-on galleries offer interactive fun for children, and kids-at-heart, while many of the museum’s events offer unique cultural learning opportunities for parents and children.

The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) offers a shared experience of the history of musical instruments from around two hundred countries and territories in the world. MIM offers various kids’ activities plus education programs and workshops.

The Museum of Northern Arizona is Flagstaff’s premier museum to learn about Native cultures, tribal life, natural sciences and arts from the Colorado Plateau region. The museum offers a variety of Discovery Programs throughout the year for all ages plus a number of Heritage Program Festivals that allows visitors to immerse themselves in the cultures of the Colorado Plateau.

A rural affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, the Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum tells about the history of copper mining in Bisbee and the impact of copper in today’s world. Visitors will also learn about the life in Bisbee when it was the largest city between St. Louis and San Francisco.

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CityPass News. Spring 2013


San Francisco CityPASS

Starting April 17, travelers using San Francisco CityPASS  ticket bookleys will have more to celebrate than just huge savings (43 percent off combined admission to the included attractions) and unlimited cable car rides. The 2013 San Francisco CityPASS program boasts two major changes: 1) the addition of the Monterey Bay Aquarium which will share an option ticket with San Francisco’s Aquarium of the Bay; and 2) the reopening of the Exploratorium in its new home on the city’s Embarcadero waterfront. The 2013 pass also covers admission to the California Academy of Sciences, a Blue and Gold Fleet bay cruise, and the de Young and Legion of Honor Museums, as well as a Muni and Cable Car 7-day Passport. 

Southern California CityPASS

Last summer, Southern California’s top theme parks all unveiled major additions/expansions. And now’s a great time to use a Southern California CityPASS admissions card to check out what’s new while saving 26 percent off combined admission. You won’t want to miss:

Disneyland Resort (Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park) Cars Land is an entirely new land that is part of the $1.4 billion Disney recently spent on the transformation and expansion of Disney California Adventure Park.

SeaWorld San DiegoManta is a new launch coaster that dips riders past a manta ray pool and gives them the sensation of actually being a manta ray.

Universal Studios HollywoodTransformers: The Ride — 3-D, an ambitious mega-attraction that features seamless integration of CGI and robotics, as well as one of the most elaborate roaming flight simulator ride systems ever designed.

Hollywood CityPASS

You don’t need a producer, an agent, or even a movie mogul’s budget to visit Hollywood like a VIP. That’s because one quick, easy Hollywood CityPASS ticket booklet purchase gets you into the city’s top-rated Walk of Fame attractions — including a new Tinseltown tour option — at a blockbuster savings of 48 percent. Hollywood CityPASS holders can now opt for 24 hours of unlimited access to the Starline CitySightseeing Hop-on, Hop-off Multilingual City Tour, whose colorful double-decker buses transport visitors from the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Beverly Hills’ Rodeo Drive to the beaches of sunny Santa Monica/Venice and downtown LA. Hollywood. The 2013 pass also includes tickets to Red Line Tours’ “Hollywood Behind-the-Scenes” Tour, Madame Tussauds Hollywood, a choice between the Starline Movie Stars’ Homes Tour or the CitySightseeing Hop-on, Hop-off Tour, and a choice between the Dolby Theatre Guided Tour and The Hollywood Museum.

Houston CityPASS

Kemah Boardwalk has been added to the 2013 Houston CityPASS program. In addition to saving 46 percent off combined admission to such top attractions as Space Center Houston (NASA) and the Houston Museum of Natural Science, CityPASS travelers can now choose an All-Day Ride Pass at the Kemah Boardwalk, a sprawling entertainment complex on Galveston Bay packed with rides, midway games, restaurants and live entertainment.

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And, why not eliminate stress by bundling a CityPASS with a hotel package?

Try the Carlsbad, California Hilton Spring Break Package (offered through May 1), with a Southern California CityPASS[DW3] . For $249/night guests can enjoy the amenities at the Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa and for $179/night at the Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach. Enjoy overnight accommodations and breakfast for up to two adults and two children, complimentary use of beach accessories (umbrella, two beach chairs, and four beach towels), 15% off dining and local beach activity discounts, and more!

For another great getaway, head to Toronto and explore the city with a Toronto CityPASS. Stay at one of Toronto’s hotels for a Buy 2, Get the 3rd Night Free special. Try the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto for a Family Fun Package where the family can revel in attractions during the day and relax at night with in-room movies, a special kid’s check-in and more! (valid until August 31, 2013). For couples or a girlfriend getaway, An Escape to the Spa is what the doctor ordered! Say goodbye to winter blues while sounded by the tranquility of the Ritz-Carlton Spa. To energize your stay before you see the sights with CityPASS, experience a Bed and Breakfast Package at the Four Seasons Toronto.  Experience Toronto’s top attractions while relaxing and enjoying the city’s vibrancy and beauty throughout the spring season. Uncover these packages and more as you embark on your spring travels with CityPASS.

