Nestled in the Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale, Arizona, is truly a slice of paradise. Whether you're looking for a leisurely weekend of golf and relaxation or one filled with boujee brunches and the nightlife scene, they have it all. From bustling Old Town to the lush Paradise Valley, there is so much to see and do in this desert oasis.
Updated April 2022
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Just minutes from Old Town, The Scott is a high end hotel famous for its classy Caribbean aesthetic and the iconic Canal Club. Have a full day of pampering at the La Vidorra spa before lounging out by the pool surrounded by lush gardens.
Nestled in the foothills of Camelback Mountain, the Phoenician is the ultimate luxury resort in Scottsdale. After a day in the sun at the golf club, chill out by the fire pits at the Thirsty Camel rooftop bar for panoramic views of the Sonoran Desert.
Just like the name entails, this resort is truly a Sanctuary for relaxation with tranquility at every turn, from daily wellness classes to a meditation garden and reflection pond. At the base of Camelback Mountain, the vibes are immaculate whether you choose a private villa or a mountainside casita with views of Paradise Valley.
This desert oasis is set on 23 acres of lush lawns and cactus groves with bungalow style rooms that have a vibrant mid century modern flair. With three different pools to choose from, your day of full relaxation and rejuvenation is just steps away.
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HIKING THE TRAILS
There is no better way to experience the stunning Sonoran Desert than hiking one of its trails. With 400 miles of terrain to choose from, some of the best trails are Gateway Loop, Lost Dog Wash, Tom's Thumb, and Pinnacle Peak.
EXPLORE OLD TOWN
Urban meets the Old West in Old Town, the lively heart of Scottsdale. Shop or bike around the quaint streets during the day but be sure to come back at night for a dinner out on the town and check out the nightlife!
Nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains, Taliesin West was Frank Lloyd Wright winter home until his passing in 1959. Now it is an historical landmark and an UNESCO world heritage site, as well as the headquarters for the foundation.
Set between the McDowell and Mazatzal mountain ranges, Cave Creek Outfitters is a ranch for a group trail ride through the desert with a licensed wrangler to show you the ropes of the region.
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OLIVE & IVY
Feel as though you've been transported to the French Riviera at this upscale Mediterranean spot that is perfect for boozy brunch or an elegant dinner. Dine in the open concept dining room or out on the patio with a glass of wine to accompany your decadent pasta or seafood dish.
WEFT & WARP
At the stunning Andaz Resort sits Weft & Warp, where each dish is made with ingredients from their onsite garden, so you know it's fresh. Enjoy your meal out on the terrace overlooking the pool or the garden patio surrounded by lush greenery.
Old world charm meets modern elegance at this intimate Latin American spot in Old Town. With it's dim lighting and flickering candles, it is the perfect place for a date night out on the town.
Located inside the sleek W Hotel, Sushi Roku is the spot ultimate for a high end sushi moment in Scottsdale. If you're a sushi lover, the yellowtail sashimi and the katana roll are musts, but if not then opt for a grilled filet or the pan fried jumbo shrimp.
This spot doubles as a coffee house and a bar, serving some of the best breakfast town. Opt for a boozy brunch with mimosas and the stacked avocado toast or an afternoon lunch spot for a southwest burger accompanied by their cocktail flight.
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DIERKS BENTLEY'S WHISKEY ROW
Experience the best of Scottsdale's nightlife at this country gastropub in Old Town. With an open concept bar, bottle service, mouthwatering food, and live music it doesn't get better or more rowdy than this.
This extravagant wine cafe has everything from fine wine to gourmet bruschetta. They truly have the best happy hour in town with the $6 until 5pm daily special, but don't overlook their boozy brunch with specialty cocktails.
Just like the name suggests, this bar is literally on the second story with solid views of Old Town. The chandeliers and mood lighting make for a romantic date night out for drinks and gourmet bites.
As Scottsdale's oldest dive bar, Coach House has been the neighborhood watering hole since 1959. Locals and tourists alike flock to this hidden gem, especially for their iconic festive lights at Christmastime.