The New York Times once described downtown Scottsdale as “a desert version of Miami’s South Beach.” And it’s true. While most parts of the country are preparing for the fall season, Scottsdale Arizona is continuing to enjoy sunny skies and warm weather. Mix in amazing food and great shopping and you’ll never leave. Best of all: You don’t have to spend a large amount of time to have fun under the desert sun. Still need convincing? Let’s just say Beyoncé and Jay-Z enjoyed a quick trip to Scottsdale for their honeymoon.
Now that we have your attention read on to discover how to unwind and enjoy some of the best western foods you’ll ever have—in one weekend.
Nestled high on the north slope of Camelback Mountain lies Sanctuary Resort and Spa that offers breathtaking views and chic and modern spa. After getting a treatment, enjoy the infinity-edge pool on the same place where Jay Z and Queen B honeymooned.
Photo Credit: Sanctuary Spa
9:00am FLOAT ON
Arizona Outback Adventures provides a host of outdoor activities including kayaking down the Salt River. Flowing from the mountains in Northern Arizona, the Salt River is captured by four dams. Paddle your way to fun and relaxation while spotting a variety of birds and fish.
1:00pm MEXICAN STYLE
Scottsdale may be home to more than 90 restaurants, but once you’ve tasted Barrio Queen Tequileria you don’t need to look any further. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and late dinner, this restaurant offers traditional street food favorites, such as tacos and tortas. And if you’re up for it, slip on more than 250 varieties of tequila.
3:00pm RIDE INTO THE SUN
Work off the burritos and tacos by saddling up at the stables. Let Fort McDowell Adventures escort you via horseback into the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, home of the Yavapai, then down into the Verde River valley where you’ll be greeted by various wildlife.
8:30pm SUSHI UNDER THE SUN
Sushi Roku provides a non-traditional approach to sushi with options for seafood aficionados and novices. Must-haves include crispy rice asparagus and yellowtail sashimi.
10:00pm PARTY ANIMAL
There’s something for every nightlife lover in Scottsdale, from techno to hip-hop and every genre in between. For drinks stop by Citizen R+D for cocktails like G+T (gin and tonic), premium vodka that’s boiled at the table with secret botanicals, and Paint Can Punch, which includes fresh citrus that’s shaken using a vintage paint can. Or, head to Hi-Fi Kitchen & Cocktails to enjoy an indoor/outdoor space lined with garage doors, a square island bar, and an elevated lounge-style seating area.
Photo Credit: Citizen R +D
5:00am FLY HIGH
Watch the sun rise and enjoy views of the Sonoran Desert while floating in the sky. Rainbow Ryders Inc. offers year-round hot air balloon rides (weather permitting). After landing, enjoy a champagne toast and breakfast to end your memorable adventure.
3:00pm TAKE A DIP
With a vibe and an energy that’s off the charts, Maya Day and Nightclub features a 9,700 square foot indoor bar and 17,600 square feet of outdoor pool and patio areas with a resort-style pool complete with daybeds, lounges, private and VIP cabanas.
8:00pm LAST SUPPER
Listed as one of the best burger restaurants in Phoenix, the menu at Relish Burger Bistro offers a variety of signature gourmet burgers including bun-less, kobe beef and salmon burgers.
Photo Credit: Rainbow Ryders Inc.
WHERE TO STAY:
The W Scottsdale Hotel & Residences features 224 guestrooms, an outdoor pool, and a tranquil spa. Need a little greenery? A Zen garden also is featured on the second floor complete with bamboo trees and meandering paths. Oh, and did we mention it’s only steps away from Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall?
Scottsdale, is situated less than 10 miles from downtown and offers almost 1,200 daily flights to and from cities around the world. Fly into Phoenix, rent a car or cab it into the city and arrive in Scottsdale 20 minutes later. It seriously doesn’t get any better than this!
Photo Credit: W Scottsdale Hotel & Residences