7 things to do in Scottsdale, Arizona now!

June 13, 2018

I'm currently en route to my favorite state ever, Arizona! If you've never been or been wanting to go, stop everything and book your trip. Maybe wait to go until November - May, but book it, trust me. If you didn't know I grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona. I lived there from age 3 1/2 - 17. My whole family still lives there, my best friends are there and its my most favorite place in the world.
"Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts." Oliver Wendell Holmes.
Anyways, I'm heading home for my first baby shower! I'm so dang excited. But first, lets chat Arizona. There are so many amazing places to visit, eat, drink, shop, and tour. These are just some of my top favs, to name a few.

Have you been to Arizona? What are your favorite places?

ONE // Le Grande Orange, Phoenix, Arizona. Le Grande Orange is an organic coffee and breakfast bar, cafe, pizzeria and retail grocery. The food is simple and clean with no hidden ingredients.

Le Grande Orange, better known as LGO is one of the best places for coffee, breakfast and pizza in the city. My BFF Coti has made honey lattes at this place famous and their commuter breakfast sandwich will actually knock you socks off. Shop the grocery while you wait for your breakfast for all the cutest knick knacks, cards and things you never knew you needed.

TWO // Sanctuary Resort, Paradise Valley, Arizona. Nestled within the inspiring landscapes of Camelback Mountain, Sanctuary Resort invites you to experience a higher level of luxury, laughter, and glorious renewal. This famed Scottsdale luxury resort will introduce you to a refreshing new spirit of sophistication and relaxed refinements, as you discover 53 acres of your own private paradise where formalities are replaced by fun, and the most luxurious amenity is the art of reconnection.

The Sanctuary sits on the top of Camelback Mountain and is one of the best views in the city. Want a fancy brunch, delicious dinner or a gorgeous pool? Head up the mountain to find your little retreat.

THREE // El Chorro, Paradise Valley, Arizona. Cozily nestled between Scottsdale and Phoenix, Paradise Valley’s historic El Chorro offers an authentic Arizona dining experience. Generations of Valley residents and visitors have travelled to this serene setting at the base of the stunning Camelback and Mummy mountains.

The legendary restaurant has been around forever, plus it's where I got married. It has a gorgeous patio, delicious cocktails and the sticky buns will leave you absolutely begging for takeout. Order the short ribs, thank me later.

FOUR // Phoenix Open, Scottsdale, Arizona. As the most-attended tournament in the world, with an annual attendance at 500,000, it's a weekend you don't want to miss. The legendary 16th hole has a temporary stadium that manifests around it each year, so popular that the city is considering making it permanent.

Adam and I love the Phoenix Open because it's at the end of January and the perfect retreat from those dreary Denver months. Warning, its an absolute shit show. But its the best party in golf and totally worth seeing at least once in your life.

FIVE // Ruze Cake House, Scottsdale, Arizona. Růže was founded on the principle that local and sustainable ingredients make for better, fresher tasting cakes. Ethically-sourced food on a personal level; and an even greater responsibility to source food that’s been produced in a way which doesn’t harm the environment or exploit farmers and producers.

Delicious baked goods, amazing coffee and they make the most gorgeous cakes. Okay, so I'm biased because they made our wedding cakes and macaroons, but trust me. This is a stop worth making. Plus the shop is so cute and instagrammable.

SIX // Spring Training in Old Town. Scottsdale. Scottsdale Stadium takes up 11 acres in the heart of the city's downtown and can rightfully make the claim as spring training's most urban ballpark. It stands on a busy city thoroughfare just three blocks from Old Town Scottsdale.

Is there anything better than sitting in the warm sunshine, drinking beer and watching baseball? The answer is no. The coolest part about this stadium is its in the heart of old town scottsdale, meaning you can walk wherever you want before and after the game.

SEVEN // Mii Amo Spa, Sedona, Arizona. A world-class destination spa resort with its own award-winning facilities. Featuring 16 luxurious spa casita guest rooms & suites, Mii amo Spa offers everything from delicious meals at the celebrated Mii amo Café to spectacular spa treatment rooms, a tranquil library, fitness center and movement studio, plus indoor and outdoor pools with dramatic canyon views.

Sedona may be 2 hours from Phoenix, but it's totally worth the drive. Nestled in the most gorgeous red rocks, this spa is a dream come true. My bff Whitney had her bachelorette party here and we spent the day treating ourselves to some spa treatments. This is the perfect getaway for a girls trip, honeymoon or weekend getaway.

Tell me your favorites! What do you love to do in Arizona?

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I love hearing from all of you and greatly appreciate all your feedback and comments! xx Kristen