My Travel Diaries: Weekend in Scottsdale

I recently traveled to Scottsdale for a bachelorette party and had a blast. I had only once been once before and stayed at The Phoenician resort, which was wonderful but didn’t give me much of the “Scottsdale” vibe. This time we rented an AirBnB just a few blocks from Old Town Scottsdale. It could not have been a more perfect location! If you’re in the area or planning a getaway to Scottsdale, click to read more on the places I think are a must-see!

Gallery sight-seeing in Old Town Scottsdale

This area is just the prettiest! There are so many fabulous galleries, and as I’m sure you’ve already figured out, that’s my favorite kind of place! Not only are there seemingly endless galleries, the whole area is immaculate with several parallel streets filled with galleries and shops all within walking distance. I’d say it’s one of the most manicured and clean cities I have ever seen and importantly very pedestrian friendly. I took a walk one morning around 8am and there was almost not a soul in sight. It felt like I had the whole place to myself! The attention to detail, from the gallery displays, to the flowers, to the palm trees is just breathtaking!

Scottsdale, Art District, Palm Trees, Arizona

Food and Drinks

  • Caffeine & Alcohol
    • Coffee: FourtillFour, which is the modern fabulous version of a hole-in-the-wall coffee shop (coffee is ridiculously good!)
    • Drinks: Undertow, you’ll need reservations, but a very cool and “quirky” bar
    • Drinks: The Beverly for upscale drinks and laughs – the tiles outside say funny things like “Just a Quickie?” and even the entrance has “Classy AF” above the door
  • Brunch
    • Arcadia Farms Café, delicious food and head over to the Acadia Farms Marketplace afterward for coffee or gifts
    • The Montauk, which has the Hamptons-esque vibe that is oh-so-popular now
  • Dinner
    • Sel, we all did the four-course tasting – it was absolutely delicious!
    • Café Monarch, which is one of the best 100 restaurants in America and consistently top in Scottsdale!
    • Roka Akor, although a chain, this is the place to go for sushi
    • Tratto for a very intimate experience (only 35 people occupancy and chef is a James Beard award winner)
    • Binkley’s for the tasting menu, which may pricey at $165 per person, but it is 3.5 hours of delicious feasting for the foodies

Hike Camelback Mountain

We hiked up the Cholla Trail, which was labelled as “Extreme Difficulty.” I’d say the hike was of medium difficulty based on hikes I’ve done all over the world. There was some scrambling at the top given that it was almost all rock, but nothing that required equipment (or group pep talks) and it only took 2 hours round trip. The only issue we had was that it started raining at the top and the trip back down involved VERY slippery rock, which was more excitement that any of us were looking for. If I had to do the hike again, I’d recommend wearing GORE-TEX shoes and very carefully watching the weather.

Camelback Mountain, Hike, Summit, Reflection, Hiking, Scottsdale, Phoenix

Cactus, Camelback Mountain, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Hiking

Camelback Mountain, Hiking, Cholla Trail, Scottsdale

Stop and Smell the Flowers (or Cacti or Palm Trees)

This was hands down one of the best parts – the gorgeous plants!!

Cactus, Flowers, Scottsdale, Palm Trees, Cacti, Arizona


Bachelorette Party Ideas

Now if you happen to be planning a Bachelorette Party and want some super cute gift ideas, I would totally recommend the following:

These Swig wine cups are the CUTEST! I used the Gold Vinyl found here and the Silhouette cameo to cut out the lettering. Happy to share details if you’re interested! Also, using iron-on Vinyl and the cutest bomber jackets, the bride made these matching jackets for our little wine cups.

Silhouette Cameo, Vinyl Monogram, Wine Cups, Bachelorette Favors, Personalized Gift Ideas

Bachelorette Party, Bachelorette, Matching Jackets, Bomber Jacket, Cute Bachelorette Ideas, Photo Ideas

I would love to hear how your Scottsdale experience goes! Happy travels!

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