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Exploring can come in many forms

Do you like to explore? To visit places where you have never been before? To look for hidden treasures? Exploring can come in many forms. A person could travel to a foreign country, go searching for gold, or even explore other places in your own city. For me, exploring involves shopping. Anyone who knows me can attest to that statement. I encourage you to head south and explore the valley. And let me be your tour guide.

First stop is the Biltmore located at 24th Street, between Lincoln Dr. and Camelback Rd. It is my “old stomping grounds” and where I used to live. The Biltmore area has shopping, restaurants, hiking, a beautiful resort, and more. At the Biltmore Fashion Park, you can further explore in a store called “My Sister’s Closet” for high end clothing at lower prices. It truly feels like a treasure hunt.

Second stop would be Kierland/Scottsdale Quarter located at Scottsdale Rd and Greenway Pkwy. My kids and I love to go there for lunch and shopping. It is so pretty (especially during the holidays),  features live music events to enjoy, and has some unusual shops you cannot find anywhere else. It is a fun to see what new boutiques arrive and a great place for the small kiddos to play in the fountains on those hot days.

Are you looking for more vintage finds? I have two places you can explore. One is a semi-annual event called “Junk in the Trunk”. It is located at West World in Scottsdale. Junk in the Trunk takes treasure hunting to the next level. Explore 120,000 sqft filled with vintage finds from across the country. With food trucks, live music, and shopping…you can’t go wrong.

The second place is at 7th Ave and Highland Ave. You will find Sweet Salvage and other vintage stores, all ready for you to explore.

Looking to spruce up your yard with some yard art? Cave Creek is the place to be. Peruse through the outdoor stores or stop at a restaurant for some good food. My favorite is Tonto Grill.

I hope you find some treasures on your exploration of the valley. And if you are hungry for a treat when you head back north, drive further north to Black Canyon City for a yummy slice of pie at Rock Springs Café. Your thighs may not thank me, but your stomach certainly will.

(Please note: I do not take responsibility for any credit card debts incurred during your exploration)

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