17 Oct 2012

Arizona Taco Festival this Weekend in Scottsdale!!

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Great news for all our Scottsdale visitors who love great weather and fun outdoor things to do. The warm breezy days in the 70′s are back and outdoor festivals are following right along. First up is this weekend’s Arizona Taco Festival, just right down the street from our Sunny Scottsdale Condo Vacation Rental. As you’ll find almost all the fun activities and events are within range of our vacation rental condo in Scottsdale because you won’t find a better location!

Great Links to find out more details:

aztacofestival.com

Write up on AZ Taco Festival

Yelp.com reviews of AZ Taco Festival

09 Apr 2012

Spring Fever!

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We have some serious spring fever here in Scottsdale!  It’s pretty easy to understand why with the warm sun shining, the lazy breeze blowing and beautiful flowers blooming everywhere…

We played hooky recently and took a day off to visit the Desert Botanical Gardens – one of our favorite springtime destinations.  It was a perfect day!

15 Nov 2011

Scottsdale’s Winter Glow

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Scottsdale glows all year round, but it is especially bright during the winter season.  Old Town Scottsdale becomes a festive wonderland and Scottsdale shops, restaurants, resorts and attractions follow suit.  Whether you drive around town looking at the twinkling lights or tour one of the following attractions, you will certainly be delighted!

Zoo Lights at The Phoenix Zoo Celebrating its 20th anniversary with 600 displays, the Zoo Lights at the Phoenix Zoo is a delight for all ages.

November 24, 2011 – January 8, 2012
6 p.m. – 10 p.m. nightly

455 North Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ

Las Noches de las Luminarias at Desert Botanical Garden

The serenity of the nighttime desert becomes magical with 8,000 hand-lit luminarias lighting the paths of the garden.  Hot chocolate and nightly entertainment makes this a special holiday tradition.

December 1 – 30

5:30 – 9:30 p.m.

1201 N. Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ

Tree Lighting Ceremony at The Scottsdale Mall
Celebrate the start to the holiday season with the City of Scottsdale’s official tree lighting ceremony with live entertainment, Santa and snow.

Sunday, December 4th

3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

3309 N. Drinkwater Boulevard

Holiday Lights at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
Kids of all ages will enjoy seeing one of Scottsdale’s favorite parks lit up into a winter wonderland.  Opening night festivities will include a tree lighting ceremony, entertainment and a visit from Santa on December 23rd.

December 9 – 30, 2011 (excluding December 24 & 25)

6:30p.m. – 9:00p.m.

7301 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, Arizona

11 May 2011

Happy Birthday, Scottsdale!

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Boasting with some of the hottest nightlife, restaurants, bars and shops in the Valley, Scottsdale sure looks good for turning 60!

The city is celebrating with 60 days of festivities culminating on June 25th.  Enjoy the fun, and Happy Birthday Scottsdale!

