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Phoenix theValleyof the Sun MEETING PLANNER’S MECCA Downtown Scottsdale Scottsdale D OWN T OWN “Downtown Scottsdale is very cosmopolitan, very hip, very cool with a retro vibe. Most

of the restauranteurs in the valley, if they get the opportunity and they’re blessed enough to expand, well, everyone wants to come here and do something,” Dana Mule, Managing Partner of Hula’s Modern Tiki stated in a recent interview.

When you arrive in Downtown

Scottsdale, you have arrived at one of the most acclaimed and desirable tourist destinations in Arizona. Tis is where the Old West meets the New West. Described as a “desert version of Miami’s South Beach” by Te New York Times, downtown Scottsdale is the place for chef-driven restaurants, fine art galleries, unparalleled shopping and, of course, sizzling nightlife. Troughout the year, visitors can catch

a wide variety of art, fashion, culinary and music festivals in Downtown Scottsdale. With more art galleries per capita than almost any other city in the U.S. – more than 125 at last count – the galleries offer a wide variety of art, including a selection of Western art of the highest caliber. Te majority of galleries lie along Main Street and Marshall Way. Downtown Scottsdale has also hosted

the Tursday night ArtWalk for more than 30 years. Every Tursday, from 7 to 9 p.m., galleries open their doors to the public and show off the works of some of the Southwest’s most talented artists. Or,

explore Downtown Scottsdale public art, featuring more than 50 pieces, including the newly dedicated Soleri Bridge and Plaza along the waterfront just west of Scottsdale Road. Visit any of the more than 50

nightspots in the downtown area. In April 2013, Scottsdale welcomed Maya Day and Nightclub, the first high-end beach club bringing together entertainment, music and food for day and nighttime fun. The variety of venues will provide anyone with the type of experience they are looking for, from neighborhood locations to upscale environments. Shoppers in the group should visit the

specialty shops in the Fiſth Avenue area, go west and visit Old Town Scottsdale, or visit the largest indoor mall in Arizona. Scottsdale Fashion Square features more than 250 exclusive shops including Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York and Nordstrom. Tere’s Gucci, Ferragamo, Cartier and Bottega Veneta. Tere’s Jimmy Choo, Hugo Boss and Juicy Couture. Tere’s Puma, H&M and Aeropostal. Plus, Westcor

Hotel Valley Ho

offers group and leisure shopping packages including special giſts and amenities, meet- and-greet services and spouse programs. To take full advantage of downtown’s

dining, arts and shopping, book your meeting at one of the downtown properties. Hotel Valley Ho, Te Saguaro and W Scottsdale all offer meeting space and on- site restaurants. For small groups, Bespoke Inn is

Downtown Scottsdale’s newest and most charming property. New in 2013 the luxury, four-room inn offers a tailored experience for visitors seeking elegance and privacy while staying in Scottsdale’s buzzing epicenter. Host a small meeting or event in the upstairs Signature Flat that offers impressive views of the 43-foot infinity edge pool that overlooks the lush courtyard below. Virtù, Bespoke’s on-site restaurant serves brunch and dinner seven days a week. Named to Esquire Magazine’s “Best New Restaurants 2013” List, Esquire Magazine states, “Only 20 of the nation’s best restaurants make the cut.” Dining Critic, Howard Seſtel of Te Arizona Republic awarded “4.5 STARS” calling Virtù “a sparkling little gem, whose serene surroundings and polished Italian-accented fare (Osso spent his childhood summers with relatives in Italy) conspire to create a life-is-good mood.” Downtown Scottsdale’s other additions

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to its dining lineup includes EVO, which features a menu of light Italian dining, Pig & Pickle which has received much deserved praise for their innovative approach to the French-accented gastropub and Hula’s Modern Tiki which gained a loyal following at its original location in Phoenix.

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