The Delightful Dozen

By local contributor
JoAnne Zeterberg

These signature Scottsdale experiences might be a bit off the beaten path, but they’re worth seeking out! Pick one or try them all for a memorable Scottsdale getaway!

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

This new museum in downtown Scottsdale has been so popular since its opening that it won’t stay a secret for long! Five galleries filled with paintings, sculptures, cultural artifacts and interactive exhibits celebrate the pioneer spirit of the American West.

Magical History Tour at Hotel Valley Ho

Join the experts from Ultimate Art & Cultural Tours for an intimate look into the architecture and Hollywood past of Scottsdale’s Hotel Valley Ho, one of the best-preserved mid-century modern hotels in the country. The cost per person is $19.56 (the year the hotel opened).

Super Chunk Sweets & Treats

If you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss this tasty downtown gem, which specializes in small-batch, handcrafted confections. Some of our favorites include the Mesquite Chocolate Chip Cookies, Honeycomb Ice Cream and Ancho Chocolate Caramels.

Bespoke Inn, Cafe & Bicycles

Treat yourself and your sweetie to a romantic stay at Bespoke Inn, Scottsdale’s only luxury B&B. The inn’s four posh rooms feature private patios, pillow-top beds, soft chandelier lighting and deep soaking tubs. Be sure to make a reservation for dinner at the on-property restaurant Virtú Honest Craft, named one of the “Top 25 Restaurants in the Country” by Esquire magazine.

Yoga with the Butterflies

Every other Tuesday, Butterfly Wonderland hosts Yoga in the Rainforest, featuring all levels of Vinyasa-based yoga designed to connect breath with movement in a spectacular natural environment. As colorful butterflies flutter around, guests are guided through a series of postures and taught simple techniques for mindful breathing and meditation.

The Store @ SCPA

This gem of a boutique at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts features artist-made jewelry, imaginative toys, fair-trade global crafts, world music, stylish accessories for home and office, and much more. Plus, all purchases are tax-free and proceeds benefit the non-profit Scottsdale Cultural Council.

Scottish Golf at Kierland Golf Club

Give a nod to the game’s origins with this unique experience that includes kilt rental, Johnnie Walker beverage carts and a bagpiper who “calls in” golfers at the end of the day. After your round, stop by the Scotch Library at the Westin Kierland Resort and savor two-ounce pours of contemporary blends and rare 40-year-old single-malt whiskeys (open 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. nightly).

McDonald’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Show

The longest-running car show in the area, this Saturday-night staple is the perfect destination to see hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles in a free open-air event. Classic 50s-era music provided by “Party Time DJ’s” adds to the retro ambiance. The event takes place every Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Pavilions at Talking Stick.

Sphinx Date Co.

As the name implies, juicy Arizona dates take center stage at this 60-year-old Scottsdale landmark. But you’ll also find an enticing variety of other locally sourced gourmet treats, including desert honey, prickly pear jam and syrup, handcrafted pasta, and salsas and sauces.

Free Dance Lessons at Handlebar J

Does your two-step need a little refining? Pull on your best boots and head over to Handlebar J Restaurant & Saloon for free Country dance lessons every Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. Then stay and put your dance skills to the test when the Herndon Brothers Band takes the stage.

Flights & Bites at LDV Wine Gallery

Kick off your Thursday evening in the downtown Arts District with Flights & Bites at Lawrence Dunham Vineyards Wine Gallery. For $25 (plus tax) you’ll enjoy an LDV wine flight (four tastes or one glass of wine) plus four tasty food pairings courtesy of the talented chefs at Food Truck Caravan Catering. It’s the perfect prequel to the district’s free Thursday night ArtWalk.

Scottsdale Public Art Walking Tour

This self-guided, 60-minute walking tour through downtown Scottsdale introduces you to 10 of the most-celebrated Scottsdale public artworks, including striking bronze statues, dramatic fountains and interactive installations.