Halloween in Tempe, ArizonaOctober 31, 2014
It’s going to be an exciting Halloweekend in downtown Tempe! Here’s what’s on tap:
It’s going to be an exciting Halloweekend in downtown Tempe! Here’s what’s on tap:
Tempe, Arizona is rapidly changing, and if you have not been to the area recently, it’s time to go! With so many new restaurants, bars, shops, and recreational opportunities, there is something for everyone to do in the downtown Tempe area. Here is just a sample of the latest to open in the Mill Avenue District:
Our master mixologist at Tempe Mission Palms has created the best martini for fall that we have ever had! This masterpiece is sure to get you in the mood for the season, and has some special ingredients that make it one of the most unique cocktails at Harry’s Place.
If you are looking to try something new, shake it up with this “Old Cuban” cocktail. With rum, fresh mint, and a splash of champagne, it’s refreshing and unique.
The General Managers at Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, Royal Palms Resort, and Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center all participated in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The Ice Bucket Challenge has raised over 90 million dollars to date for funding scientific research, providing care and counseling for ALS patients and their families, and advocacy for those affected by ALS.
The team at Tempe Mission Palms Hotel in Tempe, Arizona extends our warmest welcome to the new Arizona State University students, and their parents.
The Community Outreach Team at Tempe Mission Palms Hotel in Tempe, Arizona has been busy this month! With the impending back-to-school season, it was an obvious choice to help supply children in need with the tools they need to get the year off to a great start.
Tempe Mission Palms and American Express are proud to offer a special travel offer in Tempe, Arizona.
New to Tempe, Arizona, the Free Lunchtime Trolley takes riders to restaurants and shops within the Mill Avenue District from 10:30am to 2:30pm, Monday through Friday.
Tempe Mission Palms is the best location in Tempe to view the Tempe Town Lake fireworks. Watch the spectacular show from our rooftop pool (registered guests only), or walk to the festivities at the lake from our hotel. Tempe Mission Palms is the only full-service hotel in the center of it all, and is the perfect choice for celebrating the holiday weekend.
Groups often come to Tempe, Arizona for their off-site meetings, and Tempe Mission Palms is the perfect choice. With over 30,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, tenured staff, and location that cannot be beat, Tempe Mission Palms is an exceptional venue for your meeting attendees.
Looking for a great Arizona travel deal for Father’s Day? Tempe Mission Palms has you covered with the ASU Gammage Broadway Package.
The famous Mill Avenue in Tempe, Arizona is back and better than ever, especially when it comes to nightlife. Whether you are looking to dance the night away, sip on a craft beer, or cheer on your favorite team, there is something for everyone!
Summer is just around the corner, and Tempe Mission Palms has the perfect hotel package just for you! The Sizzling Summer offer and the Summer Scorcher package are the best hotel deals in Phoenix this season.
Tempe Mission Palms is the ideal Tempe hotel for your visit to Arizona State University. Located adjacent to the ASU campus, Tempe Mission Palms is the only full-service hotel in the downtown Tempe area. Our convenient location allows for walking distance to all areas on campus, and the Mill Avenue District for shopping, entertainment, and dining, as well as, convenient access to the Metro Light Rail allowing easy travel to downtown Phoenix.
Tempe Mission Palms is proud to partner with ASU Gammage to bring the 2014-2015 season of Broadway to Tempe, Arizona! The line-up this year is exciting with brand new shows to Tempe, and favorite shows making an appearance once again.
Here is the exciting upcoming season:
Because of the easy access to the Metro Light Rail, Tempe Mission Palms is a great choice to stay when visiting the Phoenix area to attend sporting events or concerts. The US Airways Center is located in downtown Phoenix, and is home to the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Rattlers, and Phoenix Mercury.
Spring brings special hotel savings at Tempe Mission Palms Hotel, in Tempe, Arizona. These two great offers are sure to be a hit, especially with the wonderful Phoenix area weather this time of year.
On Saturday, March 1st, people from all over the Phoenix area will come to Tempe Town Lake for the 26th Annual Great Arizona Beer Festival. Attendees can expect over 200 brews from more than 50 breweries, each sampling their proudest brewing achievements.
Rick Heins is the front desk supervisor at Tempe Mission Palms. I appreciate his warm greeting every morning when I come to work, and felt like we should all get to know him better.
