Every city has a unique charm that makes it completely it’s own, and Scottsdale is no different. There are a few key elements to life in Scottsdale that make it so appealing as a vacation destination and as a wonderful place to call home. Between the weather, laid-back lifestyle, beautiful mountains, and outdoor activities, once you visit Scottsdale you won’t want to leave.
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One of the first images that often pops into someone’s mind when they think of Scottsdale is relaxation at the spa. It’s completely true that Scottsdale is the place to be when you want some serious pampering. That’s why it’s become such a great destination for those looking for a romantic weekend getaway or a fun place to unwind with friends.
It’s a good problem to have, but there are almost an overwhelming number of spas to pick from in Scottsdale. Thankfully, there are a lot of great options depending on what you are looking for with your treatment, price point, and location in the Valley. The spas also frequently run great deals that make it more affordable to indulge and pamper yourself.
Some of the tried and true best spots in the Valley are the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, the spa at the Four Seasons Troon, and the Alvadora Spa at Royal Palms Resort. Nothing will put you more in a zen mood than a luxurious spa treatment!
The Resort-Style Living
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Living in Scottsdale allows you to feel like you are on a permanent vacation! One of the biggest reasons the city’s population has continued to grow at a steady rate over the last ten years is the mild weather. While the summers are hot, Scottsdale is a warm-weather haven for those who have ever experienced a brutally cold winter in the Midwest or East Coast.
With the exception of the summer months, the temperature in the Valley is very mild and usually stays between 50-85 degrees for nine months of the year. This makes it a mecca for people trying to escape the winter or get out of a rainy climate. Historically Arizona has also been a haven for those recovering from illness, as the dry climate is healthier than being somewhere wet or cold.The warm weather and sunny skies make it feel like you are perpetually on vacation, and that’s the general feeling you’ll get while spending time in Scottsdale.
People typically dress fairly casually in resort-style wear, and it’s almost always tank top weather in Scottsdale. There are also so many fun spots to grab drinks or dine out that people are always getting together with friends and enjoying outdoor dining.
Lastly, many of the homes have amenities that make it feel like a mini resort, with pools in the backyard and floor plans that are laid out so that certain rooms in the house seamlessly open up to the outside.
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Scottsdale truly offers world-class shopping that rivals some of the major cities in the United States. Prepare to do some major retail therapy in the area! There are several different areas throughout the city with large shopping centers, with the two biggest being the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall and the Scottsdale Quarter and Kierland Commons. In Old Town Scottsdale you can shop locally and visit a wide assortment of boutiques, art galleries, and Native American jewelry stores.
The shopping experience you will have in each area is very different as well. At the Scottsdale Fashion Mall,you will find a more traditional mall experience, with a food court and large anchor department stores like Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. This is the spot to go when you want to browse a wide variety of big name stores.
The Scottsdale Quarter offers a unique outdoor mall shopping experience, where you can seamlessly transition between stores, coffee shops, and restaurants in an open-air setting.
Just outside of the Scottsdale city limits, you will also find the Arizona Biltmore shopping center, which also offers upscale shopping opportunities in an open-air shopping center. Overall, the city has more than 2,500 luxury retailers and boutiques, so you are guaranteed to find a store that you like.
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The golfing in Scottsdale is ideal thanks to the sunny weather, mountain views, and the abundance of golf courses in the city. There are over 200 golf courses to try out in the Scottsdale area, and most of them come with amazing overlooks of the surrounding mountains and desert landscape.
The golf course that Scottsdale is best known for is TPC Scottsdale, as this is the location of the Waste Management Phoenix Open each year. This is a fun course to golf at because you get to play the same course you watch the pros play at every year.
If you are looking for a course where you can truly feel connected to the desert, visit Boulders Resort and Spa to play a round of golf on their unique course. This spot is nestled into the giant boulders and mountain formations, and it’s recommended to play The South course to get the most of the desert views.
The Outdoor Adventures
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For the nature enthusiast, there are an endless number of ways to get outside and enjoy the desert landscape in Scottsdale. If you like hiking, you will find scenic trails all over the city, from the challenging Camelback Mountain hike to easier options on Pinnacle Peak or Gateway Loop.
If you are feeling extra adventurous, you can also try mountain biking on many of the hiking trails in the area as well. For those who love being out on the water, you can go kayaking on the Salt River. There are also places where you can take rock climbing tours for either a half or full day and experience rock climbing out in nature with some incredible mountain views. No matter if you are seeking a relaxing outdoor activity or a daring adventure, there are opportunities for all skill levels to enjoy being outside in Scottsdale.
The Nightlife Scene
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The nightlife scene is also an element of life in Scottsdale that really attracts a younger crowd to the city. Scottsdale has become a mecca for bachelor and bachelorette parties and group trips because of the vibrant Old Town bar scene. In Old Town you will find over a dozen bars and nightclubs within a few blocks of each other, which makes it convenient to have a fun night bar hopping with friends.
If you are looking for a casual spot to hang out with friends, try AZ/88. If you want to dance the night away, visit Whisky Row. If you are looking for an authentic Old Western experience, Old Town also has you covered! Visit Handlebar J and Rusty Spur Saloon to be transported back in time.
The High Quality of Life
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People are also drawn to Scottsdale because it’s all around a very nice place to live and raise a family. You reap the benefits of living in one of the biggest cities in the United States, but Scottsdale maintains a very suburban feel. There are plenty of wonderful neighborhoods to live in all over the city, and Scottsdale also has some of the best schools you’ll find anywhere in the state.
It’s also a city that allows you to easily travel to a lot of different places, both within the state and around the country. Phoenix Sky Harbor offers hundreds of direct nonstop flights to almost anywhere you could possibly want to go, both domestically and internationally.
While Scottsdale is a great spot to live in retirement, there is also a lot of appeal as a young person as well. Phoenix has one of the hottest job markets in the country, and there are a lot of opportunities to work in a number of industries. It’s a more affordable city to live in than New York or LA and it’s easy to go out and meet people if you live near Old Town Scottsdale and the nightlife scene.
Collectively these are some of the highlights of Scottsdale living, but we know that once you move to Arizona you’ll find even more amazing reasons to stay. Take advantage of the unique opportunities the city presents to get active in the community and enjoy Arizona!