A Stress-free Weekend within the Scottsdale Desert

A Relaxing Weekend in the Scottsdale Desert

You don’t have to like golf to like Scottsdale—however you must undoubtedly be into rest. Simply east of Phoenix, the town has heaps to see, together with some spectacular design, unimaginable desert hikes, plenty of nice artwork, and a few fairly improbable Western historical past (the latter within the metropolis’s charming Previous City neighborhood). The meals’s wonderful, as are the spa therapies and the museums—to not point out the margaritas.


Andaz Scottsdale Hotel
Andaz Scottsdale Hotel

Andaz Scottsdale

This property is so serene, you possibly can nearly hear the birds transferring by means of the air. The resort is made up of 185 non-public bungalows and suites that dot the strolling paths weaving by means of the grounds. Every is outfitted with a personal patio, large loos, mid-century fashionable furnishings, and quirky sculptures, work, and ceramics by native Scottsdale artists from the close by Cattle Monitor Arts Compound. There’s heaps to do proper on the property: Have blue corn pancakes delivered to your bungalow and eat them on the patio overlooking Camelback Mountain. Head to a yoga class on the health middle earlier than getting a Himalayan salt stone therapeutic massage on the spa. Sip margaritas by the pool, or take a nap on one of many property’s a number of hammocks. At evening, head to Weft & Warp, the on-site restaurant that serves, amongst different scrumptious issues, a decadent, creamy scallop risotto and unimaginable desserts. Keep for the reside music earlier than melting into your oversize mattress.


Cattle Track Arts Compound
Cattle Track Arts Compound

Cattle Monitor Arts Compound

Cattle Monitor Arts Compound is a mixture of adobe buildings relationship again eighty years that’s now an artists’ residence, with studios for native creatives like painter Timothy Chapman, grasp printmaker Brent Bond, ceramicist Mary van Dusen, and magician Craig Davis. What’s nice is that guests are invited to weave out and in of the studios and discuss to the artists. Give your self a number of hours there, and attempt to meet Mark McDowell, a Cattle Monitor artist in residence and native Renaissance man who’s an encyclopedia of Scottsdale historical past, an artist’s artist, and a most hilarious, loquacious, quick greatest good friend. (In the event you can’t discover McDowell right here, he usually performs with the band at Andaz, the place he’s helped curate and create the artwork.)

Museum of the west
Museum of the West

Museum of the West

The wildness, grandeur, and folklore of the American West come alive at this museum in Previous City in dramatic non permanent displays in addition to by means of the everlasting assortment. Particularly price trying out: the large show of Hopi ceramics; saddles, spurs, and boots from outdated mining cities (together with artifacts from a saloon as soon as co-owned by Wyatt Earp); and putting bronze sculptures of historic figures by the award-winning sculptor John Coleman. It’s all spectacular, however the beautiful summary work of western America by Maynard Dixon, on view by means of August 2020, are particularly price seeing. We additionally beloved the yearlong exhibit of works by feminine artists on the close by Scottsdale Museum of Up to date Artwork.


Cattle Track Arts Compound
The Mission Old Town

The Mission

You’ll be dreaming about this guacamole—handmade, proper at your desk—and the margaritas, which rival any you’ll get in Baja. There’s a pozole that can soften your coronary heart and tacos (mahi mahi, roasted butternut squash, or mole duck) on contemporary, hand-pressed corn tortillas. It’s all unimaginable, however get the roasted pork shoulder. Large enough for 2, it’s slow-cooked for twelve hours and comes out sticky and candy, served with a habanero pineapple glaze.


You recognize you’re in for a very good time once you stroll into cozy, boisterous FnB, tucked within the historic Craftsman Courtroom downtown. There are three small eating rooms, all painted a brilliant crimson and glowing from dimly lit, funky chandeliers. Charleen Badman, the James Beard Award–profitable chef and co-owner, takes you thru Arizona, the US, and the world along with her seasonal menu. There’s a farçous (Swiss chard pancake) with thick labneh; crunchy radishes with date butter, hazelnuts, and grilled regionally made bread; a Macau-style rooster with greens, rice, peppers, and peanuts; and when you’re fortunate, Badman could make her potato latkes and applesauce. (If that occurs, order two and by no means look again.) There’s a thought of number of wines from throughout the globe, together with a couple of labels from small, stellar vineyards proper in Arizona.

Fat Ox

Fats Ox

The reply to “What do I order?” at Fats Ox is watching you from the center of the menu: twenty-five layer lasagna. Bolognese, skinny house-made lasagna noodles, San Marzano tomatoes, whipped ricotta, and charred rapini make up the various layers, they usually’re all made contemporary each morning. Whilst you’re ready for it, dig right into a Caesar salad for 2 (they put together it tableside) and the mozzarella with cara cara oranges. The opposite standout is a brick-grilled natural rooster that comes with creamy polenta and dripping with jus.


LDV Vineyard Tasting Room

In the event you’re a wine lover, Previous City in Scottsdale has a number of intimate tasting rooms all serving wines made out of native grapes. Our favourite is the LDV Tasting Room. Owned by couple Peggy Fiandaca and Curt Dunham, LDV serves wine largely product of Rhône grapes—Syrah, grenache, Viognier—grown on their vineyard in southeast Arizona. They give attention to pure strategies, following sustainable farming practices and utilizing minimal processing to supply wines which can be clear and crisp. It is a beautiful spot to spend a weekend afternoon or have a pre- or postdinner glass of one thing scrumptious.

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Taliesin West

Taliesin West

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Taliesin West

Within the 1930s, legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright discovered winter respite within the Scottsdale desert. A hotter, drier local weather was prescribed by his physician, however the architect shortly fell for Arizona. He laid declare to a bit of land on the foothills of the McDowell Mountains—which he described as “a glance over the rim of the world”—and painstakingly constructed a home, Taliesin West (the unique Taliesin is in Wright’s residence state, Wisconsin). A lot of it was product of components sourced from the land, so the home seems to be a bit as if it sprouted from the bottom after a very good rain. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage website, and one of the best ways to see each inside and exterior is a guided tour. No matter your opinion on Wright’s aesthetic—and private life—could also be, this high-desert studio-residence is absolute proof that the person was a genius.

Taliesin West

Echo Canyon Trail at Camelback Mountain
Echo Canyon Trail at Camelback Mountain

Echo Canyon Path at Camelback Mountain

First, a bit of housekeeping: This hike is intense, ascending drastically from roughly 1,424 ft to 2,700 within the mere one-and-a-half miles to its summit. It’s rocky, uneven, and sometimes crowded on the weekends. Arm your self with loads of water, sunscreen, correct footwear, and a completely charged cellphone, and also you’re in for thrillingly excessive expertise, when it comes to the exercise and the surroundings. The rocky, terra-cotta ridges glow, and the panorama seems to be as if it falls over the sting of the earth. Even when you don’t plan to hike to the highest, or in any respect, it’s price heading right here to take all of it in from the bottom of the path.

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