WITH SO MANY REASONS TO VISIT THE Scottsdale/Phoenix area this summer, it can be difficult to pin down an itinerary. We have a few suggestions for things to see and do in the Valley of the Sun.
From the Editors
Proper eyewear is a must in the desert! Protecting your vision from damaging rays is something you need to be vigilant about, and at the same time, you want to be stylish as well as safe. Framed Ewe Optical is like no other optical shop you may have been to. Their designer frames (for everything from non-prescription sunglasses, to readers, to prescription lenses), are curated and uncommon, and they’ll certainly set you apart from the crowd. Check out frames from Lindberg, Andy Wolf, KREWE and lots of other hip purveyors. Their Phoenix shop is at The Colony on North 7th Street.
You’ll also need an amazing ensemble or two to go with your new shades, and for that, head for the Lincoln Village (Scottsdale) location of My Sister’s Closet. This upscale resale shop has a large selection of gently used clothes from lines like Prada, Chanel, Givenchy and Dolce & Gabbana. When you first walk in, you’ll be met by displays of shoes and accessories from well-known labels such as Lacroix, Christian Louboutin and Manolo Blahnik.
You can trade, sell, buy, and leave the shop with the perfect wardrobe for your Valley vaycay. Well-heeled and hungry, a great dinner stop for you would be Fellow Osteria, a new Scottsdale restaurant that offers attentive and friendly service, inventive cocktails and sensational wines, and a satisfying menu of finely created, Italian-inspired dishes that are the perfect nosh. In Italy, an osteria offers small plates of simple food that are satisfying but not over-stuffing. Fellow delights your taste buds with pasta dishes such as cacio e pepe; pizzas with toppings like Crow’s Dairy goat cheese fonduta, radicchio, caramelized onion and balsamic honey; and irresistible cannolis that are made fresh in-house.
For your Valley stay, you’ll want a place that offers more than just a room, and there are many stellar options from which to pick. Newly renovated, The Scott Resort & Spa has adopted an old Havana vibe and has all the amenities you’d want, including two outdoor pools, La Vidorra Spa, and the Canal Club, a Caribbean-inspired restaurant.
In neighboring Paradise Valley sits Mountain Shadows, a tranquil oasis that melds mid-century modern design and 21st century service. The property features the award-winning Hearth ’61 restaurant, a workout facility, par-3/18-hole golf course, two pools and a hot tub, along with some of the most gorgeous vistas you’ll find in the Grand Canyon State. Be sure to check out not only the rotating contemporary artwork on display, but also the collection of vintage photos from the very first incarnation of the hotel (you’ll spot some famous faces in the mix).
The sister property, Hotel Valley Ho, is a short drive away, and redefines retro in its rooms, lobby and restaurant. You’ll feel a
little like you’re entering Disneyland in the early 1960s, and for sure, this place is E-ticket-ride fun. Drop in for lunch at the hotel’s ZuZu restaurant and turn back the clock with a patty melt, or try a vegetarian Impossible Burger, and in either case, be sure to order the onion rings!
About a 20-or-so-minute drive takes you to the Phoenix Art Museum, where the Ellman Fashion Design Gallery and Lewis Gallery are displaying the Flora through Aug. 18. Many top designers and fashion houses are part of this exhibit, which traces how flowers have influenced clothing design from the 18th century to the modern runway.
Heading up to the Valley of the Sun this month for the big game … or the big concert?
You won’t be alone. Many Tucsonans are driving or shuttling to attend some of the hottest events in the Phoenix area. The MLB’s Arizona Diamondbacks will frequently command home field advantage in June, with games against the New York Mets (June 1 and 2); Los Angeles Dodgers (June 3-5 and June 24-26); Colorado Rockies (June 18-20); and San Francisco Giants (June 21-23).
A short stroll away, the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury will light up the “Purple Palace” (aka Talking Stick Resort Arena) with games against the Los Angeles Sparks (June 14 and June 23); and Indiana Fever (June 28). Both the Dbacks and the Mercury have won championships in past years and are followed by diehard fans from one end of the Grand Canyon State to the other.
Although the Musical Instrument Museum attracts numerous visitors just for its fascinating displays of unique, iconic and often rare music-making devices, the MIM also is well known as a great, intimate concert venue. Among the artists taking the stage this first month of summer are: Philly jazz multi-instrumentalist Joey DeFrancesco (June 5); sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar (June 15); and singersongwriter Rickie Lee Jones (June 26).
If visual art is more your scene, you won’t want to miss the exhibits at the Phoenix Art Museum. Ending June 9 is a collaboration with Tucson’s Center for Creative Photography titled, Mexican Photographers, Mexican Views, with more than 60 photos taken during the 20th century of a wide variety of subjects. Through Aug. 25, the show Early American Modernism: The Decade of the Armory Show will be on display. Artists represented include Georgia O’Keeffe, Arthur Bowen Davies, Stuart Davis, and others. While there, take the time to view the museum’s special installation Philip C. Curtis and the Landscapes of Arizona, up through Nov. 15, 2020. Curtis captured the beauty of our environment while casting it in a nearly mythological light.
“Gordon has webbed feet, and he loves to give hugs!”
THE RUNNER UP
“Scout has an affectionate personality, and tassels on her ears!”
All winners, no losers.
That’s who showed up at the annual Tucson Lifestyle Cover Dog Search, held Feb. 9 at La Encantada.
Every one of the 150 canines was with loving members of their human family, and all were excited for the chance to see and be seen by the celebrity judges, who included Heather Rowe (co-host of KGUN 9’s Tucson Morning Blend), Dan Gibson (Director of Communications for Visit Tucson), and Scott Barker (Tucson Lifestyle’s Editor in Chief). Along with the contest, people and dogs alike were able to meet with vendors who provide services or products for animal companions. Monies raised from entry fees benefited the many programs of the Humane Society of Southern Arizona.
As for the prize-winning pooch this year, that honor goes to Gordon, a Staffordshire terrier/French bulldog/ English bulldog mix. He was accompanied by his people, Christy and Matt Swinford. Christy explained to the judges, “Gordon and nine other dogs were rescued from abusive and neglectful conditions in Sierra Vista in late 2014. The dogs were all in poor condition, and Gordon was expected to lose his left eye, but luckily he didn’t. Smiling Dog Rescue housed the dogs for nine months until the criminal case was resolved, and we were fortunate to bring him into our family. He is the sweetest, snuggliest little potato, and we love him so much!”
The runner-up was Scout, a golden retriever/shepherd mix, brought to the competition by Lilly Tees, who noted that, “Scout was adopted in October 2016 from Lifeline Oro Valley Animal Rescue. She was born on the streets of South Tucson, one of five in her litter. Her rambunctious nature led to her original name, Anarchy, which we changed. When we brought her home at three months old, she was able to experience running on grass for the first time, and she hasn’t stopped since!”
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