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New Year's in Phoenix

A December 1999 trip to Phoenix by lisanti

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Quote: I was in Phoenix with 4 of my best friends for New Year's Eve 1999. We partied, we shopped, and just observed this beautiful and well-planned city.

New Year's in Phoenix

Overview

DT Phoenix Police Photo, Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix is a beautiful and well-planned city (I think it got some kind of award). The city is covered in Southwestern styles and colors and it's got a great Southwestern feel to it, without much of the "dirtiness" that big cities usually have. I found it relaxing to just be driving around, taking in all the sights. It was like a perfect big city, with all the streets are perpendicular to each other and the colors. Phoenix offers excellent shopping. My friend that visits Phoenix all the time is always talking about the shopping there, that's one of the reasons we picked it for our "New Year's Vacation." The Fiesta Bowl is also in Phoenix around New Year's. In planning our trip, we had origin...Read More

La Quinta: Mesa West

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Hotel | "La Quinta - Superstition Springs"

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For two nights and five girls, La Quinta was the right room for the right price. With a mall behind us (Fiesta Mall), and a Denny''s in the parking lot, it was a good location also. Since the trip was more about US having a good time than the actual New Year''s celebration, we didn''t mind staying 20 minutes from Downtown Phoenix. This hotel is located in a somewhat quiet area near US 60. The hotel itself was brand new when we stayed there, so the room was very nice and clean. We were on the second floor, and even though it was around New Year''s, it was pretty quiet. There was even a high school baseball team staying there and we didn''t even hear them (they did hang out in the parking lot, ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 19, 2001

La Quinta: Mesa West
6530 E Superstition Springs Blvd
Phoenix, Arizona 85206
(480) 654-1970

Chevys Fresh Mex

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Restaurant | "Chevy's Mexican Restaurant"

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After a long day of shopping there was nothing we wanted more than a margarita and some good food. Our resident Phoenix expert recommended this place, and it was perfect. It was New Year's Day, so we expected it to be crowded, but we were promptly seated and served up with chips, salsa, and waters. We ordered margaritas and they also arrived promptly and were very good. After we ordered our food, a balloon artist came into the room where we were sitting and began making balloon animals for the kids at the next table. He made a very cool looking frog and put jingle bells inside the frog's eyes! It was the best balloon animal I've ever seen. He made some for a few other kids, and then came to our...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 19, 2001

Chevys Fresh Mex
1335 S Alma School Rd
Phoenix, Arizona 85210
(480) 833-1300

Chili's Grill & Bar

Restaurant | "Chili's"

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In our group, Chili's is always a favorite. With an extensive menu and specialty drinks (try the Margarita Presidente), it's hard to go wrong. On New Year's Eve, we didn't want a hassle, a big meal, or a long wait, so Chili's it was! We ended up waiting about 15 minutes, but that was fine. We ended up at a table in the corner with an AWESOME waitress. She was a little less-than-ecstatic about working on New Year's Eve, but she was very funny and nice. My favorite thing at Chili's is their Grilled Chicken Caesar Pita, which comes in a nifty little "pita rack" and with fries. Their Caesar dressing is good and the pita bread is very soft and good. I am not a big fan of the "Chili's ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 19, 2001

Chili's Grill & Bar
3039 West Agua Fria Freeway
Phoenix, Arizona 85027
+1 623 587 9100

Scottsdale Fashion Square

Attraction | "Fashion Square Mall"

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My Phoenix-Mall-Savvy friend decided this was THE Phoenix mall to take us to. It is her favorite, and I could see why. It's the fifth largest mall in the US... no rollercoasters or anything, but lots and lots of stores. It's a little confusing to navigate, but if you're not looking for anything real particular, it's fun to wander around in. With anchor stores like Bullock's, Dillard's, Neiman Marcus, Robinson's May, we spent most of our time in the actual mall looking at Express, The Gap, Abercrombie & Fitch (there's a kid's Abercrombie also, which I had never seen!), Limited, and the extensive food court, where we took a break from our shopping. The only problem we encountered...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 19, 2001

Scottsdale Fashion Square
7014-590 East Camelback Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
480-941-2140

Phoenix New Years Eve Celebration

Attraction | "Phoenix Celebration 2000"

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Well, this was it. New Year's Eve 1999, hoping to ring in 2000 with no major catastrophes. As we got ready, we watched all the New Year's celebrations across the world (Paris, London, New York, Chicago...). It was slowly approaching US. Before the night began, we did a champagne toast in our hotel room. After we all finally got ready (we wanted to all look special!), we headed to downtown Phoenix. It was a cold, clear night and the traffic was light. Once we got to downtown, we parked a couple blocks away and walked towards the square where we could see the "Phoenix 2000" sign that they were going to drop at midnight. We could hear the Gin Blossoms playing "Follow You Down" as we boug...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 19, 2001

Phoenix New Years Eve Celebration
Downtown Phoenix
Phoenix, Arizona