Family Adventures in Arizona… May 2011 news

Family Adventure on Native LandsConnect with Culture, Combine Family Fun & Capture the Adventuresome Spirit of Arizona 

When the dog days of summer meet the family, scratch the itch for freedom and take in the wide open spaces of Arizona. Twenty-two Native American Nations across the vibrant state entice families with limitless excursions and fascinating discoveries. Explore the enriching civilizations of the past. Connect with culture and combine family fun to capture the adventuresome spirit of Arizona. 

Beside colorful high-soaring cliffs of sandstone, beyond small forests of Russian Olive and pine trees, uncover the ancient pueblo ruins of Canyon de Chelly. Reveal the many sights of the sprawling and secluded Navajo Nation by exhilarating jeep-tour across rugged terrain, or canter the canyon and ride horse-back through shallow washes and trails. Home to Natives for thousands of years, the living monument of Canyon de Chelly continues to sustain a community of Navajo people today. Discover artifacts like petro glyphs and dwellings once covered in plaster, constructed of timber, and adobe style bricks. Hike in the shadows of Spider Rock, the sandstone obelisk towering 800 feet above ground also home to the mythical Spider Woman of Navajo stories. The top of Spider Rock is said to be white from the sun-bleached bones of misbehaving Navajo children! Camp-out at Cottonwood Campground and retell tales of Navajo lore, or stay at the nearby lodge. Canyon de Chelly is the perfect place for families to learn about the importance of preserving natural resources, history and culture.  

Bring your family to marvel at each of the three ancient cliff dwellings on Navajo National Monument. Imagine them as once home to generations of Puebloan families. Constructed of sandstone, mud mortar, and wood, the dwellings known as Keet Seel, Betatakin, and Inscription House are still intact today. Hike the 17 mile trail to Keet Seel for family fitness, get interactive on a guided tour, or walk the shorter trails behind the visitor’s center about a mile long. The educational trails identify indigenous flora and fauna, and display their significance to the Native cultures of the Navajo and Hopi. Overlook the remains of an Ice Age old forest, as the trail leads to the Betatakin dwelling.  Learn more while visiting the museum, or overnight outdoors at the campgrounds. Junior Ranger Programs are offered by Navajo National Monument at the visitor’s center. Encourage your wee ones to participate!   

Along the scenic shores of Lake Powell is the Navajo Nation owned and operated, Antelope Point marina. Boasting a beautiful backdrop and more shoreline to explore than the entire west coast of the U.S, Lake Powell offers a playground of family fun. Splash through the best boating waters by jet-ski, speed boat, or navigate the lake from the comforts of a custom houseboat rental, fully equipped with flat screens, and furnishings. Water slide, cannon- ball, or cast lines for a family catching contest. Go fish- for stripe bass, largemouth, smallmouth, walleye, black crappie and catfish.  Antelope Point offers rentals of all varieties, a full service launch, a fishing dock, the world’s largest floating restaurant, and guided tours to nearby Antelope Canyon. 

The rising and falling sandstone curvatures of Antelope Canyon create gorgeous sloping angles not to be missed. Enjoy the sunshine hitting your family’s faces. Watch the natural light glow through the slot canyon during sunrise or sunset. Time after time Antelope Canyon creates amazing photo opportunities….Perfect for a new family portrait! Go your own wake, and make memories to last a lifetime in Page, AZ on Lake Powell.  

Experience the journey of family life by way of the Navajo. Gain a new perspective from The Explore Navajo Interactive Museum in Tuba City, AZ. Explore many engaging exhibits for children and adults alike. The quadrants of the museum represent the significance of the number four to Navajo culture. Walk in the footsteps of the Natives traveling clockwise from quadrant to quadrant, East, South, West, and North. With every bend experience a new introduction to the land, language, history, culture, and ceremonial life of the Navajo.  

Whimsy and peace define the Tribal Lands of the Havasupai and their wonderful, cascading, blue-green water-falls. Awaiting your family for an unforgettable adventure, discover the captivating sanctuary of Havasupai Falls. Feel first hand, the spray of what may be the most photographed water-fall of the world, Havasu Falls. Mooney Falls roars as it plunges a thundering 200 feet to the pools beneath its path. Truly an oasis, the five falls can only be accessed by hike, horse, or helicopter. The hike to Havasupai Falls requires a trek of about 10 miles beginning at Hualapai Hilltop, found on the Hualapai Reservation located just north of Peach Springs. Camping and lodging reservations must be made in advance, but are well worth the wait! The trail carves its way down through narrow canyons, steep switchbacks and the village of Supai. Just beyond the village create your home away from home at the campgrounds. Arrive to the campsite and enjoy rewarding R and R after a long haul. Lull to sleep while listening to the sounds of the falls!  

