Aside from the delicious food and the breathtaking sights, Scottsdale has so much more to offer. Stay conveniently at Scottsdale Park Suites and explore these other unique offerings in the city.
Queen Creek, only a 40-minute drive from Scottsdale, is home to Arizona’s first working olive farm and mill. Queen Creek Olive Mill, as you can tell, gets its namesake from the city it’s located in. Their olives the source for gourmet extra virgin olive oil, stuffed olives, tapenades, bath and body products and local vendor and artisan wares. They offer group tours and tastings, and the founders, Perry and Brenda Rea, demonstrate their dedication to the environment by using sustainable farming practices and commitment to utilize local products.
Cosanti is one of many historical sites in Arizona. This place was built by Paolo Soleri, an Italian-born architect, urban designer and philosopher. Including Cosanti, less than ten of his projects have survived. The bells that are on display here are made of a mixture of bronze and ceramic and create beautifully distinct sounds. Visitors can come for guided tours or see the bronze casting process firsthand.
Sphinx Date Co. Palm & Pantry is just south of Old Town Scottsdale. Arizona dates are the focus of this landmark, dating back to 1951. They have a variety of locally sourced gourmet treats for purchase, from desert honey to prickly pear jams and syrup, handcrafted pastas, salsas and sauces, and, of course, everything date related.
If you want to catch a memorable performance, go to Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (SCPA). This premier performing-arts hall hosts a diverse collection of dance, music, theater, comedy and film from around the world. Before or after the show, check out the Store at SCPA. Shop for artist-made jewelry, imaginative toys, fair-trader global crafts, world music, style accessories for home and office and more. All purchases are tax free, and all proceeds benefit the non-profit Scottsdale Culture Council.
For those willing to do some hopping around, download a map and check out the Scottsdale Wine and Beer Trail. Some popular stops are Su Vino Winery, Carlson Creek Vineyards, Brat Haus, Scapegoat Beer & Wine Bar and Craft 64. In addition to these few favorites, however, there are over 30 craft breweries and a dozen wine-centric restaurants throughout the Scottsdale area.
Your adventure begins in Scottsdale, so book a room at Scottsdale Park Suites and start planning your next trip!