Credit: Tanveer Badal / The Scott Resort & Spa

Your Sun-Soaked Itinerary for a Weekend in Scottsdale, Arizona

A Trip to Scottsdale Is Good for the SOL

“Is it just me, or has this late spring been especially chilly?” I asked my husband on one particularly cold and foggy morning back in April. Yes, we are blessed with California sunshine most of the time, so you’ll rarely catch me complaining about our weather, but I really needed to physically warm my bones. And as a mother and wife, I also needed a break that would reset my connection and help me regain my zest for life. I decided on a whim to get away—by myself—that week. I found a flight leaving Thursday to Scottsdale, Arizona, hoping a weekend in the desert would warm my soul. weekend in scottsdale arizona


10 a.m. Touching Down

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The flight from Santa Ana to Phoenix is under an hour, gate to gate. I waited five minutes for my Lyft right outside the terminal doors, and as soon as they opened, warm air pushed against my skin, reaffirming my decision: I was in the right place.

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11 a.m. Dreamy Design

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The Instagram stalking I had done prior to my arrival had not prepared me for such a lush green resort in the middle of the desert. I was really expecting saguaros and sand, but The Scott Resort & Spa had an airy vintage feel that transported me to New Orleans (without the humidity). I was on my own schedule, and it felt great. Snapping out of my dream state, I realized I needed something to eat. I left my bags at the front desk and hopped in an Uber.

Noon Wine O’Clock

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Downtown Scottsdale is a wine-tasting destination (I suppose I make any place I travel one!). In the heart of the entertainment district, there are six tasting rooms within walking distance of each other; this is known as the Scottsdale Wine Trail. I dined at Merkin in Old Town Scottsdale, and after trying a flight of white, red and rosé, I ordered myself a glass of irresistible syrah. Did I mention how much more fun shopping is after a few glasses of wine?

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2 p.m. Sip, Sip, Shop

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After a few glasses of vino, I came across a desert- and sea-inspired boutique with everything from apparel and accessories to gifts and home decor. After browsing here for a bit, I made my way to The Mercantile—a quaint indoor market collective with products from over 100 local vendors. I left with a new candle, coffee mug and scarf!



5 p.m. Sunset Views on Horseback

Hidden on 1,280 acres in north Scottsdale is a time capsule of Western heritage. At MacDonald’s Ranch, entry is free and you’ll find lawn games like “jean-ga” and horseshoes. There is also a free petting zoo (give me all the goats!) and pony rides for the little ones. The stables are home to more happy horses than this city girl has ever seen in one place. I was lucky enough to ride Cupcake into the Sonoran sunset at dusk.

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7:45 p.m. Old-World Eats

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Word on the street was The Mission Old Town was a must-visit. I sat on the patio enjoying the warm desert air and ordered a margarita and the butternut squash tacos with homemade tortillas along with a tableside-prepared guacamole for an appetizer. I didn’t look at my phone once that night, but I spent plenty of time staring at the empty basket of chips.

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