Note: We have been set­tled in LA for about a week now. Blame inter­mit­tent inter­net access and a loco hous­ing search for the time in between posts. Here’s the thrilling con­clu­sion of our trip.

The Hotel Val­ley Ho was our home for our night in Scotts­dale. I love any old hotel that’s been revamped, but the Val­ley Ho’s redo is amaz­ing. First, the rooms: they are huge, they are dog friendly and they have bath­tubs. Also, there are giant tiki statues.

There are Red Flower toi­letries, which smell amaz­ing. Of course I didn’t take pho­tos of our room because within min­utes of check­ing in it was cov­ered in an array of our crap, but it was a nice mix of relax­ing and retro. Just look­ing at the logo makes me happy.

The his­tory of the Val­ley Ho is a save-the-landmark story with a happy end­ing. Yay! Hol­ly­wood moment: Natalie Wood and Robert Wag­ner had their wed­ding recep­tion there. Can I bring back the lace head covering?

Photo of Robert Wagner and Natalie Wood

Harry enjoyed loung­ing in our out­door area.

Harry at the Valley Ho

We had to alter­nate using the pool because it’s a non-dog zone. Kind of a bum­mer for Harry. When I got in the hot tub, a nice man brought me a glass of ice water. Unsur­pris­ingly, I did not want to leave. After a very mel­low morn­ing we got back in the car for the dri­ving home stretch.

And now, we live in Los Ange­les! I’m still sort of in shock.