Phoenix and Scottsdale Art & Culture

May 19, 2022 Vacation Rental Insider Destinations | Travelers

Every city in the world has its own unique identity and culture. When you travel, you get the unique opportunity to not just visit a place but learn and experience art and culture in a new way that you may not otherwise get to. Sure, Scottsdale and Phoenix have great weather, beautiful golf courses, amazing restaurants, and more – but that’s not all there is to enjoy while visiting. The Phoenix and Scottsdale art and culture scene is robust and should not be missed when you are visiting. Not only are there new and exciting art and cultural experiences but there are also many steeped in the tradition of indigenous people and the history of the Southwest. 

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Phoenix and Scottsdale Art & Culture

Phoenix Art Museum

Considered the largest art museum in the southwestern United States, the Phoenix Art Museum showcases an expansive collection of acclaimed art spanning from the Renaissance to the present.

Heard Museum

The Heard Museum has existed for nearly a century and is dedicated to the advancement of American Indian art. In collaboration with American Indian artists and tribal communities, Heard Museum strives to provide visitors with a distinctive perspective on the art of Native people, especially those from the Southwest.

Arizona Science Center

Arizona Science Center’s mission is to inspire, educate and engage curious minds through science. With immersive experiences, tons of fascinating permanent exhibits, and many exhibitions throughout the year, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

MIM Musical Instrument Museum

Enjoy seeing, hearing, and truly experiencing music in a unique way at the MIM. With a collection of more than 8,000 instruments from more than 200 world countries, the galleries reflect the rich diversity and history of many world cultures.

Children’s Museum of Phoenix

Explore, imagine, play, create, and learn at one of the top three children’s museums in the nation. Kids of all ages will love the exhibits and experiences that abound at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix.

Taliesen West

Taliesin West was world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home. Though it is no longer occupied as a home, it has been preserved and is a UNESCO World Heritage site and National Historic Landmark. It is open to the public for one-of-a-kind tours and experiences.

Old Town Scottsdale

Old Town Scottsdale is filled with more than great restaurants and nightlife, it is also home to a number of art galleries that showcase the art of the southwest as well as Native American art.

A Guide to Arizona Wine Country

May 12, 2022 Vacation Rental Insider Destinations | Travelers

Arizona wine country

A Guide to Arizona’s Flourishing Wine Country

There are few vacations more fun, relaxing, educational, and delicious than a visit to wine country. But you don’t have to go to Italy, France, or even Napa for an incredible wine country visit – Arizona has a burgeoning and beautiful wine country with some truly incredible experiences to be enjoyed. When planning a trip to Scottsdale, a great day trip to Arizona wine country is just a short car ride (or if you really want a luxury experience – a private helicopter ride!) away.  Need help arranging transportation or vineyard tours? When you book with HolidayRental.com, our concierge can assist you with arranging any accommodations you might need.

Scottsdale is the perfect central hub for wine country excursions because it is located in between Arizona’s two main wine country locations. A short drive (1-2 hours) north or south will transport you to two unique but beautiful wine countries with some exciting and unique wine varietals exclusive to Arizona, as well as traditional varietals that are locally produced.  There is a vineyard and wine, as well as delicious food and fascinating tours, for everyone to enjoy. 

Arizona wine country

Southern Arizona Wine Country

Arizona’s southern wine country is south of Tucson in the Sonoita, Elgin, and Willcox regions of Arizona. There are many vineyards to explore as well as tasting rooms and other unique experiences exclusive to the southern Arizona wine region. 

Sonoita Vineyard was the first commercial vineyard in Arizona. The vineyard was established in the early 80s and today they still produce unique, small-batch, hand-bottled wine and they also host many events as well as vineyard tours and wine tastings. 

Los Milics Vineyards is another notable vineyard worth a visit. Los Milics Vineyards produces delicious wine varietals that have been awarded various accolades over the years. Enjoy tastings and tours as well as various land art installations on the property.

Twisted Union Wine Co. is newer on the scene but has delicious wine tasting and you can even stay right on the property in one of their beautiful suites.

