A Weekend in Phoenix
Desperately one morning I woke up with a case of wanderlust...I really needed to get away - I didn't want to be away for too long and I didn't want to sit on a plane for too long either. Unfortunately, it was hurricane season on the east coast at the time, so that meant I had to go somewhere on the west coast. My options became Las Vegas, Phoenix, Arizona, Los Angeles, and Laguna Beach. I had already been to Vegas, so I decided that Phoenix, Arizona was the location that I wanted spend my trip in. I called one of my longtime friends and 24 hours later we were booked and ready to roll! There is certainly nothing better than a last minute trip - read on to experience Phoenix with me!
Originally my goal was to just sit by the pool at the hotel and never leave, but the sun Gods were not on our side. Subsequently, this was a blessing in disguise. Why you ask? Because it forced us to go into Old Town Scottsdale to explore - we arrived at 11am and left at 10pm - talk about a bender!! We checked out all of the small shops, explored a real western bar, and hung out with a few locals! One of the highlights of the day was going to the Rusty Spur Saloon - this was your true western saloon. There was live music, cowboys, and no wine...which brings me to my next point: I discovered a new drink! The Moscow Mule is something that I had never heard of before, but it tasted absolutely amazing. For those of you who don't know, it is made with ginger beer, vodka, and a shot of lime juice - that was my friend's drink for the rest of the trip!
Weekend in Phoenix: Where to Stay
We chose to stay at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort just based on reviews and we were not disappointed! The next day, we were able to take full advantage of what the hotel had to offer - hitting up the spa and mini golf course! Later on, we met up with the locals we had met the day before and went to all of the "anti-tourist" spots! One of my favorites was the Linger Longer Lounge - they had great drinks and we could still feel the western vibes!
Our last day was full of sun and we took complete advantage of it!! We had a red eye flight, which gave us the opportunity to lie by the pool all day & finally relax! We really needed it!!
All in all, it was a great vacation and I cannot wait to get back to the Phoenix area and see everything else it has to offer - Sedona & the Grand Canyon are on the top of my list!!!
Phoenix Travel Tips:
- In the summer, especially in August and September, it is extremely hot - for this reason most places close very early - think 11pm
- Clouds do not necessarily mean it cools down, even with our cloudy day, it was still over 100 degrees as we walked around Oldtown Scottsdale
- The saloons do not serve food past 4 or 5pm
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