I recently had the chance to interview Rick, and I hope you enjoy learning more about one of our front desk stars!
We are pleased to announce our newly designed website for Tempe Mission Palms Hotel & Conference Center. Our innovative site is device responsive, allowing for easy navigation throughout, whether one is on a personal computer, tablet, or mobile device. Photos of our beautiful hotel are displayed in a dynamic photo gallery that showcases accommodations, weddings, meeting space, and more.
The beautiful Arizona weather lends itself to a season full of outdoor festivals in the Phoenix, Arizona area. The central location of Tempe Mission Palms allows for the perfect place to stay while visiting these great events. Whether you are an art lover, food connoisseur, or just appreciate a day hanging out in the Arizona sun, there is a Tempe festival for you!
Love is in the air, as Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. Tempe Mission Palms is the perfect choice to take your Valentine for a romantic getaway in Tempe with our special offer.
Join us at Harry’s Place lounge located in the lobby of Tempe Mission Palms for our new $8.00 nightly special. Our chefs have chosen their favorite entrees to feature each night, which even includes our famous “Mission Palms Burger” that was written about in the Tom Clancy novel, “Locked On.” Other entrees include Green Chile Chicken Quesadillas and Blackened Fish Tacos.
The Phoenix area’s most unique holiday event lights up Tempe Town Lake with a boat parade on December 14, 2013. Started in 1999, the parade features as many as 50 festively lighted boats of all sizes, and more than 1000 luminaria light up the sidewalks and paths around the lake.
Mill Avenue in Tempe, Arizona hosts the semi-annual “Tempe Festival of the Arts,” December 6-8, 2013. This free festival ranks among the top 200 art festivals in the nation, and attracts nearly 225,000 visitors to the Mill Avenue District over the three day weekend.
Tempe Mission Palms will have its best sale of the year this Black Friday through Cyber Monday.
This winter, Tempe Mission Palms invites you to relax and enjoy the season with our new Holiday Getaway package. Unwind with “Warm Winter Evenings” with family-friendly holiday movies, complimentary snacks & hot cocoa, and winter cocktails on our rooftop terrace (November 29 & December 7, 14, & 21), or enjoy one of the many Tempe area Holiday events. Help us build our gingerbread house in our lobby, or just simply enjoy some “down time” during the Holiday rush.
On November 30, 2013, the Territorial Cup will be claimed once again, when the Arizona State University Sun Devils take on the University of Arizona Wildcats at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. This yearly rivalry football game began on Thanksgiving Day, November 30, 1899 in Tucson, in front of a crowd of 300 fans.
Every Halloween, the staff at Tempe Mission Palms in Tempe, Arizona has a pumpkin carving contest. Each department receives a pumpkin to carve, and they are displayed in the lobby during the week of Halloween.
Tempe Mission Palms and its associates are proud to support many wonderful local and national charities throughout the year. During the month of October, guests can purchase a glass of One Hope Chardonnay at Harry’s Place, and half the profits from this purchase go toward the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Harry’s Place, located in the Tempe Mission Palms west lobby, has a brand new menu with great offerings such as Prime Rib Sliders and Shrimp Scampi, which pair perfectly with the One Hope Chardonnay.
Our Senior Catering Manager, Rachelle DeYoung, just attended the National Association for Catering and Events Experience last month, and has your 2014 event and wedding color trends. Here are the top tips for planning the colors for your 2014 party or wedding:
It’s that time of the year again, when the Tour De Fat stops in Tempe, Arizona. New Belgium Brewing Company, widely known for their most popular beer, Fat Tire, sponsors this unique bicycle parade and festival in several cities throughout the United States.
Participants dress in colorful costumes, ride bikes throughout the city streets, and enjoy music and eclectic entertainment, as well as a variety of New Belgium’s beers. This event is free, however all merchandise and beer sales benefit local bicycle nonprofits with the goal to “make 12 U.S. cities better places to ride a bike.”
Even though we are still in the heat of the summer, it's time to start planning your holiday party in Tempe, Arizona. Not only do you get the best choice of date and space when the party is booked early, Tempe Mission Palms is also giving some great incentives if you book before September 30th! Call us today at (480) 894-1400 to start planning your holiday dinner party or office luncheon, and take advantage of this great offer:
We have recently hired a new director of Food & Beverage at Tempe Mission Palms last month, Colin Walsh. With an extensive background in hospitality, we are extremely excited to have Colin as part of our team. I had the chance to ask Colin a few questions for all of us to get to know him better.
