Monday, July 18, 2011


(includes Black Canyon City, Carefree, Mayer, Paradise Valley, Scottsdale & Tempe)

Essence Bakery Café – 825 West University Drive (Tempe); 480-966-2745;; excellent cookies, especially macaroons; caramel filling in macaroons more like custard.
Rock Springs Cafe – 35769 Old Black Canyon Highway (Black Canyon City); 623-374-5794;; since 1918; try to get seat by fireplace; known especially for its pies.

Alice Cooperstown – 101 East Jackson Street; 602-253-7337;
Axis/Radius – 7340 East Indian Plaza (Scottsdale); 480-970-1112;
Hotel San Carlos – 202 North Central Avenue; 602-253-4121;; Hollywood stars like Mae West and Marilyn Monroe stayed in this 1928, Italian renaissance landmark; take drinks (check for permission) to rooftop pool and relax under sky.
Pussycat Lounge – 4426 North Saddlebag Trail (Scottsdale); 480-481-3100;
Sky Lounge – 132 East Washington Street; 602-229-1110;; Latin club with busy dance floor and “very fit people.”
Suede Restaurant & Lounge – 7307 East Indian Plaza (Scottsdale); 480-970-6969;

Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa – 2400 East Missouri Avenue; 602-955-6600 or 800-950-0086;; 39-acre oasis of garden and green designed by Frank Lloyd Wright’s workshop; don’t have to stay to walk grounds.
Boulders Resort & Golden Door Spa – 34631 North Tom Darlington Drive (Carefree); 480-488-9009 or 888-5792631;; casita-style property; rooms have wood-burning fireplaces, hand-hewn beam ceilings, private patios with Sonoran Desert views.
Chaparral Suites Resort Scottsdale – 5001 North Scottsdale Road (Scottsdale); 480-949-1414 or 800-494-3146;
Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North – 10600 East Crescent Moon Drive (Scottsdale); 480-515-5700 or 800-819-5053;; casitas and rooms.
Hermosa Inn – 5532 North Palo Cristi Road (Paradise Valley); 602-955-8614 or 800-241-1210;
Intercontinental Montelucia Resort & Spa – 4949 East Lincoln Drive (Scottsdale); 480-627-3200 or 888-627-3010;; dramatic scenery, flower-lined paths, and splashing fountains; Andalusian-style architecture and Moroccan-style spa.
Mondrian – 7353 East Indian School Road (Scottsdale); 480-308-1100 or 888-500-8080;
Montelucia Resort & Spa – 4949 East Lincoln Drive (Scottsdale); 480-627-3200 or 888-627-3010;; Camelback Mountain looming overhead and architecture inspired by Spain’s Alhambra; among Arizona’s prettiest resorts, with splashing fountains, excellent Mediterranean restaurant, and spa inspired by Moroccan hammams (public baths); guest rooms in Moroccan-Spanish theme, divided into 5 different “villages”; for quieter rooms, ask for Bocce Garden Village location; throughout property, Spanish antiquities, including 2 giant amphorae in entry courtyard and huge wooden doors that lead to ballroom; not too big, not too small.
Royal Palms Resort & Spa – 5200 East Camelback Road; 602-840-3610 or 800-672-6011;; Spanish colonial revival villa; tiered garden.
Saguaro – 4000 North Drinkwater Boulevard (Scottsdale); 480-308-1200 or 877-808-2440;; where you should stay in Scottsdale.
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain – 5700 East McDonald Drive (Paradise Valley); 480-948-2100 or 800-245-2051;; casitas terraced on Camelback Mountain’s north slope; 3 infinity pools.
Sheraton Phoenix Downtown – 340 North 3rd Street; 602-262-2500 or 800-325-3535;; 31 story, 1K rooms; flat screen televisions, contemporary décor.
Hotel Valley Ho – 6850 East Main Street (Scottsdale); 480-248-2000 or 866-882-4484;; mid-century landmark.
W Scottsdale – 7277 East Camelback Road (Scottsdale); 480-970-2100 or 877-946-8357;

