Southwest Desert Spring Serenity: Phoenix, Arizona
Updated: Apr 2
Almost a year to the day that the pandemic started, sadly followed by a year filled with very little travel, I felt it was time to venture out. Following safety guidelines and making smart personal choices I felt the time was right to head southwest to visit my son in Arizona. Getting on a plane did not really bother me. I did it once before in September when I flew to Texas for my Miraval Vacation.
However, this time flying was much different. I'm not sure if it was because everyone else had the same idea and readiness as me or if it was because it was the start of the Spring Break season, but the airports and airplanes were packed. Sure everyone still wore masks (as a rule you have to), distance was practiced when possible, hand sanitizer was everywhere and limited drinks and snack were provided on the flight, but there definitely was not an entire row to yourself and you would never be able to do a cartwheel throughout the airport like you could in September. The other difference was the overheard chatter about the vaccinations - "Did you get the vaccination? One or both? Which one? Did you have trouble getting a slot?" Like myself, I found that many people had a least one vaccine, others had both and quite a few others were just taking their chances.
I flew Southwest and paid the extra $25 for Early Bird Check-in which for a crowded flight during a continued uncertain time was well worth it. I was able to board in the A group so each time I selected a window seat which made me feel a bit protected from the parade of boarding passengers down the isle. On my connector flight from Denver I was even able to snag the first row which gave me extra room! As an added bonus I saw the beautiful snowcapped tops of the Rocky Mountains on my way to Phoenix and Lake Erie on my way back home.
My Phoenix home was a wonderful boutique hotel in the foothills of Fountain Hills, Arizona just outside of Scottsdale. Inn at Eagle Mountain is located in a lovely, secluded area that provided views of Scottsdale from the Sonoran Desert Canyon. The King suite with a balcony that was styled with southwestern decor fit perfectly with the area and was extremely serene.
During our stay we enjoyed dinner the first night at the resort at Pietro's at the Inn for a delicious Italian dining experience where we ate with joy on the patio which was such an incredible treat. Not only for the good wine and food, but because the weather was nice enough to dine al fresco! Something that can't be done in Ohio during March. We also enjoyed breakfast a couple mornings up the hill at the Grille at Eagle Mountain Golf Club where we ate on the patio overlooking the golf course and 18th hole, as well as the neighboring mountains.
The Inn also has a spa onsite, but instead of a spa appointment we opted to have some serious pool and time in the warm Arizona sun.
The next few days were filled with hiking the Lookout Mountain Trail and eating at incredibly delicious restaurants in the Scottsdale area. We even enjoyed a cocktail in a hidden speakeasy. Shhh!
Restaurants: Weft & Warp Art Bar and Kitchen; Pizzeria Virtu'; Snooze; and Alma Scottsdale. Speakeasy: Gin & Reel
The first part of my trip with both kids was filled with memories, adventure and plenty of laughter. In my next travel diary entry I'll share the road trip I took with my son just a little less than two hours from his house to incredibly majestic Sedona! You can get a sneak peek by watching the video I created accompanied by the audio my son created. A true collaboration.
Sun shadows and Camelback Mountain selfie.