It may be the late summer months, but why not start planning your winter vacation in Tempe, Arizona now, and take advantage of great savings? As they say, early bird gets the worm – and if you are planning on heading to a warm destination like Tempe Mission Palms anytime this winter, you are one lucky bird!
As summer is in full swing, our newly redecorated Harry’s Place Lounge is a great place to hang out and enjoy a refreshing cocktail with friends after a long, hot day. Our creative bartenders have done it again, and crafted another delicious and easy cocktail make at home, or try at Harry’s Place. Enjoy!
Tempe Mission Palms joins all the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection with the "Study of" series. In July, we have turned our attention to the "Study of Duck," where our own Chef Michael Scott has created this delicious Orange Scented Duck Breast. This "fine dining" entree is actually quite accessible to create at home, therefore, Chef Scott gave us the recipe to share. However, if you don't want to heat up the kitchen, join us at our Mission Grille or Harry's Place where we have several dishes featuring our "Study of Duck."
Ready to cool off with a great summer cocktail? Our new bartender, Chuck, at Harry's Place created this refreshing drink, perfect to keep you "cool" by the pool. Enjoy!
Tempe Mission Palms is in the heart of downtown Tempe, Arizona where there is always something to do! The Mill Avenue District has over a hundred shops, restaurants, and attractions within just a few blocks of our full-service hotel. This area has always been the Tempe hot-spot, and has recently become even more exciting with the addition of many new food and entertainment venues.
The secret is out: the best place to watch Fourth of July fireworks in Tempe is at Tempe Mission Palms.
Tempe Mission Palms is famous for not only our deluxe accommodations, convenient location, and friendly staff, but also our Mission Palms Burger at Harry’s Place. This 100% Angus beef burger is perfectly grilled to perfection and topped with two cheeses, crisp red onion, fresh tomato, chipotle mayo, and mixed greens lightly tossed with a touch of white balsamic vinaigrette.
This summer season, Tempe Mission Palms has doubled the fun with two new summer offers! These deals are great for a family staycation, or an Arizona discovery vacation, and are a great way to enjoy the summer offerings in the Phoenix metro area. Splash all day at our rooftop pool, enjoy cocktails at Harry’s Place, or walk to the Mill Avenue district to enjoy shopping or one of the over 50 bars and restaurants nearby. Downtown Phoenix is also just a short Metro Light Rail ride away, which is easily accessed from a stop just across the street from our hotel. Book your Summer vacation today, as these hot deals are likely to sell out quickly!
Tempe Mission Palms is your headquarters for stand-up comedy every weekend, and a great choice for entertainment as the weather heats up. With our convenient location, guests can take a short walk to the Tempe Improv, or ride on the Metro Light Rail to Stand Up Live in downtown Phoenix. Shows take place most weekends from Thursday through Sunday evenings, with some special events on weekdays.
Most of our guests at Tempe Mission Palms Hotel would agree, our bell staff is one of our best assets! Not only do they greet you with a smile, hold the door, and carry your luggage, but they consistently go above and beyond our guests’ expectations. In fact, our bellman Scott, remembered a guest’s name of whom he had not seen for six months – just today! We are lucky to have such a great bell staff at Tempe Mission Palms, as they make both the first and last impression of our beautiful hotel to our guests.
As part of Destination Hotels & Resorts, Tempe Mission Palms is proud to participate in the new culinary series “The Study Of.” The featured ingredient this quarter is salmon, and our own Executive Chef, Michael Scott, has created several delicious dishes that are featured on our menus at both Harry’s Place and Mission Grille. He also shared with us this easy recipe for baked salmon that is fancy enough for guests, but quickly comes together making it a great dish for a weeknight meal.
Tempe Mission Palms has completed a renovation of all the public areas that began in the fall of 2012. The lobby, Harry’s Place, and Mission Grille have a brand new, modern look while still maintaining our southwestern charm. This renovation was completed on the heels of a complete renovation of our meeting room space in 2011.
The Countdown to Summer in Tempe, Arizona has begun! With summer quickly approaching, now is the time to book your deluxe accommodations at Tempe Mission Palms, and receive our best rates of the season.
