Anytime is always a good time for a girls trip, so when my BFF wanted to schedule a quick getaway over a weekend, I was all in. While the excitement for my next weekend adventure was already in motion, the most important decision had yet to be made. Where should we go? Think, Shanna, think. We wanted a flight that wasn’t too long (around 3 hours or less), a city not too far from a main airport, great food and wine (because my bestie loves her wine), and pampering was a must.
In an aim to try something new, Scottsdale stood out as the place to go! Arizona is synonymous with spas and several award winning retreats are scattered about the state. In addition to having some of the nation’s top spas, their wine game has placed them on the map as well. Spa, wine, and food equals a fun weekend for sure! Am I right? Or am I right?
Although we would be traveling to Scottsdale during their hot summer months, I could guarantee we would be way more comfortable in comparison to the hot and humid summers here in Houston. Scottsdale has a dry heat so temperatures in the triple digits aren’t really all that bad (for us). Plus, it’s off season for many of the luxury resorts so you can enjoy a little heat in style for a fraction of the cost.
When it came to accommodations, I wanted something hip. Something with a great pool scene where we could lounge with a cool drink in hand. And Hotel Valley Ho is as swanky as they come! When I say this is the place to be, I am telling you the absolute truth. Guests and non-guests were traveling in numbers to the pool to grab a spot for the afternoon while live DJ’s made sure the jams flowed and people danced and mingled for hours on end. Built in 1956, the hotel maintains its 50’s vibe with rooms that align with the time, but are far from outdated. We reserved a room in the Tower, which is kinda a hotel within the main hotel. The room was quite spacious and the views of Camelback Mountain were simply gorgeous.
After checking in and getting “fresh and dressed like a million bucks” for dinner, we headed to FnB for a different dining experience. Well…different from our norm. This farm to table gastropub would expose us to elevated entrees with a vegetable focus. I’ve always loved vegetables (I was actually a vegetarian for two years) but I fell real hard for them that night. What Chef Charleen Badman can do with vegetables will completely blow your mind.
Day two would be full as we would be spending much of the day at the spa (yay!), then at the later part of the day we would head to a winery, and then off to dinner. We booked multiple treatments at Joya Spa at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. A few massages, facials, body treatments, and mani’s and pedi’s would keep us pretty busy. The service at the spa was perfection and the treatments we received were just as fab. And although I enjoyed every single minute of pampering, the pedicure performed in their state-of-the-art zero gravity chairs literally melted away any remaining tension I had in my entire body. How can I ever go back to a normal pedicure again? #realworldproblems
There is a very cool wine trail in the Scottsdale area, but we only had time for one stop (we spent too much time at the spa). Located right around the corner from our hotel, LDV Winery was just what we needed after a long day of relaxation. We had such a fun time learning about LDV wines with owner Peggy Fiandace who was there on hand pouring various varietals she had hand selected for our custom wine flight. Their grapes are not purchased or sold and each bottle contains grapes from their very own estate located a little over 3 hours from Phoenix. The Cabernet was so delicious, I ordered 4 bottles and had them sent home for my hubby.
A stop at the hotel and few cocktails later, we were off again and hungry! We chose what would soon prove to be the perfect place for a final dinner at Olive & Ivy. We ended the evening hanging in the bar area at our hotel followed by a late night dance-off. Ha!~ We always have such a blast!
We opted for a last minute brunch at Virtù Honest Craft the next morning to close out the weekend on a tasty note and to discuss our next trip to Arizona. Sedona will most likely be the destination as we heard more than once that we should take the 2-hour road trip there if we had time. It’s the place of the famous red rock formations and too many 5-star spas and wellness resorts to name. I love adding new spots to my travel list. See ya next time Arizona!