• Courtney Otte

A Phoenix Getaway

Updated: Jun 13, 2019

Fair warning- this post is long! We had so much fun and got to see and do so many things while in Phoenix. Before we got there, I had searched pinterest for the top things to do and places to eat in Phoenix and it was a tremendous help! I write this in hopes to help someone else who may be taking a vacation to the city of Phoenix! For my quick tips and overall summary of what we loved best, skip down to the bottom.

So here we go, let's be honest - most of us work long and hard! Every now and then we deserve a little getaway to re-set and relax our minds! My mom and I recently started a new tradition after visiting The Brice, a Kimpton Hotel in Savannah Georgia last Summer. After the stay at The Brice, it was a done deal. From then on out we decided that we loved our stay so much at a Kimpton Hotel, that we would always try to plan our girls trips at a Kimpton Hotel across the states - maybe we will even make it to the Amsterdam Kimpton in the Netherlands one of these days! This time we stayed at the Palomar in Phoenix, AZ and it lived up to it's expectation and then some!

First off the decor not only at the hotel, but also at several of the restaurants we visited were on point! As an interior designer I am greatly affected by what surrounds me and am fascinated with what the designers come up with in places like these, its truly inspiring! I cannot get over how adorable the hotel room was and how well designed the lobby and main areas were!

Once we arrived at the hotel, we grabbed brunch at The Breakfast Club right next door to the hotel. If you're staying in the Palomar or in the downtown area, I highly recommend it! The food was ahhh-mazing and the interior was quite charming! I got the Traditional Bene and mom got the Smoked Salmon Lox Bene with Mimosas. If it's nice outside they have an adorable little patio you can sit at!

After brunch our good friend, Natalie joined us for our stay followed by our other good friend Faith a few days later! The ultimate girls trip! Naturally I am a planner and want to make sure we maximized our stay in Phoenix and ate really good food while we were at it, so after Natalie arrived we sat down outside of the BlueHound, the hotel restaurant, to make our plan for the next few days! We did end up eating at the BlueHound the next night - they serve skillet style dishes, it was pretty good and I loved the vibe, but was not my favorite of all restaurants we ate at. I did love the convenience of it however, since it was connected to the hotel.

We arrived on Friday early afternoon and made plans as follows:

Friday Night:

Frank Lloyd Wright Home followed by shopping and dinner in Scottsdale


Brunch at The Henry followed by hiking to the top of Camelback Mountain


The Phoenix Botanical Garden, brunch in the gardens, followed by picking Faith up from the Airport and Dinner in downtown Phoenix, dinner in downtown Phoenix


Day trip to Sedona, dinner and desert in downtown Phoenix


Spa day at the Alvadora Spa at the Royal Palms Resort and lunch at Chelsea's Kitchen before heading to the airport

Friday Night:

We planned to visit the Frank Lloyd Wright Home in Taliesen West and go on a tour since he was one of the best architects known to man in the 1920's. The Frank Lloyd Wright Home is located really close to the main Scottsdale area, which worked perfectly since we wanted to head there afterwards. I was SOO bummed when we got there and the security guard, Jack, had informed us that the tickets were all sold out for the 4pm tour, which was the last tour of the day and we didn't have time to come back. The Frank Lloyd Wright website was a little misleading because it said reservations not required for the tour, but I would recommended it just because they do sell out fast. I think he felt pretty bad, so he recommended checking out 5th and Wine for happy hour in downtown old Scottsdale. Sweet Jack!

5th and Wine was adorable! You would never know from looking at the outside of the lounge that it was so charming on the inside! We ordered a bottle of wine and a few appetizers and enjoyed soothing live music by a local. It was a great location if you're looking for wine, food and soothing music!