Peach Springs, AZ, is the tribal capital of the Hualapai, and is a great starting point to the family venture you envision. From here journey the landscape by way of river raft, off-road tour, or hike. Choose the Grand Canyon quest right for you and yours! North of Peach Springs, at Grand Canyon West, visit the SkyWalk at Eagle Point. Walk over the glass bridge, kids and fam hand and hand, while 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. Be sure to keep close, while looking to the depths of the canyon below!  

Translated as “desert people,” The Tohono O’odham Tribal Lands are located in southern Arizona. With wonderful mountains and gorgeous starry skies, the Tohono O’odham Nation, offers a wealth of family friendly explorations. Among these mountain ranges find the sacred Baboquivari Peak and Kitt Peak, both of which are sacred to the O’odham. Vistas and starry skies from these vantage points can be compared to no other. Admire the Milky Way, share dreams, and remember to shoot for the stars! View the same stars so significant to Native American culture through special viewing programs at Kitt Peak National Observatory. The observatory has the greatest number of telescopes in the world! 

Resorts upon our Native Lands in Phoenix and the surrounding valley provide great getaways, summer winter fall or spring!  From golf, and five-star dining, to horseback riding, cultural centers, spas and shopping, what more could the modern family want? Chandler, AZ offers The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, on the Gila River Indian Community. Featuring three swimming pools, and a waterslide over 100 feet tall, stay cool poolside. Create a cannonball contest or rest afloat during a “dive-in” movie on the big screen!  The Radisson Fort McDowell Resort  of Fountain Hills is another great stay for strengthening family ties. Surrounded by the Sonoran desert the tribe offers cowboy games, adventures for kids and championship golf at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club. Talking Stick Resort, on the eastern border of Scottsdale, highlights a collection of postmodern art including pieces by artists of Native American descent. Experience tribal culture and Wild West wonder during a resort stay with attractions for every member of your family. And who says pooches aren’t people too? Bring even your best friend along to the doggie friendly Radisson and Sheraton resorts.  

If shoveling all winter long leaves you longing for a way to enjoy the slosh and snow, visit Sunrise Mountain. A wonderful place for a wintertime wilderness retreat, Sunrise is located in the White Mountains on the Apache Reservation. Get cozy and share stories fireside at the lodge. Benefit from some of the best skiing in the Western U.S!  Welcoming all levels and types of expertise the mountain has 65 ski runs, as well as separate snowboarding, and bunny runs. Snowmobiling, cross country skiing, hunting, hiking, ice fishing, sledding and sleigh rides make Sunrise a recreational paradise and the perfect place to get active when it’s cold outside. Summertime in Sunrise offers just as much to enjoy with a marina and full service boat dock on Sunrise Lake. With plentiful Rainbow, Brook, and Apache Trout, the lake is a premier fishing destination.    

Freedom, excitement and variety are signature signs of an Arizona trip, always keeping visitors returning for more adventure. Leave the mountain vistas and native lands behind with a fresh point of view and new sense of fulfillment until the next time! See the official Arizona travel and vacation guide from the Arizona Office of Tourism at Find in-depth AZ visitor information and videos about visiting the state of Arizona, including comprehensive directories of Arizona hotels, dining and shopping, as well as things to do and places to visit throughout the Grand Canyon State.Hyperlink DirectoryCanyon de Chelly Tours by horseback 

Navajo National Monument Navajo Tours Point Marina Powell 

Explore Navajo Interactive Museum 

Havasupai Falls 

Peach Springs 

The Tohono O’odham Tribal Lands Peak National Observatory 

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa Fort McDowell Stick 


Only in Arizona… January 2011 News

Only in Arizona …
In This Issue
Scottsdale Crave Arizona
Phoenix Strong Beer Fest
Glendale Chodolate Affaire

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Crave Arizona 2011


Jan 28- Jan 30
Scottsdale Waterfront 

In a celebration of local, independent flavors, Crave Arizona is a culinary experience presented by Savor Scottsdale, an alliance of more than 20 unique Scottsdale area restaurants.  

On January 28, 6:00 p.m. at The Chef’s Loft on SouthBridge, experts battle it out in a battle of the sexes blind wine tasting challenge.  All guests can join the adventure as they sniff the beautiful aromas then savor the eccentric flavors while sipping through the same selected bouquets with the experts.

