18 Nov 2010

A Garden of Artful Delights

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The 17th annual ArtFest of Scottsdale is a popular and family-friendly event that features 200 artists from across the country – just in time for holiday shopping!  The cooler autumn temperatures make strolling through the beautiful gardens of Scottsdale Civic Center a delight where you will  enjoy an array of fine art, crafts, local authors, live music, and of course, food!  Kids’ activities will be available and dogs are welcome to attend.

The Artfest of Scottsdale is taking place Saturday, November 20th through Sunday, November 21st from 10 am to 5pm.  For more information, visit http://www.888artfest.com/art-shows/arizona/17th-annual-artfest-of-scottsdale

18 Oct 2010

Expanding Dining Options Continue in the Sunny Scottsdale Condo Vacation Rental Neighborhood

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The neighborhood around our Sunny Scottsdale Condo Vacation Rental continues to grow with new and exciting dining concepts. In the past few months several new restaurants have opened up while others have had face-lift or just changed up the menu offerings. Scottsdale in general is very blessed to be home to many successful and well polished restaurateurs who know how to serve a great meal.

One of THE best features of our Scottsdale Vacation Rental is the proximity to Scottsdale’s best dining and things to do along ‘Resort Row;’ and now the options just continue to get better!

The great part of having a vacation rental with an awesome location is that you can cook something up on your own, you can head out for a night on the town, or you can do both (where you maybe just head out for dessert and scenery).

Below is a quick recap of recent openings in the neighborhood with links to the restaurants or news coverage. Enjoy and Happy Dining!

Rancho Pinot –  This restaurant has been in business for many many years, and has become well known for its unique southwestern style menu and and upscale atmosphere. Loca-vores (those who prefer to eat locally harvested foods) love this place, because Rancho Pinot offers what chef-owner Chrysa Robertson calls “a simple, quick, delicious menu featuring fabulous produce from our favorite local farmers.” Now they are open for lunch!

Eddie’s House – Local Celebrity Chef Eddie Matney does an amazing job at creating a unique menu, with interesting twists on known favorites in an warm, classy, and fun atmosphere. Be sure to say hello to Eddie if you make it to his restaurant, he is a great guy and always happy to say hello to diners. Eddie just updated his menu to also include lunch! Eddie just updated his menu to also include lunch!

Blue 32 Sports Grill – This new concept hails from Gilbert Arizona, and just opened a new location along Scottsdale Road, just north of Indian Bend. This is hands down THE best sports bar in Scottsdale. If you are on vacation and need to catch a game, this is where you will find THE most TVs, a great beer selection, and worthy eats good enough to occupy even the non-sports fan (perhaps your significant other?).

Jimmy Woo’s Chinese Food –  The creators behind Stingray Sushi, Geisha A Go Go, and Drift Lounge have just opened this new restaurant where traditional Chinese cuisine meets contemporary design. Daily happy hour, from 4 to 7 p.m., features half-priced cocktails, beer and wine, plus discounted appetizers. And for quick take-out, “Jimmy’s Back Alley” is open all day. I haven’t had the chance to visit and dine yet, and the reviews are still out. Though my hunch is that the experience is trendy, and the food is at least ok.

Wildflower Bread Company – If you’re a healthy eater then you’ll love this place. If you  just want a tasty sandwich or something for breakfast, then you’ll love this place.  You can bring your laptop and surf their free wi-fi while you nosh on your meal. The decor is bright and slightly modern. It’s a decent place, and does a lot of business. The best part is that you can walk here from your Sunny Scottsdale Vacation Rental Condo.

Starbucks within Walking Distance – Even though this Starbucks is walking distance, most likely you’ll want to drive. That’s just because the rule of thumb in Phoenix is that if it’s farther than 500 feet, you’re going to drive. Anyways, whenever I travel I always want to know if there is a Starbucks nearby. And in this case, even though they haven’t done anything new to report, I just wanted to report that a nearby Starbucks does exist, and they do a great job too!

08 Oct 2010

Get Ready to Relax and Rejuvenate on Vacation in Scottsdale!

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Health, wellness and beauty reign in Arizona where on your next vacation you will find a spa lifestyle fit for a queen (or king).

Hot stone massages, desert scrubs, detoxifying body wraps, soothing facials, manicures, pedicures, and hair treatments abound in vibrant Scottsdale.

Whether you are looking to relax and be pampered or get ready for a night out, you will find an array of spas and services that range from convenient and simple to world-class and decadent – all within minutes of your Scottsdale vacation rental!

Arizona Spa Girls is one of our favorite websites for locating spas and spa deals across the Valley. Launched as a way for girlfriends to share reviews of spas and salons across Arizona, the website has grown to become the go-to resource.  Visit their website at www.AZSpaGirls.com

06 Oct 2010

Farmers markets poised to launch fall season in NE Valley

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Markets are increasing their hours thanks to popular demand.

If you love delicious fresh food, then Scottsdale is going to rank high on your list of great places to find fine dining. Plus our Scottsdale vacation rental condo by owner is walking distance to one farmer’s market, and 5 minutes driving distance to several others. Reading this article here, it sounds like the popularity of Famer’s Markets are continuing to grow at an outstanding rate thanks to the perfect combination of people who love to prepare local food and farmers willing to supply it!!

Read more about Farmer’s Markets in Scottsdale at Azcentral.com:

Farmers markets poised to launch fall season in NE Valley

November 28, 2010 Update:

Coverage on Scottsdale Farmer’s markets continues with an updated list of active farmer’s markets.

http://www.azcentral.com/community/scottsdale/articles/2010/10/12/20101012scottsdale-area-farmers-markets-prog.html

The two closest Farmer’s markets are The Borgota on Fridays and Gainey Village on the First Sunday of the Month.  There is also a farmer’s market on Saturdays across the street from the Sunny Scottsdale Vacation Rental Condo, at the Artesia Shopping Center which can be accessed by the Scottsdale Greenbelt without ever needing to cross a busy street.