Follow The Sun To Scottsdale

Opened in late 2017, Dorian has a vibe
that is both elegant and funky.

Photos courtesy of LDH Consulting

Another hotel that has been given new life is Mountain Shadows, next door to Scottsdale in upscale Paradise Valley.

Photos courtesy of Mountain Shadows

With more than two dozen galleries on the walk, visitors are likely to find some sort of painting, sketch, photograph or sculpture they can’t live without.


Follow the sun to Scottsdale!


A short drive away, “The West’s Most Western Town” awaits. Here’s a brief roundup of some of the new things to see and do.

Art abounds in Scottsdale, beginning with Downtown’s popular ArtWalk, which has taken place for the last 43 years. Every Thursday evening year-round (except Thanksgiving), in the area along Gallery Row on Main Street from Scottsdale Road to Goldwater Blvd., and north on Marshall Way across Indian School Road to the horse fountain, gallery owners keep the doors open until 9 p.m. so that art lovers can peruse the exhibits. With more than two dozen galleries on the walk, visitors are likely to find some sort of painting, sketch, photograph or sculpture they can’t live without. For details on the walk, a partnership between the Scottsdale Gallery Association and the City of Scottsdale, go to http://scottsdalegalleries.com.


If new, edgy, even provocative, is your thing, drop by the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), adjacent to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. To see what exhibits are current, check out https://smoca.org/exhibitions.


If the past draws your focus more than the present, plan on dropping by Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. Near the Downtown galleries, this stunning, modernist structure houses a wide range of paintings, ceramics, artifacts, and photographs that create a vivid picture of the West the way it was, is, and how we’ve perceived it in popular culture. Visit https://scottsdalemuseumwest.org for more details.


All that walking around and studying art is bound to make you hungry. Long known for its restaurant scene, the city has added some new eateries with enticing offerings. Opened in late 2017, Dorian (a name inspired by Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray), has a vibe that is both elegant and funky, and serves inspired menu items such as Baked Avocado and Grapefruit Salad, a Sweet and Spicy Burger (with candied jalapeños), and even Vanilla Roasted Hawaiian Pineapple in puff pastry.


With a name derived from Pinnacle Peak Mountain, PNPK on Scottsdale Road surpasses in both local flair, and an original twist on the classic slider. Choose a bruschetta flight (such as truffle sautéed mushrooms and brie, or smoked salmon, herbed goat cheese, red onion and capers), sliders (like the Turkey Meatloaf), a “devilish” egg, or one of their salads.


When it’s time for your head to hit the pillow, you can seek out one of the long-established spots, or try something new. In the latter category is Hotel Adeline, a former-Clarion-turned-boutique-property in Old Town that boasts a zero-edge pool with cabanas and daybeds, a workout facility, and multiple eateries on property (including poolside service).


Another hotel that has been given new life is Mountain Shadows, next door to Scottsdale in upscale Paradise Valley. Though it hails from the Mid-Century, it has been totally rebuilt, and has “luxury” coursing through its veins. With an 18-hole, par-3 gold course on property, an esteemed restaurant (Hearth ’61), two 75-foot pools and the Citizens Club (featuring a 4,000-square-foot fitness center), there’s plenty to keep you occupied without straying too far. TL