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Experience Scottsdale, AZ

Seasoned with Sunshine, Art and Outdoor Living

Scottsdale is a year-round, world-class resort destination located in the beautiful Sonoran desert, just outside of Phoenix. The area is brimming with attractions and recreational activities – and plenty of sunshine to enjoy them in. It’s the sixth largest city in the U.S., has over 200 area golf courses, and is within driving distance of lakes, skiing, hiking and mountain climbing. From Scottsdale, it’s a scenic, four-hour drive to the Grand Canyon, and the Red Rock Country of Sedona is on the way, just two hours away. Scottsdale is renowned across the country for its diverse and vibrant art community. Old Town is packed with vibrant clubs, art galleries, and western-themed shops, and the downtown district has been compared to Miami’s South Beach by The New York Times because of its exciting late-night party scene.(1) The area boasts some of the country’s top restaurant names, offering dishes to satisfy every gastronomic inclination – including Southwestern, Thai, and Italian cuisine plus western steaks and seafood. In addition to being a top golf destination, Scottsdale has also been called one of America’s top 25 Arts destinations by American Style Magazine, and Sunset magazine deemed it one of the West’s best places to live.(2)

  1. http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E06E3D9143BF932A35755C0A96E9C8B63&pagewanted=2
  2. http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/News/08-05-2011-news

Learn More About Scottsdale

Find out more about this city's attractions and notable chefs by clicking on any of the options listed below.

Unique Attractions

  • Old Town Scottsdale
  • Scottsdale Arts Festival
  • Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Barrett Jackson Antique Auto Auctions
  • Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show
  • Many Phoenix Cultural Events

Social & Culinary Attraction

  • The American Culinary Federation
  • La Chaîne des Rôtisseurs
  • Phoenix and Scottsdale Farmers Markets
  • Wineries (over 45 licensed and bonded Arizona wineries within a day’s drive)
  • Fiesta Bowl
  • P.F. Chang’s Rock n’ roll Arizona Marathon
  • Ostrich Festival
  • Parada del Sol Parade and rodeo
  • Safeway LGPA Tournament
  • Tempe Music Festival
  • West of Western Culinary Festival>
  • McDowell Mountain Music Festival
  • NASCAR Subway Fresh 500
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at the International Raceway
  • Arizona State Fair
  • Insight Bowl
  • Phoneix Cooks
  • Scottsdale Culinary Festival
  • Taste of Glendale
  • Taste of Chandler
  • Share our Strength
  • Cupcake Love-in at the Valley Ho
  • Taco Festival
  • Arizona Barbecue Festival
  • Arizona Wine Festival at the Farm

Scottsdale Area Chefs

  • Kevin Binkley (Binkley’s and Bink’s Café – James Beard Award nominee for Best Southwest Regional chef; 
    Le Cordon Bleu graduate)
  • Sivana Salcido Esparza (Barrios Café – James Beard Award nominee for Best Southwest Regional chef; 
    Le Cordon Bleu graduate)
  • Matt Carter (Mission and Zinc Bistro; Le Cordon Bleu graduate)
  • Beau Mac Millan (Elements at the Sanctuary; Winner of Food Network “Iron Chef America”; Host of “Worst Cooks in America”)
  • Lee Hillson (T. Cook’s at the Royal Palms; Food Network “Iron Chef America”)
  • Salvador Garcia (Member of Winning Ollie Cake team on Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars” August 2011:
    Le Cordon Bleu graduate)
  • And Much More!


Average Temperatures

  • January 44° – 67°
  • July 81° – 105°


  • West's Most Western Town


  • Scottsdale
  • Phoenix
  • Tempe
  • And More


  • Valley Metro Bus
  • Scottsdale Trolley


  • Cardinals (NFL)
  • Coyotes (NHL)
  • Diamondbacks (MLB)
  • Suns (NBA Basketball)
  • Arizona State University (Sun Devils)
  • Greater Phoenix Open (PGA)
  • Cactus League (Spring Training for 15 MLB teams)

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