Stuff to do while you're here
The Scottsdale/Arcadia/Phoenix areas have plenty of attractions to keep you busy while you are here. Scottsdale has a great bike sharing program. You can rent bikes all over the place. They are app enabled and only cost a dollar an hour.
If you have time to wander around Old Town Scottsdale, definitely do it. It is just a stones throw away from where we will be staying. There are lots of art galleries, great food and drinks, fun little trinket shops, and plenty of other things to do. On Saturdays there is a really nice farmers market with local bread, coffee, veggies, hot sauce, and all sorts of other delicious goodies. It opens at 8am and goes until 1pm.
Scottsdale Fashion Square is the place to go if you want to do some serious shopping. It's a giant mall with just about every store you could think of. It is located across the canal from downtown.
Top Golf is located right by our condo. We'll be coordinating with whoever is interested in going as a group on Thursday. It's much cheaper that way. If you haven't been, it's pretty much like bowling - except you're golfing. They have a full menu and bar and supply the clubs. Let Jake know if you are interested in going on the RSVP page so that we can make the necessary reservations.
Breweries: Like pretty much every city in the United States, the local beer scene is exploding in Phoenix and Scottsdale. Some of our favorites are McFate Brewing, Scottsdale Beer Company, Four Peaks, and OHSO brewery. If you want to be able to try just about every beer brewed in the valley but don't want to go through the trouble of driving to all of them, visit the Wandering Tortoise in Arcadia. It a bit of a drive, but the beer selection is excellent. Ask for Tony.
Restaurants: Other places we love for food and drinks around Old Town and Arcadia are Postino, Olive & Ivy, Culinary Dropout, Chelsea's Kitchen, Rehab Burger, Buck & Rider, Barrio Queen, Brat Haus, and The Herb Box.
If you love coffee like we do, then the best spot to get it is up near our condo- Lakeview Coffee. You will not be disappointed! Ask for the light roast of the day. They also have some great breakfast options using local ingredients. Even better is that the coffee shop is located right on the Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt. (The Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt is an oasis of parks, lakes, paths and golf courses traversing 11 miles through the heart of Scottsdale. The greenbelt features more than 24 grade-separated crossings, meaning users can avoid major cross traffic. This world-renown flood control project is rated among the top urban "green spaces" in Arizona. - City of Scottsdale) The Greenbelt is one of the best things about where we live (it passes right by our condo). We use it all of the time for bike riding, walking, running, and going to the park.
Lots and lots of things to do. If you are planning on a hike or being outdoors, do not underestimate the sun. Bring sun screen and lots of water or the rest of your trip might be a bummer...
Desert Botanical Garden: This 140 acre botanical garden is home to Sonoran Desert plants as well as desert plants from around the world. The walking trails will meander you through tons of incredible vegetation and art. There are a couple of cafes along the way to grab a snack or cool drink. There is also a really fun and beautiful butterfly gardern! Although entry is a little pricey, it's one of our most favorite spots in Phoenix and is well worth it. Again, remember water, hats, and sunscreen for an even more enjoyable experience.
There are great hiking trails all within 20 minutes. We love to go explore the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in North Scottsdale. It's a massive nature preserve with miles of hiking. It's technically still in Scottsdale, but once you're there it feels like you are hours from the city. Maps and info can be found here: http://www.scottsdaleaz.gov/preserve
South Mountain also offers some great hiking. It's one of the more popular areas, so plan to get there early. South Mountain is the fourth largest city park in the United States. It has great views of the city and tons of trails. https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/trails/locations/south-mountain
Piestewa Peak Park offers miles of beautiful trails and a scenic summit. It's also very popular but is great for kids. https://www.phoenix.gov/parkssite/Pages/Piestewa-Peak-Dreamy-Draw-Trails.aspx
Camelback Mountain is another very popular location (aka crowded). It can also be steep and more technical- it's definitely not kid friendly. It overlooks the city of Paradise Valley, which houses some of the most expensive homes in all of Arizona. http://climbcamelback.com/