A Weekend For The Girls: Your Girl’s Trip Guide to Scottsdale, Arizona

A girl’s getaway is always in style in the desert city of Scottsdale, Arizona.

Whether your group of gals has plans to explore Frank Lloyd Wright’s former home, studio, and architectural masterpiece, Taliesin West, or seek out a chance to walk among the 3,000 butterflies at Butterfly Wonderland, or just shop and play and eat and repeat, consider this your ultimate go-to guide for when you’re next in our neck of the woods.

First things first. Are you ready to get your zen on? After check in, check out with a massage and facial treatment at Spa Avania of the Hyatt Regency. If you’re looking for holistic spa and salon offerings, including a French-Celtic mineral pool, an artful indoor-outdoor oasis, steam rooms, saunas, and a wide range of services that include massages, facials, wraps, manicures, pedicures, and more, you are sure to find whatever it is you are looking for at Spa Avania.

If you and your gal pals, instead, are ready to cut loose for a weekend party and are eager to kick off your shoes and hit the dance floor, then head over to the best kept secret in town: Handlebar J Restaurant and Saloon. Here, you’re bound to enjoy a sampling of ribs, steak, cowboy hats, and a western twang that will surely give you a taste of the Old West.

Girls just want to have fun, and at Scottsdale Fashion Square you can experience Scottsdale's premier shopping destination. Is there any extra room in your suitcase? If there is, take a peek and see what’s in store at Burberry, kate spade, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., and Neiman Marcus. Kierland Commons, an outdoor shopper’s paradise, may be another stop if you haven’t quite gotten your fill of shopping just yet.

Even though the kids aren’t with you, check out all that nature has to offer at Odysea. The Aquarium, Mirror Maze, Odysea in the Desert, and Butterfly Wonderland are all within close proximity. Where else could you stand among the 3,000 creatures that formed from caterpillar to chrysalis and then took flight into the world? Spectacular and tranquil, this experience will be one that will stay with you for a lifetime.

Healthy bites are a must when you’re talking, laughing, and catching up. Explore Kale & Clover Mindful Kitchen where Chef Chris Mayo and Gerardo Moreno combine nutritionally balance meals with the freshest seasonal and responsibly sourced ingredients. They’re open for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Wine is on the menu, just in case you and your tribe need a sip throughout the day. You are, you know, on vacation.

If your group is feeling like a hike among the cacti, don’t miss the picture-perfect views at McDowell Sonoran Preserve, a space of 30,000 acres the City of Scottsdale purchased for residents and visitors alike. Trails are open daily for long walks or short walks, depending on what was enjoyed the night before.

Don't forget to lounge by the pool at the Turquoise House Scottsdale and enjoy the dry heat and Arizona Sun.  Scottsdale has so much to offer in ways of entertainment, shopping, and relishing the joys of the natural world. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon!

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