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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Home town tourist

So many times we travel to far away places to see (things) and yet not go and see the things that other people come from far and wide to see in our home town. The best time to do this local tourist thing here in the Valley of the Sun, is the summertime. It is when tourist season dips to non existent because of our high heat and the time the prices plummet and the $350.00 and night hotel room at a resort can be as low as $99.00....so hubby and I have committed to take in a few sights each summer. .........................WARNING...these are not sights you would expect to see in the desert of Arizona...........................
Our first stop:
SRP Falls Created from the canal that runs through our valley


Then lunch at the Arcacia Farms Restaurant....... this is one of those girly places but since it was my B-day, hubby consented and said our appetizer............

CRAB AND AVOCADO TOWER
with blue lump crab, diced avocado, gazpacho salsa, diced tomatoes and micro greens
was worth the discomfort he felt among the throng of women.

We chose to spend the evening at the Firesky resort in old town Scottsdale. It is highlighted by all the water features is has......................
In the lobby area

Courtyard

Enjoyed in the early morning hours


If you haven't guessed....water is a big deal here:)

They also have some unique lighting fixtures....




hanging from the ceiling
Free wine tasting was offered from 5:00pm and 6:00 pm and then off to their wonderful restaurant, Taggia, which features Coastal Italian Cuisine. Because we booked a room for the night we were given a certificate for a free appetizer and took the servers suggestion of Burrata.......That is grilled Italian bread with Caponata (chunky salsa like stuff made with eggplant, onion, mushrooms, tomatoes and spices) and Burrata cheese (This is mozzarella cheese before it gets hard).....well, let me tell you........its was sooooooooo good!
Hope you too look at your hometown with tourist eyes sometimes.............................

7 comments:

Farmchick said...

This looks so wonderful and sounds relaxing. Love the deer light fixtures! I have never seen anything quite like them.

Mevely317 said...

Great idea!
Sooo sorry I totally spaced remembering your Big Day ... sounds like a lovely adventure!

Happy Belated ... !
Myra

Jessica said...

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Chatty Crone said...

You go to the neatest places. You wouldn't think of the desert having water and how important it is. Love the light fixtures.

Granny J said...

Very nice idea, very nice post!

JeanMac said...

Happy birthday, Monica. Looks like a lovely spot to celebrate.

Shammickite said...

I'm glad you had a wonderful time, staying at the lovely hotel and eating super tasty food. It's nice to have a few days doing something just a little bit different isn't it? I'm not sure about the lights inside the deer heads... a little bit surreal.