Men, listen up. If you’re looking for a guys’ trip that includes award-winning craft brews, championship golf, a prime nightlife scene and outdoor adventures fit for the manliest members of your crew, Scottsdale’s got you covered. Heck, we’ll even throw in all-you-can-eat grilled meats. And the best part? No sideways glances from your significant other. So, round up your best buds, hang out the “no girls allowed” sign, and check out these suggestions for the ultimate guys’ getaway.
Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort
This all-suite property on the northern edge of Old Town puts you within easy reach of some of the city’s best restaurants, bars and nightclubs. Every stay at Embassy Suites includes a daily hot breakfast buffet and nightly happy hour that includes beer, wine, cocktails and apps.
SCOTTSDALE MARRIOTT AT MCDOWELL MOUNTAINS
If golf is on your itinerary (and even if it isn’t), this all-suite property adjacent to the TPC Scottsdale is a great choice. Just 15 minutes north of Old Town, the Marriott McDowell Mountains boasts a large swimming pool and jacuzzi, sports bar-style dining at AGAVE Southwest Bar & Grill, and flat-screen TVs in every room.
SONESTA SUITES SCOTTSDALE GAINEY RANCH
Located in exclusive Gainey Ranch, this upscale hotel puts you in easy reach of Sonoran Desert adventures and the urban excitement of Old Town. Every stay includes a complimentary full hot breakfast buffet and an evening reception with apps, craft beer and wine.
Amp up the excitement with an off-road tour by Jeep, Hummer, ATV or Tomcar! All tours include thrilling rides to the desert’s most pristine expanses, as well as options like local booze sampling and night-vision tours. Some outfitters even allow you to practice your marksmanship under the guidance of an NRA-certified range safety officer.
Scottsdale tees up exciting play on some 200 area courses, including high-caliber desert tracks like those at TPC Scottsdale, Troon North and Grayhawk. With target-style greens, wide expanses of open Sonoran Desert in place of manicured fairways, and stunning views at every turn, Scottsdale desert golf all but guarantees you the round of a lifetime.
Housed in a swank second-floor space overlooking the Old Town Entertainment District, Skylanes isn’t your father’s bowling alley. Six interactive bowling lanes, jumbo LED walls, craft cocktails and a late-night menu keep the fun rolling into the early morning hours.
SCOTTSDALE ALE TRAIL
There are more than 30 craft breweries in the greater Scottsdale area, including six of the most popular along the Old Town Scottsdale Ale Trail. Sample the award-winning creations at Goldwater Brewing, pair your local beer with a wood-fired pizza at Craft 64 or check out the latest brew offerings and live music at Scapegoat Beer & Wine Bar – and that’s just for starters.
WE DO MEN – A MALE CONCEPT SPA
If the weekend’s festivities have left you looking like a hot mess, put yourself in the capable hands of spa owner Stacey Grondahl. Her man-spa offerings range from skincare to massage, as well as packages that include brow work and local booze sampling.
Give in to tantalizing cowboy ribeyes, tender Australian lamb and signature tableside lobster pot pie at Bourbon Steak. This AAA Four-Diamond restaurant delights your taste buds with organic and hormone-free cuts of beef and poultry, all slow-poached in butter and finished in wood-fueled flames on the grill.
RNR’s second-story perch gives you a bird’s eye of Old Town Scottsdale while you enjoy modern twists on classic American comfort foods. If you’re in town on the weekend, don’t miss the RNR brunch and Keep ‘Em Coming mimosas and bloody Mary’s every Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ocean 44 brings world-class seafood sourced from around the world to Scottsdale. The upscale, contemporary atmosphere creates a relaxing space to celebrate the round of a lifetime over specialties like New Bedford scallops, Alaskan king crab and Wagyu filets.