Callaghan Vineyards has been producing award-winning wine since 1990. Though they originally set out to focus on Bordeaux wine, they have since added many popular varietals and blends that even the most discerning wine critics enjoy!

Pillsbury Wine has garnered much favor among foodies, wine-lovers, and the Arizona restaurant scene with its unique and delicious wine. Their vineyard is located in Willcox but they also have a tasting room in Northern Arizona wine country.

Northern Arizona Wine Country

The Verde Valley of Arizona (about 1.5 hours north of Scottsdale) is home to many great wineries, cooler temperatures, and some gorgeous scenery.

Page Springs Cellars is one of the most well-known wineries in northern Arizona. They make great small-batch wine that you can enjoy in their tasting room or bistro and you can also take a guided tour of their beautiful vineyard and even see how the bottling process works up closes.

AZ Stronghold Vineyards is another popular Northern Arizona vineyard that you should visit if you get the chance. With a focus on representing the Arizona terrain, their wines will not disappoint!

Javelina Leap Cellars is a family-owned boutique winery that produces many great varietals as well as unique blends. Visit and tour the winery, sip and learn in the tasting room, and enjoy delicious food with your wine in the bistro!


Alcantara Vineyards is a scenic, family-owned vineyard and winery that produces over 17 different varietals. Take a tour and sip and savor in the wine tasting room or bistro for a great experience,

Phoenix & Scottsdale Restaurants with a View

May 5, 2022 Vacation Rental Insider Destinations | Travelers

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Who doesn’t love to feast on a delicious meal while enjoying a stunning view? Dining at top-rated restaurants is a great way to experience local culture and when you get the opportunity to dine at a restaurant with a scenic view – even better! Arizona has quickly become a foodie paradise with some of the country’s best restaurants right here in Scottsdale and Phoenix. There are countless restaurants to visit but some have the added incentive of dining with a great view. Looking for the best Phoenix and Scottsdale restaurants with a view? We’ve got you covered! Check out the list below and also learn more about how you can get the fine dining experience, complete with an epic view while staying at one of HolidayRental.com’s luxury vacation rental homes.

Phoenix & Scottsdale Restaurants with a View

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Farm-fresh American Cuisine with Asian accents. Seasonal menus incorporate local, organic produce and sustainable seafood.

Talavera

A traditional and modern take on Spanish classics, emphasizing prime cuts of meat from boutique purveyors. Also, a wide variety of seafood and vegetable tapas, hand-crafted paellas, and local produce from surrounding Arizona farms. 

Kai

A menu rich that features Native American culture and incorporates the essence of the Pima and Maricopa tribes and locally farmed ingredients from the Gila River Indian Community to create unforgettable culinary masterpieces.

Different Pointe of View

Breathtaking views of the Valley landscape, magnificent worldly flavors, and skilled staff create a fine dining experience like no other.

Compass Arizona Grill

Treat yourself to regionally and Southern-inspired cuisine, complemented by breathtaking 360° views of the Valley of the Sun. Experience seasonal menus that invite adventurous diners to return for the most current coupling of entrées and wines.

Experience Fine Dining with a View at a Private Vacation Rental in Scottsdale

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Many of HolidayRental.com’s luxury vacation rentals have unparalleled (and quite frankly, unbeatable) views of the valley and its beautiful features such as Camelback Mountain. If you feel like staying in while visiting Scottsdale but still want to enjoy fine dining with a great view, one of our guest coordinators would be happy to assist you in hiring a private chef that will come to your vacation rental and prepare an upscale food experience for you. You will be able to eat delicious food prepared by a chef but in the privacy of a luxury home with a stunning view all to yourself!

What to Expect from The Luxury Vacation Rental Experience

April 21, 2022 Vacation Rental Insider Destinations | Travelers

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When it comes to travel and choosing where you will stay, we know there are a lot of options. The beauty of the modern vacation rental market is that you have choices. While there may be options to choose from, not all vacation rentals are created equal. And, we are not just talking about how nice the house is, or how comfortable the beds are, or even how nice the property is (although these are certainly important too!). There is a big difference between staying at a vacation rental and having a luxury vacation rental experience.

