Desert at Dusk

As you may have seen on my Instagram, I spent last weekend in sunny Scottsdale, AZ visiting my parents. It was so nice to take a break from work for a few days and just enjoy being with family and friends in my home state. I love going back home and revisiting some of my favorite places, like That's Amore Gelato and Proof at the Four Seasons Resort. 

Proof is an American canteen restaurant, featuring homestyle meals inspired by the main streets of the U.S. There truly is something for everyone! My parents and I have been coming to this restaurant (before it was Proof) for about 15 years to celebrate special occasions, like birthdays, graduations, etc. We love this spot so much because of the gorgeous views you can enjoy right from your table!

And of course, the food is excellent as well! I ordered the fried chicken and waffles, served with vanilla butter and a berry compote, with a side of mashed potatoes. Talk about a down-home Southern meal! It should also be noted that I definitely couldn't eat ALL of parents will get to enjoy the leftovers!

After dinner we walked around the resort property just as the sun was starting to go down. I love that the Four Seasons truly embraces the natural desert landscape and color palette in it's design. It's not obtrusive or out of place; it blends with the natural surroundings. It almost feels as if you've stumbled upon the adobe casitas while walking through the desert. 

As we were walking around, I got to really enjoy the beautiful desert plants, and to my delight, a cute bunny enjoying his dinner. 

Over the past few years, I've come to appreciate the beauty of the desert more than I did as a kid. Yes, it is painfully hot most days in the summer, but when a monsoon storm rolls in on a warm afternoon, and you see the lightning bolts against the black sky as the rain pours down, there's really nothing else like it! I'm so grateful I got to grow up in this beautiful place, and I will always cherish the memories I have made there. 

What are some things you love about your home state? I'd love to hear in the comments below!