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