Scottsdale Spring Break

My husband’s only request when we talked about spring break for this year was he did not want to go back to Florida. I am from the school of tradition and he is from the school of trying new things. So, given that he has finally conceded and realized that we will also have to travel at spring break I agreed to try something new.  It’s all about compromises right?

We knew we needed to go somewhere that weather would not be an issue.  We concluded we could go to Arizona or Mexico.  I am just not ready to travel internationally with my kids.  So, it was Arizona or bust.

Where We Stayed: Westin Scottsdale Kierland Villas

The Basics: Overall, we had a lovely week at the Kierland.  It is a five star resort and we realized that between their shuttles, golf carts and proximity to everything we probably didn’t need a rental car. The main resort was huge.  I mean it was massive.  We chose to stay in the Villas which were separated from the main resort by a golf course.  We had a one bedroom villa with golf views.

THE GOOD- We were on the first floor which with kids was awesome. The resort was clean and the staff, specifically housekeeping and the pool staff was so friendly.  And the concierge was really helpful.  Our pool was QUIETER than the main resort pool.  There were outdoor bars at both resorts so we could easily get drinks after dinner and let our kids run. The shuttle service between the resorts, the Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Quarter was awesome.  Our kids loves the activities at the pool, the games all around the pool area and the constant activity.  The food options at the pool and for room service were great which included large kids menus.  The bagpiper each night was so cool to watch and listen to in the evenings.

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MY COMPLAINT- Being new to the resort, we did not realize that some things would be impossible to do.  For example, they really promote and our kids were really excited to go to a kid’s only pajama party while adults ate at one of their gourmet restaurants.  The problem was they were fully booked for the pajama party every night we were there in February.  Would have been nice to know that we needed to do that way in advance.

TIPS and TRICKS

  1. Both pools opened at 9am and there was a line to get in by 8 each morning if you wanted a deck chair.  If you want to rent a cabana at either pool, do it in advance. They were booked for the week well before we arrived.
  2. Buy an inner tube for each kid. It could be used on the water slides, on the lazy river and in the pools the entire week. Best money we spent.
  3. Book your Pajama Party, Kids Club (we didn’t use this), and cabana in advance if you want access.
  4. Do not use the hotel crib. They promised it was a full size crib and it was a mini. It was tiny. Cate was a trooper and slept in it but just rent one.  On that note, we used Sweet Pea Baby Rentals for car seats and a stroller and I can’t say enough great things about Sarah and her services. Our Bob Jogging Stroller was in amazing condition and our car seats were clean and easy to get installed.  Sarah was so easy to work with.  If you need to do rental of gear in Scottsdale, use her! She was the best we used on any vacation.

Where We Ate:

Breakfast- We ate breakfast in our villa most mornings but ventured to a great place across the street from our hotel one morning called PERK.  It was great food and inexpensive.  Cute diner with really great breakfast.

Lunch- This varied by day whether we were at the pool and ordered to our deck chairs, were out and about and ate at places like Corner Bakery or In n Out which was ridiculously good.

Dinner

Sunday Night {GRIMALDI’s}- The pizza was super thin and the sauce was on the sweet side but it was really good. We ordered a house salad that was okay. Easy meal for our first night.  RECOMMEND

Monday Night {Catina Laredo}- This place was awesome.  It was not overpriced and the food was fantastic.  Glenn had spinach and mushrooms enchiladas and I had ahi tuna tacos.  We had tableside guacamole made and great drinks.  Probably our favorite meal. HIGH LY RECOMMEND

Tuesday Night {Brio Italian Food}- This was probably our worst meal of the week. The food was generic, portions were tiny and it was expensive. Honestly, it felt like bad chain food.  SKIP IT

Wednesday Night {RA Sushi and Room Service}-  We ordered room service for the kids and picked up RA Sushi for Glenn and I. It was fine but by no means great.  The room service kids menu was great and our kids ate everything! It was quick, affordable and the service/delivery was great.  As for RA it’s a SKIP IT.

Thursday Night {Zipps Sports Bar}- This is a hidden gem! We went in with LOW expectations but wanted to watch some of the Blackhawks game.  The food was fantastic, our waitress was great and it was reasonably priced.  The wings were fantastic (think Schooners style) and our burgers were huge! HIGHLY RECOMMEND

Friday Night {Benihana}- It was a cool experience and one that we promised Brady. I by no means need to go back but I am glad we went since Brady loved every minute of it. NEUTRAL

What We Did

We were not super scheduled out in Scottsdale but we had some fun.

We went to a Spring Training game that was a blast except it was REALLY HOT. Sloan Park was unreal.  We made it 3.5 innings in the outfield grass.  We took a pedicab to and from the stadium which was really fun.  Our kids loved that. The stadium was new and beautiful and there were tons for our kids to do when they weren’t watching the game.

We spent a morning at McCormick-Stillman Park.  It was huge and had tons of things to explore. We rode the train and carousel, got to walk thru a Presidential Pullman car and they had a HUGE park that was covered where our kids could have played forever.

One morning we went to Cracker Jax and did the whole amusement park. We played mini golf, rode bumper boats, kid go carts, played in the batting cage and games.  It was not expensive and our kids had so much fun!

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We had such a great vacation in Scottsdale.  I am not going to lie… I missed the water. I missed waking up to waves being able to walk in the surf each day but Scottsdale blew my expectations away. The sun was shining every single day and there was not one ounce of humidity which was great.

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