Archive for Sight Seeing

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!

21 Dec 2011

Beautiful Morning Hike

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One of our favorite winter activities in Arizona is hiking.  Just this past weekend we enjoyed a light trek through the Phoenix Mountain Preserve.  After several days of rain last week, the air was fresh and dewy, laced with the smell of mesquite.  The plants and cacti were green and so alive.  The sky was a breathtaking, turquoise blue scattered with bright white clouds. Sunny and warm with a light, cool breeze.  We could spend every day here…

It is so easy to access nature here in Scottsdale.  Some of our favorite trails — located just minutes away from the Sunny Scottsdale Condo — include Lost Dog Wash Trail and Papago Park, and of course Camelback Mountain and Piestewa Peak for more experienced hikers.  Please ask us about hiking or mountain biking trails, we are happy to give further recommendations!

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/
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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/
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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/
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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/
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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/
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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/
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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/
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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/
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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/
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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/
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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/
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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/
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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/
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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/
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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/
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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
11 Feb 2011

An A’Fair to Remember

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With rolling green hills, bright flowers, bubbling fountains, and nearby attractions, Sunday A’Fair at Scottsdale Civic Center is the perfect way to enjoy a free concert on a relaxing Sunday afternoon.  Bring a blanket and sit on the lawn or enjoy some delicious treats or browse the fine arts and crafts or make your own at the fun hands-on art activities for children and families.

Dates (Sundays):

February 13, 20, 27, 2011

March 6, 27, 2011

April 3, 2011

Time:

Noon – 4pm

Location:

Scottsdale Civic Center Mall

Admission:

Free

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

13 Oct 2010

Waste Management (Phoenix) Open Raises 4.4 Million for Charities – What About Next Year?

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The Phoenix Open is one of  Scottsdale’s biggest annual events, drawing huge crowds and celebrities to enjoy “the greatest show on grass.” When in town for the Phoenix Open, many visitors prefer to stay on Scottsdale’s “resort row,”  the section of Scottsdale Road between Shea Blvd and Camelback Roads. Our sunny Scottsdale vacation rental condo is located in the middle of resort row!  Anyways, The Phoenix Open is a fantastic event, and it’s a fundraiser for the Thunderbirds’ charities. Recent news articles suggest that this past year they raised over $4.4 Million  for charities. The fundraising achievement is nothing to balk at, especially considering the major economic challenges and corporate pull backs in earlier 2010. Congrats to the Thunderbirds for another outstanding Phoenix Open, AKA Waste Management Open. We look forward to the 2011 Waste Management Open, and are going to be welcoming guests to our fantastic sunny Scottsdale vacation rental condo.

KPHO Channel 5 - Phoenix Open Raises $4.4M For Charities

Phoenix Business Journal – Thunderbirds donate $4.4M to charities

Azcentral.com –  Phoenix Open donates $4.4 million to local charities

Update 11/01/2010 – Official Waste Management Iphone Application is Launched.

This looks like it is super cool and highly useful.

Iphone App for the Waste Management Phoenix Open

12 Oct 2010

Scottsdale’s Soleri Bridge project is Underway

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Scottsdale has done very well by continuing to invest in public art. This commitment continues to make Scottsdale a beautiful and interesting place for visitors and residents. The public arts project is clearly one of many factors making Scottsdale a top vacation destination. In 1985, the Arizona city of Scottsdale adopted a one percent for art ordinance and established the Scottsdale Public Art Program with the goal to enhance the quality of life afforded area residents and visitors. Scottsdale’s program and projects have won local, regional and national awards. Public art has taken many forms ranging from the walls of the Pima Freeway to James Turrell’s Skyspace at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. I am excited about the latest addition, and I know visitors to our Sunny Scottsdale Condo Vacation Rental will enjoy the new Soleri addition.

Read more about the Soleri Bridge Project at azcentral.com

For Even More info:

Read More about Paolo Soleri on Wikipedia

05 Oct 2010

Expert Concierge Gathers the Savviest Scottsdale Sights for Your Next Vacation

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Concierge Ted Enright at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North to gathers the savviest sightseeing suggestions he could find—not just his own but also those of other local connoisseurs, including some he works with every day at the Hotel. Famous for its golf courses, Scottsdale also has top-flight shopping, and culinary and cultural offerings. The Sonoran Desert beckons with a wealth of outdoor activities, such as hiking, off-road Jeep tours and hot-air balloon rides. No wonder Scottsdale is a favorite vacation destination for so many folks!

http://magazine.fourseasons.com/concierge_recommends/americas/scottsdale/concierge_recommends_scottsdale_arizona/

05 Oct 2010

Take a tour of historic treasures in Old Town Scottsdale

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You would be surprised how many historic treasures you pass by on a day to day basis. Ace Bailey of Ultimate Art and Cultural Tours showed us around Old Town Scottsdale, and we learned about some amazing places that are right under our nose.

Take a tour of historic treasures in Old Town Scottsdale.