Weekend getaways and short domestic trips can make everyday life significantly easier to handle. Escaping responsibilities even for just a few days at a time every now and then can give you just the rejuvenation you need. But how do you decide where to go? Though the country is filled with cities that might make a good choice, there’s no question that you are guaranteed to find everything necessary to make your vacation great in Old Town Scottsdale. First of all, Arizona’s beautiful year-round weather makes it convenient to visit no matter the season. Secondly, the Old Town district is full of life and activity with easy walking or trolley access to numerous activities, making it a prime location to spend your days off.
Old Town is the place to be for those who can appreciate the experience of a true Southwestern experience. Wooden sidewalks and rustic shops are reminiscent of a Wild West feel that will transport visitors back in time. Horse-drawn carriage, stagecoach, and wagon rides are offered throughout the downtown streets with a narrated tour that allows you to learn a little bit more about the history of the region. Old Town also features farmer’s markets, free outdoor concerts, and Thursday evening ArtWalk events.
It can be difficult choosing where to eat among all the options in Old Town, but there are a few tried and true dining favorites that never go out of style for locals or tourists. The Mediterranean dishes at Virtu constantly top the list of best restaurants in all of Scottsdale, while The Mission will take your love for Latin American cuisine to a whole new level. The courtyard setting at Café Monarch is the perfect spot for a romantic night out or special celebration, and EVO will satisfy your cravings for quality, authentic Italian food. Of course, you can’t forget to stop into the neighborhood’s famous dessert spot, Sugar Bowl, for a sweet treat.
There is no question you’ll be able to shop ‘til you drop in Old Town Scottsdale. Fifth Avenue is full of unique boutiques local to the area, offering a variety of clothing and jewelry. A whole day could be spent at Fashion Square Mall, where a couple hundred fashion and specialty retailers have space.
Old Town Scottsdale boasts a vibrant entertainment scene after dark where you can enjoy a plethora of live music, dancing, and excellent cocktails. The entertainment district includes approximately 30 restaurants, lounges, bars, and clubs all in a few square blocks. The Beverly, 5th and Wine, Red Revolver Lounge, and Second Story Liquor Bar are among the favorite watering holes.
In a city rich with history, visitors will find that culture flourishes in Old Town, and it’s easy to experience with a stop at any one of the museums or theaters in the district, including Scottsdale Museum of the West, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, and Scottsdale Historical Society Museum.
When it comes time to plan your next vacation, whether solo, with family, or a group of friends, the decision to make Old Town Scottsdale your destination should be easy.