PLAYSTATION FIESTA BOWL
University of Phoenix Stadium, December 30th, 4 p.m. ET
Washington vs. Penn State
While the rest of the country is implementing layers, you’ll be nice and toasty nine miles northwest of Phoenix. There’s a lot to do in this modern urban oasis, including the Ziegler Fiesta Bowl Museum, where you can ogle football and bowl memorabilia. Get your camera ready and strike your best Heisman pose.
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Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale is a boutique hotel that bills itself as “hip luxury” which has been a recurring theme since it opened in 1956. This once popular Hollywood retreat was frequented by Bing Crosby, Tony Curtis and Zsa Zsa Gabor, and today remains a testament to cool. The hotel’s restaurant Zu Zu is a popular spot and features warm welcomes and hot meals. Really good hot meals, by the way, in case you thought we were phoning that in.
Mountain Shadows was completely rebuilt in 2017 and returned to its original glory as an icon of old luxury. It features the Short Course, a par-3, 18-hole golfing experience nestled in a natural mountain landscape, which is suited for experienced and beginner golfers.
The Royal Palms Resort and Spa, nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain, was an estate built in 1929 as a winter home for the New York industrialist nephew of J.P. Morgan, and was transitioned from private residence to resort in the winter of 1948. The resort provides three employees for every guest, and T. Cook’s restaurant offers a world-class dining experience with food by Executive Chef Todd Allison.
Mowry & Cotton at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale (also a superb place to stay) offers seasonally inspired food and a bar for the modern bardog to belly up to. They serve buttermilk buns with duck fat fig butter, so there’s really no reason to say anything else.
The House Brasserie is where Chef Matt Carter has created a menu of modern takes on American classics that are billed as taking you back to grandma’s kitchen. We’re pretty sure Granny didn’t make Maine lobster gnocchi, but does it matter? No. No, it doesn’t.
Bourbon & Bones is a classic American chophouse and bar, offers a dry-aged Tomahawk Ribeye and 250 different bourbons to go with it. Add a side of truffled lobster mac’n cheese, and you’ll sure thank us for sending you there.
If spas aren’t your thing (who are you people?), plan a day for the Arizona Cowboy College and experience life as a real live cowboy. There are also more than 200 area golf courses, particularly the Camelback Golf Club, Boulders Club and Raven Golf Club.
For a complete listing of this year’s bowl games and full TV schedule, visit www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/page/cfpbowls2017/2017-18-college-football-playoff-bowl-schedule.
Check out these links for the rest of our College Football Bowl Game Travel Guide 2017: