4 (Somewhat) Hidden Gems in the Scottsdale Area

Andrea AkerBy Andrea Aker, Class 28
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Class 28 Blog: This is a blog series about the experience and impact of Scottsdale Leadership’s Core Program. The views expressed here represent those of class members and not those of Scottsdale Leadership.

Scottsdale Leadership serves as an incredible knowledge bank for lifelong residents and newbies alike. At some point during each class, a collective “I can’t believe I didn’t know that” is uttered from the group. History & Treasures Day was no exception. While gaining insights about popular landmarks such as the Scottsdale Waterfront and Scottsdale Airpark, we also toured these lesser-known-yet-just-as-special icons:

IMG_4838Singh Farms – Just off the 101 and Thomas, a line of unassuming trees encases an oasis of sorts from the surrounding dirt plots, pavement and traffic. A charming farm with organic fruits, veges, flora and fauna is literally steps from the highway – but seemingly in the middle of nowhere upon entering. Come on Saturdays between 9am and 1pm to meander through the gardens, sip on a freshly squeezed juice and stock up on seasonal produce. Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/singhfarms

IMG_4856Cosanti/Paolo Soleri Studios – Famed architect, artist and philosopher Paolo Soleri is known for many endeavors and art forms, including a particular style of bronze bells, which can range from about $100 to more than $150,000. You can see how these bells are created at his personal studios in Paradise Valley. Catch live demos and tour the facility where he lived and worked. Learn more: http://arcosanti.org/cosanti

IMG_0359Los Cedros – Many folks wouldn’t think of a performance horse training facility as a destination. Yet most facilities of this nature don’t double as an ancient Moroccan citadel, complete with an authentic Moroccan throne room. This venue is open to the public to peruse, or to rent for corporate events. Take a quiet stroll through the gardens or stables. You may even catch a horse swimming in a special exercise pool. (And yes, apparently horses can swim.) Learn more: http://www.loscedros.com

Cattle Track Arts Compound – Discretely located within a residential neighborhood near Miller and McDonald, this 13-acre property brings you back to a time when this region was primarily open space and dirt roads, earning its name as a pit stop for ranchers moving cattle north. Old West structures now house artist studios, a blacksmith shop, gallery and two old-fashioned letterpresses. Visit 10am to 5pm Monday through Saturday to catch artists in action. Learn more: (480) 607-3658.

What other hidden gems have you found around Scottsdale?

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4 responses to “4 (Somewhat) Hidden Gems in the Scottsdale Area

  1. Andrea Kranitz

    History and Treasures Day was one of my favorites. It is amazing to see what lies behind our manicured golf courses and resorts – it just goes to show that Scottsdale is much more than what’s on the surface!! And didn’t you always want to hear a lecture on horse breeding 🙂

  2. Tom Avery

    Although not technically in Scottsdale, the Desert Botanical Garden is a gem that sits at the edge of Phoenix and the edge of Scottsdale and Tempe. Arid land plants from throughout the world are there for education, research and just plain enjoyment. The Botanical Garden attracts visitors from throughout the world and from the Scottsdale area. The Garden is open every day.

  3. I’ve lived in Scottsdale for 8 years and never heard of these places. Awesome post. Thanks for sharing!

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