Scottsdale/Phoenix Trip Recap

Last week we spent a long weekend in Scottsdale and Phoenix for our 5 year anniversary.  We have been to Scottsdale once before in late July and we loved it then.  So this time we decided to come a little earlier to avoid the hot summer heat and be able to enjoy getting out more.

Thursday – We arrived in Scottsdale early Thursday morning, at 9 AM and our room at The Scottsdale Plaza Resort was not quite ready yet. So we deceided to find a place to eat and maybe do a little shopping. I had heard that Olive & Ivy was a good place and it was close to the mall so it sounded like a good option. Olive & Ivy was very good, it is a place to get coffee and breakfast but it also has a restaurant option for lunch/dinner. I did not look over the lunch/dinner menu but the breakfast menu has lots of options – omlets, burritios, sandwiches – something for everyone. I decided on the breakfast burrito which had potatoes, bacon, cheese and egg in it and was served with breakfast potatoes as well. It was a very good burrito and very filling. I could only eat half of it!

After breakfast and a little shopping at the mall we decided to go relax by the pool and wait for our room to get cleaned. We went to the main pool right off the lobby and they had 3 pool opitions all close by.

About 3 they called to let me know our room was ready so we went to go check it out. We were in a bi-level king suite for our stay. Downstairs there was a living room, bar area, full bathroom and an outdoor patio. Then upstairs was the bedroom, another full bathroom and another outdoor patio. It was nice to have so much space unlike most hotel rooms were everything is in one space. It didn’t feel like we were staying in a hotel room, it was like a little apartment. I recommend the bi-level suite if you are going to stay at the Scottsdale Plaza for an extended time. I am sure their standard rooms are just as nice too.

We got cleaned up for dinner and I had found cheap baseball tickets to go to see the Diamondbacks play the Giants that night. My husband loves baseball and going to different baseball fields so I thought he would enjoy a game. If you have time this baseball facility is a must see. It is covered and has a pool inside, not sure it is a public pool but just rare to see that in a baseball facility. We had dinner at Blanco’s before the game. We got there during happy hour and ejoyed some delicious tacos, dips and drinks before the game. I love that during this time of the year most of the restaurants have the windows open and although you aren’t eating outside it feels like you are. We have been to Scottsdale in July and this is not the case, everything is closed up and everyone wants to be inside where it is cooler.

Friday – The next morning we got ready and decided to go back to Olive & Ivy for breakfast and this time I had a bacon breakfast sandwich, very good option. After breakfast we wanted to be a little adventourus and be outdoors, it was in the 70’s/80’s and it was a nice day to be outdoors. We went to Papago park and went to see the Hole in the Rock. It was an easy climb and the views may not be as good as Camelback Mountain views but it was fun. Maybe next we will go hike Camelback Mountain. In the same park is the Desert Botanical Garden. This garden is full of desert plant life and art and is so peaceful to walk around. Also this spring they have a butterfly exhibit to see where you can see hundreds of butterflies flying around and even catch the stages from caterpillar to butterfly. It was so cool to just see all these butterflies just flying all over and being able to get so close to them.

After walking around we decided it was pool time again and we went back to the resort. We spent a few hours at the pool and got cleaned up for dinner. Friday night we went to a place that just recently opened in Mid March called Taco Chelo in Downtown Phoenix. This restaurany/bar is so laid back – you order your food and then find a seat on their outdoor patio or inside and they bring your food when it is ready. The recommendation was to get something with Carne Asada in it and so I went with a taco and a quesadilla. OMG they were so good. I loved this place, the empolyees were great and answered all my questions and the atmosphere and décor was awesome. I will definitly come back to this place when we come back. The area where the restaurant was is being redevolped with new businesses and housing going up all around. I can’t wait to see the area when we return. Shout out to Lily the manager for being so accomidating and helpful during our meal.

Saturday – Our last full day in Scottsdale and although we were a little sad we enjoyed every minite of it. We headed to breakfast and decided on The Montauk and sat on the patio because it was a beautiful morning. After breakfast we decided we wanted to enjoy the pool one last time. It was the perfect pool day in the 80’s.

We made early dinner reservations for 5:30, because that was the only available option on a Saturday night, at The Mission in Old Town. I recommend that if you are going to eat here make reservations early in the week for the weekend. I was glad we were able to get in because I read so many good reviews on this place. We started our meal off with the Street Corn – off the cob – and the flavor was amazing! I am not sure if I ate it properly but I ate it like a dip with my tortilla chips. I recommend this. For dinner I decided on the Skirt Steak tacos, they were three street size tacos and the steak was so tender. My husband got the Chorizo Porchetta (pork shoulder) and the meat was tender as well and the flavor of that with the white bean puree was also very good. I don’t know that you can go wrong with anything that you choose here. Everything looked so good. They are known for their table side quacamole but I am not a quacamole fan so we did not get that (I know I am crazy but just don’t care for avacados). After dinner we had some light left so we walked around Old Town Scottsdale for a few hours and enjoyed some window shopping and some art. So much to do and see and I suggest spending some time in Old Town Scottsdale when you visit.

I enjoyed our stay and can’t wait to come back to Scottsdale. I am sure we only saw a small taste of what Scottsdale has to offer.

Have you been to Scottsdale? What are your must sees and eats while there




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