Wednesday, April 29, 2015

It’s Something Different in Scottsdale, Ariz.!

Scottsdale – Chic by Design
Scottsdale is a sophisticated city on the move, with the charm and hospitality of days gone by, breathtaking landscape and abundant architectural attractions. Don’t miss highlights like Hotel Valley Ho, one of the only mid-century modern resorts built in the 1950s still standing today, and the five acres of architectural and craft studios at Cosanti – the home and studio of the late Italian-born architect Paolo Soleri. And of course, no architectural tour of Scottsdale is complete without a stop at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West.,,,

Downtown Scottsdale’s Urban Renaissance
What’s old is new again as downtown Scottsdale’s ancient Indian canal system is transformed into the city’s hub of urban vitality with more than 80 lounges, bars and nightclubs; more than 100 restaurants; and more than 30,000 visitors on any given weekend night during high season. A highlight of the downtown renaissance is SouthBridge, an urban development boasting independent restaurants and a variety of trendy, unique boutiques. Plus, enjoy plush accommodations at several upscale downtown hotels including Scottsdale’s only bed & breakfast, Bespoke Inn, Café & Bicycles.,

Wanna be a Cowboy? 
If you want to get down and dirty in the Wild West, Fort McDowell Adventures, Arizona Cowboy College and MacDonald’s Ranch offer the chance to do just that. Watch the sun rise over the McDowell Mountains during a ride through the desert foothills on horseback with Fort McDowell Adventures or at the 1,280-acre MacDonald’s Ranch. If you’re looking for more than trail rides and resort-style cookouts, Arizona Cowboy College offers a firsthand look into true cowboy life. Sleep under starry skies and partake in comprehensive and rigorous classes about cattle and horsemanship including on-the-range lessons about cutting, branding, inoculating, dehorning and driving cattle. Other cowboy hangouts include the historic Rusty Spur Saloon and Handlebar J and hip newcomers to downtown like Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row.,,,,,

Connect with Native Roots
Scottsdale has always had a close connection to its Native American roots. Arizona is home to 22 American Indian tribal communities, two of which border Scottsdale. Watch as dancers perform traditional dances, such as the Eagle Dance, in brilliantly colored attire, most Thursdays and Saturdays January through April during Native Trails. Browse American Indian art and history at the Heard Museum. See the past and present stitched together at the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s Talking Stick Resort, which boasts a series of free presentations that explore Native American culture through song and dance. Admire the pattern of traditional Yavapai basket weaves on china, wallpaper and carpets throughout the We-Ko-Pa Resort & Conference Center on the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. The Native American Learning Center at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch is an ongoing collaborative venture between the resort and Native artists and educators to showcase life on the Hopi and Navajo nations.,,,,, ,

Take Downtown’s Roads Less Traveled
Why not get out of the car, off of the tour bus and explore downtown Scottsdale? Experience the pedestrian-friendly downtown with Destination Food Tours’ walking food exploration that opens minds with tales of the area’s rich history and opens palates with food tastings from hidden local gems. Explore the sights with Tru Cab, a locally owned taxi cab company. Each vehicle comes equipped with a tablet that allows you to select your own music or search for a nearby restaurant. Or, hop on and off the 40 or so stops served by the City’s free trolley.,,

A Taste of Scottsdale
Eating local in Scottsdale has never been easier with chefs tending their own herb gardens and using local organic purveyors to create their menus. One of Scottsdale’s best known independent restaurants, FnB dishes out sophisticated comfort food using seasonal, local, and organic produce and offers an Arizona-only wine list. Owner Pavle Milic’s latest ventures, Bodega/AZ Wine Merchants, expand on the “local love” in the form of a wine retail shop and boutique grocery. At the downtown Old Town Farmer’s Market, sample a cornucopia of locally grown flavors and Sonoran Desert specialties or check out The Farm Sessions, a “farm-to-table” experience where local chefs lead participants on market excursion and demonstrate a seasonal cooking class with local ingredients.,

The Greatest Party on Grass
More than 330 days of sunshine a year and more than 220 area golf courses combine to make Scottsdale a golf mecca. But the “The Greatest and Greenest Party on Grass” creates the most buzz. The Waste Management Phoenix Open is the world’s best attended golf event, which attracts 500,000 spectators from around the world for four days of serious golf at TPC Scottsdale. The football stadium-type crowds that watch from the 16th hole and the nonstop partying at the famous Birds Nest have earned this golf tournament its nickname. This is definitely not your father’s game of golf.,,

The World’s Finest Resort-Spa Destination
When it comes to the definitive spa experience, Scottsdale has it! This revitalizing spa destination boasts treatments that marry age-old elements of the Sonoran Desert with modern healing techniques. The destination’s fresh, edgy ingredients are sure to surprise the most seasoned spa-goer. Indigenous elements – Arizona river rocks, Sonoran Desert clays and muds, Arizona-grown honey, and desert herbs – and other unique items – heated golf balls, limes, aromatic eucalyptus, amethyst and natural oats – are used to pamper, relax, detoxify and reinvigorate spa guests.

A Desert Oasis for Celebrities
With its stylish resorts, world-class shopping and dynamic nightlife, Scottsdale has long been a celebrity haven. It all began in the 1950s when Hollywood’s biggest names started to frequent hotels that coupled luxury, seclusion and a chic pool scene with the rustic charm of the West. Hotel Valley Ho, Royal Palms Resort and Spa and The Hermosa Inn are among the Scottsdale properties that have and continue to draw celebrities. Scottsdale Fashion Square has attracted the fashionable likes of Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker and Angelina Jolie. A-listers like Beyoncé, Jay-Z and Britney Spears relaxed at the exclusive Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa, and the city also has been the destination of choice for Jennifer Garner, Jamie Foxx, Halle Berry and Jeremy Piven.,,,,    



from Official Travel Site for Scottsdale, Arizona |

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