February 27, 2011
WHERE TO STAY
Kimpton's Firesky Resort & Spa, 4925 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, Ariz.; (480) 945-7666, http://www.fireskyresort.com. Within a 10-minute drive of both Salt River Fields and Scottsdale Stadium as well as walking distance of Old Town Scottsdale. The hotel's Play Ball Spring Training package includes a basket of baseball snacks and bucket of beer at check-in. Doubles from $199.
Hermosa Inn, 5532 N. Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley, Ariz.; (602) 955-8614, http://www.hermosainn.com. Boutique hotel featuring 34 hacienda-style suites and Lon's at the Hermosa, an upscale indoor/outdoor dining experience featuring regional comfort-cuisine and seasonal three-course menus. The Spring Escape package requires a minimum stay of three nights at various casita levels beginning at $329 a night.
Hotel Valley Ho, 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale, Ariz; (480) 248-2000, http://www.hotelvalleyho.com. Retro-chic hotel and night life spot with roots in Hollywood celebrity culture of the 1950s. Valley Ho's Spring training package includes a Signature Guest Room, breakfast at ZuZu each morning of stay, VIP nightclub access, and a discount shopping book for Scottsdale Fashion Square beginning at $249 a night.
WHERE TO EAT
The Mission, 3815 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale, Ariz.; (480) 636-5005. http://www.themissionaz.com. A short drive from Salt River Fields and just around the block from Scottsdale Stadium, the Mission serves upscale modern Latin cuisine in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. Dinner entrees $12-$32.
Roka Akor, 7299 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, Ariz.; (480) 306-8800, http://www.rokaakor.com. Stylishly appointed sushi bar and Japanese robata grill. Entrees start at $14.50.
Papago Brewing Co., 7107 E. McDowell Road, Scottsdale, Ariz.; (480) 425-7439, http://www.papagobrewing.com. Fantastic tap room and package beer selection to go also features a light fare menu including custom and specialty pizzas, sandwiches and bar snacks.
WHAT TO DO
For Cactus League tickets and info, mlb.mlb.com/mlb/tickets/spring_training.jsp?content=cactus
Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Cactus League spring training home of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies, 755 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, Ariz. Tickets: (480) 270-5000 and through Ticketmaster, http://www.ticketmaster.com, http://www.saltriverfields.com, http://www.diamondbacks.mlb.com, http://www.rockies.mlb.com.
Scottsdale Stadium spring training home of the San Francisco Giants, 7408 E. Osborn Road, Scottsdale, Ariz.; (480) 312-2586, http://www.giants.mlb.com, http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/stadium.
Camelback Ranch, spring training home of the Dodgers and White Sox, 10710 W. Camelback Road, Glendale, Ariz.; http://www.camelbackranchbaseball.com, http://www.losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com, www,chicago.whitesox.mlb.com.
Tempe Diablo Stadium, spring training home of the Los Angeles Angels, 2200 W. Alameda Drive,
Tempe, Ariz.; (480) 350-5205, http://www.tempe.gov/diablo, losangeles.angels.mlb.com.
TO LEARN MORE
Cactus League, http://www.cactusleague.com.
Scottsdale Convention and Visitor's Bureau, (480) 421-1004, http://www.scottsdalecvb.com.
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