Where to go to Celebrate Super Bowl XLIX in Scottsdale

Super Bowl old photo from wikipediaEvery year, the Super Bowl host city goes all out to put on an even more spectacular event than the previous year’s Super Bowl. Super Bowl XLIX is being played on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. The NFL holds a big party and there are a number of exclusive private parties throughout the greater metropolitan Phoenix area. In Scottsdale, about 30 minutes from the site of Super Bowl XLIX, restaurants, bars, and nightclubs are all planning to have special themed events and celebrations revolving around the big game.

While the Super Bowl is still a football game to determine the NFL championship, it has grown into a big and lucrative party that injects hundreds of millions of dollars into the local economy. Even those people who don’t know the difference between a touchdown and a field goal become football fans. Electricity is in the air and crowds flock to the area whether or not they have tickets to the game.

• Hotel rooms fill up fast
• Room rates often double or triple in price
• Lines get longer outside the best nightclubs
• You might have to wait 30 minutes to get into a restaurant for dinner
• Bars fill-up before, during, and after the big game

Scottsdale is the perfect place to stay during Super Bowl week. There are so many things to do in this gem of a city. From upscale malls in Northern Scottsdale to quaint shops in Old Town Scottsdale, there are ample opportunities to enjoy the sport of shopping. If you stay here in Scottsdale there are countless restaurants, a wide array of bars, and a bunch of cool nightclubs where you can show off your best dance moves.

Would you like to have a memorable night out before Super-Sunday? This year, Taste of the NFL is hosting its 24th Annual Party with a Purpose on Saturday, January 31, 2015. The extremely popular NFL event is being held at WestWorld of Scottsdale (3 miles from the Scottsdale Thunderbird Suites) and allows attendees to sample the best cuisine from 32 restaurant stations (representing each NFL city). If you choose, you can also partake in the specially created wine pairings. You’ll get a chance to meet and greet NFL players from every NFL team as they man the 32 restaurant stations. This year’s culinary host will be Andrew Zimmern of Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. Actress Alyssa Milano has been chosen as the celebrity spokesperson. To top off the night, a nationally-featured musical act, yet to be announced (past performers have included Sarah Evans, Martina McBride and many more), will entertain and there will be a silent auction where you can bid on rare sports memorabilia, jewelry, vacations and other goodies).

The affair is open to the public and serves a dual purpose. It gets everyone in a good mood for game day and the proceeds go to help fight hunger in the local community as well as in the 32 NFL cities around the country. Tickets are not cheap at $700 for an individual or $9,000 for a VIP table that seats 10 guests. Dress is formal (suits and cocktail dresses) and attendees are encouraged to snap photos and share them on social media. If you can afford it, this is a top event that benefits an important cause.

Many of the restaurants in Scottsdale are doing themed-parties for the Super Bowl Macayo’s Kitchen at 11107 N. Scottsdale Road is making up some fantastic Mexican platters filled with all of your favorites. If you want a great steak in a great atmosphere, you can’t go wrong by making a reservation at Mastro’s City Hall Steakhouse at 6691 East Camelback Road. Want to let your hair down and down a few beers? Try the Rusty Spur Saloon at 7245 East Main Street in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. Finally, dress to impress and head over to the hottest nightclub in town. Degree 270, on the 14th floor of the Talking Stick Resort Hotel, has unbeatable views of the Valley, fabulous French champagne, and everything else you might want in an upscale nightclub.

As we get closer to Super Bowl XLIX, you will be able to get more details about the numerous parties and events being held all around Scottsdale. Remember make your reservations soon and celebrate Super Bowl XLIX in Scottsdale.

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Things to do in January 2014 in Santa Clara: South Bay Home & Garden Show

Screen shot 2013-10-08 South Bay Home & Garden ShowEarly in new year, the air in Northern California is cool and crisp. Your New Year’s resolutions are still fresh in your mind. Will you be able to lose those extra 30 pounds? Are you really going to sell your BMW and replace it with a really cool Tesla? Well one resolution you can make is to attend the January, 2014 South Bay Home & Garden Show at the Santa Clara Convention Center.

Mark your calendars for the January 10-12, 2014 South Bay Home & Garden Show. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, just south of San Francisco, the Santa Clara Convention Center is easy to find. It is just a short drive from almost any place in and around the area. From San Francisco, the Convention Center is located just off Interstate 101 at 5001 Great American Parkway in Santa Clara.

The Santa Clara Convention Center is a modern facility that hosts a variety of events throughout the year. The 302, 000 square feet of covered space is more than big enough to allow all of the vendors and exhibitors to bring in the latest and greatest products and display them for you to see.

As one of the premiere home shows in the entire state of California, you can expect to see leading experts in the home improvement industry. Professionals will be on hand to discuss the latest new products and trends for your home. You will be able to ask them questions and pick their brains for ideas to improve both the inside and the outside of your house.

Although the organizers of the South Bay Home & Garden Show aim this event at the professionals who run city parks, own landscaping companies and are involved in designing and installing outdoor structures, the show is also appealing to homeowners.

During the three days that the big show takes place, there will be many new and exciting exhibits to see. While far from being all that you will see, the following list will give you an idea of some of the things that will be on display.

• Decorative greenery
• Garden equipment
• Hand and power tools designed for outdoor projects
• Biological and chemical products
• Greenhouses
• Lighting – solutions for both indoor and outdoor lighting
• Systems for more efficient watering
• Building a beautiful and functional garden area
• How to grow flowers all year long
• Equipment for playgrounds and parks

You will also get to see some things you probably never saw before.

• Bee-keeping
• Mushroom growing
• Plants that can be grown for medicinal purposes

Whether you are a pro looking to find the best kind of machine for maintaining acres of grassland or a homeowner who would like to have a gazebo installed down by the lake in your backyard, you are sure to find an expert who can help you out. If you are visiting San Francisco, Mountain View, or any other place in or around Silicon Valley, it is worth taking a trip to attend the January, 2014 South Bay Home & Garden Show.

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