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6 Fun Things to Do in Arizona Indoors

Allison Mitchell | March 2, 2021 | Food & Drink People Eat Drink Relax and Renew culture

From cocktail kits and new faces in fine dining to art exhibitions and wellness offerings, there are plenty of reasons to enjoy all that amazing Arizona has to offer indoors.

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Leon Polk Smith, “Constellation Happy Day” (1971, acrylic on canvas), 80.6 inches by 78 inches by 1.1 inch

SEE

Immerse yourself in the visionary works of painter Leon Polk Smith at Phoenix’s Heard Museum (heard.org). On display Feb. 5 through May 31, Leon Polk Smith: Hiding in Plain Sight showcases the American artist’s passion for Native American culture and the influence its had on his creative process. More than 80 pieces highlighting beadwork, ribbonwork and dance regalia will be showcased, including the acclaimed Constellation series.

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Garden Bar’s Five-Citrus Margarita cocktail kit

SIP

Elevate at-home happy hour with help from James Beard-honored mixologist Kim Haasarud and her new weekender cocktail kits. A preview of her forthcoming dining and drinking concept Garden Bar (gardenbarphx.‌com), the kits feature all the ingredients needed to make restaurant-quality sippers. “I’m excited about our neighborhood ‘garden-to-glass’ experience... set within an adapted reuse 1914 bungalow in one of Phoenix’s oldest historic neighborhoods,” says Haasarud. “We felt that these kits would be a great representation of what is to come.” Highlights include the Honey Lavender Highball, Five-Citrus Margarita, Coconutty Cooler and Lemon Crackle Gin & Tonic. Bottoms up!

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Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa’s new bar chef Christiaan Röllich and chef de cuisine Samantha Sanz

DINE

A new dream team has joined longtime executive chef Beau MacMillan at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa (sanctuaryoncamelback.com). Christiaan Röllich and Samantha Sanz will lead the resort’s signature Elements restaurant and Jade Bar as bar chef and chef de cuisine, respectively. An alum of Los Angeles’ acclaimed A.O.C. and Lucques restaurants, Röllich is excited to craft innovative cocktails to complement MacMillan’s and Sanz’s culinary creations; Sanz is a two-time James Beard nominee and recently served as chef de cuisine at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale’s Talavera. A delicious pairing, indeed.

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RELAX

Let stress melt away at The NOW Massage (thenowmassage.com), a beloved wellness destination that debuted its first Arizona location in Scottsdale in December. “The NOW boutique is the perfect destination for locals and visitors alike who are seeking a space to recharge their mind, body and spirit,” says Tricia Karabas, a Scottsdale resident who owns the business with her husband, Nick. “All of the natural elements that go into the boutique are perfectly aligned with the vibe of the Sonoran Desert and Scottsdale lifestyle.” A menu of table massages featuring custom enhancements, like herbal heat therapy and crystal healing, is teamed with soothing take-home offerings including the brand’s signature jasmine coconut candles.

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MOVE

Keep your new year’s resolutions thriving at The Wigwam (wigwamarizona.com), where its new Wigwam Wellness program offers both guests and locals the opportunity to enjoy an array of class options. From sunrise and fireside yoga to sound healing meditation to hot Pilates, the group sessions keep social distancing and cleanliness in mind, and include a complimentary CBD cocktail, mocktail or fresh-pressed juice from the Wigwam Bar. Book the Relax, Restore & Renew wellness package to enjoy two 50-minute facials or massages and in-room Aveda foot cream, hand cream and chakra oil.

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Harold Lohner, “Thought Patterns” (2019, monoprint 1 of series of 6), 30 inches by 22 inches

EXPERIENCE

A total of six new exhibitions are now on display at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum (mesaartscenter.com). December ushered in the opening of History Repeats (through March 28), an exhibition on sociopolitical challenges by Arizona artist Ann Morton; and Forbidden Colors (through April 18), a vibrant display focused on male identity by fellow Arizona artist Harold Lohner. January welcomed local artist Alexandra Bowers’ A Murmuration of Found Feathers in Flight (through April 4), which showcases an ethereal display of 1,000 feather photographs in wood. Finally, February will see the debut of Preserving Precious Elements (Feb. 12 to April 25) by metalsmith Becky McDonah, plus the opening of the 42nd annual Contemporary Crafts exhibition (Feb. 12 to April 18). McDonah was the Juror’s Choice winner of the 41st exhibition, where contemporary crafts from throughout the United States are highlighted annually.



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Photography by: Photos courtesy of: Now Massage; Garden Bar; Leon Polk Smith Foundation; Sanctuary; Harold Lohner; The Wigwam