Let local legend Ace Bailey show you the hidden gems of art and culture in the Valley of the Sun.
2nd Saturdays Free LocalMotion
Scottsdale Trolley Tours
Downtown Cultural Trolley Tours
Ultimate Art & Cultural Tours conducts LocalMotion Trolley Tours in downtown Scottsdale on the second Saturday of every month.
Attendees meet at the Old Adobe Mission where they are treated to a talk on the history of the mission by a mission docent before they board the trolley. They board the trolley and are provided with a 1 hour guided driving tour of the Arts District, Hotel Valley Ho, and introduced to SouthBridge and the Waterfront areas. The tour concludes at approximately 12:00 p.m. Reservations are necessary as seating is limited. Reservations and information on exact dates can be made by calling (480) 634-6850
Historic Old Adobe Mission
The historic Old Adobe Mission is opening its doors for trolley tour participants to gather prior to the start of the trolley tours of downtown Scottsdale.
Built in 1933 by volunteer crews of parishioners, primarily from the Hispanic community, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Old Adobe Mission served as “a symbol of community togetherness, pride and hard work”. Restoration of the mission began in 2005. The 75th anniversary was celebrated on October 14th, 2008.
MAGICAL HISTORY TOUR
Hotel Valley Ho Tours
Design Elements Discussed
Star Sightings Revealed
Hotel Valley Ho, one of the best-known mid-century modern hotels in the country, offers an architectural walking tour of the buildings and grounds. Started in October of 2007, the tour explores the classic design elements of the hotel while sharing the history and legends associated with its famous Hollywood guests.
Led by experts from Scottsdale’s Ultimate Art & Cultural Tours, the tour gives a historical perspective to the mid-century modern design of the hotel, which first opened in 1956. The project architect, Edward L. Varney, incorporated intelligent, minimalist design with modern and Southwestern-style details in creating this Arizona landmark.
Hotel Valley Ho was originally a hideaway for Hollywood stars visiting Arizona, including Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Janet Leigh, and Tony Curtis. The hotel was also the location for Robert Wagner and Natalie Woods’ 1957 wedding reception.
Hotel Valley Ho was saved from the wrecking ball in 2003. It re-opened in 2005 after an $80 million rehabilitation, which included the addition of VH Spa, Café ZuZu, Trader Vic’s, the OH Pool, and the artful seven-story tower. It now stands as a true landmark in downtown Scottsdale.
Those interested in learning more about the hotel can enjoy the architectural walking tour. The 90-minute walk is available on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m., or at other times, by special appointment. Reservations are required. The tour costs $19.56 per person (the year the hotel opened), and discounts at Trader Vic’s, Café ZuZu, or VH Spa are included. For more information or for reservations, please call or email Ace Bailey, Ultimate Art & Cultural Tours, firstname.lastname@example.org 602.826.3155 or the Hotel Valley Ho concierge at 480.248.2000.