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Take a Road Trip to Globe

Looking for a unique day trip? Explore the historic town of Globe, less than two hours from Downtown Scottsdale. Located at the foot of the Pinal Mountains in east-central Arizona, it was founded as a mining town in 1876. There is a lot to explore as you driving along US 60. Be sure to stop at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum, a stunning 323-acre botanical garden that was founded in the 1920s by a mining magnate. You will also pass the small towns of Superior, Miami and Claypool. The scenery is beautiful as …

Get Ready to Rock the Guac

Celebrate National Guacamole Day at Rock the Guac, where the Valley’s top chefs will be competing for the title of Top Guac. The event is Friday, September 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., held here at our Sands venue and hosted by the founders of the Arizona Taco Festival. Enjoy all the guac you can eat, snacks, two Patron margaritas or Corona cervezas, and live music.

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Global Fare at Sel in Downtown Scottsdale

Sel is a wonderful new restaurant in Downtown Scottsdale, serving up food that is “global, simple, and delivers a punch”. From the moment you walk in, you know that you are in store for something special. They feature artisan cocktails, a fine wine list and a prix-fixe menu that changes weekly. You can also order a la carte.

Sel

Among the dishes we sampled were the Squash Blossom …

Head North to the Verde Canyon Railroad

I recently took some out-of-town guests on a special trip to the Verde Canyon Railroad in Clarkdale. The four-hour journey follows the Verde River through the Prescott National Forest and Coconino National Forest. From 1912 to 1988, the railroad linked the smelter at Clarkdale and copper mines at Jerome to the Santa Fe Railway.

Verde Canyon Railroad

Today, the train is purely for passengers to enjoy the trip from Clarkdale …