Our Girls Trip to Scottsdale, Arizona

Thank you to Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, Hotel Adeline, The Vig McCormick Ranch, Postino East, Spa Avania, Hot Air Expeditions, and Mitsubishi for making our trip to Scottsdale, Arizona an unforgettable experience!

Some of my best friends and I took a recent girls trip to Scottsdale, Arizona and we had the best time ever! Not only did we stay at beautiful hotel properties and eat the best food, but we had amazing adventures and such great time together as friends. I’m recapping all of the details you’ll ever want to know about Scottsdale, Arizona! Up first, my video!

Scottsdale Travel Vlog

I had so much fun putting that video together! Now let’s break it all down. I’m giving you all the details on where to stay, where to eat, and what to do. So many great pictures, it was hard to narrow it all down. Sorry in advance for the photo dump!

Where to Stay in Scottsdale, Arizona

Our trip to Scottsdale was four nights, and we were able to experience two different hotel properties during our stay. The two properties were so different from one another, and I actually think it was a great idea to experience both. I’d definitely say that if you’re planning a trip to Scottsdale and you’ll be there longer than 3 nights, try and stay at different properties. If I remember correctly, there are over 70 hotel properties in Scottsdale alone, so the options are vast – from boutique hotels to massive resorts. Here’s where we stayed!

Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch

Our first two nights were spent at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch. Upon arrival, I was amazed by the amazing landscaping (so many cactuses and palm trees). The resort is set up against the McDowell Mountains, the architecture is very Frank Lloyd Wright inspired, there are tons of pool areas, a golf course, spa, and lots of restaurants on-site. We also really loved getting to go to the Recency club, which is a lounge you can get breakfast, snacks, drinks and more throughout the day.

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort at Gainey Ranch - as seen in Scottsdale travel guide by Meg O. on the GoIt reminded me of being in Mexico without the water. The main areas are all open-air, they had live music, very large and comfortable guest rooms (all have great views) and so many things to do right on-property. We barely left those first two nights! So, if you’re the kind of person that likes to stay where you don’t really have to leave – this place is it. We were so relaxed! I would also recommend the Hyatt for families, as well. They have a lot of kid-friendly and family-friendly activities along with the amazing pools.

Lots of dreamy photos spots, I might add. Love this group shot of us on the resort grounds.

Hotel Adeline

After two nights, we ventured over to Hotel Adeline. It had a much different vibe and pace that we were immediately smitten with. It is a brand new property in Scottsdale, having only been open just a few months. It underwent a $12-millon renovation which resulted in the most Instagrammable boutique hotel ever.

Hotel Adeline in Scottsdale Arizona - girls weekend travel guide by Meg O. on the Go

I’ve never been to Palm Springs, but in my head this is what Palm Springs looks like. Hotel Adeline has such a beautiful mid-century modern boho vibe. It’s a small, boutique property with 213 guest rooms. The hotel also has two restaurants – Selfmade and Good & Proper, both of which we enjoyed. It’s really close to Old Town Scottsdale, which is a fun place to explore (more on that in a minute). There is one pool area that is gorgeous, with cabanas, games, and a full bar.

Cabanas at Hotel Adeline in Scottsdale Arizona - girls weekend travel guide by Meg O. on the Go

Everywhere you turn in this super cute boutique property is a fantastic photo op. We loved it! If you are the kind of person that likes unique hotels with charm, this will be your jam. I definitely recommend this hotel for girlfriends and couples, as it’s geared more towards adults.

Where to Eat in Scottsdale, Arizona

There was not a shortage of food on this trip, that’s for sure. I loved every meal in Scottsdale. I am not a picky eater and I like almost everything, but I am a foodie. Here are the restaurants we visited while in Scottsdale.

The Vig McCormick Ranch

The Vig McCormick Ranch has a modern chill vibe with a menu that will satisfy anyone in your party. You can get anything from a steak to a poke bowl.

The Vig McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona - from travel guide written by Meg O. on the Go

The Vig McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona - from travel guide by Meg O. on the Go

The cheese board and edamame were amazing appetizers, and I got a poke bowl. My friend Katie loved her street tacos. Everyone loved their meals!

Group picture at the Vig McCormick Ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona - travel guide by Meg O. on the Go

You must check out the Vig!

