Long Weekend: Arizona

In late March, I had the opportunity to travel to Arizona for a friend’s wedding. I must admit, Arizona has never been a “must see” on my list – aside from the Grand Canyon, which, if we’re being honest, I only had a vague notion of being “out west” somewhere. With beautiful wedding festivities dotting the long weekend, there was still plenty of time to sightsee. In addition to a rehearsal dinner, wedding, and brunch; we managed to hike, eat, drink, and road trip our way through Scottsdale and greater Sedona in a little over three days. Our adventure covered just enough to know I want to go back. As with any great trip, the pictures don’t do it justice. Here’s part one of our adventure.

A rundown of our whirlwind trip: Friday evening, we flew from Detroit to Phoenix – and changed in the airport to get to our friends’ rehearsal dinner! Luckily, dinner was at Blanco Tacos & Tequila, so we were set with plenty of margaritas and tacos. Sustenance after a long day and a long flight.


Saturday, woke early because of the time difference and walked to The Original Pancake House. (Which is not actually the original pancake house, but the best omelet of my life nonetheless.) Our group made it to the trailhead at Piestewa Peak by 9:30, and hiked our faces off. After a good hike, you need a good lunch, so we headed into Salty Senorita in Old Town Scottsdale for more margaritas and obscene nachos. Back to the condo for a quick dip in the pool, and it was wedding time!

Sunday morning we packed up at the condo, dropped our bags off at the new digs – Motel 6 – and headed to a farewell brunch at the Hermosa Inn for the happy couple.


Sunday afternoon we picked up our rental car, and hung out by the motel pool – a very mid-century modern little courtyard.

After a dip and some sun, we headed out to dinner at Culinary Dropout at the Scottsdale Waterfront. We had a nightcap at Casablanca Roof Top Lounge, and headed back to the room. By Monday morning we were the only ones left in town. We got up bright and early and hit the road. Stay tuned for how we spent our last 13 hours and 300 miles in this desert paradise!

Here’s the thing I’ve learned about destination weddings, and I hope I can keep this in mind next time one rolls around. Oftentimes I’m not my best self in the months leading up to these events: the invitation arrives, I roll my eyes, and grouse about the cost and time involved with varying repetition for several weeks. With a kinder perspective and a less self-centered attitude, I now realize these weddings are an opportunity to take part in a sacred step of someone’s relationship and experience a destination special to the couple. In the name of love, I have been lucky enough to explore some wonderful locations, both near and far. Cheers to that!

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  1. Pingback: Arizona Adventure: Part II | alisonspencer.com

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