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Farm to Fork – Agritourism in Phoenix, AZ

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Exclusive LEGO Mini-Build Weekend at The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa

The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa has partnered with LEGO to be the first Resort ever to offer and exclusive Master Build Workshop Weekend. Arizona’s first LEGO store opened at the Chandler Fashion Center and to celebrate, the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass is bringing out a certified LEGO Master Builder to lead a two day workshop for a limited number of lucky guests. Offered July 19-20 and August 2-3, these packages provide an exclusive opportunity to spend the weekend with a professional LEGO Master Builder. This limited engagement was designed specifically for Resort guests to have personal instruction in advanced building techniques with a certified expert. Spend two days working hand-in-hand with the Master-Builder, learn prized tips and assist in creating a life-sized, one-of-a-kind LEGO creation especially designed for this event.This package is suggested for children 6-12 years old and is limited to 50 per workshop. Starting at $249, families receive one night in a luxurious guestroom, access for one child in the LEGO Master Builder Class for two days, an exclusive video presentation for the whole family by the LEGO Master Builder, a $25 LEGO Gift Card, a LEGO Club Membership and a coupon redeemable at the LEGO Store for a free small Pick A Brick Cup. To book this package, call: 602-225-0100 or visit www.WildHorsePassResort.com and mention the BUILD08 rate code.

Experience a True Sense of Place at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa

The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa goes beyond Green and promotes both Cultural Sustainability and Environmental Responsibility with its new GeoGreen initiative. Having led the industry for the last five years in Geotourism, the Resort is now looking to be the leader in Eco-stewardship with the new GeoGreen initiative that combines recycling and conservation efforts with cultural preservation while offering guests a unique experience and “sense-of-place.”Our internal practices have been altered to accommodate environmental needs. Each associate is participating in our daily recycling and conservation efforts. According to Editor Keith Bellows, the list’s inspiration came from wanting to help readers avoid the letdown of staying in a hotel that isn’t original and fails to exhibit any understanding of its cultural context. National Geographic created the list based on extensive research, including input from local experts and seasoned travelers, in-depth questionnaires to more than 600 nominated hotels and detailed follow-up by magazine staff. Regardless of price, all the featured hotels cherish a sense of place and offer a sweet night’s sleep, according to the magazine.Senior Editor, Sheila Buckmaster, said that in order to make the list, the hotels and inns had to be judged in four main areas; ecological stewardship, adherence to a true sense of place, community involvement and overall ambience and service.

Kai Restaurant Announces Exclusive Wine Dinner Evenings

Arizona’s only AAA Five-Diamond/Forbes Five-Star restaurant, Kai at theSheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa proudly announces its partnership with several acclaimed wineries to present three summer wine dinners.

In the coming months, Kai will pair its award-winning cuisine with wines from various regions for three unique six-course dinner events that will feature an individual winery with cuisine influenced by its flavors.  These events will be offered to a limited number of guests and will range from $130- $150 per person.  Each guest is invited to a private reception with hors d’oeuvres beginning at 6:30 p.m. The six-course dinner with wine pairings will then follow with seating at 7:00 p.m.

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa Wins National “Odyssey Award” for “Sustaining an Indigenous Culture or Community”

The Tourism Industry Association of America (TIA), in partnership with National Geographic Traveler magazine, recently awarded the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa the TIA Odyssey Geotourism Award for Sustaining an Indigenous Culture or Community.The TIA Odyssey Awards recognize excellence in the travel and tourism industry. The only individual resort and Arizona entity to be recognized in the entire awards ceremony, the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa leads the nation in geotourism efforts offering Resort guests tangible and authentic Native American art, architecture, cuisine, entertainment and philanthropic opportunities. For a full list of award winners and categories please visit,www.tia.org/odysseyawards.

The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass goes beyond green practices and promotes both Cultural Sustainability and Environmental Responsibility with our GeoGreen initiative, in which we work to sustain the geographical character and heritage of this land by respectfully and authentically showcasing the culture of the Gila River Indian Community.

AAA Five Diamond Kai Restaurant Unveils New Winter Menu with Innovative Dishes and Show-Stopping Service

Kai at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa celebrates the coming of winter with a new seasonal menu featuring the innovative restaurant’s most creatively aggressive menu to date and an increased focus on table-side service.The Pima and Maricopa People have long embraced the changing seasons with celebration and renewal and the AAA Five Diamond Award-winning Kai Restaurant, located on the Gila River Indian Community and featuring Native American Cuisine with Global Accents, has reflected that embrace by creating a rich, warm menu sure to tempt its guests. This revamped menu includes new items such as Hudson Valley Foie Gras and Pumpkin Brulé, Caramelized Red Mullet with Young Ginger and Green Curry Infused Coconut Fume, and Kurobuta Pork Prepared Three Ways. Many menu favorites were given a fresh approach such as the Lobster Tail on Frybread, which is still available as the Lobster Degustation. Menu staples such as the Grilled Tenderloin of Buffalo and the Pan Seared Colorado Lamb Loin make a popular appearance on the new menu as well. Those looking for an over the top dining experience will relish in the Caviar & Champagne Meringue appetizer featuring Beluga, Suvruga, Osetra and Tobiko Caviars for $175 or the seven course Chef’s Tasting Menu with Sommelier wine pairings for $240 per person.

Native American “Storytelling & Song” Resumes for Winter Season

The highly acclaimed “Storytelling & Song” program at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa now in its seventh season kicks off around mid-November and carries on through mid-March. The program, designed to share the ancient cultures of the Pima and Maricopa Tribes, has been a favorite of Resort and Restaurant guests, but is only offered during the winter months due to cultural customs.The featured Storytellers are enrolled members of the Gila River Indian Community and tell a combination of ancient Pima and Maricopa legends based on desert wildlife, typically with a moral lesson, as well as personal stories about their experiences growing up on the surrounding Tribal lands. Traditional and social songs are also shared during the hour-long presentation. This program was developed and is managed by the Resort’s Cultural Concierge, Ginger Sunbird Martin.

Desert Interpretive Trail

The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa has completed the construction of a two and a half mile Interpretive Trail which runs alongside the Resort’s replication of the storied Gila River. The construction of the Interpretive Trail was a three year process involving in-depth research of the Gila River Indian Community’s history and heritage. More than fifty signs detailing the culture, history and plant life of the Gila River Indian Community can be found along the trail. More than half of the signs focus on the vegetation that is of historical significance to the Pima and Maricopa People. Each sign, named in both the Pima and English languages, features a picture of each plant and denotes what it was used for and its significance to the Gila River People. The remaining signs detail facts about the surrounding area such as the history of Pima Cotton and facts about the Pima and Maricopa languages.

Wild Mustangs and Massage Package at Aji Spa

Relax, roam and enjoy rare views with this new, one-of-a-kind package offered at Aji Spa at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa. Spend the morning on horseback in search of the 1,500 Wild Horses that roam the Gila River Indian Community and enjoy an afternoon of luxurious pampering. Cowboys from the onsite Koli Equestrian Center will greet you on horseback for a 1.5-hour ride through ancient Tribal lands where ancestors of the Spanish El Conquistador’s noble Mustangs still roam free. Keep a keen eye for a rare view of these amazing, and truly wild, animals before returning to the spa where you will receive your saddle-soothing 50-minute full-body massage.