My daughter and I are staying at the Camelback Inn for 5 days the end of this month. My husband booked this mother/daughter getaway as a gift to our daughter as she just received her Masters Degree. Can anyone give us suggestions for restaurants, shopping, etc. in the Scottsdale area? Also would you recommend we rent a car? Thanks for your help!
Consider treating yourselves to the famous Spa at the Camelback Inn. It's worth every penny. I bet your other half knows exactly where and how many knots are waiting to be massaged away.
The architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright including the Arizona Biltmore Hotel which he influenced merits a visit. In Hilton's Waldorf-Astoria Collection, the Biltmore features the Cabana Club for dining alfresco, poolside.
The Borgata Shopping complex in Old Scottsdale is worth a visit. There is a Trader Joes there for snacks.
If you are adventurous a morning climb up Camelback Mountain. Given the heat this time of year go early--the Concierge can tell you the easy and the hard way to get to the top--it is strenuous but the views are fantastic.
If it is open FL Wright's studio, Taliesen West, is a great place to tour. Not open all the time, but a must see if open. Malees on Main is a fantaastic Thai restaurant that we've always enjoyed. http://www.maleesthaibistro.com/locations.html
Have a great time, watch the heat, stay hydrated, etc. Scottsdale has a lot of offer anytime of the year.
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Spa loving, Phoenix resident here.
I love the spa at Camelback Inn. Especially the hot stone massage -- absolutely one of the top 3 massages I have ever had -- and I've had a lot of massages! Be sure to take you time and enjoy all the amenities - sauna, steam room, pool, etc. The bistro/bar is nice for b'fast/lunch -- the cheese plate is a lot of food for the $$ and very good -- if you like cheese.
I prefer "local" restaurants to big chains -- that said... For a splurge meal, I highly recommend "Elements" at the Sanctuary. It's on McDonald Dr -- about 10 - 15 mins from the Camelback Inn. The view is awesome and so is the food.
http://www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com/content/elements.htmlFor a sophisticated meal, extremely appropriate for a gal with a fresh master's degree, try Tarbell's -- great food in the Biltmore district with white linen tablecloths but not the usual pretention of some of the other establishments in that area. Oh, and did I mention the food and wine are excellent? http://www.tarbells.com/
http://www.tarbells.com/If you go shopping at Kierland Commons -- be sure to eat at The Greene House -- one of the best restaurants in the area: http://www.foxrc.com/the_greene_house.html Actually, any of the Fox Concept restaurants are terrific...
I would avoid El Chorro Lodge -- good food -- but the atmosphere is a bit stodgy for a recent college grad. I also cannot recommend Tomaso's -- good food, but atmosphere is just not -- well, trust me, your daughter wouldn't enjoy it...
For good, authentic Mexican, try Tee Pee -- it's nothing fancy! http://www.teepeemexicanfood.com/
As far as shopping goes, well, Phoenix/Scottsdale has it all. If you want something unique, I suggest wandering the streets of old town Scottsdale and going in all the art galleries and maybe finding an art piece you can bring home and enjoy every time you look at it or touch it or whatever... Or, get directions to the Heard Museum in central Phoenix -- probably the BEST Native American museum -- and they have a lovely store with unique items that are not made someplace on the other side of the Pacific Ocean!
Ideas for gifts for others or yourselves would be a tooled leather belt with silver buckle -- with or without turquoise! These can be as simple or as elaborate as your tastes dictate... Textile art -- rugs, wall hangings, etc... Take a LOT of pictures -- when you get home, pick one that captures your heart, enlarge it and frame it -- be sure you ask people to take pictures of you and your daughter, together!
Anyways, enjoy your trip. I know you will. Besides hiking Camelback Mountain, you may also consider visiting the Desert Botanical Garden -- a little less strenuous! -- or taking in a baseball game if you're so inclined...
Forgot to mention -- yes, rent a car, unless you really want to "unplug" from the rest of the world...
Also, when you make your spa appointments -- ask if that is the best price going or if they have any specials going on -- recently, they had buy 1 treatment, get 1 1/2 off...at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in North Phoenix/Scottsdale and I think they had the same special at Camelback Inn... It doesn't cost anything to ask and no one will think you are being cheap.