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Charming Cafe Monarch

Many of you have probably driven past Café Monarch and never realized it was there. It is one of Downtown Scottsdale’s hidden gems! The building was one of Scottsdale’s first hotels and has been reinvented into a charming restaurant. With the twinkle lights and cozy patios, you’d have a difficult time remembering that you are in an urban neighborhood. They offer a four-course, pre-fixe menu that changes weekly and is the definition of the art of good eating, and their food is …

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 …

New Murals at SMoCA by Dalek

I have always thought the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art was, architecturally, a piece of art that housed more wonderful art. But that has been taken to the next level of cool with the recent additions by Hurley brand artist James Marshall (a.k.a. Dalek). He is known for his colorful, geometric skateboard and graffiti art, and was commissioned by Scottsdale Public Art and SMoCA to produce murals for the museum walls.

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