Scottsdale’s art and architecture scene is as robust and compelling as they come. Creativity in all its forms is celebrated in thought-provoking museum and gallery exhibitions, a world-class public art program and masterpiece landmarks created by the likes of Frank Lloyd Wright, Edward L. Varney and Will Bruder. Here’s your itinerary for exploring the best of Scottsdale art and architecture!
ANDAZ SCOTTSDALE RESORT & BUNGALOWS
The Andaz Scottsdale is a posh retreat offering stunning Camelback Mountain views and an inspired artist-in-residence partnership with nearby Cattle Track Arts Compound. Keep your eyes peeled for art in all mediums throughout the resort, from the common areas to the bungalow-style guest rooms.
BESPOKE INN SCOTTSDALE
This one-of-a-kind inn, located in Old Town Scottsdale’s Arts District, hits the sweet spot between a luxury resort and an intimate bed and breakfast. The beautifully appointed guestrooms, lush courtyard and onsite Virtú Honest Craft restaurant create a serene oasis in the heart of Scottsdale’s vibrant downtown.
Hotel Valley Ho
This stylish Old Town landmark was designed by Edward L. Varney, a former student of Frank Lloyd Wright, in 1956 and is one of the best-preserved midcentury-modern hotels in the country. Chill with a cocktail by the pool or take a short walk to explore the renowned galleries in the Scottsdale Arts District.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
SMoCA, an ingenious renovation of an old movie theater by architect Will Bruder, celebrates the modern art, architecture and design of our time through thought-provoking, changing exhibitions. The museum also is home to “Knight Rise,” a James Turrell skyspace that allows you to track the sun’s colorful path across the desert sky.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West
Legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright was so captivated by the Sonoran Desert’s natural beauty and sunny climate that he chose Scottsdale as the location for his winter home and architectural school, Taliesin West. Daily tours offer guests an insider’s look into Wright’s ingenious designs and his ability to seamlessly blend indoor and outdoor spaces.
This eclectic treasure, created by the late Italian architect Paolo Soleri, is part art studio and part architectural experiment. Cosanti features earth-formed concrete domes that seem to defy gravity as they provide an enchanting backdrop for the melodious sounds of bronze and ceramic Cosanti Originals windbells. Call ahead for bronze pour times and experience the creative process in action!
Scottsdale ArtWalk & Public Art
The free Scottsdale ArtWalk has been a local tradition for more than 45 years. Special exhibits, artist receptions and live entertainment are offered from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Thursday evening. For artistic explorations during the day, download the free Public Art Walking Tour and spend an hour strolling Old Town and discovering 10 beautiful works of art.
SCOTTSDALE ARCHITECTURE DRIVING TOUR
Scottsdale’s Sonoran Desert – with its rugged mountains, lush arroyos and distinctive flora – has inspired generations of talented architects, including luminaries like Frank Lloyd Wright, Will Bruder, Alfred Beadle and Ralph Haver. This downloadable guide showcases nearly 40 area masterpieces on an easy-to-follow driving tour.
Nestled between Camelback and Mummy mountains, El Chorro serves up classic fare and painterly sunset views from its spacious patio. This longtime local favorite is known for comfort food dishes like grilled filet mignon, wine-braised short ribs and old-fashioned broaster fried chicken, as well as its irresistible sticky buns.
THE HOUSE BRASSERIE
A historic Scottsdale home in the Old Town Arts District is the setting for the aptly named House Brasserie. Chef Brandon Jedd’s cutting edge, modern American cuisine includes delights like the Fried Citrus Chicken, Jerk Berkshire Pork Chop and Linz Filet Mignon. Enjoy the cozy-yet-elegant dining room, or opt for a table on the spacious, shaded patio.
Panoramic windows and an expansive terrace allow diners at CIELO restaurant at the ADERO Scottsdale resort to soak up Mother Nature’s artistry as they dine on the latest offerings from Chef Ken Arneson. Crafted from the freshest locally sourced ingredients, menu highlights include Steak Frites, Pan-Seared Game Hen and Cedar-Roasted Salmon.