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Arizona For a Vacation, There Are So Many Things To Do
is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, United States,
adjacent to Phoenix. Scottsdale is regarded as an upscale tourist and shopping
destination and as a representation of western American style. The New
York Times described downtown Scottsdale as "a desert version of Miami's
South Beach" and as having "plenty of late night partying and a buzzing
Scottsdale is bordered to
the west by Phoenix and Paradise Valley, to the north by Carefree, to the
south by Tempe, and to the east by Fountain Hills and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa
Scottsdale is known nationally
and abroad for its art and cultural amenities. Though generally high-end
and affluent in nature and product, the local art community remains very
diverse. A national capitol of Southwestern art and culture (the city often
competes with Santa Fe, New Mexico for this bragging right), the city has
more recently become a large and well-respected mecca for the modern and
contemporary arts. In 2005, the city's annual Scottsdale Arts Festival
was ranked the number-one such event in United States by American Style
highest concentrations of galleries, studios and museums that are open
to the public can be found in Downtown Scottsdale. Its Scottsdale Arts
District can be segmented into three distinct districts. The largest is
the Main Street Arts District, home to the largest and most diverse collection
of styles and genres, the more contemporary Marshall Way Arts District,
and the more touristy and western-themed Old Town district. The very popular
Scottsdale Artwalk is held weekly, every Thursday evening.
Due to such a large concentration
of high-end amenities and businesses that exist in the city, over the generations
Scottsdale has developed a noted reputation both locally and somewhat nationally
for having a certain snobby air about its residents. Many outsiders often
mockingly refer to the city by its alter-ego "Snobsdale."
Scottsdale's affluent culture
has been depicted by shows such as MTV's My Super Sweet 16, which filmed
an episode in the area in 2006, and by the short-lived CBS reality show
Tuesday Night Book Club In 2008, a local radio disc jockey Craven Moorehead,
parodied the Flobot's alternative hit "Handlebars" to make fun of the trendy,
supercilious nightlife culture in Scottsdale. The opening and closing line
"I can ride my bike with no handle bars" was replaced with the parodied
"I'm a big douche at the Scottsdale bars." The parody became an immediate
local hit and was placed in heavy rotation.
Arizona For a Vacation, There Are So Many Things To Do
Copyright © 2008 Chad
When you go to Scottsdale,
Arizona for a vacation, there are so many things to do that there is never
enough time to do it all.
Scottsdale has nearly 300
days of sunshine in a year. It is known as the West's most western town.
Seven million people visit Scottsdale and the surrounding towns every year.
There is something for everyone. There is plenty of golfing opportunities
for the golf lover and major league teams of football, baseball and hockey
train in and around Scottsdale. Cafes and restaurant of every American
and other cultures are situated in Scottsdale. Indian, Mexican and American
food specialties can be savored in the eateries of Scottsdale. You
can indulge in fine dining or go to quaint small café's. Shopping
is unlimited in Scottsdale. The fashion square is the place to go for one
of a kind boutiques. It is the haunt of the rich and the famous and you
can do a bit of celebrity watching while shopping. There are other unique
boutiques, designer discount shops, specialists in home décor and
specialty men's wear shops.
The greenbelt of Scottsdale
is the park area and connects the Vista del Comino, El Dorado, Indian School
and Chapanal. The parks are well kept and there are shelters, Ramadas,
a fishing lake, jogging and biking paths.
For lovers of art Scottsdale
has an art festival showcasing the creations of artists in different mediums.
There are art dealers galleries and exhibitions take place round the year.
A conducted tour of the arts takes you to the homes of prominent artists
and architects and their workshops. It is a truly southwest art experience.
The Scottsdale Arts Festival organized by the Culture Council at
the Civic Centre Hall showcases the work of over 200 artists.
For transport enthusiasts,
a visit to the Arizona Wing commemorative air Force museum is a educative
experience The annual Barrett Jackson Car show is a world renowned auction
for collectible cars. The Mcormick Stillman Railroad park has a stretch
of narrow gauge on which you can take a ride.
To enjoy a Scottsdale experience
like a local you must live there and not merely visit. The best way of
living the Scottsdale experience is by staying at a vacation rental which
can be rented by the week. You can enjoy cooking or calling in local food.
You can live at your own pace and enjoying pursuing your interests in Scottsdale.
You can rent villas to cabins at locations close to your place of interest
by the week or even the month. You have more living space and flexibility
of routine while living in a home rental than a hotel.
