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Resort Values, Hot Attractions and Fresh Culinary Offerings Make a Splash in the Sonoran Desert this Season

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (May 17, 2019) – Things are heating up in Scottsdale and we’re not just talking about our triple-digit, prime-for-pool-lounging temperatures. With unbeatable values and so much that’s new to see and to do, travelers would be smart to make hay while the sun shines (although we have that year-round).


THE BIG NEWS: Scottsdale summers are H-O-T. But while temperatures climb to triple digits, resort rates dip to as much as 60 percent off, DJs heat up the pool party scene, kids splash around to their hearts’ content, and the spa deals beckon for relaxation, making Scottsdale the ultimate summer vacation spot. is a one-stop shop for trip planning; whether that means fun for the whole family, resetting with rest and rejuvenation or letting loose as the life of the party.


  • Westin Kierland Resort & Spa: The Camp Kierland package, with rates starting from $169 plus a $50 nightly resort credit, allows families to enjoy Kierland FlowRider Surf Camp, a lazy river, stargazing, campfire s’mores and more.
  • The Scott Resort & Spa: Rates start at only $99 at the newly renovated, Old Havana-style resort, steps from Old Town and poised for the perfect summer Instagram shots by the pool or at the trendy Canal Club restaurant and bar.
  • Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia: Nothing says relaxation quite like a fee-free stay, complete with an enticing lineup of spa specials and culinary experiences, and breathtaking poolside views of Camelback Mountain. Rates start at $135 at this quiet and romantic resort, reminiscent of an Andalusian village.
  • Hotel Valley Ho: Rates start at just $99 at this mid-century modern gem right in the heart of Old Town. Lounge at the signature OH Pool and party on with Frosé Friday, plus Saturday and Sunday DJ entertainment and drink specials.
  • Embassy Suites by Hilton Scottsdale Resort: There’s something for the whole family with the Splash into Summer Package, with rates starting at $109. Kids will flip for dive-in movies and barbecues at the pool on Saturday nights while mom and dad enjoy poolside cocktails.

ICYMI: Just opened in February is Castle Hot Springs, a Westroc Hospitality property and Arizona’s only member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World. Billed as a tranquil adult retreat, the resort embraces a “Digital Detox” philosophy and offers 12 Spring Bungalows, 525 square feet each, and 19 Sky View Cabins, 378 square feet each. Amenities include private terraces with telescopes for stargazing and piping directly from the nearby natural hot springs into oversized tubs.


THE BIG DISH: In March, a sixth wine tasting room landed in Old Town Scottsdale and began pouring. Maynard James Keenan, lead singer of rock bands Tool and A Perfect Circle, opened Merkin Vineyards Tasting Room & Osteria representing his northern Arizona wineries, Caduceus Cellars, Puscifer canned wines, and Merkin Vineyards.


  • Known for her locally sourced, elevated veggie creations, Chef Charleen Badman of Scottsdale’s FnB Restaurant was named James Beard Foundation’s 2019 Best Chef: Southwest this month, following five consecutive JBF nominations.
  • Drunk Munk, a tiki-inspired bar and restaurant, opened in Old Town in March and transports diners and cocktail enthusiasts to an island oasis. On the menu, find sushi rolls, flaming pu pu platters, and tiki-themed drinks (read: the Sandy Pants and Alota Colada).
  • Tocaya Organica, the SoCal-inspired modern Mexican restaurant, unveiled its second location at Scottsdale Fashion Square May 5, serving up health-conscious and bold-flavored dishes like the Guiltless Gluten-Free Burrito.
  • Bringing major contemporary-cool vibes in an unsuspecting spot is Hush Public House, just opened in February. Find dishes ranging from small plates like hush puppies and halibut crudo, to swordfish steak and Italian beef.
  • Keeping visitors cool in the Scottsdale summer heat, the subterranean wine cellar at LON’s at The Hermosa Inn – typically only available for private events – will open May 30-Sept. 15 for parties of two or more.
  • Talavera at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, is inviting Latin food lovers to experience the flavors of Peru, Brazil, Argentina and more with a new monthly interactive dinner series beginning June 13.

HOT RIGHT NOW: Just last month, breakthrough concept Wonderspaces opened in Scottsdale, immediately captivating and mesmerizing locals and visitors alike. The current show, “Point of View,” will run through the summer season and showcases works by 13 artists from around the world, including a digital painting installation and a virtual reality dinner party. Visitors can enjoy food and beverages within the 80-minute show while exploring topics such as power, religion, time and reality through these experiential installations. At 16,000 square feet inside Scottsdale Fashion Square, this is Wonderspaces’ first permanent location and the first of many traveling art shows planned for the Scottsdale venue.


  • Now – 2020:Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” opened May 8 at OdySea in the Desert, telling the compelling stories of its passengers – 107 years after its tragic sinking – through room recreations and 137 artifacts, including 120 never-before-seen in Arizona. More than 40 million have seen the exhibition, in cities from Chicago to London.
  • May 25 – Oct. 13: Summer exhibition, “Divergent Materiality: Contemporary Glass Art,” is a contemporary take on one of the first exhibitions ever featured at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art – now in its 20th anniversary year – and highlights both master contemporary glass artists, like Dale Chihuly, as well as emerging ones.
  • June 3 – August 30: Scottsdale Public Art and local artist, Shachi Kale present “Before Ever After: My American Fairytale,” a collection of rich watercolor paintings depicting the artist’s journey after marriage – moving from India to Arizona – through the lens of fairytales.
  • Ongoing: Stellar Adventures has launched two new “pairing” tours. Embark on the Grapes and Gravel Tour for a desert adventure of your choice with a wine tasting and apps at Postino Winecafe, or strap in for the HummBeer Tour, to experience an H1 Desert Hummer Tour coupled with beer tasting and bites at local Four Peaks Brewery.

UP NEXT: The Scottsdale Waterfront along the historic Arizona Canal in Old Town Scottsdale will come to life once again Nov. 8-17 for Canal Convergence, an annual confluence of water, art and light taking place during Scottsdale Contemporary Month. Visitors will experience 10 days of wonder at this free event featuring large-scale public art installations curated from artists around the globe, as well as community programming such as artist talks, music and dance.


  • Set to splash into Scottsdale in October is Great Wolf Lodge by Great Wolf Resorts, Inc., North America’s largest family of indoor water park resorts. The 350-room family hotel will be located within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s Talking Stick Entertainment District and will include an 85,000-square-foot indoor water park.
  • Ritz-Carlton Paradise Valley – a 215-room, 20-acre new-build opening spring 2020 – will have it all; exemplary service, sweeping views of Camelback Mountain, sleek interiors, and a location minutes from Old Town Scottsdale. It also will boast a 16,000-square-foot spa and one of North America’s longest pools, at more than 400 feet.
  • Encompassing the Ritz-Carlton will be The Palmeraie, a $2 billion, 122-acre, master-planned community to open by the end of 2020, which will house more than 60 luxury and specialty boutiques, and numerous best-in-class dining outlets.

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