Mataali family small. framed.jpgThe Arizona Office of Tourism and the Phoenix Suns recently teamed up to offer the Phoenix Suns Sweepstakes giveaway. One grand prize winner received airfare for four to Phoenix, a two-night stay at Talking Stick resort, four courtside tickets to the March 28 Suns vs. Knicks game, an exclusive locker-room tour and Suns apparel and gifts. The sweepstakes winner, Penelope Mataali, was interviewed about her prize and taking the “trip of a lifetime.”


Give a brief description of what you did on your trip to Phoenix?

Everything was so great! We flew out from Salt Lake City into Phoenix on Friday night. We were picked up in style from the airport and dropped off at Talking Stick Resort. My family and I were then picked up and taken to the Suns game later that evening!

What was the best moment of the entire trip?

Definitely spending time with my family at the Suns game. We got to see them warm up and even had an awesome locker-room tour.

How exciting was it to be that close to the Suns players during warm-ups?

It was an awesome experience. We took some great pictures that we’ll be sure to share with our littlest one (21 months) when he gets older.   

Now that you've been to the Grand Canyon State in style, when you think of Arizona, what's the first image that comes to mind?

Definitely the beautiful weather. It was cold when we left (Salt Lake City) and it was wonderful to warm up for a weekend.

Did anything go wrong that seems funny now? The things that go wrong often make the best memories!

Our littlest one bumped his head on the headboard at the hotel. We had to have the resort doctor come up and take a look. He ended up being ok, but it was certainly a strange moment. 

You stayed at Talking Stick Resort, which is an adventure in itself. What did you do on your full Saturday?

We hung out by the pool at the resort and soaked up some sun. We went to an Indian culture show at night and had an amazing buffet dinner!

Is there any place in Arizona you’d like to visit next time?

We would love to go to Sedona next time! 

Do you think you’ll plan a trip back this way soon?

We would love to come back to Arizona! We’re actually planning a trip to the White Mountains next month.