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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Learn The Secrets To A Fun Family Vacation

Create Fun and Happy Memories With your Kids with Good Parenting!

For many people, family vacations bring up many great memories. Some remember long cross-country trips with the family packed into a car, some remember flying on airplanes to see relatives and others remember going on an ocean cruises to play on faraway beaches. Are you planning on making those wonderful memories with your children this summer? The happy and fun-filled family vacation is, after all, one of the biggest highlights in parenting you can have. You may also wonder how to make it a fun one that they will remember for years to come. After all, you do not want to have a cranky and unhappy family when all you want to do is spend time together.

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Here are some secrets to a fun family vacation that guarantee memorable and happy moments.

  • Plan your vacation with your kids and decide on where everyone wants to go as well as finding out vacation schedules ahead of time.
  • Make sure to pack lightly and make it fun by helping your younger ones pack. You can also let them help you pack by putting certain items in your suitcases such as shoes and other items. Be sure to have enough room in your luggage for souvenirs.
  • Leave plenty of time to get to where you want to be. To get your vacation off to a good start, plan to arrive at the airport about an hour early if you are planning to fly so you can check luggage, go through security and still have time to play before boarding.
  • Leave some flexibility in the schedule. Perhaps you may remember a series of films made in the 1980’s about a well-meaning, yet overly ambitious father by the name of Clark Griswold and his family. Wanting the best for the family, he had a tendency to go a little overboard with vacation schedules that left no flexibility what so ever. This, of course, lead to several humorous disasters and inevitable meltdowns; from the first film where the kids did not want to stay in the car anymore, to feeling exhausted and a little smothered in Europe in the second film. Unlike the National Lampoon Vacation movies, disasters from over scheduling and little flexibility are rarely humorous. Remember that even though kids seem to have a lot of energy, a lot of them are not continuous doers that constantly need to go from ride to ride or monument to monument. Over scheduling often leads loss of enthusiasm and exhaustion. Downtime is a must for everyone in the family so they would have time to enjoy themselves.
  • Let your children pick out a special souvenir within a certain price range; whether it is with their own vacation money or you decide to pay for it.
  • Let each person in the family choose one activity and one restaurant per trip. Give them options to choose from or let them choose something else that is fun to do if they are old enough to do so.
  • Last and certainly not least, keep your vacation simple and fun.

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Kristin Farmer Tells Where To Take Your Children In San Francisco

Kristin Farmer gives you some fun suggestions of where to take your kids in San Francisco for a fun, cultural adventure.

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San Francisco’s Exploratorium is a smorgasbord of creative experimentation for kids. Part of the Palace of Fine Arts, this large, two-story warehouse provides a variety of educational inventions, ranging from floating beach balls to a sand conveyor belt to a huge tactile dome. Kids are able to explore science concepts such as electricity, energy, light, sound, and motion.

The San Francisco Zoo is a spectacular place to take kids, and it has recently completed renovation to make it one of the best children’s zoos in the country. New additions include a meerkat and prairie dog exhibit and a petting zoo so kids can interact directly with animals.

The Walt Disney Family Museum. The museum details the life and works of the famed animator with both permanent and rotating exhibits. Features include early drawings and movies, music listening stations, and a 13-foot model of Disneyland.

The Randall Museum of San Francisco is located in the center of the city. This favorite gives kids a large variety of activities including a scale model of a caboose to climb on. The urban rail exhibit lets kids guide their train through models of San Francisco landmarks.

San Francisco’s Aquarium of the Bay may be smaller than San Francisco’s notable California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, but that makes it ideal for younger kids who don’t want to walk as far. It also has a series of undersea tunnels that can be explored by foot or on moving sidewalks. The petting pools let little ones touch anemones, starfish, rays, and small sharks. For an additional $10, you can explore the catwalks above the tanks. Call in advance to book spots and for additional information.

Just across the Bay Bridge, you’ll find the Oakland Museum of California. This is a great place to make learning history fun for kids. The large chalkboard entrance encourages visitors to write their answers to a topical question, draw a picture, or just scribble their name. Rotating art exhibits bring the courtyard to life. Inside the museum are galleries for Art, History, and Natural Sciences. On Family Sundays, they offer events such as storytelling and arts and crafts.

