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When the cold of winter sets in and golf courses turn brown, there's a luxurious domestic escape in the midst of the shimmering Arizona desert. Scottsdale is for vacationers who expect the best. In recent years, the dining scene has been transformed into a smorgasbord of gourmet cuisine and names such as Armani, Gucci, Vuitton and Ferragamo reside in its boutiques. Scottsdale has an incredible collection of golf courses and the mild, sunny winter days invite you to take advantage of the area's beautiful courses. There's no need to accept the winter doldrums; get away to Scottsdale for an dose of the finer life.
With dozens of award-winning spas, Scottsdale is a haven for relaxation and rejuvenation. Unique treatments incorporate Native American traditions and Sonoran Desert botanicals; lose yourself in pampering for the entire day … or longer.
Camelback Mountain is a scenic hiking spot in this desert oasis. The incredibly steep, 1.2-mile Summit Trail offers spectacular views; the Cholla Trail is a lower-key hike with a gradual incline; there are also several easy trails at the base.
There aren't many water activities in the Scottsdale area, but one you've got to try is tubing the Salt River. Spend an afternoon floating down the river under sun-filled skies. Tubing season is May to September.
Take a jeep or Hummer through the backcountry to experience the desert's saguaro-covered mountains and unique rock formations. The most popular four-wheeling locale is Tonto National Forest.
Sedona is an easy day trip, just 120 miles north of Scottsdale. Hike amid the town’s iconic red rock formations, slip away for pampering spa treatments, or peruse the art galleries downtown.
Biltmore Fashion Park houses Chanel, Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton and Fendi. Scottsdale Fashion Square offers Neiman Marcus, Tiffany, Ferragamo and more. For independent fashion, visit The Mix Shops of Southbridge.
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Whether you fancy golfing or a day at the spa, Scottsdale has a plethora of options. The city is constantly recognized for everything from top Spring Break destination to best girlfriend getaways to best places to play golf and more.
Architecture buffs should visit Taliesin West, the winter home and school of Frank Lloyd Wright and a National Historic Landmark. Guided tours focus on the camp's natural beauty and teach about Wright's work and life.
Old Town Scottsdale is a bustling shopping area featuring cloth and leather-goods. On Saturdays, visit the large farmers' market for homemade goods and fresh produce. Or, try Fashion Square where you'll find Gucci, Farragamo and Louis Vuitton.
The Scottsdale Culinary Festival in April showcases more than 100 restaurants and dozens of top chefs. The Great Arizona Picnic is a community favorite, featuring more than 50 restaurants, chef demonstrations and live bands.
When it comes to south-of-the-border eats, the best in Scottsdale is Los Sombreros, where you'll find heart of Mexico dishes such as pork in a tomatillo and pumpkin seed mole, crab enchiladas and skirt steak with poblano chile strips.
The San Francisco Giants, Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks all set up camp in Scottsdale. Within a 40-mile radius you can also see the Cubs, Reds, Indians, Royals, Angels, Dodgers, Mariners and Rangers train for the season.
A desert climate means that temperatures can be very high in the afternoons. Drink plenty of water and stay indoors during the hottest parts of each day. For outdoor activities, mornings are your best bet for comfortable temperatures.
Scottsdale offers warm conditions in winter, spring and fall that are ideal for golf. In the winter, temperatures climb into the high 60s, so you can tee off (or stroll the shops) when most of the country is cold. In the summer, your concierge can book a morning tee time to take advantage of the milder temperatures. There's very little rainfall in this part of the country, allowing a surplus of outdoor activity.