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Explore the Old West in a Jeep

Are you interested in the history of the Old West and touring the Sonoran Desert? A great adventure to combine both experiences is to take a tour with Old West Trails Tours. Lenny and Sandy Dee are fantastic guides who will give you a trip through the past.

Lenny is quite a colorful character, known to wear an oversized cowboy hat, black eye patch, full-length buckskins, and jangling spurs. His storied past includes training horses for John Wayne. He carries a big fancy knife …

Cupcakes and More at Butter & Me Bakery

One of my favorite foods is cupcakes – I love sweets! I am happy to report that now I don’t have to go very far to satisfy my sweet tooth. Kelly Garcia has opened her new bakeshop Butter & Me down the street from the hotel. It’s on Goldwater Blvd. just north of Main Street, next to the Poisoned Pen Bookstore.

Butter & Me has an array of tasty cupcakes, cookies, bars, scones and pies. Eventually there will be a featured soup, …

Enjoy New American Classics at Searsucker

Brian Malarkey, a Top Chef 2009 finalist, has opened a second location of his famous Searsucker San Diego restaurant here in Scottsdale. Located near Fashion Square Mall, it has a fun atmosphere and food described as “new American classics”.

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The chef is Steven “Chops” Smith, who has worked at restaurants in the Valley including Different Point of View, Olive and Ivy, Noca, …

Wildlife Up Close at Bearizona

I recently took a weekend road trip to Williams, Arizona with my family and grandkids. We visited Bearizona wildlife park, 184 miles north of Scottsdale. The park is located on 160 acres in the midst of towering ponderosa pine trees. It is truly a serene experience to be in such a beautiful setting surrounded by majestic wildlife! The weather was sunny and a perfect 70 degrees, offering a respite from the hot temperatures in the Valley.

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The Poisoned Pen

If you’re a book fan, you may want to visit The Poisoned Pen, a great shop just down the street from us. Founded in 1989 by Barbara Peters, it’s an independent bookstore that specializes in fiction. It has “current and classic works of mystery, thrillers, historical and literary fiction, and literature of the American Southwest, much of it offered in autographed first editions and imports”.

Aside from their impressive collection of books, The Poisoned Pen also has book clubs and author events. If …