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Cornish Pasty Co. in Downtown Scottsdale

Have you heard of Cornish Pasty Co.? Cornwall native Dean Thomas opened his first spot in Tempe in 2005, and recently opened a location just one block from the hotel. A pasty (pronounced “pass-tee”), is a traditional food from Cornwall, England that dates to the 13th century. Tin miners would bring them to work to eat on their break. One end was savory, containing meat and vegetables, while the other end was sweet. Today, pasties are savory throughout.

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Luxurious Goods at The Linen Tree

Have you been to the shops at Hilton Village lately? I stopped by and what stood out was a beautiful store called The Linen Tree. They sell luxurious items for bedrooms and bathrooms, along with chic home décor. You’ll see high-end brands such as Pratesi linens and Bernardaud china.

The Linen Tree

When you walk into the store, you can smell their lovely fragrances. They sell …

Hike the Scenic Hackberry Trail in the Superstition Mountains

I recently did an amazing hike along the Hackberry Trail in a beautiful canyon in the Superstition Mountains, about a half-hour drive from the hotel. It was a peaceful reprieve from the busy city. David and Debra Joaquim of My Arizona Guide offer guided, educational eco tours all over the state of Arizona.

Hackberry Trail

The Sonoran Desert is beautiful in the spring, and the Superstition Mountains are …

Southwest-Style Gifts at Bischoff’s Shades of the West

Our guests love to take home souvenirs for friends and family, and one of my favorite places to send them is Bischoff’s Shades of the West in Old Town Scottsdale. Scottsdale’s first general store and post office were built on this site in 1897, before it was even a city. Anselm Bischoff founded Bischoff’s as a fine arts and crafts store in 1971; his grandfather was a collector and trader on the Indian reservation in Chinle, Arizona. The store is filled with Southwestern-flavored items, kitchenware, gourmet …