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Explore the Valley with Detours

I spent Sunday letting someone else do the driving! I treated myself to a City Highlights Half-Day Tour with Detours. A custom van picked me up for a guided tour of the sites and history of Scottsdale and Downtown Phoenix.

I really enjoyed walking around the Wesley Bolin Plaza by the old Capitol building, with its 29 memorials and monuments. The ones that touched me the most were the 9-11 Memorial and the anchor of the USS Arizona. I …

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 …

Bienvenidos y Feliz Navidad at Cien Agaves!

Treat yourself, your family, and your friends to a local holiday treat – margaritas and tacos! We aren’t just talking your madre’s margaritas here. With a collection of one hundred, 100%-blue-agave tequilas carefully chosen for exceptional quality and taste, you are in for a real treat! Cien Agaves (100 Agaves) serves some of the most amazing margaritas ever.

Margaritas

Sip on a cool cucumber margarita or a blood-orange margarita. If you’re …

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, …