Event Date Event Name Event Information
May 11 Couple of Hours to Browse? Soleri Bells Couple of Hours to Browse?
May 12 The 31st Annual Film/Video Festival presented by The Film School at Scottsdale Community College http://showcase.scottsdalecc.edu/ filmschool/blog/2011/05/04/31st-filmvideo-festival/
May 12 Celebrate Scottsdale ArtWalk www.ScottsdaleGalleries.com/events
May 12 ArtBridge Thursdays www.artisanmarketsaz.com
May 12 “Art”ini Thursdays www.scottsdalehiphotel.com
May 12 Culture Experience www.diasdancelife.com
May 13 Art and Roses www.ScottsdaleArtSchool.org
May 13 Preservation Hall Jazz Band www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event.php?id=728
May 13 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
May 14 2nd Annual At Bat for Kids HealthFest www.atbatforkids.com
May 14 Dan Zanes & Friends www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event.php?id=688
May 14 Local Motion Trolley Tour www.ultimatearttours.com
May 14 Starlight Concert with The Swingtips www.dcranchnet.com
May 14 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
May 15 Open House at Studio of Quilt Maker Marla Hattabaugh http://scottsdalepublicart.org/SPA60.php
May 15 Couple of Hours to Browse? Taliesen West Couple of Hours to Browse?
May 16 Couple of Hours to Browse? Muesum of Broadcasting Couple of Hours to Browse?
May 17 “Scottsdale Memories” book signing by Paul Messinger www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
memories
May 17 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
May 18 Couple of Hours to Browse? Scottsdale Historic Museum Couple of Hours to Browse?
May 19 Open House at Studio of Quilt Maker Marla Hattabaugh http://scottsdalepublicart.org/SPA60.php
May 19 ArtBridge Thursdays www.artisanmarketsaz.com
May 19 “Art”ini Thursdays www.scottsdalehiphotel.com
May 19 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
May 20 Arizona Authors & Appetizers www.girlmeetsfork.com/events/
authorsandappetizers
May 20 TAP Into “S.N.A.P.” www.yoursnap.org
May 20 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
May 20 through July 20 2011 Young Artists and Authors Showcase www.scottsdalesistercities.com
May 21 Frontier Town Days www.cidermillmarket.com
May 21 Mid-Century Modern Architectural Tour www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
architectural
May 21 Sing-Along Sound of Music www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event.php?id=729
May 21 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
May 22 Couple of Hours to Browse? Fiesta Bowl Museum Couple of Hours to Browse?
May 23 Couple of Hours to Browse? Civic Center Mall Couple of Hours to Browse?
May 24 Old Town Guided Walking Tour www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
walk
May 24 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
May 25 Scottsdale Then and Now www.scottsdalelibrary.org/events
May 25 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
May 26 ArtBridge Thursdays www.artisanmarketsaz.com
May 26 “Art”ini Thursdays www.scottsdalehiphotel.com
May 26 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
May 27 Couple of Hours to Browse? Fiesta Bowl Museum Couple of Hours to Browse?
May 28 Couple of Hours to Browse? Museum of Broadcasting Couple of Hours to Browse?
May 29 Couple of Hours to Browse? Soleri Bells Couple of Hours to Browse?
May 30 Couple of Hours to Browse?  Taliesen West Couple of Hours to Browse?
May 31 Couple of Hours to Browse? Civic Center Mall Couple of Hours to Browse?
June 1 Couple of Hours to Browse? Fiesta Bowl Museum Couple of Hours to Browse?
June 2 “Art”ini Thursdays www.scottsdalehiphotel.com
June 2 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
June 3 One with the Eagle Sculpture Rededication One With Eagle Sculpture Rededication
June 3 Couple of Hours to Browse? Museum of Broadcasting Couple of Hours to Browse?
June 4 National Trails Day Hike the Preserve www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
preserve
June 4 Dedication of Scottsdale High School plaque Dedication of Scottsdale High School plaque
June 4 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
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June 5 Alamos Band Stand Plaque Rededication www.scottsdalesistercities.com
June 6 Fan Grabber/Paradise Valley Rotary 2011 Charity Golf Tournament and Silent Auction www.pvrotary.org
June 6 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
June 7 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
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June 8 Couple of Hours to Browse? Soleri Bells Couple of Hours to Browse?
June 9 Zap! Pow! Bam! Costume Ball www.ScottsdalePublicArt.org
June 9 “Art”ini Thursdays www.scottsdalehiphotel.com
June 9 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
June 10 Couple of Hours to Browse? Taliesan West Couple of Hours to Browse?
June 11 Mighty Mud Mania www.scottsdaleaz.gov/mightymudmania
June 11 60 + 60 www.dwr.com/category/find+a+studio/
scottsdale.do
June 11 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
June 12 Couple of Hours to Browse? Civic Center Mall Couple of Hours to Browse?
June 13 Couple of Hours to Browse? Scottsdale Historic Museum Couple of Hours to Browse?
June 14 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
June 14 Culture Experience www.diasdancelife.com
June 15 Audubon Nature Film Festival www.audubon.az
June 15 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
June 16 “Art”ini Thursdays www.scottsdalehiphotel.com
June 16 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
June 17 Couple of Hours to Browse? Fiesta Bowl Museum Couple of Hours to Browse?
June 18 Scottsdale Urban Chase Family Scavenger Hunt www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
scavenger
June 18 Racin’ at the Basin 5K Run www.scottsdaleaz.gov/parks/ssc
June 18 Scottsdale History Tour www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
history
June 18 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
June 19 Culture Experience www.diasdancelife.com
June 20 Couple of Hours to Browse? Museum of Broadcasting Couple of Hours to Browse?
June 21 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
June 21 Culture Experience www.diasdancelife.com
June 22 History of the Famous Scottsdale Art District www.scottsdalelibrary.org/events
June 22 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
June 23 Scottsdale Public Art 100+ Journals Workshop. Visual Art Journaling: Diamonds in the West led by Cyndi Coon www.scottsdalepublicartblog.org/workshops.html
June 23 Artwalk www.scottsdalegalleries.com
June 23 “Art”ini Thursdays www.scottsdalehiphotel.com
June 23 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
June 24 SMOCA opening night www.smoca.org
June 24 Old fashioned Cowboy Campfire www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
campfire
June 24 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
crown
June 25 Showcase display of Miss Arizona’s Crown handcrafted in 1969 by Paul Johnson Jewelers www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
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June 25 W Scottsdale to host The Grand Soiree for Scottsdale’s 60th Birthday www.WScottsdaleHotel.com/Scottsdale60
June 25 Mayor and Council Breakfast and Scottsdale Birthday Party www.scottsdaleaz.gov/scottsdale60/
breakfastparty
06 Dec 2010

