Frank Lloyd Wright would have been proud of the Hotel Valley Ho in Scottsdale, Arizona. This desert town sprawling eastwards from Phoenix is where the visionary architect made his last home, Taliesin West, still one of the area’s prime cultural attractions.
Enchantment used to be synonymous with Sedona, a once small and rather spiritual little village settled by the hippies who adopted this verdant, creek and forest-studded stretch of Arizona’s red rock country in the 1960’s. The village is now a proper grown-up town replete with strip malls and shopping centres, and any residual spirituality has retreated into the mountains.
This was, dare I say it, right up there with the day I was married and the births of my two children.