PHOENIX — There’s plenty going on in Arizona, as the sunny state gets set to welcome new attractions, hotels and flights, it was announced Jan. 20.
Eco-friendly, safari-inspired glamping resort Under Canvas Grand Canyon will open in June on 56 acres in Williams, near Route 66, at the base of Bill Williams Mountain, 40 minutes from the Grand Canyon. Permanent wood and canvas tents are available in three categories with amenities such as wood-burning stoves, luxurious linens and Adirondack chairs. Deluxe safari tents include ensuite bathrooms with eco-friendly toiletries, hot shower, sink and flushing toilet or an added cast iron rolltop bathtub. Additional activities and adventures are available, such as whitewater rafting, horseback riding, scenic flights, ziplining, safari Jeep tours and trips on the Grand Canyon Railway.
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport recently unveiled the first phase of a remodeling project to Terminal 3. The renovations are the first stage in the terminal’s three-part, five-year makeover. The first phase includes 31 new common-use ticket counters to allow for flexibility among airlines, a larger consolidated security checkpoint to get travelers to their gates faster and a new museum gallery allowing travelers to enjoy Arizona’s cultural and artistic heritage while waiting for their flights.
The $590 million modernization project is scheduled to be completed in 2020. Two additional phases will replace the south concourse, upgrade the north concourse and add new food and retail concessions. Currently, Delta, Frontier, Hawaiian and JetBlue airlines operate out of the terminal. In flights news, Air Canada announced its Vancouver-Phoenix route will switch from a seasonal route to a year-round operation on May 1.
Mountain Shadows resort in Paradise Valley will open on Feb. 14. The new boutique resort will feature a desert modern design, 183 guestrooms, a luxury wing with 42 resort condominiums and suites, a restaurant with an exhibition kitchen, two pools, a high-tech fitness facility, and an 18-hole golf course.
The Short Course at Mountain Shadows also will open on February 14. The course will feature 18 distinctive par-3 holes, with a bonus “wager” hole.