Get to Know the Uniqueness of Scottsdale

coolridged_2pja27 September 20, 2019

Scottsdale is located in central Arizona in the heart of the lush Sonoran Desert. It enjoys an average of 330 days of sun per year and the median temperature is about 72.6 degrees year-round. Combine this fabulous climate with over 200 golf courses within the greater Phoenix area, including the well-known Troon and TPC courses, and you can understand why it has earned the title of Golfer’s Paradise. In addition to golf, the city offers healthy outdoor pursuits for everyone. There are over 58 miles of public bike paths and 40 miles of shared hiking, riding and horse trails. These are in addition to the fabulous walking trails and sidewalks that are part of the design of every planned community. Old Town Scottsdale/Downtown Scottsdale The original downtown area, known as “Old Town” has kept the character of the small storefronts, narrow streets, and has embraced the art community. Enjoy the Art Walk on Thursday evenings when the galleries stay open later for your enjoyment. In addition to the art, Old Town is home to many boutiques and some of the best and hottest restaurants in town. You will also find the Scottsdale Museum of the West, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art as well as the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, which is home to many cultural and food events throughout the year. Just over the canal is the famous Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall and the Scottsdale Waterfront neighborhood, which has blossomed over the past decade. Here, you will find spectacular luxury condo developments, like Optima Camelview and the Scottsdale Waterfront Residences, as well as single-family homes in the surrounding area. Central Scottsdale Continuing north, you enter the Central Scottsdale area. On the southern end, you have many wonderful established communities, like Gainey Ranch and McCormick Ranch, that put Scottsdale on…

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The Great Outdoors of Tempe

coolridged_2pja27 July 17, 2019

A vibrant urban oasis in Metropolitan Phoenix, Tempe exudes its own personality. Refreshingly offbeat, Tempe’s a fun town that hosts family-friendly festivals, welcomes outdoor activities and is the proud home of Arizona State University. Tempe cares about the community, stresses an active lifestyle and emphasizes a laid-back atmosphere. Here, you’ll find the sports you love, the shopping you crave, the culture you enjoy, the food you’ll want to share and art, architecture and scenery that are perfect for your next post on Instagram. What to Do in Tempe In Tempe you can focus on exploring the great outdoors and staying fit at the same time. You’ll love discovering all the trails to hike, mountains to climb, bike paths to pedal and a lake to paddle, all against a backdrop of beautiful desert vistas. You don’t need to go far because all of Tempe’s outdoor recreation opportunities are easy to reach and many are right in downtown Tempe. Arizona’s known for its dry summer heat and that’s how we like it. There’s no need to go into summer hibernation. We know that our walks, runs and bike rides are best enjoyed in the early morning or evening. We’re sure to set out, slathered in sunscreen with a hat or visor, sunglasses and plenty of refreshing H2O to drink on the go. We also take advantage of the fun evening programs offered by some of our attractions. Go Hiking Explore the trails of the Sonoran Desert at Papago Park, on foot or with a mountain bike. Trails will challenge everyone, from novices to adventure seekers. Choose one of the seemingly endless trail possibilities at South Mountain Park and Preserve. With more than 16,000 acres, the largest municipal park in the country is popular with hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders. Take an…

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