Stay and Play in Scottsdale
Scottsdale is known as a resort town, so I reached out to Experience Scottsdale to get the low down on where to go and what to do in Scottsdale for a staycation and have a little fun. They have a ton of info and even have a website called its that hot dot com with all a ton on helpful info.
Stay: It’s hot, but the deals are even hotter. Take advantage of resort summer rates to cool off this summer.
- Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa – You don’t have to go to San Diego. There are beaches in Scottsdale! Hyatt Regency is an awesome option for families with kids. Turn ‘em loose at the 2.5-acre pool complex with 10 swimming pools, complete with its own beach. Everyone can enjoy thier version of the perfect pool day. Rates start at just $149.
- Westin Kierland Resort & Spa – This summer Westin’s creating The Big Chill with all kinds of fun programming. On Saturdays they’ll actually cool things off literally by dropping a gigantic ice block—think iceberg– into the main family pool. In the pool. Just what you want on a 110-degree day. Kids are going to thing this place is super chill. Rates start at $109.
- Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain – For couples looking to spend some luxurious time together, this is the spot. Rates start at $228 and there is a deal 20% for Arizona residents all summer long. Just bring your AZ idea when you check-in.
Play:If you don’t want to stay the night, there’s plenty of ways to stay cool.
- Kayaking The Lower Salt River – it’s not Scottsdale, but Arizona Outback Adventures, which is based in Scottsdale, offers full-service kayaking tours, complete with snacks, water and river-front valet service for kayaking. Hot tip: Book this on a weekday morning and you’ll find the river at it’s most peaceful. Rates start at $145 per person, but book 4 or more people and get 20% off.
- Take a Spa Day at Omni Montelucia – Scottsdale locals know this, but maybe not all Valley residents do. The deals at the Joya Spa are as awesome as the views of Camelback Mountain from their pool. They have a different spa deal for each day of the week this summer. For example, Wellness Wednesday is $40 any full-priced massage with a free fitness class. Hot Tip: Make a day of it and take advantage of the hammam-style hot and cold plunge or just soaking in the views from the spa pool.
- Night Out in Old Town – Even if you can’t make a weekend of it, there’s always a chance for just an evening out to lift your spirits.Thursday night ArtWalks are still happening all summer long, and Main Street in the evening is just gorgeous. Check out The Scottsdale Wine Trail – there are actually 5 Arizona Wineries with tasting rooms in Old Town Scottsdale—and cool off sipping wine. Then checkout some of the new restaurants in Old Town, maybe dinner at the new Blue Clover Distillery, a locally owned vodka distillery with a great American pub-style menu. And another opportunity for a cool drink to cool down.