Girls trip to Paradise (Valley) and Scottsdale
I touched down in Phoenix at 10:30am Thursday morning for a spontaneous girls weekend! Me and three of my best friends from college (gooo cocks) decided we were overdue. We all live in different parts of the country: Philly, DC, Atlanta and Phoenix. After we landed we drove about 30 minutes into the desert to my girlfriend Brittany’s brand new beautiful home. Britt lives in Paradise Valley, AZ near Scottsdale. Its a trendy area right outside of Phoenix. New York meets the desert type of vibe. It’s a college town home to Arizona State University but it’s also transformed into a city with lots of young professionals. During my trip I didn’t meet one person who was actually from Arizona. There’s lots to do.. shopping, hiking, amazing restaurants, nightlife and professional sports teams.
Britt had the cutest set up at her house waiting for us! We walked in to a cheese plate and champagne and the party began!! It was immediately time to put on bikinis, hop on a flamingo float and get some sun! PS. Arizona sun is nothing to mess with. No matter what time of year you visit make sure you bring sunscreen to protect your skin! We lucked out, temperatures were low while we were there - only in the 80s instead of the 100s.
After soaking up some vitamin D it was time for drinks. Olive and Ivy is a hot spot in Scottsdale for happy hour drinks and apps. They have a Mediterranean style menu with all different types of bruschetta, amazing salads and lots of entree and cocktail options. They’re also known for their sangria. They have a red and a white, both with lots of fruit - super refreshing! Make sure you have a reservation though the place was packed with people. Happy hour transitioned into a long but super fun night out in Old Town.
Friday morning we woke up too early and ordered bagels and açaí bowls from Postmates - a life saving food delivery app. Adjusting to west coast time is always so hard for my brain. Theres a delish place in Scottsdale called Nekter Juice Bar. They have all sorts of smoothies, acai bowls and fresh squeezed juices that brought us back to life. I decided to take an early morning stroll. The scenery is gorgeous. All the spring flowers are blooming and everywhere you look there are all sorts of pink, purple and yellow flowers mixed in with desert plants and cacti. Roses intertwined with cacti is the most beautiful combo. Its my new fav! April weather in Arizona is amazing. The skies are the prettiest blue, it’s always sunny there’s almost never any clouds in the sky. The rest of Friday day was spent lounging at the pool! Total chill sesh.
Friday night we went to Elements Sanctuary for dinner. This popular resort and restaurant is nuzzled into camelback mountain with insane views. It’s surrounded by desert gardens, and an infinity pool. Sunsets are a big thing in AZ. When the sun dips below the mountains the skies turn purple and orange. If you’re looking for a gorgeous place to watch a sunset Elements is your spot! The views couldn’t get better. The waiters were so nice and they bring out complimentary fuzzy blankets once the sun goes down - it was the cutest thing ever!! It gets freezing in the desert at night but the views are so beautiful we wanted to stay outside so this was the perfect touch. After dinner we headed home and called it a night.
Saturday started with some lounging around and then brunch. Sumo Maya is a really popular spot in Old Town with a tree that grows right in the restaurant (pictured below). They have a bottomless brunch for only $40 bucks! It includes appetizers, entrees, dessert and mimosasa/bloodys! The unique part was that the FOOD is bottomless as well. They have options like churro waffles and cinnamon french toast AKA yummmm! After brunch we took a nap and then went back out for dinner at The W Hotel. Sushi Roku is contemporary sushi restaurant with a gorgeous set up and amazing ambiance. We spent 3 hours at dinner sipping martini's, just talking and laughing. It was the perfect end to an last minute quick trip in the desert.
Happy hour drinks and apps: Olive and Ivy (Tip: Make sure you have a reservation)
Night Life: Bar hopping in Old Town
Dinner/Lodging: A popular resort and restaurant is nuzzled into camelback mountain with insane views. It’s surrounded by desert gardens, and an infinity pool: Elements Sanctuary
Smoothies, acai bowls and fresh squeezed juices: Nekter Juice Bar
Bottomless Brunch $40: Sumo Maya
Author: Ashley Dyer