Alia bottlenose dolphin dies at Dolphinaris Arizona in Scottsdale

(Photo: Dolphinaris Arizona)

Dolphinaris Arizona announced that one of its bottlenose dolphins died Tuesday morning at its facility in Scottsdale.

Alia, a 10-year-old bottlenose dolphin, had "displayed some unusual behaviors in the last few days," according to a statement on the Dolphinaris Arizona website.

An exact cause of death has not been determined, the statement said.

Alia was the second dolphin to die at the aquatic facility in less than a year.

Bodie, a 7-year-old bottle bottlenose dolphin, died Sept. 23. The dolphin had a rare muscle disease and had been under constant veterinary care.

Bodie the dolphin. (Photo: Dolphinaris)

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Hotel Adeline Debuts In Scottsdale, AZ Following $13M Renovation

Hotel Adeline, a highly-anticipated new boutique hotel, is now open in Scottsdale, AZ. Developed by Los Angeles-based ESI Ventures and managed by New Orleans-based HRI Lodging, LLC, the 4.5-acre property makes its debut following a $13 million renovation. Located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, Hotel Adeline is steps away from all the area has to offer in restaurants, nightlife, shopping, art galleries, museums and outdoor recreation.

The stylish boutique property offers 213 guestrooms, including five spacious 700-square-foot king suites, featuring sleek and uncomplicated design. Hotel Adeline’s interior design is contemporary with a bohemian twist, featuring a neutral color palette and welcoming atmosphere. Accents throughout the hotel include an eclectic mix of textures, comfortable furniture groupings of leather and wooden pieces atop geometric patterned rugs, sleek metallic fixtures and carefully-curated Arizona influenced artwork. Additional details include modern wood furniture with a retro flair, handy built-in live edge work desks, walk-in rainfall showers, 50-inch LG Smart TVs and complimentary Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel.

Unlike more traditional hotels, buzzing communal spaces such as the lobby, restaurant and lounge, lively pool and pool bar, outdoor courtyards with lawn games and public areas encourage guests to spend more time in social spaces than in their rooms. Thoughtful instragrammable moments have been sprinkled throughout the hotel, starting with neon wall art emblazoned with the message, “WTF,” which stands for, “Where’s the Fun?” Focused on providing guests with an authentic Arizona experience, local partners include Cartel Coffee Lab, Noble Bread, Super Chunk Sweets & Treats and Purely Sedona water.
Hotel Adeline’s outlets and amenities include:

Open for dinner daily, Selfmade is Hotel Adeline’s full-service restaurant that serves fresh, seasonal American dishes with Mediterranean influence. Signature dishes from the menu include the Roasted Chicken “Porchetta” with smoked garlic quinoa stuffing and Braised Short Rib with chamomile caramel squash, Brussels sprouts and mustard jus. Guests also can enjoy an inventive beverage menu featuring wine, sangria, craft beers and creative signature cocktails, such as Adeline Lemonade and Rosemary Punch. Inspired by Adeline’s favorite recipes, everything at Selfmade is made in-house.

Good & Proper
Named after two of Adeline’s winning attributes, Good & Proper is the hotel’s casual café concept. Featuring a range of fast-casual and grab-and-go items, the breakfast and lunch menus offer a fresh selection of egg dishes, breakfast bowls, sandwiches, salads and made-to-order plates that pair a protein, such as prime hangar steak, roasted chicken or wild caught salmon with two creative sides such as black kale hummus, roasted rainbow carrots, shaved cauliflower and dukkah or Dauphinoise gratin potato with creamy horseradish. In addition to breakfast and lunch service, late-night grab-and-go snacks are available until midnight daily. Fresh-squeezed juices, coffee, wine and beer complete the offerings.

Hotel Adeline’s 3,000-square-foot zero edge pool is the centerpiece of the property. It features a stunning view of Camelback Mountain, 16 chic cabanas, a cozy fire pit and courtyards complete with lawn games such as giant Jenga and Connect4. At the center of it all, Freestyle, the hotel’s trendy pool bar, is the place to see and be seen. Between dips, guests are able to enjoy a selection of starters and housemade pizzas and cool off with signature drinks such as Berry Hydration and Miami Vicio.

Meeting and Event Space
An ideal destination for weddings, social events and corporate retreats, Hotel Adeline offers a variety of indoor and outdoor event spaces. The 1,800-square-foot Hayden Ballroom comfortably accommodates up to 120 guests and features a convenient center room divider to section off the space for smaller groups. Basil Boardroom, the hotel’s 345-square-foot deluxe boardroom, accommodates up to 12. Both spaces are equipped with top-of-the-line technology features and full AV capabilities. Totaling 2,200 square-feet, the pool deck space is available for full buy out and accommodates up to 150 guests.

Hotel Adeline’s state-of-the-art fitness center offers guests the latest Precor cardio and strength training equipment. The pool’s multi-purpose elevated deck provides the perfect spot to relax or partake in energizing outdoor yoga classes.
Hotel Adeline is located at 5101 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale, Ariz. Nearby attractions include Scottsdale Fashion Square, Scottsdale Waterfront, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, spring training stadiums and Camelback Mountain.

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The Giants are coming: spring training and real estate in Scottsdale, AZ

One former Giant with a giant home in Scottsdale. Photo via SFGate

Cities get boosts from sports all the time: the Olympics, The Superbowl, America’s Cup– all of these very public events drive up tourism and real estate prices before, during, and after the event. Spring training also affects real estate, but in a different way. The town of Scottsdale, AZ offers a perfect example, especially since this is the city our own beloved San Francisco Giants repair to this spring.

Spring training isn’t the media/tourist/spectator extravaganza that other sporting events are, but that doesn’t mean the influx of highly paid baseball players won’t boost local property values. In fact, data show everything is up from last month in this area, from the number of homes sold to the median list price to the median sold price. And last year as well, the number of homes sold and pending increased in March and April. The Giants probably can’t take sole credit for that uptick, but their presence couldn’t have hurt.

One former Giant who bought a home in Scottsdale: Pat Burrell. Now for sale at $3,695,000, 9820 East Blue Sky Drive is 4 bed, 4.5 bath desert beauty, pictured here (photos courtesy of the good folks at Trulia).

Other high-end home sellers hoping to catch a Giant by his toe are smart to list homes already furnished. The busy baseball player on the go probably doesn’t have a lot of time to decorate, so a fully stocked home has its advantages. Here are two that might appeal.

Take a tour and let us know which Giant fits which home best.

Home 1: Undisclosed Scottsdale address, featuring 7 beds, 7.5 baths and plenty of bar/theater/party time fun for $11,700,000. (We are fascinated by the idea of a Giant in the copper tub. See if you agree.)

Home 2 (to our eyes, the nicer of the two, but also less expensive) is 11386 East Whistling Wind Way, a 6 bed, 8.5 bath with similar bells and whistles for $9,995,000.

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