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Az Tourist News - June 2004

Az Tourist News - June 2004

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 JUNE-AUGUST 2004
StatewideAttractions
Page 34-35
StatewideFestivals
Page 29-32
Native AmericanCulture
Page 36, 38
Durango,Colorado
Page 40
RV Resorts &Campgrounds
Pages 42-47
Mexico
Pages 41
Pet FriendlyArizona
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Memorial Day for manyis more than the start of Summer...it is the day whenwe ALLneed to reflect onwhat we have, why wehave it and of those whomade the ultimate sacrificeto ensure that our way of life is forever protected.The enemy is within,it is not Osama bin Ladin,it is not the Taliban, it is not Al-Qaida,it is not the Iraqis...it is, in fact, theenemy within our own boundaries. The“elite, main stream media”.... “Ahousedivided cannot stand.” Now where didI hear that before.....enough said!AZ Tourist News extols and informsothers of what there is to experience inArizona, in hopes of inspiring them tocelebrate that which we have in ourgreat state.....Arizona is America’sTheme Park....God Bless Arizona, andAmerica.By all accounts the tourism business(remember if you travel 50 miles andstay overnight, you ARE a tourist) willbe running full bore. From AAAtotourism officials across the nation thesurveys are in, and travel will be theorder of the day. Gas prices notwith-standing, the average trip -now reportedto be 500 miles- will only cost the aver-age family an extra $14.00. I don’t seehow this will negatively impact region-al, over-the-road travel.I am happy to report that the ArizonaOffice of Tourism is putting out anevent guide that will be distributed to allthe Chambers and CVB’s throughoutArizona. Our visitors NEED an eventguide they can depend on. I do need topoint out that the Arizona Office of Tourism refuses to acknowledge AZTourist News nor do they choose towork with us. Instead of supportingwhat we already do better than anyoneelse, they prefer to replicate the guide atan increased expense to the State of Arizona. This is unfortunate.Perhaps like a fly at the picnic it ishoped that we will simply disappear...We won’t. We exist because there is nowelcome mat to make visitors toArizona feel as if their business is reallywanted. After all the hard work to pro-mote the area and drive people into thestate, nothing is done to make their visiteasier. We will always support theArizona Office of Tourism (the bannerfor their site is on www.aztourist.com)and hope that one day they will see thevirtue of a rising tide lifting allboats.....and THAT’S a Memo!!Last but not least, on page 3 you willsee why, in fact, I feel so passionatelyabout our existence. Our readership isoften astonished by the amount of infor-mation we put out. Often you will sim-ply never find this informationUNLESS you know to look for it. Weencourage you to see just how somepeople compare reading AZ TouristNews to the New York Times. No, mymother did not write it...Enjoy the summer, and errrr remem-ber.... don’t get into your car again with-out first researching AZ Tourist News orwww.aztourist.com.
Ciao,Anthony Venuti,Publisher
Letter from the Publisher
To reach an account executive, associate editor or tocontact the editor or publisher, call (800) 462-8705. Anyeditorial portion of AZ Tourist News may not be dupli-cated without written permission from the Publisher. AzTourist News © 2004. 60,000 copies distributed monthly.Look for us at visitors centers, hotels, resorts, movie the-aters, restaurants, major attractions, major events, andeverywhere else in Arizona!
Submissions of Articles & PressReleases: Deadline June 15, 2004.Fax (520) 622-7275. Press releases,etc. are always welcomed.
Az Tourist News, P.O. Box 5083,Tucson, AZ, 85703. Toll Free (800)462-8705, (520) 622-7008, (520) 622-7275 Fax, email info@aztourist.com,www.aztourist.com
MAIN OFFICE -TUCSON
Publisher/EditorAnthony VenutiManaging EditorCharlis McVeyArt DirectorAlaena HernandezAssociate EditorPam MarloweAssociate EditorKate SeymourE-PublishingJ.R. McGowanDistributionIan Marlowe
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WE ARE PROUDTO BE MEMBERS OF:
Astronomy..............................................................................................33Attractions........................................................................................34-35Bed & Breakfasts...................................................................................28Birdwatching..........................................................................................33Casinos, Regional..................................................................................37Central Arizona ...................................................................................4-7
Cochise County...................................................................................20-21Colorado River Region......................................................................22-23
Events, Featured..............................................................................24-25 June Events.......................................................................................30 July Events.........................................................................................31August Events...................................................................................32Ongoing Events................................................................................32
Flagstaff.....................................................................................................11Globe-Miami..............................................................................................7Grand Canyon......................................................................................12-13GreenValley.............................................................................................19Libraries, Maricopa Co.............................................................................5Lodging................................................................................................26-28Native American Culture.................................................................36, 38
Northland...........................................................................................8-16
Page-Lake Powell.....................................................................................14Pet Friendly Arizona...............................................................................27Phoenix Metro...........................................................................................4Prescott.....................................................................................................15Public Lands.............................................................................................39Regional..............................................................................................40-41Durango, CO....................................................................................40Mexico...............................................................................................41Rim Country...............................................................................................6RV Resorts & Campgrounds.............................................................42-47Sedona.......................................................................................................16Southern Az.........................................................................................17-21Statewide Map...................................................................................24-25Survey - FREE SUBSCRIPTION................................................................34Tucson...................................................................................................17-18White Mountains.................................................................................8-10Williams....................................................................................................14Wineries, Regional..................................................................................28
Contents
EVENT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES:
Due to the demand for listing events, we have set the following guidelines. We hope that these will clarify our criteria.
