Things I Love About Arizona

When asked what my favorite hotel is, I say "Any in Arizona!" It's home and there are so many amazing resorts and restaurants, golf courses, spas, etc.!

 

While working, I came across a list that I wrote a few months ago--Things I Love About Arizona. It took me back to Arizona on this rainy, dreary New York day.

  • Camelback Mountain (hiking it, staring at it, anything to do with it really)
  • Driving with the windows open
  • Orange blossom season in March-the best smell!
  • When you can smell that distinctive AZ fall smell-outdoor fireplaces, grills, the cool air
  • Going for long walks on Thanksgiving
  • Hot summer nights and swimming in a cold pool 
  • Fashion Square-shopping, movies, knowing the mall inside and out
  • The Biltmore-outdoor shopping, walking, restaurant patios
  • Driving down Lincoln to The Biltmore, driving down McDonald, driving down Doubletree
  • Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright's awesome desert design
  • Wrigley Mansion
  • All the great movie theaters & seeing movies in the summer 
  • The Walgreens at Shea & 70th
  • Desert Botanical Garden, especially at Christmas with the luminarias
  • The Phoenix Zoo
  • Driving by Chaparral, where I went to high school
  • Gainey Village Health Club-my favorite gym  
  • Trader Joe's
  • Studying/writing/reading/browsing at the Scottsdale Public Library (Mustang branch)
  • Driving up to Cave Creek & Carefree/Cave Creek Coffee Company & Wine Bar 
  • ALL of the resorts-Royal Palms, Four Seasons Troon North, The Phoenician, The Biltmore, JW Marriott Desert Ridge, JW Marriott Camelback Inn, Westin Kierland, Intercontinental Montelucia, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Sanctuary on Camelback
  • Old Town Scottsdale-Grazie, old art galleries that remind of the 90s & Bil Keane, The Sugar Bowl 
  • Iced tea at AJ's at 44th & Camelback
  • El Chorro Lodge (where my high school reunion was but it's all about the sticky buns here)
  • Chelsea's Kitchen-always crowded, always fun
  • Postino Winecafe & La Grande Orange
  • The gorgeous houses on the mountains
  • McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
  • Walking my dogs on their favorite walks
  • Walking through Paradise Valley Farms
  • Blazin' M Ranch-classic Americana & totally fun! It's where I got my favorite cowboy boots 
  • Everything about Sedona-L'Auberge de Sedona, Enchantment & Mii Amo
  • That first take-your-breath-away view of the Grand Canyon
  • Flagstaff-the old west, small-town feel
  • Certain parts of Tucson-The Arizona Inn, Westin La Paloma
  • My friend's houses-The Langdals, The Rice Ranch
  • Bamboo Club orange chicken (seriously the best)
  • Going to Target at Pavilions
  • Barnes & Noble at Shea & the 101
  • Gainey Village shops-Paradise Bakery, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf 
  • Arcadia Farms-the BEST place for lunch & now there's a marketplace open!
  • The Herb Box, especially the one at DC Ranch