Tiny Scottsdale, Ariz., shines as an arts destination, and it doesnt require a fortune to appreciate the eye candy. Chic shops pepper three adjacent downtown districts. Browse Native American and cowboy artwork in Old Town, admire museum-quality pieces at haute galleries and antiques shops along Main Street, and view contemporary art and crafts on Marshall Way Tying them together is a fabulous collection of public art, including Robert Indianas iconic Love outside the cutting-edge Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and Ed Mells eye-catching Jack Knife. Beyond downtown are two architectural treasures, Frank Lloyd Wrights Taliesin West and Paolo Soleris Cosanti. In neighboring Phoenix, dont miss the Heard Museum, devoted to Native American culture; the cafe serves memorable posole with roasted pork. Afterward, retreat to the Best Western Papago Inn & Resort, a motel with family-friendly pricing built around a central courtyard lush with gardens, aviary, and pool, and adjacent to a plaza with budget-friendly restaurants. Apply any savings to an artful souvenir.
Best Western Papago Inn & Resort, 7017 East McDowell Road, 480-947-7335 or 866-806-4400, book.bestwestern.com. Room rates begin at $110-$120 through March.