If you are looking for things
to do on a vacation Scottsdale Arizona is the never fail option.
The native culture is not
neglected in Scottsdale. The Head Museum is a museum of Native American
culture. The shop sells native American handicrafts. On the first and second
of March the Indian Fair is held and features over 650 Native American
artists, jewelers, potters carvers, artists and doll makers.
Rides through the desert
on hummers give a fascinating insight into desert flora and fauna
and folklore. You can take a sunset tour and have a typical cowboy dinner.
Gliding on a hot air balloon
over the desert is a simply magnificent experience. The sonoran desert
is conserved by the efforts of the Mcdowell Sonoran Conservancy and
you can go to the desert with a trained guide and learn about the desert
and the efforts of the conservancy. There are
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Golf Vacations by Chad Sullivan
Copyright (c) 2008 Chad
Arizona Golf Vacations are
hugely popular because golfers can play the game through the day and through
the year. The climate round the year is pleasant and the hospitality of
the locals is historic.
Arizona State has a variety
of terrain ranging from canyons, rolling hills, unusually shaped rocks
and winding rivers. It is the ideal location for golf courses because each
golf course can give the golfer new challenges and makes the golfer overcome
different and varying hazards. The choice of golf courses in Arizona is
vast. Many golf courses are designed by famous golfers. The views in almost
every golf course in Arizona are spectacular.
The handicapper and the hack,
the nature lover and the golf addict have a choice of golfing options that
is hard to beat. The golf courses in Arizona have different lengths and
yardage. There are courses with limited holes and full golf courses. There
are old world clubs and modern golf courses, traditional link style courses,
desert courses and adobe courses. An interesting way of spending a golf
vacation in Arizona is to take lessons. Schools and academies that teach
golf for improvement or for basic instruction are plenty and can be booked
in advance. Most lessons range from twelve to thirty hours. Lunch is included
and the problem areas of an experienced golfer are sharpened. Beginners
will find themselves off to a good start as the staff in Arizona's golf
academies and schools are trained PGA standard instructors.
Sedona Resort & Spa
Accommodation for golfers
and packages for golfers are also available in hotels, resorts, clubs,
condos and home rentals. All packages can be customized according to the
individual needs of the golfer. The golfer can get a package with up to
five rounds in different reputed courses. A golfer can return every year
in different seasons of the year and taste the thrilling challenges of
five new golf courses. Some Hotels like the Hyatt Gainey Ranch have their
own golf courses.
There are different discount
rates available for golfing groups. Tee times can be booked 60 -90 days
in advance. Cars can be hired in advance so that traveling from course
to course is not difficult. There are many after golf activities available
.The climate of Arizona makes it the best place for spa treatments and
wellness treatments. The mingling of cultures gives the state a festive
edge. There are always art shows, cultural festivals and shopping. Arizona
boasts of some of the best American cuisine with a distinct flavor of what
was once the 'wild west'.
Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort Phoenix
Whether the golfer is a languid
, take it easy golfer who looks at the game as a pleasant walk or a highly
competitive golfer who looks to improve the game and face challenges, Arizona
has so many options that a golfer will realize that one vacation is not
enough. The vistas and the challenges are so many that the golfer holidaymaker
will make Arizona a permanent golf vacation destination.
|About the Author - Chad
has been a travel adviser for many years in Arizona. Starting back in 1984
after college, he found the great love for people to travel to Scottsdale
Arizona. He recommends using vacation homes by owner in Scottsdale as the
most cost effective way to travel http://www.sunbeltvacations.com
for Scottsdale AZ Hotels (and surrounding areas)
the full list of Scottsdale AZ Hotels (and surrounding areas)
Palms Resort Oasis Scottsdale
When you enter our stunning
yet intimate lobby, the desert stone accents set in the hand laid white
crystal granite warn you to expect something special including a level
of service that some people consider sublime. All of our rooms and suites
are tastefully appointed with carefully selected modern art, contemporary
custom made furnishings, and entertainment centers. Passionate attention
to detail continues throughout the 3 Palms with features selected with
your comfort and convenience in mind. Cable/satellite TV with premium channels,
DVD players, stereos, refrigerators, microwaves, and the all important
coffee maker are just some of the amenities we've included in anticipation
of your every need. Spa services are available in our private spa suite.
Western Papago Inn Scottsdale
Located in upscale Scottsdale,
known as the west's most western town, only 15 minutes from Phoenix Sky
Harbor International Airport. Guests will enjoy easy access to unparalleled
shopping and dining on Fifth Avenue and at the Scottsdale Fashion Square.
