The trainers at Ultimate Body Boot Camp forage through the workout wilderness to curate a fitness omnibus. They pull from multiple exercise styles—including Pilates, plyometrics, kickboxing, yoga, and core work—to build workouts that combine the benefits of cardio and resistance training. This earned the program a top spot on Arizona Foothills magazine's Best of Our Valley list for 2012.
To keep clients' muscles from hitting the wall, getting bored, or taking off in the dead of night to pursue a career as an anatomy textbook model, coaches change the routine each class and give campers personalized tips to fuel individual journeys. Body-composition tests and nutritional plans augment the sessions, inspiring long-lasting habits for healthy physiques.
Red Rock Company tests athletic mettle with barn-burning feats of speed ranging from cycle races to triathlon competitions. Multiple divisions for many races encourage all genders and species to participate. Cyclists might go spoke-to-spoke through the Coconino and Kaibab National Forests during the Landis Cyclery Barn Burner 104 ($115 individual registration) or hit the pavement with the Four Peaks Brewing Urban Dirt Triathlon ($85 entry). Customers can also opt to compete in both the 1-mile swim and 5K run with the Top Banana registration ($50 registration, $70 day-of) or try a 2-mile standup paddleboard or paddle race ($35 registration, $45 day-of). The company also puts on Surftech RSP3 events, which include paddleboarding, running, and swimming races.
Italian for "your wine," Su Vino doesn't only curate a lineup of award-winning varietals, it also crafts custom wines to suit even the most discerning palates. Inside an eye-catching tasting room, Su Vino Winery pairs glasses and bottles of its vintages with a menu of light appetizers and sensuous desserts. Red wines such as the jam-flavored cabernet sauvignon/merlot blend and peppery zinfandel pour crimson into tasting glasses, whereas white wines—including the tongue-twisting gewürztraminer—immerse taste buds in crisp, off-dry tones. They also open their bottle-lined space to guests interested in hosting a birthday party, bridal shower, or scared-straight event for delinquent grapes.
Great-grandmas and flat-screen TVs don't have much in common. But if one were to draw a Venn diagram for the two, they would overlap with Home Movie Preservation Center. Equipped with digital tools, the center's team of video technicians rescues home footage of great-grandmas and other memories from deteriorating formats and gives it a new home on high-quality DVDs. The staff is adept at filling their DVDs with transfers from an array of media types, including photos, slides, and audiocassettes and VHS, MiniDV, 8mm, and Super 8mm film.
The Venue Scottsdale is a chameleon of a building, as ready to effortlessly host an elegant wedding reception as it is to present a comedy show or concert. The 29,000 square-foot, multi-level confines feature an indoor cobblestone courtyard and leaf-covered balconies, offering an outdoorsy ambience without the worry of inclement weather. Upstairs, a ballroom and a VIP lounge welcome private event goers, while a comedy club inspires knock-knock jokes with its own private entrance.
At Sassi, the goal is to immerse guests in an authentic Italian experience—from the moment they approach the restaurant, with its terra-cotta roof and burbling courtyard fountain, to their last bite of cannoli della casa. In between, diners are met with handmade pastas, artisanal cheeses, and cured meats, to name a few. Though many of the ingredients for these dishes are grown locally, Sassi imports its time-honored tradition of hospitality from southern Italy. This warm and welcoming atmosphere never changes, though the dinner menu tends to rotate monthly to better reflect seasonal ingredients. The same goes for the drink menu, which features cocktails mixed with local citrus fruits, and shots of vodka sauce crafted in-house. While the menu introduces guests to the tastes of Italy, the restaurant itself introduces them to the country's decor. Each separate dining space transports visitors to a different room in an Italian villa—from the wine room dining area with its earthy tones and barrel-vault ceiling, to the kitchen dining room with its rustic exposed beams and stonework walls. And Sassi’s location at the base of Pinnacle Peak means that guests can drink in views of the granite summit while they dine.