By The Editors By The Editors | January 31, 2023 | Food & Drink Lifestyle Travel & Recreation
Here’s where to dine, shop, spa and stay in Scottsdale.
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Arizona is known for its vibrant skies—why not experience its beauty from hundreds of feet in the air? Rainbow Ryders is the Southwest’s premier hot air balloon ride company and available to check off your bucket list. 715 E. Covey Lane, Phoenix, rainbowryders.com
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Here’s our list of five of the best brunch places in Scottsdale for your Sunday fun day.
Fresh finds abound at Arcadia Farms Café. PHOTO BY DEBBY WOLVOS FOR EXPERIENCE SCOTTSDALE
Arcadia Farms Café
Since 1990, ladies who lunch have flocked to this ultrafeminine, French-country cafe that specializes in organic salads, sweet and savory crepes, gourmet sandwiches and housemade desserts.
7014 E. First Ave., Scottsdale, arcadiafarmscafe.com
Whether you’re starting the day with friends, family or business associates, Breakfast Club offers a tasty selection of sweet and savory brunch options. With a menu of waffles, Benedicts, specialty omelets and even Southwest-style offerings, this popular spot also realizes nobody builds a better omelet, pancake, salad or sandwich better than you. Choose your favorite fresh ingredients and enjoy.
4400 N. Scottsdale Road, Old Town Scottsdale, breakfastclub.us
Between Camelback and Mummy mountains sits this popular spot for brunch. Led by chef Charles Kessels, El Chorro’s Sunday brunch delights with assorted avocado toast, breakfast tamales, trout amandine and more. Plus, all entrees arrive with a basket of sticky buns, croissants and scones to satisfy your sweet tooth.
5550 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, elchorro.com
This exquisitely designed restaurant will tempt taste buds with gorgeous brunch dishes like ricotta lemon pancakes, egg meurette, pear and prosciutto tartine and croque madame. While guests salivate over Valley native and classically French-trained chef Brian Archibald’s exquisite Mediterranean fare at Scottsdale Fashion Square’s luxury wing, the desserts are equally enticing—save room for apple sorbet or chocolate pot de creme.
4710 N. Goldwater Blvd., francinerestaurant.com
LON’S at The Hermosa Inn
Spend the morning basking in a garden of lush, brightly colored florals and voluminous bougainvillea amid the sounds of trickling fountains as you enjoy the seasonal fare. Brunch lovers return time and time again for lobster quiche, huevos rancheros, freshly baked monkey bread, vanilla French toast and more.
5532 N. Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley, hermosainn.com/dining/lons
Home to world-renowned shopping experiences, Scottsdale’s retail meccas provide something for fashion mavens of all tastes.
Kierland Commons in North Scottsdale PHOTO BY JENNA MCKONE FOR EXPERIENCE SCOTTSDALE
Known as the “crown jewel” due to its regal history and unmatched ambiance, Biltmore Fashion Park serves as a home to some of the finest shopping in Arizona. Anchored by the state’s only Saks Fifth Avenue, Biltmore Fashion Park’s sophisticated shoppers can’t resist its selection of high-end retailers including Ralph Lauren and Williams Sonoma. Meanwhile, dine at sensational restaurants like The Capital Grille, True Food Kitchen, Seasons 52 and Cheesecake Factory when hunger strikes. 400 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, shopbiltmore.com
Gainey Ranch in North Scottsdale recently welcomed this restaurant-market combo, which, in addition to offering fine meals and classes, has everything you need when it comes to high-end cheeses, wines, charcuterie, breads and more. 7704 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Ste. 140 & 145, Scottsdale, gastromemarket.com
One of the most picturesque outdoor shopping experiences in Scottsdale, fantastic shops, world-class restaurants, art galleries, aesthetic destinations and weekend live entertainment all abound at Kierland Commons. Retail favorites include Anthropologie, Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Splendid, Z Gallerie, Crate & Barrel, plus many, many more. 15205 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale, kierlandcommons.com