Please visit Crave Arizona for tickets and more information.


 Romance in the Garden

February 11, 2011

Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden

Begin a weekend of romance at the Desert Botanical Garden with a candlelit outdoor concert under starry skies. Enjoy cocktails at the cash bar, try a wine flight or purchase wine or champagne by the bottle.

Please visit

Romance in the Garden

for more information.


52nd Annual Tubac  

Festival of the Arts


February 9 to February 13, 2011


Arizona’s longest running art festival, showcases the work of hundreds of visiting artists, craft persons and musicians from around the country, horse-drawn trolleys, roving entertainers and a food court. 


Visit Tubac Festival for more information. 

11th Annual Strong Beer Fest

Phoenix-Steele Indian School Park  

February 19, 2011

The 11th Annual Strong Beer Festival features a wide variety of beers from Arizona and guest breweries around the southwest and California with an array of types and styles for tasting. 

Please visit Arizona Craft Brewers for more information.




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Dear Friends,

With every New Year brings excitement; the return of your favorite annual events, fresh beginnings and new endeavors for some. 

This year welcomes back Wings over Willcox, the annual birding and nature festival, the Phoenix Strong Beer Festival and Scottsdale’s Crave Arizona. 

We welcome the romance of February under a starry sky with Romance in the Garden; a candlelit outdoor concert.  Also to celebrate your loved ones, the Annual Chocolate Affair returns to Murphy Park, Glendale.  

Spend some time with friends, family and romantic partners in the upcoming events this January and February.


Happy New Year!

Kathy Motton, AOT Canada

WOW 2011 Banquet Speaker - Scott Weidensaul
WOW 2011 Banquet Speaker – Scott Weidensaul

18th Annual Wings Over Willcox Birding & Nature Festival 

January 12- January 16 


Join us in a celebration of birds, nature and culture.  This year’s 18th Annual Wings over Willcox Birding & Nature Festival includes guided tours and field trips for bird watching, photography, geology, ranching, agriculture, history and more.

Also enjoy free seminars, a crafts and trade show, live animal educational booths, workshops, banquet and silent auction.   

This year’s banquet speaker Scott Weidensaul is the author of more than two dozen books on natural history, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist Living on the Wind, about bird migration, Return to Wild America: A Yearlong Search for the Continent’s Natural Soul, and his newest book, Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding.  Weidensaul writes for such publications as Audubon, Nature Conservancy and National Wildlife; he lives in the mountains of eastern Pennsylvania, where he studies the migration of owls and hummingbirds.


Please visit

Wings Over Willcox

 for more information.

Lake Trout 

Winter Trout Fishing Derby 

January 15 
Litchfield Park – Tierra Verde Lake Park 


This is a family event so gather up the kids, pack a picnic, fishing poles and join in the great fishing with over 1,000 trout (8 to 17 inches long) stocked in the Tierra Verde Lake for the day. A fishing license is not required for the day of fishing during the tournament published times.

Trophies will be awarded to boys and girls 15 and under and 16 and over for the “Shortest Trout”, “Longest Trout” and “Most Trout Caught” during the derby. 

A fishing license is not needed for the derby; however, a permit will be required for children over 12 years old and adults if you intend to fish after the derby. Licenses can be purchased at the Recreation Center lobby located at 100 S. Old Litchfield Rd. Bring your own equipment and bait. Past derby participants have caught trout using canned corn, salmon eggs, cheese, fish dough and/or lures.

Registration opens at 6 a.m. $4 per pole 15 and under; $6 per pole 16 and over, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

 Please visit Litchfield Park for more information.


17th Annual Chocolate Affaire

February 4 through February 6, 2011

Glendale, Murphy Park


Celebrate Valentine’s Day early at a festival of chocolate & romance with gourmet cuisine and beverage, horse drawn carriage rides, national entertainment and tours of Cerreta’s Candy Company. 

Chocolate purveyors from Arizona and around the nation gather in Glendale for this award-winning festival, which celebrates not only chocolate, but romance and the arts as well.

The Chocolate Affaire is sponsored by Arizona’s famous candy makers, Cerreta’s. The candy factory will offer tours all weekend, so visitors can get a behind-the-scenes look at how the chocolatier creates everyone’s favorite candy.

In addition, the festival has become the largest gathering of national romance novelists in the Southwest. This symposium of literary romantics offers fans the opportunity to get up close and personal with authors, as well as the chance to attend free writing workshops given by the experts. 

 Families with children will enjoy myriad activities, including hands-on arts and crafts, face-painting and a rock-climbing wall. Horse-drawn carriage rides will be available throughout the weekend to take couples or families on a scenic, charming ride through the historic Catlin Court district. 

