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I have an obsession with Scottsdale, Arizona. I somehow end up here three out of every five years, along with every other Chicagoan. The Phoenix area has so much to do ranging from golfing, to hiking, to bars, to resorts, to events. The weather is for the most part always crisp and sunny. Getting around is quick and easy. And downtown Scottsdale is simply the best home base consisting of shopping, restaurants, coffee shops and activities.

I labeled this as a golf and spa weekend because the relaxation potential in AZ is unbelievable. Go out for 18-holes or lounge around the rooftop pool awaiting your massage at the Well & Being spa (best spa eva!… in my opinion). Or do both! But I also wanted to add in the FUN! The Waste Management Phoenix Open golf tournament is an absolute blast. Even if you do not enjoy watching golf, it is a big ole’ party! If you waited another month to book your trip, you could sub out the golf tournament for some baseball Spring Training games. Apparently the options are limitless in the desert.

My itineraries are made with a focus on doing, eating & drinking, which leads to seeing! Make plans easier. The editable templates allow you to add in your own personality, interests and adventures. Or simply download the PDF for a ready to go version. Enjoy!

Notes for Consideration:

  • Renting a car is the best way to get around. Ride share apps are available for when cocktails are involved.
  • Check out Travelzoo or other discount sites to see if there are offers to golf courses or spas.
  • Dress with layers! You are in the desert, so when the sun is out it is very hot but at night it cools off dramatically.

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