Area offers world-class golf, tennis and is convenient to popular destinations
such as the Scottsdale Stadium and the Desert Botanical Gardens.
Located 3 blocks from the
Old Town area of Scottsdale, Ariz., and 4 blocks from the Scottsdale Fashion
Square is the Chaparral Suites Scottsdale. Scottsdale Stadium is 2 miles
away. Complimentary cooked-to-order breakfasts are featured each morning
and evening receptions are hosted 7 days a week. The 4th Floor Grille offers
freshly baked pizzas, grilled fish, pasta and steaks for lunch and dinner.
The Sports Bar hosts a state-of-the-art sound system, two wide-screen televisions,
10 HDTVs, and Grille menu items. Cascading fountains and tropical landscaping
lead to a courtyard with two outdoor pools and a spa tub encircled by lounge
chairs. Additionally available are a fitness center, gift shop and arcade.
Located three blocks from
Old Town and the Scottsdale Fashion Square is the Clarion Hotel Scottsdale
in Scottsdale, Ariz. Camelback Golf Course is two miles away. The hotel
has a town car service that will pick up guests from the airport (for a
charge). On-site Cezar's Restaurant & Bar serves three meals daily.
A business center, computer rentals and complimentary wireless Internet
access are available for business needs. The property boasts a freeform
outdoor pool with a spa tub in the palm-lined courtyard, and a 24-hour
fitness room provides treadmills, Nautilus equipment and elliptical machines.
The 218 guestrooms are embellished with blond-wood furnishings, framed
Mexican artwork, colorful floral bedspreads, an upholstered chair and ottoman,
and decor in dusky rose, pale mauve and jungle green.
Inn & Suites Scottsdale
Located in Scottsdale, Ariz.
and shadowed by the majestic McDowell Mountain Ridge, Country Inn &
Suites Scottsdale is five miles from the Mayo Clinic of Scottsdale and
15 miles from Sky Harbor International Airport. Westworld, a premeire user-friendly
equestrian center and special events facility, is located 4 miles from
the Country Inn & Suites Scottsdale. The hotel is close to Sun Devil
Stadium, home of the Arizona State Sun Devils, and to Chase Field, home
of Arizona Diamondbacks. Comfortable overstuffed furniture invites guests
to sit and relax. Guests can beat the Arizona heat in the outdoor pool.
The fitness center's cardiovascular and strength training equipment make
it easy to keep up workout routines.
Paradise Valley Resort-Scottsdale
The 22-acre Doubletree Paradise
Valley Resort-Scottsdale is located less than two miles from Fashion Square
Mall and Old Town Scottsdale in Scottsdale, Ariz. This resort was designed
by students of Frank Lloyd Wright. The hotel features a concrete exterior
and a labeled cactus garden that occupies a mountain-view courtyard. The
enFuego restaurant serves regionally inspired cuisine and features a waterfall
fountain and an outside patio with fountains and a central fireplace. The
Palm Café serves Starbucks coffee and breakfast fare. The Cabana
Bar is located at the north pool and prepares light sandwiches, salads
and beverages. Loggia Lounge offers wines, imported and microbrewed beers,
single-malt scotch, small-batch bourbons, specialty vodkas and tequilas.
The Fairmont Scottsdale
stands at the foot of the McDowell Mountains in north Scottsdale, Ariz.
This property is located two miles from the Cracker Jax Family Fun &
Sports Park. The hotel is surrounded by 450 acres of sun-washed desert.
Hotel dining options include Bourbon Steak which serves natural, organic
and hormone-free beef cooked over a wood-burning grill. LV Bistro prepares
Southwestern-style meals. La Hacienda specializes in gourmet Mexican fare.
The Grill clubhouse restaurant overlooks the 18th hole of the PGA-rated
TPC golf course. The hotel includes access to two 18-hole championship
golf courses, a fitness center, five outdoor pools, rental cabanas, spa
tubs, tennis courts and a children's water park with slides. Lawn sports
include bocce ball, badminton, volleyball, basketball, croquet and miniature
Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa At Gainey
Set amidst flowering cactus
and framed against the majestic McDowell Mountains lies the Hyatt Regency
Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch. Here, breathtaking desert vistas
blend with intriguing Native American culture and pampering amenities to
create a Scottsdale Arizona hotel designed to please every guest. Explore
our 27 acres and discover your own perfect Hyatt Scottsdale hotel stay,
including championship golf, luxurious Spa Avania, water playground , tennis
or Camp Hyatt Kachina. Expansive meeting facilities provide the premier
setting for business gatherings, just minutes from all the attractions
of this vibrant area. We invite you to experience the ultimate luxury hotel
and resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Quinta Inn & Suites Scottsdale
La Quinta Inn and Suites,
located in Scottsdale, Ariz., is conveniently positioned 12 miles from
Tempe, 14 miles from Phoenix and 20 miles from Mesa. Golfers can tee off
one mile away at Starfire Golf Course and four miles from this property
at Kierland Commons & Golf Course. West World is two miles away and
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is 20 miles from the property.
