This is the fourth stop on our Companion Pass 2017 Tour. So far we’ve hit Chicago, Charleston and San Diego. This trip we decided to tack on a state neither of us had been to. Heading out to the Southwest was something I’ve had on my list for some time and wasn’t a place either of us had traveled before. So we went with…
We knew we only had four vacation days to work with, but that we wanted to see as much of the state as possible. We decided we would do two nights in Scottsdale for the city life and two nights in Sedona for the hiking and landscapes. I searched and searched before we left for the most Insta-worthy spots and now I’m sharing them and my thoughts with you guys.
We were supposed to get into Scottsdale around 9PM (local time) thinking we’d still have time to explore for the evening. However, BWI and Southwest had other plans. Our flight was delayed three hours. Spending five hours in an airport is tough business after a long day of work, but I digress. We didn’t get into Scottsdale until midnight and at that point, we figured we’d get just get an early start the next day.
Lodging – Scottsdale
A big thank you to The Saguaro for hosting us while in Scottsdale. This hotel is something special. The large campus is comprised of five buildings, in addition to the main lobby. You can’t help but feel happy when you are surrounded by bright colors, flowers and two pools. The staff is abundant and full of smiles. The location is right in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale, making it an easy walk to restaurants, shopping etc. Stay tuned for more photos.
We started off bright and early with breakfast. Original Chop Shop had a cute vibe and the food was amazing.
TIP: The ‘cheat day wrap’ is a major win.
After breakfast, we explored and found the best backdrops for photos (I’m lookin at you, style bloggers).
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We heard that pool bars are popular in Scottsdale F-Su and that The Saguaro was one of the best, so we took time to get some much needed Vitamin D. This pool bar was so beautiful. Again, the colors! The service was great. We went early, so it wasn’t too crowded, but we were told by late afternoon, it picks up. There was also a secluded hammock surrounded by blooms that I could’ve easily lived in.
Happy Hour took place at Diego Pops, best known for their super airy ambiance and delicious tacos. Actually everything at this place was awesome and totally insta-worthy. Come to Baltimore, plz.
TIP: Order the brussels sprouts nachos, don’t ask questions.
Ok, so dinner. Sumo Maya, you are a gem. Mexican Asian Tapas-style kitchen. There is literally nothing better. Asian is Will’s favorite, Mexican is mine. This restaurant was made for us. I totally wish we were hungrier. They have a huge list of infused sake, definitely take the time to try one, we had the lemongrass.
TIP: Ribeye guacamole, again, no questions.
Unfortunately, we got on the road before sunrise the next morning to make our way to Sedona. I definitely recommend having at least two days in Scottsdale, we didn’t see enough of it.
We hopped in the car and made the 1.5 hour drive to Sedona bright and early. Once we arrived, we stopped at Indian Gardens for breakfast. This place is adorable. They have a cute courtyard outback that supplies blankets at each table incase you’re like me and don’t care about the temperature and have a need to sit outside.
TIP: Get the avocado toast and the cinnamon roll.
Since we arrived so early, we got a hike in before heading to the hotel. We hiked Bell Rock, roughly 3 mile hike and we climbed as much of Bell Rock as we could.
Awesome views. Relatively easy hike, but it was hot. We went to check into the hotel.
Lodging – Sedona
The Orchards Inn is in Uptown Sedona and will cost you a pretty penny, but oh my goodness, the views. I’ll let the views from our private balcony speak for themselves.
Everything you need in Uptown Sedona is within a 20 minute walk. We grabbed dinner at The Hudson. They have beautiful outdoor seating with views of the rocks and heaters at night. So we went here both nights, we had wanted to go to Elote and we chose to do that Sunday night, not realizing they were closed on Sundays, so back to Hudson we went. Make a reservation a few days in advance, both nights we had to either wait or sit at the bar. Bar is fun too if you don’t mind dining there, the bartenders were cool and they offer the same menu.
TIP: Dirty martini was the best I’ve ever had. You can also prob skip entrees and share apps and desserts.
Sometimes I think Will thinks I’m more capable than I really am. He planned a hike to Devil’s Bridge that took us the longest way possible, so that we could get more hiking in. All in all, a full 12 miles. They do have an option where you can take a jeep most of the way and walk a short 0.5 mile and still see the bridge. Regardless of mileage, it is absolutely worth it. Pictures don’t do it justice.
TIP: Head out early, we started at 7am and were at the bridge by 11am and it was already pretty packed.
We hurried back (and by hurried, I mean Will made me run the flat parts of the trail) to make it in time for an Aura photo appointment. If you don’t know about the Vortex Energy, you can read about it here. We were told Aura Photos were a must-do when visiting Sedona. And while I’ll recommend it, the place we made an appointment at decided not to call and let us know that their reader never planned on coming in. DO NOT make an appointment at Center for the New Age. This place was recommended to us, but they broke up our entire day and still never showed up. They sent us to several other places until we finally found one who was available and I don’t think it was as good of an experience as it could have been. They read each of us individually and then as a couple, I wont divulge much more than that; this is something you’ll just have to experience on your own.
This wall. Also, don’t judge that I’m wearing the same jumper, it’s that amazing.
We had a later flight leaving out of Phoenix at 2PM and my hiking-loving husband decided we should squeeze in one more before driving back. We got to Cathedral Rock around 7am and hiked the short 1.5 mile hike, and as usual, he was right, it was totally worth it.
I absolutely recommend Arizona, specifically Scottsdale and Sedona. I wish wish wish we had more time to spend out here. I’ve heard countless recommendations of other spots that we just didn’t have time to hit. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment and I’ll be happy to answer!