Last weekend I went on a trip with my friend Sam to Scottsdale, AZ. If you follow me on Instagram you might have noticed all the color that was popping up in my feed. Well that’s because we were staying at the awesome Saguaro in Scottsdale. You might be familiar with her sister in Palm Springs, but the Scottsdale location has all of the same bright character and great design too.
What I loved most about the Saguaro was all the pops of color just hidden around every corner. I’m not usually a huge color-lover, but this place does it right. There’s plenty of white and natural plants to balance the bold color all around.
After Sam and I checked into the hotel we took our time exploring and walking around. It was really nice to go on a trip with someone who has a similar travel style to my own. We both were down to roll into Scottsdale without a specific plan or agenda. We just knew we wanted to relax, sit by the pool, enjoy the weekend, and eat as much tasty food as possible. Oh and daily hotel-robe naps with trash TV.
Speaking of the pool, we enjoyed all day Saturday laying out under the shade of bright cheerful yellow umbrellas and floating on Ice Cream Sandwich floaties. It was so relaxing to sit back and roast in the sun – absorbing as much of the hot weather that was left for the end of summer. With life as busy as it is these days, those quiet fully content moments are few and far between. But in that afternoon, lazily sipping iced rosé and floating under palm trees it doesn’t get more content than that.
In true Arizona style we didn’t just sit around by the pool the whole time. We made sure to get at least one good round of golf in. The weather was just perfect. We had an early morning tee time and it was 75 degrees out. If you’re a golfer you’ll know how wonderful that was, especially in August! We golfed around the TCP Golf Course which was gorgeous and well maintained.
We also made sure to check out the local modern art museum. I really enjoyed the simplicity and calm beauty of the exhibits that were featured at the time we were there. Especially Sama Alshaibi’s exhibit. She had such an alluring style to her iconic work.
We enjoyed our slow days and didn’t rush around trying to fit in a ton of adventure. It was just what I needed. A little culture, a little outdoors, a ton of relaxing fun pool time, plus plenty of eating. I was blown away by how amazing the service was at the restaurants and bars we visited in Scottsdale. Each and every waitstaff we met were soooo nice to us, they each went out of their way to give us recommendations or have some special conversations.
The best part about not having a specific plan when you travel is that you can find the best experiences, just because you’re more open to things. We left one bar and spotted a big scene happening at the rock bar and decided to check it out. We were both up for anything.
So we got in without a cover after chatting up the bouncer (again super nice!) and saw a great live show that was absolutely packed! It was a great night with funny memories and moments throughout. My body is still sore from dancing so much.
It was a really great trip through and through. I’m glad I got to share it with my good friend and get away for one last hurrah before the end of summer.