Arizona is a perennial favorite travel destination, especially in winter for Northerners looking to thaw out. But no matter when you make a trip to the sun-drenched desert, you can do it Travel Diet style.
The Great Outdoors
Scottsdale is blessed by sun nearly every day of the year, sometimes a bit too much of it, but the great weather makes Mother Nature your playground. Hiking is a popular local and tourist activity and Camelback Mountain is the most talked about trail. A trek up will torch a ton of calories, but bear in mind it is one of the harder hikes in town so please, don’t be the fool who does it without water.
The Valley of the Sun is known for golf and you can’t go wrong with any of the courses at the five-star resorts throughout the city. During peak season (Oct-May) you’ll pay a pretty penny to hit the links, but if you don’t mind the heat, these top courses offer great deals during the summer months. Forgo the golf cart and you’ve made it Travel Diet approved.
There isn’t a resort in town without a pool, and relaxing by it with a great book is a wonderful way to recharge and distress, but if you want to burn more calories head to the Westin Kierland and its Flowrider. This wild ride simulates surfing and gives you a great core workout while you ride the waves.
Scottsdale is blessed with a wide variety of great restaurants. One of the best ways to experience is through happy hours. Happy hours are plentiful in the city and save you both money and calories. Some of my favorite spots are Sapporo, Eddie Vs, Sushi Brokers, and Eddie’s House.
Scottsdale is the unofficial spa capital of the country. Part of The Travel Diet is letting go of the stress we feel on a daily basis and the spa is an excellent way to recharge. The spas at the resorts offer so many amenities make sure you allocate enough time not only for your treatment, but to enjoy the perks like pools, water therapy, saunas, steams and relaxation rooms. Some of my favorite spas in the Valley are the Well& Being Spa at the Fairmont Scottsdale, The Joya Spa at the Omni Montelucia and the spa at the Camelback Inn.
Take a day trip to Sedona and soak in the awe-inspiring Red Rock Country. This is by far the most beautiful spot in Arizona and there is a special vibe here that most visitors connect with. Sedona is a Mecca for New Agers and there are many vortexes, centers of energy, that dot the landscape. Whether you believe in it or not, there is something magical in Sedona. Take a hike, experience the spa at Mii Amo or just picnic in the park. However you spend your day, at the end of it you will feel more at peace.