Eat, Drink and Play Your Way Through This Desert City
Stay: Check in at the Hotel Valley Ho
To experience the next best thing to actual time travel, dive headfirst back into the swinging ‘60s with a relaxing stay at the Hotel Valley Ho. With its mid-mod architecture and major Rat Pack vibes, you can enjoy vast mountain views from your sleek guest suite and tap your toes to a hip DJ set by the pool every weekend (from the privacy of your own cabana). The property is located in Old Town Scottsdale—an area with great walkability, so you can explore all the surrounding town has to offer. And best of all, when you book a two-night getaway, you’ll get the third night free.
Play: Cham Pang Lanes
Have a bet to settle? Look no further than Cham Pang Lanes for all of your modern vintage entertainment needs. Enjoy an evening of bowling and bubbly, and challenge your pals (or paramour) to a friendly game of pool or pinball. With a colorful, eclectic aesthetic (we’re talking tropical palm cushions and tiger-print wallpaper), be sure to snap a pic or two of the insanely Instagrammable backdrop.
Drink: Platform 18
One of North America’s 50 best cocktail bars, this bar is simply not to be missed. With 36 seats in a Presidential Pullman-inspired train car, take a trip back in time with a Lipstick & Earrings cocktail in hand. This speakeasy is glamorous, chic, and it’s a total glimpse into a different era. Make a reservation and you’ll embark on a 90-minute adventurous journey through the 1930s. Over 40 cocktails are offered, so sit back and enjoy your time with a few different creations!
Milkshakes at ZuZu, Back at Hotel Valley Ho
Before tucking in for the night, stop by ZuZu for a late-night milkshake. Putting a sweet spin on the traditional nightcap, these crowd pleasing ice cream bevs are the perfect way to cap off an eventful day, featuring over-the-top garnishes and seasonal flavors.
Wake up late and start the day with some sustenance at Palma—the tropical paradise-meets-desert oasis of downtown Phoenix. Putting a unique twist on brunch classics (your go-to omelettes and avocado toasts) with unexpected flavors like kimchi pimento cheese, kewpie and cilantro-jalapeño salad, you can also sample Matcha-Stuffed French Toast and Beijing Pork Hash over bloodies or mimosas. And who says you can’t add a little vodka to your morning espresso? Live your life.
Hit the links and squeeze in a swing sesh at TopGolf in Scottsdale. Reserve a private bay for up to six of your nearest and dearest and practice your long game in a cool, climate-controlled environment—in other words, without lugging your clubs around the green. Slug back a brewski and munch on snacks like farmhouse flatbreads, cheesy macaroni bites or a plate of wings to keep your energy up before taking a victory lap.
Relax: Hotel Valley Ho Spa
Make your way to the Hotel Valley Ho’s VH Spa to wind down and peruse the Jetsetter menu inspired by exotic destinations around the world. Enjoy a Hawaiian homage with a traditional Lomi Lomi massage, get the Amsterdam experience with a CBD Soother or indulge in a Reykjavík Icelandic Moonflower treatment—combining an invigorating full-body scrub with a custom massage that’s designed to stimulate blood flow and lymph movement for a rejuvenating refresh.
Remain in your state of bliss and keep the zen flowing with a slice of pie from Cibo Pizzeria. Nestled in a reimagined bungalow—originally designed in 1913—this sleek spot brings artisanal pizzas and homemade pasta to the people of Phoenix. Cozy up by the fireplace and please your palate with a creamy spoonful of tiramisu or Coppa Mascarpone for the ultimate sweet treat.
Do: Hike Camelback Mountain
Strap on your hiking boots and explore the rugged beauty of Camelback Mountain. With an elevation level just shy of 3,000 feet, this 2.5-hour moderate trek is the perfect way to experience Arizona from new heights. Give your wallet a break by locating Echo Canyon Trailhead, which will be your starting point for discovering epic views!
Play: Snakes and Lattes
Get your game face on at Snakes and Lattes—a boutique board game bar in downtown Tempe. With more than 3,000 vintage games (and some contemporary classics) to choose from, this happening hot spot guarantees you’ll never be “bored.” Like the sommeliers of gaming, experts are on hand to pair you with your perfect play. Order up some lunch or enjoy an array of refreshments, such as nachos and pretzel sticks, to keep your stamina going all the way to the final round.
Dine: Shady Park
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While in town, head over to Happy Hour at Shady Park—Tempe’s spot for satisfying sushi and whimsical fare. (Hot tip: try not to chuckle while ordering the You Used to Call Me on My Shell Phone roll or the Shiso Horny). Chow down on poke bowls and specialty rolls with a chilled glass of sake to cool down.6/21
Watch: Pickleball at The Orchard
Pickleball is obviously all the rage right now. End your night watching some highly talented pickleballers play a few rounds at The Orchard. Gather round and watch the competition heat up while sipping on a glass of beer or wine from the bar before heading back and tucking in for the night.
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.