Your Post-Game Lineup
Come springtime, Scottsdale is consumed by baseball fever. But fans of America’s favorite pastime travel to our Sonoran Desert escape for much more than just hotdogs and homeruns.
Not all spring training traditions take place in the stadium. In downtown Scottsdale, two restaurants top the itinerary for every seasoned spring training visitor. The first is Don & Charlie’s – where old-fashioned prime rib is served with a smile and sports memorabilia covers ever square-inch – and the second, Pink Pony Steakhouse (currently closed for renovation), a longtime favorite that blends baseball nostalgia with modern American cuisine.
Celebrate the start of the 2013 pre-season during the Spring Training Festival at Scottsdale Stadium (Feb. 16-17). Vote for your favorite one-of-a-kind hotdog during the Yelp! sponsored competition or opt for a VIP experience at the all-new Maya Beach Club Dugout, then head to the W Scottsdale for an exclusive after-party fashion show. Into fancy cars and tricked-out hotrods? You’re in luck – the Goodguys 4th Annual Spring Nationals show is in town March 8-10!
While much of the country is fighting frigid temps, we here in Scottsdale are outside soaking in the desert sun. Some of our favorite ways to do this: guided hikes through the McDowell Sonoran Preserve from Arizona Outback Adventures and Take a Hike Arizona, or adrenaline-pumping off-road excursions by Jeep, Hummer or Tomcar. And let’s not forget golf – we do have about 200 area courses, after all! Everything from quintessential desert play at We-Ko-Pa to a traditional Scottish experience at Kierland Golf Club.
Downtown Scottsdale is an ever-evolving urban escape. Browse the boutiques at Scottsdale Waterfront and Southbridge, and then head to Scottsdale Fashion Square for a luxury-shopping fix. Creative spirits love the Scottsdale Arts District, which hosts a free ArtWalk every Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. On Saturday mornings start your day at Old Town’s Farmers’ Market before strolling the cool and quirky storefronts in this Western-themed district.
Scottsdale spas have been drawing relaxation-seekers for years. At the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Well & Being at Willow Stream Spa puts to use the Southwest’s indigenous roots and time-tested Asian influences. The Spa at Camelback Inn takes this homegrown theme to the next level with the Farm to Table Experience – walk the garden with a guide and choose your own plants and herbs for a 60-minute organic facial or massage.