Long Weekend in Scottsdale

A long weekend in Scottsdale, Arizona is the perfect amount of time to get your feet wet for how awesome it is. A lot of people overlook Scottsdale and the Phoenix area in general for other destinations in the Southwest like Las Vegas, Southern California or even Santa Fe. That's fine with me, as it keeps Scottsdale from getting too crowded. I arrived early and checked into the resort. This gorgeous resort is up in North Scottsdale not far from the 101; which loops around the Valley. It is a massive resort, definitely one of the top resorts in Scottsdale. This was my first time staying there. On arrival, after the long flight from New York, it was time to chill at the pool, relax and have a few drinks before a spa treatment. The spa at is awesome. It really is. I've been to many and this is right up there with the top ones I've experienced. The locker rooms feature impeccable steam, sauna and whirlpool. The common co-ed area features a fantastic waterfall hot tub and a rooftop private pool only for use of spa clients. Treatments aren't cheap but they're not unreasonable either and after a 90-minute deep tissue massage, you're happy you did it. After a long travel day it was time to grab dinner. I was feeling Italian and Phoenix generally has excellent Italian food I've found. We headed up to Spiga in North Scottsdale. It was recommended by the hotel and absolutely packed. It was pretty good with a good atmosphere and friendly service. It wasn't the best Italian place I've ever eaten at but it wasn't bad and very affordable. Make sure to make a reservation on weekends. After passing out by 8pm, I was up bright and early to hit the at the hotel and get some sweet sunrise photos at the main pool. There are several pools at the resort. My room overlooked the pool with the beach and was a bit of a walk to the main lobby area.Breakfast was included in the Fairmont Gold Lounge. As many of you know I have done a lot of work with Fairmont over the past few years (this was a pleasure trip) and love their properties and amenities. This Gold Lounge was as awesome as you’d expect. Fresh fruit, homemade food and a bevy of drink selections made for good eating and the ambience and furniture made for a good place to relax.After breakfast I set out to check out some real estate in North Scottsdale. I have been toying with the idea of buying a place in Scottsdale for years and I think I’m finally ready to do it. I am not sure if I would actually live there or not but the value is there for a great house at a fair price. It’s a good investment either way I think and the type of place I may one day retire to.Afterwards, it was time for In-N-Out Burger for lunch before heading to a Spring Training game. March in Arizona is the best time of year without a doubt. Even if you don’t like baseball, the weather is perfect and there’s a lot of energy in town.I went to the new Sloan Park in Mesa kind of at a junction with Scottsdale and Tempe just off the 101. It was the only Spring Training Stadium in the Valley I hadn’t been to so obviously I had to remedy that. The World Champion Cubs hosted the Dodgers and a great time was had by all.After the game I headed back to the spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess to relax after a rough day of eating, watching baseball and looking at fancy homes. Then it was time for dinner. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is home to several notable restaurants but we chose La Hacienda because when in Arizona, one must eat Mexican food. It did not disappoint.