Every year in March, thousands of people flock to Scottsdale, AZ to watch their favorite MLB teams during Spring Training. It's a great way to have a more personal, up-close experience at a smaller stadium and truly enjoy the beautiful weather this time of year. With the games in full swing right now, I'm sharing some must-see spots in town for all of our visitors!
1. Old Town Scottsdale
This area of south Scottsdale will transport you back to the "wild west" days of the Southwest. The facings on some of the store fronts can make you feel like you're in an old western film, and in them you'll find many Southwest-inspired gifts such as pottery, turquoise jewelry and kokopelli figurines. However, over the years, the look of this "town" has changed, becoming more modern and very popular as a night-life hang out spot. There are tons of great restaurants, as well as bars, offering varying cuisines such as Mexican, Italian, Asian and so much more. Perhaps one of the oldest establishments (and my favorite) in Old Town is The Sugar Bowl, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor that opened in 1958 (and complete with the original interior!). Freddy and I love making trips to this sweet spot on the weekends to enjoy a classic sundae or float.
2. Fashion Square Mall
Just up the street from Old Town lies a beautiful indoor mall where you can do some serious damage! Known for it's legacy of luxury, Fashion Square features an abundance of designer boutiques such as Prada, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton to name a few. There are other popular department stores there too, like Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Macy's. One of the latest additions to the mall is the Camelview Harkins theatre, which allows you to watch movies in style with reclining seats, a rooftop terrace and a gourmet concession stand.
3. Hiking trails
There are many hiking trails in the Scottsdale area, for people of all ages, whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or you just like to enjoy the scenery. Pinnacle Peak Park, Tom's Thumb, Squaw Peak, Gateway Trailhead-McDowell Sonoran Preserve, and Camelback Mountain are among the many different trails available to you!
There are sooooo many wonderful places to eat that it would be impossible to name them all! And with all of the Fox Restaurant Concepts alone, you'll never run out of a great place to eat here in town. I'm listing just 10 of my favorites (some local, some not) that I hope you enjoy:
5. Kierland/Scottsdale Quarter
In North Scottsdale (about 20 min. north of Old Town) there are two neighboring outdoor shopping centers with local boutiques and well-known stores like Anthropologie, Pottery Barn, and J. Crew. Since the weather is so nice this time of year, it's the perfect place to get some fresh air while browsing all the different shops. While you're at Scottsdale Quarter, might I suggest having lunch on the patio at True Food Kitchen? You can't go wrong with their herb hummus and tuscan kale salad!
Even if you're not in town for Spring Training, I hope this list helps you on your next trip out to the Grand Canyon state! Have a fabulous weekend!