|this is a permanent Christmas tree at a Scottsdale strip mall|
|compliments of the chef at Sol|
The word staycation is a combination of stay (or stay-at-home) and vacation. Wordspy.com, a popular blog, attributes the earliest use of this term as in a 2003 article in The Sun News. The word became widely used in the United States in May 2008 when the travel season began with rocketing record high gas prices preventing many people from doing expensive travel. The word has since been added to the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary in 2009.
|famous brewery restaurant chain, Gordon Biersch|
|downtown Old Scottsdale|
|the almost private pool @ Zona|
We stayed at the luxurious resort, Zona Hotel and Suites. We had a one bedroom suite complete with a full kitchen and dining area in addition to a spacious living area. The Resort features 4 heated pools and 4 hot tubs, neatly arranged with 2 casitas, each one with about 24 units, sharing each pool area. Bill and I visited the fitness center every morning followed by a dip at the hot tub. By midday, however, we were out of the Resort, shopping, dining, and sightseeing.
|my gown for a Scottish wedding|
|Bill's new golf bag|
|@ a Scottsdale shopping area|