I Spent 48 Hours In Scottsdale, Arizona To Refresh My Mind And Recharge My Body!

See the highlights from my trip to the Well & Being Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.

I Spent 48 Hours In Scottsdale, Arizona
Photo courtesy of Donicia Hodge

I had the wonderful opportunity to take a self-care trip to Arizona with BrownStyle Magazine, and my experience in Scottsdale was just what I needed to refresh and recharge my mind and body!

Looking for a place to unwind this Summer? Look no further than Scottsdale, Arizona—a hidden gem if you know where to go! During my 48-hour excursion, I visited Old Town Scottsdale, which is considered the finest urban center in Arizona. It is also home to more than 90 restaurants, 320 retail shops, and more than 80 art galleries. 

Scottsdale is also known for its fabulous resort spas, and if you’re a spa girlie like me, then you know a time was had! Keep scrolling to see the highlights from my trip to Well & Being Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. Plus, see the delicious meals I was able to try during my brief stay.

My Travel Experience 

In April, I arrived at the Phoenix airport for my quick—but necessary— self-care trip. I was pleased that my drive to Scottsdale was only about 20 minutes. As far as the weather, I went at a good time of the year when it wasn’t brutally hot. I only advise going in the Summer if you really like the heat.

Side Note: If you decide to stay in Tempe, a college town where Arizona State University is located, you will only be a 10-minute drive from the airport.

Well & Being Spa At The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Nicia's Next Steps: Visiting Scottsdale, AZ
Photo courtesy of Donicia Hodge

The Well & Being Spa is located at the Fairmont Princess in Scottsdale. The spa is open from 6am-8pm and I stayed the entire day. 

Highlights of the resort-style spa included a gym, a space for aerial hammock yoga, a wet steam room, a eucalyptus inhalation room, a Swedish dry sauna, and countless places to lounge indoors and outdoors. The facility also offers an extensive selection of snacks and refreshments.

I was particularly fond of their adults-only rooftop pool, which served as a great place to order food and drinks. I tried the Smoked Turkey Wrap with their homemade chips and it was so good!

I usually like to do my treatments at the end of the day to close out my experience. I treated myself to the 60-minute Himalayan Salt Stone treatment, a restorative massage that uses warm stones to soothe and naturally replenish the body with vital minerals. Bye, bye sore muscles! 

After the spa, I headed next door to La Hacienda for their lobster tacos and margaritas. It was such a great way to wrap up a relaxing day of self-care!

Trying The Food In Scottsdale, Arizona

I think I did a pretty good job trying new restaurants given the amount of time I spent at the Well and Being Spa. Below, see some of the food I truly enjoyed.

Sugar Jam– 15111 North Hayden Rd, Suite 170

Sugar Jam- Catfish N’ Southern Grits Meal
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Sugar Jam is a Black-owned restaurant located in Scottsdale, AZ that’s known for their southern cuisine. I tried the Catfish N’ Southern Grits Meal and the food was delicious! 

Because it is a popular restaurant in Scottsdale, I highly suggest making a reservation before arriving. If it is during the week, then I suggest eating at the bar. Attempting a weekend visit without a reservation is not advised, as there’s a high chance the venue will be fully booked and bustling.

Toca Madera– 4736 N Goldwater Blvd

Toca Madera- Winnie De Pooh cocktail
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Toca Madera is a Mexican steakhouse restaurant located in Scottsdale, AZ. They’re known for their high-end dining experience featuring fire performers, live music, and culinary excellence. I suggest dressing up for this restaurant since it’s a little more upscale. 

While living in the moment, I enjoyed the Winnie De Pooh cocktail (pictured), Guacamole, Sea Bass, and Fish Tacos. 

I loved that the restaurant was located near casinos, the Fashion District, and other rooftop bars. Across the street from Toca Madera, you can check out Seven Rooftop, which is located at Caesar’s Republic Hotel on the 7th floor. It’s a cute vibe for after-dinner.

Snooze An A.M. Eatery– 615 South College Avenue, Suite 103 & 104

Snooze An A.M. Eatery- Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes
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Snooze An A.M. Eatery is a trendy brunch restaurant located in the heart of Arizona State University. Known for their breakfast and brunch foods, this establishment has several locations. 

I really enjoyed the customer service, the location, and the Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes (pictured)! I would highly recommend checking this place out if you love brunch. You don’t have to dress up. It’s very low-key but casual.

Planning A Trip To Scottsdale, Arizona

Here are a few places I suggest putting on your agenda if you plan on visiting Scottsdale, Arizona in the near future. On my next visit, I plan to stay longer and will have the opportunity to organize everything in advance.

Restaurants/Bars- AZ/88 is known for the best martinis in Scottsdale, Latha is a contemporary pan-African cuisine restaurant with rave reviews, and Maple and Ash is a sophisticated steakhouse where you can decorate your own menu for every occasion. 

Outdoor Activities- If you’re into hiking then I suggest riding ATVs in the Sonoran Desert, hiking at Camelback Mountain, Cave Creek, and visiting the Grand Canyon. If you don’t want to go hiking, then consider taking a tour at the Desert Botanical Garden. Also, check out First Fridays at the flea market downtown for their art festival. 

Extra Fun- For parties and nightlife, try The District, Whiskey Row, and Maya Day Club. Plus, don’t forget about the city’s iconic hot air balloon tours!

Editor’s Note: This story has been edited and condensed for clarity. This story was originally published on niciatravels.com.

Donicia is a foodie, social media marketer, and travel enthusiast who documents her adventures on her blog, Nicia Travels. Her love for travel started in her youth when she often visited her parent's homelands of Antigua and Anguilla. As a college student, she studied abroad in Sevilla. Some of her favorite travel destinations thus far are Zanzibar, Dubai, and Italy. When she's not enjoying a trip or writing about her excursion, she's researching food or at the spa.