Alcatraz: While you may wonder whether taking children to a former prison is a good idea, there is plenty to offer for children. Just keep in mind that they may be interested in different aspects, such as the ferry ride, the views of surrounding towns, the abundance of birds and flowers, and the island’s steep hill.

The Asian Art Museum is the largest museum in the Western World dedicated exclusively to Asian art and culture. The permanent collections span 6,000 years and more than 40 Asian countries.

About the author: Aces Kristin Farmer has many roles in her life: family member (mother, daughter, sister), friend, business executive, and role model for women. Aces Kristin Farmer is also a fearless advocate for individuals with autism. Her dedication and commitment to service make her an inspiration for many.

Realtor Patrick Belhon Maintains Positive View of the 2014 San Francisco Real Estate Market

The 2014 San Francisco real estate market is projected to be the top performer among the top 20 real estate markets in the United States.

By Patrick Belhon
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Tight inventory and strong demand, especially for commercial properties, will help drive prices higher in the strong and flourishing local economy.

In 2013, sellers of residential real estate in San Francisco and the Bay Area of California did very well. Low inventory levels and high demand for homes in all price ranges led to the most desirable homes being snapped up as soon as they hit the market. Competition led to many homes being sold for more than their asking price.

The high price of San Francisco real estate did not dissuade buyers from entering the market. The luxury market did particularly well with more than 350 homes and 120 condos selling in excess of $2,000,000. Foreign investors helped to contribute to the demand for both moderately priced and luxury residences.

Commercial real estate also performed well in San Francisco and the entire Bay Area. Thanks to the strong economy in the region, demand for office space outstripped supply, leading to higher prices. According to a 2013 report by CBRE, a Fortune 500 commercial real estate company based in Los Angeles, the San Francisco business district (greater downtown area) had 5.7 million square feet of vacant office space and there was a demand for 6.3 million square feet of downtown office space.

What will 2014 look like?

Forecasts for 2014 residential real estate in most of the Bay Area neighborhoods are positive. While sale prices can vary significantly by neighborhood and type of home, on average, home prices are expected to increase by 6-8 percent in 2014. Inventory levels are still tight and are only expected to reach more normal levels by the end of the year or early in 2015. Foreclosures are down and continuing to go down. Mortgage rates show very little change and are expected to stay under 5 percent for the year.

San Francisco is experiencing a net influx into its population ranks. More people are moving in to the city than are migrating out of the city. The opportunity for work in high-paying fields such as technology, banking and insurance, is likely to result in an overall job growth rate of 2 percent for 2014.

San Francisco earns number 1 ranking in real estate

A highly-regarded report entitled Emerging Trends in Real Estate – 2014, was published in 2013 by PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) and ULI (Urban Land Institute) that gave valuable insight into the top 20 real estate markets in the United States. San Francisco finished number 1 in the overall rankings.

The study interviewed and surveyed more than 1,000 industry professionals. Included among the respondents were investors, mutual & pension fund managers, developers, property companies, lenders, brokers, advisers and consultants.

Consensus opinion was that San Francisco will continue to be a very good place to invest in both residential and commercial real estate. Private home ownership is expensive, but the prospects are good that prices will continue to rise throughout the year. According to the experts, commercial real estate has the potential to outperform residential real estate (more demand & price appreciation) in 2014.

Respondents were asked to give their opinion on the performance of the different segments of the San Francisco commercial real estate market. The question asked was whether you would buy, hold or sell a particular type of commercial property.

Hotels: 55.6% would buy – 24.4% would hold – 20.0% would sell
Industrial: 54.2% would buy – 37.29% would hold – 8.47% would sell
Retail: 50.8% would buy – 32.5% would hold – 16.7% would sell
Apartments: 49.0% would buy – 20.4% would hold – 30.6% would sell
Office Buildings: 45.0% would buy – 30.9% would hold – 24.2% would sell

If you define a positive outlook on commercial real estate as either buying property or holding on to property you already own, these statistics are clearly bullish for investors.

