When our friend told us he was getting married in Arizona over a year ago, Brandon and I quickly arranged babysitting and booked our flights. It’s been a long time since we’ve been away alone together, and after being apart all summer it was exactly what we needed. Before heading to Mexico for his work trip, we spent four days at the best hotel in Scottsdale, AZ, the Four Seasons, with some of our favorite college friends.
If you’re ever planning on a visit to Scottsdale you must check out the Four Seasons. It’s a bit pricey, but worth the absolutely gorgeous scenery and everything from the impeccable service to the food to the poolside cocktails (that are magical).
Nora Lane stopped by the Four Seasons with her Mama (my CT friend now AZ resident) for the day before the wedding. We spent a couple of hours poolside, catching up and talking about our daughters while Brandon and the wedding guys all golfed. Nora is a month younger than Ailey and being around her adorable self made me miss my girls so much.
Saturday morning before the wedding Brandon and I hiked to the top of Pinnacle Peak. At first I didn’t want to go – since Brandon wanted me awake at 5am and the night before wasn’t very low key. I rallied though, and was so happy I got myself out of bed. We watched the sun rise as we hiked the trail and stopped off here and there to look over Arizona. Since it was my first time in the desert, I was in awe of its incredible beauty.
After our hike we went to brunch at Breakfast Kitchen Bar (BKB) in Scottsdale. It was AMAZING. I highly recommend the raspberry mimosa, breakfast burrito, and whatever hashbrown bowl I saw someone eating behind us. Everything on the menu was delicious though – check it out if you’re in the area.
After brunch, we goofed around at the resort before heading to the pool for a couple hours. I had an appointment at Dry Bar, so I didn’t get to hang out with everyone for the Tennessee game and cocktails. If you’re going to get your hair styled at Dry Bar Scottsdale, be prepared to not have a cocktail. It is literally a dry bar, which was a bummer.
A Four Seasons Wedding
Matt and Amanda’s wedding was actually at the Four Seasons and wow was it beautiful. The ceremony was literally under a desert sunset and the reception in a grand ballroom decorated to the nines. The band was outstanding and we danced until midnight. The party continued in the hotel bar but Brandon and I had an early wakeup call for Mexico.
Overall, our adults-only trip to Scottsdale, AZ was everything I had hoped it to be – relaxing, gorgeous, and a freakin’ good time.