Treasure Find! Scottsdale’s Old Town


The Old Town of Scottsdale is full of character and vibrancy. Upon arriving, we were greeted by an assortment of colors, art galleries, and trendy boutiques.


The exterior of an art gallery. Can I live here?

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Treasure Find! Quirky Shops in Gatlinburg

Yay! Just the kind of window shopping I was hoping for. While taking a walk on the streets of Gatlinburg, we came across The Village, a well known collection of quirky boutiques, eateries, and galleries – specialty shops focused solely on socks, spices, olive oil, ceramic pots, and many other interesting topics.

The shopping arena has a feel that reminds me of those charming European villages hidden in history.

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Ghost Towns in the Smokies

My favorite part of our hiking adventures was stumbling upon this neighborhood of abandoned houses, simply rotting into the forestry like some kind of ode to dystopian architecture.

This location is apparently known as the Elkmont Historic District. Starting as a logging camp at the end of the 1800’s, it developed into a tourist resort until the 1990’s where the project was abandoned. Currently there is controversy over what to do with these remaining buildings, whether to demolish or maintain. My vote goes towards the second option, but that’s just me, someone tragically in love with decomposing houses.

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Treasure Find! Greenhouses

Living as one with the cornfields can get a bit dull at times, especially for people like me who want nothing more in life than to eat little pastries from corner convenient stores and bargain shop for cute clothes in underground subways. Around February in particular, the dreary winter was becoming just a little too mundane in little old Upland. In those moments, you just long for colors, especially the deep green of spring.

My friend though, being such a wonderful human being, introduced me to our school’s on campus greenhouse. Truly a hidden treasure, it lurks in the shadows of our old science building. Its this humble sized greenhouse that smells like spring humidity and a strong flowery aroma. The perfect solution to a miserable winter day – with cold hands and wind-blown hair, I came in and left with a spirit repaired.

My cutie shoes and the reflection of the greenery hanging above me in a pool of water.

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