4 wonderful days in Scottsdale, AZ

Pardon my long absences, friends. It seems that school caught up with me (again). Last week I had the chance to go to Scottsdale, AZ and let me tell you, it was a glorious 4 days. Here in the DC/Baltimore area it was starting to be a little chilly, rainy–everything you would expect a Mid Atlantic spring to be like. When I stepped off the plane I was struck by how dry the heat was. In fact, the pilot on our flight over told us how the weather in Phoenix/Scottsdale had cooled down to 92. From a temperature of 96 at midday.

Well. As my last post might have implied, I spent a lot of time by the pool. We stayed at the Phoenician Hotel, a luxurious resort nestled at the foot of the Camelback Mountain.


Let me tell you, this hotel was the works. I don’t usually write about my lodging so much, but this hotel deserved a mention. You like golf? There’s a huge (beautiful) golf course.  Tennis/gym/hiking up the mountain, quality bars and restaurants? Yup. It’s a 5-diamond resort, what else would you expect? 24 hour pool? You got it. You want poolside service? Of course, here’s your pina colada.


The view from the hotel was pretty spectacular too. My phone camera didn’t quite do it justice…


So many pools! Seven in total, I think. There was a hot tub and water slide too.
20130430_160837One night we were up in one of the suites for pre-dinner champagne. I caught this not-quite-sunset shot.


So who wants to jetset to Arizona now?

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