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15 Of Arizona’s Most Beautiful Spots To Beat The Heat At

photo: Sarah Laos
Hey there, friends! Sarah here, TVR's resident Arizonan and Art Director. I recently ventured to my home state of Arizona for some family time, fun in the sun, but (most importantly)... Kendrick Lamar in concert. Haha! Like every true local, a reunion was much needed with some of my favorite spots and an introduction had to be made with new sites to be seen.

The rumors were true. Phoenix has some seriously cool, recently developed gathering locations that know how to beat the heat with impeccable style. This made my job easy and my body, hydrated. You heard me, at each stop I was handed or asked if a water would please me. In 110° heat, that simple gesture is everything. Keep scrolling for feels. 
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Cosanti

Paradise Valley, AZ
One of my favorite spots to explore and be inspired in Arizona is Cosanti located in Paradise Valley, AZ. This hidden oasis, surrounded by desert vegetation, was a passion project and former home to the late architect, Paolo Soleri. This creative space reminds me that no idea is too big or small. One dream could turn into a beautiful masterpiece. 

To Note: Visitors are welcome to take a self-guided walking tour, guided group tours are by reservations only & you may even be able to see bronze wind bells being poured.
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Cosanti

Paradise Valley, AZ
In 1965, Paolo Soleri and his wife Colly incorporated the Cosanti Foundation, a non-profit educational organization devoted to the support of Soleri's noted architectural and urban planning research.

​Today, the primary areas of the Foundation's work are:
• Educating students, design professionals, urban planners, and the general public about Soleri's architectural concepts and philosophy.
• Ensuring the continuing construction of Arcosanti, according to the Arcology concept. This has been the main ongoing project of the Cosanti Foundation since 1970.
• Hosting educational and cultural conferences, as well as performing arts events, on a regular basis.
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Cosanti

Paradise Valley, AZ
Cosanti truly knows how to beat the heat. No really, Paolo Soleri knew what he was getting himself into when he expanded his ranch home in true bricolage fashion. Many of the buildings on site are built below ground level and surrounded by mounds of earth to help moderate interior temperatures year round. You will also see apse (quarter spherical) structures. An apse is a passive solar energy collector running solely on how it displays itself to the ever-changing journey of the sun. 

Click here to read more about how Paolo stayed creatively resourceful while building his passion project.
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Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa

Scottsdale, AZ
We know you've heard of Andaz West Hollywood. Now, say hello to it's younger sister, Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa. Newly opened in December 2016, this oasis has it all! With mid-century modern design focuses, prime Scottsdale location and Camelback Mountain set as the backdrop to their pool, Andaz has our vote for your next getaway. 
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Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa

Scottsdale, AZ
Beat the heat with these Andaz Resort features:
• Check out their three outdoor pools
• Chill out at Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen
• Get your sip on at the Turquoise Pool Bar
• Relax at the Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary (with treatments utilizing desert botanicals)
• Explore the Textiles & Objects Boutique featuring one-of-a-kind gifts from local artisans
• Treat yourself at the Andaz Salon experience featuring local artists and entertainment
• Work it out at Andaz's state-of-the-art fitness center
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Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen

Scottsdale, AZ
Located inside Andaz (overlooking the pool nonetheless) is Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen that specializes in seasonal ingredients, small plates and shareable dishes. This fusion eatery provides a unique experience where you can view your bites being prepared through a glass box. Sign me up!
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FOUND:RE Phoenix

Phoenix, AZ
The FOUND:RE Phoenix is truly an event in itself. When you walk in, you're greeted by non-other than a reclining, nude Burt Reynolds (painted by Phoenix artist, Randy Slack) encouraging guests to take a load off and party on. Let loose and explore the many features this hotel has to offer inside their air conditioned, highly curated art gallery, restaurant, bar, design-driven suites and outdoor pool. 
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FOUND:RE Phoenix

Phoenix, AZ
"When you arrive at FOUND:RE Phoenix you'll find an art–filled, luxurious–yet–approachable, boutique downtown Phoenix hotel where the goal is to fill you with delight and wonder. You’ll be surrounded by amazing art of all kinds, created by local Phoenix artists. It’s like staying in an ever-changing art gallery, right in downtown." - FOUND:RE Phoenix
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MATCH Restaurant & Cocktails

Phoenix, AZ
Take a load off at FOUND:RE's MATCH Restaurant & Cocktails. This art-centric eatery specializes in shared plates inspired and sourced from local farms and family businesses. All summer long (ends Labor Day), they are running daily food and drink specials for under $5!

"The extraordinary food is complemented by a rich collection of local beers and wines, creative cocktails and a vibe that unites guests and locals alike." - MATCH Restaurant & Cocktails
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Artizen, Crafted American Kitchen & Bar

Phoenix, AZ
Welcome to Artizen, Crafted American Kitchen & Bar, where everything is done with style and the service = FLAWLESS. 
Tip: Make your reservations now! Chef Dushyant Singh and his artful creations were named 2016's “Best Upcoming Chef” by the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame and there are rarely empty seats in the house.
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The Camby, Autograph Collection

Phoenix, AZ
The last time I was in this building it was the Ritz-Carlton and I was sipping tea in their tea room. Seriously, this hotel has seen it all. Well, I guess you can say these chandeliers have seen it all. The Camby (named after Camelback Mountain) made a point to keep every chandelier left by the former Ritz and we are so glad they did. 
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The Camby, Autograph Collection

Phoenix, AZ
The Camby's rooftop pool is not only perfect for you but the kids too! Enjoy an ice cold drink while your little one's splash around, play ping pong and other games underneath a covered area safe from the sun. I highly recommend trying a some of the Arizona local brews that they have on tap such as Four Peaks Sunbru or my personal favorite, Papago Orange Blossom. 
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The Clarendon Hotel

Phoenix, AZ
The most colorful pool in the valley is located in the middle of Downtown Phoenix at the ever trendy, Clarendon Hotel. Inspired by a colorful palette and modern design this hotel strives to inspire and impress with local art installs, local DJ's poolside, sunset bingo and if that wasn't enough, The Sky Deck Bar is open Daily 4pm – 10pm, with live jazz Thursday and Fridays! Date night?
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The Clarendon Hotel

Phoenix, AZ
The popular Café Tranquilo known best for it's Taco Tuesday Happy Hour ($2 tacos) is open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. After lunch, enjoy a cocktail in one of their many cabanas aside one of the largest Water Walls in the world!
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The Clarendon Hotel

Phoenix, AZ
Are you lap swimmer? This pool is perfect for your morning or night laps (or a casual dance party) with their underwater speakers - genius! They really thought of everything!

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