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Fountain Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts Feb. 24-26

The Annual Fountain Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts Shows is the venue where gifted artists and accomplished craftspeople from all around the world come together.

Festival of Fine Arts

The Fountain Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts is a juried art event. The top artisans and artists exhibit their work at the event. Attendants benefit from competition since it brings forth the best in talents. Unique, one-of-a-kind works of art are displayed during the Fountain Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts.

This is happening right outside the doors of The Sonoran Lifestyle Team office at 16824 E Avenue of the Fountains. Stop in, say hello, enjoy a bottle of water, and get recharged for more shopping.

Now in its 49th year, the Annual Fountain Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts. The Fountain Festival is a three-day exhibition featuring approximately 500 international artists and craftspeople working in all media. This much skill in one area is staggering in its sheer enormity. The variety of outstanding work in various media is astounding. Drawing more than 150,000 people to the Fountain Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts. The Fountain Festival has established itself as one of the most significant and respected events for local artists in the southwest.

The intersection of Avenue of the Fountains and Saguaro Boulevard will again be converted into a massive food court full of kettle corn, fry bread, funnel cake, and a cordoned-off beer tent for those 21 and older. Our neighborhood restaurants on the Avenue of the Fountains are wonderful. For those who get up early, Georgie’s has breakfast and Sofrita patio for lunch and margaritas. If you’re hungry for sushi, OKA is a favorite at the office. This year’s Art Fair begins on Friday, February 24th, and will continue through Saturday and end on Sunday, February 26th. 10:00 AM-5:00PM Rain or Shine!

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Grand Fall aka “Chocolate Falls” Road Trip

If you’ve ever wanted to experience the chocolate falls from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, you might want to take a spontaneous trip to Arizona’s painted desert. A rare natural occurrence only occurs a few times every year. A day trip to the Grand Falls, also known as Chocolate Falls, is only three hours from Phoenix, so grab that extra box of chocolate for the road and start planning this February.

Grand Falls Chocolate Falls

Normally, muddy water does not draw crowds, but when it resembles chocolate sauce and is larger than Niagara Falls, there appears to be an exception. It is intriguing enough to attract thousands of people each year, and we believe you will too!

The Grand Falls in Arizona only flow for a few months each spring. Planning now for your trip in late Feb-April is key. Record winter rainfall and snowpack fuels the flow, the Grand Falls should be at peak levels for the spring run this year.

Where Are The Grand Falls? Grand Falls aka Chocolate Falls are located about 39 miles northeast from the heart of Flagstaff, Arizona. It sits on the Navajo Nation land in the Painted Desert and dumps into the Little Colorado River.

From Flagstaff: 1 hour
From Phoenix: 3 hours
From Page: 2.5 hours

It is suggested to always use the south approach near Leupp because the road conditions- while still very wash-boarded and at times wet from rain- is easier than the north. From this direction, a high clearance 4×4 is not required but at the very least an SUV! Sedans can make it but the ride will be much less enjoyable.

Fun Facts: Grand Falls are 185 feet tall which makes them taller than Niagara Falls! They were formed by lava flow from the nearby Merriam Crater which erupted approximately 150,000 years ago. The lava flowed into the Little Colorado River which created a lava damn. The flow of the river was diverted to the northeast, then dropping back into its original channel thus forming Grand Falls.

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Return to Recess Spring Season

Fountain Hills Community Services is striving to get youth back outside and away from their screens! After a hugely successful run the past two years, Return to Recess is returning for the Spring 2023 season.! The Sonoran Lifestyle Team at RE/MAX Sun Properties is proud to sponsor this youth program.


Return to Recess was recognized by the Arizona Parks and Recreation Association as one of 2021’s “Outstanding Youth Recreation Programs in Arizona” for the creativity and originality of its concept.

Fountain Hills HS Beach Volleyball Team

A local specialist teaches the kids the foundations of a new sport each week. Skateboarding, pickleball, beach volleyball, soccer, and e-Sports are just a few examples. Every week’s recess experience is entirely unique.  A big thank you to the local Fountain Hills Clubs and HS Teams for sharing your skills with the young athletes.

New last season the Scottsdale United Lacrosse Club ? Participants learned how to scoop, pass, cradle, and shoot on goal while having fun!

Youth Sports Lacrosse

Caleb Dassinger with Brilliant Victory Skateboards introduced and taught the participants the basics of skateboarding.

