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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 Kitsch on Route 66

There was a slower, simpler time before the interstate picked up the pace of today. Back then, Route 66 was the Main Street of America.

Starting near Ash Fork and ending in Topock, Arizona has the longest remaining stretch of old Route 66. It goes through arid tribal lands, high desert sagebrush, and mountain switchbacks. This is one of 25 scenic byways in Arizona, and much of it is still preserved by locals who’ve been there for generations.

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Frozen Delights at Cool Gelato Italiano

Letizia de Lucia and Alberto Della Casa learned the art of gelato from Italian masters and opened Cool Gelato Italiano on Valentine’s Day, 2012. My daughter said that Cool had the best iced coffee drink she ever had, so their gelato must be good. We strolled down Main Street to the Scottsdale Mall to experience real Italian gelato.

Gelato Flavors

It was like a scene out of “When Harry Met …

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 …