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    Fountains

    by blueskyjohn Written Apr 26, 2014
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    At the Scottsdale Mall and Civic Center, there are several fountains that are very relaxing. There is seating nearby each and is a very peaceful setting. I went one morning and enjoyed a cup of green tea and a muffin. The weather was perfect and I had the place all to my self.

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    Scottsdale Mall

    by blueskyjohn Written Apr 25, 2014
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    The Scottsdale Mall is a park of sorts. Located in the Old Town area, it is home to the Civic Center, the Scottsdale Historic Museum and several stores and restaurants. There are also several gardens with beautiful flowers and several fountain areas.

    I first went here in the evening, at dusk time. I found it a wonderful relaxing area and I was surprise how quiet and hardly any people around. So peaceful I decided to return the next morning after breakfast. Again, hardly any people here. You can really enjoy the gardens and fountains.

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    Do as the Sun Devils

    by HELEN Written Apr 30, 2012

    Go to an ASU football game. Start by tailgating either the old fashion way, in the parking lot or going to bars near the stadium. There are several bars to choose from and they all have a great crowd and drink specials. It's a SCENE! Since I went to college without a football team, I love to partake in the Sun Devils shenanigans when I'm in town.

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    Hike Cammelback Mountain

    by HELEN Written Apr 30, 2012

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    A great workout with a fabulous view of Phoenix. There are many stops along the way and you can turn around at any point, or you can get a really good workout and go to the top. The trail was a good challenge ranging from an uphill walk to climbing up rocks.
    It's steep and rocky, so please be careful if you are not an experienced hiker. The trail is very popular and because of the AZ heat, people like to go in the mornings. But, even early in the morning, parking is an issue, pretty busy... be prepared to deal with that, but the views from the top are worth it

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    Orangedale

    by Maria250 Updated Aug 2, 2011

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    Scottsdale's Old Town provids with an awesome southwestern flair in the valley of the sun and at the same time with art galleries, specialty retail, upscale dining, active nightlife and museums. Scottsdale's Old Town is at the heart of the city's art scene, with Contemporary and Western Art, Theatre 4301, and a wide variety of outdoor sculptures set amid the lush green lawns and sparkling fountains of Civic Center Mall. Scottsdale's Arts District is home to a high concentration of galleries showcasing some of the best Western and Southwestern art in the country. Shopkeepers sell quality Native American crafts, offering everything from hand woven Navajo rugs to Zuni silver jewelry.

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    Galleries Galore!

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    There are so many wonderful and beautiful galleries to stroll along and see in the old downtown area. Parking along here is not bad at all and not far from the galleries are places to eat at. Hours vary from gallery to gallery, but many are open at night too.

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    Cosanti

    by BruceDunning Updated Dec 28, 2010

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    WE did not get up to the site to see the art works being made-but did get one to take home-a windbell which is the icon of artist works. Paolo Soleri came to USA in 1919, ,and still alive as of today. He started Cosanti, a eco friendly landscape of earthworks in various shapes of red/grey/brown colors of concrete structures.
    The windbells are made here under his supervision, and many come to purchase and see the structures.
    Equally as impressive is Arcosanti, another Soleri project about 65 miles north of Phoenix. This is a composite of concrete earthtone structures being built to eventually house 5,000 people and have it be a living/working community. It started in 1970, and has gone SLOW-only 200 people live there and much is left to do. Entry price is $10, and many architects come here to take in the arcology.

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    Tempe Mill Ave area

    by BruceDunning Updated Dec 28, 2010

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    This is a range of about 6 blocks that has hundreds of shops, galleries and easting places. We visited during the Southwest arts festival; a fantastic show of great works. Tempe Beach Park is an anchor to the north end of Mill Ave and the lake is used by many to boat and other activities. There are en estimated 200+ shops to buy treasures and souvenirs.

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    Camelback Office Buildings

    by BruceDunning Updated Dec 28, 2010

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    Why show this? Well, it makes up so much of the territory of the city to the west and north of town, and this is where I visited many years ago, when only a couple were built, so I wanted to see the change. It is loaded with office buildings, and this is where the high end jobs, and people able to afford the residential homes thrive. It is a maze of buildings, and many are along Camelback

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    Contemporary Art Museum

    by BruceDunning Updated Dec 28, 2010

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    This is located in the Civic Center Mall area, in a more than unusual modern/contemporary structure. The exhibits are small and few, and of local type artists also trying to sell their wares. There are three gallery wings, but all small. Price to enter is $7 and not worth the visit.

