Smart Shopper Cards get consumers discounted access to a variety of businesses in Arizona, California, Las Vegas, and Seattle. Dining cards get cardholders appetizers, entrees, and desserts at local restaurants; golf passes include rounds at award-winning courses; activity passes could include admission to roller skating rinks, trampoline parks, and laser tag arenas; and pamper passes combine salon and spa treatments such as facials, haircuts, and tanning. Each card comes attached to a card backer that has information about all the merchants including their phone number, address, and website as well as information about the deal.
Flagstaff Nordic Center's snowy trails wind gently through the Coconino National Forest and snake up the scenic San Francisco Peaks. Before making tracks into the wilderness or across the wilderness's carpet, guests visit the Nordic Nook pro shop in downtown Flagstaff to slip into Salomon boots and lock into Fischer skis, or get strapped into snowshoes by Yukon Charlie or Tubbs. Skiers are then ready to glide along 25 miles of nonredundant, groomed cross-country trails studded with classic downhill slopes and an absence of chairlifts. A thrilling descent and views of Humphrey's Peak reward experts that hike up Peak-A-View Trail, and a smooth surface running through aspen groves and a nearby pillow factory coaxes wobbly novices to test the mountainside. Snowshoers trek along a network of paths that begins with easier trails close to the main lodge, and stretches outward, past a warming yurt with a wood stove, in loops of increasing difficulty.
With a 450-square-foot walk-in humidor's worth of cigars and an extensive selection of spirits and wines, Magnum’s furnishes tasty fodder for smoke- and liquor-attuned palates. Guests bathe in the amber glow of the establishment's speakeasy-style ambiance as they browse a nearly encyclopedic menu that showcases 1,000 imported cigars ($7–$25), 350 single-malt scotches ($8–$200/glass), 600 beers ($5–$20/glass), and untold partridges in pear trees. Customers overwhelmed by Magnum's diversity of indulgences can consult with one of the store's knowledgeable sommeliers, mixologists, or cigar aficionados to discover the perfect sip or stogie to fit their mood. As guests blow smoke rings, the sounds, smells, and sentiments of the early 1930s permeate the shop, hearkening back to the days when smoking was the norm and words for money and unbaked bread could be used interchangeably.
Nancy Fitzgerald, owner of The Tasting Room, knows the importance of being local–having grown up in the Phoenix area herself–and populates her eatery’s wine and beer lists with local Arizona tipples. Specializing in boutique and specialty wines and beers, she's also amassed a menu of more than 70 wines from across the United States, South America, and Europe that are complimented by more than 20 microbrews and a cider. Her chefs pair these libations with small plates of italian crostini and goat-cheese-stuffed bell peppers, and paninis topped with smoked and cured meats and eclectic cheeses. A variety of pre-arranged specialty cheese and meat plates are also available, or guests can create custom plates from a list of 18 different cheeses and 7 meats with which to impress a date or immediately see the benefits of a low-carb diet.
Wine Depot opens its cellar doors just once a week, at which point vinophiles can pour inside to peruse rare, handcrafted, Old World German wines in more than 30 varietals. Wine Depot's oldest supplier boasts a start date of 1464, back when grapes were new to the planet and thought they'd never experience the fate of raisins. The specialty store's mammoth cellar maintains a proper storage temperature of 55 degrees Fahrenheit, ensuring all 20,000-plus bottles ($14–$600, $20–$30 on average) stay tasty and fresh. Sips range from crisp, mineral-forward pinot grigios to richly tannic cabernet franc, and semisweet and dry rieslings lend classic German tastes to atypical German breakfasts made of pizza puffs. To aid patrons in decision making, the experienced staffers at Wine Depot host a schedule of free weekly wine tastings, each offering samples of five handcrafted wines.
Ground Control’s cuisine reflects the cosmopolitan lifestyle of its owner, Sean, who offsets his nightly bartending with daily travels as a professional pilot. He and his wife, Tara, have also lived abroad, a sojourn that developed their taste for European dining. Now settled in Arizona, executive chef Chris Ibarra still satisfies their cravings—and those of their patrons—with scoops of house-made gelato atop stuffed crepes, short ribs braised in Guinness, and custom wood-fired pizzas crowned in ingredients such as roma tomatoes, duck, and gouda. Open for three meals a day, the eatery also anoints glasses with exotic ingredients by serving rich espresso drinks, creative cocktails, and sippy cups of water from the Fountain of Youth. Live music fills the space every Friday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
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