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January 2023

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activities throughout the year. Biltmore Fashion Park, in the heart of a historic, upscale neighborhood, has gardens, fountains, dining, and oh yes, great shopping. For architecture buffs, the historic Hotel Valley Ho is considered one of the best-preserved midcentury hotels in the country. Designed by architect Edward L. Varney, the hotel opened in 1956 and soon became a Hollywood hideaway for stars that included Betty Grable, Bing Crosby, Humphrey Bogart, Janet Leigh, Tony Curtis, and Zsa Zsa Gabor, among others. Natalie Wood and Robert Wagner held their wedding reception there on December 28, 1957, and baseball players including Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams checked in during spring training. Westroc Hotels bought the hotel in 2002 and spent $80 million restoring it to its midcentury splendor, with many upgrades since then, but its original bones remain. Just ask Ace Bailey, the Valley Ho's unofficial historian, who is happy to give guests a tour. You'll feel like a Hollywood star lounging on a huge daybed by the OH Pool (one of two swimming pools on property), pampering yourself at the VH Spa, or enjoying a meal at the popular Zuzu restaurant, named after the beloved matriarch of the hotel's owners, an accomplished cook "who believed that food is better when it's shared with the people you love." In honor of the Super Bowl, Executive Chef Russell LaCasce is serving a 57-ounce "Quarterback Tomahawk Steak Plate" for four. Cap it off with a football-themed vanilla-cola "Show Stopper" milkshake on a bed of chocolate cake topped with sprinkles, meringue goal posts, candy cacti, and, of course, a chocolate football. Touchdown! 481.421.1004, experiencescottsdale.com TOP Hotel Valley Ho is considered one of the best-preserved midcentury hotels in the country MIDDLE Robert Indiana's famous LOVE sculpture is one of many public artworks on display in Old Town Scottsdale BOTTOM Hotel Valley Ho's inviting lobby exudes modern flair HOTEL VALLEY HO: PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF HOTEL VALLEY HO; LOVE: PHOTO BY HALIE SUTTON FOR EXPERIENCE SCOTTSDALE

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