Hey there, sharing a quick travel guide for Scottsdale, Arizona from the past weekend! We spent Jacki’s bachelorette in Scottsdale back in THIS POST Do-It-Yourself details in THIS POST and DIY Floppy Hat Guide HERE . We decided to update our favorite Scottsdale spots for planning a girls trip, weekend getaway, or bachelorette party!
Relax: Also, let me just say that this trip was comical, the point was to escape the winter here in Nebraska….the best laid plans of mice and men…..However, when we landed in Scottsdale there was snow on the north side and heavy cold rain everywhere else. The weather continued throughout most of the trip but hey, it was still warmer than Omaha, which had a blizzard.
Stay: The Saguaro hotel was brightly colored and trendy. It would have been perfect for pool days with a bachelorette party when it’s warm. However, I would say it’s over priced for what the outdated rooms provide. On the positive side, it was right in the heart of Old Town, a shopping and restaurant district. We were able to walk just about everywhere when it was nice or take one of the nifty scooters that litter the streets for anyone to use!
If you are planning a warm trip anytime soon check out the BOGO Swim Sale happening at Target right now. This pink bikini had my name written all over it but the weather had other plans, can’t wait to wear it this summer! Loving the leopard and marigold too.
Eat: We had so many spots listed that we wanted to try. Here are the favorites from the trip.
SumoMaya is a thumping fusion restaurant that has everything from margaritas to sushi. This would be a great trendy spot for a shared plates dinner before the bachelorette bar crawl.
Blanco was a yummy taco spot that has several locations in the Phoenix area. Highly recommend doing a leisurely lunch here with all the southwest staples: queso, guac, tacos, enchiladas, and margs.
The Mission was recommended to us by so many friends and we were not disappointed. This dark, candlelit din is packed to the brim with chandeliers and people. It’s loud but it makes it more intimate that way. The table-side guacamole is a staple here. We shared the house special pork shoulder tacos. A few other spots that were recommended that we didn’t get to include: Ocean 44, Toro, Blue Ox, and La Hacienda.
Brunch: This meal deserves its own section because Scottsdale does not mess around. The Montauk was an east coast tribute with fresh pressed grapefruit mimosas and delicious breakfast burritos, plus mac & cheese. They had live music doing a cover of Chris Stapleton and other country artists that was perfection. Other brunch spots we hoped to get to but didn’t include: Farm and Craft, Hash Kitchen, and The Mission’s Brunch Buffet.
Sights: Wandering around Old Town Scottsdale made for a perfect day. Stopping in and out of local shops and taking in the sights of the mountains in the distance while cruising around on scooters was relaxing. Sprinkles Cupcakes and Sugar Bowl are great for sweet treats. If you’re an architect nerd like us, Frank Lloyd Wright’s House/School Compound Taliesin West was an incredible tour. So many people raved about the Botanical Gardens as well but we ran out of time.