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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 afternoon.

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 your life. 

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 Scottsdale, Arizona

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