A Weekend Away: 24 Hours in Scottsdale, AZ

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Saguaro cacti, adobe casitas and a desert view, there’s not much more you could ask for that Scottsdale, Arizona doesn’t provide. With more than 300 days of sun each year, this desert paradise is the Aruba of the United States, the place to go for nearly guaranteed amazing weather any time of year.

WHERE TO STAY

The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

Four Seasons Resort at Troon North
Four Seasons Resort at Troon North

Photo Credit: Four Seasons Resort at Troon North

The AAA five-diamond resort features casitas and suites in the heart of the Sonoran Desert in the foothills of Pinnacle Peak. The property is located adjacent to the Weiskopf-designed courses of Troon North. Here, you can walk amidst 40 acres of desert blooms where 210 guestrooms are tucked away with a beautiful view of Pinnacle Peak.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

Photo Credit: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

We recently visited and stayed in a king casita with gas fireplace that had a direct mountain view of Pinnacle Peak.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

Photo Credit: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

The spacious guest room had a comfortable king bed, a spacious bathroom filled with L’Occitane amenities, separate glass enclosed shower and soaking tub along with a mini fridge and private deck the opened to gorgeous Sonoran desert views.

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

Photo Credit: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

WHAT TO DO

Shop, spa, relax
The resort pays attention to every last detail here working with Mercedes Benz to offer an on-site test drive of the latest models (head out for an afternoon of shopping). The valet service here is worth a notable mention with golf cart drivers taking you directly to your room, assisting with luggage and showing you around the property. While we didn’t have a chance to book an appointment, there is an on-site spa the offers everything from a Pinnacle facial and jojoba and prickly pear body polish to a renewing scalp experience and golfer’s massage.

Golf

Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North
Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North

Photo Credit: Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North

WHAT TO EAT

Breakfast/Lunch

We enjoyed breakfast at Proof, the on-site American restaurant that focuses on comfort food sourced from all 50 states (as a New Englander, I loved the torched maple pecan oatmeal made with steel cut oats, caramelized bananas topped with a blueberry compote). That afternoon, we headed over to the adults only pool and enjoyed some peaceful time in a private cabana. Food and drink service is also available here direct from your cabana so you can just focus on what you came here for – relaxing.

Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North
Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North

Photo Credit: Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North

Dinner
Later that evening, we had a dinner reservation at Talavera, a modern twist on a classic steakhouse with seafood pairings. Since the focus here is on steaks, we ordered the melt-in-your-mouth 20-ounce bone-in ribeye, a deliciously flavorful cut topped with rich bone marrow butter. Sides here are served a la carte and include creamed spinach, charred corn with cotija cheese, hand cut rosemary fries with truffle aioli and lobster mac and cheese. We loved the garlic parmesan mashed potatoes a side of mixed mushrooms. The diver scallops were just as good complemented by squash blossoms, chanterelle mushrooms, fava beans and bell pepper aioli.

Talavera
Talavera

Photo Credit: Talavera

Drink
Before or after dinner, be sure to have a drink at their outside bar that offers sweeping desert views.

Talavera
Talavera

Photo Credit: Talavera

The Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North is located at 10600 East Crescent Moon Drive in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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