Get Your Art Fix at SMoCA

If you haven’t been to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), you have to check out their always-impressive display of contemporary art! It’s just a mile from the Valley Ho.

In addition to great installations, the museum features film screenings, lectures, and fantastic events in the SMoCA Lounge. Hear creative types tell stories live at Lit Lounge or learn how to arm wrestle from a professional at Arm Wrestling for Art for your chance to win a …

Explore the Musical Instrument Museum

I had some out-of-town guests visiting Scottsdale, so I suggested we visit the Musical Instrument Museum. I am not musically inclined and I do not play an instrument, but I love to visit this extraordinary place!

MIM

MIM is 200,000 square feet with over 5000 instruments on display from 200 countries. It opened in 2010 and was founded by Robert J. Ulrich, former CEO of Target. The …

Scottsdale Old Town Farmers’ Market

There’s no place like home…our local farmers and merchants are simply amazing! The Scottsdale Old Town Farmers’ Market is every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., on the corner of Brown and 1st Street (just a short walk from Hotel Valley Ho). I went again this past weekend.

Squash

The market has everything from tomatoes to tulips, honey to horseradish, …

Ride the Free Cultural Trolley

Have you heard about the ambassador trolley program hosted by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and Talking Stick Resort? Members of the Indian community can be found on the trolleys, giving historic highlights about the Onk Akimel O’odham (Salt River people) and the Xalychidom Piipaash (those who live toward the water), as well as their ancestors who lived and farmed in the Valley for thousands of years. The program is a great way to learn some of the important history of the Phoenix area!