Enjoy the Summer Sun a Bit Longer in This Romantic, Desert Destination
Road-trip from Southern California to Arizona or hop on a quick flight to this desert destination. The Sonoran Desert is a magical, mystical and vibrant place for a long weekend away. Featuring stunning hotels, decadent restaurants and entertaining activities, disconnect for the weekend and escape to Scottsdale, Arizona. Whether you’re searching for a romantic vacation or a getaway with the girls, you’ll leave feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and thankful for the Arizona sunshine. Scottsdale Itinerary
Stay Here Scottsdale Itinerary
Book a stay at Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Bungalows for midcentury modern, chic and stylish accommodations. It’s minutes away from Old Town Scottsdale and showcases a unique and eclectic vibe. This urban oasis is situated on 23 acres of desert landscape, boasting three pools, an on-site restaurant and a luxury spa. All 185 private bungalow-style rooms and suites offer private front and back patios and remarkable Camelback Mountain views. Rent a cabana at the pool, relax with a cocktail in hand (frosé, please!) and brunch at Weft & Warp.
Native Knowledge: Upon checking in, an employee will offer you water or a local beer as you get settled!
Dine Here Scottsdale Itinerary
If you’re vacationing in Scottsdale, exploring Old Town Scottsdale is a must. Make a dinner reservation at local favorite The Mission, which serves Latin cuisine in a gorgeous, moody setting. Start with the tableside guacamole, the grilled street corn and the Primarita margarita. Take your pick from five different taco options (two being vegetarian) or gourmet entrees, and you’re guaranteed to leave with a full belly! Walk around Old Town after dinner under the sparkling outdoor lights, and you’ll most likely want to stop for another drink at one of the many lively restaurants.
See This Scottsdale Itinerary
With locations in Scottsdale, Austin, San Diego and Philadelphia, Wonderspaces is an art show showcasing interactive art from around the world. Wonderspaces believes art is for everyone and partners with artists to create shared experiences. After you enter, order a cocktail at the bar to enjoy while browsing the art. Masks are required to be worn through the entirety of the exhibit. This is an ideal activity before or after dinner plans that takes about an hour of your time.
Located upstairs at Citizen Public House is an intimate, swanky and quaint restaurant that transports you to another time and place. Opened just weeks ago, Benjamin’s Upstairs is Scottsdale’s newest hot spot. With options of natural wines and cocktails, along with flavorful appetizers (the cornbread waffle served with maple whiskey butter and chipotle butter is a must-try!), you’ll want to spend a few hours just chatting and relaxing the night away at Benjamin’s Upstairs.
Native Knowledge: Natural wine is farmed organically and made without additives or chemicals. A glass of Meinklang Foam Vulkan pairs magically with the fresh raw oysters.
Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia is the epitome of a romantic, luxurious and relaxing desert resort. Choose between a resort view, mountain view, poolside room, suite or villa—you can’t go wrong. Tucked against the Camelback Mountains, this five-star resort’s Mediterranean charm and warm ambiance will have you slipping into total relaxation mode. Dine on-site at Taqueria Centro or order takeout to bring back to your room. The Omni’s Stay A Part of Safety initiative ensures guests that health and safety standards are met with confidence; TV remotes are sealed in plastic bags, and each room contains a small bag with masks and sanitizing wipes.
Aside from lounging by the pool all weekend long, golf, hike or take flight in a hot-air balloon ride. Scottsdale is home to spectacular golf courses like TPC Scottsdale, Papago Golf Club and Camelback Golf Club. Take a sunrise hike at McDowell Sonoran Preserve or experience views like none other in a dreamy hot-air balloon ride.
If you’re looking to extend your Arizona adventure, drive east to the Grand Canyon (about a three-hour drive from Scottsdale) and experience luxurious glamping with Under Canvas.
Photographed By: Experience Scottsdale
Taylor is a graduate from the University of Southern California with a degree in journalism. She is our Los Angeles and Orange County editor. You can find her dining at a new restaurant, in the ocean or planning her next adventure. Say hello!