Active days of business or leisure pursuits may begin and end at the 24-hour
fitness center. This property also offers an outdoor heated pool with spa
tub, complimentary newspapers and complimentary high-speed internet access.
Two meeting rooms can accommodate up to 50 people while banquet facilities
and catering services can meet corporate or celebratory needs.
Resort Scottsdale Mccormick Ranch
Beyond our front doors awaits
an escape that will soothe and refresh your spirit. Scottsdale’s only lakeside
boutique resort, the Millennium Resort McCormick Ranch offers a relaxing
and intimate atmosphere just three miles from Old Town Scottsdale and surrounded
by world-class golf and breathtaking views of the Camelback Mountains.
Unwind in our 125 Southwestern-style guest rooms and suites watching television
on a new 40” flat panel screen while relaxing on an upgraded Dynasty Bedding
package with Frette linens, all with balconies or patios. Enjoy fine dining
at the Piñon Grill or a casual, inviting atmosphere at Diamondbacks
Lounge or find small bites at the poolside cabana. Whatever you are
seeking, you will find what you need within the resort.
Limited Scottsdale on 5th Avenue
The Ramada Limited Scottsdale
hotel provides affordable lodging in the heart of the Scottsdale Gallery
and Entertainment District. Although our guests also enjoy exploring Phoenix,
Tempe, Chandler, Mesa and the entire Valley of the Sun, our Scottsdale
location provides the greatest value and convenience for travelers who
wish to experience Scottsdale. Our Ramada hotel faces famous Scottsdale
5th Avenue, home to shops and galleries alike. We are an easy walk to literally
dozens of restaurants, and Fashion Square Mall is less than a mile north
of our hotel. If Major League Baseball Spring Training is your reason for
traveling to us, we are 1.5 miles from Scottsdale Stadium, the Cactus League
Home of the San Francisco Giants
Scottsdale Links Resort
showcases elegantly appointed accommodations with private patios that provide
guests the ultimate in convenience and luxury complete with a steam room
and fitness center. Vacationers interested in the magic of Scottsdale,
Arizona, will find this resort nestled between the TPC Desert Golf Course
and the breathtaking McDowell Mountains offering a host of scheduled activities,
and relaxing pool and spa-side areas.
Scottsdale Plaza Resort
Located less than 1-half
mile from The Borgata shops in Scottsdale, the Scottsdale Fashion Square
is positioned three miles away, while Old Town Scottsdale is four miles
from the resort. Set amid a cluster of championship golf courses, the Southwestern-
style Resort is positioned in the shadow of Camelback Mountain on 40 acres
of desert gardens and arid terrain. Hotel dining options include fine dining
at Remington's Restaurant, buffets at the Garden Court Restaurant and poolside
refreshments at Café Cabana Restaurant. J.D.'s Lounge provides beers
on tap, pool tables and sports action broadcast on five large televisions.
Plexi-paved tennis courts are lighted, and an indoor racquetball court
is air conditioned. Five pools provide outdoor recreation. The concierge
arranges tee times at any of the area's golf courses.
The Scottsdale Resort is
located in a Scottsdale, Ariz., residential neighborhood. This property
stands four miles from The Borgata shops and less than five miles from
Old Town Scottsdale. Resort dining venues include the rustic, Spanish-style
Palm Court. Candlelit ambience establishes the mood for dinner service
that features favorites such as Maine lobster. Vista Verde's linen-draped
tables are set with chinaware. This restaurant serves buffet-style breakfasts
and lunches, and offers dinner menus. Sangria's Lounge serves appetizers,
beer, wine, cocktails and signature sangria. Two golf courses are adjacent
to the resort. Lounge chairs and umbrellas line the two outdoor pools'
sundecks. Amansala Spa offers treatments including Swedish, Hot Stone,
aromatherapy and sports massages.