The winter months are an excellent time to head for the desert. This is
the time of year when intensely warm temperatures drop from average
highs of over 100°F to a more comfortable range of around 65°F, making
wintertime a great time to explore what the desert has to offer.
Scottsdale, Arizona, an easy hour-and-a-half away by plane, is an ideal
winter destination. An affluent town nestled among scenic mountains,
Scottsdale is known for its spa resorts and golf courses, as well as
its charming downtown, art galleries and museums, and Sonoran Desert
The Scottsdale area offers many outdoor activities, museums, art
galleries, spas, golf courses, and more – there is something for
everyone in this desert wonderland.
Hike the Sonoran Desert trails which offer a variety of desert landscapes
ranging from peaks to valleys. The Dreamy Draw Recreation Area
and Pinnacle Peak Park offer relatively moderate trails with
rewarding panoramic views of the desert.
Explore the Desert Botanical Garden which boasts the
world’s most comprehensive collection of desert plants. On select dates
from November 24th through December 30th, stroll the
garden at night during Las Noches de las Luminarias when the garden is
aglow with thousands of luminaria bags and twinkling lights.
The Scottsdale Historic Arts District is home to over 70
art galleries and museums. On Thursday evenings, visitors can stroll the
pedestrian-friendly streets for ArtWalk when galleries feature artist
receptions, exhibits and live entertainment.
Artists and architects will appreciate a visit to Taliesin West, once the winter home
and academic headquarters of acclaimed architect Frank Lloyd Wright whose
architectural style and inspiration can be seen throughout the Scottsdale area.
With more resort spas per capita than any other city in the U.S.,
Scottsdale is a haven for those who want pampering. Ancient Native American
tribes were first to discover the restorative and healing powers of the
desert. To experience true native tradition, the Spa at the Boulders Resort
infuses ingredients from the desert environment into their unique spa treatments.
With the ever present sunshine, it’s no wonder that golf is such a popular
desert sport. There are dozens of golf courses in the area, including
affordable public courses such as local favorite Coronado Golf Course
and the scenic Legend Trail Golf Club.
5445 E. Lincoln Drive
Paradise Valley, Arizona 85253
Set against the stunning backdrop of Camelback Mountain, Mountain Shadows
is an upscale boutique hotel rich in pop culture history. The hotel
originally opened its doors in 1959 and soon became a celebrity hot spot
where socialites and Hollywood icons, including the likes of Bob Hope and
Lucille Ball, would escape to relax.
Since then, the hotel has been completely rebuilt, reopening its doors in
April of 2017. The rebirth of the hotel successfully recaptures the mood
and style of what the hotel must have conveyed back in its heyday –
elegance, luxury and relaxed sophistication – a true oasis in the desert.
The hotel’s style and architecture combines modern mid-century design with
a sleek contemporary elegance that integrates seamlessly with the striking
panoramic landscape outside. The property boasts two swimming pools with
private poolside cabanas; a fitness center which offers personal training
and fitness classes; two restaurants; and an 18-hole par-3 golf course.
The spacious rooms feature expansive floor-to-ceiling windows that maximize
views of the hotel grounds and the majestic mountains. From the ultra-plush
beds, full-size luxury bath products, and spa robes to the custom
furnishings and vintage books for guests to peruse, not a single detail has
Choose from the Cabana Rooms which have poolside access or indulge and
reserve the Immerse Guestroom which features an extravagant soaking tub
with a view of the mountains. For the ultimate in luxury, The Camelback
Presidential Suite is top-of-the-line with over a thousand square feet of
interior space and a large terrace overlooking the desert landscape.
7125 East 5th Avenue Suite 31
Scottsdale, Arizona 85251
A cozy and quirky restaurant within historic Craftsman Court in downtown
Scottsdale, FnB uses locally sourced and seasonal ingredients from
Arizona’s top farms and purveyors. The restaurant’s menu reflects the
season’s freshest ingredients with the kitchen turning out delicious plates
of comforting farm-fresh roasted chicken served with crisped spaetzle and
unique dishes like Asian pear, pomegranate and persimmon with crispy
prosciutto, pistachios and goat cheese curds. FnB also showcases the area’s
5445 E. Lincoln Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Hearth ’61, at Mountain Shadows, serves intriguing craft cocktails and
creative seasonal and globally-inspired dishes. Have a seat at the stylish
bar and enjoy classic cocktails with a twist like the Cherry Gastrique
Manhattan or a Figgy Old-Fashioned.
At Hearth ’61, the stone oven is the heart of the kitchen and almost every
dish has been touched by its fire, whether smoked, roasted or seared.
Guests can expect to see a featured roast on the menu each day – from a
Garden Roast on Monday to Sunday’s Pot Roast. The restaurant offers a true
farm-to-table dining experience with fresh ingredients being delivered to
the kitchen within hours from being plucked from the soil. The
globally-inspired menu at Hearth ’61 changes with the seasons but may
include such tasty dishes as Moroccan Spiced Rack of Lamb and an impressive
Niman Ranch Aged Tomahawk Rib-eye for two.