With spring on the horizon, many families are making plans for a spring break trip, but Scottsdale is the perfect destination for adults looking for a warm weather getaway. While it’s typically known as a golf and resort destination, Scottsdale offers much more such as nature, art, dining, and shopping. From viewing the beautiful spring blooms to discovering the local art scene, there’s no shortage of activities to revel the warm weather in Scottsdale.
Here are some suggestions below for an adult spring break that takes visitors “off-the-beaten-path” in Scottsdale.
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• Search for Spring Blooms in the Arizona Desert – Although wildflowers don’t come with a guarantee in Arizona, some years they spread across the vast desert, but other times the colors are spotty. Springtime in Scottsdale is the best time to spot the flowers blooming- guests will see in mid-February the flowers appear, then colors start to peak in March and continue into April.
• Where to Stay – Located in the heart of the Sonoran Desert and tucked away from Old Town Scottsdale, Andaz Scottsdale is a secluded, artful enclave where guests can find inspiration in the desert landscape. Whether a guest selects a bungalow, two-bedroom villa, or one of the newfeaturing an in-room smart-gym system, the desert oasis provides the ultimate private luxury experience with private entrances, patios, luxurious bathrooms with skylight and expansive windows, spa-inspired showers, artisan crafted furnishings and more.
• Scottsdale Adventures Beyond Golf– From thrilling outdoor adventures to inspiring creative experiences, Scottsdale provides intrepid activities such as stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, hiking that stray away from the typical golf and pool itinerary. Through Andaz Adventures, guests can access a robust calendar of cooking and mixology classes, day trips to Sedona, and much more to get outside and stay active. For a wellness-focused getaway, Andaz Scottsdale’s Mind & Body series encompasses a variety of activities to enlighten the mind and body. Recently, the series introduced new offerings such as Basic Aerial Yoga Flow (move through traditional yoga poses using silks and be cocooned in the silk for a unique savasana experience) and Floating Meditation (join a meditation experience under the desert sky at sunset by using aerial yoga skills. Begin with light movement, then center the mind with a guided meditation in a yoga silk cocoon).
• Flourishing Local Art Scene – Art is an integral part of the Scottsdale experience where the creative energy radiates throughout the city’s art scene. As an Andaz Scottsdale guest, art lovers can appreciate the premier access to VIP tours, workshops, meet-the-artist events, and more at a local art preservation, Cattle Track Arts & Preservation. In March, visitors can look forward to the soft opening of a new exhibition, Bill Smith Gallery, in the studio area and the Cattle Track Concert series with planned performances from Trio Rio, Dusty Ramblers Project, and more.
• Desert-Inspired Spa Treatments –Scottsdale is known as one of the world’s finest spa destinations, and visitors can indulge in spa treatments that are far from ordinary. Inspired by the splendor of the Sonoran Desert and using ingredients by a local botanist from Sedona, the Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary team has created a sanctuary offering a full suite of spa treatments, a customizable apothecary experience, a secluded pool and an outdoor lounge featuring panoramic views of Camelback Mountain. Visitors will particularly enjoy the Desert Ritual, a lavish desert-inspired body treatment focused on fusing the spa’s signature jojoba hair and scalp treatment with a prickly pear facial massage, in addition to a custom-made body scrub and hydrating jojoba butter mask. As a latest addition, the newly appointed Weft & Warp Executive Pastry Chef Morgan Malzahn is collaborating with the spa to offer a special truffle class, using indigenous ingredients.
• Dinner with a View – With more than 800 restaurants in the Scottsdale area, finding a memorable dining experience can be overwhelming. Look no further than Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen, where the experience takes center stage for both the exquisite globally inspired dishes and impeccable views of the Camelback Mountain. Guests will be impressed with the glass-walled exhibition kitchen where the culinary team’s talents are fully displayed, and guests are placed in the middle of the action. Some highlight dishes from Executive Chef Dushyant Singh include the Pork Belly “Porchetta” (calabrian chile onion soubise, broccolini, fennel pollen, honey), Pan-seared Scallops (U-10 scallops, lemon artichoke puree, crispy brussels, pork belly, roasted garlic panko), and fresh in house made pastas such as Duck Confit Rigatoni (maple leaf duck legs, roasted mushrooms, chestnuts, tarragon, grana padano, port jus). For something sweet, Executive Pastry Chef Morgan Malzahn brings her own personal touch to create stunning dessert masterpieces such as the persimmon me this (gluten free almond cake, white chocolate persimmon chutney, persimmon chips), toffee, coffee, choc…ee?? (baked valrhona chocolate mousse, grandma cake espresso mascarpone crème, miso toffee ice cream), and her slice of paradise, which is a new cake that Chef Morgan creates each day.