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.
Talking Stick Resort
This AAA Four-Diamond resort is an ideal home base for your guys’ trip. Live music, golf, gaming and dining are all just steps away from the resort’s luxury rooms. And if you party a little too heartily, the 14th-floor resort spa can help you recover with a wide range of massage and body treatments, a detoxifying steam room and relaxing jacuzzi.
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
From the lazy river, FlowRider and Agave Spa to an outstanding golf course and 10 dining venues, there is fun to be had all day long at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. And for golfers, rounds will go even faster – and be way more exciting – using the course’s GolfBoards, golf bikes, TurfRiders and Segways to navigate the course.
YOU-DRIVE DESERT ADVENTURES
Get behind the wheel of a military-grade Tomcar or a nimble ATV/UTV for a guided desert adventure you’ll never forget. Scottsdale’s off-road outfitters offer thrilling treks that take you to some of the Sonoran Desert’s most remote expanses. Several of these companies also offer optional target shooting activities to amp up the fun.
Scottish Golfing Experience at Kierland Golf Club
Golf originated over the pond in Scotland, and Kierland Golf Club honors the game’s beginnings with their Scottish Golfing Experience. Your round comes complete with authentic Scottish kilt rentals and a bagpiper who “calls in” golfers at the end of a great game. Cap off the experience with a tasting flight at The Westin Kierland’s 300-label Scotch Library.
Why jump out of a perfectly fine airplane when you can experience the thrill of skydiving at iFly? With the help of a certified flight instructor, you’ll learn how to control your body as you experience the sensation of freefall and float on a smooth cushion of air in iFly’s high-tech, indoor wind chamber.
Feeling lucky? Head for Casino Arizona, which offers 900 state-of-the-art slot machines, nearly 50 blackjack tables, bingo and keno, as well as six restaurants and live entertainment at The Showroom.
Old Town Entertainment District
When you’re ready for some off-the-course diversions, head for Old Town Scottsdale. Warm up with a tasting cruise along the Old Town Ale Trail, then hit the Entertainment District where the party continues with neighborhood bars, high-energy nightclubs, celebrity deejays and even a high-tech bowling club offering craft cocktails and bottle service.
Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers
Like its name implies, this sports bar deals in cold beers and burgers. BYOB (build your own burger) or opt for one of the 19 burgers listed on the menu. And you’ll want to add some totchos to your order for the table.
Home of the “Keep ‘Em Comin’ Mimosa and Bloody Mary” weekend brunch, RnR dishes up great grub and powerful cocktails all week long. Start with an order of Animal Fries (sweet potato and parm fries topped with pulled pork, white cheddar and BBQ sauce), then move on to rock shrimp tacos, half-pound burgers and jalapeño mac ‘n’ cheese.
Fogo de Chão
Remember that unlimited-meat option we mentioned above? Well, bring your appetites to Fogo de Chão where you can indulge in an all-you-can-eat offering of beef, pork and chicken, all carved tableside and prepared in a way that’s unique to Brazilian-style cooking, churrascaria.