Old Town Scottsdale offers many one-of-a-kinds sights, sounds and tastes that are well worth taking the time to experience. To help you find the most fascinating things to do in the area, our friendly staff at the Sanctuary has compiled this list of our ten favorites:
1) The Little Red Schoolhouse
What was once a little red schoolhouse is now home to the Scottsdale Historical Museum. Built in 1909 at a then-astronomical cost of $4,500, the school had two classrooms and a lower level that was used as a church and community center. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it’s definitely worth a visit.
2) The Sugar Bowl
The Sugar Bowl is a perennial favorite. Constructed in 1950, the building served as a general store offering both retail and automotive services until 1958, when it became the Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Parlor. Still owned by the original family, the store serves up family-style food and delicious ice cream.
3) Cavalliere’s Blacksmith Shop
Originally banished to the edge of town, George Cavalliere’s blacksmith shop soon found itself just one of many businesses in the fast-growing town. Owned and operated by the same family since 1910, the shop offers both traditional blacksmithing and ornamental wrought iron pieces.
4) The Doors
Stand within a kaleidoscope as you walk inside this monumental work of art designed by Donald Lipski from three separate 28-foot mirrored panels. It’s easy to find and well worth a visit on the Scottsdale Waterfront.
5) The Rusty Spur Saloon
Home to the Farmer’s State Bank of Scottsdale from 1921 until the Great Depression, the Rusty Spur Saloon is both a historical landmark and a great place to take a break. The original bank vault now holds liquor instead of money, which some may say make it even more fun to stop by.
6) The Soleri Bridge
Designed by the Italian architect Paolo Soleri, the bridge and plaza house the largest collection of his world-renowned wind bells. Created to showcase solar movement, the bridge uses two steel-clad, 64-foot-high pylons to create a shining shaft of light.
7) Knight Rise
Visit the Scottsville Museum of Contemporary Art simply to experience “Knight Rise” by James Turrell. This unique creation frames the sky in pure color, showcasing the ever-changing light. You can even skip the museum – and the fee – and stop by Knight Rise for free.
8) Mexican Imports Shop
The Mexican Imports Shop occupies a building dating back to 1923, when it was Johnny Rose’s Pool Hall and doubled as a silent movie theater. The original white-glazed bricks have never been painted or replaced, despite the fact that the building changed in 1929 to a grocery store before becoming the current establishment during the 1950s.
9) Saba’s Western Wear
Originally opened in 1921 as the Sterling Drug Store when there were only three businesses downtown, this historic building was passed to the Saba family in 1948. Originally Saba’s Department Store, the shop is a local institution that honors Scottsdale’s rich heritage.
10) The Pink Pony
The Pink Pony restaurant is best known as a place for fans and players to gather during Major League Baseball spring training. Established in Scottsdale in 1947, today the Pink Pony serves up lunch and dinner as well as live entertainment.
Whether you in town for a relaxing spa vacation, our world-famous golf courses or an eco-adventure, Sanctuary Resort and Spa offers the ideal accommodations . We’ll be happy to help you plan your stay!