So, my husband told me in July that he was going to Phoenix at the end of August for business and I decided that I wanted to join him. He wasn't too eager for me to go because he was going to be busy for most of the trip but I didn't care, I thought it would be fun to get away for a while. I would rent a car and go to the Desert Museum in Tuscan. I had been there a number of years ago and really liked it. So, my husband used his frequent flyer miles to get me a round trip ticket (he had to use extra points to get me a ticket, which I heard about quite a few times on the trip :-).
When we arrived we didn't rent a car and had to wait for a shuttle to take us to the hotel (which was a good thing because I was told by the car rental guy that if we had rented a car at the airport, we would have to pay 50% tax on the car, 50%! But since I rented the car in town instead, the tax was only 25%).
We stayed at The Buttes which is a really beautiful hotel:
As you can see from the picture, it's built around a mountain and used the rocks from the mountain in it's design. Here is a shot from the rear:
There are two pools that connect under a bridge:
They even have an outdoor bar that they keep misted all day:
They misted the front of the hotel, as well:
Misting is pretty big in Phoenix. I even saw a Starbucks that misted.
There was a bridge to our room:
This was the view from the hotel:
Here is a beautiful sunset we saw on my last night there:
Here is a shot of one of the hotel's restaurants, Top of the Rock, it was the expensive restaurant, very expense:
This was my meal:
The tall things are mashed potatoes.
This was my favorite place to have breakfast at the hotel:
I really missed staying at the Hampton Inn because it cost me $15 to have breakfast, though it was very good. I usually had French toast and sausage.
I spent the weekend in our hotel room on the Internet (I had to pay for Internet and I was too happy about it) while Doug worked but by Monday I was ready to go and I rented a car and headed for Tuscan. I thought that there wouldn't be too much between Tuscan and Phoenix but I was wrong! There was a huge Walmart and at least two Crackle Barrels, gas stations, outlets and strip malls. And even a prison.
I love the Desert Museum because it's not too big and it's a great place to see both the local animals and the local plants. Plus I love the Hummingbird exhibit. Here are some of the shots from the Desert Museum:
After I left the Hummingbird building, I almost stepped on this:
On Tuesday, Doug and I went to Sedona:
In Sedona, I almost bought a T-shirt that had been dyed with the red dirt
Then we drove around downtown Phoenix:
On Wednesday, I went shopping in Scottsdale:
I parked my car and walked around Old Tuscan until I realized it was way too hot to walk around at 2:00 in the afternoon. I decided to grab a milkshake at Sonic and head back to the hotel and start packing for my return flight the next day.
Phoenix is a wonderful place to visit, even in the heat. It was over 100 degrees the entire time I was sightseeing but it's dry heat so it isn't so bad :-). In NJ, if it was over 100 degrees, I wouldn't be able to breath because of the humidity but in Phoenix, I could.
One great thing about going to Phoenix in August, bargains! August is their off season so I got half off all the silver jewelry I bought! So, I bought myself and early birthday present, it saves Doug from having to go shopping. Plus I spent less on the guilt buying I did for my daughters :-)