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Exploring Old Town Scottsdale

Located in the heart of beautiful downtown Scottsdale just a short drive from The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch – one of the best places to stay in Scottsdale – Old Town is the epicenter of the city's artist community. The neighborhood is extremely walkable, making it the perfect spot for an afternoon or evening stroll. Visit the shops, grab a bite at one of the many cafés or stop by in the evening for a cocktail at one of the local pubs. Whatever you choose to do while you're there, make sure to spend some time at Old Town's most popular venues.

Shop Until You Drop

Old Town is filled with one-of-a-kind boutique shops that will keep you busy all afternoon. Make a stop at the Poisoned Pen where you'll find first-edition signed copies of some of your favorite book titles, or relive your childhood at Old Town Candy and Toys. Fashion by Robert Black features red carpet couture and unique accessories. Spend some time at the Sphinx Date Ranch where you can nosh on locally grown medjool dates or shop a selection of gourmet syrups, jams, sauces, dressings and salsa. 

If malls are more your style, then the Scottsdale Fashion Square is right up your alley. In addition to stores such as Nordstrom, Burberry and Louis Vuitton, the mall offers a child play area and seven-screen movie theater. The 5th Avenue Shops of Scottsdale packs dining, shopping and entertainment into one quaint area. 

Immerse Yourself in the Arts

Old Town is the hub of Scottsdale's arts scene, and it's evident through the many galleries scattered throughout the district. The Marshall Way Arts District comes alive the first Thursday of each month with live music and gallery openings, and it's also home to the Scottsdale Artwalk, which takes place every Thursday evening. From October through May, the Artisan Markets offers handmade glass pieces, wearable art, paintings, jewelry and pottery. You'll love to spend time here, as there's usually live music and plenty of people watching to do.

Eat, Drink and Be Merry

When you're ready to eat, stop at one of the area's popular restaurants and cafes, including Cafe Monarch, the Second Story Liquor Bar, the Citizen Public House or the upscale EVO. If you're looking for fabulous nightlife, Pattie's First Avenue Lounge, 5th and Wine, AZ88 Bar & Restaurant or Old Town Tavern are the best places to be. 

Because of its enviable location, The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch really is among the best places to stay in Scottsdale. Contact us today to book your next Scottsdale escape!


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