RedWeek Travel Guide: Scottsdale, Arizona

published on August 2, 2022 by

Each year, more and more travelers flock to the resort community of Scottsdale, Arizona. Once you start learning about this Sonoran Desert destination, located less than a half-hour from Phoenix, it’s easy to see why. Scottsdale is a playground for all ages, with world-class golf courses, family friendly attractions and a wealth of spa offerings. We’ve gathered some of Scottsdale’s best experiences, restaurants and timeshare resorts to help inspire your next trip. 

Things To Do In Scottsdale

  • Scottsdale Golf Courses: Scottsdale is a golfer’s dream come true, with more than 50 courses within city limits (and 200 more in the nearby area). You can enjoy legendary upscale spots like Grayhawk Golf Club and We-Ko-Pa Golf Course alongside budget-friendly public offerings such as TPC Scottsdale and Mountain Shadows Short Course.  
  • Butterfly Wonderland: This unforgettable Scottsdale attraction is an ideal destination if you’re traveling with kids — or if you just love butterflies. It’s home to thousands of friendly and colorful butterflies that fly free in an immersive environment. 
  • Taliesin West: One of the most stunning architectural creations in the western United States, Taliesin West is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that preserves Frank Lloyd Wright winter home. Now open to the public, it allows visitors to explore a masterpiece from one of the 20th century’s most influential minds. 
  • Scottsdale Spas: Bliss is never far away in Scottsdale, where you can choose from more than 50 luxury resort and day spas, each one offering relaxation and refreshment. If you had to choose just one? Try the new Sisley-Paris Spa, a luxurious outpost of the famed French wellness brand — and the largest in the U.S. 

Where To Eat In Scottsdale

  • Chula Seafood: Scottsdale’s central Arizona location means that you’re far away from the ocean. But Chula Seafood brings the freshest catches to the desert on a daily basis. Try the Whitefish BLT for a truly out-of-this-world sandwich experience. 
  • Los Olivos Mexican Patio: A Scottsdale favorite for more than 70 years, Los Olivos is beloved for its handcrafted tortillas and salsas, bringing to life authentic Sonoran flavors and recipes in a beautiful al fresco setting. The margaritas are outstanding, too. 
  • FnB: Regularly landing in national magazines’ top restaurants roundups, FnB offers Arizona cuisine at its finest. Helmed by chef/co-owner Charleen Badman, this Scottsdale restaurant features seasonally changing menus made with the best local ingredients. FnB’s carefully curated wine list showcases Arizona’s finest vintages, representing more than 100 wineries. 
  • Scottsdale Wine Trail: And speaking of wine … the Scottsdale Wine Trail is a must for anyone with even a passing interest in Arizona wine. It’s an entirely walkable journey in downtown Scottsdale that will take you to six of the city’s award-winning wineries, each one with its own unique approach. 

Where To Shop In Scottsdale

  • The Merchantile of Scottsdale: This boutique indoor market is home to a dizzying array of Scottsdale makers, giving shoppers easy access to the area’s best arts and crafts. The merchants here sell everything from DIY jewelry to chic apparel to one-of-a-kind artworks. If you’re in search of something to remind you of your time in Scottsdale, The Merchantile is the place to find it. 
  • Old Town Scottsdale’s Fifth Avenue: This shopping district in Scottsdale’s historic Old Town is packed with retail options, with an emphasis on western-style flair. Stroll the blocks here and browse a wide selection of goods, including leather furniture, stylish Southwestern dresses and much more. 
  • Scottsdale Fashion Square: This upscale shopping mall is perfect for seeking out the latest trends from the biggest brand names, such as Armani, Balenciaga and Christian Louboutin. As you shop, check out the numerous art installations and murals that are around every corner. 

Scottsdale By-Owner Vacation Rentals

The Westin Kierland Villas
  • The Westin Kierland Villas: Spanning 10 acres of extraordinary Sonoran Desert landscape, the Kierland Villas offer guests rest and relaxation in a luxurious setting. Golfers take note: the 27-hole course is one of Scottsdale’s best links experiences. 
  • Four Seasons Residence Club Scottsdale at Troon North: Troon North is another stellar Scottsdale golf resort, with the adjacent Troon North golf club always just steps away. The resort also features five unique restaurants and cocktail lounges, ensuring that there’s something for every member of your traveling party. 
  • Sheraton Desert Oasis: As with any good oasis, Sheraton Desert Oasis exists to take your mind off your worries. Here, you’ll enjoy a sprawling pool complex (complete with waterfalls and secluded grottos), an array of fine dining options and spacious accommodations. 

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