Please visit Glendale, Arizona for more information.



Only in Arizona… November 2010 news

Only in Arizona …
In This Issue
Tubac Ballon Festival
Lake Havasu Boat Parade of Lights
Phoenix Tequila Fest

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas

November 17 through November 21
ASU Gammage


The magic of Dr. Seuss’ classic holiday tale as it comes to life on stage, a heart-warming holiday classic.


Please visit ASU Gammage for more information.


Thanksgiving Day Parade

 Saguaro Blvd
Fountain Hills

November 25, 2010


The only Thanksgiving Day Parade in Arizona, featuring local groups and a Grand Marshall.  A parade theme is chosen each year.  Parade starts at 9 am at the corners of Saguaro and El Lago Boulevards.


Fountain Hills and the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation are home to several major annual events. 


Please visit Fountain Hills Chamber for more information.

Kartchner Caverns State Park

Boasting the world’s longest stalactite formation, Kartchner Caverns State Park lets you see Arizona’s tallest natural column formation below ground level, making this state park one of Arizona’s most popular outdoor activities.

Located in Southern Arizona, Kartchner Caverns State Park is approximately 55 miles southeast of Tucson, near Benson. 

Please visit Arizona State Parks for more information. 

Did You Know?

Arizona has the largest percentage of land designated as Native American Tribal land in the United States.


Prescott, Arizona is home to the World’s Oldest Rodeo, which dates back to 1888.


The only place in the United States where mail is still delivered by mule is in Havasupai, located at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

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Dear Friends,

That familiar chill in the air signals a fast approaching winter and while Canadians love a fresh snowfall, nothing is as cheerful as spending the holidays in shorts and sandals!  

The Grand Canyon state is busier than ever, with many events sure to excite both locals and visitors, like the First Annual Tubac Ballon Festival featuring seven story tall “gentle giants” glowing like giant light bulbs against the evening sky.  For holiday events, watch the states only Thanksgiving Day Parade in Fountain Hills or head out to Lake Havasu City to take in the bright lights of the 28th annual boat parade at the London Bridge Yacht Club.

With Arizona’s warm winters, don’t miss out on these amazing outdoor activities and so much more. 

Happy Holidays!

Kathy Motton, AOT Canada

Tubac Balloon Festival

November 20
Tubac Golf Resort & Spa

The First Annual Tubac Balloon Festival promises to be the most exciting event ever to come to Tubac and Southern Arizona.  Special shape hot air balloons, like the Bumble Bees and Spiderman, and other seven story tall “gentle giants” glowing like giant light bulbs against the evening sky. 

There will be an exceptional variety of food and beverage provided by Dos Silos and the Stables Ranch Grill.  Enjoy a sit down gourmet meal or visit one of their concessions for your favourite food or beverage.

And, the evening will be capped off by the world famous Arizona Skyhawks Parachute Team making a spectacular night time sky dive into the event.  Special “glow in the dark” suits and flares add to the visual effect and excitement.

Please visit Tubac Ballon Festival for more information.


London Bridge Yacht Club’s 28th Annual Christmas Boat Parade of Lights

December 3 through December 4
Lake Havasu City


The London Bridge Yacht Club presents the 28th Annual Boat Parade of Lights from December 3 to December 4. Fifty beautifully decorated boats will pass under the historic London Bridge in celebration of the holidays. This year’s theme is Toys on Parade.

Lake Havasu’s Boat Parade of Lights has been repeatedly selected as one of the top 100 events in the United States by the American Bus Association.

Please visit LHC Boat Parade of Lights for more information.


Tequila Fest 2010

December 11 through December 12
US Airways Center

Following the phenomenal success in 2009, US Airways Center is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual Phoenix Tequila Fest, December 11th and 12th from 1 pm – 5pm in downtown Phoenix.  Featuring a wide array of añejos, reposados and blancos, attendees of the Phoenix Tequila Fest will be treated to all-day samplings of the finest brands of tequila, from major legendary labels to boutique tequilas distilled in the heart of Mexico. Tastings will showcase distinctive flavors, trends and exotic recipes from a wide array of unique tequila distilleries. 

This year the Christmas Mariachi Festival will be combined with Phoenix Tequila Fest featuring some of the greatest Mariachis in the world and the finest headliners from Latin America in colourful performances filled with song and dance.

Please visit Phoenix Tequila Fest for additional information.


