For 30 years, the Celebration of Fine Art has taken place in the heart of Scottsdale, drawing crowds of 50,000 to connect with 100 artists in their working studios. Art lovers from around the globe flock to the show, taking advantage of the opportunity to explore the desert like a local. After all, with sunny skies, cool breezes and a lush desert landscape, it’s hard to imagine a more desirable place to visit than Arizona in January.
Whether it’s your first visit to the show or your tenth, here’s a list of our favorite places to set down your suitcase before your adventures begin.
Why Celebration of Fine Art visitors like it: This hotel has been made legendary for its spectacular Christmas celebration (which sadly ends just a couple of weeks before the Celebration of Fine Art begins). A plus, however, is it’s just a stone’s throw away from the Celebration of Fine Art. It also offers a pristine, tranquil desert landscape, wonderful dining options, fun events, and one of the most recognized golf courses in the Southwest. Truly a rejuvenating getaway if that’s what you’re looking for.
Why Celebration of Fine Art visitors like it: This resort is great for families as it offers a wide array of amenities and activities for parents and kids. Just a 10-minute drive from the Celebration of Fine Art’s big white tents, you’re also surrounded by several other area attractions such as Musical Instruments Museum, which displays more than 6,500 instruments from around the world.
Why Celebration of Fine Art visitors like it: An ideal resort for the golfer and the shopper (and art lover of course!). The Westin Kierland is surrounded by another popular golf course, as well as Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Quarter ––two shopping districts rife with great dining and an eclectic mix of shops. To boot, it’s just a 10-minute drive from the Celebration of Fine Art. Back at the hotel, Agave – The Arizona Spa, is quite special, featuring traditional practices passed from the Southwest’s native cultures.
Why Celebration of Fine Art visitors like it: Originally built in the 1950’s, for many years the property was in disarray and forgotten about. Artists and visitors who are drawn to architecture will appreciate that the hotel has been completely rebuilt in a new modern style. It’s farther from the Celebration of Fine Art – 20 minutes away – but certainly worth the trek to experience this piece of history in Scottsdale’s backyard. Plus, you’ll have an amazing view of Camelback Mountain.
Will this be your first visit to the Celebration of Fine Art and Scottsdale? If you’ve visited before, where did you stay? We’d love to see your recommendations below.