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Surreal Scottsdale

Surreal Scottsdale

Welcome to the Wild West - the perfectly manicured, poolside cocktail-sipping, night out on the town, golf club-swinging Wild West that is! Sitting pretty next to Phoenix (the Arizona state capital), this cactus-covered, palm tree-studded resort town in the “Valley of the Sun” is a collision of cowboy culture and lavish luxury with a vibrant Mexican influence. It boasts around 300 days a year of clear blue skies and the most vivid pink sunsets over purple-hued desert mountains.

Scottsdale is home to an abundance of incredible eateries, things to do, museums to wander, places to play, brilliant boutique stores, ways to relax and areas to explore. Every local establishment in this stunning city is bursting with its own unique character and flair. Some of my favourites were Farm & Craft café, Diego Pop’s taco restaurant, The Montauk Restaurant & Lounge, the cantina at Frank and Lupe’s, Schmooze Workspace and Café, Patties First Avenue Lounge and the pretty in pink Sugar Bowl diner.

In the midst of Scottsdale's glossy malls, classy bistros and fairy light-lined streets is its endearing Old Town. Here’s where you’ll find all things Western - I’m taking country acoustic sets in saloons, galleries full of genuine American Indian art and horse sculptures galore! The day I visited the Old Town just so happened to be the “Day of the Dead”. All of the colours in the rainbow came out to celebrate this vibrant Mexican festival.

Dotted throughout town are some beautiful resorts. I loved spending a day soaking in the Scottsdale sun at The Scott Resort and Spa.

Outside the city itself, there are plenty of hiking trails, which give you a whole new vantage point of the vast desert scenery. I hiked Camelback Mountain for the sunset and it was totally surreal.

As well as discovering the town itself, I spent a great deal of time back at the gorgeous Airbnb house I was staying at with a group of friends. There were plenty of ping-pong tournaments, s’mores by the fire and, of course, hours lounging by the pool! It’s hard to leave Scottsdale not feeling completely refreshed and revitalised.

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Salvation Mountain

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