Special Travel Arrangements into Montserrat for Arrow’s Funeral on October 1st, 2010

Special Travel Arrangements into Montserrat for Persons Coming for Arrow’s Funeral
Increased Flights and a Ferry Service to be Organised(September 23rd, 2010 – Brades, Montserrat):  In anticipation of the significant number of persons that will be coming for the funeral on October 1, 2010 of Montserrat’s most-famous son Arrow, the Montserrat Tourist Board (MTB) wishes to announce increased access, both by air and sea, to cater to these travelers.  In addition to the regularly scheduled air services on Winair ( and Fly Montserrat (, several additional charter flights are being organised on Fly Montserrat.  The cost of a return ticket from Antigua on these special charters is US$250 per person.   Passengers can pay in EC$ or US$ cash or by credit card (Visa, Master Card or Discover Card).   Travelers are also advised to limit the amount of luggage they will be bringing, as the aircrafts can only take a very limited amount of baggage.  Along with an increased number of flights, a return ferry service will also operate during the week leading up to the funeral on Friday October 1, 2010.  Further detailed information on dates, frequency and times of departure will be circulated, as soon as information is confirmed regarding the number of persons wanting to travel by ferry.Persons wishing to travel to Montserrat for the funeral, whether on the special air charters or by ferry, are asked to contact the Montserrat Tourist Board by email at, by phone at (664) 491 2231, by fax at (664) 491 7430.  The following information would be required:          Name of person traveling          Number of persons in the travel party         Time and date of arrival into Antigua         Airline and flight no. arriving into Antigua         Time and date of Departure from Antigua         Airline and flight no. for departure from Antigua         Indicate whether desirous of traveling  by air charters or ferry          Accommodation in Montserrat where you will be staying
This travel information is necessary so that adequate return flights and ferry services can be arranged in and out of Montserrat during the period leading up to the funeral and afterwards. Persons are also asked to monitor the Getting Here section of the MTBs website at for updates on travel arrangements and also on Facebook at

THE MIGHTY ARROW, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

The Mighty Arrow, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

OLVESTON, Montserrat (Sept 15, 2010) – The Soca King of the World, Alphonsus “The Mighty Arrow” Cassell, died at his residence on the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat today at the age of 60. 

The international recording artiste was diagnosed with cerebral cancer in early 2009. He was airlifted to the neighbouring island of Antigua last week for treatment. 

His family wishes to thank the medical teams, friends and family who gave their support during the period of his illness. 

Arrow or “Phonzie”, as he was referred to by close friends and family, is responsible for taking the soca genre to the international music scene with his 1982 smash hit, Hot, Hot, Hot. 

Having won the local calypso competition on four occasions, the talents of the proud son of Montserrat were spotted by former Beatles manager, Sir George Martin, who  worked with Arrow to turn his focus to his recording and touring career. 
Arrow recorded no less than 22 studio albums with other notable hits including Long Time, Dancing Mood, O’La Soca and Groove Master. 
He has performed at concerts, music festivals and gala events across the globe. 
“His death is a great loss to the family, his native land of Montserrat and the music world,” said his brother, Justin “Hero” Cassell, another talented vocalist and songwriter, who worked with Arrow during his peak years. 
Funeral announcements will be made in due course.  
—For further information contact Justin “Hero” Cassell at (664) 496-0203. 

Only in Arizona. Winter 2010 news

Only in Arizona …
In This Issue
Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake
Scottsdale International Film Festival
Lake Havasu City Jet Ski World Finals
Tucson Culinary Festival

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 Great News! 

 The U.S. Travel Association (USTA) recently recognized the Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT) as a leader among state and territory tourism offices by presenting the agency with a prestigious Mercury Award, for the 2010 Arizona Official State Visitors Guide  (OSVG) as the Best Print Visitors Guide in the nation.


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The Hopi village of Oraibi is the oldest Native American settlement in the United States. The village was built in 1100 and was discovered in 1540 by Pedro de Tovar, a lieutenant of Coronado.OR

 Discovery Park’s Gov Aker Observatory houses the world’s largest known Camera Obscura.


More hummingbird species can be found in Sierra Vista, located in the southern portion of the state, than in any other state – earning its title as “the Hummingbird Capital of the United States.

The Grand Canyon Depot in Grand Canyon National Park turns 100 this year
  Because of its prominent location, dramatic signage and rustic look, the depot is the most-photographed structure in the park, according to the National Park Service.

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Dear friends – 


As summer comes to a close and Canadians begin to think about the cool weather ahead, we inevitably also begin daydreaming about our plans for winter trips. Arizona has long been a favourite of Canadians from coast to coast because of its low precipitation levels and high heat. And whether your interests are in large free events like Tempe’s Oktoberfest, yummy tasting events like Tucson’s Culinary Festival, exciting spectator events like Lake Havasu City’s Jet Ski World Finals or the glamour and flash of a film festival like the Scottsdale International Film Festival, there’s always something interesting to do in Arizona.


