- Where to Go
- The Best of the Valley of the Sun
- Wild West Adventure
- Let Scottsdale Rock Your World
- Finding Water in the Sonoran Desert
- Spring Training
- Arizona Family Road Trip
- Phoenix Points of Pride
- Southwestern Culture and Heritage
- Nocturnal Scottsdale
- Exploring Phoenix’s Architecture
- Unexpected Arizona
- Desert Chic
- Chilly Drinks and Cool Eats in Scottsdale
There is no shortage of great places in Scottsdale to make your temporary home, and you’ll find a rather broad spectrum of options and prices. The city doesn’t offer much in the way of historic hotels or bed-and-breakfasts, though you’ll find many retro-cool and newly renovated 1960s properties that were first built when Scottsdale came of age as a resort destination.
If you’d like to experience the city’s best shopping and nightlife without the hassle of a car, stay downtown, where most hotels offer a free shuttle within a three-mile radius. However, if you’re looking to escape to a desert playground, you have to try one of the city’s mega-resorts, an Arizona specialty. Enjoy mornings on the tee, afternoons in the pool, and evenings under the stars.
Fortunately, even the most luxurious resorts become affordable in the summer, when the temperatures soar into the triple digits and visitors become a bit wary of making a trip to the Valley of the Sun. Locals, though, take advantage of these hometown oases, spending a “stay-cation” at the four- and five-star resorts, which often offer spa and food vouchers. Don’t consider them out of your price range until you give them a call or check their websites.
© Jeff Ficker from Moon Phoenix, Scottsdale & Sedona, 1st edition