When you opt for a luxury vacation rental experience from HolidayRental.com, you will have the trip of a lifetime – and not just because our properties are some of the most beautiful you have ever seen! We provide you with an unparalleled luxury vacation experience with outstanding concierge services and personalized service that make it easy to relax and enjoy your trip while being treated like the VIP guest that you are!

At HolidayRental.com, we believe it is important that your vacation is more than just a trip – it is a luxury experience. Our homes boast unrivaled features, amenities, and services for you to enjoy that you will not find at other vacation rentals. If you are wondering what that looks like on a practical level, we mean that everything from your booking experience, to trip preparation, to your stay, and beyond will be a 5-star luxury experience uniquely tailored to your needs. 

The Luxury Vacation Rental Experience – Planning and Booking Your Trip

When you contact us to book a vacation rental, we respond in a timely manner to answer any and all of your questions. We can help you determine which of our luxury vacation rentals will be best for your trip based on your needs and desires. We work with you to book a luxury vacation home that is the perfect fit for your trip. 

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If so desired, we will discuss your plans for your trip and if you would like to plan ahead and book any of our concierge services for your stay. You can also book our concierge services from our exclusive and vetted list of vendors throughout your stay. These services include in-home massage therapists, personal chefs, tour guides, car services, restaurant recommendations and reservations, grocery and alcohol shopping and delivery/stocking prior to your arrival or during your stay, golf course recommendations and tee time reservations, vacation photography services, private aircraft accommodations, and much more. 

What to Expect from Your Stay at a Luxury Vacation Rental – Your Stay

Now is time for the fun part – enjoying your luxury vacation rental experience. Before and upon check-in, a direct point of contact will be assigned to you for the duration of your stay. They will be able to assist you with anything you need throughout your stay. Upon arrival, you will be given a tour of the home and shown how everything operates – from turning on the TV to adjusting the thermostat to any other unique features of the home, for ease of use throughout your stay. We provide fresh linens and housekeeping services so that your private home is always clean.

If you need anything during your stay, we are simply a phone call or a text away. We take the stress out of planning and executing a vacation so that all you have to do is simply show up and ENJOY!

Check Out Our 3 Newest Luxury Vacation Rental Homes!

April 15, 2022 Vacation Rental Insider Destinations | Travelers | Vacation Rental Owners

The word vacation may seem like it has a universal definition but there are many ways to take a “vacation.” At HolidayRental.com, we believe every vacation should be EXTRAORDINARY. Our luxury vacation rental homes have been carefully selected for their stunning properties, outstanding homes, and high-end amenities that are unique to the experience luxury vacation rental home. Further, unlike hotels, we are able to provide our guests with one-of-a-kind personalized service. We focus on your needs first to help you find the perfect vacation home to not just meet your needs but give you an unparalleled and unforgettable experience. In our quest to ensure all of our guests have an extraordinary vacation, we continually search for new homes to add to our portfolio. 

Our 3 Newest Luxury Vacation Rental Homes!

We recently added 3 NEW HOMES to the HolidayRental.com portfolio and we think you will love them! Below, we take a closer look at our new properties to help you determine if one of these luxury vacation rental homes in Scottsdale is perfect for your next vacation.

Camelback Mountain Estate

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This gorgeous 7 bedroom, 6.5 bathroom luxury estate is a private paradise in one of the most desirable and exclusive neighborhoods in Scottsdale. And, with amazing amenities including private tennis and basketball courts, a full-featured game room, movie theater, home gym, gourmet kitchen, beautiful backyard, and stunning Camelback Mountain views – it is hard to imagine a more perfect place to stay on your next vacation!

Phoenician Villa

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Our Phoenician Villa property is tucked away in a quiet neighborhood making it the perfect oasis for a relaxing, sunny escape. This luxury vacation rental home has 7 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, as well as an incredible, massive crystal blue pool and vast backyard, complete with a lovely garden for you to enjoy. You’ll feel like you stepped into a magazine in the gourmet kitchen featuring fully-renovated modern appliances. 

