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Destination Arizona:
A Surefire Cure for the Winter Blues

Feeling a little blue this winter? Then make like a snowbird and head to Arizona, where you can shake off Old Man Winter in style at the Four Seasons Scottsdale. Located on 40 acres of desert just outside Phoenix, this luxury resort is just what the doctor ordered.


The Four Seasons Scottsdale is the perfect place to beat the wintertime blues.
Photo by Charles Pannell

Built in 1999, the resort features 10 accessible guest rooms, all with roll-in showers. Access is excellent throughout the low-rise complex, with paved level pathways and golf cart transportation to and from the lobby. And in true Four Seasons style, you’ll never want for anything.

For a little shopping or gallery hopping, head on over to Old Town Scottsdale. This pedestrian friendly area features wide sidewalks, accessible shops and a free lift-equipped shuttle. And don’t miss the Thursday evening Art Walks, when participating galleries showcase their creations and provide light snacks and entertainment.

Photo showing entry to Taliesin West
All of the house tours at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West are wheelchair-accessible.
Photo by Charles Pannell

If you are interested in architecture, don’t miss Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West. Originally developed as a winter camp, today this Scottsdale attraction is open to the public. Although the original structure was not built to be accessible, it was made accessible with the addition of portable ramps. It’s a rare opportunity for wheelchair-users to tour a Frank Lloyd Wright structure.

Photo showing entry to Taliesin West
Paolo Soleri’s studio and gallery offers a close look at some of his unique construction techniques.
Photo by Charles Pannell

Another Scottsdale site worth a visit is architect Paolo Soleri’s studio, Cosanti. Designated as an Arizona Historic Site, Cosanti offers visitors a glimpse at Soleri’s innovative sculpture and construction techniques. There is level access throughout most of site, however a few areas are too narrow or bumpy for wheelchairs. It’s a little offbeat, but definitely worth a look. Best of all, admission is free!

Over in Phoenix, be sure to visit the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park. This combination museum and archeological dig takes an in-depth look at the Hohokam Indians, who once inhabited the area. There is barrier-free access to all of the interpretive exhibits inside the museum, and a wide paved trail through the outside archeological site. There’s not a lot of shade outside, so hit this site early in the day.

Photo showing entry to Taliesin West
The beauty of the Desert Botanical Garden.
Photo by Charles Pannell

Finally, don’t miss the Desert Botanical Garden. Located on 1,450 acres near the Phoenix Zoo, it features more than 50,000 plants, a butterfly pavilion and five themed interpretive trails. Access is good throughout the complex, with most of the trails offering level access. It’s a great place to get the feel of the desert and it’s a surefire cure for those pesky winter blues.

If You Go

Four Seasons Scottsdale
(480) 515-5700
www.fourseasons.com/scottsdale

Scottsdale Art Walk
(480) 990-3939
www.ScottsdaleGalleries.com

Taliesin West
(480) 860-2700 ext. 494/495
www.franklloydwright.org

Cosanti
(480) 948-6145
www.cosanti.com

Pueblo Grande Museum
(602) 495-0901
www.pueblogrande.com

Desert Botanical Garden
(480) 941-1225
www.dbg.org