Pinterest has become the “go-to” website for wedding and honeymoon planning, allowing users to organize and store photos from all across the web. The social platform started in 2010, and now Pinterest has over 11 million users “pinning” their favorite images from all types of categories such as hobbies, events, interests, weddings, and more. Users can “re-pin” these ideas to their own “boards,” so they are able to go back and look at the photos, and associated websites, at their leisure.
One of the best places in Tempe to get a cocktail is Harry’s Place at Tempe Mission Palms. This time of the year is perfect for relaxing on the patio, and enjoying a refreshing creation by our food & beverage team. We recently had Pete, our awesome bartender, give us the recipes for some delicious and festive cocktails!
There are plenty of ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Tempe this year! Whether you are truly Irish, or Irish-at-heart, on this day there is an event for you to celebrate. So come on and party like a leprechaun – Tempe Mission Palms is just a short walk to all these events:
With Spring quickly approaching, now is the best time to enjoy great weather and fun events in Tempe, Arizona. Whether you are a “foodie” looking to taste your way through a food festival like “Devoured,” or a NASCAR fan, marathon runner, art lover, or baseball fan, Tempe has Spring fun covered.
It’s that time of the year again – spring training baseball games in Arizona! With 15 teams training in the Phoenix metropolitan area, it is a baseball lover’s paradise.
For several years, Tempe Mission Palms Hotel has ranked number one in Tempe, Arizona on TripAdvisor. A website where travelers can rate their favorite hotels, restaurants, and things-to-do, TripAdvisor is the authority in online travel reviews.
It’s the best time of the year again: spring training in Tempe, Arizona. In just a few weeks, 15 major league baseball teams will be playing pre-season games in the Phoenix metropolitan area through the month of March. With perfectly warm and sunny weather, the Cactus League is a baseball lover’s paradise!
Located on Tempe Town Lake, the stunning structure of Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) cannot be missed. This state-of-the-art venue houses a 600 seat proscenium theater, a 200 seat studio theater, and a 3,500 square foot gallery. Popular for weddings, banquets, meetings, and special events, the TCA is the crown jewel of the Tempe event scene.
Love is in the air at Tempe Mission Palms, and our new Romance Package is the perfect way to celebrate! Whether you are planning a special Valentine’s Day, wedding anniversary, or just a short getaway, this is the perfect package.
A fun “spin” on a classic race, is the 10th anniversary of Arizona’s P.F. Changs Rock ‘n Roll Marathon & ½ Marathon. This year’s event takes place on Sunday, January 20th, and benefits many local and national charities including St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. A qualifier for the Boston Marathon, participants run while they “rock out” through three Arizona cities, with music acts on every mile of the course.
It is that time of the year again, the "busy" season, when wedding planning in Arizona is in full-swing. Tempe Mission Palms prides itself on hosting beautiful ceremonies, receptions, and wedding-related events with unparalleled expertise, so that brides and grooms are able to relax and enjoy their special day. Recently, we had the chance to sit down and talk with our Tempe Mission Palms senior catering manager and wedding expert, Rachelle DeYoung.
The mild January weather lends itself to a vast array of activities in the “Valley of the Sun.” Tempe Mission Palms is in the heart of the action and just minutes from many of these Tempe events:
One may ask, how is it even possible to get in the Holiday spirit with sunny skies, temperatures in the 70’s, and not an ounce of snow? As an (almost) native Arizonan, I would say that Arizona is very festive, but we celebrate it with a twist. Of course we have our decorations, holiday parties, and traditional eats, but we often are wearing flip-flops and sunglasses while enjoying these.
Once again this year, Tempe is the ultimate place to spend New Year’s Eve in Arizona. For the first time in many years, there will be no gates around Mill Avenue, no admission fee, and no street closures around downtown Tempe. Area restaurants and nightclubs will offer entertainment and extended premises for the evening. Radio Disney and the city of Tempe are also partnering to offer family entertainment and children's activities. Fireworks will light up the sky at both 9:00 p.m. and midnight.
Nothing will make a cold winter day feel better than a home-cooked stew. Executive Sous Chef, Bill Sallade at Tempe Mission Palms, created this recipe that is perfect for Sunday dinner, and will make even better Monday left-overs.
