Every year my oldest, best girlfriends and I take a girls trip together. The inaugural trip was a trip to Paris, France– so basically we set the bar extremely high for any future trips we planned to take. Obviously an international girls trip to Europe every year isn’t feasible, so we agreed to alternate every other year between a long weekend getaway in the states and a big trip out of the country. This year as we were narrowing down locations in the U.S., we decided to stay closer to the west coast to eliminate lengthy flights. The final destination? Scottsdale, Arizona.
Scottsdale is definitely on the up-and-up thanks to baseball spring training, and the town is loaded with trendy bars, hip restaurants, and cute boutique hotels. One of my girlfriends had been a couple of times before, so we had an idea of what we wanted to do going in to the trip. What I didn’t know was that we’d be partying like we were 21-years-old (insert eye roll emoji).
That being said, I had a blast (at the expense of my liver). Here were some of my favorite spots.
The Scott Resort & Spa – I pushed hard for this hotel, in a semi passive-aggressive way, because it is literally paradise in the middle of Scottsdale. I. Needed. To. Stay. Here. Every corner is insta-worthy with bohemian furniture, hanging pots, a beach-entry pool, fire-pits around a lagoon, and lush plants. I would 10/10 recommend this place, and will likely plan a trip back in the future. If you can’t stay here, at least pay a visit to the hotel bar– the Canal Club– for a glimpse into what I’m talking about.
Farm and Craft – You guys. Farm and Craft is a must if you’re into aesthetically pleasing restaurants and yummy cocktails served in hollowed out fruits. A thousand times, yes. They even have healthy alcoholic-kombucha shots, so it’s a no-brainer.
Olive and Ivy – This place is massive, so it would be great for larger groups. And the food ain’t bad either. They have pastas, flatbreads, meats, fish, and the yummiest starters. Definitely worth a meal if you’re in the area.
Diego Pops – I discovered this place via Instagram, and I’m so glad that I did. It is super cute with neon signs and trendy decor, the margaritas pack a punch, and the food is delicious. I would have eaten and drank here every day if I could have, so you have to go.
Hash Kitchen – This one is for my brunch-lovers. Hash Kitchen has a self-serve bloody Mary bar that is to-die-for, and way too many food options. Everything sounded good. If you go, definitely spring for the Brunch Bruscetta– a platter of bananas and nutella, brie and fig jam, and strawberries and mascarpone all served on thin bread– it’s heavenly.
Montauk – The Montauk is a VIBE, and I was there for it. We happened to be there during the Kentucky Derby, which was so fun, but I’d go back any day of the year. The place is very TOMA (The Ocean Minded Approved) with surfboards and vintage beachy-prints throughout the restaurant, and the menu doesn’t suck either.
The Mission – This restaurant came highly recommended from a wide variety of people, so we obviously had to go. The tableside guac and street corn was insane, and their tacos are the perfect size if you’re over-indulging on appetizers and cocktails. It’s a nicer Mexican joint, which was perfect for a fancier dinner out without being over-the-top.
Old Town Scottsdale Shops – There were a ton of cute boutiques in Old Town Scottsdale, but I really gravitated towards the southwestern jewelry shops. If you’re anything like me and are a sucker for unique and authentic gold, silver, and turquoise jewels, take a stroll through Old Town. You’re bound to find a store that strikes your fancy.
The Entertainment District – Go at your own risk. The entertainment district in Scottsdale is bachelor and bachelorette central. People go there to party, and the clubs don’t disappoint. To be honest, nightclubs are my worst nightmare, but it’s worth checking out if you’re young and don’t suffer from catastrophic hangovers.