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Live out Your Desert Daydreams With This 72-Hour Guide to Scottsdale, Arizona

From Luxe Accommodations to Immersive Experiences, Scottsdale Is Your Next Destination for a Weekend Getaway

When it comes to desert living at its finest, nothing beats a weekend in Scottsdale. From world-class resorts to top-notch outdoor activities, wellness experiences, and next-level golf, it’s pretty clear that Arizonans have perfected the art of leisure. Read on for our ideal itinerary in planning the perfect three-day, best-in-the-West getaway to sunny Scottsdale—and get ready to start living your own desert daydream.

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3 p.m.

Check-in Time

The Camelback Presidential Suite at Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale

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Take in dramatic desert views and striking contemporary design with a hint of midcentury modern influence at Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale. The well-appointed guest rooms and residences create a perfect haven for relaxation and rejuvenation while providing guests with a true connection to the Sonoran Desert and an appreciation for every detail. Your spacious suite features a luxurious balcony with sweeping views of Camelback Mountain—the perfect spot to toast your desert adventure with sunset cocktails. Spend an afternoon practicing your golf swing on the 18-hole Short Course, grab some post-tee time bites and brews at Rusty’s, then book an in-room Swedish massage to soothe tired muscles.

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7 p.m.

Dinner and Drinks at Hearth ‘61

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Perfect for a romantic dinner a deux (or a hearty brunch tomorrow before hitting the links), Hearth ‘61 has something to suit every craving. With a sprawling menu of classic American fare, this chic and cosmopolitan eatery promises panoramic mountain views that pair perfectly with a robust Wine Spectator-rated wine list or a unique handcrafted cocktail. If the lounge experience is more your style, step into The Living Room and enjoy a juicy H ’61 burger, hiramasa crudo or a spicy queso and guac duo.

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Nightcaps at Century Grand

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For a truly immersive cocktail experience unlike any other, look no further than Century Grand, a building that houses three over-the-top cocktail bars. Here, you can choose your own adventure—all while sipping on exotic craft cocktails. Board Platform 18’s elegant Presidential Pullman-style train car and take a 90-minute simulated journey through the Bayou, sample “cure alls” at Grey Hen Rx—a New Orleans-inspired watering hole evoking the spirit of a traditional apothecary, or take the plunge down to UnderTow—a nautical-themed experience designed in the style of a classic clipper ship. 

 

Day 2

9 a.m.

Hit the Trails at McDowell Sonoran Preserve

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With more than 30,000 acres of Sonoran Desert landscape to explore, biking is the best and most efficient option for experiencing some of the region’s best views and scenery. Hop on your wheels and observe the unique Arizonan desert topography, including hundreds of varieties of cacti and a host of wildlife and indigenous creatures at home in their natural habitat. The McDowell Sonoran Preserve is home to 225 miles of accessible trails and is the perfect place to break a sweat while getting back into nature.

 

1 p.m.

Take Me out to the Ball Game at Charro Lodge

Spring training season is gearing up! Baseball lovers and non-sports fans alike will enjoy the thrill of catching each play from the best seat in the house—Charro Lodge at Scottsdale Stadium. Watch your favorite players hit home runs while basking in the VIP treatment at the Cactus League stadium’s private facility, featuring relaxed patio-style seating and all-inclusive food and bevs.

 

5 p.m.

Wine O’Clock at Sorso Wine Room

 

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Make happy hour a little happier by stopping into Sorso Wine Room. Literally translating to “sip” in Italian, Sorso puts a fun spin on traditional wine tasting with 32 self-serve dispensers on display, offering an ever-changing selection of blends and bubbles from various vineyards and regions around the world. Sample sips from different vintages until you find your perfect match for a full pour. Snack on charcuterie and light bites like bruschetta or burrata for a proper pairing or fill up on sandwiches and flatbreads from the full menu.

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Day 3

9 a.m. 

Play a Round at The Short Course at Mountain Shadows Resort

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Love golf but short on time? Book a tee time at The Short Course, designed to squeeze a quick nine or a relaxing 18-hole game into less than three hours of play with ample daytime left for business meetings or extra relaxation after exploring the best of Scottsdale. Fully redesigned to enhance the splendor of its original layout in 1961, the course is perfect for both beginners and pros with a landscape of challenging sections and slopes. Settle any leftover grudges with The Forrest Wager—the perfect tie-breaker for a friendly game!

 

2 p.m.

Live the Cabana Life at The Citizens Club

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For the ultimate afternoon of leisure, reserve your private cabana at one of The Citizens Club’s exclusive pools. Take a dip under the sun, then set up shop in the shade of the palms with your nearest and dearest. Your luxe poolside accommodations include plush seating with a mini fridge where you can kick back and catch up on your favorite shows on your own private television. Enjoy bottle service at your fingertips and on-demand piña coladas and margs from the lavish pool menu. 

 

8 p.m.

Grab a Bite at Citizen Public House

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To cap off a day well spent, fill up on local flavor at Citizen Public House. With an array of favorites to feast on from both land and sea, set your sights on elevated comfort foods like short ribs and seared sea scallops, pan-roasted halibut or amaro meatloaf. Unwind with a classic Negroni or French 75, and if happy hour calls, enjoy sips and suds with savory snacks like bacon fat popcorn, filet mignon sliders or beer fondue.

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Based in Los Angeles, Kandace has spent the past ten years in the fashion and lifestyle space, and recently in entertainment at Sony Pictures Studios. She has a Masters in Journalism from Emerson College and has studied in Paris, Firenze, and Washington DC, beginning her career as a style editor and tastemaker for NBC. She is an internationally award-winning filmmaker, having studied screenwriting for film and television at UCLA, and her work has been celebrated around the world, in cities like London, Nice, New York, and Montréal. Paying homage to her French heritage, she is also the creator of The Chic American--a style and culture editorial destination for Francophiles, dedicated to the art of living an elevated, French-inspired lifestyle.

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