Hearty Beef and Lentil Stew with Brown Nut Ale Broth and Whipped Yukon Gold Potatoes
Mill Avenue in Tempe, Arizona hosts the semi-annual “Tempe Festival of the Arts,” this November 30 – December 2, 2012. This free festival ranks among the top 200 art festivals in the nation, and attracts nearly 225,000 visitors to the Mill Avenue District over the three day weekend.
Our Harry’s Place “Mixologist” has been hard at work to create cocktails that can easily be made at home. We invite you to try this “Pumpkin Pie Martini” or “Hot Chocolate Cherry Bomb” this holiday season, as they are a hit here at Tempe Mission Palms. These drinks would be a perfect night-cap by the fire, or an easy “signature” cocktail at your next party. Cheers!
The Frank Lloyd Wright designed ASU Gammage in Tempe, Arizona is among the largest university-based presenters of performing arts in the world. Built in 1962, the auditorium seats 3,017 people on its three tiers, with the furthest seat only 115 feet away from the stage. The uniquely circular shaped building can be adapted for grand opera, Broadway musicals, dramatic productions, lectures, and more.
Chef Bill Salade created this delicious cranberry dessert that is perfect for your special occasion! We are sure your guests will love the tartness of the fresh cranberries, brightness of the orange zest, and that wonderful "Fall" combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. The bark is the finishing touch that will put this Destination Dish over the top - enjoy!
Tempe, Arizona is buzzing with new businesses, especially on Mill Avenue. Several restaurants and bars, including the “Handlebar and Grill” and “World of Beer” have opened to rave reviews. Mill Avenue also hosts many other businesses, and some of the latest are “Eastside Records,” “TriSports,” and “Allstate Insurance.” With accolades such as “BusinessWeek naming Tempe as one of the nation’s best cities to start a business,” it is easy to see why Mill Avenue is growing with such momentum.
Tempe Mission Palms is the place to be this fall for outdoor entertainment in Tempe! The cooler weather, inviting patio with fireplace, and friendly staff make Harry’s Place a top choice for a relaxing cocktail or a tasty bite to eat.
Tempe Mission Palms and Swank Audio Visual are proud to introduce the latest meeting technology – “Mobile Meeting Manager.” This innovative app for your smartphone or tablet will allow your attendees to get all meeting information at the tip of their finger, and allow the planner to eliminate the cost of printing agendas, speaker lists, and other meeting information.
Chef Bill Sallade, our Executive Sous Chef, created this unique recipe using apple as the star ingredient. This dish is perfect for that special occasion, and is light enough for a fancy luncheon or a great appetizer for your fall dinner party menu. Enjoy!
Port Wine Poached Sour Apple with Organic Greens, Toasted Walnuts, Fresh Berries, Gorgonzola Cheese, and Maple Bourbon Reduction
Executive Chef Michael Scott has re-interpreted the Tempe Mission Palms Green Chile Pork dish as a slow cooker recipe for you to try at home. Enjoy!
The secret is out. Tempe, Arizona is one of the most affordable, fun cities in America! According to Bloomberg Business Week, Tempe is third in the country, just behind Ocean City, Maryland and Honolulu, Hawaii.
With autumn quickly approaching, athletes in Arizona are dusting off their bikes, buying new running shoes, and training for the races in Tempe.
Mushrooms are the Destination Dish ingredient for September, and Tempe Mission Palms Hotel's Executive Sous Chef Bill Sallade knocked it "Out of the Park" with this recipe for a panini! Enjoy!
Portabella Mushroom and Peanut Butter Panini with Asian Slaw and Roasted Red Bell Pepper Sauce Recipe:
Amidst the hustle and bustle of Mill Avenue is Tempe Mission Palms, an “Oasis” right in the heart of downtown Tempe, Arizona. People enjoy shopping, an extensive list of restaurants, and vibrant nightlife all within a one mile perimeter, but when it comes time to take a moment to get away from it all, the courtyard of Tempe Mission Palms is the place to be.
Many people feel as though they are experiencing the movie, “Groundhogs Day” on the regular basis, where every day feels the same. They wake up, drive to work, do the same tasks all day, talk with the same people, drive home, eat dinner, watch TV and go to bed - or at least some variation of that. More often than not, we can’t even remember what we ate for lunch, or which outfit we wore yesterday, as the days just seem to mush together. What saves us from this wash-rinse-repeat cycle?
