One of the best parts about living in Arizona, is how easily accessible each city is. If you want to find the best places to visit, you really do deserve to take some time off and be a tourist in your own state. We decided to take a day off and treat ourselves to a mini stay-cation at The Graduate Hotel in Tempe. The Graduate is a chain of hotels (they currently have 6) that are placed on college campuses in the United States. The cool thing about their brand is how they like to showcase a little bit of art and direction from whichever city they are in. For example, The Graduate Tempe plays with southwestern flair, but not in a cheesy or over the top way. Located right in the heart of Tempe on the ASU campus, we were walking distance to ASU Gammage Theater, the movie theater, multiple restaurants and bar, or shopping! We actually decided to catch a film at the local movie theater right down the street the night of our stay. But, you won’t need to walk very far if you’re staying at The Graduate Tempe. With their own coffee shop, diner (The Normal Diner) and dinner joint (Tapacubo), you’re able to cure your appetite all in one place. The entire place is designed with a nod to college life; specially classroom & dorm decor. The information book in our room was designed like a composition notebook, the room key was an old student ID, the ‘do not disturb’ door hanger was an old college style pendant flag – we LOVED all of the design work that was thought up and put into this place. We do a ton of design work within the wedding and event industry, so to see a fun and creative way for a hotel to be designed was a fun aspect to see. We kept trying to find other cute design elements through out our stay. During our stay, the Broadway musical Matilda was in town. We actually went to see the play at ASU Gammage a week before. It was incredible! The cherry on top of our stay, was seeing some of the cast around the lobby and diner. We had no idea that the entire cast was staying at The Graduate Tempe, but when we chatted with a couple of the girls and their moms, we felt star struck. If you know us at all, you know we are avid musical theater goers. The Graduate Tempe has a rooftop bar and a ballroom for any type of event. While we were visiting, we snuck up to the roof to grab a couple of pictures, sit outside and enjoy the nice weather. If you want to check out the rooftop space on your own, you can swing by anytime! A fun event coming up that will actually be taking place on the roof top is a local pop up shop hosted by Paige Poppe on March 25th. We are looking forward to following along with The Graduate Tempe to see what other events and local pop ups they have planned.