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Dive into Design in Scottsdale


5. Oddball Day

Commune with adorable Nubian dairy goats (then taste their wares--yummy caramels) at the Simple Farm.  

Take a break from art-gazing to take in the outdoors. Start the morning with a house-ground French blend coffee ($1) and a freshly baked cinnamon bun ($5) at The Simple Farm, a three-acre farm and goat dairy thriving amid suburban mansions in northern Scottsdale, started by husband and wife Michael and Lylah Ledner. Tour the beds of burgundy okra and heirloom tomatoes and even get up close and personal with one of their sweet Nubian dairy goats. Leave with bags of Lylah’s sea salt caramels, made with the goats’ milk ($10), and other edible souvenirs, including locally made mint and lemon verbena jellies ($8). Drive 25 minutes south to the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, and stroll through the more than 4,000 species of cacti, succulents, and agave thriving amid the Sonoran desert. Stay for lunch and dig into Tepary-bean-infused hummus ($9) and the house burger with Arizona Cheddar and smoked onion jam ($16) at the sophisticated on-site farm-to-table restaurant, Gertrude’s. Head back toward northern Scottsdale to burn off the calories on the moderate four-and-a-half-mile Gateway Loop trail in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, which offers vistas of the valley floor as well as Camelback and Mummy mountains in the distance. The 30,200-acre preserve is incredibly peaceful—it’s actually possible to hear the hummingbirds and coyotes lurking in the sage and saguaros. Celebrate your stamina with a tofu green curry ($7) protein plate served over forbidden rice at Original Chop Shop Co., back near downtown, and finish the day with the Slim Squeeze pressed juice—a refreshing blend of pear, strawberry, orange, apple, kiwi, lemon, and mint, and the perfect antidote to a day in the desert sun.

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