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Two Days in the Phoenix Desert

A November 2003 trip to Phoenix by E. B.

Desert Botanical Gardens Photo, Phoenix, Arizona More Photos
Quote: I received a free accommodations certificate, so I thought I'd spend a couple days in Phoenix, Arizona. A fun-filled and busy vacation, but it left me wanting more. I'll be back, but this time, I'll book for a week.

Two Days in the Phoenix Desert

Overview

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The best things to do are to shop at the Arizona Mills Outlet Mall, visit Taliesin West in Scottsdale, visit the Desert Botanical Garden, and eat lots of great Mexican food.Quick Tips: Get a very good map. Phoenix is a confusing city. If you drive around, you'll find that numbered streets (1st Street, 2nd Street, etc.) will increase eastward, but Central is the street that separates the numbered avenues (1st Avenue, 2nd Avenue, etc.), which increase as you go westward. Make sure you are clear whether the road is 21st Avenue or 21st Street. It makes a big difference!Best Way To Get Around: You will need a car. If you use a taxi, most likely you will have to call for one. There is publ...Read More

E-Z 8 Motel Phoenix Airporter

Hotel | "E-Z 8 Motel"

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The room that we received was obviously a smoker's room. I was having trouble breathing, so we aired out the room, which didn't help much. We had two beds in a nicely sized room. There was a closet area to hang your clothes. There was daily maid service. The bedspread had cigarette burns in it. I have stayed in worse motel rooms, so it was a nice room. Clean, but smokers have definitely caused major wear and tear on the rooms. There were a large number of truckers in the motel. Apparently, this is what makes up most of the motel's clientele. There is even a separate parking lot for their 18-wheelers. I wasn't sure if the neighborhood was safe, so I was very glad that my friend and I ventured out...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on November 12, 2003

E-Z 8 Motel Phoenix Airporter
1820 South 7th Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85034
(602) 254-9787

Ono Hawaiian BBQ

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Restaurant

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This restaurant isn't officially in the Phoenix area, but we happened to stop by as we were making our long drive back to Los Angeles. I was excited to see a Hawaiian restaurant in Arizona, so we stopped in. Luckily, there is a location near me in California. They have locations in: West LA, Brea, and San Pedro in California, and in Arizona, their locations are Avondale, Scottsdale, and Phoenix (opening mid-November 2003). They are also opening future locations in Moreno Valley and Inglewood in California. They serve plate lunches with all kinds of combinations. I ordered a #4, which was basically chicken teriyaki, bulgogi, and kalbi. I am very picky about my bulgogi and kalbi since they are Kor...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 12, 2003

Ono Hawaiian BBQ
13070 W. Rancho Santa Fe Boulevard, Suite C-7
Phoenix, Arizona 85323
(623) 536-0188

Camelback Inn, a Marriott Resort & Spa

Restaurant | "The Navajo at Marriott's Camelback Inn Resort"

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We decided to try The Navajo or "Rita's Taqueria" at the Marriott's Camelback Inn Resort. It was very good. They had some unique menu specialties like a fry bread sandwich. The cuisine was southwestern, a mix of Native American and Mexican. My friend has a small appetite, so she ordered a soup (something called Three Sisters) and a shrimp cocktail, which was Acapulco-style similar to a ceviche. I ordered a chicken mango wrap, which was a chicken salad with mango pieces wrapped with a green colored tortilla. It was served with spicy sweet potato chips. It was extremely filling, but my friend wanted me to split a dessert with her. It was an Indian blood peach cobbler. I have never tasted a blood p...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 12, 2003

Camelback Inn, a Marriott Resort & Spa
5402 East Lincoln Drive
Scottsdale, Arizona 85253
(480) 948-1700

Village Tavern

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Restaurant

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We were searching around for an open restaurant since we didn't realize that Arizona is an hour ahead of California because of Daylight Savings. We thought it was around 9pm, but in reality, it was 10pm, Arizona time. We ended up at the Village Tavern in a shopping center. I was going to order the Monday night special (burger, beer and fries), but it was too late. Their specials end at 9:30pm. They have a happy hour from 9pm until midnight. Domestic beers are $2, imported beers are $3. I ordered spring rolls. They were basically like fried egg rolls, filled with chicken, Napa cabbage, and carrots. There were three dipping sauces: sweet soy sauce, sweet and sour sauce, and Thai chili sauce. Th...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 12, 2003

