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Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

For years, as a young person, I would drive across McDowell Road to get to the Beeline Highway to go to Saguaro Lake, without ever realizing that I was on the reservation. Trust me when I say that was quite some time ago! It wasn’t until last week that I intentionally took a trip of less-than-five miles and traveled what felt like 100 years back in time to the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Reservation.

Being on the reservation is like visiting another country, with its …

Taliesin West: Inspirational, Breathtaking, Awesome

I recently took my first 90-minute Insights Tour of Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and architecture school. Visit the website for wonderful details of the tours. The pictures and words don’t do it justice; you have to go there to really experience it.

The Garden Room

Not only is the tour informative, but the tranquil feeling of the buildings …

Get Your Art Fix at SMoCA

If you haven’t been to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), you have to check out their always-impressive display of contemporary art! It’s just a mile from the Valley Ho.

In addition to great installations, the museum features film screenings, lectures, and fantastic events in the SMoCA Lounge. Hear creative types tell stories live at Lit Lounge or learn how to arm wrestle from a professional at Arm Wrestling for Art for your chance to win a …

Explore the Musical Instrument Museum

I had some out-of-town guests visiting Scottsdale, so I suggested we visit the Musical Instrument Museum. I am not musically inclined and I do not play an instrument, but I love to visit this extraordinary place!

MIM

MIM is 200,000 square feet with over 5000 instruments on display from 200 countries. It opened in 2010 and was founded by Robert J. Ulrich, former CEO of Target. The …

Scottsdale’s Western Flare

Scottsdale visitors come to see world-class shopping, five-star resorts and restaurants, and lush golf courses. However, they all ask about the Western culture. Our guests can easily walk to Old Town Scottsdale, where they can experience “old West” meets “new West”.

The area is a melting pot of history and people from all over the world. Some things have changed, but our Western culture can still be seen on Main Street. Visit Cavallier’s Blacksmith Shop, which makes ornamental wrought iron items; the …