Absolutely Scottsdale was Absolutely Amazing

 

Sheknows Absolutely Scottsdale was Absolutely AmazingI was invited to Experience Scottsdale in November 2016 and was stunned with the absolute beauty of the art, architecture and landscape. I loved my time in this part of Arizona and cannot wait to return.

Where did I stay in Scottsdale? at The Hotel Valley Ho. I loved the charm of this iconic location and the best view of Camelback mountain for sunrise and sunset from the 8th floor rooftop.

VIDEOWhere to stay in Scottsdale? #1: At the Hotel Valley Ho

Is it worth waking up for sunrise in Scottsdale? I think so! The reward of the colors and views is spectacular.

VIDEO: Sunrise in Scottsdale? #2 

Where to eat in Scottsdale?

Dinner at Craft 64 was so fantastic that I asked to go back the next day and learn to make Mozzarella cheese with Chef Josh Ivey!

VIDEOHow do you make Mozzarella? at Craft 64 Scottsdale

I fell in love with the art galleries and architecture of Scottsdale. What name do you think of for architecture? Frank Lloyd Wright. Be sure to visit Taliesin West and Cattle Track Arts.

VIDEODiscover Amazing Art and Architecture in Stunning Scottsdale

Why was I visiting Scottsdale?

For the 2016 Travel Classics West Writers Conference. I was honored to participate in “The World’s Most Exclusive Conferences for Professional Travel Writers and Editors.” I learned so much from the morning panel discussions and the afternoon one-on-one meetings with editors were fantastic. We had many marvelous meals, excursions and explored Scottsdale with new friends.

VIDEOTCW 2016: Exclusive Conferences for Professional Travel Writers

Where to find the best dessert in the desert?  I loved my sundae in downtown Scottsdale! Thank you to Sugar Bowl Fiesta for making my childhood ice cream fantasies come TRUE! They have five different banana splits on the menu.

VIDEOBest Dessert in the Desert?  Sugar Bowl Fiesta

I wrote about Scottsdale for Travelocity Jan 2017 Lisa Niver

Thank you to Experience Scottsdale and Visit Arizona for inviting me. I was hosted by them for my visit and all opinions are my own. I enjoyed it so much I wrote about Scottsdale for Travelocity as a one of the “Best Places to Visit in the USA in 2017.”

Absolutely Scottsdale was Absolutely Amazing

Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.6 million views. After three months on TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels and YouTube Shorts, she had over 500,000 (1/2 million) views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.6 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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