Make your way to one of Scottsdale’s happening hotels, like the Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa or the W Scottsdale.
The Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa
combines mid-century minimalism with chic Southwestern touches in 185 guest bungalows scattered across a desert landscape. Décor includes local artwork, and the landscape will inspire you to discover your inner artist through an Artist in Residence workshop on the property.
Activity here revolves around the Turquoise Pool, where you can spend your time alternating between two refreshing options: a dip in the pool or drinks at the Turquoise Pool Bar. You’ll also want to book an appointment at the Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary, which boasts a design and treatment menu inspired by the Sonoran Desert.
Or consider staying at the trendy W Scottsdale
, which sits in the heart of the Old Town Scottsdale. Here you’ll find a mecca of nightlife, shopping, and culinary districts. Before you head out to explore the neighborhood, spend some time hanging out poolside, where you can sip artisanal cocktails at Shade Lounge while listening to playlists curated by the DJ—or find peace and quiet in the Zen Garden.
After you have settled into your room, head out for dinner at Starlite BBQ
. The new restaurant from Chef Walter Stirling opened earlier this year and has already become a local favorite with its take on Arizona barbeque—meats are grilled with pecan and mesquite. The beer-garden tables on the outdoor patio create a casual, welcoming vibe. For after-dinner entertainment, consider the Rusty Spur Saloon
for live country music and Old West vibes; for a trendier tavern, head to AZ/88
, where you’ll find modern art installations and innovative cocktails.