Arcadia Oasis

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Vacation in the lap of luxury in this stunning 6 bedroom, 5 bathroom home. Our Arcadia Oasis property features an incredible backyard with a pool & spa, tennis court, and is just minutes from Old Town Scottsdale. And, you do not even have to leave the home to enjoy high-end, exclusive amenities including a full-featured game room and spacious movie theater! If you want a gorgeous home with stunning, unobstructed views of Camelback Mountain, look no further – this is your perfect desert oasis!  

Top Holiday Events and Activities in Scottsdale, Arizona

December 1, 2020 Vacation Rental Insider Destinations | Travelers

 

Though 2020 has presented many challenges, there are plenty of safe activities and events in Scottsdale, Arizona to brighten your spirits for the holidays. See our list of events below that are sure to inspire Christmas cheer this year.

 

World of Illumination

 

Invite your favorite people along to cruise into the Christmas spirit. World of Illumination is a drive-thru animated light show extravaganza that’s set to everyone’s favorite holiday tunes. It’s the perfect socially distanced activity activity for date nights, a cruise with friends, or a family outing.

 

Christmas in the Rainforest

 

Featuring an abundance of butterflies from the rainforests of Costa Rica, Africa, and Asia, Christmas in the Rainforest promises a wonderland decked in festive décor at Butterfly Wonderland. Live music by violinist Jonathan Levingston adds to the festive ambience. After experience a lively rainforest packed with beautiful winged creatures and holiday merriment, you can stop by the Butterfly Treasures gift shop for unique holiday presents for the whole family.

 

Las Noches de Las Luminarias

 

Experience the simple beauty of Las Noches de las Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Garden this season with 8,000 flickering luminarias and twinkling lights throughout the landscape. Enjoy a festive drink while listening to beautiful holiday melodies. This annual event provides a peaceful, socially distanced holiday activity that’s sure to help you feel the holiday spirit.

 

 

“Tis the Season” at the Musical Instrument Museum

 

Celebrate musical traditions from around the world with festive performances and holiday-themed activities. Following mask and social distancing guidelines, Tis the Season at MIM offers a meaningful, safe, and fun experience from December 19 – 20.

 

 

A Christmas Story at Desert Stages Theatre

 

The classic Christmas dramedy is presented onstage for all to enjoy. Jean Shepherd’s memoir of growing up in the Midwest in the 1940s follows 9-year-old Ralphie Parker in his quest to get a genuine Red Ryder BB gun under the tree for Christmas. A Christmas Story at Desert Stages will be presented with social distancing guidelines in place.

 

 

Jim Brickman “Comfort and Joy”

 

A popular piano playing powerhouse is back to perform, touching the hearts of many who have seen him perform. He has revolutionized the popularity of piano music. Enjoy heart-warming holiday music by Jim Brickman at the Musical Instrument Museum this Christmas season.

 

 

 

 

Scottsdazzle Artwalk

 

The streets come alive with beautiful lighting, decorated windows, traditional southwest luminarias and festive food. The most popular attraction is sure to be the art, as galleries display lively exhibitions and pieces that are perfect for holiday gifts. The Scottsdazzle ArtWalk is part of the Gold Palette ArtWalk Series, produced by the Scottsdale Gallery Association in conjunction with the City of Scottsdale.

 

 

Cruise Zoolights

 

For the first time in the history of the Phoenix Zoo, you can gaze at millions of sparkling lights and stunning animal sculptures from the comfort of your own care. Start your Cruise ZooLights adventure by waving at the many animals (including Jengo and Tortuga) at the Doornbos Discovery Amphitheater. Next, cruise the Outer Tropics Trail and partake of the festive scenes of Polar Paradise in the Forest of Uco. Lastly, cruise through the Africa Trail and check out the brand new Wildlife Lantern Safari, which features over 6o animals, including kangaroos, polar bears, koalas, and much more!

 

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