Hotel at a Glance: AAA Four Diamond Scottsdale Resort
Scottsdale Resort is an upscale property located right next door to the lush green fairways of the McCormick Ranch Golf Club. At this posh hotel, you'll be surrounded by red-rock mountains and close to the city's high-end shopping and restaurants. With beautiful fountains, landscaped grounds, an ornate lobby, and multiple onsite restaurants, the resort is a glamorous home base for adventures in and around Scottsdale and Phoenix.
- Tee off at the golf club, where guests of the hotel have guaranteed tee times on two championship courses.
- Famous flaming coffee at the onsite Palm Court Restaurant is a must-sip, and you can enjoy a Sunday champagne brunch at the casual Vista Verde Restaurant.
- Splash around in the two heated outdoor pools or sip a fruity cocktail in one of the canopied poolside cabanas.
- Luxurious rooms feature marble baths and hacienda-style decor, looking out over the fairways and pools.
- Cruise mountain foothills on your included rental bike from the hotel.
Scottsdale, Arizona: Stucco Mansions amid Rocky Desert Landscape
Located just northeast of Phoenix in the Sonoran Desert, Scottsdale once served as ranch land where farmers grew oranges and lemons and cowboys kicked up dust in the fierce, dry heat. That era earned Scottsdale the nickname of “The West's Most Western Town.” Today, it is an affluent city landscaped with lush green grass and lined with stucco mansions. For a glimpse of the city's Old West roots, head to Old Town Scottsdale, where wooden boardwalks and hitching posts sit in front of a retro ice-cream parlor and rustic specialty shops.
Upon arriving in Scottsdale, you know you're in the desert—cacti and tumbleweeds dot the landscape, and dry shrubs and gnarled trees cover the McDowell Mountains in the distance. To get a closer look at southwestern flora, head to the Desert Botanical Garden. There, themed trails wind past huge cacti and other moisture-hoarding succulents, best seen in the cooler early morning or twilight hours.