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Kick Up Your Heels at the Rusty Spur Saloon

Are you looking for a quaint bar where you can relax, listen to some country music, and enjoy drinks with friends? Then head to Old Town Scottsdale and tie your horse to the hitching post at the Rusty Spur Saloon!

Surrounded by jewelry stores and art galleries on Main Street, it’s the oldest saloon in Scottsdale. The building opened in 1921 as the Farmers State Bank of Scottsdale, which closed in 1933. You can still see the bank vault, which is now used …

Enjoy a Classic Steak at The Stockyards

If you are headed in or out of Sky Harbor Airport and are hungry for some beef, you have to stop at Arizona’s original steakhouse, The Stockyards!

It’s on Washington Street, east of 44th Street, built on land that used to be part of the Tovrea stockyards. The Stockyards restaurant opened in 1947 along with the Cowman’s Club, a restored bar built in 1889.

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English Rose Tea Room

Last week I visited the most charming tea room, in Carefree! Owner Joanne Gemmill was born in Hampshire, England but moved to Arizona years ago. She missed her beloved country and decided to open up the English Rose Tea Room.

It’s open every day from 11:00 to 4:00 and you can either have lunch or enjoy the Duchess of Bedford’s Formal Afternoon Tea. The formal tea is served on a three-tiered cake stand from their finest antique bone china. It includes tea sandwiches, …

Local Bites at the Food Truck Caravan

Have you heard about the new Food Truck Caravan? Every Saturday evening from 7:30 to 11:30, check out a caravan of food trucks in Downtown Scottsdale.

Stop by 5th Avenue and Goldwater Blvd. to try a variety of cuisines from eight food trucks, including dessert. It is a family- and dog-friendly event with seating at communal tables and misters to keep you cool, plus music from local artists.

It is so much fun tasting the different foods served by trucks …

Stop in at Karsen’s Grill

Have you ever walked into a bar for the first time and felt like you’d walked into your favorite local place? That’s the feeling I get at Karsen’s Grill in Old Town Scottsdale. I’ve gone there by myself just to have a beer after a workout, and I’ve never felt like I was there alone!

It’s also a great place to meet up with friends or make new ones. John and Ray, the fabulous owners of Karsen’s, have told …