Your guide to Scottsdale, Arizona

Waheeda Harris
Written by Waheeda Harris

Surrounded by Sonoran desert’s saguaro cactus and red rock mountains, this sunny city in the Valley of the Sun is a perfect lure for girls with the need for A-list shopping, restaurants and nightlife and many options to keep occupied between time spent at the cabana. Here’s your guide to Scottsdale, Arizona…

4-seasons-hotel Where to Stay

The serene surroundings are just part of the lure of Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. This colourful luxe resort features unique décor inspired by the southwest and elegant rooms within steps of three swimming pools and whirlpool area. Indulge in a spa treatment, go for a tequila tasting or learn about the night sky with the hotel’s astronomer. Follow the scent of lemon and orange to the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel, with its modern style and a Fragrance Garden perfect for a quiet moment. The spacious modern rooms are spread throughout the property which includes multiple pools, tennis courts, golf course and the three-storey Willow Stream Spa with a rooftop pool and Jacuzzi grotto.

balloon What to Do

Downtown Scottsdale is easy to navigate and a free shuttle circumnavigates the streets for when tootsies need a time-out. Make sure the credit card is clear for a visit to the 250 stores of Fashion Square Mall with tempting offerings from Neiman Marcus, Barney’s, and Nordstrom. Every Thursday night, the ArtWalk includes over 100 art galleries featuring classic western, European and contemporary art, while Scottsdale is also home to Frank Lloyd Wright’s modernist architecture school / residence Taliesen West, open daily for tours.

zuzu Where to Eat

Go for a balloon ride with Hot Air Expeditions, offering patrons a champagne breakfast after the flight during sunrise over the desert. Happy hour is a popular plan – head to Café Zuzu at Hotel Valley Ho to hang with the Mad Men-obsessed crowd for old-school cocktails or for a tropical flavour, check out the Tiki Bar at Trader Vic’s for a Mai-Tai. Foodies will appreciate the unique dining options such as fusion cuisine at Citizen Public House, local & organic options of critical fave FnB Restaurant or Southwest-influenced eats at The Mission.

Photos courtesy of the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau

About the author

Waheeda Harris

Waheeda Harris

Waheeda Harris is a Toronto-based freelance journalist with a penchant for exploring our planet.

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