Summer is halfway over, but it’s not too late for those itching for a staycation. Locals can savor the season with outdoor adventures, pools and pampering, plus good eats right in their backyard in Scottsdale, Ariz. – all in one weekend.
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Witness an epic Sonoran Desert sunrise by taking in the scenery from above with a hot air balloon ride or from the surface with early morning hiking, kayaking, or biking with REI Co-Op Experiences. Indulge after the outdoor adventures with brunch hotspots like Hash Kitchen, Farm & Craft, and Prep & Pastry.
When the temperatures rise during the summer in Scottsdale, seek refuge indoors with OdySea Aquarium, home to more than 30,000 marine animals, or at one of the city’s art museums, SMoCA and Western Spirit. If the mood strikes, shop ‘til you drop in the A/C with more than 240 specialty stores at Scottsdale Fashion Square. For those looking for a little weekend rest, Scottsdale is home to over 50 spas, making it the ultimate relaxation center. Lunch at The Herb Box, Diego Pops, or Brat Haus will be sure to satisfy any afternoon craving.
Happy hour already? Head to Old Town Scottsdale to be transported to a tropical cantina at Hula’s Modern Tiki or to sip on a craft cocktail while enjoying an awe-inspiring view of Camelback Mountain at Outrider Rooftop Lounge, before making your way to The Mission, FnB, or Citizen Public House for dinner.
Then, the night is still young! Check out Old Town’s vibrant nightlife with craft cocktail bars, lively dives, swanky lounges and high-energy nightclubs.
Of course, no local getaway is complete without a sensational escape. Many Scottsdale resorts including The Scott Resort & Spa, Talking Stick Resort, ADERO Scottsdale, and Boulders Resort & Spa Scottsdale offer sizzling summer deals, starting at $111.