Phoenix and Arizona BCS Bowl Game Teams Are Announced!

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Auburn, Oregon in BCS Championship headline Arizona bowl lineup

by Jeff Metcalfe – Dec. 5, 2010 06:30 PM
The Arizona Republic | azcentral.com

When the dust cleared Sunday after bowl selections, Arizona emerged with one of the more-compelling championship games in the 13-year Bowl Championship Series history and a projected $420 million economic bonanza for metro Phoenix.

In addition to No. 1 Auburn and No. 2 Oregon meeting in the BCS Championship Game on Jan. 10, No. 7 Oklahoma will play in the 40th Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 and No. 12 Missouri will be the highest-rated team ever in the Insight Bowl on Dec. 28.

Big East champion Connecticut, which will challenge Oklahoma in the Fiesta, just missed out on the Top 25 in the final BCS standings. Unranked Iowa will make its Arizona bowl debut against Missouri in the Insight, able to draw better teams because of increasing its combined payout to $6.5 million.

“It’s a wonderful display of college football,” Fiesta Bowl president John Junker said. “The matches are all intriguing. The national-championship game is a gigantic contest. The Insight has two very interesting teams that haven’t played much. And the Fiesta Bowl is the mystery game to see what Connecticut can do and how the Big East can play against a very physical Oklahoma team.

“They’re games we think will create tremendous interest.”

They also are expected to draw more than 190,000 to University of Phoenix and Sun Devil stadiums.

The Auburn-Oregon matchup was finalized Saturday when the Tigers dominated South Carolina in the Southeastern Conference title game and the Ducks beat Oregon State in the Civil War.

And the Fiesta pairing was set after Connecticut edged South Florida to clinch the Big East automatic BCS berth and Oklahoma rallied past Nebraska in the Big 12 title game.

That eliminated a possible Orange Bowl matchup of No. 13 Virginia Tech and West Virginia, sending No. 4 Stanford and UConn on cross-country journeys to the Orange and Fiesta instead of remaining closer to home.

So the only remaining drama in the Arizona selections was with the Insight, which had fourth pick among Big 12 teams and last year bypassed Missouri in favor of Iowa State. The Tigers got the nod this time over Nebraska, which fell five spots in the BCS rankings after losing 23-20 to Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game.

