Travel + Destinations - Phoenix, Arizona

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Discover | Taliesin West 12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. Scottsdale, AZ 85259

While in Arizona, I knew I could not miss Taliesin West. Designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1937, the idea for the complex grew from the seed of an experiment with a camping expedition. Wright intended for it to become a desert utopian environment as well as a teaching facility, and it now serves as both the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the School of Architecture at Taliesin.

 The lowered ceilings of the sitting room -- adjacent to the living room and originally used as a dining room -- provide a cozy respite for gatherings in the evening next to the open hearth fireplace. 

The lowered ceilings of the sitting room -- adjacent to the living room and originally used as a dining room -- provide a cozy respite for gatherings in the evening next to the open hearth fireplace. 



Nourish | Barrio Cafe Gran Reserve 1301 W Grand Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85007

Barrio was recommended to me by a friend in Portland who is very close to Silvana Salcido Esparza, the James Beard-nominated chef and owner. I was stunned from the moment I walked in the door. Chef Silvana's white-tableclothed cafe is full of warmth and charm, and the meal was the best representation of Mexican food I've experienced, with heightened flavors that left me fairly speechless. I dearly wish that she would open a restaurant here in the NW.

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Tilt Gallery | 7077 E Main St #14, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

A visit to Scottsdale's Tilt Gallery was an imperative, as my friend Casebeer has exhibited her art in this space for many years. I was thrilled to see the collection that they have, and once again inspired by how talented she is.

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