Agent Name: Stephen
Date: October 2011
Trip Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Overall Impression: Nobody told the good citizens of Scottsdale that there is a recession going on in the United States. The shopping centres are busy every day of the week, everybody drives a late model vehicle – usually a high end cialis headache treatment SUV, restaurants and bars are full all the time, roads are in a constant state of upkeep, casinos are hopping! All-in-all viagra australian actress Scottsdale is flourishing.
In brief, it is a very clean, neat and bright city. Roads are wide and straight, so getting anywhere is a breeze. The new perimeter freeway system connects the outlying areas with Phoenix, Mesa and Tempe in no time. Once, getting to and from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport was a chore, especially if you had a rental car, as the pick-up depots were scattered all around the area. Now, the freeway spam emails canadian pharmacy links with the airport and all the car rental agencies are housed in a new on-airport Rental Car Center that has a vast underground parking area for them all. A free shuttle bus connects the airport terminals to the facility every five minutes. The agencies are all next to each other similar to airport check-in desks and you just follow the signs to the parking level to find your rental. Similarly, returning the car is simple by following the signs to your agency’s parking floor. From there, you are greeted by a check-in person who scans your rental agreement, prints your receipt
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It had been eleven years since we were last in Scottsdale, and, except for Old Town Scottsdale, much had changed. New housing areas have sprung up, spawning new shopping malls everywhere. A new area known as The Waterfront has been developed along the Scottsdale Canal adjacent to The Old Town, providing outdoor exhibition space along with residential housing and shopping. The Old Town has been developed with boutiques, restaurants and art galleries – a haven for tourists. Development has progressed north, taking in much of the Sonoran desert between Scottsdale and the towns of Carefree and Cave Creek, to the west towards Paradise Valley, and to the East towards Fountain Hills. You see gated communities of exquisite Spanish-style homes along these corridors everywhere.
Downtown Scottsdale offers some of the finest galleries, specialty retail, cultural attractions and dining in the Valley of the Sun. It is the heart of the city’s art scene, with Contemporary and Western Art, Theatre and a wide variety of outdoor sculptures set amid the lush green lawns and sparkling fountains of Civic Centre Mall. It is here every Thursday evening from 7.00pm to 9.00pm that The Scottsdale Gallery Association presents the Scottsdale ArtWalk. Located primarily along Main Street and Marshall Way, all the member galleries open their doors to the public and show off the Southwest’s and International outstanding artists. Visitors proceed at their own pace, wander into various galleries, stroll around a delightful area punctured by dramatic statues, bubbling fountains,
tree-covered courtyards, famed restaurants and can women take viagra more. Horse-drawn carriage and trolley rides are often available from plentiful free parking areas nearby. Once a month they hold a special themed ArtWalk. The evening we attended it was Western ArtWalk . Country music could be heard from sidewalk combos and even from a guitar strumming, singing cowboy on horseback – he was collecting “tips” to buy carrots for his horse!
There is so much to
keep you busy during the day. During our stay we took in The Arizona Taco Festival, The Taste of Cave Creek and the Alaska State Fair.
Here are just a few other things that we experienced:
Arizona Food Tours Presents A Taste of Old Town
This is a walking food and historical tour through the street of Old Town. On our three hour
tour, our delightful guide showed us some of the hidden gems that Scottsdale has to offer. We stopped at six restaurants where we sampled their signature dishes and enjoyed wine samplings. Later in our stay, we went back to one of the restaurants, The Mission, since we had enjoyed their food and restaurant ambience so much.
Desert Botanical Garden
The Desert Botanical Garden sits on 145 acres amongst the red buttes of Papago Park and has more than 50,000 plants in its collection. The Garden has five thematic trails that exhibit cactus and succulent species from around the world. Interpretive exhibits along the trails highlight desert wildflowers, conservation, desert plant adaptation and ethno-botany.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesen West
Taliesen West was architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s personal winter home and cheapviagra-canadapharma school in the desert from 1937 until his death in 1959 at the age of 92. Today it is the main campus of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture and houses the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Located on the beautiful Sonoran desert in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains in northeast Scottsdale, the site offers a broad range of guided tours. Visitors experience first-hand Wright’s brilliant ability to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces.
St.Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery in Florence AZ
This is about an hour and a half from Scottsdale and is the only Greek Orthodox monastery in North America and founded by a living saint, Father Ephraim. The 45 or so monks who live here run a tight ship keeping the grounds in tip top shape. It is immaculate, with lush gardens, fountains and gazebos. They have turned it into an oasis in the middle of the hot, dry, cacti ridden southern Arizonan desert. There are several chapels within the monastery and one major church. Most of the furniture and icons are brought from Mt. Athos in Greece, considered one of the most holy places for Greek Othodoxists. A word of caution, women must wear long skirts and scarves to cover their hair. Basically, very modest attire is required that does not show any skin. Men must wear long sleeve shirts and pants.
Queen Creek Olive Mill
At the base of the San Tan Mountains an hour from Scottsdale, Queen Creek Olive Mill is Arizona’s only working olive farm and mill. They produce a boutique hand-crafted extra virgin olive oil using 9 varieties of olives. Their gourmet marketplace is a treasure of local foods , unique gifts and farm-casual dining. You can take a tour of the mill and then stroll through the olive groves on your own and enjoy the peace to be found there. We stayed at the beautiful AAA Five-Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Set in 65 acres, it includes two TPC golf courses, five swimming pools, seven tennis courts, the premier Willow Stream Spa, and six unique fine-dining restaurants. We were on the Gold Floor where the accommodations were excellent and the staff so helpful and attentive. I would have no hesitation in recommending this property to anyone.
And to finish, a quote from Frank Lloyd Wright:
“The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you’ll find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.