Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Top 5 Hidden Places to Relax

There is no doubt that there is an abundance of places to relax in Scottsdale. With so many choices, the decision can be tough. Not to worry though, we have you covered! The following are some of our favorite, hidden gems around town. If you feel like taking in a sunset from somewhere other than Camelback Mountain, then check out Sunrise Trail in the McDowell’s. Want a five star resort experience in a cozier setting? Look no further than Firesky Resort or Copperwynd Resort and Club. Everyone loves ice cream, but skip the Dairy Queen trip and head to the Sugar Bowl to unwind after a long day.FireSky-Pool

1) Sunrise Trail: Scottsdale says good night to its residents and visitors with spectacular sunsets every night (like this, and this). Trust us, you’re going to want to get the best view. If you can handle the 8 mile roundtrip hike up the Sunrise Trail in the McDowell Mountain Preserve, then you’ll experience one of the top views in Scottsdale. Take it in, soak it up and watch the sun go down.

2) FireSky Resort: Right in the heart of bustling downtown Scottsdale sits a secluded, top-notch resort. FireSky hangs their hat on exceptional detail to service, a five star experience, and not to mention, one of the best pools you’ll find in Scottsdale. Surrounded by fire pits and torches, the pool creates an environment that welcomes great times and a perfect way to unwind.

3) Sugar bowl: The most recognizable ice cream shop in Scottsdale is the Sugar Bowl. Ask any local if they’ve been, and most will give you a full recap of childhood memories from the parlor. Open since 1958, the Sugar Bowl serves up delightful treats to customers that leave them clamoring for more. Try the Pinnacle Peak Sundae for some extra Scottsdale Flair and cool off after a long day of fun.

4) CopperWynd Resort and Club: Perched high in the McDowell Mountain’s, CopperWynd resort is one of the best kept secrets in Scottsdale.  The views from the resort are, hands down, the best in Scottsdale (which is impressive when Copperwynd-viewyou have offerings like these). Make a reservation at the resort restaurant, Alchemy, to enjoy that unbelievable view with great food. With all resort activities centered on the view, it’s hard not to feel relaxed when on the property.

5) Scottsdale Greenbelt: Spanning 11 miles throughout Scottsdale, the greenbelt winds in and out of golf courses, parks, and lakes. Take a stroll when the weather is nice to get your dose of “green” in the desert.

Next time you’re in Scottsdale and feel like kicking back, keep these four spots in mind. Just be warned, the side effects of relaxing this way in Scottsdale have been return visits and relocation. When you think about it, those may be the best side effects ever.