Scottsdale, Arizona has made a name for itself not only for being a hot spot for outdoor enthusiasts, but also for those looking for food, fun and endless shopping.
Director of Client Success Emily here. Having lived in Scottsdale for 25+ years, any time I visit my hometown the agenda is jam packed — so let’s get to it.
- Scottsdale and its surrounding cities like Phoenix and Tempe have something for everyone, even the kids. From golf courses, to high-end shopping and spas, to the Arizona Boardwalk, it’s simply impossible to run out of things to do both indoors (I’m looking at you, Summer) and outside.
- There are tons of events held around the year but I never missed the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February, Spring Training games in April, and the Desert Botanical Garden in the fall or winter.
- While we don’t have a SDALEtoday (maybe one day), I recommend these other great resources when planning your trip: Experience Scottsdale, Arizona Explores and Eater’s 38 Essential Restaurants.
- If you’re not quite ready to book the trip, maybe wait until 2024 when Mattel’s Adventure Park is set to open. Hop in, Ken.
Act like a local:
- Food: Pizza from Oregano’s and don’t you dare skip out on their piz-ookie for dessert.
- Drink: Stay caffeinated with a cappuccino from Cartel Roasting Co. ($5) and head over to Diego Pops when you’re ready for a margarita or two ($6 Happy Hour).
- Outdoors: It may be an unpopular opinion but say no to Camelback Mountain and climb Piestewa Peak instead (pro tip: If desert plants don’t quite do it for you, the AZ wildflowers typically bloom late February and into March).
- Kids: Butterfly Wonderland ($19.95+, kids under 2 free)
- Shop: Old Town Scottsdale has a great selection of local shops and restaurants. To beat the heat, head inside Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall where you’ll find high end retailers like Saks Fifth Ave, Nordstrom + more.
Where to stay:
- Vrbo: This Boho Arcadia Gem is a short walk to my favorite breakfast (order the Commuter with turkey, add cheese + avocado) and this must-try dinner spot. (~$125/night)*
- Splurge hotel: Hilton Phoenix Resort at the Peak was my family’s annual staycation known for its waterslide, lazy river + poolside service. (~$300/night)
- Save hotel: Millennium McCormick Scottsdale is conveniently located right off Scottsdale Road, which can take you all the way to Cave Creek or Tempe depending on the direction you’re heading. (~$150/night)