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.
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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.