I recently spent three wonderful, warm days in Scottsdale, Arizona for a mother/sisters getaway.  This was our second year planning one of these special trips and we already have Palm Springs on the calendar for next March.  My mother lives in the Midwest, so by the time March arrives, she is really craving some sunshine and warmth.  We soak up the sun by the pool, do some shopping, plan nice dinners, and always make time for cocktails. 😉  If you have never planned a getaway with your mom and sister/sisters I highly recommend it.  It doesn’t have to be far, it can be something as simple as a local getaway.

 I have stayed at a variety of different places in Scottsdale over the years with friends and family, but this year we all decided we wanted to stay at the Phoenician.


This is just one of the many pools at The Phoenician.



We really enjoyed the Phoenician, but I must say, it is in need of an overhaul.  The pool areas are very nice and the rooms are very large and comfortable, but the rooms and the entire resort need to be modernized and freshened up.  Looking worn and a bit tired.  The over the top lobby and fountain in the front felt very 90’s to me.  From what I understand, they are starting a large scale remodel this June, which will go on for at least a year.  I look forward to heading back in a few years to check out the changes.

 I do love how this hotel blends in so beautifully with its natural surroundings.


If you are feeling energetic you may want to hike the very popular Camelback Mountain, which is walking distance from the Phoenician Resort.  This trailhead is the best one to start from.  Start early in the morning as it gets very warm very quickly!




Yours truly, barely smiling on the way down.


After two nights at The Phoenician, we headed 30 minutes away to North Scottsdale where we really enjoyed the rugged desert landscape of this part of Scottsdale.


If you don’t want to hike Camelback Mountain, head over to North Scottsdale and hike Pinnacle Peak, which is seen here in the background.  Much more low key, but still beautiful and challenging.


Always in awe of the stunning Arizona landscape.




We stayed at The Rocks Club, next door to the Four Seasons, where we popped in for sunset cocktails before dinner.  They were setting up for an evening wedding so our timing was good.



I love the beautiful southwest interior of this hotel.  How pretty are these upholstered seating areas and pillows?

A very welcoming and charming hotel without being over the top.


It was a fun 3 day weekend spent soaking up some wonderful Arizona sun.

Here are a few restaurants we enjoyed while dining in Scottsdale:

The Mission in Old Town Scottsdale….love their fresh guacamole, empanadas, and carnitas!

In North Scottsdale we really enjoyed the great service and delicious pasta at Spiga Cucina. Lively bar area and nice outdoor seating area.

Side note: Sedona is easy to get to from North Scottsdale making it an easy day trip, but I think it deserves more than a day because there is so much beauty to see in Sedona.  Feeling really energetic, you could drive all the way to the Grand Canyon, which is definitely worth a few days.

What are your favorite things to do and see in Arizona?

Thanks for stopping by!  I’ll be back next week with more fashion and travel inspiration. xo






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11 comments on “Scottsdale

  1. Hi April,
    What a super fun tradition you have for mom/sisters– love that! It looks like you had an amazing getaway to Scottsdale. The natural beauty is stunning there, isn’t it?
    Loved your denim picks by the way!
    xx, Heather

    • Hi Heather! Yes, it is becoming a very nice tradition that we all look forward to every year! Love the warm Arizona weather! Glad you enjoyed the post. xo

    • Thanks, Monica! I appreciate your kind words and glad you enjoyed the post. 🙂 It is a beautiful place for sure! xo

  2. Hi Miss B! Thanks for the Scottsdale report. I have only been there once when an old friend and I did the Womens half marathon in Scottsdale – it was fun to see the natural beauty by foot. Will look up this post if we ever get back to that area. Sedona is on my bucket list!

    • Hi Bita, You are right…. what a great way to see the city! Hopefully it wasn’t too hot when you ran the race. You would love Sedona….it’s stunning! xo

  3. Your pictures are stunning! I loved reading about your stay in Scottsdale. I have been there a few times and remember it being so beautiful. We stayed at the Scottsdale Princess which I think was close to the Phoenician and I also visited one time back in the early 90s because I had a friend who attended Arizona state. Such nice memories. Thanks for sharing and thank you for linking up to my Spring Break Link Party!

    • Hi Shelley, Thank you for your kind words! Such a beautiful place for sure…..I hope you get back there again soon. Great place for a family vacation!

  4. Great pictures. I love the desert!!

    Thank you, Judy! I appreciate the kind words. xo I love the desert until about 90 degrees and then it scares me off a bit.

  5. April, Great post! I’ve been meaning to read this. The Phoenician looks cool. I would love to stay closer to the mountains next time we go. That view from The Four Season’s with the mountains in the background is amazing! So I think we hiked the other trail at Camelback. It was TOUGH. I have also done McDowell Sonoran Preserve and loved that. Very pretty and cool cactus. I wish we had time to get to Sedona. That is on my list along with Miraval. I just had a friend go and wow. You are so lucky to do this with your mom and sis. Sweet. xo Kim

    • Hi Kim, I’m missing that warm desert air! So many beautiful places to stay in Scottsdale – and I know you would love Sedona! Good for you for hiking the tough side of Camelback… the other side will probably be too easy for you now! It’s a workout isn’t it!? I need to do something like that everyday! I will have to check out the Mc Dowell Preserve next time…sounds nice! Have a good weekend! xo

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