Passports with Purpose Four Seasons Scottsdale

Monday December 1, 2014 at 9:09 PM | 0 Comments

What better holiday gift than helping needy families in Honduras for as little as $10, while giving yourself the chance to spend two nights in Scottsdale, Arizona? There are so many things to see and do in Scottsdale and the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is the place to stay while in Arizona. The Scottsdale luxury property is partnering with me and Passports with Purpose to support Sustainable Harvest International in 2014.

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Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. Photo © 2014 Nancy D. Brown


With your $10 donation, you and a guest could be lounging by the pool, hiking Pinnacle Peak mountain or dining at Talavera restaurant. This travel prize is one of many offered through Passports with Purpose 2014.

Passports with Purpose is celebrating their seventh year of fund-raising for a cause. I’m pleased to say that as an active adventure travel blogger I have supported Passports with Purpose since its inception in 2008. Last year we built two schools and two adult literary programs in Mali, Africa.

Over 100 travel bloggers world-wide will participate to support Sustainable Harvest International. Together with your support, the money raised will provide tools and training to assist needy families in Honduras.

To see a list of prizes on the Passports With Purpose website check here. Each donated prize will link back to a full description of the prizes on the blogger’s website.

Your purchase of a $10 raffle ticket will help support Passports with Purpose and ultimately teach families in Honduras how to help themselves. For each $10 in donations that you make to Passports with Purpose, you will be entered to win a prize (or prizes) of your choice. The online fundraising event begins on Monday, December 1, 2014 and closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on December 17, 2014. On December 21, 2014 Passports with Purpose volunteers will notify prize winners. All proceeds go directly to Sustainable Harvest International.


Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, located conveniently near Phoenix, Arizona,  is donating a two night stay for two in a generously sized, luxurious, newly enhanced casita guestroom,  featuring full walk-in closet, gas-burning fireplace, oversized bathroom with deep-soaking tub, and a private balcony or terrace offering and Sonoran  desert and valley views, as well as dinner for two at Talavera Restaurant.  The suggested retail value of this Four Seasons Scottsdale package is $1,468. Thank you Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North  for your generous donation.

Certificate valid – Sunday – Thursday
Dinner does not include alcohol
Non-transferable and not redeemable for cash.
•May not be used towards an upgrade to a higher category room.
•Reservations are subject to availability, valid Sunday – Thursday and not valid on holidays. This offer is valid 1 year from the date of issue. Reservations may not be made more than 45 days in advance and please note that certificates will not be redeemed when the resort is forecasting high occupancy. Excludes the month of March.
•Due to the volume of contributions we make each year, the expiration date cannot be extended.
•This offer may not be used in conjunction with other special offers or promotions. Certain restrictions may apply. Original certificate must be presented at check-in (no copies).

Article written and photo by Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip

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Scottsdale, Arizona: Things to See and Do

Friday November 28, 2014 at 7:07 AM | 1 Comment

Are you visiting Scottsdale for the first time? Below is a list of “Insider Tips” for things to see and do in “The West’s Most Western Town.”

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Cowboys and cowgirls on horseback in Scottsdale, the west’s most western town.


When I have a visitor from out of town, the first place they want to see is Scottsdale Fashion Square (and rightfully so!), but I also take them to some of the boutiques, Western shops and art galleries in the surrounding downtown area – for a more local, authentic experience.

When I want to escape the crowds/tourists, my favorite place to visit is Singh Farms, a little slice of heaven and well-kept secret in Scottsdale. The farmers’ market on Saturdays during the fall, winter and spring is magical. People browse a selection of produce, pastries, fresh-baked bread and pressed juices beneath a tree-top canopy as music from an accordion player fills the air.



The best place to walk the dog is the paths along the Arizona Canal or the trails in the Indian Bend Wash.

Museums are wonderful, but if you are traveling with kids, you’ll want to visit Butterfly Wonderland, the largest butterfly pavilion in the U.S. The rainforest environment houses thousands of free flying butterflies and fragrant flowering plants.

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Egg white frittata with turkey sausage, tomato, asparagus, topped with Black Mesa goat cheese and avocado, Proof restaurant, Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North. Photo © 2014 Nancy D. Brown


Scottsdale Cuisine

If you are looking for typical Southwestern cuisine, I recommend The Mission. Chef Matt Carter whips up dishes with Latin flavor. Given our proximity to Mexico, those flavors are big here.