Return to Recess Skateboarding

Don’t miss out and get signed up today! Spring season starts soon. February 14th and ending April 4th. Meeting every Tuesday afternoon from 4:00pm – 5:30pm. Ages 8-14. Each participant receives a Return to Recess T-Shirt.

The Sonoran Lifestyle Team at RE/MAX Sun Properties, who sponsored the event, provided pizzas for the young athletes at the end-of-the-season party. For more information on Fountain Hills youth, activities CLICK HERE.


Sign up now for Spring Cornhole League

The Fountain Hills Cornhole League was a huge hit last year!  The spring season is just around the corner beginning Feb 21st. The Sonoran Lifestyle Team at RE/MAX Sun Properties is happy to be the Premier Sponsor of the CornHole League hosted by the Town of Fountain Hills!

Residents are invited to participate in the weekly tournament-style cornhole event. Tuesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. at Four Peaks Park.

This is a no-pressure league where each week will have four round-robin games played followed by a single elimination tournament (five-game guarantee). Teams will be a blind draw and “switcholio,” meaning that participants will have a new blind draw partner each game.

cornhole league

The League is a fantastic venue to make new friends, have a drink, and spend time outside. The past seasons have undoubtedly been a major win for outdoor recreation in Fountain Hills. According to Fountain Hills Parks and Rec coordinator, nightly participation at the Fountain Hills Cornhole League has ranged between 20 and 30 players.

American Cornhole League (ACL) rules will apply. Registration is required.

Once into bracket play, participants will keep their same assigned partner based on player rankings through the championship game.

Fountain Hills Cornhole league

Winners from each week will each receive a $10 gift card to a local business. Each player will receive a FH Cornhole League t-shirt. Sponsored by The Sonoran Lifestyle Team at RE/MAX Sun Properties.

Register for Course #1643, there is a fee of $50 and must be age 21 or older (BYOB). Play will be each Tuesday evening from Feb. 21 through April 11. Click here to register for the Spring league.

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WM Phoenix Open Begins February 6th

Dubbed “The Greatest Show on Grass,” The WM Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale has no problem living up to its name. In addition to playing host to the greatest players in the game, the tournament is the PGA TOUR’s best-attended event – drawing nearly 500,000 enthusiastic spectators each year. Tournament Week: February 6 – February 12, 2023

As one of the first events on the PGA TOUR calendar, The WM Phoenix Open kicks off the year with a bang. Unlike any other tournament in the world, spectators become central to the event – helping to transform the famous 16th hole into “The Coliseum” – and the loudest hole in golf.

Defending Champion Scottie Scheffler

The best golf players in the world come to TPC Scottsdale for a tournament that is broadcast worldwide. Some of the big names in attendance will include defending champion Scottie Scheffler, Rory Mcllroy, Xander Schauffele, Sam Burns, and many more.

Annexus Pro-Am

Michael Phelps, Albert Pujols, Emmit Smith

The most decorated Olympian of all time Michael Phelps, the NFL’s all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith, and one of only four members of MLB’s exclusive 700-home run club Albert Pujols are among the early list of celebrities set to appear in the popular Annexus Pro-Am at the WM Phoenix Open on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course.

Birds Nest

For four nights every year, the hottest nightclub in Scottsdale is located inside a tent erected in north Scottsdale. It is, of course, the Coors Light Birds Nest. With great music, beautiful patrons, and enthusiastic partying, the Birds Nest has earned near-legendary status on the PGA TOUR. It offers a show all its own and is totally unlike anything else associated with professional golf. This year’s sold-out headliners included The Chainsmokers, Machine Gun Kelly, and Jason Aldean.

The tournament begins on February 6th, but the biggest events will be happening from the 10th through the 12th. You can see the full event calendar here.

This year marks the 91st Anniversary of the creation of the Phoenix Open Tournament, so surely the Thunderbirds have big plans in store. You can buy your tickets for the Open by clicking here. First Responders, Military Members, and Veterans get in for free!

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Pony Express Gallops into Fountain Hills

There are few sights on the Avenue of the Fountains to rival the Hashknife Pony Express posse thundering by. Deer-skin fringed leather jackets flying, as the authentic “Old West” riders deliver and pick up mail at the Fountain Hills Post Office.

