I still can’t comprehend how we managed to squeeze in so much food and sight seeing in just three short days. With the time change in our favor, we arrived at the Pheonix airport at 6:45 Am giving us the entire day to explore. Our first stop when we got off the plane in Arizona was Tempe where Arizona State University is located. We walked around the college town checked out the shops and bought a couple souvenirs.
After walking through ASU we were ready for Mexican for lunch at Los Dos Molinos in South Phoenix. They served the hottest salsa I have ever had, my tongue was on fire! It was a quirky little place with a lot of fun decor.
After our Mexican feast we headed North to Old Town Scottsdale for some shopping and a drink. We stopped at the Rusty Spur, one of Scottsdale’s oldest and last real cowboy saloon and listened to some cowboy music. They had cheap beer, live music and a great atmosphere with dollar bills hanging all over the walls.
We walked around Old Town Scottsdale for a couple of hours and checked out all of the shops. Shades of West: was packed full of goodies it could have taken me an entire hour just in this store to go through everything. There is the home-ware section, the clothing/shoes section, the food section (features tons of hot sauces, prickly pear cactus goods, spices), the jewelry section and the random sports clothing section.
One of my favorite things to do when the weather is nice is sit outside and dine somewhere with an awesome atmosphere. We stopped at Carlsbad Tavern for a drink on their amazing patio outside. The interior had a cool mining cave feel and the outside had a patio complete with misters, waterfalls and a river.
After tons of driving around and exploring Arizona, Tempe & Old Town Scottsdale we headed to Princess Fairmont to check into our Hotel. I couldn’t believe my eyes when we pulled up to the resort!
The resort was absolutely gorgeous it definitely exceeded all my expectations. It was very luxurious with golf courses, five swimming pools, water slides, tennis courts, wellness center, restaurants, a spa and zip lining!
They had so much to do that you wouldn’t even have to leave the resort since they offered so much entertainment. Our room was on the third floor with a great patio view overlooking the river and the golf course. We squeezed in a couple of hours by the pool on the first day before getting all cleaned up for dinner.
Friday night we went to the Old Town Tortilla Factory another place with a great atmosphere and awesome outdoor seating. We stopped there for a drink and then had dinner at The Roaring Fork. All of their entrees are cooked by wood fire, open flame grill or wood oven roasting. The green chili macaroni and cheese was to die for. The first day was amazing and I fell in love with Arizona right away.