The best place to go for coffee & a breakfast treat is Cartel Coffee Lab in downtown Scottsdale.

Looking for cheap food in Scottsdale? Go to Brat Haus in downtown Scottsdale for artisan sausage, homemade pretzels and more than 25 craft beers on tap. Or grab a burger and milkshake at Zinburger at Scottsdale Quarter.

AZ88 is the spot for late night dining. Its full menu is served every day until 12:30 a.m., but folks can still order cocktails until 1:30 a.m. Plus, its patio offers fantastic views overlooking Scottsdale Civic Center Park.

For an expensive, yet quality meal, go to Posh Restaurant. Posh specializes in improvisational cuisine that uses modern and seasonal ingredients. When you sit down, you choose the number of courses you want and specify any dietary preferences and restrictions. Then Chef Joshua Hebert and his culinary staff create a personalized tasting menu just for you. The restaurant only seats 18 around an open kitchen, so it’s a truly unique experience where you interact with the culinary staff and fellow diners.

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Scottsdale, Arizona sunset. Photo © 2014 Nancy D. Brown


When you come to Scottsdale, get your picture taken at Robert Indiana’s LOVE statue in Scottsdale Civic Center Park or atop Camelback Mountain.

The best vantage points are taken by going to the Hotel Valley Ho’s rooftop for views of downtown Scottsdale, dining on the patio at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa for views of Camelback Mountain, or from the top of Pinnacle Peak for views of the Sonoran Desert.

Scottsdale Civic Center Park is the best place to experience American Indian culture and traditions during Native Trails, an annual event most Thursdays and Saturdays between January and April.

In Scottsdale, outdoor lovers will want to hike, bike, horseback ride and walk! The Sonoran Desert is the perfect spot for outdoor activities.

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Native plants in the Sonoran desert. Photo © 2014 Nancy D. Brown


Looking for a little exercise? Walk along the trails in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, 30,200 acres of protected land. It has more than 100 miles of trails.

After a day of hiking, try the Healing Hiker’s Massage at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. I had the “Back in the Saddle” massage and it was fabulous.

If you are a museum lover, Scottsdale’s best museums include the Musical Instrument Museum and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Soon they will also be home to the Scottsdale Museum of the West.

Looking for exciting night life? Go dancing and hear live music at Dierks Bentley Whiskey Row or Rusty Spur Saloon.

The Arizona Republic, the Valley of the Sun’s largest daily newspaper, will keep you posted on what’s happening in Scottsdale.

In the spring you should attend Cactus League Spring Training to catch the San Francisco Giants at Scottsdale Stadium or the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields.

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Saguaro cactus stand tall in the Sonoran desert. Photo © 2014 Nancy D. Brown


Insider tip
Did you know that Scottsdale is known for equestrian events? Plan a visit to the Scottsdale Polo Championship in the fall. Come to Scottsdale for the Arabian Horse Show in the winter or plan a trip to Cowboy College. For additional insider tips follow Luxury Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown on Twitter @Nancydbrown and follow @scottsdaleAZ on Twitter.

What are your favorite things to do in Scottsdale, Arizona?

Photos and YouTube video by Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Giving Thanks for Wild Turkeys

Thursday November 27, 2014 at 7:07 AM | 0 Comments

This is not a story about my amazing trip to Turkey. In fact, I have yet to visit Turkey, but it is on my travel destination list. This is a post about giving thanks for our wild turkeys in California.

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Giving thanks for wild turkeys. Photo © 2014 Nancy D. Brown

My husband and son are hunters. Now let’s not get upset. I like Bambi just as much as the next Disney movie fan. Here in California, hunting is legal during specific seasons and my husband and son are licensed hunters and follow the California fish and game rules and regulations. All of the deer and elk meat our family consumes is hormone-free and truly organic. The same can be said of our duck, pheasant and turkey. However, I will not be serving wild turkey this Thanksgiving dinner.

Truth be told, organic turkey purchased from our local grocery store tastes much better than wild California turkey. In my opinion wild turkey is tough and not very tasty. So rest easy wild turkeys of Northern California. You are still safe in our backyard!
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Attack turkey! Photo © 2014 Nancy D. Brown


Count your blessings wild turkeys and Happy Thanksgiving!