Village Tavern
8777 North Scottsdale Road Suite 234
Phoenix, Arizona 85253
(480) 951-6445

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We decided to go to Sylvia's based on an ad out of the Yellow Pages. Boy, was that serendipitous. I have never had Mexican food this good and I'm from Los Angeles, where there are a lot of fantastic places. I ordered the beef fajita special and a Jamaica to drink. My friend wanted a soup, but they were all out. The menudo, albondigas, and the cocido soups sell out fast. You have to order early in the day or they're gone. Instead, she ordered the shrimp Vera Cruz. She was in heaven. I am very sorry to report that Sylvia's is only in Phoenix. I will return to Phoenix just to eat at Sylvia's. It's so worth it! Even President Clinton ate there. Sylvia has an online business where she sells and ships...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 12, 2003

Sylvia's La Canasta Mexican Restaurant
5502 North 7th Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona 85013
(602) 242-4252

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There are several locations in Arizona. The closest one to us (near the Phoenix airport) was the Tempe location. Others include: Chandler, Deer Valley, Scottsdale, and Prescott. Wildflower Bread Company tends to locate itself in shopping centers. The bread is very, very good. I ordered the feta and roasted vegetable frittata, which was eggs with roasted eggplant, zucchini, roma tomato, red pepper, and crumbled feta. It also came with buttered toast and home fries. I was very happy with my breakfast. They serve breakfast only until 10:30am on the weekdays and until 2pm on the weekends. My friend wasn't happy since she wanted soup, but it wasn't ready at 8:30am. She made do with coffee and a muffin, but...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 12, 2003

Wildflower Bread Company
Deer Village Shopping Center
Phoenix, Arizona

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

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Attraction | "Taliesin West"

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West Photo, Scottsdale, Arizona
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There are six different tours available. The prices and times are current up to April 30, 2004. It's best to call ahead to check if there have been any changes to the schedule. 1. Panorama Tour (1 hour). Every day, 9:15am-4:15pm. $17.50 adults, $15 seniors (65+) / students, $5 children (4-12). This tour shows Wright's home. 2. Insights Tour (90 minutes). Every day, 9am-4pm. $22 adults, $18 seniors/students, $10 children. This tour shows Wright's home, but spends extra time in his living room. 3. Behind the Scenes Tour (3 hours). Wednesdays at 9am only. $45 per person. Reservations requested. This tour shows his home with afternoon tea in his dini...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 12, 2003

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West
Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd and Cactus Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85259
(480) 860-2700

Desert Botanical Gardens

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Attraction | "Desert Botanical Garden"

Desert Botanical Gardens Photo, Phoenix, Arizona
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My friend and I went to visit the Desert Botanical Garden early since we wanted to see other sights afterwards. The admissions clerk said that we could walk the whole park in 90 minutes. We took a whole 4 hours to walk the park. We would walk the Desert Discovery Trail, which is the main trail lined with brick. Then we would wander off into the other trails: Plants & People of the Sonoran Desert Trail, Sonoran Desert Nature Trail, Center for Desert Living Trail, and the Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Trail. The longest trail is the first one. It's great for kids since there are many things to touch and do. The other trails are quicker, although the ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 12, 2003

Desert Botanical Gardens
1201 North Galvin Parkway (southeast Of Mcdowell Road & 64th Street)
Phoenix, Arizona 85008
(480) 941-1225

Cerreta Candy

Attraction | "Cerreta Candy Company"

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Cerreta Candy Company has a factory in Glendale, Arizona. They offer two free 30-minute tours Monday-Thursday, the first one at 10 am and the second one at 1pm. They also have featured specialties daily. When my friend and I visited, we happened to miss the tour by half an hour. We saw some folks at the end of their tour. There were some children finishing up making their chocolate pizzas. I was looking for toffee for my sister, but that happened to be the featured chocolate of the day, so they were completely out. The only toffee left was the sugar-free kind, and my sister and I do not like sugar-free products. I ended up buying a few camelbacks (their version of turtles) and a few ch...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 12, 2003

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