With the bountiful peaches available this time of year in Arizona, Executive Chef Michael Scott of Tempe Mission Palms created this summer salad recipe. The tartness of the ripe peaches, sweetness of honey, and rich crabmeat are sure to please your taste buds while not heating up your kitchen. This no-cook recipe looks fancy and special, but is simple to prepare and delicious. Enjoy!
Tempe Mission Palms is in the heart of almost 50 bars and restaurants in Tempe’s Mill Avenue District. One can find well-known restaurants such as Gordon Biersch, Jimmy John’s, and P.F. Chang’s, and specialty mom & pop places like House of Tricks and Café Boa. All of these choices are within a short walk from Tempe Mission Palms.
Are you ready for some exciting Pac-12 college football in Tempe, Arizona? Head to Tempe Mission Palms where you can walk to Sun Devil Stadium, and cheer on ASU (or your favorite visiting team) at one of their six home games. New head coach Todd Graham takes over the reins at their opening game on August 30th.
There’s never been a more exciting time to plan a meeting in Tempe, Arizona. The Mill Avenue District is growing at an unprecedented pace, including the re-opening of the historic Hayden Flour Mill, and several new restaurants just in the past few months.
A key part of a successful meeting in Tempe, Arizona is hosting fun, interactive team building activities. I have compiled my list of the “Top Ten Team Building Activities in Tempe” that are sure to be memorable, educational, and most of all - FUN for your attendees.
If you are looking for a unique breakfast recipe, then your search has ended here! Chef Michael Scott used the indicative flavors of the southwest to create a unique twist on this “French” classic. A delicate blue corn crepe meets the bold southwestern filling, served with breakfast potatoes and a drizzle of cilantro hollandaise. Impress your guests at your next breakfast or brunch with this delicious recipe from our table to yours – enjoy!
Some of the best travel deals in Arizona are during the summer months, with savings that are sure to stretch your vacation budget much further. Tempe Mission Palms offers many hotel packages, but the best travel deal in Tempe is the Sizzling Summer offer!
Has the economy made your employee appreciation budget a bit tighter? Tempe Mission Palms has some savvy ideas to help the event planner save money, and still plan great employee functions.
If you are trying to beat summer boredom and stay cool in the hot Arizona sun, try hopping on a Paddle Board at Tempe Town Lake! With 220 surface acres of cool-water fun, our neighboring lake is the perfect place to try this new sport.
Arizona is known mostly for its warm, sunny weather, but it may be of surprise to you that Arizona also has some wild weather. During late spring, the weather starts out hot and dry, but beginning around mid-June, wind patterns shift and moisture gets drawn from the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of California, and even the Gulf of Mexico. When this happens, the humidity and dew point rise, triggering these exciting storms.
Chef Michael Scott, Executive Chef at Tempe Mission Palms, wanted to create a unique recipe using strawberries in a spicy Asian- inspired wing sauce. Enjoy this unique appetizer at Harry’s Place in the Tempe Mission Palms during the month of June.
Tempe Mission Palms Hotel & Conference Center is the perfect choice for meeting and conferences in the Phoenix/Tempe area. Certified by the International Association of Conference Centers (IACC), Tempe Mission Palms offers contemporary, flexible meeting facilities with unparalleled customer service.
Summer is quickly approaching, meaning it is time to take advantage of the great travel deals in Arizona. One may want to “think twice” about enduring the hot desert temperatures, but rest-assured, it is the best time of the year to enjoy many Arizona attractions.
With the thousands of apps available for smartphones these days, it can be tough to figure out which apps are worth your time. I have compiled my “Top 5 Apps for Travel” and wanted to share them with you, hoping that they will make your next trip a breeze whether traveling for business or pleasure!
It is an exciting time to be working in the city of Tempe! Within the past year, it seems like a new business has opened its doors every week, and a new office building pops up every month. Drive along the Rio Salado Parkway, and it looks like downtown Tempe changes daily! In fact, over 300 technology-based firms, and 3,000 finance, insurance, and real estate companies call Tempe “home.”
One of our favorite Arizona treats is the Prickly Pear cactus. This distinctive cactus has many health benefits, including lowering cholesterol, stabilizing blood sugar, and has even been known to treat the dreaded hangover.
For a unique pizza dish, we added fresh asparagus, blue cheese, and grilled steak to this version of a "white pizza." This is a perfect addition to your spring menu for lunch or dinner. Enjoy our pizza recipe below!
