May Leslie’s Lane: Featuring Leslie’s Leisure in Phoenix, Arizona

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Greetings Beautiful Family and Friends!

I trust that you are doing well!  My family and I were so excited about attending the wedding of my beautiful cousin Rachael and her now husband Ryan in Phoenix, Arizona in May!  I hadn’t been to Phoenix in a while and decided to extend my stay and make a vacation of it!  My hubby Tony, adult children Antasha and Jay and I were giddy about our upcoming trip!  We would have a chance to fellowship with family we hadn’t seen in a while and carve out a little private time for ourselves!  As I share this segment on travel, I would like to incorporate jobs, discounts and free stuff available as well!  Please enjoy!  Thanks and have a great week!

Leslie

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Flying the Friendly Skies!

Collectively, we flew on two different airlines – Delta and United!   Full Disclosure!  My daughter’s a flight attendant and I fly for FREE!  Please check out her page – The Nomadic Flight Attendant – https://www.facebook.com/TheNomadicFlightAttendant for so many cool things about flying and travel!

Discounts:  For specific search engines with the best discounts on flying, checkout these links: http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/komando/2015/05/08/cheap-airline-tickets/70941116/ and http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/01/travel/how-to-find-the-best-deals-on-flights.html?_r=0.

Jobs: It’s always cool to work with an airline!  Please click on this link for the list of the largest airlines in N. America: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_airlines_in_North_America.  You can then Google the name of the airline and careers.  I’ve provided the first five here.

  1. Delta http://www.deltajobs.net/career_destinations.htm
  2. Americanhttp://careers.aa.com/en/ac/home
  3. Southwesthttps://www.southwest.com/html/about-southwest/careers/index.html?clk=GFOOTER-ABOUT-CAREERS
  4. Unitedhttp://www.united.com/web/en-US/content/company/career/default.aspx
  5. Air Canadahttp://www.aircanada.com/en/about/career/index.html

Choosing a Beautiful Destination Hotel

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I love staying at luxury hotels at a reasonable price!  You will certainly find that in Tempe Mission Palms!  Please check out their website at: http://www.missionpalms.com/.  We stayed there and our entire experience was absolutely wonderful!  Change that!  It was spectacular in every sense of the word!  They perform in excellence in virtually every area!  As you plan your vacation to Phoenix, consider staying at this fabulous locale!  Room Service is exceptional!  The restaurant service is phenomenal!  The pool area is charming and relaxing!  My favorite area was the courtyard!  I had a stunning view from my hotel room and made it a point to go down to the courtyard each day!  I was pleasantly surprised to see that there was no charge for parking or valet parking!  That was an awesome perk!  However, please remember to tip the valet parking staff handsomely!  They are excellent!  The hotel is downtown Tempe and within walking distance of everything!  You will love it!  We did!

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Discounts:  They’ve got great summer deals going on right now!  Please click on:

http://www.missionpalms.com/summer-offers.  For additional discounts on your lodging, feel free to check out my favorite sites!  Expedia (www.expedia.com) and TripAdvisor (www.tripadvisor.com).

Jobs: Tempe Mission Palms is one of 32 hotels owned by Destination Hotels and Resorts.  They are located in CO, MA, SC, NC, IL, WA, TX, CA, VT, HI, FL, LA, OR, VT, NY and DC.  For employment with them, please check out this link:  http://www.destinationhotels.com/careers/.  For various jobs in the hotel industry, please click on this Google link to one of my favorite employment search engines – Indeed:   https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=jobs+in+the+hotel+industry+indeed.

The Wedding of the Year in The Secret Garden!

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Ryan and Racheal Yarbrough’s wedding was so very beautiful!  Tony and I, along with the entire Allen-Anderson-Royal Family, are so very proud of our cousin!  The fabulous wedding was held at The Secret Garden.  For a beautiful and splendid venue for your upcoming events, please click on this link:  http://www.secretgardenevents.com/.

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Check Out Visit Phoenix for Things to Do and Local Attractions

As you are planning your vacation this summer, it’s a great idea to check in with the local convention and visitor’s bureau (CVB) or visitor’s center.  You can go online to www.visitphoenix.com for a wealth of information and assistance in making your visit a fun, exciting and enriching one! Click on this link for the Top 30 things to do in Phoenix:  http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g31310-Activities-Phoenix_Arizona.html.  I was able to visit three great attractions during my stay: The Desert Botanical Garden, The Phoenix Zoo and The Heard Museum.  I enjoyed all of them.  But I have to remember my hat next time!

The Desert Botanical Garden – I really like visiting botanical gardens. I especially liked this visit to a desert garden.  I was intrigued by the large selection of cactus plants.  Located in Papago Park, the garden has more than 50,000 plants on display which includes 400 rare species.  This will make for a really fun and educational family trip.  Just remember your hats!  Please click on this link for information on pricing, special events more!  http://www.dbg.org/

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The Phoenix Zoo – Lions and Tigers and Bears! Oh My! Whenever I visit cities, I try to make it a point to visit their zoo! I’m glad I did this time!  I really enjoyed my visit to The Phoenix Zoo!  They have over 1400 animals and 30 endangered species.  I was able to closely see the animals including the tigers, bears, elephants, komodo dragons, huge tortoise and more!  Please check out this link for ticketing info, upcoming events and more!   http://phoenixzoo.org/

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The Heard Museum – Simply AMAZING! There is a wealth of Native American culture in this single museum.  If art and culture are of interest to you, this is a must-see for you when you visit Phoenix.  I learned so much!  Exhibits include baskets, beadwork, jewelry, fine art, pottery and textiles.  I was particularly astounded by the history of Native Americans and Boarding Schools.  There is a physical boarding school for visitors to walk in and learn the sad history of young people sent to these boarding schools.  You don’t want to miss it. Click on this link for really great information on current and upcoming exhibits and more! http://heard.org/.

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Great Restaurants to Visit While in Phoenix or in my case, Tempe, Arizona!

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We were in such a nice area in the popular, trendy, Mill Avenue district, we ate meals in this area for the most part!  Please click on this link: http://www.downtowntempe.com/explore/dining

  1. Ncounter – http://ncounter.com/ – Exceptional Service! I absolutely loved this bistro and the tasty, imaginative dishes it offered!  Tony and I sat outside and had Sunday Brunch!
  2. P F Chang’s – http://www.viewmenu.com/pf-changs-china-bistro-54/menu?ref=google – Believe it or not, that was the first time I went! The food and service were AWESOME!
  3. Gringo Star Street Bar – http://www.gringostarstreetbar.com/ – Good Food! Great Prices!
  4. Slickables Ice Cream Sandwich – http://www.downtowntempe.com/go/slickables! This family owned business is AWESOME!  They literally make you an ice cream sandwich out of two freshly baked cookies and a scoop of delicious ice cream!  Worth the trip!
  5. All Dining at the Mission Palms – http://www.missionpalms.com/tempe-dining You can’t go wrong! The room service was delicious!  The restaurants were delicious! Loved it!!!

50% Off Discounts on Restaurants – Please check out my favorite websites for your city: www.scoutmob.com, www.ncrowd.com, www.retailmenot and www.groupon.com.   

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About Leslie's Lane

Leslie E. Royal is an international freelance writer, global travel journalist, product review expert and social media influencer. Her articles have appeared in numerous publications including: Upscale, Upscalemagazine.com, ESSENCE, ESSENCE.com, Black Enterprise, BlackEnterprise.com, FORTUNE.com and The Wall Street Journal. She is the creator of the Leslie’s Lane consumer information blog and author of two books. Follow her on social media at @LesliesLane.
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