Over the Labor Day weekend, my husband and I along with some wonderful friends, attended (not for the first time) Phoenix Cooks! at the Kierland Westin Resort in North Scottsdale. This annual stay-cation has been a favorite of ours, giving us a chance to get away from the chores of every day life, without going so far that our cat Thor gets too upset with us.
We have always enjoyed our stays at the resort. The rooms at the Kierland are comfortable, and views of the golf course and mountains on the horizon are just lovely. It’s no surprise to us that so many people come from much greater distances than we have to enjoy the beauty of the desert right in the middle of the dining, entertainment and shopping mecca surrounding the resort. And the Kierland has a nightly bagpiper at sunset, a special way to punctuate the evening.
The annual Phoenix Cooks! event brings numerous local restaurants out with samples of their cuisine tempting us to join each for an evening of dining. Local and national chefs tech tips and tricks and inspire us with their clever combinations. This year was dominated by Fry’s grocery stores, offering more cheese, olives, antipasto, wine and other delights, than could be consumed even by the hungry hoard.
After the stress of all that food and wine, it’s time to relax at the lazy river. The Westin Kierland really caters to families, with a great kids program with many activities including a treasure hunt throughout the grounds. Sunday was punctuated with a cannonball contest. Too much work for us adults, but the kids lined up to become the next winner, of what it was not clear!
Now we’re back home, returned to our chores, our jobs, and real life.