Location, location, location! Yes, we all know that “location” is probably top of your list when choosing your hotel on your next Arizona vacation. Luckily, Tempe Mission Palms is not only in the heart of Tempe, on the famous Mill Avenue, but also just steps away from downtown Phoenix & Mesa via the Metro Light Rail. The Mill and 3rd Street light rail stop is just across from our hotel, stopping to pick up passengers every 20-30 minutes, seven days a week.
Pat Tillman put his NFL career with the Arizona Cardinals on hold to serve our country in 2002. In 2004, after his death, his friends and family established the Pat Tillman Foundation.
Recently, I had the chance to sit down with Michael Scott, head chef of Tempe Mission Palms. Graduate of Scottsdale Culinary Institute, Chef Scott has been in the restaurant industry for his entire working life. Whether he is cooking for a huge corporate group, or just a small private party, his passion for great food is obvious. I hope you enjoy getting to know Chef Scott as much as I did.
Our Destination Dish recipe for March includes the featured ingredient "root vegetables." There are a wide variety of root vegetables and they are important "staple foods" when it comes to most diets. In this recipe by Chef Michael Scott at Tempe Mission Palms, the apples are roasted and compliment the fantastic flavor of the chosen root vegetable - sweet potato. Enjoy!
“Play Ball!” is music to the baseball fanatic’s ears, especially this time of year. Beginning in March, baseball fans to report to Spring Training here in the Valley of the Sun. Established in 1947, the Cactus League is now comprised of 15 major league teams, with games held in 10 stadiums around the Phoenix metropolitan area.
I am proud to be working here at Tempe Mission Palms, where I get to welcome tourists from all over the world who come to see the beauty of Arizona. Whether they are here to appreciate the natural wonder of the Grand Canyon, the red rocks of Sedona, or experience the “Wild West” in Tucson, there is something for everyone who visits this magnificent state. On February 14th, 2012, Arizona will turn 100 years old. Yes, that is Valentine’s Day – the day where love is in the air, and this year, I will profess my love for my home state.
Grapefruit Avocado Salad & Seared Pacific Grouper with Grapefruit Couscous and Citrus Buerre Blanc
Enjoy this recipe highlighting "grapefruit." which is a plentiful find, here in sunny Arizona. When selecting grapefruit, look for heaviness of size, firm to the touch when gentle pressure is applied, and a subtly sweet aroma (at room temperature). Grapefruit are available all year, but are "in-season" winter through early spring.
Enter the “I Love Spring Training" Contest and you might win a two night stay at Tempe Mission Palms Hotel in Tempe, Arizona and more! Keep reading for details on how to enter.
To enter: 1. “Like” our Facebook page & 2. Write on our wall “Take ME out to the ball game!” Random winner will be selected on February 17th for a TWO night stay at Tempe Mission Palms with breakfast daily, 2 tickets to Padres vs. Angels on 3/9/12 AND 2 tickets to Giants vs. Angels on 3/10/12 (donated from Tempe Tourism), as well as a $50 gift certificate for dinner from our friends at Z’Tejas. ENTER TODAY!
In a world where a new social media website seems to “pop-up” every day, it can be hard to decide which sites are worth your time. As the Social Media Coordinator at Tempe Mission Palms, it is my job to keep my finger on the pulse of social media, and the latest website that has caught my attention is Pinterest.
Tempe Mission Palms and several other Destination Hotel & Resorts properties are IACC (International Association of Conference Center) certified. That means that meeting planners, event organizers, and businesses can be assured that their meetings and events are held in the most productive meeting facilities in the world, as only 300 properties are active IACC members.
A fun “spin” on a classic marathon is Arizona’s P.F. Changs Rock ‘n Roll Marathon & ½ Marathon. This year’s event takes place on Sunday, January 15th, and benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. A qualifier for the Boston Marathon, participants run while they “rock out” through three Arizona cities, with music acts on every mile of the course.
Whether you are traveling to Tempe Mission Palms or another fantastic Destination Hotels & Resorts property, social media is the way to go for getting a great deal on your travel.
The Fiesta Bowl Block Party in Tempe, Arizona has been named by USA Today as “one of the top ten places in America to ring in the New Year.” Located in the heart of downtown Tempe on famous Mill Avenue, partiers are treated to a variety of entertainment including music, dancing, rides, fireworks, and a confetti blast at midnight.