What makes Greater Phoenix so great: Serena Remy
What is your first and last name?
How old are you?
What current city do you reside in?
How long have you lived in Greater Phoenix?
Why’d you decide to stay?
Arizona is gorgeous and full of opportunity! It took me moving away briefly to realize how much I appreciate the colorful sunsets, “winter” hiking, active culture and artistic niches we have here.
What college/university did you graduate from and what’s your degree?
I received a BFA in Fine Studio Arts from the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University.
Where do you currently work and what is your title?
I am the Director of Digital Marketing at the Greater Phoenix Economic Council.
What do you like to do in Greater Phoenix on the weekends?
On weekend mornings between Phoenix Chi Yoga or Arizona Ballet classes, I’ll shop local plant nurseries like Pueblo or Whitfill, or visit the Open Air Market for fresh flowers and produce. I also like to go to downtown Mesa, the Antique Trove for vintage home decor, the Phoenix Art Museum, local festivals and cultural events. On Saturday nights, I usually grab a drink with friends at Hanny’s or Little Woody. Every few months, I like to just get away and spend the weekend hiking in Sedona!
What’s your go-to staycation spot and why?
My top choices would have to be the Hotel San Carlos, for a quiet getaway, and the Biltmore for something more luxurious. They’re very different hotels, but I’m drawn to both for the history and architecture.
What’s your favorite restaurant and why?
St. Frances, mainly I’m in love with their chiles rellenos, but the whole menu is fresh and seasonal, and the cocktails are beautiful.
What do you like about our winters and why?
It’s the best time of year for hiking and gardening!
What do you love most about living in Greater Phoenix?
There’s so much to explore in the Greater Phoenix area. I constantly learn about and experience new parts of our city and natural surroundings. I think being so spread out has allowed microcultures to really develop and enhance the diversity we already enjoy here.
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