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)
About Lindsay Taub: Lindsay is an award-winning journalist with over a decade of experience as a writer/editor, producer and photographer covering travel, lifestyle, culture, arts, food, and all facets that make life a journey. She calls Los Angeles home when she's there, but prefers to leave the city for the mountains and open spaces as often as possible. She loves cooking, gardening, live music, hiking with her three rescue dogs, and nothing beats cheese and wine during a spectacular sunset. If you can't find her, she's trekking through a jungle, seeking a seeker, admiring wildlife, or on a plane, quite possibly jumping out of it when the adrenaline junkie is at her best. She is the co-founder of Voyage Vixens. View author profile.