Barrio Café – 2814 North 16th Street; 602-636-0240;; Southern Mexican cuisine in unpretentious atmosphere.
Binkley’s – 6920 East Cave Creek Road; 480-437-1072;; topflight American contemporary cuisine, with French influence, in super-casual atmosphere; 35 miles north of downtown; unprepossessing, strip-mall location.
El Chorro Lodge – 5550 East Lincoln Drive (Paradise Valley); 480-948-5170;; steak.
Deseo – 6902 East Greenway Parkway (Scottsdale, at Westin Kierland Hotel); 480-624-1202; Latin ambience.
Garcia’s Las Avenidas – 2212 North 35th Avenue; 602-272-5584;; family-run and known for traditional fare and cavernous setting; try carnitas de puerco.
Geordie’s Restaurant & Lounge – 2501 East Talawa Trail (in Wrigley Mansion); 602-955-4079;; sunset view excellent for cocktails; 1930s Art Deco style.
Grind – 3961 East Camelback Road; 602-954-7463;; organic steak burgers.
Lola Tapas – 800 East Camelback Road; 602-265-4519;; Spanish – not Mexican, both in atmosphere and menu.
Lux – 4404 North Central Avenue; 602-266-6469;; high-end coffee shop.
Matt’s Big Breakfast – 801 North 1st Street; 602-254-1074;; tiny & long line.
Mission – 3815 North Brown Avenue (Scottsdale); 480-636-5005;; modern Latin cuisine.
Noca – 3118 East Camelback Road; 602-956-6622;; good lunch food.
Los Olivos – 7328 East 2nd Street (Scottsdale); 480-946-2256;; solid Tex-Mex food.
Prado – 4949 East Lincoln Drive (Scottsdale, at Montelucia Resort & Spa); 480-627-3004;; lovely setting & excellent but limited menu.
Rock Springs Cafe – 35769 Old Black Canyon Highway (Black Canyon City); 623-374-5794;; since 1918; try to get seat by fireplace; steaks.
Roka Akor – 7299 North Scottsdale Road (Scottsdale); 480-306-8800; 1st American branch of London sushi eatery; high-priced.
Sens – 705 North 1st Street, #120; 602-340-9777;; Asian tapas hot spot.
Sushi Roku – 7277 East Camelback Road (Scottsdale, at W Scottsdale); 480-970-2121;
T. Cook’s – 5200 East Camelback Road (Scottsdale, at Royal Palms Hotel); 602-808-0766;; Mediterranean.
Tarbell’s – 3213 East Camelback Road; 602-955-8100;; nouvelle-American cuisine with exhibition kitchen.
Welcome Diner – 924 East Roosevelt Street; 602-495-1111; small; good for brunch (opens at 11).

Conspire – 901 North 5th Street; 602-237-5446;; local clothing designers and artists, with coffee bar.
Downtown Phoenix Public Market – 721 North Central Avenue; 602-493-5231;; 65 vendors offering local produce, jewelry, herbal remedies, and ice creams; make sure to try Crave Artisan Ice Cream.
Eye Lounge – 419 East Roosevelt Street; 602-430-1490;; contemporary art gallery.
Made Art Boutique – 922 North 5th Street; 602-256-6233;; eclectic boutique that carries vintage magazines, ceramics, and jewelry.
Jesse Monongye Studios – 6102 East Charter Oak Road (Scottsdale); 480-991-2598;; beautiful jewelry.
Perhelion Arts – 610 East Roosevelt Street, #137; 602-334-6299; contemporary art gallery.
Spoken Boutique – 610 East Roosevelt Street, #148; 602-687-9755;; trendy denim labels, t-shirts, and dresses.
Urban Grocery & Wine Bar – 14 East Pierce Street; 602-254-1799; wine bar serves Arizona labels.

Arcosanti – 13555 South Cordes Lake Road (Mayer); 928-632-7135;; architectural experimental town; began construction in 1970; Architect Paolo Soleri seeks to improve urban conditions while minimizing destructive impact on earth through “arcology,” concept combining architecture and ecology; on 25 acres of 4K acre land preserve.
Biltmore Fashion Park – 24th Street and Camelback Road; 602-955-1963;; largely outdoor shopping district with about 70 high-end stores.
CenPho – North 5th Street; central Phoenix cultural zone.
Cosanti – 6433 East Doubletree Ranch Road (Paradise Valley); 480-948-6145;; Italian-American architect Paolo Soleri’s gallery, residence, and studio.
Desert Botanical Garden – 1201 North Galvin Parkway; 480-941-1225;; spread across 50 acres in Papago Park, is oasis of towering cacti, redolent flowers, and surprisingly verdant plants.
First Fridays Art Walk – Roosevelt Row;; arts district.
Heard Museum – 2301 North Central Avenue; 602-252-8848;; American Indian cultural museum;
Mystery Castle – 800 East Mineral Road; 602-268-1581; Seattle architect, Boyce Luther Gulley, moved to Phoenix in 1930s to recover from tuberculosis and built castle from found objects; trippy monument.
Old Town Scottsdale – along North Brown Avenue, between East Indian School Road and East 2nd Street; clothing and leather good stores and farmers’ market.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art – 7374 East 2nd Street; 480-874-4666;
Taliesin West (Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation) – 12621 North Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard (Scottsdale); 480-627-5340;; formerly, architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home; today, Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture main campus & houses Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation; check online calendar for tour availability.

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