Another feature of our new website will be visiting areas outside of the Phoenix valley.
Arizona, with its arid climate, has many wonderful places of antiquity to visit that have been remarkably preserved.
A wonderful place to visit, and a short hop off the I-17 is Montezuma’s Castle.
From the National Park Service website:
“On December 8, 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt celebrated the passage of the Antiquities Act by declaring four sites of historic and cultural significance as our nation’s first National Monuments. Among these was Montezuma Castle, which the President identified as a place “of the greatest ethnological value and scientific interest.” Although very few original artifacts remained in the structure due to intensive looting of the site, Roosevelt’s decision assured the continued protection of one of the best preserved prehistoric cliff dwellings in North America.
Montezuma Castle National Monument quickly became a destination for America’s first car-bound tourists. In 1933, “Castle A”, a 45-50 room, pueblo ruin was excavated, uncovering a wealth of artifacts and greatly enhanced our understanding of the Sinagua people who inhabited this riparian “oasis” along Beaver Creek for over 400 years.
Early visitors to the monument were allowed access to the structure by climbing a series of ladders up the side of the limestone cliffs. However, due to extensive damage to this valuable cultural landmark, public access of the ruins was discontinued in 1951.
Now, approximately 350,000 people a year gaze through the the windows of the past during a visit to Montezuma Castle. Even 600 years after their departure, the legacy of the Sinagua people continues to inspire the imaginations of this and future generations.”
We have many places that we are dying to tell you about. The places to visit, and the vistas to see are beyond imagination.
Little did we know that a decade later we would sell our business, and move a few short miles down the street from this venerable resort. The memories of “Dive-in Movies” in the pool, fabulous restaurants, and of course 19 consecutive years worth of AAA Five-Diamond Awards make this resort a must stay place in our minds.
Rather than rely on memories of old, it is our intention to reacquaint ourselves with Fairmont’s Scottsdale Princess Resort, and report back to you with our own photographs, video, and notes of our experience.
In fact, we intend to visit as many of the great resorts in this valley as humanly possible, and report back to you where you should make your stay when you visit the Valley of the Sun.
It will be our mission to not merely acquaint you with various resorts, but to share with you our experiences of actually staying in them as a guest.
A regular feature on this blog will be sharing our culinary experiences with you. I am a great lover of exploration, and my senses are certainly a part of that adventure.
Be it sights, sounds, tastes, smells, or even perhaps the occasional touch, we intend to share it with you.
Certainly a big part of any travel/adventure website is going to be “where to eat”, and we are going to help you address that very important question.
As I was contemplating our local cuisine, the first place that popped into my mind was Eddie Matney’s Eddie’s House in Scottsdale, Arizona.
We happened upon Eddie’s House during a recent Yelp Eats event in our community, and for $29 I had the most delicious Pear Encrusted Salmon. As I mentioned on my Yelp account, “for heaven’s sake, run over there and get yourself some”.
Stay tuned, this will be an active channel in our website!
This 39th annual event draws massive numbers of people each year. In fact, we started our adventure in a remote parking lot where a luxury bus shuttled us to the actual event. You could tell that they had done this before. The parking/shuttle process was flawless, and surprisingly quick.
Once we entered the main gate we were dumbstruck at the size of this event. The exhibit hall was the length of six football fields, and held over 350 sponsor and vendor booths. There was every imaginable gadget, and great quantities of automotive memorabilia, artwork, clothing, watches, and gizmos all designed to tug at the purse strings of adoring automotive collector enthusiasts and wannabees.
As we approached the end of this panoply of automotive wonder, we began to smell the fumes of the classic automobiles. When we turned the corner to enter the massive auction hall we were greeted by the sound of the auctioneer busily screaming his bids, beautiful women accompanying each car with bulletin boards of vital information, and we found that our hearts quickened just a bit as we witnessed the excitement of this place.
While we stayed to watch the circus of events occurring around us, a charity auction drag racer sold for $250,000, and a 1964 Corvette Convertible went for the “hammer price” of $100,000. Evidently, in spite of a great recession going on around us, $84 million dollars has been spent so far at this “world’s greatest collector car auction”.
If you find yourself in Scottsdale, Arizona, during the month of January, I can highly recommend a day at the world famous Scottsdale Barrett Jackson Collector Car Auction. We had a great time, and look forward to next year’s 40th annual auction.
Here is a slide show with a sampling of my photographs of the event:
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