For 65 years, the Hashknife Pony Express has made this ride during January/February, traveling 200 miles from Holbrook to Scottsdale, Arizona. These swarthy riders deliver 20,000 first-class letters by horseback. This is the oldest officially sanctioned ride in the world, and the only one still authorized by the US Postal Service. Each of the 24 riders is sworn in as an honorary mail messenger braving weather, terrain, and modern-day obstacles to deliver the United States mail. The riders will continue to Scottsdale as part of Scottsdale’s Western Week that culminates in the Parada del Sol.

pony express
Hashknife Pony Express posse

The riders are expected to arrive in Fountain Hills at approximately 3:00 PM on February 2nd, 2022. Delivering mail to the Fountain Hills Post Office at the intersection of Avenue of the Fountains and La Montana Drive. The public is invited out to greet the riders at the Post Office. There is usually a good group to cheer them on as they ride up the Avenue. The RE/MAX Sun Properties office is a great place to see the action and enjoy a beverage. Join us!

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Where to See the Salt River Wild Horses

If you’re wondering where you can go to see wild horses near the Salt River in Arizona, here’s everything you need to know before you go. The short scenic drive from Fountain Hills or Scottsdale alone is worth the visit as you are surrounded by the Sonoran Desert. You’ll see parts of the Goldfield Mountains, Stewart Mountain, and Red Mountain on your way to see the Salt River wild horses. And, after this winter’s dramatic storms, the wildflower season will be stunning!

where to see salt water horses

Best Places to See The Salt River Wild Horses

The Salt River is fantastic because there are various locations where you can observe the horse up close without having to travel very far into the desert. You may park, stroll down to the river, and try your luck sighting the horses at one of the several recreation areas that are located right beside the river. Here are some suggestions on where to go and view the horses.

These are the 7 recreation sites where you can see the wild horses:

  1. Granite Reef
  2. Phon D Sutton
  3. Coon Bluff
  4. Blue Point
  5. Pebble Beach
  6. Saguaro Lake
  7. Butcher Jones

These 7 recreation sites are all within 13 miles of each other, only taking 20 minutes to get from the first (Granite Reef) to the last (Butcher Jones).

Once you do spot the horses along the Salt River, you’ll typically see a group together. As you continue to stay, more horses tend to come out and join them.

Spend some time just observing them, if possible. It’s fascinating to watch them play, roll in the water, run around, eat plants along the shoreline, and communicate with one another.

Other Ways To Experience The Wild Horses

If you’re a little more adventuresome, you can also see by kayaking the Salt River. Saguaro Lake Ranch, which as you can probably guess, is on the Saguaro Lake Recreation Site and offers kayak rentals (including a shuttle ride back to your car).

Kayaking on the salt river

Another popular way is to tube the Salt River. This is available with Salt River Tubing from April or May (depending on weather) through September. If you go tubing, you’ll want to go earlier in the morning to give yourself the best chances. Mid-day weekend tours with lots of people have lesser chances of seeing the horses but you’ll still have a great time tubing!

When to Go

The Tonto National Forest offers the horses a sizable amount of space to explore. To give you the best opportunity to see them in their native environment, they do, however, occasionally come down toward the water.

The best time to see the horses is within 2 to 3 hours of either sunrise or sunset when the horses are most active. They typically come down to the water to drink, eat and play in the water around that time.

Passes & Prices

The Salt River is within the Tonto National Forest which has its own fees. So in order to visit, you will need a recreation pass.

There are several types of recreational passes you can use:

  • Tonto Daily Pass
  • Tonto Discovery Pass
  • America the Beautiful Pass

Tonto Discovery Passes and some America the Beautiful Passes are sold via the phone and shipped directly to you. You can also order online here.

A Tonto Daily Pass costs $8 at retailers and $12 on-site. If you purchase on-site (credit card only), the cost is $12 and a receipt will print that expires in 24 hours.

When you purchase at a retailer, you will receive a hangtag where you can scratch off the day and time of your visit.

You can purchase the Tonto National Forest daily pass online here.

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Pantone’s 2023 Color of the Year: Viva Magenta

The world needs a splash of color in these historic times to symbolize the fortitude and spirit we’ve all gained over the previous several years. Because of this, Pantone has chosen Viva Magenta as the year’s color for 2023 to represent bold joy and vibrant anticipation.

Due to its energizing, empowering qualities, this hue is likely to give you a spring in your step. Pantone 18-1750 Viva Magenta is a red hue that gives a glimpse into a better future and exudes optimism and delight due to its ideal warmth-coolness ratio.

