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Arizona Staycations: Try These 4 Activities

Imagine a soft breeze tousling your hair as the warm Scottsdale sun settles on your skin. You dip your toes in the pool, then relax beneath a cabana, cocktail in-hand, as you wait for your afternoon massage appointment. These are the building blocks of an Arizona staycation.

Though we understand that you may not be ready to travel just yet, we also know that the day will come when a staycation is exactly what you need. When that day comes, we’ll be here, just as we always have been. In the meantime, it doesn’t hurt to dream of a staycation in Scottsdale.

At The Scottsdale Resort, you can ease into the activities you’ve missed and dive into experiences you didn’t know you needed. Scottsdale sits at the gateway to an entire world of southwestern experiences, from hikes through the Sonoran Desert to regionally-inspired meals at KitchenWest. Discover all the things to do, see, and eat during your summer staycation—whenever you feel comfortable taking it.

Relax by the Pool

In Scottsdale, pools are synonymous with staycations. After all, what would a vacation in your home state be if you couldn’t cool off in a chilled pool? Even if you have a pool at home, chances are you’re missing a poolside bar and grill. Swim beneath the blue-tiled trellis at McCormick Pool, then hop out for a piña colada or lava flow and an In-N-Out-worthy burger.

Elevate your afternoons by the pool by lounging in one of several cabanas available for rental. Sink into comfortable lounge seating or one of two chaise lounges and revel in direct-to-you service through Twisted Vine Pool Bar & Grill.

Need even more staycation inspiration? Check out our resort recreation guide.

Indulge in a Spa Treatment

Just because you vacation close to home doesn’t mean you won’t discover an entirely new state of mind. Luna Spa’s diverse selection of treatments is designed as an escape for the senses. Our expert technicians soothe your body with native botanicals and enriching minerals while the peaceful desert scenery calms the mind.

Luna Spa also takes special care for Arizona residents. During your staycation, you can indulge in complimentary foot paraffin and 25% off all spa services and merchandise. 

Go on an Adventure

Discover new and unique ways to explore the desert you call home. The Scottsdale’s trained adventure guides make it easy to get close to the flora and fauna of the desert during any of our expert-lead experiences.

Spend a half-day on a hike through the Sonoran Desert. Rent a bike and cruise down the Greenbelt to Tempe or opt for a guided ride through rugged terrain on a mountain bike tour. Make a splash on Saguaro Lake as you revel in views of the Superstition Mountains and Four Peaks from a kayak or stand-up paddleboard. Check out our adventure packages.

Eat Out 

One of the most indulgent parts of any staycation is eating out. There’s something about savoring a fancy dinner in your own backyard that almost defies the day-to-day. Enjoy every last bite of your getaway at Kitchen West.

Part restaurant, part gathering place, Kitchen West is known for its satisfying western American fare. Rediscover Scottsdale by way of farm-fresh dishes like Achiote Rubbed Chicken or Wild Vegetable Farro Hash. And since you will be on a staycation, don’t shy away from dessert. Favorites include vanilla crème brûlée and Christmas in July, which features homemade graham crackers, churned s'mores ice cream, and fire-roasted marshmallows with melted chocolate.

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