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Prickly Pear Inn – Cave Creek, Arizona

In the days of old, hotels were as much a part of the landscape as outlaws and dusty trails. Built alongside stagecoach stops and train depots, they offered a respite from the dust and heat, along with a clean bath and a soft bed.

Up in the Air

This year marks the ninth of ballooning fun in Cave Creek as the Cave Creek Balloon Festival launches Saturday, May 26 during Memorial Day weekend. Join the celebration at the driving range of the spectacularly beautiful Rancho Mañana Golf Course as brightly colored balloons light up the Sonoran sky. 

Edible Elevation of Flourish

As the signature restaurant at Copperwynd Resort in Scottsdale, Flourish reigns high over the gorgeous views of Fountain Hills with a quiet stateliness. The scenic restaurant with glass surrounds is the culinary playground for Flourish’s executive chef, Richie Sica, who incorporates several specialty menus at the restaurant.

Artful Functionality: Irvin Studio and Design

In the garage-turned-workshop off his 1920s Phoenix cottage, furniture designer Kevin Irvin makes the utilitarian beautiful, one cut at a time. Irvin’s hand-hewn cabinets, tables, benches, consoles and storage boxes are simple shapes with eye-catching design elements that elevate them from pure functionality to works of art.

Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West

Fifty-eight of the most talented Western American women artists will be luring collectors and art lovers from around the globe out Wickenburg way for seven weeks this spring. The 13th Annual “Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West” is on view at the Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg through May 13, 2018. If you have never experienced this exhibit, you are missing one of Arizona’s art treasures.

The Colors of Tradition

Long before cowboys and pioneers, Native Americans were the epitome of the spirit of the West. They first learned to cultivate crops from the dry, brittle desert floor, and it was their ways that allowed pioneers, miners and cowboys to survive in the rugged Southwest.

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