Wine Me Dine Me at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort

We were able to experience Wine Me Dine Me at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, which is a unique dining experience!

Wine Me Dine Me at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort - from Scottsdale travel guide by Meg O. on the Go

Chef Juan takes you through a four-course meal with wine pairings and a special Patron Reposado tequila made exclusively for the Hyatt Scottsdale. This experience is a foodie’s dream!

Wine Me Dine Me at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort - from Scottsdale travel guide by Meg O. on the Go

It was so fun to be able to sit right at the counter to see the chef’s team prepare our meals and get a great education on the flavors along with the wine pairings.

Selfmade at Hotel Adeline

Yet another adorable Instagrammable spot within Hotel Adeline! I mean, just look at this place!

Selfmade at Hotel Adeline in Scottsdale Resort - from Scottsdale travel guide by Meg O. on the Go

Fortunately, the food was just as amazing as the interior design. Pretty sure all of us ate way too much this meal. We had three appetizers, entrees, and one dessert per person. My favorites from the menu were the chicken skewers and my creme brulee. They also make a mean cocktail!

Selfmade at Hotel Adeline in Scottsdale Resort - from Scottsdale travel guide by Meg O. on the Go

There is definitely something for everyone on the Selfmade menu. My friends also loved their pizzas!

Postino

Postino is an Arizona staple that has now made its way into other cities and states. It is a casual, yet high-quality and unique wine cafe that specializes in bruschetta boards and other dishes made for sharing. We hosted a small baby shower for Bethanie at Postino East in Gilbert. The food, mimosas, atmosphere, and company was wonderful.

Postino East food - from Scottsdale travel guide by Meg O. on the Go

Those bruschetta boards were to die for!

Baby shower at Postino East in Gilbert, Arizona - from travel guide by Meg O. on the Go

Baby shower at Postino East in Gilbert, Arizona - from travel guide by Meg O. on the Go

It was such a beautiful morning celebrating our favorite mama-to-be and my best girlfriends.

Sugar Bowl

Sugar Bowl in Old Town Scottsdale is a favorite between tourists and locals. It’s been around since 1958 and it has that vintage soda shop feel. The walls and booths are pink, and their hot fudge sundaes are delectable!

Sugar Bowl in Scottsdale, Arizona - from a travel guide written by Houston lifestyle blogger Meg O. on the Go

So much fun for anyone, especially when it’s hot and you want a cool sweet treat.

Diego Pops

Our last dinner in Scottsdale was at Diego Pops. I’d describe it as a trendy Mexican place. Not the Tex Mex I’m accustomed to. It’s like if Torchy’s went to Palm Springs. Haha, I really am grasping here with trying to describe it. It was such a fun atmosphere with unique and cool flavors. The brussel sprout nachos were out of this world (they even had a fried egg on top), and the Mexican street corn queso was delicious.Diego Pops in Old Town Scottsdale - as seen in Scottsdale weekend girls trip travel guide by Meg O. on the Go

Definitely give this place a try if you want some unique fun flavors, or even if you just want a really good taco.

What to Do in Scottsdale, Arizona

There is no shortage of fun in Scottsdale. You can be outdoorsy, a foodie, relax at the spa, or hang by an amazing pool. Here were the things we did while we were in Scottsdale.

Pool Time at Your Hotel

We spent the majority of our first day at the Hyatt just hanging around the resort, mostly at the pool and spa. All of the Scottsdale hotels have great pools because it’s the desert and warm year-round. We gotta have a great place to cool off! In fact, I hear a lot of locals get passes to resort pools so they can go have fun and relax.

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, Arizona pools

pool at Hotel Adeline in Scottsdale, Arizona - from travel guide by Meg O. on the Go

The pools at both of our hotels were super fun and a great way to catch some sun.

Spa Avania at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort

Our experience at Spa Avania at the Hyatt was first-class. The whole facility is stunning, with private pools, plunge pools, sauna, steam room, relaxation areas, and much more.

Spa Avania at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch - as seen in Scottsdale travel guide by Meg O. on the Go

We all got to experience the Himalayan Salt Room and everyone got a massage. It was heavenly! Seriously the best way for a bunch of moms on vacation to relax.