The breakdown from an expert

According to Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of The Pantone Institute, “We chose this color because we felt that it was an unconventional shade for an unconventional time, something that could present us with a new vision. It’s a color that really vibrates with vim and vigor, that demonstrates a new signal of strength, which is something we all need for a more optimistic future.”

How to use Viva Magenta in your home

What are some ways that you may use this bold hue in your home? To help you decorate your area with Pantone’s Color of the Year, Viva Magenta, we’ve gathered a number of suggestions.

Viva Magenta storage

You don’t have to fully commit to a monochromatic concept just because you might wish to embrace the transformational qualities of magenta in your house. In fact, the ideal method to utilize this readily embraced color is to introduce pops of it through accent design.

Viva Magenta in soft pillows

You can let your personality shine through the decorative details in your home by using throw blankets and pillows, artwork, vases, flowers, and more while accentuating the hue that will be in style in 2023.

Go bold with color and pattern

Vivify Title in Bordeaux

This Vivify backsplash from Daltile features a woven pattern in a bright magenta hue that adds a distinctive style to any wall it’s placed on. Showcased in the color Bordeaux, this magenta-hued color is the perfect way to tie in Pantone’s 2023 color of the year into your space.

Daltile Sun Marsala

With its unique geometric pattern, Bee Hive Medley is the perfect eye-catching design to display in your kitchen or bathroom. Shown in Sun Marsala, this magenta-hued color adds a pop of vibrant color to your space.

Pantone’s chosen colors of the year often influence product development and purchasing decisions in all sorts of industries, including fashion, interior design, and product packaging. Have fun adding this vibrant pop of color in 2023!

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Cruisin’ Car Show @ Phil’s

Roll-In every Sunday from now until May 21st, 2023, Phil’s Filling Station is the home of a free-to-attend car show! John Weil went to the car show in the video above to talk about it. The shows run from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM, and the only cost of admission is to be a customer of Phil’s!

Phil's car show

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Real Estate

Best Practices for Selling Your House This Year

A new year brings with it the opportunity for new experiences. Does that resonates with you because you’re considering selling your house? Then you’re likely juggling a mix of excitement over your next home and a sense of attachment to your current one.

The Sonoran Lifestyle Team has some great ways to ease some of those emotions and ensure you’re feeling confident in your decision is to keep these three best practices in mind.

1. Price Your Home Right

The housing market shifted in 2022 as mortgage rates rose, buyer demand eased, and the number of homes for sale grew. As a seller, you’ll want to recognize things are different now and price your house appropriately based on where the market is today. Greg McBride, Chief Financial Analyst at Bankrate, explains:

“Price your home realistically. This isn’t the housing market of March, 2022, so buyer traffic will be substantially slower, but appropriately priced homes are still selling quickly.”

If you price your house too high, you run the risk of deterring buyers. And if you go too low, you’re leaving money on the table. An experienced real estate agent can help determine what your ideal asking price should be.

2. Keep Your Emotions in Check

Today, homeowners are living in their houses longer. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), since 1985, the average time a homeowner has owned their home has increased from 5 to 10 years (see graph below):

3 Best Practices for Selling Your House This Year | MyKCM

This is several years longer than what used to be the historical norm. The side effect, however, is when you stay in one place for so long, you may get even more emotionally attached to your space. If it’s the first home you bought or the house where your loved ones grew up, it very likely means something extra special to you. Every room has memories, and it’s hard to detach from the sentimental value.

For some homeowners, that makes it even harder to negotiate and separate the emotional value of the house from the fair market price. That’s another way the Sonoran Lifestyle Team can help you by making the negotiation more objective!

3. Stage Your Home Properly

While you may love your decor and how you’ve customized your home over the years, not all buyers will feel the same way about your design. That’s why it’s so important to make sure you focus on your home’s first impression so it appeals to as many buyers as possible. As NAR says:

“Staging is the art of preparing a home to appeal to the greatest number of potential buyers in your market. The right arrangements can move you into a higher price-point and help buyers fall in love the moment they walk through the door.”

Buyers want to envision themselves in the space so it truly feels like it could be their own. They need to see themselves inside with their furniture and keepsakes – not your pictures and decorations. The Sonoran Lifestyle Team has a professional stager who will help prepare your house and position it to sell.

Bottom Line

If you’re considering selling your house, let’s connect! We will have the help you need to navigate through the process while prioritizing these best practices.