Even the best researched and well-thoughtout trips and travels can be derailed by events and circumstances beyond our control. Take Mother Nature for instance. . .
|Pinnacle Peak - Wednesday on the left, Friday on the right|
|That is steam from the hot tub in the middle of this photo. Chilly? Yes!|
It was interesting but after two days, we sun-seekers-from-Seattle were ready for more of those 70- and 80-degree temperatures. The weather reports assure those temps will be back by Tuesday – we’ll be gone by then.
Visit a Museum:
There’s no better place to learn about the art and culture of the American Indians in this area, than the Heard Museums – the original, at 2301 N. Central in Phoenix, or the extension at 32633 N. Scottsdale Road. www.heard.org
There’s also the:
* Phoenix Art Museum, www.phxart.org,
*Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMOCA), www.smoca.org,
* Musical Instrument Museum, www.mim.org,
* Arizona Museum for Youth, www.arizonamuseumforyouth.com
* Children’s Museum of Phoenix, www.childrensmuseumof phoenix.org
Every major resort in this valley has some drop-dead, beyond-belief luxurious spa. Even if you aren’t staying at the resort, you can certainly use the spa. Some offer day passes and others offer extra time in the facility with a treatment.
I can tell you a day spent at the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess spa is so pleasant – for both men and women – it could snow outside and you wouldn’t care!
|The waterfall therapy spa pool is sheltered but outside at Scottsdale's Fairmont Princess|
So popular are the area spas, that Scottsdale Tourism offers a down-loadable spa guide at: http://www.experiencescottsdale.com/spas/
Explore Old Town Scottsdale
|Western art lines Old Town Scottsdale|
Okay, if its raining you’ll need an umbrella and coat to dash between the galleries, cafes and souvenir shops that line the streets of the old city. But the area is compact. Pick up a walking map and then don’t miss my favorites, the 1933 adobe Mission Church and the olive trees along the route – they were planted back in 1896. Another favorite -- and a good place to take shelter and spend some time browsing (and buying) books -- is The Poisoned Pen Bookshop, right in the heart of Old Town.
So, which of those ‘inside tips’ did we pursue? None! We spent the morning working out in the resort gym and in the afternoon lit the fireplace, grabbed our books and leisurely did absolutely nothing – another nice option when you travel!
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