August or early September is the perfect time of year to vacation the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. No crowds…got right into tours. Of course, it was ridiculously hot! The hot tub at the hotel was even cooler than the air temperature and the pool felt downright cold. We had to wonder why we were the only ones in the pool in the afternoon’s blazing sun. Hmmm…OK, so maybe not the best time of year to enjoy the great outdoors in Arizona, but we did see some breathtaking views and saw a plethora of things that said I would come back…just perhaps the winter would be better.
If you don’t know by now, I love experiencing cultures and how people live. Experiencing the past leads us to understand what brought folks to live how they do today. Architecture is one way I notice how times have changed. Victorian times split houses into compartments or separate rooms. Today, many prefer an open floor plan based on entertaining and how people use the space in their homes. Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the first people to design an open floor plan as we know it today.
Frank Lloyd Wright was a architect before his time. We can see that in his architecture all over the country. Taliesin West in Scottsdale, AZ is different. It was a winter home, studio and is still an architecture school / museum. As quoted from franklloydwright.org, “Taliesin West’s monumental masonry feels as much an ancient ruin unearthed from the Sonoran desert, as the twentieth-century icon of modern architecture that it has become.” The grounds are breathtaking with views strategically placed out of every window. The home has many quirky features to discover (like the window with a hole to the outside).
Check FLW Taliesin West for ticket times and hours. Check it out!
After a long super hot day at Taliesin, we got a fun recommendation for dinner. Since 1957, a casual place called Pinnacle Peak Patio. If you wear a necktie to this place, they will take a pair of scissors and cut it off! To top it all off … they will hang your cut off necktie from the ceiling! You really need to experience this place. Feels like the old west with fabulous cowboy style food! See times and a menu here: Pinnacle Peak
Today’s and tomorrows posts are just going to scratch the surface of the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. So much more to see and we plan to go back with the RV in the winter. Can’t wait to see more of the Sonoran desert and the lure of Sedona.