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Short trip to Scottsdale

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A November 2000 trip to Scottsdale by jim

Great Jogging by ASU Photo, Scottsdale, Arizona More Photos
Quote: I spent a few days in Scottsdale at a conference, but had a little time to enjoy myself as well.

Short trip to Scottsdale

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Overview

A Scottsdale Neighborhood Photo, Scottsdale, Arizona
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Hiking Camelback Mountain was definitely the highlight of my trip. There is nothing like getting up right after sunrise and hiking up a natural wonder. Hiking and mountain biking are fantastic all around Scottsdale and Phoenix. I also enjoyed walking around Old Scottsdale and looking at the Southwestern stores (although they were a bit touristy and expensive but good for a few interesting moments). This would have been much more fun if my fiance had been with me! Running along the canal to Arizona State University and seeing some of the campus was fun. The football stadium is very cool with two rocky mountains on surrounding it. Finally, I got to eat at one...Read More

Ivy at the Waterfront

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Hotel | "Hotel Waterfront Ivy"

Ivy at the Waterfront Photo, Scottsdale, Arizona
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If you want a really nice place to stay (within a mile or two of Old Scottsdale) without breaking the bank, then you will love this hotel. The rooms are massive and include a separate living room and kitchenette. The bed is extremely comfortable with several feather pillows and great linen. Plus the service is great including a couple of special touches (including a rubber ducky in the tub and a delectable chocolate chip cookie every night). It's the one time I was glad my fiance wasn't with me so I didn't have to share! A complimentary breakfast (buffet style) is provided. Plus there are several small pools and cabanas on the property as well as very nice tennis court...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 26, 2000

Ivy at the Waterfront
7445 EAST CHAPARRAL RD
Scottsdale, Arizona 85250
480 994-5282

Arizona Grand Resort

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Hotel | "Pointe South Mountain Resort"

Arizona Grand Resort Photo, Phoenix, Arizona
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The conference was at this resort which gives you an indication of its size. It is massive and you can get lost walking around if you are not careful. I wish it were a little more intimate (or at least a tiny bit intimate), but with size comes a myriad of amenities. Fortunately this was a business trip and not a romantic adventure with my fiance. The rooms are fairly large and the suite I stayed in had a kitchenette and separate sitting room. The bed was very comfortable and the service at the hotel was exceptional. Little touches like apples in the lobby and the valets dressed in pseudo cowboy gear were nice. What I really enjoyed was the spa. The spa has a full gym with aerobi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 26, 2000

Arizona Grand Resort
8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway
Phoenix, Arizona 85044
(602) 438-9000

P.F. Chang's China Bistro

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Restaurant | "P. F. Chang's China Bistro"

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As I said in the overview, this is one of my favorite places to eat. I discovered it a couple of years back on my first trip to Scottsdale and have sought out other P.F. Changs at other places like Vegas and Miami. But I must say that the one in Scottsdale is the best. It is located on the edge of a very upscale mall and it attracts a nice crowd. The décor is very nice and the food is great (especially considering it is a chain restaurant). Don’t be afraid to go alone because you can eat at the bar and feel right at home. The food is Chinese with a twist. The choices are fantastic and whatever you order you will enjoy. Don’t forget to get the lettuce wrap appetizers (my favorite item). The on...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 26, 2000

P.F. Chang's China Bistro
7014 East Camelback Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
+1 480 949 2610

Madison's

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Restaurant | "Madison's Restaurant and Bar"

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If you want a cool bar with good drinks and good food, then you will like Madison’s. It is in Old Scottsdale, but a little off the main drag so that you get a good mix of locals and tourists. I actually saw more locals than tourists while I was there. The martinis are great, the atmosphere relaxing and the bartenders very attentive. I had the mini barbecue sandwichs appetizer (that’s not the real name but that is what they were) and enjoyed it very much.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 26, 2000

Madison's
7108 East Stetson Drive
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
+1 480 949 8453

Elements Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Elements"

Elements Restaurant Photo, Scottsdale, Arizona
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If you don’t enjoy your meal at Sanctuary, then you just don’t like good food. I had an absolutely delicious meal and a wonderful dining experience here. This is definitely a special place to dine. Appropriately, we were celebrating and I can’t think of a better place in Scottsdale to do this at over food. The setting is absolutely beautiful. The restaurant is set against Camelback Mountain and looks down on a scenic portion of Paradise Valley. There may not be a more romantic spot at sunset (certainly for a restaurant). We ate inside because it was a windy night, but usually there is outdoor seating. The patio where you eat overlooks a gorgeous pool. As you would expect, the dé...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 7, 2004

