We asked Concierge Lynne Brownd at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North to gather the savviest sight-seeing suggestions she could find—not just her own, but also those of other local connoisseurs, including some she works with every day at the Resort. Famous for its golf courses, Scottsdale also has top-flight shopping, and culinary and cultural offerings. The Sonoran Desert beckons with a wealth of outdoor activities, such as hiking, off-road Jeep tours and hot-air balloon rides.
Arizona Crafts and Architecture
You’ll find some of the finest artwork produced by American Indians at the Heard Museum, from kachina dolls to fine art and jewellery. For a perfect gift, consider the lovely wind bells—in bronze and ceramic—that you’ll find at Cosanti, the inspired creation of architect and visionary Paolo Soleri. Another “must” during a stay in Scottsdale is Taliesin West; exquisitely set in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains, it’s one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s greatest triumphs—his winter home, studio and architectural campus that he literally created out of the desert.
Explore Art and Galleries
Whether you’re a fan of traditional or contemporary art, Scottsdale has it all, with more than 100 galleries. Try to take in the Thursday night ArtWalk, a marvellous weekly open house of 30 years’ standing that entrances serious and casual art lovers alike. And if you’re travelling to Scottsdale in the late winter, the 10-week Arizona Fine Art Expo combines a juried fine art festival with unprecedented access to the inner workings of an artist’s studio. The show features painters, sketch artists and sculptors, and offers hands-on demonstrations and workshops.
There’s tremendous choice when it comes to family activities—from catching a glimpse of an Arabian oryx at the Phoenix Zoo to riding an old-fashioned train at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park. Kids also love the old American West exhibits at the Arizona Museum of Natural History, where they can pan for gold, see what it’s like inside a “real” territorial jail, and explore the twists and turns of the legendary Lost Dutchman Mine.
Museum, Music and More
Home to more than 15,000 musical instruments and artefacts, the new Musical Instrument Museum also hosts an ongoing programme of performers from every corner of the globe. Another terrific spot for live music is the Desert Botanical Garden, which presents its Music in the Garden series in one of the valley’s most memorable outdoor venues.