It’s true, Scottsdale summers bring the heat, but there’s so much more to this sizzling season than the weather. Find top-notch accommodations, soothing spas, beat-the-heat activities and delicious dining to make every traveler excited for summer vacation – from the young to the young-at-heart.
HYATT REGENCY SCOTTSDALE RESORT & SPA AT GAINEY RANCH
For the perfect home base for a family summer vacation, look no further than this resort. Its 2.5-acre water playground with a sandy beach, waterslide and rock-climbing wall keeps kids cool and entertained all day long. And the fun doesn’t stop there – find eight dining options, Spa Avania, and Center Stage Bar, with live music and libations (for mom and dad), all on-property.
Stay in the sizzling center of the action at this oh-so-Instagrammable downtown hotel, where everything needed for a lively getaway is right at the traveler’s fingertips. Guests can snag a cabana for sipping a frosty cocktail poolside, take advantage of weekly Taco Tuesday specials at La Señora, or stroll into Old Town, with more than 100 restaurants, dozens of shops and myriad art galleries within walking distance.
JW MARRIOTT SCOTTSDALE CAMELBACK INN RESORT & SPA
Tucked into the base of the majestic Camelback Mountain, this peaceful luxury resort is a desert oasis prime for a summer reset. Find relaxation at The Spa, unwind at Rita’s Cantina & Bar, meander through the property’s garden terraces and Sonoran Desert trails, and feel right at home in spacious, pueblo-style rooms.
THE SPA AT SANCTUARY CAMELBACK MOUNTAIN, A GURNEY’S RESORT & SPA
Relaxation seekers will feel a sense of calm with Asian-inspired treatments and a serene setting perched high on Camelback Mountain, offering an unbeatable panorama of the wild desert landscape. Take a spiritual journey to Indonesia or Thailand, with services like the tok sen, blending Thai massage with vibration therapy. The spa also offers multi-day Satori Wellness Retreats, customized to address anything from mental wellbeing to physical development.
SCOTTSDALE ALE TRAIL
Sipping on some ice-cold suds just hits the spot this time of year. 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. For starters, sample award-winning creations at Goldwater Brewing, pair a local beer with a wood-fired pizza at Craft 64, or check out what’s on tap and enjoy live music at Scapegoat Beer & Wine Bar.
The whole family can beat the heat and learn something new on an afternoon visit to one of the area’s indoor museums. History buffs can take a journey through Western and Native American culture at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, while modern art lovers will be captivated at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. For music fans, The Musical Instrument Museum is not to be missed.
HULA’S MODERN TIKI
Is there anything that feels more like a celebration of warm weather than a tropical tiki cocktail? Visitors find all the tiny umbrellas and more at this urban twist on classic tiki bars and restaurants of the 50s and 60s. Stop in for a drink and quick bite, or stay and dig into the delicious menu, fusing island and American dishes.
PREP & PASTRY
Combine a hearty brunch menu, delightfully shaded patio and some of the best pastries in town, and you get the ideal summer vacation breakfast spot. From health-minded egg dishes to decadent baked goods made fresh daily, the flavors and the presentation will not disappoint. Bon appetit!
BELLE’S NASHVILLE KITCHEN
For a spicy kick as hot as Scottsdale’s weather, head to this locally owned and operated honky tonk bar and restaurant in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. Its boot-scootin’ kitchen serves up the heat with menu items like the Devils Sliders and Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich, complete with live performances every night of the week.