1. Space Availability:
We simply cannot list all the events we receive. We reserve the right to select appropriate event listings and when space is tight, we will give first priority tothose who partner with us.
2. Length:
25-30 words in length or 180 characters. This should include the necessary information such as event title, date, venue, brief description of event, admission and publiccontact number for further information. The name of the city is not included in the word count.
3. Type:
Tourism / Visitor related... typically this leaves out charitable events and events that would draw from only the participants’family, friends and like demographic reach,unless these have a particularly “western” or Arizona theme.Events submitted on line at
www.aztourist.com
or e-mailed to
Charlis@acttucson.com
will be given priority consideration. We have limited staff to retype, fax forapproval/proofing, etc. If you can help us help you, it will be in your best interest to do so, for the time we can save will encourage us to choose your events.
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-12,000 Engineers in Tucson. 52 page full color glossy with over200 active high paying advertisers receiving 6,000 copies monthly. High end, consumer based.2.
The AZ Tourist News
-60,000 Statewide 48 page full color Tabloid only paper of its kind.Available for free pick up at over 1000 Arizona and neighboring states distribution spots.Hotels, visitor centers, attractions, truck stops, RV resorts.
All of these publications are the only ones of their kind.
We have a marketing model developed over the years of publishing / advertising that is not replicatedanywhere and makes our selling much easier and more responsive.
We are looking for the following professionals in all areas:
1. Writers, PR professionals, who can sell behind their writing. 2. Inside sales people who can closesuccessfully over the phone. 3. Distribution people who can sell as they develop relationships.NO HARD SELLING! “Relationship based only” communications. We have a call database with over32,000 active records. Unlimited leads • 500 active advertiser base • Niche markets
Call 1-800-462-8705 or go to www.actarizona.com
 Join the TEAM
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Arizona’s Most DynamicPublishing Group
Publishers of the following Print media
1. Greater PhoenixChamber of Commerce’s Today2. AZ Tourist News3. Raytheon Employee Magazine
 
“Whether it’s an extended vacation or a weekend trip, I find this paper to be absolutely awesome!” 
- Isabella Gilkes,GilbertMy goodness! Thank you Isabella.And thanks to all of you who respondedto our readership survey. Your input willmost certainly help us to maintain ourposition as the Arizona traveler’s fore-most source of Arizona tourist informa-tion. Your data will aid us in tailoring oureditorial and advertising focus to yourspecific interests. But before that, it mustbe said, with great thanks and humility,your praise and enthusiasm for the AZTourist News has us blushing, braggingand pleasantly invigorated.It’s hard not to get excited when folkslike Nick Massimiano of ColoradoSpringsreport that,
“When I arrive in AZ, the first thing I pick up is AZ Tourist News.” 
And then there’s Sandra Rauschhailing all the way from Saugatuck,Michiganand lauding us as a
“Great newspaper! Packed with lots of informa- tion about all types of “to do’s.” I will look forward to my next one.” 
Thanks guys. As is evident above, sur-vey results were returned from far andwide. From Alaska to Arkansas readerswho filled out and returned the surveywere rewarded with a free three-monthsubscription. Of course, most of you(66% in fact) were full or part time resi-dents of Arizona. But it appears that liv-ing here only makes one more eager tosee the state. It follows that, for our out-of-state visitors, seeing our regioninspires the desire to make AZ a perma-nent home. And because Arizona has somuch to offer, so much to see and do,we’ve made it our pleasure to keep youposted on all of it. Florence’s VeraWaltersseems to think we’re rather goodat it too.
“It’s a great resource for me,” 
she says of AZ Tourist News.
“I go some-where every weekend.” 
Every weekend! That’s a lot. It maynot sound so extravagant to our readers,though. After all, almost half of you hitthe Arizona road more than 4 times ayear. Of those, most are exploring ourstate’s highways and by-ways more thanhalf a dozen times a year. Well, that’s whywe’re here; to illuminate all the things todo, places to go, where to stay and eat,and how to find that special memento bywhich to remember it all. Testifying toour success is Babette Leasure of Prescott, who appreciates all the informa-tion we provide and feels that we are,
“Better than most local pubs for explor-ing AZ.” 