Kathy Motton, AOT Canada

Tempe Oktoberfest

38th Annual Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake
October 1 through October 3
Tempe Town Lake

The 38th Annual Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake blends polka, bratwurst and beer with salsa and Southwest foods. The event has four beer gardens, two stages of entertainment, German brats and strudel, non-stop polka, local bands and games & entertainment for children. The event is free and runs Fri. 5 pm – midnight, Sat. 10 am – midnight and Sun. 10 am – 6 pm. Please call 480-491-FEST (3378) or visit for more information.

The Scottsdale International Film Festival

October 1 – 5, 2010

The Scottsdale International Film Festival is rollin’ straight into its 10th season. With 5 OSCAR® contenders in the Festival from the latest Academy Awards you should find yourself very well entertained. Just to put a point on it — there are 27 films from 20 countries including Hollywood Premieres and Indie Arthouse flicks. Also, check out the expanded schedule on Saturday and Sunday mornings AND all the membership benefits, discounts, and 2-for-1 deals. Thank you for supporting the Scottsdale International Film Festival. Roll’em!

For more more information, please visit:


29th Annual Jet Ski World Finals
October 3 – 10, 2010
Crazy Horse Resort Aqua Stadium
Lake Havasu City
Competitors from more than 40 U.S. states and nearly 35 nations churn the waters to win a share of over $25,000 in prizes at the world’s largest and most prestigious personal watercraft race from 8 am to 5 pm. Please call 928-453-3444 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              928-453-3444      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or 714-751-8695 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              714-751-8695      end_of_the_skype_highlighting for more information or visit or Or check out a super fun video at the below link:

29th Annual Jet Ski World Finals

October 28 to 31, 2010

In its eighth year, The Tucson Culinary Festival is an inspired production of the Tucson Originals, Tucson’s leading group of independent restaurants. The annual four day festival is a kaleidoscope of food, wine, spirits and fun – from sipping ultra premium wine, to chowing down on some of the best barbecue in the country- it’s a locally grown celebration of Tucson’s vibrant culinary scene.  The Tucson Culinary Festival is tangible proof that the independent spirit of Tucson is alive and well.

For more information, please visit:

Only in Arizona… Summer news 2010

Only in Arizona …
In This Issue
Tucson – Arizona State Museum
Phoenix – Musical Instrument Museum
Flagstaff – Movies on the Sqaure

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Arizona Office of Tourism Launches Deals Website

The Arizona Office of Tourism (AOT) has launched www.ValueAZ.comin accordance with its annual in-state summer campaign, ValueAz. Although aimed at state residents to generate tax revenue, the newly launched website is open to Canadians as well, providing a one-stop-shop of great travel deals available around the state until September 30, 2010.

Slide Rock 

Cool off like the locals do at Slide Rock State Park!

Cool off at a natural rock slide in an area so scenic it has been listed by Life Magazine as one of America’s ten most beautiful swimming holes.

Many people don’t consider a trip to Arizona complete without a run down Slide Rock.

For more information, please visit:
Slide Rock State Park

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Did you Know?

 The world’s largest antique, London Bridge, is located in Lake Havasu City.

This is the only object or place in the United States that has World War II damage to it. (It was damaged in London prior to moving to Lake Havasu.)

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Dear friends – 


Many Canadians think of Arizona as a winter destination, but it is time to change that thinking! Summer is the best time to get fabulous deals at some of the state’s most luxurious resorts and now you can find all this and more on one website. The Arizona Office of Tourism has launched, a site for both residents and visitors to find top-notch deals around the Grand Canyon state. This means you can get much more bang for your travel buck. And as the locals like to say, “It’s a dry heat!” 

There is tons to do around the state and so many ways to cool off, including Slide Rock State Park featured on the left column of this newsletter. So visit website today to plan your next vacation getaway!


Kathy Motton, AOT Canada

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Tucson – Arizona State Museum

March 13-September 18, 2010
Salvador Corona: Matador to Muralist

This exhibition highlights the works of beloved Mexican-born muralist and decorative artist Salvador Corona (1895-1984). Beginning in 1919 following a career as a bullfighter, which ended when his leg was gored, Corona worked artistically in Mexico, Tucson, and other parts of southern Arizona. His murals, easel paintings, and painted furniture graced (in some cases still grace) homes and businesses all over the region, illustrating idyllic pastoral scenes of Mexico’s past. This is the second exhibition in Arizona State Museum’s 2010 Year of Mexico bicentennial and centennial celebrations, and is generously underwritten in part by Marilyn Graham Lawson.

Please visit Arizona State Museum for additional information.

