Valley of the sun // McDowell Mountain Range // Shea Corridor // 200+ Golf Courses // 218,000 people...
48 Hours in Scottsdale by Kendra Ford
Day 1 - Saturday
Wake up at the W Hotel Scottsdale and soak
in the intoxicating atmosphere of beauty and modern elegance.
Walk across the street to the Scottsdale
Waterfront for breakfast on the patio at Olive and Ivy. The Bloody Mary’s have
an extra kick and everything on the breakfast menu is delightful to the palate
– you will never have a fluffier egg white omelet! After breakfast take a
morning stroll to Scottsdale’s premier shopping destination, Scottsdale Fashion
Square, home to favorites such as Neiman Marcus, Cartier, and Jimmy Choo.
Return to the W by 12pm to claim your
cabana before the local beauties descend for their weekly poolside soiree.
Music permeates the air as the DJ spins a mix of house and classic 70’s rock,
while mojitos flow and the people watching will keep you entertained all
As the sun sets, walk over to Old Town
Scottsdale in your pool gear and flip-flops for a chill happy hour on the patio
of Loco Patron, Bungalow or Coach House. Then return to the W to get ready for
a late dinner at Mastro’s City Hall Steakhouse.
One of Mastro’s Restaurant’s famed
locations, City Hall combines the ambiance of your corner diner and the
old-school elegance of a Rat-Pack hangout– you would swear Frank Sinatra was
sitting at the bar. The red leather
booths and piano player in the bar set the tone for mouth-watering filets and
lobster mash-potatoes. The shrimp cocktail is infamous for its atomic
horseradish, drinks are stiff, the wine list is extensive, and the desserts are
to die for. The butter cake with fresh whipped cream and berries will change
Return to the W after dinner where the
party will continue at the poolside bar until 2a.m.
Day 2 - Sunday
Check into the Four Seasons Resort at
Scottsdale Troon North. You’re your morning coffee or breakfast by the pool and
enjoy the views of Pinnacle Peak. Relax the rest of the morning, treating
yourself to a spa treatment or playing a round of golf.
Spend your afternoon at local retreat, Greasewood Flat, secluded at 2000ft (610m) above the
valley - and a pleasant 10 degrees cooler. Get a flavor for the diverse locals
and indulge on beers, and burgers straight from the grill. Live music and the
smoldering scent of mesquite campfires fill the air (weather permitting) of
this authentic western outdoor venue.
Have dinner at PURE Sushi in the
contemporary, intimate bar and restaurant known for the best cuts of sashimi
and specialty rolls in Scottsdale. Sushi portions are generous and the October
and Fire Dragon rolls are among the best on the menu.
Kendra Ford is a freelance travel writer based in