Being a fan of the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon state, I was excited to explore one of the cities I’d never visited: Scottsdale. I was impressed with the diversity of outdoor activities, great restaurants, and beautiful desert landscapes. But what stood out most to me was the spa culture! From the luxury and serene accommodations at Hermosa Inn to the more urban location and style of Kimpton’s Firesky Resort, the hotels were fantastic. Restaurants from casual to elegant were satisfying and delicious, and were perfectly complimented by the craftsman style architecture around town, inspired by former transplant Frank Lloyd Wright. With adventures like driving ATVs around the saguaros in the desert, horseback riding on an Indian reservation, and hiking Camelback Mountain (no easy feat!), there’s plenty to satisfy your your sporty, artsy, and culinary cravings. The best way to soothe the body and mind after indulging? The spas. Montelucia and the Phoenician were tops. For the 411 on all, check out my my story for the Tennessean: “Scottsdale offers playgrounds from cowboy to couture.” (PDF links below)
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