Located in the heart of Scottsdale’s historic downtown, Old Town ensures you’ll find something for everyone as you stroll the 5th Avenue Shopping District. You’ll find Southwest curio shops, artisan boutiques and high-end retailers. Dining options are also plentiful, from the chic ambiance at Farm & Craft to the sweet treats at the infamous Alien Donut. 3712 N. Scottsdale Road, oldtownscottsdaleaz.com
Scottsdale Fashion Square is home to more than 240 storefronts, including its coveted luxury wing, housing some of the biggest names in luxury fashion, including Jo Malone London, Gucci, Fendi, Cartier and Jimmy Choo, just to name a few. Visit top retailers like Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Macy’s and Apple before dining at top restaurants, from Nobu, Ocean 44 and Francine to Toca Madera and Zinque. 7014 E. Camelback Road, fashionsquare.com
Scottsdale Quarter’s common sights include a Ferrari double-parked outside Design Within Reach and children going crazy for the splash pad in the courtyard. Retailers are a healthy blend of worldly brands and original concepts, while service providers include day spas and a blow-dry bar. 15059 N. Scottsdale Road, scottsdalequarter.com
Visit Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary at Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows for customized treatments in a serene desert setting. PHOTO BY STEPHANIE RUSSO FOR ANDAZ SCOTTSDALE RESORT & BUNGALOWS
Grab your girlfriends and head to the land of world-renowned spas and relaxation.
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A Mediterranean mansion-style property in the southern foothills of Camelback Mountain conceals eight spa rooms for private massages, body wraps and facials. Royal Palms Resort & Spa, 5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, royalpalmshotel.com/spa
Offering a beautifully balanced mix of services, including injectables, high-tech cosmetic and body treatments, peels, face-lifts and more, Glo Medspa is Scottsdale’s go-to for looking and feeling your best. 10505 N. 69th St., #1000, Scottsdale, glomedspa.com
Head to Joya Spa at Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia for 31,000 square feet of luxurious pampering space. Conceived by Sylvia Sepielli, the visionary behind some of the world’s most celebrated spas, here you will discover a magnificently refreshing world of healthy indulgences that will nurture your body and replenish your soul like never before. Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, 4949 E. Lincoln Drive, joyaspa.com
Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary
Opened in 2016, Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa’s Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary encourages guests to select their favorite desert plants and fragrances for use in their treatments via essential oils. Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa, 6114 N. Scottsdale Road, andazscottsdale.com/spa
The Phoenician Spa
The Centre for Well-Being spa that reigned on this property for 29 years was replaced with a brand-new, three-level facility with a rooftop pool in 2018. Two dozen treatment rooms and a 600-square-foot suite populate the underground level, while the ground level is all about action— fitness equipment and instruction, salon services and a boutique with an aromatherapy blending counter. The Phoenician, 6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale, thephoenician.com/spa
Tabletop massages, body scrubs and wraps are offered in a variety of fragrances and intentions. Known for your analysis paralysis? Go for a prescribed package of treatments. Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, A Gurney’s Resort & Spa, 5700 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, sanctuaryaz.com
The Spa at the Boulders
Twelve million-year-old rock formations and a quiet location north of the bustling city set a serene scene for desert-celebratory indulgences. Various treatments convey scents of prickly pear, sage, pomegranate and honey. Boulders Resort & Spa, 34631 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree, theboulders.com
There are countless incredible resorts and hotels in Scottsdale, all of which have a different flavor. Here, some of our favorites.