“We have the two highest Big 12 teams (in the Fiesta and Insight),” Junker said. “Nebraska made a point about beating Missouri (31-17), yet you have to take in the whole body of work. We love everything about Nebraska, but it seemed pretty tough to turn down a 12th-ranked team as the highest-ranked team we’ve ever had.”

Junker believes the Auburn-Oregon game could be as memorable as BCS title games between Ohio State-Miami here in 2003 and Texas-USC at the 2005 Rose Bowl.

The unbeatens combined to average more than 92 points and 1,000 yards total offense per game and feature two of the top three Heisman Trophy candidates: favored Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and Oregon running back LaMichael James.

“You know, whether you’re in your second year or your 20th year, it’s just an extremely difficult game to get to,” Auburn coach Gene Chizik said. “You can coach your whole life and never be involved in one of these.”

Chip Kelly also is in his second year as coach at Oregon and in his second BCS game. The Ducks lost 26-17 to Ohio State in the Rose Bowl last season.

“We didn’t intentionally lose the Rose Bowl so we could have fuel for the fire for this year, I can tell you that,” Kelly said. “Obviously, when the last game you play is a loss, there’s always going to be fuel for motivation in the off-season.”

Oklahoma will try to make up for losses to Boise State and West Virginia in the 2007 and ’08 Fiesta Bowls and improve its overall Fiesta record to 2-3.

“We realize the last two games out there we have not been successful so it’s motivation definitely,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. “We approach all our bowl games with a very serious demeanor in how we prepare in practice. Hopefully, when we get in the game, we’ll have a chance to play better and maintain the focus throughout the month leading up to it.”

UConn coach Randy Edsall is optimistic that Huskies’ fans will travel well for the school’s first BCS game.

“This is something new for Connecticut. I think our fans have really embraced our move to Division I (in 2000). They want to be able to experience the bowl game at the highest level.”

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/sports/colleges/articles/2010/12/05/20101205college-football-auburn-oregon-bcs-championship-glendale-arizona.html#ixzz17LbzDuMF

03 Nov 2010

Phoenix New Times 10k

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The Phoenix New Times 10k is one of the longest running and most fun races of the year. The weather is always beautiful, and the crowd is always invigorating. Lot’s of people come from out of town to participate. This year there’s another post race party with freebies and music by The Preserve. Should absolutely be a great time.

And if you need a place to stay, check out our Sunny Scottsdale Vacation Rental Condo. Our location has fair proximity to the race, and provides you with great access to do lots of other fun things while you are in town.

Register for the race right here!

http://www.active.com/running/phoenix-az/phoenix-10k-35th-annual-2010#Summary

03 Nov 2010

KPNX 12 News Discount Golf Card – 10 Rounds for $150

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Get 10 rounds of golf at 10 of the best courses in Phoenix plus other great offers for only $150. Channel 12 claims the golf discount card is worth $1000, but we beg to differ. The golf courses mostly mediocre, and would be hard pressed to get the $15 a round you’d be paying with this card considering their restrictions. Add in the fact that you would be driving over an hour to play at average courses because the courses are mostly on the extreme ends of the Valley, from Queen Creek to Laveen for example, and this discount card doesn’t seem to be that great. The 12 News Golf Card doesn’t even include a cart. Basically, any golfer can get close to these rates by playing off peak hours anyways. Be careful too, because you can’t even play with other card holders on most courses. We’d recommend not buying this card. If you disagree, let us know! We’d love to hear how you enjoyed your purchase.

If you appreciate our review, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay informed on other deals, discounts, plus news related to Scottsdale vacations and golf. Just look us up at Sunny Scottsdale Condo on Facebook!

