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Jun 28, 2010“Small business owner seeking rest and relaxation.”
based on 1 vote
Things to do. Sights to see.
Category: Perfect weekend
1. Taliespin West-Frank Lloyd Wright House
For those who love his architecture and those who love stories of local history this is a must do when you visit Scottsdale. This was actually my 3rd visit to the house and each time I have come away with a great amount of information, which has enriched my life and outlook on the world. The home was his winter home, for obvious reasons. But it was (and still is) a school of architecture. Your docent will take you through several rooms and the grounds while telling stories of Mr. Wright's quirky life. Many items in the home were his personal belongings and his original design. You will come away with a greater understanding of the "Arts and Craft" movement. Frank Lloyd Wright was far from a "saint" and there are many stories of his wild lifestyle to be told on this tour. I highly recommend the book "Death in a Praire House". Although a true crime stories about the brutal murders of his mistress in Taliespin East (his summer home), the book is also a biography of his life. You will not be disappointed going to see this home. NOT for young kids. Very HOT while touring the grounds. Suggest you take the umbrella they offer. Drink water and wear flats. This should not be missed.
2. Cosanti-the famous bells workshop & studio
A quirky, unusual hippie type workshop & artist studio. A self guided tour. You will see many of the famous bells (they really are more like wind chimes instead of bells). The buildings are "organic". The artists have made the structures themselves and the are a sight to see. This tour is very short. You will be there less than an hour, but it should be on your list of things to see in Scottsdale. A great photoshoot spot. If you are into modeling and need a quirky location then bring your camera! I do not suggest the giftshop as everything is extremely expensive. But they do display some beautiful bells for sale.
3. The Sugar Bowl
An old fashion ice cream parlor! Decorated in the Gibson Girl decor. This place is a delight and a refreshing stop during your day. In addition to all their ice cream creation they also serve all the favorite foods our mothers used to make: basic tuna sandwich, grilled cheese, hot dog, and of course burgers. I find it very hard in this age of fancy cuisine to find a place that can serve just a basic turkey or tuna sandwich without having to take your chances and hope for the best when they place it before you. I like Sugar Bowl because when I order a turkey and cheese on whole wheat, that's what I get. You will like this place whether you are a senior or a family with kids. You can't miss their building. It's painted bright pink!