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Nestled in the West Valley and surrounded by the stunning Sonoran Desert landscape, this iconic retreat is an oasis of casual elegance blended with Southwestern charm. After a century of service, The Wigwam has become a part of Arizona’s rich history, and synonymous with Litchfield Park and the local communities. Boasting luxury casitas and suites, the 440-acre Phoenix getaway provides a complete array of recreational amenities, pools, three unique restaurants, a luxury spa and 54 holes of championship golf, including the Gold, Blue and Red courses. The Wigwam is not just a resort, it’s the beating heart of Arizona’s arid landscapes. 300 E. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park, wigwamarizona.com
Hotel Valley Ho is hip, vibrant and bold; no boring beige here. This locally owned hideaway combines the best of contemporary modernism with classic midcentury design details. Located in historic Old Town Scottsdale, Hotel Valley Ho shines brighter than ever with notable additions including ZuZu, VH Spa and the OH Pool. It was named “one of the best-preserved midcentury hotels in the country” by author and architect Alan Hess. 6850 E. Main St.,Scottsdale, hotelvalleyho.com
Originally built below Camelback Mountain in 1959, Mountain Shadows Resort Scottsdale reemerged as an icon of luxury and design after it was completely rebuilt in 2017. Located near Scottsdale in serene Paradise Valley, the resort features striking architecture and stunning desert surroundings that create an energy of renewal that draws you into this unique destination. 5445 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, mountainshadows.com
Whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure, Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia is a premier destination for luxury and romance, relaxation and recreation. Take a climb on Camelback Mountain, relax at Joya Spa, kick back at the pool or tempt your taste buds with culinary delights inspired by Spain and Mexico. 4949 East Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, omniscottsdaleresort.com
Experience relaxation and renewal among the stylish tranquility of one of Scottsdale’s finest luxury accommodations—Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, A Gurney’s Resort & Spa. Retreat to ultimate comfort within spacious casitas, suites or Sanctuary’s exclusive villas, each offering the most spectacular views of the famed Paradise Valley. Refresh your spirit as you indulge in the cuisine of Chef de Cuisine and James Beard Award nominee Samantha Sanz. Relax your mind and reconnect at one of the top destination spas in the continental U.S. and most award-winning luxury resorts in Scottsdale. 5700 E. McDonald Drive, Paradise Valley, gurneysresorts.com
Offering distinct comfort and contemporary design, Talking Stick Resort guest rooms and hotel suites exude the flavor of Scottsdale, with a luxurious touch. The culinary experts at Talking Stick Resort have created six unique restaurants for you to enjoy throughout the hotel and resort. With more than 50 table games, 800 slot machines and poker tournaments almost every day, it’s thrilling gaming all in one place. 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, talkingstickresort.com
A hidden gem perched high above the rugged Sonoran Desert, with breathtaking vistas of iconic mountain peaks in nearly every direction, ADERO’s 177 spacious rooms (including 16 signature oversize suites) all feature an expansive private balcony for guests to enjoy unrivaled starry skies and moonrises, brilliant golden sunsets and views of the city lights. Guests have endless opportunities to indulge in the great outdoors, from sunrise yoga among the canyons, picturesque hikes and mountain biking along 55,000 acres of desert terrain to farm-to-table cuisine at the signature restaurant CIELO. For the ultimate in health and well-being, guests can turn to ADERO’s world-class fitness club and desert-inspired adventure spa. 13225 N. Eagle Ridge Drive, Scottsdale, aderoscottsdale.com
An artful enclave in the heart of the Sonoran Desert, Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows invites you to explore 23 acres of sprawling lawns, cactus gardens and shaded groves. Here, you can seek the path less traveled, find inspiration in the desert landscape and chase your sense of wonder. It’s minutes from town, miles from ordinary. 6114 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, andazscottsdale.com
Journey to the foothills of the Santa Rita and Tumacacori mountain ranges for a complete reset. Tubac Golf Resort & Spa is a world-class Arizona luxury resort, located just south of Tucson. Set on 500 acres of the historic Otero Ranch, the resort is an oasis of greenery rooted in Arizona history. Ease into a relaxed state with a leisurely round of golf; spend the day at the bliss-inducing spa; dine at historic Stables Ranch Grille & Bar; or explore the eclectic boutiques, museums and fine art galleries of Tubac. 65 Avenida de Otero, Tubac, tubacgolfresort.com