The New York Time’s has referred to Old Town Scottsdale as the West’s version of South Beach. With clubs, bars, restaurants, art galleries and shopping, Old Town Scottsdale (located only a few minutes from our townhome) is a must see while you are here. Below we have highlighted some popular places to visit as well as a few of our favorites.
5th Avenue Shops
This charming section of Old Town features plenty of unique shopping, dining, and entertainment. Fun specialty stores line the street. Clothing, jewelry, arts and crafts, and gifts for the home and garden are all at-hand. And take time to stop and check out the Bob Parks designed fountain that features five rearing Arabian horses. This is a must-see destination to anyone paying a visit to downtown Scottsdale, and the perfect place to pick up a souvenir and take a picture.
Start at 5th Ave and Scottsdale Rd and see where the shopping takes you!
Address: 4005 North Scottsdale Road.
When the Sugar Bowl opened in 1958, Scottsdale was more cow town than swanky place to chow down. Now located in “Old Town, the ice cream parlor still sports the bright pink outside and the framed Bil Keane (Family Circus) cartoons on the inside. We recommend the Top Hat, which is a cream puff with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge. Don’t waste a meal here – there are too many great places to eat lunch or dinner, but definitely stop by for an afternoon treat or after dinner dessert.
Horse drawn carriage ride
Main Street and Brown Avenue
When the temperature is cool, enjoy a run around Old Town Scottsdale with a horse and carriage or stagecoach ride. The free rides are Friday and Saturday afternoons from Fifth Avenue. It’s even better when Scottsdale has an event going on because the carriage operators can get you up close to the activity and you need not worry about finding parking.
Scottsdale Art Walk
Thursdays from 7-9pm
in the downtown art district.
(Scottsdale Rd west to Goldwater Boulevard and
Marshall Way north of Indian School Rd to
3939 North Drinkwater Boulevard
Scottsdale Farmers Market
mid-October thru mid-June, Saturdays 7-11am
3806 N. Brown Ave
(The city parking facility at the corner of Brown and 1st St, next to the Carriage House)
Camelback Mountain Hike
Camelback Mountain is arguable the best hiking trail in the Phoenix Valley. Echo Canyon is the most popular route and ascends 1400 feet up the west side of the mountain and is just over a mile. The Cholla trail climbs the east side of the mountain. The trail is well maintained, but 1.3 mile route becomes rocky and more difficult as you reach the ridge-line and is not recommended for children or beginners. From the top of either climb are breathtaking views of the entire valley.
Bring plenty of water and be mindful of the temperature as there is no shade from the sun once on the mountain.
Address: 12621 North Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard.
View the product of genius that becomes even more relevant with the green movement today at a behind-the-scenes tour of Taliesin West in Scottsdale. The campus, designed by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, offers many tours but one of the most spectacular is the evening tour, with dramatic sunset views of the Valley.
Address: 455 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix
Desert Botanical Gardens
Address: 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix
One hundred and forty acres of beautiful botanicals and exhibits unique to the US Southwest. The Garden has been around for more than 70 years and serves as an accredited museum for teaching, research and desert conservation. Located near the zoo, it is a great (and safe) way to experience the desert’s natural beauty.
Buffalo Chip Saloon
Address: 6811 East Cave Creek Road
Ride or run if you get bucked off during the live bull-riding on Wednesday and Friday nights at the Buffalo Chip Saloon in Cave Creek. Spectators jam the metal bleachers to watch amateur and semiprofessional bull riders get on a bull and then drink a beer. The bulls are semiretired (and hopefully mellower) with blunted horns and names like No Escape, Chop Stewey and Ghostbuster.
Food Truck Caravan
October thru March, Saturday evenings starting at 6:30pm
5th Ave and Goldwater
October thru April, Thursdays 5-10pm & Sundays 10-4pm at the Scottsdale Waterfront
(7134 Stetson Drive, SouthEast of Fashion Square Mall)