Explore the Downtown Scottsdale Bar Scene with Tour De Tavern

We saw this strange bike contraption cruising Downtown Scottsdale and wondered…what is that thing? The Tour De Tavern is a bike that accommodates up to 15 people for a ride around Old Town Scottsdale. It takes you to bars like RnR, Dos Gringos, Old Town Tavern, and Cien Agaves, while a driver handles all the steering and braking.

Tour De TavernIt’s a fun activity for birthday parties, team building, …

See Inspired Glass Art by Dale Chihuly at the Desert Botanical Garden

It’s hard to imagine the Desert Botanical Garden being more beautiful than it naturally is, but somehow the installation of glass art designed by Dale Chihuly manages to do just that. The organic shapes of Mr. Chihuly’s glass designs juxtaposed with the desert plants is truly inspired. I experienced the glass at night when the pieces were lit, adding a glow to them. They seemed to naturally grow from the desert floor as if they have always been a part of the landscape.

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Marshall Shore, The Hip Historian

Today we caught up with Marshall Shore. He was named the “2013 New Times Best Phoenix Historian” and does fun slideshows and tours of the Valley and beyond.

Marshall Shore

Marshall grew up in a farming town of 25 in Indiana. His “love affair with information” led him to get his Master’s Degree in Library Sciences. After living in New York City, Marshall moved to Phoenix 14 years ago. …

Don’t Miss Our Insider Sale, Thanksgiving Weekend!

We’ve saved the best Valley Ho holiday cheer for our Insiders this year! Call Thanksgiving weekend to reserve a winter stay and save up to 40% off our published rates.

Tower Suite Master Bedroom

The special is valid for reservations from November 29, 2013 to January 14, 2014*, and must be booked November 29 through December 1, 2013. Book a three-night-or-more stay to unwrap a voucher for …

Outrageous Olive Oils & Vinegars in Old Town Scottsdale

I was walking in Old Town Scottsdale and stumbled across a store called Outrageous Olive Oils & Vinegars. Wow, when you walk into the shop you are surrounded by delicious smells of various olive oils and vinegars. They offer pieces of bread so you can dip them into the different oils to taste them.

Outrageous Olive Oils Entrance

They have olive oils infused with citrus, herb, …