• Hotel segment: 80% positive outlook
• Industrial segment: 91.31% positive outlook
• Retail segment: 83.3% positive outlook
• Apartment segment: 69.4% positive outlook
• Office building segment: 75.9% positive outlook

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Stanford’s Cool Surroundings

Spread across some 8,180 acres and situated in the northwestern Silicon Valley, Stanford University of Stanford, California ranks amongst the most prestigious colleges in America – and across the globe, for that matter. Of course, with the mention of any significant academic institution comes the consideration of reputable social and after-school life – one of the many factors prospective university students take under advisement when planning their graduate-to-beyond education journey. Fortunately for Stanford, there exists plenty to do and see, ranging from the conservative and humble to the let-your-hair-down rambunctious.


The Pioneer Saloon, located at 2925 Woodside Road in neighboring Woodside, CA, offers live music, beers and shots and maybe even spot a movie star, rock star or billionaire. The Stanford Theatre, located at 221 University Avenue in Palo Alto, shows classic films on the big screen and on that charm alone deserves a spot on this list. Often referred to as a “living tribute to many of the greatest films ever made,” the Stanford wows with a throwback ambience and architecture, classic theatrical posters and even a Wurlitzer organ, all reminders that this was Palo Alto’s centerpiece of entertainment since 1925.


On the corner of El Camino Real and Page Mill Road, also in Palo Alto, is a massive grass and recreational area known as the Palo Alto/Stanford Community Playing Fields. Here, two sprawling soccer fields are drenched in plenty of light for any type of activity, along with plenty of parking. The Stanford Athletics Shop at 269 Galvez Street in Stanford carries a boatload of Stanford apparel, and is actually an offshoot of the school’s campus bookstore; a relatively small size for a retail shop and an attentive staff have made this a favorite of Stanford fans as well as its student body.

Sunken Diamond baseball stadium sits on Nelson Road in Stanford, playing host to an array of college baseball matchups. One of the most appealing draws of the venue is the way in which its positioning tends to put spectators “much closer to the action” than most pro baseball stadiums, leading to its reputation of being one of the most adored venues in the Bay Area to watch a game.

From out-of-the-park home runs to classic cinema shown amidst a backdrop of legendary charm, these attractions are merely scratching the surface of what the Stanford University surrounding area has in store.

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Why Tourists Love San Francisco

When it comes to San Francisco, what’s not to love? It’s a beautiful city rich with iconic sights from the Golden Gate Bridge to cable cars running along hilly streets to the island prison Alcatraz that have embedded themselves in the imaginations of people who have never even visited through movies, televisions and photographs. Therefore, in many ways, it feels familiar to visitors on arrival.


In addition to the familiarity of some of its most famous sights, San Francisco has attractive and walkable neighborhoods that are appealing for tourists. In North Beach, they can wander from the City Lights bookstore made famous by the Beat Generation poets and writers to one of the many excellent Italian restaurants in the area. At Fisherman’s Wharf, there’s seafood to eat, sea lions to watch on piers and a ferry to Alcatraz.


The Haight is famous for being a central spot for hippies to gather in the 1960s and for the Summer of Love in particular. Nob Hill is lined with Victorian houses and gorgeous views of the city while San Francisco’s Chinatown is justifiably famous as both the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinatown outside of Asia. Each of these districts and several others are good places for tourists to simply wander and take in the atmosphere.


San Francisco also has much to offer tourists who enjoy museums, sports or the outdoors. Some of the more popular museums include the Asian Art Museum, the Exploratorium and the exhibits at the California Academy of Sciences. A number of museums can be found in SoMa or the South of Market area. Also in SoMa is the AT&T Park, home of the legendary San Francisco Giants baseball team. Finally, outdoors enthusiasts enjoy the many parks in the area particularly the sprawling Golden Gate Park that includes an arboretum, a conservatory and a Japanese tea garden.

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Known for its eclectic, funky locals and a long history associated with counterculture art and politics, San Francisco is a fun and fascinating city for tourists. It’s easy to get around the place using public transportation or by walking and there is something to do for nearly every interest. It is justifiably one of the popular tourist destinations in North America.

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