Phoenix Journals

Valley of the Sun - Phoenix, AZ

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An October 2002 trip to Phoenix by BurliBear

Scottsdale Villa Mirage Resort Photo, Scottsdale, Arizona More Photos
Quote: A two week TimeShare vacation in Scottsdale and Phoenix with sightseeing, square dancing and quilt shop hopping.

Valley of the Sun - Phoenix, AZ

Overview

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Phoenix Zoo was a very enjoyable day in October. Last time we went was Labor Day in 1994 and it was extremely hot. In late October, the temperature high in the mid-70's made for a great experience. A number of great quilt shops in the Metropolitan area...see Journal on Quilter's Travels for details on specific shops we visited. The State Capital was, to us, an overrated place to visit. Of course, there was a lot of construction going on and this impacted the ability to really tour the Capital easily. Old Town Scottsdale was just another Tourist Trap designed to part the tourist from their money. Basically had two things, normal touristy junk and great Jewelry shops which ...Read More

Scottsdale Villa Mirage Resort

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Hotel | "Sunterra Resorts Scottsdale Villa Mirage"

Scottsdale Villa Mirage Resort Photo, Scottsdale, Arizona
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Best Things Nearby:There wasn't a lot of things that I considered nearby. Lots of things to do but you had to drive into Phoenix or Mesa or Tempe to do them. Even Old Town Scottsdale was several miles north of the resort which is up in the Northeast Corner of Scottsdale.Best Things About the Resort:The resort had a very nice outdoor pool and an exercise/workout room. Monday morning they had a continental breakfast and presented speakers from several tour/activity groups in the area. There was no sales push for the resort at the breakfast, just information of tours and activities available during your time staying there.Resort Experience:Our uni...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 28, 2002

Scottsdale Villa Mirage Resort
7887 E. Princess Blvd
Scottsdale, Arizona 85260
(480) 473-4000

Shell Vacations Club at the Legacy Golf Resort

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Hotel | "The Legacy Golf Resort"

Shell Vacations Club at the Legacy Golf Resort Photo, Phoenix, Arizona
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Best Things Nearby:The Phoenix Zoo was about a 20 minute drive from this resort. If you're a golfer, as the name implies, this resort is on a golf course. This resort is on the south end of Phoenix, not far from I-10, making a good place to stay if planning day trips to Tucson or for visiting places in Mesa, Tempe, & Chandler, Arizona. Best Things About the Resort:The timeshare was very picturesque, set on a golf course, with a nice view of one of the golf fairways from our unit. The unit was clean and well maintained.Resort Experience:We had what they define as a 2 Bedroom unit but it was actually a 1 Bedroom Uni...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 28, 2002

Shell Vacations Club at the Legacy Golf Resort
6808 S. 32nd Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85042
(602) 305-5500

Phoenix Zoo

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Attraction

Phoenix Zoo Photo, Phoenix, Arizona
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Phoenix has a nice zoo that will get you plenty of exercise. There is a lot of walking between exhibits and in a couple of cases around exhibits. They have a bear exhibit where the bears have lots of room to roam. The exhibit is in an area under trees and you walk and listen like you were in a jungle. However, you walk a lot before eventually finding an opening where you can see the bears. The amount of walking to see them depends on which part of the exhibit the bears are in. The have a nice exhibit area with animals that are native to Arizona. A second real interesting exhibit is for the big horn sheep. It is quite a walk to see them but they have taken advantage of a natural s...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 28, 2002

Phoenix Zoo
455 North Galvin Parkway, 64th Street Between Van Buren & Mcdowell Roads
Phoenix, Arizona 85008
(602) 273-1341

Quilt Shops

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Throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan area are a number of quilt shops. Overall, the shops are very nice, with nice inventories of 100% cotton quilting fabrics.

However, 2 shops, operated under the same name at 2 different locations leave much to be desired. To see specifics on the various shops in the metropolitan area, see my journal, "Quilter's Travels".

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 28, 2002

Quilt Shops
Throughout Phoenix
Phoenix, Arizona

Cerreta Candy

Attraction | "Cerreta's Candy Company"

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Cerreta's is a family owned and operated candy company in Phoenix which gives tours of it's facility. The tours are done M-F at 10:00 A.M. and 1:30 P.M. They are free and last about 1/2 hour. You can actually see the candy production lines in operation. Depending on what candies they are producing on any given day, you may be able to see the line and operation better at some times than at others. Samples are given and questions are answered as the tour progresses. They have a retail shop as part of their plant and candy may be purchased while you're there...although there is no pressure to do so. At other times, they have a set of Video Monitors with a taped tour that the...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 28, 2002

Cerreta Candy
5345 West Glendale Ave
Glendale, Arizona 85301
+1 623 930 1000

Arizona State Capitol Museum

Attraction | "Arizona State Capitol & Museum"

Arizona State Capitol Museum Photo, Phoenix, Arizona
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We were very disappointed in this. The State Capitol had construction going on and this made touring and viewing very difficult. There also did not appear to be that much to see.

We were not there right at the time of one of their guided tours which are supposedly given at 10 and 2 but what we saw did not make us feel like waiting around for the guided tour. Might have been a lot better, but we didn't feel it would be.

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on November 29, 2002

Arizona State Capitol Museum
1700 West Washington St
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
+1 602 542 4675