Last weekend, I took a quick trip to Scottsdale to visit a few friends and just get away for a long weekend. I had never been to Scottsdale or Phoenix before (at least that I can remember), so I really didn’t know what to expect. But it ended up being great.
It was really fun and there were a surprising amount of good restaurants, some cute shops, and several great places to stay. SO, if you’re thinking about visiting the Scottsdale or Pheonix area any time soon, I have some suggestions for you, based on what we did during out 4 day trip…
Warning: Be prepared for lots of colorful photos!
Here’s the breakdown of the places we visited and what I would recommend if you’re planning a trip of you own…
Flower Child: We ate lunch here on Saturday and it was really, really good. The night before, at The Henry, we went to town on the carbs. So the healthier meal options and casual atmosphere were exactly what we all needed the next day. Try the skinny cobb salad with chicken.
Joyride: This is a cute Mexican restaurant with yummy tacos, guacamole, burritos, and a cool vibe. Be sure to try the mexican street corn – so good!
Churn: This ice cream shop is right across the street from Joyride. If you need a quick snack, this would be a good option.
The Henry: This one is a good option too, but wasn’t my favorite meal of them all, if I’m being super picky. The decor is nice and the cocktails are delicious. So, I still think it’s worth a visit.
The Saguaro Restaurant: We ate here several times (breakfast and lunch) and I had no complaints. The sweet potato fries are my favorite and their guacamole was my favorite as well (we literally ate guacamole every single day). You can even get it poolside. Yes please!
Postino: If you’re a bruschetta fan, head here! I liked the brie/apple bruschetta and mozzarella/tomato bruschetta the best. FYI – they only serve beer and wine here…no cocktails. But that was the only bummer. Everything else was a thumbs up.
PLACES TO STAY
The Saguaro: This is where we stayed and I’d definitely recommend it, especially if you like The Saguaro in Palm Springs. It’s very, very similar…with super colorful walls everywhere and affordable pricing. Most of the photos in this post are from around the property, to give you a better idea of what it looks like.
Valley Ho: There was another hotel called Valley Ho that we visited toward the end of our trip to look around. If you like the mid-century tiki vibe, this would be a good hotel option too.
We didn’t do a ton of shopping, but there were a few shops that are definitely worth checking out…
Urbana: This shop is great for entertaining props and small home accessories. Definitely stop by, if you get a chance – all four of us bought items from this little shop and the owner is insanely nice.
Fashion by Robert Black: If you like vintage, this shop is a must-stop. Some of the pieces are pretty pricey FYI, but everything is vintage. It’s all sorted by color, which I love and they have some great designer labels, plus a fancy secret room behind a curtain with the really good stuff.
Bought that red vintage shirt below for $17, by the way! So there are some deals to be had…
Photography by Brittni Mehlhoff
And that’s about it for the Scottsdale trip. I have quite a few photos that didn’t make it into the blog post still, so I imagine I’ll be sharing more on Instagram if you want to see more.