Spring activities around the state

The weather is great, and that has so many of us experiencing a bit of spring fever. 

Now that spring training is over, you may be looking for some new ways to spend your time.  There are so many outdoor events this time of year, Amanda Rumore, Online Editor with AzFoothills.com , shares a few of her favorites.  

Rumore says Sassi in North Scottsdale is a great place to celebrate spring.  With breathtaking scenery, magnificent ambiance, stunning patio settings, award winning food and outdoor entertainment you can't go wrong.

Each month Sassi creates a special 3 course menu at a special price of $45 in the winter, and $29 in the summer.  For an additional charge you can pair the meal with Italian wines.  The restaurant also has a special brunch menu for Easter.  Visit sassi.biz for a complete menu and reservation information.

If you're looking to get out of town, Rumore suggests a short drive to the red rocks of Sedona, more specifically L'Auberge .  She says this hidden gem is one of her favorites because of it's gorgeous mountain views, creek-side dining, and impressive room selections.  If you make the trip, she suggests massages on the creek, and a creekside brunch.

L'Auberge's featured Spring packages may be enough encouragement to get your trip started.  

The Vortex Hike Package provides two guests with a customized and private two-hour tour to one of Sedona's famous Vortex power spots. Along with the unique hiking tour, guests will enjoy overnight accommodations in one of L'Auberge's newly redesigned guest rooms spanning panoramic views of Sedona's beautiful Red Rocks and a breakfast credit at the award-winning Restaurant on Oak Creek. Rates starting at $355 per night also include a variety of onsite recreational activities including sunset yoga, stargazing sessions and morning duck pond feedings.

Spa on the Creek Package includes creekside or outdoor private cabana massage treatment, but special for the season, massages can be done creekside in an outdoor private cabana. Spa on the Creek includes two nights accommodations in a Lodge or Cottage room, (two night minimum stay required), $300 spa credit to use during your stay and daily breakfast credit.

If you prefer to stay closer to town, Rumore suggests two long running festivals that are coming up.  

The McDowell Mountain Music Festival is in it's 9th year, and will feature performances from national acts Ozomatli, Galactic, Anders Osborne, Trevor Hall, Dark Star Orchestra, Big Head Todd and the Monsters - as well as three local bands from the Phoenix area - Endoplasmic, Nameless Prophets, and Tramps and Thieves.

The best part is knowing your money is being well spent, because 100% of the proceeds benefit local, family-based charities. This year the proceeds will benefit Phoenix Children's Hospital and Ear Candy Charity.

The festival takes place on the outside grounds of The Compound Grill, April 13 - 15.  All tickets are general admission and range from $40-$55 for adults and children's tickets are $20.

For the foodies, the Scottsdale Culinary Festival is kicking back into high gear.  Some favorites will be making appearances again this year; The Great American Picnic is back, along with some new events.  This year two Food Network stars will be hosting events, Adam Richman, and Andrew Zimmern will both be making appearances.  Another new addition is the Shaken & Stirred event, where guests can sample three drinks and treats from a classic era and the event is held at Scottsdale's very own speakeasy, Mabel's on Main.

You can stay up to date on events around the state on AzFoothills.com .

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