Seniors Love Scottsdale!

Oct 27th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Winfield Scott, the founding father of Scottsdale arrived about 1888 and purchased 600 acres just outside Phoenix. It was only a “cow town” then but today the population of the city is 245,500+.

Scott’s legacy remains solid today in the “Valley of the Sun.” Imagine a city built entirely on the principles of pampering, recreation and relaxation, where sunny days, near perfect temperatures and splendid natural scenery reign supreme. It probably looks a lot like Scottsdale. With more than 200 golf courses in the area, ample spas

and wellness resorts plus cultural attractions like master architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter studio (Taliesin West) and numerous art galleries, the city is the perfect weekend antidote for life’s stresses. Poke around the many shops and galleries in town that display and sell Native American art and crafts.

Scottsdale is located centrally in the state of Arizona. Smack dab in the middle of the Sonoran Desert, with mountains ringing the city and giant saguaro cactus guarding those mountains, it has been named “Number One Resort Community in America” and “A Fabulous Place to Retire”. Scottsdale sparkles, everything is clean, manicured and landscaped… and you’ll see no billboards, which totally sets it apart from any other city you might visit! Not convinced yet?  Just ask any resident why they choose to live here. Of course, you may not want to ask this during the hot summer months, as many are back to their summer homes in northern Minnesota or Wisconsin.

Scottsdale is among the top ten cities in the US for raising a family and rated No. 1 for safety and No. 3 for recreation. That’s a good start for promoting the city. As a “snowbird” I live very close to the city and can attest that it is unlike any other city in the country. First, there are no darn tollroads. I dislike with a passion tolls. Highways 101 and 202 take care of traffic first class.

Here is one of city’s best websites for visitors. Here you will find out why it is called “the West’s Most Western Town.” What I found really cool are the hitching posts for horses outside of several businesses in the main part of Old Scottsdale. The area has some of the the finest works by Native American artisans. Baskets, rugs, Kachinas, pottery, 14-karat gold jewelry, sterling silver works of art and Navaho turquoise jewelry. Native residents are seen wearing lots of turquoise and you will enjoy taking home a wearable souvenir. Gilbert Ortega Indian Jewelry and Gallery is one of the best known and is loaded with fine wares.

Things to do in Scottsdale will entice you a bit. It is fun just to wander around in Old Scottsdale.  Be forewarned that you might consider skipping the hot summer months. With a population of over 200,000 and more than 300 days of sunshine each year, Scottsdale continues to grow its population as well as its tourism. More than 7 million people visit Scottsdale each year. You may wonder, what do they do there besides lounge at exquisite resorts, and eat at fine restaurants? Well, here is a list of Scottsdale tourist attractions that you won’t want to miss.

During the summer, you will find enticing seasonal rates and value-added offers at many award-winning resorts and spas. Packages include everything from complimentary spa treatments and resort dining credits to adventure camps for kids. So whether you’re planning a romantic getaway for two or a vacation experience for the whole family, you’ll find just what you’re looking for in Scottsdale. Scorching triple-digit weather means triple-digit savings in the neighborhood of $200 to $1,000 a night at some Valley resorts. Stay at resorts during the off-season, June through September, and experience how celebrities, presidents and the wealthy live – without spending what they spend.

If you’re thinking about visiting Scottsdale, be sure to check out Phoenix also.  There are many upscale resorts scattered throughout Phoenix. My wife and I enjoy taking my elderly father-in-law and mother-in-law out for lunch to resorts just to enjoy the atmosphere, the ambiance, the environment, the great food and superior service. AAA rates the top resorts. Among our favorites are the Phoenician, The Royal Palms, the Camelback Inn and Lons at the Hermosa Inn Resort. Needless to say, there are dozen of others and all are of high quality.

So choose a cheap flight, land at Sky Harbor Airport and enjoy the desert and the hospitality. jeb



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