Travel Diary – Arizona, USA

I recently jetted off for a solo mini trip to Arizona in hopes of getting some relaxation, and doing a bit of hiking. Well I can say, I scored on both! It started on my flight into Phoenix with a sunset to rival all sunsets!

After consulting some friends on where to take my mini trip, I decided upon Scottsdale, AZ. I had never been, and was hearing amazing stories about the spas, and the landscape. So, I booked a stay at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia. I fell in love with the Southern Spanish vibe and the proximity to Camelback Mountain (10 minute walk from resort). You could see the Camelback from my hotel room!

So I headed out early the first day and set out to conquer that mountain!

On top of that spectacular view I was thrilled with the resort. They have a fantastic restaurant, Prado. Their spa, Joya, is fantastic, complete with a private pool. I had a massage and a couple blowouts at their salon and was ecstatic with the results.

The Kasbah Pool at the center of the resort is a dream. A gorgeous tiled waterfall sits as it’s focal point with comfortable cabanas on either side, along with fantastic poolside service and menus. My favorites were the hummus plate and the Grapefruit Jalapeño Cocktail.

Hummus Plate at the Kasbah Pool: Gauze Pants by Jonathan Simkhai, One-Piece Suit by Lisa Marie Fernandez

After a relaxing day by the pool, I was prepared to journey North to visit Sedona & Flagstaff. Sedona was my first stop. It was breathtaking! Amazing colors and a beautiful view in every direction!

From there it was up to Flagstaff and up to elevation 7000ft. An adorable little town surrounded by beautiful forests and mountains. A quick overnight here and the next morning it was off to the Grand Canyon.

Now it’s funny, but I had technically been to the canyon before. When I was 13, my family went cross country and we drove to the Grand Canyon along the way. Unfortunately, bad planning on the part of my parents resulted in there being no available rooms at the hotels in the vicinity and we arrived there close to midnight. So they decided not to stay and kept driving. So close, but never saw it. Well finally I have. It is such an awe-inspiring sight! The different colors, the vastness. . . Simply majestic!

My last adventure was a drive on the Apache Trail through the Superstition Mountains back in Phoenix. When I think Arizona, I have always just thought of desert and mountains, well when weaving through on the Apache Trail, you see beautiful lakes and rivers hidden at the bases of these magical mountains.

Aside from the sights and the resort, Phoenix is full of tons of great places to eat and drink. I ate at so many wonderful places I wouldn’t know where to start. However, hopefully one day I’ll head back and compose a good highlight reel. Till then, thanks for the memories, adventures and relaxation AZ!!!