Things to Do in Scottsdale: Explore the Scottsdale Waterfront

Dining Shopping Scottsdale WaterfrontIt seems like Spring!  At last, after an unusual bout of cold, wet weather recently in Scottsdale, the sun finally came out.  I had a meeting in Old Town Scottsdale and had the good luck to have an hour or so of free time between appointments.  I took the opportunity to spend some time at the Scottsdale Waterfront as I love this particular area.  The  bridge spanning the waterway between Old Town and the Scottsdale Fashion mall was built for pedestrians and bikes and allows one to stroll along this stretch of shops and restaurants, or sit down on one of the many benches and enjoy the sights.

Above is a photo taken from the Old Town Scottsdale side of the beautiful red metal bridge – in the distance you can see the tower above Olive and Ivy (the small red umbrellas in the background), a corner of the bridge and to the right is the Scottsdale Waterfront Residences, a luxury condominium cThe Herb Box Downtown Scottsdale AZomplex offering concierge and doorman services to its owners and guests.

My primary goal today was The Herb Box.  I frequently have lunch at their location in DC Ranch in North Scottsdale, but was thrilled to have the chance to have lunch in such a beautiful setting.  I chose a table on the patio with its draped canopy used for shade on the warmer days.  And, I couldn’t resist sharing a photo of one of the house specialties, a chicken wrap sandwich with sweet potato chips and iced tea  – a perfect lunch on this beautiful day.

After lunch I spent a few minutes walking around the area.  I took a photo of the water feature oThe Herb Box Downtown Scottsdale AZn the plaza with the architecturally designed bridge in the background.  Don’t mind the yellowed grass in the forefront, this is part of living in the desert where the lawns have to go through a “reseeding” process each year. It will be lush and green in another week or two.

Scottsdale Waterfront Water FeatureScottsdale has put a lot of thought and work into developing this part of town so that residents and visitors can leave their cars and stroll through the art galleries and specialty stores in Old Town, and then walk over the bridge to the wonderful shopping at Scottsdale Fashion Square.  This area is filled with interesting and well known restaurants that offer lunch, tapas and evening happy hours and dinners.

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