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    Old Town-Adobe Mission

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 28, 2010

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    The mission church was built in 1933 to serve the needs of Mexicans in the barrio there and the Catholic settlers. The building is made up of 14,000 adobe (mud) bricks weighing 50 pounds each. The mission became run down by 1950-60's, and not until 2005 when a volunteer group bought it, did is see revival. It is now again an active church, and many dollars late, looks like as in the old days. Repair costs exceeded $ 1million, and even all the stained glass was reworked.
    It is

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    Old Town Museum District

    by BruceDunning Written Dec 28, 2010

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    The Little Red School House is the Scottsdale Museum. Besides that, they have close by the Cavellier's blacksmith shop and still working inside, and a livery stable (closed when we were there). The history of Scottsdale rest in these sites.
    The school was built in 1909, and expanded when more Mexican children of laborers came to farm crops. The building was the Chamber, and became museum in 1971. It is open Wednesday-Sunday 10-5(2PM in summer)
    Cavellier family were the main founders of the town expansion and this blacksmith shop is from 1920. It has third generation working today.
    The town did not incorporate until 1951, and one of the newest in the US.

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    Old Town Shopping

    by BruceDunning Updated Dec 28, 2010

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    Yes-they have them and hundreds. according to the web site, there are 320 shops and 90 places to eat. I did not see that many, but saw and counted maybe half that. We did not go into every one since only had 2 days. It is a very nice area to stroll around and see the shops, and decor, as well as find a nice restaurant or bar to relax. The area is a revival of what was a run down/devastated region and needed much fix up to bring back to restored condition.
    We found some real bargins among the other tourist type "junk" in that business has been slow, so we loaded up of 3 years gifts of jewelery and trinkets for the children to savor. Some places are going out of business, while others being maintained by "foreign" families are hanging on because labor is cheap.
    The main thrust is Southwestern jewelery of turquoise mostly, and thousands on display. Check for authenticity and quality before buying. Many are of lesser grade and most do not know how to determine this.

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    Old Adobe Mission~Our Lady of Perpetual Help

    by starship Updated Sep 23, 2009

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    The beautiful Adobe Mission named "Our Lady of Perpetual Help," stands surrounded by a low fence, gleams with its white-washed walls brilliantly reflecting the sun. Some may think it resembles the architectural style of buildings on the Greek island of Santorini, but Our Lady of Perpetual Help was actually built by Mexican families1931 in what is now Old Downtown Scottsdale. It is said that the men labored at night and on weekends to complete the building in only 2 years. The first Mass was celebrated in 1933.

    The 6,000 adobe bricks and all the stained glass windows were created by local craftsman and donated by local business people as their contribution to the building. The church became an official "parish" in 1953, but in just a few year's time the congregation had increased so rapidly that a larger church was needed. The adobe mission was then not used to celebrate masses but has since been used for the annual fiesta and procession honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe, for religious education classes, Knights of Columbus meetings, and such. At one time it was even used as the rehearsal hall for the Scottsdale Symphony.

    Fortunately, in the year 2000, Father Thomas Hever, the pastor became determined to restore the old adobe mission so that it could become a place of reflection for the local community as well as tourists and serve other needs of the community as well. The mission is still in the midst of restoration, and it was closed the day we tried to visit it. The mission's website indicates the works is being done over several phases and I was not able to determine when they project it to be reopened.

    It was a shame not to be able to see inside the church, but I am sure the wait will be worth it. Donations are gladly accepted to help in funding the restoration process.

    Note: The Mission's website states that the mission's architect, Robert T. "Bob" Evans designed the church to bear resemblance to the Mission of San Xavier del Bac in Tucson. Frankly, I am not sure I see that much of a resemblance at this point.

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    Taliesin West by Frank Lloyd Wright

    by jumpingnorman Written Aug 2, 2009

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    My cousin got accepted in a prestigious design school and so visited us in Arizona, looking forward to learn more about famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright who built Taliesin West.

    This is an impressive house famous among architectural students because the house was built by Wright over decades along with his students – an architectural feat on a 640-acre tract of desert in the Scottsdale area. They used redwood and a lot of “desert masonry” – getting rocks from the actual desert site and set in concrete. The result is a building with amazing angles, rooflines, and geometry mimicking the Arizona mountains.

    It is said that Wright was inspired to build his home because he had a bout of pneumonia and wanted a desert escape – now this amazing abode at the foot of the McDowell Mountains is nominated to make it as a UNESCO World Heritage List! It is already a National Historic Landmark and maybe you would want to join in the public tours given regularly.

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