Celebrating Pride in Scottsdale

By local contributor
JoAnne Zeterberg

Scottsdale welcomes LGBTQ+ travelers with hospitality that’s as warm as our sun-filled skies. Whether you’re planning a romantic weekend for two or a week-long vacation with family or friends, we’ve got you covered with plenty of options for staying, playing and relaxing.



Andaz Summer

Let’s start with some ideas for choosing your home away from home. If pampering is on your agenda, check out the posh accommodations and spa offerings at Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows and JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa. For serene desert views and luxe amenities, the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale or Boulders Resort & Spa are your go-to digs. And if urban energy is what you crave, head for Old Town where favorites include Hotel Valley Ho, Saguaro Scottsdale, The Scott Resort & Spa and the W Scottsdale, host of the 2019 Queer Me Out global speaker series.




Start your day with fresh air and sunshine on a guided hike, off-road tour, horseback ride or kayaking excursion in Scottsdale’s lush Sonoran Desert. Post-adventure, relax with lunch in a plush poolside cabana at your resort. Afternoons are ripe for indulging in some well-deserved retail therapy at Scottsdale Fashion Square, checking out cutting-edge creativity at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art or browsing the eclectic boutiques, art galleries and souvenir shops in Old Town.



The Mission Brunch

When the sun sets, kick off your evening with boozy tropical cocktails and happy hour snacks at HULA’S Modern Tiki, then head to dinner at one of our independently owned restaurants. Local favorites include FnB, known for its stellar Arizona wine list and farm-fresh cuisine; The Mission, home of Chef Matt Carter’s contemporary Latin cuisine; and AZ88, which intrigues diners with rotating art displays, elevated pub grub and classic martinis.



Tiki Party

You’ve played. You’ve chilled. You’ve dined. Now it’s time to get the party started! BS West is Scottsdale’s legendary LGBTQ+ nightclub, famous for its twice-weekly drag nights and Sunday “Drunk Karaoke” sessions. Nearby, Phoenix’s Melrose District “gayborhood” offers a collection of LGBTQ+ businesses and clubs, including Charlie’s, Stacey’s @ Melrose and Pat O’s Bunkhouse Saloon. Find more great nightlife spots for drinking, dancing and drag in this guide from Echo Magazine.

Additional resources: Greater Phoenix Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce / Phoenix Pride.