Scottsdale Journals

Sunny Scottsdale

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A travel journal to Scottsdale by blazn

Tequila Grill Photo, Scottsdale, Arizona More Photos
Quote: Scottsdale is a good place to set up headquarters for exploring the southern two-thirds of Arizona. A bright, clean, easily navigated city, there is plenty to see and do in Scottsdale and within an hour or two of the city there are attractions of every kind.

Sunny Scottsdale

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Wide open sunshine and 70* temperatures were a definite highlight for this sun-starved New Englander. Our 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve camping expedition was memorable, once again. Watching the last stars of the old year fade away and the first sunrise of the New Year make its mark has become my favorite way to celebrate. Something unexpected always happens! Quick Tips: There are great hiking possibilities within the heart of the city making a stroll through the desert or a chest thumping hike up Camelback or Squaw’s Peak available at a moment’s notice. Scottsdale/Phoenix is brimming over with arts and cultural events. The Thursday edition of ‘The Arizona Rep...Read More

Scottsdale Camelback Resort

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Hotel | "Scottsdale Condominium"

Scottsdale Camelback Resort Photo, Scottsdale, Arizona
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The Scottsdale Condos are a very well-kept secret that I am about to let you in on. There are 200 units in the complex. Some folks live there full-time but a lot of the units are owned by retired snowbirds from Minnesota who live here just through the winter. And then there are some units, from studios up to 2-bedrooms that are available for rent through the winter months. Depending on size and degree of décor updates, the typical monthly rent would be $800 - $1200 for the in-season months of January thru March. To keep the place from feeling like a motel, there is a minimum one-month rental requirement. At those prices, it’s worth it to rent a condo for the month even if you only sta...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 12, 2001

Scottsdale Camelback Resort
6302 E Camelback Rd.
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
(480) 947-3300

Tequila Grill

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Restaurant | "The Tequila Grill"

Tequila Grill Photo, Scottsdale, Arizona
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The Tequila Grill is a snazzy, upscale, pleasingly designed place and the food is pretty good too. The first time I ate there I couldn’t help but feel like I was part of a sophisticated scene. I had the Phoenix Cheese Steak Sandwich and it was different & delicious. A friend had the Tenderloin and although it was small & over $20 it was absolutely melt in your mouth. With my next visit, my friend and I had the place to ourselves at 4:30PM. Eventually a few people drifted in to the bar; the start of the after-work crowd. This time I had the Drunken Chicken. It was ‘presented’ beautifully, as they say on the cooking shows. The rolled, stuffed and wine-drenched chicken brea...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 12, 2001

Tequila Grill
4363 North 75th St
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
+1 480 941 1800

5 & Diner

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Restaurant | "5 & Diner"

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Can you recall how the masses dined out pre-MacDonald’s? If you do, you’ll love the 5 & Diner. If not, you’ll love it too. The 5 & Diner is a fun place to eat. There are 9 of them scattered throughout the metropolis. I ate at the location on N. Tatum Boulevard near the Paradise Valley Mall. The whole place is vintage 50’s right down to the swivel stools at the counter and the functioning tabletop jukeboxes at the booths. (2 plays for a quarter!) Even my waiter played the part with his slicked back, impeccable blond hair and all-American boy looks. Like any diner worth its salt you can order breakfast all day. The food is pretty good – ranging from traditio...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 12, 2001

5 & Diner
12802 North Tatum Boulevard
Scottsdale, Arizona 85032
(602) 996-0033

Squaw’s Peak

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Attraction | "Squaw Peak"

Squaw’s Peak Photo, Scottsdale, Arizona
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Having arrived back in the city by late morning on New Year’s Day I was twitching to do something else. My local buddy suggested Squaw’s Peak. By mid-afternoon I jumped in the car and headed northwest from the condo. About 15 minutes later I found the entrance to the Park. My plan was to scope out the area and come back the next day. What happened was… a parking space presented itself. This was nothing to slight. The place was jammed with people trying to keep their New Year’s Resolution of more exercise. The car rolled smoothly into the space and I sat there watching the steady stream of people following or returning from the Summit Trail. Usually, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 12, 2001

Squaw’s Peak
Phoenix
Scottsdale, Arizona

New Year's Eve Under the Stars

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The Bobbitt Throw Photo, Scottsdale, Arizona
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Arizona has a vast amount of wilderness areas and free, primitive camping is allowed on most of it. Primitive means no facilities; you carry in what you need and bring everything back out with you, leaving no trace that you were ever there. There are plenty of full-service campgrounds too for those requiring restrooms, showers and other amenities. We like to ‘car camp’. That is to find a primitive spot that we can drive to with our trunks loaded up with most of the comforts of home. This year, to allow for everyone’s hectic schedule, we chose a campsite just an hour outside of Scottsdale in the Superstition Wilderness Area of the Tonto National Forest. About 20 minutes past ...Read More