Hot Air Expeditions

Nothing like crossing off a bucket list item while on vacation. If you haven’t ridden in a hot air balloon before, you must! Hot Air Expeditions really gave us the most unforgettable morning. I actually have ridden in a hot air balloon before while in Napa Valley, so I knew going in I would love it, and I absolutely did! The Arizona ride was a completely different experience from Napa, so I highly recommend doing it, even if you have gone somewhere else.

Hot Air Expeditions in the Phoenix Arizona area. As seen on Meg O. on the Go Scottsdale travel guide

Hot Air Expeditions is an early morning experience. Our driver picked us up at our hotel at 4:25 am and they took us to the launch spot. We watched the pilots and crew get the balloons ready for take-off, and off we went!

Hot Air Expeditions in the Phoenix Arizona area. As seen on Meg O. on the Go Scottsdale travel guide. Most amazing hot air balloon ride!

Our flight lasted about an hour. Our pilot (they are graded pilots!), John, was so knowledgeable of the landscape and wildlife, and he had a lot of great stories to share. He was a pleasure to fly with! Upon landing, we were treated to a champagne toast and breakfast. Afterward, we were escorted back to our hotel all by 9:00 a.m. Worth waking up at 4:00 a.m. for!

Old Town Scottsdale

Old Town Scottsdale is a must-visit! It’s a fun area with shops, restaurants, and sights. Lots of cool photo spots, like this cactus mural.

Old Town Scottsdale Cactus mural wall - as seen on Meg O. on the Go's Scottsdale travel guide

Diego Pops and Sugar Bowl are in Old Town Scottsdale, as well!

Papago Park

Papago Park is a beautiful spot to get your desert fix. There are multiple trails and hiking options, even for beginners. We decided to take some desert maternity photos of Bethanie in this spot, and the photos turned out stunning!

 desert maternity photos in Papago Park in Phoenix, Arizona - as seen on Meg O. on the Go's Scottsdale travel guide

I mean… hello, desert goddess!

Camelback Mountain

On our last day, we headed out early to do some “legit” hiking on Camelback mountain. I say “legit” because didn’t quite know what we were getting ourselves into because we chose a pretty difficult trail called Cholla Trail. Luckily the park ranger advised us on the difficulty and about where to stop, etc.

Camelback Mountain - as seen on Scottsdale weekend travel guide by Meg O. on the Go

We spent a good hour hiking up and down and didn’t get anywhere near the top because we weren’t properly equipped with enough water (#novices) and perhaps not enough stamina. Nevertheless, we got some amazing views of the Phoenix area and had a great morning. Hiking somewhere on Camelback is a must!

What to Drive

While in Scottsdale, I had the opportunity to test drive the 2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport. It was the perfect vehicle for a desert adventure. It seats 5, has ample space for all passengers, has a 7″ touchscreen display that connects seamlessly to my iPhone, and has an overall rugged yet cool look! My first car was a Mitsubishi, so it was fun to drive another one for this trip!

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

2018 Mitsubishi Outlander as seen in Meg O. on the Go's Scottsdale, Arizona Travel Guide

I had fun being the driver throughout the trip, especially in this fun car.


If you’re planning a Scottsdale trip anytime soon, just know you are in for a real treat. I hope you’ve found this travel guide and recap to be helpful. If you need any other planning resources, definitely check out ExperienceScottsdale.com!

Also, make sure you’re following my friends on their blogs and social media. I promise you will love them!

Bethanie: http://www.thegarciadiaries.com || http://instagram.com/thegarciadiaries
Katie: http://www.typicalkatie.com || http://instagram.com/katiemcrenshaw
Brittany: http://www.theashmoresblog.com || http://instagram.com/theashmoresblog
Elly: http://www.uptownwithellybrown.com || http://instagram.com/uptownwithellybrown

2 Comments

  • Reply
    Julie Durfee
    May 29, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    Looks like you had a blast! I love Postino East and even though I’ve been to most of the places you suggested (since I live here) I still have yet to make it to some of your suggestions. Also, how did I not know about Hot Air Expeditions?!

    • Reply
      Meg O.
      May 29, 2018 at 8:38 pm

      I’m so so so smitten with Scottsdale! I had no idea how much I’d love it! The food, the weather, the scenery, the cactuses… I love it! Girl, you gotta do a hot air balloon ride. It was magical.

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