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Road Trip Series: Scottsdale, AZ

Arizona is a popular place in the springtime. There’s plenty of sunshine, beautiful desert scenery, and spring training baseball games — just to name a few things. One of the most popular destinations in the state is Scottsdale, which is the second stop on our spring road trip tour. 

Dubbed “The West’s Most Western Town”, Scottsdale is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. There’s no shortage of places to stay, eat + drink, and activities to do in Scottsdale. If you like to relax, there’s an abundance of plush, luxurious resorts in Scottsdale. If you prefer to get out and hit the links, the city is renowned for its golf courses.

If you’ve thought about road-tripping to Scottsdale, there’s no time like now as it’s a warm weather haven. Before you hit the interstate though, check out our tips for an epic road trip

Without further ado, here are some of our recommendations for where to stay, eat, and play in Scottsdale!

Where to Stay:

  • Bespoke Inn: Located in the arts district of Old Town Scottsdale, you might never want to leave this stunning boutique hotel. The Bespoke Inn features a charming and romantic courtyard, a beautiful infinity pool, and even provides handcrafted Pashley bicycles for those who want to ride around and check out the nearby attractions.
  • The Brexley: Pictures don’t do this place justice. We mentioned that Scottsdale is known for its resorts and the Brexley appropriately labels itself as a 5-Star Luxury Villa. One of the many amenities: guests can enjoy a dinner cooked by a private chef. And if you decide to leave this desert sanctuary, you are a quick drive away from some of Scottsdale's finest dining and shopping.
  • The Monarch: If you are looking for a budget-friendly place that enables you to enjoy the essence of Scottsdale, look no further. The Monarch is bright, cozy, and vibrant. Oh, and it has a nice pool that’ll provide a nice reprieve if that sunshine gets too warm. 

Where to Eat: 

  • Goldwater Brewing: When you have more than 30 years of brewing expertise behind your beers, they are bound to be good. In fact, the general consensus about Goldwater Brewing is that they don’t make a bad beer. That makes it a great place to kick back and relax after a long day hiking or playing golf. Or the perfect starting point for a night on the town.
  • FATE Brewing: Opened in 2012, FATE Brewing has quickly made a name for itself with brews like their award-winning Candy Bar Milk Stout and Hatch Chile Gatos. Beyond beer, their specialty cocktail menu and wine list ensures there’s something for everyone! They offer a full menu with a variety of salads, pizzas, smashed burgers, and delicious desserts – and even serve brunch!
  • FnB: Google best places to eat in Scottsdale and this farm-to-table restaurant appears on numerous lists. FnB focuses on dishes that highlight Arizona’s proud farming and agricultural community. Take a look at this menu to get an idea of what you could experience depending on the season. Can we say super fresh, local, and healthy?
  • Roaring Fork: Glance at the menu at Roaring Fork and you are going to be hungry. Where do you even start? Queso con puerco? Sugar-cured duck breast? Or how about a double-cut pork chop cooked over the woodfired grill? Good luck passing up Roaring Fork if you stumble upon it.

Where to Adventure:

  • OdySea Aquarium: An aquarium in the desert? Sign us up. But seriously, this aquarium is impressive. It holds over 2 million gallons of water, making it one of the largest aquariums in the country. Not surprisingly, you’ll find more than 6,000 animals there from penguins to sea turtles to sharks.
  • Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art: It might be located in the Old Town district, but this art museum is all about modern and contemporary art, architecture, and design from around the world. It also features an awesome skyspace that offers visitors an amazing perspective on the changing light of the desert sky.
  • Scottsdale Segway Tours: Looking for a different way to get to know a new city? You can explore all that Downtown and Old Town Scottsdale have to offer via segway! Roll through town via segway on a tour that’s fully guided and narrated.
  • Spring training baseball: Scottsdale is the spring training home of the San Francisco Giants. Scottsdale Stadium has hosted the Giants since 1982. The Giants are one of the top-drawing MLB teams during Spring Training, averaging as many as 11,000 fans during the month of March. 

  • Doesn’t Scottsdale sound like an awesome place? If you decide to go, don’t forget about the journey there. Road trips are an adventure. Drink them up!

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