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11 Jun 2013

SCOTTSDALE’S ARTWALK

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Ongoing, Every Thursday Evening at 7pm

“America’s Original ArtWalk”

Events like the Scottsdale Artwalk are plentiful near our Sunny Scottsdale Condo Vacation Rental. There’s always a concert or streetfair when you stay at our vacation rental condo.

The 30-year tradition of Scottsdale ArtWalk takes place every Thursday evening from 7pm-9pm in along Main Street and Marshall Way in Downtown Scottsdale. The galleries open their doors to the public and show off the work of the Southwest’s outstanding artists. The process is simple – proceed at your own pace, wander into galleries, stroll around a delightful areas punctuated by dramatic statues, dine in famed restaurants and enjoy live music all along the way. Horse-drawn carriage rides and trolley rides are often available.

 

Galleries to visit include:

 General Area of Artwalk

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Public parking is free of charge along with plenty of street parking Complimentary trolley service is available during ArtWalk. Valet parking is available in select areas for a nominal fee. Artwalk galleries are designated in orange in the image below
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

26 Aug 2011

Foodie Alert! Scottsdale Cooks Up Delicious Events for Fall

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We are so excited for fall to begin and not just because of the gorgeous weather, but because there are so many delicious food festivals to look forward to!   Here’s a taste of what’s to come:

Scottsdale kick’s off the season in September with our personal favorite, Arizona Restaurant Week, where food lovers can savor a three-course meal at some of the most noteworthy restaurants in town for only $20 to $40 per person.  There are over 200 participating restaurants this year and only nine days to try them all… decisions, decisions!

Arizona Restaurant Week

200 participating resturants

September 17 – September 25

www.arizonarestaurantweek.com

The Annual Arizona Taco Festival is a spicy competition in October where everyone from name chefs to my friend’s neighbor’s aunt will be competing for the best taco of the year — and a $7500 prize.  We take our tacos seriously here in Arizona.

Arizona Taco Festival

Scottsdale Waterfront

October 15

www.aztacofestival.com

The Cupcake Love-In is a sweet event that celebrates local treats while doing good for the community. This family-fun event will feature kid’s decorating station, cupcake sampling and a cupcake-eating contest!

Cupcake Love-In

Hotel Valley Ho

October 30

cupcakelovein.com

Is your mouth watering yet?  Stay tuned for more juicy details on upcoming food-related events.

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/
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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/
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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/
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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/
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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/
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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
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!

12 Oct 2010

Nike Store latest new addition at Scottsdale Quarter

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Apple Store at Scottsdale Quarter Nearby the Sunny Scottsdale Vacation Rental

Scottsdale Quarter is just one of several high profile shopping destinations that continue to expand.

We’re  glad to see that Scottsdale is continuing to boom with new retail shopping options. Scottsdale Quarter continues to impress, and we are definitely looking forward to the upcoming opening of the upscale movie theaters. Scottsdale Quarter already boasts many retail favorites like the Apple Store and H&M. Visitors to our Scottsdale condo vacation rental are going to love shopping at Kierland and Scottsdale Quarter.

Nike Store latest new addition at Scottsdale Quarter

07 Oct 2010

Firehouse Bar and Grill opens in Old Town Scottsdale

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Finally, someone opened a new concept at one of the best restaurant/bar locations in Old Town Scottsdale. This sounds like a fun happening new concept, I’m excited to check it out. I imagine out of town visitors are going to appreciate having this as a fun option for nightlife or a place to grab a bite before a spring training game. The Scottsdale Vacation Rental condo is just an 8 minute drive from the Firehouse!

Read more about the Firehouse Bar and Grill in Old Town Scottsdale

Firehouse Bar and Grill

Hours: 10:30 a.m. daily, earlier for football games. Bar closes at 2 a.m. Monday-Wednesday, after-hours Thursday-Sunday.

Where: 4312 N. Brown Ave., Scottsdale.

Admission: No cover.

Details: 480-265-6989, ilovefirehouse.com