Wildlife Up Close at Bearizona

I recently took a weekend road trip to Williams, Arizona with my family and grandkids. We visited Bearizona wildlife park, 184 miles north of Scottsdale. The park is located on 160 acres in the midst of towering ponderosa pine trees. It is truly a serene experience to be in such a beautiful setting surrounded by majestic wildlife! The weather was sunny and a perfect 70 degrees, offering a respite from the hot temperatures in the Valley.

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The Poisoned Pen

If you’re a book fan, you may want to visit The Poisoned Pen, a great shop just down the street from us. Founded in 1989 by Barbara Peters, it’s an independent bookstore that specializes in fiction. It has “current and classic works of mystery, thrillers, historical and literary fiction, and literature of the American Southwest, much of it offered in autographed first editions and imports”.

Aside from their impressive collection of books, The Poisoned Pen also has book clubs and author events. If …

Local Goodies at JAM

I am called the shopping queen as I love to find new, unique stores in the area like JAM. It’s just around the corner from the hotel, in a 1913 bungalow. You can find some wonderful treasures, including work by local artists. Browse Amy Mac one-of-a-kind jewelry, Hot Chick aprons, chic headbands, and Mame 100% pure soy candles!

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Stop in to The House, a Local Favorite

A new restaurant has just opened two blocks from the hotel, The House Old Town Brasserie. It is run by the same great folks that also operate The Mission and Zinc Bistro. Matt Carter, Terry Ellison and Brian Raab renovated a 1929 house and created a space with a charming, old European style.

You can feel confident that they will provide the same great service and delicious food they have become known for. I already have a guest who dined there …

Scottsdale’s Western Flare

Scottsdale visitors come to see world-class shopping, five-star resorts and restaurants, and lush golf courses. However, they all ask about the Western culture. Our guests can easily walk to Old Town Scottsdale, where they can experience “old West” meets “new West”.

The area is a melting pot of history and people from all over the world. Some things have changed, but our Western culture can still be seen on Main Street. Visit Cavallier’s Blacksmith Shop, which makes ornamental wrought iron items; the …