8 Recommendations for Scottsdale Visitors

Beautiful fall weather in the valley brings many visitors to Scottsdale. Whether you’re a short-term visitor, seasonal snow bird, or year-round local, we’ve put together some recommendations for local dining spots, things to do and outdoor activities.

Fourtillfour Cafe

Start your day off with a coffee from the quaint Fourtillfour café. This hidden gem, with its outdoor patio and relaxed atmosphere, not only serves great coffee but hosts monthly and weekly events featuring Porches, Adventure Mobiles and Vintage European Cars. Check out their event schedule here.

Art One Gallery

Downtown Scottsdale is known for its Historic Art District and Western Art. Art One Gallery has wide variety of works featuring young local artists. Owner Kraig Foote’s mission is to create a gallery where up-and-coming artists have a place of free expression and gain gallery experience.

Wilde Meyer Gallery

Next door to Art One is the Wilde Meyer Gallery. This gallery features more established local artists. With media including paintings, bronzes, sculpture, glass and more – this gallery’s contemporary and Western art pieces do not disappoint.

Desert Botanical Gardens

With the weather hovering in the 70s, the Desert Botanical Garden is a beautiful place to spend time outdoors. The gardens have five thematic trails highlighting Sonoran plant life. Various exhibitions are featured throughout the year. You can find the schedules here. Additionally, entrance to the garden is free every 2nd Tuesday of the month.

Farmers Market

The Farmers Market in Downtown Scottsdale is every Saturday morning from October to June. The market has locally grown and produced products, as well as cooking demonstrations and gardening tips. More information here.

Hot Air Balloon Expedition

One of the best ways to watch an Arizona sunrise is in a hot air balloon. Experience stunning views from above of landmarks such as Camelback Mountain and Lake Pleasant with nearly perfect weather conditions. Reserve a flight with Hot Air Expeditions.

Rusty Spur Saloon

Haven’t had enough of Scottsdale’s western heritage? Grab a drink at Rusty Spur. Scottsdale’s oldest bar and first ever saloon offers live country music, peanut shells underfoot & a Tex-Mex & American menu. The building is an officially registered historic landmark that used to be the Farmers’ Bank of Scottsdale. Now the money’s gone and the vault’s filled with liquor. Celebrities like Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, Vince Vaughn, and Jennifer Anniston have walked through its swinging doors to take in the Old West décor and country dancing.

Second Story

If country music isn’t your thing, unwind in Second Story’s restaurant and bar. Inspired by the Mad Men era, Second Story has a cozy setting with leather-and-wood interior, craft cocktails and an impressive list of over 250 bourbon whiskeys, scotch whiskeys, and Japanese whiskeys.

May the good eats, good drinks and good vibes abound!