Phoenix – Musical Instrument Museum

Take a melodic journey through the world at the Musical Instrument Museum, the first global museum of instruments. The Museum opened April 24, 2010 and showcases cultures from around the globe with more than 12,000 instruments from nearly every country in the world. Transport to another land with wireless headsets and LCD video displays depicting the sounds and sights of the instruments and the people who use them. See the recreation of a gong workshop, listen to the sounds of the traditional Beijing Opera or experience a contemporary Ukrainian wedding procession.

If pop culture is more your thing, head to MIM’s Artist Gallery, which houses instruments from famous musicians throughout time including John Lennon, Paul Simon, the Black Eyed Peas and the Jonas Brothers. After enjoying a worldly concert, try out your own musical abilities in MIM’s Experience Gallery, where you can play instruments such as guitars, gongs and drums. The Museum is also hosting concerts in its 299-seat performance hall.

Please visit Musical Instrument Museum for additional information.

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Flagstaff – Movies on the Square

Enjoy Flagstaff’s summer weather and enjoy Movies on the Square, put on by the Flagstaff Downtown Business Alliance. A different movie is produced every Friday night from May to September at Heritage Square in Downtown Flagstaff, AZ. Movies are free and kid-friendly, but enjoyed by all. Live, local entertainment precedes each show starting at 6 pm.

The July and August Movie Schedule is:
July 9 – Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
July 16 – Madagascar
July 23 – Hook
July 30 – Monsters vs Aliens
Aug 6 – Where the Wild Things Are
Aug 13 – Over the Hedge
Aug 20 – Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince
Aug 27 – E.T. The Extraterrestrial

Please visit Movies on the Square for more information.

Only in Arizona. May 2010 news

Only in Arizona …
In This Issue
Tee for two this father’s day!
Jazz in the Garden
Throw Papa ON the Train
Sedona’s New Day Spa

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   Tee for two…this Father’s Day!

  Enoy a family Golf getaway at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. This will encourage dads and their kids, to share the love of the game this Father’s Day.   

 Forgo the trite necktie and tacky baubles and give dad what he really wants – quality time with his family.

For more information click here!!

 Did You Know …

More hummingbird species can be found in Sierra Vista, located in the southern portion of the state, than in any other state – earning its title as “the Hummingbird Capital of the United States.” AZ logo

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Dear friends – 

  The summer season is fast approaching and Canadians can’t wait to soak up the sunshine and enjoy the outdoors.  Canadians continue to travel and take advantage of their strong Canadian dollar. Why wait any longer to enjoy tranquility and fun when you can visit sunny Arizona right now. Whether you are looking for a family vacation, celebrating a milestone or simply deserve a getaway, you will find it here. Be your own boss this summer, and  build your own itinerary.

– Visit our website to guide you through the endless travel deals and activities. You’re sure to create memories.


April Beauchamp, AOT Canada


Jazz in the Garden  Phoenix, AZEvery Friday until June 25th 2010

 Open daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m, ( summer hours begin at 7 a.m.), the Desert Botanical Garden hosts one of the world’s best collections of desert foliage. One of only 44 botanical gardens accredited by the American Association of Museums, this one-of-a-kind museum showcases 50 acres of gorgeous outdoor exhibits. Home to 139 rare, threatened and endangered plant species from around the world, the garden welcomes more than 300,000 visitors each year.The garden features interesting activities and exhibis year-round. Jazz in the Garden is an annual spring concert series you don’t want to miss. Spend a warm Friday night with great friends and great music.

 Jazz GardenFor more information please visit:

Throw Papa ON the TrainTrainClarkdale, Az 

Throw Papa ON the Train for Father’s Day on June 20th and you’re creating family memories that will be talked about for years. Of course, each father will also receive a special gift as a memento of the day and the journey. Be sure to arrive early so that Dad will have plenty of time to explore the wonders of the John Bell Railroad Museum.

Hop aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad and rumble into the scenic splendor of Arizona’s backcountry. For more information or to book online visit 


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The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden, all in one place! The museum is recognized as one of the top ten zoos/botanical gardens in the world.

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert.

To plan your next visit check out the Sonora Desert wesbite

Sedona’s New Day Spa Prices starting as low as $105AZ logo 


Enjoy our elegant decor, our highly trained and licensed international staff and the most luxurious and health-restoring treatments and spa products in the Sedona spa. Full service spa with the utmost in personal care! Experience our newly remodeled spa. Rejuvenate in a relaxed atmosphere, receiving attentive individual service and world-class treatments. Take pleasure in a complete range of innovative services from massage to original Desert Treatments and Soul Journeys, as well as facials and nail services. Prices as low as $105.

For more information, visit a slice of heaven