Actually, Babette is an excellent exam-ple of our primary readership. 70% sur-veyed were over the age of 56 and with40% being retired, our readers were mostresponsive to events and attractions list-ings. As Scottsdale’s Michele Maddoxputs it,
We love going to see the small  historic places all over AZ and it’s a lot more fun when we know something is going on.” 
Pat Dean of Tombstoneres-olutely agrees,
“This is a wonderful  newspaper! Now I’ll know what’s hap- pening and where! Thank You!” 
Awshucks. Our pleasure, Pat.And be assured, AZ Tourist News willcontinue to provide those traveling in,through, and around Arizona with themost informative and entertaining tourisminformation available. Because whetheryou have specific areas of interest like ArtOshefsky of Green Baywho says,
 I love the information on weekly/monthly rentals of condos and townhouses,” 
oryou read the Tourist News for a regionaloverview like Susan Przybylski of Toledowho asserts,
“My husband and I read it from front to back,” 
AZ Tourist Newshas the dedication to provide you with allthe information you’ll need when travel-ing in our dynamic state.Or, perhaps our readers say it best. AsA.A. Krizek of Phoenixsuccinctly puts it,AZ Tourist News is,
“Agreat tourist guide for things to do and places to go and stay.” 
And from Frances Evans of Lewes,Delaware-
“Fascinating and enchanting- best paper I’ve read except the NY Times.” 
‘Nuff said.The splash of sunlight across red rock, the glint of water shining in blue fountains and gentle reflectingpools. The smell of fresh desert in summer sunlightand the cool feel of sheltering, embracing rooms.Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright came to theArizona desert to create an oasis, a masterpiece of calming beauty, created from the land itself. He calledhis home Taliesin West, and more than 60 years later,guests can experience the inspired work of the archi-tect.Wright built the sprawling, sheltered complex onthe 600-acre site beginning in 1937. Today, guests areamazed at the seemingly modern concepts he used inetching the buildings into the earth at the base of Scottsdale’s McDowell Mountains.Taliesin West served as Wright’s winter home, stu-dio and architectural campus from 1937 until his deathin 1959. Aschedule tailored for the summer and fallmonths allows guests to explore the campus, cited bymany as the showpiece of Wright’s ability to blendindoor and outdoor spaces.Tours explore Taliesin West and guests are treatedto Wright’s vision of a “simple” desert camp. His per-sonal office, Kiva meeting room, Music Pavilion andCabaret dinner theater are all spaces in which visitorssit and enjoy Wright’s architecture.Visiting Taliesin West is crucial in understandingthe genius of Wright and his architectural principles.Mitered glass windows encompass sweeping horizons,walls built in exacting angles wipe away views of modern advance. Walls made of stone collected fromthe land allow for passive solar design, and canvasroofs bring in filtered sunlight during the day andrelease ambient light in the evening, washing theentire campus in a calming glow.The showpiece of Taliesin West is the living room,or “Garden Room” as Wright called it. Entrance to theroom is through a typically Wrightian low-ceiling,stone-wall space which leads to a room 56-feet longby 34-feet at one place and 24-feet at another. Alargefireplace dominates the far end of the room and thearchitect designed most of the furniture. It was in thismagnificent room that Wright entertained his guests.Since its earliest days, visitors have been welcomeat Taliesin West. Abroad range of tours is offered allyear long. The summer season runs through October.No tours are offered on Tuesdays or Wednesdays dur-ing July and August.Wright called Taliesin West a “look over the rim of the world.” On the two-hour
“Night Lights on theDesert Tour”
visitors view a carpet of city lightsspread out below, the fire-breathing dragon, thefamous living room and other unique spaces. This touris offered three times on Friday nights only, beginningat 6:30, 7 & 7:30 pm.The summer day schedule includes the one-hour
“Panorama Tour,”
offered daily at 9, 10, and 11 am.Knowledgeable guides take visitors to the Pavilion,Cabaret, Wright’s office and the Kiva—all linked bydramatic terraces, walkways and fountains.The popular 90-minute
“SummerInsights Tour,”
is offered daily at 9:30 & 11:30 am and at noon, 1, 2,3 & 4 pm, (and also at 10:30 am in September andOctober.) This tour includes everything on thePanorama tour plus a visit to the dramatic LivingRoom.Athree-hour
“Behind the Scenes”
tour includestea in the colorful dining room and a visit to the SunCottage. It is offered Monday and Saturday mornings(also on Thursdays in September and October) startingat 9 am.A90-minute
“Architecture Discovery Tour,”
offered daily, June through August at 10:30 am & 1:30pm, is specially designed for families with school-agechildren. Families learn how Wright took everydayshapes and objects—along with vivid colors and strik-ing patterns—to create buildings that are works of art.Enter the 600-acre site at Frank Lloyd WrightBoulevard (114th St.) and Cactus Road, in northeastScottsdale.
The winterschedule is available atwww.franklloydwright.org orby calling (480) 860-2700 ext. 494 or495.
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