Espresso, Beer & Wine at Cartel Coffee Lab

Cartel Coffee Lab has several shops around town, including one in Downtown Scottsdale. This is a great place to enjoy not only a coffee or latte, but also craft beer, wine, and tea.

Cartel Coffee Lab

Cartel is serious about its coffee. All baristas are trained extensively and many are certified with the Barista Guild of America. They make excellent espresso, lattes, and coffee, serving …

European Chocolates in Downtown Scottsdale

I just love to visit new stores that open near the hotel, especially if they sell chocolate! Chocolade van Brugge is a wonderful shop featuring luxury Belgian chocolates. I heard a rumor that they had chocolate croissants and hot chocolate, which are my favorite foods. I got to taste both and they were delicious!

Chocolade van BruggeWhen you first enter the store, you can smell …

Your Home Base for Spring Training

Spring training is back in the Valley! We always look forward to the return of the Cactus League and all the fans it brings to sunny Scottsdale. Hotel Valley Ho is less than a mile from Scottsdale Stadium, the venue for the San Francisco Giants. Also within a short drive is the Phoenix Municipal Stadium, Salt River Fields, Tempe Diablo Stadium, and Cubs Park.

See a Show at Rockbar in Scottsdale

Looking for a cool spot to see local and national bands? Rockbar in Downtown Scottsdale is a great venue that has shows throughout the week, including rock, country, acoustic, and more.

Rockbar

Rockbar is open every day, so you can stop in for a drink even if there isn’t a show. They have a huge rooftop patio with a bar and pool table. On the weekends …

A Taste of Sonoma County

Chef Wiley likes to let ingredients speak for themselves; he calls it the “lost art of un-embellishment”. The art of simplicity can also be applied to wine. Mark Lyon, the winemaker for both Sebastiani and Chalk Hill Sonoma Coast Wines, will be joining us for A Taste of Sonoma County on March 10. He and his father bought a 122-acre vineyard in Alexander Valley back in 1980, and Mark’s hands-on management of the vineyard has allowed him to develop a tremendous knowledge of wine, particularly Bordeaux varietals. …