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Where to Stay, Play and Invest in Phoenix

The Worth guide to businesses, hotels, restaurants and experiences in Phoenix.

BY WORTH | Cities | Jul 12, 2019
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Phoenix, Arizona’s capital city, houses innovative businesses, Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced hotels, seasonally focused dining and attractions that highlight the city’s Southwestern culture. Here, Worth breaks down the most interesting places to visit on your next trip.

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Business

CANAL PARTNERS

This investment firm focuses on internet technology and software companies and has put early money into companies such as Allbound and Picmonic. 7134 E. Stetson Dr., Suite B-400, Scottsdale, Jim Armstrong, managing partner, 480.264.0238, canalpartners.com

CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL INNOVATION

This incubator supports technology startups through business counseling and mentoring, as well as by providing facilities and resources. 275 N. Gateway Dr., infocei@ceigateway.com, Tom Schumann, executive director, 602.286.8950, ceigateway.com

SKYSONG

This technology incubator connected to Arizona State University helps both established companies and startups grow their business and workforces by providing resources, mentorship, partnerships and workshops. 1301-1475 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 200, Scottsdale, 480.346.2140, skysong.com

Hotels

ARIZONA BILTMORE

Outside of having two 18-hole golf courses, six tennis courts and 39 acres of gardens, this historic hotel is also one of the few that can boast that Frank Lloyd Wright had a hand in designing it. 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix, 602.955.6600, arizonabiltmore.com

HOTEL VALLEY HO

Designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright in 1956, Hotel Valley Ho—a favorite of celebrities such as Bing Crosby, Natalie Wood and Marilyn Monroe—is a faithfully preserved example of midcentury modern architecture. 6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale, hello@hotelvalleyho.com, 480.376.2600, hotelvalleyho.com

SANCTUARY CAMELBACK MOUNTAIN RESORT & SPA

This 53-acre resort on Camelback Mountain features romantic casitas and suites. Elements, its restaurant headed by celebrity chef Beau MacMillan, offers one of the best sunset views in the Valley. 5700 E. McDonald Dr., Paradise Valley, Mike Surguine, general manager, 855.245.2051, sanctuaryoncamelback.com

THE CANYON SUITES AT THE PHOENICIAN

Set within the Phoenician resort, Canyon Suites offers all-suite accommodations and a more intimate atmosphere than the main property. 6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, 480.941.8200, canyonsuites.com

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Restaurants

FNB

Chef Charleen Badman, winner of the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southwest in 2019, offers a locally sourced menu at this downtown Scottsdale favorite. Equally impressive is the restaurant’s selection of Arizona wines. 7125 E. 5th Ave., Suite 31, Scottsdale, Pavle Milic, co-owner, 480.284.4777, fnbrestaurant.com

QUIESSENCE AT THE FARM

Quiessence gives a whole new meaning to farm-to-table dining, with chef Dustin Christofolo not only utilizing many of the ingredients from the farm on premises in his dishes, but also deciding what gets planted in it. The tasting menus change weekly and come in options of four, five or six courses. 6106 S. 32nd St., 602.276.0601, qatthefarm.com

SEL

Owned by chef Branden Levine—whose claim to fame is an appearance on the Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay—Sel features an upscale, contemporary American prixfixe menu with dishes like strawberry gazpacho and langoustine lasagna. 7044 E. Main St., Scottsdale, sel@selrestaurant.com, 480.949.6296, selrestaurant.com

VIRTÙ HONEST CRAFT

Located in Old Town Scottsdale, this intimate spot by chef Gio Osso serves a seasonally rotating Mediterranean menu that has earned accolades from national critics. 3701 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, 480.946.3477, virtuscottsdale.com

Experiences

DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN

More than 21,000 plants—one-third of which are native to Arizona—grow here along a maze of trails. Visitors can learn about the institution’s plant research and conservation efforts. 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy, contact@dbg.org, 480.941.1225, dbg.org

TALIESIN WEST

This is the sprawling desert home where Frank Lloyd Wright gave full expression to his organic style and established his school, which still operates on the property. 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale, 480.627.5340, franklloydwright.org

WESTERN SPIRIT: SCOTTSDALE’S MUSEUM OF THE WEST

At this remarkable space dedicated to the history, art and culture of the American West, visitors can admire works featured in rotating exhibitions. Past exhibits included artists such as Charles Bird King, Ed Mell, Georgia O’Keeffe and Allan Houser. 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, info@scottsdalemuseumwest.org, 480.686.9539, scottsdalemuseumwest.org

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