Phoenix, Arizona offers beautiful desert scenery, mild temperatures during the winter and a variety of delicious restaurants. Growing up in Southern California I never thought to see myself moving to the desert. Since moving here in 2005, I have grown to love hiking and other outdoor activities such as paddle boarding. Phoenix offers amazing restaurants, fabulous shopping and world renowned spas. There’s plenty to keep you busy!
Here are some of my suggestions:
1. Outdoor activities
Phoenix offers some of the best hiking in the United States! My favorite trail is South Mountain. The trail is approximately 12 miles long which is perfect for those who love to mountain bike. The longest hike I’ve done at South Mountain is 3 miles and I only stopped because the weather was getting into the 90’s. And yes, it can get hot here in the summer but if you plan accordingly and hike early, to beat the heat! But, once you see a beautiful desert sunrise, you won’t mind the early morning so much.
2. Are you a shopaholic? We can quench your addiction!
Phoenix offers everything from high-end shopping to some of the best premier outlets! One of my favorite luxury shopping malls is Scottsdale Fashion Square. Boasting 1.8 million square feet of retail space (wear comfy shoes), you can find high end shops such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Saks Fifth Avenue. It also offers budget friendly trendy shops such as H&M, Forever 21 and Charming Charlie.
3. Love to eat?
Phoenix has a myriad of delicious places to eat. Culinary Dropout is my go-to spot to impress visitors. It serves the best gastro pub food I’ve ever had! And it’s located across the street from the Scottsdale Fashion square. Make a day of it and head over after shopping. Just a tip: They get extremely busy on the weekends and they don’t take reservations. So put your name in and order their amazing Moscow Mule at the bar! Enjoy the live music while you wait.
4. Love to relax and get pampered?
Scottsdale has renowned spas and wellness practitioners! Here you’ll find innovative treatments inspired by Sonoran Desert botanicals and regional Native American traditions, as well as from cultures around the world. My favorite is the Willow Stream Spa at the Fairmont Princess Scottsdale. Try their Desert Serenity Body Wrap. It’s literally 90 minutes of HEAVEN!!
Here in Phoenix you can enjoy outdoor activities, shop til’ you drop, get pampered and eat amazing food during the the fall, winter and spring months. Summer can get hot but there are enough fabulous pools and water parks to keep you cool! See you in the desert!