Monday, May 23, 2016

The Delightful Dozen: Scottsdale’s 12 Best-Kept Secrets

Discover Scottsdale’s 12 Best-Kept Secrets They’re the perfect addition to any itinerary – those off-the-beaten-path gems that take your vacation from great to extraordinary. Here, in no particular order, are a dozen local favorites you won’t want to miss on your next trip to Scottsdale. super-chunk

Super Chunk Sweets & Treats

If you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss this tasty downtown gem, which specializes in small-batch, handcrafted confections. Some of our favorites include the Mesquite Chocolate Chip Cookies, Honeycomb Ice Cream and Ancho Chocolate Caramels. Yummm!


Rusty Spur

Get your Western on at Scottsdale’s oldest cowboy saloon! Housed in the former Farmers Bank of Scottsdale building, where the old vault now holds liquor instead of money, the Spur features live music seven days and nights a week.


Arizona Wine List at FnB

Wine made in Arizona? You bet your Cabernet! Our state is home to a premier roster of talented vintners. Sample the fruits of their labor with a selection from restaurant FnB’s exclusive Arizona wine list – it’s the perfect complement to Chef Charleen Badman’s sophisticated comfort food.


Magical History Tour at Hotel Valley Ho

Join the experts from Ultimate Art & Cultural Tours for an intimate look into the architecture and Hollywood past of Scottsdale’s Hotel Valley Ho, one of the best-preserved mid-century modern hotels in the country. The cost per person is $19.56 (the year the hotel opened).


Native American Dancing at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale

Every Friday at 5 p.m. the center courtyard at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale comes alive with Native American music and dance. Performances by the Living Traditions Dance Troup, led by seven-time World Hoop Dance Champion Derrick Suwaima Davis, include Southwest Horse Dance, Hoop Dance and the audience-participatory Round Dance.



A casual ambiance and home-style comfort food sourced from the 50 states are the hallmarks of this new restaurant at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale. Beer Can Chicken, Smoked Babe on a Bun, Honey Whole Wheat waffles with cranberry-orange syrup are just a few of the tasty treats you’ll find at Proof.


Scottish Golf at Kierland Golf Club

Give a nod to the game’s origins with this unique experience that includes kilt rental, Johnnie Walker beverage carts and a bagpiper who “calls in” golfers at the end of the day. After your round, stop by the Scotch Library at the Westin Kierland Resort and savor two-ounce pours of contemporary blends and rare 40-year-old single-malt whiskies (open 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. nightly).


Aerial Hammock Yoga

Take your yoga practice to new heights with aerial yoga at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess’ Well & Being Spa. The class uses soft fabric hammocks suspended from the ceiling to assist with stretching and perfecting your postures – all while floating a few feet above the floor.


Sphinx Date Ranch

As the name implies, juicy Arizona dates take center stage at this 60-year-old Scottsdale landmark. But you’ll also find an enticing variety of other locally sourced gourmet treats, including desert honey, prickly pear jam and syrup, nut butters and artisan crackers.


Via Cappello Dinners

Romance goes Mediterranean at the Royal Palms Resort where “lovers’ corners” like the Bell Tower and Garden of Love create the ideal setting for candlelit Via Cappello dinners. Custom menus, fresh flowers and live music add to the ambiance.



Nestled at the base of north Scottsdale’s Pinnacle Peak, Sassi is renowned for artisan cuisine inspired by the traditions of Southern Italy. The menu of fresh fish, meats, pasta and rustic bread is complemented by old-world architecture and stunning desert views.


Spinners on the Green

Located just steps from the Shelly Sharpe Memorial Disc Golf Course, Spinners on the Green can get you outfitted with everything you need for exciting game of disc golf. They also rent bikes if you’d like to take a tour of the lush parks along the Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt.

from Official Travel Site for Scottsdale, Arizona

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