Welcome to Scottsdale, Arizona
Welcome to Scottsdale, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona according to the New York Times is the “desert version of Miami’s South Beach” – dancing, dining, shopping, expensive cars, luxurious hotels and plenty of golf. In addition to the glitz and the glam, Scottsdale is steeped in Native American culture and cowboy roots. For almost 12,000 years, the Sonoran Desert surrounding the now urban city was the home to native people, including Hohokam who contributed to the agrarian society in the area. The Hohokam were forced out of the desert in the 1500’s after a massive flood destroyed their villages.
Eventually, settlers from the east moved into the desert, including a U.S. Army Chaplain named Winfield Scott in 1888. Scott purchased a 640-acre parcel of raw land for $3.50 an acre. As the area was developed, people had farms with citrus, sweet potatoes, peaches, peanuts and wheat. Scottsdale is also known for its copper, silver and gold mining. Today, Scottsdale is one of the world’s premier business and vacation hot-spots in the Valley of the Sun. Named “The West’s Most Western Town” Scottsdale offers a rich history in cowboy culture and southwestern hospitality.
Whether you are into the night life or hoping to join the PGA tour, Scottsdale has a little bit to offer everyone. Residential areas span across the city limits, to include multi-million dollar homes to old town loft-style condos. Visitors and locals can enjoy a host of dining and shopping options, arts and culture, outdoor recreation and of course some of the best golf courses in the world.
Every year in January the Waste Management Phoenix Open takes place at the Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale (TPC). The 18-hole par-71 championship course is owned by the City of Scottsdale and accommodates over 470,000 guests who travel from all parts of the world to enjoy the Open each year. After the golf activities of the day are done, guests head over the infamous Birds Nest for mingling, dining and live music.
Located in north Scottsdale, Troon North Country Club and Golf, features a 36-hole world-class course surrounded by High Sonoran Desert and city views. The exclusive country club has a 50,000 square foot Clubhouse and provides members with a variety of services, such as swimming, tennis, fitness, massage, social clubs, dining and entertainment daily.
In the heart of the Scottsdale metro area, locals flock to Kierland Commons for real estate, shopping, dining and of course more golf. The Westin Kierland Golf Club is a public course enjoyed by the novice and experienced golfer with such amenities like Segway transportation, Fore-MAX golf training, climate-controlled golfing and Scottish-themed golf.
To the east of Camelback Mountain is the rugged terrain known as the McDowell Mountains. Sprinkled with luxurious residential living, McDowell Mountain Golf Club stretches across 7,072 yards with stunning views. This Scottsdale golf destination has recently been enhanced and renovated, making it a great choice for seasoned or beginner golf enthusiasts.
Arts & Culture:
Scottsdale’s captivating Sonoran Desert setting has fostered an environment rich with arts and culture and hosts some of the best annual events in the world. There are more than 100 art galleries located in Scottsdale, which is one of the most concentrated collections in the nation. The Museum of Contemporary Artis located in Scottsdale, as well as a Public Artwalk in old town. Also located in Scottsdale is the winter home of Frank Lloyd Wright, who has been incredibly influentially to architecture and design. For those who enjoy the history of music, Scottsdale is home to the world’s first virtual museum that features the finest musical instrument collection at The Museum of Musical Instruments.
Each year, locals and visitors enjoy fun events like the Scottsdale Culinary Fest, the world-famous Barrett Jackson Car Auction, the Arabian Horse Show, and of course the many special events held at Scottsdale’s WestWorld facility. Old Town is at the heart of the arts, culture and history of Scottsdale. Talk a stroll down wooded sidewalks and loose yourself in one of the many galleries, quaint shops or enjoy a tasty treat at Scottsdale’s Sugar Bowl – a pick of the locals for more than 50 years.
Dining, Shopping, Nightlife
Located in Scottsdale are some of the Valley’s most exquisite dining establishments. You can choose from a myriad of options whether you like steak and seafood, sushi or the intimate setting of fondue at the Melting Pot. Some top picks include Flemings, Mastro’s, the Capital Grille, Tommy Bahama, and Sushi Roku.
After a fabulous diner, you will want to hit the town to experience what Scottsdale has to offer the Valley’s nightlife scene at Cream Stereo Lounge, Axis/Radius, Myst or Martini Ranch to name a few. Then of course, there is the infamous Hotel Valley Ho, a mid-century modern hotel in downtown Scottsdale. Labeled the “hub of hip” the Valley Ho has the OH Pool Bar and Cabana, ZuZu Restaurant and Lounge and killer rooftop parties.
It is true that Scottsdale has the edge on dining and nightlife, but they also rival the shopping and fashion world as well. The Scottsdale Fashion Square is the place to be if you want to rub elbows with local celebs and find the hottest designer labels. The Fashion Square is home to shops like Barneys, Neiman Marcus and Armani.
A little further north in Scottsdale is Kierland Commons, another great destination for the discerning fashion mogul. Kierland Commons is one of the largest outdoor shopping centers in the metro area. Located next door to the Westin Kierland Commons Resort and Golf Club, you can relax at the spa, nosh on chips-n-salsa or shop till you drop at stores like Crate & Barrel, Juicy Couture, Bebe and White House, Black Market.
Scottsdale Unified School District was recently ranked the 8th top school district in the state of Arizona. Also servicing the residents of Scottsdale is Notre Dame Preparatory, a diocesan Catholic High School.
Scottsdale Heathcare Osborn Medical Center is a leader in the fields of trauma, orthopedics, cardiovascular and critical care.
Scottsdale Heathcare Shea Medical Center provides emergency, medical/surgical, critical care, obstetric, pediatric and oncology services.
Scottsdale Heathcare Thompson Peak Hospital is the first medical-surgical facility north of the 101 Loop in Scottdale.
Scottsdale is also home to the Mayo Clinic which is known for providing outstanding patient care for oncology, radiology, and cancer treatments.