Super Bowl 2015: Alternative Lodging Options in Metro Phoenix

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We can't guarantee wildflowers in late January, but we're sure the White Tank Mountains will still be gorgeous.
If you happen to be football fans and procrastinators, we have some bad news: pretty much every hotel and resort in the greater Phoenix area is already booked or is about one or two rooms away from being booked for the weekend of February 1, 2015. Sorry. But what do you expect when the Super Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium and the Waste Management Phoenix Open are happening on the same weekend?

Anyway, go ahead and let the idea of pillow mints and tiny shampoo bottles go, and prepare yourself for something a little more adventurous. Here are our suggestions for alternative lodging for Super Bowl weekend. We're pretty sure these options will be cheaper than the more traditional hotel route and we can pretty much guarantee you'll come away with at least one story to write home about.


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10 Dating Slang Terms You Need to Know

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This couple is clearly in the midst of a classic "cuffing season" move.

For as long as people have been dating, there's been slang created about dating and relationships. Considering that slang changes at the speed of social media, we thought it was due time to issue a refresher on some of today's dating terms.

You probably know some of these, but there's a good chance you don't know all of them. Here are 10 of our favorite dating slang terms that you might not know so well.


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TopGolf to Open Second Location in Gilbert

Categories: Fun, News

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Josh Chesler
Look familiar? Maybe that's because the Gilbert location seems like it's pretty close to an exact replica of Scottsdale's TopGolf.

TopGolf is opening its second location in the Valley on Friday, December 12, and it's more or less exactly like the first.

TopGolf Gilbert will be located at 1689 S. SanTan Village Parkway, which will be far more convenient for the southern half of the Valley than the Talking Stick location.


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8 Best Costumes From Santarchy 2014 in Scottsdale

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Photos by Benjamin Leatherman
A quartet of snow angels at Maya Day and Nightclub during Santarchy 2014.
Several hundred Santas walked into a bar this past weekend. No, that's not the setup for the lamest Christmas joke ever, but instead is the most succinct way we could sum up this year's edition of Santarchy, which took place on Saturday, December 6, in downtown Scottsdale.

Thing is, it wasn't just an endless series of Saint Nick doppelgangers that participated in the annual urban prank and bar crawl, as an enormous cadre of characters in costumes inspired by the holidays in every form and fashion hit up most of the bigger bars in Scottsdale -- including Dos Gringos, Rockbar, Wasted Grain, The Derby, Hi Fi, and Maya -- and filled 'em to capacity.


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10 Benefits of Breaking Up

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Let's look on the bright side.

There's no two ways about it, ending a relationship sucks. Regardless of who breaks up with whom or how it went down, both people are still going to feel it (unless you were dating an absolute monster).

Even the cleanest breakup isn't great, but it doesn't have to be all bad.

Since breaking up is a basic fact of life, we're here to tell you 10 reasons it's not so bad. After all, you get to focus on yourself more now, right?


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Phoenix Is a Great City for Single Men, Apparently

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Jordan Lachemann
Good news: Phoenix is a great place to be a bachelor. Bad news: Not for the reasons this list thinks it is.

Guys, you know all of those times you go out in Old Town or on Mill Avenue and it seems like 80 percent of the people you see are guys -- or more accurately, "bros"? Well, per a recent ranking from DatingAdvice.com, you must be looking in the wrong places.

According to DatingAdvice.com's list of the 15 Best Cities for Single Men, Phoenix is the sixth best city in the country to be a bachelor. The article based its findings on how many single women are in each city (using date from the 2010 census). And while there's no telling whether the 252,475 unmarried women in Phoenix are really available and/or interested, it's probably better to live somewhere with options than without.


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5 Tips for Being a Thanksgiving Date

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That moment when you show up to your date's house for Thanksgiving and they already have their Christmas decorations up.

So you're going to your significant other's family Thanksgiving gathering. It either will be a great way to get to know your partner better, or it could be an absolute nightmare.

While some of that depends on the situation you're headed to, a lot of your enjoyment of the evening (and possibly the future of your relationship) depends on how you handle the potentially uncomfortable situation.

Family gatherings like Thanksgiving can be a make-or-break moment for relationships. So here's a quick rundown of dos and don'ts to give you some guidance that will (hopefully) save you from ruining your current love life over some turkey.


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25 Reasons We're Thankful to Live in Phoenix

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Happy Thanksgiving, Phoenix.

Thanks, Phoenix.

No, really.

We know it's not like us to get all mushy and stuff. But in the spirit of Thanksgiving (and inspired by the mushiness of stuffing), we're reflecting on why we're thankful to live in the Valley of the Sun.

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5 Reasons You Shouldn't Bring a Date to Thanksgiving

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Because you're in for a cornucopia of awful.

Thanksgiving is the perfect day for food, family, and other fall stuff. One thing that it's not always perfect for? Significant others.

Whether you're going to your parents' house, having a big family gathering, or just hanging out with some of your dearest friends, bringing a date can be a little problematic.

Here are five reasons that we wouldn't recommend bringing a date to Thanksgiving.

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The 10 Worst Things to Do on a Road Trip

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Few things are more relaxing than the open road, unless there's a needy passenger constantly vying for your attention.

"Let's take a road trip!"

It always sounds like a good idea when you say it, but a couple hours into the drive, you inevitably end up hating at least one of the people you're in the car with.

The truth is, whether it's 10 minutes in the car or 10 hours, there are certain things that are really going to frustrate whoever is driving (and probably other people in the car with you). You might not hear about them during the trip for the sake of keeping the peace, but when you're suddenly in an argument when you finally get out of the car, it was probably something you did.

Here are 10 of the most annoying things you can possibly do in the car.


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