The Best of Scottsdale

The Best of Scottsdale
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(Last Updated On: July 22, 2019)

Three months in Scottsdale came and went, FAST. Growing up, being from Nebraska, we always vacationed in Arizona. Moving to Scottsdale 10 years after our last family “Spring Break vacay” was much more exciting and enchanting than I remember. Yes, Scottsdale still had all the charm that I remembered, but I discovered that it also has great nightlife, tons of outdoor activities, and great eats and drinks (emphasis on this part). Below you can find out why I love Scottsdale so much and hopefully you can start planning a trip to this wonderful city. After all… it’s always sunny in Scottsdale!


Best Restaurants

Pizzeria Bianco – Neapolitan pizza served in a cozy, brick-walled restaurant. Locals also swore that this is the best pizza Arizona has to offer – decide for yourself!

Diego Pop’s – Not one to play favorites (okay who am I kidding?), but Diego Pop’s is my ABSOLUTE favorite restaurant in Scottsdale. Marg and brussel sprout nachos please? K. Thanks. *Note: Wear stretchy pants, you will thank me later

Farm and Craft – Health conscious restaurant with a fantastic patio

Hand Cut Chophouse – I can definitely get behind the steaks and burgers at Hand Cut, but what I can get behind even more is the décor. Go early for cocktails on their trendy front porch

Hash Kitchen – May or may not take the spot for top brunch spot in the USA. I admit that is a bit aggressive because I haven’t been to THAT many brunch spots… but I’ve been to enough that I am confident it might snatch a top 10 spot. DJ, build your own bloody bar, mimosa flights, and cereal cocktails?! Need I say more?

The Montauk – Slip into this restaurant to feel transported to the breezy beaches of New England

SumoMaya – Mexican/Asian fusion?! Basically my two favorite food groups wrapped up in one. But the reason I extra like SumoMaya? For their bottomless brunch. Bottomless drinks, bottomless appetizers, one entrée, and one dessert for a low price of $40. Plus live music. Yes please.

Olive and Ivy – Best to go here when the weather is nice so you can sit out on their large patio in the heart of downtown Scottsdale.

Hand Cut Chophouse


Best Bars

Goldwater Brewing Co. – Craft beer brewery

Jade Bar – Situated on Camelback Mountain, head here for delicious cocktails while watching the sun set behind the Mountain

Kazimierz World Wine Bar – Wine bar with live jazz and Latin music nightly

Old Town Tavern – Local dive bar complete with live music (most days)

Rusty Spur – Another local dive bar ALSO complete with live music (and a tad more character in my humble opinion)

Second Story Restaurant & Liquor Bar – Chic restaurant/bar on, you guessed it, the second floor! Occupying the first floor is a gelato shop! (Also, I just spent 10 minutes trying to decide how to spell chic, originally starting with: sheek).

Goldwater Brewing Co.


Favorite Day Trips

Jerome – Head approximately two hours North to discover this ghost town

Sedona – Head approximately two hours North to discover this Arizona oasis



Favorite Activities

Hiking – for best hikes in Arizona click here

Farmer’s Markets – Situated in Old Town on Saturday’s from 8am-1pm

Lounging by the pool – Find a pool, any pool, and just let go! I am sure you deserve it!

Spa Day – Find a spa and pamper yourself. My favorite spa in Scottsdale is at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Spring Training – Unfortunately this is seasonal.  But if you’re lucky enough to be in Scottsdale in season then check out your favorite baseball team!  (Also, make sure your team is in the Cactus League and not the Grapefruit League).

Old Town – Get out and explore!  My favorite part of Scottsdale is Old Town.  Here you can find tons of live music, bars, restaurants, and shopping! – Grab a Lime Bike and go!


This isn’t the last of me Scottsdale!  See you again!  And stay sunny.  Really, really sunny.

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Kylee splits her time between being a NICU nurse and solo traveler. Spending half her time at the bedside, Kylee has been caring for premature babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for five years now. She began Passports and Preemies in 2017 to reach nurses and advocate for the prevention of nurse burnout by traveling. Kylee is the original creator of the “8 Day Vacay” – A vacation geared towards nurses aiming to take advantage of the potentially 8 days off between work weeks with no need to use PTO.

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