To purchase the card:

http://kpnxgolf.mediawebconnect.com/

Here is the list of courses:

Lookout Mountain Golf Club

http://www.lookout-mountain.com/

Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia

http://www.trilogygolfclub.com/vistancia/

Bougainvillea Golf Club

http://bvgolf.net/golf/proto/bvgolf/

Trilogy Golf Club at Power Ranch

http://www.trilogygolfclub.com/powerranch/

Rancho Manana Golf Club

http://www.ranchomanana.com/

Wigwam Golf Club

http://www.wigwamresort.com/golf.html

Ahwatukee Country Club

http://www.ahwatukeegolf.com/sites/courses/layout9.asp?id=800&page=44727

Club West

http://www.clubwestgolf.com/sites/courses/custom.asp?id=911&page=51070

The Duke at Rancho El Dorado

http://www.thedukegolf.com/sites/courses/layout9.asp?id=530&page=27167

Desert Canyon Golf Club
www.desertcanyongolf.com

http://kpnxgolf.mediawebconnect.com/

31 Oct 2010

Cactus League Expecting Banner Year

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Cactus League Spring Training 2011: New Scottsdale Teams, New Stadium, and All Cactus League World Series Means Lots of Visitors to Scottsdale.

A record numbers of visitors to Greater Phoenix Metro and Scottsdale are expected during the month of March as folks look to enjoy baseball spring training, sunshine, and other great things a vacation to Scottsdale can offer. The surge in visitors is due to many exciting developments happening in the Cactus League.

Two New Teams are Moving to Scottsdale

Two new teams are moving to Scottsdale within the league. Both the Diamondbacks and the Rockies will be playing within two miles of your Sunny Scottsdale Vacation Rental at the new Baseball complex located at Indian Bend and the 101. It’s so close, that a short bike ride along the Scottsdale Greenbelt will get you there in no time and let you enjoy some beautiful weather on your short journey.

New Stadium to Open at Indian Bend and 101

The new stadiums are opening just in time for the 2011 Spring Training Season, and will be the new home to the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Colorado Rockies. The complex promises to be state of the art design and construction, offering all the finest amenities for fans and players. There isn’t a detail that has been overlooked in the creation of this incredible project.

All Cactus League World Series

For the fourth time in Cactus League history, the world series pits two Cactus League teams against each other. The excitement has local leaders fired up over a likely surge of bandwagon Texas Rangers and San Francisco Giants fans heading to the Valley in the spring. The Giants also play in Scottsdale, close to the Sunny Scottsdale Vacation Rental.

Read more: http://www.azcentral.com/sports/diamondbacks/articles/2010/10/27/20101027world-series-2010-arizona-cactus-league.html#ixzz13wYqqDGI

Other Cactus League Resources:

Official Cactus League Website

Salt River Fields – Home of the Diamondbacks and the Rockies

Where to buy Spring Training 2011 Tickets

27 Oct 2010

New Movie Experience Comes to Scottsdale

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Movie lovers rejoice!  Starting this fall, you will be able to see the latest movies on the silver screen while sipping your favorite cocktails and munching on savory cuisine all in the comfort of a wide, cushy chair complete with spacious armrests.

Located at the Scottsdale Pavilions just down the street from the Sunny Scottsdale Condo Vacation Rental, the former 20-year-old United Artists movie theater underwent a $2 million renovation to become an UltraStar Cinema, which features 11 screens, digital projection, wider aisles, and reserved seating, as well as interesting architectural elements and a concession stand that serves both classic favorites and creative dishes like basil-flavored brie and chocolate Panini.  You can also order conveniently from your seat.

The Scottsdale Quarter will also welcome a similar movie concept from IPic Entertainment in the winter.

Read more online at http://www.azcentral.com/community/scottsdale/articles/2010/10/26/20101026Scottsdale-new-premium-movie-theaters.html#ixzz13anapXz1

19 Oct 2010

Scottsdale Pop Quiz!

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How well do you know Scottsdale, Arizona?  Maybe you know that Scottsdale is one of the best cities to find challenging golf courses, tantalizing dining experiences, sumptuous spas, and, of course, shopping!  But did you know that we have a very rich, western history dating back to 1888?  Check out the quiz on AZCentral.com and learn some pretty interesting facts about the city we love.  Don’t forget to book your stay at our Sunny Scottsdale Vacation Rental!

http://www.azcentral.com/community/scottsdale/articles/2010/08/12/20100812scottsdale-arizona-quiz-prog.html