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3 Reasons to Stay Local in Scottsdale

When you stay in an independent boutique hotel in Scottsdale, Arizona, you may find these unique travel experiences.

If you’ve never been to Arizona, you probably think the state is overrun by cowboys and tumbleweeds. If you have been to the Grand Canyon State, you may not have made it past the golf courses, swimming pools and casinos that characterize much of the Phoenix metro area.

But if you look beyond the saguaro cactus figurines, the lush suburb of Scottsdale is just minutes from Sky Harbor Airport and boasts not only world-class shopping but also museums, culture and a vibrant craft brewing scene.

Here are three reasons you should stay local in Scottsdale on your next visit to Arizona.

Visit Scottsdale’s one-of-a-kind museums

Visit Scottsdale’s one-of-a-kind museums

Arizona might not be the first state that comes to mind when one thinks of cultural destinations. But Scottsdale has more culture than you might expect thanks to several one-of-a-kind museums.

The Musical Instrument Museum, located on the northern edge of Scottsdale, has more than 6,000 instruments on display from over 200 countries. Calling itself the world’s only global musical instrument museum, the facility features a restaurant priding itself on local sourcing, Café Allegro, and a concert series highlighting a variety of musical styles at a range of ticket prices.

Located at the foot of the McDowell Mountains, Taliesin West is a home designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Also home to the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, the home is open to the public for tours and features furniture and art designed and built by Wright and his students.

Beat the heat with a cold craft beer

Beat the heat with a cold craft beer

Though once overshadowed by college towns Tempe and Tucson in small-scale brewing operations, Scottsdale now boasts several well-respected craft beer destinations.

Papago Brewing Co. in south Scottsdale is known for its seasonal Orange Blossom Ale, a light wheat ale with citrus and vanilla notes. In central Scottsdale, Fate Brewing Company and Scottsdale Beer Company offer neighborhood brewpubs with handcrafted beers as well as a kid-friendly menu and environment.

Meanwhile, with locations in both the Arcadia area and in north Scottsdale, O.H.S.O. (Outrageous Homebrewer’s Social Outpost) is known for its famous “beer brunch” and for its dog-friendly patio.

Treat yourself on a Scottsdale shopping spree

Treat yourself on a Scottsdale shopping spree

Scottsdale has a well-earned reputation as a shopping destination with luxury options that rival New York, London or Paris.

In north Scottsdale, treat yourself at adjoining shopping destinations Scottsdale Quarter and Kierland Commons. This fashion and home design epicenter offers everything from an Apple Store to a three-story Crate and Barrel to the Restoration Hardware location featured on the cover of the chain’s most recent catalogue. Hidden gems include a retail boutique for Queen Creek Olive Mill, a local farm offering balsamic vinegar, olives and snack products grown less than an hour away.

Scottsdale Fashion Square is the crown jewel of destination shopping. This mall includes not only a Nordstrom and a Saks Fifth Avenue, but also a Barneys New York. Fans of luxury brands will especially enjoy locations like Prada, Louis Vuitton, Burberry and one of only eight Carolina Herrera boutiques in North America.

Stay local in sunny Scottsdale!

The beautiful weather, world-class shopping and easy access to a cold brew after a day at the museum make Scottsdale a perfect place for a weekend or longer stay.

Choose from our selection of independently-owned boutique hotels in Scottsdale and stay local on your next visit to Arizona!

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