Weekend Trip: Scottsdale, AZ

As  you guys saw from all my posts & stories, I spent this past weekend in Scottsdale, Arizona with my mom and sister. I had never been to AZ before so I was super excited! Even though it was a quick weekend, we packed in so many things, I just had to share! So here is a quick little guide to get a glimpse into my weekend.

Where We Stayed

Hotel Valley Ho – This is probably the coolest hotel I have stayed in. It was such a pretty hotel that was perfect for a weekend getaway. They say they are “historic charm meets modern luxury” and they hit the nail on the head with that description. It had two pools, a spa and boutique, picturesque views of Camelback Mountain, a great restaurant, and beautiful rooms!




Where We Ate & Drank

Diego Pops

This restaurant was my absolute favorite — it was amazing. First of all, the restaurant itself is SO cute. The decor was impeccable styled; a mixture of southwestern, art deco, and modern. If you know me, you know that is right up my alley.



We decided to go all out and order and order some munchies and a few cocktails. Their prickly pear margarita, a combo of 1800, respodado, agave, prickly pear, and a house made sweet and sour was to die for! It paired perfectly was the chips and guac.


Farm & Craft

We had drinks at Farm and Craft, which is right down the street from Diego Pops in Old Town. It was a cute little bistro that serves organic and gluten-free eats. They had kombucha cocktails which I thought was pretty cool (and super yummy)!



Olive & Ivy

We grabbed brunch from Olive and Ivy one morning, and it was SO yummy! Aside from the yummy food, they had the cutest patio right on the water canal.




If you love tacos and sushi has much as I do, this is the place for you. SomoMaya is a Mexican Asian fusion restaurant — I know it sounds weird, but you just have to try it to believe it. It also has the cutest decor, which is a plus!



Things We Did

Hike Camelback

Living in Michigan my whole life, I have never hiked a mountain like this before but it was so cool — the view was absolutely amazing! I also thought seeing what felt like hundreds of giant cacti was pretty neat. Fun fact: a saguaro cactus doesn’t usually begin growing arms until it’s about 15 feet tall and around 75 years old. The tallest saguaros are about 200 years old and have more than 50 arms!



Old Town Scottsdale

The bar district in Old Town Scottsdale was crazy Friday night — all of the bars and streets were filled with people! I met a bunch of friends down at El Hefe in Old Town Scottsdale, and it was super fun!


ASU Game

The last night of our trip we went to the MSU vs. ASU football game (the whole reason we went to Arizona), and even though MSU lost (still not bitter about it or anything), it was so much fun!


Overall, such a fun weekend! So happy I got to spend time with family, see my friends, and explore the desert! If you’re heading to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area anytime soon, you need to check out some of these places — you won’t regret it!

xx, Madi