Elements Restaurant
Sanctuary Spa
Scottsdale, Arizona 85253
(480) 607-2300

Camelback Mountain

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Attraction

Camelback Mountain Photo, Scottsdale, Arizona
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This was my second trip to Scottsdale and I was looking forward to hiking up Camelback from the moment I knew I was going. My first trip I went up the so-called front side of the mountain (which is the easier route). This time I went up the back-side and it was a great hike (and definitely more difficult). If you want some breathtaking views, a great workout and the best possible view of the valley, then you shouldn’t miss this hike. Start at Echo Canyon Park near the intersection of Tatum and McDonald Road (about 3 miles from the Hotel Waterfront Ivy - see separate entry). You can park the car and head up the trail which starts at the parking lot. I hustled and was up and down in about 1 ½ hour...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 26, 2000

Camelback Mountain

Scottsdale, Arizona

Las Sendas Golf Club

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Las Sendas Golf Club Photo, Scottsdale, Arizona
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If you want an amazing golf challenge in a beautiful desert setting, then you have to play at Las Sendas. The scenery was breathtaking. The cacti, the rocky desert terrain, the mountains on and around the course, and the views of the Phoenix area off in the distance make this course amazing. Other courses in Phoenix don’t even approach the success of Las Sendas in terms of integrating the golf into the dessert topography. I also enjoyed looking at all of the beautiful homes next to the course. The course has excellent range facilities and the chipping and putting areas are in excellent condition. I strongly recommend you warm up for this course. There is also a gorgeous club house and nice ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 7, 2004

Las Sendas Golf Club
7555 E. Eagle Crest Drive
Scottsdale, Arizona 85207
(480) 396-4000

Lookout Mountain Golf Club at Tapatio Cliffs Photo, Scottsdale, Arizona
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I really enjoyed this course. I had played at some other courses during the weeks I was in Phoenix, and think I enjoyed this course the best. First, the course is challenging but fair. If you hit a good shot, you know what to expect. Second, the green fees were very reasonable. A twilight rate (after 2pm) in April was only $65 on the weekends. Third, the desert scenery and variety of holes is fantastic. The clubhouse and practice facilities were fantastic. You couldn’t ask for better. The practice greens were a nice approximation of the actual greens on the course. I played from the back tees, which really make the course challenging. Even from here, the course is not partic...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 7, 2004

Lookout Mountain Golf Club at Tapatio Cliffs
11111 N. 7th Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85020
(602) 866-6356

Talking Stick Golf Club

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Attraction

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If you want a perfectly manicured course then you can’t complain about, Talking Stick is it. It is a very nice golf experience. My only problem with the course was that it felt like it could be anywhere. There was very little real integration with the desert scenery, and the only thing that reminded me I was in Phoenix was the heat. The facilities are immaculate. There is a fantastic driving range and putting green, plus the clubhouse is top-notch. I recommend you take the time to grab some food and/or drinks in the clubhouse while you are there. Regarding the play, there are some very challenging holes. If you decide to play from the back tees there are some very long holes. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 7, 2004

Talking Stick Golf Club
9998 E Indian Bend Rd.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85256
(480) 860-2221

Ocotillo Golf Resort

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I want to start this review by strongly recommending Ocotillo Golf Resort. The course is in excellent shape, the greens were fast, and the layout provided a great variety of challenging holes. Having said that, the Ocotillo golf resort felt more like a course you would find in Florida than in Phoenix. I have never seen a course with more water (on 16 of 18 holes). It was very lush, and the only hint of the desert was the mountains in the distance. I say this not because it made the golf less enjoyable, but to let you know what to expect. When I go to the Phoenix area, I like to play on a desert-style course. This was a nice change of pace, but I'm glad I went to a few other courses first. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 28, 2004

Ocotillo Golf Resort
3751 S Clubhouse Dr.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85224
(480) 917-6660

The Legacy Golf Resort

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Attraction | "Legacy Golf Resort"

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The course is in fantastic shape and you will find lush fairways and quick greens. The desert flora and fauna surround the course, and you have nice views of several mountains on the horizon. All in all it is a very lovely place to play. More important than the scenery, the golf experience is excellent. There are many challenging holes with well placed hazards and well manicured greens on every hole. I thought the course was fair although you do get punished for errant tee shots. There are a few very long par fours and I couldn't reach the par fives in two shots (and I normally can), but I wouldn't call it a particularly long course. We played from the back tees (not the championship tees)...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 28, 2004

The Legacy Golf Resort
6808 S. 32nd Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85042
(602) 305-5500

Biking and Running Around Town

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Running the Canal Photo, Scottsdale, Arizona
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I started every one of my mornings with a bike, run or hike. The weather was perfect and Scottsdale has a very outdoorsy quality to it. A canal runs through Scottsdale and it has a trail on each side. These loose gravel paths are perfect for running and/or biking. I ran from my hotel to the Arizona State campus which is worth going by just to look at the football stadium (which is right next to two small mountains/hills. It's about a 6 mile round trip run/bike from Scottsdale (obviously depending on your starting point). On a previous trip to Scottsdale, I did some mountain biking around the Pointe South Mountain Resort (see separate journal entry). If you like biking over rough, desert te...Read More