Y'all this guide is VERY overdue but honestly, I was waiting until this most recent trip before I wrote this guide. Scottsdale has SO much to do and see--- and even more in the broader Phoenix area so I wanted to wait until I have been a few times before I started the guide.
Where to stay:
Hotel Adeline: There are no shortage of hotels to stay at when visiting Scottsdale. Hotel Adeline is the the the perfect place for a long weekend getaway. It is in a perfect location-- close to everything! There are plenty of restaurants and bars nearby and Old Town Scottsdale is a quick 5-10 minute uber away. The guest rooms are sleek and chic and the POOL is a dream. A few other things I love about the hotel:
Good & Proper: The hotel has an adorable café that is the perfect spot to grab a morning coffee and breakfast. Love that it is on site!
Pool Party!: On weekends Hotel Adeline throws a pool party with a DJ! I love that the hotel brings the party to you
Yoga deck: Y'all know I love to zen out when I'm on vacay and the hotel has a yoga deck that was perfect for some morning movement. I was still on central time so I was able to get in some sunrise yoga and it was the perfect start to the day.
Where to eat:
Maple & Ash: one of the best dining experiences I have ever had! It's an upscale & upbeat restaurant with immaculate service & vibes that is perfect for a special occasion like a birthday, anniversary or bachelorette/bachelor party. They have an epic brunch with lobster, filet, caviar & an option for endless bubbles & cocktails (needless to say I was a fan!). They also do dinner with seafood towers, all kinds of steak cuts and massive sides. Come hungry and definitely make a resy.
Must order--- I don't give a f*ck (just trust me)
Toca Madera: A super sexy upscale restaurant with modern Mexican inspired menu options. I've gone with as group and was able to try a ton of dishes and everything was delicious. They have a great happy hour too! Be sure to reserve a table in advance because it books up quickly!
Must order--- Manchego Truffle Fries
Sushi Roku: A contemporary sushi restaurant with a really inventive menu! These aren't your typical sushi rolls and the sashimi is SO fresh and delicious.
Must order--- White Lotus Roll (the wasabi truffle is SO good)
Postino: The perfect spot for wine & light bites or a casual dinner. They have a great wine list and they also have bruschetta boards where you can mix and match a variety of bruschetta, they even have gluten free bread and vegan options too.
Must order---Ricotta, dates & pistachio bruschetta
Where to drink:
All of the restaurants I listed have amazing drink options but if you are looking for a solid spot to grab a cocktail:
The Canal Club: A short walk from hotel Adeline, this bar is super insta-worthy and has great cocktails. I love
Straight Up: A hidden whiskey bar inside hotel Adeline with a ton of rare whiskeys. As as whiskey snob--- I was really impressed with their selection!
What to do:
Hiking: Camelback mountain is just a stones throw from Hotel Adeline, about 20 minutes from downtown Phoenix. It's a great hike that you can knockout in a couple hours and has some gorgeous views.
If you want another option and don't mind driving-- the Superstition Mountains are 40 miles east of Phoenix and are breathtaking to see in person. There are a bunch of different trails with different hikes for different ages and experience levels. If you make it out that way the Lost Dutchman state park is cool to see too!
Botanical Garden: The botanical garden wasn't originally on my to do list, one of my gal pals talked me in to going (thanks Sophia!) and I'm so glad we did. We saw SO many species of cacti and desert plants. There was also a Chihuly glass exhibit we were able to see-- it is there until June of 2022
I really cannot recommend Scottsdale enough, the weather is mild in the winter so it makes for a great getaway in fall, winter or spring. Of course you can always go during summer to if you don't mind the heat (this Miami girl was thrivingggg when I went in June). There is so much more to see and do and when you go I hope you take time to explore--- and be sure to let me know if you try and of my recs!