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Scottsdale’s New Museum of the West

After more than 30 years of dreaming, Scottsdale finally has its Museum of the West. The building was designed by local architecture firm Studio Ma and reflects the desert and Western heritage in a beautiful, contemporary way. You enter through the Scottsdale Charros Gateway Lobby, where the artist Maynard Dixon’s dramatic 1935 mural Kit Carson with Mountain Men is on display. The 43,000-square-foot museum has two levels with ten galleries, a sculpture garden, and a theater. It’s a short walk from Hotel Valley Ho, only a few minutes …

“Fashioned in America” at Phoenix Art Museum

The Phoenix Art Museum has a wonderful new exhibition about garments made here in the U.S. called “Fashioned in America“. You can see over 30 contemporary ensembles and accessories ranging from casual to high fashion, including pieces by Oscar de la Renta, J. Mendel, Nanette Lepore, and Monique Lhuillier.

Monique LhuillierMonique Lhuillier (Filipino, born 1971), Evening Dress,
Spring, 2013. 
Digitally printed silk chiffon.
Gift of Monique Lhuillier. Photo by Ken Howie.

The Phoenix Art Museum …

Explore the Scene in Downtown Scottsdale

We love Downtown Scottsdale and all there is to do. Whether you’re staying at the hotel or driving to Scottsdale from another part of the Valley, this is one of the most walkable, entertaining parts of town.

Scottsdale Old Town Farmers' Market

The area is known for its amazing restaurants and fun weekly events like the Food Truck Caravan, Old Town Farmers Market, and ArtWalk. You can hear …

Topgolf Scottsdale at Riverwalk

I took my grandchildren and family out to the new Topgolf Scottsdale at Riverwalk. I really scored some points…the kids said that they had the best time and that I am an awesome grandmother! The idea for Topgolf came about when two guys who were bored going to the traditional driving range decided to take the game to another level. It almost reminds me of bowling, where you can rent your own lane and play games against each other.

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WaterWorks at Arizona Falls

I was driving along Indian School Road near 56th Street and I finally decided to stop and see Arizona Falls at Herberger Park. I bet most locals have never visited this spot, and it has an interesting history! It was the site of the area’s first hydroelectric power plant, in operation from 1911 to 1950. It reopened in 2003 and now produces 750 kilowatts of renewable energy, powering up to 150 homes. “WaterWorks at Arizona Falls”, commissioned by the Phoenix Arts Commission, was designed by artists Lajos Heder …